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CRICKET - 22 Oct, 2019

Central Punjab and Northern on top in National T20
SB Report  KARACHI:-Central Punjab and Northern joined table-toppers Southern Punjab and Sindh in the semi-finals of the National T20 2nd XI tournament with wins over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan respectively at the National Stadium, Karachi on Tuesday. In the first match of the day, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa scored 148 for nine after opting to bat first. Asad Afridi top-scored with 43 off 25 balls, his innings included three fours and three sixes. Mehran Ibrahim made 31 off 26 balls, the two rescued the side after Ehsan Adil and Bilawal Iqbal had reduced them to 34 for four. Ehsan finished with three wickets for 16 runs in his four overs which included a maiden over while Bilawal took two wickets for 33 runs. In reply, Central Punjab batsmen chose an attacking approach which helped them chase down the target with 20 balls to spare, the big win gave them a much needed surge in the net-run-rate and confirmed their semi-final spot. Muhammad Saad scored an unbeaten 35-ball 59 with the help of three fours and four sixes. Nauman Anwar scored 50 off 37 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. Sameen Gul with two wickets for 23 runs in two overs was the most successful Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bowler. Balochistan after opting to bat first posted 147 for seven against Northern. Balochistan were reduced to 96 for seven when Nazar Hussain (39 not out, seven fours) and Dawood Khan 13 not out joined hands to take the score to 147 for seven through their unbroken 51-run stand for the eight wicket. Left-arm-spinners Raza Hasan and Noman Ali took two wickets each for Northern. In the first semi-final on Wednesday, table-toppers Southern Punjab will take on Central Punjab (fourth in the table) while second placed Sindh will play (third placed) Northern in the second semi-final. Scores in brief: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab, National Stadium, Karachi Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 148 for 9, 20 overs (Asad Afridi 43, Mehran Ibrahim 31; Ehsan Adil 3-16, Bilawal Iqbal 2-33) Central Punjab 149 for 4, 16.4 overs (Muhammad Saad 59, Nauman Anwar 50; Sameen Gul 2-23) Result: Central Punjab won by six wickets Northern v Balochistan, National Stadium, Karachi Balochistan 147 for 7, 20 overs (Nazar Hussain 39 not out, Jalat Khan 18; Raza Hasan 2-22, Noman Ali 2-31) Northern 151 for 5, 17 overs (Shoaib Ahmed Minhas 37, Zeeshan Malik 37 ; Nazar Hussain 2-32)  

