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Pakistan stun India 12-1 in a friendly Baseball match
faisal ISLAMABAD: West Asian Baseball Champions, Pakistan outclassed arch-rival India 12-1 in a friendly baseball match here at the international baseball arena at the premises of Pakistan Sports Complex on Thursday. Pakistan’s Zakir Hussain, Waseem Akram, and Shahzad Ahmed hit two scores each while Ikramullah, Mohammad Hussain, Mohammad Younis, Nasir Malangi, Mohammad Hussain Junior, and Abdullah made one run each during the 9 innings fixture. India's solitary run was scored by Shahabuddin. The friendly match was organized under the auspices of Pakistan Federation Baseball and was part of the anticipated three-match Indo-Pak series in India under the Baseball United Baseball League. 
India to host Volleyball Club World Championships in December
Sports Bulletin Report Dubai (UAE): Volleyball World and FIVB announced India as the host nation for the Men’s Club World Championships for two years in partnership with the RuPay Prime Volleyball League powered by A23, India’s top professional volleyball league. As the host nation, the winners of the RuPay Prime Volleyball League in 2023 and 2024 will represent India in the tournaments, where they will face fierce competition against established clubs from the top volleyball nations from around the globe like Italy, Brazil, Iran etc.   The championships will be staged between December 6 and 10, 2023. The host city will be announced later this year. The tournament brings the best of international volleyball to India, where the sport is seeing a meteoric rise since the commencement of the RuPay Prime Volleyball League in 2022. For over 20 years, the Volleyball Club World Championships have featured the best men’s professional clubs from around the world, competing for the title of World Champions and a share of over USD 350,000 in prize money.  The FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said: "The FIVB is delighted to bring the best of men’s club volleyball to India for the first time ever! With the top clubs in the world, including the host nation, taking part, fans in India and around the world can be assured of thrilling volleyball action and incredible athlete performances." "We are thrilled to have the Club World Champs being held for the first time in the subcontinent,” said Finn Taylor - CEO of Volleyball World. "This tournament is known for its exciting and competitive matches, and we are delighted to give fans in India, and around the world, via Volleyball World TV, the opportunity to watch the best clubs and athletes compete at the highest level."  Tuhin Mishra, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Baseline Ventures and Co-Promoter of RuPay Prime Volleyball League said: “It’s a historic moment for Indian sport. For the first time in a truly global sport, the best athletes from around the world will come down to India to showcase their talent and our Indian players will get a chance to compete against them. This is in line with our mission to help the Indian volleyball team qualify for the 2028 Olympics and a global event which will be held for consecutive years in India will provide the perfect platform and exposure for our players.”  Thomas Muthoot, owner of Kochi Blue Spikers and Chairman of the Prime Volleyball League board said: “This is a great news for our League as it will encourage every team in the RuPay Prime Volleyball League to give their best so that they can play at the Club World Championships.” 

CRICKET - Int News02 Feb 2023

Spot-fixing in Nepal cricket: Two players arrested
Bipin Dani Nepal's two international cricketers have been arrested for spot-fixing in the recently concluded Nepal T20 League played in the county. It is reliably learnt. According to highly placed sources in Nepal, several other foreign and local players and support staff are being investigated for their role in the alleged spot-fixing in the matches. The two, who have been arrested for the investigations are (1) Mohammad Aadil Alam and (2) Mahaboob Alam. Mohammad Aadil, who is also known as Aadil Ansari is a young current player. The 19-year-old Aadil is a right-arm medium pacer and a lower order batter having played six ODIs and eight T-20Is. In the recently concluded Nepal T-20 League, he was playing for Janakpur Royals. The other player Mahaboob Alam is a former cricketer who was the star player of the World Cricket League Division 5 tournament that took place in Jersey in May 2008. He became famous by taking all ten wickets in the match against Mozambique. The 41-year-old all-rounder Mahaboob Alam. In the recent Nepal League, he played Provincial matches for Nepal. The names of about six other people (players and support staff), who are being ICC Anti-Corruption radar are not revealed yet.

