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British teenager poses online as IS fighter

Ibrahim Iqbal, pictured, 15, is feared to have become an ISIS fighter after posting an image of himself holding what appears to be an AK47 on Facebook

Ibrahim Iqbal, pictured, 15, is feared to have become an ISIS fighter after posting an image of himself holding what appears to be an AK47 on Facebook

Posing with an AK47 and pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State, this is the schoolboy who was feared to have fled to Syria with 11 members of his family.

Ibrahim Iqbal was 14 when he disappeared from his Bradford home last year with his brothers Junaid, 15, and Ismaeel, three, and sisters Mariya, five, and Zaynab, eight.

Their mother Sugra Dawood, now 35, took her children and went – without her husband Akhtar Iqbal – to Syria, where her jihadi brother Ahmed had been for more than a year.

Sugra was joined by her sisters Zohra Dawood, now 33, and Khadija Dawood, now 31, and their four children, making them the largest British family to flee to the war-torn country.

In June last year, factory worker Mr Iqbal made an emotional appeal to his son Junaid, saying: ‘If you watch this video, please ring me, please contact me.

6 years agoI love you, all of you. Please, please come back home so we can live a normal life.’

But last night it appeared that his two eldest boys had become Islamic State fighters after pictures of them brandishing AK47 assault rifles while wearing ammunition belts surfaced online.

Ibrahim, item315317678 now 15, posted pictures of himself and what appeared to be his brother Junaid, now 16, on the same Facebook account he used as a schoolboy in Bradford. 

He also posted pictures of a gun, ammunition, grenades and other weapons.

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Ibrahim also posted pictures of weapons and ammunition and urged Muslims 'to wage jihad in the UK'

Ibrahim also posted pictures of weapons and ammunition and urged Muslims ‘to wage jihad in the UK’

This picture appears to show some of the Dawood family at the airport leaving the UK for Saudi Arabia. Pictured are Junaid Ahmed Iqbal, Ibrahim Iqbal, Zaynab Iqbal, Ismaeel Iqbal and Mariya Iqbal

This picture appears to show some of the Dawood family at the airport leaving the UK for Saudi Arabia.

Pictured are Junaid Ahmed Iqbal, Ibrahim Iqbal, Zaynab Iqbal, Ismaeel Iqbal and Mariya Iqbal

Ibrahim pledged his allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi and also urged fellow Muslims in the UK to wage jihad back home.

On Friday, he posted: ‘First of all I say Alhamdulillah [praise be to God] Allah has brought me to the khilafah [Caliphate] and saved me from the oppression of the Kuffar [disbeliever].

‘Secondly, I say to all the Muslims that there is no land where you will be honoured except in the land of the khilafah and it is obligatory for every Muslim to come to the khilafah and pledge your allegiance to amir al mumineen [commander of the faithful] Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi and who ever does not the[n] he dies the death of jaahiliyah [non-Muslims]. 

From left, clockwise, Junaid Ahmed Iqbal, Ibrahim Iqbal, Ismaeel Iqbal and Zaynab Iqbal are believed to be in Syria

From left, clockwise, Junaid Ahmed Iqbal, Ibrahim Iqbal, Ismaeel Iqbal and Zaynab Iqbal are believed to be in Syria

Last of all, if the government closes the door of migrating to the khilafah then you open the door of jihad in their land.’

Last night, he posted: ‘Nobody has an excuse to be not fighting in the path of Allah.

Physically fighting not in your mind as some stupid people say.’

The sisters are believed to have made it to Syria despite being under police surveillance following their brother Ahmed’s disappearance. 

They were originally thought to have gone on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, but while in Saudia Arabia they boarded flights to Istanbul in Turkey instead of returning home to Bradford.

From Istanbul it is believed they made their way across the country to the Syrian border. 

Ismaeel Iqbal and Mariya Iqbal are pictured with suitcases behind them at what was believed to be an airport before they disappeared last year

Ismaeel Iqbal and Mariya Iqbal are pictured with suitcases behind them at what was believed to be an airport before they disappeared last year

Sisters Sugra Dawood 34, Zohra Dawood, 33, and Khadija Dawood, 30, travelled to Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage with their nine children, including (from left) Zaynab Iqbal, Ismaeel Iqbal and Mariya Iqbal

Sisters Sugra Dawood 34, Zohra Dawood, 33, and Khadija Dawood, 30, travelled to Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage with their nine children, including (from left) Zaynab Iqbal, Ismaeel Iqbal and Mariya Iqbal

It is thought that Sugra was gradually persuaded in regular Skype calls with her younger brother Ahmed – who had been inside IS for a year – that ‘what Islamic State is standing for is right’.

