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Saturday, December 24, 2011

2nd Annual Pakistan blog award 2011 was seemed to be controvertial


Karachi- Routers, 2nd Annual Pakistan blog award was controversial from many ways.We would not touch irrelevant things from us.Out blog "Sports news" or "Pakihugama" was nominated for "BEST SPORTS BLOG" category.We missed the opportunity for urging followers & friends to vote for our blog.We got knew that we 've nominated in the "BEST SPORTS BLOG" category when voting was over.They even banned us from their page "Pakistan blog award" due to our comment "why our blog is not nominated, we appeal chief justice to took sue moto action on it" , the admin of the page banned us just for our funny comment on the page.
As we were not hoping for winning award but when we saw our competitors, we got hope because other nominations are mostly websites.And the winner blog "Sports Pulse" & runner up "Khelo Pakistan" both are websites.So we didn't know yet how a website won "BEST BLOG AWARD"?.As we didn't know yet who was in the jury and how he or she selected winners from the Sports category.If the judges were from sports world like Yahya hussaini, Abdul Majid Bhatti, Waheed Khan, Sikander Bakht,Zaheer Abbas or even any sports personality who writes blog and knows the meaning of blog selected "BEST SPORTS BLOG" than it could be fair enough and we can digest it but the things are all invert.We and our other competitor "BLOGS" which are actually a blog didn't got award and some websites got BEST BLOG AWARD.

Now we came to some criticism which other blogger from outside Karachi are commenting on Annual blog award 2011.They claimed that the award was "PRO KARACHI" award.We want to say something on it that we are also from Karachi & the runner up are from Lahore (the Khelo Pakistan).So if it was done because of preventing from Pro-Karachi tag than it was a bad deal.Karachi is a mini Pakistan so you can find people from every thought of life.This is because they compete with all Pakistan outside from Karachi.So if a blog from Karachi won or outside Karachi, it should be a blog rather than a WEBSITE.

Our blog breaks many news which TV news channels break after our blog breaks it.But the websites who won have plagiarism on their contents.They even do not updated the news for a long time.

Our whole protest is not for winning BEST SPORTS BLOG as our blog.We appreciate if they selected any so called "BLOG" as best blog.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tennis Column: A Holiday Wish List for Santa

 
Chris Howard
Courier Columnist
 
 BIO
 Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 35 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 928-642-6775 or choward4541@q.com.

Christmas is only two days away and Santa hasn't received this special list of wants and needs from some of his local tennis players.

The Courier has been nice enough to run this column knowing that Mr. Claus has his own comp subscription to "Everyone's Hometown" paper - encouraging his elves to work overtime adding a few gifts to his bag before heading out on the 25th.

As the top board member of the Prescott Area Tennis Association, president Lisa Cook would like to see each person in the area find the time to pick up a racquet this year and play some tennis. From 4-year-olds to 84 year-olds, this game is one for a life-time. If you haven't tried it yet, it's time.

If Santa could find it in his heart to make sure all the courts are in good playing condition, nets at the right height, with racquets and balls ready to use, all able-bodied people in the Tri-city area will have no excuses not to see what they've been missing.

Mentioning playing, all the tennis professionals who teach the game day in and out would like to request on their list that each public and private tennis facility take the time and effort to use their talents in creating programs for their current and futuristic patrons.

Why even have a court or set of courts if there's no one to care for, teach and promote the game, put programs in place that enhance the cost and effort of those courts being built and to help with the enjoyment, exercise, enthusiasm, skill development, and social aspect of what the game of tennis really has to offer?

George Reynolds and his merry band of volunteers have been pretty good again this year managing the court safety, filling cracks and resurfacing those repaired areas with paint and lines, but soon it'll take more than that at the Yavapai College courts known as Roughrider.

One of the big items on the Christmas list would be to make sure that after 40 years of use, the capital improvement line item for replacing this facility stays put. If the replacement is done right, with post-tensioned concrete, the maintenance for the next 75 years or so would be almost non-existent except to repaint the surface every 6 or 7 years.

If anyone wants to see what happens when nothing is done to a tennis facility that at one time cost about $300,000 dollars to construct, go by the courts at Granite Mountain Middle School. It's like a one-time expensive present that now needs hauled to the dump, very sad indeed.

The elementary schools through the efforts of their after-schools program, PATA and Quickstart coordinator Barbara Briseno, and trained instructors, have made an inroad in letting Kindergarten through 5th graders learn the game of tennis at very nominal costs this year.

It would be nice to have all elementary schools in all area incorporate after-school programs so each area of kids would have the opportunity to learn tennis and so many other wonderful tools of life that aren't provided in normal classroom curriculum. Please Santa, add that to your list for all the kids to have available and enjoy.

It's been tough to see the loss of sports at the college level, don't you think Santa?

Education, social skills, work ethic, book and street smarts come in so many ways.

Athletics and the arts teach in a way that normal classrooms can't, that's not good or bad, it's just a fact. Job skills, staying fit, creating a healthy and prideful school atmosphere and learning center, consists of body, soul and mind.

