Karachi(Cliff News)To celebrate Pakistan Super League seas 5 being played in Pakistan, Naya Nazimabad hosted a send-off lunch in honour of the PSL Teams Karachi Kings’ and Quetta Gladiators. The ceremony was attended by Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail; Provincial Minister; Saeed Ghani; Mayor Karachi, Waseem Akhtar; Commissioner Karachi, Iftikhar Shallwani; along with top businessmen, bankers, cricketers and a large number of cricket lovers at Naya Nazimabad.Both the teams – Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators were also present along with their respective owners, Mr. Salman Iqbal and Mr. Nadeem Omar, and their advisors Mr. Wasim Akram and Mr. Moin Khan. Both Mr. Salman Iqbal and Mr. Nadeem Omar expressed their exuberance at cricket coming back to Pakistan and resolved to keep working for its continuity.Mr. Arif Habib, addressing the teams said, “Cricket is a game of thrills which the entire nation loves and enjoys. We wish Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings all the best and look forward to watching the teams playing competitively.”Referring to the recently issued letters by the DC-West which have raised some unfound observations about the Naya Nazimabad Project, Mr. Arif Habib, explained that such observations have been raised in the past as well and investigated by different courts and regulatory agencies. All such investigations have concluded that the land title of Javedan Corporation Limited (JCL) is absolute, lawful, clean and clear.
The project has been approved after investigations by various agencies. It is a model housing society that offers all recreational facilities including parks, grounds, stadiums and mosques etc. for healthy and wholesome living.Naya Nazimabad is a project of JCL, which has almost 4,000 shareholdera and is listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange. It is not a proprietorship or a privately owned company. It is in fact the only listed company which is engaged in the business of development. Present sponsors had acquired this company through a transparent, privatization process. The land owned by this company, which makes Naya Nazimabad, is either 99 years leasehold land or free-hold land. This land is in the company’s possession even before its nationalization in 1972.In 2011, company launched Naya Nazimabad project after obtaining all regulatory approvals as prescribed in relevant laws. Till date, over 2,800 allotments have taken place, 1,000 leases have been completed and the project has 30,000 houses in prospect and potentially 150,000 residents will benefit of contemporary modern healthy living.He further said, that Ghat-Wadh form no. 35 reflects the measurement and demarcation of the land only. It has nothing to do with the land title, which is perfect and spotless. The form was issued following the due process. DC-West letters are in contempt of the restraining order issued by the Sindh High Court on February 11, 2020. The company is serving legal notices to DC-West in this regard.Mr. Arif Habib restated sponsors’ resolve to continue to develop Naya Nazimabad for the progressive middle-class of Karachi as the benchmark in its class.
Karachi(Cliff News)Naya Nazimabad, a housing project of Javedan Corporation Limited and Power Cement Limited, both of which are Arif Habib Group companies, have signed on as the official helmet sponsors of Quetta Gladiators, a franchise of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for PSL Season 5.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Arif Habib, Chairman of Javedan Corporation Limited said, “The love of cricket links all Pakistanis together and the success of PSL is a win for all of us. Sports gives us hope for a united and better tomorrow. Quetta Gladiators has been one of the most thrilling teams to watch in the last 4 seasons. We are delighted to partner with them and wish them all the best for PSL 2020.”Mr. Nadeem Omar, owner of Quetta Gladiators, said, “PSL Champions Quetta Gladiators welcomes the Arif Habib Group to its team. We are starting a new chapter of partnership with Naya Nazimabad and Power Cement Limited today and are confident it will be fruitful one.”The signing ceremony was followed by a friendly cricket match between Omar Associates and Naya Nazimabad.
Interview : Syed Qalbe Muhammad
Sportsman in Pakistan always facing lack of support and facilities.The nation has lot of talented players but unfortunately they can’t grow well due to weak finicinal support from the family and the negative thinking of the society.The problem in over populated nation is no one give attention to the sports culture in this society.Even though there are few people in rural areas. They support sports and their players from his own finance.Shahzad Baig is one them who is leading sports organizer in Badin and I caught them during my recent visit to Tharparkar.He was born on 30th Dec 1961 started his basic education at Model School Badin.Shahzad was represented Peshawar Board Volleyball team from Kohat Degree College.His father Late Anwar Baig worked at Pakistan Air Force.He was started to organize sports from 1997-98 and also represent Badin at District level.
