Ajmal Sabir accepts PCAPH offer

ISLAMABAD – Renowned cricket administrator Ajmal Sabir, who is also OGDCL Sports Board vice president, has accepted Abbas Hashmi’s offer of taking charge of Pakistan Cricket Association for Physically Handicapped (PCAPH) as Director Development. Talking to The Nation, Ajmal said: “I had worked with PCAPH in the past and I really enjoyed working for such a noble cause. Unfortunately, some people had taken over from genuine well-wishers of disabled cricket, which forced me and others to part ways. But now, after the issues have been resolved, I feel it is my national and moral duty to work for such cause.” He said: “I am quite sure, with the help of our friends and well wishers, we will be able to set new dimensions in disabled cricket and bring revolution in it.”–Staff Reporter



Yasir asks Pak players to fight like a unit

ISLAMABAD - Cricketer Yasir Hameed believes that the performance of senior players will play a key role in Pakistan's success in the One-Day International (ODI) series against England. Pakistan, who achieved top ICC Test rankings on Monday are presently languishing on 87 points - seven points behind eighth-ranked West Indies in the limited-overs rankings. After the Test series against England, they defeated Ireland in the ODI series and now they have a chance to close the gap with the West Indies provided they defeat England in the ODIs.  Yasir said that Pakistan team would have to adopt the same approach with which they played the four-match Test series against England and squared the series in style. "I believe our players will have to show the same unity and fighting spirit to defeat British team in one day series at their home soil" he said.  The 38-year-old said that after the superb performance in Tests, everyone was talking about Pakistan team's ability to perform even in tough conditions. "Equalizing the series was not easy. But Pakistan team played like a unit and surprised all. Now they will have to show the same commitment and spirit," he said.  "Pakistan players - both batsmen and bowlers will have to deliver if they want to improve their ODI rankings," said Yasir, who have scored 2,058 runs in 56 matches with an average of 36.87. However, he was of the view that Pakistan's senior players, in particular would have to live up to expectations. He said skipper Azhar Ali, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Umar Gul would not only have to perform themselves but would also have to take along junior players.  "No doubt, England are a strong ODI side, especially at their home soil but they are beatable. Pakistan have shown that in the Test series and now they would have to show that in the ODI series," he remarked.–APP



LAHORE: Maqsood Ejaz Bogra is receiving certificate from Akhtar Ali after being elected as president of Pakistan Kyokushin Seishin Kaikan Karate Organisation.



ITF level-I tennis coaching course begins

LAHORE – The PSB-PTF Pre ITF Level-I green badge coaching course started here Tuesday at the Bagh-e-Jinnah under the aegis of Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA). PTF secretary M Khalid Rehmani said the three-day useful activity aimed at upgrading the existing knowledge of the participants. “The course is the second in the series of PTF coaches education programme and is sponsored by Pakistan Sports Board. Pakistan’s top qualified tutor coach Kamran Khalil is teaching modern coaching techniques to 30 coaches drawn from Karachi, Lahore, Mangla, Wah Cant and Bhawalpur," he said. Rana Nasrullah is looking after physical training topics to educate coaches on this specific field while ITF qualified coach and tennis player Sara Mansoor is acting as assistant tutor coach.–Staff Reporter