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Younis Khan in no mood to quit, says he wants to carry on playing Test cricket

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SYDNEY (JAN 06,  2017): Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has hinted that he was in no mood to retire from international cricket and wanted to carry on playing Test cricket for his country.

Younis, who is just 36 runs away from the summit of 10,000 Test runs, reached another milestone and made history by scoring his first century in Australia in the third Sydney match, making a Test hundred in 11 countries including United Arab Emirates.

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The 39-year-old thinks he is still fit to carry on his innings and says that he wants to bat on for Pakistan if the board allows him.

“It all depends on them [team and PCB] and what they want. That’s the main thing for me,” Younis told reporters after scoring an unbeaten 175 for his 34th Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Commenting on achieving the target of 10,000 runs in Test cricket, the batsman said, “It’s not about that I’m near 10,000 runs which will be a big achievement as a Pakistani.”

“If you see that list there is no Pakistani who has achieved 10,000 runs so it all depends on my team and depend on PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) and how they want me,” he added.

When he was asked if he wanted to be the ‘greatest man of the Test cricket’, Younis refused saying, “I can’t feel that I’ll be the greatest Pakistani (player). On that list you see Javed Miandad is there, Zaheer Abbas is there. There are a lot of great players there. Inzamam (ul-Haq) is also there. I don’t feel I will be the greatest batsman ever for Pakistan.”

“But I want people and my critics and followers to know that whenever I play, I play for my country and play for my team. That is more important for me,” he added.




 

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ODI series: Kiwis demolish Green Shirts!

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DUNEDIN: Green shirts collapsed in the third match of the ODI series here today scoring 74 runs/28 overs against Kiwis’ 258.

Those four Pakistani players who managed to make it to doubles included Sarfraz Ahmad Captain (14), Faheem Ashraf (10), Mohammad Amir (14) and Rumman Raees (16).

Other characters of this dismal performance were Fakhar Zaman (2), Babar Azam(8), Shoaib Malik (3) and Hasan Ali (1). Azhar Ali, Muhammad Hafeez and Shadab Khan did not score even a single run.

From New Zealand side the star contributors were Kane Williamson who made 73 (off 101 deliveries)  Ross Taylor scored 52 (off 64 balls).

The Kiwis were sent to pavilion by the fierce bowling of Rumman Raees (3 for 51), Hasan Ali (three for 59) and Shadab Khan (2 for 51).

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Winter Olympics: Tennell, Nagasu and Chen make US figure skating team!

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CALIFORNIA: US figure skating team that will be competing in the Winter Olympics scheduled to take place next month will be led by the country’s champion  Bradie Tennell. 

This was announced here on Saturday (6th of December) by Committee of US Figure Skating Officials.

According to details, besides the champ, nationals silver medalist Mirai Nagasu and bronze medalist Karen Chen will comprise the  team.

Ashley Wagner could not qualify.XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place from 9th  to 25th  Feb. in Pyeongchang County, S. Korea. 

 

 

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Sharapova commences 2018 by advancing towards Shenzhen Open Semi-Finals!

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SHENZHEN: Maria Sharapova has commenced her 2018 by advancing towards Shenzhen Open semifinals by beating Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-3 here on Thursday (4th of December).

Maria Sharapova continued her preparations for an Australian Open return by beating Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-3 Thursday to advance to the Shenzhen Open semifinals along with top-seeded Simona Halep.

After defeating Diyas in 90 minutes Sharapova said: “I didn’t play my best tennis, and there’s certainly a lot of things to improve on…The great thing is that I’m through and have another chance to play tomorrow”.

Sharapova will be playing the defending champion (No. 6-seeded) Katerina Siniakova to qualify for the final.

It is pertinent to mention here that Maria Sharapova could not take part in the Australian Open last year due to doping ban.

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