PCB wants security guarantee
ISLAMABAD (AP) :
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants the Indian government to publicly guarantee security for the Pakistan team during the World Twenty20 in India.
The board reacted yesterday to reported comments this week by the head of Himachal Pradesh state that he could not provide security for the Pakistan team and that its WT20 match with India should be shifted to another state.
"These latest threats need to be taken seriously," PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in Lahore.
"Political parties (in India) like Shiv Sena, and now even the Congress, have said they will not let us play, and they are the ones creating agitation."
Khan said that he has asked the International Cricket Council to tell the Indian government it needed to issue a public statement welcoming Pakistan's team in India.
India beat UAE by nine wickets
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):
India enjoyed a romp before the Asia Cup final in accounting for the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets yesterday.
The bowlers paved the way to the easy victory, restricting UAE to 81-9 in 20 overs.
India took 10.1 overs to win with 82-1, and seal their fourth straight victory in the tournament. The Indians meet hosts Bangladesh in the final on Sunday.
Opener Rohit Sharma hit 39 while Yuvraj Singh was 25 not out and hit the winning boundary.
Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the way for India with two for eight.
Shaiman Anwar scored 43 after UAE captain Amjad Javed elected to bat first.
Court dismisses Pistorius appeal
South Africa's highest court has dismissed Oscar Pistorius' appeal of his murder conviction, a lawyer said yesterday signalling that the former track star's long legal battle since he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp may be drawing to a close.
The ruling by the Constitutional Court clears the way for a judge to sentence the double-amputee runner for murder at a hearing scheduled for April 18.
"We'll proceed to the sentencing," defence lawyer Andrew Fawcett said.