Jacksonville Jaguars owner Pakistani-born American billionaire Shahid Khan says United States (US) President Donald Trump is “jealous” of the NFL and trying to soil its image in “personal” attacks in an interview with USA Today published on Thursday.
The 67-year-old who also owns English football club Fulham, spoke at an NFL owners meetings in New York, where team owners and players met to discuss Trump's call for the league to force all players to stand for the pre-game playing of the US national anthem.
“This is a very personal issue with him,” Khan told the newspaper, calling Trump “a divider, not a uniter” and noting Trump's failed 2014 bid to purchase the NFL's Buffalo Bills.
“He has been elected President, where maybe a great goal he had in life ─ to own an NFL team ─ is not very likely,” Khan said. “So to make it tougher, or to hurt the league, it's very calculated.”
Khan, who purchased the Jaguars in 2011 for $760 million, linked arms with players during the US anthem in September in the days after Trump first spoke out against NFL players kneeling in protest during the anthem, calling for them to be fired.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest kneel move last year to raise awareness of racial inequality and social injustice issues in the wake of several fatal police shootings of unarmed African-Americans.
Trump has accused players of insulting the flag, the nation and its soldiers by kneeling for the anthem while players have steadfastly denied any such motives.
Many teams have interlocked arms in unity during the anthem with some players kneeling at games across the league, using the very freedoms the US flag represents.
Khan said the NFL issue is a lesser one compared to the ethnic and religious insults and remarks Trump has uttered since starting his run for office.
“Let's get real,” Khan told USA Today. “The attacks on Muslims, the attacks on minorities, the attacks on Jews ─ I think the NFL doesn't even come close to that on the level of being offensive.”
“Here, it's about money, or messing with ─ trying to soil a league or a brand that he's jealous of.”
Trump tweeted Wednesday in the wake of the NFL refusing to require players stand during the anthem that the league was showing “total disrespect” for the nation.
The NFL remains the most popular US sports league and the world's richest sports league at $3.2 billion in total income, its 32 teams averaging $2.5bn in value.
The Dallas Cowboys are valued at a league-high $4.8bn with a Bills at a low of $1.6bn in Forbes magazine's list of team worth published last month.
Khan was among seven NFL team owners who made financial contributions to Trump, donating $1m to his inauguration fund, a move he says he does not regret.
“I have no regrets in life,” Khan said. “This ugly, toxic side sours the whole experience.”
ABU DHABI: A century on debut by opener Imam-ul-Haq helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Paceman Hasan Ali took a career best 5-34 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 208 in 48.2 overs before Imam-ul-Haq scored 100 off 125 balls as Pakistan reached the target with 7.3 overs to spare.
The century by the 21-year-old is only the second by a Pakistani cricketer on ODI debut. Saleem Elahi holds the record for highest score by a Pakistani on ODI debut, scoring 102 not out against Sri Lanka at Gujranwala in 1995.
Pakistan had brought in uncapped Imam-ul-Haq for Ahmed Shehzad, who failed to perform with the bat in the opening two matches of the series.
Pakistan were off to a steady start and reached the 50-run mark without the loss of any wickets in the third ODI at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman were putting runs up on the board in a steady fashion and looked comfortable at the crease
During the first innings, energetic seamer Hasan Ali became the quickest player to reach 50 one-day international wickets for Pakistan as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 208.
The 23-year-old took a career-best 5-34 and was ably assisted by leg-spinner Shadab Khan (2-37) as Sri Lanka, who won the toss and batted, lost their last nine wickets for only 106 runs.
Sri Lanka were off to a solid start but faltered against a determined Pakistan bowling attack as they lost wickets in quick succession in the middle of the innings.
Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga (61) and Niroshan Dickwella (18) put on 59 for the first wicket, but from 102-1 in the 26th over their innings was derailed by Pakistani bowlers.
Shadab, man-of-the-match for his 52 not out and 3-47 in the second game on Monday, had Dinesh Chandimal (19) leg-before and Tharanga caught in the deep.
Tharanga, who hit a brilliant 112 not out in the previous match, hit five boundaries during his 80-ball knock.
Hasan, who had given Pakistan the early breakthrough with Dickwella's wicket, removed Chamara Kapugedera (18), Milinda Siriwardana (two) and Jeffrey Vandersay (nought) to complete 50 wickets in his 24th ODI.
