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US basketball player detained in Russia for carrying vape cartridges with hashish oil

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  • Considered to be one of the greatest female basketball players,  Brittney Griner has been detained by Russian authorities.
  • Narcotic drugs were discovered in her luggage at an airport near Moscow.
  • She is believed to have been arrested.

American professional basketball player, Brittney Griner, has been detained in Russia amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict, The Guardian reported.

Considered to be one of the greatest female basketball players, the Double Olympic champion was detained by the Russian Federal Customs Service after vape cartridges containing hashish oil were found in her luggage at an airport near Moscow.

Drug-sniffing dogs signified the potential presence of narcotic drugs in the champion’s carry-on luggage after her arrival from New York. The examination led to the discovery of the drugs which is a criminal violation under Russian law.

A video was also released by the Customs Service which shows her luggage being inspected.

In a statement to The Guardian, Griner’s agent Lindsay Colas said: “We are aware of the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in close contact with her.”

Griner has a long list of notable achievements including being a seven-time WNBA All-Star and leading Phoenix to the franchise’s third-ever title in 2014.

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Michael Clarke gears up for commentary stint in PSL 9

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Clarke will be joining a star-studded commentary panel to make his PSL debut on the mike.

With his playing career coming to an end, 42-year-old Clarke has been a busy broadcaster.

In addition to Michael Clarke, other international pundits on the PSL 9 commentary team include the effervescent Ian Bishop, who is renowned for his compelling and perceptive analysis, Danny Morrison, Simon Doull, Pommie Mbangwa, Mark Butcher, Dominic Cork, and Mike Haysman.

Along with Urooj Mumtaz, Sana Mir, and Marina Iqbal, the Pakistani pundits also have an intriguing cast that includes Waqar Younis, Ramiz Raja, Bazid Khan, and Aamir Sohail.

The action will be called in Urdu by Ali Younis and Tariq Saeed. During PSL 9, Erin Holland and Zainab Abbas will be the presenters.

For those who are unaware, Rawalpindi and Karachi will host the remaining matches of the ninth season of the Pakistan Super League, which is now in its second leg.

After 18 games, the Multan Sultans, the 2021 champions, lead the standings with 10 points from six games, closely followed by the Quetta Gladiators, the 2019 champions, in second place with nine points from the same number of games.

Along with Urooj Mumtaz, Sana Mir, and Marina Iqbal, the Pakistani pundits also have an intriguing cast that includes Waqar Younis, Ramiz Raja, Bazid Khan, and Aamir Sohail.

The action will be called in Urdu by Ali Younis and Tariq Saeed. During PSL 9, Erin Holland and Zainab Abbas will be the presenters.

For those who are unaware, Rawalpindi and Karachi will host the remaining matches of the ninth season of the Pakistan Super League, which is now in its second leg.

After 18 games, the Multan Sultans, the 2021 champions, lead the standings with 10 points from six games, closely followed by the Quetta Gladiators, the 2019 champions, in second place with nine points from the same number of games.

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Leus du Plooy asserts, “There is a lot of talent in Pakistan.”

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Du Plooy shared details on his first-ever PSL playing experience with the media following the game.

“Even though this is my first visit, Mickey Arthur has taught me a lot about PSL.” Being a part of it is an incredible experience, and I think this league is fantastic,” Du Plooy said.

“I am astounded to see the local talent here after facing some of the net bowlers,” he continued.

In addition, Du Plooy took responsibility for his team’s errors following their defeat by Islamabad United and thanked Colin Munro for his criticism.

“In Karachi, the pitch gets harder in the middle overs and it’s easier to play in the powerplay, but we were unable to take advantage of the conditions.”

“They [Islamabad United] did a great job in the powerplay in both innings; Colin Munro in particular did a great job.”

He also valued Shan Masood, the captain of the Karachi Kings, for his leadership qualities, as the two of them stitched together a 40-run partnership for the second wicket.

“I had fun batting with Shan Masood; he’s a great leader.”

Quetta Gla will take on the Karachi Kings.

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Karachi: PSL 9 match traffic schedule

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The second round of PSL 9 matches is slated to take place from February 28 to March 18. In order to improve attendance’ convenience and ensure smooth traffic flow, Karachi Traffic Police created a specific plan.

It is recommended that guests who are coming from places like Karsaz, Millennium, and New Town use the allotted parking spaces at the PSB Coaching Centre, which is close to the stadium.

In order to prioritise the flow of cars and pedestrians, some roads will also have restricted heavy traffic access during match days.

The following routes are off-limits: Carsaaz to the Stadium, Millennium to New Town, Liaquatabad No. 10 to Hassan Square, Peoples Chowrangi to University Road, Sohrab Goth to Nipa, and Stadium Signal to Hassan Square.

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