POLO - National02 Feb 2023

Allama Iqbal Polo: Platinum Homes/Master Paints and FG/Din Polo
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Platinum Homes/Master Paints and FG/Din Polo qualified for the semifinals of the 3rd Allama Iqbal Polo Tournament sponsored by Lahore Smart City after winning their respective matches played here at the Jinnah Polo Fields on Thursday. Four teams, which lost from Pool A and B, will compete against each other for the subsidiary final. In the matches played at the Pakistan Park Cavalry Ground on Thursday, Platinum Homes/Master Paints defeated BN Polo 7-4½ to qualify for the semifinal. Amirreza Behboudi played exceptionally and fired in four goals while Agha Musa Ali Khan banged in a beautiful brace and Qadeer Ashfaq converted one for Platinum Homes/Master Paints. Haider Naseem pumped in two goals while Babar Naseem and Hamza Ejaz scored one goal each for BN Polo. Platinum Homes/Master Paints were off to a flying start as they converted four goals against one by BN Polo to take a 4-1 lead by the end of the first chukker. The second and third chukkers were evenly poised as both the sides struck three goals each in both the chukkers, with Platinum Homes/Master Paints still enjoying a healthy 7-4. No more goals were scored in the fourth and last chukker, as Platinum Homes/Master Paints emerging as winners by 7-4½.  In the second match of the day, FG/Din Polo also qualified for semifinal by beating 4 Corps team 6-3. Abbas Mukhtar hammered three goals, Sheikh Muhammad Raffay scored two goals and Saqib Khan Khakwani one for FG/Din Polo. For 4 Corps, Lt Col Rab Nawaz Tiwana thrashed in two goals and Ibrahim Khalil struck one.  FG/Din Polo dominated the first and second chukkers fully and hammered two goals each in both the chukkers to gain a good 4-0 lead. The third chukker saw both the teams scoring one goal each with FG/Din Polo still enjoying a 5-1 lead. 4 Corps though played well in the fourth and last chukker by converting a brace against one by FG/Din Polo, but lost the match by 3-6. Both the semifinals will be played at Jinnah Polo Fields on Friday, as the first semifinal will be played at 2:00 pm, while the second semifinal will be contested at 3:00 pm.

CRICKET - Blinds02 Feb 2023

Bahawalpur win the Blind T 20 Cricket Tournament
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Bahawalpur have won the title of 5th LCCB T20 Blind Cricket Tournament after beating Islamabad by 4 runs in the final at Aleem Dar Cricket Academy Lahore on Thursday. Islamabad won the toss and elected to bowl first. Bahawalpur set the total of 220 runs on the board for the loss of 4 wickets in allotted 20 overs. Mohammad Rashid was the highest scorer with 92runs while Zafar Iqbal made 40 runs for Bahawalpur. Anees and Shahzaib took 1 wicket each. Islamabad scored 216 for 4 runs in 20 overs. Matiullah was the star batsman with 104 runs and well supported by Shahzaib who scored 36 runs. Mohammad Rashid was declared player of the match on his excellent innings in the final. Many famous celebrities like (R) Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, Chairman PBCC Syed Sultan Shah, Film star Fawad Khan, International umpires Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza, Test cricketers Azhar Ali and Abid Ali, Singer and Politician Abrar-ul-Haq, Comedian Ali Meer and other dignities attended the closing ceremony.

