Russia 2018: the worst start in South America in more than 40 years in a World Cup

Russia 2018: the worst start in South America in more than 40 years in a World Cup

While Argentina and Brazil could not pass the draw, Colombia and Peru fell in their matches. It seemed that the South American teams came with strength to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, determined to be protagonists as it happened four years ago in Brazil. The previous results during the...

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Croatia sent home from World Cup after refusing to show up as a substitute in the opening session

Croatia sent home from World Cup after refusing to show up as a substitute in the opening session

ROSHCHINO, RUSSIA: Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to show up as a sub role in the team’s opening game against Nigeria, said coach Zlatko Dalic on Monday. “During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on...

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Pakistan proves strong: Malik and Fakhar lead Pakistan to beat Russia in the second T20 international

Pakistan proves strong: Malik and Fakhar lead Pakistan to beat Russia in the second T20 international

KARACHI: On Wednesday Shoaib Malik blasted a quick-fire 49 as Pakistan powered to an 84-run rout of Scotland in the second Twenty20 international. Malik’s unbeaten innings took just 22 balls and containing five sixes and one four, setting the stage for Pakistan to seal a 2-0 series win. Fakhar Zaman (33)...

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‘Achilles’ – The white psychic power cat predicts World Cup result

‘Achilles’ – The white psychic power cat predicts World Cup result

Playing the right guess work – Who’ll ace the first match of the World Cup? The cat’s out of the bag: To your surprise it’s Russia! At least that’s the prediction of Achilles, a cat in St Petersburg is widely known to have psychic powers. When offered a choice of...

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Robbie Williams, Garifullina and Ronaldo ignite FIFA World Cup opening ceremony to enthrall the audience

Robbie Williams, Garifullina and Ronaldo ignite FIFA World Cup opening ceremony to enthrall the audience

On 14 June, just a few moments before Russia and Saudi Arabia wheel out the 2018 FIFA World Cup, three international stars will enrapture the crowd in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Global music icon Robbie Williams will continue to enthrall and entertain the millions of fans around the globe, with celebrated...

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Rafael Nadal wins again Roland Garros and already has 11 titles in the clay tournament in Paris

Rafael Nadal wins again Roland Garros and already has 11 titles in the clay tournament in Paris

Nadal described as “incredible” the feeling of winning back Roland Garros. The arena of Paris is his kingdom and he is not willing to let anyone dethrone him. Spaniard Rafael Nadal triumphed again at Roland Garros, winning for the eleventh time in his career, beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in the...

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Kohli secures fifth award for being the ‘Cricketer of the year’ for his outstanding performance

Kohli secures fifth award for being the ‘Cricketer of the year’ for his outstanding performance

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli was awarded with cricketer of the year for the fifth time on Thursday for outstanding performances over the past two seasons. Kohli became India’s captain in 2015 and helped his team ace in the Test rankings the following year. Kohli, who was also named International Cricket...

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New Zealand coach Mike Hesson decides to abort cricket at the end of July

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson decides to abort cricket at the end of July

WELLINGTON:  On Thursday Mike Hesson stunned New Zealand cricket by announcing the likelihood that he will quit as a coach at the end of next month, less than a year out from the World Cup. The 43-year-old, who was appointed to the role in 2012, is to leave the job on...

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Suspend friendly match between Israel and Argentina after protests by Palestinians

Suspend friendly match between Israel and Argentina after protests by Palestinians

This fence appeared this week in Jerusalem, which says “they are entering occupied territory.” The decision was made by the same players: Argentina suspends the friendly match that it expected to play against Israel on June 8. “I think in the end it was possible to do the right thing,...

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Hafeez defends his statement regarding ICC protocols on bowling action amid public

Hafeez defends his statement regarding ICC protocols on bowling action amid public

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday cleared all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez on the matter of his statement regarding International Cricket Council (ICC) protocols on bowling action. The decision was confirmed after he appeared before a three-member PCB disciplinary committee to justify his position in response to the show cause...

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Pakistan announces a 15-member squad for Scotland T20s

Pakistan announces a 15-member squad for Scotland T20s

IRELAND: Pakistan, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 side, announced a 15-member squad Monday for their two matches against Scotland later this month. There was only one change in the squad from the T20 series against the West Indies in April, with Haris Sohail replacing Babar Azam, who fractured his wrist during...

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UBL’s move to disband its cricket team sends negative vibes across the nation particularly to the future potential cricketers

UBL’s move to disband its cricket team sends negative vibes across the nation particularly to the future potential cricketers

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan believes that the United Bank Limited’s recent move to disband its cricket team will send discouraging signals to young and upcoming cricketers who have been aspirant to make career in the game with the support of leading outfits in domestic cricket. “At the UBL...

