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Markhor Cricket League Tape Ball Festival starts from March 21, 2022
Abdullah Asjad RAWALPINDI:-The Markhor Cricket League (MCL) Tape Ball Cricket Festival will start from March 21, 2022 at Ayub Park Cricket Ground Rawalpindi, as the overseas teams will also take part in the prestigious tournament. Chairman Markhor Cricket League (MCL), Sardar Saifullah Abbasi informed the media while unfolding the details of the tournament that four overseas teams including Dubai Whales, UK Rams, Pak-Qatar Dyx and Eshaal Falcons would compete in the Tape Ball Cricket Festival. Former Test cricketer Mohammad Khalil and Marketing Director Ali Nawaz were also present on the occasion. A total of 34 matches will be played in MCL. The opening ceremony will be held at Ayub Cricket Ground Rawalpindi while the final of the event will be played on March 29 at the same venue. “Pakistani cricket fans love to watch Tape Ball Cricket, “said Abbasi. Former Test cricketer Mohammad Khalil said that Season 3 would be an event full of entertainment.   MCL Pool A: Sardar Mountain Lions, Wolves Adin Technologies, Multan Deers, Derby Stars UK Rams, Rawalpindi Jaguars, Al-Freed Pak-Qatar Oryx MCL Pool B: Ismaeel 1122 Eagles Eye, Dynasty Stallions, Eshaal Falcon Slayer, MCC KPK Tigers, Lahore Red Hawks, Leopards Murree Warriors  
CFU-ANFA Blues beat CFU-ANFA Reds by 62 runs
Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD:-CFU Blues defeated CFU Reds by 62 runs in a match played at Al-Muslim cricket ground F-11 Islamabad on Wednesday. The aim of this practice match was to train the Cricket Federation Uzbekistan (CFU) Team for upcoming fixtures of the tour. CFU Reds won the coin battle and decided to put challengers CFU Blues into bat first. Blues piled-up 219 runs in 30 overs per innings fixture. Atif Oryakhail was top scorer with 86 runs not out and smashed seven fours and five sixes in his 40 balls innings. Tariq Safi made 55 runs in 54 balls while Saleem Khan 38 runs in 33 balls. Mohammad Imran (3 for 39), Najeeb Ullah (2 for 49) and Ashan Ullah (2 for 39) were top performer with the ball for CFU Reds. In reply, CFU Reds could score 157 runs, as only Mohammad Hasan could face the bowling opponents and played a nice inning of 72 runs with the help of seven fours and couple of maximum hits. Mirwais Khan claimed four wickets for winners after conceding just 25 runs while Sher Khan chipped in three wickets for 21 runs. Summarized scorecard: Toss: CFU Reds won the toss and elected to bowl first CFU Blues (Batting): 219 for 8 in 30 overs Atif Oryakhail 86 runs not out (40 balls, 4X7, 6X5), Tariq Safi 55 runs (54 balls, 4X2, 6X3), Saleem Khan 38 runs (33 balls, 4X2, 6X2) CFU Reds (Bowling): Mohammad Imran (3 for 39), Najeeb Ullah (2 for 49), Ashan Ullah (2 for 39) CFU Reds (Batting): 157 all out in 28.4 overs Mohammad Hasan 72 runs (73 balls, 4X7, 6X2), Jamal Uddin 17 runs (12 balls, 4X2, 6X1), Abdul Qudoos 16 runs (29 balls, 4X3) CFU Blues (Bowling): Mirwais Khan (4 for 25), Sher Khan (3 for 21), Tariq Safi (1 for 21) Results: CFU Blues won the match by 62 runs Man of the Match: Atif Oryakhail Umpires: Mujeeb Ahsan & Raja Iftikhar Official Scorer: Fazal-e-Azeem
Australian High Commission sponsors Girls School Cricket Cup
Sports Bulletin Report KARACHI:-Nasira Public School, Civil Aviation Authority Model School, Karachi Public School, Dawood Public School and Aga Khan Higher Secondary participated in the 2nd AHC-JCA Girls School Cricket Cup, which was organized by the Australian High Commission (AHC) at Jalaluddin Cricket Academy (JCA) in Karachi. The girls also participated in a five-day coaching clinic before the competition. At the end of the tournament, the special guest, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia Joanna Frederickson distributed prizes among the players and officials, who showed outstanding performance, including the winning team. "We are delighted to have first class PCB coaches at the five-day coaching clinic, who helped to build confidence, boost team spirit and inspire the girls," said Joanna Frederickson, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia.