The previous record was held by legendary paceman Waqar Younis, who took 27 ODIs to reach the mark.
Hasan's previous best bowling figures were 5-38 against the West Indies in Guyana earlier this year.
Lahiru Thirimanne (28) and Thisara Perera (38) took Sri Lanka past the 200 mark.
Pakistan now have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series after winning the first match by 83 runs in Dubai and a 32-run victory in Abu Dhabi.
The latest defeat becomes Sri Lanka's 10th in a row. For Pakistan, it was the seventh consecutive win in ODIs and the ninth victory in the last 11 matches.
The fourth and fifth ODIs will be played in Sharjah on October 20 and 23. The two teams will also play three T20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the last in Lahore (October 29).
Pakistan's international cricketers are among the worst paid in the world, figures collected by ESPNcricinfo reveal.
It notes that although Pakistan's top tier cricketers make as much as those of other nations with comparable revenues, they manage to do this only by playing more matches in the year since their basic retainers are much lower.
Sarfraz Ahmed, for example makes $300,000 in a year but is likely to lose much more in monetary terms if he suffers an injury, compared to counterparts Kane Williamson, Jason Holder and Angelo Mathews.
This is despite the fact that the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) revenues are comparable to those of New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka's boards, the report noted.
Surprisingly, the retainers of top tier players for the Champions Trophy winners are less than those of Ireland, which has yet to play a Test match.
One of the reasons for this disparity is the lack of a players' association in the country, while most other cricketing nations now have them.
Interestingly, Indian players too are facing this particular disadvantage when negotiating with their cricket board, since they too lack a player's association like their neighbours.
The cricket boards of the two countries, however, justify the move saying that they contract more players than most other boards in the world — a claim which the ESPNcricinfo finds largely correct. This brings slightly greater equality in the earnings between top tier and prospective international players.
Yet, it pays to be the coach of a sub-continental team. Pakistan's Mickey Arthur, for example earns three times more than a Pakistani player in the top category and Indian coach Ravi Shastri makes a whopping $1.17m, which is higher than Indian skipper Virat Kohli's earnings from contracts and match fees.
Australia's Steven Smith is the highest paid cricketer in the world with annual earning from contracts and match fees standing at $1.47m, while England's Joe Root makes $1.38m and Kohli earns $1m.
Compared to player earnings in other sports, however, cricketers are at a clear disadvantage monetarily as the highest earners in football, Formula One, basketball, golf and tennis all make astronomically more money than the highest paid cricketers.
ورلڈ بیچ ریسلنگ چیمپئن شپ میں گولڈ میڈل حاصل کرنے والے انعام بٹ ساتھی ریسلر عنائیت اللہ کے ساتھ وطن واپس پہنچ گئے۔
لاہورائیرپورٹ پر دونوں ریسلرز کا شاندار استقبال کیا گیا اور انہیں پھولوں کے ہار پہنائے گئے۔دونوں ریسلرز نے ترکی کے شہر ڈیلان میں ورلڈ بیچ ریسلنگ چیمپئن شپ میں حصہ لیا تھا۔ ریسلر محمد انعام نے 90 کلو گرام میں گولڈ میڈل جیتا جبکہ عنایت اللہ نے 70 کلو گرام کیڈٹ کٹیگری میں گولڈ میڈل اپنے نام کیا۔
دونوں ریسلرز نے ایرانی ریسلرز کو فائنل میں شکست دے کر میڈلز اپنے نام کیے۔پاکستان نے پہلی مرتبہ ورلڈ بیچ ریسلنگ چیمپئن شپ میں گولڈ میڈل جیتا ہے۔
انعام بٹ کا میڈیا سے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کہنا تھا میں نے ایشئین چمپئین شپ میں بھی گولڈ میڈل لیا تھا اور تمام تیاری اپنی مدد آپ کے تحت کی ۔دونوں ریسلز نے اپنے اعزاز پاکستان کے نام کرنے کا اعلان بھی کیا۔
پاکستان سپر لیگ کے میچز کراچی میں بھی کرانے کےلیے کوششیں تیز ہو گئیں ، پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ کے چیئرمین نجم سیٹھی کل وزیر اعلیٰ سندھ سے ملاقات کریں گے جس میں اہم امور پرگفتگو ہو گی ۔
