Plain sailing for top seeds in Punjab Tennis C’ship

Plain sailing for top seeds in Punjab Tennis C’ship

LAHORE: All the seeded players of the country advanced to the next round of the Servis Punjab Tennis Championship here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah Courts on Friday. National singles and junior champion Samir Iftikhar, junior Davis Cupper Faizan Khurrum and Pakistan’s non-playing captain Rashid Malik won their matches.
Samir and Faizan clinched their under-18 and men’s games while Malik won in the open category. All the seeded players have now reached the pre-quarterfinals stage of the

Chivalric Shamyl gives Qublai a run for his money

LAHORE: Shah Shamyl Alam won duel with brother Shah Qublai Alam as he led Silk Bank to the final of PSS Asia Cup here at the Lahore Polo Club on Friday.
Silk Bank with their 7-6 win over PSS International qualified for Sunday’s against Monnoo Polo.
Qublai provided lead to PSS International in the opening chukker with Hamza Mawaz Khan doubling it by the close of the first quarter.
Shamyl easily converted a 60 yarder but Hamza and Adnan Jilal Khan consolidated the PSS

Ali Naqvi steadies KRL in Quaid Trophy

LAHORE: Khan Research Laborites made steady progress on the opening day of the eighth round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division-II match against Lahore Ravi here at the LCCA Ground on Friday.
Ali Naqvi and Ali Khan stabilized the innings after early jolts from Shabbir Ahmed who took three wickets while Asif Ashfaq also troubled KRL batsmen. He took two wickets. Ali Anqvi held the innings together from the top by scoring 59 runs and later Ali Khan from down the order added 78

Punjab sports officials meet today

LAHORE: The Director General Sports Punjab is holding a meeting today to discuss preparations of the Punjab teams participating in the forthcoming National Games, to be held at Peshawar.
According to an official of the Punjab sports department, the meeting has been scheduled on December 11 with Sports Board Punjab Director General in the chair at National Hockey Stadium. The main issue to be discussed would be the camps of 21 different disciplines for males and seven different

Sialkot victorious in Women’s U-19 T20 Cricket

LAHORE: Sialkot on Friday stunned Faisalabad by 44 runs on the eighth day of the National Women’s Under-19 T20 Cricket Championship 2010-11, being played at the Lahore Country Club, Muridke. Batting first, Sialkot managed 110 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs. Iqra Rehmat and Nida Naseem shone with bat for Sialkot.
Faisalabad’s Marriam Shafiq and Sherish Arif took three and two wickets, respectively. Later, Sialkot restricted Faisalabad to just 66 runs and sent eight of their

Fourth Bangladesh-Zimbabwe ODI washed out

CHITTAGONG: The fourth one-day international between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a wet outfield on Friday. The hosts lead the five-match series 2-1. The final one-dayer will be played in Chittagong on Sunday.
Heavy overnight rains ensured the fourth one-dayer, the first of two in Chittagong, was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Though the rains stayed away on Friday morning, a slushy outfield at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

Amir set for Las Vegas debut with Maidana bout

LAS VEGAS: Britain’s Amir Khan plans to wake up American boxing fans to his skills on his Las Vegas debut on Saturday by turning out the lights on Marcos Maidana’s title dreams.
Khan will defend his World Boxing Association super-lightweight title against the Argentine mandatory challenger in what is expected to be the first step toward unifying titles in the division.
Khan, 23-1 with 17 knockouts, will face Maidana, 29-1 with 27 knockouts, for the right to tackle the winner

Clijsters and Henin keen for London doubles

ANTWERP: The event is scheduled to take place at Wimbledon and both Belgian stars appear keen to participate after coming out of retirement to continue their careers.
Clijsters took time out to have a baby, before returning to claim the US Open title, which she then defended at Flushing Meadows earlier this year. Henin also gave up the sport only to return 18 months later but her comeback was put on hold when she picked up an elbow injury during the Wimbledon fortnight this