SPORTS NEWS - National 21 Oct, 2019

Pakistan and Azerbaijan sign MOU to enhance the cooperation in the field of sports
SB Report Baku:-Pakistan’s Minister of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) and Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs of Azerbaijan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the cooperation in the field of sports and youth activities. Signing ceremony was held in Baku on Monday. Federal Minister for IPC DR Fehmida Mirza and Azerbaijan Minister Sports & Youth Affairs Azad Rahimov signed the MoU. MoU between Pakistan and Azerbaijan in the field of sports was inked on 21st October 2019. It would facilitate direct cooperation, exchange of sports teams and create opportunity to hold joint sports events between two brotherly countries. Speaking to occasion, Federal Minister said, “Pakistan greatly values its relationship of cooperation with the Republic of Azerbaijan. I thank the Ministry of Youth and Sport for arranging this event to cement the cooperation between Pakistan and Azerbaijan for promoting sports.” “Today, ‘sport diplomacy’ has become an integral part of efforts to build friendly relations among the nations. Sport diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports to bring people together. Both of our countries have seen a long history of regional conflicts. Employing sport diplomacy tools can help us challenge prejudices, heal divisions and champion tolerance” Minister added. Federal Minister acknowledged that Azerbaijan successfully hosted Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017 and in collaboration with Azerbaijan would be learning experience for Pakistan to host mega events. Minister underscored the global contribution of Pakistan in cricket, hockey, squash, snooker and in some regional games like Kabaddi too. Minister also extended cooperation in the field of traditional sports as both countries have a vibrant culture in this type of games. Federal Minister also shared an idea of holding a conference on the topic of sports diplomacy and to explore its role in fostering peace and cultural exchanges. Azerbaijan Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs reciprocated same enthusiasm and showed desire to further cooperation in areas such as sports academia, exchange of expertise in sports infrastructure development schemes, exchange of sports experts and training of referees, coaches and technical officials.
The City School, DK Campus lifts General Trophy
  SB Report  KARACHI:-The City School DK Campus has won the General Trophy with (1150) points in the 3rd Students Olympic Games 2019. The City Pakistan Student Olympic Association organized the 3rd student Olympic Games 2019 from October 14 to 2019 at Hampton School Clifton Karachi. Basketball, Throw-ball, Futsal Table Tennis Cricket Rope Skipping Dodge-ball yoga and Gymnastic events were part of the games. On this occasion Maqbool Arian president Pakistan student Olympic Association, Ivan Fedrick Rittman, secretary Pakistan student Olympic Association, Shahnawaz Alam president Karachi student Olympic Association, Nadeem Aslam secretary Karachi student Olympic Association, Imdad Hussain director yoga and gymnastic student Olympic Association, Darakhshan Ahsan member Pakistan student Olympic Association, Shakeel Ahmed coordinator Sports of city school DK campus, Abu Sufyan, Member, PSOA, Arshad Khgan, PSOA, Adnan Tareen, Member PSOA, Adnan Vohra, V. President PSOA, Jaffar Ali Shah, S.V. President PSOA  and school team officials and coaches were also present. Maqbool Arain, President PSOA announced the Pakistan Students teams would be participating in 6th Students Olympic International Games 2019 at Johor Bahru University Malaysia from 26th to 30th December 2019. Ali Bahawni, Vice Principal Hampton School and Peer Danish business men was the chief guest in closing ceremony. Both distributed Trophies, Medals, Certificates, Shields and gift hampers among the winners. Result of General Trophy: 1st Position: The City School DK Campus, 1150 Points. 2nd Position: Shahwaylat Public School, 1000 Points 2nd Position: K-7 Gymnastics School , 1000 Points 4th Position: Head Start School System, 850 Points Result of Throwball: 1st Position: Head Start School 2nd Position:The City School DK 3rd Position: Hampton School Result of YOGA: 1st Position: K-7 Gymnastics School 2nd Position: FF Gymnastics School Result of Gymnastics:  1st Position: K-7 Gymnastics School 2nd Position: LG Gymnastics School 3rd Position: FF Gymnastics School Result of Futsal: 1st Position: Wahaj Hussain's School 2nd Position: The City School DK Campus 3rd Position: Head Start School System Result of Cricket: 1st Position: American School 2nd Position: Haque Academy 3rd Position: The City School DK Campus Result of Table Tennis: 1st Position: Shahwalyet Public School ( Girls & Boys) 2nd Position: The City School DK Campus (Girls & Boys) 3rd Position: Head Start School System  (Girls & Boys) Result of Dodgeball: 1st Position: Ali Johar School 2nd Position: OISSA School 3rd Position: Happy Home School Result of Basketball: 1st Position: Shahwalyet School 2nd Position: Hampton School 3rd Position: British Oversea School 