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Messi will play “over the tombs”: the tough letter signed by Palestinian children for Argentina’s top scorer

Messi will play “over the tombs”: the tough letter signed by Palestinian children for Argentina’s top scorer

Lionel Messi is the captain of the Argentine team that will debut in Russia 2018 on June 16.   In Argentina they have considered it as a lucky game. An ancient cabal of Argentine football says that the last friendly match before l World Cup has played against Israel , as did the albiceleste that won...

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Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was remembered on his second death anniversary on Sunday

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was remembered on his second death anniversary on Sunday

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was remembered on his second death anniversary on Sunday. Muhammad Ali — widely known as “the greatest boxer” — was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. He made his professional debut on October 29, 1960, at the age of 12...

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Match staged to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues in the Caribbean, West Indies beat ICC World XI

Match staged to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues in the Caribbean, West Indies beat ICC World XI

LONDON: Courtesy a sure-footed knock by Evin Lewis of 58(26) runs complimented with Kesrick Williams’ three-for, West Indies beat ICC World XI by 72 runs to win Hurricane Relief charity match at the Lord’s on Thursday. ICC World XI required 200 runs to win, but fine bowling from the Carlos Brathwaite’s side restricted the side...

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Mohamed Salah injury update: Egyptian FA expect Liverpool star to be fit for World Cup 2018

Mohamed Salah injury update: Egyptian FA expect Liverpool star to be fit for World Cup 2018

Mohamed Salah is expected to be fully fit within three weeks’ time, according to the Egyptian FA who expect him to be available for the World Cup 2018. The Liverpool forward dislocated his shoulder in the Champions League final on Saturday after a tussle with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and was forced to leave...

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Pakistan fined by the ICC during Lord’s test

Pakistan fined by the ICC during Lord’s test

Pakistan has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in the Lord’s Test against England, which the visitors won by nine wickets on Sunday to go one-up in the two-Test series. Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Sarfraz Ahmed’s side was...

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Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich granted Israeli citizenship

Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich granted Israeli citizenship

JERUSALEM: Russian Jewish billionaire and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich arrived Israel on Monday after receiving citizenship of the Jewish state, local media reported. “He landed today in his private aircraft at (Tel Aviv’s) Ben Gurion airport and was presented with an Israeli identity card,” the commercially-owned station said...

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Sarfaraz surprises nation as Pakistan crushes England

Sarfaraz surprises nation as Pakistan crushes England

LONDON: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he felt both surprised and proud after his inexperienced side outplayed England during a dominant nine-wicket win in the first Test at Lord´s. Victory, completed before lunch on the fourth day, put Pakistan 1-0 up in a two-match series ahead of the second Test...

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26-year-old Sri Lankan cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva withdraws from tour as father gets shot dead

26-year-old Sri Lankan cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva withdraws from tour as father gets shot dead

COLOMBO: The father of a 26-year-old Sri Lankan cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the eve of the national team’s departure to the West Indies, police said. The player’s father Ranjan, a local politician, was gunned down in Ratmalana, a suburb of the capital Colombo,...

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PCB to produce witnesses on 25th May in a spot-fixing case

PCB to produce witnesses on 25th May in a spot-fixing case

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will produce its witnesses before its Anti-corruption Tribunal on May 25 in a spot-fixing case against cricketer Nasir Jamshed reported on the first day of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in the United Arab Emirates. On Tuesday, PCB lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi...

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Women’s Kabaddi gearing up in Pakistan

Women’s Kabaddi gearing up in Pakistan

KARACHI: While kabaddi is a traditionally male dominated game, Pakistan is embracing the steady growth of the sport for women also. It is also the first time that the country is witnessing their first-ever Kabaddi league, despite the sport being one of the region’s original, it is for the men. And...

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Shahid Afridi likely to miss World XI match against Windies due to knee injury

Shahid Afridi likely to miss World XI match against Windies due to knee injury

Shahid Afridi is likely to miss the charity match between ICC World XI and the West Indies, that will be played at Lord’s on May 31. The 38-year-old took to Twitter saying he will be needing almost three to four weeks to recover completely from his painful knee injury. Shahid...

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The 31-year-old David Warner to return to cricket after the ball-tampering scandal

The 31-year-old David Warner to return to cricket after the ball-tampering scandal

SYDNEY: Banned Australia batsman David Warner will attempt to forge ahead with his career back on track by playing the start of the Sydney grade cricket season with Randwick Petersham. The 31-year-old Former Australia vice-captain Warner was subjected to a one-year ban by Cricket Australia for his role in the...

