Pakistan All Stars XI defeated International World XI to clinch the series 2-0.

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Opening batsman Imran Nazir smashed 53 off 33 balls as the Pakistan All Stars XI defeated an International World XI by six wickets in the second Twenty20 exhibition match to clinch the series 2-0.     Nazir hit five boundaries and five sixes in the All Stars’ convincing 145-4 in 16.4 overs after the International World XI compiled 142-9. The series was organized by provincial sports minister Dr. Mohammad Ali Shah, who is hoping it will help return international cricket to Pakistan. No test playing nation has toured Pakistan due to security concerns since gunmen attacked a Sri Lanka team bus in March 2009. After being sent in to bat, the International World XI lost its…

Cricket fever On the rise for the all Important India Pakistan Clash

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After being reduced to facing off each other only in multi-nation tournaments, Pakistan take on India in the high-profile and eagerly-awaited Asia Cup clash today, looking to secure a place in the final. The two teams play each other for the first time since the World Cup clash in Mohali last year, won by the hosts, with a lot more than just pride at stake. India will be keen to bounce back after a stunning defeat against Bangladesh in the match on Friday, which also saw Sachin Tendulkar finally getting his 100th international hundred. Meanwhile, Pakistan will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run in the tournament and a win over India will confirm their…

Emirates hosts Underprivileged students at Karachi Stadium

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Emirates, one of the fastest growing international airlines, was a big hit with young cricket fans yesterday when it hosted pupils from a number of schools at the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final. The airline reiterated its commitment to the grassroots game in Pakistan by inviting 80 underprivileged children to the National Stadium, Karachi, to watch Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd (ZBTL) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) contest the first day. Pupils from the Garage School – which aims to educate street children – and the Health Oriented Preventive Education (HOPE) schools — which provides academic as well as vocational training to the underprivileged — were treated to a great day out.**

Royal CC Win T20 Title

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Royal Cricket Club recorded a massive 109-run triumph over Shah Yousuf Cricket Club in the final of Royal Invitation T-20 Cricket Tournament at Hill Park Cricket Ground. Royal CC batted first and put on board 157-7 in allotted 20 overs. Ejaz Ahmed (22) and Muhammad Aslam (22) batted well for the side. Shah Yousuf CC were bundled out for a measly total of 48 runs in 12.5 overs. Irfan Gul (16) was the top scorer for the side. Umair Mohsin captured three wickets.

Bari steps up anti-corruption campaign

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Wasim Bari, the former Pakistan Test wicketkeeper, is a man on a mission these days. As Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) director Training and Education, Bari says he is making all out efforts to help the country’s first-class players with a comprehensive anti-corruption programme. Bari, who lectured Karachi Whites players here at the National Stadium on Monday, told ‘The News’ that he has taken his anti-corruption programme to every nook and corner of Pakistan. “I have carried out the education programme on more than twenty occasions for first-class cricketers in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Abbottabad and other centres in 2011,” said the former Pakistan captain. “So far we have briefed over 600 cricketers and will…

Blues beat Faisalabad in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division-I

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Mohammad Sami was at his brilliant best again as he bagged three wickets to help Karachi Blues skittle out Faisalabad for just 120 and win their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division-I match by 235 runs at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. Chasing 356 to win the match, Faisalabad started day four at 18-1 but were never really able to put up any worthwhile resistance against a potent Karachi bowling attack spearheaded by Sami. The fast bowler picked up 3-32 and was ably supported by Atif Maqbool (3-13), Azam Hussain (2-22) and Tanvir Ahmed (2-45). Muhammad Salman, who struck a 49-ball 38, was the only Faisalabad batsman to show some spine on the final day. He hit six…

Karachi blues on the Role Again

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KARACHI: Karachi Blues’ openers — Shahzaib Hasan and Hafiz Asad Baig — once again produced a splendid stand to put their side within striking distance of beating Faisalabad. Shahzaib made a fluent 58 while Hafiz Asad scored a steady 52 propel Blues to 248 all out in 64.2 overs. Naseer Akram starred with the ball claiming a six-wicket haul to take his match-tally to nine wickets while Aqeel Ahmed claimed four scalps. Set a target of 356, Faisalabad had made 18-1 in 10 overs at stumps.

Riaz Afridi bagged a five-wicket haul to help Peshawar bowl out Karachi Whites

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KARACHI: Riaz Afridi bagged a five-wicket haul to help Peshawar bowl out Karachi Whites on 241 in their all-important Division-II tie here at the National Stadium Karachi (NSK). Zeeshan Jamil fought valiantly for his 167-ball 70 striking nine boundaries while Behram Khan made a fighting 47 and staying out their for 118 balls despite being hit several time. Mohammad Hasan remained unbeaten on 30. Peshawar then enforced the follow-on and Whites were 43-1 in 15 overs when the proceedings came to halt.

Mohammad Sami continued to star for Karachi Blues

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Discarded Test pacer Mohammad Sami continued to star for Karachi Blues as he smashed a blistering 61 and took three wickets to earn a 107-run first-inning lead for his side against Faisalabad in their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division-I match at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad on . Blues started day two on 265-7 and were all out for 338. Sami, who was batting on 25 yesterday, went on to score a 45-ball 61 hitting four sixes and seven fours in his whirlwind knock. Sami stretched his run-tally of this season to 433 besides 24 wickets. Generally regarded as an under-achiever, Sami seems to have really grown as a batsman as well which adds to his claims…

The sixth edition of NBPñKCCA Premier League will begin from November 27.

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KARACHI: The sixth edition of NBPñKCCA Premier League, one of the most competitive club tournaments in the city, will begin from November 27. The opening match will be played between Aga Khan Gymkhana and Punjab Cricket Club at Aga Khan Gymkhana it was announced here on Wednesday during a press briefing jointly held by Former Test player Iqbal Qasim, Executive Vice President, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and KCCA officials at Karachi Gymkhana. Pakistan Cricket Club (PCC) will go out to defend their crown. PCC have won all the five editions. Top 28 teams of the city, who were the semifinalists of the last Zonal ‘A’ Division League of the seven Zones, will vie out…