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CRICKET - Women25 Sep 2022

Bangladesh and Ireland qualify for ICC T20 World Cup 2023
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Dubai (UAE):-Bangladesh and Ireland have qualified for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 in South Africa after winning their respective semi-finals at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022 supported by Dream 11, being played in Abu Dhabi. Bangladesh completed a 11-run win over Thailand and Ireland beat Zimbabwe by four runs in matches played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium to book their berths, joining Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, who have already made it to the 10-team tournament. Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana Joty said: “We came here to qualify for the T20 World Cup, and we did it!  We have been playing together for so many years, this is our time to show the world how good we are, how much we have improved as a side. “There are a lot of experienced and talented players in our side, and we need to show the kind of potential we have. It was a little disappointing that we could not do well in batting today. But I was confident about my bowling side, and I am happy at the way we handled the pressure.” Ireland captain Laura Delany said: “It (qualification) is massively important for the growth of the game in Ireland. We feel fortunate that Cricket Ireland have introduced full-time contracts and I think we are starting to see the benefit of that. “It is a lot of relief that we won. They run us till the last ball, it was a very competitive game. We are thrilled to be there. We have tried to veer off from focusing on the World Cup. We weren’t successful last time so wanted to do things differently. We are proud to have got over the line today. “We had a very good season, some brilliant wins against some tough sides. Qualifying for the World Cup is the next step in the journey, we will get to play against some better sides, hopefully on a more regular basis.” Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States of America (USA) were the other teams to compete in the eight-team tournament. Bangladesh and Thailand took the two spots reserved in this tournament for the last-two placed teams from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, while the remaining teams came through the Regional Qualifiers. Scotland (Europe), UAE (Asia), USA (America) and Zimbabwe (Africa) won their regional competitions while PNG qualified as the highest ranked side from East Asia Pacific (as of 30 November 2021), which could not hold a competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ireland qualified as the highest ranked side from the regional competitions not to qualify.

CRICKET - Int News25 Sep 2022

Nupur says not to spread hat and envy against Bhvaneshwar
BIPIN DANI Team India’s senior pace bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has been going through a bad patch in T-20 international matches. His death overs in the last three outings were very ineffective (he gave away 49 runs) and the team lost all encounters. His performance prompted criticism from not only cricket fans but even the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. But Bhuvi has a staunch supporter in his wife Nupur. Reacting to the criticism, Nupur, who is not travelling with the team, put up a post in defence of her husband on Insta. “Nowadays, people are so worthless, that they have nothing better to do and have so much time to spread hate and envy... My advice to all those is — nobody is affected by your words or care about your existence. So please spend that time in making yourself better, though there is very little scope for that!!” she wrote. This is not the first time a cricketer’s wife has taken up cudgels against critics of the players. Take the case of Virat Kohli. His Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma has replied sharply to criticism of Virat’s poor form on several occasions in the past. Even Sakshi Dhoni gave a terse reply to industrialist Harsh Goenka when he criticized Dhoni’s game when he was playing for the Pune IPL team. Meanwhile, “We are not disturbed by this criticism. It is a part of the game. Even great cricketers have failed in matches”, Bhuvi’s sister Rekha said. “Before the recent Asia Cup, Bhuvi was named ‘Player of the Match’ in two different series. This T-20 cricket is unpredictable. The matches are played under pressure and expectations from players are very high. Bowlers cannot always be blamed. There are other factors such as dropped catches, dew on the pitch, behavior of the wickets, etc., which influence the outcome of the game. Bhuvi is a well-experienced player and will not lose hope. It is a part of the game,” his childhood coach, Sanjay Rustogi says.

