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Turkish aid body promotes sport among girls in Pakistan – Anadolu Agency


KARACHI, Pakistan 

Turkey’s state-run aid agency launched Friday a cricket training facility for girls in the southern port city of Karachi, Pakistan. 

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) set up the cricket training nets for girls at the SMB Fatima Jinnah State School in Karachi to promote the sport among girls.

Former captain of Pakistan cricket team Sarfaraz Ahmed, TIKA’s Karachi coordinator Ibrahim Katirci and Shehzad Roy, head of Zindagi Trust, which adopted the said school, inaugurated the training facility.

Addressing the ceremony, Ahmed appreciated the initiative that, he said, would provide better training opportunities for female cricketers.

“The young people of Pakistan have a huge talent. The only thing we require is to explore that,” Ahmed said, appreciating Turkey’s support in this regard.

Katirci, for his part, said that TIKA established the facility for girls to promote cricket which is a national passion in Pakistan.

“This is a gift from Turkish people to the youth of Pakistan,” he added.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Roy said that Zindagi Trust was transforming the lives of thousands of children by providing them with better education opportunities and environment.

“With the help of TIKA and the people of Turkey, we are taking one step forward providing new opportunities for the female cricketers,” he said.

TIKA provided professional cricket kits and gadgets to the entire cricket team.

In order to promote digital literacy among students, the aid agency also donated electronic equipment to the SMB Fatima Jinnah School and the Khatoon-e-Pakistan School in Karachi.

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​Biggest Pakistan LNG import terminal plans 2021 start as demand surges | US & International – JWN


Pakistan’s Energas plans to start the nation’s largest liquefied natural gas import terminal in 2021 to help meet soaring demand once it gets the green light to build the project.

Energas, a consortium of large domestic users, aims to begin construction of the $140 million to $160 million facility next year, Chief Executive Officer Anser Ahmed Khan said in an interview. The project is being supported by Exxon Mobil Corp.

Energas and Exxon first proposed the terminal to Pakistan’s previous government in 2017, at that time aiming to complete it by this year. The venture is one of two that submitted bids in October for regulators’ permission to build terminals and tap demand that is expected to outgrow import capacity.

“There is a lot of demand in Pakistan and it will just grow,” said Khan, who was vice president for LNG at EDF Energy Ltd. in London before taking up his current role in 2017. “The market is price sensitive so we need to play that card right.”

The Energas proposal still faces several hurdles, including obtaining regulatory approval. It also hasn’t signed off-take deals for much of its capacity and hasn’t made a final investment decision. It has received bids for a floating storage and regasification unit that will be connected to Port Qasim terminal in Karachi, and will award the contract by March, Khan said Wednesday.

Tabeer Energy, the Mitsubishi Corp. unit that also applied to build an LNG terminal, couldn’t be reached for comment.

The two ventures are vying to tap into what’s expected to be one of the world’s bright spots for LNG imports, with purchases set to quadruple by 2040 amid stagnating domestic production and robust demand, BloombergNEF forecast last week in a report.

Chronic cycle

Pakistan is trying to chart a way out of a recurring economic boom-and-bust cycle. Many factories used to remain shut for months at a time as there was little gas to spare in winters when domestic heating consumption peaked, a crisis that started to ease after the nation started LNG imports four years ago.

The consortium includes the Yunus Brothers Group conglomerate and Sapphire Group, and the group alone can consume about a quarter of the terminal’s capacity of 1 billion cubic feet of gas a year, Khan said.

It will compete with Tabeer and existing import plants for customers, including textile mills, power plants and compressed natural gas fuel stations, to make the terminal viable, Khan said, adding Energas plans to offer rates 25% lower than existing terminals in order to do so. Exxon has agreed to support securing supply for the terminal.

“When we look at the Pakistani sector, we see demand only going up,” Khan said. “That’s why we feel there is enough slack for us to flow our gas into the system.

© 2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Dileep Vengsarkar: Prithvi Shaw reminds me of Sehwag with his shots – Gulf News


Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw scored a double ton in the Ranji Trophy after eight-month ban. Image Credit: Twitter

Dubai: India’s promising batsman Prithvi Shaw is back with a bang.

Staging a comeback after serving an eight-month suspension for a failed dope test, Shaw displayed his form by scoring the third fastest double century in the history of the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai against Baroda on Wednesday.

Shaw, was only 19 when he consumed cough syrup that contained prohibited substance terbutaline.

