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New Zealand completes clean sweep against West Indies

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HAMILTON: New Zealand won the second test with a 240 runs against West Indies on the fourth day on Tuesday and complete the clean sweep in the series.

The visitors were struggled to face the New Zealand fast bowling attack in the second innings especially against Neil Wagner.

While chasing the target of 444 runs, the West Indies innings come to end at 203 for the loss of nine wickets after injured Sunil Ambris was unable to continue batting.

The victory improved New Zealand´s home record to 13 wins, three losses and seven draws in their last 10 home series.

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Dhaka to face Rangpur in BPL final today

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ISLAMABAD: Dhaka Dynamites and Rangpur Riders will face off in the final of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Tuesday (today).

Both the teams have played really well to reach the cement the place in the final of the BPL. Some hard big hitting batsmen are present in the both teams and the fans are waiting for some close and exciting match between these two teams.

Dhaka Dynamites have Shahid Afridi and Kieron Pollard, whereas Rangpur Riders have match winning hitters including Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum.

Skipper of Dhaka, Shakib is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament while Afridi already has two four-wicket hauls.





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Real Madrid to face PSG in Champions league

NYON (Agencies): Holders Real Madrid will have to overcome a sizeable obstacle when the Champions League resumes in February after Monday’s draw pitted the 12-time winners against Paris St Germain.

Bidding for a hat-trick of titles in Europe’s elite club competition, Real paid a heavy price for not winning their group as they were drawn with the big-spending Parisians who were tipped as many people’s favourites ahead of the draw in Nyon.

Five-time champions Barcelona will face English champions Chelsea, one of five Premier league clubs in the draw. Tottenham Hotspur, who topped their group ahead of Real Madrid thanks to a 3-1 victory at Wembley, will face Serie A champions and last seasons’ runners-up Juventus.

Manchester City, who clocked up a record 14th successive Premier League victory on Sunday, are now listed as favourites after being handed a last-16 clash with Swiss club Basel. Five-time winners Bayern Munich, who finished below PSG in the group, will be happy with a two-legged clash with Turkish outsiders Besiktas.

Europa League champions Manchester United take on Sevilla while, Liverpool will meet Porto while AS Roma’s reward for winning their group ahead of Chelsea is a tricky tie against Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Champions League has proved beyond even the vast riches available to PSG and last season they were stunned in the last 16 by Barcelona, losing the second leg 6-1 after beating the Spanish side 4-0 in the French capital.

A clash with Real is hardly what they would have desired at such an early stage but with Neymar and Edinson Cavani having scored six goals apiece in the group, they will be hopeful – if they can keep Real’s nine-goal Cristiano Ronaldo quiet.

“This could have been the final, given the power of the two clubs. The last 16 is a bit early, we could say. Logically we are both challengers for the trophy,” Emilio Butragueno, Real’s director of institutional relations, said following the draw. “PSG get stronger and stronger, they had an impeccable group phase and have a lot of power. I don’t think it’s a good draw for them either. It will be a thrilling tie.”

PSG and real have played six times in Europe, most recently in the 2015-16 group stage when the sides drew 0-0 in Paris with Real edging the return match 1-0. Chelsea and Barcelona will renew a regular Champions league rivalry that last surfaced in the 2012 semi-final when Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate before going on to claim the trophy for the only time in their history. Barcelona won the 2009 semi-final on away goals. “We’ve had some great times at Stamford Bridge, haven’t we?” Barca’s Andres Iniesta said on Twitter.

While Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were handed a tough draw, the other English qualifiers would have been reasonably content with their opponents, especially Manchester City. While Basel are a formidable side at home and have some big English scalps at home in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s side will be big favourites to progress. “We have to be careful, they deserve to be here,” City’s technical director Txiki Begiristain said.

Tottenham will face Juventus for the first time while Manchester United and Sevilla have also never met before. Bayern Munich will meet Besiktas for the first time since winning 2-0 home and away in the 1997-98 group stage.

