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New domestic cricket structure promises wealth of income for cricketers – Associated Press of Pakistan

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LAHORE, Sep 01 (APP):Despite a reduction in the number of teams, leading to a lesser number of matches, in the reformed domestic cricket structure, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will inject over Rs one billion this season.

A heavy chunk from it has been allocated for the welfare of players by providing them unprecedented remunerations, based on enhanced retainers, match-fees, allowances, and prize money which can bring a spike by more than PKR2million in a player’s bank statement over the course of the upcoming season.
As per the new model, the six Cricket Associations will provide year-long contracts to 32 players each to provide them stable income.

The 192 contracted players will earn PKR600,000 per annum on the basis of PKR50,000 monthly retainers.

Previously, the regional cricketers at the first-class level were solely reliant on the match-fees.

The PCB, this season, has also bettered their per match remunerations. For the better understanding, a breakdown is provided below.

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Pakistan hosts Sikh convention, urges scholars to raise voice for Kashmir – India Today

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Pakistan on Sunday hosted the first International Sikh Convention at the Governor’s House in Lahore, inviting over 50 Sikh scholars from across the world, and urged the scholars to raise their voice against alleged “India’s human rights violations in Kashmir”.

The convention was aimed at showcasing Pakistan’s “readiness to safeguard the rights of the minorities” and stand by them through thick and thin. However, it fast turned into a platform where Pakistan called on the dignitaries to raise their voices against the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, who was the host of the three-day convention, said, “Kashmir issue could be solved through dialogue if India shows seriousness.”

Sarwar also called on the Sikh community across the world to raise their voice and spread the concerns over what he termed as “India’s human rights violations in Kashmir”, asserting that “no religion preaches injustice to anyone”.
“Islam and Sikhism teach that the oppressed must be protected. We believe in one race and that is the human race,” he said.

Special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Firdour Ashiq Awan also raked up the Kashmir issue during the event and lashed out at PM Narendra Modi.

“It was the need of the hour that Indian premier Narendra Modi shun extremism in Kashmir and within India. The Sikh community should highlight the plight of the minorities in India across the world,” she said.

Firdour Ashiq Awan also said that Pakistan had showed its “positive intent towards peace” by returning Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman whose jet was shot down within the Pakistani territory. He threatened that “Pakistan’s wish for peace should not be taken as weakness”.

“If PM Modi will continue the genocide of the Muslims in Kashmir, Pakistan will no more act as a silent spectator and the consequences will affect the world,” Awan said.

Punjab Governor said that the Kartarpur Corridor would open on its assigned and scheduled time in November. “The Kartarpur Corridor will be opened even if the border situation worsens. PM Imran Khan will perform the opening ceremony,” he said.

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India, Pakistan to hold technical talks on Kartarpur corridor on 4 September – Livemint

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ISLAMABAD :
India and Pakistan will hold another technical meeting to finalise the remaining modalities of Kartarpur corridor in the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border on Wednesday (September 4), sources from Pakistan told ANI.

During the second meeting, which took place on July 14, the two sides agreed to complete the construction of the 4.19 kilometres long four-lane highway connecting the zero point of the Kartarpur corridor to Gurdaspur-Amritsar Highway by September 30, while the Passenger Terminal Complex at Dera Baba Nanak will be completed by October 31, Ministry of Home Affairs had said in a statement.

Built with a budget of 500 crore on a 15 acre land, the Passenger Terminal Complex have all public amenities to enable smooth passage of approximately 5,000 pilgrims per day.

SCL Das, Joint Secretary, Internal Security, in India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, who led the Indian delegation during the second Joint Secretary-level talks with their Pakistani counterparts in Wagah, said, “Both sides have agreed to maintain a channel of communication and work towards finalisation on the agreement of modalities. If required, our delegations could meet in India to formally concluding the agreement.”

“We have been able to narrow down the differences since the first meeting held on March 14, 2019. Our technical teams will meet further to ensure seamless connectivity. Details will be further worked out,” Das added.

The Kartarpur corridor along the India-Pakistan border is three kilometres away from Gurdaspur in Punjab, India. Once opened, this corridor will allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Dev passed away in 1539.

Last month, Pakistani authorities decided to start the process of issuance of visas to Sikh pilgrims from India and around the world to attend the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak in Nankana Sahib, on September 1.

