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Squash04 Jan 2020

British Juniors Open: Three Pakistani reach in semis
By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (January 4, 2020):-Three Pakistani including Noor Zaman (Under-17), Mohammad Ammad and Mohammad Hamza Khan (Under-15) reached into the semifinals of ongoing British Open Juniors’ Squash Championship 2020. According to Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) media office, Noor Zaman has continued his run of upsetting the top seed players and reached semifinals. Mohammad Amaad and Hamza Khan again displayed fine skills of squash and continued their winning run. Abdullah Nawaz played well but lost to 2nd seed of Boys Under-13. Results: Boys Under-13 (Quarterfinals) Abdullah Nawaz lost to (2) Yousef Saleem (Egy)  8-11, 9-11, 6-11 Boy Under-15 (Quarterfinals) Mohammad Ammad (Pak) beat Jacob Lin (Canada)  9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 12-10 Mohammad Hamza Khan beat Harith Daniyal (Malaysia) 11-4, 11-3, 11-8 Under 17 (Quarterfinal) (9/16) Noor Zaman (Pak) beat (5/8) Ameeshenraj Chandaran (Malaysia) 7-12, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7

Cricket04 Jan 2020

Chinar Super Cricket League 2020
Raja Asad Dubai (January 4, 2020):-The Friends Cricket Club ,Insaf Cricket Club and Leepa Valley Heroes reached into the semifinals of the Chinar Super league- Season II after winning their respective matches at Ajman Free Zone Al- Falah Cricket Ground United Arabs Emirates (UAE). At the quarterfinal stage, Friends Cricket Club defeated Dhirkot Badshah by eight wickets while Insaf Cricket Club beat Banian Starts with massive seven wickets. In the third fixture, Leepa Valley Heroes overcame Kotli Legends by 2 runs after a thrilling contest.

Cricket04 Jan 2020

Hosts Rawalpindi and Multan reach in the Women’s T-10 final
Report: MB Khan RAWALPINDI (January 4, 2020):-Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rawalpindi Elevens on Saturday qualified first time in the final of Rawalpindi Women Cricket League, as they will meet Multan in the final on Sunday at same venue. In the first semifinal, YES Rawalpindi beat the YES Islamabad with 8 wickets. YES Islamabad scored 48 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. YES Rawalpindi team players Naila Nazir and Hajra got 3 wickets each. In reply, YES Rawalpindi team completed their target after losing only 2 wickets. Madiha Riyasat won the player of the match award. In the second match, DC Eleven Rawalpindi beat YES Rawalpindi from 18 runs. DC Eleven score 85 runs on the loss of 6 wickets and played first and the other competitive team YES Rawalpindi has scored 68 runs on the loss of 3 wickets. Hira Khan declared best players of the match. DC Eleven beat YES Islamabad from 6 wickets. YES Islamabad bat first and gave the target of 52 runs. Saba, Amna and Nameera got 2 wickets and DC Eleven completed target after wasting 4 wickets. Player of the team YES Islamabad got 3 wickets.  

Sports News04 Jan 2020

All Pakistan Sports Gala starts from Monday at PSC
By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (January 4, 2020):-All Pakistan Inter Board Sports Gala will start from Monday (January 6, 2020) at Pakistan Sports Complex (PSC) under the control of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). According a spokesman for PSB, Mohammad Azam Dar, who is also Deputy Director General Technical, an organizing committee has been formulated to manage the all things to make this event successfully. He added, “As many as 25 Educational Boards from all over the country will participate in both boys and girls events during sports gale. Girls will reach in Islamabad on 5th January while boys on 10th January, 2020. From 6th to 9th January girls’ competition will be held and the games which will be played are Athletics, badminton, hockey, volleyball  and table tennis whereas boys’ different games will be held from 11th to 15th January which games are athletics, badminton, hockey, football and table tennis, “he said. “Pakistan Sports Board will facilitate to players residence and ground. He included that because of all these events games will be promoted on grass root level and such events should be organized for the youngsters’ safety from the evils of society.  Few days back in a meeting between the officials of Chairman Inter Board Committee Professor Mohammad Yousaf  Baloach and Pakistan Sports Board about the final structure of the events of Sports Gala and checked out all the preparations, “he concluded..         

