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GGC Takhtbhai off to flying start in AWKU Girls Cricket P E S H AWA R —Government Girls Degree 6 runs and were remained not out. Thus College Takhtbhai off to flying start on the opening day after defeating Abdul Wali Khan University team by 37 runs in the Abdul Wali khan University InterCollege Girls Cricket Championship, which got under way at Girls College Mardan ground on Tuesday. Principal of the Girls College Mardan Professor Haleema Begum was the chief guest on this occasion. Director Sports (Female) of the Abdul Wali Khan University Miss Rozeena Shaheen, organizing Secretary Miss Gul Nar, players, officials and large number of college students were also present. Takhbhai Girls College skipper Shaista won the toss and elected to bat first. The two openers Shabana and Sidra added 124 runs opening wicket partnership with Sidra smashed four sixes and seven boundaries in her 80 runs knock while Shabana made 44 runs including five boundaries and one six. Kainat made 16 runs and Rubi scored

Takhbhai Girls College set up 167 runs for the loss of six wickets after playing the allotted 20 overs. For Abdul Wali Khan University team Shazia and Samina grabbed two wickets each while Komal and Gulshan got one wicket each. In reply to a good fighting scoring, Abdul Wali Khan bowled out for 130 runs with Rukhsar made 45 runs including four boundaries and two sixes, Samina scored 37 runs with three boundaries, Zainab scored 17 runs including three boundaries. For Takhbhai Girls College Nida took three wickets, Haseeba, Tayyaba got two wickets each while Fatima and Rubina got one wicket each. Thus Takhbhai Girls College won the match by 37 runs and moved to the next round. Teams comprising University College for Women Mardan, Girls College Katland, Girls College Rustam, Abdul Wali Khan University, Girls College Mardan are taking part in the Championship.—APP

Divisional level sports competitions begin SPORTS REPORTER R AWA L P I N D I —Chairman

RAWALPINDI: A view of cricket match between Sialkot Stallions and Karachi Dolphins team during Faysal Bank T-20 Cup played at Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Sethi’s appointment challenged

IHC moved against ‘musical chair’ in PCB ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—A petition was filed in the Islamabad High Court Tuesday seeking suspension of the Feb 10 notification by the federal government that sacked Zaka Ashraf Chaudhry from the office of Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and appointed Najam Aziz Sethi as new chairman. Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif who is also Patron-in-Chief of the PCB on Monday had approved an amendment in the PCB constitution that delegated him powers to dissolve the governing board, make a new management committee and sack the chief of the PCB. Najam Sethi was appointed PCB Chairman by that very 8-member management committee and the IPC Min-

istry issued notification following the committee’s decision. The petition is filed by Ahmed Nwaz a candidate for the Secretary, regional cricket board through his lawyer Abdul Razaq Rajab. Making Prime Minister (Patron-inChief of the PCB), Ministry of InterProvincial Coordination (IPC) through Secretary IPC, Najam Sethi as respondents in his petition the petitioner has challenged dissolution of the governing board and appointment of the Management Committee for running the PCB affairs. These acts are against the PCB constitution and Feb 10 notification by the IPC Ministry was issued only to appoint Najam Sethi as Chairman of the Board, says the petition. The petitioner alleged that due to

this musical chair no one is suffering but the game of cricket. Cricket is a means of international diplomacy and has become Pakistan’s identity across the oceans. If we keep changing chairman of the PCB every other day and on the whims of the rulers, it will send wrong message to the world. The petitioner has prayed the court to declare the act of the management committee for appointing Najam Sethi as Chairman PCB illegal, unlawful and set aside. He also requested that during the pendency of the writ petition the operation of the above said impugned notification for the suppression of the Pakistan Cricket Board be stayed and the respondents be restrained from functioning with regard to the affairs of PCB.

PCB drama must now end SALAHUDDIN HAIDER


NOUGH is enough already .The PCB drama must now end. Paki stan Cricket Board has been turned into a laughing stock. Quite apart from whether Nawaz Sharif ’s decision to take over the Board’s patron in chief power from the President to himself, and then unilaterally making amendment in it, the situation now demands skilful handling. A musical chair game has been on for past many months. I hold no brief for Zaka Ashraf or even for Najam Sethi. But I have no sympathy for Zaka Ashraf. His appointment was more on friendlier and political ground by exPresident Asif Zardari. But Nawaz Sharif too cannot escape the blame for needlessly interfering with a game, of which he has little knowledge. Playing club cricket or at Aitchison College ground and hitting sixes on lolly pop deliveries, is not cricket. He just played one first class game, and then got pair against Australia when he forced himself into a side match during the Aussies tour to Pakistan. During his earlier stint too, he had appointed Mujib ur Rehman, younger brother of Saifur Rehman as the cricket board chief. A post which needed sincere government patronage, has been used more as a political football by successive government. Only one name stands out among its administrators—of late Air Marshal Nur Khan—who had elevated Pakistan cricket, hockey and squash to pristine glory during the time he was head of the cricket board, the Hockey Federation, and the Squash federation. Pakistan hockey was at its height of glory, having all the major titles of Olympics, world cups, asia cups, junior world cups, and champions trophy. After he was removed by General Zia on grounds of personal enmity, Nur Khan’s successors never really knew what to do. They were all

