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Hashim Amla first cricketer to receive South Africa’s national honour

Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, was on Saturday honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution in the field of sports. The Order of Ikhamanga is one of the national honours issued by the President of South Africa, given in recognition of services and achievements in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport. Amla, 35, has played 117 Tests, 164 ODIs, and 43 T20Is – with 17794 international runs against his name. He also holds the record for the highest individual score by a South African: an…

Babar Azam says he can’t be just like Virat Kohli

KARACHI: In every field, one has a role model that one looks to follow to progress in that particular sphere, so does young and enthusiastic Pakistani player and Karachi Kings' leading batsman Babar Azam. When it comes to taking inspiration for his game, he says he looks towards Virat Kohli as his ideal player. Babar Azam, himself current top T20 international batsman, seems truly impressed by the captain of neighbouring country. Read More: Babar Azam tops T20I player rankings "I do not just copy Virat Kohli, but I…

Shaheen Shah Afridi impresses Rahul Dravid

KARACHI: Pakistan’s young pacer, Shaheen Shah Afridi impressed Indian batting legend and their U-19 coach Rahul Dravid, who praised him in front of Pakistan U-19 team manager, Nadeem Khan. “Shaheen has been outstanding in the tournament and he has helped Pakistan claim crucial wins before that too,” Nadeem Khan said in a media report. Though Pakistan U-19 team suffered a nightmarish defeat against India in the semi-final of U-19 World Cup by 203 runs while chasing 273 runs, the left-arm fast bowler caught the eyes of…

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma set to marry in Italy in December: report

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are set to marry this month and are reportedly planning a wedding bash in Italy, Indian media reported. Indian news channel India Today reported that the Indian cricket team skipper and the Bollywood actress will head to Italy for their marriage, which will take place in between December 9-11. However, a representative of Anushka denied the news and said no date has been confirmed yet. The  marriage rumours have been further fuelled by Virat Kohli taking a break from international…

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma to tie the knot in December: reports

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have always made their fans melt with their photos on Instagram and now it seems they might take their relationship to the next level. According to a report in The New Indian Express, Anushka might tie the knot with the Indian cricket team captain in December. The dates are yet to be finalised. Kohli has already communicated his unavailability for a Test match and the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in December citing 'personal reasons'. It is an open secret that Kohli and…

Vaughan calls for culture change after Stokes incident

LONDON: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for a change in the culture of the national team after Ben Stokes' arrest on a night out. Stokes was arrested in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after getting into a fight in the early hours of last Monday. Video footage allegedly shows the England all-rounder throwing punches and knocking a man to the floor. Stokes, who has not been charged, and other England team-mates were out celebrating a one-day international win over West Indies less…

Cricketer Imad Wasim clears the air about marriage rumours

LONDON: Cricketer Imad Wasim has refuted rumours that he married or has promised to marry a fan in London. Earlier some pictures of the cricketer with an unknown female has surfaced on social media spreading rumours that that Afghan-origin girl reportedly met Wasim in London and that the cricketer had promised to marry her. "A fan took pictures with me and then people claimed that I got married to her," he said in video message on Twitter. "Then another picture surfaced (with another fan) and people said that she was…

New ICC rules: Cricketers now to be given red cards for on-field misconduct

DUBAI: In a bid to maintain the on-field discipline in cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to follow in the footsteps of football. The governing body has introduced a new set of rules including red cards for cricketers who demonstrate misconduct or violent behavior on the field. Players could be sent off for the first time in cricket, starting with Test matches in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates this week, as new regulations come into force. Changes governing umpire referrals and…

Indian-origin cricketer plays for Ireland after snub by home selectors

CHANDIGARH: Discrimination in selection to represent your home country at an international cricket is not uncommon, the latest victim of  favouritism is India’a Simaranjit Singh (Indian-origin cricketer) who was snubbed by Indian selectors at Under-19 level despite good performances.He is now with Irish (Ireland) team. Singh, whose family still resides in Mohali, has broken into the Irish national team on the back of consistent all-round performances in Ireland's first-class competitions. Simaranjit is known as Simi in…