Pak Asia storm into LPL semis

Pak Asia storm into LPL semis

LAHORE – Pak Asia reached the semi-finals of the Lahore Premier League Cricket Tournament, beating Mega Star by five wickets here on Thursday.
Bating first, Mega Star made 230 runs for the loss of five wickets. Saadulha Gori (102), Rizawn Ahmad (36), Haseeb Bhati and Hafiz Aamir (27 each) were the top scorers for Mega Star. Pak Asia’s Roni Gil took three wickets while conceding 25 runs. Shahbaz Khorsheed and Ghulam Rasool took one wicket each.
In reply, Pak Asia achieved the

Punjab Ju-Jitsu trials tomorrow

LAHORE – The trials to select the Punjab Ju-Jitsu team will be held at 3 pm at the Allama Iqbal Medical Complex on January 8.
The selected players will take part in the 8th National Ju-Jitsu Championship. Shamshad Ali Kham, President Punjab Ju-Jitsu Association will supervise the trials, which will feature players from all the affiliated units.

Finger injury hurts Ogilvy’s treble bid

KAPALUA – Geoff Ogilvy’s bid for a third US PGA Tournament of Champions title in a row suffered a major setback when he suffered a cut in his right index finger that took 12 stitches to fix. The 33-year-old Australian suffered the injury on Tuesday when walking in shallow water at a beach in Maui, according to the US PGA Tour website, and did not play in a Wednesday pro-am event on the eve of the US PGA’s season opener.
Ogilvy is trying to match another Aussie, Stuart Appleby, as

Kaneria questions World Cup axe

KARACHI – Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria Thursday sought clarification from selectors over his omission from the national team, saying he had always played clean cricket and was disappointed at being overlooked.
The 30-year-old leg-spinner was not cleared for play by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over suspicions of spot-fixing and was not included in the team for two Tests against New Zealand, the first of which starts in Hamilton on Friday.
He was also left out of the 30-man

Heavy kitty lands Malik in trouble

LAHORE – Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik failed to earn a place in Pakistan’s preliminary World Cup squad announced on January 4 due to his failure to explain heavy bank account. Although the PCB didn’t give any reasons for non-selection of Shoaib Malik and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria but it has been learnt that during the meeting of integrity committee, Malik failed to give answer regarding the presence of 90,000 British pounds in his bank account.
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Collingwood’s perfect moment to retire from Tests

SYDNEY – England batsman Paul Collingwood said it was time to move on and give younger players an opportunity as he announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday.
Collingwood, 34, has been under increasing pressure to keep his number five batting spot after a dismal run at the crease this Ashes series that has garnered just 83 runs at 13.83. Collingwood chose not to wait until the end of the Sydney Test, which is expected to finish on Friday with a huge England

Watson dreads another landslide defeat at Sydney

SYDNEY – Australian opener Shane Watson is dreading the prospect of a record third innings defeat against a rampant England in the last day of the final Sydney Ashes Test on Friday. As his teammates prepare to face defeat on Friday in front of the bellowing Barmy Army visiting support, Watson said the prospect of a third humiliation at the hands of the old enemy is difficult to take. “It’s not great, is it? In the end, we are doing our absolute best and it hasn’t been good enough,”

Suspended trio can play World Cup

LAHORE – The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Thursday that the suspended Pakistan trio can become the part of World Cup squad if they are declared innocent by the independent tribunal. The ICC had suspended three Pakistani players former skipper Salman Butt, fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for their alleged involvement in spot fixing after claims by a British tabloid News of the World (NOTW) in August last year during the fourth npower test match between Pakistan

Women cricketers await prize money

LAHORE – Pakistan women cricketers who won the gold medal in the Asian Games still await the prize money announced by the government.
The Prime Minister announced Rs 8 million for the team and construction of a separate stadium for the women’s cricket, but even after the passage of two and a half months the prize money has not been given.

India-South Africa series drawn – Gambhir guides India to safety

CAPE TOWN – India validated their ranking as the number one team in Test cricket when they drew the third and final Test and earned a share of the series against second-ranked South Africa at Newlands here on Thursday.
Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir guided India to safety with a cautious innings of 64. Set to make an improbable 340 to win, India were 166 for three when play was called off with eight overs remaining.
It was the first time in five tours of South Africa that

India not to accept review system

NEW DELHI – The Indian cricket board has ruled out using the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and also rejected an offer to travel to Australia and watch its Ashes application.
The clamour to use the technology aimed at reducing umpiring errors has been growing but India have opposed UDRS as they are adamant the ball-tracking tool is not accurate enough.
“We don’t accept this technology. We are not going to use it in any bilateral series,” Srinivasan told Reuters over

ICC fines Sreesanth for kicking the rope

CAPE TOWN – Indian bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth lost 10 percent match fee for kicking the boundary rope while the entire team have been fined separately for slow over rate, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday. The temperamental paceman incurred the individual fine after pleading guilty to a charge that related to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings”,
the ICC said in
a statement.

Federer overcomes Troicki

DOHA – Roger Federer reached his eighth successive semi-final since losing his Wimbledon title six months ago, when he outplayed Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-2 in the Qatar Open here on Thursday. Even though the Grand Slam record-holder was still not at his best after the close season lay-off, passing up seven break points before breaking through for 4-2 in the second set, there were nevertheless signs of the improved form he has enjoyed most of the time since his association with coach Paul

Don’t speak against PHF, warns Bajwa

LAHORE – The Pakistan Hockey Federation will take disciplinary action against the players who speak against the federation, says PHF Secretary Asif Bajwa. Talking to journalists here at the National Hockey Stadium, Bajwa said that all the players are bound to observe PHF’s code of conduct and any player violating the law would face action.
He further stated that the grant announced by the Prime Minister will hopefully be released after procedural within a month.

Hockey Players Association formed

LAHORE – Former Olympians have announced the formation of a Pakistan Hockey Players Association. Former Olympians Rana Mujahid, Shahbaz Junior, Danish Kaleem and Akhlaq Ahmed have put forward the plan to form the association. They said that the office-bearers of the association will be elected in the first week of March.
Rana Mujahid, secretary Punjab Hockey Association, said that the purpose of forming the body is to solve the problems faced by the players. He said that the

Bartoli cruises into semi-finals in Brisbane

BRISBANE – Fourth seed Marion Bartoli cruised into the semi-finals of the Brisbane International tennis tournament after crushing Czech opponent Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in staight sets here on Thursday.
The Frenchwoman, the highest seed left in the women’s draw, was in complete control during the 87-minute quarter-final despite dropping her first service game. However, after recovering from 1-2 down in the first set, the 26-year-old Bartoli never looked back, peppering

Trial starts today

LAHORE – The trial of Pakistan’s three suspended players accused of spot fixing will begin today in Doha, Qatar.
ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal chairman Michael Beloff on Wednesday explained the procedures that will be adopted at the full hearing of players.
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer are all set to face an anti-corruption tribunal from January 6 to 11 here with threat of life bans looming over.
Beloff, along with justice Albie Sachs from South