Red Bull Campus Cricket:Pakistan outclass SriLanka by 9 runs

[Press Release] PAKISTAN ADVANCES TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH OF RED BULL CAMPUS CRICKET WITH A 9 RUN DEFEAT OF INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY FROM SRI LANKA

Dubai(Cliff News) Still riding high from yesterday’s defeat of arch-rivals India, Pakistan played like a squad determined to make the finals and outclassed a scrappy Sri Lanka side in a 9 run victory on the way to 187 runs overall.  The win puts Pakistan in the finals of the 2019 Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament and a chance to seek the ultimate glory of raising the winner’s trophy.Man of the Match Mahmood Ali pushed Pakistan from the start, leading a balanced attack at the crease with 23 runs and providing outstanding fielding when the team needed it the most.   Ali also was the star against India the day prior when he punished India with a big bat and hopes to keep this trend going in the finals against South Africa.“Sri Lanka played brilliant cricket today but I’m happy that we got the victory,” Ali said.  “South Africa will be a tough opponent in the finals but we are ready for the challenge. Maybe the best team wins, maybe not but we’ll go out and give our best.”The Energizer Over again proved to be an Achilles heel for Pakistan as they failed to capitalize for the 2nd straight match.  In what should be an opportunity to pad their run totals, they instead were bowled out which automatically staked Sri Lanka to a 5 run start on their chase.  The Energizer Over is a unique element to Red Bull Campus Cricket where teams can select one over where every run is double in value and adds an additional strategic element to each match. Launched in 2012 with just over 800 participants, Red Bull Campus Cricket has grown steadily, with the number of participants increasing year-on-year, reaching over 8,000 athletes in total. It has fast cemented its status as an important competition for aspiring cricketers currently in university – all players within a team must be affiliated with their own university or college.Not only does the tournament provide teams with professional cricketing experience, Red Bull Campus Cricket also offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for upcoming cricket athletes to gain recognition and further their career.

 

Salman Ahmad plays big role in music maestro Rahat’s success

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Lahore(Showbiz Reporter)Salman Ahmad plays big role in music maestro Rahat’s successFamed Pakistani musicm maestrosUstad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s producer and global manager Salman Ahmed has said that the three upcoming UK concerts have sold out completely showing the popularity of Pakistani artist across the South Asian communities.Speaking to media in an interview, the veteran talent promoter and producer said that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan produces magical music and without a doubt he’s amongst the most sought-after world artists.Salman Ahmed has been managing Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for about 10 years now. The music maestro was well known in Pakistan because of his strong vocal skills but Ahmed turned around everything for the artist and had made him a household name in millions of homes in South Asia and beyond. Three months ago, the University of Oxford awarded the music doctorate degree to Khan – a huge personal honour for the musician and for his country of origin.Salman Ahmed said that credit for the success of Khan goes to his entire team who worked hard throughout the year on the shows and on the brand of Rahat Fateh Ali KhanHe explained: “Behind every show, there’s sweat, blood and toll. We work hard all the time to maintain the highest of standards in what we promise and produce.

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Ustad Rahat performs for a few hours on the stage but thousands of hours of hard work are invested in the production of his shows and that hard work has worked to make him a mega hit. As a way of example, for our concerts starting this weekend at Wembley Arena more than 35 band members will be touring with the singer. There is a team separately working in an international office here in London on logistics, concepts, arrangements, production and marketing. Once these shows are over, we will start working on the next round of events. There is no break.”There was some controversy around Rahat’s shows in America in the wake of the revocation of Article 370 by the Indian government and Salman Ahmed accepted that attendance at Rahat’s shows few days ago was slightly less but he said that the UK concerts were sold out. “You cannot deny that Rahat is loved by Indians, Pakistanis and other Urdu-understanding communities. There is no alternative to him.”Salman Ahmed is one of the most experienced and respected Asian art promoters. His alliance with the showbiz started some 32 years ago when he started organizing Bhangra nights and small British Asian concerts. That was the time when British Asian singers had started making their mark. The BBC covered one of Salman’s first concerts at the time. There was no social media and no Asian channels around. The BBC aired a report then to showcase how the second generation of British Asians was growing with a fusion of British and Asian culture. Salman was then a teenager.Salman Ahmed went on to manage several Indian and Pakistani artists afterwards and worked full time in the same capacity, never looking back or never trying to do anything else.He said: “You should only do what you are good at. You can do excellence only in your job if you are devoted to it with full passion and commitment. I believe in total commitment and nothing else.”Unlike the maverick ways of some, Ahmed believes in treating his clients as a product. “My clients are my products. I promote products in the market. We invest in our products. We take risks and we inject our life into our products to make them a phenomenal success,” said Salman Ahmed acknowledging that Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been the biggest hit for him as a producer.Salman Ahmed says he believes in promoting Pakistani talent before the world and for Rahat’s London shows he is introducing around a dozen Pakistani musicians for the first time. “These are young, educated and dynamic musicians who have been playing at the Basement Café and in the underground scene in Karachi and Lahore. They are doing an outstanding job. For the fusion part of Khan saheb’s shows these musicians will be used. They will be performing in front of the international audience numbering in the thousands and this will bring a unique kind of confidence in them.”Salman Ahmed said he was very excited about the latest round of shows because Ustad Rahat Ali Khan will be doing fusion, using instruments and sounds not tried before.

