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  1. You know your match is going haywire when people talk about the weather and mask more than your performance. And the Sri Lankan Cricket team learnt this the hardest way possible, after the Internet started buzzing over them wearing masks, during the second day of the third and final test match between Sri Lanka and India. © Twitter Delhi has forever been under the garb of pollution and the recently announced hazardous level of smog has only worsened the situation for Delhiites. With schools being shut, traffic piling up because of poor visibility, Delhi has been facing the wrath of smog and pollution for the longest time now. But, this time around it was the Sri Lankan players, particularly captain Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal and Lakash Sadakanan; who seemed to be affected by smog and were seen wearing face marks while playing at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium today. © Twitter In fact, citing the uncomfortable playing conditions during smog, there was a delay of over 15 minutes during the post-lunch session. In fact, the umpires had to check if the air quality was too poor for the match to continue, due to which the match was interrupted twice. Amidst growing confusion and discussions that were constantly delaying the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli then took the centre-stage and decided to put a halt to this by declaring the Indian innings at 536 for 7. Innings break! India declare their innings on 536/7. Updates - #INDvSL — BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017 Twitter went crazy as soon as the Sri Lankan players walked out wearing masks. There were some thought this to be a gimmick or a trick to avoid another loss against India. Is this a first? Sri Lankan cricketers were wearing masks on the field during the 3rd #INDvSL Test match in Delhi, India. #Smog #Pollution — Island Cricket (@IslandCricket) December 3, 2017 RT If You Feel Sri Lankan Team Deserves An Oscar. They're Wasting Their Talent In Cricket. #DelhiSmog #INDvSL #INDvsSL — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 3, 2017 Give them some sunshine, give them some rays, given them another chance, they want to run away #INDvSL #BCCI #kotla #smogindelhi — devendra pandey (@pdevendra) December 3, 2017 Disgusted to see Dickwella and Sandakan laughing in jest as if some sort of plotting has worked. Ridiculous. — Subhabrata Majumdar (@Subhabrata01) December 3, 2017 hahahahaha.... India declare... Virat gesturing "we will bowl now"... this was an obvious call from him given the farce on display. Poor gamesmanship from Sri Lanka. Ridiculous. #IndvSL — Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan actors showing their skills in India.#INDvSL — PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) December 3, 2017 Niroshan Dickwella laughing after the declaration came. Sandakan too had a grin on his face. What does this suggest? I won't comment. #MockeryOfTestCricket #INDvSL — Chinmay Jawalekarð (@CricfreakTweets) December 3, 2017 Sri Lanka's mask is more efficient than their bowlers at least it is taking wickets for them #ViratKohli #INDvsSL — Bhushan Bankar (@BhushanBankar1) December 3, 2017 #IndvSL play stopped due to pollution. Virat Kohli right now — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) December 3, 2017 Pic 1: Sri Lankan players at Delhi Pic 2: Sri Lankan players at Colombo airport after this series#INDvSL — RS (@AwaraRish) December 3, 2017 However, there were many who sympathized with the Lankans and expressed their concerns over the deteriorating quality of air, and that it was a shame that an international team had to wear face masks while playing. Players wearing pollution masks while fielding and bowling. What a bad advertisement for cricket and India — The Masakadzas (@Nesenag) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan players wearing masks sends out unedifying message about Delhi's pollution. State and central govts simply have to address this — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 3, 2017 One has to say @imVkohli is out to Delhi pollution. No one can keep concentrating In a milieu or confusion. #pollution #DelhiSmog — Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 3, 2017 Two fast bowlers have gone off the field because of the pollution. How have the officials deemed the conditions fit for play to continue? — Karthik Krishnaswamy (@the_kk) December 3, 2017 Heard Sehwag say 'Sri Lanka cricketers are hiding their face behind the mask because their performance and not due to pollution'. Well, some decency must be maintained during commentary I believe and Ranji Trophy matches have been affected by smog earlier #delhipollution #INDvSL — Paulami Chakraborty (@Polotwitts) December 3, 2017 I think @RusselArnold69 makes a valid point. The fast bowlers are more likely to be affected by poor air quality than anyone else. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 3, 2017 stopping the test is as bad a publicity as we can get. But maybe it's what we need for our government to really wake up. #DelhiTest #Pollution — jyotsna mohan (@jyotsnamohan) December 3, 2017 It is reportedly the first time ever in the history of international cricket that a Test match came to a halt citing air pollution. This is not for the first time that a match between India and Sri Lanka has faced delay. Earlier, too during a match when the Sri Lankan fans went berserk and started throwing bottles on the ground and amidst the growing tension MS Dhoni was seen sleeping on the ground like it was nobody's business. But, this incident does not take away from the fact that Team India played exceptionally well in the match and made the whole nation proud. In the first day of the Test match, the deadly partnership between Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli gave the Sri Lankan team a tough time and helped India reach a gigantic score of 371 for the loss of four wickets. While, Murali Vijay got out at 155, Virat Kohli completed his double century today and got dismissed at 243 on Sadakanan's delivery.
