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Cricket11 Sep 2021

Cricketers excited to welcome New Zealand after 18 years
Sports Bulletin Report RAWALPINDI (September 11, 2021): Former men cricketers and members of the current women’s national team have expressed their thrill and excitement to welcome New Zealand men’s national cricket team for their historic tour. The Black Caps will arrive in Pakistan today for three One-Day Internationals and five T20 Internationals. This is their first tour since 2003, when they were beaten 5-0 by the hosts in an ODI series. Former Test captain Rashid Latif: “It is a great news for passionate cricket fans that New Zealand are arriving in Pakistan after a long gap. I still remember a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi when Shoaib Akhtar bowled really fast and took six wickets. “The series is a great opportunity for young Pakistan players to express their talent. I am sure fans will turn up to the stadiums in Rawalpindi and Lahore to witness exciting matches between both sides.” Test wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal: “Witnessing international stars playing in front of them brings joy to the faces of the fans and I am hopeful the series will help promote the game in Pakistan.” Women’s team all-rounder Nida Dar: “I am looking forward to what promises to be exciting series. My well-wishes are with the men in green and I am sure they will do well.” National women’s team captain Javeria Khan: “It is really encouraging for the game that New Zealand is coming to Pakistan after a long gap. In this historic series, I am backing Babar Azam and his team to win.” Former Test cricketer and now national U19 coach Ijaz Ahmed: “The tour of New Zealand is another step forward towards the complete resumption of international cricket in Pakistan. After New Zealand, England are due to visit next month here, which is fantastic for the cricket fans. “The fans are urged to turn to stadiums keeping necessary social distancing so they can enjoy the game safely.” Former Test cricketer Imran Farhat: “I am very happy to see New Zealand making a visit here again. I have some great memories of playing against New Zealand at home.” Former Test cricketer Yasir Hameed: “It is really great to see New Zealand coming to Pakistan after Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and South Africa made successful tours recently. New Zealand are a tough side and I am looking forward to competitive cricket.”

Others10 Sep 2021

Pakistan to participate in Asian Ju-Jitsu Championship 2021
Sports Bulletin KARACHI (September 10, 2021): As many as four men and three men will take part in the Asian Ju-Jitsu Champions 2021, which will be held from September 11 to 17 in Abu Dhabi.  According to the details, the Asian JuJitsu Champion 2021 is going to be taken place in Abu Dhabi from September 11 to 17 in which the top athletes of Asian countries will participate in this event. Pakistan players Mohammad Ammar, Abu Hurairah, Dilawar Khan Sunan, Mohammad Ali Rashid, Fatima Irfan, Isra Wasim and Kainat Arif will represent Pakistan in the championship. Tariq Ali will be head of the national squad. He will also perform as referee in this top regional event of Ju-Jitsu. Khalil Ahmad Khan, President, Pakistan Ju-Jitsu Federation, expressed hope that national players, as always, would succeed in brightening the name of the country and the nation.

Climbing10 Sep 2021

Sports Bulletin TORINO (September 10, 2021): The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) and the Indonesian Sport Climbing Federation (FPTI) are disappointed to announce that the IFSC Speed World Cup scheduled in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 30 and 31 October 2021, has been cancelled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the IFSC World Cup taking place from 1 to 3 October in Seoul, South Korea, will be the closing chapter of both the 2021 Boulder and Speed season. “It is heartbreaking to make this decision,” said IFSC President Marco Scolaris. “The IFSC and the Sport Climbing community were eager to finally bring the international Sport Climbing circuit in Indonesia. My gratitude goes to the FPTI, and President Yenny Wahid, for their valuable collaboration and effort. I am sure that the debut of the IFSC World Cup Series in Indonesia is only postponed, we will be there next year!”

