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Oct
20

Army cricket teams from different countries have arrived at Lahore to take part in the first ever Physical Agility Combat Efficiency System (PACES) competition being hosted by Pakistan Army.

Teams from Sri Lanka, England, Saudi Arabia, China and Australia will participate in the competition.

The event is being organised by Pakistan Army, which is the first-ever such competition in the world.

Commander Lahore Corps Lt-General Sadiq Ali declared the PACES Competition Open amid a colourful ceremony at the Venue which was attended by a large crowd.

All the participating teams joined a Flag March Past, followed by Army’s regimental troupes, representing all provinces of Pakistan including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammun Kashmir, which presented traditional folk dances on the tune of famous regional songs and a spectacular demonstration by the Pakistan Army band, which won thunderous applauds from the audience.

People’s Liberation Army (China) and Pakistan Army dominated the opening day of the Pull-Ups contest in the First International PACES Competition-2016 that commenced at the Ayub Stadium on Tuesday.

The visiting cricket teams practised at (NCA) indoor and outdoor to prepare for the first leg of matches to be held on October 19, 21 and 22 in various grounds of Lahore. Later, the team will travel to Rawalpindi and Abbottabad to feature in the remaining matches.

On Wednesday, the participating teams will compete in 3.2-km run which will start at 9am from Askari-10 and end at the Ayub Stadium.

Players of different countries during opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System competition. ─APP
Players of different countries during opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System competition. ─APP
The British Army team arrives at the opening ceremony of the First International PACES Competition 2016 in Lahore. ─AFP
The British Army team arrives at the opening ceremony of the First International PACES Competition 2016 in Lahore. ─AFP
Members of the Australian army cricket team arrive for practice at the National Cricket Academy ahead of the First International PACES Competition 2016. ─AFP
Members of the Australian army cricket team arrive for practice at the National Cricket Academy ahead of the First International PACES Competition 2016. ─AFP
The Saudi Arabian Army team arrives at the opening ceremony of the First International PACES Competition 2016. ─AFP
The Saudi Arabian Army team arrives at the opening ceremony of the First International PACES Competition 2016. ─AFP
A view of the graceful opening ceremony. ─APP
A view of the graceful opening ceremony. ─APP
Corps Commander Lt. General Sadiq Ali shaking hand with players during opening ceremony. —APP
Corps Commander Lt. General Sadiq Ali shaking hand with players during opening ceremony. —APP
Members of the Australian army cricket team practice at the National Cricket Academy. ─AFP
Members of the Australian army cricket team practice at the National Cricket Academy. ─AFP
Players march-past during opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System competition. ─APP
Players march-past during opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System competition. ─APP
Players march-past during opening ceremony of first ever PACES competition. ─APP
Players march-past during opening ceremony of first ever PACES competition. ─APP
The Srilankan Army team arrives at the opening ceremony. ─APP
The Srilankan Army team arrives at the opening ceremony. ─APP
A view of graceful opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility Combat Efficiency System. ─APP
A view of graceful opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility Combat Efficiency System. ─APP
The Chinese Army team arrives at the opening ceremony. ─AFP
The Chinese Army team arrives at the opening ceremony. ─AFP

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Oct
17

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Former batsman and captain of the national cricket team Jaived Miandad on Saturday withdrew his allegations against former T20 captain Shahid Afridi.

Miandad also announced that he harbours no ill feelings towards Afridi.

In a meeting held between the two former cricket captains, Afridi thanked Miandad for the withdrawal of his statements.

“It is a great pleasure that Afridi is sitting besides me and there are no differences between us,” said Miandad.

Miandad also expressed well wishes for Afridi and said if any of his comments had hurt Afridi, he would withdraw them.

Afridi said he had never demanded an apology from Miandad as he considers Miandad as his senior.

“Miandad withdrawing the allegations against me is a big deal for me and my fans,” Afridi added.

The controversy arose when Afridi, who quit ODIs last year after the ODI World Cup 2015 expressed his desire of playing a farewell match, and asked the PCB to entertain his request. Afridi had expressed his desire to bid farewell to his fans through one final match.

Miandad opposed the idea of giving a farewell match to the former T20 captain which resulted in Afridi passing controversial remarks about Miandad.

Reacting on these controversial remarks, Miandad levelled match fixing allegations against Afridi.

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Oct
03

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Sr. on Monday held the lack of proper facilities for the national players responsible for poor performance of the sport in national and international levels.

While briefing the Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan here at the Parliament house, Shahbaz emphasised the need of meaningful encouragement and backing by the government and concerned quarters to help the game regain its lost charm and glow.