  2. In what turned out to be an absolute cracker of a game, FC Goa edged past 10-man Bengaluru FC to claim a 4-3 win at the Fatorda stadium during the Indian Super League (ISL) clash on Thursday. The excitement was sky-high as the game witnessed this season's first hat-trick via Goan striker Ferran Corominas. There was also a spike in the tempers on the field when Bengaluru goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu needlessly challenged Manuel Lanzarote and punched the Goan player on the neck. Soon, Sandhu received his marching orders by the referee, while Goa extended their lead through a penalty. © Twitter/IndSuperLeague Both teams played attacking football which arguably made the match one of most thrilling contests this season. Despite, playing almost the entire second-half with 10 men, Bengaluru put up some tough competition to the hosts before their impressive start to the season but suffered an honourable defeat. It was Goa's second win this season also their first at home. The hosts did almost everything right in the game and were arguably worthy winners, but their fans booing Sunil Chhetri - the talisman of Indian football team - was probably uncalled for. © Twitter/@IndSuperLeague Despite coming so close to winning the match with 10 men, Bengaluru fans must've felt unlucky which somewhat reflected in the tweet by their skipper. "To the fans who made it to the stands, we heard you all night, gave our all but fell short. We will learn and go again and again," Chhetri tweeted after the game. Following Chhetri's heartfelt tweet, many Bengaluru fans expressed their displeasure at the way Indian football captain was treated by the Goa supporters. Goa fans must be ashamed to boo a player who had done so much to this country such a classless fucktwats.. — Choda Writes â (@ImoRoflme) November 30, 2017 U can't boo sunil chetri who is role model for youth he is captain leader Legend this is shame for Goa fans — Aman (@Aman62268201) November 30, 2017 FC Goa fans booed sunil chhetri, Who is leading scorer and captian of indian football team and truely the greatest ever that indian football will produce. Goa fans are disgrace for indian football #Shame — Rishav Rishu (@RishavRishu11) December 1, 2017 Amid the outrage by the Bengaluru supporters, the Goa FC fans tackled fire with fire. This ain't International Football , SC was playing for the opponents. We booed every BFC player without looking at nationality.just to get on their nerves — The_Sarcastic_Dude (@FilSarcastic) December 1, 2017 So your gonna cry now cause we booed BFC players?? Man up dude , this is Football. Do your best when you get the chance. — The_Sarcastic_Dude (@FilSarcastic) December 1, 2017 And, soon the debate expanded to the conduct of players on the field. By d way nice acting by goan players. They should really try in Bollywood — à²à²¦à²°à³à²¶à³ Adarsh (@af4cc9acd3804ab) December 1, 2017 Thank you. Nice karate by BFC players. Kicking evry Goan player they get. Should try in some Tollywood action movies. — The_Sarcastic_Dude (@FilSarcastic) December 1, 2017 But, in the end, Bengaluru fans lifting the spirits and cheering Chhetri after the cruel result was probably the best thing on Twitter. We lost but we are proud of how you guys played. 10 man down and literally made a comeback. Hard luck. Advance happy married life sir — Akshay Kumar (@AkshaykumarBS3) November 30, 2017 The league is still young Captain! Plenty of chances to bounce back & we will! #WeAreBFC — Dolly Kotian (@DollyKotian) November 30, 2017 Little disappointed but we are with you..... Hope we will do better in next match!!!! — Ajay Sharma (@AjaySharma___) December 1, 2017 Its okay captain âº.The team tried its best. we are proud of you. Start fresh for the next match . We are always there supporting you. — à²à²¦à²°à³à²¶à³ Adarsh (@af4cc9acd3804ab) November 30, 2017 Being a man down, you guys still played really good!! Let's believe in ourselves and go all guns blazing the next game! — Darpan S Shah (@DarpanSShah) December 1, 2017 #NeverSurrender captain we r with u now and we will be in future as wella. We r soo proud of you guyz — abhi (@abi_k_g) November 30, 2017 Down but not done we can n we will ðª#wearebfc#captainlegendleader — Aman (@Aman62268201) November 30, 2017
  3. One of the most-watched and exciting football leagues in the country, the Indian Super League (ISL) was aimed at finding budding talent at the grass-roots level and nurturing them in the presence of international icons. And, this year's edition has also seen an increase of local players in the playing XI after a restriction on overseas stars. The likes of Lallianzuala Chhangte (Delhi Dynamos) and Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC) have also ensured that the level of skill and competition elevates this season. But, while the cash-rich league continues to break new ground every year, the nuisance in the stands during matches remains an area of great concern. The first incident, in this season, came to light when racist chants during the Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC clash echoed in the stands. The reports suggested that the some sections of the Bengaluru FC fans referred to Mumbai striker Achille Emana as a certain 'dark-coloured food item'. Is this how you treat visiting fans @ChennaiyinFC @Supermachans ?? — Khalid Mahmood (@TheReal_Khalid) November 23, 2017 If that wasn't enough, another incident has hit the web during Thursday's match between Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United FC. In a viral video shared by a spectator from the JLN stadium in