Football10 Sep 2021

PPFL: Muslim Club overcome Pakistan Air Force 1-0
Sports Bulletin MULTAN (September 10, 2021):-Muslim Club Chman overcame Pakistan Air Force (PAF) 1-0  in the 13th Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) fixture at Qasim Bagh Football Stadium Multan on Friday. Both teams fought well and were 0-0 at the end of the first half. Mohammad Hanif scored lone goal for Muslim Club in the 64th minute and Pakistan Air Force tried their best to equalize the score but could not succeed. Muslim Club missed four corners while two were wasted by Pakistan Air Force. Mohammad Hanif, Abdul Qahir and Hazrat Umar received yellow cards for Muslim Club in the 33rd, 60th and 71st minutes respectively while the same was got Mehdi Hassan for PAF in the 13th minute of the first half. Referee Adnan Anjum supervised the match while Sajjad Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan assisted him. Rana Mushtaq acted as match Commissioner. On Saturday Sui Northern Gas Pipeline will face the Pakistan Army.  

Cricket10 Sep 2021

Blundell, Tickner and Bracewell excited for first Pakistan tour
Sports Bulletin RAWALPINDI (September 10, 2021): Eleven September is the date when New Zealand men’s national cricket team will land in Pakistan after 18 years and Blair Tickner, Dough Bracewell and Tom Blundell have made no secret of their excitement to be touring the country for the first time. The historic tour of New Zealand to Pakistan will commence with the three One-Day Internationals at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, after which the two teams will play five T20 Internationals at Pakistan’s home of Cricket, Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Blair Tickner: “We are very excited to get to Pakistan and play on their wickets. It is a bit disappointing that we will be not be able to see the beautiful country as we are stuck in a bubble. But, we are looking forward to play cricket there.” Tom Blundell: “It is very exciting for us to tour Pakistan, as none of us has ever been there. I have heard it is a beautiful country. They are a very good white-ball team and I think this tour will be challenging for us, but it is an exciting opportunity for all of us to go there. “It is really pleasing to see Pakistan play in front of their fans again and this experience is going to be very exciting for both sides. We have been playing in empty stadiums, but it will be very exciting to play in front of Pakistan fans. Doug Bracewell: “Lads are excited for the tour. The results were disappointing for us here in Bangladesh but we are now looking forward to play in Pakistan.”

Cricket10 Sep 2021

PCB to partner with Daraz for live streaming of 2021-22
Sports Bulletin LAHORE (September 10, 2021):-Pakistan Cricket Board has finalised arrangements with Pakistan’s leading online marketplace, Daraz, for exclusive live streaming rights for the 2021-22 home international season in the Pakistan region. The upcoming cricket season is set to be one of the busiest home seasons in Pakistan’s cricketing history with white-ball series tours by New Zealand, England (men’s and women’s) and West Indies followed by a full tour by Australia. Daraz will have exclusive live streaming rights for the entire bilateral international cricket season which commences with the first ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi on Friday, 17 September. As part of the partnership, Daraz users will get a chance to see the live stream free of cost on the platform’s recently launched “DarazLive” – a live streaming feature completely free of ads. Daraz believes in providing its customers with added value by continuous tech-backed innovation and living up to that belief, the brand focuses majorly on the phenomena of In-App shoppertainment that allows users to get a complete entertainment experience from the comfort of their homes. PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “I am excited to welcome Daraz on board as our exclusive live streaming partner for the Pakistan region. Cricket is Pakistan's biggest passion point and we are keen to make the game more accessible for our fans. Our Commercial team has focused on digital growth and this live streaming partnership is a great achievement for us as an organisation. “I am confident that our partnership with Daraz will grow bigger and better in line with our strategic vision to take a futuristic approach for value-addition and addressing changing behaviours and needs of our fans, especially the youth." Daraz Chief Marketing Officer Ammar Hassan: “We are extremely proud to partner with PCB for exclusive digital broadcasting rights for Pakistan cricket home series till March 2022. Daraz users will get a chance to see the live digital broadcast free of cost and free of ads while enjoying some great shopping deals during the matches. Live commerce is the next big thing and we want to bring the same trend in Pakistan.” With this partnership, both, PCB and Daraz, hope to redefine the cricket and entertainment landscape of Pakistan and enable users to have easy access to the most loved sport of the country. About Daraz Daraz is the leading online marketplace in South Asia, empowering tens of thousands of sellers to connect with millions of customers. Daraz provides immediate and easy access to 50 million products in over 100 categories, delivering more than six million packages every month across the region. Daraz is a mall, a marketplace and a community for its customers and sellers. It strives the raise the standards of e-commerce in South Asia through a seamless ecosystem consisting of end-to-end solutions across e-commerce, logistics, payment infrastructure and financial services. In 2018, Daraz was acquired by Alibaba Group, and is proud to carry its part of the mission to “make it easy to do business anywhere in the era of the digital economy”. As part of the Alibaba ecosystem, Daraz leverages Alibaba's global leadership and experience in technology, online commerce, mobile payments and logistics to drive growth in its markets.                                                                              

