Cricket Sri Lanka Is Suspended By The ICC Due To Political Interference
November 10, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
Sri Lanka Cricket, according to the organization that oversees the sport, is in “serious breach” of its duties to function independently of the government.
On Friday, Sri Lanka’s membership was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) effective immediately.
The ICC indicated that the reason for the indefinite suspension was political intervention. The board was requested to quit by the Sri Lankan government the day before due to allegations of corruption.
What The ICC Stated On Sri Lanka Cricket’s Ban
According to the international governing body of cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket was “in serious breach of its obligations as a member, in particular, the requirement to manage its affairs autonomously and to ensure that there is no government interference.” This determination was made.
The ICC board will determine the terms of the ban in due course, the statement stated.
Argentina Continues Unbeaten Streak In World Cup Qualifiers
October 13, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
Argentina’s Successful Run Continues
Argentina maintained their perfect record against Paraguay in the South American World Cup qualification for the 2026 North American World Cup.
Over 80,000 people watched the game, which was held at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires.
Argentina maintained their advantage despite Lionel Messi’s late introduction in the second half, owing to a single goal scored by defender Nicolás Otamendi in the third minute.
Argentina now leads the standings with nine points after claiming its third straight victory in the qualification.
Otamendi’s opening goal gave the Argentinian squad the victory despite Lionel Messi beginning on the substitute’s bench.
Messi’s introduction in the second half only increased the excitement of the contest as he twice struck the goal post.
On the other hand, Paraguay, who is being coached for the first time by Argentine Daniel Garnero, has only been able to earn one point from three games. The squad’s difficulties were made clear in the game against Argentina, where the Paraguayan team was unable to tie the score.
Both sides are preparing for their next matches as the qualifications go on. Argentina will go to Peru in Lima, while Paraguay will host Bolivia in Asunción. As the teams compete for a spot in the 2026 North America World Cup, the next matches look to be thrilling affairs.
Riccardo Rossi Will Compete In Moto3 With CFMoto In 2024, And Xavi Artigas Will Remain With The Team
September 26, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
The Moto3 World Championship will mark the start of a new era in Riccardo Rossi’s career the following year. The rider will represent the CFMoto Factory Team, which will continue to be home to Xavier Artigas.
Rossi joins the Moto3 division in 2019 after competing for Gresini, BOE, and SIC58 Squadra Corse for the previous two seasons. His two third-place performances so far are his best finishes.
Artigas made his full-time debut in 2021, the same year that he also won his lone career race. The Italian has been a member of CFMoto Racing PrüstelGP since last season, following his debut with Leopard Racing.
The selection of these riders was justified, according to managing director Florian Prüstel, because “as a factory team, there will be many innovations for us next year.”
The new Pirelli tires have already been tested, but there will also be some technical improvements to the bike itself. We made the early decision to rely on the skill and riding safety of the current Moto3 riders because the race schedule is growing increasingly more international.
The German president said of Artigas, “We are still dedicated to Spaniard Xavier Artigas, and we completely believe in him and his potential.
We know he has what it takes to be at the head of the pack since he has previously taken a Moto3 class victory and several podium results. We want to give him the confidence to completely concentrate on the present season by expanding our working relationship.
Xavi is a very skilled and driven rider who, like us, has a specific objective in mind. Together, we shall put forth a lot of effort to put up our best effort on the track.
Prüstel stated: “We have been watching Riccardo Rossi for a while and now we have signed him.” with regards to expectations for Rossi.
Riccardo has already been able to establish his highlights in the field of Moto3 riders, so we are really excited to work together. We will be stronger as a team in the World Championship if he joins us as a factory rider for CFMoto, and we can advance together.
According to PCB, The Indian Government Issues Pakistani Team Visas For The World Cup
September 26, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
The Pakistani team’s visas were finally granted by the Indian government on Monday, allowing them to go for the neighboring nation for the World Cup after several delays, Pakistan Cricket Board spokesperson Umar Farooq Kalson revealed
Finally got a call to pick up the passports from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, he added.
