Inzamam to coach AfghanistanISLAMABAD (AP):Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said yesterday that he will coach Afghanistan during the upcoming limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe.Calling Afghanistan “a fast rising team in international cricket,” Inzamam told The Associated Press that he will fly to Harare tomorrow to take charge of the ICC associate member.”They have some good fighting cricketers and what I will be looking forward (to) is to better their batting technique in international matches,” said the 45-year-old Inzamam, who scored 8,830 runs in 120 Test matches and 11,739 runs in 378 ODIs.He retired from international cricket in 2007.Afghanistan will play five ODIs and two Twenty20s against Zimbabwe, starting October 16.Smith disappointed with postponed tourMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Australia cricket captain Steve Smith said yesterday he was disappointed he won’t get to lead the Test side to Bangladesh and he felt it for cricket fans in the South Asian country.On Thursday, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the two-Test tour of Bangladesh, scheduled to start with a warm-up match today, would not go ahead after Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs identified a serious security risk.An Italian citizen was shot to death by a gunman on a motorcycle while walking in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone on Monday. The militant group Islamic State later claimed responsibility.Smith said he understood the disappointment of the cricket community in Bangladesh.”I really feel for them,” Smith said. “They were all looking forward to us coming over, to playing over there so hopefully we can get an opportunity to get over there at some time.”Klitschko vs Fury rescheduled for Nov 28BERLIN (AP):Wladimir Klitschko’s postponed heavyweight title defence against Tyson Fury has been rescheduled for November 28 at the same Duesseldorf venue.The Ukrainian had been scheduled to defend his IBF, WBO and WBA belts against the British fighter on October 24, but the bout was called off after Klitschko tore a tendon in his left calf in training.Klitschko says in a statement Friday that that “injury will heal quickly enough for me to enter the ring on November 28.”Fury, unbeaten with 18 knockouts in 24 wins, is bidding to become the first fighter to defeat Klitschko since Lamon Brewster on April 10, 2004.
Kohli, de Villiers playing like Batman and Superman: GayleWest Indies superstar Chris Gayle compared his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to superheroes Batman and Superman after they led the team to a magnificent nine-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders.Injured Kohli smashes Gayle’s recordRoyal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli broke teammate Chris Gayle’s record to become the highest scorer in a single season of the Indian Premier League. The 27-year-old now has 752 runs from 12 matches, surpassing Gayle’s 733 runs back in 2014.KXIP all-rounder Maxwell ruled out of IPL with injuryKings XI Punjab’s Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has suffered a side strain in the Indian Premier League and will head home to recover before the West Indies tour, Cricket Australia said.Delhi Daredevils aim to bounce back against Rising Pune SupergiantsAfter being thrashed by Mumbai Indians in their previous match, Delhi Daredevils will aim to roar back into the Indian Premier League play-offs reckoning when they take on bottom-placed Rising Pune Supergiants today.Ponting backs Dravid for Team India coaching jobWith the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looking out for India’s next coach, and a few top names doing the rounds, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has endorsed Rahul Dravid as one of the best candidates for the top job.