Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has announced that he will not be joining his team on its tour to Pakistan due to his family’s concerns over security. He personally believes that Pakistan is a great place to play cricket but his family does not want him to go, the reason why he turned down the the offer to play in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL).
India’s former doubles world number one Sania Mirza made a winning return to tennis at the Hobart International after more than two years on maternity leave. The 33-year-old last played at the China Open in October 2017 before injuries and then the birth of son Izhaan in October 2018. Mirza, partnered Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok to a 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 10-3 victory over Georgia’s Oksana Kalashnikova and Japan’s Miyu Kato in the doubles.
Serena Williams , the 38-year-old has won her first title since becoming a mother – and immediately donated her $43,000 prize money to Australian bushfire relief. She lifted the trophy at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, after defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula. While expressing joy she mentioned that it was really important as it would help her to move towards the next goal.
Flamboyant West Indies batting superstar Chris Gayle has termed Pakistan as “one of the safest places in the world”. He also added that they say you will get presidential security so you are in good hands. The 40-year-old, who is currently playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Chattogram Challengers was replying to a reporters query in Dhaka, who asked him whether Pakistan was a safe country for cricket.
Pakistan’s squash player Hamza Khan becomes the British Junior Open 2020 champion in the Under-15 category in Birmingham. Hamza defeated England’s Yusuf Sheikh in the finals, and Yassin Shohdy of Egypt in semi-finals. While expressing joy, he mentioned his aim to compete in the Under-17 category next time. Since 2017, Hamza has achived nine gold medals including two Asian Junior Championship Gold medals.
Mountain climber Muhammad Ali Sadpara hailing from Skardu city becomes the first Pakistani ever to summit the 4,808m Mont Blanc. The 43-year-old holds various climbing records and has remarkable achievements in the recent past. Sadpara started his career as a porter and later fulfilled his potential of becoming a historical climber. He previously climbed eight peaks, of which three were in Pakistan while the rest were located in Nepal.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to impose a 15% fine on salary of players who will fail their fitness tests. PCB has stepped up its efforts to ensure that all players are well-conditioned for the upcoming tours. The players will be tested in five major areas namely fat analysis, strength, endurance, speed endurance and cross-fit, with all five areas carrying equal marks.
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez and wife Sofia Balbi have renewed their wedding vows at a star-studded gathering in Uruguay. It was attended by Lionel Messi, Neymar and others. The celebration to mark 10 years of marriage took place in a luxury tourist complex near the coastal city of Maldonado. A crowd of football fans, including many wearing the Barcelona strip, gathered near the entrance as Suarez’s clubmates.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that no Pakistani has been included in the Asia XI, which will be facing World XI in March. Both teams will be facing each other in a two-match T20I series and the matches will be played on March 18 and 21 at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.
Nida Jamali, a Pakistani girl who hails from Sindh is currently studying in the US under the U.S Youth Exchange Program, has just won three gold medals in a female wrestling event. Nida developed interest in wrestling during her studies and recieved formal training before the event. The young athlete participated in three events of 116-pound categories and won all of them.