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English Football Association preparing for potential 2030 World Cup bid

MANCHESTER:  England’s Football Association (FA) is carrying out a study into the feasibility of hosting the 2030 World Cup finals, FA chairman Greg Clarke said in a statement on Wednesday. England, who hosted the World Cup in 1966, failed in their most recent attempt to win the rights for the 2018 tournament, which was held in Russia. “Last month the English FA board agreed to conduct feasibility work into the possibility of putting itself forward to be UEFA’s potential candidate to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup,”…

Trump to host Ramadan dinner

UNITED STATES:  U.S. President Donald Trump will host a dinner in the coming week in honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, restoring a White House tradition that he had abandoned during his first year in office, a West Wing official said on Saturday. The dinner is expected to be held on Wednesday. The guest list was not made available. Mr. Trump has a long history of making inflammatory statements about Muslims. During his campaign, he told an interviewer, “I think Islam hates us.” He repeatedly insinuated over the…

Iraq to host first international football tournament

BAGHDAD: Iraq is to host a West Asia Football Federation championship in the southern city of Basra in November, the first international tournament to be staged in the country since the 1990s. Iraqi authorities late Sunday hailed WAFF's invitation to host the tournament, following the decision in March of world football's governing body FIFA to lift a three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football. Iraq is now "eager to organise a major footballing event and to show that it is ready at all levels", Iraqi…

England to host 100-ball domestic competition from 2020

LONDON: English domestic cricket is set to get yet another format after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced plans for an eight-team, 100-ball competition in the pursuit of younger, family-oriented audiences. Under the proposals, unanimously backed by the ECB board, each side would face 15 six-ball overs, culminating in a final 10 deliveries — 20 balls shorter than traditional Twenty20 matches. The latest format, which follows experiments with 40-, 50- and 60-over competitions, as well as four-day county…

Saudi Arabia to host cinema test screening with ‘Black Panther’

RIYADH: Blockbuster action flick "Black Panther" will play at a cinema test screening in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, the first in a series of trial runs before movie theatres open to the wider public next month. The kingdom lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas last year as part of a far-reaching liberalisation drive, with US giant AMC Entertainment granted the first licence to operate movie theatres. Anticipation had been building after the authorities announced earlier this month that Saudi Arabia's first cinema in over three…

Netherlands to host Ireland, Scotland in T20 tri-series

ROTTERDAM: A triangular Twenty20 International series between the Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland will be held in the Dutch cities of Rotterdam, Deventer and Amstelveen from 12-20 June this year, the Royal Dutch Cricket Association (KNCB) have announced. “This tournament will become an annual event between the three strongest European cricket countries,” said KNCB in a statement. All three countries were in with a shot at qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, but failed to make the cut at the ICC Cricket World…