Pakistan Test Team Squad announced for New Zealand Tour 2016-17

Lahore(Cliff News) Chief Selector Mr. Inzamam ul Haq today finalized the 16-member Test squad for New Zealand tour. The Team has been finalized by Chief Selector Mr. Inzamam ul Haq and the National Selection Committee after consultations with the team Head Coach and the Test captain. Pakistan Team will play two Test matches in the tour. The first Test match will be played from November 17-21, 2016 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch and second Test will commence from November 25 to 29, 2016 at Seddon Park, Hamilton.“The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in New Zealand and the recent performances of players in the recent Test series against England and West Indies. The team is a fine blend of experience and youth, and the selectors have stick to the same combination of players selected against England and West Indies series earlier and believe that team will do well in the tour”, said chief selector Inzamam ul Haq.

Pakistan Squad

 1)      Misbah Ul Haq

2)      Azhar Ali

3)      Sami Aslam

4)      Sharjeel Khan

5)      Younis Khan

6)      Asad Shafiq

7)      Babar Azam

8)      Sarfaraz Ahmed

9)      Mohammad Rizwan

10)   Yasir Shah

11)   Mohammad Nawaz

12)   Mohammad Amir

13)   Wahab Riaz

14)   Rahat Ali

15)   Sohail Khan

16)   Imran Khan Sr.

Special Olympics Pakistan Unified won warm up Matches

Islamabad(Cliff News)Special Olympics Pakistan (SOP) Unified Cricket Team is departing today (1st November 2016) to take part in the 2nd Special Olympics South Asian Cricket Competition in Dhaka, Bangladesh from Nov 2nd – 7th, 2016. Teams from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are taking part in this tournament.
Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association Organized two warm up Matches for Special Olympics Cricket Team which were won by them.The Pakistan delegation to Bangladesh comprises of 18 members: 14 players and 3 coaches and 1 head of Delegation.To prepare for this week long event the SOP Unified Cricket Team has been practicing together for the last two months after being selected through a series of trials across the country. In its final stretch the final squad of fourteen players played two matches, first against Fahad Academy at the Naya Nazimabad ground and the second against Karachi Gymkhana Under-15 at the KG ground.The format of the tournament is very interesting and novel. From the start one pair bats for 4 overs and if one gets out they change ends. Same for the fielding side where a pair of bowlers bowl for 4 overs each. After 20 overs ten players have batted and the final score is basically an average score arrived at by dividing total number of runs divided by number of times a wicket fell. The team with the higher average wins the match.
The SOP Unified Cricket Team won both the games, first by having an average score of 30 (150-5) vs. an average score of 21.5 (237-11) by Fahad Academy. Against Karachi Gymkhana Under-15 the SOP Unified Cricket Team won with an average score of 22.6 (135-6) against KG U-15 average score of 13.1 (131-10).The team is hopeful of performing well and returning after successfully representing the country!
SOP Unified Cricket Delegation
Special Athletes: Shahab Uddin, Zakir Hayat, Azhar Bashir, Umair Ali Kayani, Muhammad Husnain, Muhammad Saad Arif, Mughees Alam, Abdullah Imtiaz.
Unified Partners: Muhammad Usman, Hasanat Ahmad, Khezeema Malik, Ikhlaq Bashir, Muhammad Tanveer Anjum, Muhammad Hashim Zahid
Coaches: Aftab Ahmad, Imran Tariq, Syed Hashmat Ali Shah
Head of Delegation:

