Wednesday, 10 Aug, 2022

Sports

Umpires suspicious over Pakistan no-balls

WELLINGTON: New Zealand umpire Tony Hill suspected Pakistan bowlers were deliberately sending down no-balls against England last month but did not link the tactic to corruption, a report said Thursday.Hill and compatriot Billy Bowden officiated in the Test at Lord`s, which is at the

Pakistan boss in India to meet ICC

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt on Wednesday travelled to India for meetings with the head of the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the spot-fixing scandal, reports said.Butt was due to meet ICC president Sharad Pawar on Thursday, a source was quoted as saying

Afghanistan`s new coach aims for Test status

KARACHI: Afghanistan`s new cricket coach, Rashid Latif, vowed Wednesday to guide the national team to Test status within two years, a day after leaving his Pakistan job over spot-fixing comments.The 41-year-old former Pakistan cricket captain agreed to take on the head coach role after

Riaz interviewed by police in `spot-fixing` probe

LONDON: Fast bowler Wahab Riaz has become the latest Pakistan cricketer to be questioned by police as a result of the `spot-fixing` row engulfing the team`s tour of England.A brief statement issued by Scotland Yard here on Tuesday said: "We can confirm that today, Tuesday, September 14,

World Cup cut plan, Test championship a step closer

CAPE TOWN: International cricket chiefs on Tuesday recommended that the World Cup, a gruelling six-week marathon, be slashed from 14 to 10 teams.They also backed a Test championship to be introduced by 2013.The meeting of the International Cricket Council`s Chief Executives` Committee

Pakistan`s Musharraf backs cricketer accused in betting scam

HONG KONG: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday called for the 18-year-old star at the centre of cricket`s spot-fixing scandal to be shown compassion as the player is from a poor family.Pakistan`s tour of England has been overshadowed by newspaper allegations of a

Pakistan trio to contest ICC suspensions

LONDON: Pakistan`s Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt have written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) indicating their intention to defend themselves in respect of the disciplinary action brought against them, their lawyers confirmed Tuesday.Pakistan`s tour has been

Battling Redbacks stun mighty Mumbai

DURBAN: South Australian Redbacks took a pounding from the Mumbai Indians batsmen, but still clinched a five-wicket win against the highly-rated IPL team in the Champions League Twenty20 on Tuesday.In a frantic match of sixes and missed chances, Mumbai hammered 180 for seven in their 20

Five-goal Barca turn on style against Panathinaikos

BARCELONA: Barcelona put their weekend humiliation at the hands of Hercules behind them with two-goal Lionel Messi inspiring a 5-1 Champions League rout of Panathinaikos on Tuesday in their Group D opener.Barcelona fell behind to a Sidney Govou goal on 20 minutes but responded with three

Fergie confirms Valencia horror injury

MANCHESTER: Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia suffered a suspected dislocated and fractured ankle during the 0-0 Champions League draw with Rangers, manager Sir Alex Ferguson said.Valencia was stretchered off following a sliding challenge from Kirk Broadfoot in the second half at

Inter, Man United held as Barcelona hit five

PARIS: Holders Inter Milan drew 2-2 at competition debutants FC Twente as the Champions League group phase began on Tuesday, while Manchester United were held by Rangers and Barcelona thrashed Panathinaikos.Theo Janssen was the star for Twente, Dutch champions for the first time in their

Mancini looks for City spark in Europa League

PARIS: Roberto Mancini`s first European campaign as Manchester City coach begins in earnest on Thursday, when they visit Red Bull Salzburg in their opening Europa League group phase fixture. Having failed to qualify for a place among the Champions League heavyweights last season, City

Bolt targets `unbeatable` 9.4sec dash

SYDNEY: Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt hopes to lower his 100 metres world record from 9.58 to 9.4 seconds, a mark he believes would never be beaten, a report said on Wednesday.However Bolt, in Sydney for 10-year anniversary celebrations of the 2000 Olympics, said bettering the time

Modest Nadal says Grand Slam just a `step forward`

MADRID: World number one tennis ace Rafael Nadal Wednesday downplayed his achievement in completing a career Grand Slam, describing it as merely "a step forward" in his career."I`m not the best sportsman, it`s quite obvious that I`m not," the Spaniard told a news conference on his arrival

Pakistan`s Musharraf backs cricketer accused in betting scam

HONG KONG: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday called for the 18-year-old star at the centre of cricket`s spot-fixing scandal to be shown compassion as the player is from a poor family.Pakistan`s tour of England has been overshadowed by newspaper allegations of a

ICC fixes hearing on Pakistan spot-fixing allegations

KARACHI: The International Cricket Council will convene a preliminary hearing into allegations of spot fixing against three Pakistani players in 40 days time, the legal adviser to the country`s cricket board said on Tuesday.Tafazzul Rizvi told Reuters that the players, Salman Butt,

Huth strikes late to earn Stoke win over Villa

LONDON: Robert Huth scored with virtually the last kick of the match to earn Stoke City their first Premier League points of the season with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday.New Villa manager Gerard Houllier was not in the ground and Stoke boss Tony Pulis also missed the first half

Tiger`s reign in danger as Mickelson, Stricker eye win

BOSTON: Tiger Woods was in danger of losing his five-year grip on golf`s world number one ranking to Phil Mickelson or Steve Stricker in Monday`s last round of the PGA Deutsche Bank Championship.Woods fired a two-under par 69 on Sunday to share 23rd place and trail leader Jason Day of

Afridi blasts Hameed in Pakistan corruption row

CARDIF: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi blasted Yasir Hameed as being mentally a teenager but the batsman insisted he was duped by a newspaper over betting scam claims which eclipsed the team`s defeat to England.One-day skipper Afridi tore into Test batsman Hameed, who claimed he had done

Pakistan corruption scandal no surprise-Boycott

LONDON: Former England captain Geoff Boycott said Monday that Pakistani cricket was repeatedly implicated in corruption scandals because authorities had not clamped down hard enough in the past.The no-nonsense Yorkshireman said the International Cricket Council (ICC) had failed to tackle