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Sri Lanka says pitch-fixing allegations hard to believe

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s top cricket administrators say it is difficult to believe allegations of pitch-fixing in a 2016 test match against Australia which have triggered a probe by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC launched an investigation after a documentary aired by news organisation Al Jazeera on Sunday showed a groundsman agreeing to doctor pitches for test matches involving some of the world’s top teams. In the second test in Galle two years ago, Australia were bowled out for 106 and 183 and lost by…

For Athens Muslims, promised mosque still hard to believe

ATHENS, Greece: After 17 years of delay, construction has finally begun on the first official mosque for Athens, but Muslims in the city are not getting their hopes up just yet. “I’ve been hearing people talk about this for too long — I’ll believe it when I see it,” said Nasralla Abed, a Greek-Palestinian translator. He had come to pray in a basement in Athens’ Neos Kosmos neighborhood, one of dozens of unofficial mosques around the city which is home to about 300,000 Muslims. A discreet sign marked the entrance to…