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Commissioner declares Karachi “The Cricket City”

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KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani while declaring Karachi “The Cricket City” for the series of Pakistan Super League (PSL), decided that images of cricket legends will be displayed in different parts of the metropolis.

He said this while chairing review meeting for the arrangements of PSL at his office here, said a statement on Friday.

He said that special measures are being taken to make the PSL matches successful and memorable.

The surroundings of the National stadium and different areas as well roads and intersections of the metropolis will be decorated, he added.

He said that steps are also being taken for the arrangement of live streaming at different parks in the city with the support of former test cricketer Sadiq Muhammad.

Such live streaming would be arranged at about 10 parks where common cricket lovers could watch PSL matches, he added.

The meeting discussed the idea of live streaming of PSL matches at different parks with the support of former test cricketer Sadiq Muhammad as an organizer.

The meeting decided that the concerned deputy commissioners would take steps for the arrangements of live streaming with the coordination and cooperation of the organizer Sadiq Muhammad.

It was decided that the registration through whats-app would be mandatory for the people who intended to watch live streaming at parks.

DC South Salahuddin Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner East Ali Ahmed Siddiqui, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) representative and General Manager of National Stadium Arshad Khan, senior officials of Pakistan

Rangers, Police and Traffic Police and others notables also attended the meeting.

 

 

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Amir Khan, NPTV Brand Envoy, to Rewrite Narrative at Big Apple

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NEW YORK: Madison Square Garden is the venue where NewsPakistan.TV’s Brand Ambassador Amir Khan is going to rewrite the narrative against Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford in the most anticipated welterweight showdown today (Sunday 6 PM local time). The best boxers on the planet are going to clash for the Welterweight Championship. WBO Champion Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 knockouts) will attempt to extend his undefeated streak defending his unbeaten streak.

32-year-old Amir Khan (33-4, 20 knockouts) commenting on the fight held: “Terence is a skillful fighter, and I always do well against skillful fighters…This is going to be like a game of chess at times. I’ve been in the division longer, so I’ve got that advantage on my side. I’m the bigger guy, so that is on my side. This is a fight where I have to bring my ‘A’ game.”

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A relevant piece published earlier: 

A role model to millions of people, World Boxing Champion Amir Khan, who won Athens 2004 Olympic Silver Medal for Britain at the age of 17, is a philanthropist outside the ring. 

In an exclusive interview with NPTV conducted here, he held: “When I fought for these world titles it was very difficult.  Nothing in life comes easy. But one thing to the viewers is if anyone has any dream in life you have to work hard to achieve it. Don’t give up. Never give up in life. It is very hard to achieve what you want to achieve in life. But as long as you keep working hard, one day, you know, you will achieve your dream!”

Q: Tell us about your early days and life? 

AMIR KHAN: Early Days! I was born in Bolton, a small town in Manchester.  I was very hyperactive! I was very naughty at school! And the teacher used to always say to me:  “I am going to call your parents to school because you misbehave too much! They have to monitor you! Make sure you are OK!” So what my dad did – he took me to a boxing club. You know! Since then I started to behave in school! The teacher called my father and asked my father:  What have you done to Amir? Because he is totally changed. 

What boxing taught me was discipline. Because of that I totally changed the way I live; the way I treat people; how I respect people. And also I know not to fight, or not to mess around! Because I am a professional fighter now! There are so many people who look up to me. I am a role model to millions of people around the world. So I have to, you know, do the right things in life!

Q: Tell us about your experiences and the biggest achievement of your life? 

AMIR KHAN: Obviously, the biggest achievement was going to the Olympic Games.  And then winning the world title. I was the first ever Pakistani to win the world title.  No one has ever won a world (boxing) title – been a Pakistani. It is a great honor for me to win the World Championship. It was not easy. It was very hard. I was a smaller guy. I was a younger guy. When I fought for these world titles it was very difficult.  Nothing in life comes easy. But one thing to the viewers is if anyone has any dream in life you have to work hard to achieve it. Don’t give up. Never give up in life.  It is very hard to achieve what you want to achieve in life. But as long as you keep working hard one day, you know, you will achieve your dream. But one thing about our young Pakistani children is they need to work hard. We need them to work hard and have a focus and have ambition.

To have an ambition in life, to become the best.  That’s the only reason you will achieve something.  I will tell you about myself. I used to wake up every morning and I used to be like: ‘One day I will become the World Champion!’ I used to always wake up in the morning have one thing in my head: ‘I am going to become a World Champion! I’ll have my dream and I will have my ambition’. I kept training and training and now MashaAllah I am now in this position. I am the World Champion now. I won big fights. I am a big name around the world, not only in Pakistan but in England, America, Europe. All over the world. So, it is just a great feeling to be in this position. And also I hope I’ll inspire more people. I want to inspire the young, the youth to do what I’ve done.

Because Pakistan is a country which has a lot of talent.  But we have to now put them on the right path. We have to support them. So, all the people now have to support the children, tell them: ‘Look if you want to achieve something in life then go for it, we support you 100%. And that’s why I have come myself to Pakistan. So I can support people myself. I am going to coach myself the youth of Pakistan. I am going to coach them; I am going to train them; I am going to hold pads for them; I am going to teach them technique. Because I want Pakistan to improve in boxing.

Q: You have been to different countries like in Europe and America? Did you ever feel racism there? 

