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Cricket: Caribbean Premier League shifted to accommodate Indian Premier League in UAE

IPL|: Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt has confirmed that the dates of the Caribbean Premier League had been tweaked in consultation with the Board of Control for Cricket in India to accommodate the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League, which was suspended on May 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CPL was scheduled to commence on August 28 and end on September 19, but it will now be played at St Kitts & Nevis between August 26 and September 15. IPL in UAE: Eight double-headers, start likely on September 18-19 IPL 2021's resumption suffers first casualty as Pat Cummins pulls out Masterstroke with Mr Cricket UAE: Anis Sajan has a moment to savour with Sourav Ganguly IPL 2021: Will the UAE leg see top England, Australia stars? Several cricketers who play in the Caribbean league, will now be able to fly to the UAE to play for their teams in the IPL, which has a playing window between September 19 and October 15. A CWI statement said on Tuesday that, “President of Cricket West Indies, Ricky Skerritt, has confirmed that CWI, the BCCI and the CPL engaged in talks for a tweaked CPL schedule to accommodate the second phase of the IPL.” Had the dates not been altered, some of the well-known IPL stars such as South Africans Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir would have had a hard time choosing between the CPL and IPL as the dates of the two tournaments would have clashed. West Indies’ Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer are among the West Indian IPL stars who also play in the CPL. Shakib Al Hasan and Anrich Nortje also play in both the CPL and IPL. “Both IPL and CPL are important to CWI, to our cricketers and to fans. CWI’s role was to facilitate arrangements for a non-overlapping and smooth transition from one tournament to the next. Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of COVID-19,” Skerrit said. All 33 matches of the CPL will be played at Warner Park with a cap of 50 per cent capacity for vaccinated spectators.

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Pakistan Super League: Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Sultans clash in final

Cricket|: Kolkata: In an unlikely final match-up of the sixth edition of Pakistan Super League, 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi take on maiden finalists Multan Sultans in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The final gets underway at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium from 8 pm UAE on Thursday. ‘‘It was a difficult route we took to the final but it’s a great feeling,’’ Peshawar skipper Wahab Riaz said after they coasted to a surprisingly easy eight-wicket win over Islamabad United in the second Qualifier on Tuesday. In-form Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai and Jonathan Wells helped Peshawar Zalmi to their fourth final as they chased down a challenging target of 175 when they reached 177 for two wickets. Left-handed Zazai, dropped on seven, smashed 66 off 44 balls and Wells, playing his first PSL game, made an unbeaten 55 as Peshawar reached the target with more than three overs to spare. MORE ON PSL 2021 Pakistan sees PSL in Abu Dhabi as precursor to T20 World Cup Pakistan Super League: Multan Sultans are surprise finalists in Abu Dhabi PSL 2021: Faf Du Plessis’ exit, big defeat end Quetta Gladiators’ hopes Islamabad earlier got the momentum back through Hasan Ali’s blistering 45 off just 16 balls to post what looked a challenging total of 174-9. ‘‘We gave away some runs in the last few overs but the way we responded was great to see,’’ Riaz said. Zazai, who scored a blistering 77 to knock out defending champions Karachi Kings in the Eliminator on Monday, continued his rich form with another half century that featured six fours and four towering sixes. Ali could have dismissed Zazai in the third over, but wicketkeeper Muhammad Akhlaq dropped a low catch that cost Islamabad dearly in the end. The Afghan added a crucial partnership of 126 off just 81 balls with Wells before Shoaib Malik scored 32 off just 10 balls to finish off the game in 16.5 overs. Malik smashed captain Shadab Khan (0-55) for two fours and a six in one over before raising the victory with three consecutive boundaries against Ali. Earlier, Islamabad struggled to score after their in-form opener Usman Khawaja was run out in the first over. Colin Munro’s (44) straight drive hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end after flicking the boot of Malik as Khawaja was left stranded out of the crease. Multan Sultans had, on Monday, made their maiden final by upsetting Islamabad by 31 runs in the first Qualifier on Monday. ‘‘Wish you boys the best of luck for the finals!,’’ tweeted Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan captain who skipped the PSL this year.

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Tokyo 2020: Mansoor helps Gambian paralympian Malang Tamba’s dreams come true

Dubai: Malang Tamba, a Gambian Para athlete, thanked Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Protection of the Rights of People of Determination in helping realise his dream of competing at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Sheikh Mansoor directed Dubai Club for People of Determination and concerned authorities to offer every possible support to Malang as he sought qualification for the Tokyo Paralympics, including the gift of a top-of-the-line specialised wheelchair. His directive to support Tamba underscores the patronage and support of UAE’s leadership for sport in general and for Para athletes in particular. The emirate hosts a number of international sports competition for People of Determination throughout the year at Dubai Club for People of Determination, including the Fazza Championship in different sports. The club is currently hosting more than 300 athletes from 62 different countries for the 11th edition of the Fazza International Powerlifting Championship – Dubai World Cup 2021, which started on June 19 and will continue until June 24. MORE ON TOKYO 2020 Tokyo 2020: World No.5 Indian men’s hockey team wants a medal badly Tokyo 2020: Allyson Felix launches quest for fifth Olympics in US trials Tokyo 2020: Olympics organisers cap fan attendance at 10,000 The support of the leadership has also served as a huge incentive for Emirati Para athletes and two members of Dubai Club for People of Determination – powerlifter Mohammed Khamis Khalaf, a two-time Paralympic gold medal winner and history-making shooter Aisha Al Muhairi – have already qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, which will be taking place later this summer from August 24 to September 5. Aisha Al Muhairi, who booked her ticket for Tokyo at the World Cup Shooting Championship in Peru, is the first Emirati Para shooter to qualify for a Paralympics. Sulayman Colley, President of Gambia National Paralympic Committee who is currently in Dubai for the 11th Fazza International Powerlifting Championship, paid tributes to Sheikh Mansoor for his support and thanked him on behalf of Tamba. “It came at a really crucial time for Tamba as he was preparing for the Tokyo Paralympic Games and it has certainly helped him. Now, as Tamba goes to Tokyo, it will serve as an incentive for him to do his best and try and make Gambia and His Highness proud.” Colley also praised the role played by Dubai Club for People of Determination in the promotion and development of Para athletes, and encouraging them to aim higher.