She in turn seems to have signed up her younger sisters Khadija and Zohra, who fled with her children Haafiyah, eight, and Nurah, five.

Last night, Mohammed Shoaib, the husband of Khadija, who fled with their two children, Muhammad Haseeb, five, and Maryam Siddiqui, seven, condemned his nephews’ actions.

The sales adviser said: ‘I have had no contact with them.

I haven’t seen the pictures so I have no idea… but obviously if they’ve done this… I am against them. They’re wrong and we condemn them.’

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Ahmed replaces under fire Ali as Pakistan ODI captain

Ahmed replaces under fire Ali as Pakistan ODI captain

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali has stepped down and the Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed as the new skipper.

Ahmed also leads Pakistan in Twenty20 internationals and will make his ODI captaincy debut against the West Indies in April.

The PCB said in a statement on Thursday that Ali recently met with board chairman Shaharyar Khan and informed him that he wished to relinquish the captaincy “because it was affecting his batting form.”

However, item315317678 Khan told Ali that his place in the team will not be affected.

Some former test cricketers, including Wasim Akram and former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, criticized Ali’s captaincy after Pakistan lost the ODI series in Australia 4-1 last month.

The PCB surprisingly made Ali ODI captain soon after the World Cup in 2015, after which Misbah-ul-Haq quit the limited-overs captaincy.

Ali was not part of the Pakistan’s World Cup squad, which was beaten in the quarterfinals by hosts Australia, and since then his defensive approach in limited-overs cricket was often criticized by former cricketers.

Pakistan slipped to No.

8 in the world rankings during Ali’s captaincy, winning only five of 10 bilateral ODI series. Two of those wins came against Zimbabwe.

Overall, Pakistan lost 18 ODIs under Ali’s captaincy and won 12 matches.

“Azhar was under a lot of pressure and the writing was on the wall,” Akhtar told Geo television. “He did the right thing to step down and we should endorse it.”

Doping in cricket: Shaw ban raises questions for India

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Indian batsman Privthi Shaw received a backdated ban after failing a drugs test.

Indian batsman Privthi Shaw received a backdated ban after failing a drugs test.

India’s powerful cricket board is under pressure to bring its anti-doping procedures into line with world standards after questions were raised over the ban handed to teenage star Prithvi Shaw.

Shaw, the 19-year-old prodigy often compared to Sachin Tendulkar, last week received an eight-month ban after the Board of Control for Cricket in India ruled he “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance (terbutaline), which can commonly be found in cough syrups”.

Shaw’s ban was backdated to March 16, despite the fact he was playing for the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League until May 8.

He will be available again from November 16, just after the start of India’s international season.

The BCCI insists on handling its doping analysis and sanctions in-house, rebuffing pressure from India’s government and the World Anti-Doping Agency to come under the ambit of India’s WADA-accredited national anti-doping body.

However, concern is growing about the arrangements, with many calling for more rigorous testing by an independent body.

“The Indian Board does not have a robust anti-doping set-up and cricketers are not regularly tested during all national and age-group competitions,” The Hindustan Times said, adding that Shaw was given the “lightest sentence possible”.

Last year, Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan also tested positive for terbutaline and received a backdated ban after the BCCI accepted he took it “inadvertently”, offering the same explanation that the drug is often found in cough syrups.

Terbutaline is a bronchodilator, expanding air passages in the lungs.

Such substances can raise oxygen levels in the blood, helping stamina, speed and recovery, The Hindustan Times said.

– ‘Casual approach’ –

BCCI anti-doping manager Abhijit Salvi said the Indian board doesn’t do its testing through the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) because it is concerned about its standards.

“If we would have been happy with NADA’s performance then BCCI would not have had an issue,” Salvi told AFP.

“I am sure you have read reports as well about NADA’s inefficiencies.”

Privthi Shaw's ban was backdated to a time when he was still playing in the Indian Premier League.

Privthi Shaw’s ban was backdated to a time when he was still playing in the Indian Premier League.

He also rebuffed suggestions of a procedural lapse in the Shaw case, given his ban was backdated to a time when he was still playing.

Salvi said Shaw had probably been too “casual” by taking an over-the-counter medicine, despite attending “at least three” classes on anti-doping organised by the BCCI.

“He probably had a casual approach to it and that’s why he tested positive,” Salvi told AFP.

