Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sports News (30.01.2010)


Pakistan’s dream shattered by Aussies in U-19 World Cup final
LINCOLN: Pakistan colts in a hard-fought final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup were beaten by 25 runs against Australia boys with 20 balls remaining here on Saturday.

Both teams were running to win the title for the third time in the history of Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

Chasing a moderate target of 208 runs, Pakistan batsmen found difficulty in playing against winds blowing hard and accurate Aussie bowling and could make182 runs in 46.4 overs.

Captain Azeem Ghumman was the top-scorer with 41. He batted with calm and caution hitting only one four in 90 balls.

Ahmed Shahzad (36) and Babar Azam (28) also batted well and added 54 runs for the second wicket stand.

However, Hammad Azam, who has been unbeaten throughout the tournament, could not maintain his record and was dismissed for a nought, caught behind by Triffitt off Hazlewood. His early ouster made a panic in the Pakistan team’s dressing room.

For Australia, Hazlewood was the most successful bowler with four for 30, supported by Luke Doran’s impressive three for 32 to stop Pakistan's unbeaten run in the tournament.

Earlier, Pakistan winning the toss decided to send Kangaroos first and kept their grip tight over the match.

Sarmad Bhatti grabbed three wickets and Fayyaz Butt claimed two as the Aussies were 207-9 in 50 overs in the final counter of tournament.

Though Pakistani pacers successfully claiming wickets on regular intervals but they failed in keeping run rate down while the Aussies persistently collected ones, twos, three and certain times boundaries and out of the park.

The leading run scorers from Australian side were JS Floros (35), TJ Armstrong (37) and KW Richardson (44).

Greatbatch appointed New Zealand coach
WELLINGTON: New Zealand ended a three-month global search for a national cricket coach Saturday with the appointment of former local Test ba ... more

Noorani Khan made PSB director
KARACHI: Former International athlete Ghulam Noorani Khan has been posted as Director, PSB Coaching Centre, Peshawar.

He took charge ... more

Bridge player honoured by CDGK
KARACHI: Jan-e-Alam Fazli’s contribution as one of the most prolific bridge players of his time has been recognised by the City District Gov ... more

Atta, Qurat claim Karachi TT titles
KARACHI: Atta Abbas and Qurat-ul-Ain clinched men’s and women’s singles titles respectively in the 37th Karachi Table Tennis Championships h ... more

ICC mourns Col Nur’s death
LONDON: International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has expressed his sadness at the death of Col (retd) Nuruddin Khawaja, R ... more

Olympian Zahid Sheikh passes away
KARACHI: Zahid Sheikh, one of the stars of Pakistan’s hockey team in the seventies, passed away on Friday.

President Pakistan Hockey ... more

Adil Maqbool falls in Canada squash
KARACHI: Khawaja Adil Maqbool bowed out of the Talisman Energy Bankers Hall Club Open after losing his first round match to Canadian Robin C ... more

National Jr squash begins February 13
KARACHI: Sindh Squash Association (SSA) and Rashid Memorial Welfare Organization (RMWO) are organising the inaugural Rehana Nazar National J ... more

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Allenby best on toughest course
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Australia set Pakistan 208-run target in WC U-19 final
LINCOLN: Australia were 207-9 in 50 overs in the final counter of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup here on Friday, thus setting Pakistan targe ... more

Pakistan hope to rebuild team ahead of World Cup 2011
KARACHI: With just over a year to go before the start of World Cup 2011, Pakistan’s chief selector Iqbal Qasim must have experienced that si ... more

Fans demand Butt’s sacking after defeats
KARACHI: Furious Pakistani cricket fans Friday staged a protest and burnt bats and stumps after the team’s defeats in the Test and one-day s ... more

PCB revokes IPL clearance for national players
KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday revoked all no objection certificates granted to its players for the third edition of th ... more

PCB inches closer to finalising contracts
KARACHI: Pakistan will offer new central contracts to its top cricketers next week with a top official saying that all players doing well at ... more

Shiv Sena attacks SRK
MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena hit out at Bollywood icon and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan on Friday for his comments on Pakistani cr ... more

NZ to announce new coach today
WELLINGTON: Former Australian Test batsman Darren Lehmann is among the candidates to be the new coach of New Zealand’s national cricket team ... more

Colts favourite against historic foes in U19 World Cup final
CHRISTCHURCH: It is perhaps fitting that the Under-19 World Cup final should feature Australia and Pakistan.

