‘Statement was for few badminton players who campaigned against me’ Mahoor

TOKYO: Pakistan’s badminton participant in Olympics Games 2020, Mahoor Shahzad said her statement regarding ‘jealousy’ was for those fellow players who started campaigning against her.  In a clarification video after facing criticism for accusing fellow Pashtun players of campaigning against her, Mahoor said she never meant to hurt anyone. “I apologize to my Pashtun brothers and sisters for my words in the previous video. I respect all Pakistanis and only due to their support, I reached in Olympics,” she said. “But, some of our top badminton players started giving negative things about me in media since my Olympics 2020 participation was disclosed, “They criticized me, they said I wasn’t eligible of playing in Olympics, they accused my father of giving money to Pakistan Badminton Federation (PBF) for my participation in Olympics. And did so many things just to pressurize me during last one and a half month, even during my matches,” she highlighted. It must be noted here that Mahoor blamed her fellow badminton players for being jealous of her Olympics participation. “Some of our Pathan and Pakistani badminton players are jealous of me participating in Olympics,” she had said.

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Sri Lanka beat India to level T20I series 1-1

COLOMBO: Dhananjaya de Silva (40) Minod Bhanuka (36) led Sri Lanka to four-wickets victory over India in the second T20I to level series 1-1 with a match to go.  De Silva stood firm till the end to help the hosts chase 133 in 19.4 overs with four wickets in hand. He struck a six and boundary. Earlier, Sri Lanka kept losing nevertheless Bhanuka aimed at scoring runs. His dominant top-order inning included four boundaries. Kuldeep Yadav bagged two wickets for India whereas Bhuvneswar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, and Varun Chakravarthy shared a wicket apiece. Sent into bat first, India’s inning was supported by skipper Shikar Dhawan who scored fighting 40 runs off 42 balls despite his team losing wickets at the other end. Alongside opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dhawan scored 49-runs opening partnership. Gaikwad walked off after scoring 21 with the help of a boundary. Devdutt Padikkal contributed 29 runs with the help of a boundary and a six. Akila Dananjaya took two wickets while Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Dasun Shanaka bagged a wicket each.

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PAKvsWI first T20I called off after first inning due to rain

BRIDGETOWN: Hasan Ali bagged two wickets as Pakistan restricted West Indies to 85-5 in the first T20I here on Wednesday.  While batting first in rain-hit first T20I reduced to nine-overs-per-side, West Indian opener Lendl Simmons was hit by debutant Mohammad Waseem Jr and walked off due to pain. Hasan Ali started the proceedings by bagging Evin Lewis on a change of pace delivery to reduce the hosts to 16-1 in 2.1 overs. The right armer continued his form and completed 50 T20I wickets. Mohammad Hafeez got in the action with the bowl after a long time and bagged Nicholas Pooran to cause the second dismissal to West Indies. Pooraan scored 13 runs with the help of two sixes. Andre Russell took some time to settle down before getting out to Usman Qadir. He struck a six and scored seven runs. Waseem got his maiden T20I wicket and that too of a big fish Chris Gayle who managed to score just seven, leaving West Indies suffering at 51-4. Hasan’s second strike came in second last over when Shimron Hetmyer edged the ball high in the sky behind the stump and it was taken well by keeper Mohammad Rizwan. Waseem, Hafeez and Usman took a wicket each apart from Hasan.

‘A dream come true’ debutant Mohammad Waseem Jr

Bridgeridgetown: T20I debutant for Pakistan against West Indies, Mohammad Waseem Jr’s dream has come true to represent his country.  Speaking in a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Waseem said he played every single game in domestic and PSL with an aim to make his place in the national squad. “It’s an honor for me that today I got a T20I cap for Pakistan. Babar Bhai came to me and told me that I will be playing the first match against West Indies. I can tell you how much happy I am right now,” he said. “I worked really hard to reach this stage. Every domestic match and PSL I played to make my place here. My family and friends are happy and I hope to make my debut memorable,” he added. Waseem said he follows England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes and wants to meet him. “I follow Stokes, he is my favorite player. Unfortunately, I wasn’t in the ODI squad which played against England otherwise I would have met him. I hope to see him soon and get some tips from him,” he concluded.

