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CRICKET LGS - Int12 Mar 2023

LLC Masters, World Giants thrash India Maharajas by two runs
Sports Bulletin Report Doha (Qatar): World Giants posted a thrilling two-run win over India Maharajas in the second match of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) Masters at the Asia Town Cricket Stadium in Doha, Qatar. The edge-of-the-seat thriller followed after World Giants had posted 166 for 8 in 20 overs riding on skipper Aaron Finch’s 53 off 31 balls with seven boundaries and three sixes and Shane Watson’s 55 runs off 32 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. A captain’s knock of 68 from Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh’s four-wicket spell for 13 runs for Indian Maharajas, unfortunately, went in vain.  It was Gambhir’s second consecutive half-century after his 54 against Asia Lions in the opener and his 68 in this match came off 42 balls with nine boundaries and one six. With eight runs needed off the last over, Brett Lee gave away just five runs to give the defending champions World Giants a winning start. Earlier, World Giants won the toss and elected to bat. ‘The Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle, who opened with his skipper Aaron Finch, smashed the second delivery from Irfan Pathan to the extra cover boundary. Pathan kept Gayle quiet with the rest of his deliveries.  Harbhajan Singh, who bowled the third over struck with his first delivery clean bowling Gayle with a beauty that spun in to hit the leg stump. Gayle trying to play a paddle shot, missed the turn and fell for 4. Shane Watson greeted Harbhajan with two consecutive boundaries – the first an elegant sweep to fine leg and another a pull to backward square leg. World Giants went past the 100-run mark through a classy square-driven boundary from Watson off Irfan Pathan in the 10th over. Tambe bowled a brilliant 11th over giving away just five runs. Watson raced to his half-century hitting Pathan for two sixes in the 12th over. Tambe removed Watson too by having him caught at long-on by Murali Vijay. Jacques Kallis got out, caught by the agile Mohammad Kaif at mid-wicket off Pathan for 8. Ross Taylor, who had played some lovely knocks in the second edition of this league, and Kevin O’Brien pushed the score to 135 for 4 in 15 overs when Kaif produced another flying catch, diving forward to get Kevin O’Brien out for 4 off Harbhajan Singh. Two balls later, Harbhajan trapped Ross Taylor for 1.  One ball after, Harbhajan also had Morne van Wyk sweep and edge his pad to get caught by wicketkeeper Uthappa for 1. Tino Best and Chris Mpofu picked 18 runs off Yusuf Pathan, who bowled the 19th over and World Giants ended up at 166 for 8 in 20 overs. Chasing a run rate of 8.30, Robin Uthappa opened with his skipper Gautam Gambhir. Brett Lee bowled a tight first over giving away just four runs. The 50-run partnership came in 5.2 overs. Gambhir was severe on Chris Mpofu and hit him for a six over the covers and also scored three boundaries to pick 20 runs off the over. In the last over, India Maharajas needed eight runs off six balls. Stuart Binny pulled Lee to Powell for 2 to make it seven runs off three balls.  With five runs needed off the last ball, Pathan could get only two runs. Lee gave just five runs in the last over to seal his team’s victory.
Irfan Saeed lifts the National Badminton Championship title