Andy Roddick returns to US Davis Cup squad

NEW YORK: Former world number one Andy Roddick will play for the US Davis Cup squad in 2011 after skipping the event this year, the US Tennis Association announced on Thursday.
Roddick will join new coach Jim Courier when the Americans visit Chile for a first-round tie on the red clay of Santiago on March 4-6. “I’m very excited to be back,” Roddick said. “Davis Cup is something you should commit to for the entire season and not when it’s convenient. Trying to win the Davis Cup

Haider’s future with Lashings in doubt

LAHORE: Legal issues are delaying runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider’s chances of playing for
Club owner David Folb met Zulqarnain for the first time on return from Dubai and said that the legal hitch had put a possible move for the Pakistan wicketkeeper to Lashings on hold.
According to reports, Folb met Zulqarnain after returning from Abu Dhabi, where he was finalising details of the Kent club’s 2011 tour.
Although the Lashings chairman says the

Pakistan need Aamer, Asif for World Cup, says Imran

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s chances at the cricket World Cup will depend on the verdict reached against bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer in the match-fixing inquiry, former captain Imran Khan said on Thursday.
“We must wait for the verdict on Aamer and Asif,” Pakistan’s World Cup-winning skipper responded when asked by reporters how his nation will fare in the showpiece event next year.
“They are the best opening bowling pair in the world. We need to know about their

Zulqarnain’s fate to be decided today

LAHORE: Pakistan’s runaway wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider will find out today if the authorities in the United Kingdom are willing to grant him asylum or not.
The Pakistani player, who deserted the national team midway through the series in Dubai last month, was summoned for a hearing with the home department in London on Friday regarding his application for asylum in the UK. “Zulqarnain will know his fate on Friday in all probability,” a report quoting a source said.

Pakistan can’t afford any more controversies: Miandad

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad said Thursday he wanted no controversy during the New Zealand tour and that was why he decided to limit his role as batting consultant.
Talking to journalists here on the sidelines of the national team training camp, Miandad said that the sole responsibility of the team lies with the chief coach and he did not want to disrupt one coaching mind. After spending two days with the team as batting consultant, he said that the national

PCB’s new COO wants int’l cricket back in Pakistan

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Thursday its long serving official Subhan Ahmed as new Chief Operating Officer.
The PCB stated that governing board has approved the appointment of Subhan Ahmed.
Earlier, Wasim Bari was holding this post. The post was lying vacant following the end Bari’s term who quit after the enforcement employment code that disallows over 60 years of age official on regular job. Subhan Ahmed has been serving the board as Senior General Manager

Confused Kamran seeks reasons for selection snub

LAHORE: Pakistan’s discarded wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal is seeking explanation from PCB about the reasons of his omission from the selection amid news that the International Cricket Council has reused to clear him and two other players for the World Cup, it was learnt on Thursday. After being axed, Kamran said that he would be meeting PCB officials to seek a clarification as to why he was dropped from the team despite performing well in domestic cricket.
But the ICC did not give

Lahore, Multan advance in Women’s T20 Cricket

LAHORE: Faisalabad, Lahore, Multan and Peshawar won their National Women Under-19 T20 Cricket Championship matches on Thursday at the Lahore Country Club, Muridke.
Faisalabad beat Abbottabad by 25 runs, Lahore won by 168 runs against Hyderabad, Multan humbled Quetta by 10 wickets and Peshawar defeated Karachi by 23 runs.
Summarized scores: Faisalabad 124/4 in 20 overs (Reema Saba 51, Zainab Riaz 27, Sonia Shabbir 2/26, Fakhira Nayab 2/36).
Abbottabad 99/7 in 20 overs

Pietersen caught by Aussie speed trap

SYDNEY: England batsman Kevin Pietersen was fined Thursday after being caught speeding in a bright yellow Lamborghini sports car in southern Australia during a break between Tests in the Ashes series.
Fresh from England’s crushing victory over Australia in the second Test, Pietersen was returning from the picturesque Great Ocean Road when he was caught doing 121 kilometres (75 miles) per hour in a 100kph zone, reports said.
Police said a 30-year-old man driving a yellow