Qureshi, Bopanna win peace and sport award

Qureshi, Bopanna win peace and sport award

MONACO: The India-Pakistan tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi on Thursday were honored for their partnership with a Peace and Sport award.
The two players featured on the ATP Tour this year wearing warm-up gear with the slogan “Stop War, Start Tennis” to publicize their belief that friendship between India and Pakistan is possible.
When he presented the award, Joel Bouzou, founder of Peace and Sport, appealed to the governments of India and Pakistan to

No batting coach as war of egos heats up

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board is waiting for a reply from former captain Javed Miandad regarding his acceptance of the job as batting consultant, as the war of words between Miandad and coach Waqar Younis heats up.
Pakistan team’s head coach Waqar Younis, who is in Sydney, made it loud and clear that he would remain in charge and Miandad’s role would be restricted to batting consultant. However, Miandad on Friday warned Waqar to be careful while choosing his words.

Pakistan not ready for WC, says Afridi

KARACHI: Pakistan’s one-day captain Shahid Afridi said Friday he was not fully satisfied with preparations for next year’s World Cup, acknowledging low expectations of victory.
Afridi expressed reservations in the light of problems that have dogged Pakistan’s recent tours with players disciplined and dragged into damaging spot-fixing allegations. “I am not 100 percent satisfied with the team’s preparations for the World Cup,” Afridi told reporters at a local function.

Chaotic Australia crash all out on first day

ADELAIDE: England backed up a sensational three-wicket start inspired by James Anderson to bowl out Australia for 245 on an extraordinary opening day of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
Australia got off to their worst Test start in 60 years at two for three in the opening three overs and then lost their last five wickets for 38 to hand England the inside running on a crucial early victory in the series. It was a horror performance by Australia,

Pakistan still have big dreams

LAHORE: The Cricket World Cup 2011 trophy was unveiled here Thursday at Royal Palm Golf Club in a ceremony attended by Pakistan players and sponsors.
The trophy was first unveiled at the International Cricket Council head office in Dubai and is now doing a round of the host countries before reaching India, where the final of the mega event will be played. Pakistan was stripped of its hosting rights in April 2009 by the ICC, which cited the ‘uncertain security situation’ in the

Rana Naved denies scuffle with Yousuf

LAHORE: Pakistan fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has denied having any altercation with domestic team mate Mohammad Yousuf, which allegedly led to the veteran batsman walking out on WAPDA and joining Lahore Shalimar.
Naved said that Yousuf was unhappy with the stance of the WAPDA management ahead of their Quaid-e-Azam tournament match against Rawalpindi.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board had advised Yousuf one month’s rest after he was unable to play in the Test series against

Malik excluded from NZ squad for non-cricketing reasons

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik’s exclusion from the squads announced for the New Zealand tour has come due to his intriguing attitude that divides the dressing room. It has been learnt that Malik was dropped on several grounds and one of them was his image of being a controversial figure for creating divide within the team.
His recent form however has been praiseworthy as he performed brilliantly in some of the Quaid Trophy matches. Malik was the captain of the

Sri Lanka strike back in rain-hit Test

PALLEKELE: Sri Lanka grabbed two wickets off successive overs to restore the balance in the third and final Test against the West Indies on Thursday. The West Indies were strongly placed at 241-3 before slipping to 244-5 in their first innings at stumps on a rain-hit second day.
Brendan Nash, who survived a run-out chance on 32, was unbeaten on 62 and Carlton Baugh had yet to open his account as only 41 overs were bowled in the day due to rain.
The West Indies lost well-set

Ushna through to doubles semis

LAHORE: Pakistan’s national Under18 ladies champion Ushna Suhail has reached the doubles semi-final of the East Africa ITF International tennis tournament being played in Rawanda. Ushna is the only Pakistani girl playing in the ITF Junior tournament. She reached the doubles semi-final partnering with Nikita Dawada of Kenya.
In the doubles quarterfinal, the pair defeated Ama Opariison of Nigeria and Lara Syori of Burundi in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-0.
In the first set the

Khawaja laments indifferent attitude of Sports dept

LAHORE: The Punjab Olympic Association is finding it increasingly difficult to lift the level of sports in the province given the insufficient finances, improper infrastructure and above all the unsupportive behaviour of the Punjab Sports department.
Talking to this scribe, Secretary POA Idris Haider Khawaja said that without the support of the government and the sports department, sports cannot flourish in the province. His association and all other sports bodies are in a fix

Of matters of the urn and of the heart

All those years ago, Reginald Brooks (in 1882) wrote of the death of English Cricket after a loss to the Aussies at the Oval. You can be certain that he would have scarcely imagined the present popularity of The Ashes. It is one of the most keenly fought contests in any sport and in recent years, the Ashes have provided some of the moist inspiring Test Match cricket you could ever wish for.
The present series has arrived amid a lot of hype and so far, like all things pure and

Johnson axed from Aussie team

ADELAIDE: Strike bowler Mitchell Johnson has been dropped from the Australian team for the first time for Friday’s second Ashes Test against England at the Adelaide Oval.
Johnson, Australia’s leading active wicket-taker with 166 wickets in 39 Tests, was left out of the squad with a decision on a final 11 to be made on the morning of the match.Captain Ricky Ponting confirmed Johnson had been omitted so he could address some issues with his bowling after going without a wicket for

Russia, Qatar triumph at WC vote

ZURICH: Russia and the tiny Gulf state of Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups Thursday after an acrimonious bidding war marred by allegations of corruption and illegal deal-making.
In a historic conclusion to two years of frenzied lobbying, world football supremo Sepp Blatter revealed the winners following a secret ballot of 22 FIFA executive committee members in Zurich.
The announcement means the World Cup will be staged in two countries which have never hosted

Kamran, Malik disappointed by NZ tour exclusion

KARACHI: Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik on Wednesday expressed disappointment at being dropped from Twenty20 and Test squads against New Zealand, clamouring for answers from the cricket board.
Pakistan has announced separate squads for three Twenty20 matches and two Tests against New Zealand ahead of their tour, which starts later this month. Kamran, Malik, senior batsman Mohamad Yousuf and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria were left out.
A separate squad will be announced for six

Javed refuses to work under Waqar

LAHORE: The appointment of former Test captain Javed Miandad as the batting and fielding consultant of the national team has sparked controversy with the PCB director general refusing to work under Waqar Younis, the chief coach.
Miandad is also not willing to accept the terms and conditions of his contract as the batting consultant. The PCB recently made an offer to Miandad to take over the role of batting and fielding consultant of the national team for the upcoming tour of New

Farhat suing Mazhar over fixing claims

LAHORE: Pakistan opener Imran Farhat has decided to serve legal notice on bookmaker Mazhar Majeed, who has named four more players as being involved in spot-fixing in a video footage released by a private news television channel.
Farhat, one of the four named, said he was appalled by the bookmaker’s claims. “I just don’t know what to say. Neither is he my agent nor have I ever been involved in such things,” Farhat said.
The left-handed opener was named along with Umar Akmal,

Bravo impresses on rain-hit day

PALLEKELE: Darren Bravo hit an impressive 63 not out for his third half-century to boost the West Indies in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Bravo, who made 58 and 80 in the first two Tests, cracked nine fours in his 111-ball knock to steady the innings after the first-ball dismissal of former captain Chris Gayle.
He put on 115 for the second wicket with opener Devon Smith, who hit a solid 55 before being trapped leg-before by unorthodox spinner