If during this down economic cycle where we can't afford traveling teams and paid staff for a variety of sports, can we add to the holiday wish list a wide set of intramural sports and teams that take up some of the slack until we can implement normal school athletics once more?

We've had so many people benefit from having nice tennis facilities and other athletic facilities in the area, as well as fun and varied programs, professional instructors, and reasonable costs. It's easy to see why people from all over the country want to raise their families or retire here.

The last wish is to just keep on doing what you've already implemented Santa, taking care of what's in place and growing at a reasonable pace.

We'll try to keep doing our part too.

Roebuck memorial: Mike Coward's speech

Speech by renowned cricket commentator Mike Coward at Peter Roebuck's memorial service yesterday.
Welcome.
Good afternoon. We are here today to farewell Peter Roebuck, humanist, social justice crusader, cricketer, cricket captain, cricket coach, mentor, writer, broadcaster, educationist, polemicist.
 
My name is Mike Coward and I worked alongside Peter in the press boxes of the cricket world for the past 25 years. And as president of the Australian Cricket Media Association and a director of the LBW Trust, the charity inspired by Peter, I welcome you today. Thsi is not intended to be an elaborate occasion or an event. Those of you who knew Peter well know how he hated events - the evaborate, the superficial.
All of us are here because we want to remember the Peter we knew and thank him for his time among us and for a remarkable body of work.
In all probability each of us knew a different Roeby, or Roebers, or Rupert.
Ralph Emerson, the 19th century American poet, essayist and notable student of philosophy and divinity, famously observed that: "One has as many personalities as they have friends." In Peter's case this was undeniably so.
At the same time it must be said that when talking friendship with Peter, the term needs some qualification. In essence, most of us were associates or allies rather than friends in the purer sense.
Of observations to this end in the many written tributes to him, there was none more telling than from Peter English, a writer and teacher who once lived in a Roebuck household.
He wrote: "Roeby didn't do friendship. But he was a cherished friend of mine."
Many here this afternoon will identify strongly with this insight.
Such was the suddenness of Peter's death we needed to come together to share with honesty our memories and stories.
While such openness was anathema to Peter, for us it might help to ease the hurt. Perhaps by evening each of us will have a more complete picture of this complex and fascinating man.
And we do crave a more complete picture for we are deeply troubled by his death and the fact none of us could prevent it.
But he would hate us to be maudlin. As Jim Maxwell reminded me the other day, Roeby wouldn't want any waffling sentimentality this afternoon.
We were together in India 10 years ago when Sir Donald Bradman died. Roeby thought the reaction to Bradman's death was, shall we say, extravagant.
Roeby said: "Bradman was a great cricketer. That's all he was ... not Gandhi or some famous statesman."
Roeby was a great cricket writer, that's all he was ... not Gandhi or some famous statesman.
He would want that said today so there is it. We have given him no excuse to snarl from above.
Remember the good times. I will remember quiet times away from cursed deadlines: of a stroll through the Botanic Gardens at Nuwara Eliya in the high tea country of Sri Lanka; of sharing a bottle of wine with him in the garden of his 'straw hat' farm high above a verdant valley dotted with baobab trees outside Pietermaritzburg in his beloved Africa; of playing cricket alongside him in a match that pitted writers against publishers; of hearing him welcome Indian students and their disenfranchised parents to the LBW fold.
He was happiest in the company of the young and ambitious who were prepared to listen and learn. A child of teachers he was himself an outstanding student and he believed fervently in the right of every man, woman and child to an education.
And while we have lost a friend and colleague we should remember that the young men and women he was guiding have effectively lost a parent, a guardian.
Tatenda Chadya, the current head of household at the 'Sunrise' house in Pietermaritzburg, said: "It's not that he was like a father to us - there is no 'like', he was our father."
So our thoughts today are with Tatenda, and Tendai, Prosper, Abraham, Justice, Darlington, Calvin, Given, Munya, Integrity, Pride and Miraculous and so many other of his charges, often bearing names that inspire and make you smile. Certainly they made Peter smile.
He was fiercely proud of the students he nurtured and, as with any parent, found forgiveness for any charge that let him down or lost their way.
When we repair to the bar you will have an opportunity to support Peter's students when his battered and emblematic straw hat is passed around.
To this end it is wonderful news that, with the support of his mother and family, Peter's superannuation fund will be able to meet the needs of Peter's students for the next few months.
These have been desperately difficult weeks since Peter's death.
I don't need to dwell on Roeby's brilliance as a writer and broadcaster. He will be read as long as the game is played.
It is troubling that we all have so many unanswered questions. This hurts. For those of us in the press and broadcassting boxes the hurt is acute.
Of course, these questions will remain unanswered. How can you explain the inexplicable?
Within the framework and conversation of cricket, politics and social justice, Peter was at ease, at peace, in his element.
Often, demonstrably so. He was a seductive, even charismatic, personality in many ways and he loved to hold court.
He drew people to him but at the same time constructed an unbreachable boundary.
Outside the framework and conversation of the game, politics and social justice, he was a solitary man. He lost the sense of certainty. He was as unsure and insecure as all of us when we lost that sense of certainty. Perhaps more so.
My sense is that he paid dearly for being unconventional, eccentric, for being different. A profoundly conservative game and a judgemental community can be unforgiving.
He gave everything to the cricket community as a player, captain, coach, writer, broadcaster and champion of the game's charities.
He was generous to a fault with his time and advice to those starting out, be it in the realm of cricket, education, journalism or social and political activism.
And when it came to his students in Africa and his sponsor children in Sri Lanka, he was generous with his money - to the tune of about $100,000 a year.
He was worldly, yet hopelessly unworldly. He loved people talking about him and his work but hated being the centre of attention. He was so certain and fearless in his writing and commentary yet so unsure and perhaps fearful away from the keybaord and microphone and his extended family in Africa.
Paradox after paradox after paradox.
He was never the same man after the trauma he lived through in England 10 years ago and it is important to know this.
If he had a confidant among his colleagues in the press and broadcasting boxes it was Jim Maxwell.
And it is now my pleasure to call upon Jim to reflect on the Peter he knew and the times they shared at and outside the world's great cricket grounds.

