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KU VC lauds Pak. wheelchair cricket team

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KARACHI: Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi (KU), Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Iraqi, on Tuesday greeted the Pakistan Wheelchair Cricket Team on defeating arch-rivals India in T20 Wheelchair Asia Cup final match in Nepal.
The winning team and officials after returning to Karachi at early hours on Tuesday arrived at the Karachi University Guest House as the university has offered accommodation for the winning team, said a KU press release.
KU Vice Chancellor Dr. Khalid Iraqi announced that Karachi University would provide free services to the wheelchair players anytime they needed.  He appreciated teamwork and hardworking attitude of Pakistan wheelchair cricket team, which helped them in lifting the winning trophy.
“I will encourage you to avail M.Phil and Ph.D. scholarships from the
University. As you are very close to my heart, I will like to help you as much as I can,” he added.  KU VC Dr. Khalid Iraqi mentioned that disability was not the right word for the wheelchair team rather they should be called special persons, who were making good name of the beloved country and setting an example for others to follow.
The Vice-Chancellor informed the players that he was also fond of sports and spent a good amount of time in playing different sports particularly cricket. The varsity would like to offer merit-based jobs to them, he said. He also directed his office staff to arrange Iftar dinner for the winning team and wished them the best of luck for their future commitments.
Meanwhile, Pakistan wheelchair cricket team Captain, Zeeshan Taqi, shared problems faced by his team during preparation for the tournament and expressed that they need financial and moral support from the civil society and federal and provincial governments.

 

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CWC 2019: England bats against Afghanistan

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MANCHESTER: England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat first against Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday after being passed fit to play in the World Cup pool match.

Morgan was given the all-clear after suffering a back spasm that meant he was unable to bat in the tournament hosts’ eight-wicket win over the West Indies in Southampton on Friday.

World Cup favourites England made two changes from that side, with James Vince replacing Jason Roy after the in-form opener was ruled out with a hamstring tear that could sideline him for at least two pool fixtures.

And with Tuesday’s match being played on a used pitch that should aid turn, England decided to drop paceman Liam Plunkett, who was reportedly unwell on Monday, and recall off-spinner Moeen Ali.

“The wicket looks really good,” said Morgan. “It doesn’t look a great deal used — everyone at Old Trafford has done a magnificent job to get it ready.

“It played well the other day (when India beat Pakistan) — plenty of carry for the seamers and a hint of turn for the spinners.”

Rank outsiders Afghanistan made three changes from the side that lost to South Africa by nine wickets.

Top-order batsmen Hazratullah Zazai, fast bowler Hamid Hassan and medium-pacer Aftab Alam were all dropped, with Afghanistan recalling Najibullah Zadran, Dawlat Zadran and spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

England, bidding to win the World Cup for the first time, are currently fourth in the 10-team table with only the top four at the end of the 10-team round-robin stage qualifying for the semi-finals.

Afghanistan are bottom of the standings, with four defeats in four matches.

Teams

England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wkt), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), Joel Wilson (WIS)

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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Loss against India: Resolution seeking resignation of PCB chairman, others submitted

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LAHORE: A resolution was tabled in the Punjab Assembly today seeking removal of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and other responsible for the defeat against India in ICC World Cup 2019 yesterday.

Pakistan lost against arch-rivals India by 89 runs in the mega clash in Old Trafford, Manchester.

The resolution, submitted by PML-N leader Aziza Fatima, stated that people of the country were angry over Pakistan’s defeat against India.

It further stated that neither the PCB planned for the world cup nor it could induct extraordinary player in the team due to which disappointment prevails among the masses.

The resolution further demanded all the responsible including the PCB chairman and chief selector be removed immediately.

 

 

 

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Sarfaraz stands by decision to field first against India, acknowledges team’s shortcomings

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MANCHESTER: Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has said that his decision to choose field first after winning the toss was ‘good’ for the team as the weather conditions had brought moisturizer to the pitch.

In a post-match press conference following the team’s defeat to India yesterday, Sarfaraz said that Pakistan faced defeat because the team did not perform well in all three departments.

India thrashed Green Shirts with a 89-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the tournament’s most anticipated group match.

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