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Climbing08 Sep 2021

Ali Sadpara Climbing Wall in KPK
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Islamabad (September 8, 2021):- A 52-foot high Climbing Wall will be named to Mohammad Ali Sadpara, a great Pakistani mountaineer, who had passed away during the expedition on the second highest peak of the world K-2. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government installed the Climbing Wall worth of Rs.10 millions at Peshawar Sports Complex aiming to provide good and international standard facilities of this adventure sport to youth of the province.  Te 52 feet high wall boasting three categories including speed, technical and vertical, is estimated to cost Rs10 million and will be constructed under the PM’s 1000 Playground Facilities project at Peshawar Sports Complex. Mohammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri from Iceland and Jaun Pablo Mohr from Chile were on the mission to scale K2 in winter but lost contact after they started their push for the K2 summit from camp 3 in the first week of February. After losing contact with the team, multiple rescue operations were carried out with the help of Pakistan Army’s helicopters and PAF C-130 aircraft but to no avail. On Feb 18, Sajid, Sadpara’s son, declared his father dead.

Cricket08 Sep 2021

CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE Royals return to winning ways against Warriors
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Islamabad (September 8, 2021):-The Barbados Royals claimed their second win of the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a 45 run victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors. A strong all-round display from the Royals keeps their playoff hopes alive with three group games remaining. The Amazon Warriors never really recovered from a blistering start from the Royals batsmen who put their bowlers under real pressure after being asked to bat first.  The Royals innings started quickly with 67 runs from the PowerPlay with Johnson Charles (40) and Kyle Mayers (36) getting their team firing early on. The Amazon Warriors pegged things back with the wickets of Mayers and Azam Khan but a stand of 48 between Glenn Phillips and Smit Patel put the Royals back in front. Phillips top scored with 44 and he was well supported by Jason Holder who made 22 from just seven balls. When both fell within quick succession the Royals innings lost some impetus but they still posted a very competitive 185/8. Romario Shepherd was once again the pick of the Amazon Warriors bowlers, claiming 3/31 from his four overs. Gudakesh Motie bowled with penetration to claim 2/33. The Guyana Amazon Warriors reply started badly with three wickets falling inside their PowerPlay as they reached 39/3 off the first six overs. While wickets fell it was Mohammad Hafeez who looked to hold things together for the Warriors. He made it to 30 from 25 balls before he was well stumped by Smit Patel off a wide bowled by Ashley Nurse. When Hafeez fell the Amazon Warriors needed 115 runs from 65 balls and the pressure was on Shoaib Malik to see his side home. When he fell going for a big shot off Nyeem Young there was no way back for the Guyanese side. Some late order hitting from Odean Smith gave some respectability to the margin of defeat, but the Royals closed out a comfortable win with a very strong bowling display with wickets shared evenly across their attack. Barbados Royals 185/8 (Phillips 44, Charles 40; Shepherd 3/31, Motie 2/33) Guyana Amazon Warriors 140 all out (O Smith 43, Hafeez 30; Young 3/24, Lintott 2/16)

Football07 Sep 2021

KRL and Lyallpur Club claim victories in prestigious PPFL
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Multan (September 7, 2021):-KRL and Lyallpur Club have won their respective matches in 13th Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) at Qasim Bagh Football Stadium, Multan on Tuesday. In the first match, Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) stunned Muslim Club Chman 8-0 goals. KRL took 3-0 lead at the end of the first half and five goals were scored in the 2nd half. Imran Khan and Abdul Qadeer scored two goal each while Alamgir,Waqar Hssain, Iftikhar Ali and Ali Agha also scored one goal each in the scheduled time. Asmatullah and Fareed Ullah received yellow cards in the 52nd and 78th minute while Mohammad Shahid also got the same in the 37th minute. In the second match, Lyallpur Club defeated Pakistan Army by 2-1 goals. Both teams fought well and were leveled 1-1 at the end of the first half. In the first minute of the first half, Mateen Tariq scored a goal for Pakistan Army and Mohammad Sufyan equalised the score 1-1 in the 36th minute. The 2nd goal was scored by Naeem Ullah for Lyallpur in the 80th minute. Shahram Babar got yellow card in the 46th minute for Lyallpur Club. On Wednesday, Lyallpur Club will take on Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.      

