Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed played in the third ODI against South Africa on Friday despite coming under fire for an alleged racist comment in the second game. Sarfraz apologised to South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo in person. The International Cricket Council is still gathering information on the incident but hasn’t initiated any formal proceedings against Sarfraz yet.
Ben Stokes unbeaten 71 rescued England from a batting line-up collapse as the World Cup hosts beat Pakistan by three wickets, with three ball to spare. England were easily on the path to a target 341 at 201 when collapse saw three wickets lost for seven runs. However Stokes match-winning performance saw England inch their way to victory.
Ambati Rayudu rescued India from a disastrous start when the visitors were four for 18, steering his side to 252 with score of 90. His innings saw India conclude their One Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand 4-1 when they won Sunday's final match in Wellington by 35 runs. The series now moves on to three T20 International matches beginning in Wellington on Wednesday.
Barcelona beat Liverpool in a Champions League match this Wednesday. Lionel Messi scored two of Barcelona's three goals during the match, which also happened to be his 599th and 600th goals for the club. This loss has ended all hope of Liverpool once again making it to the Champions League finals.
Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has dismissed criticism over his poor form ahead of the all-important World Cup. He further said that there are no outright favourites for the upcoming mega cricket event being staged in England and Wales. Malik's selection in the World Cup squad raised a lot of questions pertaining to his poor form.
South Africa lost a series against Sri Lanka, majorly shocking the former team as the loss exposed flaws in the batting order of the team that wins Test matches at home. Coach Ottis Gibson said, "We just haven’t batted well enough in this series.” South Africa originally won against India, Australia and Pakistan.
The Pakistani national football team is running a serious risk of missing out on competitive football for the next four years as FIFA gears up for a fact finding mission to Pakistan at the end of May. For Pakistan to be allowed to compete in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, the fact finding team must finalise a positive report.
Paris Saint Germain star player Neymar Jr. has hinted that he might be joining football giant Real Madrid. The Brazilian is known for being the world's most expensive player. “In the future, everything is possible,” he said when talking to Brazilian media on Sunday. However, he did not confirm the move.
Australian bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon have rejected claims that they would have staged a test boycott if David Warner was not kicked off the team after his ball tampering scandal. Warner was indicted as the instigator of a plot to alter balls using sandpaper in Cape Town last year.
West Indies’ Shannon Gibrael, the fast bowler on the national team, was called out by umpires for using fowl language after an incident that took place with England captain Joe Root, who scored 111 not out in the third Test. Coverage of an altercation between the two showed Gabriel saying, “There is nothing wrong with being gay”.