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‘I was disappointed, really disappointed’

CANTERBURY: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur hopes the Australia ball-tampering scandal will prove a "reality check for world cricket" and that the banned trio of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft get a chance to play county cricket in England. Smith and Warner, the deposed captain and vice-captain, have been given one-year bans by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft has been hit with a nine-month suspension for his part in the ball-tampering scandal that marred the team's recent tour of South Africa. Top-order…

Khalid Latif’s appeal against spot-fixing ban rejected

KARACHI: Former Pakistan opener Khalid Latif Wednesday lost an appeal against a five-year ban for spot-fixing but had his one million rupee ($10,000) fine waived. Adjudicator Justice Faqir Khokhar upheld the ban, saying there was "overwhelming" evidence against Latif, but waived the fine as his career was almost over, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) lawyer Taffazul Rizvi told reporters in Lahore. Latif, who had shown tremendous early promise as a cricketer but failed to make an impact at international level, played five…

And then there was a magician…

There was a magician without a wand in his hand, who did not wear a hat or had a secret magic spell. He just had a heartwarming smile on his face and was blessed to control the ball in every condition and on every stage. The magician had the superpowers of bowling off-spin and Doosra, he had the ability to rule the best in the world, the skill to bamboozle any opponent, and got the capability to even make the maestros struggle. There were highly skilled opponents in front of him, who had dominated the world in the…

Pakistan rises to top spot in ICC T20I rankings

Pakistan Cricket Team moved to the top of International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 International (T20I) rankings, thanks to Sarfraz 11's consistent victories. Pakistan reached the top rank with their tally of 124 points in such a scenario with New Zealand slipping to the second position with 121 points. India did Pakistan a huge favour by registering a 53-run victory over New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International between the two teams on Wednesday bringing the Kiwis down in the ICC T20I rankings. New…