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'I thought my cricket career was over' due to knee injury: Tanvir
Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir, who has been included in the Test and Twenty20 squads for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, has said during the phase in which he was recuperating from a knee injury he consistently feared that his international career was over. ANI

Lost hosting rights to motivate Pak to win World Cup: Team manager
Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam is confident that his players can win next year's World Cup to make up for the country's loss of hosting rights. ANI

PCB selecting only "blue-eyed players" in national squad, overlooking the rest: report
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is indulging in favouritism in the national team's selection, by including its "blue-eyed players" in the squads and showing the door to the rest, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Pak World Cup chances will not be affected by spot-fixing controversies: Afridi
Pakistan cricket may be in turmoil due to unending controversies, but ODI captain Shahid Afridi believes that it would not affect the morale of the team in next year's World Cup. ANI

Ex-England footballers call for investigation of FIFA vote for 2018 World Cup
Former British footballers have called for a thorough probe of FIFA operations after England attracted just two of the 22 votes on offer in Thursday's deciding vote to choose the host of the 2018 World Cup. ANI

World Cup teams must be extra cautious against 'extra-ordinary' Tendulkar: Afridi
Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi reckons that Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar would be the batsman to watch in next year's World Cup in the Indian subcontinent. ANI

Johnson hopes urgent correction to technique will help recall cause
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson believes that his efforts to address some technical deficiencies in his bowling action will help him reclaim his spot for the Perth Test. ANI

Qatar will put on "an absolutely superb World Cup" in 2022: Adshead
Former head coach of New Zealand's national football team, John Adshead, believes that the tiny state of Qatar will put on "an absolutely superb World Cup" in 2022. ANI

Strauss remains sceptical about use of 'controversial' Umpiring Review System
England captain Andrew Strauss has said that he remains sceptical about the use of the review system that allows cricketers to challenge umpiring decisions. ANI

McMillan concerned over Kiwis' lack of confidence ahead of 2011 World Cup
Former New Zealand ODI captain Craig McMillan believes the national team's campaign is teetering alarmingly just two months before the World Cup. ANI

Shane Warne's toothy avatar sends Aussie viewers scurrying
Shane Warne may be known as the king of spin but his relationship with Aussie viewers is clearly being tested - after shedding half of his debut audience of 854,000 people last week. ANI

England bowlers decimate Australia on day one of Adelaide Ashes Test
England bowlers made a sensational start to the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval by bowling out Australia for 245 in their first innings on day one on Friday. ANI

Pietersen didn't cross 'twitter line' by criticizing Adelaide curator: Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss has said that star batsman Kevin Pietersen has not crossed the line by criticizing Adelaide Oval curator Damian Hough on Twitter. ANI

Matches against Arsenal, Chelsea key to winning back Premier League: Ferguson
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has said that a six-day period later this month will be key to his team's chances of winning back the Premier League title. ANI

Becks, Posh are devotees of 'healing crystals'
David Beckham and wife Victoria have become devotees of 'healing crystals' since moving to California. ANI

England not cheated out of 2018 World Cup bid: Putin
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said that England was not "cheated" out of holding the 2018 World Cup. ANI

Ferdinand 'gutted' after England's 2018 World Cup bid loss
England captain Rio Ferdinand says he had been gutted after his country lost to Russia in its bid to host the 2018 football World cup. ANI

'Miffed' England accuses Fifa members of 'reneging on commitments' in failed WC bid
England has accused the Fifa executive committee members of lying after they suffered a humiliating defeat in the race to host the 2018 football World Cup that saw them poll just two votes, one of which came from bid chairman Geoff Thompson. ANI

Becks is a tidy man in bathroom while Posh is 'messy'
David Beckham is a tidy man in bathroom, while wife Victoria is "very messy"- these are some of the bathroom secrets of the celebrity couple. ANI

WikiLeaks cables portray Afghan President Karzai as paranoid and weak individual
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is regularly described by diplomats and foreign statesmen as erratic, emotional and prone to believing paranoid conspiracy theories, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

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