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Punjab Minister for Sports urges athletes to prepare well for 33rd National Games
SB Report LAHORE:-The camp training of Punjab’s different teams remained underway on Thursday for the preparation of 33rd edition of National Games being staged at Peshawar in November 2019. Punjab Minister for Sports, Youth Affairs and Tourism Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti, in a statement on Thursday, stressed upon the Punjab athletes to prepare themselves fully for the grand event of National Games. “All the participating teams have top class athletes in their ranks and our players should not take their opponents lightly in the National Games,” he added. Expert coaches conducted basketball, table tennis, badminton, karate, taekwondo and volleyball training camps at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall, athletics, boxing, rugby camps at Punjab Stadium while the hockey camp is in progress at National Hockey Stadium. According to detail, 18 boys and 12 girls attended the athletics camp at Punjab Stadium while the strength of other camps remained as follow: kabaddi 10 boys, rugby 12 boys and 12 girls, badminton 6 boys and 6 girls, basketball 14 boys and 14 girls, boxing 12 boys, hockey 22 boys and 22 girls, karate 10 boys and 8 girls, taekwondo, 10 boys and 8 girls, table tennis 6 boys and 6 girls, volleyball 14 boys and 14 girls and judo camp has 8 boys and 6 girl probables for the preparation of grand event of National Games.    

CRICKET - Women31 Oct 2019

Pakistan squad for Bangladesh women ODIs announced
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-The women selection committee today (Thursday) announced a 15-player Pakistan women squad for a two-match ODI series against Bangladesh women. Three changes have been made in the line-up from the one that swept Bangladesh 3-0 in a T20I series this week. After participating in the ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Cup in Sri Lanka slow left-arm orthodox Nashra Sandhu, leg-spinner Aroob Shah and right-arm medium-fast Fatima Sana come in the side to replace right-hand bat Ayesha Zafar, slow left-arm orthodox Anam Amin and right-arm offbreak Saba Nazir. After a successful maiden T20I series, Sadia Iqbal has got a call-up for the ODI team. The left-arm spinner took four wickets in three matches at an average of 15. Keeping in view Pakistan’s final-round ICC Women’s Championship fixtures against England in December, the selection committee – which is led by Urooj Mumtaz and includes Asmavia Iqbal and Marina Iqbal – has jotted down a squad which strikes the balance of youth and experience and serves players a crucial opportunity to warm-up for the exciting series. The two one-dayers will be played on 2 and 4 November at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Pakistan ODI team for series against Bangladesh: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aliya Riaz, Aroob Shah, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Kainat Imtiaz, Nashra Sandhu, Nahida Khan, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin and Sidra Nawaz (wicketkeeper). Officials: Interim Head Coach - Iqbal Imam Trainer - Gemaal Hussain Fielding Coach - Iqbal Ahmed Amir Manager - Aisha Jalil Physio – Dr Rifat Asghar Gill Analyst – Zubair Ahmed Schedule: 2 November, First ODI, Pakistan women v Bangladesh women, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 4 November, Second ODI, Pakistan women v Bangladesh women, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore      

