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England to host Pakistan series next year before World Cup

LONDON: Pakistan will play against England next year before the World Cup, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced. ECB announced its major match schedule for 2019 which also includes series against Australia and Ireland apart from Pakistan. Pakistan will be England’s first opponents with their tour featuring five One-Day Internationals and a T20 as both countries prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup which starts on 30 May 2019. 5 May: England v Pakistan T20. Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 8 May: England v…

PCB will continue to hold major tournaments in UAE

DUBAI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced to continue holding major tournaments and events in the United Arab Emirates. The PCB released a statement on Tuesday stating that it held fruitful discussions with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on matters of mutual interest. Furthermore, the ECB also agreed to a significant reduction of the costs to PCB of holding these tournaments with immediate effect. The ECB will host a T20 and T10 League from Dec 10, 2018 to Jan 10, 2019 when there are no PCB fixtures in…

G20 to work on ‘answer’ to Bitcoin risk

DAVOS: International regulators are looking at the risks poised by cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and will work on their response at their next G20 meeting in March, a European Central Bank director said on Friday. “The international community is ... preparing an answer to that and I would expect, for instance, the G20 discussion in Buenos Aires in March to focus very much on these issues,” Benoit Coeure, a member of the ECB’s board, said at an event at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Bitcoin is a virtual currency…

Stokes available for England selection despite charge: ECB

LONDON: Ben Stokes will now be considered for England selection again and is set to return next month despite being charged with affray, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday. Stokes was suspended from international duty by the ECB following his involvement in an incident outside a nightclub in September that reportedly left a man with a fractured eye socket. As a result, the Durham all-rounder missed the whole of England's 4-0 Ashes series defeat in Australia. Although England are…

Alex Hales faces no charges over nightclub incident: ECB

LONDON: Batsman Alex Hales will face no criminal charges over a fracas that resulted in an England suspension for him and all-rounder Ben Stokes, cricket chiefs said Monday. Hales, a 28-year-old opener, has not played any professional cricket since he and Stokes became embroiled in the late-night incident outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25. Following a brief statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Hales can expect to be considered when the Ashes tourists pick their squad for the limited-overs…

Under investigation Ben Stokes will not travel with England Ashes squad: ECB

LONDON: All-rounder Ben Stokes will not travel with the rest of England’s squad for the Ashes, though no final decision has been taken on his participation in the test series in Australia, the England Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday. The 26-year-old Stokes, England’s vice captain and one of their most important players, was suspended after he and team mate Alex Hales were arrested following an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub last month and released under investigation. Pace bowler Steven Finn has been added…

ECP to hear Imran Khan’s disqualification reference on November 2

ISLAMABAD: As the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) gears up to hold a mass protest in the capital on November 2, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said it would hear a reference against Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, seeking his disqualification on the same date. The reference filed by Talal Chaudhry of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and six other members of the National Assembly sought disqualification of Imran Khan as MNA under clause (2) of article-63 of the 1973 constitution of…