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Irfan Saeed (Wapda) beat Muqeet Tahir (Wapda) in the Men’s Singles final of the 60th National Badminton Championship 2-0 here at WAPDA Sports Complex. The final score-line was just 21-11, 21-11. Raja Mohammad Hasnain pairing with Raja Zulqarnain Haider of Pakistan Army won the men's double title, Mahoor Shahzad & Ghazala Siddique of Pakistan Wapda took the women doubles title and Raja Hasnain (Army) and Ghazala Siddique (wapda) won the mixed doubles championship. Imdad Ullah Mamon President WAPDA Sports Board was the chief guest of the final ceremony and distributed the cash prizes, trophies and certificates amongst the finalists. Wajid Ali Chaudhry President, Pakistan Badminton Federation, Tayyab Sohail SVP (PBF), Zarina Waqar Vice President Women (PBF), Major Shazada Saleem (Pak Army) and Mohammad Amjad Khan Secretary General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Badminton Association was also present on the occasion. Results (final): Men’s Singles: Irfan Saeed (Wapda) beat Muqeet Tahir (Wapda) by 21-11, 21-11 Women Singles: Mahoor Shahzad (Wapda) beat Ghzala Siddique (Wapda) by 12-21, 21-14, 21-15 Men’s Doubles: Raja Mohammad Hasnain & Raja Zulqarnain (Army) beat Awais Zahid & Mohammad Ali Larosh (Wapda) by 22-20, 16-21, 21-12 Women’s Doubles: Mahoor Shahzad & Ghazala Siddique (Wapda) beat Farzana Ali & Saba Rasheed (Wapda) by 21-10, 21-18 Mixed Doubles: Raja Mohammad Hasnain (Army) & Ghzala Siddique (Wapda) beat Mohammad Ali Larosh (Wapda) & Zubaira Islam (PB) by 21-17, 21-13
Women Baseball: Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa claim victories
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: Hosts Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) have won their respective matches on the opening day of the 17th National Women's Baseball Championship, which is going on at Pakistan Sports Complex under the aegis of Pakistan Baseball Federation (PBBF). The championship was inaugurated by Pakistan Baseball Federation President Syed Fakhr Ali Shah. On this occasion, besides General Manager of Bahria Town Lahore, Ghulam Murtaza Cheema, a large number of fans were also present. In the first match, Islamabad defeated Balochistan with a score of 4-9 while in the second match, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa defeated Sindh by 2-9. Eight teams from across the country are participating in the championship, including Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Pakistan Army, Pakistan WAPDA, Higher Education Commission (HEC). WAPDA team will defend their title in the championship.
Rugby League: Lahore Hawks overcome Desert Campbells 24-23 in final
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Lahore Hawks team edged out Desert Campbells Rugby Club by 24-23 in the final to win the 8th Servis Tyres Rugby League, well-organized by Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU).  At half time, Lahore Hawks had a healthy lead of 17-3. In the second half, the Fort Abbas players played brilliantly and came back into the game. The first try was scored by Israr, the second by Muneeb and the third by Dawood while Ahmed Wasim scored a try by Lahore Hawks in the second half. All the tries were scored by Desert Campbells Fort Abbas in the second half, with Umar Daraz scoring two and Wasim one.  The chief guest of the final was President Pakistan Rugby Union Chaudhry Arif Saeed. He was accompanied by PRU Secretary Salman Sheikh, Moazzam Shah, Shakeel Malik, Punjab rugby officials and a large number of rugby lovers. Earlier, Director Servis Tyres Ch Arif Saeed was introduced to the players and then the match started. In this 15-a-side league, the teams of Lahore Hawks and Desert Campbells Fort Abbas won two matches each, while the teams of Lahore Rugby Football Club and Islamabad Jinns won one match each.  Therefore, the last match had become the final for both the teams, in which Lahore Hawks and Desert Campbells teams played very well, but Lahore Hawks team was able to win the Servis Tyres 15-a-side Rugby Championship for the first time by only one point.  In the closing ceremony, Pakistan Rugby Union President Chaudhry Arif Saeed distributed trophies and prizes among the players. The man of the match was awarded to Dawood Gul of Lahore Hawks while man of the tournament was awarded to Aqib Siddiqui of Desert Campbells Rugby Club.

