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January 16, 2019 12:00 AM In-form Olivier earns career-best ICC ranking

DUBAI: South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier has reached a career-best 24th position in the ICC Test Player Rankings after another stellar performance in the final Test in Johannesburg, which his side won by 107 runs to complete a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan. Olivier’s match haul of eight for 125 has lifted him eight slots in the list led by his compatriot

January 15, 2019 1:43 AM US officials due today for talks on Afghan peace process

WASHINGTON: Two key US officials — special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Deputy Assistant to the US president Lisa Curtis — are expected in Islamabad on Tuesday for talks aimed at ensuring the success of a US-backed peace initiative for Afghanistan. The US Department of State announced last week that Mr Khalilzad is visiting India, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan 1

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM SA jumps, Pakistan slips in ICC Test rankings

LAHORE: South Africa have overtaken New Zealand and England to take the second position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings after completing a clean sweep of the three-match series against Pakistan 3-0. Following the win, South Africa have gained four points to reach 110 points, two points ahead of England in the list led by India

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Olivier guides SA to series sweep of Pakistan

JOHANNESBURG: Duanne Olivier sparked a Pakistan collapse as South Africa completed a series clean sweep with a 107-run win on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday. Starting the day on 153 for three, Pakistan lost their remaining seven wickets for 120 runs to be bowled out for 273.Olivier effectively ended Pakistan’s

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Pakistani diplomat visits Xinjiang

BEIJING: Diplomats from Pakistan and other regional countries visited Xinjiang region last week, and got highly impressed by the recent measures taken by the Chinese government for ensuring peace and prosperity for their people. The regional government of the region has invited diplomatic envoys and representatives from Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM Zim’s India tour in doubt

HARARE: The announcement of the dates for this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) has put Zimbabwe’s tour of India in March in doubt, and the visit may be restructured, postponed or even cancelled entirely. While no dates had been settled upon for Zimbabwe’s visit, the tour was scheduled to take place at some point in March, and include a Test and three 1

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM IPL calendar puts Zimbabwe’s India tour in doubt

HARARE: The announcement of the dates for this year’s IPL has put Zimbabwe’s tour of India in March in doubt, and the visit may be restructured, postponed or even cancelled entirely. While no dates had been settled upon for Zimbabwe’s visit, the tour was scheduled to take place at some point in March, and include a Test and three One-day Internationals 3

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM India call up Shankar,: Gill to replace suspended pair

SYDNEY: India Sunday called up all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill for their Australia and New Zealand tours after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were ordered home in disgrace over comments made about women. Rahul and Pandya were axed ahead of India’s opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Saturday, which the tourists 3

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action

NEW DELHI: India’s Ambati Rayudu has been reported for a suspect bowling action in the first One-day International against Australia, the International Cricket Council said Sunday. The part-time spinner’s action was flagged by match officials, citing concerns about its legality, after the match in Sydney.“Rayudu’s bowling action will now be scrutinised 2

January 13, 2019 12:00 AM Aussies stun India in 1st ODI despite Sharma’s ton

SYDNEY: Australia fended off an explosive century from Rohit Sharma to post a morale-boosting 34-run victory over India in the first one-day international in Sydney on Saturday. The Australians made 288 for five off their 50 overs after winning the toss and restricted India to 254 for nine. Sharma blasted 133 off 129 balls in a scintillating effort to keep India 2