TENNIS - National02 Feb 2023

National Juniors Tennis Championship: Amir, Zohaib reach semifinals
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Amir Mazari (Aitchison College) and Zohaib Afzal Malik (LGS Phase V) have reached the Boys’ Under-14 Singles semifinals of the Millat Tractors Junior National Tennis Championship 2023 here at Punjab Tennis Academy Bagh-e-Jinnah on Thursday. In the Boys U-18 quarterfinals, Asad Zaman beat Hassan Ali 6-1, 6-0, Mahatir Mohammad beat Shahzaib Zahid 6-1, 6-0, Mohammad Salaar beat Mustansir Ali Khan 6-4, 6-3, Ahtesham Humayun beat Hamza Jawad 6-0, 6-4. In the Boys U-18 doubles quarterfinals, Sohaan Noor/Waleed Humayun beat Ryan Omer/Kanwar Abdul Rehman 4-2, 4-2 and Hamza Jawad/Hassan Ali beat Sayyam Saeed/Hassan Ali (GC) 4-2, 4-1. In the Boys U-16 quarterfinal, Asad Zaman beat Hamza Anwar 6-4, 6-3, Mohammad Salaar beat Mohammad Sohaan Noor 6-1, 6-0, Hamza Ali Rizwan beat Abubakar Khalil 6-1, 6-0, Ahtesham Humayun beat Amir Mazari 6-2, 6-3. In the Boys’ U-14 quarterfinals, Amir Mazari beat Raziq Sultan 4-2, 4-1, Zohaib Afzal Malik beat Mohammad Uzair 5-3, 4-0, Abdur Rehman beat Nabeel Qayum 3-5, 5-3, 10-5, Hamza Ali Rizwan beat Haziq Areejo 4-1, 4-1. In the Boys’ U-14 doubles quarterfinals, Mohammad Uzair/Arsalan beat Hamza/Abdul Samad 4-1, 4-2. In the Boys/Girls U-12 quarterfinal, Abdur Rehman beat Mustafa Uzair Rana 4-0, 4-0, Mohammad Shayan Afridi beat Fajar Fayyaz 4-1, 4-0, Razik Sultan beat Bismal Zia 4-0, 4-2, Mohammad Junaid beat Hajra Suhail 4-1, 5-3. In Boys/Girls U-10 quarterfinals, Zayd Mansoor Ahmad beat Aiman Rehan 4-0, 4-0 and Mustafa Uzair Rana beat Mohammad Ibrahim Hussain Gill 5-3, 4-1.

CRICKET - Int News02 Feb 2023

Sri Lankan team advised to be trained at Radella Cricket Ground
Bipin Dani Sri Lankan cricket team is advised to be trained at the Radella Cricket Ground ahead of their tour of New Zealand. The suggestion has come from Prof. Arjuna de Silva, the chairman of the medical panel of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).  It is a cricket ground in Sri Lanka situated in Radella, which is a village close to Nuwara Eliya. "We are planning to use this ground after many years and I am happy to recommend this to the SLC", de Silva, speaking exclusively over the telephone from Colombo, said on Wednesday. "It is important to use this ground as the conditions there are similar to what it would be in New Zealand. This cricket ground is considered unique in the sense it is situated at the altitude of 1,200 m (4,000 ft). Very few cricket grounds are situated 1,200m above Mean Sea Level (MSL). It can easily be compared with any of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world". Regarding fitness of the players, Prof. Arjuna was confident of sending Dushmantha Chameera to New Zealand. The 31-year-right arm fast bowler had suffered a grade two tear in the calf of his left foot in October. Dushmantha Chameera is the spearhead of our bowling. We have him back in the attack soon". "Kusal Perera is also on a recovery path. It is up to the selectors. We will be sending the full-strength team". Sri Lanka is scheduled to play two Tests, 3 ODIs' and 3 T-20I in New Zealand in March, April. "Dasun Shanaka seems to play best in India in the World Cup", de Silva concluded.
Hosts Pakistan claim the West-Asia Baseball Cup title 2023
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD: Hosts Pakistan stunned Palestine 11-3 in the final of the West Asia Baseball Cup 2023 here at the International Baseball Arena of Pakistan Sports Complex on Wednesday. Also, Green Shirts confirmed their berth in Asian Baseball Cup and Asian Games after showing an acceptable performance in the West Asia Baseball Cup. In the final, Pakistan outclassed Palestine, who defeated defending champions Sri Lanka in the pool match at the same venue. Captain Faqir Hussain hit 3 runs while Arslan Jamshed, Mohammad Hussain, and Fazal Khan made two runs each for their team. Shehzad Ahmed and Mohammad Younis were other scorers of the match, as both batters hit one run each. Ibrahim Shalabi (1), Ramiz Yasin (1), and Younis Halim (1) were the batters, who scored for Palestine. Earlier, for the third position play-off encounter, experienced Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh 3-1 runs to earn third position in the West Asia Baseball Cup 2023. Amila, Sindon and Roshan scored one run each from Sri Lanka while Mohammad Musabbaral scored the only run from Bangladesh. Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Liaison Ehsanur Rehman Mazari and American Ambassador in Islamabad Donald Bloom were the chief guests of the final. American Ambassador Donald Bloom distributed the medals and trophies along with President, Pakistan Federation Baseball (PFB) Syed Fakhr Ali Shah.

