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CRICKET - ICC21 Sep 2022

The Oval and Lords to host ICC World Test Championship finals
SPORTS BULLETIN Dubai (UAE):-The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final 2023 will be played at The Oval in London with the 2025 edition to take place at Lord’s. ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said he was pleased to confirm two iconic venues for the next two cycles. ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said: “We are delighted to be hosting next year’s ICC World Test Championship Final at The Oval which has such a rich legacy and an amazing atmosphere, which is ideal for such an important fixture on the calendar. “Following that we will then take the 2025 Final to Lord’s which will provide a fitting backdrop to the ultimate Test.” “Last year’s final between New Zealand and India in Southampton was an engrossing encounter and I am sure fans the world over would be looking forward to the next WTC final at The Oval. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to thank the England and Wales Cricket Board, Surrey County Cricket Club and Marylebone Cricket Club for their support.” Steve Elworthy, CEO of Surrey County Cricket Club, said: “It’s a real honour that The Oval has been selected to host the final of the World Test Championship. To have the two best teams in the world playing here in south London will be a fantastic occasion. “Next year promises to be a superb summer of cricket at The Oval and this match will be a brilliant part of it.” Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Chief Executive and Secretary Guy Lavender said: “We are delighted that Lord’s will be hosting the ICC World Test Championship Final in 2025. It is fantastic news that the ICC has opted to host the next two finals in London, with both grounds providing fitting venues for the culmination of the championship.” The dates for both the 2023 and 2025 ICC World Test Championship Finals will be confirmed in due course. England had been identified as the hosts for the next two WTC Finals during the ICC Annual General Meeting in Birmingham in July.
Abu Dhabi T10 Opens Doors for Mega Cricket Stars of World
SPORTS BULLETIN Abu Dhabi (UAE):-Cricket’s fastest format will return with a bang this winter, with Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Chris Lynn and David Miller all among this year’s Abu Dhabi T10 Icon Player picks. Bravo has been retained by the Delhi Bulls, while Lynn is top of the billing for host city franchise Team Abu Dhabi. Bangla Tigers have opted for Shakib Al Hasan, Dasun Shanaka headlines the Chennai Braves squad, and two-time winners Northern Warriors have kept hold of Wanindu Hasaranga. As for reigning champions Deccan Gladiators, they’ve kept star captain Andre Russell as their Icon Player ahead of their defence of the trophy. This year will also see the introduction of two new USA franchises; the New York Strikers and the Morrisville SAMP Army. New York Strikers have gone for Pollard as their Icon Player, while Morrisville SAMP Army have snapped up Miller. Pollard, one of the most devastating and successful players in the history of white ball cricket, will play alongside England’s 2019 ODI World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan at New York Strikers, who clearly mean business with their top two picks. Over at Morrisville SAMP Army, recent IPL winner with the Gujarat Titans, Miller, is joined by compatriot - and tearaway quick - Anrich Nortje as their Platinum player, with Moeen Ali and Shimron Hetmyer also signed up. Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman T10 Sports Management said: “I am pleased to welcome on board the Morrisville Samp Army and New York Strikers from USA to our Abu Dhabi T10 family. Our aim for the league was to establish the Abu Dhabi T10 as one of the standout events on the international cricket calendar and grow our global broadcast viewership numbers which currently stand at 342 million. With the addition of the two new teams from Americas, we continue building on the success of the tournament as cricket's fastest format continues to evolve at a rapid rate across continents. “We’re proud to assemble this star cast of players as the Icon and Platinum players for this season and hope to see the fans back into the stadium for the 6th edition of the tournament.” Sagar Khanna, Owner New York Strikers: “I am elated to be part of the T10 journey and I’m really looking forward to this season and more. The New York Strikers will put their best foot forward to meet the passion of the Abu Dhabi T10. We hope that the team can go all the way, and they will have all the support from the management in that endeavour. The Abu Dhabi T10 is among the best events in the cricket calendar and I’m sure that the New York Strikers will add even more colour to the tournament.” “It is a start of a new and exciting chapter for Samp Army. Abu Dhabi T10 is a unique and a highly competitive competition which brings together elite players from across the globe. It gives us the perfect opportunity to compete against the some of the best players in the world and test ourselves out. We are looking forward to the season and hopefully we make our fans proud back home in the USA,” added Ritesh Patel, Owner, Morrisville Samp Army.

