Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur rues the loss against Windies which jeopardised their chances. Reuters
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.
The second Test between England and Australia ended in a draw at Lord’s on Sunday. Australia, set an unlikely 267 to win in a minimum of 48 overs after England captain Joe Root’s declaration, finished on 154-6. A draw always looked likely in a match that saw five whole sessions lost to rain and Australia’s Steve Smith
London: Frank Lampard is still waiting for his first win as Chelsea manager after Wilfred Ndidi gave Leicester a 1-1 draw to spoil the Blues legend’s homecoming on Sunday. Thrashed 4-0 at Manchester United last weekend and beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the European Super Cup on Wednesday, Lampard’s side
Bahamas star Shaunae Miller-Uibo came from behind to overhaul home hope Dina Asher-Smith and win a star-studded women’s 200 metres at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday. Asher-Smith fell just short, as did her compatriot Adam Gemili in the men’s 100m, the injury-plagued sprinter being
AJMAN: BS Thunder CC defeated Pitchers CC by 20 runs in a BS League season 8 match being played at the MCC Grounds in Ajman. BS Thunder won the toss and elected to bat first. Their idea proved fatal as they lost three wickets with just five runs on the board. Buta Singh Gehri returned to the pavilion without