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Cricket champions India handed fake trophy ?

Cricket champions India handed fake trophy ?

LAHORE – India was seized by a growing controversy as it was revealed that there was more than one trophy and that India was presented with a different one from that given to previous Cricket World Cup winners, according to a report in The Telegraph newspaper.
The report said while the final was being played, that original trophy was locked in a Customs warehouse in Mumbai as £30,000 of duty had not been paid by the ICC for its release. Cricketing officials said the Indian team

EU Kashmir Council dubs cricket diplomacy ‘insufficient’

ISLAMABAD – Kashmir Council EU Chairman Ali Raza Syed on Monday said that cricket diplomacy was not enough to improve the relations between Pakistan and India and Kashmir issue would have to be resolved on priority basis according to the will of Kashmiris.
Addressing a news conference here at National Press Club (NPC), Ali Raza said that failure of numerous agreements between India and Pakistan including Tashkant and Shimla, revealed that conflicts between both the countries

Cricket unites sub-continent

NEW DELHI – The fireworks that exploded after India’s scintillating World Cup triumph over Sri Lanka in the final were not the only ones that eventually added sparkle to cricket’s showpiece event. Some thrilling contests, the enthusiasm of the home fans and big money for sponsors and advertisers — everything added up to make the exhausting, six-week odyssey a success in the eyes of the organisers.
Sri Lanka deserved huge credit, making it to the title clash until falling at the

LHC moved for stopping Shahbaz’s reception for cricket team

LAHORE – A petition was filed in the Lahore High Court on Saturday seeking to restrain Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif from giving a reception in honour of the national cricket team.
Iftikhar Hussain Rajput filed the petition submitting that the CM should be stopped from hosting the reception, which will cost Rs 3 million to the provincial exchequer. He said that if Shahbaz wants to give prizes to the cricketers, he should do it from his own pocket.
The petitioner,

US hails ‘cricket diplomacy’

WASHINGTON – The United States on Thursday praised the “cricket diplomacy” between India and Pakistan after their leaders met for a game, saying that better ties between the rivals were in the world’s interest. “The expansion of dialogue between India and Pakistan is a welcome and encouraging development for both countries, for the region and for the world,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. But while the US voiced support for the dialogue, it said that future

Mohali cricket diplomacy challenged in LHC

LAHORE – Terming the Mohali World Cup semi final between India and Pakistan as fixed in favour of India, a petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday requesting the court to hold an inquiry by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as to whether the ‘cricket diplomacy’ was a conspiracy prepared by bookmakers to cover their crime.
The petition was filed by Irfan Mukhtar, through his counsel Azhar Siddique, requesting

Investors’ disinterest persists despite end of cricket fever

KARACHI – The KSE-100 index, on Thursday, closed at 11,809.54 points marked by a gain of 0.93 points, while total volume and total value stood at 55,378,100 and 3,594,159,574 respectively. The KSE-30 index accumulated 18.63 points to close at 11561.50 levels, while All Share index closed at 8,276.78 levels after losing 0.17 points. End of the cricket fever failed to instill investor’s interest. The index return in the concluded first quarter of the CY11 remained below par, at -1.77

PM to invite the Pakistan Cricket team on their return

ISLAMABAD – The Spokesman of Prime Minister’s House has said that Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will invite the members of Pakistan’s cricket team, on their return to Pakistan, to commend them on their performance in the Cricket World Cup for reaching the semi-final and encourage them for even better results, in the future.
The spokesman added that semi final match in Mohali, provided a very useful opportunity to the leadership of Pakistan and India to get together and

Tribesmen in cricket frenzy

MIRANSHAH – Tribesmen were cleaning their guns and collecting explosives for gunfire Wednesday fir cricket World Cup semi-final. The North Waziristan region near the Afghan border, which is infested by Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants and is target of repeated US drone attacks, ground to a halt like cities and towns across the country.
Awash with light and heavy weapons, the tribal belt — described by Washington as the most dangerous place in the world — is cricket-crazy

Catwalk gives way to cricket at Pakistan Fashion Week

LAHORE – Cricket or fashion? It’s no contest in Lahore – cricket has bowled all the model-maidens over. The second day of Pakistan Sunsilk Fashion Week was cancelled because of the Cricket World Cup semi-finals match between Pakistan and India.
The crucial game, nicknamed ‘clash of the titans’ struck a body-blow to the city’s premier fashion event. On the same day, six of Pakistan’s leading designers were due to present their luxury ready-to-wear collections on the Lahore

Cricket diplomacy – Gilani, Singh show ‘can do’ spirit

MOHALI – The only positive fallout of the Cricket World Cup semi-final between Pakistan and India in Mohali on Wednesday was Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh’s pledge to rebuild ties shattered after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The two prime ministers watched the match together from the stands. Before the game, they stood side by side for the national anthems before heading on to the pitch at the stadium to shake hands with players from

Mobilink rewards cricket enthusiasts

LAHORE – As the nation is gripped in cricket frenzy, Mobilink rewarded 30 cricket enthusiasts with a round trip to Sri Lanka. The winners are from across Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Sahiwal, Sehwan, Swabi, Okara, Nowshera, Multan, Gujranwala, Peshawar, Charsadda and Jhelum. They will fly to Colombo with all the expenses paid for the trip.
Of the 30 winners, 25 won the competition under the Jazz umbrella through the SMS Cricket Quiz competition while the

Lahore in cricket frenzy

LAHORE – The excitement and euphoria for the mother of all the cricket battles has touched its peak, with every single person, young or old, waiting for the momentous clash.
Billions have been put on stake, and one of Pakistan’s senior federal ministers has warned the Pakistan team against any match fixing, just days before the clash. Although the minister apologized to Afridi, the comments certainly added to the pressure on the team.
One wonders how a team – which nowhere

‘Cricket diplomacy’ can’t resolve Indo-Pak disputes:Musharraf

ISLAMABAD – Former president Pervez Musharraf has warned against any undue optimism over Pakistan-India cricket diplomacy, but nonetheless praised Gilani-Manmohan meeting over the Mohali match.
Talking to an Indian TV channel, he said cricket diplomacy did not mean that all issues could or would automatically be resolved. “However, things can take turn for better,” he said. He declared Manmohan Singh’s invitation a step in the right direction.
The former president declared

Praying hard – Cricket has no religion

LAHORE – Local Christian community resort to religion as the excitement of the mighty semi-final reaches its climax at Mohali today. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Shareef offered special Nafl for the team and praying for victory, the Christian community tends to stand side by side praying for the same cause.
Cricket is in the air, everyone is trying to support their home team in their own little way. While the Muslims community are offering special prays after Jumma, the

On the chef’s menu: cricket!

LAHORE – Lahore is all set to give a deserted look today (Wednesday), as the entire nation will be glued to their TVs for witnessing the World Cup semifinal between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. Cricket mania has reached its peak, as citizens have finalised their plans to witness the clash of the titans.
Half-day holidays have been announced in various private-sector offices of the city. Along with the battle on the ground of Mohali, media hype could also be witnessed on both