ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan today said despite having massive talent, Pakistan was lagging behind the rest of the world in the field of sports owing to political interference, mismanagement and lack of facilities.
Chairing a meeting of Task Force on Sports here at the PM Office, he said the talent of youth in sports could be highlighted by providing facilities and competitive environment.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Special Assistants Naeem ul Haq and Iftikhar Durrani, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ihsan Mani and other officials.
The task force presented its report to the prime minister about reasons of decline in all fields of sports and recommendations for improving them.
The meeting reviewed the performance of all sports federations, including hockey, cricket, and squash, and decided to restructure existing sports boards.
It also decided to introduce a new organizational structure for the renaissance of sports to bring laurels to Pakistan at the international level.
Cricket 2nd ODI: Australia beats Pakistan by 8 wickets
SHARJAH: Pakistan, that had opted to bat after winning the toss in the 2nd one-day international match against Australia failed to give maximum performance.
Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (captain), Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG) and Ahsan Raza (PAK) Tv umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)
Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, likely to contest this year’s polls in India
NEW DELHI: Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has joined Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is likely to contest election from the country’s capital.
Former Indian cricketer will contest elections from one of the seven seats in Delhi. The elections in India will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19.
Gambhir played a key role in India’s victory in the finals of 2011 and 2007 World Cups.
Sri Lanka’s Malinga to retire after Twenty20 World Cup
CENTURION: Sri Lankan limited overs captain Lasith Malinga will retire from international cricket after next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, he revealed on Saturday.
Malinga said that he would quit one-day internationals after the World Cup in England and Wales this summer before calling time on his career following the Twenty20 tournament, being played in Australia over October-November 2020.
“After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending,” the 35-year-old said after his his side were beaten by 16 runs by South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park.
“I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career.”
Malinga dismissed South African top-scorer Reeza Hendricks for 65 on Friday, his 97th T20 international wicket. He is one short of the world record of 98 held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.