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Federer never imagined having chance to become oldest number one

Roger Federer can become the oldest world number one on Friday, a remarkable achievement for the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who admitted he “never imagined” he’d get the opportunity. The 36-year-old faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open where victory will allow him to replace old rival and close friend Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.The Swiss would surpass Andre Agassi, who held the top spot in 2003 aged 33 years and 131 days. It would be Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top...

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Changes in team necessary after NZ debacle: Inzamam

Disappointed at Pakistan’s pathetic performance in the recently-held ODI series in New Zealand, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Thursday gave a clear signal of changes in the national team. “When a team lose a series 0-5, changes are necessary,” Inzamam told reporters at the Model Town Club ground while inaugurating a local limited-overs tournament. “At the same time, I would say that we also need to play more one-day cricket at domestic and international level as we have been playing a significant number of Twenty20 matches [of late].” Sarfraz Ahmed-captained Pakistan last year rose from nowhere to clinch the prestigious...

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Bangladesh’s record T20 total to no avail as SL win

Bangladesh’s highest Twenty20 International total didn’t matter as Sri Lanka chased it down with 20 balls to spare to win the opening fixture of the two-match series here on Thursday. After Bangladesh made 193-5 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka raced to victory by posting 194-4 in 16.4 overs as opener Kusal Mendis struck a belligerent maiden half-century, a 27-ball innings of 53 that included eight boundaries and two sixes. Sri Lanka had already won the One-day International tri-series and the Test series, and need one more win in their last tour game — the second T20...

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Pakistan on course to play in World Cup in India: FIH

Hockey’s governing body indicated Thursday that Pakistan will take part in the men’s World Cup this year in India despite acute tensions between the two countries. Pakistan have qualified for the World Cup to be held in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar between November 18 and December 16. But fears have been raised that Pakistan could skip the 16-team event as sporting ties between the neighbours are frozen. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) told AFP however that no participating nation has indicated problems that could lead to a withdrawal, or India refusing to let any nation attend. “We...

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Hasan Ali doubtful for initial PSL matches, Umaid Asif joins as cover

All-rounder Hasan Ali is doubtful for the first few matches of the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to an ankle injury he sustained during Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand. An official of PSL confirmed that Hasan has yet to fully recover from the injury, and is likely to sit out the first three or four matches of Peshawar Zalmi. The Zalmi management has included first-class cricketer Umaid Asif as cover for the injured bowler. “Umaid Asif will join Peshawar Zalmi as cover for fast bowler Hasan Ali who is recovering from an ankle injury,” said a statement from...

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