Sportsman in Pakistan always facing lack of support and facilities:Shahzad Baig

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.




Only way to improve Pakistan cricket is to pick deserving players:Mian Azmat Hussain and Ansar Javed Toor

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.


Hamid Ismail Foundation organised Tape Ball Cricket Tournament

Presenting awards to the winners and runner up of Tape Ball Tournament

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.

Karachi Knights prevail in cliffhanger final of Red Bull Campus Cricket


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!


Hidden heroes and living legends

Written by:Syed Qalbe Muhammad


There is a lot of legends and heroes in this world.Everyone have their own choice to select his ideal personality but there is a legend behind the legend.The real heroes are always behind and they are always aiming to support the future talent.Currently there is a lot of hidden heroes and living legends who are currently support his country despite of economic,water, environmental, education and sports crisis in the country.There is a long list of those people who never care what he gets from Pakistan but their life aim is to deliver his services for his Homeland weather they belong for any feild.I wrote this article to support his services and work for better future of upcoming generation.This is difficult for me to make a sequence of those persons I just write randomly without any protocol because all these dignities are the same.If we talk about the seniority so I select the name of former station director of Pakistan Mr.Yawar Medhi his honest services never forget for the better of this country.He gave lots of legends to Pakistan film,drama,radio and tv industry.Indiplomatic affairs we never neglected the honest services of former consulate Syed Abul Hassan Naqvi in different countries.He was also the executive secretary of SARAC and I personally witnessed that he always work on merit.One of his working partner and family friend Late Barkat Ali Khan also play their role for betterment of Pakistan across the globe and always work for the benefit of country.All these persons families still serving for Pakistan from abroad and present the soft image of his Homeland which are highly remarkable services.One of my good friend and National record holder Nadeem Yousuf despite of ignorance that he never selected for Pakistan cricket team still serving and searching the real talent for his country.He promoted the deserving players all over Pakistan and still representing his country in the age of 63.All of his friends and former cricketers Sajid Abbasi,Shahid Wadood still working in remote areas like tharparkar,badin and some other districts to provided the basic facilities of needy people.Former cricketer Naseer Pasha remain available to help to Pakistani sports persons to groom and Polish the upcoming talent while country is suffering for the shortage of sports stars.Dr.S M Tahir former first class cricketer also affiliated with same services.His main root cause is to provide the best brain for his country with great sportsmanship.To create soft image of Pakistan President International Friends Forum Mujeeb ur Rehman Khan organized different culture and sports activities on the platform of Cliff and always in contact with diplomats,consulates and different international bodies for make country economic future bright.Omer Siddiq Bhai also talk and think about Pakistan when I meet him in dubai despite of his health issues he worried about the country.Engr.Kashif Hafeez who is affiliated with three national institutions and sports he was donated his whole life for betterment of sports, education and technical reforms in the country.The main purpose of wrote this article not to only say thanks to all these Noble personalities also trying to give a message to present and future generations to make role model of these unfame personalities and keep trying to make green flag higher as much as you can.May Allah bless Pakistan forever.Ameen

Pakistan Zaindabad


Peshawar Zalmi beat Islamabad United and qualify for final of PSL


Karachi(Cliff News)A power packed performance from Peshawar Zalmi led by half centuries from Kamran Akmal and Imam-ul-Haq helped former champions upstage title holders Islamabad United by 48 runs in the Eliminator 2 at the National Stadium, Karachi on Friday.Kamran knocked a fiery 43-ball 71 with three sixes and ten boundaries and Imam cracked a 33-ball 58 with two sixes and seven boundaries to guide Peshawar to an imposing 214-5 in 20 overs by putting 135 for the opening wicket.Pacer Hasan Ali then led a potent pace attack with 3-29 and Chris Jordan grabbed 3-26 to restrict Islamabad to 166-9 in their 20 overs much to the joy of another packed National Stadium that included Zalmi supporters in big numbers.Peshawar’s prize for the win is a meeting with twice runners-up Quetta Gladiators in the final on Sunday in a repeat of 2017 HBL PSL final held in Lahore, then Peshawar beat Quetta to clinch their only title to date.Hasan shattered Islamabad’s dream of a third final and as many titles by dismissing Luke Ronchi for 17 — his 26 wickets in Power-Plays which is unmatched in all HBL PSL editions.Chadwick Walton (29-ball 48 with three sixes and as many boundaries) and Cameroon Delport (25-ball 28 with three boundaries) brought life back in the chase with a 63-run stand for the third-wicket but Hasan returned in the tenth over to get Delport’s wicket.Hussain Talat also fell to Hasan after scoring 19.Islamabad had hoped that dasher Asif Ali will get the chase back on track but Kieron Pollard had him caught behind for a second ball duck to hit Islamabad hard.Faheem Ashraf (14-ball 31 with three sixes and a four) briefly raised some hopes but with the asking rate too high he too fell to Jordan.Man-of-the-match Kamran termed opening stand as the platform.”I think team has played very well,” said Kamran.”That partnership laid the foundation and then Sammy and Pollard finished the innings so well.”Peshawar, put into bat by Islamabad, were indebted to a fine opening stand between Kamran and Imam, two short of team’s first-wicket record of 137 set by the same pair against Karachi Kings at the same venue on Monday.Kamran showed his intent right from the outset as he cut United captain Mohammad Sami’s first ball of the match over covers for a boundary.They negotiated the pace attack with confidence, hitting boundaries at will. Like he did against Karachi Kings, Shadab could not stop the flow of runs as Kamran smashed him for two sixes and as many boundaries, the second maximum brought his fifty off just 29 balls. This is Kamran’s third half-century this season and ninth in 46 HBL PSL matches.Imam wasn’t left far behind as he drove Musa Khan to cover boundary to bring up his fourth half-century in his first-ever HBL PSL stint, off just 26 balls.Part-timer Delport (2-24) removed both in the same over, first he had Imam caught behind before Kamran was caught in the deep.Pollard dealt in sixes during his robust 21-ball 37 with four sixes and one boundary while Sammy finished with 15-ball 30 not out laced with two sixes and as many boundaries.Shadab went for 46 in his four overs, taking a single wicket while Rumman Raees conceded 48 in his four and Musa 28 in his two.Peshawar Zalmi beat Islamabad United by 48 runs in HBL PSL Eliminator 2.

