KARACHI’S first ODI in over 10 years didn’t even get as far as the toss. Heavy rain in the days leading up to this match was already proving a challenge, with doubts arising over whether the outfield would dry in time.Then, on yesterday, more rain was delivered by towering dark clouds, forming large puddles on the outfield, and making even umpire inspections a challenge, once the rain did eventually relent. The severity of the downpour has prompted changes in the tour as well with the second game being postponed by a day to September 30. The final ODI will take place as originally scheduled on October 2.The National Stadium was heavily waterlogged with the covers never moving through the course of a gloomy Friday afternoon, and just before 16:30hrs local time the officials had little choice but to abandon this game.Karachi will need bright sunshine over the weekend in order to assist the drying of the outfield, but unfortunately, more rain is forecast for tomorrow.Sri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan consists of three ODIs and three T20Is. (ESPN Cricinfo)
BiH tennis player Damir Dzumhur is currently among the 100 best players of the world, which is his best ranking in his career.Currently Džumhur is in Mexico on the ATP tournament, where he will play in the semifinals against the Spanish Adrian Menendez. BiH tennis player has previously won the tournament in the Dominican Republic, and now in Mexico he plays really well.Thanks to the points scored Damir is for the first time in his career in a group of 100 best players and so achieved the best ranking of his career. He currently has 552 points and has moved up six positions, and is now is on the 99th position.Džumhur has announced that his goal is entering the top 100.“I have surpassed all objectives. By the end of the year I want to be among the top 100 tennis players of the world. For now I’m on the right track, working well and getting ready. I hope to play well the last part of the season and that will be enough to enter the top 100”, said earlier Džumhur for portal Klix.ba.(Source: Klix)
With the NBA officially setting the date for the NBA Draft as Oct. 15, the NCAA has announce that its withdrawal date for early entrants wishing to retain college eligibility will be Aug. 3 or 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine, whichever comes first.NCAA vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt told Sporting News previously the organization had planned a withdrawal date it would announce once it got the official word on the NBA Draft but didn’t want to pre-announce out of respect for the league. The Division I men’s basketball oversight committee determined the new date “allows a reasonable amount of time for all men’s basketball student-athletes to make a choice about starting a professional career,” according to a release from the NCAA. It still is unclear what sort of process the league might follow relative to the combine and individual player workouts for specific teams. “This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time,” Gavitt said in a release.The NCAA chose to remove its original date of June 3 when the league announced it was postponing the draft indefinitely.MORE: Key dates to know in NBA’s return However, with the established date coming well after most colleges will begin their fall terms — the University of Iowa, where Sporting News Player of the Year Luka Garza could return from the early entry list, is scheduled to begin in mid-August — the NCAA needed to establish a date farther in advance of the actual draft than the original 2020 plan had been.There are 163 collegians on the early entry list, although many already have announced they have closed to the door to a possible college return.Among the top players who could return to school, along with Garza, are Villanova forward Saddiq Bey, Butler guard Jared Butler, Gonzaga center Filip Petrusev and Tennessee big man Yves Pons.