Chennai, some local fans - especially one boy - is seen performing a vulgar dance in front of a group of northeastern girls. Really disgusting behavior by some Chennaiyin fans against these Northeastern girls. Football is all about mutual respect. Hope we don't see any more of this anywhere. Say No To Racism#LetsFootball @fni @ — Madhurzya (@FlyinGiggsy) November 24, 2017 While the Chennaiyin side absolutely massacred the NorthEast side to seal a 3-0 win, the nuisance by what appears to a home fan has undoubtedly brought a bad name to the Abhishek Bachchan co-owned franchise. A statement has also been issued by Chennaiyin FC who took to Twitter to condemn the act. Chennaiyin FC has a very strict and firm policy against racism and any unbecoming behaviour in the stadium. The club strongly condemns any such act. We are looking into any such incidents and will take strong action against it. — Chennaiyin FC (@ChennaiyinFC) November 24, 2017 On the other hand, Chennai's star striker Jeje Lalpekhlua - who hails from Mizoram - also minced no words. Hei hi kan ngai serious viau e. Investigation anti mek e. An man chhuah ngei pawh beisei ani ati tu te hi. — jeje lalpekhlua (@jejefanai) November 24, 2017 Taking to Twitter, the Indian footballer revealed that a thorough investigation is currently underway to get hold of the perpetrators seen in the video. The NorthEast United club also issued a statement from their owner and Bollywood star John Abraham. Statement: NEUFC stands by the the passionate supporters who faced untoward incident at the Marina Arena in Chennai last night. Here is a brief statement from our owner John Abraham. #Highlanders we are with you. #8States1United — NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) November 24, 2017 Chennai fans have also condemned the shameful act with many expressing their displeasure as to why none of the bystanders interfered or came to the aid of the victims. On the other hand, the NorthEast fans labelled it as one of the various incidents of racism they go through in north and south India. THIS IS RACISM! WE (NORTH EAST PEOPLE) ARE ALSO INDIANS. WE'RE SO HURT. Dear @IndianFootball and @IndSuperLeague, please identify them and take legal actions. There are lots of racism against NE in every corner of outside NE. #WeTooAreIndians #IndianFootball #HeroISL — Sp Belieber (@Chelsea_Ngente) November 24, 2017 I just think one..thing there are soo many mens but no her.and .the shit guy continues to abbuse front of the crowd.. this not only responsibility of police..we have some responsibility to stop this non sence..each and every man who was guilty. — Gourab Ganguly (@GourabGanguly19) November 24, 2017 We are not cool with it either. This is totally unacceptable. We have already reported it to higher authorities and they're looking into it. Have personally apologised to the victims as well. — Jeni (@JenishaRani) November 24, 2017
  4. The players from both the teams and the umpire hit the ground immediately after bees swarmed the ground on November 21, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab RAWALPINDI: A swarm of uninvited winged guests created panic during a domestic cricket match on Tuesday. The Lahore Whites were playing against Peshawar, when honey bees swarmed the ground halting the match for 15 minutes. The players from both the teams and the umpire hit the ground immediately. The players from both the teams and the umpire hit the ground immediately after bees swarmed the ground on November 21, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab The teams were playing a match of ongoing National T20 Cup 2017. Earlier this year, the match between Sri Lanka and South Africa was halted for more than 10 minutes after thousands of bees had swarmed the field in Johannesburg. The players from both the teams hit the ground immediately. The bees were dispersed after officials sprayed repellant around the field.
  5. The smog enveloping Delhi and its surrounding areas is showing no signs of retreating anytime soon. The PM levels of Delhi's air have already shot far beyond the permissible limit. While a reading of 50 PM 2.5 is the measure of good quality air, the air in Delhi already crossed the figure of 495, which is officially hazardous to life. While primary schools were shut and parking prices increased, the rest of Delhi still found itself scampering to get by. © BCCL And now, the rising smog has reached the areas surrounding Delhi. Haryana Ranji team captain Amit Mishra recently shared a picture of a cricket field in Lahli, Haryana, that has been completely enveloped by the smog. The situation is so bad there's almost zero visibility. The smog has made it impossible for the Haryana and Rajasthan teams to continue with the match on its fourth day. This is the condition today @ lahli. Hope we will get some play today. — Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) November 12, 2017 The Haryana Ranji team was all set to win the game against Rajasthan, leading with a score of 252 runs on the third day, but the smog has decided to play spoilsport and has disrupted the game for good. Indian Medical Association (IMA) has declared this a public health emergency given the harmful effects of breathing in this poisonous air. Prolonged exposure to the polluted air in Delhi can increase risk of heart stroke, lung cancer and respiratory diseases. People have been advised to stay indoors and use N95 masks when stepping outside. When the situation is so dangerous, we wonder how our Ranji cricketers would fare playing in the open field for hours at end. The future looks rather foggy.
