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July 28, 2007

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July 28, 2007

First Pak-England U19 Test at Scarborough

LONDON: The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) says the first Under-19 cricket Test between Pakistan and England will now take place in the seaside town of Scarorough on the eastern coast following flooding at the Worcester ground, the original venue. The four-day match will commence from August 4. Meanwhile, the young Pakistani cricketers who arrived in Manchester are staying in Leicester where the team is based at the national cricket academy. They will play two Youth Tests and five one-day matches. The visitors will play a few warm up matches before proceeding to Yorkshire for the first Test. The second Test is at Derby from August 10. The one-day matches will be contested at Shenley (2), Northampton (1) and Leicester (2). The tour ends on August 23.



Aisam-Bopanna duo in Nottingham semis

LAHORE: Aisam-ul-Haq and Indian No. 1 Rohan Bopanna defeated the French pair on Olivier Charroin and Thomas Oger, and breezed into the semifinals of ATP Nottingham Challenger grass-court in Nottingham on Friday. Aisam-Rohan won a marathon match, which lasted for almost two hours with a score line of 6-3, 6-7 (5), 10-8. In the semifinals, they will face the pair of Lars Burgsmuller and Harel Levy.



Henry makes Barcelona goal-scoring debut

DUNDEE, Scotland: French international striker Thierry Henry enjoyed a goal-scoring debut for Barcelona as the Spanish giants defeated Scottish Premier League side Dundee United 1-0 in a friendly on Thursday. The former Arsenal star, who came on as a second-half substitute at Tannadice, found the net from the penalty spot in the last minute of the game after defender Darren Dods had fouled Giovani. United goalkeeper Grzegorz Szamotulski saved the first effort but Henry, who had come on for Samuel Eto’o, followed up to score from the rebound. Barry Robson had the ball in the net for the Scottish side in the 82nd minute but his header was ruled out

for a foul on Eric Abidal.



Nomura Cup trials in August

KARACHI: Pakistan will select their four-man squad for the Nomura Cup Asia Pacific Amateur Golf Team Championship following national trials here at the Karachi Golf Club next month. A local golf official said on Friday that top amateur golfers from all over the country would feature in the two-day trials to be held at the KGC from August 13-15. Pakistan would feature in the Nomura Cup to be held in Chinese Taipei from October 2-5 this year alongside the top golf-playing nations of the region. The Nomura Cup trials would be squeezed between two major golf tournaments to be held in Karachi in August. The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Open will be played here from August 9-12 while the Sindh Open will be staged by the Sindh Golf Association (SGA) from August 17-19.



Sanjrani for ICC Code of Conduct Commission

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has nominated Aslam Sanjrani, a former Federal Secretary as well as Chief Secretary Sindh as its nominee on the ICC Code of Conduct Commission Panel.The Commission is established as a Committee of ICC to conduct official enquiries and to investigate relevant matters, said a spokesman of the PCB here on Friday. It was an official enquiry of the Code of Conduct Commission that recommended removal of life ban on Ata-ur-Rehman last year. Sanjrani is an M. A. LL.B and has served the government of Pakistan in various capacities since 1998. He has played first-class cricket in Pakistan and has also toured as Associate Manager with Pakistan cricket team to India in 1979-80. He has remained associated with cricket in various positions throughout his career.







Durham complete Chanderpaul coup

LONDON: Durham have completed the signing of West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the rest of the 2007 season. The left-handed Guyanese batsman was man of both the Test and one-day series against England earlier in the summer following some brilliant innings. Chanderpaul will replace Scott Styris on the overseas roster in time to feature against Surrey on Sunday in a one-day match at Guildford. He will be available until the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 in September. Durham head Coach Geoff Cook said: “Signing a player of Shiv’s class is a statement of our intent for the rest of the season. “He is in exceptional form at the moment.”



Man Utd still awaiting Smith bid

MANCHESTER: Manchester United have received no formal offers for striker Alan Smith. Smith, 26, has two years left on his current deal but is expected to be sold before the start of the season. Middlesbrough are understood to have offered £6m for the former Leeds forward, while Everton, Sunderland and Spurs have also been linked with Smith. United chief executive David Gill said: “We’ve not had any firm offers for Alan Smith, though a couple of clubs have called to ask about the situation.” Gill added: “We also received a text from someone else. We’ll see what happens but so far nothing has resulted from it.” Smith battled back from a broken leg to play last season, but the expected offer of a new deal at Old Trafford has not materialised.















Lord’s to stage floodlit match

LONDON: Lord’s will stage its first floodlit match on September 10 when Middlesex take on Derbyshire in a Pro40 match. The fixture has been switched from Southgate.

While MCC, the ground’s owners, has wanted to stage day-night matches for some time, it has always been opposed by local residents. But negotiations between the club and Westminster council have resulted in approval for the erection of temporary lights.

“MCC is delighted to be hosting its first floodlit match at Lord’s,” said Keith Bradshaw, the club’s chief executive and secretary. “We are pleased that the council has approved the use of temporary floodlights and are greatly looking forward to hosting another big occasion,” he expressed.

“This will be an historic match for all concerned, which I’m sure will prove popular with members and public alike. Lord’s is a world-class venue and we’re always looking at ways to maintain and improve our facilities. A match under temporary floodlights will not only end the season at Lord’s on a high note, but will provide us with very useful information with regards the staging of such matches here,” he added.

The opposition of the residents makes the construction of permanent lights unlikely, but even being able to use temporary floodlights is a major breakthrough. In the past those living near Lord’s have objected to a number of innovations including the playing of music during Twenty20 matches.