Mushtaq signs up for Sussex
London: Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed will play for Sussex in the English County Championship next season, the club said on Friday. The 32-year-old veteran of 50 Test matches and 143 one-day Internationals has played for Surrey in this season’s championship as a replacement for compatriot and fellow spin bowler Saqlain Mushtaq.
Mushtaq, who last played Test cricket for his country against New Zealand in March 2001, will join Zimbabwean batsman Murray Goodwin at Sussex with English counties permitted to sign two overseas players for next season as opposed to just one this year.
Meanwhile, a report from Dunedin says that Mohammed Wasim, another former Pakistan international, will play representative cricket in New Zealand this season. Wasim, 25, signed on Friday to play for the southern province of Otago in domestic one-day and first-class matches.
2-yr ban for Boulami
Paris: The B-sample provided by Moroccan 3,000m steeplechase world record holder Brahim Boulami tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietine, the IAAF said Friday.
The test was taken the evening before Boulami bettered his own world record in Zurich on August 16 with a time of 7:53.17. He now faces a two-year suspension from competition. The recently-crowned African champion ran the last three laps alone in Zurich having burned off the rest of the field on his way to improving the time of 7:55.28 he set last year in Brussels. Boulami became was first non-Kenyan athlete since 1976 to hold the world steeplechase record.
London loses out on ‘gold’
Paris: London has missed out on a place in next year’s elite Golden League athletics series. At a news conference on the eve of the Grand Prix Final, IAAF president Lamine Diack said the series would be cut from seven to six meetings next year. He said the venues would be Berlin, Brussels, Oslo, Paris, Rome and Zurich.
Monaco, the other venue this year, will stage the two-day Grand Prix Final next year. London or Stockholm could still be admitted to the Golden League, Diack added, if Oslo is unable to come up with the money to renovate the Bislett Stadium track.
India juniors close in
New Delhi: India beat Argentina 2-1 in a play-off for 5-8 positions in the junior Fed Cup tennis tournament at La Baule, France, on Thursday. Both Sania Mirza and Ankita Bhambri won their singles matches against Virginia Donda and Andrea Banitez, respectively. Ankita outplayed Banitez in 6-3, 6-3, while Sania ran through Donda 6-2, 6-0. In the doubles Sania and Kartiki Bhat lost 6-7 (3-7) 5-7.
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