  6. Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram - Photo: Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram says it is very unfortunate that young cricketers from Pakistan and India are unable to play against each other. ?A Pakistan India match is more fun to watch than the Ashes. 20 million people watch the Ashes while a Pakistan India match is watched by a billion people,? Akram emphasised. [embed_video1 url= style=center] The Swing ka Sultan, when asked about a Pakistan India series, stated: ?I don?t think ICC has the power to pursue BCCI, but again I have always said people to people contact is necessary. Politics and sport should be separate.? The BCCI, in 2014, agreed to play six bilateral series with Pakistan from 2015 to 2023, four of which were to be hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board. However, the BCCI has refused to play any of the agreed series yet, neither in Pakistan nor at any neutral venue as Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.
  7. TV screen grab shows Virat Kholi using the walkie-talkie Indian captain Virat Kohli was seen using a walkie-talkie during India?s T20 match against New Zealand on Wednesday. Video from the match showed Kohli sitting in the dugout using the walkie-talkie. According to reports in several Indian media outlets, this was a violation of International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations. However, ICC rules state: ?the use of two-way handheld device that uses dedicated frequencies over short distances (ie a walkie-talkie) by Player Support Personnel for the purpose of communication between the dugout and dressing room area for medical and/or tactical reasons only, provided such communication devices are suitably encrypted to avoid detection by any third party in the nearby vicinity." According to India Today, Kohli had sought permission from the ICC to use the walkie-talkie. An ICC source also confirmed to the publication that this was a non-issue.
  8. This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 shows bus driver Meher Muhammad Khalil, who drove the Sri Lankan cricket team to safety when it came under a gun and grenade attack by militants in March 2009, preparing to start his shift at a bus terminal in Lahore/AFP LAHORE: Driver Meher Mohammad Khalil, who became a hero when he whisked Sri Lankan cricket team to safety under militant fire in 2009, has been invited by the Pakistan Cricket Board to attend the historic T20 match at Gaddafi Stadium today. The 43-year old will also meet Sri Lanka Cricket officials and PCB chairman Najam Sethi during the occasion. The PCB made the announcement on Twitter. ?Mehar Khalil has been invited for the match today. He will also meet Sri Lankan officials and Chairman PCB,? the board?s media wing posted. Eight years after the tragedy that drove away international cricket from Pakistan, Khalil welcomed Sri Lanka back for Pakistan´s first cricket match against a top international team since the attack. In an interview earlier to, he recounted the tragic moments from March 3, 2009 when the bus he was driving carrying Sri Lankan team, came under attack by militants on way to Gaddafi Stadium. ?I don?t know what gave me the courage to do what I did,? he said about that fateful day. ?I saved many lives today, but I may have also saved the honour of my country.? Hero bus driver hopes to attend Pakistan-Sri Lanka T20 In 2009, few knew his name, and even fewer could have predicted his courage His heroic efforts were recognised by the Sri Lankan government, which invited him as a state guest for 10 days. At a special ceremony in Colombo, the then-Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara thanked Khalil: ?His courage, selflessness and quick thinking enabled many of us to see another day. We will always have a special place for you in our hearts." Khalil moved to South Africa with his family after the attack, but relocated to Lahore in 2013 where he once more drives a bus in the city.
  9. Picture Asia Hockey Federation DHAKA: Pakistan drew its match with South Korea in the Super-4 stage of Asia Cup 2017. Pakistan started off well against South Korea with Ijaz Ahmed scoring a goal in the closing moments of the first quarter. The green-shirts maintained the lead in the next two quarters despite several attacks by the Korean?s. South Korea broke through in the fourth quarter of play with an equaliser and the match ended in a draw. In their final match of the tournament, Pakistan will face India in the Super-4 round. Earlier in the Super-4 stage Pakistan lost to Malaysia 3-2. The green shirts won convincingly against Bangladesh 7-0 in the opening match of the tournament, drew 2-2 against Japan and lost 3-1 to India.
