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1. Dhoni becomes IPL’s most-capped player

DUBAI: India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the most-capped IPL player even as his Chennai Super Kings team — currently bottom of the table — faltered in yet another run chase.

The 39-year-old has now played 194 Indian Premier League matches, and overtook on Friday his former India and CSK team-mate Suresh Raina, who has 193 games.

2. Unseeded Saleem enters his first ranking snooker quarters, Asif wins

KARACHI: Unseeded Mohammad Saleem reached the first quarter-final of a ranking event in his career when he inflicted a 5-2 defeat on Bahadur Khan in the 12th National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Ranking Snooker Championship at the bank’s sports complex here on Saturday.

Saleem won the battle 72-7, 16-104, 75-42, 8-65, 58-22, 88-10, 75-8.

Defending champion and top seed Mohammad Asif remained the only survivor as five more seeded cueists fell like ninepins.

3. Trump says ‘real test’ ahead in his Covid fight after mixed messages from White House

US President Donald Trump told Americans from his hospital room that the next few days will be the “real test” of his treatment for Covid-19, after a series of contradictory messages from the White House caused widespread confusion about his condition.

4. First group of pilgrims perform Umrah in Makkah after 7-month curb

Pilgrims trickled into Makkah after Saudi Arabian authorities on Sunday partially lifted a coronavirus ban on performing Umrah after a seven-month curb.

Saudi Arabia, which held a scaled back Haj earlier this year limited to domestic worshippers, has allowed citizens and residents to start performing Umrah as of Sunday at 30 per cent capacity, or 6,000 pilgrims a day. It will open for Muslims from abroad starting Nov 1.

5. Saudi Arabia calls upon citizens to ‘boycott everything Turkish’ following Erdogan’s statement

Saudi authorities called upon citizens to “boycott everything Turkish” following a statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan where he accused some Gulf countries of pursuing policies that were destabilising the region, Gulf News reported on Saturday.