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May 20, 2018 12:00 AM Amir fit for first England Test

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Saturday erased doubts about Mohammad Amir’s fitness and announced that Amir is fit for the first Test against England which starts from May 24 at Lord’s. “Mohammad Amir is fit and available for the first Test,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said. “His injury was not serious.” The Pakistan squad for the two-match Test series

May 19, 2018 12:00 AM Zak to join Warriors after drugs ban

LONDON: Zak Hardaker has been warned that his move to rugby league club Wigan Warriors is his “final opportunity” to get his career back on track as he serves out the remaining months of a drugs ban. The England international has signed a four-year deal with the Warriors and will join the Super League club in November. The 2015 Super League Man of Steel 2

May 19, 2018 12:00 AM Thomas and Uber Cup events: China brings badminton big guns to Bangkok

BANGKOK: Team China is hoping for a clean sweep of this year’s Thomas and Uber cups in Bangkok, sending in men’s badminton big guns Chen Long, Shi Yuqui and Lin Dan as their women shuttlers aim for a fourth win on the spin. The prestigious biennial event, which starts Sunday, brings together 16 top teams from five continents for a week of intense competition 1

May 18, 2018 12:00 AM Rajput named Zimbabwe interim coach

HARARE: Lalchand Rajput has been named interim coach of Zimbabwe, with his first assignment a triangular Twenty20 series against Australia and Pakistan in July. Rajput was in charge of India when they lifted the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and also had a successful spell with Afghanistan.He was confirmed as coach in a statement by Zimbabwe Cricket

May 18, 2018 12:00 AM Lanning, Raj to feature in women’s exhibition T20

MUMBAI: Australia captain Meg Lanning, superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry and India ODI captain Mithali Raj are set to be part of the IPL Supernovas team in the Women’s T20 exhibition match in Mumbai. They will face an IPL Trailblazers side that includes Jhulan Goswami, the highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs, the prolific New Zealand opener Suzie Bates

May 17, 2018 12:00 AM Stanlake dumps Yorkshire to chase Australia Test dream

SYDNEY: Australian fast bowler Billy Stanlake has been withdrawn from his deal with Yorkshire for the Vitality T20 Blast as he switches his focus to proving that he has a future at Test level. The late change of heart, determined by Cricket Australia and Stanlake’s representatives following Justin Langer’s appointment as head coach, leaves Yorkshire 1

May 17, 2018 12:00 AM Allardyce sacked as Everton manager

LONDON: Sam Allardyce was on Wednesday sacked as manager of Premier League side Everton after just six months and despite guiding them away from trouble to an eighth-placed finish, the club announced. The 63-year-old had come under fire from fans over the route one style of play and former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was rumoured 1

May 16, 2018 2:43 PM Ramazan moon sighted, holy month to begin from May 17

The moon marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramazan has been sighted, Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munibur Rehman announced on Wednesday. The holy month will begin from May 17, Thursday. Mufti Muneeb made the announcement while addressing a press conference in Karachi after the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee concluded its meeting 1

May 12, 2018 12:00 AM Champions League will spur Tottenham transfers: Kane

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur’s participation in next season’s Champions League will be a “big attraction” for leading players in the upcoming transfer window, striker Harry Kane has said. England international Kane scored the winning goal as Tottenham beat Newcastle United 1-0 on Wednesday to secure a Premier League top-four finish and qualify for the Champions

May 12, 2018 12:00 AM Preparing for IBF world title bout Waseem to leave for Birmingham soon

KARACHI: Pakistan’s professional boxer Mohammad Waseem will leave for Birmingham in the next few days to train for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) world title bout against Moruti Mthalane of South Africa later this summer. “Yes, all training arrangements have been made. I will apply for England visa on Monday and it will take a week. I am very much confident