The squad will depart from Lahore for Dubai on September 27 before travelling to Hyderabad, India, for two exhibition games against New Zealand and Australia on September 29 and October 3, respectively.
After the PCB complained to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about “extraordinary delays” in the issue of Indian visas, today’s development took place a short while later.
Farooq stated, “We have written to the ICC highlighting our concerns over the unfair treatment of Pakistan and reminded them of these commitments towards the World Cup.
“It’s disappointing that the Pakistani team has to deal with uncertainty before the important competition.”
It had all come down to the final two days with the national team’s first warm-up game planned for September 29. Farooq said the board had been reminding the ICC of duties for the previous three years, but it had all come down to the last two days.
“We had to abandon our initial plan to do team-building activities in Dubai while travelling to India. We have to alter our itinerary and make new reservations, but all arrangements are contingent on the issue of visas, the representative continued.
ESPNcricinfo reports that the visa application was submitted more than a week ago.
The team’s pre-World Cup team-building activity in Dubai had been postponed due to visa issues.
Earlier, the group was supposed to fly out to Dubai on September 25 and spend two days there. On October 6, Pakistan will face the Netherlands in their inaugural game.
In order to attend the competition, fans and media had to apply for visas online through the website of the Indian High Commission.
The applicants were disappointed to see that the webpage was still unavailable. A journalist from Lahore who covers sports stated he and his colleagues sports reporters had to pay agents to fill out the online applications for them in order to avoid potential visa issues.
Visa applicants said they had been instructed to use a VPN in order to access the high commission’s website due to problems with accessibility.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the country’s national cricket regulatory body, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) all complained that even media members accredited with them were having problems.
If the problem remained, the group urged the Indian High Commission to accept handwritten visa applications. The message also said that because there wasn’t much time left until the huge event started, the media should be assisted.
College Football’s Dan Lanning Demonstrated How To Defeat Deion Sanders At His Own Game
September 24, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
Dan Lanning, the head coach of Oregon, refrained from initiating. He shied away from conflict. He didn’t personalize it.
Lanning hasn’t said a single thing in the past six days that might be misconstrued or used as fodder by Colorado, which is precisely what the Buffaloes’ prior three opponents couldn’t do.
Most amazingly, he carried out all of this while being aware that his squad was the best. Instead, Lanning pumped himself up for a big Super Saiyan transformation on Saturday. He also gave the media a playbook to use against Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders, in addition to leading the Ducks to a 42-6 victory.
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with Deion for who he is. Although I’d wager my money that there will soon be enough of those coming from other parts of the internet, this is not that sort of site. Lanning narrowly avoided caving to Sanders’ media savvy and instead found a means to advance both his own cause and Sanders’.
If seeing college coaches and players have fun, promote a strong sense of self-worth, and engage in some theatrics isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other uninteresting teams to watch.
Lanning demonstrated how interesting the Ducks are. Real-time viewing was fantastic. He was motivating his squad before the game by suggesting that Oregon plays for victories while Colorado plays for clicks.
He was already ahead by two scores when he called a fake punt to a defensive lineman close to his own goal line. While leading 35-0, he came back on ESPN for a halftime interview where he discussed the need to play better.
If Sanders had the chance to speak, you may have expected him to say something along those lines. Nothing about Deion or Colorado is monotonous, and it appears that this includes how they lose these days.
Other programmers’ coaches are aware of what is going on at Boulder. They witness Sanders transforming a college brand very immediately.
They observe Colorado’s enormous TV viewership and celebrity fan base. So coaches are aware that taking on the Buffaloes these days offers more than just the possibility to win; it also offers the chance to steal the show.
It is difficult to contest that Lanning was doing that on Saturday through his words and actions. He made the television broadcast into a three-hour reminder that Oregon merits their attention as well since he is aware of how many prospects were turning in to see Colorado.
Lanning had to keep his mouth shut the whole week for any of this to succeed. Let Colorado handle all the strain and attention.