PHF Secretary said there were only four to five cities in which proper hockey is played.

“We are doing maximum efforts for the promotion of women hockey and men’s hockey at the grass root level.”

Recently, he said our hockey team finished third in the boys Under 18 Junior Asia Cup Hockey Tournament which, he added, was a great achievement.

The IPC Minister Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, also present in the briefing was of the view that PHF should be made independent for the betterment of the game.

To this the Chairman IPC Committee informed that the blue Astro-turf was another big issue for the players on which the modern hockey was being played and Pakistani players were not used to it.

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Oct
02

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SHARJAH: Fast-rising one-drop batsman Babar Azam cracked a successive hundred to propel Pakistan to another dominating 337-5 in the second day-night international against West Indies in Sharjah on Sunday.

The 21-year old followed his 120 in the first game on Friday with another magnificent 125-ball 123 spiced with nine boundaries and a six as Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, took full advantage of another flat strip at Sharjah stadium.

Azam added 169 for the third wicket with Shoaib Malik who missed his ninth one-day hundred by ten runs, scoring an attractive 83-ball 90 with six hits over the fence and three boundaries.

Pakistan leads the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first game — also in Sharjah — by 111 runs on Friday.

It was another dominating batting by Pakistan, shredding the West Indian bowling at will, with Azam and Malik giving strength and Sarfraz Ahmed finishing it with 47-ball 60 not out.

Azam reached his second one-day international hundred with a single off Carlos Brathwaite, waving his bat and bowing down in delight.

He was finally caught off paceman Alzarri Joseph at long-on in the 46th over.

Malik was also ruthless as he reached his 38th half-century off 55 balls before hitting three successive sixes off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, one went out of the Sharjah stadium.

Azam and Malik steadied the innings after openers Azhar Ali (nine) and Sharjeel Khan (24) fell in the space of three deliveries with the total at 40.

Ahmed, who hit seven fours, helped Azam add another 73 for the fourth wicket as Pakistan added 97 in the last ten overs and 55 in the last five.

Joseph and Jason Holder took two wickets apiece.

Earlier, Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali won the toss and opted to bat first in the second of a three-match One day International (ODI) Series against the West Indies on Sunday.

“The surface is good. It will take the batsmen some time to settle, but there are plenty of runs on offer,” Azhar said.

Pakistan’s lineup remained unchanged, but the West Indies wereforced to make a change after Shannon Gabriel was ruled out with a sore neck. Gabriel has been replaced by Alzarri Jospeh, who is making his ODI debut in the match.

Azhar Ali took strike, partnered with Sharjeel Khan, as Windies captain Jason Holder started proceedings. Holder will share the ball with Alzarri Joseph.

Pakistan won the first match of the series, giving them a 1-0 lead, building on their 3-0 whitewash in the Twenty20 series from which the current line-up will seek inspiration.

Holder blamed poor batting for his side’s demise in the first ODI. “We didn’t bat well, especially against spin,” said Holder. “We have to adjust and improve quickly,” he said.

Team line-ups

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (w), Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali.

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (w), Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn, Shannon Gabriel, Jonathan Carter, Ashley Nurse, Evin Lewis, Alzarri Joseph.

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Sep
26

Apparently, the two are in talks for a project. Will we be seeing the two together in a film soon?

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West Indies cricketer DJ Bravo’s love for Shah Rukh Khan is no surprise. Now, that he has a Bollywood debut on the way, he is looking for more projects in Hindi cinema.. one with SRK too.

“Shah Rukh Khan is my boss. I play for his team. Hopefully one day Shah Rukh Khan and I will do something together on the big screen,” he says.

According to Filmfare, the cricketer and SRK are reportedly in talks about a project together.

Bravo adds, “We discussed about something but he is a busy guy. We’re both busy but are definitely looking to create an opportunity to work together on big screen.”

Currently his first project in B-Town is Tum Bin 2, one he’s thrilled to be a part of. “It’s a good opportunity for me to enter into Bollywood. I’m really excited to be part of Tum Bin 2. Especially to be on the same stage with one of the best singers from India, Ankit Tiwari,” he gushes.

He even picked up a few Hindi words. “I learnt some Hindi words likekhiladi and jo karte hain… It’s a great experience for me personally because I don’t speak Hindi. So I’m happy.”

The cricketer, singer says, “This is a beginning of something positive. I hope my debut goes well as it would lead to more opportunities. I’m happy to sing for everybody.”

With Tum Bin 2 dated for a November 18 release, Bravo is already in search for new projects in Hindi cinema, maybe planning on moving to Mumbai too.

