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Shoaib wants farewell match

Shoaib wants farewell match

LAHORE – Pakistan’s enigmatic fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar wants to be given an opportunity to play a final farewell match this year although he announced his retirement from international cricket during the World Cup. Although Shoaib himself has kept a low profile since returning from the World Cup, well-placed sources confirmed that the fast bowler had conveyed to the PCB about his desire to play a farewell match.
The experienced player suffered a setback in the World Cup as his

Aisam wants India peace match

Pakistan tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has resumed calls for a peace match on the Indian border to foster reconciliation efforts between the two South Asian rivals. Qureshi, whose doubles pairing with Indian star Rohan Bopanna has been dubbed the “Indo-Pak Express”, wrote to Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani calling for “tennis for peace.” The star’s father Ihtesham told AFP that Aisam had made the request as a “unique effort to promote peace”.
Qureshi and Bopanna,

‘Mohali cricket match boosted Pak-India ties’

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said the semi-final match played between Pakistan and India had proved a catalyst for improving relations between the two countries. The prime minister said this during a reception hosted by him in honour of the national cricket team at the PM House. Apart from the national cricket team, the ceremony was attended by Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt, coach Waqar Younis and assistant coach Aqib Javed. Prime Minister Gilani

Chennai win opening IPL match

NEW DELHI – Fine all-round show by Chennai Super Kings players guided them to a thrilling two-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2011 IPL opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.
Manoj Tiwary took Kolkata towards victory, after few quick setbacks in the middle, as he scored a flashy 15-ball 27 that included four boundaries and two sixes. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin gave Chennai Super Kings crucial breakthrough as he got rid of Kolkata Knight

‘Punjab HED will need years to match HEC’s performance’

LAHORE – The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) will need years to replace the mechanism developed by the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to HED officials, the provincial body lacks the capacity to handle higher education like HEC.
The head of the 18th Amendment implementation committee, Raza Rabbani, has already said that HEC would be devolved along with the Education Ministry, whereas HEC chairman is of the view that the commission falls

Govt looking for another match with SC

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI – As the Supreme Court takes up the contempt of court proceedings against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders Taj Haider and Sharjeel Inam Memon today (Friday), the ruling party launched Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza against the judiciary on Thursday and he hurled threats at the judges upon his arrival in Islamabad, saying that anyone talking in terms of power would have to face an even stronger response. Speaking to PPP workers at Benazir International

Outage-free match means prolonged blackouts otherwise

LAHORE – No load-shedding was carried out during the India Pakistan match but extra power outages were witnessed before and after the match on Wednesday.
The load-shedding started early in the morning and there were closures with repeated intervals. Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) officials said extra load-shedding was carried out to overcome the shortfall that had mounted owing to an outage-free match. They said there has been no load-shedding during nine hours, when the

Monitor Gilani for clues to match result: bookie

LAHORE – The Pakistan cricket team will win the battle if Prime Minister (PM) Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani ‘stays’ at Mohali Cricket Stadium to see the match, predicted a bookie while talking to Pakistan Today on Tuesday. “It is a zero-sum game and multiple factors including politics, gambling and sponsoring companies will manoeuvre the game result,” he added.
As per details until filing of this report, bookies of Lahore have already declared the Indian cricket team favourite winners

Indian invitation for match – a good omen

LAHORE – Punjab legislators, terming the Indian invitation to Pakistani leadership to watch the Pak-India cricket semi-final at Mohali a good omen, expressed the hope that it will restore confidence between the two countries.
Speaking at the ceremony “Message of Peace” held outside the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday, PML-N backed MPA Farah Deba said that confidence building will pave the way to solutions to Kashmir and other disputes between the two countries.
She hoped

More than a cricket match

MOHALI – Anyone who believes cricket is just a game is likely to have their opinion altered when India and Pakistan meet for a World Cup semi-final in the border state of Punjab on Wednesday. Fixtures between the two nations always engender huge passion amongst both sets of supporters. With the prize of a place in the World Cup final at stake, a fever-pitch mood is expected with the 30,000 capacity Punjab Cricket Assoiation (PCA) Stadium sold out days ago for the crunch clash. The

Pakistan-India cricket match – on big screen and going live

LAHORE – Lahoris are all set to witness the battle between the traditional rivals in cricket, Pakistan and India, as various communities have arranged for the big screens for match viewing.
The trend of watching the match on the big screens have been attracting people from all walks of life and classes, as the match screening is being organised in the posh areas of city and relatively lesser posh areas alike. Citizens are excited, to say the least to view tomorrow’s match, and

Tomorrow’s cricket match is booked?

LAHORE – A news which has been continuously striking the Indian media is, “Semi-final between India and Pakistan on Mohali is fixed. According to a report from Gupta, an income tax officer, bets of billions of rupees have been placed on the Indian team so India must lose.” Some Indian news channels comment that this news could not be wrong because the Indian income tax commissioner was claiming that the match was fixed. They report that since millions of dollars have been betted, so

Indian Rs. 5,000 crore at stake for Indo-Pak match

MOHALI – An India-Pakistan match is almost always a big money-spinner, and a World Cup semi-final clash is as big as it gets. Bookies and punters across the country are gearing up to run a show that is estimated to rake about Indian Rs. 5,000 crore on the betting circle as India takes on Pakistan in the semi-final at Mohali on March 30. Minutes after India’s win over Australia in the quarter-final clash at Ahmedabad, bookies unable to predict a clear winner have rated both India and

Pakistan no match to Turkmenistan

LAHORE – Handicapped by the absence of WAPDA’s defender Manzoor Ahmed, Pakistan opened their campaign on an unsatisfactory note when they lost 3-0 to Turkmenistan in the fourth AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers Group B match on Monday at MBJP Stadium, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Manzoor was not allowed by AFC to appear in the Pakistan-Turkmenistan clash and according to Match Commissioner Manirul Islam (Bangladesh) and Referee Inspector Yazbeck Yazbeck (Lebanon), he was suspended following a

2nd Rugby Super XV match today

LAHORE – The second game of the Pakistan Rugby Union Super XV league is being hosted by the Islamabad Rugby Association on Sunday at the F10 Rugby ground. The match has been declared a charity match. IRA has teamed up with Shamsher Ali Khan Trust and all the funds raised from the match will be used for the treatment of hepatitis patients.
The match will be played in a festive atmosphere with live DJ music and BBQ. Captain of national team Shair Aslam, one of the main organisers,

Muslim Gym, AAR match washed out

LAHORE – The league match of the 14th Tauseef Trophy Cricket Championship between Muslim Gymkhana and Akhter Abdul Rehman Club was washed out due to rain on Saturday. The rain started right after the toss and umpires Rifat Zaheer and Kaleem Asghar called off the match. The match will now be played on March 12 at Iqbal Park Ground.

Match commissioner urges fair play

LAHORE – Match commissioner of the Pakistan-Palestine Lahore Test, Mian Rizwan Ali has asked the management of both teams to ensure discipline during the match at Punjab Stadium. “PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat is a great advocate of fair play and sportsmanship. Fair play is essential to our sport and to everyone involved in it. I appeal to players, referees, fans and officials throughout Pakistan to help praise and promote the spirit of fair play,” said Rizwan during the manager’s