  10. From just being on the sidelines of an MMA bout, to actually ending up fighting in it and becoming a champion, to getting engaged, we can say one thing for sure – Luis Felipe Alvim had one hell of a night. The 22-year old went to watch the Fora Fight welterweight title fight between Carlos Eduardo Rufino and Claudinei Kall. But, it turned out that Rufino was overweight by just a single pound, so Kall finally decided to pull out after initially accepting, leaving the stage open for any competitor. That's when Alvim came in. © Instagram/Luis Felipe Alvim The mixed martial arts fan, who is a black belt in muay thai under UFC lightweight Felipe Silva and blue belt in jiu-jitsu, volunteered to take the empty spot. Even though Alvim had never fought in a MMA fight, he stepped into the octagon anyway, putting his skills to test, according to MMA Fighting. Even though he was absolutely throttled during the fight, Alvim managed to get to get Rufino in a triangle choke, forcing him to tap. “He took me down and landed some heavy shots, and I thought 'oh sh*t, what the f*ck am I doing here?” Alvim said. “When I locked the triangle I thought to myself, 'sh*t, I'll catch him.' I asked God 'please, don't let this round end,' and he tapped.” © Instagram/Luis Felipe Alvim Well, in just one night Alvim made his MMA debut and ended up walking away with the Fora Fight welterweight belt. Posting a picture from the fight on his Instagram, he said, “I believed all the time that I would win and went there and did. I never imagined that it would be that way, nor in my best dream. I fought well and left with that victory.” © Instagram/Luis Felipe Alvim “It is a memory that I will carry throughout my life. I want to thank God first, then my fiancée, my masters Felipe Silva and Fabiano Silva who believed in me and got me even without training properly for a fight of this size.” After winning the belt, he decided to take this already memorable night to another level. He proposed to his girlfriend right then and there in the octagon, with blood still dripping from his face. And, obviously she said yes. © Instagram/Luis Felipe Alvim Alvim told MMA Fighting: “I showed my girlfriend - my fiancée now [laughs] - the trailer of the movie 'Troy' yesterday, in which this kid tells Achilles he'd never fight a giant like Achilles was about to do, and Achilles says, 'That's why your name won't be remembered.' That stuck in my mind.” Well, winning a fight you had just gone to watch is enough for people to remember you.
  11. BARCELONA (Reuters) - No supporters were able to watch Barcelona?s 3-0 win over Las Palmas on Sunday as the game was played behind closed doors, following clashes between police and voters in Catalonia over a disputed independence referendum. Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia, confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt the banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region. Catalan officials said 337 people were injured in the crackdown. The clashes prompted Barcelona, the club of the Catalan capital, to announce the Las Palmas match would be played in front of an empty Nou Camp stadium. ?FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression,? the club said on its website. ?Given the exceptional nature of events, the Board of Directors have decided that the FC Barcelona first-team game against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors following the Professional Football League?s refusal to postpone the game.? The lack of fans in the Nou Camp, which has a capacity of 99,000, seemed not to harm Barcelona on the pitch as Sergio Busquets opened the scoring early in the second half. Top scorer Lionel Messi then struck twice to seal Barca?s seventh straight win of the Liga season which extended their lead at the top of the table to five points. Las Palmas had said earlier in the day that they would wear the Spanish flag on their jerseys for the match to support the unity of Spain. ?We decided to wear a small Spanish flag on our shirts today to display unequivocally our hope in the future of this country,? their statement said. The game was thrown into chaos when reports in the Spanish media said the club had postponed the game less than an hour before kick off, and supporters were not allowed through the Nou Camp gates. Both Las Palmas and Barcelona published their starting lineups for the game, with the announcement that the game would go ahead without supporters coming 25 minutes before kickoff. Spanish soccer federation rules state that a game can only be postponed if the police cannot guarantee the safety of spectators. If Barcelona had suspended the game without the consent of the federation, they would have automatically lost the game 3-0 and had a further three points deducted. Barcelona supporters group Grada d?Animacio, which organises the ?singing section? behind one of the goals at the Nou Camp, pledged to invade the pitch, if the game went ahead, in protest at the police crackdown. Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez also condemned the police action, in a video released on social media. ?What is happening in Catalonia today is shameful,? said Xavi, who has made more appearances for Barcelona than any other player. ?It?s unacceptable that people are not allowed to vote in a democratic country. All my support goes to the people who are peacefully trying to exercise their right to vote. Long live Catalonia.?
  12. Pradip Subramaniam (L) SINGAPORE: A Singaporean bodybuilder has died after taking part in a celebrity Muay Thai kickboxing match, organisers said Sunday. The bout on Saturday was the first time Pradip Subramaniam, 32, had taken part in a kickboxing fight. He was competing against Steven Lim, a former contestant on a reality song contest known as Singapore Idol, who is also a kickboxing amateur. According to The Straits Times, Pradip appeared shaken after the match, which Lim won through a technical knock-out. He was helped out of the ring and taken to hospital where he died on Saturday evening. Pradip Subramaniam Fight organisers AFC Holding Singapore said that according to a preliminary medical report Pradip suffered "a cardiac arrest respiratory failure episode." Pradip was a last-minute replacement after singer Sylvester Lim, whom Steven Lim was originally slated to fight, pulled out due to insurance reasons. The match was part of the lineup for the inaugural Asia Fighting Championship, organised by an events company and a Singapore fitness club. Police said the incident was being investigated as an "unnatural death".
