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Fawad Ahmed to join Australia men’s team in Pakistan as spin consultant

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Fawad Ahmed, the former Pakistan-born Australia leg-spinner, will join the Pat Cummins-led men’s team as the spin bowling consultant on the tour of his country of origin.

Ahmed is already in Pakistan as he signed up with the Lahore Qalandars as a replacement player for Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

With Qalandars lifting their maiden PSL trophy after beating Multan Sultans by 42 runs in the final on Sunday, Ahmed will link up with the Australian squad immediately.

“Fresh off winning the PSL Final with Lahore, Fuzzy will be back in Aussie colours for the upcoming Qantas tour of Pakistan! #PAKvAUS,” said Cricket Australia (CA) in a tweet on Monday.

The appointment of 40-year-old Ahmed, who played three T20Is and two ODIs for Australia, as a spin consultant for the tour of Pakistan comes as a massive boost for Cummins and Co. They now have got the services of a player who played first-class cricket in Pakistan and has in-depth knowledge about the conditions in the country.

The tourists arrived in Pakistan on Sunday without regular spin bowling coach Sridharan Sriram, a former India spinner due to unavailability of visa. It is believed that Ahmed also will act as a net bowler for the Australia side touring Pakistan for the first time since 1998.

Ahmed’s appointment was welcomed by Cummins in a chat with reporters on Sunday. “It’s going to be great to have ‘Fuzzy’ back around the squad. I haven’t actually seen him for a few years so it’s going to be good to catch up. He’s got a wealth of experience here, playing in Pakistan and the PSL. He knows the venues quite well, so that’s going to be really helpful. And just having another pair of hands around training. He’s always great fun for the group, so great to see him again.”

Australia’s tour of Pakistan begins with the first Test at Rawalpindi from March 4 to 8. It will be followed by second and third Tests at Karachi (March 12 to 16) and Lahore (March 21 to 25) before the white-ball leg of the series to be held entirely in Rawalpindi from March 29 to April 5.

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₹136 Crore Per Year To Luxury Suite At Training Ground: All About Kylian Mbappe’s Bumper Deal At Real Madrid

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In a move that has captivated football enthusiasts worldwide, Kylian Mbappe has officially transferred from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid as of Tuesday.

This long-anticipated switch concludes months of speculation and excitement among fans.

Real Madrid’s Exciting Acquisition

Real Madrid announced on Monday that they had secured a deal with the French superstar for the next five seasons, merging one of football’s brightest talents with its most illustrious club.

This deal follows years of interest from Madrid, eager to bring in the player seen as the heir to Lionel Messi’s throne in the sport.

Financial Details of Mbappe’s Move

The 25-year-old Parisian will reportedly earn 15 million Euros net per season at Real Madrid, translating to over ₹136 crores annually. This figure breaks down to an impressive ₹2.6 crore per week.

While this is a significant reduction from the €75 million net per year he received at PSG, the shortfall will be offset by a massive signing bonus. The bonus, around €150 million, will be disbursed over the course of his contract.

Perks and Anticipated Debuts

Aside from his substantial salary, Mbappe will enjoy a private luxury suite at Real Madrid’s training facility and will sport the iconic No.9 jersey, previously worn by legendary striker Karim Benzema.

His anticipated debut for Real Madrid will occur during the preseason, with their first friendly against AC Milan at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 31.

His competitive debut is expected in the UEFA Super Cup, where Real Madrid will take on Europa League winners Atalanta in Warsaw, Poland, on August 14.

Mbappe’s Stellar PSG Legacy

Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco in 2017 for €180 million and has since become the club’s all-time leading scorer.

Throughout his seven-year tenure in Paris, he consistently demonstrated his scoring prowess, netting at least 30 goals in six of those seasons. His move to Real Madrid marks the next chapter in an already illustrious career, as he aims to further his legacy at one of the world’s most storied football clubs.

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ENG vs ESP, Euro 2024 Final: Spain Become The 1st Four-Time Champions Of Europe After Beating England 2-1 In Berlin

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Match Result:

Spain triumphed over England with a 2-1 victory in the Euro 2024 final, held in Berlin, becoming the first team to win the championship four times.

The match saw a tense first half ending goalless, but Spain took the lead shortly after the break. Williams Jr. netted the opener in the 47th minute, capitalizing on a defensive lapse by England.

England fought back, with Palmer leveling the score in the 73rd minute, igniting hopes for the Three Lions. However, Spain maintained their pressure, and in the 86th minute, Oyarzabal clinched the winner with a decisive strike.

This historic win cements Spain’s status as Europe’s most successful team, while England’s wait for a major international trophy continues. The final was a showcase of high-quality football and strategic mastery, ultimately seeing Spain emerge as deserved champions.

This historic win cements Spain’s status as Europe’s most successful team, while England’s wait for a major international trophy continues. The final was a showcase of high-quality football and strategic mastery, ultimately seeing Spain emerge as deserved champions.

Preview of Euro 2024 Cup final:

A strong Spanish outfit will meet a pesky England side in the final of Euro 2024 final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. Spain battled France and defeated them by 2-1 in the semi-final, while England overcame the Netherlands by the same margin.

However, it wasn’t without a contentious penalty call that went in England’s favour. Despite not starting the contest as favourites, England’s ability to hang in there could work against Spain, who are seeking a 4th Euro title. By contrast, England are yet to lift the trophy.

A crucial stat which is in favour of England is the head to head battle, which the former lead by 13-10 against Spain in 27 outings.

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Violent Clash Erupts Between Rival Supporters During Argentina vs Brazil 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers has been marred in controversy as the match between Brazil and Argentina saw violent clashes between rival supporters before the start of it. The high-profile fixture had to be delayed by 30 minutes as the Marcana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro witnessed ugly scenes, with disturbing visuals emerging on social media.

With the Brazilian and Argentinian players lining up for national anthems, the camera turned towards the stands as a section of rival fans exchanged blows. The local police officials could be seen beating up a section of Argentinian fans with batons and it did not go well with the tourists. By pointing at the violent scenes, Messi and co. decided to walk off the pitch.

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