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Lucknow clerics condemn Afridi’s remarks

Lucknow: Muslim clerics here have taken strong exception to Pakistani cricket skipper Shahid Afridi’s remark about his countrymen being “more large-hearted” than Indians, terming him a “small-hearted” and “frustrated” man. Afridi has since retracted, saying he was misquoted. Maulana Khalid Rasheed, Lucknow‘s Naib Imam and head of the city’s oldest …

Can Team India gift Sachin the World Cup?

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani   Ahmedabad: Cricket World Cup, the mother of all cricket tournaments is just round the corner. Scheduled to commence from Feb 19, the mega cricketing event is jointly hosted by Sri Lanka, Bangadesh and India. Anyone even remotely connected with cricket would know that for Sachin …

Cricketing Pathans Rs. 2.5 crore dream house in final stages; fully-equipped gymnasium, lawns to replace corridors of Jumma Masjid

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani Vadodara: Just a decade ago, brothers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan used to play cricket in the cramped corridors of Jumma Masjid in Mandvi area of Vadodada as there was no place for them to practice. Soon, the brothers will have their own fully-equipped gymnasium and sprawling …

First Muslim player replaces captain Ponting in the Australian cricket team

IMO News Service Sydney: It has been a watershed moment for Australian cricket. The sport-crazy country’s national team has been humiliated during the Ashes series against an England side they would once routinely embarrass. Australia’s crushing innings and 157-run defeat in Melbourne marks the end of a golden period where …

Schoolgirls shine in sports tournament at Effat University

By Rima Al-Mukhtar Jeddah: Schoolgirls from six high schools in Jeddah recently competed in a sports competition at Effat University’s sports facilities. The competition was held in basketball, swimming, badminton and athletics. Al-Hamra Schools for Girls in Jeddah organized the competition, which saw 200 girls of various grades competing. The …

Muslim players of the Indian CWG contingent 2010

By Abdul Rashid Agwan Anisa Sayyed The nineteenth Commonwealth Games have concluded here with an unprecedented performance of the largest Indian contingent comprising 619 players that bagged 38 gold medals along with total 101 medals in all, a highest tally in any CWG event or for that matter in any …

Rajnath Singh writes to PM against ‘religious’ tone of CWG functions

New Delhi: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opposing representation of religious practices during the Commonwealth Games’ opening and closing ceremonies, and suggested that Vedic hymns should be chanted instead as they “portray eternal human values”. Singh said he was writing …

Mohammad Rafi adjudged as the best Indian footballer

New Delhi: Churchill Brothers striker Mohammed Rafi was adjudged the best Indian footballer, while his teammate Odafe Onyeka Okolie of Nigeria was crowned the best foreign footballer at the star-studded Football Players Association of India (FPAI) Awards here Sunday (September 12, 2010). Dempo’s Jaoquim Abranches was named to the young …