Indian Snooker Players Not Granted Pakistani visa


Pakistan has refused to issue visa to two Indian snooker players for joining an even at Karachi. Sources said Yaseen Marchant and Faisal Khan had applied for Pakistani visa to come at Karachi for a snooker event on March 4; however, the Islamabad authorities were reported to have refused the request on Wednesday.

PIA Wins National Hockey Championship 26th Time

PIA become national champions for the 26th time

National Hockey Championship’s two best sides played the most thrilling match of the tournament, the final, as PIA captured their 26th national crown courtesy a golden goal win over Wapda with the scores tied 3-3. Muzammil Bhatti’s strike in the first-half of extra-time sealed Wapda’s fate. It was also an apt revenge of the round-robin 4-2 defeat that had allowed Wapda to top the tables. PIA were also thankful to full-back Kashif Ali, whose hat-trick – with goals in the 26th, 52nd and 63rd minute – aided the champion’s progress. Waseem Ahmed levelled the tie for Wapda in the 39th minute before goals from Aleem Iqbal took the match into extra-time as PIA came out…

PIA and Wapda to face in National Hockey Championship Final

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PIA and Wapda registered identical victories over Army and SSGC to seal a place in the final of the National Hockey Championship being held at the Hockey Club of Pakistan, Karachi. In the first semi-final, PIA, who finished second in the table after the round matches, dominated proceedings against Army with an apt display of attack and defence. Mohammad Irfan opened the scoring in the 14th minute but Mohammad Rizwan converted a penalty corner in the 46th minute to level the scores. However, Shafqat Rasool’s brilliance in the 59th-minute solo effort gave PIA the decisive goal which sealed their berth in the final. Meanwhile, Wapda, who topped the table with 22 points, went behind in…

Karachi Celebrates England’s ‘Greenwash’

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Pakistan’s historic 3-0 victory over England in their ‘home series’ in the UAE brought people in the city onto the streets on Monday in a frenzy of celebration and galvanised the youth to unleash their excitement on social media, including exchanging text messages adorned with emoticons, congratulating Pakistan’s XI. Pakistan become the first team to win a Test after being bowled out for under 100 since 1907 when England, shot out for 76, beat South Africa at Leeds. Moments after Pakistan’s victory by 71 runs, Twitter was the place to be, where tweets of congratulations poured in. “Guess what the big news from Pakistan cricket was one year ago? What a comeback,” write Adil Najam,…

Mansha Brothers clinched the PSO-Carient Inter-Firm Table Tennis tournament

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Mansha Brothers clinched the men’s team event title after they overwhelmed Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) by 3-1 in the final of the First PSO-Carient Inter-Firm Table Tennis tournament at the Islamia Club on Thursday night. Khawar Mehmood put KMC ahead after beating Mohammad Tahir from Mansha Brothers in a tough battle. The score was 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 5-11 and 11-5. However, former table tennis great Arif Nakhuda brought the parity for Mansha Brothers with a 3-1 victory over Raheel Qureshi. The score was 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 and 11-8. Mohammad Nakhuda put Mansha Brothers 2-1 ahead by beating Salim Ahmad 11-3, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11 and 11-4. Arif Nakhuda won his second game of the fixture against…

Sindh Sports Minister Activated the Rs0.5 Million Grant to Deserving Sportsmen

Sindh Sports Minister Dr Mohammad Ali Shah

 Sindh Sports Minister Dr Muhammad Ali Shah has said that he has activated the Rs0.5 million revolving fund for providing financial assistance to deserving sportsmen in the province. The fund provided by the federal government had remained dormant over the last 60 years, he added. Responding to written and supplementary questions during the questions hour session of the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday, the minister said the fund was refurbished by the federal government as and when required. He said he had constituted a committee comprising outstanding sportsmen such as Jehangir Khan of squash, Iqbal Qasim of cricket and Islahuddin of hockey, which would determine the amount to be paid to players as a relief to…

Abbottabad crush Karachi Blues by 188 runs


Ikramullah took 12 wickets to help Abbottabad crush Karachi Blues by 188 runs in their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division-I match here at the National Stadium Karachi (NSK) on Friday. Abbottabad took full nine points from the match for registering an outright win. Resuming the day three on 110-3, Abbottabad were all out for 210 in 50.5 overs. Mohammad Naeem, who top-scored with 65 in the first inning, made 129-ball 64 with the help of 10 boundaries. Rameez Ahmed (47) and Wajid Ali (43) chipped in with useful knocks. Pacer Sohail Khan, who was rested in the last match, bagged a five-for. Tanvir Ahmed claimed three victims. Set a target of 285, Blues were all out for…

Karachi Blues’ skipper Hammered a 41-ball 61 in his side’s Impressive Batting Display

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Karachi Blues’ skipper Mohammad Sami hammered a 41-ball 61 in his side’s impressive batting display to help them post 432-9 in 100 overs against hosts Sialkot at the Jinnah stadium. This has been a remarkable turnaround by Blues after conceding a first-inning lead and they now sit comfortably with an overall lead of 349 runs. Blues started the day on 121-0 as Shahzeb Hasan resumed on 72 while Hafiz Asad Baig was unbeaten on 42. Shahzeb got out after adding 19 runs to his overnight total making a 95-ball 91, picking up 15 fours. Baig added 22 runs to his total as he was back in pavilion after making a steady 64. The two shared…

Karachi Blues’ openers shared an unbroken stand of 121 in their second innings


Karachi Blues’ openers shared an unbroken stand of 121 in their second innings on Saturday to lead their side’s fight-back against hosts Sialkot after conceding a 83-run first-inning lead in their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division-I match at the Jinnah stadium. At stumps, Blues were placed at 121 for no loss and had a lead of 38 runs. Shahzeb Hasan was not out on 72 that came off of 76 as he struck 11 fours in his fluent knock. Hafiz Asad Baig was unbeaten on 42 as Sialkot bowlers failed to make any inroads. [Courtesy The News International]

Asif topples Imran to enter snooker finale


Seventh seed Mohammad Asif dethroned top seeded Imran Shahzad by edging him out in the semifinals of the Del Monte 4th Ranking Snooker Championship 2011 here at the Southend Club on Saturday. Asif, the national champion of 2009, ended Imran’s winning streak in the domestic circuit as he came from behind to win the best of 11-frame semifinal 6-5 with the scores of 63-22, 15-51, 47-77, 1-65, 6-72, 81-12, 74-0, 53-49, 22-63, 70-69, 87-0. The contest between which started late due to technical reasons, lasted no less than four hours. Asif’s opponent in the final will be Sharjeel Mehmood of Haripur (KPK) who toppled former number one Mohammad Sajjad 6-3 with the frames scores of…