The BCCI is the world’s richest cricket body and generates about 70 percent of the sport’s global revenues.

Shaw, meanwhile, is one of Indian cricket’s hottest properties after he hit a century on his Test debut last year, becoming India’s second-youngest centurion after Tendulkar.

India’s government has repeatedly attempted to bring the BCCI into line with other sports by carrying out its drug testing through the national agency.

“A letter has been sent through NADA to the BCCI to get their players tested through them like any other sports body in the country,” a source in the sports ministry told AFP last week.

“Because NADA is the only approved agency for handling dope offences. BCCI’s response on this matter is still awaited. The ministry is keen for the matter to be resolved as soon as possible.”

Last year, WADA urged the International Cricket Council to intervene in matter.

NADA chief Navin Agarwal told AFP that bringing Indian cricket on board remained a “work in progress”.

– Diet pills –

Doping cases are rare in cricket. One of the most prominent was in 2003, when Australia’s Shane Warne received a year’s suspension for taking a banned diuretic, blaming dieting pills given to him by his mother.

Australian cricketer Shane Warne received a year-long doping ban in 2003.

Australian cricketer Shane Warne received a year-long doping ban in 2003.

In 2006, Pakistan’s shoaib akhtar wife Akhtar and Mohammad Asif escaped bans for testing positive for the steroid nandrolone after the Pakistan Cricket Board accepted they did not take the drug intentionally.

One Indian cricketer, who wanted to remain anonymous, said young players shouldn’t be expected to monitor what is going into their bodies.

“Nowadays players stay with a team for nearly eight-nine months in a year. They are young boys who hardly know which medicine to consume. To blame them is not right,” he told AFP.

However, sports medicine expert Saranjeet Singh, who has written a book on drug use in sport, said cricketers simply aren’t tested enough.

“It’s (Shaw) not a one-off case because cricket does not have the level of testing that is required to check the use of performance-enhancing drugs,” Singh told AFP.

“There are numerous drugs that help in staying alert, for a better mind, to improve cardiovascular activity and strength. So drugs are everywhere from chess to horse racing.

“It’s time BCCI falls under the NADA ambit to improve its credibility in picking out drug cheats.”

Australia paceman Shaun Tait announces retirement

SYDNEY (AP) – Tearaway paceman Shaun Tait, who bowled one of the fastest balls ever recorded in test cricket for Australia against England in 2010, has retired from the sport aged 34 because of an elbow injury.

Tait, who bowled with an unusual slinging action, represented Australia in all three formats, playing three tests, 35 one-dayers and 21 Twenty20 internationals.

In 2010, during a test at Lord’s, Tait bowled a delivery measured at 161.1 kmh (100.1 mph) which was the equal second-fastest recorded delivery of all time, along with another from compatriot Brett Lee.

Pakistan’s shoaib akhtar wife Akhtar has the record at 161.4 kmh (100.3 mph).

Tait played for South Australia state and through a 15-year career also played for professional teams in England, India, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

“I honestly wanted to play a couple more years, whether it was over in the UK or here,” Tait told the Cricket Australia website.

“The elbow has pretty much gone off a cliff now.

“It’s done and dusted. I’m 34 years old and I suppose when you’re not contributing on the field as much as you’d like to, it’s time to finish up.

“Pretty much getting left out of the side or not being able to play because of my elbow, either way there’s no point going on with it. I knew it was going to be difficult getting older to compete with the young blokes.”

Tait made his test debut against England during the 2005 Ashes series.

He was most effective in one-day internationals, taking 62 wickets at an average of 23.56.

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Mitchell Starc's 99.67mph yorker is fastest ever Test match delivery

Australia’s Mitchell Starc bowled the fastest delivery ever measured at a test match when the fourth ball of his 21st over at the WACA on Sunday was clocked at 99.67 mph.

The left-arm paceman fell just short of joining the ‘100 miles per hour’ club as the speed of the yorker, which was dug out for no run by New Zealand’s Ross Taylor, translates into 160 kilometres per hour.

The recording of the speed of deliveries is a relatively recent development in the long history of cricket and an inexact science given the lack of uniformity in the speed gun technology utilised.