POLO - National12 Mar 2023

Quaid-e-Azam Cup: BN Polo, Master Paints/Newage register thrilling wins
Sports Bulletin Reports LAHORE: DS Polo and BN Polo registered victories in the Century Ventures National Open Polo Championship for Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2023 here at the Lahore Polo Club on Sunday. Hero Hissam helps DS Polo thump Remounts 11-7  In the first match of the day, DS Polo beat Remounts 11-7, thanks to hero of the day Hissam Ali Hyder, who played brilliant polo for DS Polo and smashed in six superb goals while Javier Guerrero hammered a hat-trick and Daniyal Shaikh banged in a brace. Manuel Sundblad fired in four goals while Jota Chavanne thrashed in three goals for Remounts. Both the teams started the match well and succeeded in converting two goals each to make it 2-2. DS Polo then played better polo in the second chukker and fully dominated it by thrashing in four back-to-back goals to take a 6-2 lead. They added one more in their tally in the beginning of the third chukker, making it 7-2. But Remounts then bounced back strongly by hammering a hat-trick to reduce the margin to 5-7. DS Polo players once again did well with mallets and ponies in the fourth chukker and converted a brace against one by Remounts to stretch their lead to 9-6. In the fifth and last chukker, DS Polo once again banged in a brace against one by Remounts to win the match by 11-7.  Hamza guides BN Polo to a thrilling victory In the second match of the day, Hamza Mawaz Khan’s heroics helped BN Polo beat Master Paints/Newage Cables by a narrow margin of 6-5. Hamza Mawaz Khan played a great game and pumped in five fabulous goals for BN Polo while the remaining one was converted by Tito Ruiz Guinazu. For Master Paints/Newage Cables, Simon Prado cracked a quartet while Juan Cruz Greguol hit one. The first two chukkers of the match were evenly poised as both the sides fought well against each and first converted one goal each in the first chukker and then banged in a brace each in the second chukker to level the score at 3-3. BN Polo made the difference in the third chukker as they thrashed in two back-to-back goals to gain a slight 5-3 lead, but Master Paints/Newage also played well and struck one to reduce the deficit to 4-5.  The only goal of the fourth chukker was converted by BN Polo that helped them stretch their lead to 6-4. In the fifth and last chukker, Master Paints/Newage though converted one to make it 5-6, but it was all that they could get from the match as BN Polo won the thrilling encounter by 6-5.  Fun, Fans and Festivity There was a large number of spectators present on the occasion to witness and enjoy the entertaining matches. Other notables present there were Directors of Century Ventures Private Limited Ayaz Lakhani, Kamran Afzal, Wasim Mazhar, Nazia Wasim, President of Lahore Polo Club Umar Sadiq, Executive Committee Members Agha Murtaza Ali Khan, Shah Qubilai Alam, Feroze Gulzar, Usman Haye, Agha Najeeb Raza, Saqib Khan Khakwani and a large number of families, children and polo lovers. Monday’s fixtures On Monday, March 13, 2023, two important matches will be played. Diamond Pants will compete against HN Polo at 1:30 pm while FG Polo and Master Pants teams will vie against each other at 3:30 pm. MATCHES SUMMARY  MATCH # 9: DS Polo 11-7 Remounts DS POLO: Hissam Ali Hyder 6, Javier Guerrero 3, Daniyal Shaikh 2. Total: 11    REMOUNTS: Manuel Sundblad 4, Jota Chavanne 3. Total: 7    UMPIRES: John Fisher & Chris Hyde.  MATCH # 10: BN Polo 6-5 Master Paints/Newage BN POLO: Hamza Mawaz Khan 5, Tito Ruiz Guinazu 1. Total: 6 MASTER PAINTS/NEWAGE: Simon Prado 4, Juan Cruz Greguol 1. Total: 5 UMPIRES: John Fisher & Chris Hyde.

CRICKET LGS - PSL12 Mar 2023

PSL 8: Peshawar Zalmi beat Islamabad United by 13 runs
Sports Bulletin Report RAWALPINDI: The 15 March Qualifier will be a repeat of the HBL PSL 7 final between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans after Peshawar Zalmi overcame Islamabad United by 13 runs in a thrilling 29th match of the HBL PSL 8 at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Peshawar Zalmi suffered a middle-order collapse to stutter to 179 for eight and then overcame Faheem Ashraf’s late charge to dismiss Islamabad for 166 in 19.4 overs. The result meant Islamabad United and Multan Sultans finished their league matches on 12 points each. However, Multan Sultans were placed second and Islamabad United third on net run-rate, meaning Multan Sultans will meet table-toppers and defending champions Lahore Qalandars on 15 March in the Qualifier and Islamabad United will again take on fourth-placed Peshawar Zalmi in Eliminator 1 on 16 March. The winner of the 15 March Qualifier will progress to the 19 March final, while the losing side will have another opportunity to earn a place in the final when they will take on the winner of the 16 March Eliminator 1 in Eliminator 2 on 17 March. After Islamabad United’s top and middle-order made a mess of a straightforward run-chase by slipping from 65 for three to 111 for eight, No.8 batter Faheem Ashraf came to the party and slapped four sixes and two fours in a 13-ball 38 to give his side some hope. In association with Mohammad Wasim (14 not out), the left-hander added 55 runs from 24 balls for the ninth wicket. With 21 runs required in the final over, Faheem struck a six off the second ball to bring the target down to 14 from four balls. However, Khurram Shahzad castled Faheem and Fazalhaq Farooqi off successive deliveries to seal a memorable win for Peshawar Zalmi, who in the previous two matches had failed to defend totals of 240 and 242. While Khurram finished with figures of three for 13 in 10 balls, spinner Sufiyan Muqeem caused the middle-order collapse by accounting for Shadab Khan (25), Asif Ali (5) and Hasan Ali (0) to finish with figures of three for 37. Jimmy Neesham picked up the prized scalps of middle-order batters Rahmanullah Gurbaz (33) and Colin Munro (15) to end with two for 23, while Aamer Jamal scooped the wickets of top-order batters Alex Hales and Sohaib Maqsood (15 each) to finish with two for 28. Earlier, Mohammad Haris and Bhanuka Rajapaksa put on 115 runs in 58 balls for the second wicket to put Peshawar Zalmi on course for another colossal total when they took their side to 116 for the loss of Saim Ayub (0) at the halfway stage. But the Strategic Timeout turned things on its head as Islamabad United roared back to capture seven wickets for 63 runs to restrict Peshawar Zalmi to 179 for eight. This included an unfinished 18-run ninth wicket stand from 21 balls between Khurram Shahzad (11 not out) and Sufiyan Muqeem (6 not out). Haris top-scored with an attractive 79 off 39 balls with seven fours and five sixes, while Rajapaksa slapped four fours and two sixes in a 25-ball 41. Haris’ maiden half-century of this tournament came from 26 balls with five fours and three sixes. He was later adjudged player of the match. Hasan Ali was the pick of Islamabad United bowlers with three for 39, while Shadab Khan took two for 42.