CRICKET - Int News 21 Oct, 2019

Schedule squads announced for Bangladesh Under-16 tour of Pakistan
  Abdullah Asjad RAWALPINDI:-As full restoration of international cricket in the country continues, Pakistan will host Bangladesh U16 for two three-day and three one-day matches from 25 October till 8 November. The Bangladesh side will arrive in Rawalpindi on October 22 for what is the reciprocal tour after Pakistan U16 toured Bangladesh earlier this year in April and May. The five matches will be played at Rawalpindi’s Khan Research Laboratories Ground (KRLG). During this time, Bangladesh women’s team will be in Lahore for three T2oIs and two ODIs against Pakistan women’s team. After the success of Sri Lanka’s tour of Karachi and Lahore, this series is expected to further underscore Pakistan’s ability to host international teams and establish the country as a safe tourist destination ahead of Sri Lanka’s return to Pakistan in December for Tests and Bangladesh’s men’s team tour early next year. PCB Director – International Cricket Operation, Zakir Khan said: “I want to thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board for sending their U16 side to Pakistan. Competitive age-group cricket serves great opportunity to emerging players to enhance their skills and at the same time it helps the selectors to identify the upcoming talent. “I am sure this series will not only help both boards identify the future stars of their respective countries but will also establish confidence in Pakistan’s ability to host more top-flight cricket in the country.” The junior selection committee, headed by Saleem Jaffar, also announced the squads for the two three-day and three one-day matches. The teams were selected after practice matches from the ongoing camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, which runs from 12 till 21 October. Squads: Three-day: Aaliyan Mehmood (captain) (Karachi), Mohammad Waqas (vice-captain) (Faisalabad), Abbas Ali (Peshawar), Afzal Manzoor (wicketkeeper) (Sialkot), Ahmad Khan (Abbottabad), Ali Asfand (Faisalabad), Ali Hasan (Sialkot), Aseer Mughal (Rawalpindi), Ayaz Shah (FATA), Farhad Khan (FATA), Haseeb Imran (Rawalpindi), Ibrar Afzal (Lahore), Khalid Khan (Quetta), Mohammad Shehzad (Multan), Mohammad Sikandar (Hyderabad) and Rizwan Mehmood (Hyderabad) One-day: Aaliyan Mehmood (captain) (Karachi), Mohammad Waqas (vice-captain) (Faisalabad),  Abbas Ali (Peshawar), Ahmad Khan (Abbottabad), Ali Asfand (Faisalabad), Ali Hasan (Sialkot), Aseer Mughal (Rawalpindi), Hussain (Rawalpindi), Ibtasham Rehman (Faisalabad) (subject to fitness), Ismail Khan (FATA), Khalid Khan (Quetta), Mohammad Shehzad (Multan), Muneeb Wasif (Lahore), Rizwan Mehmood (Hyderabad), Zain Anwar (Karachi) and Zubair Shinwari (wicketkeeper) (FATA) Team management: Ijaz Ahmad (coach-cum-manager), Abdul Majeed (assistant coach), Saboor Ahmad (trainer), Hafiz Naeem ul Rasool (physiotherapist) and Usman Hashmi (analyst) Schedule:  25-27 October – First three-day, Pakistan U16 v Bangladesh U16, KRLG, Rawalpindi 30 October-1 November – Second three-day, Pakistan U16 v Bangladesh U16, KRLG, Rawalpindi 4 November – First One-Day, Pakistan U16 v Bangladesh U16, KRLG, Rawalpindi 6 November – Second One-Day, Pakistan U16 v Bangladesh U16, KRLG, Rawalpindi 8 November – Third One-Day, Pakistan U16 v Bangladesh U16, KRLG, Rawalpindi

CRICKET - Blinds 21 Oct, 2019

PBCC announces four member committee
  Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD-The Chairman, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC), Syed Sultan Shah on Monday nominated an Executive Committee of Islamabad Regional Women Blind Cricket Association. The Executive Committee has been nominated for the term of next two years for the development and promotion of Women Blind Cricket in Islamabad Region. The operational area of the Islamabad Regional Association will be Federal Area, KPK, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Rawalpindi Division. Pakistan Blind Cricket Council will form two more Regional Women Blind Cricket Associations named Lahore Regional Women Blind Cricket Association and Karachi Women Blind Cricket Association soon for the development & promotion of Women Blind Cricket in those areas. PBCC as a Pilot Project commenced the Cricket for the visually impaired girls last year (2018), thereafter conducted several Training Camps; icing on the cake was hosting the 1st International Women Blind Cricket Series against Nepal in January-February next year 2020. Now PBCC has decided to constitute Regional Women Blind Cricket Associations for the development of the game at grass-roots level. Executive Committee is comprising Sadaf Huma Haider (president), Sadia Dastagir (vice president), Shahida Shaheen (finance secretary) and Nirma Arif (public relation).

