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Pakistan Test squad leaves for Colombo on Saturday KARACHI: Led by veteran batsman Misbah-ul-Haq, a 15-member Pakistan Test squad is due to leave for Colombo on Saturday to play a two-Test match series against Sri Lanka starting in Galle on August 6. Besides the team, Pakistan squad also included 10-member team management, which is the biggest one in history. Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan is the manager of the team while another ex-skipper Waqar Younis has returned as the chief coach. Pakistan enjoyed superior track record against Sri Lanka in Test matches in their home ground, winning six matches out of 15 with the host clinching three. Pakistan lost 2009 series by 2-0 against Sri Lanka in their tour under Younis Khan. Sri Lanka's unbeaten home record since 2006 in Test series was broken against South Africa, when they lost the two-Test matches home series by 1-0. Top fitness in hot humid and rainy conditions will be the ...

Misbah 7th in Test batsmen rankings ISLAMABAD: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is ranked 7th with 824 rating points in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, released on Friday.Hashim Amla of South Africa has climbed up to third position, Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews achieved a career-high sixth position, while Ian Bell of England earned a 19th position, said an ICC press release issued here.At Rose Bowl, England's colossal first innings total of 569 for seven declared revolved around Ian Bell's ...

Gavaskar slams India's 'abject surrender' NEW DELHI: India's massive 266-run Test defeat to England drew widespread condemnation on Friday with former captain Sunil Gavaskar accusing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team of "abject surrender" in Southampton."To lose this Test even before lunch on the final day showed zero resistance whatsoever," Gavaskar told the NDTV news channel.."There was no fight and that is a disappointing aspect," added the former record-breaking opening batsman, who is now a television commentator."India's loss was an abject surrender."The ...

Nishikori fights into ATP showdown with Gasquet WASHINGTON: Japan's Kei Nishikori battled through a second challenging three-set test Thursday to reach an ATP Washington Open quarter-final against a foe he has never beaten, Frenchman Richard Gasquet.Fourth-seeded Nishikori outlasted Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 while sixth seed Gasquet downed American Tim Smyczek 6-3, 6-2.That will send two of the three top remaining seeds in the $1.9 million (1.4 million euro) hardcourt event against each other to decide a semi-final berth."I'm sure it's ...

Pizarro strike lifts Bayern to friendly win over Chivas NEW YORK: Claudio Pizarro scored the only goal as Bayern Munich beat Chivas Guadalajara 1-0 on Thursday in a friendly match at Red Bull arena to launch the Bundesliga champions' US tour.Pep Guardiola's men controlled the majority of possession and took the lead in the 10th minute when Pizarro slotted home Franck Ribery's corner.Pizarro nearly had two more goals in the first half, with Carlos Fierro getting Chivas' best chance to equalize in the 81st ...

Raonic ousts Hewitt, giant-killer Johnson next WASHINGTON: Wimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic reached the quarter-finals of the ATP and WTA Washington Open with a 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/3) victory Thursday over Australian Lleyton Hewitt.The second-seeded Canadian fired 27 aces and denied all four of the two-time Grand Slam champion's break chances at the $1.9 million (1.4m euro) hardcourt warm-up event for the US Open."I did a lot of good things, especially the way I fought through the important games," Raonic said. "In ...

Bolt sprints into Glasgow spotlight GLASGOW: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is set to make his first Commonwealth Games appearance on Friday when he runs in the 4x100m relay as seven more golds are up for grabs in track and field.Bolt, who raced neither the 100 nor 200m, won by Jamaican teammates Kemar Bailey-Cole and Rasheed Dwyer respectively, is expected to race in heats for the relay, with the final slated for Saturday.Elsewhere on the track, Olympic champion Sally Pearson will ...


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