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Turkey’s legendary weightlifter Suleymanoglu dies

ISTANBUL (Web Desk) Former Olympic and world weightlifting champion Naim Suleymanoglu, one of the sport’s most successful athletes, has died aged 50 in a hospital in Istanbul, officials said on Saturday. Suleymanoglu, known as the ‘Pocket Hercules’ due to his short height of 1.47 metres, recently underwent a liver transplant. “It’s …

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Ajmal offers to correct Hafeez’s bowling action ‘within a month’

Lahore (Web Desk) Magician off-spinner Saeed Ajmal on Saturday said he can help all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez correct his bowling stance within a month if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Hafeez approach him. While talking to DawnNews, Ajmal said that Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed had helped him correct his …

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India manage 172 on support by lower order

New Delhi (Web Desk) Top-ranked India were skittled out for 172 after Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored with a gritty half-century on day three of the rain-hit first Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. After the highly rated Indian top-order came undone on a fast-paced wicket at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, the lower …

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Road to Russia full of emotion, intrigue and drama

Islamabad (Web Desk) ROUGHLY 17,000 kilometres of the Pacific Ocean separate Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, and Lima, the capital of Peru. But this was a journey that took a full 979 days and a few hours to complete. At the beginning there were many, 210 to be precise. But …

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Pakistan welcomes end of isolation from international cricket

LAHORE (Web Desk) Even Pakistan’s prime minister did not believe it could happen but when Sri Lanka visit Lahore on Sunday for a T20 match, the hosts will celebrate the end of eight years of isolation from international cricket.Less than a year ago, none of this appeared possible for a …

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Pakistan eye ODI clean sweep of Sri Lanka

SHARJAH (Web Desk) Afghanistan will play three One-day Internationals with Ireland in Sharjah in December and they are also eyeing their inaugural Test against Zimbabwe, an official said on Sunday.We are hosting a three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland in December and there are also discussions on Afghanistan playing …

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Pakistan eye ODI clean sweep of Sri Lanka

SHARJAH (Web Desk) Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur made no secret of his intention of inflicting a clean sweep on Sri Lanka when the sides meet in the fifth and final One-day International here on Monday.Since their Champions Trophy triumph in June,Pakistan have won eight straight games and have been …

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Pakistan unlikely to lapse into complacency in fourth ODI today

SHARJAH (Web Desk) Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, wanted his team to keep their ruthless appro­ach going in the fourth One-day International against Sri Lanka on Friday (Oct 20), despite having taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Pakistan thumped a sloppy Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the …

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Hassan, Imam shine in Pakistan’s series clinching victory

ABU DHABI (Web Desk) Young opener Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq, smashed a hundred on debut to guide his side to a seven-wicket win in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.Seamer Hasan Ali became the quickest bowler to reach 50 one-day international wickets for Pakistan as …

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