CRICKET - Int News 21 Oct, 2019

PCB names players for Australia tour
  Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD-Pakistan on Monday decided to unleash their next generation of pace sensations Musa Khan and Naseem Shah, along with teenage Shaheen Shah Afridi, in Australia by naming the trio in the 16-man squad for next month’s World Test Championship fixtures. The three quicks will join 14-Test veteran Mohammad Abbas and fast-bowler Imran Khan Senior, who has been recalled after playing his ninth and final Test in Sydney in January 2017, as the Pakistan cricket selectors have taken an attacking and aggressive approach for the upcoming Tests while also looking at the future. The 19-year-old Musa from Islamabad has played seven first-class matches in which he has taken 17 wickets, while Lahore’s 16-year-old Naseem has also claimed 17 wickets in five first-class matches. In the four-day first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019-20, Musa has picked up five wickets in four matches and Naseem has bagged nine wickets in three matches. Both fast-bowlers, regular features of the Pakistan junior sides, are regarded as the quickest on the domestic circuit, regularly touching 145kph on the speed gun, with tremendous potential and bright futures. Musa has also been named for the three T20Is, which will be played in the first week of November. In the 20-over format, Musa will team up with Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan, the 2.16m tall left-armer who has been included to further bolster the fast bowling attack while keeping an eye on next year’s ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020. In both the formats, Misbah-ul-Haq’s selection committee has also rewarded the high-performing players. In the T20I side, they have included Bannu’s 24-year-old middle-order batsman Khushdil Shah and 26-year-old wrist spinner Usman Qadir of Lahore, who has played seven Big Bash League matches for Perth Scorchers. In the ongoing National T20 Cup, Khushdil has scored 93 runs for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at an impressive strike-rate of over 160. Khushdil was the second highest run-getter in the Pakistan Cup 2019, scoring 316 runs at 105.33 with the help of two centurieswhile Usman has taken four wickets at an economy-rate of under seven. In the Test side, the selectors, apart from Musa and Naseem, have also named uncapped opener Abid Ali, who has scored 7,000 first-class runs in 104 matches, including 300 runs in the two Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches to date, and left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti. The 33-year-old Kashif has taken 10 wickets in the current season, while in an 83-match first-class career, spanning over 12 years, he has taken 327 wickets. Like Imran Khan Senior, middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed has been recalled to the Test side after his only Test against England at The Oval in 2016. Explaining his selections, chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said: “We know that Australia will present different and exciting challenges for us. There is a need to play a different type of cricket, the balance of the squads is reflective of us having options to play aggressive, attacking cricket “Yes it’s a brave and bold decision to select the likes of Musa and Naseem, but we know that their fresh and attacking approach will give us something different. The Australian wickets will give them the opportunity to express themselves, gain valuable experience and it will help us to take 20 wickets to win the Tests. “I am pretty sure these two lads will surprise a lot of people with their pace, controlled swing and ability to bowl long spells at a consistent speed. “Abbas’s calibre and prowess is very well documented, while Shaheen Shah Afridi has already shown the world that he is a star in the making. Imran Khan Senior has been drafted in the side as he provides backup experience with Abbas and he is one of the most effective exponents of the new ball, while he can