  13. KARACHI: Foreign Minister Khawaja remarked let the world match our sacrifices in the fight against terrorism on Sunday. In a social media post, Asif wrote ?This is how we fight terrorism..we sacrifice our sons to defeat terror & bring peace to our land..Let the world match our sacrifices..? With the post, he even shared the pictures of Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, who was martyred in a cross-border attack in Khyber Agency on Saturday. The 22-year-old officer was commanding a post in Rajgal Valley, which borders Afghanistan when it came under fire from the Afghan side. Alam was martyred as a result of the attack. Khawaja's controversial remark On September 5, Asif has remarked that country needs to put the house in order. Asif had said "we need to stop [banned outfits] such as Lashkar-e-Tayyaba from carrying out activities in Pakistan so we can tell orders we have put our house in order." Nisar lashes out at PM, warns against 'embarrassing Pak internationally' 'Enemy's narrative is strengthened when government officials issue public statements on internal issues,' he said Moreover, minister remarked: ?We need to tell our friends that we have improved our house. We need to bring our house in order to prevent facing embarrassment on the international level,? while speaking at Geo News programme Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath. This statement was endorsed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Speaking to media in London, the Pakistani premier said the foreign minister's statements regarding 'in-house cleaning' were completely true and that he agrees with the point of view that 'our own house needs to be cleaned first'. However, the statement was severely criticised by former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who said that government officials should refrain from issuing statements that reinforce the enemy's narrative and embarrass Pakistan in front of the international community. While criticising Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif?s comments, Chaudhry Nisar said ministers should not merely issue statements, but should also find solutions to issues. He added such ministers put Pakistan in jeopardy by making such statements and let foreign powers mock the country and shed their responsibilities. The former interior minister said the country should not be made a spectacle for the enemy to take advantage.
  14. The third and final match of the Independence Cup saw Pakistan batting first against World XI. The series is level at 1-1 and the match is turning out to be an exciting competition between the two teams. Here are some of the highlights from the match. First innings
  15. World XI batsmen Hashim Amla (2R) and Thisara Perera (C) shake hand with Pakistani cricketers at the end of the second Twenty20 international cricket match between the World XI and Pakistan at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 13, 2017. Photo: AFP World XI beat Pakistan team by seven wickets in the second T20 match of the historic Independence Cup. Following the match, many cricketers, celebrities, and politicians took to Twitter to express their excitement and congratulate World XI for winning the second match of the tournament.
  16. The second match of the Independence Cup, in which World XI is playing against Pakistan, is currently under way at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Here are some of the highlights of the match. First Innings Second Innings
  17. Pakistani bowler Rumman Raees (R) celebrates with teammate Ahmed Shahzad after taking the wicket of World XI batsman Tamim Iqbal during the first Twenty20 international cricket match between the World XI and Pakistan at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore. (AFP) Pakistan beat World XI by 20 runs in an exciting finish to the first Twenty20 match in Lahore on Tuesday, celebrating the return of international cricket to the country amid tight security. It is only the second time Pakistan has hosted an international match since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team, also in Lahore. Pakistan´s total of 197-5 saw batsman Babar Azam top-scoring with a 52-ball 86 studded with 10 boundaries and two sixes, adding 122 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad who made 39. The World XI finished with 177 with Darren Sammy and skipper Faf du Plessis scoring 29 each. For Pakistan Sohail Khan, Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees took two wickets apiece. The second and third matches are also in Lahore on Wednesday and Friday. Watch highlights of the match: First Innings Second innings
  18. Pakistan won the first match of the Independence Cup by defeating World XI by 20 runs on Tuesday. Following the match, many cricketers, celebrities and politicians took to Twitter to express their excitement and congratulate Pakistan for winning the first match of the tournament, which marks the return of international cricket to the country.
  19. [embed_video1 url= style=center] LAHORE: Sir Richie Richardson, appointed match referee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the upcoming Independence Cup, arrived in Lahore on Saturday morning. The former West Indian captain will officiate as match referee in the three-match T20 series between Pakistan and the star-studded World XI, which will be played on September 12, 13 and 15 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced umpires? names for the Independence Cup. Aleem Dar of the Elite Panel of the ICC Umpires and Ahsan Raza of the International Panel of the ICC Umpires will officiate in the series opener at the Gaddafi Stadium on September 12. Shozab Raza, also from the international panel, will be the TV umpire. Aleem Dar will officiate in the series opener The second match of the series will be umpired by Ahmed Shahab and Shozab Raza, with Ahsan Raza as the TV umpire. The series finale on September 15 will be umpired by Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza, with Ahmed Shahab as the TV umpire. Aleem Dar, who was the ICC Umpire of the Year from 2009-2011, has been appointed only for the opening match as he is scheduled to attend the ICC Elite Match Officials workshop in Dubai on September 13-15. In this year's annual workshop at the ICC Headquarters, the match officials will discuss, among other matters, the new playing conditions, which will come into effect from September 28.
