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NCOC allows 25 per cent crowds for HBL PSL 2022 Karachi-leg matches
Sports Bulletin KARACHI:-The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has approved 25 per cent crowd attendance for the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 Karachi-leg matches, which will be played at the National Stadium from 27 January to 7 February. The decision means around 8,000 spectators will be allowed inside the venue each match day. However, to ensure their health and safety as well as others attending the matches, the spectators’ entry will be subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, which are: ·       Individuals above the age of 12 years must be fully vaccinated ·       Valid vaccination certificates must be shown at the time gaining access to the stadium ·       Wearing of masks inside the venue is mandatory ·       Anyone violating the NCOC guidelines shall be liable to be evicted out of the stadium PCB Chief Operating Officer and HBL PSL Tournament Director Salman Naseer: “Spectators are the essence of any sport event and in this background, we now hope to set the stage with 25 per cent crowds to attend the Karachi matches of the HBL PSL 2022. “As a responsible organisation, we completely understand our obligations in relation to health and safety of the fans and will leave no stone unturned in strictly implementing the NCOC guidelines. “However, we will also require complete and unconditional support from the spectators so that they and others can continue to enjoy the matches in a safe and secure environment. This is something they can do by simply following the guidelines.” The NCOC will make a decision closer to time for the Lahore-leg matches scheduled in the Gaddafi, which will be played from 10-27 February.
New study highlights increased positive impact of IOC in Switzerland
Sports Bulletin ISLAMABAD:-A new report, published by the International Academy for Sports Science and Technology  (AISTS), demonstrates the increasing positive impact that the presence of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Sports Organisations has on the local and wider Swiss economy. The study, conducted by AISTS with the endorsement of the City of Lausanne, the Canton of Vaud and the IOC, covers the period from 2014 to 2019. It is the third study in the series. The first was based on data from 2004 to 2007, while the second covered the period from 2008 to 2013, and was released in 2015. Overall, the current study, which consolidates data from 53 International Sports Organisations that had a physical presence in Switzerland during the years 2014 to 2019, shows that the value created by these organisations corresponds to an increased growth in their economic impact of 57 per cent for the whole of Switzerland, compared to the previous period of 2008 to 2013. Key findings of the study include: The yearly average economic impact created by these organisations was CHF 1.68 billion for Switzerland, compared to CHF 1.07 billion for the 2008-2013 period The yearly average economic impact created by these organisations was CHF 0.87 billion for the Canton of Vaud, compared to CHF 0.55 billion for the 2008-2013 period The yearly average economic impact created by these organisations was CHF 0.55 billion for the Lausanne Region, compared to CHF 0.25 billion for the 2008-2013 period In 2019, the 53 International Sports Organisations in Switzerland employed 3,343 people, an increase from 2,249 in 2014 More than 75 per cent of these employees worked for the IOC or organisations financially supported by the IOC Among these employees, 1,836 lived in the Canton of Vaud The number of residents of the Lausanne Region employed in the International Sports Organisations increased from 806 to 996 during the 2014 to 2019 period, representing an increase of 24 per cent from the previous period The additional impact in this period has been generated by an increase in the annual average spending in Switzerland by these organisations and their visitors which was CH 1.10 billion in the period studied, compared to an average annual spending of CHF 0.70 billion between 2008 and 2013. This economic impact is shown to have a positive effect on employment, business tourism and the construction sector. Over the 2014-2019 period, International Sports Organisations in Switzerland between them spent CHF 292 million on construction and renovation projects. One of these was the construction of Olympic House, one of the most sustainable buildings of the world. The study reveals that most of the costs of these construction and renovation projects were incurred in Switzerland, through local contractors, giving rise to substantial added value and an important overall economic impact. In the case of Olympic House, 80 per cent of construction costs were spent with local contractors. The analysis shows that over the six years, the overall economic impact on the construction sector of spending by International Sports Organisations amounted to about CHF 534 million. The Canton of Vaud, including the Lausanne Region, benefited from 53 per cent of this impact, while the rest of the Swiss economy benefited from the remaining 47 per cent of this impact. Commenting on the findings of this report, IOC President Thomas Bach, said: “We congratulate the research team and welcome this report and its positive conclusions. The IOC is proud to have contributed to the significant 57 per cent growth in economic impact generated for Switzerland since the last study period. The contribution has resulted, among other things, from employment opportunities and, of course, from the construction of Olympic House, the permanent home of the Olympic Movement. Eighty per cent of construction costs were spent with local contractors. As one of the most sustainable buildings in the world, it represents an important long-term investment in the future of the Olympic Movement.” President Bach continued: “We are delighted to be able to give back to the city, region and country that host the IOC and so many International Sports Organisations, and with which we enjoy a special relationship, by generating an economic impact that goes well beyond the sporting sector. As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC redistributes 90 per cent of its revenues to support the development of athletes and sports organisations around the world, including in Switzerland. This study shows that our contribution goes even further.” The full version of The Economic Impact of International Sports Organisations in Switzerland – 2014-2019, is available here. In addition to the detailed findings and tables, it includes a full account of the research methodology, the literature consulted, and the independent academic experts who provided guidance on the methodology applied.