regularly bowl at a good pace. “Besides adding speed and venom in our pace attack, we have strengthened our spin department by including an experienced Kashif Bhatti to support Yasir Shah. Yasir has matured and gained experience since his last tour to Australia, and he remains our most successful bowler in the Test format. We know he can deliver and will continue to back him to deliver the goods. “Our Test batting is experienced, talented and pretty settled, so, we have not tweaked it much, except including prolific Abid Ali in place of Fakhar Zaman and adding Iftikhar Ahmed, who can also bowl off-spin. We have a strong batting line that we expect to perform in the two Tests. “For the T20Is, Mohammad Irfan has been rewarded for the form he has shown recently. Based on horses for courses and his form, the Australian conditions will present Irfan with the opportunity to excel. This selection has also been made while looking at next year’s ICC T20 World Cup, which will be played in Australia. If we can successfully manage his workload, then he can be a valuable asset for us in next global event. “Similarly, Khushdil Shah has been added as he is in-form and has displayed his power-hitting abilities, while Usman Qadir brings to the table his experience of playing in Australia. Usman also provides cover for Shadab Khan, who is on track for reclaiming his match form. “Asif Ali has been retained due to his sparkling form in the National T20 Cup, while we have kept faith in Iftikhar Ahmed who has all the ability and talent in the middle-order.” Hasan Ali was not considered for the tour as he is still recovering from his back injury, while Shaheen Shah Afridi has been picked only for Tests to ensure his safe return to international cricket after picking dengue virus in August. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik were not considered as part of the selectors’ forward-looking strategy. The T20I side will depart for Sydney on 26 October, while the Test players will leave for Perth after featuring in the fifth round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which will be played from 28-31 October. Pakistan squads for Australia tour (age and team names in brackets): T20Is (average age of the side is 26) Babar Azam (captain), Asif Ali (28, Northern), Fakhar Zaman (29, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Haris Sohail (30, Balochistan), Iftikhar Ahmed (29, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Imad Wasim (30, Northern), Imam-ul-Haq (23, Balochistan), Khushdil Shah (24, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Amir (27, Northern),  Mohammad Hasnain (19, Sindh), Mohammad Irfan (37, Southern Punjab), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper) (27, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Musa Khan (17, Northern), Shadab Khan (21, Northern), Usman Qadir (26, Central Punjab), Wahab Riaz (34, Southern Punjab),  1.       Azhar Ali (captain) (34, Central Punjab) 2.       Abid Ali (32, Sindh) 3.       Asad Shafiq (33, Sindh) 4.       Babar Azam (25, Central Punjab) 5.       Haris Sohail (30, Balochistan) 6.       Imam-ul-Haq (23, Balochistan) 7.       Imran Khan Snr (32, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) 8.      Iftikhar Ahmed (29, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) 9.       Kashif Bhatti (33, Sindh) 10.   Mohammad Abbas (29, Southern Punjab) 11.    Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper) (27, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) 12.    Musa Khan (17, Northern) 13.    Naseem Shah (16, Central Punjab) 14.    Shaheen Shah Afridi (19, Northern) 15.    Shan Masood (30, Southern Punjab) 16.    Yasir Shah (33, Balochistan) Series schedule 31 October – T20 warm-up match v CA XI, Bankstown, Sydney 3 November – 1st T20I, Sydney 5 November – 2nd T20I, Canberra 8 November – 3rd T20I, Perth 11-13 November – Three-day match v CA XI, Optus Stadium, Perth (d/n) 15-16 November – Two-day match v CA XI, WACA, Perth 21-25 November – 1st Test, Brisbane 29 November-3 December – 2nd Test, Adelaide (d/n)