ARCHERY - Blind25 Sep 2022

Blind Archer Tanveer Ahmed claims gold medal in Mix Team Event
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Islamabad:-Top Pakistani Blind Archer Tanveer Ahmed pairing with Loridana from Italy created history by winning first ever gold medal in the Mix Team Blind Archery Event in Andorra International Open for VI Archery 2022. According to available information from abroad, they won the final against Stuart Rogers and Andrea Thomas from United Kingdom (UK) in Mix Team Event by 6-0 in 18 meter Event.
Aspar and Deng take earn golds, as Speed Season ends in Jakarta
SPORTS BULLETIN Jakarta (Indonesia):-The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Jakarta 2022 wrapped up the Speed 2022 season, as in the men’s event, 30-year-old Aspar Aspar secured the second World Cup gold medal of his career, four years after placing first in Wujiang, China, in October 2018, prevailing over his teammate Kiromal Katibin, and marking an impressive series of consistently fast times: 5.39 in the first round, 5.27 in the second, 5.31 in the semi-final, and 5.39 again in the gold medal race.  After taking a wild card in the opening round, Katibin won the closest race of the final against teammate, friend, and four-time World Cup gold medallist Veddriq Leonardo – 5.14 for Katibin, 5.15 for Leonardo. The world record holder, however, slipped in both of the following races, winning the semi-final thanks to a slip by Cao Long, and stopping the clock at 5.75 in his race against Aspar.  Cao completed the podium in third place, besting fellow compatriot Long Jinbao and pocketing his first World Cup medal ever.  Despite missing out on a medal on home turf, Leonardo claimed the IFSC Speed World Cup 2022 title with 4,455 points. Katibin placed second with 4,080, and Long took third place with 3,105.  Deng Lijuan of China ruled the women’s Speed final with an impressive crescendo of times: 7.05 in the first round, followed by 6.91, 6.69, and sealed with a fantastic 6.66 in the race for the gold medal against Poland’s Natalia Kalucka.  The bronze medal went to Aleksandra Kalucka, who took advantage of Di Niu’s fall in the bronze medal race and closed with 6.81 seconds.  On the podium of the women’s Speed World Cup 2022, Aleksandra Kalucka took first place with 4,680 points, followed by Emma Hunt of the USA, fifth in Jakarta and second in the yearly race with 3,950 points. Aleksandra twin sister, Natalia, finished in third position with 3,820 points.  MEDAL TABLE  China: 5 golds, 3 silvers, 2 bronzes; Indonesia: 4 golds, two silvers, six bronzes; Poland: 4 golds, 4 silvers, 4 bronzes; USA: 1 gold, 3 silvers, 1 bronze; Spain: 1 silver, 1 bronze; Austria: 1 silver.
Top national athlete Shajar Abbas wins 100 meter race
LAHORE (Sports Bulletin):-Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) and Aitchison Collage jointly organized 1st Aitchison Fastest Man Race (100m) at Aitchison Collage Lahore on Friday. According to an official of AFP, over 100 men athletes from the affiliated units of AFP including Army, WAPDA, Railways, HEC, Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Islamabad, AJ&K, Police & Gilgit Baltistan and student-athletes of Aitchison College participated in the competition. Shajar Abbas got first position and pocketed Rs. 100,000 cash prize while Nadeem Ali remained second and got Rs. 50,000. Uzair Rehman won third position and received prize of Rs. 25,000.  Secretary General Athletics Federation of Pakistan Mohammad Zafar and Principal Aitchison College Michael Thomson distributed medals and cash prizes among the winner athletes of event.