ESPN ASIA: Best Baseball Books in 2011

In March 2010, Little, Brown outbid seven other publishers for the rights to an unemployed author's first book, paying $650,000 to publish Chad Harbach's tale about a slick-fielding shortstop at a fictional Division III college in Wisconsin. It was a highly unusual transaction for a debut novel targeted at a male audience. The publisher was vindicated, however, by a constant flow of praise in the months leading up to the release of "The Art of Fielding," certainly unprecedented among baseball novels. The book lived up to its hype, landing a coveted place on the New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2011 list. It also tops ours, the only work of fiction to win a spot.

While 2010 saw a number of blockbusters on notables such as Henry Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Willie Mays, Old Hoss Radbourn, and George Steinbrenner, the biography field this year was smaller, with only Neil Lanctot's account of Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella standing out. The rest of our selections ran the gamut from in-depth looks at the game in its formative years to Jonah Keri's examination of one of baseball's newest additions.

1. The Art of Fielding: A Novel, by Chad Harbach (Little, Brown)

Henry Skrimshander begins his career at Westish College as a project for team captain Mike Schwartz, who sees in him an opportunity to turn his downtrodden school into a winner. Fielding has always come naturally to the scrawny shortstop. It takes three years of grueling workouts to turn him into a prospect at the plate. With a crowd of scouts in attendance, Henry commits the first error of his college career, firing a throw wide of first base and flush into the face of his roommate, Owen Dunne, in the dugout. That errant toss sets the story into motion, swirling the worlds of Skrimshander, Schwartz, and Dunne, as well as the school president Guert Affenlight and his daughter Pella. Harbach burdens each character with real foibles and arms them with enough wit and depth to stumble through the maze that their lives have become. The bonds built among them tether them together, even when strained by acts of betrayal. Ultimately, this is a tale of five people coming to terms with who they are, woven around Skrimshander's drive to be not just the best, but perfect—an unattainable goal that nearly destroys him.

2. Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game, by Dan Barry (Harper Collins)

In the 30 years since Rochester and Pawtucket battled into the wee hours of a frigid Easter morning, the fascination with baseball's longest game hasn't waned. What began as a routine Saturday night affair, spilled into Sunday before eventually wrapping up two months later as a 3-2 Paw Sox win. Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium was packed for the game's almost anti-climactic conclusion, when the Red Sox needed only one inning to decide matters. The true witnesses to history, however, barely numbered in double digits. When the two weary clubs were mercifully shooed off the field at 4:09 Easter morning, just 19 fans remained in the grandstand. Dan Barry wasn't among them. Which makes his gripping and lyrical retelling all the more amazing, as he seems to have been everywhere all at once for the entire length of the game. Even more, Barry captures the spirit of minor league baseball in the days before the corporate ownership groups dotted the landscape with miniature versions of big league cathedrals.

3. Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game, by John Thorn (Simon & Schuster)

Baseball's origins have been debated almost since its infancy. For many years Abner Doubleday and later Alexander Cartwright were credited with inventing America's pastime. John Thorn explores both men's connections—and lack thereof—in this release. Major League Baseball's official historian presents some alternate heroes, whose contributions to the early days of the sport have been overlooked for more than 150 years. The more he studied their era, the more puzzled he became by the motivation of those who were so intent on crediting others. Thorn's focus shifted over time from simply digging up the evidence to document the origins of the game to understanding why the truth was so shrouded in the first place. The result is a fascinating tale that will help inform discussion of the sport's founding in years to come.

4. Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, by Neil Lanctot (Simon & Schuster)

Biographer Neil Lanctot speculates that Roy Campanella fell asleep at the wheel shortly before his car slammed into a telephone pole early one morning in January 1958. The wreck did not take the Hall of Fame catcher's life but did end his career, limiting him to a wheel chair the rest of his life. Most of "Campy" is devoted to his playing days, from his time in the Negro National League to his years in Brooklyn, where he played 10 seasons, capturing three Most Valuable Player awards. Lanctot faced several challenges in documenting Campanella's life, such as the catcher's habit of rounding off the truth for the sake of a good story and a lack of cooperation from surviving family members and certain teammates. In spite of those difficulties, "Campy" provides a balanced view of one of the first and most significant players to break baseball's color barrier.

5. Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, by Glenn Stout (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

When the Red Sox broke ground on Fenway Park in the fall of 1911, no one envisioned it would still be in use a century later. So why has it endured? Glenn Stout cites the park's ability to adapt and change. Indeed, modern Fenway looks almost nothing like the original, which opened to a standing-room only crowd of nearly 30,000 on April 20, 1912. Stout incorporates the stories of the men who built and maintained the new stadium as well as the wild, often warring, bunch that raced to a huge lead in the American League standings that first season. He masterfully intertwines their stories, reflecting the role the birth of the park played in the team's success as Boston topped the New York Giants in one of the game's greatest World Series.

6. Major League Baseball Profiles, 1871-1900, Vols. 1 and 2, compiled and edited by David Nemec (University of Nebraska Press)

Weighing in at over 1,200 pages, this two-volume set includes short biographies of every significant contributor to the game in the late 19th century. The first volume focuses on key players of the professional game's first 30 years, broken down by position. The bios run anywhere from half a page to two pages and explore the player's career, breaking down his game and providing perspective, whenever possible, on how he was viewed by his contemporaries. The second volume features the era's Hall of Famers, as well as baseball's colorful rogues, homicide victims, missing persons, and a wide variety of others. Many of these men were literally lost to researchers after their careers ended, others were simply forgotten. Here are their fascinating tales.

7. The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First, by Jonah Keri (Ballantine Books/ESPN Books)

Small-market team overcomes long odds to compete with the big spenders. If this sounds at all reminiscent of "Moneyball," well, that might be by design. This, however, isn't "Moneyball." Jonah Keri wasn't embedded in the Rays draft room or hanging out in the team's video room during games. In fact, the Tampa Bay brass was reluctant to assist. Keri provides a broad view of the many challenges that confronted the Devil Rays, even aside from the obvious ones such as building a roster. He captures the entire arc of the organization's history, hitting both the often-entertaining lows of the expansion era and the inspiring highs of recent seasons. Readers looking for the heavy sabermetrics of "Moneyball" may not get their fill here, though there are several chapters that discuss some non-traditional stats the Rays have put to good use, particularly to measure defense.

8. Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure, by Craig Robinson (Bloomsbury)

While most fans find both left- and right-brain appeal in the sport, few are better at wedding them than Craig Robinson, who joins baseball and infographics to draw meaning out of a world of numbers and provide context for a boundless range of matters, many of which you never realized you were curious about—at least until you saw them sketched out in full color. Robinson's writing, like his art, is irreverent and entertaining. An Englishman who found baseball later in life, he views the game from a different vantage point than the rest of us. As Rob Neyer puts it in the Foreword, "It's not so odd to me that he sees things I don't see; there are a lot of things I don't see. What's odd to me is that Craig sees things nobody else sees."

9. The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 MPH, by Shawn Green with Gordon McAlpine (Simon & Schuster)

Despite a predisposition toward Zen teachings, Shawn Green's transcendence was unplanned, coming about only after he landed in his manager's dog house early in his career. Reduced to taking swings off a tee due to philosophical differences with his batting coach, he soon found both peace and his stroke. The former big leaguer discusses such spiritual matters as ego, space and separation, and remaining rooted in the present. He also provides rare access to the inner thoughts of a major league star, dissecting his own swing and approach to hitting, and sharing some of the unique exercises he employed to regain or maintain his stroke. He proves refreshingly candid and objective about his game, his weaknesses, and his fears and disappointments. This memoir/philosophical guide may not convert his fans into followers of Buddha, but it will almost certainly spark some introspection.

10. Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League, by Aaron Pribble (University of Nebraska Press)

The Israel Baseball League lasted only one season, flaming out after financial woes plagued its 2007 campaign. Thanks to Aaron Pribble's diligent journal-keeping, the league will not be forgotten. The tall lefthander, who led the circuit in ERA while pitching for the Tel Aviv Lightning, penned a memoir of his summertime adventure in the Mideast. Pribble, who holds a master's degree in political science, recounts sight-seeing trips to Jerusalem and Masada, but most riveting is his trek with a teammate into the Palestinian-controlled West Bank, where they were greeted more often than not with smiles. These rare insights into life half a world away make his story unique among recent baseball titles.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Aisam ul Haq and his wife talks to geo news on their valima ceremony

