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Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah grabbed the key wicket of Dinesh Chandimal to leave Sri Lanka fighting to avoid defeat after the fourth day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The prolific wicket-taker took 2-25 as Sri Lanka struggled to 69-4, needing a rearguard action to save the Test.

Pakistan will be expecting to push for victory in the opening match of a two-Test series on the fifth and final day.

It was tough to negotiate spin on a fourth-day Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch, but despite a 32nd Test five-wicket haul for veteran Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath, Pakistan posted 422 to take a slender three-run lead.

Sri Lanka had made 419 in their first innings.

At the close, Kusal Mendis was batting on 16, with nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal on two, after a day of fluctuating fortunes.

Herath's 5-93 in 40 overs were well foiled by a brilliant 76 by Test debutant Haris Sohail, as initially it looked as though Sri Lanka would take a first-innings lead.

Pakistan then hit back in the second innings through Shah, who first had opener Dimuth Karunaratne caught for 10 and then dismissed first-innings centurion Chandimal, caught at slip, for seven.

Sohail followed his responsible knock by claiming Kaushal Silva's wicket, whom he trapped leg before for 25, while part-timer Asad Shafiq had Lahiru Thirimanne for seven.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan too were struggling at 316-6 and were in danger of conceding a healthy lead with Herath using all his experience and guile.

The 39-year-old left-arm spinner, who now has 394 wickets in 84 Tests, gave his team the much-needed wicket of a resolute Azhar Ali, luring him into an uppish drive which was brilliantly caught at short mid-wicket by a diving Mendis.

Azhar's defiant knock of 85 lasted more than five hours and included four boundaries, but with his dismissal Pakistan's hopes of building a lead looked slim.

But Sohail had other ideas as he added an invaluable 50 for the ninth wicket with tail-ender Hasan Ali to lift Pakistan from 340-8.

Sohail hit seven fours and two sixes before holing out to paceman Nuwan Pradeep, who finished with 2-77. Hasan's whirlwind 25-ball 29 featured three sixes and two fours.

The second and final Test — a day-night affair — will be played in Dubai from October 6.

KARACHI, May 3, (AFP): The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour an agreement to play a bilateral series, saying this had cost them $60 million.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2014 under which they were due to play six series — four to be hosted by Pakistan — between 2015 and 2023.

But New Delhi denied clearance for the series following strained diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan owing to ceasefire violations in the disputed Himalayan state of Kashmir.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said legal measures were being sought as Pakistan was suffering lost revenues. “We have initiated the legal process by sending BCCI a Notice of Dispute under the Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of reference of the International Cricket Council,” Khan told AFP.

“PCB has claimed the losses and damage suffered by it, which comes to around 60 million dollars, as a result of BCCI’s breaches of the agreement.”

Under the agreement India were due to take on Pakistan in November-December 2015, but they refused to play in the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates or Sri Lanka.

Pakistan is due to tour India in November-December of this year but that is also highly unlikely as New Delhi continues a boycott of bilateral series which started in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The attacks, blamed on militants from Pakistan, left 166 people dead including foreign tourists and brought the two nations close to another war. Pakistan did tour India for a short limited-over series in December 2012 but the arch-rivals have not played a full bilateral series since 2007.

The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also refused visas to Pakistan’s junior hockey team, wrestling team and squash players in the last 12 months.

Khan said if the BCCI did not reply in seven days the matter would be taken to the International Cricket Council’s Dispute Committee.

Cricket matches between Pakistan and India attract millions of viewers around the world and generate huge revenues. Despite the bilateral boycott the teams have faced each other in ICC events and are are due to meet in a Champions Trophy match in Birmingham on June 4 this year.


In a move deemed strange and irresponsible, a member of the Kuwait Volleyball Association and Head of the organizing committee of Kuwait Volleyball Association Championship Mohammad Al-Ansari denied the Under-15 volleyball team of Kuwait Sporting Club the honor of winning the championship cup by storming out of Yarmouk Sports Hall with the cup and the gold medals for the winning team.

This team had won the finals after defeating Al-Qadsiya team with a set score of 3/1. Kazema team came in third place.

After the Under-15 volleyball teams of Qadsiya and Kazema clubs were honored with their medals, and the first three players of the Under-15 volleyball team of Kuwait Sporting Club were given their gold medals, Al-Ansari decided to storm out of the hall with the rest of the gold medals and the cup, leaving the teams and the huge crowd of spectators shocked. Such an incident is unprecedented.

The board of Kuwait Volleyball Association is planning to take necessary action against Al-Ansari for his irresponsible, reckless and unacceptable action.


LAHORE: Pakistan after clinching the three One-day International matches series to the West Indies 2-1 has gained one ranking point to make it 90, strengthening their chances of qualifying for the ICC World Cup-2019, directly.