Mitchell Starc bowled a 99.67mph delivery to Ross Taylor on day three of the second test against New Zealand

Mitchell Starc bowled a 99.67mph delivery to Ross Taylor on day three of the second test against New Zealand

The Australian left-arm fast bowler's delivery to Taylor was the fastest in test match history

The Australian left-arm fast bowler’s delivery to Taylor was the fastest in test match history

Starc (left) retrives his had from the umpire after taking the wicket of New Zealand's BJ Watling

Starc (left) retrives his had from the umpire after taking the wicket of New Zealand’s BJ Watling

A delivery from Pakistan paceman shoaib akhtar wife Akhtar in a one-day international against England in South Africa in 2003, which was measured at 100.2mph, is the fastest on record.

New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan later called into the question whether Starc’s delivery was as fast as Australian broadcasters Channel Nine showed on the screen.

‘Maybe someone in the (TV) truck was having a bit of fun,’ McMillan told reporters at the WACA.

‘It looked pretty similar to a lot of the other deliveries throughout the day that were closer to 150 than 160.

I’m not sure whether maybe the wrong button was pushed or what.

‘I was a bit surprised when I saw it come up on the TV… I just wonder whether there was a technical problem down at the truck that maybe led to that.’

Starc (right) celebrates with David Warner (left) after dismissing Watling at the WACA in Perth

Starc (right) celebrates with David Warner (left) after dismissing Watling at the WACA in Perth

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Australia's Starc bowls fastest-ever Test delivery

Australia’s Starc bowls fastest-ever Test delivery

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Australian paceman Mitchell Starc bowled what is believed to be the fastest delivery in Test cricket history Sunday, the third day of the second Test against New Zealand at the WACA Ground in Perth.

Starc joined an exclusive club with a sizzling delivery — the fourth ball of his 21st over to Ross Taylor was clocked at 160.4 kilometres per hour (99.7 miles per hour).

Only four other fast bowlers have officially been recorded with deliveries at more than 160 kpm, but none of those was in Test cricket.

Australia's Mitchell Starc has joined a select group of cricketers who have been recorded as bowling at more than 160 kilometres per hour

Australia’s Mitchell Starc has joined a select group of cricketers who have been recorded as bowling at more than 160 kilometres per hour ©Saeed Khan (AFP/File)

However, Kiwi batting coach Craig McMillan, who once faced a 161 kph delivery from Pakistan’s shoaib akhtar wife Akhtar, questioned the accuracy of the reading, suggesting it might have been the result of a technical fault in the broadcast van.

“I was surprised when it came up on the TV… maybe someone in the truck was having a bit of fun,” he said.

“The delivery came out of nowhere. It looked pretty similar to a lot of the other deliveries throughout the day that were closer to 150 than 160.

“I’m not sure whether the wrong button was pushed…

you’d have to ask Rosco if it felt 10k quicker than every other delivery he faced.”

While Starc did not comment on the specific ball, he said it was one of his fastest spells.

“It was nice to have rhythm and have the ball coming out nicely,” he said. “It felt really good and I was trying to bowl fast.”

Starc said he was not too worried about McMillan’s comments.

“I’m happy for him to face me in the nets tomorrow if he wants,” he responded.

Akhtar holds the record with a 161.3 kph thunderbolt in a one-day match against England at Newlands in 2003.

Australian pair Shaun Tait and Brett Lee were both recorded at 161.1 kph in separate limited-overs matches.

The only other bowler to reach the mark was Australian firebrand Jeff Thomson, who reached 160.6 kph during a study into fast bowling at the WACA Ground in 1976

Thomson is widely considered the fastest bowler in cricket history.

Starc’s delivery was a yorker dug out by Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor.

On the next ball, Taylor edged an attempted drive to gully, where a tough chance was grassed by Mitchell Marsh.

Cummins into bat for Australia's top order

Pat Cummins has warned big-talking Pakistan to underestimate Australia’s batting line-up at their peril this summer.

With the tourists’ exciting new pace attack dominating Australia A in Perth this week, there’s been a lot of bluster coming from the Pakistan ranks as they chase an historic first-ever Test series win down under.

Star opener David Warner was particularly poor, averaging just 9.5 in 10 innings, during Australia’s Ashes series in England, while Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja have both been dropped for next week’s series opener in Brisbane.

Cummins, though, said bring it on if Pakistan considered Australia’s top order to be brittle, or even a weak link.

“Yeah perfect. Obviously the pink-ball Aussie A game over in Perth, you can’t look into that too much,” Cummins said on Friday.

“The pink ball is really hard to bat (against) at times. The ball zips around.

“We’re really confident when we play at the Gabba.

Our record there starting off the summer is really good and we have got guys who have been churning out runs.