Brief Scores:

Peshawar Zalmi 214-5 (Kamran Akmal 74, Imam-ul-Haq 58, K. Pollard 37, Daren Sammy 30 not out; Cameron Delport 2-24)

Islamabad United  166-9 (C. Walton 48, Faheem Ashraf 31; Chris Jordan 3-26, Hasan Ali 3-29)







Islamabad United kept their hopes of defending the PSL title

Alex Hales

Karachi(Cliff News)Islamabad United kept their hopes of defending the HBL PSL title alive with a hard fought four-wicket win over Karachi Kings in the Eliminator 1 at National Stadium, Karachi on Thursday.Kings journey in the HBL PSL 2019 has ended with the side failing to get past the play-off stage for the fourth successive year.Needing 18 off the last two overs and six in the last, Islamabad got four leg byes off Mohammad Amir to chase down a target of 162 in 19.3 overs before a full house at the National Stadium.Karachi Kings spurned a brisk start of 61 runs in five overs as they lost eight wickets off 58 ball for 59 runs to derail from 102-1 to 161-9 in their 20 overs. Babar Azam (42), Colin Munro (32) and Liam Livingstone (30) were their main run getters.The two times winners Islamabad (titles in 2016 and 2018) face Peshawar Zalmi in the Eliminator 2 on Friday. Quetta Gladiators have already qualified for the 17 March final.Alex Hales (42-ball 41) had set the platform for a successful chase but Karachi Kings pulled that back to bring the target to 47 in the last four overs.Asif Ali (10-ball 24 not out with two sixes and a four) benefited from a drop catch off the first ball of Amir Yamin’s penultimate over. Faheem Ashraf (eight-ball 17) helped Asif take 18 in the 18th over and 12 in the 19th to bring their team closer to the victory.Yamin finished with 2-27.Islamabad had lost Luke Ronchi early for just five before Cameroon Delport and Hales added 44 for the second-wicket. Delport wasted a good start as he lofted spinner Umer Khan straight into the hands of Babar Azam. He made 27-ball 38 with two sixes and four boundaries.Umer, who finished with 2-16 in his four overs, further jolted Islamabad by dismissing Chadwick Walton for a second ball duck.But Hussain hit a six off Umer’s last ball as he and Hales added 51 for the fourth-wicket but both fell in the same style, caught in the deep with 33 needed in the last three overs.Hales, playing his first match this year after joining from England’s tour of the West Indies, was declared man-of-the-match.”It was a tricky chase,” said Hales. “I thought that it was a belter of a wicket but it slowed down, Umer bowled very well. I knew that we have Hussain and Asif so they could take us to the win.”Islamabad captain Mohammad Sami credited fight back in bowling.”They were running away but our bowlers put them back and that became the turning point,” said Sami. “Chase is always difficult but all the players showed character and contributed.”Karachi skipper Imad Wasim termed death bowling as the difference.”We were 20-30 runs short and the difference was in both teams’ death bowling,” said Imad. “I think their bowlers bowled very well and pulled us back.”It was a roller coaster innings for Karachi Kings who won the toss and opted to bat — only the second time in 32 matches in this HBL PSL that a team batted after winning the toss. It was also Karachi who batted against Multan Sultans in Dubai after winning the toss.Colin Munro smashed three boundaries in Mohammad Sami’s first over as Karachi reached 50 in just 3.2 overs. Munro was finally caught behind off Mohammad Musa for 32 which came off just ten balls, spiced with six boundaries and a six.Liam Livingstone (25-ball 30 with a six and three fours) and Babar took the total to 78 in the Power-Play, equaling the highest in all HBL PSL Power-Plays of Multan against Lahore Qalandars in Dubai this year. Karachi reached 100 in 10 overs but then Shadab Khan pulled them back with 11 runs in the first two overs and then had Livingstone caught in the deep.Babar fell in the 12th over as he edged Rumman Raees but it was only on Shadab’s insistence that skipper Sami took a review which proved Shadab was right in his judgment.Colin Ingram threatened with his 15-ball 23 (two fours and a six) but the innings fell apart once he was caught off a miscued pull off Musa who finished with 3-42.Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings by four wickets in HBL PSL Eliminator 1

Brief Scores:

Karachi Kings 161-9 in 20 overs (Babar Zaman 42, Colin Munro 32, Liam Livingstone 30; Mohammad Musa 3-42)

Islamabad United  164-6 in 19.3 overs (Alex Hales 41, Cameron Delport 38, Umer Khan 2-16)