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PME in association with BookMyShow as the official ticketing partner bring Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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Karachi(Cliff News)PME in association with BookMyShow as the Official Ticketing Partner bring Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to Dubai at the newly opened state of the art, Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai on Friday, 27th of December. After entertaining his fans all over the globe and performing at the biggest arenas in US, Canada, UK, Australia,South Africa, Netherlands , Brussels and Singapore, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns to Dubai on Friday, 27th of December for the finale of his World Tour 2019, called Me, Myself & I.Speaking to us about the show, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had to say _” We started this tour in Abu Dhabi on Feb 15 and the grand finale show will be in Dubai. I love my fans from UAE”_Salman Ahmed, Rahat’s Producer and Managing Director of PME, the company which is organizing this World
Tour said _”Me, Myself & I is a totally new concept, where you will see the maestro, in three different acts
showcasing his magnanimous talent for more than 3 hours.”_Giving us some details about the three acts he said _” For the first time the audience will be experiencing the all new Fusion act where Khan Sahab will be performing some of his classics and Nusrat Sahab’s all time favourite qawalis in a totally new manner all along with some young and very talented musicians”_
Further we got to know that the second act will be of the his recent super hits from Bollywood such as Dekhte
Dekhte, Tere Bin from the movie Simba, Nitte Khaer, Rashke Kamar, classics like Mein Jahaan Rahoun, Ore Piya
and several other favourite songs. The third act is the spiritual Qawwali’s and classics like Mein Jahan Rahoun
and Ore Piya.This show is brought to you by PME, who have delivered world class concerts across the globe for over a decade. The exclusive ticketing partner is BookMyShow.“Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of South Asia’s most re-known artists; with his unique blend of music which blends Qawalli and the modern, Rahat has captivated fans across the globe. We are proud and privileged to be working with PME, a music promoter which stands out for its excellence in live events world over.” Sudhir Syal, CEO – Middle East, BookMyShow Salman Ahmed, adds: _“It is our great pleasure to share this wonderful news with the world. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s tremendous devotion to Sufi and Qawwali music has been his life’s work and to be recognised with an honorary degree from Oxford University is a very special recognition to him personally but also to all those who have supported him and are helping to create a musical legacy.”