Shahzad Baig said that people here in Badin taking interest in sports and also crowd are gather here.There is a lot of talented players in our district but we don’t have any access to show our abilities.If some players are given proper chance they don’t get any response on national level.Backward area are always neglected.We need to organize special camp here to find out the talent.We always work on self finance.Special Cricket, Hockey, Football tournaments need to organize in the small cities.We just want PCB,PSB,POA to give some time here and pick few talented and deserving players from interior Sindh so interest will develop and Pakistan will get quality of stars.There is also need to organize coaching course and in the off time if provincial government allow to give some space to groom the talent.The major problem here that we don’t have hospital facility here if some player is injured during the match I personally support his medical expenses.All sports goods we bring from Karachi.Provisional govt try to improve life facility here so sports will improve.Former first class cricketer Sajid Abbasi,Syed Moinuddin,Nadeem Yousuf and Zulfiqar Haider comes here to boost up the moral of our players.Former Captain Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi comes here as a cheif guest.I personally make a table tennis club and few players are coming for pratice.My only aim to give quality of stars to our country which is the big demand of the time.
Interview :Syed Qalbe Muhammad
Photos : Shahzad Jafri
Mian Azmat Hussain was born on 22nd August 1947. He started his education at St. Paul School and Islamia College. Later on he qualified as a Chartered Accountant from UK. Mian Azmat has been a Vice President for KCCA on several occasions including treasurer. Mian Azmat promoted other games also like Judo, Karate, Tak Wando. Mian is very famous in all over Pakistan regarding his financial and technical support to organize cricket and run one of the most prestigious clubs “Mian Azmat Professional Cricket Club” and gave a lot of super starts to Pakistan Cricket. Mian Azmat Professionals invited players from all over Pakistan to play in the club. The another patron of his club was Ansar Javed Toor who was born on January 04, 1951 started his education in Govt. High School Punjab and B.Sc. from Karachi. He flew for American Air Force subsidiary Civil Air Petrol in USA. These two gentle man also with Naseer Pasha (Manager, Coordinator MAP), the main source for running the club introduced the legends of Cricket in International Arena without his innovations and enthusiasm MAP would have never achieved the greatness it did. We caught them at Karachi Gymkhana and discussed the lot of cricket and tribute his services for this country.
Mian Azmat Hussain said in 1981 we made one cricket club with the help of six founding members, Capt. Amjad Hussain Faizi, Ansar Javed Toor (Faizi),Mian Shoukat Hussain, Capt. Aijaz ul Haque, Ateed Riaz, called Thursday (Jumairati) Cricket Club. We booked KPI ground and started playing cricket. After that we started net practice in our office plot.Former Sports Minister Dr.Muhammad Ali Shah, Dr.Faiz Muhammad Khan, Qazi Shabbir and various other prominent people played in our team as well also supported MAP club. We started Mian Azmat Professional Club. When we didn’t pay any player at that time but we pormate talent for introducing a healthy competition for young cricketers to promote young talent which was provided by GREAT Ishaque Patel (Advisor MAP) with his keen eye and observation. Our only motive was to produce quality cricketers and we succeeded in that. The only way to improve cricket is to pick the right talent without being bias but self centered motivation is destroying Pakistan Cricket. Our selection criteria at all levels is very weak you can imagine that Leg and Offspinners are the backbone of Indo Pak Cricket. If there action was wrong how they come to International Cricket. Umpires skills from grassroots level till top are not satisfactory. The down fall comes to cricket because our legends want to work only for money which incidentally with respect and fame was given to them because of Pakistan . They don’t want to transfer their talent to groom the young generation. Closing of departments is destroying our Cricket Culture. Professional cricketers based on their salaries how can they survive without income. I personally suggest that Prime Minister should ask Cricket Authorities to revert back to Departmental Cricket and put more emphasis on schools, colleges,universities and club cricket. Mian Azmat and A.J. Toor said discrimination with minorities in Cricket is unbearable. Players motivation is only to play for his country. The darkest era of our cricket is that not a single minority player is selected in any region. There is a need of law to pick two talented minority cricketers in the squads of all regions. Stupid commercialism is dangerous for the game. PCB needs to give respect to former cricketers and invite them in all matches so more crowd will come, see and meet their heroes. Mian Azmat Professionals is the pioneer of Karachi Gymkhana Ramzan Tournament but we are not even invited in the prize distribution ceremony anymore. PSL is not a long time beneficial for Pakistan Cricket because we get only few players for this league and still they do not fulfill the expectations, as well as the good talent is being wasted. We need to establish cricket to bring in people like good Administrator Arif Ali Abbasi and good cricketers, Nadeem Yousuf, Sajid Abbasi and so many others. Wrong decision to removed Sarfraz Ahmed from all sorts of crickets at once he should have been removed if necessary slowly, another wrong decision taken by PCB is appointing Misbah Manager & Coach. Why? Don’t we have other professional cricketers in country to hold and accept the responsibilities without being bias.
