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Sohaib should bat up in the order: Iqbal Qasim KARACHI: Former chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said that sending talented Sohaib Maqsood up in the order could prove more benefiting and productive in Pakistan team's interest."Sohaib and Fawad deserved all the credit and encouragement for their outstanding batting which powered Pakistan to remarkable victory in first one-dayer," he told APP on Monday on the eve of the second One-Day being played in Hambantota on Tuesday.He said Sohaib has batted up in the order and even opened the batting and deserved to bat at four or five spot.Pakistan was dire straits at 106-5, but Sohaib and Fawad in fighting 147 runs 6th wicket stand set-up a thrilling win with one- ball to spare.Multan-based Sohaib hit an awesome 89 off 73 balls with nine boundaries while batting at number seven spot while Fawad hit seven boundaries in his 61-ball 62 and Ahmed Shehzad (49) and put up gutsy performance.Senior batsmen like ...

McDowell to quit Horizon management stable and go it alone PARAMUS: Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell will leave the Horizon Sports stable when his contract finishes at the end of the year in order to manage his own commercial interests, the world number 16 has announced."When I joined Horizon in November 2007, I was ranked outside the top 100 players in the world and was seeking a new and energetic management team to help me achieve my career ambitions," the Northern Irishman said in ...

Fiorentina forward Gomez eyes return to Germany squad BERLIN: Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez said on Monday he was determined to earn an international recall with Germany after missing the World Cup following a long injury absence.The 29-year-old, who has won 59 caps and scored 25 goals, last played for Germany in August 2013 against Paraguay."I obviously want and I will come back to the national team," Gomez told Sport Bild magazine. "The pre-season preparation went well and we are well prepared for the ...

Algieri hopes to reach for the stars in Pacquaio bout MACAU: Confident and unbeaten, WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri believes his strong jab can nullify the speed and power of boxing great Manny Pacquiao and propel the New Yorker to legendary status.The American faces easily the sternest test of his six-year professional career when he steps into the Macau ring on Nov. 22 against Pacquiao, winner of world titles in eight different weight divisions, for the Filipino's WBO welterweight crown.The two men squared off ...

Hamilton wonders whether Rosberg can be trusted SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS: Lewis Hamilton says he no longer knows whether to trust Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on the track after they collided at Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix but has ruled out retaliation.The incident, with Rosberg's front wing making contact with Hamilton's rear tyre and causing a puncture on the second lap of the race, was an avoidable one that wrecked the Briton's afternoon.Hamilton eventually retired after struggling with a damaged car while Rosberg, now 29 ...

Pietersen says IPL not to blame for India Test form LONDON: Kevin Pietersen has said it is wrong to blame the Twenty20 Indian Premier League for the tourists poor Test form in England.In the absence of exiled former captain Pietersen, England came from behind to beat India 3-1 in a five-Test series, with skipper Alastair Cook overseeing the recovery.That led many pundits to take what IPL star Pietersen said were "lazy potshots" at the lucrative Twenty20 event, which some have blamed for turning the heads ...

Younis to return from Sri Lanka after family tragedy KARACHI: Veteran batsman Younis Khan will play no further part in Pakistan's one-day series in Sri Lanka following the death of his 10-year-old nephew, an official said on Monday."Younis will return home on Monday as his nephew Saad Khan died while having a liver transplant in India," a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman said.The 36-year-old Younis made only 3 in Pakistan's four-wicket win in the first one-day international in Hambantota on Saturday.Saad's body will reach Pakistan ...


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