Simply reserve all ammunition for Saturday. Release all the trash talk you’ve been holding back until then and only then.
Few college coaches, if any, will be able to outwit Sanders during the workweek or even on a pregame show. He simply does this way too well and for far too long. But once the game begins, none of it remains relevant.
The Buffaloes will still play a significant role this season despite Saturday’s defeat. Even with rated opponents like USC, UCLA, Utah, Oregon State, and Washington State left on the Buffaloes’ schedule, they will continue to be an attraction each and every week.
The plan is straightforward: Remain silent until your team’s play gets the opportunity to speak first. This will prevent those programmers from falling victim to Deion’s magnetism the way Lanning did.
Minkah Fitzpatrick Of The Steelers Discusses Nick Chubb’s Injury
September 22, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
The hit that injured Nick Chubb was discussed by the Pittsburgh Steelers’ safety. The injury suffered by Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb in Week 2’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium has generated a lot of criticism.
Because it was so horrific, the hit by Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick at the goal line was not replayed on television. Before being carried off the pitch, Chubb’s knee was examined, and it is thought that several ligaments have been injured.
Fitzpatrick dived low on the play, and at the same time, Cole Holcomb struck Chubb from above, bending Chubb’s leg awkwardly. Almost immediately, there was discussion regarding whether or not Fitzpatrick’s hit was legal and if it should be seen as dirty.
Fitzpatrick addressed the impact, defended the action, and discussed how difficult it is to prevent a contact that might cause injury in the heat of the moment.
“Really unfortunate. A difficult injury, that. Sadly, it’s a requirement of the game we play, Fitzpatrick added. “You know, people are going to allege that the tackle was motivated by malice.
That is in no way the case. I’m a guy that will go out and play the game because I’m a competitor. Although I’m edgy and chipper, I’m not a nasty player. I won’t spend time here defending my integrity.
I am aware of the sort of player I am, and Chubb is also aware of this. I’ve played against him twice a year for the past five years, and I enjoy the challenge. He brings out the best in me, and I do the same for him. There is no chance that I would deliberately try to hurt someone there.
Fitzpatrick claimed that after the play, he walked over to Chubb to let him know that the injury wasn’t on purpose.
Fitzpatrick pronounced it to be a regrettable occurrence. “We play a rough game, and people get wounded. People may sit in front of a television and advise me on how I should have done something or suggest a course of action, but they have never really played the game. As I mentioned, it’s a horrible incident and I’m praying for Chubb because it’s a fast-paced game.
Fitzpatrick was hurt during the play as well, and he lay motionless following the collision. He ultimately had to leave the game due to a chest ailment and was transported to the hospital as a precaution.
Fitzpatrick claimed that if he didn’t go low and tried to make the runner take on less danger, he would be placing himself at a far larger risk.
“If I tackle a guy like Nick Chubb high as he’s running full speed downhill, and I’m stationary, I’m going to get ran over and I’m going to get concussed,” Fitzpatrick claimed. “I understand that this is an attacking game and that fans need scores, but defensive players are also individuals.
We must defend ourselves. When you go low when tackling huge men, it’s simpler and you suffer less damage to your body and head.
For The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, The Pakistan Cricket Board Has Unveiled The Star Nation Jersey
August 28, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
At a lavish event held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore today, the Pakistan Cricket Board introduced the Star Nation Jersey.
The PCB Management Committee Chairman, Mr. Zaka Ashraf, presided over the event, which represented an important development in the national team’s preparations for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
The Star Nation Jersey is more than just a simple article of clothing; it captures the deep bond between Pakistan’s cricketing greats and their devoted fans.
Each star, which takes its cue from celestial planets, stands for brilliance, desire, and the brilliant light of cricketing accomplishments. This design strategy, which captures the essence of the game’s quality, resonates well with Pakistani cricket fans.
The Star Nation Jersey exemplifies the unbreakable link between our cricketers and the devoted supporters that support them during every match. This jersey captures both our illustrious cricketing past and the bright future that lies ahead.
