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Northamptonshire signs Shahid Afridi for English T20 stint Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been signed by Northamptonshire for the first six rounds of NatWest T20 Blast. According to foreign media reports, Head coach David Ripley said, “This is a very exciting signing for us. Shahid is without doubt the most outstanding spin bowling all-rounder in one day international cricket of the last five years. He is a fierce competitor and undoubted match winner with bat and ball.”Afridi will represent Northants at the England’s premium T20 championship and will be available for its first six fixtures, joining from May 15, 2015. Afridi said, “I am looking forward to playing in the NatWest T20 Blast. I have always enjoyed playing in England, where I have always found the crowds good natured and knowledgeable. I am very happy to be joining a good Northants squad in the search for Twenty20 success,” The Guardian reported. Afridi, who has also played for Leicestershire, ...

Narine withdraws from West Indies cricket world cup squad ISLAMABAD: West Indies Cricket Board Wednesday announced that off spinner Sunil Narine has withdrawn from the West Indies squad for the Cricket World Cup 2015.Narine has undergone intense remedial work on his bowling action and preliminary tests have shown him bowling all his deliveries under the 15 degrees flexion allowance, reported.However he requires more time to be able to confidently bowl for a sustained period in international cricket with his new action."Playing for Red ...

Sean Abbott named Australia's young cricketer of the year ISLAMABAD: Sean Abbott has been named Australia's young cricketer of the year, two months after bowling the delivery which led to the death of Phillip Hughes.A ball from the 22-year-old struck Australia batsman Hughes on the neck during a domestic game in November, BBC News reported on Wednesday.Several former cricketers feared Abbott may not play again, but he has since returned to action for New South Wales.He thanked "the Australian cricket family and wider community" ...

Flat Nishikori hits wall at Aussie Open MELBOURNE: Kei Nishikori hit the wall at the Australian Open on Wednesday, deflating his devoted Japanese supporters as he was roughed up by Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.The Swiss defending champion had too many big guns for the fifth seed, rattling off a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win in just over two hours on Rod Laver Arena.It means Wawrinka stays in the tournament with a semi-final against either Novak Djokovic or Milos Raonic beckoning, while ...

Serena on fire as Wawrinka crushes Japan hopes MELBOURNE: A fired-up Serena Williams shot down last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova Wednesday to set up an Australian Open semi-final with teen Madison Keys, as defending men's champion Stan Wawrinka crushed Japanese hopes.Unlike her earlier sluggish matches, Serena was in the zone from the off against the dangerous Slovak, a steely look in her eyes as she walked onto Rod Laver Arena soon after fellow American Keys knocked out her sister Venus.The powerful world number ...

Bulls end Warriors' 19-game home win streak in OT OAKLAND: Derrick Rose scored 30 points and the Chicago Bulls outlasted Golden State 113-111 in overtime Tuesday, snapping the Warriors' club-record home win streak at 19 games.The Warriors, leading the NBA in 3-pointers, went 0-for-13 from beyond the arc in the second half and over-time, missing all four long-range tries in the decisive extra five minutes, when Golden State was 2-of-11 shooting from the floor.Rose sank the winning basket with just over seven seconds remaining, ...

Wawrinka masters Nishikori to reach Open semis MELBOURNE: Defending champion Stan Wawrinka wasted five match points before sealing a straight sets win over Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori to reach the semi-finals at the Australian Open on Wednesday.The Swiss fourth seed won 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) in just over two hours and will now face either top seed Novak Djokovic or eighth seed Milos Raonic for a place in Sunday's final.Nishikori had mastered the Swiss over five sets in the quarter-finals at ...


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