Sport Brief

29th Nov 2013

 

Cricket

 

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore will leave his job at the end of February, the country’s cricket board said.

 

The 59-year-old former Australian batsman, who took over in March 2012, has faced mounting criticism over Pakistan’s dismal run of results in recent months, with ex-players regularly calling for him to go.

 

Pakistan went down by 117 runs to South Africa in Sharjah on Nov 11, completing a 4-1 defeat in their one-day series.

Football

football

[Four Muslim players Franck Ribery, Mesut Ozil, Yaya Toure and Zlatan Ibrahimovic appear in Fifa’s world player of the year shortlist]

 

Egypt’s Al Ahly club has excluded its striker from a competition for publicly showing support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

 

Al Ahly said Ahmed Abdul Zaher would not go to next month’s Fifa Club World Cup in Morocco after he gave a four-fingered salute on Nov 10.

 

Abdul Zaher was celebrating his goal in the final of the African Champions League, which Al Ahly won 2-0.

 

The gesture has become a symbol of solidarity with Morsi.

 

It commemorates a Cairo sit-in by supporters of President Morsi which was violently dispersed by the security forces in August, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people.


Fifa 2013 World Player of the Year Shortlist:
Gareth Bale Wal, Edinson Cavani Uru, Radamel Falcao Col, Eden Hazard Bel, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Swe, Andres Iniesta Esp, Philipp Lahm Ger, Robert Lewandowski Pol, Lionel Messi Arg, Thomas Muller Ger, Manuel Neuer Ger, Neymar Bra, Mesut Ozil Ger, Andrea Pirlo Ita, Franck Ribery Fra, Arjen Robben Net, Cristiano Ronaldo Por, Bastian Schweinsteiger Ger, Luis Suarez Uru, Thiago Silva Bra, Yaya Toure Civ, Robin Van Persie Net, Xavi Esp.

 

Hockey

 

3rd Men’s Asian Champions Trophy, Kakamighara, Japan (Nov 1-10)

 

Defending champs Pakistan retained their Asian title after defeating hosts Japan 3-1.

 

Japan took the lead in the first half but Pakistan replied with a comeback in the second half scoring three goals before the 66th minute. Haseem Khan, Rizwan Senior and Hammad Butt scored one goal each.

 

Pakistan had remained unbeaten in the tournament defeating Oman, Malaysia (who secured the third position), China and India in the group stage matches. The previous match played between Pakistan and Japan, during the group stages, had ended in a 1-1 draw. Malaysia secured the third position in the tournament.

 

The successful Asian title is a step in the right direction for the Pakistan who are rebuilding after failing to qualify for next year’s Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands.

 

Tennis

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 [Tunisian Tennis Federation ordered Malek Jaziri not to compete against an Israeli Amir Weintraub]

 

Tunisia has been suspended from the Davis Cup tennis tournament after Tunisian player Malek Jaziri was ordered not to compete against an Israeli opponent last month.

 

Jaziri withdrew from the Tashkent Challenger last month ahead of a match against Amir Weintraub. He was cleared of wrongdoing.

 

Officials found Jaziri – who had claimed to be suffering from a knee injury – had been ordered to pull out of the match.

 

The ITF board voted unanimously to suspend the Tunisian Tennis Federation for one year from the Davis Cup, one of the most important tournaments in men’s tennis.

 

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has broken back into the top 10 of the world women’s doubles by gaining two spots to ninth place in the latest WTA Team Rankings issued last month.

 

The 26-year-old jumped from 11th spot. Mirza had won back-to-back titles as she lifted the China Open trophy earlier this month, followed by another triumph in Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

 

 Squash

Men’s World Championship Manchester, England (Oct 25 – Nov 3).

 

Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy lost to world No 2 Gregory Gaultier of France 3-1 in the Squash World Championship semi-finals, depriving the country of a representative in the final after Ramy Ashour was eliminated from the tournament due to injury earlier on Nov 2.

 

F Gaultier overcame Elshorbay with a 3-1 win (6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 12-10) in 78 minutes.

 

The first semi-final brought one of the longest winning streaks to an end when Nick Matthew, the fourth seed from Sheffield, beat Egyptian favourite and defending champion Ramy Ashour.

 

Poised to notch up a 50th successive match win since last losing to Matthew in the British Open final in May 2012, world No1 Ashour went into the match less than 100% having aggravated a hamstring injury earlier in the week.

 

But the 26-year-old from Cairo played a blistering opening game against the Englishman ranked four in the world – taking the game for the loss of just six points. Matthew found his form in the second – reeling off seven points in a row before drawing level.

 

But after just two points of the third, Ashour was unable to continue – and conceded the match, with the score standing at 6-11, 11-2, 2-0 in Matthew’s favour.

 

 

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