However, Pakistan’s position in the ICC ranking is unchanged as it is still at the eighth spot behind Bangladesh. However, after losing the series to Pakistan, the chances for the West Indies to directly qualify for the World Cup-2019 have further dented as it now has only 83 points to its name.

According to the ICC, host England and seven other countries have to qualify for the World Cup directly on the basis of their ICC world rankings, for which the cut-off date is Sept 30, 2017. The remaining four teams will come through a qualifying round to make it a 12-team event.

Meanwhile, upcoming stylish middle-order batsman Babar Azam, who aggregated 154 runs in the ODI series against the West Indies, including a century (125 not out) has improved his ICC ranking remarkably to stand at his career-best 8th place. Top scorer from Pakistan, Muhammad Hafeez (201 runs) also move back in top-20 places in the ranking as a batsman and by taking three wickets in the series he also improved his ranking as bowler by 10 points to come at 27th place.

Shoaib Malik is the second best run getter with a total of 163 runs in three matches.

“This was the final series before the annual update is carried out on 1 May to ensure the table continues to reflect teams’ recent form with older results being discarded. This means that when the ODI team rankings are overhauled on 1 May, the table will reflect all matches from May 1 2014 with matches played from May 1, 2016 to carry 100 per cent weighing,” a ICC press release said on Wednesday.

ICC ODI team rankings: South Africa119 points; Australia118; New Zealand113; India112; England108; Sri Lanka 98; Bangladesh 92; Pakistan 90; West Indies 83; Afghanistan 52; Zimbabwe 48; Ireland 42.

Published in Dawn, April 13th, 2017

Foreign players have tentatively endorsed the return of international cricket to Pakistan after their whirlwind trip to Lahore for Sunday's heavily guarded Pakistan Super League (PSL) final.

Players including winning captain Darren Sammy detailed a journey involving bullet-proof buses and closed roads, before they were rushed straight back to the airport with no time for celebrations.

The rest of the Pakistan Super League was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but Sunday's incident-free final has opened the door to more international cricket with a World XI now scheduled to visit in September.

Several foreign players, including England's Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright, skipped the final over safety fears, but Sammy praised the arrangements in Pakistan.

“Security was really tight,” the West Indian told AFP in Hong Kong, where he is playing this week's T20 Blitz competition.

“I only thought about security when I was on the bus,” added the two-time World Twenty20-winning captain, who led Peshawar Zalmi to a lopsided victory over Quetta Gladiators.

“Peshawar is like a family — once one foreign player was going there we were all going. It's like a brotherhood.”

A resurgence of attacks — including a suicide blast which killed 14 in Lahore — had raised concerns, but the final's successful staging was widely praised in Pakistan as a stand against militancy.

Asked whether international cricket should now return, Sammy replied: “It's not in my jurisdiction. Playing in Lahore was like playing anywhere in the world once I was in the stadium. The fans are just as passionate."

“It's a small step in the right direction — time will tell.”

'Airport, hotel, stadium, airport'

Team-mate and England international Chris Jordan said he weighed his decision carefully and spoke with his family before opting to play in Lahore.

Jordan said, “You have to ask the bigger heads over there” about playing more games in Pakistan. But he said he would be happy to return “with the same set-up”.

“That level of security did help to put the guys' minds at ease so that we could get on with the game and put on the performance that we did,” said Jordan.

“That level (of security) is a level that made everyone as comfortable as they needed to be.”

Sammy said the journey was “Airport, hotel, stadium, airport. 3am to 3am. It was more or less in and out”.

Another Peshawar player, West Indies all-rounder Rayad Emrit, was a late replacement for the final and travelled for 25 hours to play in Lahore.

“There's always risk if you're playing in Pakistan. But to be honest when we got there I felt safe,” he said, calling the sold-out Gaddafi Stadium “electrifying”.

“We had armoured vehicles, took us straight to the hotel. They closed off all the streets and then back to the ground where they did the same thing."

“From the game we headed straight to the airport... No time (to celebrate).”

LAHORE: Peshawar Zalmi led by Darrren Sammy of West Indies have won Pakistan Super League 2017 after the teamoustedQuetta Gladiators in Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.