CRICKET - PCB24 Sep 2022

PCB increases match fees in 2022-23 domestic contracts
KARACHI (SPORTS BULLETIN):-In line with its strategy and vision of incentivising high-performing domestic cricketers, encouraging them to embrace the game as a full-time professional sport and adding value to the local competitions, the Pakistan Cricket Board today announced details of the 2022-23 domestic contracts, which were approved by the Board of Governor (BoG) at its 70th meeting on Saturday. The contracts will run from September 2022 to August 2023 and the list of player names will be revealed in due course. After Ramiz Raja had announced an increase of PKR100,000 in retainers across all five categories upon being elected as the 34th PCB Chairman last September, the cricket board has again topped up the domestic retainers. However, the biggest improvement is in the match fees, which have been increased with the objective of attracting star cricketers and inspiring them to maintain high standards so that they can continue to stay in the domestic contract categories. Match fee of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has been increased from PKR60,000 to PKR100,000, while match fee of the Pakistan Cup and the National T20 has been raised from PKR40,000 to PKR60,000, respectively. The non-playing members of the red and white-ball matches will now receive PKR40,000 (up by PKR16,000) and PKR20,000 (up by PKR4,000). Likewise, match fee of the non-first-class four-day Cricket Associations Championship has been increased from PKR25,000 to PKR40,000, whereas the white-ball Cricket Associations Challenge and CA T20 match fee has been enhanced from PKR15,000 to PKR25,000. The non-playing members of the red and white-ball matches will receive PKR15,000 and PKR10,000, respectively. The overall impact following these latest increases in retainers and match fees is that Category A+ and Category D players can now potentially earn between PKR4.3million and PKR6.1million respectively. However, to make these earnings, the players will have to maintain the expected fitness levels and perform consistently so that they can feature in all league matches of the National T20, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup. These are projected numbers and have been calculated on the basis of 30 league matches being played across the three major PCB events and without adding the impact of any prize moneys. The total prize money of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is PKR17million with the winner receiving PKR10million, the champion of Pakistan Cup will earn PKR5million from a total purse of PKR9.3million and the winner of the National T20 will get richer by PKR5million from a total pool of PKR8.7million. Similarly, players participating in the second division CA Championship (four-day non-first-class), CA Challenge (50-over) and CA T20 will have an opportunity to earn around PKR1.14million through match fees and daily allowance payments. When the players’ monthly retainers are added to these numbers, then it again becomes a substantial figure and should motivate them further to not only do better but also aspire to play in the three major events, which will not only enhance their earnings but also bring them one step closer selections in the national side. PCB Director - High Performance, Nadeem Khan said: “Domestic cricket is the backbone of Pakistan cricket and we need to continue to invest in it to make it a stronger and more attractive brand. In this relation, I am grateful to the BoG for supporting and approving the management’s recommendations. “Already, the standard and quality of our domestic cricket, as acknowledged by our elite cricketers, has become challenging and competitive. This is following merit-based selections, quality playing facilities, excellent logistical arrangements, high-quality broadcast and extensive digital media coverage. I am sure these new financial incentives will take our domestic cricket forward and assist the PCB in further reducing the gap with international cricket. “The retainers and match fees have been increased to motivate and inspire cricketers to work harder round-the-year to maintain the required and expected levels of fitness and form, which forms the basis of retaining places in the contract list. Besides, the new incentives will also encourage them to give preference to our tournament over foreign leagues. Needless to remind everyone, PCB domestic events are a pathway to selection in the national side.” 2022-23 domestic contract categories (player names to be announced in due course): A+ (15 players) – PKR300,000 (up by PKR50,000) A (35 players) – PKR200,000 (up by PKR15,000) B (48 players) – PKR185,000 (up by PKR10,000) C (70 players) – PKR170,000 (up by PKR5,000) D (24 players) – PKR150,000 (up by PKR10,000) 2022-23 domestic events match fee Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – PKR100,000 (11 playing members each); PKR24,000 (five non-playing members each) Pakistan Cup – PKR60,000 (11 playing members each); PKR20,000 (five non-playing member each) National T20 – PKR60,000 (11 playing members each); PKR20,000 (five non-playing member each) CA Championship – PKR40,000 (11 playing members each); PKR10,000 (five no-playing members each) CA Challenge – PKR40,000 (11 playing members each); PKR10,000 (five non-playing members each) CA T20 – PKR40,000 (11 playing members each); PKR10,000 (five non-playing members each)
Mehrun Nisa, Shahbaz claim golds in Mount Everest Championship
SPORTS BULLETIN Pokhara (Nepal):-Pakistan’s Shahbaz Ahmed and female Athlete Mehrun Nisa have won the gold medals in the Under-40 Mixed category of Poomsae event of the 1st Mount Everest International Poomsae Open Taekwondo Championship at Pokhara, Nepal on Friday. Shahbaz has also grabbed gold in the Under-40 Male category of the Poomsae event as well while Mehrun Nisa won a silver medal in the Individual female category as well. In the Under-30 category, Pakistan’s Waseem Ahmed & Naila also won the bronze medal. Mohammad Waseem won a bronze medal in Under-30 mixed category while female athlete Flower Zaheer clinched won a bronze in the mixed Under-30 category. Overall Poomsae athletes have collected as many as eight medals in the Poomsae events so far in the ongoing Poomsae Taekwondo Open Championship.