“Bayern are a powerful team but we are not a piece of cake either,” Besiktas president Fikret Orman said. The first legs, with group winners PSG, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Roma, Manchester City, Barcelona and Besiktas away first, take place on Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 20-21 with the returns on March 6-7 and March 13-14.


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BCCI says there will be space for Pak-India series if govt agrees

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NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has hinted at possible resumption of a bilateral cricket series between Pakistan and India if the Indian government gives a go-ahead.

Following the board’s Special General Meeting in Delhi, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told media that “if the government agrees, there will be space for India-Pakistan bilateral series.” The Indian government has not given a green signal to Indo-Pak bilateral series since the last one was held in India in 2012. Since then, the two neighbours have only met in ICC events.

Last month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) filed a dispute with the ICC, claiming up to $70 million for missed series in 2014 and 2015 from BCCI after the country failed to attend two series as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two boards. The PCB sent a legal notice to ICC to set up a Dispute Resolution Committee for adjudicating the matter of Indian cricket board not honouring its promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan.

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Signing new FTP conditional to India series, says PCB

KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear that it will not sign the revised structure of cricket competitions unless there is a valid agreement from India in bilateral cricket series with Pakistan.

In a statement issued on Monday, the PCB reiterated its position on bilateral series with India.

“Our position is that the PCB’s agreement to the revised structures for international cricket is subject to the condition that the PCB has a valid agreement to play bilateral matches with India and that India vs Pakistan matches would be included in the Future Tour Programs (FTP),” said the PCB.

“This continues to be our position,” the statement added.

It also added that if the dispute panel favours, then FTP should be adjusted to reflect the decision of ICC dispute resolution panel.

“PCB has also informed the ICC that it has initiated a dispute resolution process against the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference. Further to that the PCB’s claim is based on an existing agreement with the BCCI which contemplates that India will tour Pakistan in December 2019, August 2020 and Nov – Dec 2022 and Pakistan will tour India in Nov – Dec 2021,” it said.

The statement adds that under the prevailing circumstances, the PCB’s position is that if the Dispute Resolution Committee decides the dispute in PCB’s favour, then any FTP will need to be adjusted to reflect the decision.

“Any agreement of the PCB to any new FTP structure will therefore be without prejudice to its existing claims against BCCI and will be subject to the outcome of the ICC dispute resolution process,” the statement added towards conclusion.

Meanwhile, reliable sources have confirmed to that the BCCI has not penned Pakistan vs India series in its proposed FTP that was approved in the board’s special general meeting (SGM) on Monday.

The PCB has claimed a compensation of $70 million from the BCCI for not honouring the MoU signed in 2014, which said that both the countries would play six series between 2014 and 2023.

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Afghanistan to debut in Tests in India

DUBAI (PPI): India will host Afghanistan in the latter’s first ever Test match, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Monday (December 11) after a Special General Body Meeting in New Delhi.

The dates and venue for the Test match will be decided later. “Afghanistan was scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 against Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test,” said Amitabh Choudhary, the BCCI’s acting secretary.

Atif Mashal, the chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, confirmed the development on Twitter. “@ACBofficials and @BCCI have agreed that Afghanistan will play its first Test against India. The exact date and venue of the match will be shared in a joint press conference in due course. I personally thank BCCI board for the decision.”

Rahul Johri, the chief executive of the BCCI, welcomed Afghanistan to the Test fold. “India to play inaugural Test against Afghanistan. Welcome them to five-day cricket,” he tweeted.

Ireland and Afghanistan were both conferred Test status after a unanimous vote to that effect by the full member boards of the International Cricket Council in June during the annual conference in London. Ireland are due to make their Test debut at home in May 2018, against Pakistan.

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India refuses to host Asia Cup over Pakistan participation

NEW DELHI (Agencies): India has refused to host the Asia Cup scheduled for September 2018, reports in the country’s media said on Monday.

The decision by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was made because of the reluctance to host Pakistan and was taken during the board’s Governing Body meeting. The BCCI has informed the Asian Cricket Council of its decision.

