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July 2, 2011

International boxing tournament postponed

Pakistan Boxing Federation says the event has now been rescheduled to start on October 20, a three month delay. PHOTO: FILE


The Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) has postponed the second edition of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International Boxing Championship due to a delay in the issuance of funds by the country’s sports board.

The tournament, which was due to start from July 20 at the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Complex in Islamabad, has now been scheduled to begin on October 20 at the same venue.

The PBF Secretary Akram Khan said the delay by the PSB led to the postponement but added that the event would now be planned in a befitting manner.

“We’re yet to receive the funds,” Khan told The Express Tribune. “Although the PSB has given the NOC and assured financial assistance, we cannot hold the event this month.

“It’s a huge event and the federation requires time to make the arrangements.”

The PBF has invited over 50 countries including European teams and Akram added that the federation was expecting the event to be a success.

“There will be fewer international events in October and we are expecting nearly all the teams to take part.”

The first edition of the international championship that was held in Karachi in January last year also saw boxers from over 50 countries taking part.

Pakistan to field three teams

Meanwhile, in order to give maximum exposure to the boxers, Pakistan will field three teams – Green, White and Red – in the tournament.

“It’s a good chance for our players who rarely get international exposure,” said Khan

The secretary added that the teams will be selected from the NBP All Pakistan Ranking event in Quetta, which was postponed following the murder of Olympian Syed Abrar Hussain Shah last month and will now be held from September 26.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.

June 30, 2011

Sialkot sneak past Islamabad in T20 tournament

Shoaib Malik and Ali Khan made useful contributions. PHOTO: FILE


A match-winning knock by Shakeel Ansar saw Sialkot Stallions beat Islamabad Leopards by four wickets in an exciting encounter in the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 tournament. The defeat means that Islamabad are dumped out of the tournament.

Chasing 171, Sialkot were off to a horrendous start, having been reduced to 31 for three as the top-order was blown away by Islamabad’s opening bowlers. A 61-run fourth-wicket stand between Shahid Yousuf (41) and Ansar brought Sialkot back into the contest. Ansar hit a 34-ball 55, which contained five boundaries.

Shoaib Malik and Ali Khan also made useful contributions. Saad Altaf and Iftikhar Anjum picked up two wickets each but were not able to stop Sialkot’s progress.

Earlier, Islamabad put up a good show with the bat, a 55-run second-wicket stand between Nauman Masood and Fakhar Hussain being the highlight of their innings. Abdur Rehman’s three-wicket haul put the brakes on Islamabad’s scoring rate and ensured that Sialkot did not have too daunting a task at hand batting second.

Rawalpindi beat Multan to enter semis

Earlier, Rawalpindi Rams became the second team from Group B, after Karachi Dolphins, to make an entry into the semi-finals, beating Multan Tigers by seven wickets.

Chasing a modest 129 for victory, Rawalpindi went about their chase in a professional manner despite a brief stumble in the top-order before reaching the target in the 14th over. After putting on 32 for the first wicket, openers Awais Zia and Naveed Malik were out in quick succession but Jamal Anwar and Sohail Tanvir, who both top-scored with 39 each, made sure that the job was completed without any major hiccups. Zulfiqar Babar finished with one for 23.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Raza Hasan pulled of a match-winning performance, picking up a four-wicket haul, after Multan openers Yasir Arafat (27) and Zain Abbas had put on 51. A 48-run fourth wicket stand between Naved Yasin and Zeeshan Ashraf ensured that Multan passed the 100-run mark, but their departure saw the rest of the line-up collapsing for the addition of only 18 runs.