“The Star Nation Jersey is more than simply a uniform; it’s a work of art filled with tales of struggles and victories.
The steadfast support of our supporters and the illustrious heritage of our cricketing legends are symbolized by each star on this shirt. To make sure that wearing this jersey would inspire genuine pride in every Pakistani, every aspect has been painstakingly designed.
The Star Nation Jersey is currently available for pre-order on shop.pcb.com.pk, the PCB’s official online store.
Fans may express their support for the cricketing heroes and come together as a single force as Pakistan begins its quest for victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 by wearing this jersey with pride.
ICC And PCB Agree For Changing 2023 World Cup Schedule
August 2, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
In an important milestone, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approved the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) suggestions for changes to the World Cup 2023 program.
The dates have changed, but the locations of the selected matches have not altered. The amended tournament schedule will soon be made public by the ICC.
the change in the schedule that was required by factors not related to cricket. According to reports in the Indian media, suggestions to modify the schedule were sent to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
This action was motivated by the fact that an important Pakistan vs. India game coincided with Gujarat’s celebrated Navratri holiday. This choice demonstrates the organizers’ dedication to honoring and accommodating cultural customs.
A spectacular round-robin format including 45 riveting matches will be used for the next Cricket World Cup to feature a fascinating competition amongst ten elite teams.
The best four performing teams will guarantee their spots in the semi-finals, raising the stakes significantly. The locations of these much awaited semifinal matches are Kolkata and Mumbai, two major cricketing cities.
The New World Cup Schedule May Be Seen Here:
vs Sri Lanka
vs South Africa
vs New Zealand
To assure Pakistan’s enthusiastic participation in the World Cup being hosted by India, a crucial measure has been made.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called together a renowned panel to discuss this important issue. This discussion will take place in an important gathering that will be presided over by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
The Prime Minister will then receive the complete recommendations of the group. The Prime Minister has the last say on whether Pakistan will compete in this renowned tournament, which heightens the intrigue surrounding this cricketing tale.
World Cup Match Between India And Pakistan Is Scheduled For Ahmedabad
June 28, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
The International Cricket Council said on Tuesday that India will host Pakistan’s cricket team for the first time in seven years at the 50-over World Cup in October, with the first semi-final taking place in Mumbai on November 15 and the second in Kolkata the following day.
On October 5, the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, which will also host the championship match, will open the tournament with a match between the defending champions England and New Zealand.
The most anticipated match between rivals India and Pakistan will take place on October 15 in the same potentially tense location, after the hosts’ campaign opener against Australia a week earlier.
Due to Pakistan’s prior rejection to visit India, the schedule wasn’t released for several weeks. However, a solution was made when Pakistan agreed to host a hybrid-style Asia Cup in September.
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), their side would need permission from Islamabad to compete.
Sami Ul Hasan, the director of communications at PCB, said, “We are coordinating with our government for direction.
This stance is in line with what we informed the ICC when they shared the draught timetable with us and asked for our input a few weeks ago, he said. Pakistan, which has a majority of Muslims, is concerned about Ahmedabad, the city where India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi was born. Pakistan has previously voiced reluctance to play in the 132,000-seat stadium.
At least 1,000 people, predominantly Muslims, died in sectarian violence in Ahmedabad in 2002, which was the epicentre of fatal religious rioting and shocked the whole globe.
Due to security concerns, the match during Pakistan’s previous T20 World Cup cricket tour of India was moved from Dharamsala to Kolkata.
The top four teams from the 10-team round-robin round will advance to the semi-finals, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement 100 days before the competition starts. The 48-match tournament will be contested at 10 locations over 46 days.
The World Cup Super League has already produced eight clubs that have qualified. At the conclusion of the current qualifying round in Zimbabwe, the remaining two seats will be filled.
Playing at the World Cup at home would be a fantastic experience, the Indian captain Rohit Sharma said. “India won here 12 years ago, and I know supporters across the country are eagerly awaiting our arrival on the pitch this time.”