Under-16 Cricket: Southern Punjab Blues beat Northern Blues by five wickets
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Southern Punjab Blues defeated Northern Blues by five wickets to top Group B and qualify for Monday’s final in the National U16 Cup against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Whites, which had topped Group A on Friday. Southern Punjab not only needed to beat Northern but also had to improve their net run-rate. And they achieved both with success as they first dismissed Norrhern for 190 and then achieved the target for the loss of five wickets in 43.3 overs. This meant Southern Punjab finished with a net run-rate of 0.93, while Northern ended with a net run-rate of 0.78. The stars of Southern Punjab’s win were Mohammad Jansher, who took four for 40, and batters Sameeer Akhtar (45), Zain Arshad (41) and Mohammad Saqib (35 not out). For Northern, Mohammad Bilal was the top scorer with 58, while Syed Ali Mehdi scored 53. With the ball. Mohammad Nabeel took three for 38. At the Multan Cricket Stadium, Farhan Yousuf scored 84 not out with 12 fours and a six as Central Punjab Blues achieved the 172-run target in 33.3 overs to defeat Sindh Blues by seven wickets. The result meant Central Punjab finished third with five wins, while Sindh finished with two wins in fourth place. Sindh Blues’ 171 for seven revolved around Syed Yahya Shah and Sufyan Usmani, who scored 66 and 51, respectively. Mohammad Usman took two for 38. At the Divisional Sports Ground, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Blues defeated Balochistan Blues by 108 runs. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finished fifth, while Balochistan Blues remained winless in the tournament. Batting first Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were all out for 195 in 45 overs with Shahzaib Khan top-scoring with 59, Usman Khan contributing 29 and Mian Yousuf Shah chipping in 28. Talha Shakir, Bakhtiyar, Syed Yasir Shah and Anees Khan took two wickets each. In turn, Balochistan Blues were dismissed for 89 in 22.1 overs with Abdul Saboor top-scoring with 46. Ahmed Hussain was the most successful bowler with four for 19, while Mohammad Ubaidullah took three for 11. Scores in brief: Southern Punjab Blues beat Northern Blues by five wickets at MCC Cricket ground Northern Blues 190 all out, 45 overs (Mohammad Bilal 58, Syed Ali Mehdi 53, Mohammad Jansher 4-30, Inamullah 2-13, Salman Ahmed 2-46) Southern Punjab Blues 192-5, 43.3 overs (Sameer Akhtar 45, Zain Arshad 41, Mohammad Saqib 35 not out, Sameer Ahmed 22; Mohammad Nabeel 3-38) Central Punjab Blues beat Sindh Blues by seven wickets at Multan Cricket Stadium Sindh Blues 171 for seven, 42 overs (Syed Yahya Shah 66, Sufyan Usmani 51, Saifullah Khan 21; Mohammad Usman 2-38) Central Punjab Blues 173-3, 33.3 overs (Farhan Yousuf 84 not out, Mohammad Areeb 34 not out; Mawaz Zahid 2-33) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Blues beat Balochistan Blues by 108 runs at Divisional Sports Complex, Multan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Blues 197 all out, 45 overs (Shahzaib Khan 59, Usman Khan 29, Mian Yousuf Shah 28; Talha Shakir 2-25, Bakhtiyar 2-31, Syed Yasir Shah 2-34, Anees Khan 2-38) Balochistan Blues 89 all out, 22.1 overs (Abdul Saboor 46; Ahmed Hussain 4-19, Mohammad Ubaidullah 3-11)
PCB takes serious view on over-aged cricketers inclusion in Under-13 and Under-16 Tournaments 