clueless, unknown commodities to ICC, IHF or the international squash federation. It was Arif Abbasi in cricket, late Brig Atif in Hockey, and Jahangir Khan in Squash, who enjoyed status and reputation internationally, and were duly heard at different fora. Now that Najam Sethi has come with a new adhoc committee, he has to handle onerous tasks. It is a powerful adhoc committee, comprising a former PCB chief, Zaheer Abbas, Iqbal Qasim, Punjab chief secretary, WAPDA chairman, and secretary to inter-provincial coordination ministry. Now that they have been placed, they will have to perform. The biggest challenge before Sethi, whose role in last year’s general elections as interim chief minister, Punjab, has always been under discussion, is to deal with the ICC scoundrels, assuming mafia form forcibly—India, Australia, and England— have introduced gangsterism in international cricket. India because of its being the richest board in cricket world, has now begun to dictate terms to Australia and England also. But nature has its own principles. Indian might was demolished by the on-going series by the Kiwis, who blasted them 4-0 in one dayers, and then defeated them in Test Cricket also. Such defeats should bring India down to its level. But its nature to establish hegemony over others, is something that needs to be checked by other nations. Pakistan, I agree with Sethi, stands isolated in cricket world, but South Africans played dirty. Four white teams—England, Australia, Newzealand, and South Africa, sided with India, overwhelmed by their designs to be world leaders, with declining standards in the game. However Pakistan, alongwith Sri Lanka, still have time till June this year to mend fences. There is hardly any options left for Sethi but to compromise with the ICC dictatorial policy

which soon would lead to veto powers for the big-3. Sethi had done a yeomen service by pleading the case for ban to be lifted from young Mohammada Aamir, who at the age of 17, had shaken the confidence of the mightiest of batsmen of the world. He was a great bowler, a tremendous cutter and swinger of the ball. He was banned only on racial grounds, and because Ejaz Butt as the PCB chief, was a meek person. Charges leveled against Shane Warne, and Suresh Raina, were hushed up because they were members of the powerful cricket boards. Ejaz Butt did not fight the case of Aamer, who could still be one of the greatest assets for the game. ICC must review its policies towards him, and lift the ban so that the youngster could outclass Micheal Holding, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Kapil Dev, Waqar Yunus, Denis Lillee,Fred Truman,Glenn Mcgrath, Alan Donald, Richard Hadlee. With his control on line and length, and swinging effect, Aamer could have outclassed them all. Unfortunately two precious years of his career has been lost. Still at 19 or 20, he could be a class of his own. Bad luck for him that he belonged to Pakistan, had he been in Indian, Australia ro England, he would have been worshipped. Hopefully, Sethi will pursue his case. He has the intelligence, and the convincing power to plead a case even before the mightiest of ICC members. Secondly, he should now join the ICC mafia, now that nothing is left for us to argue about. Thirdly, he should find on merit coaches, selection committee, and captain to win the Asia Cup and the coming T-20 world championship. No point in arguing now as to whether his nomination to the top slot merited selection. The focus should now be delivering the goods. Sethi has enormous task to perform. So let us give him a chance to do as much good to Pakistan cricket as could be possible.

Nawab wins Inter-Club Junior Snooker title P ESHAWAR —Nawab Khan clinched the trophy after defeating Haris Khan in the final of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Club Junior Snooker Championship played at Green Snooker Club on Tuesday. President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Billiard and Snooker Association Zulfiqar Butt was the chief guest on this occasion. Vice President Alluddin Khan, large number of players and spectators were also present. In the final Nawab Khan defeated Haris Khan by 3-1 frames. Haris Khan jolted Nawab Khan by 43-50, 6048, 70-37, and 45-30. The match provided great thrill for the sitting spectators. In his brief chat, Zulfiqar Butt lauded the efforts of the Vice President Alluddin Khan and Secretary Aamir Sabir for holding the event. He said the aim and objective of holding the event is to provide competitive exposures to the junior players who are going to represent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the forthcoming National Junior Snooker Championship to be played at Karachi from February 15-22. The players comprising Muhammad Rafique, Muhammad Azam, Asher Siddique, Aamir Goga, Kashif Khan, Junaid and Tasawar while Fawad will be the team manager.—APP

Standing Committee and Divisional convener sports council Malik Ibrar MNA has said that Government is specially focusing on the uplift of Youth of the country and is trying to provide all possible opportunity relating to their construction of personality and building of health

compete in every field. He expressed these views while inaugurating divisional level sports competitions which commenced on Tuesday with the opening of Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis, over arm Wrestling matches. Divisional sports officer Manzar Shah, DSO Waheed Baber, other organizers teams and players from all the districts of Rawalpindi Division in-

Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has taken tremendous steps for the welfare of the young lot. He said that youth of the country is our asset and the government wants to utilized their capabilities in the positive direction. He added that sports competitions have helped in improving healthy atmosphere in the province. And those winning in these inter district competitions

RAWALPINDI: Chairman Standing Committee and Divisional convener sports council Malik Ibrar MNA with players during the inauguration of divisional level sports competitions. and character. He added that Punjab youth sports festival is also among one the opportunities which provided youth opportunities of participating in sports competitions from village, Mohalla level to union council, Tehsil and District level competitions. He said that now the competitions have reach the level of inter district competitions which reflected that our young male and female players have potentials and talent and can

cluding Attock, Jhelum, Chakwal and Rawalpindi and fans of sports were present on this occasion. Malik Ibrar MNA said that he was always impressed with the game and not with the score and he considered winning and losing as a part of game and the sportsman spirit is actually counted for. He said that the enthusiasm, passion and vigor with which the youth of the area participated in the games proved that chief minister

would represent in competitions to be held in inter divisional competitions at provincial level. Divisional sports officer Manzar Shah and DSO Waheed Baber on this occasion disclosed that teams of Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis and Arm wrestling from Attock , Chakwal, Jhelum and Rawalpindi will participate in competitions and winners would qualify for inter divisional competitions.

MULTAN: Players in action in tug-of-war during Inter-District competitions at Govt Girls High School.