Peshawar XI: Kamran Akmal(wk), Dawid Malan, Marlon Samuels, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Iftekhar Ahmed, Darren Sammy(capt.), Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Asghar

Quetta XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Morne van Wyk, Anamul Haque, Sean Ervine, Saad Nasim, Sarfraz Ahmed(capt. &wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Rayad Emrit, Hasan Khan


Gladiators chase 148

Ahmad Shahzad and Morne Van WYK open for Gladiators while Hasaan Ali bowls

0.1 Dot ball

0.2 Morne attempts a single, unsuccessful

0.3 Morne misses, straight into keepers  gloves

0.4 Gladiators off to chase with first single in the innings

0.5 Shahzad faces, no run


0.6 No run

1.0 overs Gladiators 1 for none

1.1 Big lbw out appeal by Mohammad Asghar, not given, Morne stays, no run

1.2 No run

OUT 1.3; Asad Ali throws a direct hit, third umpire review sought, Decision: OUT

1.4 Dot ball

1.5 Dont ball

1.6 A single here for Gladiators

2.0 overs Gladiators manage another run this entire over

2.1 Anamul Haque draws a single on Hasan Ali s delivery

2.2 Up but no fielder there, just a single

2.3 Straight into Akmal s hands, no run

2.4 Darren Sammy drops a catch, Anamul Haque lives

2.5 Another good delivery: Wasim Akram for Hasan Ali. No run here for Gladiators

2.6 Single

3.0 overs Gladiators are 5 for 1

OUT 3.1, Quetta in pressure now, Anamul Haque hands his catch at the boundary

3.2 Dot ball

3.3 Dot ball

FOUR; 3.4 First boundary of the innings, Sarfraz, the skipper strikes

FOUR; 3.5 Sarfraz stirs the crowd

3.6 Dot ball

4.0 overs Eight runs and a wicket from this over, Gladiators 13 for 2

OUT 4.1 Shahzad goes back, catch Khushdil Shah, Hasan Ali delivers, third umpire s help sought as Sarfraz doubts it to be a no-ball

4.2 Single,

4.3 Ervine draws a single

4.4 No run

FOUR; 4.5 Sarfraz draws a boundary

4.6 Another two runs by Sarfraz

5.0 overs Gladiators 21 for 3

5.1 Ervine draws a single

FOUR; 5.2 Sarfraz hits a boundary, Hafeez bowls

FOUR; 5.3 Sarfraz sends the ball back to the boundary

OUT; 5.4 STUMPED! Gladiators skipper gone, Hafeez takes the wicket after punishing boundaries

Watch video:

5.5 Saad Nasim comes in, one run

5.6 Ervine draws another single

6.0 overs Gladiators 31 for 4 after 6 overs

6.1 A single to kick off the over, Ervine and Saad fight for Gladiators survival, Jordan bowls

6.2 Single, RR: 8.64

6.3 Batsmen run between the wickets for a single

6.4 Another single in the over

6.5 Ervine tips the ball for one run

6.6 Jordan bowls to see another single

7.0 overs Gladiators 37 are for 4

7.1 Wahab Riaz takes the ball, Ervine and Saad on pitch, Saad Nasim on receiving end, no run

OUT; 7.2 Riaz strikes! Saad ousted, Iftekhar takes the catch

7.3 Anwar Ali takes the pitch, a single

7.4 Dot ball

7.5 Dot ball

7.6 Dot ball

8.0 overs Gladiators are 38 for 5, Zalmi were better stabled at this stage

8.1 Two runs off Hafeez s ball

FOUR; 8.2 Ervine hits Hafeez for a boundary

8.3 Ervine draws a single

8.4 Another single, Anwar Ali puts Ervine back at receiving end

8.5 Single

8.6 Single

9.0 overs Gladiators are 48 for 5

9.1 No run

FOUR; 9.2, Anwar Ali hits a boundary

9.3 A single

9.4 Ervine faces, draws a single

9.5 No run

9.6 Single

10.0 overs Gladiators are 55 for 5

10.1 One run

10.2 Single

10.3 Anwar Ali faces Mohammad Asghar, draws a single

10.4 Another run

10.5 Anwar Ali hits the ball, attempts single, fails

10.6 One run

11.0 Gladiators are 60 for 5

11.1 Jordan takes the ball. RR: 9.89, Anwar Ali hits for a single

11.2 Ervine at striking end. A single here

11.3 (Need 87 off 52 balls) Jordan appeals for lbw, keeper misses, Anwar survives

FOUR; 11.4 Ervine sends the ball to the boundary

11.5 No run

11.6 Single

12.0 overs Gladiators are 69 at the loss of 5

12.1 A run, puts Ervine at receiving end

12.2 A single

12.3 Single

OUT; 12.4 Ervine (24) bowl: Mohammad Asghar

OUT 12.5 Third umpire referred, Akmal stumps Nawaz, OUT given!