Huawei to drive discussion on 5G commercialization at SAMENA Leaders Summit

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Karachi(Cliff News)Huawei, the leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, will host the ‘5G is ON’ forum as part of the SAMENA Leaders’ Summit, scheduled for Thursday 18th April 2019. Huawei will explore the 5G readiness of the region and engage in discussions exploring the large-scale deployment and commercialization of 5G. Private and public sector industry leaders will take part in Huawei’s subforum to discuss how emerging 5G-enabled intelligent services and innovations can help operators identify new business opportunities and thereby achieve growth.As the leader and partner of choice for operators launching 5G globally, Huawei will also use the event as a platform to demonstrate how its E2E 5G solutions can help Middle East organizations fully capitalize on the commercialization of 5G. SAMENA Leaders’ Summit is a platform for private and government sector leaders in the telecommunications sector to discuss opportunities and challenges in the industry. Attracting delegates from across 29 regional nations, this year the summit invites industry partners to discuss how emerging 5G-enabled services and innovations will start to take shape in the region.Under the summit theme ‘Early Proliferation of 5G Vital to Building the Digital Economy’, Huawei will partake in several key discussions. They include the high-level leaders’ roundtable conversation addressing the impact of 5G, industry 4.0, cross-industry engagement and digital enablement. Huawei will also be a key contributor to the leaders’ panel discussion, addressing the topic of enabling and transitioning to an ‘inclusive 5G’ ecosystem.Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East commented that “This year’s SAMENA Leaders’ Summit is especially meaningful to us, as 2019 marks Huawei’s sixth consecutive year co-hosting the event, and while in the past we have focused on the imminent arrival of 5G, this year we can say with confidence that the time for large scale 5G deployment has finally come. Businesses, standards, products, and terminals are fully ready, and a comprehensive 5G ecosystem is emerging. The arrival of 5G will accelerate digital transformation and bring about the all-connected, all-intelligent world, playing a pivotal role in helping regional leaders meet their economic growth targets and national agendas. We are excited to meet with our partners and stakeholders in Dubai to discuss how together we can lead this transformative epoch of digital transformation.”As one of the most anticipated ICT thought leadership events in the region, the Leaders’ Summit 2019 will empower the SAMENA Telecommunications Council to be at the forefront of the campaign to build digital economies. Driven by the goal of creating an intelligent 5G ecosystem, Huawei has invested considerable resources into 5G development, deployment, and infrastructure, and is the first choice for global operators to deploy new generation networks. The summit will reinforce the beneficial outcomes gained by Huawei and its partners when working together to accelerate the growth of 5G in the region. Its consultation process and expertise in advanced ICT technologies is setting a global 5G standard while creating the optimal opportunity for cities to achieve digital transformation.

About Huawei:

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes. At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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EBM continues to expand its export bussiness

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Karachi(Cliff News)The increasingly positive response from buyers at the Gulfood 2019 Exhibition held in Dubai from 17th to 21st Februaryhas created numerous opportunities for EBM to increase business in international markets.The company has already enhanced its operational capability to meet the level of demand that exists outside local consumption; a development which has enabled the organization to export its products to more than 25 countries around the world, including USA, Europe, and the GCC region.“We have brought EBM at par with international quality standards and intend on making it a recognized brand around the world. We holistically envision a brand name that is synonymous with quality, trust, and nourishment for our consumers around the world,” said Dr. Zeelaf Munir, Managing Director & CEO, EBM.EBM surfaced as the first Pakistani company to make its mark on key fronts at this exhibition, thus enabling the company’s goals of being highlighted on the global stage. The exhibition has, so far, served as a platform for EBM’s quest for continuous expansion at the international level, thereby adding to the company’s already established fame on the local front.Gulfood Exhibition, which was held at the Dubai World Trade Center, attracted exhibitors from all continents and engaged over 100,000 buyers from 120 countries where key trends and topics driving the industry were discussed among industry leaders.Potential buyers gave a phenomenal response to EBM during the 5-day exhibition. EBM’s commitment to keep abreast of global trends, while remaining true to its roots, has enabled the company to satiate the needs of local and international consumers from diverse markets.

About EBM:

EBM has been baking nutritious delights for Pakistani consumers under the brand name Peek Freans since 1966. As one of the pioneers of the industry as well as a dominating market leader, EBM continues to innovate on each of the three fronts: product, quality, and communication.

 