ARCHERY - Blind21 Sep 2022

Blind Archer Tanveer to participate in Andorra International Open
SPORTS BULLETIN Rawalpindi:-Pakistani Blind Archer Tanveer Ahmed has left Islamabad for Barcelona, Spain today to participate in the Andorra International Open for VI Archery 2022, which will be held in from September 22 to 25, 2022. According to an official of Rawalpindi District Blind Archery Association, Tenveer will be first Pakistani archer to show his game skill in the Andorra Open. Blind Archer Tanveer Ahmed is ranked No 2 in World VI Archery Rankings.

CRICKET - Int News21 Sep 2022

English guys whip Pakistan by six wickets in 1st T20 international
SPORTS BULLETIN Karachi:-Alex Hales marked his return to international cricket with a bang, as he smashed 53 in 40 balls were vital for England’s victory against hosts Green Shirts by six-wicket in the first of the seven T20 Internationals’ tie at National Cricket Stadium Karachi. It was a dream return of sorts for Hales, who has not featured in England colours since 2019, as he anchored the run chase, scoring at a strike rate of 133, and helping his side roll over the 159-run target with four balls spare. After the early wicket of Phil Salt, who made run-a-ball 10, Hales added crucial runs with Dawid Malan (20 off 15) and Ben Duckett (21 off 17) with both partnerships worth 34, before Harry Brook’s whirlwind 25-ball 42 not out (seven fours) took the game away from the grasp of the hosts. Naseem Shah’s first over went for 14 runs with both the openers – Salt and Hales, hitting a boundary each. The introduction of Shahnawaz Dahani, following a tight second over from Mohammad Nawaz, provided Babar Azam’s side a breakthrough when Salt pulled the right-arm pacer’s short-pitched delivery into the hands of Haider Ali, stationed at deep square-leg. That was the only wicket Pakistan would bag in the powerplay as Malan and Hales launched a counterattack. Malan welcomed Usman Qadir with a six over his head – off a full toss – at the start of the seventh over, but a beautiful leg-break delivery bamboozled Malan the next ball, who edged it back to the bowler to cup it safely. Duckett’s adventurous approach did not reap him the rewards he and Moeen Ali, who captained England in the absence of an injured Jos Buttler, would have expected as he was trapped LBW trying to reverse sweep a ball. Hales fell in the 17th over when he top-edged Haris Rauf, but the match had been settled in England’s favour by then. Pakistan posted 158 - after Moeen elected to bowl - at the back of Mohammad Rizwan’s 68 in 46. Pakistan were off to a flying start as the pair of Rizwan and Babar lifted Pakistan to 51 by the close of powerplay and had them at 85 at 9.3 overs when the latter was bowled off a scorching googly from Adil Rashid. Pakistan lost their next three wickets for 11 runs as Haider, Rizwan and Shan Masood fell inside 11 balls. Debutant Luke Wood had a terrific start to his T20I career returning three for 24 from four overs. The collapse was further aggravated by the left-arm pacer with the scalps of Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz and Naseem Shah at death as the hosts could add only 71 in the last 10 overs. The two sides meet for the second T20I on Thursday at the same venue, where the third and fourth matches will also be played. The action moves to Lahore from 28 September as the Gaddafi Stadium, Pakistan’ Home of Cricket, hosts the last three matches. Scores in brief: England beat Pakistan by six wickets Pakistan 158-7, 20 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 68, Babar Azam 31, Iftikhar Ahmed 28; Luke Wood 3-24, Adil Rashid 2-27) England 160-4, 19.2 overs (Alex Hales 53, Harry Brook 42 not out, Ben Duckett 21, Dawid Malan 20; Usman Qadir 2-36) Player of the match – Luke Wood (England)
Taekwondo players to participate in Mount Everest International Open
SPORTS BULLETIN Islamabad:-National Taekwondo team has left for Nepal to take part in the 3rd Mount Everest International Open Taekwondo Championship (G-2) scheduled to be held from Sept 21 to October 2 in Pokhara city, Nepal. According to an official of Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF), Green Shirts will participate in the different categories of Khyurogi and Poomsae events of the championship. Team members for the Khyurogi event are Abu Bakar Siddique, Mohammad Arbaz Khan, Mazhar Abbas, Hamza Omar Saeed, Haroon Khan, Shahzaib Khan, Fatimatuz Zahara Khawar, Naqsh Hamdani and Noor Rehman while Poomsae Squad consists of Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammad Waseem Javed, Wajeeh Ul Hassan, Naila, Mehrunnisa and Flower Zaheer. Korean Kukkiwon coach Master Seongoh Choi of Korea is the head coach of the Poomsae squad while former Iranian champion Yousef Karami is the chief coach of the Khyurogi squad. Hawas Khan is accompanying the squad as team Manager while Faisal Nadeem Butt is the trainer. Earlier, the members of the Pakistan squad met with Director General of Pakistan Sports Board Col (retd) Asif Zaman. On the occasion, the DG PSB expressed the hope that the team would do extremely well in Nepal and return home triumphantly. President PTF Lt Col (retd) Waseem Janjua said: “A 15-day training camp was organized in the collaboration with PSB to enhance the skills of the participants and it will continue till the Combaxx Asian Open Championship to be held in Islamabad in November to improve their skills and improve their techniques. PTF’s CEO Omar Saeed said: “Federation left no stone unturned to provide the best training opportunities and facilities to the athletes to prepare for this event and hoped they will fare well and win laurels for the country. The players have worked hard and attained strenuous training sessions ahead of this event and are hundred percent fit both mentally and physically due to which they will be able to make it to the victory podium.

