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Former New Zealand skipper Vettori joins Australia’s new coaching staff

MELBOURNE: Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has been appointed an assistant coach of Australia after working with the squad during the white-ball component of the Pakistan tour. Vettori steps into the role vacated by Andrew McDonald when he replaced

Bismah and Athapaththu eye T20I series win

KARACHI: After three days of intense practice and preparations at the Southend Club, Karachi, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are ready for action with the first of the three T20Is set to be played tomorrow (Tuesday). Bismah Maroof-led Pakistan and Chamari

PCB announces 16-member squad for West Indies ODI series

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday named the squad for the three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against the West Indies, which are scheduled at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on 8, 10 and

The rise of wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Haris

LAHORE: Hailing from Mushtarzai, the suburbs of Peshawar, 21-year-old rising star Mohammad Haris is eager to carve out his own identity in a world full of competition between the brightest talents.   The wicketkeeper-batter is not oblivious to the challenges

New Zealand cricket squad hit by COVID-19 cases in England

LONDON: Three members of the New Zealand touring party have tested positive for Covid-19 on the morning of the squad’s first tour match in England against Sussex in Brighton. Batsman Henry Nicholls, seamer Blair Tickner and bowling coach Shane Jurgensen

Pakistan cricketers’ pensions increased by Rs100,000

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced an increase of Rs100,000 across all three pension categories under the PCB Players’ Welfare Policy. According to the statement, the increase means cricketers who have played in 10 or less Tests

England appoints Matthew Mott as men’s white-ball coach

LONDON: England has named Matthew Mott as head coach of their men’s white-ball team following his successful stint in charge of the Australian women’s team, the country’s cricket board (ECB) said on Wednesday. The 48-year-old Australian has signed a four-year

PCB accepts invitation to play tri-nation T20 series in New Zealand: reports

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly accepted the invitation to participate in the tri-nation T20 series in New Zealand ahead of the World Cup in October later this year, a local daily reported on Wednesday.   Earlier, several

60 cricketers called for conditioning camp at NHPC from Sunday

LAHORE: Almost 60 cricketers will attend the conditioning camp at the National High Performance Centre (NHPC) in Lahore in two different groups from Sunday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday. According to a statement, first group of 27

Lack of facilities hampering growth of Pakistani women cricketers: Nida Dar

KARACHI: Pakistan’s veteran female cricketer Nida Dar believes that the lack of training facilities and cultural barriers in the country are hampering the growth of women cricketers in the international arena. The women’s side failed to register a single series

‘Buckle up and get ready’: Brendon McCullum appointed England Test coach

LONDON: Cricket fans have been instructed to ‘buckle up and get ready for the ride’ after the appointment of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as the head coach of the England men’s Test team was confirmed. His appointment comes

Why was Sarfaraz Ahmed removed from captaincy?

LAHORE: Following Pakistan’s dismal performance in the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2019, the then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ehsan Mani, sacked the Sarfaraz Ahmad as a skipper of both red and white-ball cricket. The development was termed unjust

Lahore Qalandars mulls tri-series involving teams from England, South Africa

LAHORE: Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise, Lahore Qalandars, is planning to hold a tri-series involving the England county side, Yorkshire, and South African domestic side, Titans. The three cricket teams are involved in a partnership to find talented cricketers across

Ex-Australian captain Tim Paine omitted from state contracts

SYDNEY: Former Australia captain Tim Paine’s playing career may be over, with the wicketkeeper omitted from Tasmania’s list of contracted players. The 37-year-old cricketer stepped down as Test skipper in the leadup to the home Ashes series after a ‘sexting’

PCB introduces measures to ensure transparency in age-group cricket

LAHORE: To provide a level playing field to all teenage cricketers, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) conducted age verification tests on as many as 2,976 players with the help of latest scientific techniques ahead of the City Cricket Association U19

EA Sports, FIFA part ways after decades-long partnership

(REUTERS): Electronic Arts (EA) has parted ways with world soccer governing body FIFA after a near three-decade partnership and pulling the plug on one of the world’s most successful video-game franchises. In a statement, EVP and group GM for EA

Brendon McCullum favourite to become England’s Test coach

LONDON: Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has emerged as the favourite to become England’s Test head coach with an announcement on the successful candidate due this week, the British media reported on Tuesday. Chris Silverwood left the role in

CSA withdraws disciplinary, racism charges against Mark Boucher

JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday “formally and unreservedly” withdrew all charges against head coach Mark Boucher, leading to the abandonment of a disciplinary hearing which was due to start on May 16. The board is no longer seeking

Naomi Osaka pulls out of Italian Open with Achilles injury

ROME: Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Italian Open on Monday with a left Achilles injury. The four-time grand slam champion sustained the problem in her first-round win over Anastasia Potapova at the Madrid Open 10 days ago and she

Cristiano Ronaldo, Georgina announce their newborn daughter’s name

Football star Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, have finally announced the name of their beautiful newborn daughter via a social media post. The couple has named their baby girl Bella Esmeralda. Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Georgina shared

Pakistan’s Shan Masood nominated for PCA Player of the Month

LAHORE: Pakistan opening batter, who is representing Derbyshire in the ongoing County Championship 2022, has been nominated for the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Player of the Month Award. The PCA is the representative body for first-class cricketers that take part

Hasan Ali accepts criticism of recent performances, vows to comeback stronger

LAHORE: Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has accepted the criticism of his recent performances in international cricket but vowed to make a strong comeback to the national side. Talking to Cricket Pakistan, the right-arm pacer said that he can only stop

UEFA bans Russian football clubs from European competition

(REUTERS): Russian national teams and clubs have been banned from participating in UEFA competitions “until further notice” following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, European football’s governing body announced. According to UEFA, Portugal – initially defeated by Russia in a playoff

Which Pakistani players are in Jayawardena’s dream T20 XI?

LONDON: Mahela Jayawardene, former Sri Lanka captain and ICC Hall of Famer, has revealed the first five players he would pick if he was in charge of selecting a dream Twenty20 (T20) side. While Jayawardena forged a magnificent career for

James Anderson hopes for Test return under new captain Stokes

LONDON: England veteran pacer James Anderson said he would like to return to the Test team under new captain Ben Stokes after being controversially dropped from the squad. Anderson, who has played 169 Test matches and picked up 640 wickets

Hafeez wants Shan Masood in Pakistan T20 World Cup squad

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has heaped praise on opening batsman Shan Masood for his dedication after showcasing remarkable form in the ongoing County Championship 2022. Speaking during a Twitter Spaces interview on Cricwick, veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said

Ben Stokes named England’s new Test captain

LONDON: Star all-rounder Ben Stokes has been appointed new captain of the England Men’s Test team, succeeding Joe Root in the role. Interim Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) approved the appointment following

PCB, CAs to conduct nationwide women trials in May

LAHORE: As part of its efforts to develop a strong talent pool of women cricketers and increase the participation of teenage girls, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will hold nationwide trials in collaboration with six Cricket Associations (CAs) in May.

PCB likely to increase players’ salaries, fees in new central contracts

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to make changes in contracts for the national men’s cricketers as the current contracts will expire on June 30. According to sources, it is expected that there will be an increase of

How many Pakistani clubs featured in 2021-22 domestic season?

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) efforts for the democratisation of the game continued in the 2021-22 season as it provided guidance and assistance to the six Cricket Associations (CAs) for the growth and promotion of cricket at the grassroots level.