London [U.K], December 9 (ANI): England's Ashes tour has been hit with a fresh crisis as Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett has been provisionally suspended following a new incident in a Perth bar, thus putting him out of the two-day tour match that began on Saturday. The 23-year-old was set to open for the England Lions team in the tour match against Cricket Australia XI while senior players of the Joe Root-led side are taking a break ahead of the third Ashes Test.
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Dec 10, 2017 (AFP) - Scoreboard of the third and final one-day international between Ireland and Afghanistan played at Sharjah on Sunday:
Two brothers who played ice hockey for New Zealand have become the first athletes to be banned after an investigation into the sale of performance-enhancing drugs to amateur sportspeople in the country. Mitchell and Lachlan Frear have been banned for two years by the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand (STNZ) after they purchased the banned substance clenbuterol from an illegal distributor in 2014. The duo are among up to 100 athletes at the lower levels of several sports who have been implicated in the investigation after the imprisonment earlier this year of the owner of a website that sold banned substances.
Qatar has agreed to transfer this month's Gulf Cup of Nations soccer tournament back to Kuwait after FIFA lifted a two-year ban on the country's football association, state news agency QNA reported on Saturday. The transfer would go up for final approval by the Gulf Football Associations on Monday, QNA reported citing Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Thani, who heads both the Qatari federation and the regional body. FIFA suspended Kuwait from participating in international football competitions in October 2015 over a government bill which it said interfered in the independence of the country's FA and fell foul of FIFA statutes.
Karachi [Pakistan], Dec 11 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has imposed a one-year ban on tainted batsman Nasir Jamshed for non-cooperation with the board in the ongoing probe into the spot-fixing scandal that marred the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year. Announcing the decision, the PCB said Jamshed had played a central role in the spot-fixing scandal and that the board's Anti-Corruption Tribunal had found the batsman guilty of breaching its code of conduct in the spot-fixing scandal.