Check todays hot topics and new pictures Today is: 24 April, 2014
Hockey Champions Trophy: Pakistan drop Abbas, Butt from probables

Hockey Champions Trophy: Pakistan drop Abbas, Butt from probablesIslamabad, Oct 26 : The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has dropped former captain Sohail Abbas and senior forward Rehan Butt from the 27-probables for the Champions Trophy to be held at Melbourne from Dec 1.

The exclusion of the two top players Thursday was surprising, reports Xinhua.

Abbas, the world's highest goalscorer, led the national team to a seventh-place finish in the 2012 London Olympics.

The PHF, however, included other senior players Waseem Ahmed, Imran Senior and Shakeel Abbasi for the training camp that starts Oct 31.

The decision to drop the two senior players came a day after the national selection committee was sacked and Olympian Hanif Khan was appointed the new coach.

Akhtar Rasool, who was the team's manager at the London Games, was retained till the 2014 World Cup.

However, coach Khawaja Junaid and his assistant Shahid Ali Khan, who were in charge in London, were axed from the team management.

"We have to take these steps while keeping the next World Cup as our main target," Asif Bajwa, PHF secretary, told media.

The final team will be announced Nov 19. Pakistan will also participate in the nine-a-side International Super Series in Perth before the Champions Trophy.

Squad:

Mohammad Salman Hussain, Waqas Liaqat Butt, Imran Junior, Ahmed Zubair, Usman Rafiq, Ali Hassan, Talal Khalid, Kashif Ali, Sibtain Naqvi, Abdul Haseem Khan, Mohammad Rizwan Junior, Ali Shan, Mohammad Ateeq, Mohammad Nawaz, Waseem Ahmed, Mohammad Tauseeq, Fareed Ahmed, Mohammad Waqas, Shafqat Rasool, Umar Bhutta, Imran Shah, Imran Butt, Irfan Senior, Kashif Shah, Mohammad Imran senior and Mohammad Rizwan senior. (IANS)


Real Madrid take slender lead, Chelsea hold Atletico

Real-MadridLondon, April 24 : Chelsea will take heart from a dogged performance at the Vicente Calederon where they held Atletico Madrid 0-0 in the first Champions League semi-final, while in the second Real Madrid  Read more »

Man U eyeing sensational summer swoop for 'struggling' Messi from Barca

Lionel MessiLondon, Apr 24 - Manchester United is reportedly eyeing a sensational move for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for next season, following the axing of manager David Moyes.  Read more »

Ex-Pak captain Saleem Malik slams PCB for refusing to review life ban

Saleem MalikKarachi, Apr 24 : Former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for refusing to review his life ban over alleged match fixing in 2008.  Read more »

Rashid Latif insists PCB 'cold-shouldered' him due to England pressure

Karachi, Apr 24 - Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif has insisted that the report about him being given the 'cold shoulder' by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over the chief selector's job due to pressure from England is '99 percent' true.  Read more »

Indian driver Chandhok and team qualify third

Indian driver Chandhok and team qualify thirdSilverstone (England), April 19 : India's Karun Chandhok along with his Murphy Prototypes teammates Rodolfo Gonzalez and Alex Kapadia qualified third in his first ever European Le Mans (ELMS) race here Saturday.  Read more »

Rosberg plans on discussing concerns on 'over the line' Bahrain GP with Hamilton

Nico RosbergLondon, Apr 18  : Mercedes racer Nico Rosberg is reportedly planning to discuss concers regarding their fight for victory in Bahrain, which went 'over the line', with his teammate Lewis Hamilton.  Read more »