Watch video:

12.6 Dot ball

13.0 overs Gladiators are 72 for 7

13.1 Single

13.2 Tight running between wickets, a run

13.3 Single

13.4 Single

FOUR, 13.5 Anwar Ali strikes after long, Darren Sammy suffers

13.6 No run

14.0 overs Gladiators are 80 for 7

14.1 Jordan bowls, no run

14.2 Emrit misses, into keepers hands

14.3 Single

OUT; 14.4, Anwar Ali goes back (20) RR:12.75

14.5 Single


14.6 A run

15.0 overs Gladiators are 83 for 8

15.1 Wahab Riaz to Hasan Khan, 2 runs

15.2 Wahab Riaz delivers short one, single

15.3 Tight running gets Quetta a run

15.4 Dot ball

15.5 Hassan Khan misses, no run, Akmal gets hold of ball behind wickets

No-ball 15.6

OUT 15.6; Hassan Khan goes back

(Quetta need 61 off 25)

16.0 overs Gladiators are 88 for 9

16.1 A single for Quetta

16.2 A run

BOWLED! 16.3 All out, Peshawar win Pakistan Super League 2017, Hasan Ali sent Zulfiqar Babar back to claim victory

Peshawar Zalmi innings:

Sarfraz asked spinner Zulfiqar Babar to take the bowl. Kamran Akmal, who scored a century in the previous match, carried on his impressive form as he hit three boundaries in the first over.

Dawid Malan also showed some impressive strokes against Anwar Ali as he hit first six of the match in the second over, which was followed by a four.

Peshawar Zalmi are 50 up in eight overs. Kamran Akmal and Nawaz are on the pitch. Emrit earned the first wicket of the innings in the final match. Dawid Malan went back; bowled in the fifth over.

While talking to PSL media person, Shehzad Roy said that Pakistan has won the battle against terrorism by holding the match here at home.

By the end of eighth over by Anwar Ali, Zalmi are 64 for one. Kamran Akmal and Samuels going strong. Run rate: 7.11

SIX; Kamran Akmal hits a six in tenth over

FOUR; Samuels hits four to Hasan Khan

SIX; Samuels with a six for Khan

WICKET; Hasan Khan victorious in taking Akmal down

WICKET; Muhammad Nawaz ousts Samuels on first ball of 11th over

Zalmi are 82 for 3 at 10.3 overs, Mohammad Nawaz to Iftekhar Ahmed and Muhammad Hafeez

Chief Minister of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif arrives in Gaddafi Stadium to witness the match

WICKET; Hasan Shah sends Khushdil Shah back on 11.3 overs

Watch Khushdil dismissal:

Zalmi are 89 for 4 after 12.3 overs

13.0 overs; Zalmi 90 for 4, Zulfiqar Babar pulls off a boundary-less over

FOUR; Saad misses ball, goes for a boundary, Zalmi erupt

FOUR; Hafeez sends the ball away, Hasan Khan disappointed

Zalmi 101 for 4 after 14.0 overs

Watch what Kamran Akmal has to say:

Zalmi are 105 for 4 after 15.1 overs. Fall of wickets before ton taking a toll on run rate now.

Iftekhar Ahmed and Muhammad Hafeez going slow but steady, 110 for four after 16 overs. No boundary for two overs.

WICKET; Muhammad Hafeez (12 on 13 deliveries) hands catch to Mohammad Nawaz on Emrit’s delivery

WICKET; Emrit strikes again on 16.4, Iftekhar Ahmed lbw out, Zalmi 112 for 6 into 17th over

Watch Emrit strike:

Zalmi 113 for 6 after 17.2 overs

Stats: 11 Fours, three Sixes this inning

Zalmi 115 for 6 after 18.0 overs,

FOUR; Darren Sammy hits boundary on 18.2 overs

FOUR; Jordan hits Emrit on 18.4 overs

SIX; Darren Sammy hits to Emrit

18 runs off Emrit s over

Zalmi 133 for 6 after 19.0 overs

SIX; Darren Sammy hits to Anwar Ali in the last over of innings

SIX; Consecutive sixes to Anwar Ali by Zalmi skipper

Zalmi set target 149 for Gladiators to win Pakistan Super League 2017

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 9: The first basketball team of Kazma Club crushed Sulaibikhat team with a score of 87-53 in the sixth round of the Premier League. Jahra team dismissed Al-Shaban team with a score of 79-64. Al-Arabi defeated Al Tadhamon with a score of 64-55 and Al Nasser concluded the round with a deserved win against Yarmouk team by 76-57, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

With the end of the sixth round, the Orange Team (Kazma) shares the top spot with Jahra after collecting nine points from four wins and one defeat. Al-Kuwait team dropped to second position with eight points joined by Al-Arabi while Qadsiya is in third place with seven points.

The matches are being played in league style whereby the teams will now be divided into two groups. The first group “Super” includes the teams that took first six positions while the teams in seventh to 11th positions will play against each other to determine their positions. The top six teams go for playoffs.

The matches of the sixth round did not result in any surprises as all results were as expected. The Adailiya sons outclassed Sulaibikhat by more than 40 points.

Yarmouk did not perform as expected as they were run over by Jleeb sons who have taken a giant step to be included in the “Super” group. Jahra continued their run of victories to affirm their deserved top spot.

Source: Arab Times



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