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New-look Pakistan bracing for competitive T20I series with Afghanistan

Islamabad United’s Shadab Khan plays a shot during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 cricket match between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, in Rawalpindi on March 12, 2023. | Photo Credit: AFP Pakistan skipper Shadab Khan vowed his new-look side will put up a good fight against a formidable Afghanistan side in the three-match Twenty20 International series starting in Sharjah on Friday.Shadab replaced Babar Azam for the series as Pakistan decided to rest their regular skipper along with seniors Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.Instead, Pakistan have drafted in top performers from its domestic T20 league - the Pakistan Super League (PSL).“It is a great honour for me to be leading Pakistan,” Shadab said on Thurs...
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All eyes on Rahul as Lucknow Super Giants looks to put the past behind them

Key player: K.L. Rahul coming good at the top of the order will be a good augury for Super Giants. | Photo Credit: Sportzpics for IPL The bitterness of the IPL 2022 Eliminator defeat may have lingered for a while, but given Lucknow Super Giants’ new signings, it looks like the team has moved on. Super Giants’ maiden campaign could have ended better than the fourth-place finish they managed after a 14-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the playoffs. K.L. Rahul’s slow-paced half-century during a steep 208-run chase proved a big blow. While the captain pointed at sloppy fielding as the reason for the reverse, mentor Gautam Gambhir’s ice-cold stare directed at him told a different story.Baffling approachIt is baffling why Rahul, a batter blessed with a wide repertoire, adopt...
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All eyes on Rahul as Lucknow Super Giants looks to put the past behind them

Key player: K.L. Rahul coming good at the top of the order will be a good augury for Super Giants. | Photo Credit: PTI The bitterness of the IPL 2022 Eliminator defeat may have lingered for a while, but given Lucknow Super Giants’ new signings, it looks like the team has moved on. Super Giants’ maiden campaign could have ended better than the fourth-place finish they managed after a 14-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the playoffs. K.L. Rahul’s slow-paced half-century during a steep 208-run chase proved a big blow. While the captain pointed at sloppy fielding as the reason for the reverse, mentor Gautam Gambhir’s ice-cold stare directed at him told a different story.Baffling approachIt is baffling why Rahul, a batter blessed with a wide repertoire, adopts a cautious ap...
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Portugal vs Liechtenstein Live Score: Cristiano Ronaldo with record 197th cap, kick off imminent

Portugal vs Liechtenstein (POR vs LEI) UEFA Euro Live Football Score Streaming Online Today Match Updates: Here is the Portugal Squad Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Rui Patricio (AS Roma). Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Bayern Munich), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Goncalo Inacio (Sporting Lisbon), Diogo Leite (Union Berlin) Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Danilo Pereira and Nuno Mendes (Paris St Germain). Midfielders: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (Benfica), Otavio Monteiro (Porto), Vitinha (Paris St Germain), Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nass...
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India could dominate women’s cricket in five to 10 years, says Gardner 

High praise: Ash Gardner feels it’s the right time to start the WPL and sees great potential in the competition. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI Life has changed considerably for Ashleigh Gardner since she first came to India as a 19-year-old. Back in 2016, she led a women’s team of Indigenous Australian cricketers for a first-ever overseas tour.Seven years later, she is one of the superstars in women’s cricket. She became the Women’s Premier League’s joint costliest overseas player when she was signed up by the Adani Sportsline-owned Gujarat Giants. “When I came to India with the Indigenous squad, it was challenging conditions and it was also challenging to captain a team that I didn’t know well,” said Gardner in an exclusive interview to The Hindu. “I was one of the youngest playe...
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India could dominate women’s cricket in five to 10 years, says Gardner 

High praise: Ash Gardner feels it’s the right time to start the WPL and sees great potential in the competition. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI Life has changed considerably for Ashleigh Gardner since she first came to India as a 19-year-old. Back in 2016, she led a women’s team of Indigenous Australian cricketers for a first-ever overseas tour.Seven years later, she is one of the superstars in women’s cricket. She became the Women’s Premier League’s joint costliest overseas player when she was signed up by the Adani Sportsline-owned Gujarat Giants. “When I came to India with the Indigenous squad, it was challenging conditions and it was also challenging to captain a team that I didn’t know well,” said Gardner in an exclusive interview to The Hindu. “I was one of the youngest playe...
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How Smith’s men brought the Indian home juggernaut to a halt

Creditable: Smith achieved what no captain could since 2019. | Photo Credit: AFP At the start of the new year, with nine ODIs scheduled at home for India, it was clear these games would play a crucial role in helping the team firm up its combinations ahead of the World Cup later this year. After breezing past Sri Lanka and New Zealand, India hit a wall against Australia and lost a one-day series at home for the first time in four years on Wednesday.In Mumbai, the Men in Blue, led by its pacers, restricted the Aussies to a modest 188. K.L. Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja took the side home after a poor start. Top-order collapseThe top-order collapsed again in Visakhapatnam against Mitchell Starc’s swing and pace as Australia fought back to level the series with a ten-wicket win. In the fin...
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How Smith’s men brought the Indian home juggernaut to a halt

