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Sami, Shoaib makes a surprise entry against Zimbabwe Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Sami and former captain Shoaib Malik was recalled by Pakistan on Tuesday after staying away for almost three years. Both players will play two-match Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe this week.Shoaib Malik, the 33-year-old all-rounder, has not figured since a poor show against Bangladesh in the last T20 Internationals in Dhaka in 2014. Sami, 34, was once regarded as one of the world’s fastest bowlers after he burst on to the scene in the early 2000s. But Sami played the last of his five T20s against Sri Lanka in June 2012.Zimbabwe is the first test-playing nation to tour Pakistan in six years, following the deadly gun attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, which prompted the suspension of all global crickets in the nation. As per media reports, a Zimbabwe cricket team official has said on arriving in Pakistan in defiance of his government that ...

Newcastle Jets' tycoon owner has licence revoked SYDNEY: A furious Football Federation Australia on Wednesday stripped the tycoon owner of the Newcastle Jets of his licence to run the A-League club after he put it into voluntary administration.The move came barely 30 minutes after coal baron Nathan Tinkler said the team was insolvent and that Scottish side Dundee United was ready to buy it.The sport's governing body had given Tinkler and his company, Hunter Sports Group, until 0600 GMT to pay outstanding ...

Timberwolves snag first pick in entry draft NEW YORK: The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday, becoming the first team with the worst record to be awarded the top overall pick since the Orlando Magic in 2004.The Los Angeles Lakers moved into the top three and will pick second. The Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at number three, the New York Knicks get the fourth pick and the Orlando Magic round out the top five.It marks the first time in team ...

Kaymer wants Euro showpiece moved WENTWORTH: Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer has urged the European Tour to consider moving their showpiece event to later in the summer.The European PGA Championship gets underway at Wentworth on Thursday and the German thinks it is too early in the season and players do not see the best of the course.Kaymer, US PGA Champion in 2010 and US Open winner last season, and world number one Rory McIlroy will be on parade but several ...

Afridi praises Zimbabwe 'courage'   LAHORE: Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi Tuesday led his country in welcoming the Zimbabwe team and praised the visitors' "courage" after they became the first Test-playing nation to visit in six years.Zimbabwe arrived early Tuesday under top-level security, and are set to play two Twenty20 internationals on Friday and Sunday followed by three one-day matches on May 26, 29 and 31, all in Lahore."I am delighted to see the return of international cricket to Pakistan," ...

Saint-Andre favours experience as France name World Cup squad PARIS: France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said Tuesday he had favoured experience as he named Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc and Toulon veteran Frederic Michalak in his 36-man squad for the World Cup.Trinh-Duc, 28, and Michalak, 32, were given the nod ahead of Clermont flyhalf Camille Lopez, 26, for the September 18 to October 31 tournament in England."We really chose experience," said Saint-Andre, whose side bid to overturn a record of just 15 wins for two draws ...

Donald eyes return to form at European PGA WENTWORTH: Luke Donald hopes a return to the scene of two of his greatest triumphs this week will kick-start his season and a rise up the world rankings.The former world number one is now rated the 60th best player in the world according to the official figures and is in danger of missing the US Open and the British Open.Donald, at Wentworth for the European PGA Championship which starts on Thursday, has not won on ...


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