CRICKET - Blinds01 Feb 2023

Blind Cricket T 20: Islamabad and Bahawalpur confirm final
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Islamabad and Bahawalpur have confirmed their potion in the final of 5th LCCB T20 Blind Cricket Tournament after winning their respective matches at two different venues here on Wednesday. Lahore beat Sargoda by 8 wickets Venue: Aleem dar is Cricket Academy, Lahore 1st Match of the day was played between Lahore and Sargoda. Lahore won the toss and decided to field first. Sargoda set a competitive total of 177 runs on the board in the allotted 20 overs by losing 8 wickets. Gulsher was the top scorer with 61 runs.  Mohammad Salman took 2 and Sanwal shared a wicket. In reply, Lahore Mohammad Rizwan was the top scorer, as he made 74 runs and Mohammad Salman played a superb inning of unbeaten 72 runs not out that helped his side to beat Sargoda by 8 wickets. Result: Lahore won by 8 wickets                          Man of the Match: Mohammad Salman Islamabad beat Bahawalpur by 10 wickets Venue: Aleem Dar Cricket Academy Lahore The second match of the day was played between Bahawalpur and Islamabad Bahawalpur won the toss elected to bat first. Bahawalpur set the total of 255 runs on the board for the loss of 4 wickets in allotted 20 overs. Mohammad Moein was the highest scorer with 60 runs while Zafar Iqbal made 58 runs for Bahawalpur. Hasnain took 2 wickets and Kashan took 1 wicket Islamabad in reply reached the target with ease in 17.3 over for the loss of without any wickets. Matiullah wass the star batsman with 118 runs and well supported by Shahzaib who scored 105 runs. Result: Islamabad won by 10 wickets Man of the Match: Mati Ullah

POLO - Local News01 Feb 2023

Century 99 Punjab Polo Cup to get underway from February 6
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-The historic Century 99 Punjab Polo Cup 2023 will get underway from Monday (February 6) here at the Lahore Polo Club.  President Lahore Polo Club Umar Sadiq announced this along with Directors of Century Ventures Private Limited, Ayaz Lakhani, Kamran Afzal, Wasim Mazhar and Nazia Wasim, Lahore Polo Club executive committee members Agha Murtaza Ali Khan and Agha Najeeb Raza during a crowded press conference held here at the club premises.  On this occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Lahore Polo Club and Century Ventures while the unveiling ceremony of Punjab Cup and National Open trophies was also held. For the first time in the history of Lahore Polo Club, Century Ventures has sponsored the historic Punjab Polo Cup and National Open Polo Championship for the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup. President Lahore Polo Club Umar Sadiq said that the history of Punjab Polo Cup, the oldest event in Asia, is more than a century old. “As one of the world’s oldest polo clubs, Lahore Polo Club relishes the prestigious history of playing the game of kings.  “The Punjab polo trophy happens to be the oldest polo trophy being played for in Pakistan having been introduced in 1886. Ever since, this tournament has always been played at the world’s famous Aibak ground of Lahore Polo Club,” he added.  LPC Chief Omar Sadiq also thanked Century Ventures for sponsoring this historic tournament. “I am grateful to Century Ventures and especially its Directors Ayaz Lakhani, Kamran Afzal, Wasim Mazhar and Nazia Wasim, for supporting the game of kings and knights.”   Ayaz Lakhani, Director of the sponsoring organization Century Ventures, said that it was great to sponsor such a wonderful event in a historic club like Lahore Polo Club. Wasim Mazhar, Director Century Ventures, said: "We have been appreciating the role of Lahore Polo Club for years and today we are a part of supporting the game, which is a matter of great pleasure."  Lahore Polo Club Executive Committee member Agha Murtaza Ali Khan said that six to eight teams are participating in the tournament while two foreign players are also included in each team, in which players from Argentina, Iran, England and Spain will take part. The umpires will also be foreigners, one of them is from England and the other one from Argentina.  The tournament will commence from February 6 and the final will be played on Sunday (February 12), while Pakistan's biggest polo event, the National Open Polo Championship for the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup, will kick off from March 6, he asserted.