Pakistan under 21 hockey team made a flying start at Sultan of Johor Cup

Johor Bahru(Cliff News)They had a comprehensive 5-2 victory over the formidable New Zealand under 21 side.Green shirts, who were always in ascendancy, led 2-0 at half time.Nevertheless,the Kiwis put up a gallant fight and at 1-2 and 2-3, they were twice close to equalising.But the Pakistani boys kept on looking for goals all the time and in the end achieved a big morale boasting win. The two sides played fast and attractive hockey with chances galore for both the teams.Bilal Qadir opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when he expertly deflected a strong cross from left.
Two minutes before the half time, Mubashar doubled the lead on a penalty corner with a strong drag flick on goal keeper’s left side.New Zealand reduced the margin in 46th minute. Sam Lane put it in after a melee resulting from Pakistani net minder’s rebound. Within two minutes, Pakistan restored the two goal cushion through a Sohail Riaz strike, who finished off a fine combined move Greenshirts had a scare when Mac Wilcox made it 3-2 as he pounced on a penalty corner rebound.With  10 minutes left, the black sticks repeatedly raided the opposition citadel to put it even. But the Pakistani defence held out well.  Off a counter attack, Mohsin Sabir’s diagonal cross from right was beautifully deflected by the Lahore lad Rana Sohail for his second and team’s fourth goal.Captain Dilber added his name to the scorers’ list in the last minute. He controlled a difficult bouncing ball at the top of the circle and found the right corner of the board with an angular shot.
Pak: Rana Sohail 2 (48′ & 65″, Bilal Qadir 22″, Mubashar Ali 33′ & Dilber 70′)
NZ: Sam Lane 46′ and Mac Wilcox 59′)
On Tuesday, Pakistan face England

Omar Trophy Inter-School Cricket Tournament reaches knockout stage

Karachi(Cliff News) The Omar Trophy Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2016, being organized by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA), has reached the knockout stage upon the conclusion of 48 league matches.The tournament, contested by 32 teams, which got underway at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground on September 1, will be concluding, as per the original schedule, with the final and the prize distribution ceremony at the National Stadium, Karachi, on November 13.Both the semifinals, also to be staged at the National Stadium on November 11 and 12, alongwith the final, will be televised live. All the four quarter-finals will be played at Naya Nazimabad Lawai Stadium.In the first quarter-final, Qadri Model School has beaten St Patrick High School by six wickets while in the remaining quarter-finals, to be held during the current week, Kamran Public School will be taking on Oasis English Secondary School, Fahad Academy will lock horns with Ebrahim Ali Bhai School and Beaconhouse School System will combat Springfield School.At the end of the league matches, Beaconhouse School System, Fahad Academy, Qadri Model School, Oasis English Secondary School, Springfield School, Ebrahim Ali Bhai School, St Patrick High School and Kamran Public School had emerged champions in Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H respectively to advance to the quarter-finals.Like the league matches, the knockout fixtures will also be limited to 40 overs per innings and no bowler will be permitted to bowl more than eight overs in a match whereas in order to encourage fast bowlers, the teams will not be allowed to use spinners during the first six overs.This is for the eighth time when the PVCA has successfully organized the Inter-Schools tournament in Karachi, having launched it with great fanfare in 1999. The event is being sponsored by Omar Associates (Pvt) Ltd with Bank Alfalah Ltd being the co-sponsors.

Extension in deadline of filing of Income Tax Returns urged:Sheikh Khalid Tawab (S.I)

Karachi(Cliff News)Sheikh Khalid Tawab (S.I), Senior Vice President (SVP), Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) has urged the Federal Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar and Chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Nisar Muhammad Khan to extend the deadline for filing of Income Tax Returns (ITR) from 31st October to  30th November, 2016.He argued that a large number of business community members could not file their ITR mainly due to a variety of reasons such as uncertainty prevailing in the country because of a political party’s announcement of Sit-in (Dharna) for indefinite period of time, slowdown of normal business activities; Election of FPCCI member trade bodies; cumbersome and defective on-line system of e-filing of ITR etc.The SVP of FPCCI elaborated that the IRIS – a FBR’s portal – that allows on-line submission of refund claims had not been functioning since August 2016 to date, resulting linking-problems in filing of tax returns / refund claims. “This will help the tax payers in discharging their tax liability well in time without penalty on the one hand and increase in government exchequer on the other hand”, he added.

