ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Handicapped cricket team beat Indian Physically Challenged team by 76 runs in the one-off Twenty20 International match played to mark World Disabled Day at Marghazar cricket ground on Monday.
Put into bat first, Pakistani openers provided 68 runs start before Adeel caught at long off boundary while trying a big hit in the fifth over. He scored 28 of 15 balls with two fours and same number of sixes.
Asad Laghari joined Junaid and the two keep momentum going and added 90 runs for the third-wicket stand. This time Junaid Khan was out after scoring 55 runs studied with seven boundaries. Asad kept on piling miseries on Indian bowlers and finally ran himself out in the last over. He slammed 46-ball 88 with nine fours and six sixes. M Fayyaz made four-ball 15 runs with two fours and one six to help Pakistan post 220-4. Rajesh and Ravi took one wicket each.
Needing 221 runs for victory, Indian openers Ravi and Deepak started well and put on 70 runs for the opening stand but after their departure the Indian team crumbled and was bowled out for 144 runs in 19 overs. Ravi top scored with 38 while Deepak made 25. Off spinner Anees Afridi destroyed Indian batting with 5/19 in 4 overs.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf was invited as a chief guest for the match but due to his other important commitments, Intikhab Alam represented him as a chief guest. Australian High Commissioner Peter Hayward, his wife, Islamabad Region president Shakil Sh, Pakistan Baitul Maal MD Zamurud Khan, Adviser to AJK PM Sardar Abdul Raziq, Jokie Pakistan GM, Col Ihsan Piracha, Roots Millennium School kids and  other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. Intikhab Alam and Peter Hayward distributed the prizes among the teams. Anis Afridi earned man of the match award.
It is pertinent to mention here Indian team reached Islamabad late Sunday night and after traveling for more than 20 hours they went for match without any proper rest and practice.
“We should have at least be given a day’s rest before this match but PCAPH gave us a very tight schedule and our players failed to deliver according to their potential,” an Indian official confided to this scribe on condition of anonymity. But he praised Pakistan team for playing well and congratulated them for their victory.
Meanwhile, all the tall claims of PCAPH regarding making excellent arrangements for the match were badly exposed as their was not even drinking water for the visiting Indian team dressing room and after many requests water was finally provided to Indian players. Roots School and Mashal School had sent their students in a large number to witness the match and boost the morale of either players but not a single PCAPH official bothered to at least a say a word of appreciation for the kids.
PCAPH managed to bring some high-profile personalities at the venue but there was no one to look after them while the security arrangements were very poor in the ground for both teams and dignitaries. The security agencies officials were due to reach at the venue at 11am, but they reached at 1pm.
PCAPH, must provide facilities at the ground for the teams and dignitaries invited for match in future to avoid inconvenience despite taking huge grants from well offs. There was no person of PCAPH to guide journalists who came to cover the event while the federation officials were found busy in personal projection rather than taking care of guests.
A check and balance system must be introduced in PCAPH, as reports of infighting already started to surface as some of federation’s directors remained absent from the venue due to some rift with the chairman and his blue eyed persons way of handling the things.