“I want to be a part of Bollywood and so, I wish to get an Indian passport. I hope the country accepts me.”

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Sep
25

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LAHORE: August 30, 2016 was a day when cricket commentators were forced to rethink the Pakistani bowling attack’s status as one of the most lethal in the cricketing world.

On a bright sunny Nottingham afternoon, the Azhar Ali-led tourists were tormented mercilessly by the English batters as they posted the highest score of 444 runs in the history of One-Day International (ODI) cricket.

Opting to bat first on a hard and dry batting surface in the third of the five-ODI series, it seemed as though Eoin Morgan had given his batsmen license to go ballistic to attain an unassailable lead of 3-0.

The local boy, Alex Hales, complied with a blistering 171 off 122 balls. His 166-minute long innings consisted 22 fours and four towering sixes.

Right-arm fast Hassan Ali dismissed the right-handed batsman in the 37th over, but even that did not make the hosts take their feet off the gas.

After a 248-run stand from 193 balls, for the second wicket between Hales and Joe Root, Morgan and Jos Buttler pummelled Pakistani bowlers for 161 runs off the last 74 balls at the rate of more than two runs per ball.

“It was a batting paradise out there as the wicket was easy to bat on and the boundaries were a bit smaller,” said Azhar, Pakistan ODI skipper, in an exclusive interview with Dawn.com on Saturday.

“We committed mistakes under pressure which allowed England to score so many runs.”

The thrashing could have been curbed had Pakistan shown discipline on the field.

There were dropped chances and Wahab Riaz, who leaked 110 runs at 11 runs per over, dismissed Hales and Buttler on no-balls that saw him end up with no wickets and eventually with the second-worst bowling figures.

“We took two wickets on the no-balls and there were dropped chances. Against such a strong batting line-up, you cannot afford such mistakes,” the 31-year-old admitted.

The opening batsman, who replaced Misbah-ul-Haq as the ODI captain after the ICC World Cup last year, did not hesitate to add that in the backdrop of such developments the “high score was on the cards”.

Left-handed batsman Sharjeel Khan gave a courageous reply to the daunting total, scoring 58 off 30 with 12 cracking fours and a six despite two wickets off Sami Aslam and his captain within the first ten overs.

Sharjeel’s contribution saw Pakistan post 83 in the first ten overs, but the middle-order failed to build on the start.

“If you see, we also started well,” Azhar pointed out, adding there is a great deal of pressure when you have to score at 8-9 runs an over right from the start.

Pakistan went on to lose the match by 169 runs.

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Sep
19

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SINGAPORE: New chairman Chase Carey said Formula One cannot continue as a “dictatorship”, as speculation grows over the role of long-term supremo Bernie Ecclestone under the sport’s incoming American owners.

Ecclestone has built Formula One into a global powerhouse over the past four decades but Carey said US mogul John Malone’s Liberty Media now wanted to take it to new heights.

“You cannot make everybody happy all the time, but you’ve got to understand what everybody wants and then find a path,” he told the official F1 website at the Singapore Grand Prix.

“Sure, that is not a task for a committee, as committees tend to become bureaucratic – but there also can’t be a dictatorship – even if probably here they are used to it.”

It indicates an ideological split between the mustachioed American Carey and Ecclestone, 85, who has warned he could walk away if things don’t go his way under Liberty.

Under the takeover, which values Formula One at $8 billion, flamboyant deal-maker Ecclestone remains as chief executive with Carey brought in as chairman.

The diminutive British billionaire earlier said he didn’t expect much change to his role despite the arrival of heavy-hitter Carey, vice-chairman of 21st Century Fox.

“The only thing I have to do is die and pay my tax. Short of that I don’t have to do anything,” Ecclestone told Sky Sports, when asked about how he might work with Carey.

Carey said he was a “bit too old to be an apprentice” under Ecclestone after a 30-year career in media and entertainment.

“Certainly Hollywood is a good training for dealing with unique personalities,” he joked.

“With all credit to Bernie, he’s had enormous success – the world admires Bernie for the business that he has built,” Carey added.

“But I still think that there is another level that we can take Formula One to.”

Carey said Liberty would try to develop Formula One’s penetration of the United States, the Americas and Asia, while developing the sport’s European heartland and working hard on its digital platforms.

“Formula One is a great premium brand and that means to me that you want to be at a location like Los Angeles, New York or Miami. Ideally in the great cities in the world!” he said.

It could also signal a shift from Ecclestone’s strategies which have placed F1 races in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and Yeongam in rural South Korea.

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