Cricket04 Jan 2020

KPK crowned PCB Under-13 National One Day Tournament Champions
SB News LAHORE (January 4, 2020):-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Under-13 beat Southern Punjab U13 by five wickets at Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium on Saturday to win the National U13 Catch em Championship. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chased down the 157-run target with 13 balls spare in the 30-over contest. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain and opener Ahmed Hussain led his side from the front with an unbeaten 72 off 78 balls, hitting eight fours, while the other notable performances came from Zulqarnain, who batted at number seven and scored 41 runs from 40 balls and cracked six fours. Earlier in the match, Southern Punjab had scored 156 for nine with wicketkeeper-batsman Fahad Kashif top-scoring with a 47-ball 48. The opening batsman struck five fours. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mohammad Salman starred with the ball picking three wickets for 20 runs in five overs. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Ahmed picked up two wickets for 27 runs in six overs. For his all-round performance, Ahmed was declared player of the final. He was also awarded player of the tournament award for scoring 283 runs and taking 11 wickets in six matches. The tournament is part of Pakistan Cricket Board’s efforts to identify and develop a pool of cricketers at the junior level to train them to become part of U16 and U19 level. The tournament included six U13 Cricket Association teams, which were finalised by the national junior selection committee. A total of 16 matches, including the final, were played at different venues in Faisalabad. At the conclusion of the match, players from both sides were gifted kit bags to encourage them to continue working on their skills. Scores in brief: Southern Punjab U13 156-9, 30 overs (Fahad Kashif 48; Mohammad Salman 3-20, Ahmed Hussain 2-27) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U13 157-5, 27.5 overs (Ahmed Hussain 72 not out, Zulqarnain 41 not out) Result: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U13 won the final by five wickets

Billard & Snooker04 Jan 2020

Under-16 National Junior Snooker Championship 2020 starts at PSB
By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (January 4, 2020):-The 2nd Under-16 National Junior Snooker Championship 2020 started at International Snooker Hall, Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) in the premises of Pakistan Sports Complex on Saturday. Results (Day- 1) Hamza Ilyas (Punjab) beat Malik Muzammil Khan (KPK) 3-0 (59-24, 50-48, 62-24) Mohammad Muzammil (Punjab) beat Shamir Ali (Sindh) 3-0 (84-58, 71-31, 57-27) Adnan Aslam (Punjab) beat Amanullah (Balochistan) 3-0 (57-59, 52-26, 70-26) Sharjeel Awan (KPK) beat Zulqarnain Abbasi (Islamabad) 3-0 (1-0, 47-16, 45-12) Ahsan Ramzan (Punjab) beat Zubair Tahir (Punjab) 3-2 (49-37, 52-17, 21-50, 44-74, 58-42) IftikharAli (Balochistan) beat Khubab Warsi (Sindh) 3-0 (71-33, 88-48, 58-34) Imaad Rafiq (Sindh) beat Haroon Saleem (Sindh) 3-2 (61-49, 33-64, 60-39, 12-42, 53-30) Faheem Liaquat (KPK) beat Zain Ali (Punjab) 3-1 (42-67, 49-40, 61-25, 62-18) Malik Muzammil Khan (KPK) beat Mohammad Musa (KPK) 3-0 (48-38, 76-12, 52-20) Hamza Ilyas (Punjab) beat Mohammad Muzammil (Punjab) 3-1 (50-47, 50-70, 54-30, 61-08) Adnan Aslam (Punjab) beat Sharjeel Awan (KPK) 3-1 (43-13, 30-58, 53-44, 52-17) Sunday Fixtures: Malik Muzammil Khan (KPK) V/S S. Muhammad Muzammil (Punjab)  Shamir Ali (Sindh) V/S Mohammad Musa (KPK) Amanullah (Balochistan) V/S Sharjeel Awan (KPK) Zulqarnain Abbasi (Islamabad) V/S Shabban Butt (Punjab) Ahsan Ramzan (Punjab) V/S Khubab Warsi (Sindh) IftikharAli (Balochistan) V/S Zubair Tahir (Punjab) Haroon Saleem (Sindh) V/S Faheem Liaquat (KPK) Zain Ali (Punjab) V/S Imaad Rafiq (Sindh)  Shamir Ali (Sindh) V/S Hamza Ilyas (Punjab) Mohammad Muzammil (Punjab) V/S Mohammad Musa (KPK) Zulqarnain Abbasi (Islamabad V/S Adnan Aslam (Punjab) Sharjeel Awan (KPK) V/S Shabban Butt (Punjab)  

