Firstpost Spodcast Episode 98: Pakistan's troubles before crucial Hockey World Cup tie; Vijender Singh eyes US professional debut and more

The Pakistan team is battling some misfortune this week. First, their captain Muhammad Rizwan Sr was ruled out of the ongoing tournament due to a hand injury. To make matters worse, vice-captain Ammad Butt was banned for one match after an on-field clash during Pakistan's game against Malaysia.

Butt was banned after Malaysia lodged a complaint with the FIH against him for a rough tackle in the 1-1 draw on Wednesday. Pakistan team manager Hasan Sardar claimed that the Dutch official who handed the ban probably did it to favour the Dutch team who play against Pakistan on 9 December. Pakistan have appealed against the ban.

France stunned Olympic champions Argentina 5-3 to book a spot in the knockout stage of the Hockey World Cup. France, ranked 20 in the world, were in a dire situation prior to the match. A draw between New Zealand and Spain meant that they would have to beat a much stronger Argentina, who are ranked second in the world, to proceed in the tournament.

With France qualifying, world number 8 Spain have been eliminated from the World Cup.

Indian boxing star Vijender Singh, who has won bronze medals at the Olympics as well as the World Championships, will venture into US professional boxing this year. Vijender signed up with Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions and will be assisted in his training by the legendary Manny Pacquiao's coach Freddie Roach.

Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah broke an 82-year-old record when he became the quickest bowler to reach 200 Test wickets during the third Test against New Zealand in Dubai. Yasir Shah reached the historic milestone in just 33 Test matches, 3 matches less than Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's, who held the since 1936.

After an impressive century from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson alongside able support from Henry Nicholls, Black Caps go into the final day of the deciding Test with a lead of 198 in the second innings for the loss of four wickets.

Yuvraj Singh is once again up for auction in the IPL after being released by Kings XI Punjab. The stylish left-hander has reduced his base price to Rs 1 crore for the IPL Player auction that will be held on 18 December. Jaydev Unadkat, with a base price of 1.5 crores, will be the highest priced Indian player.

Mumbai City FC extended their unbeaten run to six matches after defeating defending champions Chennaiyin FC on Thursday as World Cup winning German captain Lothar Matthaus watched on as part of the audience at the stadium.

Mumbai boy Raynier Fernandes scored the first goal in the 27th minute and Modou Sougou scored in the 55th minute to give Mumbai City a 2-0 win in a match where Chennaiyin failed to convert any of their opportunities

Also See: ISL 2018-19: Mumbai City's run reminds me of us from last season, says Chennaiyin FC manager John Gregory

ISL 2018-19: Steve Coppell says AFC Cup slot should go to eventual winners, but league toppers must be acknowledged

ISL 2018, Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC, Match Highlights: Jorge Costa's Mumbai maintain unbeaten run

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