Chairman PCB Condolences to the Test Captain Moin Khan

Lahore(Cliff News)Chairman PCB Shaharyar M. Khan, Chairman Executive Committee Mr. Najam Sethi and Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad have offered their heartfelt condolences to the Test captain Moin Khan on the sad demise of his father.“The Entire PCB family expresses their deepest sympathies to Moin Khan on this sad occasion. May the soul of the departed rest in eternal peace and grant the family and the dear ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss”, said the PCB spokesman.‎

Chairman PCB Visited NCA to Meet Women’s Team

Lahore(Cliff News) Chairman PCB Shaharyar Mohammad Khan visited NCA today to meet Women’s National Team before their departure to New Zealand. Sana Mir, Captain ODI team introduced players to the Chairman PCB.Chairman PCB while addressing the players told them to focus on playing hard cricket but also keep discipline on and off the field. “New Zealand is a cricket loving country, winning and losing is part of the game, play good cricket and be competitive in all departments of the game; give off your best on the field”.“The team has the potential to win in New Zealand as the same side had beaten India and Bangladesh in the Women’s T-20 Cup held in India”.He welcomed Basit Ali as the new Head-Coach of the team. He hoped under Basit’s coaching the team will perform well and will gain from his experience.

Inter Club Hockey,Hanif Khan beat Rauf Eleven by 5-2

30th October 2016( SUNDAY)
Venue: Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium
1st Match: Hanif Khan XI Beat Rauf XI Hockey Club 5-2
Name of scorer(loser)

Name of scorer(Winner) Goals Name of scorer(loser) Goals
Imran Khan 23rd, 38th , and 57th min 03 Arif Bhopali 12th min 01
Owais 43rd Penalty Corner 01 Jibran 33rd min 01
Rizwan 50th min 01

05 02
2nd Match: Beecham Hockey Club Beat PWD Hockey Club 6-4 Name of scorer(loser)

Name of scorer(Winner) Goals Name of scorer(loser) Goals
Hammad PC 8th min 01 Abdullah 334th F/G 01
Zubair 32nd min F/G 01 Faheem 41st F/G 01
Schedu led Time Result 2-2
Penalty Strokes
Zubair 01 Hammad 01
Ather 01 Abdullah 01
Junaid 01
Sibtain 01
Total 06 Total 04

First Semi Umpires:
Faisal Ismaeel
Muhammad Arshad
Second Semi Umpires:
Takreem Iftekhar
Final match will be played between hanif Khan XI
And Beecham hockey club on 02nd November 2016
Sindh Sports Minister Sarar Muhammad Bux Mahar will
be the chief guest.

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy,HBL is in Strong Positon against SSGC




October 30, 2016



HBL (First innings) 299 in 99 overs (Fakhar Zaman 100, 16x4s, 167 balls, Zohaib Khan 67, 7x4S, 190 balls, Jamal Anwar 25, 3x4s, 66 balls, Usman Shinwari 23, 2x4s, 1×6, 27 balls, Imam-ul-Haq 22, 3x4s, 69 balls, Amir Yamin 3-57, Muhammad Irfan 3-65, Zia-ul-Haq 2-87)

(2nd innings) 149-1 in 39 overs (Fakhar Zaman 67*, 11x4s, 96 balls, Imam-ul-Haq 50*, 6x4s, 1×6, 101 balls, Azeem Ghumman 24, 5x4s)

 SSGC (First innings) 235 in 90.3 overs (Muhammad Irfan 52, 7×4, 1×6, 102 balls, Fawad Alam 44, 6x4s, 86 balls, Umer Amin 31, 3x4s, 1×6, 73 balls, Adil Amin 25, 3x4s, 1×6, 50 balls Usman Shinwari 4-54, Faheem Ashraf 3-34)