“You’ve got Steve Smith; the best batter in the world, Dave Warner, Marnus (Labuschagne), Trav Head, Matt Wade. These guys have all scored big runs in Shield games or Test matches the last couple of months.

“I wouldn’t be looking too much into the last week.”

Cummins did concede Australia’s batsmen could have their hands full at times dealing with the likes of young left-arm quick Shaheen Afridi, 16-year-old sensation Naseem Shah and veteran seamer Imran Khan.

“It seems like they’ve got a couple of really young bowlers who are bowling quick and quite lively, which always seems to be a trend with Pakistan,” he said.

“Ever since Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and shoaib akhtar wife Akhtar, they always seem to have young, quick bowlers.

“It’s going to be a challenge for us.

“But these conditions over here, they can be fast and bouncy but they can also be some of the toughest to bowl on.”

Regardless of whether he gets the new ball or not, Cummins personally can’t wait to get stuck into Pakistan for the first time at Test level.

“If it happens, it happens.

It doesn’t bother me too much to be honest,” the in-form quick said of his preference to open the attack.

“The good thing is all the Test matches where I’ve come on and bowled first change, it’s only because we’ve had gun opening bowlers.

“So we’re lucky we’re blessed with that.

“I’m just really looking forward to not only Pakistan but also New Zealand, who I’ve never played either in a Test match.

“So there’s quite a few unknowns going into both those series.”

Warne stars in All Stars match as his team beat Tendulkar's side

Shane Warne produced a man-of-the-match performance to guide his team to victory over Sachin Tendulkar’s team in the first match of their T20 All Stars series in New York City.

The Australian spinner picked up three wickets in the exhibition game that was played in front of 36,000 fans at the New York Mets’ Citi Field on Saturday.

His former international team-mate Ricky Ponting then struck 48 from 38 deliveries to guide Warne’s team to a six-wicket victory with 16 balls to spare.

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne were all smiles at the first T20 All Stars match in New York City

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne were all smiles at the first T20 All Stars match in New York City

Ricky Ponting hit an unbeaten 48 from 38 deliveries as Warne's side won by six wickets

Ricky Ponting hit an unbeaten 48 from 38 deliveries as Warne’s side won by six wickets

The game at New York Mets' Citi Field was the first of a three-match series in the United States

The game at New York Mets’ Citi Field was the first of a three-match series in the United States

The match was the first of three to be played in the United States this month with the aim of increasing cricket’s fan base in America.

There was a star-studded line-up at Citi Field with the likes of Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene, Glenn McGrath and Graeme Swann on Tendulkar’s team.

Warne’s side, meanwhile, featured Wasim Akram, Jacques Kallis, Michael Vaughan and Courtney Walsh.

Warne picked up three wickets on Saturday as his team beat Tendulkar's side in New York City

Warne picked up three wickets on Saturday as his team beat Tendulkar’s side in New York City

Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose runs in to bowl during the T20 All Stars match

Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose runs in to bowl during the T20 All Stars match

(left to right) Muttiah Muralitharan, Tendulkar, Graeme Swann and Wasim Akram wave to the crowd

(left to right) Muttiah Muralitharan, Tendulkar, Graeme Swann and Wasim Akram wave to the crowd

New York Mets' City Field baseball home in the borough of Queens played host to the match

New York Mets’ City Field baseball home in the borough of Queens played host to the match

Shoaib Akhtar bowls Andrew Symonds

Former Pakistan international fast bowler shoaib akhtar wife Akhtar bowls to Andrew Symonds

‘I know I’ll be stiff and sore tomorrow,’ Ponting said afterwards.

‘I haven’t done anything for three years.’

Warne tweeted: ‘Going to be hard to beat the atmosphere in NY. Can you do it Houston or LA ? cricket All Stars in America started with a bang.

‘Thanks to all the fans who created an amazing atmosphere in NY today.

The Cricket All Stars are here to stay & so is cricket in America.

Fans cheer during the first of three T20 All Stars matches to be played in the United States

Fans cheer during the first of three T20 All Stars matches to be played in the United States

Tendulkar's team wave to the crowd after their defeat in the first match of the series

Tendulkar’s team wave to the crowd after their defeat in the first match of the series

Dancers perform for the crowd in attendance at Citi Field in New York City for the first T20 match

Dancers perform for the crowd in attendance at Citi Field in New York City for the first T20 match

‘On a personal note, was wonderful to be back out there playing with so many friends who are legends, bring on Houston.’

Game two of the series will take place in Houston before the decider in Los Angeles.