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Entire Pakistan squad test negative for COVID-19 in West Indies

Barbados: All members of the Pakistan squad in the West Indies have returned negative in COVID-19 tests. All the players and sports staff included in the Test and T20I squad were tested yesterday. The players in the Test squad will attend the gym session today. The national T20 squad will leave the hotel for the stadium today at 8 am local time. The first T20I match between Pakistan and West Indies will start at 10 am local time. (7 pm PST).

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T20 heavyweights ready for competitive clash as series starts today

Arguably the heavyweights of the shorter format, Pakistan and West Indies face each other in a four-match T20I series in Barbados and Guyana respectively from today. The series had to be scrapped to four matches from five after COVID-19 interrupted the ODI series between the West Indies and Australia last week. The havoc forced Cricket West Indies to prolong the ODI series for a day. The hosts have been in action constantly as they just finished Australia series and were previously busy against South Africa. Meanwhile, Pakistan reached the Caribbean last week after a disastrous tour of England where they won one match out of six limited-over games. This T20 series is very important considering the T20 World Cup 2021 is just a few months away. Pakistan have upper hand over T20 World Champions as they have won nine out of last ten encounter against them


Green Shirts looked below par in series against England and will look to rectify problems in this series. The crisis in the middle-order continue to trouble Pakistan despite having Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam at the top. The team management might change the playing XI and fans can see Sharjeel Khan opening the innings with Rizwan and Babar batting at three to give sustainability in middle-overs. Pakistan have tried 19 different batters in last two years in the middle-order and still haven’t figured out the right combination. The series will provide another oppurtunity to Sohaib Maqsood, Fakhar Zaman and Azam Khan to cement their places while Mohammad Hafeez will aim to get back his last year’s form in this series. Pakistan may have a slight advantage is the bowling attack. The surface in Barbados was very spin-friendly and it will allow Imad Wasim, Usman Qadir, and Shadab Khan to rub their shoulders. The pace attack looks settle with Shaheen Shah and Hasan Ali but form of Mohammad Hasnain and Haris Rauf is questionable as they have been the weak link in the squad.

West Indies

Windies thrashed mighty Australia by 4-1 and asserted their power ahead of the T20 World Cup in October/November later this year. Every batter has the power to hit the ball from start. Evin Lewis have been in sublime touch with Lendl Simmon and Chris Gayle forming a powerful top three. Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Jason Holder fill the middle-order. Pakistan can exploit Windies with their spin attack as in the recent past, they looked vulnerable in front of George Linde, Adam Zampa and Tabraiz Shamsi. Meanwhile among bowlers, Hayden Walsh was the pick of the bowlers in Australia series with 12 wickets to his name but he was not the only one that found success. Dwayne Bravo was brilliant at the death overs, Obed McCoy has taken his game to the next level, and even Andre Russell was consistently able to pick up wickets. While the West Indies is going to be a bit tired after playing so much cricket in the last few days, it does have a number of players that only play T20 cricket to help share the load.


West Indies: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh Jr, Fidel Edwards, Obed McCoy, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Andre Fletcher, Sheldon Cottrell, Akeal Hosein, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain

Manchester United agree deal to sign Real Madrid’s Varane

London: Manchester United have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign France centre-back Raphael Varane, the Premier League giants announced Tuesday. “Manchester United is delighted to announce the club has reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of French international defender and World Cup winner, Raphael Varane, subject to a medical and to player terms being finalised,” said a club statement. It is not expected, however, that Varane will be able to undergo a medical until next week because of current UK coronavirus restrictions. No fee has been disclosed but British media reported value the deal at £34 million ($47 million) rising to £48 million with add-ons. The 28-year-old Varane, a 2018 World Cup winner, has one season left on his contact at the Santiago Bernabeu. He moved from French club Lens to Madrid in 2011 and has since made 360 appearances across all competitions for Madrid, winning 18 major honours — including four Champions League titles. In a statement, Madrid — confirming they had agreed a fee with United — acknowledged Varane’s time in the Spanish capital by saying: “Our club thanks the player for his professionalism and exemplary conduct throughout his ten seasons representing our colours, during which time he has won 18 titles: 4 Champions Leagues, 4 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 3 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey and 3 Spanish Super Cups. “Real Madrid would like to express their gratitude to Raphael Varane and his family and wish him the best of luck in this new stage of his career.” Should his move to Old Trafford be completed, Varane would find himself vying for a place in the centre of United’s defence with club captain Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. United finished second in last season’s Premier League but were a huge 12 points adrift of title-winners and local rivals Manchester City in the race to be crowned champions of England. The Red Devils have not won a major trophy since the 2017 Europa League, with United’s last Premier League title success coming in celebrated manager Alex Ferguson’s final season before retirement eight years ago. It was Ferguson who first tried to bring Varane to United, with Jose Mourinho also interested in signing the defender during his time in charge. Varane emerged out of Lens’ academy before breaking into the north French club’s first team as a 17-year-old. Although unable to prevent Lens from suffering relegation his form had attracted the attention of several leading European clubs and the teenager joined Real in 2011, going on to make 15 appearances in all competitions during his first season in Spain as Mourinho’s men regained the La Liga title.

Sajid Sadpara, two others summit K2

Islamabad: Sajid Sadpara, son of late Ali Sadpara, summitted K2 today with Canadian filmmaker Elia Saikaly and Pasang Kaji Sherpa. According to details, they summitted K2 on 28 August 2021 at 07:45 in the morning and now they are working on bodies recovery of Ali Sadpara, Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr. The team found the bodies of the three climbers on July 26, who went missing in February 2021. “Last few days have been challenging and lucky for us all, high up in the mountains. We are lucky enough to find the bodies of my companions from #K2Winter2021 and trying to secure and preserve it at a safe location for further possibilities,” Sajid Sadpara. “I am securing bodies of fallen climbers to a safe place and instant retrieval from above bottleneck is not possible without endangering many lives. Possibilities of retrieving bodies without further damages and without risking lives would be done at later stage after consulting families and experts,” he added. Sajid requested everyone at K2 not to share any photo/video of the bodies as it is very painful for all families and friends.

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One more judoka withdraws from Olympics to avoid facing Israeli opponent

Tokyo: Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool has become the second judoka to withdraw from Tokyo 2020 ahead of his match against Israel’s Tohar Butbul. The 73kg division athletes were due to face each other in Monday’s last 32 clash. The pair both turned up for their weigh-in ahead of the encounter. But Abdalrasool was a no-show when it came to the actual event. No annoucement has been made by Sudanese Olympic officials or the International Judo Foundation (IFJ) on why Abdalrasool didn’t show up for the event

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Abdalrasool becomes the second judoka to do as few days back, Algeria’s Fethi Nourine was sent back after he withdrew of facing the same Israeli opponent. “We worked a lot to reach the Olympics, but the Palestinian cause is bigger than all this,” the 30-year-old Nourine told Algerian television.

Murray, Salisbury eliminated in Olympics doubles quarter-finals

Tokyo: Andy Murray’s bid for a third Olympic gold medal ended Wednesday as the former world number one and partner Joe Salisbury lost to Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig in the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles. The British pair led Cilic and Dodig by a set and a break but suffered a late collapse as the Croatians prevailed in a deciding tie-break to win 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 10-7 Murray pulled out of the singles in Tokyo due to a muscle strain. He was the defending two-time champion in the event after winning gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016. He was bidding for a fourth Olympic medal, having also won silver in mixed doubles alongside Laura Robson in 2012. Cilic and Dodig will play New Zealand’s Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell in the semi-finals in Tokyo. Venus and Daniell took out Colombian third seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the last eight.

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