CRICKET - Women11 Mar 2023

Amazons Women beat Super Women by 33 runs to win the series 2-1
Sports Bulletin Report RAWALPINDI: A punishing century by Chamari Athapaththu was not enough to prevent Amazons from registering a 33-run victory over Super Women in the third match that gave them a 2-1 series win in the Women’s League exhibition matches at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Athapaththu hit a strokeful 107 not out from 60 balls featuring 12 fours and six sixes as Super Women finished at 185 for eight after being set a 219 runs target. Athapaththu raised her half-century from 32 balls with six fours and three sixes, while she reached three figures from 57 balls with 11 fours and six sixes. Athapaththu put on 90 runs for the third wicket with Iram Javed, who contributed 35 from 29 balls with four fours and a six. The Sri Lanka captain dominated the 40-run fourth wicket stand with South Africa’s Sune Luus, whose contribution was six from five balls with one four. The only time the left-hander was outshone was when Pakistan opener Muneeba Ali scored 12 of the 17 runs for the first wicket with three fours. For Amazons, Fatima Sana took three for 34, while Danni Wyatt bagged two for 43. While Super Women belted 24 fours and seven sixes in their reply, Amazons smashed 30 fours and six sixes to collect 218 for six after electing to bat first for the third successive time in the series. Amazons captain Bismah Maroof followed up her scores of one and 73 not out with a well-crafted 51 not out to top-score for her side. Her 32-ball innings included six fours and a six. Together with Tammy Beaumont, Bismah put on 67 runs for the third wicket. Tammy’s contribution in this stand was a 26-ball 39 with five fours and a six. England’s Danni Wyatt, who scored 22 and 97 in the previous matches, hit 43 at a strike-rate of 215 with seven fours and two sixes and provided her side a 65-run start in less than six overs with Eyman Fatima (19, 16b, 4x4). Maia Bouchier and Fatima Sana finished the innings like it started. Bouchier hit three fours and a six in a 10-ball 21, while Fatima’s seven-ball 17 not out included four fours. Scores in brief 3rd match – Amazons beat Super Women by 33 runs, win series 2-1 Amazons 218-6, 20 overs (Bismah Maroof 51 not out, Danni Wyatt 43, Tammy Beaumont 39, Maia Bouchier 21, Eyman Fatima 19; Aimen Anwar 2-40) Super Women 185-8, 20 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 107 not out, Iram Javed 35, Muneeba Ali 12; Fatima Sana 3-34, Danni Wyatt 2-43, Player of the match: Danni Wyatt (Amazons) 1st match - Super Women beat Amazons by eight wickets Match 2 – Amazons beat Super Women by 41 runs