CRICKET - Women31 Oct 2019

PCB partners with Uber for ground-breaking girls’ school participation program
SB Report    LAHORE:-The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced a partnership with Uber for the development of girls’ cricket at school level across the country through its Cric4Us Programme. The six-month partnership, which commences from the day of signing, will benefit more than 1,500 players through collaboration with schools in 14 cities namely Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Charsadda, Haripur, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Mardan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Nowshera, Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi. Under the six-month partnership, playing and training clothing will be provided to 850 children, while cricket equipment will be provided to 50 schools. The programme will select a minimum of four schools in every city. With women coaches and mentors given priority, 50 school-based sports staff will be provided training. Twenty-five pitches will be developed in schools across five zones. PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “For the promotion of women and girls cricket and the enhancement of the player pool, it is imperative that women cricket is developed at school level. “The PCB has been undertaking many initiatives through its Cric4Us Programme and plans to exhaust all avenues to provide better opportunities for girls to take up the sport and to see it as a viable profession at a later stage. “I am hopeful that this valuable partnership between the PCB and Uber will help us in achieving this very goal. I want to thank Uber for putting its trust in the PCB for the development of women and girls cricket at school level.” GM Uber Saad Naveed Pall: “Our goal is to not only tell stories of empowered women but to create an ecosystem which enables aspiring women cricketers. “We are excited about this partnership with the PCB to provide opportunities to young girls who will go on to challenge the status quo by becoming change agents of the future.” Cric4Us Programme is a women cricket development project launched under the flagship of Women Cricket Vision 2022, which focuses on the growth of the sport in schools and provide a proper pathway for making way to the emerging and national teams. The schools’ children will also avail the opportunity of regular evening practice, so as to provide them maximum development opportunities. The schools will also play matches on regular basis, which will help children in developing the desired skill-set.
`PTF hires foreign coach for South Asian Games preparation
Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD:-International taekwondo mentor Han Sangsu is arriving here on November 7, 2019 to coach the top Pakistani male and female players. According to an official of Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF), the hiring of said coach was made possible due to kind support of Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC), Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and Pakistan Taekwondo Federation’s joint efforts. The induction of the said coach will be very beneficial and fruitful for our athletes in upcoming South Asian Games and 2020 Olympic Qualification Round Tournament. The services of said coach will also be utilized by all the affiliated units, departments and associations on required basis. Pakistan Taekwondo Federation is highly obliged for Ministry of IPC, WT Asia, Kukkiwon Headquarters and Korean Embassy in Islamabad. Lt Gen Javed Iqbal (Retd), Patron PTF and Omar Saeed of CE&MD Hankook is also supporting for the promotion and development of Taekwondo in the country for the better results in different International Competitions as they played a very instrumental role in bringing the Korean Coach for Pakistani Officials / Athletes. A pool of Pakistani Coaches will also remain under the supervision of said coach to learn modern skills and techniques from him.
Abdullah hammers 205, all three Quaid-e Azam Trophy 2nd XI round six matches end in draw
SB Report LAHORE:-Opener Abdullah Shafiq struck a blazing double century for Central Punjab as all three matches of the sixth round of three-day non-first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2nd XI tournament ended in draws on Wednesday. At NBP Stadium in Karachi, Southern Punjab resumed their second innings at 36 for no loss. They managed to score 319 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 85 overs when the match was declared a draw. Opener Mukhtar Ahmed top-scored with a 151-ball 94 that included eight fours and two sixes. Agha Salman scored 61 while Mohammad Mohsin made 54 runs. Jalat Khan took three wickets for 77 runs for Balochistan. At the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi, the match between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh ended in a draw. Resuming their second innings 23 for no loss, Sindh were bowled out for 194 runs in 74.5 overs. Jahid Ali top-scored with a 160 ball 68 that included 11 fours. Ammad Alam made 33 runs. Asif Afridi took three while Asad Afridi and Mehran Ibrahim took two wickets each. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were set a 190-run target late in the day but ran out of time to chase the score, when the match was called-off they had scored 10 runs for the loss of one wicket in two overs.  At LRCA Itefaq Ground, Northern and Central Punjab also played out a draw. Resuming their first innings at the overnight score of 344 for six, Northern were bowled out for 362 runs in 81 overs. Waqas Maqsood took four while Ahmed Saifi took three wickets. Central Punjab opener Abdullah Shafiq produced a batting master class in the second innings, he remained unbeaten on a run-a-ball 205 that included 19 fours and eight sixes. Abdullah added 167 runs for the first wicket with M. Ikhlaq who scored 73 runs. The match was called-off with Central Punjab placed at a formidable 331 for one in 69 overs. Abdullah added 164 runs for the unfinished second wicket partnership with Ali Zaryab (42 not out). Scores in brief: Southern Punjab v Balochistan, NBP Stadium, Karachi Southern Punjab 363-6, 83 overs (Zain Abbas 116, Naveed Yasin 108, Zeeshan Ashraf 70; Ibtisam Shaikh 2-77, Jalat Khan 2-122) and 319-7, 85 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 94, Agha Salman 61, Mohammad Mohsin 54; Jalat Khan 3-77) Balochistan 345-9, 83 overs ( Akbar-ur-Rehman 142, Fahad Iqbal 59; Zia ul Haq 4-79, Zulfiqar Babar 3-96) Result: Match drawn Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh, UBL Sports Complex, Karachi  Sindh 278 all-out, 77.1 overs (Ammad Alam 144; Asif Afridi 4-96, Ahmed Jamal 2-39) and 194 all-out, 74.5 overs (Jahid Ali 68, Ammad Alam 33; Asif Afridi 3-67, Asad Afridi 2-39,Mehran Ibrahim 2-7) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 283 all-out, 82 overs (Mohammad Mohsin Khan 73, Kamran Ghulam 62, Samiullah 60; Hassan Khan 5-106, Adeel Malik 3-69) and 10-1, 2 overs Result: Match drawn   Central Punjab v Northern, LRCA Itefaq Ground Central Punjab 400-8, 83 overs (Mohammad Saad 132, Irfan Niazi 85, Saad Nasim 66, Muhammad Ikhlaq 53; Usama Mir 4-111) and 331-1, 69 overs ( Abdullah Shafiq 205 not-out, Mohammad Ikhlaq 73, Ali Zaryab 42 not-out) Northern 362 all-out, 81 overs ( Naveed Malik 143, Afaq Rahim 66, Sarmad Bhatti 50; Waqas Maqsood 4-77, Ahmed Safi 3-100, Saad Nasim 2-61) Result: Match drawn

