Distraught Ponting out of top 20

Distraught Ponting out of top 20

ADELAIDE: A downcast Ricky Ponting says he faces one of his greatest challenges as captain and batsman to get beleaguered Australia back into the Ashes series against England.
Among a myriad of Australian concerns is Ponting’s poor batting return with a first-ball duck and nine runs in this Test after 10 and 51 not out in Brisbane.
“It’s certainly a great challenge for me,” Ponting said. “Don’t worry about winning the games. I’ve got to make some runs, it’s as simple as

Kamran joins cricketers threatening to sue Mazhar

LAHORE: Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal said Tuesday he will also sue Mazher Majeed for branding him as a spot-fixer. Akmal joins three other players, brother Umar, Wahab Riaz and Imran Farhat in deciding to file a case against Majeed. In a video leaked last week, Majeed was seen naming the four as being on his pay roll and involved in spot-fixing. Majeed had earlier also said Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Amir helped him fix matches.
“Majeed was just my

Haider loses another lawyer

LAHORE: Pakistan’s runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider got into deeper trouble as his legal team decided to back out in London. Natasha Malik, a lawyer representing the firm fighting his asylum case, said her firm will not be able to represent the wicketkeeper any longer.
“We have tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with him for the past few days, left him messages and so on and yet he has not contacted us at all. He was supposed to come in for some important meetings

Lorgat’s statement inappropriate: Mani

LAHORE: Former ICC President Ehsan Mani believes that ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat’s statement regarding spot-fixing tainted trio was unnecessary and inappropriate.
Referring to Lorgat’s statement in which he had said that he wanted to see Pakistani players penalised, Mani said the case was yet to be heard by the ICC code of conduct tribunal and Lorgat’s statement was not required and unnecessary.
“The three-member ICC tribunal will hold the hearing next month, therefore Lorgat

Oh Ricky, the urn is slipping

And there you have it. The English resilience has prevailed over an Aussie side that was trying to do too much – both on the field and with its selection. England can be rightly proud of a resounding win over the Aussies.
An even greater reason to be proud is the margin of victory: beating Australia at home by an innings is no small feat.
This victory, coupled with England’s dominance towards the end of the first Test, could have a telling impact on the mental-war between

Samir prevails over Indonesia’s David in nail-biter

LAHORE: Pakistan’s latest tennis sensation Samir Iftikhar justified his selection for the Asian Tennis Federation’s High Performance Evaluation Camp by beating Indonesia’s David Agung in a three-set marathon in Bangkok, Thailand.
Samir outlasted Agung 6-7, 6-2, 10-2 in super tie-break of the round-robin stage match at the High Performance Evaluation Camp at the National Tennis Center Bangkok. The camp started on November 28 and will terminate on December 8. Samir lost the first

Ushna glory run continues in Rwanda

LAHORE: Pakistan Under-18 national tennis champion Ushna Suhail has reached the singles and doubles quarter-finals of the ITF Junior at Rwanda, East Africa, it was learnt on Tuesday. Ushna is seeded fifth in the Grade-IV ITF tournament and won her match in straight sets. In the singles, Ushna defeated Wendy Chen of Kenya in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Ushna displayed excellent skills in the second round and did not let her opponent take more than a single game in each set.
In the

Pathan magic seals win for India

BANGALORE: Yusuf Pathan hammered a career-best 123 not out off just 96 balls as India pulled off a thrilling five-wicket win in the fourth one-day international against New Zealand on Tuesday. The all-rounder clubbed seven fours and seven sixes on the way to his maiden one-day century to help the hosts overhaul New Zealand’s challenging 315-7 with seven balls to spare at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The victory put India on course for a series whitewash over the Black Caps

Sana to lead Pakistani team

LAHORE: Pakistan Football Federation President Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat has named Young Rising Star’s captain Sana Mehmood as captain of the Pakistan national women’s team for the first SAFF Women’s Championship.
Pakistan will appear in the eight-nation inaugural women’s championship which will commence on December 12, 2010 in the tourist resort of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The host is placed in Group A along with SA Games champions India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan while Pakistan