ARCHERY - Blind23 Sep 2022

Blind Archer Tanveer Ahmed Clinches Silver Medal in Andorra
SPORTS BULLETIN Islamabad:-Pakistan number one Blind Archer Tanveer Ahmed has won the 3rd medal of the year by lifting a silver medal in Andorra International Open for VI Archery 2022 on Friday. According to available information, he lost in the final against Kathleen of Belgium in the 30 meter event. Earlier Tanveer Ahmed scored a personal best 396 points in the qualification round. Anette Londal from Norway won bronze in the championship. Blind Archer Tanveer Ahmed will also participate in 18 meter individual and mixed international team events on September 24 and 25, 2022.

SQUASH - Int News23 Sep 2022

Liz Irving on modern squash coaching with SquashLab
SPORTS BULLETIN As a world-class coach, Liz Irving is perhaps most famous for her formidable partnership with Malaysian legend Nicol David, who was World No.1 for a record-breaking 108 months in succession. Recently, though, Irving has been a leader in using modern technology to make the game more accessible than ever, with SquashLab Communities –  which connects people via global sporting apps with a view that they will have access to a wide variety of sport learning content / know-how and coaching skills – her latest venture. Irving explains: “SquashLab Communities is an app with plenty of squash learning content for squash in a progressive way from absolute beginner to international level player. “I have developed it because there is absolutely nothing on the market for the average player with any real substance as it is all top-end or development. The question is: ‘Who is looking after the 95% of the rest of the playing community and helping them progress and have really good resources at their disposal?’ “We have it for squash in Australia at the moment and it is endorsed by Squash Australia and all members get the app as part of their membership. It is filmed in a deliberate way to speak simple language to the user and very focussed on the content and is very progressive in its learning. Once you do one module like a six-week span and you have finished that, and it’s all achievable goals, then you go on to the next course and help them on their journey. “We will also be joining forces with Alan Thatcher at World Squash Day and this will be an opportunity for people to download the app, get on board and support World Squash Day and we are pretty excited about that. “So the user will have an interesting experience that is only going to get better and it is a passion project that I am very excited about it and the opportunity it will give to players to get on board and make the most of some great content and resources.”

CRICKET - PCB23 Sep 2022

Radford hopes to find another Babar at the PCB Pathway Programme
SPORTS BULLETIN Lahore:- Renowned batting coach Toby Radford, who coached the West Indies batters to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title in 2012, is impressed by the talent and natural ability of the batters at the Engro Cricket Coaching Project under the PCB Pathway Programme. The revolutionary pathway camp has entered its last week at the National High Performance Centre (NHPC) in Lahore. Radford joined Gordon Parsons (bowling coach) Julian Wood (power-hitting coach), Julien Fountain (fielding coach) and Nick Webb (strength and conditioning coach) at the NHPC last week. At the end of the pathway camp, Radford will take over the reins of Pakistan Junior League team Rawalpindi Raiders as their head coach. Radford has built his reputation as a world-class batting coach through a coaching career that spans two decades. Besides his successful stint with the West Indies, Radford has worked around the world including high performance coaching in Bangladesh and UK. He has also done stints as head coach of Glamorgan and Middlesex counties. The 50-year old also coached England in this year’s ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. Toby Radford: “I have always been a huge fan of Pakistan cricket as the players here have a huge natural ability and flair. I am really excited and look forward to working with these players. In the few days that I have been here, I have seen a lot of talent and it is really all about harnessing the talent. “When you work at the pathways, it becomes all about fast tracking the players as they tend to have the natural ability and you just try to make them progress a bit quicker through the system. “It is about tightening them up technically and also helping them tactically and to prepare them for different formats. The hope is that we will find another Babar Azam, that should be the plan to find some real quality and then to harness that quality. The strength of any senior team around the world is built by what you do at the lower level. “Right now we are working on their batting and power-hitting skills keeping in mind that the players have to play the Pakistan Junior League next month but when I return it would also be about developing the players for other formats. “It is also about preparing the batters to play well in alien conditions, when for instance, these players travel to England and the ball is swinging around, they can cope and when they go to Australia they can handle the bounce there too.” At the end of the Engro Cricket Coaching Project, the participants selected for the six Pakistan Junior League sides will join their respective teams for a pre-tournament camp in the lead-up to the 6 October tournament opener. Besides Radford, Parsons will be the head coach for Bahawalpur Royals. Wood and Fountain will also work with the PJL sides in their respective disciplines. The first of its kind T20 tournament will be staged at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore from 6 to 21 October.
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