 Pakistani Tennis Star Aisam ul Haq Qureshi & his wife Faha Makhdoom talks with media on their Valima reception in Lahore.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Umar Akmal eyes on to break Sehwag's 219 record - STAR CRICKET

Mumbai- Routers, Pakistan emerging keeper and regular middle order batsman Umar Akmal putted his eyes on to break Sehwag and Tendulkar's 200 record. He also wants to break 219 runs record of Sehwag in one match.
Virender Sehwag in his interview with India tv stated that Pakistan's Umar Akmal & Shahid Khan Afridi can break my record. I like the batting style of both players.Umar has natural talent and he 'll be a golden player in the history of cricket if he focuses on her batting with right techniques.In question about Shahid Afridi, Shewag said that Afridi can break my record easily and might be possible he 'll make fastest 200 in history of cricket.
Afridi is champion & can invert the match in favour of his team single handly any time.
Umar Akmal said in response of Sehwag 's comment on him that he appreciates Sehwag 's comment but in his belief team's win is much important than any record.He will try his best to break Sehwag 's record.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Boxer Amir Khan has black sheep in his lobby

London (Routers) Famous Pak- British boxer Amir Khan 's lobby founds in miscellaneous activities doing against Amir Khan now a days. The controversial fight between Amir Khan Vs  Lamount Peterson was also criticized by Boxing Gurus that its all Amir's sponsor 's mistake and its his team's mistake that he has to play a match in USA if he was the champion, Peterson should come UK for the fight as Amir was the champion.

Another thing was seeing that in the night before fight Amir's facebook page officials misbehave and insults their fan who was using a page under "AMIR KHAN - THE ULTIMATE BOXER" title. The officials gave the response of love from Fan page that they started writing wall on their fans page that AMIR KHAN - THE ULTIMATE BOXER is not official page from Amir Khan. They did because they saw a wall of AMIR KHAN - THE ULTIMATE BOXER that Pakistanis wants NATO attack revenge so as the admin of "Amir Khan official page" was jew so he said on their wall to report AMIR KHAN - THE ULTIMATE BOXER.

On other hand officials of AMIR KHAN - THE ULTIMATE BOXER argues that if they are unofficials so kindly report all fan page of Amir Khan who are not official. If someone likes any celebrity than its his right to create any fan page.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Watch Amir Khan Vs Lamont Peterson Boxing Match Live

KHAN V PETERSON, WASHINGTON DC, USA ON SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER.
UK ON SKY SPORTS 1, CHANNEL 401 AT 11PM. RING ENTRANCE APPROX 3.50AM.
USA ON HBO AT 9.45PM ET/6.45PM PT. PAKISTAN ON GEO SUPER AT 07.45. MIDDLE EAST ON AL JAZEERA SPORTS (PLEASE CHECK/CONFIRM TIMES WITH YOUR BROADCASTERS)
 For live streaming of Match in HD Quality CLICK HERE

Friday, December 9, 2011

Khan’s Army | Khan V Peterson | DC Press Conference

Okay so today’s blog post is simple- has nothing to with wedding photography or anything like that!
Today I got to attend and cover the press conference for Khan V’s Peterson at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC.
Its simple, how could I ever turn down an opportunity to go and meet some amazing boxers all in one room right?! I just simply couldn’t! {Really the last picture  was worth the wait you’ll see what I mean when you get to end of this post!}
Okay so I’m going to make this a quick one! I get there and of course the Bolton lads gave Amir Khan a very warm and loud welcoming entrance to the Press conference today.. what can I say? they are from Bolton after all – us northerners are loud, funny and just know all about unity. I was moved (in a good way) by the strong sense of brotherhood between these lads, dedicated to what they call “Khan’s Army”
Today the Unified Light-Welterweight Champion of the World Amir Khan, received birthday cake during the press conference. Amir celebrates his 25th birthday – Happy Birthday Amir!
enjoy highlights of today’s press conference:
with President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya , Team Khan, Team Paterson, Asif Vali, Bernard Hopkins, Amir Khan, Lamont Peterson, trainer Freddie Roach, Barry Hunter, Tony Thompson:
catch the big fight: HBO Live Boxing: Capital Show Down in Washington DC | Sat, Dec 10 2011, 7:00p.m. – 11:00p.m.|Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

Critical Article on Sehwag 200- Pakihungama recieves threat from Indian Hackers

Islamabad- famous sports blog Pakihungama after publishing critical article on Sehwag's 200 receives threat from Indian hackers that they will hack us if we didn't delete the article.They said that they will delete our all data from blog and will not give our blog again.
It is noted that after Publishing a article on Sehwag's 200 a lot of comments came on our blog with lots of misbehave and dirty languages.As freedom of express we didn't delete any comments from our site.

Series against England in Abu Dhabi will be challenge for us- Afridi

Karachi -ROUTERS, Pakistan master blaster Shahid Afridi said that Pakistan's series against England in upcoming next year in Abu Dhabi will be real test for Pakistan team.England is currently on 1 test ranking and Pakistan is on 6th place.S if we beat England or even draw with them we can say that we are going on a right path.He added further that he is looking for t20 world cup next year and wanted to again took part in Pakistan win another World Cup.

