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Three pitches prepared for ODI series  LAHORE: As many as three pitches of Qaddafi Stadium have been prepared for three ODIs between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.A total of five pitches were prepared for the whole tour while six extra pitches were made for practice of the both sides around the ground."All the pitches were prepared according to the international standards and people will witness interesting fights between the two teams", revealed by the head curator of Qaddafi Stadium Haji Bashir Ahmed while talking to APP.Bashir appreciated that with the arrival of Zimbabwe team international cricket has made a come back to home ground, adding that all the game lovers were in high spirits. He hoped that other international teams would also visit Pakistan soon.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

Shoaib, Sami in: PCB announce ODI squad LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced its squad for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe after winning a 2-0 series victory against the visitors on Sunday.Ahmed Shahzad made a comeback to the ODI squad while Immad Wasim was given a chance to debut in the ODIs. Meanwhile, Babar Azam was also handed an opportunity.Former captain Shoaib Malik and fast-bowler Muhammad Sami were given a go in the ODI squad but Umar Akmal was dropped.Mukhtar ...

Sharapova, Murray get French Open bids underway PARIS: Defending champion Maria Sharapova and men's third seed Andy Murray get their French Open campaigns underway on Monday.Sharapova, second seed behind Serena Williams, tackles experienced Estonian Kaia Kanepi who was a quarter-finalist in 2012.Despite a healthy 4-0 career record over the world number 49, Sharapova will not underestimate a player who she also defeated in Paris seven years ago."She's played really well here at the French Open. She's capable of playing good tennis. She's ...

Walcott central to Wenger's plans for next season LONDON: Arsene Wenger expects hat-trick hero Theo Walcott to play more of a central role for Arsenal next season provided that fitness issues and contract negotiations are finally resolved.Walcott scored three times in the opening 37 minutes as the Gunners rounded off their Premier League campaign with a 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.The 26-year-old England winger has long expressed a desire to play more often in attack, rather ...

Bruce up for promotion fight with Hull KINGSTON UPON HULL: Hull City manager Steve Bruce said he was ready for the challenge of leading the club back into the Premier League following their relegation, if he is given the chance.Hull's relegation was confirmed on Sunday's final day of the Premier League season as they drew 0-0 at home to Manchester United to finish third from bottom, three points from safety.Last season's beaten FA Cup finalists needed a first win over United since ...

Pellegrini expects to return as City boss next season MANCHESTER: Manuel Pellegrini insists he will still be in charge of Manchester City at the start of next season after the deposed champions ended the campaign with a 2-0 victory over Southampton.A sixth consecutive win ensured Pellegrini's side rounded off the season in impressive form and, with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak on hand at Eastlands for Sunday, the City manager played down suggestions he could face a difficult meeting with his employer after surrendering the ...

Mourinho hails departing legend Drogba LONDON: Jose Mourinho believes Didier Drogba's influence will continue to be felt at Chelsea even though the Ivory Coast forward has called time on his second spell with the Premier League champions.Drogba announced his intention to leave Stamford Bridge before the 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Sunday that ensured Mourinho's side ended their title-winning campaign in fitting style before being presented with the trophy after the final whistle.The 37-year-old is keen to play on for ...


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