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Tendulkar: scrap two new-ball ODI rule to revive reverse swing

NEW DELHI: India batting great Sachin Tendulkar says cricket should revisit the rule of using two new balls in one-day games in order to revive the moribund art of reverse swing in the format. Bowlers have often found themselves short-changed since the 2011 decision to have one new ball from each end which, many believe, has rendered the already batsman-friendly format even more lop-sided. The decision meant the ball never gets old enough to generate reverse or aid the spinners, while being easier to score off in the…

PCB expedites efforts to revive international cricket in Karachi

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has put the pedal to the metal to revive international cricket in Karachi, ARY News reported. Chairman PCB Najam Sethi is going to hold a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday to formally launch preparations for Pakistan Super League matches in Karachi. "I am meeting Sindh CM tomorrow to start preparations for PSL matches in Karachi. Wish me luck!" he wrote on his Twitter handle. "I have to convince Sindh CM/Rangers to provide security, foreign…

Meet the man behind the viral Syria photo

ALEPPO: Photo of Mohammed Mohiedin Anis listening to music in his destroyed bedroom touched a chord around the world on eve of sixth anniversary of Syria’s civil war. Here is an AFP interview of the man Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars “wounded” in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Heavy bombardment of the eastern district of Shaar had blown massive chunks of concrete off a nearby building, crushing the vintage Buick’s…

Afghan president in Islamabad to revive Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD: Afghan president Ashraf Ghani arrived in Islamabad Wednesday hoping to revive peace talks with the resurgent Taliban, as he opened a regional conference that has taken on added significance with the attendance of India's top diplomat.

Afghan officials visit Pakistan to revive peace talks

ISLAMABAD: Afghan officials met with their counterparts in Islamabad Thursday to discuss the revival of suspended talks with the Taliban, which stalled following the announcement of the group's founder Mullah Omar's death last month.