CRICKET - 20 Oct, 2019

Hurairas 162 runs guides Central Punjab to victory
  SB Report (October 20, 2019) LAHORE:-In the third round of the National Under-19 50-over tournament, Central Punjab won a close encounter against Balochistan courtesy 162 runs from Mohammad Huraira and an all-round performance from Qasim Akram (100 runs and three wickets), while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh also won against Southern Punjab and Northern, respectively. At Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot, Central Punjab after being put into bat scored 352 for six in 50 overs courtesy Mohammad Huraira’s 162 off 140 balls with 18 fours and a six. Qasim Akram also contributed with 100 off 88 balls striking eight fours and two sixes. The duo contributed 200 runs partnership for the third wicket. For Balochistan, Mohammad and Mohammad Junaid grabbed two wickets apiece for 59 and 64 runs, respectively. In return, Balochistan were in course of chasing the target with Abdul Wahid Bangalzai and Mohammad scoring centuries. Abdul Wahid’s 106-ball 116 included 14 fours and two sixes, while Mohammad scored 100 from 99 balls and hit 10 fours. Both contributed 195 runs for the second wicket. After the departure of both batsmen, Balochistan tried hard to win the match, and were 339 for nine in 49.2 overs when the match was called off due to bad light.Central Punjab won the match by six runs on DLS method. For Central Punjab, Qasim Akram and Syed Fariuddin Mehmood took three wickets each.  In the second match at KRL Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Nasir Faraz’s unbeaten 81 inspired Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to a six-wicket over Southern Punjab. Southern Punjab, after being put into bat scored 158 for nine in 38 overs, after the match had a delayed start due to wet outfield. Mohammad Asif top-scored with 49-ball 37 and hit three fours and a six. For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Izhar Ahmed took three wickets for 38 in six overs. In reply, Nasir Faraz’s unbeaten 81 off 66 balls helped Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chase down the target inside 28 overs. His innings include 12 fours and a six. Haris Javed was the most successful bowler for Southern Punjab with match figures of 3 for 27 in eight overs. In the third 50-over match of the day, Sindh defeated Northern by 35 runs at the State Bank Ground, Karachi. Sindh after opting to bat managed to score 183 for nine in 50 overs. Kashif Ali struck a 78-ball 56 with two fours and as many sixes For Northern, Hassan Abid Kiani took five wickets for 18.Chasing 184 to win, Northern openers Abdul Fasih and Hassan Abid Kiyani started the innings confidently and contributed 59 for the first wicket partnership. But once the openers were dismissed, Northern lost wickets in regular intervals, and were dismissed for 148 in 47.2 overs. Ziad Khan top-scored with 40 off 67, while Hassan Abid Kiyani and Abdul Fasih scored 38 and 27 runs, respectively.  For Sindh, Arish Ali Khan grabbed four wickets for 22 runs. Scores in brief: Central Punjab U19 v Balochistan U19, Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot Central Punjab U19 352-6, 50 overs (Mohammad Huraira 162, Qasim Akram 100; Mohammad 2-59, Mohammad Junaid 2-64) Balochistan U19 339-9, 49.2 overs (Abdul Wahid Bangalzai 116, Mohammad 100; Qasim Akram 3-63, Syed Fariuddin Mehmood 3-86) Result: Central Punjab U19 won by six runs (DLS method) Southern Punjab U19 v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19, KRL Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi Southern Punjab U19 158-9, 38 overs (Mohammad Asif 37; Izhar Ahmed 3-38) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 159-4, 28 overs (Nasir Faraz 81 not-out; Haris Javed 3-27) Result: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won by six wickets Sindh U19 v Northern U19, State Bank Ground, Karachi Sindh U19 183-9, 50 overs (Kashif Ali 56; Hassan Abid Kiyani 5-18) Northern U19 148 all-out, 47.2 overs (Ziad Khan 40, Hassan Abid Kiyani 38, Abdul Fasih 27; Arish Ali Khan 4-22, Mohammad Taha 2-35) Result: Sindh U19 won by 35 runs

KABADDI - Int News 20 Oct, 2019

Kabaddi World Cup next year in Pakistan
  SB Report  LAHORE: Pakistan Kabbadi Federation (PKF) announced on Saturday that Pakistan would hosts World Cup Kabbadi Tournament next year 2020 at Lahore while one match would be played at Kartarpura. It was decided in the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was chaired by its president Chaudary Shafay Hussain. In the meeting the annual report of PKF had presented, which was also approved. The representatives from Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air force (PAF), Pakistan Navy, Pakistan WAPDA, Pakistan Railway, Higher Education Commission (HEC) attended the proceeding. On this occasion Shafay said that Kabbadi was local and traditional sports of Pakistan and It should be promoted at all level. Shafay Hussaian said, “Pakistani and Sikh community likes this game very much. So, that’s why we are planning to organize this game in Pakistan. He integrated that Pakistan is promoting this game not just in Asia but also in Europe too. In the session the budget for World Junior Kabbadi Tournament and South Asian Games had approved.

