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Alonso, Ricciardo dismiss Red Bull move




Veteran drivers Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo both denied on Thursday that they were about to leave their teams to join Red Bull next season.

Two-time world champion Alonso, 42, angrily hit out at claims he will depart the Aston Martin team to take Sergio Perez’s seat alongside world champion Max Verstappen.


He dismissed the speculation as “the normal paddock rumours from people who try to make fun of it and gain some followers (on social media).”

Speaking to reporters ahead of this weekend’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix, he added: “I will make sure there are consequences.”

When asked to elaborate, the Spaniard was advised by a team representative not to go any further.

Ricciardo also rejected widespread reports that he is poised to replace Perez and stressed that he is happy to be back racing in Formula One with Alpha Tauri.

The 34-year-old Australian, who finished a rousing seventh in last Sunday’s Mexico Grand Prix after qualifying fourth, said he was focused only on Alpha Tauri and maintaining improved form.


“All the stuff around my contract next year has been related to Alpha Tauri – I would say that’s, honestly, as far as that goes,” he told reporters.

His strong performance was the team’s best of the season and lifted Alpha Tauri from 10th to eighth in the constructors’ championship.

“For me personally, having a weekend like Mexico is just definitely good for the soul,” he added.

“And, also, for the team. I haven’t been here long, but for them to be 10th in the constructors and to jump two places in the space of two weekends was huge.

“I think that creates a very happy atmosphere around everyone. I’m happy doing that and I’ll try to just keep charging on where I am.”


The Australian’s return to form after recovering from a broken hand prompted widespread speculation that he would be promoted from Red Bull’s junior team to their senior outfit.

But Red Bull team chief Christian Horner has so far maintained his faith in struggling Perez, who crashed out of last Sunday’s race in Mexico at the first corner, and said the team will help him regain his confidence.

Newly-crowned three-time world champion Max Verstappen, who won in Mexico, raced alongside Ricciardo in the Red Bull team for two seasons from 2016 to 2018.

He said he had not had any conversations about a change of team-mate, but added that he had enjoyed his relationship with both Perez and Ricciardo.

“I always had a great relationship with Daniel when we were team-mates and I also have one with Checo so it’s unfair to say who I would prefer,” he said.


“It isn’t up to me to make these decisions because I am very focused on my own performance.”

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Shadab Khan opens up about Babar Azam’s resignation from captaincy




Pakistan all-rounder, Shadab Khan, has expressed his perspective on Babar Azam’s recent choice to relinquish the captaincy across all formats of the national cricket team.

In an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, Shadab conveyed his admiration for Babar’s decision and conveyed his heartfelt best wishes. 

The leg-spinner also shared positive sentiments regarding the newly appointed T20I captain for the national side, Shaheen Shah Afridi.


“Look, everyone has their own decision, and Babar has stepped down. We send him our best wishes. We’ve had a great time with him as the captain for Pakistan. Now, Shaheen has taken on the role, and we’re excited about it. We’ve witnessed his [Shaheen’s] captaincy in the PSL, and it feels great. Let’s see how it goes playing under his captaincy for the first time; it will give an idea of how much fun it is, and I am very excited to play under Shaheen’s captaincy,” Shadab said.

On November 15th, Babar relinquished his captaincy following a meeting with Zaka Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee.

After stepping down, Shan Masood was appointed as the Test captain of the Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team, and Shaheen Shah Afridi was named as the T20I captain by the PCB.

Shaheen’s first task as the T20I captain for the Men in Green side will be leading the team against New Zealand in a five-match T20 series scheduled to take place from January 12 to January 21, 2024.

Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series schedule:

  • January 12: New Zealand vs Pakistan – First T20I in Auckland
  • January 14: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Second T20I in Hamilton
  • January 17: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Third T20I in Dunedin
  • January 19: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Fourth T20I in Christchurch
  • January 21: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Fifth T20I in Christchurch