PARIS: With 50 days to go to the kickoff of the women’s World Cup in France more than half the match tickets have been sold, FIFA said on Thursday.
The governing body of world football said in a statement that they were “proud to announce that ticket sales for the competition are smashing records, with over 720,000 sold so far”.
FIFA said that seven games were already sold out including the opening match, between France and South Korea at Parc des Princes in Paris on June 7, the semifinals on July 2 and 3, and the final on July 7, all in Lyon.
Three other group games are already sold out: Netherlands v Cameroon in Valenciennes on June 15, Nigeria v France in Rennes on June 17 and Sweden v USA in Le Havre on June 20.
CWC 2019: England bats against Afghanistan
MANCHESTER: England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat first against Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday after being passed fit to play in the World Cup pool match.
Morgan was given the all-clear after suffering a back spasm that meant he was unable to bat in the tournament hosts’ eight-wicket win over the West Indies in Southampton on Friday.
World Cup favourites England made two changes from that side, with James Vince replacing Jason Roy after the in-form opener was ruled out with a hamstring tear that could sideline him for at least two pool fixtures.
And with Tuesday’s match being played on a used pitch that should aid turn, England decided to drop paceman Liam Plunkett, who was reportedly unwell on Monday, and recall off-spinner Moeen Ali.
“The wicket looks really good,” said Morgan. “It doesn’t look a great deal used — everyone at Old Trafford has done a magnificent job to get it ready.
“It played well the other day (when India beat Pakistan) — plenty of carry for the seamers and a hint of turn for the spinners.”
Rank outsiders Afghanistan made three changes from the side that lost to South Africa by nine wickets.
Top-order batsmen Hazratullah Zazai, fast bowler Hamid Hassan and medium-pacer Aftab Alam were all dropped, with Afghanistan recalling Najibullah Zadran, Dawlat Zadran and spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
England, bidding to win the World Cup for the first time, are currently fourth in the 10-team table with only the top four at the end of the 10-team round-robin stage qualifying for the semi-finals.
Afghanistan are bottom of the standings, with four defeats in four matches.
England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wkt), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), Joel Wilson (WIS)
TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
Loss against India: Resolution seeking resignation of PCB chairman, others submitted
LAHORE: A resolution was tabled in the Punjab Assembly today seeking removal of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and other responsible for the defeat against India in ICC World Cup 2019 yesterday.
Pakistan lost against arch-rivals India by 89 runs in the mega clash in Old Trafford, Manchester.
The resolution, submitted by PML-N leader Aziza Fatima, stated that people of the country were angry over Pakistan’s defeat against India.
It further stated that neither the PCB planned for the world cup nor it could induct extraordinary player in the team due to which disappointment prevails among the masses.
The resolution further demanded all the responsible including the PCB chairman and chief selector be removed immediately.
2022 Hangzhou Asian Games submission of mascot proposals to continue till July 15
BEIJING: The organizing committee for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and Asian Para Games will continue to accept submission of proposals for the design of official mascot till July 15.
The organizing committee for the games launched a campaign to solicit ideas for official mascots starting from April 16, running for three months until July 15. The result will be announced by the end of 2019, Secretary of Hangzhou Municipal Committee Zhou Jiangyoung said on Monday.
The applicants from all over the world are welcomed to participate in the design of the mascot, as to contribute their wisdom and strength to the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games and to create a brand-new and classic mascot image, he said in a statement issued here.
The 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 10 to 25, 2022. The mascot, as an important part of the brand image and landscape of large-scale sports events, is the liveliest visual image symbol, which has been welcomed and loved by the public.
The design for the mascots shall comply with the pursuits of the Olympic movement and also reflect the history, culture and innovative vitality of the host city of Hangzhou.
He added that the mascots should embody the spirit of dreams, innovation, joy and perseverance and that they should be lively, adorable, and friendly, in such a way that will allow them to make an impact on people of different culture backgrounds, genders and ages.
The final winning plan will receive a RMB 120,000 bonus.
According to the official website of the Hangzhou Asian Games Committee, the Hangzhou Asian Games is the third Asian Games held by China after Beijing and Guangzhou.
At present, 37 major competitions have been confirmed, including 28 Olympic projects and 9 non-Olympic projects, and 55 competition venues and facilities.
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