Creditable: Smith achieved what no captain could since 2019. | Photo Credit: AFP At the start of the new year, with nine ODIs scheduled at home for India, it was clear these games would play a crucial role in helping the team firm up its combinations ahead of the World Cup later this year. After breezing past Sri Lanka and New Zealand, India hit a wall against Australia and lost a one-day series at home for the first time in four years on Wednesday.In Mumbai, the Men in Blue, led by its pacers, restricted the Aussies to a modest 188. K.L. Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja took the side home after a poor start. Top-order collapseThe top-order collapsed again in Visakhapatnam against Mitchell Starc’s swing and pace as Australia fought back to level the series with a ten-wicket win. In the fin...
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MI and Warriorz face off for a spot in title clash

Game time: Healy and Harmanpreet will try to outsmart each other for a berth in final.  | Photo Credit: Getty Images Three teams, two matches. The Women’s Premier League has finally come down to that, after 20 days of intense action. Mumbai Indians and UP Warriorz face off at the D.Y. Patil Stadium here on Friday in the Eliminator, to determine which side will earn the right to take on Delhi Capitals in the final. Capitals moved straight into Sunday’s final after finishing on top of the table in the league phase, a double round-robin affair involving five teams. At just past the halfway stage, MI had looked the likeliest team to take that direct berth: it had won all its five games. Its great run was stopped by Warriorz, at this very venue. The formidable bunch of Warriorz s...
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MI and Warriorz face off for a spot in title clash

Game time: Healy and Harmanpreet will try to outsmart each other for a berth in final.  | Photo Credit: Getty Images Three teams, two matches. The Women’s Premier League has finally come down to that, after 20 days of intense action. Mumbai Indians and UP Warriorz face off at the D.Y. Patil Stadium here on Friday in the Eliminator, to determine which side will earn the right to take on Delhi Capitals in the final. Capitals moved straight into Sunday’s final after finishing on top of the table in the league phase, a double round-robin affair involving five teams. At just past the halfway stage, MI had looked the likeliest team to take that direct berth: it had won all its five games. Its great run was stopped by Warriorz, at this very venue. The formidable bunch of Warriorz s...
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India can play Pakistan at a neutral venue during Asia Cup: Pakistan Cricket Board’s proposal

India can play archrivals Pakistan and other teams at a venue outside of Pakistan during the Asia Cup. This is according to a proposal of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the hosts of the tournament. PCB came up with the proposal during last week’s Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Dubai. ACC president Jay Shah, also the BCCI secretary, was present at the meeting while Arun Dhumal, the IPL chairman, represented India. However, no decision has been taken yet about the venues for the India games. The BCCI had made it clear after last year’s Annual General Body Meeting that the Indian team will not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup because the central government would not give clearance. If India reaches the final, the game will also have to be held outside of Pakistan “The prop...
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India will play Asia Cup matches at neutral venues, won’t travel to Pakistan: Sources | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Asia Cup 2023 is likely to be held in Pakistan, with another overseas venue to host India games.After a brief stalemate, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are working quickly to broker a compromise that could result in both teams playing their tournament matches against one another outside of Pakistan. India is likely to play their Asia Cup 2023 matches in England, Oman, Sri Lanka or UAE."A meeting between the boards had been done a few days back and the tournament will be allowed to be held in Pakistan. India will play their matches at a neutral venue and will not travel to Pakistan, the venues where India could play their matches are likely to be Oman, UAE, England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Though the decision will be dec...
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José Luis Mendilibar replaces Jorge Sampaoli as Sevilla FC coach

La Liga side Sevilla FC named Jose Luis Mendilibar as their new coach until the end of the season, replacing Jorge Sampaoli in the dugout at the Ramon Sánchez-Pizjuán. Sampaoli, who only took over from Julen Lopetegui back in October 2022, was relieved of his duties on Monday with the Andalusians sitting 14th in the league, just two points clear of the relegation zone with 12 matches left. “Following the defeat at Getafe, which leaves the side just above the relegation zone, the club has decided to part ways with the Argentine coach ahead of the international break,” Sevilla had said in a statement. “The image shown by the team in these last matches has led the club to make this decision, in hopes that it can recover in the last 12 rounds of the Spanish league.” Mendilibar coached SD E...
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World Athletics tightens restrictions on transgender, DSD athletes

World Athletics has banned transgender women from competing in elite female competitions if they have gone through male puberty, the sport’s governing body said on Thursday. The council also voted to tighten restrictions on athletes with Differences in Sex Development (DSD), cutting the maximum amount of plasma testosterone for athletes in half, to 2.5 nanomoles per litre from five. The tighter rules will impact DSD athletes such as two-times Olympic 800 metre champion Caster Semenya, Christine Mboma, the 2020 Olympic silver medallist in the 200m, and Francine Niyonsaba, who finished runner-up to Semenya in the 800 at the 2016 Olympics. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe told a news conference that the decision to exclude transgender women was based “on the overarching need to prot...
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Hastening Jasprit Bumrah’s return may result in career-threatening injury

