Rehabilitation Responsibility accepted Both players ultimately accepted their responsibility before the ICC lifted their bans. The PCB agreed a six-month rehabilitation programme for the duo that included lectures to younger cricketers on anti-corruption before allowing them to compete in domestic matches. “I am very relaxed, the toughest phase of my life is over,” Asif said. “This one-day tournament will help me gauge where I stand … International cricket is my target but I have to do well in the domestic matches before I can hope (for) international cricket.” Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said last week that, if they perform well in domestic matches, both players deserve another chance in international cricket. ISLAMABAD (AP): Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt smashed a century and fast bowler Mohammad Asif took two wickets as the convicted spot-fixers made their first appearance yesterday in competitive cricket after being away for more than five years. Butt scored 135 off 143 balls with 14 fours while Asif took 2-22 as they led the Water and Power Development Authority to a convincing 141-run victory over Federally Administered Tribal Areas in a one-day cup match in Hyderabad. “I hope that this is the new beginning,” Butt said. “As long as I will get more matches, I will improve.” Both players were eligible to compete from last September when their bans ended but first had to go through the Pakistan Cricket Board’s rehabilitation programme. Asif, Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Amir were banned for at least five years for deliberate no-balls at a 2010 Test match against England. Butt was captain of the team for the Lord’s Test. Amir pleaded guilty from the onset, which accelerated the left-arm fast bowler’s return to the national team, Butt and Asif went on to challenge the bans until their appeals were rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Huddersfield Town could win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since February when they host West Ham United on Saturday.The Terriers gained a vital three points in their bottom-of-the-table clash against Fulham on Monday night, and victory against the Hammers could see them move to the lofty heights of 14th.For Manuel Pellegrini’s men, they will be hoping to put some distance between themselves and the relegation candidates. A win in Yorkshire could see them eight points clear of the drop zone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Summer recruit Felipe Anderson was superb in last week’s 4-2 victory against Burnley. Another good showing from the Brazilian could prove to be the difference between the sides on Saturday. Game Huddersfield Town v West Ham United Date Saturday 10th November Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Live fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television or livestreamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Huddersfield players Goalkeepers Lossl, Hamer, Schofield Defenders Smith, Kongolo, Lowe, Jorgensen, Schindler, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Durm Midfielders Hogg, Bacuna, Billing, Kachunga, Mooy, Diakhaby, Sobhi, Van La Parra, Mbenza, Pritchard, Sabiri Forwards Depoitre, Mounie David Wagner has a full-strength squad to select from and has stuck with the same XI that defeated Fulham on Monday night.Huddersfield XI: Lössl; Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj; Billing, Mooy, Hogg, Lowe; Pritchard; Mounie. Position West Ham players Goalkeepers Fabianski, Adrian Defenders Cresswell, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Rice Midfielders F.Anderson, Snodgrass, Obiang, Antonio, Holland, Diangana Forwards Arnautovic, Chicharito, Perez Skipper Mark Noble remains unavailable for the Hammers as he serves the second of his three-game suspension. Long-term absentees Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are nearing a return to fitness, and both miss Saturday’s game.West Ham XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Obiang, Rice; Diangana, Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson; Arnautovic.Betting & Match Odds West Ham are slight favourites with Bet365 giving odds 13/10 ahead of the game. The home side are outsiders at 5/2, while the draw is 9/4.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match PreviewMonday’s victory against Fulham was Huddersfield’s first of the season, and moved them up to 18th in the table.It was a strong performance from the Terriers, who perhaps even deserved a few more goals from the game. Ultimately, they didn’t even net the game’s decisive strike, rather an own-goal from Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah settled proceedings.With a fully fit squad to select from David Wagner will have hope against a West Ham side ravaged by injury. The London side are missing four key midfielders ahead of the trip north, with Andriy Yarmolenko (achillies), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Carlos Sanchez (knee), Manuel Lanzini (knee) all unavailable.As a result, Robert Snodgrass was forced to start in central midfield during last week’s 4-2 win against Burnley, alongside Pedro Obiang. The pair know they will be in for a real battle at the John Smith’s on Saturday, when they come face-to-face with Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg and Philip Billing.West Ham will again look to their star man Marko Arnautovic for inspiration. The Austrian has scored five in nine league appearances this season and has netted in all three of the Hammers’ victories.