کراچی میں انٹرنیشنل کرکٹرز کو ایکشن میں دیکھنے کی شہریوں کی خواہش جلد پوری ہونے کا امکان ہے اور اس کے لیے پی سی بی نے کوششیں تیز کر دی ہیں اور اب نجم سیٹھی مراد علی شاہ سے ملاقات کرنے والے ہیں۔
چیئرمین پی سی بی نجم سیٹھی کا کہنا ہے کہ وہ پی ایس ایل کے چند میچز کراچی میں کرانے کے لیے پر عزم ہیں اور ان کی تیاریوں کے سلسلے میں ہی وزیر اعلیٰ سندھ سے ملیں گے۔
انہوں نے کہا کہ اس کےلیے وہ صرف حکومت نہیں بلکہ سب کا تعاون اور نیک خواہشات چاہتے ہیں ۔
ذرائع کے مطابق نجم سیٹھی کل صبح 11 بجے وزیر اعلیٰ سندھ سے ملاقات کریں گے، جس میں کراچی بین الاقومی کرکٹ کی بحالی پر گفتگو ہوگی۔
ذرائع کا کہنا ہے کہ وزیر اعلیٰ سندھ پاکستان کرکٹ ٹیم کو عشائیہ پر بھی مدعو کریں گے۔
ذرائع کا کہنا ہے کہ سندھ حکومت نے نیشنل کرکٹ اسٹیڈیم میں پی ایس ایل میچز کرانے کے لئے چیئرمین پی سی بی نجم سیٹھی کو سیکورٹی سمیت ہر قسم کے تعاون کی یقین دہانی کرائی ہے۔
اس سے قبل وزیراعلیٰ سندھ سید مراد علی شاہ نے ورلڈ الیون ٹیم کی آمد کے موقع پر ایک میچ کراچی میں کرانے کی خواہش کا اظہار کیا تھا جس پر نجم سیٹھی کا کہنا تھا کہ جلد عالمی کرکٹر ملک کے دیگر شہروں میں بھی کھیلیں گے۔
After a comprehensive 7-0 win over the hosts Bangladesh in their opening fixture of the 10th Hockey Asia Cup, Pakistan will take on Japan today in their second match at Dhaka’s Maulana Bhashani Stadium.
Japan were beaten 1-5 by India in their first match.
Japan is yet to reach the podium at the Asia Cup though they have finished fourth no less than four times.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two countries in Asia Cup.
Pakistan has won three and lost one.
Japan’s lone victory came at the 2007 Asia Cup in Chennai, India where they defeated the Green Shirts 3-1.
That defeat meant Pakistan failed to reach the semifinals of a continental event (Asia Cup/Asian Games) for the first time. They eventually ended at the 6th spot.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to approve plans for its long-awaited World Test Championship at a meeting in New Zealand this week, it was reported on Monday.
The sport's governing body has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the five-day format's popularity as crowds and television viewers flock to the big-hitting Twenty20 version of the game.
But squabbling over formats and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged have twice stymied efforts to launch a league structure since 2010.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that plans for a nine-nation Test championship were now well advanced and the ICC was set to give the concept a green light on Friday at a meeting in Auckland.
It said the first edition of the competition would run over a two-year cycle beginning in 2019, culminating in a final between the top two teams at Lord's.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the league competition would give Test series a broader international “context”, making them more than stand-alone bilateral contests.
“You're also creating structure in such a way that you no longer have games without meaning. They are all part of a league championship,” he told the Herald.
Purists view Test cricket as the pinnacle of the sport but it has struggled, particularly in Asia, as lucrative T20 competitions such as the Indian Premier League have caught the public's imagination.
A recent innovation designed to reverse the trend is the introduction of day-night Test matches, which moves playing sessions to more spectator-friendly hours.
The idea of four-day Test matches has also been floated, although traditionalists oppose the move.
The Herald reported that the ICC will also look at a major shake-up of one-day international fixtures at the Auckland meeting.
It said a 13-nation ODI league was being considered, which would operate on a three-year cycle with results affecting World Cup qualification.
Under the plans, the number of ODIs in a series would be capped at three, ending the lengthy five-match series that are currently part of the international fixture list.