Chamika Gunasekara out of series against Zimbabwe
Bipin Dani Sri Lanka's fast bowler Chamika Gunasekara is out of the ongoing series against Zimbabwe, it is learnt. The 22-year-old right-arm pacer must be considering himself to be the "unlucky" player as he could bowl only one over on his debut match against Zimbabwe on Sunday but had to leave the field following the hamstring injury.  "He has left the team hotel and headed for home", the SLC source said exclusively.     "He has been advised to rest and may be out for about 4-6 weeks". Good news for the visiting Zimbabwe team was that their Indian head coach Lalchand Rajput was given a green signal to join the squad. "Yes, in his last PCR test done on Monday, he was tested negative and headed to Kandy Tuesday morning", one of the sources said from Colombo. The second ODI between the two teams was played on a different pitch and not on the first wicket, where the Sri Lankan team had won.  

Ice Hockey19 Jan 2022

Late Olympic debut for Danish men
Andrew Podnieks Denmark lost to Poland in 1991 in qualification games for the 1992 Olympics. They lost in a group round robin trying to make it to the 1998 Games, failed to qualify again in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. But finally in the summer of 2020, they beat their greatest nemesis, Norway, and advanced to the Olympics for the first time. And they did it right in Oslo, making the historic moment all the sweeter. On 29 August 2021, with a spot in the Olympics up for grabs – win, you’re in; lose, you’re out – the Danes defeated Norway, 2-0, at Jordal Amfi, which was the host venue for the 1952 Olympics but was recently reconstructed. Sebastian Dahm recorded the shutout, and he is one of 17 players who were in that game who have now been named to the team’s Olympic roster released today. The 34-year-old Dahm has an extensive international resume that dates back to 2004 when he played his first of two successive U18 tournaments. He played one game at the 2009 World Championship and has been a member of the national team at the Worlds every year since 2013. Since 2015 the team has won 17 games in World Championship play, and Dahm has been in goal for 13 of that number. He’ll be backed up by veteran Patrick Galbraith and 20-year-old Frederik Dichow, who was the third goalie at last year’s World Championship in Riga. Coach Heinz Ehlers is back behind the bench. He has been the bench boss since 2019, and he brings with him to China eight defenders, seven of whom played in Riga last year. Key among the blueliners will be Oliver Lauridsen and his brother, Marcus, both of whom have been with the team every year since 2013. They will be joined by veterans Jesper B. Jensen, Nicholas Jensen, and Emil Kristensen. The youngest player is Phillip Bruggisser. The 23-year-old played at the Worlds after going to the qualification but not seeing any ice time. Up front the team will be led by Peter Regin. He captained the team in 2018, 2019, and at the qualification, and played his first World Championship back in 2005. This is his first chance at the Olympics because of qualification, and it might be the 35-year-old’s last chance because of age. But if the team is to do some damage in Beijing, it will need a top performance from 28-year-old Nicklas Jensen. He led the team in scoring at last year’s Worlds with five goals and eight points, giving the Danes some offence, which is their most common Achilles heel. He is also the only Dane on this roster who plays in the Finnish league. Mikkel Boedker is another talented forward who can be creative in the offensive end. He is currently playing in Switzerland with Lugano, and has played at the U18 and U20. He was also on Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup and has played in seven World Championships over the years. Frans Nielsen, who has eight Worlds to his credit and was a teammate of Boedker on the World Cup team, didn’t play in 2019 or 2021 but was part of the Olympic qualifier, and he’ll be in