Chairman Naya Nazimabad Arif Habib hosts Karachi Kings send off ceremony 

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Karachi(Cliff News)Arif Habib Group hosted a reception in honour of the Karachi Kings’ players on Sunday before the team left for Dubai to play the season 4 of Pakistan Super League (PSL).The ceremony was attended by Federal Minister for Water Resources, Faisal Vawda; Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui; Mayor Karachi, Waseem Akhtar; Commissioner Karachi, Iftikhar Shallwani; Provincial Minister of Sindh for Local Government, Public Health Engineering and Rural Development and Katchi Abadies, Saeed Ghani along with PSX, FPCCI, KCCI members & representatives and a large number of cricket lovers at Naya Nazimabad.A warm welcome was given by the crowd when Owner of the Karachi Kings, Salman Iqbal entered the ground at Naya Nazimabad along with President Karachi Kings, Waseem Akram; Head Coach & Team Advisor, Mickey Arthur and Karachi King players including the Captain Iman Waseem, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, M Rizwan, Usman Khan Shinwari and the rest of the team members.In his opening address Chairman of Arif Habib Group, Mr. Arif Habib wished success to the team, saying that Karachi Kings would definitely win because it has got strong players and millions of Karachiites are praying for its success. He said that cricket is a thrilling sport which is loved by the entire nation. He expressed optimism that the team would perform well and in a competitive manner. He congratulated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over organizing the cricketing league, saying that PSL provided an opportunity to the youngsters to play with international players.Federal Minister for Water Resources, Faisal Vawda appreciated Mr. Arif Habib’s passion for cricket and his efforts for organizing a grand sendoff ceremony to honour Karachi Kings. “Being a Karachiite, I support Karachi and its team and would like to see them win the PSL-4 trophy”, he added.Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui lauded the efforts of Mr. Arif Habib & Salman Iqbal in promoting cricketing activities in Karachi. He wished best of luck to the team.Mayor Karachi, Waseem Akhtar and Commissioner Karachi, Iftikhar Shallwani gave their best wishes to the team and assured that their preparations at Karachi were complete for PSL-4.Provincial Minister of Sindh for Local Government, Public Health Engineering and Rural Development and Katchi Abadies, Saeed Ghani openly shared his support for Karachi Kings and said that this year, unlike the previous 3 editions of PSL, he and his son will be supporting the same team, Karachi Kings.Karachi Kings Owner, Salman Iqbal said “The love and support we receive from the people of Karachi is absolutely overwhelming”. He added that PSL has become a mega event that promises nonstop entertainment for the fans. He said that his franchise visited various cities of interior Sindh in connection with the talent hunt drive and chose a couple of players who would now be seen playing with the top international cricketers at the 4th edition of the PSL.Captain Karachi Kings, Imad Waseem pledged to win the PSL final. Later, the team players also took selfies with their fans.

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HBL Pakistan Super League-Statistical review

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The HBL Pakistan Super League has grown stronger with every event. This is not only the unanimous opinion of the local and foreign cricketers or the spectators or the pundits of the game, this can be established by carrying out a statistical review of one of the world’s most competitive and challenging leagues on the planet.Below are some statistics for your interest and analysis:

 Most successful team

 The most successful team in HBL PSL’s brief history is Islamabad United, which won titles in 2016 and 2018 and holds a success percentage of 59.67 after winning 19 out of 32 matches.

 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi are the second most successful team, with 19 victories in 34 games. Two-time losing finalists Quetta Gladiator (56.66) are third, with 17 wins out of 31 matches.

 Highest and lowest totals

 203 for eight 8 in 20 overs is the highest total in HBL PSL, which was posted by Gladiators in a successful run-chase against Lahore Qalandars in the first edition of the PSL in 2016. Qalandars batted first and scored 201 for two in 20 overs, but Gladiators chased it on the last ball of the match.

 The lowest total belongs to Qalandars, who were bowled out for 59 against Zalmi in Dubai in 2017.

 Highest PowerPlay score

Gladiators hold the record for the highest total in a PowerPlay – 77 for one against Qalandars during a successful run-chase of 202 in Dubai in 2016.The next highest score at the six-over mark is 75 by Qalandars against Gladiators in Sharjah in 2017 and by United against Karachi Kings in Dubai in 2018.

 Most prolific batsman

 With 929 runs at an average of 29.96 and a strike-rate of 133.28, Kamran Akmal is the most successful HBL PSL batsman to date. Zalmi’s Akmal is also the only batsman who has struck two centuries.The most prolific foreign batsman is Australia’s Shane Watson with 684 runs at 29.73. Watson played the first two tournaments for United and the last for Gladiators.

 Centuries in HBL PSL

 There have been only three centuries in the HBL PSL. Two of them by Kamran Akmal and one by Sharjeel Khan of United.

Akmal scored his first hundred (104 off 65 balls) against Karachi Kings in Dubai in 2017, while his second (107 not out off 61 balls) was against Qalandars in Sharjah in 2018.

