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Bowling14 Sep 2021

PTBF Ranking Tenpin Bowling Championship starts next month
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD (September 14, 2021): The 6th PTBF Ranking Tenpin Bowling Championship 2021 will start from October 25 under the control of the Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation (PTBF) at Karachi. According to President PTBF Ijaz ur Rehman, top national bowlers from across the country will take part in nine different categories including  Professional singles, Professional Team, Amateur, Deaf singles (Men and Women), Women Singles, Inter Schools, Inter Colleges, Inter Universities and Media events. The registration will be started from October 1 to 20, through online. The players would register their names on email address ptbfijaz@gmail.com. The draws of the championship will be opened on October 24 at 4.00 p.m. Ijazur Rehman, further, said that the concluding ceremony of the Championship will be held on October 30 at 6.00 p.m. in which Trophies, Medals, Certificates will be delivered to the winning players.  

Tennis14 Sep 2021

South Asian Regional Qualifying Tennis: Pakistani boys reach in final
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (September 14, 2021):Pakistan boys and girls displayed sparkling performance against Nepal and won their respective matches in straight games in the South Asian Regional Qualifying Event on Tuesday at PTF-SDA Complex Islamabad. After beating Nepal 3-0, the Pakistan boys team qualified for the finals. The Pakistan girls also defeated Nepal 3-0 and will face Maldives on Wednesday at same venue. The Indian girls beat Maldives 3-0. Results (Day-2) Boys Pakistan beat Nepal 3-0 Hamza Roman beat Darsheel Shrestha 6-0, 6-1 Abubakar Talha beat Nishad Joshi 6-0, 6-0 Abubakar Talha/Mikaeel Shahbaz beat Darsheel Shrestha/ Boris Adhikari 6-1, 6-1 India beat Maldives 3-0  Girls Harithashree Venktesh beat Sarah Saamee Mohamed 6-1, 6-0 Maaya Rajesh beat Naba Nishan 6-3, 6-0 Jahnvi Kajla/ Harithashree beat Naba Nishan/ Moosa Kaleem 6-2, 6-1 Pakistan beat Nepal 3-0 Girls Zunaisha Noor beat Mansa Kandel 6-1, 6-2 Haniya Minhas beat Shivali Gurang 6-0, 6-0 Haniya Minhas/ Lalarukh Sajid beat Mansa Kandel/ Shivali Gurang 6-0, 6-1.

Cricket14 Sep 2021

Does Team India need a mentor over a captain and coach?
By Bipin Dani Intro: Despite fans wondering if this is a BCCI marketing gimmick, many think MSD and Kohli's contrasting personalities will benefit Team India Body copy: The Indian cricket board has roped in former captain MS Dhoni (MSD) as the team mentor specifically for the World Cup, which will be held in the UAE next month. MSD, who retired from international cricket in last August, has been appointed to “provide support and direction,” to the Indian team management that is currently led by head coach Ravi Shastri. The “cool” Dhoni obviously captures headlines as the helping hand for the most aggressive Team India captain, Virat Kohli. While several fans wonder if the mentor tag is a mere distraction and yet another BCCI marketing gimmick, the Who’s Who of Indian cricket, past and present, think otherwise. Those in favour… India’s former chief selector MSK Prasad believes that India has an excellent team management who has handled the team during its thick and thin for the last few years. “And MSD’s addition will only enhance this team management’s strength. Virat’s aggressiveness on the field and MSD’s cool and calm temperament will definitely help the cause for both Virat and Team India,” he adds. Prasad also thinks Dhoni will be a wonderful addition to the T2 World Cup squad as a mentor of the side. “His experience of winning three ICC Trophies as captain will definitely help the team and the team captain Virat Kohli in the upcoming mega event. More importantly, there is no better player and captain than MSD in the history of T20 who can don the role of a mentor and enhance our chances of winning the T20 World Cup,” Prasad included. Sports psychologist Anusheela Brahamchari points out how both MSD and Kohli have their own set of experiences. “Provided the contrast in their personalities don’t collide, it is a potential opportunity for the team to build unbeatable strategies and optimum energy levels,” says Anusheela. The psychologist also believes that the coach mentor and captain of a team are its pillars especially because success in sport always demands a fine combination of attacking, risk-taking behaviour and calm, strategic planning.  “A team’s coach, mentor and captain set the tone of the team spirit, interpersonal dynamics and the fine strategies. Having Dhoni as the mentor and Kohli as the captain gives the team a potential chance of achieving that balance,” Anusheela adds. More thoughts Another sports psychologist Varadayini Gorhe (Chitale) also echoed the above thoughts. “Ricky Ponting mentoring the Australian team for the Ashes also helped the coaches gain a different perspective into the strategies. Similarly, more than the personalities, I think two very experienced heads coming together may prove to be a good combo. I think MSD would carry the knowledge of winning two World cups. That itself would be beneficial to the entire team, especially those who have never worked with him,” Varadayini points out. Another person who believes that this new combination will be beneficial for Team India is India’s former left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha. “Dhoni and Kohli share a good camaraderie. Virat enjoys MSD’s company and has always complimented him as a guiding force. I think the experience and understanding they have will only benefit the team,” he shares.