Beijing as well. Morten Poulsen is another veteran who will bring leadership and experience to the team, as will Morten Madsen, who has played an incredible 15 consecutive World Championships. To say his Olympic debut will be a career highlight is an understatement. Nick Olesen is one of the younger players but one to watch for added speed and energy. He is one of five players on this roster whose domestic league is in Sweden. But what coach Ehlers will be lacking at these first Olympics are two players who were vital to the win in the qualifying stage – Nikolaj Ehlers, who led the tournament with five goals and nine points, and Markus Lauridsen, who led all skaters with seven assists. Their offence will be much missed, and the team as a group will have to find a way to make up for these goals and allow fewer. The Danes will be in a tough Group B alongside Czechia, Switzerland, and ROC. It will be Denmark’s first Olympic Games in ice hockey – a first with both the men’s and women’s national teams – and probably not their last, but they hope with a balanced attack and some solid goaltending they might pull off a surprise or two along the way. Roster Goalkeepers Sebastian Dahm, Klagenfurter AC (AUT) Frederik Dichow, Kristianstads IK Patrick Galbraith, SonderjyskE Vojens Defenders Phillip Bruggisser, Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven (GER) Jesper Jensen Aabo, Krefeld Penguine (GER) Nicholas B. Jensen, Eisbaren Berlin (GER) Emil Kristensen, Pustertal Bruneck (ITA) Oliver Larsen, Jukurit Mikkeli (FIN) Matias Lassen, Malmo Redhawks (SWE) Markus Lauridsen, Malmo Redhawks (SWE) Oliver Lauridsen, Malmo Redhawks (SWE) Forwards Matthias Asperup, Herlev Eagles Mathias Bau Hansen, Herning Blue Fox Mikkel Boedker, HC Lugano (SUI) Julian Jakobsen, Aalborg Pirates Jesper Jensen, Frederikshavn White Hawks Nicklas Jensen, Jokerit Helsinki (FIN) Morten Madsen, Timra IK (SWE) Nicolai Meyer, Vienna Capitals (AUT) Frans Nielsen, Eisbaren Berlin (GER) Nick Olesen, Brynas Gavle (SWE) Morten Poulsen, Herning Blue Fox Peter Regin, HC Ambri-Piotta (SUI) Patrick Russell, Linkoping HC (SWE) Frederik Storm, ERC Ingolstadt (GER)
Under-19 CWC: Skippers shine as South Africa and England romp to victories
Sports Bulletin ISLAMABAD:-South Africa’s Dewald Brevis and England’s Tom Prest played captain’s innings to propel their sides to victory at the ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup. Brevis cracked 108 and took the final wicket as South Africa downed Uganda by 121 runs in Trinidad, an emphatic response to their opening Group B defeat at the hands of India. Prest made 93 at a run-a-ball before chipping in with two wickets to see England to a 106-run victory over Canada, making it back-to-back Group A wins in the process. In the day’s other game in Trinidad, Afghanistan became the final team to get their tournament underway and rolled Uganda for 65 to prevail by 135 runs. ‘Baby AB’ puts on a show Having elected to make first use of the Queen’s Park Oval pitch, the young Proteas stuttered and lost openers Ethan-John Cunningham (1) and Valintine Kitime (12) in the powerplay. That brought Brevis to the crease, with the starlet nicknamed ‘Baby AB’ hoping to build on his fine 65 in a tournament-opening loss to India. He cracked a pair of back-foot boundaries from the second and third balls he faced and pulled medium pacer Yunusu Sowobi dismissively for six in the 13th over. Brevis’s fast start allowed skipper George Van Heerden to play on the undercard and the pair combined for 74 before the latter pulled a full toss to Fahad Mutagana at 113 for three. Brevis pressed on, scoring heavily behind square on the off side and building a half-century partnership with Kaden Solomon that ended when the keeper-batter was stumped at 166 for four. Wickets fell around him regularly but with a quick single in the 41st over, Brevis brought up a superb century from 108 balls and lifted his side above 200. The innings petered out somewhat and South Africa lost their last