Cricket10 Sep 2021

PCB-Aitchison College Cricket Scholarship programme launched
Sports Bulletin LAHORE (September 10, 2021):-Pakistan Cricket Board today announced the launch of a scholarship programme in partnership with the prestigious Aitchison College, through which three outstanding cricketers from the PCB’s pathway programmes will receive cricket scholarships each year. Based on pre-determined criteria, the PCB will identify three suitable and talented boys each year, including those who otherwise could not afford to attend the school without full financial support in the form of a PCB Cricket Scholarship. Aitchison College will offer these youngsters places from Grade 7 to Grade 9 once each selected boy has met the minimum academic standards of the College for entry. Apart from acquiring highest standard of education, the players will also represent the Aitchison College cricket teams at various levels, while also remaining available to represent their Cricket Associations in the PCB-organised events. The PCB National High Performance Centre will monitor their cricketing progress, ensuring they continue on their path to becoming high quality cricketers. PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “The PCB-Aitchison College Cricket Scholarship programme is a ground breaking initiative. The College has a rich history of producing world-class cricketers and there is no better example than our current prime minister and patron Imran Khan. Through this scholarship, we can change the lives of these boys by providing them with world-class education. “Through the combination of educational excellence and high quality cricket skills programs, we aim to support the development of these future leaders. The mutually agreed eligibility criteria will enable us to assess and identify young cricketers annually.” Three most outstanding and deserving cricketers for this first cohort are: 14-year-old Ahmed Hussain from Peshawar, 12-year-old Ali Hasnain Badshah from Okara and 13-year-old Usman Khan from Peshawar. For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U13 and U16s, Ahmed scored 283 and 100 runs, respectively, besides taking 11 and eight wickets. Ali scored 274 runs for Southern Punjab in the U13 tournament, while Usman scored 172 runs and took five wickets for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U13.

Tennis10 Sep 2021

Asif Abbasi determines to make big mark in Wheelchair Tennis
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (September 10, 2021):-Wheelchair tennis player, Asif Gul Abbasi determined to bring glory for the country and to hoist the national flag in international arenas of wheelchair tennis. While talking to this scribe over his mobile from London, he said that he had won the wheelchair tennis international tournament in 2018 in the UK. “I won a total of three international tennis tournaments so far, “he added. Asif further said that he was the only Pakistani guy, who had broken into top 100 best world ranking 82 in the world in October 2018. “I won 16 National series wheelchair tennis tournaments in the UK in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was declared best player thrice in same years. Now, I am 145th spot in the international wheelchair tennis ranking, “he maintained. Responding to a question, he said that he achieved these honours without any support or help from any organisation. “Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) should support me and I can win the medals in the international games including Paralympics in future. I met with PTF officials in the past when I visited Pakistan a few months back but their response was not appreciate-able, “he lamented. “I had contacted Pakistan Paralympics and requested them to send my name for Paralympics 2020 but they did not take this seriously because of the negligence of the Paralympics officials in Pakistan. Unfortunately I could not represent Pakistan in these games. I had asked an official well in time before the setting of Paralympics, “he replied. Asif said that Pakistan Tennis Federation officials did not give him due respect and acknowledged his services to Pakistan. “I am also a level 3 tennis coach and have vast experience in tennis and I can train and provide training to budding tennis lads specially wheelchair tennis players in Pakistan, “he concluded.

