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Pakistan take big step in from cold as World XI come to play

LAHORE: Pakistan take a huge step towards reviving international cricket at home after years of isolation when they host a three-match Twenty20 series amid tight security against a star-studded World XI, starting Tuesday. The series will be the most high-profile in the cricket-mad country since a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore left eight dead and drove away international cricket and most other sports. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have high hopes that the series will close that dark…

FIFA announces $369 million loss with worse to come

ZURICH: FIFA on Friday announced a $369 million loss for 2016, a second straight annual deficit, as it recovers from scandals that have rocked world football and acknowledged it had to use hundreds of millions of dollars of its reserves. The game’s world governing body blamed the cost of investigating the scandals, bad investments and accounting changes. But there is worse to come for the organisation, which is rebuilding after its near collapse at the end of the tainted Sepp Blatter era. It expects to lose $489…

Musharraf says will soon come to Pakistan, unite ‘good’ politicians

SUKKUR: Former Army chief and President All Pakistan Muslim League Pervez Musharraf on Sunday said he would soon come back to Pakistan and organize his party to make it the third biggest power in the country by bringing together politicians of good reputation, ARY News reported. “I am not at rest in Dubai. I will soon come to my homeland,” he said instructing his party workers to speed efforts to make APML live. He was talking through telephone to a workers’ convention held in Sukkur. Sources said Musharraf is…