Maq’s vision realized

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 42,888 total views,  57 views today By VINODE MAMCHAN One evening in the nineties as he and his best buddy Amin Markatia sat and reminisced about their cricket days in Pakistan, Mahammad Ahmed Qureshi decided that enough was enough and that he was going to start up a cricket league right here in the United States. If he could not go to cricket, he was going to bring cricket to himself and so many of the Asian diaspora who were longing for some action. When Qureshi and Markatia spoke about cricket, it…

Ronaldo is the best, says India’s Kohli

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 4,435 total views,  2 views today New Delhi (AFP) – The world’s number one batsman, Virat Kohli, said Friday that Cristiano Ronaldo remains the world’s top footballer. Kohli, who tops the global batting rankings, said that the Portuguese goalscorer remains a superstar even at the age of 34. “For me, Cristiano is above everyone else.His commitment and work ethic is unmatched.He wants it that bad – you can see it every game,” Kohli told the FIFA website. “In my opinion he has taken on more challenges and succeeded at all of them.He’s…

Finch relishes return of Australia pair Smith and Warner

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 6,231 total views,  2 views today London (AFP) – Australia captain Aaron Finch says disgraced stars Steve Smith and David Warner will use the World Cup to restore their “world-class” credentials after their role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Smith and Warner served 12-month bans following the “sandpaper-gate” incident in the Cape Town Test in March last year and Smith lost the Australia captaincy as a result. Both players are back in the Australia squad for the World Cup in England and Wales and are set to start their…

No particular Australia player on target: Shoaib Malik

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 8,818 total views,  1 views today Muhammad Asif Khan SHARJAH: Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has said that they were ready for the challenge in the one day series against Australia. He however added that no particular Australia player was considered a threat. “One or two players can change the course of the game in a Twenty20 game however in an ODI match, a number of players have to chip in. The bowling unit has to be on top of its game to dislodge the opposition batsmen”, Shoaib Malik said on the eve…

Players are not machines: Arthur

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 6,582 total views Muhammad Asif Khan SHARJAH: The head coach of Pakistan Cricket team, Mickey Arthur has defended the decision to rest a few seasoned Pakistan players during the 5-match ODI series against Australia, starting from March 22nd. “We have been on the road since the second week of September and players are not machines. It will be good to rest them instead of increasing the risk of injuries before the World Cup”, Mickey Arthur “Our (Pakistan’s) World Cup squad is more or less settled however just a final shape will…

FICA expresses grief over Christchurch tragedy

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 6,853 total views,  1 views today Muhammad Asif Khan Karachi: Along with the entire world, the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) has also condemned and expressed grief over deadly incidents at two mosques in New Zealand’s city of Christchurch this morning. “FICA, on behalf of its members and cricketers around the world, sends its prayers and sympathies to the people of Christchurch following today’s horrendous attacks”, FICA said “The global cricket community was shocked to hear that the Bangladesh cricket team was so close to the incident. The FICA has been…

Maq turns back the years

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 3,406 total views,  1 views today TRADEWINDS/FL – USA: Chairman of Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) Mahammad Qureshi turned back the clock when he showed up at the Tradewinds Park, leading his team Atlantic to victory over Caribbean Internationals by three wickets in the South Florida Premier league. Batting first, Caribbean Internationals made 121/5 off their 20 overs. Leading the way was Malcolm Fisher who scored 51 runs with the help of six fours and two sixes. Caribbean Internationals lost four early wickets, reaching 44/4 before Terry Mills joined Fisher. Mills ended with…

Qureshi stars in Tampa

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 5,231 total views,  1 views today TAMPA/FL – USA: All rounder Zishawn Qureshi was in great form on Saturday, as he led his team Rebels to a 26-run win over the Tampa Bay Legends in the latest round of matches in the Tampa league in the US. The US All Stars captain had a major role in his team’s comfortable win, as they defended a score of 137, bowling out Tampa Bay Legends for 111 with three balls to spare. Qureshi was named the joint man of the match with Muneer Merchant…

Only the fittest will survive

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 5,924 total views MARGATE/FL – USA: Many people come around cricket in the United States but when the heat is on, the boys get separated from the men. The belief of chairman of Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) Mahammad Qureshi who has been plugging along for over a decade in trying to bring cricket in America into relevance.  The Fort Lauderdale businessman who has spent millions in promoting the sport says that what America needs is cricket administrators who are willing to show belly and fight a good fight, to bring the sport to…