CRICKET - Int News20 Sep 2022

Sri Lankan players to undergo fitness tests on Wednesday
Bipin Dani Sri Lanka's all national cricketers will undergo fitness tests on Wednesday, it is learnt. According to the sources in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the list of national players to undergo these tests on Wednesday also includes the World Cup squad. "All these tests will be conducted at the R. Premadasa Stadium under the supervision of our experienced trainer Grant Luden", a top source in the SLC revealed to this Reporter. Incidentally, Luden will be a member of the support staff traveling to Australia with the World Cup players. He was also in the UAE for the recent Asia Cup. South Africa-born Luden, who has worked with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is well-experienced in handling the players' injuries and has been working with the SLC as a Physical Performance Manager. Pramodya Wickramsinghe, the head of the national selection panel will travel with the team as a tour selector. The 51-year-old former fast bowler recently travelled to the UAE to oversee the performance of the players. Apparently, his recent trip to the UAE was in his own capacity and he also didn't stay in the same hotel where the team was put up.  
Yuvraj announces to acquire New York Strikers franchise
SPORTS BULLETIN   Abu Dhabi (UAE):-USA’s Skky Strikers announced that they had acquired a franchise in the exciting Abu Dhabi T10, which would be named the New York Strikers. New York Strikers entry to the tournament makes it an 8-team competition. Elated to be part of the Abu Dhabi T10, Sagar said, “It is an extremely exciting time for our franchise as the Abu Dhabi T10 is a unique and highly competitive, bringing together elite players from across the globe. It gives us the perfect opportunity to compete against the elites of cricket and test ourselves out." “We have had some amount of success in the USA and we are keen to carry on in that vein over here also. As a franchise, we will do whatever it takes to ensure this is a memorable tournament for our fans and the family overall.”  The franchise has brought in Kieron Pollard as their Icon player and also signed on England’s 2019 ODI World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan as their Platinum player. Azam Khan from Pakistan and Ireland’s Paul Stirling are the two Category A players signed on by the franchise.  Speaking on the signings, Sagar said, “Kieron Pollard and Eoin Morgan are among the biggest names in white-ball cricket. Both are extremely dangerous players and we have no doubt that their leadership qualities will be extremely essential for our camp going forward. Both Pollard and Morgan strike fear in the opposition team’s minds, and we like that thought.”  “Paul Stirling and Azam Khan too are a couple very destructive batters, who can turn a game on its head very rapidly. The four players represent a strong and hardworking core, which is very much along the lines of our philosophy.”  Shaji-ul-Mulk, Chairman, T10 Sports Management, added, “I am delighted to welcome on board the New York Strikers team from the USA to our Abu Dhabi T10 family. Our aim was to establish the Abu Dhabi T10 as one of the standout events on the international cricket calendar and grow our global broadcast viewership numbers which currently stand at 342 million. With the addition of the two new teams from America, we continue building on the success of the tournament as cricket's quickest format evolves at a rapid rate. We look forward to closely working with Sagar Khanna and his team as we get into our 6th season starting 23 November." The Abu Dhabi T10 will kick off from the 23rd of November 2022 and will be a two-week long tournament that will see international cricket stars compete in a short and exciting 10 over format. The New York Strikers are the second team from USA who will be participating in the Abu Dhabi T10 and will help highlight the growing quality of cricket in America.