Sports Report LAHORE:-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suspended the ongoing National Under-13 and under-16 One-Day Tournaments after it became aware that some over-aged cricketers had been participating in the events taking place in Karachi and Multan, respectively. To protect the spirit and essence of these U13 and U16 tournaments by ensuring that only deserving cricketers feature in the relevant age-group competitions, which act as pillars of the PCB’s Pathways Programme, the PCB has decided to conduct a third round of bone age verification tests, following which the teams may be revised before both tournaments commence next week from scratch. Bone age tests in Multan, where each Cricket Association has fielded two teams each, will be conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, while tests on 150 cricketers (including playing members, traveling reserves and reserve pool of players per side) participating in the U13 event in Karachi will be held on Tuesday. Players found over-aged following the latest bone age tests, will not be allowed to participate in these competitions. However, before the PCB takes appropriate actions, it will provide these players a two-day appeals window at the back of the fresh tests, during which the players can either undergo another round of bone age test or submit their original birth certificates and other supporting documents to verify their ages. Until the tournaments resume, the teams will remain at their stations and will continue to train and practice under the supervision of the PCB-appointed coaches. PCB Director – High Performance, Nadeem Khan: “After visual assessment confirmed that some over-age cricketers were participating in the U13 and U16 tournaments, suspending the events and conducting fresh bone age tests was absolutely the right thing to do. “The PCB, as the sole governing body of cricket in Pakistan, cannot allow over-age cricketers to take advantage of the flaws in the system and cause demotivation and mental stress to deserving under-age cricketers as well as their parents. “Falsifying age to become eligible to participate in age-group cricket is not only an offence but a menace that has been plaguing our system. This now needs to be corrected to protect the integrity of the tournaments as well as to stop the exodus of young talented cricketers. “The PCB will carry-out third round of bone age tests and players who are ultimately found to have breached the process, will be ejected from the tournaments before a decision on their future participation in PCB-organised events is made. Separately, the PCB will also review its internal processes and try to put in place protocols whereby only cricketers who are genuinely the relevant age get an opportunity to compete in PCB-organised events so that they remain on track to fulfilling their dreams though our pathways programmes.”
Corporate Challenge Cup: Digital Planning Services and Jaffer Brothers post wins
Sports Report Lahore (Sports Report):-As many as four matches were played in the third edition of Corporate Challenge Cup at Ittefaq Cricket Ground and Race Course Cricket Ground. Teams from Digital Planning Services, Olive Group, UCS and Jaffer Brothers won their round matches. In the first match played at Ittefaq Cricket Ground, Digital Planning Services (DPS) defeated Auditor General of Pakistan by 7 wickets. The team of Auditor General of Pakistan was bowled out for 163 while playing first. Irshad Hussain remained prominent by scoring 49 runs. Mudassar Rathore led three players to the pavilion. The DPS team achieved the target at a loss of three wickets. Ali Arham batted brilliantly and scored a century while Sharafuddin and Qasim Malik fielded one player each. Ali Arham was awarded Man of the Match for his excellent innings. In the second match, Jaffer Brothers beat Locative & UB Sports by 7 wickets. UB Sports team scored 127 runs for the loss of 7 wickets while playing first, Mohammad Yousuf remained the top scorer by scoring 36 runs, Syed Abrar dismissed two players. Jaffer Brothers team achieved the target at a loss of three wickets. Mohammad Salman played an unbeaten innings of 64 runs, Tehseen Mirza, Rehmat UB and Wasim Ahmed took one wicket each. Mohammad Salman was awarded the best player of the match for his excellent batting. Olive Group and UCS also won their round matches.