CRICKET - Int News30 Oct 2019

Pakistan skittle out Bangladesh U16 for 108 on day one
Abdul Jabbar Faisal RAWALPINDI:-Ayaz Shah claimed three wickets for 14 runs, as Bangladesh Under-16 were bowled out for 108 runs in their first innings on the opening day of the second three-day match against Pakistan U16 at the Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) Stadium in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.  Bangladesh team from the start were never in a position to score big and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals after Pakistan captain Aliyan Mehmood asked the touring side to bat. Radowan Hossan Siyam batting at number four top-scored with a 50 off 76 balls, hitting six fours. Besides Ayaz’s three wickets, Ahmad Khan and Ali Asfand took two wickets apiece for 18 and 31 runs. In reply, Pakistan were 127 for three, taking a lead of 19 runs, when stumps were drawn. Ali Hasan was top batsman with 59 off 81 balls including eight fours and a six. Haseeb Imran (one) and Mohammad Shehzad (25) were the two other batsmen to be dismissed. For Bangladesh, Shamsul Islam Epon took two wickets for 31 in 10 overs. Play will resume on Friday, November 1 as teams take rest on Thursday. Scores in brief: Bangladesh U16 108 all-out, 44.1 overs (Radowan Hossan Siyam 50; Ayaz Shah 3-14, Ahmad Khan 2-18, Ali Asfand 2-31) Pakistan U16 127-3, 37 overs (Ali Hasan 59, Abbas Ali 28 not-out, Mohammad Shehzad 25; Shamsul Islam Epon 2-31)

CRICKET - Women30 Oct 2019

Pakistan makes it 3-0 against Banglades
Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD:-Pakistan women defeated Bangladesh women by 28 runs in the third and final T20I at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium to win the series 3-0.  After opting to bat first, Pakistan limped to 117 for seven at the back of Javeria Khan’s half-century. The opener cracked a 48-ball 54, hitting seven fours. This was her second half-century on the trot after she had scored 52 on Monday. The other notable performance with the bat came from Omaima Sohail, who scored 31 runs from 29 balls with two fours and a six.  Bangladesh’s pacer Jahanara Alam was once again the pick of the bowlers as she took three wickets for 12 runs in four overs, while Rumana Ahmed took two wickets for 19 runs. Anam Amin’s left-arm spin put a dent in Bangladesh’s run-chase from the onset as she bowled Sharmin Akhter and Sanjida Islam in space of three deliveries in the second over of the visitors’ innings.  Bangladesh failed to recover from the early blows as Pakistan tightened their grip over the match. Anam and debutant Saba Nazir finished with two wickets each for 10 and 22 runs, respectively. The best score in Bangladesh’s run-chase was 30 from 44 balls, which came from Nigar Sultana. With a 26-ball 27, Fargana Hoque was the other notable run-getter. Javeria was awarded player of the match.  For scoring 108 runs in three matches at an average of 54 Bismah Maroof was named Pakistan player of the series, while Jahanara Alam bagged Bangladesh player of the series award for taking nine wickets in three matches. The two sides now go toe to toe in a two-match One-Day International series at the Gaddafi Stadium to be played on 2 and 4 November.  Scores in brief:  Pakistan Women 117-7, 20 overs (Javeria Khan 54, Omaima Sohail 31; Jahanara Alam 3-12, Rumana Ahmed 2-19)  Bangladesh Women 89-8, 20 overs (Nigar Sultana 30, Fargana Hoque 27; Anam Amin 2-10, Saba Nazir 2-22)