Former Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar, immediately after the ban was imposed on Shaw, had termed the eight-month suspension as harsh for a young man who may have not known the difference between a cough syrup and a banned substance.

He had argued that a lighter punishment of three months would have been apt for such a talented batsman.

Shaw who turned 20 last month, announced that he will score heavily again through his first tournament after the ban in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with three half-centuries in five matches before going on to hit his double ton.

Dileep Vengsarkar

Speaking to Gulf News from Mumbai, Vengsarkar said: “Shaw is an outstanding cricketer and there is no question about his abilities. It was a big jolt he had to face because he had a cough syrup which contained a banned substance. Now he is more mature and will be wiser too. He is playing extremely well. The amount of shots he has in repertoire is amazing. He reminds me of (Virender) Sehwag for the number of shots he plays and he can clear the ground at will.”

Before the ban, Shaw had played in two Test matches and scored 134 in his debut against West Indies at Rajkot in October 2018.

After the ban he declared that he could come back stronger as he felt there is no greater pride than playing for India and Mumbai.

Vengsarkar, who had watched the rise of Shaw over the years, added: “He will be a matured player from now on. He was the captain of the Indian team that lifted the under-19 World Cup. Only thing he needs to improve is his fitness and fielding. He needs to look into that department seriously because fielding is very important and he need to work hard on his fitness. Shaw hadn’t wasted his time during the ban. He went to England and trained there too. He was in the game all the time and now he is back with a bang. He is determined now. He has a lot of shots and that he plays them with disdain. I hope he comes back into the Indian squad because he is young, and now more passionate and determined. This is a good sign for him and Indian cricket as well.”

Many former cricketers too feel that if Shaw can rise to his full potential, he will go a long way. As a 14-year-old he had caught the attention of the world by playing a knock of 546 runs for his school Rizvi Springfield in Harris Shield tournament in 2013. He went on to hit centuries on debut in Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy and even became the youngest Indian Test cricket centurion on debut.

If not for the cough syrup he may have become the most talked about youngster in world cricket. Shaw is now keen to make it happen.


Five Australians in top bracket for IPL auction – Gulf News


Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins Image Credit: AFP

Mumbai: Five Australians are among seven overseas cricketers in the highest base price of 20 million rupees (about $279,000) for the Indian Premier League auction next week, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Friday.

Australian fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell and batsman Chris Lynn will be in the top bracket for Thursday’s auction in Kolkata for the 13th edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament.

No Indian players have opted for the highest base price with experienced South African paceman Dale Steyn and Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews rounding out the list.

Robin Uthappa was the only Indian player among the 10 that have opted for the next bracket of 15 million rupees, which also includes England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan.

Auction for the 2020 IPL, which is typically held during the months of April and May, will see a total of 332 cricketers going under the hammer with the eight franchises looking to add players to the ones they have already retained.


Rawalpindi Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka heading for a draw – Gulf News


Pakistan’s Babar Azam takes selfies with the fans during the rain on day 3 of the first Test. Image Credit: PCB

Rawalpindi: Pakistan’s first home Test in a decade was again affected by bad weather on Friday, with rain and an already sodden pitch forcing officials to suspend play on the third day of the contest against Sri Lanka.

After day three’s first session was washed out by wet weather, only 27 minutes of play was possible before the players walked off with just 5.2 overs bowled.

The umpires called off play at 15.35pm local time, after only 91 overs of play in three days.

Sri Lanka progressed to 282-6 from an overnight total of 263-6, with Dhananjaya de Silva on 87 — 13 short of his fourth Test hundred.

Dilruwan Perera was unbeaten on six as stop-start play left the players and some 2,000 fans, mostly schoolkids, frustrated.

On Thursday, rain and poor light kept the teams off the field for all but 83 minutes.

For Pakistan, 16-year-old paceman Naseem Shah (2-83) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-58) were the most successful bowlers.

The conditions have put a dampener on the long-awaited return to Test cricket in Pakistan, following the 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus that left eight people dead and several players and officials wounded.

But despite the poor weather, schoolchildren were thrilled when Pakistan players went to the fence to take selfies with them.

“I am over the moon as I had a selfie with Babar Azam and my wish has come true,” said Amna Ansari, a school student from Islamabad.

Hamad Ali, from Rawalpindi, thanked the Sri Lankan team for touring Pakistan.

“It needed a big heart to come to a country where their team was attacked,” Ali said. “We must thank Sri Lanka and hope more teams will come to our country.”