Last week, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the opening of Kartarpur corridor will remain on track irrespective of Pakistan’s ties with India over the Kashmir crisis, rejecting rumours that Pakistan had stalled the work on the corridor after the country’s relations with its neighbour strained in the aftermath of India’s decision to change the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The historic corridor will be inaugurated in November this year, she said.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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WATCH | India, Pakistan engage in war of words over Kashmir in Maldives Parliament – India Today

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Pakistan was once again shamed for its stand on Kashmir on an international forum. A global meet on sustainable development in the Maldives devolved into a fracas after Pakistan’s delegate raised the Kashmir issue in Maldivian Parliament as the Maldivian Speaker failed to restore order in the house.

India promptly rebuked Pakistan for raising India’s internal issue and trying to politicise the forum for other purposes.

The Maldives is currently hosting the 4th South Asian Speakers’ Summit on ‘Achieving the Sustainable Goals’ (SDGs). As part of India’s delegation, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Harivansh Narayan Singh, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha were in Male to attend the meet.

As a discussion was underway on the summit in the Maldivian parliament, Pakistan delegate Qasim Suri chose to raise the issue of Kashmir before the house.

“We cannot ignore the oppression of Kashmiris,” said Qasim Suri as the house descended into protest.

India lodged a strong protest against Pakistan’s move. Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh said, “We strongly object to raising of the internal matter of India in this forum. We also reject the politicisation of the forum by raising issues which are extraneous to the theme of the summit.”

Singh also urged Pakistan to stop its support to terrorism. “There is a need for Pakistan to end cross-border terrorism and all kinds of state support to the same in the interest of regional peace and stability. Terrorism is the biggest threat to the entire humanity in the world today,” he said.

India also emphasised that the summit was meant to discuss sustainable development goals and hence remarks made by the Pakistan delegate should be deleted from the record. “…this forum is only meant to discuss SDGs. This [Pakistan’s comment] should not be a part of the proceedings. I strongly object this part should be deleted,” Harivansh Narayan Singh said.

After India castigated Pakistan, Pakistani Senator Qurat ul Ain Marri rose in protest and launched an angry rant against India. She claimed that the Kashmir issue is directly related to a discussion on sustainable development goals. “SDGs — all of them whether about women, youth or environment — nothing can be achieved without human rights. The atrocities meted out to Kashmir…” she said but was stopped by the Maldivian Speaker Mohamed Nasheed who was presiding over the session.

India again slammed Pakistan and said that a country responsible for committing genocide against its own people [Bangladeshis] has no moral right to raise the issue of Kashmir.

Even as Pakistani senator Marri tried to claim that Pakistan is not a “purveyor of terror” but a “victim”, India reminded Pakistan about Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Eventually, Maldivian Speaker Nasheed had to shout repeatedly to bring the house to order but his appeals went unheard.

Sources told India Today TV that India already knew that Pakistan would raise the Kashmir issue in the Maldives.

“Speaker Nasheed and the Maldivian administration told the Pakistani delegation to stick to the agenda and not raise any political issues. Despite that Pakistan made it political. Speaker Nasheed has assured India that all references to Kashmir would be expunged from the records,” said the source.

(with inputs from Geeta Mohan)

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Nick Webb to be India’s strength and conditioning coach – Gulf News

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India cricket team celebrate their victory against Pakistan during their ICC World Cup campaign. Image Credit: AP

Bengaluru: The Indian selection committee led by M.S.K. Prasad on Sunday chose Nick Webb as the top candidate for the Indian team’s strength and conditioning coach, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.

The selectors met at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru along with fitness expert Ranadeep Moitra to conduct a practical assessment of the five shortlisted candidates for the position.

The BCCI said that Webb had been chosen as top candidate with Luke Woodhouse and Rajnikanth Sivagnanam in the second and third positions, respectively.

A BCCI functionary said that the new contracts would come into effect from September 5 and all the necessary approvals will be received by then.

The Indian team is also expected to return on the same day as the second Test against West Indies concludes on September 3.

“The background check and all is done and just the CoA’s go-ahead is left and once that is finished, the coaches will be handed their contracts. The strength and conditioning coaches are currently undergoing their practical assessment at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). So once that is done, all the signings will be done together by the three-member committee. The contracts come into effect from September 5 so we still have some time to complete the process,” the functionary said.

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Annual Bramble Bank cricket match in middle of Solent – ITV News

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India condemns forced conversion of two Sikh girls in Pakistan – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Condemning the forced conversion of two Sikh girls in Pakistan, India on Sunday asked Imran Khan-led government to take immediate “remedial action” against the growing menace.
“The civil society and the people of India have strongly condemned the recent deplorable incidents of forced abduction, conversion and marriage of two Sikh girls in Pakistan. We have reflected these strong concerns with Pakistan and have asked for immediate remedial action,” ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.

Recently, two incidents of forced conversion surfaced in Pakistan indicating the miserable conditions in which minorities are living in the country.
Jagjit Kaur, 19, who went missing several days ago, was found on Thursday after she was forcibly converted to Islam and made to marry a Muslim man. Daughter of Bhagwan Singh, a ‘granthi’ (priest) of Gurudwara Tambu Sahib, she was converted to Islam at gunpoint.
On Saturday, it was reported that another girl identified as Renuka Kumari was abducted from her college in Sukkur in Sindh province of Pakistan.
The incidents have sparked a furore in India, with several political leaders across parties seeking action against the perpetrators.
Last month, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada raised the issue of suppression of religious freedom by China and Pakistan in the United Nations and slammed the two Asian nations for “persecuting and repressing” their religious minorities.
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Duleep Trophy: Avesh Khan hits maiden fifty, denies India Green lead – Times of India

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BENGALURU: Avesh Khan hogged the limelight with his maiden first class half-century in an incredible rearguard action as India Red and India Green set up the Duleep Trophy title clash against each other after playing out a draw, on Sunday.

The day belonged to Khan, who produced a 56-ball 64 in a last-wicket 73-run stand with Sandeep Warrier (5 off 40 balls) to lead the Red team to 441 all out for a slender one-run lead.

Replying to Green’s total of 440, the Red team had resumed the day’s proceedings at a precarious 404 for nine.

It was a remarkable batting show as the Reds were reduced to 368 for nine at one stage.

Green (0.057) advanced to the final on the basis of a better Net-Run-rate as it was tied on two points with India Blue (0.028) but took second place.

India Red took the top spot with six points.

Khan, who had hit five sixes on Saturday, added two more to his kitty, dashing Indian Green’s hopes of taking lead and three points.

He was finally caught by wicket-keeper Akshay Wadkar to give Ankit Rajpoot his third wicket.

In the second innings, India Red crawled to 98 for 3 in 54 overs before play was called off.

The final will be played from September 4 at the Chinnaswamy stadium here.

Brief Scores:
India Green: 440 all out in 131.3 overs and 98 for 3 in 54 overs (Dhruv Shorey 44 not out)

India Red: 441 all out in 145.3 overs (M Lomror 126, K Nair 90, A Khan 64; D Jadeja 4/135, Ankit Rajpoot 3/71.

Points: India Red: 3, India Green: 1.

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Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Poonch – Times of India

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JAMMU: Pakistani troops on Sunday resorted to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
The ceasefire violation by Pakistan comes a day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat visited the troops on the LoC in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, and reviewed the prevailing situation and operational readiness of the units of White Knight Corps.
“At about 1300 hours, Pakistan initiated ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Poonch sector. The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly,” Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said in a brief statement.
Officials said the firing from across the border was intense and was still continuing when last reports were received.
However, there was no report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing, they said.
Seven people, including five soldiers and a 10-day-old baby, were killed and several others injured in frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in the two districts since July.
The chief of Army staff (COAS), who was on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, on Saturday visited forward areas along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts, and reviewed the mission readiness of units, response mechanism to ceasefire violations, measures adopted to deal with Pakistan proxies, counter infiltration posture and preparation to deal with violent actions on the Line of Control.
During his visit, Gen Rawat interacted with the soldiers deployed on the LoC and commended them for their unwavering dedication to duty, selfless devotion and high standard of professionalism.
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Women’s Super League finals day: Amy Jones bowled by Lauren Bell – BBC Sport

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Loughborough Lightning and England opener Amy Jones is bowled by Southern Vipers’ Lauren Bell in the Women’s Super League semi-final at Hove.

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