Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir (left), Imam-ul-Haq (centre) and Hasan Ali attend an indoor training session in Manchester on Saturday. Associated Press
Both the Champions League and Europa League titles this season will be going to clubs from England. While Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will be vying for Europe’s blue riband club football completion in Madrid come June 1, it will be Chelsea and Arsenal who will figure in the Europa final in Baku.
The best way to popularise a sport is to have wider participation, so the decision to have only 10 teams for the 2019 Cricket World Cup goes against that spirit. FIFA for instance is planning to expand its reach by holding a 48-team Football World Cup in 2026. The Cricketing governing body should have implemented
Though heavyweights India and Australia are out of contention, there is much to look forward to as England square up against New Zealand at Lord’s (‘Morgan wants England to relish pressure of World Cup final,’ July 13, Gulf Today). We will have a new champion as neither of the finalists have ever won the title.
India is on a roll. At the rate they are going, even if rains plays truant for the rest of the tournament, the Men in Blue should reach Lords comfortably (“Rohit stars as India beat Pakistan to maintain perfect WC record, June 17, Gulf Today). While it was a disciplined show of skill by the Indians, their counterparts failed in almost all departments of the game.
Cincinnati: World number one Novak Djokovic wilted under pressure from Daniil Medvedev on Saturday, falling 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to the ninth-seeded Russian in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals. Medvedev’s upset win sent him into a title showdown with another unexpected finalist, 16th-seeded Belgian David Goffin,
Glorious Journey gained the biggest success of his career so far with a battling victory in the G2 Hungerford Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury on Saturday. The Charlie Appleby-trained son of Dubawi, twice successful at G3 level in France, broke well under James Doyle and disputed third early on as Donjuan
Dubai: du LaLiga High Performance Centre (HPC), the region’s premier development platform for LaLiga scouted talent, announced that a selection of its top talents arrived in Spain for the much anticipated annual LaLiga Scouting Camp. For the first time this year, 16 Emirati players from Dubai and Abu Dhabi national