England announces its team for series against Pakistan to be held in UAE next year


England signalled on Friday that the plan to protect their world No1 Test status is exactly the same as the one that earned the title in the first place.

England have named Monty Panesar and Ravi Bopara in their 16-man squad for the three-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Panesar was included as the second spinner ahead of Samit Patel, with Bopara the back-up batsman and Steven Davies the reserve wicketkeeper.

Eoin Morgan, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan have all returned to the squad after injuries.

Chris Tremlett and Steve Finn are also included in a five-man pool of seamers.

Left-arm spinner Panesar has not played Test cricket since the start of the 2009 Ashes series but has been included on the strength of a successful domestic season with Sussex in which he took 69 County Championship wickets at an average of 27.24.

Nottinghamshire's Patel was left out despite some promising all-round displays in the October one-day series in India, with Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick also overlooked.

Pace and bounce from one end, a bit of reverse swing thrown in and Graeme Swann for good measure is how England will approach their first ever Test series in the UAE next month.

The Test squad for the series against Pakistan, selected on Tuesday but announced this morning, is an Ashes reunion with Ravi Bopara for Paul Collingwood the only change from last winter’s sublime success in Australia.

Pakistan have adopted a policy of picking two spinners and the odd part-time twirler since making the UAE their adopted home but England no longer believe in the horses-for-courses culture that held them back in the 1980s and 1990s.

The team for the first Test is selected barring injury and perhaps the management’s greatest challenge is to find credible opponents for the two warm-up matches before the first Test. At the moment England do not know the nature or standard of their opposition.

Monty Panesar is back as the reserve spinner but it seems will play only if Swann is injured or ill. Picking two spinners would weaken the batting and Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss have been reluctant to do that ever since forming their leadership in early 2009.

England feel Scott Borthwick, the Durham leggie, needs more time with the A team and Samit Patel is not quite good enough at either discipline for Test cricket. Flower remains unconvinced about Patel’s fitness and, with this England management, there is little room for those who do not buy into the group ethos.

Bopara’s inclusion is another sign of the selection continuity that has characterised English cricket since the time of Duncan Fletcher and Nasser Hussain. Bopara deputised for Jonathan Trott against India and scored an unbeatean 44 in his last Test innings at the Oval. His ability to bowl a few overs of reverse swing is also handy for balancing the team if a first-choice batsman is injured.

Graham Onions has been placed on stand-by although that was not announced by England on Friday. Tim Bresnan is recovering from surgery on his bowling arm elbow and Chris Tremlett is now in South Africa at a training camp attempting to prove his fitness after a lengthy spell out with a back injury. Bresnan and Tremlett were the heroes of Melbourne and Sydney last winter but competition is strong among the seam bowlers, with Steven Finn’s excellent performances on the one-day tour to India in October making him a real contender for a return to the Test side.

Steven Davies is back as Matt Prior’s deputy, with England believing Jonny Bairstow needs more time to mature before being thrust into Test cricket.

Craig Kieswetter’s poor keeping in India and fears over his batting in Test cricket left Davies as the only real alternative even though he has not been involved with England since the end of the Australia tour.

Mohsin Khan might get long term contract as coach- Sources


by M. USAMA ABBASI
Karachi (humari news) Pakistan's coach Mohsin Khan is probably to get full time long term contract as a national team coach. Our sources from PCB indicated that its saying in the lobby that might be possible Dev Watmore who seems to be strong coach for Pakistan side can not handle team's player as player 'll not accept pressure and strictness from foreign coach.So after Afridi's statement about Mohsin's support at return to Karachi airport will definitely divert PCB to think about this issue.

Shahid Afridi | The Gladiator of Pakistan Cricket Team in 2011

INTRODUCTION TO THE TITLE:
After a successful interview from PCB media manager, Youth on Cricket's team is looking forward to share about the main player of each team who remained the key player for the team in 2011. A player who performed very well and won many matches for a team in 2011 will be give a title of "Gladiator". For this purpose, we took Pakistan as the 1st team and arranged a poll to decide about the player who is capable of this title from Pakistan, More than 75% votes went in favor of Shahid Afridi, so he is Youth on Cricket 1st Gladiator of cricket who belong to Pakistan.


SHAHID AFRIDI:
The word "Shahid Afridi" is very familiar to cricket fans belong to any cricket loving country. He is famous in cricket due to his hard hitting, only player in cricket who's strike rate is about 100 in 300+ ODI matches. For his hard hitting he is given different titles, amongst those titles one title that became his identity is "Boom Boom".

RECORD:
When it comes to records and Afridi, it's not a wonderful thing. Afridi is a type of player, who can make record at any port of the match. Although he made different records in all formats of cricket, but the one record which is still with him is century from 37 balls. Interestingly, this century came in his very 1st inning of his career. He was selected as bowler, but during the match his order was changed into one down and he made this unbelievable record in ODI cricket.

