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Bushfire smoke hits Australian Open again, but rain raises hopes

Bushfire smoke disrupted the Australian Open build-up on Wednesday for a second straight day to deepen concerns about the fate of the year’s first tennis Grand Slam, but a cool change late in the day raised hopes of rain soaking the blazes. The toxic haze that descended on Melbourne, where …

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Hafeez, Malik return to T20 squad for Bangladesh’s tour to Pakistan

Head Coach and Chief Selector for Pakistan Misbahul Haq on Thursday announced Pakistan’s Twenty20 International squad for the upcoming tour of the Bangladesh cricket team. Babar Azam has been chosen to lead the squad, which is a mix of seasoned and new players. Contrary to speculations, former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed …

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Tennis stars raise millions for Australian wildfire victims

MELBOURNE: A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena watched Roger Federer defeat Nick Kyrgios in a one-set finale to the Australian Open’s Rally for Relief to aid wildfire charities on Wednesday. Tennis Australia said the night helped raise nearly five million Australian dollars ($3.5 million) for …

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Top ICC official to visit Pakistan next week

KARACHI: The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Manu Sawhney will visit Pakistan next week to start preliminary discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the hosting of ICC events in the period from 2023 and 2031, reliable sources confided to Dawn on Wednesday. Sawhney, the 56-year-old …

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PSL 2020 set to begin on February 20

The schedule for the much anticipated fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League was released by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday, with the series set to take off on February 20. According to the schedule, the series will run from February 20 to March 22, with all the matches …

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South Africa v England: Tourists lose first Test by 107 runs

South Africa claimed a convincing 107-run victory as England collapsed again on the fourth day of the first Test in Centurion. The tourists, needing to complete a record chase of 376, resumed on 121-1 but were bowled out for 268, with Kagiso Rabada taking 4-103. A collapse of 7-64 sealed …

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Australia sniff series victory in Boxing Day Test

Australia marched toward a dominant series victory over New Zealand on Saturday after dismissing the visitors cheaply and building a mammoth 456-run lead on day three of the Boxing Day test. Leading 1-0 after thrashing the Black Caps in the Perth opener, Tim Paine’s Australia pushed to 137 for four …

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Russia challenges WADA doping ban

MOSCOW: Russia on Friday formally contested a four-year ban from major sporting events over doping violations that President Vladimir Putin has condemned as “unjust,” the head of its RUSADA anti-doping agency said. “In accordance with established procedure, today we have sent a package of documents to the World Anti-Doping Agency,” …

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