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Pakistan quake toll increases to 34

Islamabad, Sep 25 (IANS) The death toll due to a strong earthquake that jolted Pakistan, has increased to 34 on Wednesday, officials said.Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude quake was so strong that it could be felt even in the northern parts of India, including c...

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Ajay Lallu expected to be new UP Congress chief

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) looks set to get a new chief, with Priyanka Gandhi zeroing in on MLA Ajay Kumar Lallu, much to the discomfort of senior leaders of the state unit.Priyanka Gandhi, Congress General Secret...

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Maryam Nawaz sent to jail on 14-day judicial remand

Lahore, Sep 25 (IANS) Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz, was on Wednesday sent to jail on judicial remand in a corruption case by an accountability court here.Maryam Nawaz...

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The more we play, the better we will be: Rashid Khan

Dhaka, Sep 25 (IANS) Afghanistan skipper and spin sensation Rashid Khan reckons that his team will get the much needed exposure only when they keep on featuring against top Test-playing nations. The visitors had registered their first ever Test win when they outclassed Bangladesh by 224 runs, which was only their third Test overall.

Speaking to reporters after the conclusion of the Twenty20 tri-nation series on Tuesday, Rashid Khan said: "We were discussing this topic in the dressing room, how good it would be if there was a reserve day for the final. It is disappointing for a player to get the final rained off."

"We have our domestic T20 competition, starting from October 7. From November 5, we have the West Indies series, so there's a lot of cricket coming up."

Afghanistan has recently marked their presence in the cricketing world with their consecutive improving shows and Rashid felt the more they play, the more they would improve and get better.

"We were always on track. Our performance at the World Cup was amazing. We made the games but couldn't finish it up. We lost five games in the last five or ten overs. We had the momentum and form in batting and bowling, but we couldn't finish well. It comes with more experience. We are new in this arena. The more we play, the better we will be," the Afghan skipper said.

"We have played only twice against Australia, New Zealand and England in the last five years. We would have known their strengths and weaknesses. It should be looked into. The best example is Bangladesh. They played a lot against South Africa and ended up having the best result against them in the World Cup. If we want to be a good side, we should play more against the top sides. Not one match in four years. These teams have four fast bowlers who bowl 140-plus. We play against Scotland and Ireland, and they hardly have a 140-plus bowler," Rashid expressed.

Rashid felt that both Bangladesh and Afghanistan need to start playing more often, particularly in longer series. "People back home want us to play more against Bangladesh. Here also people want to play against Afghanistan. We should have longer series, like have the main focus on 50 overs and Test matches. Cricket boards should think about it. There should be a three-match Test series. There's more room to learn and have different experiences. More 50 overs and Tests would be better for both nations," Rashid opined.

--IANS

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Yogi to meet AMU students from Kashmir on 370 issue

Lucknow, Sep 25 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will interact with Kashmiri students from the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on September 28.Forty Kashmiri students from AMU have been called to Lucknow for a meeting with the Chief ...

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Ayodhya awaits verdict with a sense of finality

By Amita VermaAyodhya, Sep 25 (IANS) The air of uncertainty is fast evaporating and it being replaced with a sense of finality that is settling in.The waters of Saryu run still and deep but there is bustle on the ghats and the talks invariably wound ar...

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Telugu comedian Venu Madhav is no more

Hyderabad, Sep 25 (IANS) Popular Telugu comedian Venu Madhav, who starred in over 150 films, breathed his last on Wednesday. The 39-year-old succumbed to kidney-related ailments here at a private hospital.According to industry sources, Madhav was unde...

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PT Usha conferred with IAAF Veteran Pin Award

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Former Indian athlete and Olympian P.T. Usha has been conferred with the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Veteran Pin Award.Usha received the award at the 52nd IAAF conference in Doha."Expres...

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