SHAHID AFRIDI IN 2011 BEFORE RETIREMENT:
Shahid Afridi had great year of 2011, he played some outstanding knocks with bat and ball. He also leaded as a captain, but was more successful with bowl and bat. Especially, during world cup 2011 when the team was struggling against other teams, he played a major role with ball and won those matches for his team. Especially his performance against Canada, when Pakistan all out on 184 against Canada, he was the person who lead the team from the front when it came to bowling. He took 5 wickets against the same team and win the match for Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi and Co had a great tournament of 2011, especially he was very appreciated in the group A match, when Pakistan bowled out Australia on 176 runs. In reply Pakistan chased the target after losing 6 wickets, no matter he didn't impress with bat and ball in that match but his captaincy ability was highlighted everywhere and from there Pakistan became the top contender for the champions title of 2011. Pakistan team journey was stopped when they lost against India in a crunchy semi final. Although Afridi said sorry to the nation but he was criticized highly and from there his argument start with coach Waqar Younis. Before leaving for WC Afridi promised the nation that he will take his team to the semi-final And he fullfilled his promise.

SHAHID AFRIDI CONDITIONAL RETIREMENT IN 2011:
Shahid Afridi announced his retirement due to his argument with former coach Waqar Younas on selection process, PCB also took notice on Afridi reaction on selection process and removed him from captaincy after West Indies tour. He was selected for Ireland tour as a common player given Misbah-ul-Haq captaincy but he didn't tour with the team and announced his conditional retirement from international cricket. His come back in international cricket was sentenced with the retirement of former PCB chairman "Ijaz Butt" and coach "Waqar Younas".

COME BACK IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET:

Waqar Younas took his resigned from the post due to some unacceptable situation with the former PCB chairman, Ijaz Butt duration was also ended and his post was given to former banker "Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf ". In his very first statement, the PCB chairman showed his pleasure on Afridi come back and after meeting with Afridi, the former captain took back his resign from international cricket.



AFRIDI PERFORMANCE AFTER COMEBACK:
As Afridi returned to international cricket with some challenges he was given by former Pakistan cricket player and chairman Ijaz Butt, that if he is right then he should prove him self against Sri Lanka with bat and bowl. Afridi didn't give any comment through any interview but give the response to his hater with his performance against Sri Lanka, not only with bat but also with bowl. He started his comeback with man of the match inning, he took 3 wickets in very 1st ODI after his comeback and didn't bat.

Afridi was unstoppable in series against Sri Lanka, almost each and every match for his team in the ODI series. The one match Pakistan lost against Sri Lanka was the 3rd ODI in which he was looking good, and it seemed to be his day with a win. Unfortunately he got run out on the wrong call of Saeed Ajmal and direct hit of Dilshan. He was mind blowing in 4th ODI when the team was in huge trouble and lost major players before 100. He stayed like a wall and took the total to 200 runs with his outstanding 75 runs. Later on, he turned the match into Pakistan favor with bowl when the match was 90% in Sri Lanka favor. Following this he had also good performance in T20 and ODI against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.


FAN POWER:
In world, in every sport one have large number of follower with the performance they have, and when those player don't perform. The fans who love him start criticizing him but Afridi is the only player in sports history who made his fans with his one inning and that was his start. Also, he is the only player who became popular with his very first inning in cricket world. At a time when he had clashes with Pakistan cricket board his fan supported him on high level, and the fans who followed him were unstoppable.

HONEST PLAYER:
At the peak of spot fixing, when Mazhar Majeed mentioned the names of the players who involved in match fixing, he also received some appreciation from Mazhar Majeed that he is a type of player who will never do fixing. Not only this, but also when Afridi announced his retirement, he was offered by different countries in cricket to play for their teams but he respond them with one sentence; "I'll play only for Pakistan".

QUOTE ON AFRIDI:
- "Though Afridi couldn't win the world cup, for 30 days he made this country into a nation". - Ramiz Raja
- Cricket is not cricket without Shahid Afridi’, - Michael Holding.

SHAHID AFRIDI QUOTES:
- “I enjoy playing against India. It has always been good doing battle against India, it brings the best out of me.” Shahid Afridi
- "Action speak louder than words". Shahid Afridi

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar & Virender Sehwag is not first to Score 200


New Dehli (Routers) Indian openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag are not only cricketers to score 200+ score. They should remember former Australian women's captain, Belinda Clark who scored 200+ 14 years ago in India in World Cup 1997.

Messages of congratulation are pouring in from around the world - and it is quite possible that one of those messages may come from former Australian women's captain, Belinda Clark. Because while Sehwag is the Second man to reach the magical number, Clark did it 14 years ago, against Denmark in the Women's World Cup in India in 1997.

Clark made 229 not out, batting for 181 minutes and scoring 22 boundaries, as Australia notched up 412 for three, before bowling Denmark out for 49.