National Boys Under-13 & Under-16 tournaments to start from Friday
Karachi (Sports Report):-A total of 270 boys from across the country will be engaged in National Under-13 and National Under-16 tournaments in Karachi and Multan from Friday, 14 January. The participating players will have a massive and unprecedented incentive to pursue during the tournament as up to 40 top performers from the two events will secure year-long contracts with monthly retainers. The players will be coached by a panel of high performance coaches in summer camps at the NHPC Lahore (National High Performance Centre) and academies across the country. Academic scholarships will also be provided to these players. Twelve teams will participate in the National U16 One-Day Tournament 2021-22 (45 overs) which will be played at five venues in Multan from 14 to 25 January.  The teams have been divided into two pools with all six Cricket Associations fielding two sides (one in each pool). Balochistan, Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern, Sindh and Southern Punjab Whites will form Pool A while Balochistan, Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern, Sindh and Southern Punjab Blues will constitute Pool B. The top sides from each pool will compete in the 25 January final which will be played at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Six teams will participate in the National U13 One-Day Tournament 2021-22 (25 overs) which will be played at three venues in Karachi from 14 to 24 January.  One side each from Balochistan, Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern, Sindh and Southern Punjab will compete in the group stage, each team will play the other once in the round-robin format.  The top sides will proceed to compete in the 24 January final which will be played at the UBL Sports Complex, Karachi.  National U13 One-Day Tournament squads: Balochistan: Abu Bakar, Adnan Ahmed, Ahsan Ullah, Asim-ur-Rehman, Faiq Ali, Hamza Khan, Ikram Ullah, Khan Wali, Malik Awais, Muhammad Asif, Mohammad Dawood, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Suleman , Saleem Jan, Tufail Ahmed Central Punjab: Arham Danish, Asad Naeem, Awais Zubair, Fasih Tousaeef, Hassan Ashraf, Hussnain Abbas, Mohammad Ali Sabir, Mohammad Essa Baloch, Rayyan Arshad, Sajjid Mir, Sarmad Nawaz, Sayyar Khan, Taj Mohammad, Ubaid Ullah, Zaryan Ali Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Abdullah, Adnan Khan, Akbar Ali, Atta Ullah, Ikram Ullah, Mohammad Sohail, Mohammad Adeel Khan, Mohammad Talha, Nafees Akhtar, Naveed, Rizwan Ali, Saeed Afridi, Shazad Ahmed, Shoaib, Zain Ul Abideen Northern: Abdul Ahad, Abdul Munim, Abu Bakar Minhas, Akhtar Gull, Bilal Bashir, Mohammad Asad Abdullah, Mohammad Ismail Ranjha, Mohammad Yousaf, Malik Muhammad Khizar, Mohammad Muneeb, Mohammad Musa Hasan, Mohammad Sohaib, Mohammad Zohaib Abbas, Saad Abraiz Abbasi, Salar Nazeer Sindh: Abdul Hayee, Abdul Wahab, Abdullah (Sr), Adnan Nawaz, Ahsan Khan, Ali Sher, Ghulam Ahmed, Hammad Alam, Kifayat Ullah, Mohammad Abdullah Javed, Mohammad Anas, Mohammad Azaan, Mohammad Khan, Sheikh Intiysaam, Syed Mohtashim Southern Punjab: Abdullah Latif, Abdur Rehman, Ali Haider, Faizan Riyasat, Hasnain Sajid, Hayat Khan, Mohammad Abdullah, Mohammad Babar Arshad, Mohammad Huzaifa, Mohammad Qasim Ahmad, Mohammad Usman, Maaz Ahmed, Mohsin Malik, Mohammad Umar, Talal Ahmed Khan National Under-16 One-Day Tournament 2021-22 squads: Balochistan Blues: Abdul Saboor, Anwar Shah, Bakhtiyar Khan, Gohar Khan, Hafeez Ullah, Innam Ullah, Mubashir Shah, Mohammad Adil, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Asfand, Musharaf Hussain, Sumair Ahmed, Syed Yasir Shah, Talha Shakir, Zohaib Khan Balochistan Whites: Arslan Khan, Aurangzeb, Ayaz Gul, Eshrat Ul Ibbad, Faisal Razzaq, Imran Sadiq, Mohammad Shahid, Mohammad Umar, Muzamil Ali, Shehariyar Ahmed, Siraj Ahmed, Syed Waqas Ahmed, Umair Ahmed, Usman Ghani, Zakir Shah Central Punjab Blues: Ali Hamza, Ali Raza, Areeb Arif, Faraz Ahmed, Farhan Yousaf, Ghulam Haider, Hamza Zahoor, Hunain Amir, Mohammad Hammad Asif, Mohsin Ali, Momin Qamar, Mohammad Saim, Mohammad Usman, Obaid Shahid, Rana Mohammad Sarfaraz Tariq Central Punjab Whites: Aaliyan Suleman, Abu Suffiyan , Ahmed Yaar Khan, Ali Hasan Baloch, Ali Hassan , Ali Raza, Arslan Riz, Danish Saeed, Faham Ul Haq, Kaif Ali, Mohammad Tayyab, Mohammad Tayyab Arif, Mohammad Yasin Bilal, Nauman Ali, Shahbaz Javaid Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Blues: Abdul Raheem, Abdur Rehman, Ahmed Hussain, Asfandyar, Hamza Izhar, Luqman Khan, Mohammad Umair Khan, Mian Yousaf Shah, Mohammad Ali, Shahzeb Khan, Usama Khan, Usman Khan, Zain Shah, Zubair Ahmed, Zulkarnain Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Whites: Abeel Khan, Adil Waheed, Ilham Khan, Khubib Khalil, Mohammad Awais, Mohammad Shayan, Mohammad Ansar Ullah, Mohammad Shoaib, Mohammad Haroon, Mohammad Umer, Mohammad Zubair, Naveed Ul Hassan, Riaz Ullah, Shayan, Usama Bangash Northern Blues: Abbas Hussnain, Abu Zar, Bilal Ahmed, Hassan Ijaz, Mohammad Hassan Khan, Mohammad Waleed Iqbal, Mohammad Zain Jameel, Mohammad Arshad, Mohammad Asim Kamal, Mohammad Bilal, Mohammad Nabeel, Murtaza Rehman, Raja Hamza Waheed, Shameer Ali, Syed Ali Mehdi Northern Whites: Abdullah, Ali Ashfaq, Arsh Zaman, Arslan Ali, Awais Amin, Azaan Kabir, Hussnain Nadeem, Irshad Ahmed, Mohammad Ammar Yasir, Muhammad Abdullah Sajid, Mohammad Ahmed, Mohammad Asmat Ullah, Shahbaz Khan Hurara, Shahmeer Nisar, Yazdaan Abbas Rizvi Sindh Blues: Abdul Hadi, Abdul Moiz, Ahmed Muhiuddin, Farhan Zaman, Hameed Karim, Huzaifa Ahsan, Mohammad Talha Khanji, Mawaz Zahid, Musa Azad, Naveed Ahmed Khan, Saad Baig, Saad Mahboob, Saif Ullah Khan, Sufyan Usmani, Yahya Shah Sindh Whites: Abdul Rehman Khan, Haroon Arshad, Humza Qureshi, M Danish, Mohammad Ahmed, Maaz Shah, Musab Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Owais Rehem Shah, Sajam Mohammad, Shahzad Khan, Shahzaib Ali, Shiraz Khan, Syed Rehan Ali Shah, Wajid Ali Southern Punjab Blues: Haseeb Javed, Inam Ullah, Mohammad Abdullah, Mohammad Aqib Arshad, Mohammad Jan Sher, Mohammad Saqib, Mohammad Ahmed, Raja Shehroz, Rana Adeel Mushtaq, Sameer Ahmed Minhas, Sameer Akhtar, Shahzad Ahmed, Suleman Ahmed, Waleed Raza, Zain Arshad Southern Punjab Whites: Abdul Rasool, Abdullah Tauqeer, Ali Husnain Badshah, Bilal Khan, Fahad Kashif, Haseeb Ahmed, Mohammad Farhan, Mohammad Hamid, Mohammad Noman Asif, Mohammad Umair, Rana Haseeb Nazim, Rao Kaleem Haider, Shahaz Saeed, Sohaib Akram, Taha Shabbir
