Zulqarnain offers to help ICC eradicate ‘fixing’

Zulqarnain offers to help ICC eradicate ‘fixing’

LAHORE: Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider has offered to work with the International Cricket Council to eradicate the menace of match-fixing from the game. Haider said that any player involved in match-fixing should be banned for life and offered his complete help to end the corruption from cricket.
“If the International Cricket Council wants to eradicate corruption from the game, it should start tapping the telephonic conversations of suspected players and monitor their

Several players likely to be axed for WC’11

LAHORE: More than half a dozen current Pakistani cricket players are likely to be dumped for the forthcoming World Cup due to their involvement in the alleged match-fixing saga.
Chances are that beleaguered Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider would be among the cricketers that also involve wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, leg-spiner Danish Kaneria and Yasir Hameed apart from the tainted trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir.
It has been learnt that the PCB

Smith, Misbah ready for spin battle in first Test

DUBAI: Rival captains Misbah-ul-Haq and Graeme Smith geared up for a spin battle in the first Test starting here from Friday, as Pakistan seek their first series win in four years.
Pakistan’s last Test series win was against the West Indies at home in 2006 and since then they have lost six and drawn the remaining three, but newly inducted captain Misbah hopes his team makes a fresh start at Test cricket’s newest venue.
“We are focusing only on cricket and will play to our

The Zulqarnain saga continues along its ambiguous path

LAHORE: At a time when the International Cricket Council has offered help to Zulqarnain Haider, the Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended his stipend contract and formed a fact-finding committee.
An official of the PCB said: “He has violated terms and conditions of the contract. “A fact-finding committee has been formulated to establish the truth surrounding the incident of Haider’s disappearance from the Team Hotel,” he added.
The committee includes Subhan Ahmad (PCB),

ICC wants urgent solution on suspended Pakistan trio

DUBAI: The chief executive of cricket’s governing body on Wednesday said an urgent solution would be sought in resolving the case of three Pakistani players who have been suspended for suspected spot-fixing.
Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last month following spot-fixing allegations. The suspensions, handed down by the Pakistan Cricket Board, followed allegations in the

Zulqarnain exit is shameful for Pakistan: Imran

KARACHI/DUBAI: Former captain Imran Khan has called for a clean-up of Pakistan cricket and said wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider’s sudden exit to Britain to seek asylum was a “shameful’ incident.
“Sadly this incident only gives credence to the feeling our players are linked with bookmakers or are controlled by them. The recent spot-fixing allegations have not been helpful at all for Pakistan cricket,” the former captain said.
Zulqarnain fled the team’s hotel in Dubai on

Crisis-hit Pakistan face tough South Africa test

DUBAI: Pakistan will hope to put a series of on- and off-field problems behind them and build under new captain Misbah-ul-Haq when they play the first Test against South Africa starting here on Friday.
Pakistan’s last Test against England at Lord’s in August has been a subject of separate inquiries from Scotland Yard and the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a British newspaper report claimed several of its players accepted money from match-fixers.
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Pakistan include Adnan, Hafeez in Test squad

DUBAI: Pakistan on Tuesday included uncapped wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez in their squad for the two Test matches against South Africa starting later this week.
Pakistan were forced to make the changes after their regular keeper Zulqarnain Haider fled the team hotel in Dubai on Monday and flew to London after reportedly receiving death threats from an unknown person.
“Adnan has been included in the Test squad as replacement for Haider and we have asked

ICC urges players to speak up

DUBAI: Cricket’s governing body on Tuesday called for more co-operation from international cricketers after Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider fled the team hotel here claiming he had received death threats.
The 24-year-old Haider, who was here with the Pakistan team to play South Africa, Monday fled to London without telling the team management and Anti-corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) of the threats.
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Bangladesh and India face Asian Games exits

GUANGZHOU: Defending champions Qatar were given an almighty fright by India on Tuesday before sending them to the verge of elimination from the Asian Games tournament, with Bangladesh also looking at an early trip home. India took the lead but the Qataris battled back to score twice in the last 10 minutes of their Group D game and secure a 2-1 win.
It left the Indians with no points and virtually no hope of qualifying for the knockout rounds. Singapore are also in trouble after

Army Hockey Championship rolls into action

Lahore: Opening match of the Army Hockey Championship was played today between Lahore Zone and Quetta Zone in the National Hockey Stadium Lahore. Both teams battled it out for a draw with 2 goals each.
Waqar Zafar of Lahore Zone and Nadeem Sarwar Quetta Zone scored 2 goals each for their teams. The championship is being organised by Lahore Corps at the National Hockey Stadium synthetic pitch.
Army Hockey Championship will be held on a single league basis from 9th to 15th

India-led hosts target World Cup blockbuster

NEW DELHI: India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have joined hands with the aim of putting on a memorable World Cup as cricket’s showpiece event is played in South Asia for the third time.
A hundred days ahead of the February 17 opening ceremony in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, the International Cricket Council gave a thumbs-up to the work done by the three host nations.
“I am confident we will get a good tournament,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat told AFP. “Preparations

Top seed Federer ready to bid for first Bercy title

PARIS: Roger Federer arrived Monday on the back of two successive tournament titles, with the world number two eager to bid for a hat-trick as top seed at the Paris Masters.
The Swiss legend has a first round bye and will play France’s world ranked number 28 Richard Gasquet, who edged compatriot Nicolas Mahut in 3 sets, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7) Monday evening.
Before travelling from his hometown of Basel, Federer admitted that he needs to recover energy before taking to the

In-form Harrington upbeat ahead of Singapore Open

SINGAPORE: Three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington is looking to continue his return to form at this week’s Barclays Singapore Open after ending his two-year title drought in Malaysia last month.
After a practice round in Singapore the Ryder Cup star fancies his chances when the six-million-US-dollar tournament starts Thursday at Sentosa Golf Club.
“I won well three to four weeks ago… in Malaysia, so the form is good,” the 39-year-old Irishman said Tuesday. “Looking

Nadal confident of fitness for London finale

PARIS: World number one Rafael Nadal expects to be fit for the ATP World Tour finals in London later this month despite withdrawing from this week’s Paris Masters with a shoulder injury.
Nadal, who will end the year ranked number one in the world after winning the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, is suffering from tendinitis in his left shoulder but said he will return to training this week.
“I am not worried at all about London,” the Spaniard told a news conference

Woods out to break 2010 drought at Australian Masters

MELBOURNE: Tiger Woods will be searching for his first tournament success of the year when he returns to Melbourne to defend his title at Thursday’s Australian Masters.
The 14-time major winner has endured a spectacular fall from grace since confessing late last year to committing adultery in a sex scandal that engulfed his personal and professional life.
Once seemingly unchallengeable, Woods lost his world top ranking to Englishman Westwood last week after a 281-week

Chelsea look to steady ship as United scent blood

LONDON: A Premier League season that threatened to see Chelsea run away with the defence of their title resumes on Tuesday and Wednesday with teams at both ends of the table having plenty to play for.
Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool revived the title race and cut the Blues lead at the top of the table to two points over Manchester United, the only unbeaten side in the top flight.
Only five points now separate big-spenders Manchester City, currently fourth, from Chelsea