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ICC WORLD CUP 2019

30 May ENG vs RSA 2:30pm
31 May WI vs PAK 2:30pm
01 June NZ vs SL
01 June AFG vs AUS 5:30pm
02 June RSA vs BD 2:30pm
03 June ENG vs PAK 2:30pm
04 June AFG vs SL 2:30pm
05 June RSA vs IND 2:30pm
05 June BD vs NZ 5:30pm
06 June AUS vs WI 2:30pm
07 June PAK vs SL 2:30pm
08 June ENG vs BD 2:30pm
08 June AFG vs NZ 5:30pm
09 June IND vs AUS 2:30pm
10 June RSA vs WI 2:30pm
11 June BD vs SL 2:30pm
12 June AUS vs PAK 2:30pm
13 June IND vs NZ 2:30pm
14 June ENG vs WI 2:30pm
15 June SL vs AUS 2:30pm
15 June RSA vs AFG 5:30pm
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17 June WI vs BD 2:30pm
18 June ENG vs AFG 2:30pm
19 June NZ vs RSA 2:30pm
20 June AUS vs BD 2:30pm
21 June ENG vs  SL 2:30pm
22 June IND vs AFG 2:30pm
22 June WI vs NZ 5:30pm
23 June PAK vs RSA 2:30pm
24 June BD vs AFG 2:30pm
25 June ENG vs AUS 2:30pm
26 June NZvs PAK 2:30pm
27 June WI vs IND 2:30pm
28 June SL vs RSA 2:30pm
29 June PAK vs AFG 2:30pm
29 June NZ vs AUS 5:30pm
30 June ENG vs IND 2:30pm
01 July SL vs WI 2:30pm
02 July BD vs IND2:30pm
03 July ENG vs NZ  2:30pm
04 July AFG vs WI 2:30pm
05 July PAK vs BD 2:30pm
06 July SL vs IND 2:30pm
06 July AUS vs RSA 2:30pm
09 July 1st semi-final 2:30pm
11 July 2nd semi-final 2:30pm
14 July CUP FINAL 2:30pm

Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018
Pakistan to Co-Host with Sri Lanka in December
By Sports Reporter
KARACHI: Pakistan will be Co-Hosting Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018 with Sri Lanka from December 6, 2018. Eight teams namely Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Oman, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates will participate in the tournament.
The teams have been divided into two groups, wherein Group ‘A’, Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan, and Oman matches will be played in Colombo, Sri Lanka from December 7, 2018, whereas in Group ‘B’, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, and UAE matches will be played in Karachi from December 6, 2018.
The Group ‘B’ matches of Pakistan leg will be played in two venues of Karachi i.e. National Stadium and South-End Ground Club from December 6 to 9, 2018.
The participating teams will arrive in Karachi on December 4 and will practice on the next day at National Stadium. Pakistan will feature in the opening match of the tournament on December 6, 2018 against Hong Kong at National Stadium.
On the same day, Bangladesh will feature against UAE at South-End Ground Club. The final of the tournament will be played in Colombo, Sri Lanka on December 15, 2018.

PM shows determination to uplift sports in Pakistan

From Wasim Kambo

ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government has very serious plans to uplift the standard of sports in Pakistan and will come up with a very progress & effective policy to ensure that Pakistani sportsman once again make a mark at international level.
He was talking to PTI’s MNA Malik Amir Dogar, who is also member of Punjab Football Council, who called on him at his office yesterday.
The Prime Minister said that the new sports policy will ensure a secured future for national players, coaches and officials. On the request of Malik Amir Dogar the Prime Minister has given his consent to meet a football delegation comprising of players, coaches, referees and officials so that he can get first hand information and input for the development of football in Pakistan. He assured Dogar that he will task the sports directorate to put immediate plans to construct international standard football stadiums in all the major cities of the country. Prime Minister stressed the need to set up football academies all over Pakistan and launch an extensive grassroots development and grooming program.

