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Lack of options leave India struggling with Dhoni dilemma MUMBAI: Beleaguered India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears set to retain his test captaincy role - if he has the desire to continue - due to a sheer lack of alternative options to take on the job after yet another calamitous overseas tour.India's propensity for foreign failures was exposed in 2011 when the side lost eight consecutive tests with back-to-back 4-0 thrashings in England and Australia.If fans in the world's second-most populous nation, where cricket is treated like a religion, thought that period was the lowest point possible, they were in for a rude awakening when India landed in England for a recent five-test series.Dhoni's garden appeared very rosy indeed when his unfancied side claimed their first overseas win in three years with a comprehensive second test victory at Lord's but the joy and relief proved to be nothing more than a decorative flower.They capitulated meekly against a resurgent England ...

Barca appeal against transfer ban rejected: FIFA ZURICH: Barcelona have lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, soccer's world governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.As a result, Barca, who were found guilty of breaching rules on the international transfer of under-18 players, will be banned from registering players during the next transfer window in January as well as the 2015 summer window, FIFA said.FIFA also rejected Barcelona's appeal against ...

Pakistan in semis of World Jr Squash ISLAMABAD: Pakistan thrashed Finland to qualify for the semi- finals of the World Junior Squash Championship being played at Windhoek, Namibia.Pakistan will play semi-final against Malaysia, says a press release issued here. Pakistan beat Finland by 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (3-0). Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

Qadir wants Pakistan team to be a match finisher ISLAMABAD: Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir wants Pakistan team to be a match finisher in the ODI series against Sri Lanka saying players should play with confidence and courage forgetting the loss of the Test series.Pakistan will play three ODI matches against Sri Lanka with the first ODI starting from August 23. However Pakistan has lost the two matches test series against Sri Lanka.Talking to APP, Qadir said the Green-Shirts are one of the dangerous team ...

World lost the greatest player of all-time: WSF ISLAMABAD: World Squash Federation (WSF) believes the world just lost the greatest player of all time in the likes of Pakistan Legend Late Hashim Khan saying we are now left with memories of a great champion who has made a superb contribution to the game of squash.WSF President Narayana Ramachandran said Khan's going to be remembered for his sportsmanship and for what a wonderful man he was, says a press release issued here.Ramachandran said Hashim's ...

Pakistan to participate in World Youth Scrabble Championship ISLAMABAD: Defending Champions Pakistan will participate in the 9th World Youth Scrabble Championship (WYSC) to be played at Colombo, Sri Lanka from August 29 to 31.A Pakistan Scrabble Association official told APP that Moiz Ullah Baig is the reigning world youth champion and a favourite to retain the title this year. "We are hoping that Moiz will become the first player in history to win the WYSC twice," he said.He said the team is selected ...

Phelps can swim faster after comeback: coach GOLD COAST: US superstar Michael Phelps came out of retirement because he believes he can swim faster than ever before, his coach Bob Bowman said on Wednesday.Phelps, 29, admitted he was feeling "rusty" after some elementary errors at this month's US Championships, where he finished winless.But Bowman said Phelps was driven by the conviction that he can exceed the performances that brought him 18 Olympic titles, the most achieved by any athlete."That's the reason he ...


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