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Published:Friday | April 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Kumar Sangakkara

Wisden picks Sangakkara again

LONDON , United Kingdom (AP):

Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has been honoured as the leading cricketer in the world for the second time by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

The 37-year-old Sangakkara is only the second player to earn the accolade twice by the world's most prestigious cricket publication, following India batsman Virender Sehwag in 2008 and 2009.

Sangakkara, who was also honoured in 2011, made an all-time record 2,868 international runs in 2014, including a triple-century.

Wisden is also breaking new ground in its 152nd edition by announcing its first leading female cricketer: Meg Lanning of Australia.

Lanning, who at 21 became the youngest person ever to captain Australia, led her country to the World Twenty20 title and finished 2014 at the top of both the women's Twenty20 and ODI batting rankings.

India's ice hockey team takes to social media

NEW DELHI, India (AP):

The Indian ice hockey association has turned to crowd funding to raise money to send a team to an international tournament in Kuwait next week.

In cricket-crazy India, cricket stars earns millions, and while other sports depend largely on government funding, it is not available to the ice hockey players.

The Ice Hockey Association of India launched its campaign last week using a Twitter hashtag and setting up a website to collect funds.

"The response has been very good as we already have collected half of the targeted 2 million rupees (US$32,250)," hockey association director Akshay Kumar said.

He also said the association has received commitments from private groups and individuals to meet the target.

Kumar said a 26-member team would participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation Challenge Cup.

Ice hockey is not popular in India, but the association has been sending teams to various international competitions since 2010.

Pakistan hoping to host Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe could become the first Test-playing country to tour Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore six years ago.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said yesterday that Zimbabwe was willing to tour Pakistan for five one-day international matches and he hoped the tour will go ahead next month.

"We have told them they could come in May," Khan said in Lahore. "The weather will be very hot (next month), but it will be a big thing for us if they come."

Khan will meet with officials of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union on the sidelines of an International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai next week.

"I hope you will receive good news very soon," he said.

No Test-playing nation has toured Pakistan because of security concerns since gunmen attacked the bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore in 2009.

Khan said Lahore would host three one-day internationals against Zimbabwe while the remaining two ODIs would be played in Karachi.