Ronaldo hits 100 Champions League wins as Juventus soar into last 16
NC Monitoring Desk
TURIN: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri hailed the impact Cristiano Ronaldo was having on the Italian champions as the Portuguese star became the first player to achieve 100 Champions League wins in Tuesday´s 1-0 success over Valencia that clinched their passage to the knockout rounds.
Ronaldo, who joined Juventus last summer from Real Madrid — is targeting a sixth Champions League title to add to his four with the Spanish team and one with Manchester United.
The Italian team are looking for their third European title and first since 1995. Last season they exited in the quarter-finals to Ronaldo´s Real Madrid.
The 33-year-old played a key role against Valencia providing the assist on 59 minutes which Croatian Mario Mandzukic tapped in for his third goal in as many matches. Juventus had needed just a point to ensure qualification.
Their win combined with Manchester United´s late 1-0 win over Young Boys at Old Trafford means Valencia crash out of the competition. Allegri´s side will now have to wait to see whether they top Group H when they play their final group game mid-December in Bern against Young Boys.
Ronaldo came out firing on all cylinders after his controversial red card during his first Champions League game for Juventus in Valencia back in September, which Allegri´s side still won 2-0.
The five-time Ballon d´Or winner had two chances within the first three minutes to add to his record tally of 121 Champions League goals.
Valencia had their best chance before the break when Mouctar Diakhaby´s header off a corner was punched out with one hand by Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Just before the hour mark, Ronaldo broke free of Valencia defender Gabriel and with some fancy footwork fired low across the face of the goal leaving Mandzukic to finish off.
Valencia thought they had scored the equaliser two minutes later but Diakhaby´s header was ruled to have come off his hand.
Valenica goalkeeper Neto kept out a late goal-bound header from Ronaldo, who rose to meet Paulo Dybala´s out-swinging corner.

‘Yasir outstanding with ball, seen amazing spell in Test after a long time’

Sallu backs Sarfraz as skipper in all three formats

By Syed M Osama

KARACHI: Former Test cricketer and chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu hailed Pakistan cricket team for their strong bounce back against New Zealand in 2nd Test in Dubai and said that this is a whole team’s efforts, the entire team deserves appreciation.

Talented youngsters like Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Yasir Shah and Muhammad Abbas are the future hopes of Pakistan cricket and should be part of the team in every game from now on, he said while talking to National Courier here yesterday.

Sallu said that it was good to see our batsmen and bowlers finally coming in winning rhythm.
Backing skipper wicket-keeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, Sallu said he has proved himself in all three formats of the game.
He said that Sarfraz is a good skipper, he knows how to make his team fight in most difficult situations.
Answering a query, former chief selector said that definitely Sarfraz Ahmed is leading from the front and I think he should be captain in all the three formats.
Earlier, batting legend Zaheer Abbas said that Sarfraz Ahmed needs to step down from his Pakistan captaincy in at least one format to relieve some pressure off his shoulders.
Sallu also hailed Sarfraz’s decision to declare the innings in 2nd Test ( 418-5) and said this is a brave decision.

“Almost all the noted critics and former greats including Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad, Ramiz Raja, Rashid Latif and others have admired Sarfraz’s guts and flair as a captain, Sallu further added”.
“Yasir Shah was outstanding with the ball and I have seen such an amazing spell in Test cricket after a long time,” Sallu said.
He added that Yasir’s performance boosted the confidence of the team and their positive body language was enough to pull a convincing win over visitors.
Answer to another query, Sallu said that Yasir is an outstanding bowler as compared to Shadab Khan.
Unfortunately Shadab got many chances but fail to perform like Yasir Shah in Tests.

The former Test cricketer praised Babar Azam and Haris Sohail for scoring centuries at the crucial point for Pakistan which helped their team to reach a mammoth total.
He guided batsmen and said that in Test cricket, you need to spend as much time as you can at the crease to score big.
Salahuddin Sallu lashed out at Chief Selector over non-selection of Fawad Alam in recent Test series.
Fawad is a good and consistent player in domestic but I fail to understand that why he was not selected despite his excellent performance.
“The domestic cricket was being weakened and ignored, no players are being selected from this format of the cricket. In this situation the domestic cricket becomes redundant,” Sallu added.
He hoped that Pakistan clinch Test series against New Zealand.

