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Independence Cup: Amla, Perera take resurgent World XI to thrilling victory Independence Cup: Amla, Perera take resurgent World XI to thrilling victory
Thisara Perera smashed the winning six for a resurgent World XI side as they conquered the 175-run target with seven wickets to spare in the nail-biting second match of the Twenty20 international (T20I) Independence Cup series at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday. Opener Hashim Amla set the stage for a World XI win with a 72-run-strong performance studded by five 4s and two 6s, remaining no...
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World XI squad arrives in Lahore amid tight security World XI squad arrives in Lahore amid tight security
A World XI squad comprising of 13 players from seven top cricket-playing nations landed in Lahore early Monday amid massive security, with Pakistan hoping the tour will end years of international isolation. Pakistan has not hosted top-level international cricket — barring five limited over matches against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015 since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists in March...
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World XI visit: Elliot content with tour’s security arrangements World XI visit: Elliot content with tour’s security arrangements
Former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliot believes the security arrangements for the World XI’s tour to Pakistan were concrete enough to convince him and his teammates to visit the country for the landmark event. The World XI side, led by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, will play three T20Is against Pakistan on September 12, 13 and 15 at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore in front of a jam-pack...
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World XI v Pakistan: Big step for world cricket, says Ben Cutting World XI v Pakistan: Big step for world cricket, says Ben Cutting
Australian fast-bowling all-rounder Ben Cutting has praised International Cricket Council’s (ICC) move to send a World XI team to Pakistan in order to the help end international cricket’s hiatus in the country. Cutting, who is one part of the Faf du Plessis-led World XI, believes the security situation has become better in Pakistan; one of the primary reasons the tour materialised. “Obviousl...
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World XI visit: Gaddafi will light up with glee, says Waqar. World XI visit: Gaddafi will light up with glee, says Waqar.
Only the strongest survive trying times, and when they do, they emerge stronger than ever. Same will be the case with Pakistan in general and Lahore in particular, which in former coach Waqar Younis’ words will be ‘lit’ when true international cricket makes its way back to the country after eight long years. Although a short tour featuring Zimbabwe did materialise back in 2015, the cricket-mad ...
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Sharapova battles on to enter third round Sharapova battles on to enter third round
Former world number one Maria Sharapova battled back Wednesday to reach the third round of the US Open while next-generation rising stars Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios crashed out. Sharapova, who downed second-ranked Simona Halep in her first Grand Slam match after a 15-month doping ban, defeated Hungary’s 59th-ranked Timea Babos 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “It wasn’t my ...
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World XI tour first important step, says Gul. World XI tour first important step, says Gul.
Pakistani right-arm pacer Umar Gul is delighted with the World XI tour’s to the country after the fans were deprived of a high-profile tour since the 2009 attack on a Sri Lanka team bus. Pakistan, in attempt to end international cricket’s exile from the country, proposed that a team comprised of big names of the cricketing world travelled to Lahore to play three T20Is and their wish was granted...
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Praying publicly after football games remains banned in US. Praying publicly after football games remains banned in US.
A high school football coach in Washington state has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to let him kneel and pray on the field immediately after games in sight of students and parents. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Joseph Kennedy’s request for an injunction requiring the Bremerton School District, located just outside Seattle, to reinstate him and allow his p...
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McIlroy to play Northern Trust Open. McIlroy to play Northern Trust Open.
World number four Rory McIlroy is in the field for next week’s Northern Trust Open, first event of the US PGA’s FedEx Cup playoffs won by the Northern Ireland star last year. McIlroy had indicated after a disappointing 22nd-place finish in the PGA Championship that he might sit out the rest of the year. He said the effects of a broken rib suffered early in the season continued to hinder his ...
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Sri Lanka to play T20I in Pakistan, confirms board's chief. Sri Lanka to play T20I in Pakistan, confirms board's chief.
Sri Lanka’s cricket board has approved a tour to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly militant attack against the team brought top international games there to a standstill, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said after a security assessment, the team had been cleared to play three T20Is including one in Lahore, scene of the 2009 attack which left eight people d...
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