Earlier, the BCCI released the Indian team’s schedule for the next four years which did not include a series with Pakistan. However, according to reports in the India media, the BCCI will make space for a bilateral series against Pakistan if approved by the government.

India also lost hosting the Under-19 Asia Cup also over the country’s reluctance to host Pakistan’s junior side.

The Indian government has not given a green signal to Indo-Pak bilateral series since the last one was held in India in 2012. Since then, the two neighbours have only met in ICC events.

Last month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) filed a dispute with the ICC, claiming up to $70 million for missed series in 2014 and 2015 from BCCI after the country failed to attend two series as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two boards.

The PCB sent a legal notice to ICC to set up a Dispute Resolution Committee for adjudicating the matter of Indian cricket board not honouring its promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan.

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Nasir Jamshed banned for one year in spot fixing case

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tribunal banned test cricketer Nasir Jamshed for one year over non-cooperation with the board in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing probe.

The tribunal announced the punishment on Monday after finding Nasir Jamshed was found guilty and was not cooperating with the PCB which is clearly violation of its code in the spot fixing case

The PCB has been conducting a long-running investigation into corruption in the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League.

Nasir Jamshed has played two tests, 45 one-day internationals and 18 Twenty20 internationals for green shirt.

The left-handed batsman can file an appeal against PCB’s decision. Earlier, the tribunal contacted the people in the close circle of Jamshed and gathered the details regarding his activities in London and Pakistan.

Earlier, PCB also banned the cricketers Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Khalid Latif were also suspended by the cricket board for their role in the fixing which took place during PSL season 2.

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West Indies struggling in Hamilton Test against New Zealand

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HAMILTON: West Indies team is in trouble after they lost second wicket at the end of the third day of second test against New Zealand at Hamilton on Monday.

Taylor scored a record 17th century and equals the country record of Martin Crowe and current captain Williamson. Taylor scored 107 not out and New Zealand declared the innings 291 for eight and set a total the record total of 444 for the opponent.

In reply West Indies are struggling to get the target and at the end of the third day West Indies were 30 for two wickets of loss and still two complete days were remaining in the test.

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Lakmal gifts Sri Lanka big ODI win over India

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DHARAMSALA: Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal led an inspired pace attack to an emphatic seven-wicket win over India in the first one-day international in Dharamsala on Sunday.

Lakmal returned career-best ODI figures of 4-13 to help dismiss India for just 112, with Sri Lanka achieving the target in 20.4 overs and taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The visitors lost two early wickets in their chase before opening batsman Upul Tharanga made a 46-ball 49 to help his team end a 12-match losing streak. Tharanga, who lost his ODI captaincy to Thisara Perera ahead of the series, was denied his fifty by Hardik Pandya who had the left-handed batsman caught at first slip.

Angelo Mathews, 25 not out, and Niroshan Dickwella, on 26, then steered their team home for a win savoured by the visitors after losing the three-Test series 1-0 last week. Pace spearhead Lakmal set up victory for the islanders after Perera won the toss and elected to bowl first at the picturesque ground overlooking the Himalayas.

The lanky paceman rattled the Indian batting during his extended spell of 10 overs as India collapsed to 29-7 before Mahendra Singh Dhoni fought back with a gritty 65 to take the total past 100.

With India in danger of being bowled out for an historic low — Zimbabwe s 35 in 2004 versus Sri Lanka is the all-time record — Dhoni put on a crucial 41-run partnership with Kuldeep Yadav for the eighth wicket. The pair took India past 54, their own lowest total, which was set against Sri Lanka in 2000.

Dhoni hit 10 fours and two sixes in his 87-ball stay, getting his 67th ODI half-century before he was finally dismissed by Perera to wrap up the Indian innings. It was a horror start for skipper Rohit Sharma, named captain in place of the absent Virat Kohli who is officially resting ahead of the South Africa tour.

Mathews — who returned to bowl after recovering from a calf injury — drew first blood, trapping Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan for nought in the second over of the innings. Lakmal soon got Sharma caught behind for two as the Indian top-order found it hard to counter the bounce and swing at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. The action now moves to the second ODI in Mohali on Wednesday.