Cliff Pakistan Sports Club won Aftab Munshi Memorial Football Match

Karachi:A tingling sensational and exciting night  football match was played at Abdul Khaliq Afghani Stadium Karachi between Cliff Pakistan Sports Club and Companion Friends FC. Both teams showed their professional skill all spectators enjoyed the match from its start. First of all Companion Friend FC got lead in 16 min when Qambar scored 1st goal of the match later after 2 min Faizan of Cliff Pakistan Sports Club scored a goal on the pass of Osama Jameel and dismissed the lead of Companion Friend FC which remained till the end of 1st half of the match.2nd Half of the match started with continuous attack on both sides. At last Anus Shahid of Cliff Pakistan Sports Club scored the 2nd goal on penalty Corner.In this way Cliff Pakistan Sports Club won Aftab Munshi Memorial Football Match by 2-1. Cheif Guest CEO ZM Traders Iftikhar Munir  awarded winning trophy to Captain of winning team Syed Qalbe Muhammad and runner  ups skipper Syed Mohammad Salman.He also encouraged  the efforts of Cliff Pakistan for  promoting of Sports,Culture,Literary and other  healthy activities in Society.Iftikhar Munir also announced to organise Aftab Munshi Memorial Match every year.On the Occasion President Cliff Pakistan Mujeeb ur Rehman Khan & V.P Engr.Syed Jahangeer Haider highlighted the activities of Cliff Pakistan and stressed the need to promote such activities inside and outside Pakistan to present soft image of country. Moreover, On this occasion Prof.Khawaja Saeeduddin,Khalid Hassan,Sajid Abbasi,Raizuddin,Shahid Ali Khan,Iqra Fatima,Syed Junaid Muzaffar Zaidi,Syed Dildar Ali Naqvi,Shah Hussain Shah and other dignitaries were also present to grace the occasion.Faisal Anwar and Irshad Subhan were match referee.

Powerful sheikh quits top Olympic body amid late drama
NC Monitoring Desk
TOKYO: One of the most influential figures in international sport yesterday officially stepped down from a powerful Olympic body as he fights forgery charges in Switzerland.
Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah had already announced he was “temporarily” stepping aside from his IOC duties and asked not to be re-elected president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).
“I am confident I am innocent. I trust the court of justice in Switzerland … I know I am innocent. I am sure about that and I will follow through on my trust in the court in Switzerland,” he told delegates.
“I will decide to step aside — of my own will — for a while and to come back to you stronger,” added the Kuwaiti powerbroker.
But there was last-minute drama at the gathering in Tokyo as several representatives pushed for the Sheikh — the only candidate for ANOC president — to be re-elected anyway.
In chaotic scenes, delegate after delegate spoke to defend Sheikh Ahmad, arguing that he had become embroiled in a political affair that had nothing to do with sport and that was being played out in the courts.
“The ship of ANOC has been sailing rather smoothly and now is not the time to change the captain,” said the representative from Guyana.
After an unscheduled last-minute intervention from the Sheikh, delegates finally agreed to postpone the election for president while he sorts out his legal issues.
Officials admitted this was a “unique” situation and there was nothing in the organisation´s constitution to deal with such a case.
A long-time IOC member seen as a close ally of President Thomas Bach, Sheikh Ahmad is accused of orchestrating a complex forgery scheme linked to his efforts to prove his native country´s former prime minister is guilty of corruption and plotting a coup.
The aim of the alleged forgery, according to a Swiss charge sheet seen by AFP, was to legitimise suspicious video recordings Sheikh Ahmad had presented in Kuwait as evidence of corrupt practices by ex-premier Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah and former parliament chief Jassem al-Khorafi.
The case against Sheikh Ahmad, a nephew of Kuwait´s ruler, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, is set to go before a court in Geneva next year.
Governor Sindh inaugurates Pakistan Open Squash Championship

By Sports Reporter

KARACHI: Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail inaugurating the Pakistan Open Squash Championship-2018 said that players are ambassadors of peace.
He also stressed for the need to provide all necessary sports facilities to the players, said a statement yesterday.
The Sindh Governor said that the government is taking practical steps for holding international sports events in the country and the inaugural of the Squash Championship in Karachi is an step in this regard.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is a sportsman himself and active promotion of sports activities in Pakistan is vision of the Prime Minister. The Governor of Sindh said that the sports activities help promote peace in the society as well as nourish and introduce new talent.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Sindh Squash Association Jahangir Khan told the newsmen that around 48 squash players of 47 countries are expected to participate in the Championship. Later, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail formally inaugurated the event by throwing a ball in the squash court for first match.

Darren Sammy will captain Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 4, announced Javed Afridi.

Peshawar Zalmi’s chairman Javed Afridi announced Darren Sammy to lead the side this PSL 4. He believes that his captaincy proved to be fruitful for the team as they won the PSL 2 and runners up in PSL 3. The yellow storm will perform exceptionally well in PSL under his captaincy. He further added that the inclusion of Misbah ul Haq is beneficial for us. He will not only prove to be helpful for the youngsters but also help Darren Sammy with his experience. He is also the two time winning  PSL Captain. On Tuesday, the PSL drafts were held in which the two major picks for Zalmi were the t20 sensation Kieron Pollard in the platinum category and Misbah ul Haq in the Diamond Category. Chairman Javed Afridi, President Zaheer Abbas, Head Coach Mohammad Akram, Team Manager Arshad Khan, Wahab Riaz and Kamran Akmal were also present for the PSL DRAFTS 2018. Peshawar Zalmi Squad comprises of:

