KARACHI: Wasim Akram today announced the establishment of Wasim Akram Cricket Academy in DHA Multan.
Addressing a presser at a local hotel here, he said that the state-of-the-art Wasim Akram Cricket Academy will be equipped with all requisite facilities including a multipurpose building, pavilion/seating area, outdoor practice nets (6-8 pitches), administrative facilities including grounds men workshop and other sports facilities like squash courts, swimming pool etc.
“My purpose is to train and nurture the young talent and this academy will be breeding ground for Pakistan’s National team. I intend turning this academy into our national team’s camp before proceeding abroad for matches. We will lay the top of the lines pitches like Perth, Melbourne etc to train them,” said Wasim Akram.
Sharing details of the country’s first Championship Signature 18 holes golf course, he said “Currently Pakistan has been unable to register its presence on International standard golf courses and coaching facilities for talented young golfers. I am very happy after knowing that DHA Multan aims to address both shortcomings.” He expressed the hope that Rumanza Golf Course will be an avenue to flourish the game by nurturing the young talent of the country to be able to compete at international levels.
Wasim Akram apprised that the ground breaking ceremony of Rumanza was held on 22nd November 2018 in DHA Multan where golf course architect Sir Nick Faldo, number of foreign consultants engaged for the golf course and representatives of Desert Group UAE responsible for the construction of the course were present. He said that Rumanza would be managed and operated by Troon Golf, which is managing over 300 golf courses across the globe.
Cricket: England beats Greenshirts by 54 runs!
LEEDS: In the fifth and final ODI England has beaten Pakistan here today by 54 runs to win the series 4-0.
Batting first England managed to heap a score of 351 runs losing only nine wickets. In response, Green Shirts scored 297 runs in 46.5 overs. Five of the Pakistani batsmen were sent back to the pavilion by Chris Woakes.
Relevant: Imad Wasim and Shaheen Shah Afridi led a Pakistan fightback but England still scored 351 for nine at Headingley as Tom Curran again pressed his case for a World Cup place.
England, in their last one-day international before the tournament hosts and favorites name their World Cup squad on Tuesday, were set for a huge score at 191 for two off 25 overs.
But several batsmen got themselves out, including Test skipper Joe Root, who top-scored with 84, and one-day captain Eoin Morgan, who made 76 on his return to the side.
Left-arm spinner Imad finished with fine figures of three for 53 in his maximum 10 overs.
Fast bowler Afridi took wickets at both ends of the innings in a return of four for 82.
But the last over saw Curran hit six and then ramp an outrageous four off successive Hasan Ali deliveries to take England to a competitive total.
Curran finished on 29 not out — the second match in a row where the Surrey paceman had proved his worth as a lower-order batsman following his 31 in a series-clinching win at Trent Bridge on Friday.
England rested Jason Roy following the opener’s century in Nottingham.
But they still scored rapidly after Morgan won the toss.
James Vince hit the first two balls of the innings from Hasan for four.
But Vince, yet again in his England career, got out when well set, falling for 33 when he top-edged a hook off Afridi to deep square leg.
Jonny Bairstow (32) drove Imad straight to long-on to the disappointment of his Yorkshire home crowd.
Morgan, back after missing Friday’s match, following a one-game ban for slow over-rate offenses, hit several sixes — including a huge one onto the roof of the Old Pavilion Standoff Mohammad Hasnain.
But he too perished to a cross-bat shot, a pull off Afridi caught by Abid Ali, running around from midwicket towards square leg.
It was the end of a partnership with Root worth 117 in 18 overs.
Root was also in sight of a century when he holed out off Hasnain, having faced 73 balls including nine fours.
Imad then took two wickets in three balls to reduce England to 272 for six, dangerman Jos Buttler caught at backward point before Moeen Ali was plumb lbw for a duck.
Ben Stokes, who made a match-winning 71 not out in Nottingham, fell for 21 to Hasan.
England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wkt), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain
Pakistan U19 tour of Sri Lanka rescheduled
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday announced a revised schedule of Pakistan U19 cricket team’s tour to Sri Lanka, which will now comprise five 50-over matches against Sri Lanka U19 in Hambantota from 26 May to 5 June.
The tour was originally planned from 6 to 20 May, comprising two four-day matches and three 50-over matches. However, the series was postponed on 27 April by Sri Lanka Cricket following 21 April terror events in Colombo.
PCB Director – International Cricket, Zakir Khan, said here “I am pleased to confirm the Pakistan U19 cricket team’s tour to Sri Lanka is now back on track following 21 April tragic events.
Pakistan have themselves been a victim of terrorism. In the past decade, we have suffered massively, both financially and in terms of growing and developing cricket in our country, following international teams’ refusals to visit Pakistan.”
“When the offer for a revised schedule came on the table, the PCB management team unanimously agreed they will not allow any cricket playing country to go through the same difficulties and challenges as Pakistan. In such difficult times, the cricket family needs to stand together and support their member,” he added.
“The decision to visit Sri Lanka is not only to show solidarity with them but to also practice what we preach,” said Zakir adding “In reaching the decision, we have reviewed and are satisfied with the security plans Sri Lanka Cricket have to put place for the Pakistan U19 cricket team. We have complete faith and confidence that our team will be well looked after in Sri Lanka.”
Cricket 4th One-Day: England beats greenshirts, wins series
TRENTE BRIDGE: English cricketers beat the Greenshirts by 3 wickets here today to win the 5 ODI match series 3-0.
England won toss elected to field
England: Jason Roy, James Vince, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (capt/wkt), Moeen Ali, Joe Denly, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammed Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wkt), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain