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CFC thrashes ACC by 5-1 in exhibition match

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JAMMU: Clmrat Football Club in a lopsided affair thrashed Auri Crown Football Club by 5-1 goals  in an exhibition Football match, at football turf Khelgaon, Nagrota on Wednesday. In the first half, the players of both the teams exhibited both aggressive and defensive skills, however, extraordinary soccer skills displayed by Devasish of Clmrat Club made all the difference, making the contest a one-sided affair. Devasish netted 3 magnificent goals from Clmrat Football Club, while Manik and Jagpreet scored one goal each. Rohit scored the lone goal for Auri Crown Football Club. The match was organised by the Department of Youth Services and Sports to celebrate 73rd Republic Day. KR Desk

ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup: UAE and Ireland enter Plate semifinals

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PORT OF SPAIN: United Arab Emirates and Ireland booked their places in the Plate semi-finals as the next stage of the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup got off to a thrilling start in Trinidad and Tobago. UAE survived a dramatic batting collapse to edge past Uganda by one wicket and set up a clash with either host nation West Indies or Papua New Guinea in the next round. Philippus le Roux was Ireland’s hero, digging in for a vital unbeaten 83 to help his side post a total which proved comfortably beyond Canada on Tuesday night. Ireland will now meet the winners of the clash between Zimbabwe and Scotland while Canada join Uganda in the Plate play-off semi-finals. Shetty stars as UAE survive scare Adhitya Shetty shone with the ball and held his nerve with the bat as UAE recovered from a c...

Six-team PSL set for Karachi, Lahore

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says”robust” Covid-19 health and safety protocols are in place ahead of its month-long domestic Twenty20 competition in Karachi and Lahore, with several foreign cricketers participating in a six-team event. “In the present-day environment, all international sport events are going ahead because there is more awareness and information about the pandemic,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja told The Associated Press on the eve of Pakistan Super League (PSL). Karachi will host the first leg of the tournament beginning Thursday before the league moves to Lahore on Feb. 10. Lahore will also host the playoffs and the final on Feb. 27. Last year the PSL was postponed in March after six players tested positive for COVID-19 in a bio-secure bubble, and the league was sw...

You can’t win every game, it’s a temporary phase for Team India: Ravi Shastri

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MUSCAT: Former India head coach Ravi Shastri does not see any reason to press the panic button after the team’s shocking Test and ODI series loss to an under-strength South Africa as he believes it is a “temporary phase” and the side will tide over it soon. In the backdrop of Virat Kohli’s departure as captain from all formats, India, under stand-in skipper KL Rahul, were blanked 0-3 in the ODIs to cap a forgettable tour to South Africa. India had earlier suffered back-to-back defeats in Wanderers and Cape Town to lose the Test series 1-2. At the end of that series, Kohli stepped down from captaincy in the longest format, marking the end of an era in Indian cricket. “If you lose one series, you people start criticising… You can’t win every game, there will be wins and losses,” Shastri, who...

Australia set to tour Pakistan with full-strength squad

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MELBOURNE: Australia are set to tour Pakistan with a full-strength squad as no player has so far expressed any reservation about travelling to the country which did not get to host top-flight international cricket for nearly a decade due to security concerns. The last time Pakistan had an ICC event on its soil was when it co-hosted the 1996 World Cup along with India and Sri Lanka. The terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 ensured Test cricket remained out of bounds until 2019. Last year, before the T20 World Cup, New Zealand and England had pulled out of the tour of Pakistan citing security concerns, the Kiwis withdrawing at the eleventh hour. However, Australia appeared to be on track for undertaking their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years, with national selector George Ba...

Recent happenings won’t affect brand of Indian cricket: Rashid Latif

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KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif reckons that change of guard in Indian cricket won’t adversely affect its brand since the country has enough depth in talent apart from financial might to withstand the churning. The BCCI recently removed Virat Kohli as ODI skipper and later the star batter announced quitting leadership in Tests as well. He had already quit T20 captaincy. The manner in which all the recent developments occurred and the controversy created presented a poor picture of Indian cricket. However latif said none of it should adversely affect Indian cricket. “They have a strong base in the IPL and Indian cricket is now established as financially very strong so eventually I don’t think these recent changes or happenings should have any bearing on Indian cricket as a bra...

Sania Mirza bids adieu to Australian Open with quarterfinal loss in mixed doubles

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MELBOURNE: Trailblazing India tennis star Sania Mirza’s swansong appearance at the Australian Open ended with a quarterfinal loss to local pair Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler in the mixed doubles event here on Tuesday. Mirza, partnering American Rajeev Ram, lost the match 4-6, 6-7 to wildcard entries Fourlis and Kubler in one hour 30 minutes. The 35-year-old Mirza is India’s most accomplished woman tennis player, having won six Grand Slam titles, including three mixed doubles trophies. She was aiming to add a second Australian Open mixed doubles title to her kitty after making a first round exit in the women’s doubles event last week. —PTI   KR Desk

Rohit fit to lead India against Windies; Bhuvneshwar, Ashwin under scanner as Hardik Pandya back in radar

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NEW DELHI: India’s white-ball captain Rohit Sharma is “fit” and ready to lead the side against the West Indies in a six-match white-ball series starting February 6 with the three ODIs in Ahmedabad. However, the team selection meeting, which is set to happen this week, will be an interesting one as some senior players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin, after their indifferent performance against South Africa in their 0-3 ODI series defeat, will come under the scanner. But Rohit is ready to lead the side after a left hamstring injury ruled him out of the South Africa tour. The T20 matches against the Caribbean team are set to be held from February 16 to 20 in Kolkata. “Rohit is fit and available for the series against the West Indies,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions...

AUS vs SL: Warner, Marsh rested; Hazlewood returns to Australia T20 squad

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MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday opener David Warner and all-rounder Mitch Marsh will be rested for the five-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka next month to prepare for the upcoming tour of Pakistan. The 16-man squad includes five players — Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood — from the recent Test team that demolished England 4-0 in the Ashes series. Hazlewood returns after missing the final four Ashes Tests with a side strain. “This squad will begin preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup defence at home later this year and includes several players who have an early chance to impress in these five matches against a quality opposition,” CA said. The series against Sri Lanka will be played from Feb 11-20. Australia will t...

Balance of ODI side an issue, accepts head coach Dravid, rues missing likes of Hardik, Jadeja

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CAPE TOWN: India’s head coach Rahul Dravid had no hesitation in admitting that the ODI squad lacked balance with the likes of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja unavailable to execute their all-round skills at numbers six and seven respectively. India lost the three-match ODI series 0-3 and Dravid answered a range of questions covering the poor show in middle-overs both in batting and bowling, KL Rahul’s nascent captaincy career and how Venkatesh Iyer is not being thought of as a top-order batter. “Yeah, we understand the template. Obviously, a large part of the template is also dependent on the balance of your squad,” Dravid replied when asked if the Indian team needs to revisit its template in 50-over cricket. “I think if you are a little bit honest, some of the guys who help us balance t...