Salman Butt fears isolation

first_imgKarachi, Sep 23 (PTI) The divide in Pakistan cricket over whether the tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir should be allowed back into national cricket has become greater with the former skipper expressing concern it could eventually lead to their isolation. “It is a disturbing situation the way I see it. It is like we could be isolated. We just want to be allowed to play proper cricket. How else can we show anyone that we have changed and have learnt from our mistakes,” Butt told PTI. His remarks dont come as a surprise as Pakistans former captain and the ambassador for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Ramiz Raja has stepped up his campaign to keep them away from cricket. Ramiz told Dawn News that allowing the trio to be part of the PSL would be extremely dangerous for the reputation of the league and advised the cricket board to keep them away. “I have clear views. The crime committed by them is unforgivable,” Ramiz said and added “I personally would never want them to be a part of the PSL as it is going to be extremely dangerous for the model of the event and image of Pakistan cricket.” Another former captain Rashid Latif has also spoken out against allowing the trio back into the cricket circuit even though they have completed their five-year bans for spot- fixing earlier this month. The PCB has announced a reintegration and rehabilitation program for the trio, which rules them out of first-class cricket until February 2016. Butt said that while he was eager to do everything the board wanted him to win back the confidence of the people and players, this virtually meant no return to first-class cricket until the next domestic season. “From what I know there is no first class cricket or major domestic event after February 2016. And I just want a chance to also prove my match fitness and form as I have not missed a single day of training since returning to Pakistan after the ban,” he said. But there is some hope for the trio as Pakistans enigmatic fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who has indicated he is keen to buy a franchise in the PSL and be part of its management, has said he would like to see Aamir play for his team. “I am planning to buy a team in the PSL and would like to have Aamir in my team so that I can guide him and make him an effective bowler and better person,” Akhtar said on the Geo Super sports channel. “I think they have suffered enough for their crime and they now deserve a second chance. I dont see any reason for holding them back,” he said. PTI Cor AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Asus ZenPad 3S 8.0 with Snapdragon 652, 4680mAh battery announced at Computex 2017

first_imgAsus launched a new 7.9 inch ZenPad 3S 8.0 tablet at the ongoing Computex tech show in Taipei. The new ZenPad 3S 8.0 comes with a model number Z582KL and is an upgrade to Asus ZenPad 3 8.0  which was launched last year.The new ZenPad 3S 8.0  is powered by  Snapdragon 652 Soc with Adreno 510 GPU. Asus has incorporated Google’s latest Android 7.1 Nougat OS in the ZenPad 3S 8.0 with company’s ZenUI 3.5 custom skin on top.The device sports a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. The new ZenPad 3S 8.0 is an upgrade over its predecessor as it comes in two storage options-3GB with 32GB ROM or 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. The device also comes with microSD card slot. ZenPad 3 8.0 came only with 16GB or 32GB internal storage options.The device sports an aluminium body and houses a 13MP rear-camera and 5MP front camera which is once again an upgrade over its predecessor. ZenPad 3 8.0 is backed by 4680mAh battery and comes with USB Type-C port. There are no words on price and availability yet.Alongside, Asus has also unveiled two new variants of ZenPad 10 tablet with model numbers- Z301ML and Z301MFL. The Z301ML model sports and is powered by quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at the speed of 1.3GHz.There is a 5MP rear-camera and a 2MP front camera. The device is backed by 18Wh batteries which can deliver up to 13 hours of battery life, company claims. The Z301ML model number will be available in three storage variants- 2GB of RAM with 16GB ROM, 3GB of RAM with either 32GB or 64GB ROM.advertisementThe ZenPad 10 with Z301MFL model number also sports the same HD display, 18Wh battery and is fuelled by quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.45GHz. Both the variants will run Android Nougat and come in three colour options-  Quartz Gray, Royal Blue and Pearl White. There are no words on price and availability yet.Also Read: Asus ZenFone Go (ZB552KL) with 5.5-inch display goes on sale today exclusively on Amazonlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Belgium and France clash in mouth-watering semi-final

first_imgTwo of the best teams of the ongoing World Cup 2018, France and Belgium will face each other n the first semi-final on Tuesday at St. Petersburg.Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches and were hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions.In contrast, France sleep-walked through the group stages, eking out wins over Australia and Peru before a stultifying 0-0 draw with Denmark.Their early struggles had ‘Les Bleus’ being written off in some quarters, but all that changed when they faced Argentina in the last 16 in what must be a leading contender for the most exciting match of the tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDidier Deschamps tweaked his formation, effectively freeing up Kylian Mbappe on the right to run at the Argentine defence, and what followed was a wonderful display of attacking football that France won 4-3.The victory boosted France’s morale, and they followed it up with a workman-like 2-0 win over Uruguay that was impressive because of how well they managed to control the game against tricky opponents.Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan, when Martinez’s decision to rest players in their final group match against England almost backfired spectacularly.Team spirit can carry Belgium to World Cup 2018 final: Roberto MartinezBelgium’s returning first team players made a sluggish start against the Samurai Blue and suddenly found themselves trailing by two goals with time ebbing away.advertisementStung into action, Martinez sent on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute, and both were heavily involved as Belgium pulled off a late comeback, with Chadli securing victory with practically the last kick of the game.Against Brazil in the quarters, Martinez showed tactical adventure, as he pushed target man Lukaku to the wing to allow De Bruyne to operate as a ‘false nine’. The strategy worked, and De Bruyne scored his first goal in Russia.World Cup 2018: Coach confident with France’s preparation for Belgian tacticsTuesday’s clash in St Petersburg has all the makings of a classic, with fans and viewers likely to be treated to the sight of two wonderfully attacking teams going toe-to-toe.”It’s a super exciting game with great players on both sides,” France defender Benjamin Pavard said. “It’s going to be a man’s match and we will have to step up.”France, world champions in 1998, are slight favourites to go through according to most bookmakers, but Belgium tend to step up their game against these particular European rivals, if history is anything to go by.Of the 73 meetings between the teams, Belgium have won 30 and France 24, with 19 draws between them, although if Belgium are to reach their first World Cup final they will have to do so by beating France at the tournament for the first time.France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium are only slightly worse off.Full back Thomas Meunier is suspended after picking up a second yellow card of the tournament against Brazil, with Martinez likely to bring in Yannick Carrasco in his place.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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