CRICKET LGS - PSL11 Mar 2023

Rossouw hero: Multan Sultans beat Peshawar Zalmi by 4 wickets
Sports Bulletin Report RAWALPINDI: Peshawar Zalmi failed to defend 240 runs or more for the second successive time as Multan Sultans won the 486-run thriller by four wickets to storm into the HBL Pakistan Super League 2023 playoffs in front of another full-house at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Friday. Rilee Rossouw stroked the fastest HBL PSL century off 41 balls, improving his own record by two balls, and Kieron Pollard blasted a 25-ball 52 as Multan Sultans achieved the 243-run target with five balls to spare. Multan Sultans needed 18 off two overs and three runs in the last over. Rossouw was dismissed when 16 runs were required off nine balls after a blistering 121 off 51 balls with 12 fours and eight sixes. He had reached his 50 off 17 balls with six fours and four sixes, and featured in three match-winning partnerships. Together with Pollard, who slapped three fours and five sixes, Rossouw put on 99 runs for the third wicket in 43 balls after Mohammad Rizwan (5) and Shan Masood (7) were back in the hut at the score of 28. For the fifth wicket with Khushdil Shah (18), Rossouw added 58 runs from 29 balls before he put on 21 off 13 with Anwar Ali (24 not out). After Rossouw’s departure, Usama Mir ensured the good work of the South African was not spoiled as he clubbed a four and a six in a three-ball 11 not out to bring another famous win for the 2021 champions. While this was a record HBL PSL run-chase, this is the joint-second highest run-chase overall in T20 cricket. For Peshawar Zalmi, it was the second successive time they were unable to defend this sizeable score after Quetta Gladiators had achieved the 241-run target for the loss of two wickets with 10 balls to spare. The result means Peshawar Zalmi can now progress to the playoffs if Quetta Gladiators lose to Multan Sultans on Saturday evening or they defeat Islamabad United on Sunday afternoon. Both matches are scheduled in Rawalpindi. Earlier, a Babar Azam masterclass, an attacking half-century by Saim Ayub and cameos by Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Mohammad Haris lifted Peshawar Zalmi to 242 for six after they had elected to bat first. Babar Azam slapped nine fours and two sixes in a 39-ball 73, an innings that lifted him to second position on the leading run-getters table with 416 runs (12 runs behind Mohammad Rizwan of Multan Sultans). Saim Ayub continued his fairytale run when he clobbered five fours and four sixes in a 33-ball 58. The master and his disciple provided Peshawar Zalmi a 134-run start, which was fully capitalised on by Haris (35 off 11 with one fours and four sixes) and Kohler-Cadmore (38 off 18 with four fours and two sixes). Abbas Afridi was the pick of bowlers on what was a though day for the bowlers. The fast bowler registered figures of 4-0-39-4. The most expensive bowlers of the day were Anwar Ali of Mulatn Sultans (4-0-66-1) and Azmatullah Omarzai of Peshawar Zalmi (4-0-62-2). Peshawar Zalmi reached 64 for no loss in the PowerPlay overs, 115 for no loss after the halfway stage and 173 for four after 15 overs. In the last five overs, Peshawar Zalmi collected 69 runs. In contrast, Multan Sultans reached 66 for two in the PowerPlay overs, 131 for three after the halfway stage and 182 for four after 15 overs.

