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Indian author Khushwant Singh dies at 99

Khushwant Singh, one of India's best known writers who won fame for a searing book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, died Thursday aged 99. The country's most prolific author, who died at his home in New Delhi after suffering breathing problems, had only recently stopped writing despite his advanced years, his son said.

Indian author Khushwant Singh dies at 99

Khushwant Singh, one of India's best known writers who won fame for a searing book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, died Thursday aged 99. Singh died at his Delhi residence, his son Rahul Singh said. "He was having some breathing problems. He hadn't been too unwell in his last few days and had only stopped writing recently. He was still reading newspapers and books... was mentally alert, and led a full life," Rahul told NDTV.

Cricket World T20: Wasim tips Pakistan amongst favourites

Former Pakistan captain and legendary paceman Wasim Akram Tuesday tipped Pakistan as one of top three favourites to win the World Twenty20 starting in Bangladesh next week. The fifth edition of the World Twenty20 with 16 teams in competition will be held in from March 16 to April 6. "For me Pakistan, India and the West Indies are top three favourites as they play this format well and have enough experience at their disposal," Wasim said during a reception here.

Cricket: West Indies v England Twenty20 scoreboard

Scoreboard in the first Twenty20 international between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday: West Indies D. Smith b Bopara 27 C. Gayle lbw b Tredwell 43 M. Samuels not out 69 L. Simmons c Lumb b Bopara 3 A. Russell not out 24 Extras (lb3, nb1) 4 Total (3 wickets, 20 overs) 170 Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Smith), 2-87 (Gayle), 3-112 (Simmons). Did not bat: Dwayne Bravo, D. Sammy, D. Ramdin, S. Narine, R. Rampaul, S. Badree.

Cricket: Samuels leads West Indies to 27-run victory

West Indies returned to winning ways in the shortest variety, defeating England by 27 runs in the first T20 International of a three-match series at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Sunday. Marlon Samuels, the star when the Caribbean side defeated Sri Lanka in the final of the last World T20 in Colombo 17 months ago, led the home team's effort with an unbeaten 69 as the West Indies totalled a competitive 170 for three. Samuels finished off a good afternoon's work in front of a celebratory full house with two wickets to seal the man of the match award.

Cricket: Samuels blitz takes Windies to 170-3

Marlon Samuels blazed an unbeaten 69 in leading the West Indies to a competitive 170-3 against England in the first Twenty20 international of a three-match series at Kensington Oval on Sunday. Troubled by a groin injury that restricted him to just the last of the three one-day internationals the previous week in Antigua, the classy Jamaican batsman looked to be back to his strokemaking best in Barbados.

Cricket: Bopara, Broad lead England to three-wicket win

An unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 58 between Ravi Bopara and captain Stuart Broad averted another embarrassing England collapse and saw their team to a series-levelling three-wicket win over the West Indies on Sunday. On a day when both teams performed below average with the bat, the home side lost their last six wickets for 26 runs after skipper Dwayne Bravo's controversial dismissal to be dismissed for 159 off 44.2 overs.

Cricket: Pakistan clears Sialkot of match fixing

Investigators cleared Pakistan's Sialkot team of match-fixing Friday citing "insufficient evidence" to support the allegations. The Sialkot Stallions, led by former national captain Shoaib Malik, had been accused of fixing a recent match against the Karachi Dolphins. The case was investigated by a three-man team from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which submitted its report on Friday. A PCB statement said that there was "insufficient evidence to support the allegations of unfair play". "In case of new evidence the matter should be re-examined," it added.

Cricket: Pakistan names Latif as chief selector

Pakistan Wednesday appointed former Test captain Rashid Latif as chief selector and tasked him with helping in the fight against corruption. The straight-talking 45-year-old is known for taking a stand against match-fixing, which has dogged cricket in Pakistan over the years. "Latif accepted the offer to become the chief selector with effect from 1st April 2014," said a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) release.

Cricket: No hard feelings over coaching snub - Younis

Pakistani fast-bowling legend Waqar Younis insisted Wednesday he had no hard feelings about being overlooked as national coach and threw his weight behind Moin Khan. The 42-year-old was shortlisted alongside Khan to replace Australian Dav Whatmore, whose contract ended last month, but the ex-wicketkeeper was given the nod by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday. That dashed Younis's hopes for a second stint as coach after a succesful tenure from March 2010 to September 2011.
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