five wickets for 24 runs thanks to seamers Juma Miyagi (3-33) and Pascal Murungi (3-58). Uganda also found the powerplay overs tough going and left-armer Aphiwe Mnyanda turned the screw early on, castling Ronald Omara in the second over. Mutagana and Isaac Ategeka steadied the ship and got to 33 for one before the former nicked off to Solomon to give Mnyanda another. That would prove the biggest partnership of the innings as Uganda subsided to 110 all out, losing their last five wickets for 24 runs. Brevis was the undisputed star of the show with bat and ball, also chipping in with 2-18 and bowling Juma Miyai to take the wicket that sealed victory. South Africa finish their Group B campaign against Ireland on Friday while Uganda face group leaders India on Saturday. England show off batting firepower England only needed to chase down 98 to win their opening game against Bangladesh but could flex their batting muscles when inserted by Canada at Warner Park. Jacob Bethell (7) was bowled in the seventh over, bringing together George Thomas and captain Tom Prest who immediately took the game to the Canadian bowling attack. Prest was particularly good at picking length and pealed a pair of fours from the final over of the powerplay, which England ended at 48 for one. He also played an inventive scoop off Gurnek Singh for four behind square and brought up his half-century in 58 balls. Prest lost Thomas midway through the innings when he played a tentative push and missed, bowled for 52 at 116 for two. He was ably supported by James Rew (33) and when the skipper was trapped in front for a run-a-ball 93, the momentum was maintained by William Luxton and George Bell. The buccaneering pair struck five sixes between them with Bell responsible for three in an eye-catching 57 from just 35 balls. That took England to 320-7 from 50 overs. England got rid of Canada opener Siddh Lad (5) in the fifth over but were met with firm resistance in the form of a second-wicket stand worth 60. Keeper-batter Anook Chima made a measured 38 from 65 balls and Yasir Mahmood (25) joined him at the crease for a productive ten overs. Skipper Prest got rid of Mahmood and then four wickets fell for 35 runs as the Canadian run chase floundered. England were defied by Gurnek Singh, who hit four fours and two sixes, and Ethan Gibson who also played a range of attacking shots in a seventh-wicket stand worth 74. But Josh Boyden took control with the ball and snaffled three of the last four wickets to fall to tear 4-44, his second four-wicket hall in as many games. Canada were only bowled out in the penultimate over, for 214. Afghanistan excel with bat and ball Afghanistan, quarter-finals at the last edition of the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, made a steady start but were rocked by shedding three wickets in four overs inside the powerplay. Mohammad Ishaq (21) was brilliantly caught by Peter Karoho, Bilal Sayedi (12) was comprehensively bowled and Allah Noor (2) flicked to a fielder as they sank to 40 for three. The innings hinged on the fourth-wicket stand between captain Suliman Safi and Ijaz Ahmadzai, who took the game away from PNG with a partnership of 105. They struck a perfect balance between attack and defence and dealt primarily in boundaries, with 44 of Safi’s 62 runs coming from fours and Ahmadzai striking seven fours and a six. They were separated by Katenalaki Singi at 145-4 and his superb spell of 4-18 from five overs helped bowl Afghanistan out for 200 in 38.2 overs. But PNG, appearing at the event for the eighth time, never looked likely to chase it down and it was downhill from the moment that Karoho was bowled on the first ball of the innings. The Afghan attack all excelled and emerged with remarkable figures, with Naveed Zadran taking 2-9 from five overs and Nangeyalia Kharote 2-5 from three. With No.8 Aue Oru top-scoring with 13, PNG were dismissed for 65 from 20.5 overs. Next up for Afghanistan is rivals Pakistan on Thursday, who PNG then face on Saturday.
