Masood ‘has proved himself in England’ as marathon century puts Pakistan on top

Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq said Shan Masood had “proved himself in England” after the opener’s superb hundred helped leave the tourists well-placed in the first Test at Old Trafford on Thursday. Masood’s Test-best 156 was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s first-innings 326 all out, with England slumping to 12-3 in reply. The hosts ended the second day […]

Pakistan’s Babar in ‘same class as Kohli’ after England fifty

Pakistan’s Babar Azam was compared to India’s Virat Kohli as one of the world’s leading batsmen after his unbeaten fifty on the opening day of the first Test against England on Wednesday. When bad light forced an early close at Old Trafford, Pakistan were 139-2, with Babar 69 not out and Shan Masood unbeaten on […]

IPL suspends sponsorship deal with Vivo amid anti-China backlash

THE Indian Premier League on Thursday (6) suspended a deal with its main sponsor, Chinese phone maker Vivo, amid a backlash after a deadly border clash between the two countries in June. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said the deal had been called off for the tournament due to start in the […]

Babar Azam stars as Pakistan make solid start in England opener

Pakistan’s Babar Azam underlined his status as one of the world’s leading batsmen with a fine unbeaten fifty against England on an interrupted opening day of the first Test at Old Trafford on Wednesday. When bad light forced an early close, Pakistan were 139-2, with Babar 69 not out and Shan Masood unbeaten on 46. […]

Pakistan cricket chief urges England to tour before 2022

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan has urged England to send a team to the country before their scheduled return in 2022 after Azhar Ali’s side agreed to travel to Britain during the coronavirus pandemic. England have not visited Pakistan since 2005/06. An attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka’s team bus in […]

Sumit Nagal gets direct entry into singles main draw of US Open

Young Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal is set to compete in his second Grand Slam main draw after receiving a direct entry into the US Open, which several top players will miss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The world number 127 is the last man to receive a direct entry, according to the tournament website. […]

Even the prime minister’s a fast bowler: Pakistan cricket’s need for speed

To understand the culture of fast bowling in Pakistan, look no further than Imran Khan — once a feared quick, and now the country’s prime minister. Not all of Pakistan’s pacemen will fly so high, but Khan’s rise underlines a tradition where speed is king, and blistering pace is essential for any team. As if […]

Chinese sponsor to withdraw from India’s IPL after protests: reports

The Chinese headline sponsor of the Indian Premier League, the world’s richest cricket tournament, is set to withdraw amid mounting hostility after a border clash between the Indian and Chinese armies, reports said. Phonemaker Vivo was to pull out from backing at least this year’s tournament, which has been switched to the United Arab Emirates […]

Pakistan captain Azhar backs Babar Azam to shine in England Tests

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali is confident Babar Azam will show he is one of the world’s leading batsmen in the Test series against England. The 25-year-old Babar has a fine career Test average of 45.12 from 26 matches heading into the first of a three-match campaign against England at Old Trafford on Wednesday. But his […]

Pakistan must be ready from the word ‘go’ against England says Misbah

Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq has urged his side to get off to a flying start in their Test series with England, saying they must be at their best “right from the word ‘go’”. England are notoriously sluggish starters and have lost the opener in eight of their past 10 Test series, including a recent 2-1 home […]