Due to long-standing political difficulties, India and Pakistan only play cricket against one other in international events, generally at neutral grounds, most notably last year during the T20 World Cup in Australia.
As a result, each game between the South Asian neighbors ranks among the most popular athletic events on the world stage, and any victory is exploited to bolster nationalism at home.
273 million people watched the India vs. Pakistan 50-over World Cup match in 2019.
Since 2012, India and Pakistan have not played one another in a bilateral series on either nation’s territory.
Additionally, they haven’t faced off in a Test match since 2007, instead just competing in the shorter games.
Deep cultural and linguistic ties exist between India and Pakistan, but their past is marred by murder and tragedy.
Three wars have been fought between the two nuclear-armed countries since the subcontinent was divided in 1947.
India last took home the ODI World Cup trophy in 2011. Since then, in 2015 and 2019, respectively, Australia and England have won the championship in their own backyards.
On October 29 in Lucknow, India will play England, while on November 4 in Ahmedabad, the English will play Australia.
The semifinal and championship games will be place on reserve days, and all three will be day-night affairs.
The WTC Victory By Australia What Does It Imply For The Ashes?
June 12, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
As they clear the cobwebs in style, Boland’s metronomic precision and Smith’s menacing form bode well for the side.
Australia’s triumph in the World Test Championship [WTC] final was a historical event in and of itself. It marked the end of an amazing two years and secured the sole championship that had not yet been added to their collection of trophies. But this trip has only just begun; it wasn’t a one-off game.
The men’s Ashes start on Friday at Edgbaston, so let’s look at what Australia’s performance at The Oval may signify versus England while the players enjoy a day or two off.
Even two at The Oval wouldn’t have prevented Warner from playing in Edgbaston, but it would have increased the pressure considerably. Instead, he enters the Ashes having performed admirably in the first innings, persevering through a challenging opening hour before thriving by regaining the initiative against India’s attack.
Even if a feathery pull down the leg side this time didn’t really advance the story, the around-the-wicket line managed to get him this time. He struck Mohammed Siraj with a drive while unbalanced in the second inning for one. By the time the Ashes reach the conclusion of the Lord’s Test, we may have a better understanding of Warner’s prospects of saying goodbye to Sydney.
Falling into the deep guard designated by Warner was Smith’s biggest issue. He set the bar high by scoring a fine hundred in the first innings as he aimed to come close to matching his outstanding performance from 2019, when he scored 774 runs in only four Tests while missing one due to a concussion.
Such is Smith’s brilliance that after his first two county matches for Sussex, he decided the more severe back-and-forth movement he employed in 2019 was worth returning to, which may reinforce the opinions of those who believed he shouldn’t have been signed. Actually, Smith would have resolved the issue on his own. Most likely, this is his last Ashes tour.
One of the prominent figures in this WTC victory has been Travis Head. He kicked it off with a scorching hundred against England at the Gabba and set up the game-winning triumph at The Oval with a scorching 163. However, India missed a trick, as admitted by bowling coach Paras Mhambrey.
They did not launch an early continuous short-pitched approach. On the second day, Head ultimately gloved down the leg side, but he didn’t appear fully at ease throughout the second inning. Expect England to put him to the test right away, especially if Mark Wood is joining the assault.
However, they must do it correctly. Head will get involved in anything that is out of line, either by cutting over the point or carving towards the deep third. If England posts deep fielders to serve as catchers for those shots, don’t be shocked.
Although they didn’t end up being expensive in this game, Australia’s DRS performance wasn’t its finest. Soon after Cummins had a wicket washed off by a no-ball, India reviewed for an edge against Shardul Thakur in their first innings.
Then they reviewed an LBW against Ajinkya Rahane that never looked out after Marnus Labuschagne persuaded them to go upstairs for a non-edge against Virat Kohli (despite the fact that he nicked Boland to slip two balls later). It doesn’t take much to be reminded of how 2019 came back to bite them.