  20. LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced names of match officials for the upcoming Independence Cup. The cup will see team Pakistan playing against World XI, with the first match being officiated by Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza with Shozab Raza as the third umpire. The second match will be officiated by Ahmed Shahab and Shozab Raza while the third match will have Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza as match umpires. The third umpire for the second match will Ahsan Raza while Ahmed Shahab will perform the role in the third match. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also declared Richie Richardson as the series match referee. Former Zimbabwe batsman and ex-England coach Andy Flower has assembled a World XI with players from seven countries led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis. The PCB hopes the series will go off without a hitch as the country prepares to host Sri Lanka for one T20 next month and another three T20s against the West Indies in November.
  21. The Pakistan Cricket Board today announced that the International Cricket Council has appointed Sir Richie Richardson as match referee for the Independence Cup to be played between the World XI and Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium on 12, 13 and 15 September. Sir Richie Richardson has been a member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees since January 2016 and has refereed in 11 Tests, 19 ODIs and 18 T20Is to date. As one of the greats of Windies cricket, Sir Richie Richardson played 86 Tests and 224 One-Day Internationals between 1983 and 1996, scoring 5,949 and 6,248 runs, respectively. He also captained the Windies in 24 Tests (winning 11 and losing six) and 87 ODIs (winning 46 and losing 36), and served as a team manager from 2011 to 2015. Against Pakistan, Sir Richie Richardson played 12 Tests and 61 ODIs, scoring 708 and 1,988 runs, respectively. He played two Tests and four ODI at the Gaddafi Stadium, with his final appearance in the Windies colours at Pakistan cricket?s headquarter being in1991.
  22. On one hand where the Sri Lankan fans lost control over their anger and frustration and started throwing bottles on the ground, thus bringing the match to a halt; there was one man who gave zero flying f**ks to what was going on around him and took that opportunity to take a power nap on field. We are talking about our Captain Cool aka MS Dhoni, whose coolness is compared to that of an ice cube and refrigerator by Sunil Gavaskar. While, the umpires were trying their best to get the situation under control at the earliest, Dhoni was unperturbedly charging himself with a sound sleep amid the hullabaloo. Did the crushing bottles falling on the ground sound like a lullaby for Dhoni? Well, who knows, but if this isn't considered as keeping calm, we wonder what is. © Twitter The match was stopped for nearly half an hour because of the chaos created by the disgruntled fans, who were upset with the Sri Lankan team's performance. While, we fans were biting our nails in tension and wondering about the match's outcome in the ongoing ODI series, Dhoni seemed to have all the chill in the world and made most of the time he got by sleeping on the field itself. Honestly, had Avicii's ‘Wake Me Up' been shot in India, these shots of MS Dhoni sleeping would have made for a great video with him telling his team ‘Wake me up when it's all over'. Clearly when such a spectacular view is in front of us, how can Twitter remain silent and let it pass like that. Internet lost its calm the moment they saw this picture and the memes and reactions to Dhoni's sleep is priceless. RT If You Feel MS Dhoni Is The Most Down To Earth Cricketer. ðð®ð³#INDvSL #IndvsSL #Dhoni — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) August 27, 2017 Sunil Gavaskar: MSD is an Ice cube. He is a fridge. ð The match is stopped due to crowd trouble and #MSDhoni is taking a nap on the field ð — Captains (@dhonikohli_fc) August 27, 2017 Rohit : Bhai Crowd has gone mad, they are throwing stones and bottles in the ground. Kya karein? Dhoni : #INDvSL — Chandramukhið¥Stark (@FlawedSenorita) August 27, 2017 Me in the morning: Bass 5 minute aur.. — Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) August 27, 2017 Sach me soya hai ya nautanki kar raha hai meri tarah......!!#INDvSL — PhD in Bakchodi ! (@Atheist_Krishna) August 27, 2017 Ch*tiyapa khatam ho jaaye toh utha dena. Ek shot mein nipta doonga. ♥ï¸#MyCaptain ( Pic credits: @RegaJha ) — Bhuvan Bam (@Bhuvan_Bam) August 27, 2017 Dhoni getting ready for #NewIndia — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) August 27, 2017 Dhoni has got too much chill... 'Wake me up when you're done with throwing bottles' ððð — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 28, 2017 Someone even imagined actor Suniel Shetty giving off-site training to Dhoni. Sunil Shetty teaching Dhoni about.. ' Ye Dharti Meri Maa hai ' — Comical लà¥à¤à¤¾ ® ð¿ (@Comical_Locha) August 27, 2017 "Only #Dhoni can have a nap in the middle of the ground during match" ð#SLvIND #INDvSL — Shaun Shadrak (@shauntweets7) August 27, 2017 That topper student who finished the exam before. #INDvSL — Sj (@i_m_odd) August 27, 2017 After the match resumed, MS Dhoni together with Rohit Sharma paved India's way towards victory by achieving the target of 218 in 45.1 overs.