Wahab Riaz
Hasan Ali
Daren Sammy
Kamran Akmal (Ambassador)
Liam Dawson
Umaid Asif
Khalid Usman
Sameen Gul
Kieron Pollard – Platinum
Misbah ul Haq – Diamond
Dawid Malan – Gold
Umar Amin – Gold
Wayne Madsen – Silver
Sohaib Maqsood – Silver
Jamal Anwar – Silver
Nabi Gul – Emerging
Waqar Salamkhel – Supplementary
Ibtisam Sheikh – Supplementary
Samiullah – Supplementary
Chris Jordan – Supplementary

The three turkish cricketers who will be part of PSL 4 were also present at the drafts. They will fly with the team to Dubai and witness all the cricketing action and learn from the best. Peshawar Zalmi will also work for the development of cricket in Turkey after the MOU signing between Turkish Sports Federation and Zalmi Foundation. 

Peshawar Zalmi Media Department

میئر کراچی گولڈ کپ ہاکی کے موقع پر میئر کراچی وسیم اختر اور سیکرٹری کراچی ہاکی ایسوسی ایشن میڈیا سے بات چیت کرتے ہوئے دوسری جانب میئر کراچی اسٹک سے ہٹ لگا کر ٹورنامنٹ کا افتتاح کررہے ہیں

بلند حوصلوں اور قوم کی دعاؤں کے ساتھ ہاکی ورلڈ کپ میں شرکت  کے لیے بھارت جانیوالی پاکستان ہاکی ٹیم کی ہائیر فیکٹری میں کٹ کی رونمائی .امید ہے کھلاڑی ورلڈ کپ میں ملک کا نام روشن کریں گے, جاوید آفریدی

پاکستان ہاکی ٹیم کے اسپانسر ہائیر پاکستان نے ورلڈ کپ روانگی سے قبل پاکستان ہاکی ٹیم کے اعزاز میں پروقار تقریب کا انعقاد کیا. ہائیر پاکستان آفس لاہور میں پاکستان ہاکی ٹیم کی ورلڈ کپ کٹ کی رونمائی کی تقریب منعقد کی گئی. جہاں پشاور زلمی کے چیرمین جاوید آفریدی, پاکستان ہاکی فیڈریشن کی مینجمنٹ اور پاکستان ہاکی ٹیم کے کپتان نے ورلڈ کپ کٹ کی رونمائی کی . ہائیر پاکستان کے سی ای او/ پشاور زلمی کے چیرمین جاوید آفریدی نے کہا ماضی میں چار بار ورلڈ کپ, تین بار چیمپینز ٹرافی اور تین بار اولمپکس گولڈ میڈل جیت کر پاکستان ہاکی ٹیم نے سبز ہلالی پرچم بلند کیا. امید ہے کہ ٹیم بھارت میں ہونیوالے ہاکی ورلڈ کپ میں اچھی کاکردگی کامظاہرہ کرے گی . انہوں نے پاکستان ہاکی ٹیم کے لیے نیک خواہشات کا اظہار کیا. اس موقع پر پاکستان ہاکی فیڈریشن کی مینجمنٹ, پاکستان ہاکی ٹیم کے کپتان رضوان سینیر اور دیگر کھلاڑیوں نے حوصلہ افزائی پر جاوید آفریدی اور ہائیر پاکستان مینجمنٹ کا شکریہ ادا کیا. 

واضح رہے کہ پاکستان فیڈریشن سے ایم او یو پر دستخط کے بعد ہائیر پاکستان قومی ہاکی ٹیم کی دو ہزار بیس تک ایکسلیوزر اسپانسر ہے.

Pakistan’s Hockey Team sponsor Haier Pakistan arranged a formal kit unveiling ceremony before their departure to India to play the World Cup. The ceremony was held in their honor and the National heroes along with the Hockey Federation management attended the event. Chairman, Peshawar Zalmi & CEO Haier, Mr. Javed Afridi warmly welcomed the esteemed guests to the ceremony. During his speech, he said that “Pakistan Hockey Team has brought great prestige to the nation by winning 4 World Cups, 3 Champions Trophy &  3 Olympic Gold Medals in the past. I am hopeful that they will bring back the prestige ahead of the World Cup being held in India and perform really well.” The Hockey Federation Management along with the Pakistan Hockey players thanked Mr. Javed Afridi, Peshawar Zalmi & Haier management for all their efforts.