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India-Pakistan match is not just cricket

Famous English novelist George Orwell once wrote, "sport is war minus shooting." But in the 21st century it is an Indo-Pak cricket which is "war without shooting." Come Sunday there will be no bullets, no cannons or bombs, but there are ballistic shots, missile-like-targeted bowling, shouting slogans from a packed house of 24,800, do-or-die from the players and up-and-down heartbeats of billions around the world. One English fan rightly put it down to a "political war," under the current tension and strained relations…

Kumble-Kohli row clouds India-Pakistan opener

BIRMINGHAM: Title-holders India will look to put an off-field row behind them when they face arch-rivals Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston on Sunday. The build-up to what is arguably cricket's most anticipated fixture has been dominated by reports of a falling out between India captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble. Former India leg-spinner Kumble has overseen five Test series wins since his appointment in June last year. His contract expires after the end of the Champions Trophy but many…

Shadab faces first taste of India-Pakistan match

BIRMINGHAM: For an 18-year-old it is tough to handle the limelight. More so when it’s an India-Pakistan match as Shadab Khan is oblivious of the atmosphere and what are the pressures of a game with India. It could be a blessing in disguise for Shadab if he gets a chance on Sunday because it will be his first chance to experience an Indo-Pak match. "It's true I have not played against India but I have watched several India-Pakistan matches on television and know that it’s a pressure game," said Shadab who rose from the…