Overnight: SSGC (First innings) 164-7 in 56 overs

Toss: SSGC

Umpires: Rashid Riaz & Zameer Haider
Iqbal Sheikh

Scorer: Aamer Khan



October 30, 2016


Karachi Region Blues (First innings) 254 in 83.4 overs (Fazal Subhan 79, 11x4s, 162 balls,Basit Ali 33, 6x4s, 63 balls, Adeel Malik 30*, 4x4s, 1×6, 30 balls, Saud Shakeel 27, 5x4s, 54 balls, Jahid Ali 26, 3x4s, 83 balls, Hamza Nadeem 5-67, Zohaib Ahmed 2-44, Shahzad Azam Rana 2-73)

 Islamabad Region (First innings) 277-6 in 86 overs (Faizan Riaz 68, 9x4s, 93 balls, Raheel Majeed 58, 7x4s, 126 balls, Sarmad Bhatti 34, 4x4s, 101 balls, Muhammad Irfan 32*, 3x4s, 88 balls, Shahid Yousaf 31, 6x4s, 56 balls, Zohaib Shera 25*, 3x4s, 43 balls, Adeel Malik 3-45, Muhammad Sami 2-62)

 Overnight: Karachi Region Blues (First innings) 259 in 83 overs

Toss: Islamabad Region

Umpires: Aslam Bareach & Saqib Khan
Referee: Ather Laiq

Scorer: Imran Ali


WAPDA (First innings) 227 in 57 overs (Kamran Akmal 94, 14x4s, 95 balls, Adnan Raees 37, 7x4s, 51 balls, Salman Butt 34, 6x4s, 71 balls, Ehsan Adil 3-52, Mir Hamza 3-76, Zohaib Shera 2-34, Hammad Azam 2-52)

WAPDA (2nd innings) 130-3 in 36 overs (Salman Butt 57, 9x4s, 84 balls, Muhammad Saad 31, 3x4s, 58 balls, Adnan Raees 20, 4x4s, 53 balls, Hammad Azam 2-37)

 UBL (First innings) 145 in 46.4 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 29, 1×4, 64 balls, Umair Khan 26*, 5x4s, 55 balls, Saeed Bin Nasir 21, 4x4s, 24 balls, Muhammad Irfan 6-66, Azhar Attari 4-55)

 Overnight: UBL (First innings) 42-3 in 13 overs

Toss: UBL

Umpires: Shozeb Raza & Alay Haider

Scorer: Farrukh Ilyas    



Karachi Region White (First innings) 198 in 78 overs (Saad Ali 63, 10x4s, 171 balls, Faraz Ali 54, 7x4s, 125 balls, Muhammad Hassan 53, 7x4s, 111 balls, Shadab Khan 3-80, Ataullah 2-27, Abid Hasan 2-37, Kashif Bhatti 2-45)

 Rawalpindi Region (First innings) 309-4 in 100 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 107, 13x4s, 2x6s, 193 balls, Umer Waheed 106*, 12x4s, 236 balls, Zeeshan Malik 47, 5×4, 62 balls, Aaqib Shah 25*, 1×4, 71 balls, Raza-ul-Hasan 2-64)

Overnight: Rawalpindi Region (First innings) 39-1 in 13 overs

Toss: Karachi Region White

Umpires: Muhammad Asif & Waleed Yaqoob
Masood Anwaar

Scorer: Tariq Noor


FATA Region (First innings) 218 in 72.4 overs (Muhammad Irfan 68, 6x4s, 2x6s, 85 balls, Asif Afridi 33, 4x4s, 72 balls, Muhammad Naeem 32, 4x4s, 87 balls, Rehan Afridi 20, 2×4, 53 balls, Adnan Rasool 4-45, Qaiser Ashraf 4-68)

(2nd innings) 107-6 in 26 overs (Fawad Khan 29, 4x4s, 1×6, 22 balls, Saif-ur-Rehman 5-30)