Cricket14 Sep 2021

Pakistan men to travel to Bangladesh after five years
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE (September 14, 2021):-The Pakistan men’s national cricket team will travel to Bangladesh after five years to play the hosts in three T20 Internationals and two ICC World Test Championship matches after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The national side’s tour is part of the Future Tours Programme and will commence with the T20I series, which will be staged at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, on 19 November. The second and third T20Is will be played on 20 and 22 November.   The two teams will then travel to Chattogram for the first of the two Tests at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium from 26-30 November. This match will see the two sides face-off in the apex form of the game on Bangladeshi soil for the first time since May 2015, when Pakistan won the two-match series by completing a win in the final Test by a mammoth 328 runs. The two teams will return to Dhaka to play the final Test, which will start from 4 December. Pakistan are ranked second on the ICC World Test Championship points table with one win in two matches, while Bangladesh are yet to kick of their campaign. Pakistan have immaculate record in Tests against Bangladesh with 10 wins from 11 matches. They also enjoy an impressive record in the T20Is against Bangladesh with 10 wins from 12 matches. Fixtures: 19 Nov – First T20I, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 20 Nov – Second T20I, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 22 Nov – Third T20I, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 26-30 Nov – First Test, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram 4-8 Dec – Second Test, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka

Hockey13 Sep 2021

Arrangements revisited for National Hockey Championship
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE (September 13, 2021): Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said that the preparations of forthcoming First Chief Minister Punjab 5-a-Side National Women Hockey Championship were in final stages and this championship would definitely play a significant role in further promotion of hockey among female players across the country. Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti, Project Director PMU Nadeem Anwer and Deputy Director Chand  Perveen attended the meeting which was convened to review the arrangements of First Chief Minister Punjab 5-a-Side National Women Hockey Championship scheduled to be staged at National Hockey Stadium from September 18-23, 2021. Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said the First Chief Minister Punjab 5-a-Side National Women Hockey Championship will provide an appropriate platform to budding female hockey players of the country to demonstrate their talent in a competitive environment. “The entire corona SOPs and protocols will be followed fully during the 6-day hockey championship. The top performing teams and individuals will be given plenty of prizes to encourage them to participate in hockey events with great amount of spirit and passion”. Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said the holding of First Chief Minister Punjab 5-a-Side National Women Hockey Championship is a major step for the promotion of hockey among young generation. He directed all the 13 administrative committees to speed up their preparations for the holding of First Chief Minister Punjab 5-a-Side National Women Hockey Championship in a befitting manner. Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said 14 teams will participate in the championship. Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will field two teams each in the tournament while Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, Islamabad, Azad Kashmir, Army, HEC, Wapda and Railways will send one team each for the grand hockey event. “Sports Board Punjab will provide top standard facilities to all the participating teams during the mega event,” he added. Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said the training camp of Punjab’s 37 female players is underway for the preparation of First Chief Minister Punjab 5-a-Side National Women Hockey Championship. “Expert coaches and trainers are imparting training to all participants of training camp at National Hockey Stadium with special focus being given to ball control, dodging, goal-scoring and physical fitness of the players”. 