Karachi Whites romp to win, Lahore sinks to new low

LAHORE: Karachi Whites beat Lahore Ravi by seven wickets on the final day of the Division-II of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy seven round match here at the Gaddafi Stadium. Resuming its second innings at an overnight score of 251 in 81.5 overs, Lahore Ravi went on to make 251.
Karachi, requiring 121 runs to win, reached the score losing three wickets in 21.2 overs. Wajihuddin with unbeaten 54 and Rameez Aziz 34 took their team to win.
Summarised scores: Lahore Ravi 208 in 62

Monnoo Polo, Master Paints advance in PSS Asia Cup

LAHORE: Monnoo Polo, Charbagh and Master Paints won their matches of the PSS Asia Polo Cup on Tuesday here at the Lahore Polo Club. Monnoo Polo romped to win over Rijas 7-3 with Saqib Khan Khakwani doing wonders for the winners. Charbagh pulled out a narrow 6-5 win over Miracle. Mian Shahzad Aziz was the star of the day for Charbagh and Muhammad Samir Malik fought well for the losing side.
Master Paints carved out a 7-6 win over Security 2000. Sufi Mohammad Aamer led the scoring

Sialkot, Karachi notch wins in Women’s U-19 Cricket

LAHORE: Sialkot, Rawalpindi, Karachi and Hyderabad registered wins in the National Women Under-19 T20 Cricket Championship at the Lahore Country Club, Muridke, on Tuesday. Sialkot women won by two wickets against Peshawar with Saima Maqsood doing well by getting three wickets for the winners. Sadia Khaliq cracked 73 of 41 balls to steer Rawalpindi to a comprehensive 109- run win over Quetta.
Karachi prevailed over Abbottabad though the latter put up good resistance. Abbottabad

KESC climb to 2nd spot in PPFL

LAHORE: KESC routed HBL 3-0 at Peoples Sports Complex Karachi in the Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) on Tuesday.
With this win, they claimed second spot in the 16-team league with 47 points in 24 matches.
League leaders WAPDA secured 58 points from as many matches. KESC outpaced Army on Tuesday with 3-0 win over HBL. KESC led 1-0 at break with goal from Asian Cupper Abdul Ghafoor who sneaked his from the right flank in the 22nd minute.
Young international

Aussie setback as Clarke falls in last over

ADELAIDE: Australia suffered a massive blow with the loss of key batsman Michael Clarke in the final over Monday to leave them facing an uphill battle to salvage the second Test against England at the Adelaide Oval.
Clarke looked on track to go to stumps leading a fighting vanguard only to fall to a catch close to the wicket off part-time spinner Kevin Pietersen with four balls left of the fourth day.
Clarke had appeared to have recaptured his best form after cheap

Karachi Whites smell blood in Quaid Trophy

LAHORE: Karachi Whites require just 120 runs to win against Lahore Ravi on the final day of the Division II Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match being played here at the Qaddafi Stadium.
Resuming its second innings at nine without loss, Lahore went on to score 251 runs taking an overall lead of 120 runs. When their innings concluded the day’s play was also called off leaving Karachi with all ten wickets and a full day in hand to get the win. Mohammad Saad and Junaid Jan with 52 and 87 runs

FIFA defends ‘political’ decisions

PARIS: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Monday defended the world body’s “political” decisions to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar.
“It’s a political decision to open up onto the world. It was the same thing with (2010) hosts South Africa,” said Valcke. “We have eight years till Russia hosts it with a huge commitment on the part of (Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin and 12 for Qatar, who have huge resources,” said Valcke in response to questions

WAPDA, KRL edge past their opponents

LAHORE: Holders KRL and WAPDA recorded wins to claim three points each in the Pakistan Premier Football League. Muhammad Qasim landed the only goal in the ninth minute as KRL worked overtime to beat Afghan FC 1-0 at the Govt High School, Chaman. It was sweet revenge over the Balochistan-based outfit as KRL lost to them by an identical scoreline in October’s first leg at Rawalpindi.
Afghan FC have mustered 42 points from 26 matches while KRL have 39 in 24 matches. Despite the