Cricket04 Jan 2020

Chandimal and Masakadza reflect and advise on how to thrive at an ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup
Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD (January 4, 2020):-The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup has seen more than its fair share of future stars deliver sensational moments over the years. From the emergence of India’s Yuvraj Singh and his all-round exploits in 2000, to his countryman Shikhar Dhawan’s 505 runs four years later, and the recent discoveries of Afghanistan’s Mujeeb ur Rahman and Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi in 2018, the tournament has never been found lacking for stardust. Sri Lankan batsman, and former captain, Dinesh Chandimal is another to have dazzled at a young age on the world stage as he produced some magic behind the stumps in Malaysia in 2008 – a moment which particularly stands out in his mind. For, despite Sri Lanka ultimately finishing eighth, Chandimal enjoyed a memorable tournament thanks to his exploits in a Group C match with an Australia side featuring Steve Smith and Phil Hughes where he was involved in seven dismissals. Subsequently, despite only scoring six runs with the bat, he was named Player of the Match – a remarkable feat solely judged on his nimble work in claiming four catches, two run outs and a stumping. “We played a match against Australia and I was a wicketkeeper-batsman in the team,” Chandimal said. “I could only get six runs in that match, however, I was able to contribute by being involved in claiming seven victims as a wicketkeeper. “For that reason I was given the Player of the Match award. It might have been the first time in history that the Player of the Match award was given solely on wicketkeeping performance. “It is something which made my U19 Cricket World Cup experience so memorable.” Another man who has fond memories of the tournament, having featured in both the 2000 and 2002 editions, is former Zimbabwean batsman Hamilton Masakadza, while he is expecting more memorable moments with the Chevrons squad featuring two veterans of the competition this time round. “Playing in two Under-19 World Cups are some of my fondest memories – but watch out for two of our boys who are playing their third this time round [Milton Shumba and Wesley Madhevere],” Masakadza said. “Winning the plate championship in 2002 in New Zealand, which was my second and last appearance at the tournament, was particularly special. “Playing in the Under-19 World Cup was huge for my career, as it pitted me against some of the best players in the world for the first time and helped me realise how much work I needed to put in and what I needed to do if I was ever to dream about playing and surviving at the highest level. “It is also a springboard to the national team and a huge opportunity to showcase what you can do at the world stage. “You meet and play against some of your ‘lifetime’ competitors for the first time and a lot of career-long rivalries are birthed here. “Lifelong friendships also start here, which for me is a very big part of playing this game.” This year’s competition, where 16 teams from five continents are set to compete across 48 matches in South Africa, is now rolling into view and a new crop of cricketers will create fresh memories. But while the pressure will be on for all those competing for the chance to be called world champions, Chandimal believes just getting picked to play at the event is a huge achievement in itself. He added: “I must say it’s really an honour to play and represent your country. Masakadza “I think if you play at under-19 level, it’s a big achievement in your cricketing career, because it’s the starting step of competitive international cricket. “A World Cup is a big event for any player, as you learn how to step up and cope with the pressure and play in certain situations, at a young age too. It is a great opportunity to step up to international cricket. “It’s a very big opportunity, because there are lots of things to learn as a professional cricketer. “The important thing is the experience that you have gained. If you are performing well at U19 level, it’s a bonus when you enter full international level as it gives you extra confidence and boosts you to improve your skills and abilities.” And as the next generation of young stars gear up to show what they can do and, they hope, begin to forge a legacy for themselves, Chandimal has some advice for how these youngsters should prepare for the competition and, crucially, learn from their experiences during it. “You need to practice hard and play harder for your country,” he added. “At the same time you have to maintain your discipline and your character on and off the field, gain experience and make sure, whether winning or losing, that you pick the positives out of every performance to develop your cricketing career.” And Masakadza, who played 38 Test matches and 209 One-Day Internationals for his country, also offered some words of wisdom to those competing this year in a tournament he holds so dear. He added: “Go out and represent your countries with pride, embrace and enjoy the moment. “It is a big achievement to have made it this far. Play hard, play to win but it’s not about winning at all costs. “Play fair, show good sportsmanship and above all keep the game of cricket clean.”