Lahore Region White (First innings) 204 in 59 overs (Umar Akmal 50, 7x4s, 1×6, 54 balls, Anas Mahmood 41, 5x4s, 104 balls, Farhan Khan 34*, 3x4s, 67 balls, Adnan Rasool 20, 3x4s, 26 balls, Asif Afridi 5-62, Saad Altaf 2-63)

 Overnight: Lahore Region White (First innings) 33-2 in 14 overs

Toss: Lahore Region White

Umpires: Khalid Mahmood Sr. & Shamim Ansari
Muhammad Anees

Scorer: Azhar Hussain


KRL (First innings) 231 in 81.2 overs (Usman Arshad 52, 5x4s, 100 balls, Zulfiqar Jan 51, 7x4s, 1×6, 100 balls, Nawaz Ahmed Jan 4x4s, 110 balls, Nouman Ali 20, 4x4s, 40 balls, Husnain Tallat 3-36, Bilawal Bhatti 2-38, Aziz Ullah 3-42, Ahmed Safi 2-72)

(2nd innings) 55-2 in 17 overs (Sardar Hassan 32, 4x4s, 55 balls, Aziz Ullah 2-11)

 SNGPL (First innings) 128 in 45.3 overs (Adnan Akmal 43, 5x4s, 71 balls, Hussain Tallat 28, 4x4s, 52 balls, Muhammad Abbas 6-36, Ahmed Bashir 3-38)

 Overnight: KRL (First innings) 230-9 in 80.1 overs

Toss: KRL

Umpires: Ahsan Raza & Imtiaz Iqbal
Khalid Niazi

Scorer: Noor Nabi


PIA (First innings) 274 in 97.5 overs (Kamran Sajid 58, 9x4s, 125 balls, Anwar Ali 47, 5x4s, 84 balls, Fahad Iqbal 45, 5x4s, 1×6, 129 balls, Najaf Shah 34*, 4x4s, 52 balls, Anop Ravi 28, 1×4, 56 balls, Muhammad Irfan 3-49, Atif Jabbar 3-51, Altaf Ahmed 2-65, Ali Manzoor 2-81) 

 NBP (First innings) 322-4 in 72 overs (Ahsaan Ali 156, 23x4s, 141 balls, Usman Salahuddin 81, 10x4s, 157 balls, Qaiser Abbas 31*, 5x4s, 35 balls, Naved Yasin 28*, 4x4s, 62 balls)

 Overnight: PIA (First innings) 238-8 in 86 overs

Toss: PIA

Umpires: Muhammad Sajid & Qaiser Waheed

Referee: Muhammad Aslam

Scorer: Muhammad Akbar


Children’s Literature in Pakistan Comes of Age

Karachi(Cliff News)A premier children’s magazine, ‘Mahnama Sathee’ has recently issued its annual edition ‘Salnama-2016.’ Being published from 1977, Mahnama Sathee happens to be one of the leading literary initiatives ever taken in the world for the promotion of literature dedicated to children only.“In the age of smartphones and telecommunication devices, the creation and decades-long promotion of children’s literature tends to a kind of jihad “said, Tariq Ahmed Khan, Editor, Monthly Sathee.Exclusively written for schoolchildren and young students, the latest issue brings in scores of such worth-reading short stories and informative articles such ‘Juwain Mat Paal (Don’t Nurture Lice),’ ‘Tabedaari Ka Istemal (Benefits of Being an Obedient Kid),’ ‘Khush Ikhlaq Behray (Well-Behaved Deaf People),’ ‘Shaitan Ki Maat (Defeat of the Satan),’ ‘Qissa Aik Shadi Ka’ (Tale of a Marriage Ceremony), ‘Shaheen-II,’ ‘Hum Ne Chashma Pehna’ (I Wore Glasses),’ etc.The recent edition (November-2016) contains a literary treasure which has been created by leading writers and poets of the country, such as Ahmed Hatib Siddiqui, Ather Ali Hashmi, Ilyas Nawaz, Javed Bisam, Bina Siddiqui, Hammad Zaheer, Rahat Ayesha, and many others.