  23. Okay, the ‘Judwaa 2' trailer is not so bad and while we did find few inches of nostalgia in it and we kinda really missed watching Salman groove in it but nevertheless, Varun seems to have done a decent job. © Youtube However, the next litmus test happens when you start comparing songs between two versions of the same movie, right? Now everyone has danced to the building song and of course the ‘9 se 12' was the jam back in the late 90s, so obviously, the expectations from this new movie were big. Firstly, before I dive into what I feel after watching Varun and Jacqueline tweak this song into something absurd, let's just re-watch the original, please? So now, coming to the problem of Bollywood rehashing every goddamn good song that ever existed. You wanted another version of ‘9 se 12', cool I get it. Why did you have to tweak it so much to make it taste like 2017? It's an old song, so please let the appeal stay intact! You can't help but compare the two videos and end up missing the natural, fun chemistry between Salman and Karisma. The movie is all set to hit the screens next month and only time will tell what fate lies in store for it. I like the new version and it's one of those songs which we would dance to, when we are attending some Bollywood night at a club, late night, post 4 drinks. But if you ask me that will this version replace the old one in my memory, the answer is NO.
  24. David Warner collapses after copping a blow to his neck MELBOURNE: Australia opening batsman David Warner was a victim of friendly fire when he was struck in the neck by a bouncer from teammate Josh Hazlewood and retired hurt during an intra-squad match in Darwin on Tuesday. The pugnacious lefthander dropped his bat and slumped to his knees after his attempted hook shot went awry at Marrara Oval but quickly picked himself up and walked off the ground unassisted. Vice-captain Warner was dismissed for four in the first innings and had only made two from 14 balls when he was struck, denying him time in the middle before Australia´s two-test tour of Bangladesh. Cricket Australia tweeted that he was "recovering" from the blow, without elaborating on his condition. The squad departs for Bangladesh on Friday ahead of the first test in Dhaka which starts on Aug. 27.
  25. Sana Mir in a team huddle during ICC Women's World Cup 2017 Pakistan are confident to end the victory drought in the World Cup when they play Sri Lanka in their last league match on Saturday at Leicester, England. Winless Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be looking to end their campaign in the event on a high note by going all out for a win and in the given circumstances, the match has gained a ?special status? for both the sides to salvage their pride. Pakistan captain Sana Mir has urged her teammates to demonstrate a higher brand of cricket to beat Sri Lanka and get a face-saving win. ?It is a sour reality that we have lost our all previous six games but still we can make a comeback and players are capable of giving their best,? she said. Chairman PCB terms performance in Women World Cup ?disappointing? Shahryar Khan said making Sabih Azhar coach of the team at the eleventh hour did not turn out to be a correct decision Sana said that as a captain she faces heavy responsibility to end the defeats deadlock, adding that she will be doing her best to inspire the team to achieve this objective. ?Nothing is impossible, we will be going to the field with a different mindset to utilise every talent in our side to beat Lanka,? she said. Lankan all-rounder Shashikala Siriwardena believes a positive attitude can earn Sri Lanka the victory they crave. Sri Lanka lost by eight wickets to South Africa last time out and despite being without a victory to their name, they are confident to beat Pakistan by demonstrating positive cricket. Siriwardena is convinced her team is learning with each passing match and is confident of putting it all together against Pakistan. ?We will be going in with a positive attitude because, apart from against South Africa, we have done really well against good countries in this tournament,? she said. ?Our batters always try to pass 200, that?s a huge achievement for us in this kind of tournament. We are really happy with the batting performance in this tournament, we have a good combination of spinner and fast bowlers, so we will go into the game with Pakistan with a positive attitude and we would like to go back to Sri Lanka with the win. ?It?s really important that we bounce back against Pakistan because we have the ICC Women?s Championship over the next few months, so winning against Pakistan would be a big boost for us as a unit.? Squads Pakistan: Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Bibi Nahida, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhter. Sri Lanka: Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Chamari Athapaththu, Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusooriya, Dilani Manodara, Harshitha Madhavi, Chamari Polgampala, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prasadani Weerakkodi and Sripali Weerakkody. Umpires: Sue Redfern and Kathy Cross, Match referee: Steve Davies.