Badminton07 Sep 2021

Shoaib wins Peshawar Badminton Championship
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Peshawar (September 7, 2021):- Shoaib Raza has won the title of Peshawar District Badminton Championships 2021 after beating Uzair Khan2-1 in the Men’s Single final at Tariq Wadood Badminton Hall, Qayyum Stadium Peshawar. Pir Izhar Ul Haq, Vice-President Basket Ball Association of Khyber Pakhutunkawa (KPK) graced the closing ceremony as chief guest and distributed the prizes among the players. President, District Badminton Association’s Peshawar Asad Ghaffar and General Secretary Salam Gul appreciated the efforts of Director General, Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Asfandyar Khattak, who provide full support for the success of the championship. President also hailed the efforts of Fazle Subhan, Irfan Afridi, Mohammad Akmal, Riaz Khan, Farrukh Nadeem, Noor Zeb, Shahzad Khan, who fully helped the organizers. Results: Men’s Singles: Shoaib Riaz beats Uzair Khan 17-21, 21-18, 21-15 Men’s Doubles: Shoaib Riaz and Yasir Asad beat Shahzad Khan and Uzair Khan 17-21, 21-18, 21-16 Boys’ singles Under-13: Tamim beat Afridi 2-1      

PSB News07 Sep 2021

Athletes from all districts to participate in Fastest Man and Woman competition
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Lahore (September  7, 2021):- Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said that Sports Board Punjab (SBP) would organize competitions of Fastest Man and Woman of Punjab now in October due to surging cases of Covid-19 pandemic; he said this while addressing a meeting at National Hockey Stadium on Tuesday. The meeting was convened to review the preparations of Fastest Man and Woman of Punjab competitions. Besides President Athletics Federation of Pakistan Maj-Gen (retd) Akram Sahi, the meeting was attended by Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti, Brig (retd) Javed Iqbal and Secretary Punjab Lawn Tennis Association Rashid Malik. Addressing the meeting, Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said male and female athletes from all districts of the province will participate in the competitions. “We are pretty confident to find several talented male and female sprinters through these events,” he added. President Athletics Federation of Pakistan Maj-Gen (retd) Akram Sahi, on this occasion said that Sports Board Punjab under the leadership of Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh is taking effective measures for the promotion of athletics in the province. “We will fully cooperate with Sports Board Punjab for the successful organization of Fastest Man and Woman of Punjab competitions”, he added.   

Cricket07 Sep 2021

ODI Series: Training and media conferences details unfold
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Rawalpindi (September 7, 2021):-New Zealand will arrive in Islamabad on 11 September to play three ODIs and five T20Is. The ODIs are part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League and will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on 17, 19 and 21 September, while the Gaddafi Stadium will host the T20Is from 25 September to 3 October. 9 September: A member of Pakistan squad will be available to media in a virtual media session at 1130. 10 September: Pakistan cricket team will hold a training session at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1630. The PCB will provide videos, photos and interviews of squad members, which can be used for editorial purposes only. 11 September: A member of Pakistan squad will be available to media in a virtual media session at 1130 Media interested in attending the session are requested to confirm their attendance to Ibrahim Badees. 12 September: A member of the New Zealand squad will be available to media in a virtual media session at 1130. Media interested in attending the session are requested to confirm their attendance to James Bennett at James.bennett@nzc.nz, at least, two hours before the start of the session. Pakistan will play an intra-squad practice match at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, which will begin at 1400. The PCB will provide videos and photos, which can be used for editorial purposes only. 13 September: Both the sides will hold training sessions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1630. 14 September: A member of the New Zealand squad will be available to media in a virtual media session at 1130. Both the sides will hold training sessions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1630. 15 September: A member of the Pakistan squad will be available to media in a virtual media session at 1130. New Zealand squad will play an intra-squad practice match at Pindi Cricket Stadium, which will begin at 1100. Pakistan team will practice at Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1830 to 2130. 16 September: Pakistan captain Babar Azam will hold his online pre-series media conference at 1130, which will be followed by New Zealand captain Tom Latham’s virtual session. At 1630, both the teams will train at the Pindi Cricket Stadium. 17 September:  First ODI - First ball to be bowled at 1430 18 September: Both teams are scheduled to hold training session at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1630. Media representatives are advised to speak with the respect team media manager before arriving at the Pindi Cricket Stadium as the teams may decide to cancel their training sessions. 19 September:  Second ODI – First ball to be bowled at 1430 20 September: Both teams are scheduled to hold training session at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1630. Media representatives are advised to speak with the respect team media manager before arriving at the Pindi Cricket Stadium as the teams may decide to cancel their training sessions. 21 September:  Third ODI – First ball to be bowled at 1430 22 September: Both the sides will depart for Lahore and have no media activities planned.

