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Pakistan Hockey team coach resigns

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ISLAMABAD: Coach of Pakistan Hockey Team Qamar Ibrahim on Tuesday has resigned from his Post.

 

Pakistan Hockey Federation has appointed Qamar Ibrahim few days back and today he resigned from his post but also he said that he will remain on the post of Tournament Director of National Hockey Championship.

 

Federation had appointed Former Olympian Hanif Khan as manager and Coach of Pakistan Hockey team as well.

 

Earlier on Saturday The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), led by president Brig (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and secretary Shahbaz Senior, appointed Olympian Qamar Ibrahim as the new head coach of the national side on Sunday.

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Warner booed as Australia bat against England in World Cup warm-up

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SOUTHAMPTON: Australia’s David Warner was booed and heckled on Saturday in his first match against England following a year-long ban for ball-tampering.

Both Warner and former Australia captain Steve Smith only returned to international duty earlier this month after completing 12-month suspensions for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Their first match in England this tour was a hastily arranged, unofficial warm-up match against the West Indies on the nursery ground at Southampton.

But that fixture was played in front of fewer than 30 spectators whereas there were few thousand in the main arena on Saturday when Warner and Australia captain Aaron Finch walked out to open the innings after England won the toss.

The jeers that greeted Warner were audible, although the Hampshire Bowl ground was far from full, however.

And when the left-hander arrived at he crease, one fan shouted: “Get off Warner you cheat.”

Australia are set to be in England for over four months on a lengthy tour that includes both the World Cup and the subsequent five-Test Ashes series.

A report in Thursday’s edition of Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper said Warner’s manager had sought security assurances from Cricket Australia, with the batsman’s wife wanting to give birth to their third child in Britain.

Finch, speaking at this week’s World Cup captains’ press conference, said: “Once the World Cup gets under way and you start getting into the tournament, probably the game against England, and then further on the Ashes there’s no doubt the crowd will start to play a bit of a part but that’s expected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pakistan U19 to take on Sri Lanka U19 in first 50-over match on Sunday

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LAHORE: Pakistan U19 will open their tour of Sri Lanka on Sunday with the opening match of the five-match 50-over cricket series in Hambantota.

The two captains – Sri Lanka’s Nipun Dananjaya and Rohail Nazir of Pakistan – attended the trophy unveiling ceremony with Rohail hoping to play a competitive series. Rohail said he was contented with the team’s preparations and believed side was capable of winning the series against their counterparts.

“The series against Sri Lanka is going to be an exciting and tough series, which will help players from either side to prepare for next year’s ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa.

“Our coaches have prepared us keeping in mind the spinning tracks in Sri Lanka, so I feel that the conditions won’t be a problem for us,” Rohail said.

He added: “We have a great bunch of players in this team that is capable of winning matches on their own. Sri Lanka is a tough opponent to beat especially at home, so we are ready for the challenge.

Wicketkeeper batsman Rohail was one of the star performers in the Inter-Region U19 One-day tournament held in August last year (238 runs in seven matches).

Saim Ayub, a lefty top-order batsman from Karachi, is another performer from the Inter-Region U19 tournament where he scored 325 runs in seven matches at an average of 65 including two centuries and a half-century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Federer hails ‘wonderful’ Laver Cup addition to ATP Tour

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PARIS: Roger Federer on Friday hailed the “wonderful” addition of the Laver Cup, one of three men’s tennis team events, to the official ATP calendar.
The tournament, inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup, pits teams from Europe and the ‘rest of the world’ against each other and was first held in 2017.
It will be in competition with the revamped Davis Cup and the ATP World Team Cup.
“As I come closer to the end of my playing career, it’s wonderful to know that the Laver Cup will be part of the tour that I’ve dedicated more than 20 years of my life to,” said the 37-year-old Federer in a statement after the announcement that the Laver Cup would be added to the ATP Tour.
This year’s edition will be held in Geneva from September 20-22, with Bjorn Borg’s Team Europe the defending champions after defeating the John McEnroe-led Team World in 2018 in Chicago.
World number one Novak Djokovic played in the Laver Cup last year, but has also been one of the driving forces behind bringing back the ATP World Team Cup.
“The Laver Cup is a true celebration of tennis that is loved by the fans and embraced by the players,” said the 15-time Grand Slam champion.
The inaugural Davis Cup finals — which have replaced the World Group after funding from Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique’s investment company Kosmos — will be held in November in Madrid, while Sydney will host the first World Team Cup finals next year.

 

 

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