One country conceived the id ... more

Hiba shines in Karachi’s win
KARACHI: Karachi crushed Faisalabad by ten wickets in the National Women’s Under-19 Cricket Championship match held here at the Regional Cri ... more

Basketball event begins today
KARACHI: Aga Khan University (AKU) Sports and Rehabilitation Centre is organising 8th Boys U19 Inter School/Collegiate Basketball Tournament ... more

McLaren unveil Hamilton, Button and new car
NEWBURY, England: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button unveiled McLaren’s car for the Formula One season Friday in their first public appearance ... more

Malaysian GP starts earlier, bumper crowd expected
KUALA LUMPUR: This year’s Malaysian Grand Prix will start an hour earlier than the 2009 race, which was cut short by a tropical storm with a ... more

Fergie bills Gunners clash as biggest game of season
MANCHESTER: Sir Alex Ferguson has billed Manchester United’s visit to Arsenal on Sunday as a match that could make or break his squad’s seas ... more

Penalty misses cost Pakistan in SAG opener
KARACHI: Midfielder Abdul Aziz and defender Abbas Ali missed penalties as two-time defending champions Pakistan went 0-1 down against the la ... more

Inter rally to clinch semifinal berth
ROME: Mario Balotelli sealed Inter Milan’s 2-1 rally over Juventus to give the Serie A leaders a spot in the Italian Cup semifinals.

The ... more

Juve sack Ferrara, appoint Zaccheroni
ROME: Juventus ended Ciro Ferrara’s troubled stint as coach on Friday when the Serie A club installed former AC Milan and Inter Milan boss A ... more

Chelsea hope to break away as Arsenal face United
LONDON: Chelsea are looking to cement their postion at the top as they face a Burnley side which has dropped into the relegation zone on Sat ... more

Deportivo’s Riazor jinx haunts Real Madrid
MADRID: Real Madrid, who are likely to take the field without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, hope to end a run of poor away form at Deport ... more

Cancel New Year parade? ‘No way in hell’
VANCOUVER: Vancouver’s Chinese community had a defiant message for Winter Olympics organisers when it was suggested they should cancel their ... more

Thompson steps down as Australia coach
SYDNEY: Alan Thompson has stepped down as head coach of the Australian swimming team, leaving the country without a coach two years ahead of ... more

Fedex advances to final in Melbourne
MELBOURNE: Roger Federer is through to his 22ndGrand Slam final after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in a near-flawless display ... more

Centre court disturbance at Open
MELBOURNE: A fan who jumped onto centre court at the Australian Open and shook Marin Cilic’s hand following the Croatian player’s semifinal ... more

WTA calls for changes to ‘whereabouts’ rule
MELBOURNE: The head of the WTA wants changes to certain anti-doping rules for women tennis players, notably the stringent “whereabouts” rule ... more

Nadal out for four weeks, says agent
MADRID: Rafael Nadal will miss at least four weeks of competition due to the knee injury that forced him out of the Australian Open, his age ... more

Rumford upstages rivals in Doha
DOHA: Australia’s Brett Rumford produced a sensational birdie blitz to take a one-shot clubhouse lead in the second round of the 2.5-million ... more

China’s success will help women’s tennis: WTA chief
MELBOURNE: The success of Zheng Jie and Li Na in reaching the Australian Open semifinals will help women’s tennis grow and possibly secure a ... more

PHF confirms participation in Azlan Shah Cup
KARACHI: Former champion Pakistan has confirmed its participation in 19th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament to be played from May 8 to ... more

Pakistan put Australia into bat in U-19 final
LINCOLN: Pakistan cricket team has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Aussies in the final counter of ICC Under-19 Cricket World ... more

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30 January, 2010 14:35:36 © ANI

Fast bowler Ryan Harris, who claimed 10 wickets and two man-of-the-match awards in the past week, has set his sights on becoming Australias next frontline bowler, but is content for now to play a “fill-in” role for the world champions.

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PCB likely to demote non-performing 'senior' players

30 January, 2010 13:17:35 © ANI

In view of the dismal performance of the team in Australia, specially from senior players, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to relegate senior non-performing cricketers when it announces the new central contract.

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Roach promises 'chin music' to test Ponting's chink in armour

30 January, 2010 12:58:42 © ANI

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach, whose delivery during the second Test in Adelaide exposed a flaw in the way Ricky Ponting handles short-pitched bowling, wants to use the one-day series against Australia to inflict more pressure on the Australian

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Late charge gives Australia third U19 cup

30 January, 2010 12:30:01 © AFP

Australia's next generation of cricketers proved they are primed to make it to the top when they won the under 19 cricket World Cup on Saturday, beating Pakistan by 25 runs in the final.

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Modi alone responsible for IPL fiasco: Pakistan cricket board

30 January, 2010 12:26:49 © IANS

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ijaz Butt has squarely blamed the Indian Premier League (IPL) and its commissioner Lalit Modi for ignoring Pakistani players for the third season of India's Twenty20 league, but said it will not have any long term effect

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30 January, 2010 11:30:58 © ANI

Dejected over Pakistans string of defeats Down Under, chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said that a comprehensive ‘post-mortem is needed to figure out the reasons for such a deplorable performance, and to prepare the team for the 2011 World Cup.

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Greatbatch to coach New Zealand

30 January, 2010 00:04:08 © AFP

New Zealand ended a three-month global search for a national cricket coach Saturday with the appointment of former local Test batsman Mark Greatbatch.

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