Cricket07 Sep 2021

First 21st century-born Sri Lankan cricketer Maheesh family elated
By BIPIN DANI In July this year Devdutt Padikkal became the first 21st-century-born cricketer to play for India. On Tuesday, it was Maheesh Theekshana, the right arm off-spinner, who became the first 21st century-born player from Sri Lanka to make debut against visiting South Africa at the R. Premadasa Stadium. "I am not surprised. It was the right time to hand over the cap to him", his mentor and the coach at the Colts' Cricket Club, speaking exclusively over the telephone from Colombo, said. "Maheesh has done exceedingly well in the domestic circuit and he has been rewarded".  In fact, Theeshana already had got some clue about his possible inclusion in the final eleven.   Family elated "Today is the happiest day in our life. Our greatest hope in life has been fulfilled today", his grand-mother Indra Padmini said. "He is in the team because of his hard work and total dedication". "My grand-son has strived hard to reach this level. His focus is only to play for the country and write his name in the history book", the grand-mother, who is also a guardian to Mathees and his two younger sisters (Sathmi and Pinsara), said. 

Cricket07 Sep 2021

England Men add Jos Buttler and Jack Leach to fifth Test squad
SPORTS DESK Islamabad (September 7, 2021):-England Men’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood has named a 16-player squad for the fifth LV= Insurance Test match against India starting at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 10 September 2021. Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler returns to the squad following the birth of his daughter during the fourth Test at the Kia Oval. Somerset spinner Jack Leach has been added to the squad for the final Test of the series. Batsman Sam Billings, who was included in the fourth Test squad, has returned to Kent. England Men’s Fifth Test Squad Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).  

