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Qatar in talks to host Pakistan Twenty20 league DOHA: Football World Cup 2022 host Qatar is poised to move into the lucrative international Twenty20 cricket market as the venue for the inaugural Pakistan Super League, officials said Tuesday.The head of the Qatar Cricket Association, Gul Khan told AFP there was a "70 percent" chance Doha would host the tournament, to be played in February 2016, following three days of talks with the senior members of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over the weekend.PCB officials are expected to return to Qatar in early September when a final decision will be taken."We want some big international tournaments here," Khan told AFP. "This is a good experience for everybody. It's good for Qatar, it's good for cricket."He added that "big players, big names" would take part in the tournament.The PCB is looking for a venue after its first choice of the United Arab Emirates gave priority to a separate tournament involving ...

Younis wants to be the first to score 10,000 Test runs ISLAMABAD: Test Batsman Younis Khan wants to be the first Pakistani to score 10,000 Test runs saying he desires to be a role model for the nation.Younis Khan said his vision is to do something for Pakistan and that is why he wants to be the first Pakistani to score 10,000 Test runs. "We have many players who have scored 8,000 runs but no one has scored more than that and I want to do ...

ICC Steps Back From Indo-Pak Series Former test cricketer and President of ICC, Zaheer Abbas has made it clear that Indo-Pak series is a matter between the two respective cricket boards and they cannot be compelled to play against each other.According to local media reports Zaheer Abbas said, since the matter is a bilateral one between two boards the ICC can only talk to them but not compel them to play against each other bilaterally.Abbas added, Pakistani cricket team is no ...

Wenger rues offside call in Liverpool stalemate LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger railed against the decision to disallow a goal by Aaron Ramsey for offside after his side drew 0-0 in a lively home game with Liverpool.Liverpool largely controlled the first half at the Emirates Stadium, twice hitting the woodwork, but Arsenal thought they had gone ahead when Ramsey finished off a glorious through ball from Santi Cazorla.However, the goal was ruled out -- incorrectly, as television replays would prove -- and ...

Creamer, Lang are US captain's picks for Solheim Cup ORLANDO: US Solheim Cup skipper Juli Inkster named Paula Creamer and Brittany Lang as her captain's picks here Monday, completing a 12-strong squad which will attempt to wrest back the title from Europe next month. Inkster said Creamer and Lang would give her team experience and chemistry in their quest to defeat the powerful European side which won on US soil for the first time in 2013. "I'm very pleased with my two captain's picks," ...

All Black Mealamu to retire after World Cup WELLINGTON: Veteran All Black hooker Keven Mealamu confirmed Tuesday that he will hang up his boots after this year's World Cup, saying he plans to become a "rugby ambassador" in New Zealand.The 36-year-old warhorse has so far played 126 Tests and was widely expected to retire after helping New Zealand's title defence in England.Mealamu said he had accepted an ambassadorial role with New Zealand Rugby focusing on Auckland, where he racked up the bulk of ...

World Cup-winning quartet in Barbarians squad for Samoa LONDON: The Barbarians included four World Cup-winners in a squad announced Monday for Saturday's clash with Samoa, in what will be the first rugby match staged at London's Olympic Stadium.New Zealand's Ali Williams and Adam Thomson, as well as South Africa's Bakkies Botha and Wynand Olivier are joined up front by Australia's Benn Robinson.Behind the scrum, there are four Wallabies in scrum-half Luke Burgess, fly-half Mike Harris, and centres Christian Leali'ifano and Ben TapuaiFormer Samoa ...


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