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza spoke about the importance of sports in a person’s life ahead of National Sports Day on Wednesday.Sania, who was earlier attacked on social media for wishing Pakistan on their independence day, retweeted a photo of Neeraj Chopra and Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem shaking hands during the medal ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games men’s javelin throw on Monday.Neeraj and Nadeem finished first and third respectively in men’s javelin throw at the ongoing Asiads in Jakarta and Palembang.”Why I always say SPORT is the best ‘education’ you can provide your child with! Teaches you sportsmanship, equality, respect and most importantly humanity! If only some people can learn this from our champion athletes too!! Well done to @Neeraj_chopra1 on the gold for India,” Saina tweeted.Why I always say SPORT is the best educationyou can provide your child with! Teaches you sportsmanship,equality ,respect and most importantly humanity! If only some people can learn this from our champion athletes too!! Well done to @Neeraj_chopra1 on the for https://t.co/YhyaRfbI9uSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 28, 2018Neeraj, who won gold in the Asian Games, was also seen embracing both the medal winners alongside him on the podium before going onto celebrate his historic gold medal, that he earned with a national record throw of 88.06Also read – Sania Mirza shuts down troll who wished her on Pakistan’s Independence DaySaina’s tweet could well be considered a reply to people, who tried to troll her on social media for wishing Pakistan on August 14 and being married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik two weeks back.advertisementHowever on the day as well, Sania didn’t take any of it and replied back to some of them, who tried to make fun of her on the micro-blogging site.One of Sania’s followers called Romeo Gold 2.0 on Tuesday tweeted to the ace tennis player, “Happy Independence Day @MirzaSania..aapka independence day aaj hi hai na (Your Independence Day must be today).”To which, Saina quickly replied: “Jee nahi…mera aur mere country ka Independence Day kal hai, aur mere husband aur unnki country ka aaj!! (No. My country and my Independence Day is tomorrow while my husband and his country’s is today.) Hope your confusion is cleared!! Waise aapka kab hai?? (When is yours?) Since you seem very confused..”Jee nahi.. mera aur mere country ka Independence Day kal hai, aur mere husband aur unnki country ka aaj!! Hope your confusion is cleared !!Waise aapka kab hai?? Since you seem very confused .. https://t.co/JAmyorH0dVSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 14, 2018Sania’s reply forced Romeo Gold 2.0 to delete his tweet. But, that was not the end of it. Other people also tweeted the same to her and she responded again to silence the people, who tried to make fun of her.Despite the trolls, Sania also took to Twitter to wish her Pakistani fans on the eve of the country’s Independence Day, writing: “Happy Independence Day to my Pakistani fans and friends !! best wishes and love from your Indian Bhabi,”Her post was soon flooded with hate messages and they tried to humiliate her for marrying a Pakistani.”We dont need your well wishes, you got married to a pakistani guy, you should be living in pakistan, what kind of marriage is this? Stay there for rest of your life, look at waseem akram wife who is a gori but she lives in pak with her hubby, thats y she got more respect from us,” a Twitter user replied to the post put up by Sania.And, she again responded to that by saying that she didn’t ask for anybody’s opinion on her life and they should just calm down.”Awee.. calm down!! Don’t take the wishes ‘if you don’t need them’ also remember when I asked for your opinion on my life??? Yuppp- me neither !!!! peace out,” she replied.Awee.. calm down!! Dont take the wishes if you dont need them also remember when I asked for your opinion on my life ??? Yuppp- me neither !!!! peace out https://t.co/K34trJBihxSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 14, 2018