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Chandimal named in Sri Lanka test squad despite suspension threat

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been named in the squad for the two-test series against South Africa, even though he may be unavailable due to suspension. Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha have admitted breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) code of conduct after the team delayed play during the second test against the West Indies last month. The minimum punishment for the offence is suspension from two tests for Chandimal, with the hearing due to be held on…

Naqeeb Mehsud case: Rao Anwar formally suspended as SSP Malir

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Monday formally suspended Rao Anwar as Malir SSP as the police officer is facing an inquiry into the alleged killing of a citizen in a staged encounter, ARY News reported. The provincial government issued a notification announcing suspension of services of Rao Anwar and fellow police officer SP Investigation-II East Muhammad Altaf Sarwar Malik. The notification, however, mentions that both the officers will draw pay and allowances during their suspension period. With the Supreme…

PSL fixing scandal: Nasir Jamshed challenges suspension

Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has challenged the provisional suspension imposed on him by the country’s cricket board through an application written by his lawyer, reported ESPNCricinfo on Monday. Counsel Hassan Iqbal Warriach sent a letter to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) questioning the suspension, calling it “harsh and oppressive step to the detriment of fundamental rights”. Jamshed, based in England, was provisionally suspended on February 13 this year in relation to the investigations into alleged corruption…

FIFA chief confident Argentina will escape suspension

LONDON: Argentina are close to resolving a row that could have seen the former world champions suspended, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday. FIFA told the Argentine FA (AFA) this month that it risked a ban if it did not accept South American soccer's governing body CONMEBOL as arbiter in vetting candidates for a March 29 presidential election. The AFA had voted last month to modify an article in its new statutes naming the College of Lawyers of Buenos Aires and not CONMEBOL’s ethics committee as the…

Players should relax, no more suspensions on cards, says Najam Sethi

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Super League (PSL) Najam Sethi on Saturday said media should stop speculation and players should relax as no more player suspension is on the card during the ongoing PSL second edition. Amid speculations about PSL players’ involvement in spot-fixing, he took to Twitter to clear the air and said no more player suspensions are envisaged during PSL, provided there is no new cause for action. He said failure to promptly report any attempt to corrupt and subvert PSL will be cause for action.…

US appeals court ruling blocking Trump immigration ban

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department on Saturday appealed a temporary block of Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries, after the president unleashed a fiery tirade and those with valid visas started arriving on American soil. It was just the latest in a series of dramatic twists since the Republican billionaire leader issued his immigration order a week ago. On Friday, a federal judge in Washington state put a temporary stay on the measures pending a wider legal review, prompting…

Rao Anwar reinstated after two months suspension

KARACHI: SSP Malir Rao Anwar, who was few months back suspended by chief minister Sindh, has been reinstated on Saturday, ARY News reported. Famous encounter specialist was on 16, Sept 2016 suspended after he raided Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhar’s residence without calling for prior permission from the speaker of the provincial assembly. Izhar was immediately released on order of Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah. Read More: Rao Anwar not suspended on prime minister’s order: Sindh govt…

Mobile phones go silent in Karachi, other cities for security reasons

KARACHI: The telecom operators, on government orders, suspended mobile phone services for around seven hours in 'sensitive' cities across the province as part of a security measure for 10th Muharram processions, ARY News reported. The Sindh Home Department had requested the federal government to suspend mobile services in some of the cities including Karachi and Shikarpur in view of the law and order situation. The closure will remain effective until Ashura processions culminate at their destinations, which is likely to be…