CRICKET - Int News30 Oct 2019

Naseem Shah puts Central Punjab on top
Naseem Shah puts Central Punjab on top   SB Report FAISALABAD (October 30, 2019):-A second career five-wicket haul by fast-bowler Naseem Shah helped Central Punjab to put a stranglehold over Sindh on Day Three of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy fixture at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. The 16-year-old returned figures of 19-2-78-6 as Sindh were dismissed for 256 after starting the penultimate day at the overnight score of 196 for four in reply to Central Punjab’s 313. After securing a 57-run first innings lead, Central Punjab further consolidated their position by finishing the day at 192 for two as the visitors led by 249 with eight wickets standing. Salman Butt was batting at 90 (12x4, 154b) and looks all set for his 24th first-class century, while Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali was out after a scoring 90 (15x4, 145b). The two batsmen added 175 runs for the second wicket after Ahmed Shehzad (0) had departed at the score of 11. When Azhar Ali reached 31, he completed 12,000 first-class runs in his 192nd match. However, the day belonged to Naseem, who was playing his final first-class match before leaving for Australia next week for the World Test Championship Tests. After picking up the scalps of Khurram Manzoor, Abid Ali and Omair Bin Yousuf on Tuesday, he added the wickets of Fawad Alam (92), Sarfaraz Ahmed (0) and Sohail Khan (0) to take his tally of event wickets to 15 – the most by a fast bowler to date. This was also the first five-fer by a fast bowler in the first-class season. “It was fantastic to get a six-fer in the lead up to the Australia tour as it has boosted my confidence tremendously,” Naseem said: “I had come into this match feeling on top of my game and I am delighted I was able to translate that optimism into performance. “Prior to this match, I had spoken with Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis, and both had advised me to go flat out, bowl long spells and give my very best. I am pleased that I was able to bowl fast with controlled swing and accuracy. “Faisalabad wicket doesn’t always offer much support to the fast bowlers, but I am glad I was able to get something out of it, both with the new and old ball against a good opposition. “You always want to enter into any important assignment oozing with confidence, and I am pleased this match has given me that extra motivation and confidence that I can perform at an international stage.” Earlier, Fawad Alam added 14 runs to the overnight score of 78 to be dismissed for 92. His 164-ball innings included 13 fours. Saad Ali added 21 runs this morning before falling to Ehsan Adil after scoring 81 from 153 balls with 11 fours. The two batsmen had added 160 runs for the fifth-wicket to rescue Sindh from a precarious 72 for four. The late order batsmen, however, failed to continue their good work as Sindh was bowled out for 256 after managing to add 60 runs to their overnight score. After the first innings, Central Punjab has collected three batting and three bowling points, while Sindh has pocketed two batting and three bowling points. Scores in brief: Central Punjab 313 all-out, 95.5 overs (Kamran Akmal 90, Ahmed Shehzad 60, Faheem Ashraf 52, Usman Salahuddin 38, Ehsan Adil 25; Kashif Bhatti 3-99, Mir Hamza 2-46, Sohail Khan 2-72, Tabish Khan 2-80) and 192-2 (Salman Butt 90 not out, Azhar Ali 90; Sohail Khan 1-27, Kashif Bhatti 1-45) Sindh 256 all-out, 74.4 overs (Fawad Alam 92, Saad Ali 81, Omair Bin Yousaf 33; Naseem Shah 6-78, Ehsan Adil 2-36)
Akbar-ur-Rehman and Naveed Malik hit tons
