Pakistan Observer


Australia builds artificial pitch for spin practice

Sydney—Australia has built an artificial pitch at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane to help its batsmen deal with spin-bowling on the slow tracks of the subcontinent, where they have so often struggled in the past. The surface, which is intended to mimic the conditions in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, has a concrete base with artificial grass, clay and turf rolled into a compact layer on top. ... Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Details

Clarke out of Pakistan ODI series

Sydney—Australia captain Michael Clarke was Tuesday ruled out of next month’s one-day series against Pakistan with a “significant” hamstring injury that is worse than first thought. The 33-year-old, who has a catalogue of back and hamstring trouble, was forced to retire hurt in a one-dayer against Zimbabwe in Harare on August 31 and returned home from the tour early. ... Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Details

Hingis, Bencic debut as doubles team in Tokyo

Tokyo—Former world number one Martina Hingis and rising star Belinda Bencic made their debut as a dream doubles team for Switzerland Tuesday, winning their first match together at the Pan Pacific Open. Four-time Grand Slam singles champion Hingis, 33, and 17-year-old Bencic, who reached the US Open quarter-finals two weeks ago, combined to oust Rika Fujiwara of Japan and Taiwan’s Hsieh Shu-Ying 6-4, 6-2 in the first round. ... Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Details

Cheema bowls Lahore Lions to big win

Karachi—Discarded Pakistan Test paceman Aizaz Cheema snapped-up three wickets in four balls as Lahore Lions beat Sri Lankan Champion Southern Express by 55 runs in Champions League T20 Cricket Championship at Indian city of Raipur on Tuesday. With this win Lahore Lions kept their chances of progressing to the main draw of the Champions League T20 alive with a comprehensive victory over Southern Express. Their future in the tournament, however, will be decided only at the end of the game between Northern Knights and Mumbai Indians. ... Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Details

Afridi to lead Pakistan in Twenty20s again

Islamabad—Shahid Afridi has been appointed Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain until the 2016 World T20 in India. He has succeeded Mohammad Hafeez, who stood down in April following Pakistan’s early exit from the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh. ESPNcricinfo understands the choice was between a young player and an experienced hand, but it was decided that none of the youngsters in the team were ready for such a responsibility, report. ... Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Details

FIH releases schedule for men’s hero hockey champions trophy

Islamabad—International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday announced the pools and match schedule for the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy to be staged in Bhubaneswar, India from December 6 to 14. This glamorous, exclusive and prestigious tournament will showcase the very best that hockey has to offer, with some of the finest international teams in the men’s game competing to claim the trophy, says a press release issued here. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Pakistan team for Blind CWC to be announced on Sep 30

Islamabad—The national team to feature in the Fourth Cricket World Cup of the Blind to be staged in Cape Town, South Africa from November 25 to December 9 will be announced on September 30. Two-time winner and Defending Champions Pakistan will open their World Cup campaign against arch-rivals India on November 27. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Top 32 teams to feature in HBL Inter School Cricket

Karachi—As many as 32 teams will be featuring in the HBL 6th Inter School Cricket Championship which will explode into action from September 18 under the auspices of Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA). ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Anelka signs for Mumbai

Mumbai—Controversial French striker Nicolas Anelka sought to relaunch his career Monday by signing up for the nascent Indian Super League, six months after being sacked from English football in an anti-semitism row. The 35-year-old former Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid star announced that he would be playing for Mumbai City in the inaugural edition of the eight-team league which begins next month. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Dutch cyclist Baarle wins Tour of Britain

London—The Netherlands´ Dylan van Baarle won the Tour of Britain after retaining his overall race lead during concluding stages on London. Van Baarle triumphed in an overall time of 32 hours, 22 minutes and 50 seconds, with Poland´s Michal Kwiatkowski 10 seconds adrift in second place and Britain´s Bradley Wiggins, the defending champion, 22 seconds behind the Dutch winner in third place. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

2nd Test: Roach leaves Bangladesh in tatters

St. Lucia—Kemar Roach thrilled on his way to a five-wicket haul, leaving the Bangladesh batsmen dazed and confused. His 12-over spell after the tea interval gave West Indies full command at the end of the second day, with the visitors left lurching at 104 for seven. They are now 276 runs behind West Indies’ 380 all out from earlier in the day. The three-man pace attack was what Denesh Ramdin used for all but two overs till stumps. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Wisden’s wish for Anandji Dossa on his 99th Birthday

Mumbai—Wisden, the bible of cricket has recorded countless centurions on its pages. They want to add one more next year. World’s oldest cricket statistician Anandji (better known as Anandji bhai) Dossa turned 99 on Monday. “I’m afraid I’ve never had the pleasure of interacting with Mr Dossa, but I would like to wish him a very happy birthday on behalf of everyone at Wisden and hope he scores hundred and many more”, the Wisden editor, Lawrence Booth says exclusively. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Swiss teen Bencic upsets Kuznetsova in Tokyo

Tokyo—Rising Swiss star Belinda Bencic upset two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Monday, maintaining recent impressive form. The wildcard broke the Russian veteran’s serve twice in the first set and three times in the second to win the match at Ariake Tennis Park in only 68 minutes. The 17-year-old is on the back of a run to the quarter-finals at the US Open in New York. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Guangzhou march on towards fourth title

Beijing—Guangzhou Evergrande took another step towards a fourth successive Chinese Super League title with a 3-0 win at Shanghai Dongya at the weekend to maintain their six-point advantage over Beijing Guoan at the top of the table. Marcello Lippi’s side picked up where they left off with their 6-0 hammering of Liaoning before the two-week international break and a goal in the seventh minute from winger Gao Lin gave them an early lead at the Tianhe Stadium. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details


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