AMIR KHAN: No! You know, to be honest with you; I have never experienced any racial stuff, never. It is nice to be seen as a people’s Champion.  Wherever I go to, Europe: In Germany, England, France… I never ever experience any racism. People like me. Even in England, they say I am the son of England. They love me in England, that’s where I live.  The Queen always invites me for like the tea … So MashaAllah! I am in a great position. Where I am loved by so many people. I think it is not only because of boxing. I think it is about what I am like as a person. As a person, I am a very down-to-earth guy. I respect everybody. I treat everybody nice. And at the same time, you know, I do a lot of charity work as well. So people like charity work I do.

Q: Tell us about your Charity Foundation. 

AMIR KHAN: I have the Amir Khan Trust.  And in the UK I have the Amir Khan Foundation. Basically, we do a lot of work. For example, when the earthquake happened, we were in Pakistan straight away, in Muzaffarabad.  Then when the floods happened, I went to Nowshera, Charsadda… And then when the APS school killing happened – the children.  I was there, at the APS School. One thing about me is I like to go there myself and see, and experience and help: When the floods happen, I give them clothing, I give them food, I supply clean drinking water. When the Earthquake happens, I supply clothing, rebuild homes. So you know! Allah has given me this big name. I want to utilize my name the right way. For example, helping poor people, the right way. For example, collecting donations. Giving to charities and giving to poor people! (Published on 16th August 2016)

 

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Squash: National Red Crescent final

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PESHAWAR: Muqadas Ashraf of Pakistan Wapda and Noor Ul Ain Huda of Sui Northern Gas took berth into the final after recording victories in the semi-final.

They defeated their respective rivals in the ongoing National Red Crescent Women Squash Championship being played here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex today. 
Former Amateur British Open Champions Yaseen Khan, Maqsood Ali Khan graced the occasion as guests and before the start of the semi-finals the players were introduced to them. Former World Champion Qamar Zaman, Chief Referee Pakistan Squash Federation Munawar Zaman, Members Executive Committee Sher Bahadar, Wazir Gul, who is also head of the Blue Tone Squash Academy, players and spectators were also present and enjoyed the matches.
Muqadas Ashraf was in the excellent form as she defeated her strong rival Komal Khan, also from Pakistan Wapda in the straight sets, the score was 11-9, 11-8 and 11-9. Muqadas did not face any hardship what so ever in the three sets and marched to victory against her young rival Komal Khan, the current Under-19 Champion and also hailing from Peshawar.
Komal Khan did some resistance, especially in the first and third sets where she staged a comeback and tied the tally first 6-6 and 9-all in the first sets and secondly she got lead in the third set against Muqadas Ashraf and raced up to 3-7 but Muqadas Ashraf who recently represented Pakistan in the International Squash Championship in the UK, managed her position accordingly and succeeded in leveling the tally at 7-7 and then at 9-all before taking the set at 11-9.
In the second semi-final, Noor Ul Ain Huda of Sui Northern Gas defeated for Pakistan No. 1 Saima Shoukat of Pakistan Wapda in a marathon and thrilling four sets battle 3-1. Both Noor Ul Ain Huda and Saima Shoukat played well and exhibited some classical drops, nick and length shorts and received thundering applause from the sitting spectators.
Noor Ul Ain Huda took the first set by 11-6 and won the second by 12-10 after a tough fight for a single point. Saima also played well and most of the time succeeded in putting Noor in the back of the court. Saima took the third set by 5-11 and the fourth by 3-11. It looked like that she would win the semi-final quite easily but this time Noor Ul Ain Huda came back strongly and won the decisive fifth set by 11-9. The set was tied at 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9 before Noor got the set and moved to the final.
The final will be played on Sunday with Country Head Pakistan Red Crescent Society Lt. Gen (Retd) Muhammad Hamid Khan will grace the occasion as chief guest. Maqbool Ali Khan of International Relief Committee (IRA) and Saeed Ahmad of National Bank would also accompany him.

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Sabalenka grinds past Stosur in Fed Cup semi

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BRISBANE: World number 10 Aryna Sabalenka ground down former US Open champion Samantha Stosur to give Belarus a 1-0 lead in their Fed Cup semi-final against Australia in Brisbane today. 

The 20-year-old needed 2hrs 47mins to get past a player 15 years her senior 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 ahead of the second rubber between world number nine Ashleigh Barty and two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka. “It was an unbelievable match. She played so quick I couldn’t touch the ball at times,” said Sabalenka. “But when you’re playing for your country, you have to fight to the end.” While Belarus is bidding to reach the final for the second time in three attempts, after being beaten by the United States in 2017, Australia is targeting their first decider in 26 years. 

It’s been an even longer wait between titles, with the last of Australia’s seven victories coming in 1974 when Evonne Goolagong led them to a 2-1 win over the Americans. France or Romania await this weekend’s winner. Stosur, who was selected to open the tie ahead of the higher-ranked Daria Gavrilova, has traditionally struggled to play her best tennis on home soil. But in an erratic first set, which saw seven service breaks, she broke first to go 2-1 in front. 

The big-hitting Sabalenka immediately broke back but serving problems cost her again when she sent down two consecutive double faults to once more hand Stosur the advantage. But the Australian couldn’t capitalize as nerves took their toll. She regrouped to break and go 5-4 in front on yet another Sabalenka double fault, but the rollercoaster continued until the Belarusian finally held for 6-5 then took the set on her fifth set point. 

Sabalenka won the first two games of the second set and looked comfortable, but a gutsy Stosur reeled off three in a row as the crowd roared her on before wrapping up another see-sawing set in which both players again struggled to hold serve. 

But as Stosur tired, the Belarusian grabbed the upper hand in the deciding set with a searing crosscourt forehand for a 3-1 lead, and there was no way back for the 35-year-old who failed to add to her record 29 singles victories for her country. The reverse singles and doubles are on Sunday.

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