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ECB proposes a new 100-ball competition to lure youth into sports

ECB proposes a new 100-ball competition to lure youth into sports

LONDON: The English and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) proposal for a new 100-ball competition was created to lureyounger people to the sport, according to Colin Graves; the organization’s chairman. Last month, however, the ECB unanimously backed a proposal to add an eight-team tournament to their domestic schedule from 2020. The...

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Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi banned and eliminated from World Cup by KSA football authorities over match-fixing attempt

Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi banned and eliminated from World Cup by KSA football authorities over match-fixing attempt

HONG KONG: Saudi Arabian football authorities have officially banned referee Fahad Al Mirdasi for eternity, weeks before he was due to fly to Russia to officiate at this year’s World Cup finals. Al Mirdasi admitted to offering to fix Saturday’s King’s Cup final on behalf of one of the participating...

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Amir’s chronic knee problem ‘concerns’ Pakistan

Amir’s chronic knee problem ‘concerns’ Pakistan

DUBLIN, Ireland: Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood admitted Pakistan were “concerned” by Mohammad Amir’s early exit from the third day’s play against Ireland at Malahide just over a week before the start of a Test series with England. Left-arm quick Amir went off with what Mahmood said was a recurrence of...

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Sarfraz Ahmed charged with corruption for breaching ICC codes

Sarfraz Ahmed charged with corruption for breaching ICC codes

KARACHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged former employee of Sharjah cricket stadium and cricket organizer Irfan Ansari owing to the anti-corruption code for approaching Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed during the ODI against Sri Lanka in UAE last year in 2017. According to sources, Ansari had reportedly...

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PCB unlikely to host cricket for one year due to a busy schedule ahead

PCB unlikely to host cricket for one year due to a busy schedule ahead

KARACHI: Although Ireland has shown interest in touring Pakistan, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not be able to host the cricket minnows for next one year because of a busy schedule ahead. “West Indies recently toured Pakistan that went well. The country also hosted Pakistan...

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Local cricketer under extreme pressure from his coaches commits suicide

Local cricketer under extreme pressure from his coaches commits suicide

A young cricketer who had been a part of Karachi’s under-19 team allegedly hanged himself on Monday at his residence in Model Colony. Mohammad Zaryab, a student of grade 11, was reported by his family to have killed himself after losing his position in the national side because he had...

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Umar Akmal and Waqar Younis at odds

Umar Akmal and Waqar Younis at odds

Chastising out at Waqar Younis, Pakistan’s controversial middle order batsman Umar Akmal has stated that the former coach forced him to do wicket-keeping in Test matches and on refusal was threatened to be disqualified from the team. “Talking about Pakistan cricket team, I accept that I refused to perform wicket-keeping...

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Virat Kohli signs 1-month pact to play for Surrey in June

Virat Kohli signs 1-month pact to play for Surrey in June

India cricket captain Virat Kohli has signed a one-month pact to play for Surrey in June, the English county championship side announced on Thursday. Kohli’s participation in county cricket signals his unavailability for India as they take on Afghanistan in a test match in June in Bengaluru. “It has long...

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Football: Debatable introduction of safe-standing scheduled for 25th June in British Parliament

Football: Debatable introduction of safe-standing scheduled for 25th June in British Parliament

LONDON: A possible introduction of safe-standing section in the Premier League and Championship will be discussed in British Parliament on June 25. The decision follows a successful petition, signed by over 110,000 people, to the British government. All-seater stadiums became obligatory in England’s top two divisions following the Hillsborough disaster in...

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ICC T20 rankings, Pakistan aces the list

ICC T20 rankings, Pakistan aces the list

Pakistan manages to ace the top spot in the annual International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 cricket rankings after delivering stellar performances in T20 tournaments over the past year. The top two spots on the rankings remain unmoved, with Pakistan leading the pack with 130 points and Australia close behind with...

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PSL fielding standards outrun T20 leagues, record-breaking!

PSL fielding standards outrun T20 leagues, record-breaking!

Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 has claimed the crown of being the best addition so far! Not only was the Karachi final a historic event, but the league has also beat other major T20 franchises in the best fielding category! PSL overtook IPL in the stats, according to a report drafted...

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New Zealand is weighing up playing cricket in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years

New Zealand is weighing up playing cricket in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years

WELLINGTON: New Zealand is weighing up playing cricket in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years after an invitation from the south Asian nation’s cricket board. New Zealand has not played in Pakistan since 2003 due to security concerns but had been asked to play Twenty20 matches in the...

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23-year-old Pakistani MMA fighter Mehmosh Raza acclaimed for defeating Grytskiv in China

23-year-old Pakistani MMA fighter Mehmosh Raza acclaimed for defeating Grytskiv in China

Karachi: Pakistan’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Mehmosh Raza defeated Ukraine’s Igor Grytskiv in their fight on the main card of Rebel FC 7 in Shanghai, China on Sunday. With that victory, Raza also known as The Renegade improves his career record to 7-2 and cements his status as arguably...

