The second leg of football World Cup qualifier round between Pakistan and Bangladesh was played on Sunday at Punjab Stadium. As in the first match Bangladesh won by 3-0, so the Pakistan was needed 4-0 to with the first qualifier. But the match ended with draw and Pakistan could not succeed for the second qualifier matches.
Bangladesh skipper Biplob Bhattacharajee said “We came here with confident that we will reach the second round and although Pakistan proved tough we managed to keep them at bay,”. Bangladesh will now play Lebanon in the two-legged second round on July 23 and 28.
The National squad, comprising five boxers, will depart today for Jakarta, Indonesia for 21st President Cup Boxing Tournament that will start from July 3.
Mohammad Waseem, Mohibullah, Syed Mohammad Hussain, Amir Khan and Arshad Hussain are representing Pakistan in this tournament. The Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) Secretary Akram Khan said that participation in the event will prepare the players for World Championship in September and 2012 London Olympics.
Ali Baksh as coach and Lal Shah as an Assistant coach will accompany the squad. Syed Muhammad Sharif will travel as a referee judge.
In the first leg of opening round of the FIFA World Cup 2014 on Wednesday held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Pakistan had to face miserable defeat. Bangladesh scored in the first minute and won the game with 3-0.
The game was played under heavy rainfall and the players of either side had to fight against heavy and slippery conditions. Pakistan received first blow in the opening minute of the game and pressure by Bangladesh kept on increasing.
Pakistani team will return to Pakistan on Thursday night and will play the second leg round in Lahore on 2 July. It seems difficult that the next round would be in favor of Pakistan as the Pakistani players will have to win the game by four goal margin and if Pakistan win by 3-0 then penalties would decide the winner.
Billawal Aslam is a talented Pakistani cyclist who, participated in Olympics World Games, stood first and earned Gold Medal for Pakistan by defeating everyone in cycle race.
In a special performance on the wheels, Billawal finished first in the 1000m/1km time trial to edge past the opponents. Fellow Pakistani cyclist Nazeer Ahmed came fourth in the race.
Aslam defeated Mexico’s Johnny Tovar and India’s Yogendra Kumar Shrivas.
For the second time in Pakistan, Faisal Bank T20 tournament was started on 24 June. The of Pakistan loved this tournament as it is the only match which was played on the Pakistani grounds after the attack on Sri Lankan team. PCB and Faisal Bank started this domestic tournament for three years in 2010.
Faysal Bank will be awarding the winning team Rs 2.5 million as prize money and Rs. 1 million for the runners up. Eight teams divided into two groups will be participating in this tournament.
Group A Teams: Lahore Lions, Sialkot Stallions, Islamabad Leopards, Hyderabad Hawks
Group B Teams: Faisalabad Wolves, Rawalpindi Rams, Karachi Dolphins and the Multan Tigers.
Uptill now four matches have been played and today (Tuesday) Karachi Dolphins will face Faisalabad Dolphins and the Rawalpindi Rams will play Multan Tigers. Geo Super will broadcast both matches live. The first match will be played at 5 pm between Karachi Dolphins and Faisalabad Dolphins while Rawalpindi Rams will play Multan Tigers at 9 pm.
World Snooker Championship is going to start in Thailand from July 11 to 17. It is the leading professional snooker tournament in terms of both prize money and ranking points. Players from 20 countries will participate. Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association has named a two-member Pakistan team to feature in World Snooker championship.
Shahid Aftab and Mohammad Sajid from Pakistan will be taking part in the game. Aftab has good prospects in the event as he had earlier reached the quarter finals of the Asian snooker championship held in India.
Former captain Pakistan cricket team Shahid Afridi after resolving disputes with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ,will leave for London on Wednesday to represent Hampshire in the English Twenty20 event. He is scheduled to make his first appearance for the side in Thursday’s encounter against Essex.
The PCB restored Afridi’s no-objection certificate (NOC) to clear the way for him to play abroad but levied a heavy fine. But now eagerly awaiting fans of Shahid will watch him playing again.
Mohsin said he is looking at the performance of players in the domestic tournaments as well as the county circuit and he is working to form a separate specialised team’ for the Twenty-20 cricket.
Mohsin told that players are playing in a very competitive league and the selectors have a very close watch on their performances. Mohsin also said that he is emphasizing on the fielding standards as a major criteria in selection of squads for the 20 over format.
“The emphasis on fielding has never been greater. The players know importance of fielding standards and fitness levels. The boys who are good at fielding carry an advantage when it comes to selection,” he added.
Thursday appeared as a judgment day for Shahid Afridi when he became visible before disciplinary committee. For breaching various clauses of contract with PCB and for misconduct Afridi is fined Rs. 4.5 million but he did not apologize for his conduct.
Before going to the hearing, Afridi spoke to the media in which he said he would not apologize for his actions but he admitted that he did make a mistake by breaching the clauses of the central contract. He said that he will explain the circumstances to the committee under which he did that.
After nearly four-hour hearing, the PCB disciplinary committee head Sultan Rana alongwith Shahid Afridi and Board’s lawyer Taffazul Rizvi appeared before the media to announce the decision. Afridi was looking dejected and trying to avoid media.
The PCB on the recommendations of the disciplinary committee issued Afridi the NOC only to play for the Hampshire county’s T20 tournament but he will not be able to play anywhere else without the PCB’s permission.
For the first time Pakistani polo players will play a match against the United States at Saratoga Polo Club at Saratoga Springs on July 17. Pakistan is a country with one of the highest polo ground in the world and the United States has some of the oldest polo clubs including Saratoga Springs.
E. Nisar Khan, managing partner at US-Pak Polo Club, has been actively engaged with Tourism Corporation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) to organise the match. This cultural evening would be held for the first time to showcase the culture and history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as connection of polo to the region.
The US-Pak Polo Club has also planned to host a combined US-Pakistan fashion and fusion mix musical evening. Famous singers like Ismail and Junaid and other Pashto singers have been invited to perform. Traditional dance troupes from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have also been invited to perform at Saratoga Springs.