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!


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)


Shane Watson guided Quetta Gladiators to final of PSL

Karachi(Cliff News)Shane Watson hit a solid half-century and rookie pacer Mohammad Hasnain took two wickets under pressure to steer Quetta Gladiators into the final of HBL PSL with a hard fought 10-run win in the Qualifier in Karachi on Wednesday.Watson’s 43-ball 71 spiced with six sixes and five boundaries propelled Quetta to 186-6 in their 20 overs before they survived a late Caribbean onslaught from Kieron Pollard (22-ball 44 with six boundaries and a six) and Darren Sammy ( 21-ball 46 with five sixes and two boundaries) as Peshawar Zalmi managed 176-7 in their 20 overs.The win earned Quetta a place in the final for a third time, having lost both previous finals in 2016 and 2017.Peshawar, winners in 2017 and runners-up last year, will play the winners of Eliminator 1 — between defending champions Islamabad United and Karachi Kings on Thursday — on Friday.This is Quetta’s third win in four play-offs against Peshawar, having won in 2016 and 2017 and losing last year.Peshawar were down and out when Misbah-ul-Haq became one of Hasnain’s two victims (4-1-28-2) as they needed 97 in 6.3 overs but Pollard and Sammy tried their valiant best during a fiery 83-run stand for the sixth-wicket.Sammy clobbered two sixes and a boundary off Dwayne Bravo as 22 came off the 16th over. Peshawar needed 35 off the last two overs.It came down to 21 off the final over bowled by Watson who was hit for a six off the second ball by Pollard before the Australian bowled him with a short slower ball. Next ball Sammy was run out as he attempted a bye.That sealed the match for Quetta.Watson said it was nice to contribute to the team’s total.”It was nice to bat like this once again,” said Watson. “I think Ahsan (Ali) also batted well and we were able to lift the team to a good total.”Quetta skipper Sarfraz was delighted with the win.”It is a very good victory,” said Sarfraz. “Watson steadied the innings after the loss of an early wicket and Ahsan supported him very well and then bowlers controlled when it mattered.”Sammy gave credit to Quetta team.”Credit to Quetta, they deserved to win,” said Sammy. “The bowlers came back strongly in the last ten overs but we were an over and 16 runs short.”Watson and Ahsan Ali (32-ball 46 with two sixes and four boundaries) lifted Quetta after they lost opener Ahmed Shahzad for one in the second over. The pair put on 111 to steady the innings and that too at a fast pace.Watson hit two sixes and a boundary off Hasan Ali (1-21) in the third over and again two sixes and a boundary off Liam Dawson to bring up the fifty in just 4.4 overs. He completed his fourth fifty in this HBL PSL — seventh overall — off just 30 balls. Quetta have so far hit 18 sixes in the Power-Plays this year — the most by any team — with Watson hitting 12 of them.But after reaching 96 in the first ten overs Quetta were pulled back by a rearguard action from Peshawar bowlers who kept it tight, with Wahab Riaz (2-26) as the lead bowler. Wahab dismissed Watson and Umar Akmal for 15-ball 22 which had three boundaries.Hasan now has 22 wickets in this HBL PSL season four.Title holders Islamabad United take on Karachi Kings in the Eliminator 1 on Wednesday. The winner will face Peshawar in the Eliminator 2 on Friday.Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs in HBL PSL Qualifier.

Brief Scores:

Quetta Gladiators 186-6 in 20 overs (Shane Watson 71, Ahsan Ali 46; Wahab Riaz 2-26)

Peshawar Zalmi 176-7  in 20 overs (Darren Sammy 46, Kieron Pollard 44; Mohammad Hasnain 2-28 )

Usman Shinwari magical over brings KK into playoffs of PSL

IMG-20190311-WA0011Karachi(Staff Reporter)Fast bowler Usman Shinwari kept his nerves in control to defend five runs in the last over and three off the last delivery to snatch a one-run win for Karachi Kings over Quetta Gladiators in a dramatic HBL PSL clash in front of a packed to capacity National Stadium Karachi on Sunday.Shinwari took three wickets and conceded just three runs to keep Quetta — chasing 191 to win — down to 189-7 in 20 overs and confirm a spot in the play-offs for Karachi with ten points in nine games.Shinwari’s feat –3-43 — overshadowed Quetta opener Ahmad Shehzad’s brilliant 57-ball 99 studded with eight boundaries and five sixes. Ahmad fell a run short of the coveted three figures mark on the second ball of the final over as he was brilliantly caught by a diving Colin Ingram at mid-off.Shinwari also dismissed Anwar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed before Sohail Tanvir managed a leg-bye off the last delivery. Karachi can further improve their position to second if they beat Peshawar Zalmi on Monday and improve their net run-rate. Karachi’s victory also sent a luckless Lahore Qalandars out of play-off contention with six points in nine games. The result today also leaves Lahore’s last match against Multan Sultans also on Monday, inconsequential.Karachi Kings were lifted to 190-5 in their 20 overs by Babar Azam’s 46-ball 56 with six boundaries and a six and 44 not out by Iftikhar Ahmed which came off just 18 balls with five boundaries and two sixes.With the asking rate getting tougher with 56 needed in the last five, Shehzad unleashed brilliant hitting with three sixes off Shinwari to bring down the target to 28 in three overs.Despite Dwayne Bravo’s run out in the penultimate over, Shehzad kept his nerves, hitting Aamer Yamin for another six and then benefited from four wide balls. Shehzad smashed a boundary to bring Quetta within five runs of victory.But Shinwari deprived Quetta from a victory with his last over spoils.”It was in my mind that the ball is reverse swinging so I stuck to the plan and came out successful,” said Shinwari. “Wasim (Akram) told me that you must not sleep in the ground after being hit for sixes and try to come back and that’s what I did,” said Shinwari.It was Shehzad who put Quetta on the track. He was involved in a solid stand of 69 for the first-wicket with Shane Watson who made 19 with a six and a boundary.But Quetta were pegged back by left-arm spinner Umer who dismissed Watson, Rilee Rossouw (ten) and Umar Akmal (27) to finish with 3-26 in his four overs. Umar hit three sixes in his 20-ball stay and added 46 for the third-wicket with Shehzad.Karachi skipper Imad Wasim termed a good total as the key.”We had a good total on the board and it is tough to maintain ten an over,” said Imad. “Shinwari bowled very well in the last over and Sohail Khan bowled his last two so well and it’s an amazing win against a formidable team.”Quetta skipper Sarfraz praised Shehzad.”I think it was highly enjoyable match for both the teams,” said Sarfraz. “Cricket is not easy as you can score 12-15 runs in an over and then can’t make five in one. Credit to Shinwari who bowled well and Shehzad also batted well.”Karachi, sent into bat on a flat pitch, were off to a solid start of 69 as Babar and Colin Munro set the platform for a big total but leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed pegged them back with two accurate overs and the wicket of Munro who made 26-ball 30 with two sixes and a boundary.Liam Livingstone also fell to spinner Mohammad Nawaz but Colin Ingram lit up the stadium with three huge sixes, however his robust innings of 10-ball 24 did not last long. It was Iftikhar who gave the real impetus to the innings as Karachi mustered 65 in the last five overs.Rookie fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain celebrated his inclusion in the Pakistan team for the Australia ODIs in the UAE with 2-38 in his four overs.Karachi Kings beat Quetta Gladiators by one run in HBL PSL

Brief Scores:Karachi Kings 190-5 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 56, Iftikhar Ahmed 44 not out)

Quetta Gladiators 189-7 in 20 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 99; Umer Khan 3-26, Usman Shinwari 3-43)