Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sports News (29.04.2010)


Pak, India favourite for T20 World Cup: Wasim

LAHORE: Former captain of Pakistan cricket team Wasim Akram said Pakistan and India are favourites in T20 World Cup.

Talking to media before depart to India, Wasim said Pakistan seems to be a strong team, which is fully capable to defend the title. He said fitness problem of Umer Gul is unfortunate for Pakistan. Afridi is an aggressive captain whereas coach Waqar Younis is also an experienced one.

National selectors axe Sohail, Butt and Abbasi
KARACHI: National selectors dropped a bombshell on Wednesday when they axed three leading hockey players including short corner specialist Sohail Abbas for next month’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup... more
It’s a great sign for Pakistan hockey, says Khawaja Junaid
KARACHI: Pakistan hockey coach Khawaja Junaid on Wednesday welcomed the infusion of young blood in the national team, saying that by showing trust in youngsters the selectors have taken a ‘v... more
Injury rules Lee out of World T20
SYDNEY: Veteran Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has been ruled out of the World Twenty20 competition in the West Indies after straining an arm muscle during a warm-up match, officials said ... more
Dolphins continue winning streak
KARACHI: Sindh Dolphins continued their winning streak as they defeated Punjab Stallions by four wickets in their RBS Pentangular one-day Cup match at the National Stadium here on Wednesday.... more

Pakistan hungry to avenge Oz tour
ST LUCIA: Shahid Afridi believes he has united the Pakistani team following the disastrous tour of Australia last summer and intends to lead a reversal of fortunes in Sunday’s clash against ... more
Malik eyes lady luck after wedding
KARACHI: Pakistan’s former captain Shoaib Malik expressed hope on Wednesday that his highly publicised wedding to an Indian tennis star can turn around his flagging cricket fortunes.

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Zimbabwe shock Aussies in warm-up
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Australia suffered a stunning one-run loss to outsiders Zimbabwe in their opening World Twenty20 warm-up match in St Lucia on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe made 173 for seve... more
Wasim tips India, Pakistan for World T20
KARACHI: Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram tipped India and Pakistan on Wednesday as joint favourites to win the World Twenty20, saying the sub-continental giants have the talent and passion... more
What next for India’s wealthy cricket league?
MUMBAI: The head of India’s $4 billion cricket league was suspended from his post on Monday following graft allegations in a growing scandal that has ensnared politicians and strained the ru... more
Van Zyl ready to help Proteas take command
Bridgetown, Barbados: It is 1992; South Africa is not yet the democratic country that celebrated 16 years of freedom on Tuesday.

Its cricket team, though, has already been re-introduc... more

Bits and Pieces
IPL will continue to flourish, assures Shetty

NEW DELHI: The success of the IPL was not because of Lalit Modi alone, according to a top BCCI official, who reckons the Twenty20 league ... more
24 named for PCB summer camp
KARACHI: National selectors on Wednesday named a 24-man list for a summer training camp that will be supervised by a set of prominent coaches like Intikhab Alam and Javed Miandad.

The... more
Bashir was never our employee: PCB
KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday hit back at claims made by Ahmed Bashir Tahir that he worked for the PCB as its biomechanics chief, saying that he (Bashir) has never w... more
Dhoni says IPL will survive scandal
DUBAI: Senior India players Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni believe the Indian Premier League will survive the current corruption scandal.

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has... more

Out, out and into the final
KARACHI: They were in danger of going out of the Champions League innumerable times this season but Bayern Munich had some luck, resilience and the belief to make it to the final in Madrid o... more
World Cup dream over for Amanatidis
FRANKFURT, Germany: Eintracht Frankfurt’s Greece international striker Frankfurt Ioannis Amanatidis conceded on Wednesday he cannot compete in the World Cup dream because of a knee injury.more
Maradona calls up Ortega for friendly
BUENOS AIRES: Former Argentina World Cup forward Ariel Ortega was a surprise inclusion on Tuesday in a squad named by coach Diego Maradona for a friendly against Haiti next week.

The ... more
Mandela to skip World Cup opening ceremony: grandson
NEW DELHI: Nelson Mandela plans to skip the opening ceremony of the football World Cup finals in South Africa in June, his grandson told AFP on Wednesday.

Asked if the 91-year-old wou... more
‘Capello can take England to glory’
LONDON: Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy reckons that England manager Fabio Capello can guide the Three Lions to World Cup glory despite Wayne Rooney’s absence.

“T... more
Asjad claims snooker crown
ISLAMABAD: Asjad Iqbal staged a remarkable recovery from four frames down to land the NBP National Snooker title after beating Mohammad Asif Toba 8-5 at the PSB Hall here on Thursday.

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Ominous Nadal blasts into Rome third round
ROME: Reigning champion Rafael Nadal was at his dominant best as he thumped German Philipp Kohlshreiber 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the ATP Rome Masters 1000.

Th... more
Olic hat-trick fires Bayern to Bernabeau
LYON, France: Croatian striker Ivica Olic’s superb hat-trick fired an unflinching Bayern Munich into their first Champions League final since 2001 on Tuesday as the German side demolished 10... more
Jankovic breezes through
STUTTGART, Germany: Fourth-seed Jelena Jankovic needed just over an hour on Wednesday to breeze into the second-round of Stuttgart’s WTA tournament with a straight sets win over Gisela Dulko... more
Federer unperturbed by defeat
ROME: World number one Roger Federer insisted he was not worried by his second round defeat to Ernests Gulbis at the ATP Rome Masters 1000 and said it might even help him.

Federer beg... more Coupon Corner
Dissent earns Nel a two-match ban

LONDON: Surrey paceman Andre Nel has been given a two-match ban in England’s domestic 40-over competition following a display of dissent over an umpi... more


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