In the second week of January, the BCCI, while announcing Jasprit Bumrah’s sudden withdrawal from the Sri Lanka series, had called it a “precautionary measure” and informed that India’s premier pacer needed “some more time to build bowling resilience”. Jasprit Bumrah at the 2021 T20 World Cup. (Photo: Reuters) Though there has been no official update on his fitness, those in the know say that Bumrah, who reportedly underwent surgery on his injury-prone lower back recently in New Zealand, might be out of action for most of this year, ruling him out of the Indian Premier League, the World Test Championship final and even the 50-over World Cup in October-November. The pacer is set to return to India towards the end of the month or in the first week of April. Once back, the Indian team’s d...
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HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth crash out of Swiss Open | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian shuttlers drew a blank at the Swiss Open Super 300 badminton tournament on Thursday with HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth and Mithun Manjunath crashing out of the event on Thursday.World No. 9 and fifth seed HS Prannoy's terrible performance saw him exit the tournament in the second round after losing in straight games against unseeded Christo Popov of France.Former world number one Kidambi Srikanth's lean patch also continued as he was the first one to be knocked out after putting up a brave fight against Hong Kong's Cheuk Yiu Lee.Prannoy, favourite coming into the contest, looked a pale shadow of himself in front of world No. 40 Popov as he failed to give any fight, losing 8-21, 8-21 to bow out of the men's singles event.Going by rankings, there was hardly anything to se...
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World Athletics votes to exclude transgender women athletes | More sports News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (England): World Athletics has banned transgender women from competing in elite female competitions if they have gone through male puberty, the sport's governing body said on Thursday.The council also voted to tighten restrictions on athletes with Differences in Sex Development (DSD), cutting the maximum amount of plasma testosterone for athletes in half, to 2.5 nanomoles per litre from five.The tighter rules will impact DSD athletes such as two-times Olympic 800 metre champion Caster Semenya, Christine Mboma, the 2020 Olympic silver medallist in the 200m, and Francine Niyonsaba, who finished runner-up to Semenya in the 800 at the 2016 Olympics.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe told a news conference that the decision to exclude transgender women was based "on the overa...
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Wessly Madhevere claims hat-trick as Zimbabwe beat Netherlands by one run in a thriller | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Off-spinner Wessly Madhevere rose to the occasion claiming a hat-trick to set up a dramatic finish as Zimbabwe beat Netherlands by one run in the second of three World Cup Super League one-day internationals in Harare on Thursday.The series is now tied at 1-1 and the decider will be played at the same venue on Saturday.The edge-of-the-seat thrilling match went down to the last ball when last man Ryan Klein got run out while attempting a near-impossible third run which would have tied the match.Chasing 272, The Netherlands were cruising fine at 213 for four before off-spinner Madhevere dismissed Colin Ackermann, Teja Nidamanuru and Paul van Meekeren off the first three balls of the 44th over.Colin Ackermann ☝Teja Nidamanuru ☝Paul van Meekeren ☝A stunning hat-trick for Wessly M...
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Ben Stokes shares photo of him travelling to join Chennai Super Kings for IPL

England’s Ben Stokes on Thursday shared a photo with his bags packed on Instagram which was captioned, “See You Soon @chennaiipl” Stokes was signed by the Chennai Super Kings in the mini auction last year for an eye watering 16.25 crore but there were reports that he might not be with the franchise for the entirety of the IPL in order to begin preparation for the Ashes. Stokes is also dealing with a knee injury that he suffered against New Zealand and while Stokes has committed to play for Chennai, it is understood that a clear picture on his full availability will only emerge after he joins the team. While there have been calls for Stokes to sit out the IPL, England coach Brendon McCullum is of the opinion that playing in the IPL will not jeopardise Stokes’ chances of playing in the...
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3rd ODI: Bangladesh thrash dismal Ireland by 10 wickets to win series 2-0 | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET (Bangladesh): Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal breezed past Ireland's dismal 101-run total in less than 14 overs for Bangladesh's first-ever 10-wicket win, sealing a 2-0 series victory during Thursday's final one-day-international in Sylhet.Liton was unbeaten on 50 alongside Tamim with 41, both untroubled by an Irish bowling attack that served up 10 wides and a leg bye.Pacer Hasan Mahmud claimed his maiden five-wicket ODI haul while conceding only 32 runs after the tourists elected to bat first.Taskin Ahmed and Ebadot Hossain also shone with the ball to claim 3-26 and 2-29 respectively, with Ireland recording the lowest one-day score against Bangladesh.Curtis Campher top-scored with 36, while Lorcan Tucker made 28 after surviving a golden duck when Liton dropped his catch at slip.Hasan ...