Sohail (4 for 18) and Sharjeel (53) help Sindh to lift title
SPORTS BULLETIN Multan:-Sohail Khan’s four-fer and Sharjeel Khan’s blistering 53 off 36 balls led Sindh to their maiden National T20 title after beating Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by eight wickets in the final of the Kingdom Valley National T20 Cup 2022-23 here at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Monday evening. This was Sindh’s first National T20 title since the inception of the new domestic structure in 2019 and they also took away the glittering National T20 trophy besides the PKR 5million winners’ prize. While, this was defending champions Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s first defeat in the final in the last three years. In pursuit of a 141-run target, Sindh opening pair Saim Ayub and Sharjeel Khan provided a flying start to their team as both batters stroked eight fours and six sixes between them. The pair scored at 11 runs an over in the powerplay and stitched a 70-run partnership for the first wicket. The left-handed Saim was the first one to depart with 36 off 24 balls and ended the tournament with 416 runs at a staggering strike rate of over 155. Sharjeel top-scored for his side and smoked four fours and as many sixes during the course of his innings. Omair Bin Yousuf (21 not out, 12b, one four, two sixes) and captain Saud Shakeel (18 not out, 16b, two fours) saw Sindh chased down the target with 32 balls to spare. Earlier, the decision to bat first from Khalid Usman backfired as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wobbled at the top of the innings when they slumped to 44 for three in the powerplay. Sohail accounted for Sahibzada Farhan (four off two, one four) and Kamran Ghulam (16, 11b, four fours) in the first nine balls he bowled in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s batting. He went on to pick two more wickets (Mohmmad Sarwar Afridi 30 off 20, one four, two sixes) and Mohammad Abbas Afridi (one off two) to end with match figures of 4-0-18-4 and later adjudicated player of the final. Wicketkeeper-batter Rehan Afridi top-scored with a 41-ball 43, studded with four fours and one six. Mir Hamza and Asif Mehmood bagged two wickets apiece. That the Sindh were able to win the tournament goes to an all-round performance from the side which included performances from Saim – who was awarded player of the tournament, Sohail – who was awarded best bowler of the tournament with 21 scalps and Sarfaraz Ahmed – who was awarded with best wicket-keeper of the tournament with 13 dismissals to his name. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Sahibzada Farhan was awarded with best batter of the tournament with 429 runs. Scores in brief: Sindh beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by eight wickets Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 140 all out, 19.5 overs (Rehan Afridi 43, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 30; Sohail Khan 4-18, Mir Hamza 2-32, Asif Mehmood 2-35) Sindh 141-2, 14.4 overs (Sharjeel Khan 53, Saim Ayub 36) Awards: Player of the final: Sohail Khan (Sindh), PKR 50,000 Player of the tournament: Saim Ayub (416 runs), PKR 100,000 Best batter of the tournament: Sahibzada Farhan (429 runs), PKR 100,000 Best bowler of the tournament: Sohail Khan (21 wickets), PKR 100,000 Best wicketkeeper of the tournament: Sarfaraz Ahmed (13 dismissals), PKR 100,000

