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Tiger, Mickelson lead clash of the titans

Tiger, Mickelson lead clash of the titans

SHANGHAI: Tiger Woods will try to seize back the world number one spot when an enticing HSBC Champions tees off this week in China with a star-studded field battling it out in Asia’s biggest tournament.
England’s Lee Westwood knocked Woods off golf’s pedestal for the first time in five years on Monday, capping the American’s fall from grace that began a year ago with revelations of marital infidelities.
But the new world numbers one and two will have their hands full in

ICC not against Pakistan: Mani

DUBAI: A former president of the ICC blamed Pakistan cricket authorities for the state of the game in the country and denied the ICC was picking on Pakistan.
“ICC is not against Pakistan, it’s PCB which is against their cricket and has not sorted out their problems, forcing the ICC to take the matters in its hands,” Pakistani Ehsan Mani told AFP.
“The way PCB is being run, it is only to protect the position of one person,” said Mani, ICC president 2003-2006, without

Farewell planned for Makhaya after he retires

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini officially announced his retirement from international cricket Tuesday although he will represent his country one more time.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola announced that the best black bowler produced by the nation would wear the green and gold in a January 9 Twenty20 clash against India in Durban.
“We cannot let a great player like Makhaya say goodbye off the field so we have told the

Dormant PCB asks players to respect ICC

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a statement on Tuesday that the suspended trio need to show respect to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct.
An official of the Board stated that the parent body with consultation of its members suspended the cricketers and the players should follow the rules laid out by them.
Respect should be shown towards the ICC as they are operating within the rules. The PCB’s response came a day after former captain

Ramiz speaks out for Aamer

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja have spoken out in defence of Mohammad Aamer, the 18-year-old fast bowling sensation allegedly involved in the Lord’s spot-fixing scandal.
Aamer was a revelation during the recent four-Test series against England, in which he collected 19 wickets at an average of 18.36 and proved unplayable at times in helpful swinging conditions.
Ramiz expressed sympathy for Aamer and stated that the greater blame lay with the men who had led him

Resilient Clijsters battles to Doha success

DOHA: Kim Clijsters followed her defence of the US Open title with a display of great resilience to recapture the WTA Championships title after an interval of seven years here on Sunday. Clijsters, 27, powered her way to a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over world number one Caroline Wozniacki, despite not having competed at all during the seven weeks since her US Open success because of a foot operation.
The Belgian also had to recover from the disappointment of seeing the 20-year-old Dane

Pressure builds on Hussey, North after flops

ADELAIDE: Australian coach Tim Nielsen has ramped up the pressure on struggling Australian batsmen Mike Hussey and Marcus North after their latest batting failures ahead of the next month’s Ashes series with the England.
Hussey made a first-ball duck and North was out for just 10 playing for Western Australia in their domestic Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Adelaide on Sunday. While the pair is fighting to retain their Test spots, emerging South Australian

Little surprise in Pakistan over appeal verdicts

KARACHI: Former cricketers and officials voiced mixed reactions on Sunday after the ICC rejected the appeals of Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer against suspensions over spot-fixing claims. The International Cricket Council code of conduct commissioner heard appeals on Saturday and Sunday before announcing the verdict.
Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal said the decision was no surprise. “It may be disappointing, but it was expected because the ICC upholding the suspension proves

Spot-fixing hearing – ICC dismisses Pakistan cricketers’ appeal

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday rejected the appeals of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer against suspensions for spot-fixing.
The two, along with fast bowler Mohammad Asif, were provisionally suspended by the ICC over allegations they were involved in spot-fixing during Pakistan’s summer tour of England.
All three appealed, but Asif later withdrew his application. ICC code of conduct commissioner Michael Beloff announced the

Incredible Razzaq ruins South Africa’s run

DUBAI: Woken-up Abdul Razzaq hit a belligerent unbeaten hundred to help Pakistan pull off an incerdible win in the second one-day international against South Africa here on Sunday.
The dashing 30-year-old all-rounder hit a quickfire 109 off just 72 balls studded with ten towering sixes and seven fours to help Pakistan overhaul a daunting 288-run target with just one wicket and one delivery to spare.
Razzaq’s third one-day hundred – crossing the fifty mark for the first time

Chinese cricket a surprise package, says Miandad

NEW DELHI: Unfancied China should not be underestimated when cricket makes its debut at the Asian Games next month, according to Pakistan great Javed Miandad.
China will play cricket on the world stage for the first time during the November 12-27 Games in Guangzhou, having qualified for the Twenty20 competition by virtue of being the hosts. But Miandad, one of the mentors of the fledging sport in China, said the country’s cricketers could prove to be the surprise of the

Pakistan Vs South Africa in UAE – Scandal saps Pakistani fans in Gulf

ABU DHABI: Pakistani taxi driver Kamal Shah has been part of the madding crowd addicted to international cricket ever since matches first came to the Gulf three decades ago. Privately he was delighted when Pakistan was forced to host matches in the United Arab Emirates, far from Islamist militants and rampant insecurity at home, because it gave him the chance to watch his idols.
But spot-fixing allegations against Pakistan on their recent tour of England has left Shah with a

DOHA CHAMPIONSHIP – Wonderful Wozniacki secures year-end top spot

DOHA: Caroline Wozniacki secured the year-end number one spot in the world ranking Thursday, becoming the first ever Dane to do so, but only after suffering an early fright at the WTA Tour Championships here.
For an hour, the 20-year-old top seed seemed in danger of going out of the event, until she worked out the clever tactical patterns of Francesca Schiavone, the French Open champion from Italy, and triumphed 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Not until midway through the second set did

Malik urges Afridi to lead from the front in UAE

LAHORE: Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik believes that Shahid Afridi has to deliver as a captain and urged him to make the most of the opportunity given to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“I always supported him and believe he has the experience to do well but he will have to deliver positive results and grab the opportunity that was given to him to lead the country,” Malik was quoted as saying by ESPNStar.com. Malik is hoping for a chance to represent Pakistan in the

Spot-fixing hearing – Dubious duo vows to clear names in Dubai

LAHORE: Pakistani batsman Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Aamer vowed Friday to prove their innocence as they left for Dubai to appeal against their suspension over a spot-fixing scandal. The International Cricket Council provisionally suspended Salman, who was Pakistan’s Test captain, Aamer and bowler Mohammad Asif after they were charged with offences under the anti-corruption code of conduct last month.
They all appealed, although Asif later withdrew his application. An ICC

Two new events announced in LPC’s schedule

LAHORE: The Lahore Polo Club has added two new events to its calendar this year and many local and international players will be participating this season, it was announced on Thursday.
In the season-launching press conference, LPC President Irfan Ali Hyder said that the new tournament, named Lahore Cup, will be played at eight goals handicap – a decision welcomed by the local polo fraternity. The event will provide opportunity to players who miss the National Polo Championship

Defiant Pietersen hits back at critics

LONDON: Kevin Pietersen insists he will use the forthcoming Ashes showdown with Australia to prove he is still one of the world’s best batsmen. Pietersen has suffered a miserable run of form over the last 12 months and was dropped from England’s one-day international squad which faced Pakistan in September.
The flamboyant batsman knows that many experts, including former Australia coach John Buchanan, believe he is no longer the force he once was. But Pietersen, 30, is adamant

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