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ICC reveals much about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

ICC reveals much about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

The International Cricket Council has confirmed the schedule of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July. England will open the tournament at The Oval on 30 May when they will take on South Africa, while Australia will...

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Ibrahimovic comments on World Cup comeback, “It’s a no!”

Ibrahimovic comments on World Cup comeback, “It’s a no!”

TOCKHOLM: The 36-year-old Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the Swedish national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for the World Cup in Russia, the Swedish football federation said on Thursday. “I spoke with Zlatan on Tuesday. He said that he has not changed his mind regarding the...

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BCCI reflects optimism, tax issues won’t hamper ICC events

BCCI reflects optimism, tax issues won’t hamper ICC events

  KOLKATA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday ruled out losing the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup over tax issues, saying they remain confident of getting government exemptions for both the events. The International Cricket Council (ICC) suffered a revenue deficit after...

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Pakistan Pacer Amir to fly out today, all set for The UK tour

Pakistan Pacer Amir to fly out today, all set for The UK tour

LAHORE: Paceman Mohammad Amir was due to leave for London via Dubai on Wednesday to join the Pakistan squad after getting his visa on Tuesday. A PCB spokesman said that there was no issue over issuing Amir’s visa as he got it in 14 days, a day before the specific...

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SC orders PFA to be held at Lahore’s Olympic House on 5th May

SC orders PFA to be held at Lahore’s Olympic House on 5th May

LAHORE: The elections of the Punjab Football Association as per the orders of Pakistan’s Supreme Court will be held at Lahore’s Olympic House on May 5. The Election Committee head appointed by the Apex court Ali Raza has issued the schedule of the elections. The nomination forms have been sent...

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Champions League: Liverpool thrashed Rome 5-2 in the semifinal

Champions League: Liverpool thrashed Rome 5-2 in the semifinal

Liverpool, five times champion of Europe, thrashed this Tuesday (24.04.2018) to Rome in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals by 5 to 2. It took an important step towards the final of Kiev next 26 of May. Led by the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, author of two goals and...

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Hockey icon Mansoor Ahmed reached out to India for a heart transplant despite breaking his rivals “hearts on the field”

Hockey icon Mansoor Ahmed reached out to India for a heart transplant despite breaking his rivals “hearts on the field”

KARACHI: On Monday, Pakistan’s World Cup winning field hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed reached out to India for help in securing a heart transplant — despite years of breaking his rivals’ “hearts on the field”. The 49-year-old has been suffering for weeks from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in...

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Rafael Nadal wins straight set of victory over Kei for the 11th Monte Carlo title

Rafael Nadal wins straight set of victory over Kei for the 11th Monte Carlo title

Rafael Nadal romped to a record 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final to retain the world number one ranking. The 31-year-old saw off Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to become the first man to win a tournament 11 times in the Open era with his...

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PCB announces Pakistan Cup one-day tournament on 25th April in Faisalabad

PCB announces Pakistan Cup one-day tournament on 25th April in Faisalabad

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced Pakistan Cup one-day tournament from 25th April 2018 in Faisalabad. Five teams will feature in the tournament: Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Federal Areas. The day-night 50-over matches will be held at Iqbal Stadium. The opening match of the tournament between...

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Sarfraz pitches in menial tasks: Cricket stars to clean up after themselves

Sarfraz pitches in menial tasks: Cricket stars to clean up after themselves

After helping the national cricket team clean up its act this past year, it seems captain Sarfraz Ahmed now wants his players to clean up after themselves. During the ongoing training camp at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, several of the national team stars were seen gathering empty water bottles and disposing...

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Kohli expresses interest in playing county cricket

Kohli expresses interest in playing county cricket

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli says he is fond of playing county cricket to get used to conditions on English soil ahead of India’s tour of the country later this year. The 29-year-old Indian skipper — the second-ranked Test batsman in the world and the best in one-day internationals — had...

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Pakistan team’s training camp in Lahore, departure scheduled on 23rd April

Pakistan team’s training camp in Lahore, departure scheduled on 23rd April

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan cricket team announced for the Ireland and England tour will depart on Monday (23 April 2018). The national team have started its training camp under the supervision of Head coach Micky Arthur at Gaddafi stadium Lahore on Wednesday. The 16-member team which includes five uncapped players in the...

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Pakistan commemorates April 18th for the legendary cricket victory

Pakistan commemorates April 18th for the legendary cricket victory

The day April 18th is considered to be one of the most celebrated cricket moments in Pakistan’s history, as in 1986, the national team had won their first major tournament by lifting Austral-Asia Cup after beating arch rivals India at the final. The moment almost made Javed Miandad a legend...

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