HOCKEY - National19 Sep 2022

Pakistan Hockey Federation invites 32 players for training camp in Karachi
ABDUL JABBAR FAISAL Islamabad:-Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has invited 32 players for the training camp, which will get underway from September 25, 2022 at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium Karachi aiming to arrange a best team for the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament, which will be held in October this year 2022. According to an official of PHF, all players have been instructed to report to the team manager at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium on September 25. The players who performed best in the recently concluded Chief of Army Staff Inter Club Hockey Tournament were also included in the national hockey training camp, including the best goalkeeper of the event Abdullah Sheikh, best player Osama Bashir and top scorer Ali Murtaza. Mohammad Saeed Khan will be the team manager while Siegfried Ekman will be head coach. Ayaz Mehmood, Mohammad Usman Sheikh, Imran Butt and Mohammad Ali Khan will be the assistant coaches in the panel. Abu Zaram Rao will be the video analyst and Rana Nasrullah will be the physical trainer. The Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup will be played in Ipoh, Malaysia from November 1 to 10. Six teams will take part in the international hockey fixture including hosts Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, Korea, South Africa and Canada. Names of players: Goalkeepers: Abdullah Ishtiaq (Mari Petroleum), Akmal Hussain (WAPDA), Waqar (WAPDA), Abdullah Sheikh (Karachi) Defenders: Mubasher Ali (WAPDA) Rizwan Ali (PAF) Mohammad Abdullah (Mari Oil) Imad Shakeel Butt (National Bank) Moeen Shakeel (WAPDA) Sufyan (Pakistan Navy) Abdul Manan (PAF) Hammaduddin Anjum (WAPDA) Mohammad Umar Bhatta (WAPDA) Rana Abdul Waheed (WAPDA) ) Ehtisham Aslam (Mari Petroleum) Ijaz Ahmed (WAPDA) Osama Bashir (PAF) Junaid Manzoor (National Bank) Arbaz Ahmed (Mari Petroleum) Ghazanfar Ali (Mari Petroleum) Mohammad Murtaza Yaqub (WAPDA) Zahidullah (WAPDA) Forwards: Rana Sohail Riaz (Sui Southern Gas) Abuzar (National Bank) Ahmed Nadeem (Mari Petroleum) Mohammad Shahzeb Khan (Karachi) Arshad Liaquat (Bahawalpur, Mari Petroleum) Ali Murtaza (Lahore) Roman Khan (WAPDA) Faraz (Mari Petroleum) Abdul Hanan Shahid (WAPDA) Obaidullah Bhutto (WAPDA)

CHESS - National19 Sep 2022

Sulaiman Ashrafi wins 1st Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Chess Championship
ABDUL JABBAR FAISAL Islamabad:-Sulaiman Ahmed Ashrafi has lifted the title of 1st Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Chess Championship that took place at F-9 Park Islamabad on Sunday. The championship was organized by Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP) and Islamabad Chess Association (ICA) with the support of Directorate of Sports Culture and Tourism CDA MCI on the special directions of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Administrator Municipal Corporation Islamabad (MCI) Arfan Nawaz Memon. . According to secretary CFP Gohar Iqbal, in the professional category, Sulaiman Ahmed Ashrafi claimed first position while Sabat Ali remained second. Salman Ali Khan got third position in a one-day fixture. Noor Fatima Rashid was on top in the women’s event.   Over 100 top players from all over Pakistan participated in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Championship, as the basic aim was to provide an occasion to upcoming budding young boys and girls to improve their game by playing with renowned players. Deputy Commissioner of Islam Arfan Nawaz Memon participated in the event as a special guest. Cash prizes were distributed among the first ten players who won and the winner was awarded with a beautiful trophy. Chess Federation of Pakistan President Hanif Qureshi appreciated the efforts made by Metropolitan Corporation Islam to promote mind games. The organizers of the championship and Secretary Finance of Chess Federation of Pakistan Raja Gohar Iqbal congratulated the winning players. Administrator MCI Irfan Nawaz Memon said: "ICT administration is also going to establish a chess club in F-9 Park and chess activities will be organized on every Sunday in F-9 Park Islamabad.
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