Cricket06 Sep 2021

Selection Committee announces squad for T20 World Cup 2021
SALMAN KHAN Lahore (September 6, 2021):-The National Selection Committee of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) headed by former Test cricketer from Rawalpindi, Mohammad Wasim on Monday named a 15-player squad included five batters, two wicketkeeper, four all-rounders and four fast bowlers for the upcoming Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand and England, and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The seven home T20Is in Lahore and Rawalpindi will be played from 25 September to 14 October, while Pakistan will proceed to take on India in a battle of former champions in their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup opener in Dubai on 24 October. Asif played his 29th and last T20I for Pakistan against Zimbabwe earlier in April and averages 16.38 with a strike-rate of 123.74, while his overall strike-rate in T20 cricket stands at 147. Khushdil Shah’s ninth and last T20I was against South Africa in Lahore earlier this year. The left-hander averages more than 21 and holds a strike-rate of 109.24, while his overall T20 strike-rate stands at 134. From the 19 players who were part of the Pakistan squad for the T20I series in England and the West Indies, Arshad Iqbal, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan and Usman Qadir have been left out, though Fakhar and Usman along with Shahnawaz Dahani have been named as the three traveling reserves. The 15-player squad includes five batters (Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood), two wicketkeeper-batters (Azam Khan and Mohammad Rizwan), four all-rounders (Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Shadab Khan) and four fast bowlers (Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi). Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim: “While selecting the squad, we have tried to cover all our bases by catering for the modern day brand of T20 cricket that will be required to perform impressively in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. This includes trusting the abilities, skills and experience of the players to perform in a high-pressure global tournament in conditions that are familiar to us, as well as looking at the teams we will play in Group-2 matches. “Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah may not have impressive numbers against their names but hardly anyone can doubt their tremendous talent and prowess. They are the best in the available pool of middle-order batsmen and we remain confident that they will provide us solutions to our middle-order difficulties through solid performances. “These two experienced middle-order batters will compliment Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Maqsood, while in Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan, we have three top-quality spinners who are equally good with the bat and outstanding in the field. “Azam Khan is an aggressive and attacking batter who also keeps wickets, a combination that has earned him the selectors’ nod ahead of Sarfaraz Ahmed. Mohammad Wasim Junior has been preferred over Faheem Ashraf due to his pace and ability to hit big shots. Wasim will bolster the fast bowling unit, which comprises Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi. “Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir were unlucky to miss out on the selections. Sohaib Maqsood’s ability to bat and perform anywhere in the top-order has given him an edge over Fakhar, while the presence of three experienced spinners, who are also capable batters, and five genuine wicket-taking fast bowlers made it difficult for Usman Qadir to get into the side. Like Faheem, an uncapped Shahnawaz was tied with Mohammad Wasim Junior, but we opted for the latter due to his pace and batting abilities. “Most of these players know the United Arab Emirates conditions better than others as they propelled Pakistan to number-one in the ICC T20I rankings after winning 21 out of 36 matches (13 loses and two no-results). In the lead up to the event proper, they will play seven T20Is at home, which will take their overall tally of T20Is in 2021 to 24 – most by any participating country. “The home series against New Zealand and England will provide us one-last opportunity to fine-tune our preparations. In doing so, we will like to win maximum matches so that we can carry the confidence and winning momentum to Dubai. “Our impressive record in the United Arab Emirates, clubbed with the talent we have in our ranks and the well-planned preparations gives me significant confidence that we will perform well in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. All the players now need to do is not to get overawed by the occasion, continue to keep faith in their abilities and try to give something extra each time they step onto the field.” 15-player squad (in alphabetical order): Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab) Shadab Khan (vice-captain, Northern) Asif Ali (Northern) Azam Khan (wicketkeeper, Southern Punjab) Haris Rauf (Northern) Hasan Ali (Central Punjab) Imad Wasim (Northern) Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab) Mohammad Hafeez (Central Punjab) Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh) Mohammad Nawaz (Northern) Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Sohaib Maqsood (Southern Punjab) Traveling reserves – Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Shahnawaz Dahani (Sindh) and Usman Qadir (Central Punjab) Pakistan’s schedule of T20I matches (all matches to start at 1900 Pakistan time): 25 Sep – Pakistan v New Zealand, 1st T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 26 Sep – Pakistan v New Zealand, 2nd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 29 Sep – Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 1 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, 4th T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 3 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, 5th T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 13 Oct – Pakistan v England, 1st T20I, Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi 14 Oct – Pakistan v England, 2nd T20I, Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi 24 Oct – Pakistan v India, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 26 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 29 Oct – Pakistan v Afghanistan, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 2 Nov – Pakistan v A2, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abdu Dhabi 7 Nov –Pakistan v B1, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah ICC T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final schedule: 10 Nov – 1st semifinal, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi 11 Nov – 2nd semifinal, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 14 Nov – Final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Cricket05 Sep 2021

Hero League: Saint Lucia repeat victory over Patriots
SPORTS DESK Islamabad (September 5, 2021):-The Saint Lucia Kings repeated their performance from 24 hours earlier and once again recorded a win over the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in their 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) encounter. The Patriots won the toss and stand-in captain Chris Gayle chose to bat first, yet it turned out to be a trial by spin as they faltered for 118 all out against the turn of Jeavor Royal and Samit Patel. The Kings got off to the worst possible start in their chase, losing Andre Fletcher to a Fabian Allen delivery in the very first ball of the innings. They rebuilt via Roston Chase to comfortably reach their target of 119. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots lost their two explosive batsmen in the PowerPlay overs, as Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle were dismissed early. Youngster Royal was the stand out bowler with three wickets, while Patel was the most economical. A mix-up saw the dangerous Sherfane Rutherford run out and while Fabian Allen tried to give his side a big finish, he was dismissed in the 19th over.   Despite losing Fletcher in the first ball of the innings, Saint Lucia Kings still had the dangerous Faf du Plessis, who raced to 22 off 14 balls, before being caught out. The in-form Roston Chase ended up seeing his side home with a superb innings that saw him reach yet another half century, this time in thirty six balls, his third in a row at this year’s Hero CPL. The Kings chased their target in the 16th over as the powerful Tim David helped take them over the line with a rapid 18 runs off 7 balls.     Saint Lucia Kings now have their third consecutive win of the tournament and move closer to the top spot of the league standings.