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Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are some of the prominent players who will feature in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL), a franchise-based T20 tournament to be held in Doha in February 2016. 
 
The players' interest in the tournament could stem a desire to be match-fit ahead of the World T20 which begins a month later in India.
 
The agency that manages Gayle, one of the most valuable Twenty20 players, confirmed that he had signed the pre-draft agreement on Monday. 
 
Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine along with former England batsman Owais Shah will also be part of the PSL draft pool.

Holder wants to set a standard

Jason Holder has said that setting a standard for performance within the team will be his first priority when he takes charge as West Indies' Test captain on the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. 
 
The Barbadian all-rounder replaced Denesh Ramdin as Test captain earlier this month.
 
"The first thing we need to do is set a standard in the dressing room where we don't fall below [our current ranking]," Holder said in his first media conference after his appointment as Test captain.
 
"I have had a lot of discussion with the coach about [that]. It is important that we set the standards, so guys know where we are at the moment, what is the benchmark and know that we just can't fall below that. Once you do that and we get players to buy into that theory then moving forward should be a lot easier."
Fidel Edwards' three-wicket haul could not prevent Hampshire from falling to defeat at the hands of newly crowned champions Yorkshire.
 
Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale hit a match-winning century as relegation-threatened Hampshire's gamble to force a victory backfired at the Ageas Bowl.
 
Hampshire forfeited their second innings after Yorkshire agreed to declare on 97-4.
 
It left Yorkshire with a target of 304 and they were soon in trouble on 37-3, with Edwards accounting for two of the wickets to fall. 
 
But Jack Leaning (76) helped Gale add 190 and the latter went on to make 125, with 16 boundaries, as they reached 305-5 to win by five wickets.
Graeme Smith, the former South Africa captain who took charge of his country's Test fortunes at age 22, hopes that Jason Holder can put the team politics to one side when he takes over as West Indies' Test captain for the first time in Sri Lanka next month.
 
Holder, 23, was named as Denesh Ramdin's successor for the two-Test series that gets underway in Galle on October 14 after displaying impressive leadership credentials at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year. 
 
Despite his tender years, Holder has already received the endorsement of one of the region's greatest players, Brian Lara, who praised his "demeanour" during that tournament and likened his stature to that of a young Clive Lloyd.
Several senior players of Central FC have signed a petition against the return to the club management of former Minister of Sport Brent Sancho and his advisor Englishman Kevin Harrison.
 
Harris, the club's former Operations Manager and Mr Sancho's advisor during his time as Minister of Sport, went into the  Central FC dressing room to congratulate the players following their victory in the Digicel Charity Shield finalon Friday.
 
However, the move did not go down well with members of the team, who have since signed a petition in protest.

FIFA sends Valcke on leave

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke has been put on leave and released from his duties until further notice.
 
A Fifa statement said it had "been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general".
 
Jérôme Valcke, Fifa's secretary general and Sepp Blatter's right-hand man since 2007, has been accused of being implicated in a scheme to sell World Cup tickets above face value and share in the profits.
Two-time Triple Crown winning trainer Glenn Mendez says he has a good chance of winning the Trinidad Derby on Republic Day. 
 
Mendez saddles Man To Come, Star Sapphire and Risky Trial in the Derby on September 24th.
 
Mendez believes that Kronus and Bergeron Boy are the biggest threats to his ambitions. 

Sharapova returns to action

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will return to action at the Wuhan Open in China starting on 27 September.
 
Russia's five-time Grand Slam winner has been out since injuring her knee at Wimbledon and missed the US Open.
 
"I'm looking forward to getting back onto the match court in Wuhan," said the 28-year-old, who accepted a wildcard.

Day is new golf number 1

Jason Day replaced Rory McIlroy as world number one after winning the BMW Championship by six shots in Chicago.
 
The Australian, 27, finished with a birdie as he carded a two-under 69 to triumph on 22 under par.
 
Daniel Berger of the United States was second after a two-under 69, one ahead of compatriot Scott Piercy (70).

Pettersen apologizes for actions

Europe's Suzann Pettersen has apologised for her controversial behaviour at the Solheim Cup on Sunday.
 
Pettersen said that a putt on the 17th green had not been conceded when the USA's Alison Lee picked up her ball, meaning the Americans lost the hole.
 
She was widely criticised and has now posted on social media  to say "sorry for not thinking about the bigger picture in the heat of the battle".
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