NZ, WZ chiefs vow to promote club cricket

LAHORE - Presidents of North and West Zones Masood Anwar and Rai Zulfiqar have vowed to promote club cricket. To achieve this aim, they have decided to continue with the policies of Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad for the betterment of cricket at grassroots level and extending their support to Nadeem in his re-election as Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) president. “Nadeem is strong contestant for the position as during his previous tenure, he did his best to revive cricket at early level which was in doldrums for 20 years and there is dire need to continue his policies which is only possible to re-elect him as president for the second successive term,” they said here Monday. Masood announced to organise three new club cricket tournaments in North Zone and said he would sharing the maximum financial burden in this regard. “As a zonal president, I want to play my due role in the development of club cricket which is the back bone of our cricket and I will be extending my full cooperation to achieve this objective,” he said. West Zone president Rai Zulfiqar said special talent hunt programmes would be launched with the assistance of the LCCA in his zone and the clubs would be engaged in healthy cricket activities throughout the year.–Staff Reporter

Pak handicapped team loses T20 series

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan handicapped cricket team lost three-match Twenty20 series against India 2-0. The green shirts were beaten in the second T20 by nine runs by physically challenged cricket team of India, who took 2-0 unassailable lead at Bhiwani cricket ground in Haryana on Monday. The third and final T20 will be played today (Wednesday) at the same venue. Put into bat first, Indian team hammered 134 for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted overs. Skipper Ravi Patil played superb knock of 62 runs while Vikrant added 17. Anees Afridi and Abdul Manan took wickets each. In reply, Pakistan team could manage to score 125-8. Nihar Alam was top scorer with 25 while Kashif Nawaz added 19 and M Tauqir 17. Iqbal Khan bagged 2-22 and Vikrant 1-23. Ravi Patil was named player of the match.–Staff Reporter

3rd National Archery Championship

LAHORE – Punjab, KPK, Police and Air Force Monday were on top in the 3rd National Archery Championship being organised by the Punjab Archery Association (PAA) here at the Punjab Stadium. Director General Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Usman Anwar was the chief guest at the opening ceremony and shot an arrow to open the event. MD Pakistan Tourism Ch Kabir Ahmad Khan was guest of honour at the event while Pakistan Archery Federation (PAF) SVP Syed Khawar Shah, secretary Wisal M Khan, PAA secretary Miss Zeba Manzoor and Chief Executive The Educator School Elite Campus Moazzam Khan Klair were also present on the occasion. Nine teams including Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Fata, Islamabad, Police, Railways and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) are participating in the championship. Today (Wednesday), ladies competitions will be held in the morning session. Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) president Lt Gen (r) Syed Arif Hassan will be the chief guest at the concluding ceremony and distribute medals among the winners. –Staff Reporter

RIJSA/PTF Punjab Media Tennis

ISLAMABAD – Mohsin Ali, Afzal Javed, Mohi Shah and Ayaz Akbar advanced to the semifinals of the 1st RIJSA/PTF Punjab Media Tennis Championship started here at PTF Tennis Complex on Monday. The event is being participated by 16 RISJA members. Earlier in the first round, Mohsin Ali, Mohsin Ejaz, Naeem Ansari, Zulfiqar Baig, Afzal Javed, Fahim Anwar and Mohi Shah won their respective matches. Ayaz Akbar made the major upset of the event when he eliminated fourth seed Shakir Abbasi 6-3, 6-3. Pakistan’s longest serving No 1 tennis player Aqeel Khan inaugurated the tournament. The semifinals will be played today (Wednesday). Mohsin will play the first semifinal against Ayaz Akbar at 2:30pm while Mohi Shah will take on Afzal Javed in the second semifinal at 4pm. –Staff Reporter

Punjab teams off to Islamabad for Games

LAHORE - Punjab boys’ swimming and girls’ judo teams departed Monday to Islamabad to take part in the Inter-Provincial Youth Games which will commence today (Tuesday) under the aegis of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) in Islamabad. Director General Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Usman Anwar saw off the young athletes with best wishes. The Punjab U-14 swimming team comprised of Abdur Rehman, Hamza Attaullah, Rizwan Shahbaz, Haziq Mumtaz, Ali Raza, Ali Sultan, Uzair Khan, M Qasim, Hasan Akhtar, Haroon Naeem, Abdullah Afzal and Noman Jilani (reserve). The team officials include M Hafeez Bhatti (manager), Rafiuz Zaman and Abdul Hameed (coaches) and Sajid Faiz (assistant manager). The girls u-16 judo team consists of Tanzeela, Zohra, Aqsa, Zainab Bibi, Amna Bibi and Hina Amanat while Zulfiqar and Waqas Akbar will be the coaches.–Staff Reporter