Cricket13 Sep 2021

Challengers and Strikers register comfortable victories
Sports Bulletin Report KARACHI (September 13, 2021): Challengers and Strikers recorded comprehensive victories over Blasters and Dynamites in the Pakistan Cup for Women’s One-Day Tournament at the Oval Academy Ground and National Stadium, Karachi on Monday. Waheeda Akhtar starred with the ball as Challengers dismissed Blasters for 59 in 31.2 overs at the Oval Academy Ground. Waheeda who opened the bowling took four wickets for 11 runs in a match winning nine-over spell. She found great support from Anoosha Nasir, Saba Nazir and Syeda Masooma Zahra who all took two wickets each as Blasters were sent packing for a low score. Challengers chased down the target in 21 overs with Sidra Amin and Iram Javed contributing 25 and 18 unbeaten runs respectively. Waheeda was named player of the match. Over at the National Stadium, Strikers recorded a thumping 65-run win over Dynamites. Batting first, Strikers posted 237 for eight in their allotted 50 overs. Opener Ayesha Zafar top-scored with 65 off 66 balls, her innings included nine fours. Kainat Imtiaz contributed 57 off 73 balls, the Strikers captain hit five fours in her innings. Ghulam Fatima and Maham Tariq took two wickets each. Dynamites were bowled out for 172 runs in reply in 43.2 overs. Captain Muneeba Ali scored 51 off 70 balls (five fours, one six). Aliya Riaz (29) and Maham Tariq (24) were the only other batters to make significant contributions as Strikers bowlers took wickets at regular intervals. Player of the match Tooba Hassan took four wickets for 28 runs from her leg-breaks, Fatima Khan took two wickets for 10 runs in her four overs. Scores in Brief: Challengers beat Blasters by six wickets Blasters 59 all out, 31.2 overs (Sidra Nawaz 19; Waheeda Akhtar 4-11, Anoosha Nasir 2-6, Saba Nazir 2-8, Syeda Maso0ma Zahra 2-16) Challengers 60 for 4, 21 overs (Sidra Amin 25 not out, Iram Javed 18 not out; Nida Dar 3-16) Player of the match: Waheeda Akhtar Strikers beat Dynamites by 65 runs Strikers 237 for 8, 50 overs (Ayesha Zafar 65, Kainat Imtiaz 57; Ghulam Fatima 2-30, Maham Tariq 2-47) Dynamites 172 all out, 43.2 overs (Muneeba Ali 51, Aliya Riaz 29, Maham Tariq 24; Tooba Hassan 4-28, Fatima Khan 2-10) Player of the match: Tooba Hassan Next matches: 15 September – ChallengersVvs Strikers, National Stadium Dynamites Vs Blasters, Oval Academy Ground.

Tennis13 Sep 2021

Under-12 South Asia Tennis: India overcome hosts 2-1
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (September 13, 2021): Indian girls overcame Pakistan 2-1 in the Under-12 South Asian Regional Qualifying Event after facing a huge resistance from the local girls at PTF-SDA Complex Islamabad on Monday. In the first Singles, Indian girl Haritashree beat Zunaisha Noor in straight games 2-0 while in the second set Haniya Minhas claimed 2-1 victory over Maaya to level the match 1-1. Later, in the Double fixture, Indian girls had to toil hard in the court to overcome local girls. Match decided on tie-break, as the final score-line was 6-4, 4-6 and 11-9. Tariq Murtaza, Chairman RDA, President -ITA and  Senior Vice President-PTF graced the opening ceremony as chief guest  and he formally welcomed the participating teams, appreciating the efforts of the PTF management for organizing the event in a highly befitting manner. Babar Salim, the Chief Regulations Officer for Toyota-Indus Motors Company, which is sponsoring the event, also spoke on the occasion, besides appreciating the joint efforts of PTF and Toyota-Indus Motors Company for sponsoring and organizing this event. He also promised that his organization would continue to extend support to PTF in future.  It is pertinent to mention that the ambassador of Maldives Farzana Zahir also visited the PTF complex and witnessed the tie between the girls’ teams of Maldives and Nepal. She was highly impressed with the organization and conduct of the event, especially the security and strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols, as per government SOPs. Pakistan number one tennis player Aqeel Khan was also present during the opening ceremony and also witnessed some of the matches. He was also of the opinion that such events provide much-needed exposure to the young players. Results: Boys INDIA BEAT NEPAL 3-0 Singles 1 (OJAS MEHLAWAT BEAT NISAD JOSHI 6-1 6-0) Singles 2 (AARAV CHAWLA BEAT BORISS ADHIKARI 6-1 6-0) Doubles (AARAV CHAWAL /RUDRA BATHAM BEAT NISHAD JOSHI /DARSHEEL SHRESTHA 6-2 6-1)  Girls INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN 2-1 Singles 1 (HARITASHREE VENKATESH BEAT ZUNAISHA NOOR 6-1, 6-1) Singles 2 (MAAYA RAJESHWARAN REVATHI LOST HANIYA MINHAS 6-3, 2-6, 2-6) Doubles (HARITASHREE VENKATESH/MAAYA RAJESHWARAN REVATHI HANIYA MINHAS / ZUNAISHA NOOR 6-4, 4-6, 11-9)  Girls MALDIVES BEAT NEPAL 3-0 Singles 1 (IMANI MOOSA KALEEM BEAT MANSA KANDAL 6-0, 6-0) Singles 2 (NABA NISHAN BEAT SHIVAL GURANG 6-0, 6-0) Doubles (NABA NISHAN /SAARH SAAMEE BEAT MANSA KANDAL /SHIVAL GURANG 6-2, 6-2)

