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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Second Pakistani forced out of South Africa tour by injury

Pakistan lost a second injured player on their tour of South Africa when uncapped batsman Haris Sohail was sent home on Tuesday without playing a match.
"Haris has developed a strain in his left ankle and requires four to five weeks to recover so he is returning home," Pakistan Cricket Board official Nadeem Sarwar told Reuters.
The visitors had already lost experienced test opener Taufiq Umar because of a leg injury and his replacement, Imran Farhat has yet to join the squad in South Africa.

Women's World Cup: India beat Pakistan to finish 7th

Indian captain Mithali Raj scored a brilliant century to lead her side to an easy victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the seventh place play-off in the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 at Cuttack on Thursday.
Mithali scored 103 off 141 deliveries, an innings laced with 13 boundaries and one six as she took her side past Pakistan's total of 192. They worked hard for their four wickets but their failure to get rid of Mithali led to their defeat.
Earlier, Indian bowlers kept a tight leash over Pakistan's scoring rate to restrict their arch-rivals to 192 for seven in the seventh-eighth position play-off match of the Women's cricket World Cup.

Banned Salman Butt wants Pakistan career revival

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt Thursday pleaded for a revival of his cricket career, frozen by a long ban for spot-fixing in the infamous Lord's Test against England in 2010.

The 28-year-old was banned for 10 years, with the possibility of five suspended, for his role in arranging no balls to order in the match, but will appeal against the sentence at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Friday.

CAS starts hearing on Mohammad Asif spot-fixing ban

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday kicked off an appeal hearing where Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif hopes to overturn a ban imposed for spot-fixing.

Matthieu Reeb, head of the Swiss-based tribunal, said the hearing was due to end at 6:00 pm local time (1700 GMT), and that fast bowler Asif was there in person to fight his case.

On Friday, Pakistan captain Salman Butt is due to attend a CAS appeal hearing on his own ban.