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Court case puts Stokes’ England career on hold

Birmingham: Ben Stokes's international career will be placed in suspended animation when the England cricketer appears in a Bristol court on Monday charged with affray. While England has had to make do without the talented all-rounder before, either through injury or their own policy decisions, both he and they are now beholden to the outcome of a looming trial. His upcoming court appearance - which is expected to last at least five days - saw Stokes omitted from England's squad for the second Test against India at…

Pakistan puts cotton imports from India on hold as tensions mount

KARACHI/MUMBAI: Pakistan has suspended cotton imports from its top supplier, India, saying shipments failed to fulfil phyto-sanitary certification, threatening the $822 million-a-year trade, government and industry officials said. Traders say rising hostility between the neighbours might have prompted Pakistan to restrict imports. The decision will help other cotton suppliers such as Brazil and the United States to increase exports to Pakistan. "We had received some complaints regarding insects, pests, in cotton…