Karachi(Cliff News)The closing ceremony of the Tape Ball Cricket Tournament presented by Hamid Ismail Foundation (HIF) took place on Saturday at the Annu Bhai Park in Nazimabad, Karachi. The ceremony included an award distribution to the winning teams and a musical performance by a renown music artist, AsimAzhar.Many notable personalities attended the ceremony including Mr. Hamid M. Ismail, Founder of HIF,Dr. Farooq Sattar, Head of MQM Organization Restoration Committee; and Firdous Shameem Naqvi, Member National Assembly.The Tape Ball Tournament had commenced on November 30, 2019 and welcomed 48 teams from all over the city. The winner and runners-up of the tournament were awarded prizes worth Rs. 100,000. The aim of this initiative was to engage the youth of Pakistan in healthy sports activities and to provide them with a platform to display their talent.Hamid Ismail Foundation is a non-profit organization which was founded by Mr. Hamid Ismail. The aim of the foundation is to work towards quality education, environmental sustainability, healthy entertainment opportunities, and women empowerment. HIF has been actively involved in organizing activities and implementing projects that reflect their values.
Lahore(Cliff News)The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced a partnership with Uber for the development of girls’ cricket at school level across the country through its Cric4Us Programme.The six-month partnership, which commences from the day of signing, will benefit more than 1,500 players through collaboration with schools in 14 cities namely Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Charsadda, Haripur, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Mardan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Nowshera, Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi.Under the six-month partnership, playing and training clothing will be provided to 850 children, while cricket equipment will be provided to 50 schools.The programme will select a minimum of four schools in every city.With women coaches and mentors given priority, 50 school-based sports staff will be provided training. Twenty-five pitches will be developed in schools across five zones.PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “For the promotion of women and girls cricket and the enhancement of the player pool, it is imperative that women cricket is developed at school level.“The PCB has been undertaking many initiatives through its Cric4Us Programme and plans to exhaust all avenues to provide better opportunities for girls to take up the sport and to see it as a viable profession at a later stage. “I am hopeful that this valuable partnership between the PCB and Uber will help us in achieving this very goal. I want to thank Uber for putting its trust in the PCB for the development of women and girls cricket at school level.”GM Uber Saad Naveed Pall: “Our goal is to not only tell stories of empowered women but to create an ecosystem which enables aspiring women cricketers.“We are excited about this partnership with the PCB to provide opportunities to young girls who will go on to challenge the status quo by becoming change agents of the future.”Cric4Us Programme is a women cricket development project launched under the flagship of Women Cricket Vision 2022, which focuses on the growth of the sport in schools and provide a proper pathway for making way to the emerging and national teams. The schools’ children will also avail the opportunity of regular evening practice, so as to provide them maximum development opportunities. The schools will also play matches on regular basis, which will help children in developing the desired skill-set.