Cricket13 Sep 2021

Hayden, Philander appointed consultant coaches for T20 World Cup
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE (September 13, 2021): Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden and former South Africa pacer Vernon Philander have been appointed batting and bowling coaching consultants for Pakistan men’s national cricket team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board’s 36th Chairman Ramiz Raja announced on Monday. “The national side has the potential to win the World Cup and we need to back the side selected for the global event,” he said while addressing media at the National High Performance Centre following his unopposed and unanimous election as PCB’s Chairman. “We need to fine-tune our plans. Pakistan cricket’s DNA consists fearlessness, and we need to define a proper model and provide clarity to achieve desired results.”  Ramiz Raja announced 192 cricketers with domestic contracts will see an increase of PKR100,000 in monthly retainers across all rungs. This means that domestic men’s cricketers in the 2021-22 season, which begins with the Cricket Associations T20, the Second XI competition, from 15 September at the Quetta’s Bugti Stadium, will now earn between PKR140,000 to PKR250,000 per month, which is an increase of 250 per cent for the players in the D category, the lowest category. “It is our duty to care for our cricketers and continue to take measures which strengthen our system,” Ramiz said. “This will also play a role in ending any uncertainty surrounding the current cricket structure; the welfare of present and former cricketers is paramount to me.” In a bid to further strengthen the age-group structure and ensure that young cricketers are fully equipped for the modern-day cricket, Mr Ramiz Raja announced plans to launch an U19 T20 league to develop cricketers from the nascent stages. “We need to develop an environment in which we generate professional cricketers at young level,” he said. “This will help the HBL Pakistan Super League franchises as well, who are on the lookout for youngsters. I would like the former greats to coach them. We need to give push to the age-group cricketers so they can excel in the sport from the early age.” Ramiz Raja also said that it was important to improve the quality of pitches at the grassroots level, as they are integral for the development of cricketers. In a move that will further strengthen the academies structure and provide upcoming cricketers with the desired facilities to enhance their skillsets and improve their fitness levels, Mr Ramiz Raja said high performance centres will be established in interior Sindh and Balochistan.

Cricket13 Sep 2021

Ramiz Raja New Chairman PCB
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE (September 13, 2021):-Former Pakistan captain and the member of 1992 World Cup winner team, Ramiz Raja, was elected unanimously and unopposed as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s 36th Chairman for a three-year term in a Special Meeting presided over by the PCB Election Commissioner, Justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed. Ramiz Raja, along with Asad Ali Khan, was nominated by the PCB Patron, Prime Minister Imran Khan, on the PCB Board of Governors on 27 August for a three-year term, where they joined Aasim Wajid Jawad, Alia Zafar, Arif Saeed, Javed Kurieshi (all independent members) and Wasim Khan (PCB Chief Executive). Ramiz Raja is Pakistan’s 18th Test and 12th ODI captain, and played 255 international matches in which he scored 8,674 runs in the period from 1984 to 1997. He has previously served the PCB as its Chief Executive from 2003-2004, has represented Pakistan on the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee and presently sits on the MCC World Cricket Committee. He has been a successful broadcaster with world’s leading cricket networks and widely regarded as the voice of Pakistan cricket. Ramiz Raja is only the fourth former Pakistan international cricketer to head the PCB after Abdul Hafeez Kardar (1972-1977), Javed Burki (1994-1995) and Ijaz Butt (2008-2011). Addressing the BoG following his election, Ramiz Raja said: “I am thankful to all of you for electing me as the PCB Chairman and look forward to working with you to ensure Pakistan cricket continues to thrive and grow stronger, both on and off-the-field. “One of my key focuses will be to help introduce in the Pakistan men’s cricket team the same culture, mind-set, attitude and approach that once made Pakistan one of the most feared cricket playing nations. As an organisation, we all need to get behind the national team and provide them the desired assistance and support so that they can produce that brand of cricket, which the fans also expect from them each time they step on to the field of play. “Obviously, as a former cricketer, my other priority will be to look into the welfare of our past and present cricketers. The game has and will always be about the cricketers and, as such, they deserve more recognition and respect from their parent institution.”    

Weightlifting 13 Sep 2021

IWF World Weightlifting Championships and Elections announced
Sports Bulletin LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (September 13, 2021): The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced that the IWF World Weightlifting Championships and the IWF Electoral Congress would be taken place from December 7 to 17, 2021 Tashkent, Uzbekistan. “We already know for sure that the IWF Executive Board which follows the December elections will be very different to any that has gone before it, reflecting a more egalitarian culture that is also more clearly focused on the needs of weightlifters,” said IWF Interim President Dr Michael Irani. “This will follow on from clean weightlifting competitions at Tokyo 2020 and the adoption of completely revised governance measures in satisfying the criteria for success that were established for us by the IOC.” “Our friends in Tashkent have already proven themselves to be very capable organisers of important weightlifting events this year, and the IWF is deeply grateful both to them and to the others who had shown interest in hosting our events. The IWF is pleased to be able to deliver this measure of certainty around the 2021 IWF World Weightlifting Championships for all our athletes,” continued Irani. “And in this difficult year, with the effects of the pandemic still being felt, our main priority will continue to be ensuring safe and healthy conditions for all involved.” IWF official said.