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ICC announces squads for World Cricket League Division 7 in Botswana
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the 14-man squads for the six teams - Nigeria, Japan, Norway, Germany, Kuwait and Botswana - participating in the World Cricket League Division 7 (WCL Div. 7) next month in Botswana. ANI

Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix to end Vettel's winning streak
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday to deny reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel a third win in a row. ANI

Gilchrist pleased with team's performance in IPL
Expressing delight with his team's latest eight-wicket win over Deccan Chargers in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist said that it was nice to play with a new group that was really working very hard. ANI

Zulqarnain to face PCB probe on return to Pakistan
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) intends to investigate runaway former wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar on his return from Britain. ANI

Pakistan likely to host blind cricket series against India in 2011
Pakistan's Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) is likely to host a bilateral series against India in Dubai at the end of this year. ANI

Indo-Pak women's tennis series proposed
Pakistan's top tennis organizer Shahida Kausar Farooq has proposed a showpiece Indo-Pak women's tennis series that could be jointly hosted by both countries. ANI

Buchanan confident about cricket success for New Zealand
New Zealand Cricket Director John Buchanan has expressed confidence about delivering success for the Black Caps sooner than later, and added that he is sure that he can have a positive working relationship with Coach John Wright. ANI

Signing of Buchanan as director seen as a coup for Kiwi cricket
In signing former Australian cricket team coach John Buchanan as the national director of cricket on Friday, New Zealand Cricket has potentially pulled off a coup. ANI

Black Caps tip off ICC about possible Middle East match-fixer
New Zealand Cricket have reportedly tipped off the ICC's anti-corruption unit about possible match-fixing, according to chief executive Justin Vaughan. ANI

Shafiq rates his gritty 34-run innings in Pak-Oz World Cup clash as best so far
Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq, who played a gritty 34-run innings against Australia to help his team end the Aussies' 34 match unbeaten streak in the World Cup, has said it was his best international innings so far. ANI

Hiddink rules out return to Stamford Bridge, suggests two Blues coaches
Guus Hiddink will nominate fellow Dutchmen Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard as potential successors to Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti instead of making himself available. ANI

Pak players ducking domestic matches must be omitted from national team: Sultan Rana
Those international-level Pakistan cricketers who do not make themselves available for their domestic teams, should also be excluded from the national squad, the Pakistan Cricket Board's Domestic Cricket Director Sultan Rana has said. ANI

Amir Khan beats Paul McCloskey to retain WBA title
British Muslim boxer Amir Khan retained his WBA light-welterweight title with a controversial points decision over Paul McCloskey in Manchester's MEN Arena on Saturday. ANI

More cricket in the future is bound to cause problems to players: Trescothick
Former England Test opener Marcus Trescothick has warned that he expects more cricket to be played in the future and it will be accompanied with problems. ANI

Zulqarnain to return Pakistan on April 25 following govt's 'top-level security' assurance
Runaway former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar, who is currently living in the United Kingdom on a temporary visa, will return to Islamabad on April 25. ANI

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