Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sports News (27.05.2010)


Yousuf likely to play England series
LAHORE: The prospects of Muhammed Yousuf’s comeback in international cricket has become brighter as a result of Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi, Geo News reported Wednesday.

It is expected that Yousuf will take back his decision regarding retirement.

According to sources, Afridi a day earlier contacted Yousuf and talked to his friends as well.

Shahid Afridi said Yousuf’s elders assured that Yousuf would review his decision on retirement.

The new captain Afridi said he wanted Muhammed Yousuf to be part of the Pak squad during England series.

Meantime, middle order batsman Muhammed Yousuf said he made up his mind on retirement at the behest of his elders, adding, ‘If they want me to withdraw the decision, I may make a comeback in the cricket world.’

New skipper wants Younis as his deputy
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India to test bench strength in Zimbabwe
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‘Yousuf won’t need much time to get ready for England’
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Gul races against time to get fit for England tour
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YK rejects PCB’s compromise offer
LAHORE: Former captain Younis Khan is in no mood to step down from his fight against the Pakistan Cricket Board over the indefinite ban impo ... more
Federer shines in the rain
PARIS: Defending champion Roger Federer overcame a sloppy first set and two rain breaks to reach the French Open third round on Wednesday wi ... more
Shakib reveals ‘sponsor’ approach
LONDON: Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan revealed on Wednesday how he was once approached by an individual willing to act as his “sponsor” ... more
India fears CW Games venues will not be ready
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‘Afridi needs to reunite Pakistan’
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Wajid, Rizwan cruise into last-16

KARACHI: Pakistani badminton players Wajid Ali, Rizwan Azam and Temur Arab secured their respective ... more
Pride at stake for BD in Lord’s opener
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St Lucia may host Jamaica matches
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Rana dejected after being snubbed by PCB
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Qadir wants players to be treated equally
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Criscito, Zambrotta give Italy a ‘right mix’
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Brazil retain top spot in FIFA rankings
ZURICH: Brazil will head to the World Cup as the number one team, according to the latest FIFA rankings issued here on Wednesday.

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Kaka trains for first time with Brazilian squad
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Capello will give Barry time to prove fitness
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Paraguay lose as African sides struggle
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PFF announces cash prizes for colts
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Fabregas focused on World Cup
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I can handle World Cup pressure: Messi
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Venus sweeps through in Paris
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Saqib stuns Waqas to enter TSK Memorial squash final
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Clijsters set to return to training

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