Cricket10 Sep 2021

Tallawahs keep hopes alive with win over Kings
SPORTS BULLETIN St Kitts (September 10, 2021):-The Jamaica Tallawahs made it two wins in two as they defeated the Saint Lucia Kings by 55 runs at Warner Park, St Kitts. This win means the Tallawahs move into a qualifying spot for the knockout games next week but all six teams still have a mathematical chance to reach the latter stages. The Kings remain in third place in the table with all teams having two more group matches left to play. The Tallawahs got off to a lightning start thanks to another brutal innings from Kennar Lewis who smashed 56 from just 24 balls. Lewis was well supported by Shamarh Brooks as the Tallawahs reached 78/1 off their PowerPlay overs. While wickets fell throughout the Tallawahs innings they managed to maintain a fast scoring rate throughout with contributions from the middle order. It was Imad Wasim who pushed the Tallawahs past 200 with a 10-ball innings worth 27 runs including three consecutive sixes off the 20th over. The Kings chase started just as quickly with Andre Fletcher and Mark Deyal both making quickfire scores as they reached 79/1 off their first six overs. Roston Chase and Deyal put on 66 runs in just 32 balls but both fell in the space of two balls to Carlos Brathwaite to bring the Tallawahs back into the match. Those two wickets gave the Tallawahs a lot more control as they squeezed the Kings in the middle overs with Brathwaite keeping things very tight. The Tallawahs took two wickets in two balls twice more as the Kings chase petered out and the Tallawahs emerged victorious. Jamaica Tallawahs 211 all out (Lewis 56, Brooks 34; Royal 3/37, Royal 3/53) beat Saint Lucia Kings 156 all out (Deyal 33, Chase 30; Imad 3/34, Brathwaite 2/13) by 55 runs TKR SPINNERS STAR IN WIN OVER ROYALS Trinbago Knight Riders battled to a six wicket victory in their 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) encounter with Barbados Royals.  The Knight Riders won the toss and opted to field first, which looked like a good decision as the Barbados Royals were restricted to double figures. Kyle Mayers as opener was the only batsman who managed to score anything sizeable against a lethal Knight Riders bowling line-up. With such a low total to chase, the Knight Riders would have fancied their chances, but had an early scare, as they lost two wickets in the PowerPlay, however Colin Munro would eventually anchor the innings and take them to victory. Barbados Royals shuffled their batting order in the last game to great success, so it was no surprise to see Mayers opening once again, scoring a fluent 24 runs off 12 balls. However, that was to be the highest score of the innings as Knight Riders used spin to undo the Royals; Kharry Pierre, Akeal Hosein and Sunil Narine combining to take seven of the nine wickets that fell, including that of key batsmen Glenn Phillips, Jason Holder and Azam Khan. Trinbago Knight Riders started their chase by losing the wicket of Lendl Simmons to the pace of Mohammad Amir, which forced the team to play more cautiously. Munro, Darren Bravo and Tim Seifert carefully accrued runs, and despite losing four wickets, it ended up being a comfortable win for the Knight Riders thanks to Munro’s 41 not out.  Trinbago Knight Riders now have five wins in this year’s Hero CPL and move to the top of the league table.   

Climbing10 Sep 2021

National Rock & Sports Climbing Championship from September 25
ABDUL JABBAR FAISAL Islamabad (September 10, 2021):-The National Rock and Sports Climbing Championship 2021 will be held from September 25 to 27, 2021 in the capital city Islamabad. A spokesman for Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) told on Friday that rock competitions would be held at Margalla Hills while climbing events would take place at Pakistan Sports Complex at 45 feet. “The is going to organize under the banner of Alpine Club of Pakistan and National Mountaineering and Sports Climbing Federation in which top players across the country will show their skills during the three days' competitions. The competitions will be staged in two categories including Speed and Lead. Players can be registered till September 20, 2021, “he added.