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Former Pak batsman Taufeeq Umar tests positive for COVID-19

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New Delhi, Former Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Umar featured in 44 Tests and 12 ODIs, amassing 2,963 and 504 runs respectively for Pakistan.

He played his last international match in 2014, a Test against New Zealand in Dubai.

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Azhar can be reason for Younis-Grant knife episode, says Latif

Latif said that after Younis scored a double ton at the Oval in 2016, he did not take the name of Flower and instead cited Azhar as the reason for the improvement in his batting.

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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif claimed that former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin may have played a role in the Younis Khan-Grant Flower knife episode.

Flower was Pakistan’s batting coach from 2014 to 2019 and had said recently that former captain Younis had once held a knife to his throat for offering him batting tips.

“We do not know what happens in the dressing room. Azharuddin can be a reason for this,” said Latif in a the chat show ‘Caught Behind’ on Youtube.

“In 2016, Younis made a double century at the Oval. He (Younis) did not take the name of the batting coach (Grant Flower). He said that I was struggling and talked to Azharuddin.

“That is a big factor that a player is opting for someone else rather than the coach. Flower must have done some things as batting coach and has served Pakistan. I think this Azharuddin factor must have been somewhere in his (Flower’s) mind.”

Flower had said during a conversation with brother Andy and host Neil Manthorp on the ‘Following On Cricket Podcast’ for talkSPORT that it was coach Mickey Arthur who had to eventually intervene.

Arthur himself later confirmed the incident while refusing to go into details.

“If I say something, people I know try to justify it. It is not Mickey Arthur’s fault,” said Latif.

“The real focus should be the person who asked these questions and is still behind the scenes. It could also be an organisation behind the whole thing. That is a possibility.

“If Younis came on because of a higher authority, he would not have come as a batting coach working under Misbah-ul-Haq. He would have been in a much more influential position,” he said.

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British PM rules out return of club cricket in wake of COVID-19 crisis

Following the conclusion of West Indies series, England will lock horns against Pakistan in three Tests and as many T20Is in August and September.

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London, July 3 : After referring to cricket ball as a natural vector of disease last month, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes ‘teas’ and ‘changing rooms’ are some of the reasons why club cricket can’t return in the country.

Pubs and cafes are set to open in the country from July 4 but recreational cricket and club cricket in England haven”t recieved permission to go ahead yet.

“You made the same point about hairdressers and nail bars and it”s a valid point,” Johnson told LBC”s Nick Ferrari as per ESPNcricinfo. “There are reasons. You sound like Socrates there. These debates have gone round and round. There are various other considerations.

“The long answer, which I think probably Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer) would give if he were here about cricket, the risk is not so much the ball though that may be a factor, it”s the teas, the changing rooms and so on and so forth.

“There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis. You”ve taken me into a rabbit hole of detail when really what people understand is that this is a battle against a pandemic which we have fought so far with the use of social distancing measures and we are very largely winning,” he said.

International cricket, however, is set to return in the country with England taking on West Indies in a three-match Test series starting July 8 at the Ageas Bowl.

Following the conclusion of West Indies series, England will lock horns against Pakistan in three Tests and as many T20Is in August and September.

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TSJC felicitates sports personalities on World Sports Journalists Day

The TSJC also felicitated Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Manoj Kanti Deb, Sports Director Sharadindu Chowdhury and Sports Council Secretary Amit Rakshit.

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Agartala, July 3 : The Tripura Sports Journalists Club (TSJC) on Thursday felicitated 10 sports personalities on the occasion of the World Sports Journalists Day.

TSJC President Saraju Chakraborty said that in view of the Covid-19 restrictions, the club functionaries felicitated the 10 sports personalities separately at their homes.

Those felicitated included ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, all-India school chess champion Arshiya Das, Dronacharya awardee coach Bisweswar Nandi and , promising gymnasts Priyanka Dasgupta and Asmita Paul, international kick-boxer Mukta Debnath and yoga practitioner Puja Saha.

The TSJC also felicitated Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Manoj Kanti Deb, Sports Director Sharadindu Chowdhury and Sports Council Secretary Amit Rakshit.

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