HBL-PSL 2022: Sri Lankan man Ranjan Madugalle to referee 7th edition annual fixture
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (January 18, 2022):-Sri Lankan national, chief Match Referee of International Cricket Council (ICC) Ranjan Madugalle will act as referee first time in the history of Pakistan Super League (PSL), as he will make debut in the seventh edition of the PCB’s marquee event, which will be held in Karachi from 27 January to 7 February and then from 10-27 February in Lahore. Madugalle played 21 Tests and 63 ODIs for Sri Lanka from 1979 to 1988 and has refereed in 125 Twenty20 Internationals. This is in addition to the 201 Tests and 370 ODIs he has refereed since joining the ICC’s elite panel of match referees in 1993. Madugalle has been a regular visitor to Pakistan for international assignments, with his last visit being in January 2020 for the three T20Is against Bangladesh. Apart from Aleem Dar, Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth of the ICC’s elite panel of umpires, local umpires to share umpiring responsibilities include Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Khan Afridi, Imtiaz Iqbal, Imran Jawed, Nasir Hussain, Rashid Riaz, Shozab Raza and Waleed Yaqub. All are members of the PCB’s elite panel of umpires. Match referees (5): Ali Naqvi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Javed Malik, Ranjan Madugalle and Roshan Mahanama. Umpires (12) - Ahsan Raza, Aleem Dar, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Khan Afridi,  Imtiaz Iqbal, Imran Jawed, Michael Gough, Nasir Hussain, Rashid Riaz, Richard Illingworth, Shozab Raza and Waleed Yaqub

Sports News18 Jan 2022

Students Olympics Games 2022 start in Karachi
Sports Report KARACHI (January 18, 2022):-The Futsal, Cricket and Archery competitions were held on the 2nd day of 5th Students Olympic Games 2022, as the players shown their deep interest in all the disciplines and showed their game skills. General Manager, The City School  Pakistan, Col. (R) Wasif Buhkari was the chief guest on the occasion. Sports Manager The City School Pakistan, Asghar Anjum, President, Pakistan Students Olympic Association, Maqbool Arain and Futsal Organizer, Wali Raza were also present on the occasion.  Throwball, Basketball Tug War Gymnastics and Taekwondo competitions will be played from January 21, while Rope Skipping and Skating competitions will be held on January 22. Results (Cricket): Khadija School beat Wahaj Hussain by 75run BLA beat Wahaj Hussain by 7 wickets Khadija School beat BLA by 2 Wickets Wahaj Hussain beat Five Star by 17 runs Results (Futsal): Varitas School beat Head Start School Gulshan by 4-1 goals, The City School PAF beat Wahaj Hussain School by 2-1 goals, The City School DK beat The City School PECHS by 1-0 goals, Wahaj Hussain School beat The City School PECHS by 1-0 goals, The City School PAF Chapter beat The City School DK Campus by 3-2 goals, Wahaj Hussain School beat The City School DK, 3-1 goals, The City School PAF beat The City School PECHS by 1-0 goals, Head Start School Gulshan beat M.S School by3-0  goals and Varitas School beat M.S School by 3-0 goals. Results (Archery): 15 Meters (BOYS):  Amin Ahmed Hashmani got first position while  Sadiq Ahmed Hashmani and Musab Fahad scured 2nd and 3rd positions respectively; 15 Meters (GIRLS): Labiqa Habib got first while Fatima Faisal and Ayesha Faisal obtained second and third positions respectively.                   10 Meters (BOYS): Hamza Sharif, Darman Ahmed Habib and Haider Hussani received Ist, 2nd and 3rd position respectively.        10 meters (GIRLS): Raneem Fahad, Jumana Murtaza and Syeda Rukayya Naeem bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Prospect of World Cup qualification turns up the heat at Pan Am Cup in Chile
RAJA HAFEEZ Lausanne, Switzerland: The sixth editions of the Men’s and Women’s Pan American Cups, which take place in Santiago, Chile from 19 January until the 30 January are set to be two scintillating competitions, all the more appreciated by the teams following months of interruption to hockey activities – due to the ongoing Covid pandemic. The stakes are high for the competing teams. The top two teams in the men’s competition and the top three in the women’s event will also qualify for the next blue riband event in international hockey – the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup in Spain and the Netherlands 2022 and the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, Bhubaneswar and Rourkela 2023. For Lucas Rey, 2016 Olympic gold medallist and head coach to the Argentina side who won a gold medal at the 2021 Men's Junior World Cup, the prospect of seeing players back on the pitch is an exciting time: ‘It will be amazing for the players to be back on the pitch. There is always a great atmosphere between different teams. Many of the players from across Peru and Chile play club hockey in Argentina so they will enjoy playing against their Argentinian team mates. And Chile is a fantastic host, so it will be a really good competition.’

