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Ailing Kohli to cut short English county stint: official

NEW DELHI: India captain Virat Kohli will cut short his stint with English county Surrey from next month because of exhaustion, an Indian cricket board official told AFP on Thursday. “Kohli will miss some of the county games. It has not been decided how many games he will miss or whether it will be the whole month,” said the senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement. Indian media reports said Kohli had a disc injury and went to a…

English tampering taunts won’t make Australia cry: Lyon

MELBOURNE: Australia’s cricketers will just have to bear English taunts over the ball-tampering affair on tour next month for the one-day international series, spinner Nathan Lyon has said. Australia will bring a new-look squad led by test captain Tim Paine for the five-match series, with former skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner suspended for their parts in the scandal in South Africa. Offspinner Lyon, who was recalled to the ODI squad for the first time since 2016, said he expected England fans to take…

Assange loses new bid to cancel English arrest warrant

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday lost his legal battle to overturn an English arrest warrant against him, and with it his hopes of freely leaving Ecuador's London embassy, where he has been holed up since 2012. At Westminster Magistrates Court in the British capital, judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected his lawyers' argument that upholding the warrant was no longer in the public interest. "Arrest is a proportionate response even though Mr Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years," she…

Iran bans English in primary schools after leader’s warning

DUBAI: Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official said, after the country’s Supreme Leader said early learning of the language opened the way to a Western “cultural invasion”. “Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,” Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run High Education Council, told state television late on Saturday. The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork for the…