EIGHT WICKETS WIN FOR SHIFA INTERNATIONAL
Islamabad (Sports Reporter):-Shifa International Hospitals Islamabad beat United Star Cricket Club Rawalpindi by 8 wickets in the friendly Cricket match here at XI Star Cricket Ground Islamabad. United Star Captain won the toss and elected to bat first, United Star bowled out for 183 in the 29th overs, Ihtesham (35), Zeeshan (22), Sajid (17) and Naeem (15) were the key contributors. Shifa International Shahzad Kiani (3 for 21), Riffat Nisham (2 for18), Abrar Ikhlaq (2 for 38), Mohammad Naseer (1 for 08), Azmat Bashir (1 for 21) and Syed Mudassar Ahmad Bukhari (1 for 24) were the other main wicket-takers. In reply, Shifa International achieved the target in the 18th over for the loss of two wickets. Azmat Bashir and Nasir Mehmood contributed 121 runs in 3rd wicket partnership. All-rounder Azmat Bashir fine half century 91 not out runs 48 balls with 1 six and 14 Fours, Master Blaster Nasir Mehmood hit a fast half century 50 runs 23 balls with 1 six and 6 fours, while Aamir Kiani 18 and Captain Qutab Uddin Qureshi 6 were their leading run-getters.
Gold Stars claim six wickets win
LAHORE (Press Release):-Golden star cricket club beat Mughalpura Sports Club by 6 wickets and moved in to the 2nd Round of Knock out stage of PCB Central Punjab Lahore East zone winter League. Brilliant all Round display of batting and bowling by Abdullah Ahmad of Golden star cricket Club was the main highlight of the match which was played at Township whites ground on other day. Match Summary Mughalpura Sports Cricket Club 145/ all out in 33.5 Overs (Ali Kanan 29, Ahmad Ali 27, Muhammad 25 , khuram Azeem 17;  Zamin Ali 2/23, Azzam Ul Haq 2/24, Abdullah Ahmad 2/25 ,Shaheryar wasim 2/26 while Ali Raza Took one wicket ) Golden Star Cricket Club 148/4 in 14.5 Overs ( Abdullah Ahmad 56 on 33 balls 11X4s , Zamin Ali 27, Jawad Maqsood 20, Shaheryar wasim 17 ; Rana Muhammad 2/17 while Wazir Ahamd & Muhammad took on wicket each.)
Shifa International XI defeat Indus XI by 55 runs
Islamabad (Sports Report):-Syed Mudassar Ahmad Bukhari, Azmat Bashir and Nasir Mehmood guided Shifa International Hospital XIs Islamabad to 55 runs victory against Indus Xls Lal Kurhti Rawalpindi in a friendly cricket match here at XI Star Cricket ground Islamabad. Shifa International Captain Qutab Uddin Qureshi won the toss and decided to bat first, Shifa International, Shifa International piled up 228 for loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 25 overs.  Batsman Azmat Bashir hit half century 65 runs 54 balls with 2 sixes and 5 fours, Nasir Mehmood scored fast half century 58 runs 30 balls with 4 sixes and 3 fours, while Ibrar Ikhlaq 31, Shahzad Kiani 26 and Captain Qutab Uddin Qureshi 22 were their leading run-getters. Indus Xl Danish (3 for 47), Faisal (2 for 30) and Inzimam (1 for 32) were the other main wicket-takers. In reply, Indus Xl could score 173 for eight in 25 overs. Inzimam (40) not out, Abdul Ahad Khurram (29) and Samad 23 were their main scorers. Syed Mudassar Ahmad Bukhari bowled well and claimed 4 players out for 26 runs in 5 overs, while Mohammad Asif (1 for 12), Ali Mubashir (1for13) and Aamir Sohail (1 for 22) bowled well for Shifa International.