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Hockey: Argentina edge out Pakistan, enter last four

Unlike their cricket team in the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan could not produce any magic against World No 1 Argentina in a quarterfinal match of the Hero Hockey World League semifinal on Thursday. Argentina beat Pakistan 3-1 to become the first team to enter the last-four stage of the tournament and await the winners of the match between India and Malaysia. Maico Casella bagged a pair of goals for Argentina. The Hockey World League is also serving as a qualifier for the World Cup and today’s defeat reduces Pakistan’s chances of making it the world championship in...

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PM to meet winning Pakistan squad at special ceremony on July 5

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sanctioned immediate release of Rs215 million for the Pakistan cricket team, according to a notification issued Thursday, days after they outclassed arch-rivals India to lift the Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan thrashed India in the Champions Trophy final played at The Oval, London, defeating the arch-rival by 180 runs on Sunday. All 15 players in the winning squad and 13 officials of team management will be given Rs10 million and Rs5 million each. Read more: Prime Minister Nawaz announces Rs10 mln each for cricket team players PM Sharif will distribute cheques...

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Malinga in hot water over ‘monkey’ remark

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga faced an investigation on Thursday after he compared a government minister to a monkey following criticism that the country’s cricketers were too fat. Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said he ordered an inquiry after Malinga lambasted him for questioning the endurance of Sri Lankan players following their failure to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals. “He is now under investigation for making statements to the media in breach of his contract with Sri Lanka Cricket,” Jayasekera said. “In my criticism of the appalling fitness levels of our players, I did not name...

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Afghanistan, Ireland given full ICC test status

Afghanistan and Ireland will join the ranks of full test-playing nations after receiving the backing of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) conference on Thursday. The body said it had voted to admit the two nations into the elite group that is permitted to play traditional five-day test matches. As new full members of the ICC, Ireland and Afghanistan will take the total of countries playing tests to 12. Until 1982 there were only seven but that year Sri Lanka were admitted. Zimbabwe then joined in 1992 and Bangladesh became the most recent member in 2000....

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Shahid Afridi praises Pakistan for their victory over India

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has hailed the Pakistan cricket team for their stunning victory in the ICC Champions Trophy final against India, hailing it as a ‘monumental victory’ in the history of Pakistan cricket. Very few people gave Pakistan a chance facing off against India in the final, but the lowest ranked team in the tournament surprised one and all. Writing for, Afridi said, “It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive. This is one victory...

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