SB Report  LAHORE:-Balochistan captain Akbar-ur-Rehman and Northern Naveed Malik scored centuries while Sindh’s Hassan Khan collected a five-wicket haul on day two of the sixth round of three-day non-first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2nd XI tournament on Tuesday. At NBP Stadium in Karachi, Akbar-ur-Rehman’s 194-ball 142 helped Balochistan reach 345 for nine in their 83 overs in reply to Southern Punjab’s first innings 363 for six total. Besides Akbar, Fahad Iqbal with 59 runs contributed significantly to Balochistan’s total. Zia-ul-Haq took four while Zulfiqar Babar took three wickets. Southern Punjab managed a 20-run first innings lead. They ended day two at 36 for no loss in their second innings after nine overs of play. At the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa managed a slender five-run first innings lead as they were bowled out for 283 runs in reply to Sindh’s first innings score of 278 all out. Mohammad Mohsin Khan top-scored with a 134-ball 73, Kamran Ghulam with 62 and opener Samiullah with 60 were the other major contributors. Left-arm-spinner Hassan Khan took five wickets for 106 runs while pacer Adeel Malik took three for 69.  In return, Sindh in their second innings were 23 for no loss in four overs when stumps were drawn. At LRCA Itefaq Ground, Northern scored 344 for six in 77 overs in reply to Central Punjab’s first innings score of 400 for eight. Naveed Malik was the batting star for Northern on day two, the opener scored 143 with the help of 11 fours and three sixes. Afaq Rahim scored 66 and Sarmad Bhatti made 50 runs. Ahmed Safi took three and Saad Nasim took two wickets. Scores in brief: Southern Punjab v Balochistan, NBP Stadium, Karachi Southern Punjab 363-6, 83 overs (Zain Abbas 116, Naveed Yasin 108, Zeeshan Ashraf 70; Ibtisam Shaikh 2-77, Jalat Khan 2-122) and 36-0, nine overs Balochistan 345-9, 83 overs ( Akbar-ur-Rehman 142, Fahad Iqbal 59; Zia ul Haq 4-79, Zulfiqar Babar 3-96) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh, UBL Sports Complex, Karachi  Sindh 278 all-out, 77.1 overs (Ammad Alam 144; Asif Afridi 4-96, Ahmed Jamal 2-39) and 23-0, four overs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 283 all-out, 82 overs (Mohammad Mohsin Khan 73, Kamran Ghulam 62, Samiullah 60; Hassan Khan 5-106, Adeel Malik 3-69)   Central Punjab v Northern, LRCA Itefaq Ground Central Punjab 400-8, 83 overs (Mohammad Saad 132, Irfan Niazi 85, Saad Nasim 66, Muhammad Ikhlaq 53; Usama Mir 4-111) Northern 344-6, 77 overs ( Naveed Malik 143, Afaq Rahim 66, Sarmad Bhatti 50; Ahmed Safi 3-100, Saad Nasim 2-61)
KPK 150 for none after Balochistans Imran Butt hit double-century
SB Report   Quetta:- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gave Balochistan a spirited reply on the second day of the fifth-round first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy fixture at Quetta’s Bugti Stadium. In response to the home team’s 553-8 declared in 145.4 overs, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were 150 for no loss in 34 overs at the close of play as captain Sahibzada Farhan and Israrullah batted on 72 and Israrullah on 71. Farhan, to date, has cracked 10 boundaries in 102 deliveries, while Israrullah’s unbeaten 103-ball knock is laced with 10 fours and a six. Earlier, Balochistan, 341 for three overnight, rode on an excellent double-century by Imran Butt to amass a huge score. The 23-year-old hit a career-best 214 after resuming the day at his overnight score of 135 not out. The right-handed batsman stayed at the crease for 522 minutes and cracked 18 fours and three sixes in 387 balls. Balochistan captain Imran Farhat was the first batsman out on Tuesday after adding another 20 runs to his overnight score of 114. The left-hander hit 17 fours and a six in 219 balls. The two Imrans shared a mammoth partnership of 256 runs for the fourth-wicket. Wicketkeeper-batsman Bismillah Khan also had a noticeable outing with the bat, scoring 75 runs with the help of nine fours and two sixes. Off-spinner Sajid Khan was the most successful Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bowler, claiming three wickets for 126 runs. Imran Khan Sr. took two for 87, while Usman Shinwari and Junaid Khan took a wicket apiece.   Balochistan bagged maximum batting points (5) for crossing the 400-run mark in 110 overs of their first innings. For taking four wickets by that mark, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa could manage only one point. Scores in brief: Balochistan 553-8 declared, 145.4 overs (Imran Butt 214, Imran Farhat 134, Bismillah Khan 75, Awais Zia 69; Sajid Khan 3-126, Imran Khan Sr. 2-87). Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 150-0, 34 overs (Sahibzada Farhan 72 not out, Israrullah 71 not out). 
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