Gradual improvement in security allowed Pakistan to host limited over series between 2015-19 but foreign teams refused to play five-day games.

The second Test starts in Karachi from December 19.


Australia vs New Zealand first cricket Test: Live scores, day 2 updates, weather | news.com.au — Australia’s #1 news site – NEWS.com.au


What can Travis Head do?

The South Australian was dropped despite being one of Australia’s best batsmen – or at least no worse than anyone else – in the Ashes but in an instant, he is struggling for his place in the Aussie side.

Despite averaging 41, Head seems to be in an odd limbo place in his career where he’ll be the next out if a batting change needs to happen.

Not that he had much of a chance against Pakistan.

In his first real bat he hit 56 but commentators have slammed the no. 6 after a haphazard push to cover that undid all his good work.

“That’s not smart play from Travis Head”, Michael Vaughan said on Fox Cricket. “Travis Head has missed an opportunity to really establish himself in the Test team.

“[Southee] was dangling that carrot, wide of off-stump, full of a length and Travis Head has bitten.

“An opportunity missed for head to really establish himself in the Test team. 56 gets a you a couple more games maybe, but you get that big three figures, it gives you a long run in the team.”

“That’s his whole career”, Mark Waugh added. “You can always get out to a good ball and a good piece of bowling, but when you’re causing your own downfall, that’s the really frustrating thing.”

On Channel 7, former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting also stuck the boot in.

“He’s got to eliminate these mistakes. (New Zealand have) got a very straight field set. They’ve actually set him up for that,” Ponting said on Channel 7.

“They’ve got a straight catching cover, a very straight extra cover – that’s the exact dismissal that they’re looking at. He can stand there and hit that as hard as he likes, he’s not going to get any runs for that actual shot. He’s not going to pierce that field.

“If he takes a bit off that hit and just pushes it squarer out to the deep point guy he gets a single and he gets off strike without taking any risk. He’s just got to think it through that little bit more.”


Australia vs New Zealand cricket day two test LIVE updates: Scores, odds, how to watch – The Sydney Morning Herald


That was a great session of Test cricket. Just a quick recap: we saw two wickets in the first two overs, Josh Hazlewood went off injured within the first five overs, Steve Smith took a brilliant diving catch, Ross Taylor withstood pressure to make a handy half century and Mitchell Starc fired in a big way, taking four wickets and even having a hat-trick ball.

Phew …..

Mitchell Starc to Ross Taylor ….

Ohhh, a good nut. Taylor chops the ball down. In another time that would have gone onto the stumps! 

Pretty dramatic cricket in this final session.

The nightwatchman, Neil Wagner, chops the ball onto his stumps!

FOUR wickets for Starc and he’s now on a hat-trick! It will need to wait until his next over however.

New Zealand 5-97, 29 overs. Wagner b Starc 0 (1b)

Henry Nicholls is GONE after tickling a delivery down the leg side to ‘keeper Paine. A third wicket for Starc …. Gee, that would be a frustrating way for a batsman to give up his wicket.

New Zealand 4-97, 28.5 overs. Nicholls c †Paine b Starc 7 (18b)

What a gritty innings – 50 runs from 70 balls. He came in amid chaos at the start of New Zealand’s innings and has steadied them beautifully.

New Zealand 3-89, 26.2 overs

Reaction time: Steve Smith dives to catch and remove Kane Williamson.

Reaction time: Steve Smith dives to catch and remove Kane Williamson.Credit:AAP

NZ skipper Kane Williamson goes! He was caught beautifully at second slip by Smith. One-handed! Diving to his right!

Williamson is OUT after making 34. What a timely wicket for Australia, just as that pairing was looking especially dangerous. And a second wicket for Mitchell Starc.

New Zealand 3-77, 22.4 overs. Williamson c Smith b Starc 34 (70b)

It was close, but Ross Taylor made his mark safely much earlier in his innings.

It was close, but Ross Taylor made his mark safely much earlier in his innings.Credit:AAP

A terrific recovery from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor after the early carnage where the openers were gone within the first two overs. Taylor’s scoring quickly, too, and is set to push well beyond the half century mark by stumps. That’s just under an hour away with 13 overs still to be bowled.