Cricket04 Jan 2020

Qasim Akram aims to become the best batsman in the world
Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD (January 4, 2020):-Qasim Akram is one of the batting prodigies named in Pakistan’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 squad that will contest for the trophy in South Africa in the tournament beginning from 17th January. The Lahore-born Qasim started his love affair with cricket after he was inspired by his friends playing cricket in his neighbourhood. Qasim, who hails from a lower middle-class area in Lahore and also bowls off-spin, started taking keen interest in the game when he saw cricket matches at the Kot Khawaja Saeed club ground near his home. After a long wait he was allowed access to the ground by one of the coaches as a ball-picker. Qasim was tasked with retrieving balls hit far and long by batsmen at the nets, one day his luck changed as the club team gave him an opportunity of playing when one of the team players didn’t show up. Qasim made an impression as a fast bowler and his cricket journey started. Qasim Akram on his early days and cricketing ambition: “On my coach’s instructions I started taking batting seriously. I used to stay out late due to my interest in cricket, my father used to scold me but with my brothers’ intervention, I was allowed to pursue cricket. My father and brother worked at the old clothes shop. “I have worked very hard for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, head coach Ijaz Ahmed has helped me identify and overcome by mistakes. I would want to play a central role in Pakistan’s success at the tournament.” Qasim made an entry into PCB recognised cricket through his induction in the PCB-Pepsi U16 tw0-day tournament; he scored 373 runs in eight matches to justify his inclusion. Qasim progressed to U19 cricket and represented Lahore for the next two years. Last year, Qasim scored 260 runs in five matches of the National U19 three-day tournament to occupy the third spot on the batting chart. In the one-day version, Qasim hammered two centuries in a 296-run tally in five games with a hugely impressive average of 74 with the best of 131. Qasim has already represented Pakistan U19 on tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup he wants to take the next big step and emulate his idols Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, the prolific batting duo announced their talents to the world at the same platform, a golden opportunity awaits Qasim. Pakistan ICC U19 Cricket World Cup squad: Rohail Nazir (captain and wicketkeeper), Abbas Afridi (Peshawar), Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (Quetta), - Amir Ali (Larkana), Amir Khan (Peshawar), Arish Ali Khan (Karachi), Fahad Munir (Lahore),  Haider Ali (vice-captain), Qasim Akram (Lahore), Mohammad Haris (Peshawar), Mohammad Huraira (Sialkot), Mohammad Irfan Khan (Lahore),  Mohammad Shehzad (Multan), Mohammad Wasim Jnr (North Waziristan), Tahir Hussain (Multan) Team management – Ijaz Ahmed (head coach-cum-manager), Rao Iftikhar Anjum (bowling coach), Abdul Majeed (assistant coach), Saboor Ahmad (trainer), Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rasul (physiotherapist), Usman Hashmi (analyst), Emmad Ahmed Hameed (media manager) and Col (retd) Usman Riffat Anwari (security manager).    

Squash04 Jan 2020

Green shirts shine in British Juniors Open 2020
By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (January 4, 2020):-Pakistani teenager Mohammad Amaad made a big upset by beating top Seed Jonah Bryant in 3-2 thrilling match in the ongoing British Junior Open 2020 that is being played in England. Four different venues including Edgbaston Priory Club, University of Birmingham Sport and Fitness Centre, Solihull Arden Club and West Warwickshire Sports Club. The score-line was 14-12, 11-7, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8. British Junior Open squash championship is considered the second most prestigious junior open squash championship in the squash history after the World Junior Squash Championships. Mohammad Amaad made massive upset by beating top Seed Jonah Bryant in 3-2 thrilling match. Abdullah Nawaz, Hamza Khan and M Amaad have qualified for quarterfinals of BJO2020. Noor Zaman and Haris Qasim are yet to play their matches. Results: Boys U-13 - Round 3 Abdullah Nawaz vs Victor Santos De Freitas (Ned) [17/32]   11-4, 11-7, 11-7 Boys U-15 - Round 3  Mohammad Amaad beat Tay Jun Qian (Mas) [17/32] 11-4, 12-10, 11-8 Mohammad Hamza Khan beat Thomas Greengrass (Eng) [33/64] 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 Anas Ali Shah beat Juan Jose Torres Lara (Col) [17/32] 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 Round 4 Mohammad Ammad (Pak) beat Jonah Bryant (Eng)   14-12, 11-7, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8 Hamza Khan beat Omar Azam (Egypt) 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 Anas Ali Shah (Pak) lost to Yusuf Sheikh (Eng)  9-11, 6-11, 8-11 Boys U-17 - Round 3 Denis Gilevskiy (IRL)  [5/8] beat  Asad Ullah 11-7, 11-9, 11-4                       Noor Zaman bt Karim Farrag (CZE)  [17/32] 11-7, 11-3, 13-11 Round -4 Noor Zaman vs  Karim El Torkey [3/4]                      Boys U-19 - Round 3 Haris Qasim beat Jared Carter (ENG) [17/32] 11-9, 4-11, 12-10, 13-11 Round 4 Haris Qasim vs Yahya Elnawasany [2]

Squash03 Jan 2020

Tayyab Aslam moves nine steps up in International squash ranking
 Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD (January 3, 2020):-Pakistan number one squash player Tayyab Aslam moved nine steps up in the Professional’s Squash Association (PSA) International Ranking after showing an impressive performance in the recently concluded International Squash Tournament in the capital city of Pakistan Islamabad, which was pursuing prize money of US$20, 000. According to new ranking, Tayyab Aslam is spotted at 51st position, as he was on 60th in the last month December 2019. New year 2020 proved a nice omen for Pakistan squash and top national guy improved his international ranking. He has defeated Farhan Mehboob in the final of Pakistan International Squash fixture that was held at Mushaf Squash Complex on December 19, 2019. While left arm player Farhan Mehboob went seven steps down from 91 to 98 in the latest PSA ranking. Asim Khan went down two steps from 74 to 76.