Cricket (Women)18 Jan 2022

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka register massive victories in ICC Commonwealth Games Qualifier 2022
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD (January 18, 2022):-Pre-tournament favourites Bangladesh and Sri Lanka eased to victory in their respective games on the opening day of the ICC Commonwealth Games Qualifier 2022 at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur. Bangladesh spinners set up a regulation run chase to overcome Malaysia while Sri Lanka thwarted Scotland through a powerful batting display. Bangladesh beat Malaysia by 8 wickets Bangladesh got off to a winning start on the back of a disciplined bowling effort led by Rumana Ahmed, who picked up two for four in her full quota before a quick-fire 28 from Shamima Sultana helped them chase down a target of 50 in just eight overs. Bangladesh won the toss, elected to field first, and strung together a procession of dot balls in the Powerplay. Malaysian opener Wan Julia lost her off stump to an arm ball from off-spinner Salma Khatun to leave the hosts one wicket down in the fourth over with just three runs on the board. Yusrina Yakoop was next to go, playing around a low full toss from seamer Suraya Azmim. Mas Elysa then joined skipper Winifred Duraisingam at the crease. The pair stitched together 15 runs — the highest partnership of the innings — before Mas Elysa backed up too far at the non-striker’s end and was run out by bowler Nahida Akter. A few balls later, Malaysian skipper Duraisingam charged down the track and drove left-arm spinner Akter through the off-side for the first boundary of the innings. However, she departed in the very next over after chipping Ritu Moni to Sobhana Mostary at backward point. Malaysia was reeling at 26 for four at the halfway point and things only got tougher as leg-spinner Rumana Ahmed was introduced into the attack. She gave nothing away, picking up the key wickets of Ainna Hamizah and Arianna Natasya; the latter caught and bowled. Akter returned to clean bowl Nur Zulaika before Suraya Azmim disturbed the timber of Nik Atelia. Malaysia would go on to post 49 for nine with Duraisingam top-scoring with 12 off 31 balls. Needing to chase 50 for victory at 2.5 runs per over, Bangladesh’s openers wasted no time whatsoever. Shamima Sultana brought up a milestone of 500 T20I runs courtesy of a flurry of boundaries, including a towering six over square leg off the bowling of Duraisingam. With the opening partnership at 38, Malaysian left-arm spinner Arianna Natasya remained competitive, dismissing Salma Khatun off a straighter one that grabbed her outside edge and was taken by wicketkeeper Wan Julia. In her next over, she snared the wicket of the dangerous Sultana, but it was all too late as skipper Nigar Sultana and Fargana Hoque steered Bangladesh home with 12 overs and eight wickets to spare. Leg-spinner Rumana Ahmed was adjudged Player of the Match. “As a spinner, turn is less but (the pitch is) good for spinners if they bowl in the right areas with good variation,” she said. Malaysian skipper Duraisingam admitted that they were short on runs in the first innings. “First of all we need to put runs on the board. We need to start believing in ourselves and apply it in the centre,” she said. Bangladesh skipper Nigar Sultana acknowledged how her team’s hard work is paying off. “We worked so hard back home for this. We played some practice matches…we all know if we do well here, this is going to help us in the upcoming World Cup as well,” she said Sri Lanka beat Scotland by 109 runs Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu led from the front, pummeling 86 runs off 45 balls with 13 fours and two sixes to propel her team to 182 before her bowlers stepped up to bowl Scotland out for 73. Scotland, however, were unfortunate to lose both Lorna Jack and Ellen Watson to injury; the former not batting at all and the latter retiring hurt on 30. Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat. Athapaththu took advantage of opening bowlers Kathryn Bryce and Rachel Slater missing their lines in the Powerplay as she scored boundaries all around the wicket. Teenage off-spinner Katherine Fraser was then introduced into the attack, trapping opener Vishmi Gunaratne in front for eight. Chamari Athapaththu of Sri Lanka hands over her Player of the Match to Sachini Nisansala Chamari Athapaththu of Sri Lanka hands over her Player of the Match to Sachini Nisansala This, however, did not deter the Sri Lankan skipper who peppered the off side boundary both in front of and behind square, taking seamer Hannah Rainey for 15 runs in her solitary over and leg-spinner Abtaha Maqsood for 13 in her first over. Abtaha would return to snare the wicket of Athapaththu with a smart piece of bowling that saw the batter stumped down the leg side. However, just as Scotland were edging their way back into the contest, the trio of Harshitha Madhavi, Nilakshi De Silva, and Ama Kanchana combined to score 53 runs in the last five overs to get Sri Lanka up to 182 for four. In reply, Scotland started well with both Ellen Watson and Sarah Bryce finding the fence on a regular basis. Soon after lifting left-arm Udeshika Prabhodani over long on for six, Sarah Bryce tried to go over the top but could not clear mid-off, getting caught in the circle by Nilakshi De Silva. Kathryn Bryce found the boundary immediately with an elegant cover drive before left-arm spinner and debutant Sachini Nisansala bowled her with a straighter one. In her next over, Nisansla would shine again, running out Katie McGill with a direct hit off her own bowling. Two balls later, Ellen Watson limped off the field and Scotland never recovered. They were bowled out for 73 with Watson and Lorna Jack unable to return to the batting crease. Sri Lanka won by 109 runs to put future opponents on notice. Athapathu won the Player of the Match award but chose instead to dedicate her award to debutant Nisansala for her two wickets and an impressive effort in the field. “She is a young and exciting player. She has been doing all the hard work in the nets and I’m happy she made her debut. You can expect some big contributions from her in the future,” said Athapaththu. As captain, she encouraged her bowlers to stick to the basics. “The best bet is to bowl wicket-to-wicket and always put the ball in the right areas. Obviously, minimise the loose balls and wait for the batter to make a mistake,” she said. While Scottish skipper Kathryn Bryce agreed that Athapaththu was in red-hot form, she also cited the dropped chance that allowed her to continue her innings. “We created chances but just didn't take them and that could have changed the momentum of the bowling innings,” she said. Kenya is the fifth team participating in the Qualifier to decide one remaining slot at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. Australia, Barbados, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa have already qualified. Brief scores: Bangladesh beat Malaysia by 8 wickets. Malaysia 49/9 in 20 Overs; Bangladesh 53/2 in 8 overs. Player of the Match: Rumana Ahmed Sri Lanka beat Scotland by 109 runs. Sri Lanka 182/4 in 20 Overs; Scotland 73 All Out in 12.1 Overs. Player of the Match: Chamari Athapaththu
International Cricket Council Awards 2021to be unveiled this week
Aamir Ali Janjua Dubai (January 18, 2022):-The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the 2021 edition of the ICC Awards, celebrating and rewarding the top performances across men’s and women’s international cricket throughout the year will be unveiled on all of ICC’s channels and platforms this week. Beginning with the ICC Teams of the Year in the T20I category for both men’s and women’s on Wednesday, 19 January followed by the ICC Teams of the Year in ODI for both men’s and women’s revealed on Thursday, 20 January. The ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year will also be revealed on 20 January. The individual awards for excellence in women’s and men’s international cricket will be revealed on the ICC channels on 23 and 24 January. This year’s awards will comprise a total of 13 individual awards in all as listed below: Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year ICC Spirit of Cricket Award ICC Umpire of the Year Players that have had the most impactful performances in the period under consideration – 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 were nominated for these awards. The ICC Voting Academy, comprising a wider selection of global cricket journalists and broadcasters, have voted for their first, second and third choices, while an overwhelming 1.2 million global cricket fans also submitted their votes to choose their favourite cricketers of the year. The result of the ICC Voting Academy selections and the fans’ vote will be combined to determine the winner in each of these categories. The Emerging and Associate categories listed above did not feature shortlists and were determined solely by the ICC Voting Academy.