Cricinfo describes Clark as a giant of the Australian game both on and off the field, where she combined the roles of player and captain with that of chief executive of Women's Cricket Australia.

She led by example, averaging over 50 in Tests and 40 in one-day internationals.

In 1997 she captained Australian to their fourth World Cup, but despite cracking 91 in the 2001 final, Australia lost to New Zealand by four runs.

Clark's revenge came in 2005 when she led Australia to another title in South Africa, where her side did not lose a game.

At Test level Clark was, if anything, even more prolific, and her best score of 136 was made against England at Worcester in 1998.

She holds Australia's record for Test and ODI runs and also for ODI appearances. She retired at the end of the 2005 Ashes series, but like her male counterparts, it was as part of a losing side.

Virender Sehwag 's 200 Controversial


INDORE: Flamboyant Indian batsman Virender Sehwag created history by becoming the highest scorer ever in a one-day innings and the second cricketer after teammate Sachin Tendulkar to score a double century in the fourth ODI against the West Indies. He scored 219 on 149 balls.
It is noted that both Indian Batsmen scored 200 in their homeland while all players like Saeed Anwar,
Charles Coventry, Viven Richard and Brian Lara scored 150+ on away country. Pakistan's Golden opener Saeed Anwar who ruled with highest 194 runs in ODI for a very long period of time, he scored his best and world's highest ODI runs against India.Which India should remember before highlighting Tendulkar's and Sehwag's 200+ scores in media with pride.

But the fact is that Tendulkar and Sehwag is not first to score 200. They both are only male cricketers to score 200+ but
former Australian women's captain, Belinda Clark who scored 200+ 14 years ago in Women's world cup 1997 in India. So we think that Tendulkar and Sehwag should consider Belinda Clark as their GURU.And they should be ashamed on scoring 200 on their home ground.

As famous proverb "In her own street, Cat belief herself as a Lion", if Pakistan's Shahid Afridi provided a chance in Karachi's "AZGHAR ALI SHAH STADIUM" & even against a strong team like Srilanka on a batting pitch, we can say that Afridi will definitely score 250+ on this pitch.
And we know that Afridi rocks always against big teams and big bowlers and on neutral or away venue.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pakistan team's performance in 2011


By Usama Abbasi

2011 has definitely been a good year for Team Green.

Off the field, controversies continued to haunt them but on the field performance improved in all formats of the game.

Under the astute leadership of Misbah ul Haq, Pakistan hasn’t lost a single test series this year, in fact they have also been able to beat a team higher in the ICC ranking. Pakistan’s stellar performance has showed us an opener scoring a double century for the first time in over 19 years. Furthermore, Saeed Ajmal’s antics with the ball have granted him the title of the highest wicket taker in the format thus far.

The ODI’s also bear similar stats as the test series, but the picture is quite different in this format. Pakistan reached the semi-finals of the World Cup under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi, who was then unceremoniously removed following a row with the Chairman. He was replaced with Misbah, whose style of captaincy is quite opposite to that of Afridi, but the results continued to be favorable. Pakistan is now the leading ODI side of the year and has won more matches in this format, than any other team.

We have had quite a few good performances in the ODI’s this year with a lot of players chipping in with their weight, but some have gleamed brighter than the others. Bowlers have been the cornerstone and architects of many of the wins, as Saeed Ajmal rises to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Bowler’s Rankings and Afridi leads the pack of highest wicket takers in the format.
The new players brought into the team have performed marvelously as well. Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan have done their part by picking up a number of wickets and Azhar Ali has made a test match hundred.

The beginning of the last series of the year has been good for us with Pakistan beating Bangladesh in the lone T20 match as well as the three match ODI series. Hopefully, we will be able to clean sweep this series and end the year with a bang.

All this means that Pakistan is peaking just at the right time to take on the No. 1 test team in the world- England- early next year in the Middle East. If our players continue to perform as they are currently, I don’t see a reason why Pakistan cannot conquer the Englishmen in the coming year.

Aisam ul Haq and Faha Akmal is going to marry in couple of weeks


Lahore (humari sports) Famous Pakistani Tennis Star Aisam ul Haq Qureshi is going to marry with his fiancee Faha Akmal is couples of weeks. Arrangement for his marriage ceremony started in Lahore. Hotel booked for Valima ceremony. Cards is going for publishing and dresses for Aisam ul Haq wedding day is searching in the market from famous designers shops. Bridal dress for Faha Akmal is also in media that who will desig bridal dress for Faha Akmal. Bilal Ansari name is on the top of the designers list that most probably he will design dresses of both couple.

Thank you everyone for supporting me -Shahid Khan Afridi

Karachi (humari news) Former captain of Pakistan team Shahid Afridi on return to airport from Bangladesh tour expressed that he is very happy with his performance. Afridi thanks all his fans for supporting him in a crucial time when he just came back in the team. Afridi again said that he has nothing to do with captaincy of the team. His all focus is on his own performance and he wants to make Pakistan again world champion through his performance.
Afridi also thanks his fans on his facebook profile.
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