Karachi(Cliff News)A hush fell over the crowd as anticipation peaked. Two deliveries left, four runs required, and two wickets in hand.Months of hard work came down to this point and both sides were firm in the belief that theirs was the truer claim to glory.Yet, there could only be one winner and it was Karachi Knights’ Abdur Rehman who came out on top in the battle of nerves, dispatching the second-last delivery of the penultimate over by Peshawar Markhors’ Nazim Hussain to the boundary.The thrilling finish marked the end of yet another highly successful edition of Red Bull Campus Cricket in Pakistan and secured Karachi’s spot at the world finals to be held later this month in Dubai.As the revelry commenced for Karachi, though, no one present at the Moin Khan Academy Stadium was in any doubt that it could have easily been Peshawar’s day too.Both sides overcame stiff competition in the Super Six and semi-finals stages, knocking out Lahore Lethals, Multan Infernos, Islamabad Shaheens, and Quetta Thunders to book a spot in the national final.As has almost become a tradition, this year’s Red Bull Campus Cricket national final was also a low-scoring affair but it was never short on action or suspense.The two contenders were worlds apart in their approach – Peshawar cut a more focused and strategising figure, while Karachi exuded confidence and a certain degree of nonchalance stemming from past triumphs and unwavering self-belief.It was Peshawar’s first-ever appearance in the Red Bull Campus Cricket national final and the team from Islamia University was off to a stumbling start after winning the toss and electing to bat first.Barring their one-down batsman Nawees Muhammad, Peshawar’s top order failed to click and they were soon in deep trouble – first reduced to 13 for 3 and then 34 for 5.At that point, the writing seemed to be on the wall for the Markhors as the dominant Knights’ bowling line ratcheted up the pressure with a disciplined display focusing on line and length.However, the top-scorer Nawees found support down the order in the form of the hard-hitting Awais Ali Shah, and the duo notched up a 40-run partnership to guide the Markhors towards a three-figure total.Their resistance was ended by Karachi’s eventual Man of the Match, Sheraz Hussain, who picked up Shah’s wicket and effectively blocked the flow of runs. Sheraz followed up the vital breakthrough with two more wickets as Karachi bowled out Peshawar for a meagre total of 104.With opener SM Tahami leading the charge, the team from University of Karachi got off to a decent start and at 50 for 2 seemed well on course for a comfortable victory. The Markhors, though, refused to give up without a fight and they had Karachi down on the mat at 81 for 7 after nicking five wickets in quick succession.From that point onwards, it was anyone’s game. While Peshawar’s bowlers went in for the kill, Karachi’s lower order batsmen, Abdur Rehman and Mahmood Ali, held the fort as the chase steadily drew towards a nail-biting finish.That was precisely what an enthralled audience got to witness. Karachi’s composure and confidence never wavered despite the loss of their eighth wicket in the penultimate over.Buoyed by the breakthrough, Peshawar could dare to dream but their hopes for a first-ever appearance at the Red Bull Campus Cricket world finals were shattered as the resolute Abdur Rehman guided Karachi to a hard-earned victory with a ball to spare.
A fitting finish
The captivating finale once again proved the significance of Red Bull Campus Cricket in Pakistan.The competition has secured its status as the country’s premier varsity-level T20 tournament and that fact was evident by the plethora of current and former international players who lent their support to the teams from Karachi and Peshawar.From Pakistan, two legends of the game – T20 World Cup-winning captain Younis Khan and another former captain Moin Khan – were a source of inspiration for the youngsters competing for glory in Red Bull Campus Cricket.Along with theirs, video messages from current national side players Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan, as well as Sri Lanka’s captain and Red Bull athlete Lahiru Thirimanne, were also played before the final to give Peshawar and Karachi an extra lift for the all-important clash.The fight put up by the two finalists was certainly worthy of support from such big names of the game and it will only continue to grow with such fine displays of cricketing skills.For now, Karachi once again shoulders the responsibility of representing Pakistan in the international arena.Cricket fans across the country will be in high hopes following Karachi’s strong showing in the 2018 world finals, where they managed a third-place finish while also defeating the eventual champions, Sri Lanka, in the group stages.With the finals – starting October 26 – just weeks away, an opportunity has come for Team Pakistan to give the world a glimpse of the young talent that has helped the country remain a powerhouse in international T20 cricket.Here’s wishing Karachi Knights – now Team Pakistan – the best for the world finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019. May the most deserving team win!