CRICKET - Women10 Mar 2023

Amazons Women outplay Super Women by 41 runs to level Series 1-1
Abdul Jabbar Faisal RAWALPINDI: A couple of notable performances Danni Wyatt (97 runs) and Anum Amin (4 for 17) guided Amazons Women to overcome Super Women by 41 runs to level Series 1-1 in the second exhibition match here at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Friday. The Amazons set a huge target of 205 runs in the stipulated 20 over for Super Women. A great and magical bowling by Anum Amin, who claimed 4 vital wickets after conceding just 17 runs in her 4 overs, supported her side to restrict the opponents to 163 for 9 in 20 overs. Laure Winfield-Hill was top-scorer with 00 runs, which was not enough for Super Women to reach the mammoth target of 205 runs, as she lasted just 42 balls and hammered 11 boundaries and three huge sixes. Another major contributor batter was Iram Javed with 28 runs with over 100 runs strike-rate. She hit a couple of sixes during her 27 balls innings. Chamari Athapathuthu scored 17 off 17 balls including three fours. Anum Amin (4 for 17), Fatima Sana (2 for 38), Danni Wyatt (1 for 17) and Ghulam Fatima (1 for 32) were the wicket taker bowlers for the Amazons. Earlier, Amazons women’s Captian, Bismah Mahroof won the toss and decided to bat first on a day pitch of the Pindi Stadium. They posted 204 for 3 runs total on the board in 20 overs per innings fixture. Danni Whyat and skipper Bismah Marhroof put 137 runs for the second wicket to consolidate the position, as the opener batter Eyman Fatima lost her wicket in the very first over of the match on the 2 runs total. He was caught by Winfield-Hill on the bowling of Lea Tahuhu at mid-on boundary. Danni Whyatt hammered 97 runs, as she lasted only 45 balls including 17 fours and three huge sixes while captain Bismah played an unbeaten inning of 73 runs. She smashed 11 fours during his 51 balls innings. Other major contributors were Tess Flintoff (14) not out and wicketkeeper batter Tammy Beaumont with 13 runs. Tuba Hasan got 2 while Lea Tahuhu claimed a solitary wicket for Super Women. Danni Whyatt said in her post-match comments: “I am happy with my performance but unfortunately I could not complete my century, as I was trying my best to add maximum in the team’s total, as the fielder took a nice catch. It was a good track for batting and the weather was good too. I enjoyed the cricket in Pindi and we will try our best to win the last match to win the three-match Tie.” Laure Winfield-Hill said: “We missed a lot of things and on this pitch 180 total would be reachable for us. We should restrict opponents to around 180 runs. Although we managed a good start and at one stage we were in a position to win the match, however, the left-arm spinner bowled very well and snared 4 batters during her spell of 4 overs”.    Summarized Scorecard: Amazons beat Super Women by 41 runs Amazons Women (Batting) 204 for 3 runs in 20 overs Danni Wyatt 97 runs (45 balls, 4x17, 6x3), Bismah Mahroof 73 runs not out (51 balls, 4x11, 6x0), Tess Filntoff 14 runs not out (7 balls, 4x1, 6x1) Super Women (Bowling): Lea Tahuhu (1 for 28), Tuba Hasan (2 for 34) Super Women (Batting) 163 for 9 in 20 overs Laure Winfield-Hill 80 runs (42 balls, 4x11, 6x3), Iram Javed 28 runs (27 balls, 4x0, 6x2), Chamari Athapathuthu 17 runs (17 balls, 4x3, 6x0) Amazons Women (Bowling): Anum Amin (4 for 17), Fatima Sana (2 for 38), Danni Wyatt (1 for 17), Ghulam Fatima (1 for 32) Player of the Match: Danni Wyatt (Amazons) Amazons Women (Playing XIs): Danni Wyatt, Eyman Fatima, Bismah Mahroof (captain), Tammy Beaumont (wicketkeeper), Maia Bocheir, Aliya Riaz, Tess Flintoff, Fatima Sana Khan, Nashra Sundu, Anam Amin, Ghulam Fatima Super Women (Playing XIs): Muneeba Ali Siddiqui (wicketkeeper), Chamari Athapaththu, Nida Dar (captain), Sune Luus, Iram Javed, Umme-Hanni, Tuba Hasan, Lea Tahuhu, Syeda Masooma Zehra Fatima, Sadia Iqbal, Laure Winfield-Hill  

GOLF - Int News10 Mar 2023

National Amateur and Long Drive Golf Championship from April 27 to 30
Abdul Jabbar Faisal RAWALPINDI: Secretary, Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF), Briag (Retd) Sajid Ikram has announced that the 62nd National Amateur and Long Drive Golf Championship would be played from April 27 to 30, 2023 soon after the Holly month of Ramadan at Lahore Golf Club. “We will invite 15 countries to participate in the prestigious international golf showpiece and Jayewardene Trophy will be held taken place at the same venue during the same dates, ‘he added while addressing a press conference at PGF Secretariat Jehlum Road here on Friday. Also, on this occasion, PGF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the title sponsor Smart City. Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohammad Aslam Malik, and Secretary PGF Sajid Ikram inked the contract of MoU with Future Development Holdings (FDH) Private Limited as the title Sponsor. Brig (R) Sajid Ikram said: “It is the endeavor of PGF to promote the game of Golf in the country in the best possible way, every day more and more youngsters are joining in to learn and improve their skills. We have 49 registered golf courses in the country out of which only 24 golf courses are 18/27 holes.” He said we were also ensuring the maximum possible international participation of our golfers. “Our team of two ladies and as many men are currently representing Pakistan in Bangladesh.” Coming to the event, the Championship includes Stroke Play Amateur, Senior & Ladies Championship; Inter Association Men & Senior Championship; International Team Match Men; International Team Match Ladies, and J R Jayewardene Trophy. “We appreciate the support of FDH for sponsoring this World Class event and we assure them that with their support the event will be conducted in the best possible way. He also lauded the effort of Mohammad Aslam Malik, Group Chief Operating Officer, FDH, Brig Nadeem Aslam, Project Director Smart City Lahore, Louis Fernandez, Chief Development Officer, Smart City Golf Course, Simon, Golf Superi Capital Smart City Golf Course In charge and Malik Kamran PGF.