Fans across both India and Pakistan would not be able to enjoy a small yet intriguing battle between Virat Kohli and Junaid Khan as the left-arm pacer has not been included in the 12-men Pakistan squad for the high-octane Champions trophy clash to be played at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Sunday.Junaid and Kohli have faced-off quite a few times in the past and the Indian star has managed to score just 2 runs off 22 balls in ODIs. While Junaid has also dismissed Kohli three times and has also bowled 21 dot balls in the 50-over format.And thus, his exclusion from the playing XI does surprise everyone.However, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed defended his decision of excluding the left-arm pacer on the eve of the match, saying, “It was four-five years ago that Junaid dismissed Kohli. But those conditions were different. But what has suited us, according to that we have picked our top 12.””We have chosen our players keeping in mind the best playing XI we can have for tomorrow’s game. And I am sure the bowlers that are going to play tomorrow’s game will come out with a good performance and will take Kohli’s wicket,” he added.Head coach Mickey Arthur along with Sarfraz announced a 12-men squad for the much anticipated encounter.”Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Fakhar Zaman will not be part of the team,” said Arthur on the eve of the match.The South African coach further said that decision on Fahim Ashraf and Shadab Khan will be made tomorrow, after having a look at the wicket.advertisementHe further said that there are chances of Fahim being preferred over Shadab after looking at the wicket.
Transfers ‘It makes no sense’ – Mourinho rules out selling De Gea to Real Madrid Dejan Kalinic 09:39 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Real Madrid José Mourinho David de Gea Newcastle United v Manchester United Manchester United Premier League Primera División As the goalkeeper continues to be linked with the Spanish giants, the Manchester United boss made it clear that his club were not looking to sell Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted it made “no sense” for the Premier League giants to sell reported Real Madrid target David de Gea.De Gea continues to be linked with a switch to the La Liga giants, having almost joined Madrid in mid-2015.The 27-year-old has been happy to delay contract talks with the Old Trafford outfit , though Mourinho has made it clear that the club are looking to extend their Spanish star . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Portuguese boss sounded even more defiant when asked about the persistent rumours on Saturday, questioning why a club like Man United with huge ambition would ever want to let a player of De Gea’s quality leave.”Do you think a club that is trying to attract the best players is the club that is open to sell the best players? It makes no sense,” he said.Mourinho believes that his club has been able to attract top players in recent transfer windows and has no intention of letting other clubs poach their talent. “If you want to go to that level you have to attract the best players like we did with Alexis [Sanchez], [Nemanja] Matic and [Paul] Pogba and so on.”And don’t let our best players go.”De Gea has helped Mourinho’s side into second in the Premier League this season, though they trail runaway leader Manchester City by 16 points. They can close the gap a bit with a win over Newcastle United on Sunday. Mourinho’s side are also still fighting in the FA Cup and the Champions League, with Huddersfield on tap in the fifth round of the former and Sevilla the opponent in the last 16 of the latter.
zoom The High Court of the Marshall Islands has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by plaintiff Michael Sammons, a US investor in DryShips, legally embattled shipping company informed on Monday.The preliminary injunction motion had sought to suspend any further issuances of new common shares by the company at a price per share below the price specified.“The court issued its ruling denying the plaintiff’s request after hearing arguments by counsel for the plaintiff, DryShips, and Mr. Economou. The court has ordered that defendants answer, move against or otherwise respond to the complaint by August 18, 2017,” DryShips said.Furthermore, the shipowner and its CEO revealed plans to fight the complaint by the aforementioned deadline set by the court.The ruling follows an application for a temporary restraining order filed early this month in the Republic of the Marshall Islands against the company and its CEO which had been denied as well.The application is part of a lawsuit claiming breaches of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, and conflict of interest.In addition, the company has been faced with a class action lawsuit by its shareholders filed in the New York District Court against the company and two of its executive officers. The complaint alleges that the company and two of its executive officers violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by selling of shares to Kalani Investments at deep discounts, and are claiming damages.However, DryShips said that the complaint is without merit, adding that, together with its management, it plans to “vigorously defend” against the allegations.Despite the recent legal action over its shares, DryShips launched 1-for-7 reverse stock split of the company’s issued common shares.