HOCKEY - Int News 19 Oct, 2019

Pakistan Hockey Team depart for Olympic 2020 Qualifiers tonight
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-The Pakistan Hockey Team will depart for Olympic 2020 Qualifiers tonight 3:20 AM. Pakistan will play two test matches against Germany before going to Holland for the qualifiers on October 22nd and 23rd 2019. They will then depart for Netherlands to compete in the Olympic 2020 qualifying matches against the hosts on October 26th and 27th 2019. The winners of the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers will qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The winners will be determined as follows: teams will be ranked according to the number of points each has accumulated in both matches (for each match, 3 points are awarded to the winner, 1 point to each team in the event of a draw and 0 point to the loser). If there is equality among the two teams, then the teams will be ranked according to their respective goal difference. If the equality remains, a shoot-out competition will be played to establish the winner. Therefore, the objective of the Pakistan Men's Hockey Teams will be to secure direct qualification for the Tokyo 2020 hockey tournaments - which will be staged in Japan’s capital city from 25 July to 7 August next year and involve 12 Men’s and 12 Women’s teams. “During the two matches against Germany. I will use all players in order to find the best combination for the qualifiers.” Head Coach Khawaja Junaid. Pakistan squad: 19-member Pakistan hockey team for the Olympic 2020 qualifiers, Rizwan Senior will lead the side: WAQAR (GK), AMJAD ALI (GK), MUBASHAR ALI, RIZWAN ALI, AMMAD BUTT (VC), ABU BAKAR MAHMOOD, MOIN SHAKEEL, TASAWAR ABBAS, AZFAR YAQOOB, RASHID MEHMOOD, ALI SHAN, AJAZ AHMAD, UMER BHUTTA, MUHAMMAD RIZWAN SENIOR (C), RANA SOHAIL, RANA WAHEED, GHAZANFAR Ali, HAMMAD ANJUM, IRFAN SENIOR Manager/Head Coach: Olympian Khawaja Junaid Coaches: Wasim Ahmed, Zaheer Ahmad Babar, Ajmal Khan Lodhi & Sameer Hussain Video Analyst: Nadeem Lodhi Doctor: Asad Abbas Shah Trainer: Jesse Wilson Workman

CRICKET - Int News 19 Oct, 2019

ACC coaching course concludes at the NCA
   SB Report  LAHORE:-The three-day ACC Level 1 Women Coaching Course concluded on Saturday at the National Cricket Academy. Embellished by presentations, practical skills and assessment tests under the watchful eye of the NCA instructors, the 16 participants from 11 countries were put to task on different aspects of the game. The participants included four Pakistan women, namely Atika Sabir Khan, Fareeha Mahmood, Shehla Bibi and Tasleem Bano. Other participants in the course, first of its kind, include representatives from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Iran, Kuwait (two), Malaysia, Maldives, Oman (two) and United Arab Emirates Ali Zia, Senior General Manager – National Cricket Academy and also the lead presenter, said: “The course was designed for the participants to learn the basics skills of the game. After getting the initial knowledge of the game, they will apply the learnings on players in the 12 to 14 years age group. “The course was divided into three segments; the first segment was related to multimedia presentations on the coaching philosophy, planning/preparation and methods of skill development. “The second part was about the practical aspect where the participants were taught about batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping skills. “Lastly, in the third phase of the course, the participants underwent assessment tests.” Abbottabad’s Atika Sabir Khan said: “I had played cricket for my region from 2008 to 2014, but the experience of coaching is altogether different. The course helped me to know about the cricketing skills and once I return to my city, I will be in a position to teach school and college girls more passionately.” Pakistan player Fareeha Mahmood took a three-day off from the national team camp to attend the course and was excited to learn the cricket skills. She said: “It was quite an informative course where participants from different countries too have learned a lot. The learnings from the course will help me solve my cricketing issues once I return back to the national team camp. I will share the experience with my colleagues and will help them know about the basics skills of coaching.” Wah Cantt’s Shehla Bibi said: “There is a great talent and potential in the girls from Wah Cantt, but sadly there were no female coaches there. This course has given me a great opportunity to learn the basic skills of the game, and now I am eager to return back to train the talented female kids in my region.” Tasleem Bano from the Gaizer district of Gilgit Baltistan said: “No one knows about the basics of this sport in my region. I myself had little knowledge about the game, but after attending the course I must say that I have gained a lot. “The course will help me reach out to parents from Gilgit region to convince them to bring forward their children in this sport. I will go back and teach school and college girls about the basic skills of the game.” At the conclusion of the course, the certificates were distributed amongst the participants.
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