Sharjeel’s century (117 off 62 balls) was against Zalmi in Dubai in the inaugural edition and remains the highest score in the tournament.

 Highest partnerships

 153 runs opening stand between Watson and Sharjeel for United against Qalandars in Sharjah in the inaugural tournament remains the highest partnership for any wicket in HBL PSL to date.The next best is by Zalmi’s pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Dawid Malan against Gladiators, also in Sharjah in 2017.The most successful pair, however, has been Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal, who have together posted 431 runs in nine innings for Zalmi.

 The most destructive batsman

 The batsman with the highest strike-rate among those who have scored, at least, 200 runs in the tournament is United’s Luke Ronchi. He has piled 435 runs off 239 balls at a scoring-rate of 182.00.Ronchi only played in the 2018 tournament and left a huge mark after clubbing 51 fours and 24 sixes.The next most destructive batsman is Shahid Afridi, with 311 runs off 188 balls at a strike-rate of 165.42.However, the batsman who has hit most sixes in the tournament history is Kamran Akmal (49), followed by Watson (43).

 Fours and sixes

 The HBL PSL is known for big hitting as fours and sixes have galore in the three events to date.Before the first ball has been bowled in the tournament, the tournament has already produced 1892 fours and 920 sixes from the bats of some of the finest players in the world.Kamran Akmal has hit the most fours and sixes. He has struck 85 fours and 49 sixes, a tournament record on both counts.Shane Watson is second on the list of batsmen with most sixes – 43 – whereas Ahmed Shahzad with 74 fours is second on the list of batsmen to hit most fours.

 Fastest fifties

 The fastest 50 in the HBL PSL was scored off just 17 balls and came from the bat of Zalmi’s opener Kamran Akmal in the eliminator against Kings in Lahore in 2018. Akmal finished with 77 off 27 balls as Zalmi qualified for the final.The only other batsman to score 50 in less than 20 balls is United’s Luke Ronchi. He took 19 balls to reach half-century against Kings in the Qualifier in Dubai in 2018.

 Most innings without a duck

Watson has never been dismissed for a duck in the HBL PSL and holds the record for batting most innings without getting out on naught. The next batsman with most innings without a zero is Ravi Bopara, also an overseas player. Among local players, Misbah-ul-Haq and Anwar Ali both have batted 19 innings without a naught.

 Most prolific bowler

The most successful bowler in the history of HBL PSL is Wahab Riaz. He has collected 48 wickets at an average of 16.50, with an economy of 6.75. The left-arm fast bowler has played all the editions for Peshawar Zalmi and was the driving force behind their title win in 2017.The next best is United’s Mohammad Sami with 37 wickets at an economy of 6.55.The overseas player with most wickets is Watson, bagging 22 dismissals.

 Five-wicket hauls

 There have been five five-wicket hauls in the HBL PSL with the first one registered by Kings’ Ravi Bopara. He finished with six for 16 runs against Qalandars in Sharjah in 2016. While four more bowlers have taken a five-for in the tournament, Bopara’s figures have not been bettered.Shahid Afridi (Zalmi) and Mohammad Sami (United) were two other bowlers who claimed five wickets in 2016. No bowler managed a five-for in the 2017 edition whereas two, Umar Gul (Multan Sultans) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (Qalandars), pouched five-wicket hauls in 2018.

 Most maiden overs

 Shahid Afridi, who played the first two tournaments for Zalmi and third for Kings, has bowled five maiden overs in the PSL, which is most for any bowler. Next best is Mohammad Amir, who has delivered four scoreless overs for Kings. The tall left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has bowled three maidens for United and Sultans.

 Most dismissals and catches

 Zalmi’s wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has inflicted the highest amount of dismissals behind the stumps. He has 30 dismissals (23 catches and 7 stumping).The player who has taken most catches as an outfielder is his younger brother, Umar Akmal, grabbing 15 catches.

Most player of the match awards

Luke Ronchi may have appeared in only one season so far, but his number of player-of-the-match awards is more than anyone else. He has bagged five in 11 games in the United’s successful campaign in 2018.Three players have bagged the award on four occasions – Zalmi’s Kamran Akmal, Gladiators’ Mohammad Nawaz and United’s Mohammad Sami.

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