Jasprit Bumrah to test back against Kohli, Rohit in Vizag – Gulf News


Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah Image Credit: AFP

New Delhi: Team India is set to have a special guest at the nets when they head to Visakhapatnam for the second ODI of the series against West Indies. In what will undoubtedly be sweet music for the ears of cricket fans across the country, pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah will be at the nets to train with the Men in Blue as the team management checks his recovery after undergoing rehabilitation for the stress fracture he suffered on his back.

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that Bumrah will bowl to the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and test his back as the training team led by Nitin Patel believe that he has recovered from the injury.

“Bumrah will be joining the team at the nets in Vizag and his back will be tested as he goes full throttle against the world’s best batsmen like Kohli and Rohit. You can’t really have a better test than having a go against the best in business. As you are aware, the team management has been very particular about injury management and that is why this process has been put in place. It will be an interesting battle at the nets for sure,” the source said.

Team India will be hosting both Sri Lanka and Australia in January before heading to New Zealand for a full-fledged tour which consists of two Tests, three-ODIs and five T20I and that is where Ravi Shastri and team want Bumrah to be 100 per cent.

Bumrah’s importance in the Indian set-up is well known and sources in the know of developments had earlier said that even the Indian team management didn’t wish to take any chance with his recovery post the stress fracture on his back and that is why he was sent to the UK for consultation.

“You can’t take a chance with one of your best bowlers even though his body was on auto-heal mode. So, he was sent to the UK for consultation. We have an important tour of New Zealand coming up in the new year and he will be an integral part of the planning there. So, the team management was very clear that they are happy to wait and have him back at his best in time for the New Zealand tour,” the source had told IANS.

It is believed that Bumrah could be brought back into the team for the ODI series against Australia as the management might not want to rush him for the Sri Lanka series in the first week of January. India play Australia in the first ODI on January 14 in Mumbai.


Cricket: Pakistan’s weather-hit test against Sri Lanka heads for draw – CNA


LAHORE: Pakistan’s first test match at home in over a decade is heading for a tame draw after rain and bad light wiped out almost the entire third day’s play against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi on Friday (Dec 13).

The weather-hit opening test also had play curtailed on the first two days and not even one innings has been completed since Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat.

Only 5.2 overs of play was possible on Friday and Sri Lanka added 19 runs to their overnight score to reach 282 for six.

Dhananjaya de Silva resumed the day unbeaten on 72 and had added only 15 to his tally before the umpires decided the light was not sufficient for play to continue. Dilruwan Perera was not out on six at the other end.

The two-match series marks Pakistan’s first tests on home soil since a militant attack in 2009 on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore.


Islamabad High Court gets first woman judge | Pakistan – Gulf News


ISLAMABAD: First woman judge of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Lubna Saleem Pervaiz was sworn in here on Friday.

The oath was administered by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah. Pervaiz took an oath of office alongside two other judges _ Fiaz Anjum Jadran and Ghulam Azam Qambrani.

Pervaiz was earlier working as deputy attorney general at the Sindh High Court (SHC).

Pakistan President Dr Arif Alvi had appointed these three additional judges for a period of one year, according to a notification from the Ministry of Law and Justice.

The three were earlier nominated by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) and later a parliamentary panel interviewed them and then approved their names.

Under Article 175-A of the Constitution, the initial appointment of an additional judge in the high court is made for one year.

After this term expires, the JCP may consider them for a permanent position, and the Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment will then consider the Commission’s recommendations.

On November 21, the JCP recommended Lubna Pervaiz, Jandran and Qambrani as additional judges and the nominations were unanimously confirmed by the parliamentary committee on December 4. With these appointments now the total number of judges at the IHC has risen to seven.

According to the Islamabad High Court Act 2010, the total strength of its judges is seven. Before these appointments, only four judges were working in the IHC where more than 18,000 cases are pending.

Besides the Chief Justice Minallah, the other three judges are Justice Aamir Farooq, who is the senior puisne judge of the IHC, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb.

The Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Judges also conducted interviews of candidates for judicial posts in high courts.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) boycotted the oath-taking ceremony in protest against suspension of the licence of the Secretary of the Bar by Justice Minallah.

On Thursday, Bar Secretary Umari Baloch had tried to forcibly suspend the proceeding of the court when Justice Minallah was hearing a case.

He incited the lawyers not to appear before the court in solidarity with the lawyers community of Lahore. He had also exchanged harsh words with the court when Justice Minallah forbade him to do so.

As a result the court issued him a show-cause notice suspending his licence till the next date of hearing on December 19. The IHBA has announced to boycott Justice Minallah’s court till he withdraws his order.


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