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October 28, 2010

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AFP
October 28, 2010

ICC mum on Raina’s alleged bookie links
DUBAI: International Cricket Council on Wednesday refused comments on whether it was investigating Indian cricketer Suresh Raina accompanying a woman allegedly linked with illegal bookies, saying even if any report had been sent to it on the issue the matter will remain under wraps.
“We don’t disclose the details of the financial deals with our commercial partners. Equally we also don’t disclose the sending of reports by the Cricket Boards to the ACSU (Anti Corruption and Security Unit) in the public forum,” Lorgat said.
“Boards speak with us and we speak with the Boards. That’s the protocol,” said ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat at a press conference on Wednesday. He was reacting to reports in Sunday Times of London that the ACSU is probing why the Indian Cricket Board kept quiet about a report of Raina being seen in the company of a woman linked to an associate of an illegal bookmaker during his team’s visit to Sri Lanka in July-August.The report has been rubbished as “false and baseless” by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan in a media statement on October 24.

Zaid cruises into STA tennis final
KARACHI: Zaid Noor Sumar recorded a straight-set win over Mustafa Zaidi in the semifinals of the men’s singles event in the 10th STA Development Series Tennis here on Wednesday at the CDGK Sports Complex.
Zaid easily toppled his semifinal opponent Mustafa recording a 6-3, 7-5 victory to confirm his presence in the summit clash of the event.
Earlier, Syed Abbas Raza was taken to full stretch of the veteran Rafi Derbari before the former prevailed in the last-eight encounter. Abbas eventually recorded a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 win after a tough battle.
Meanwhile, Ziya Khan overpowered Uroosa Ahmed by 8-4 score in the semifinals of ladies singles event.In U17 singles semifinals, Mustafa Zaidi defeated Saad Noor Sumar registering a formidable 6-3, 6-1 win to secure a place in the climax of the event.In final,

Mustafa will face Farhan Mustafa, who trounced Malik Hamza 6-2, 7-5 in the second semifinal match of the event.

Lady-luck takes Abbottabad into PCB cricket final
KARACHI: A better run-rate per over in the match after it was drawn, gave an edge to Abbottabad over Karachi, and were adjudged the winners in the semifinal match of U-16 Pepsi PCB Cricket Stars Tournament at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday. Abbottabad U16 will now face Quetta U16 in the final on Friday (tomorrow).
Abbottabad batted first in the match and scored 196 runs before losing all of their wickets in 48 overs. Khushdil (43), Arsalan (42) and and Tariq (40) batted well for the side. Salman and Faazullah took three wickets each for Karachi.
Karachi in their turn scored 196 runs with a wicket in hand in allotted 50 overs. Danis Aziz (46) was the top scorer for Karachi. Mohammad Karim captured three wickets for Abbottabad. Abbottabad were awarded the victory on the basis of better run-rate per over.

Umama propels City School in girls’ netball semis
KARACHI: Umama Qadri knocked 15 goals to help The City School (North Nazimabad) record a convincing 17-6 win over Trinity Girls School in the quarter-finals of Karachi Girls Netball Cup here on Wednesday at Mini Sports Complex.
Meanwhile, St Joseph Girls College also cruised into the last-four of the tournament after defeating The City School PAF (Yellow) by 13-3 score. Rosalba scored eight goals for the victors in the match.
Trinity Girls College thrashed The City School (Nazimabad) junior team registering a formidable 17-1 triumph. Shunamme performed well for the side scoring 12 goals. The City School PAF (A-Level) defeated The City School (PECHS) by 12-5 score to confirm their presence in the semifinals. Marium played well for the winning side scoring eight points.

Aroop crowned as Gujranwala champions
KARACHI: Aroop Cricket Club took the top position and the title of ‘Cricket Champions of Gujranwala’ in a nation-wide cricket tournament titled ‘Jazz Cricket Hungama’ staged by Orascom Telecom Holding.
Sixteen talented and enthusiastic young cricket teams of the city were pitted against one another. The teams played these matches on a knock-out basis. The day-night schedule helped to ensure maximum participation by the players as well as the spectators. The 15 cities participating in ‘Jazz Cricket Hungama’ are Sheikhupura, Jhang, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Rahimyar Khan, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Bhurewala, Sahiwal, Abbotabad, Jhelum, Hyderabad and Sukkur.

KRL down Young Blood 2-0
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Holders Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) produced their seventh victory of the season with a 2-0 triumph over Sahiwal’s Young Blood while Navy held leaders WAPDA to a goalless draw in the Pakistan Premier Football League at the Municipal Stadium in Rawalpindi on Wednesday. KRL opened the scoring through experienced striker Zia-ul-Islam in the 40th minute. Jalil Ahmed then sealed a fine win with a goal nine minutes before the close to take KRL to 26 points from 15 matches while Young Blood are struggling with eight. Meanwhile, WAPDA’s draw took them to 38 points from 15 matches while Navy inflated their tally to 23 from 15 outings. Today’s fixtures: Army v PMC Athletico, PAF v PEL

PVCA inter-school event kicks off today
By our correspondent
KARACHI: The Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA) is organising the 6th Siemens, PVCA Inter-School cricket tournament 2010. The inaugural match of the tournament will be played at Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium on Thursday (today) between Qadri Model School and New Standard Secondary School.
The City School (PAF Chapter), Beacon House, St Paul, GBBS Ibrahim Ali Bhai, GBSS APWA, Fahad Academy, Kamran Public School, Al-Marij Public School, Khan Secondary, Zeeshan Secondary, Qadri Model, Kehkashan School, Shah Grammar, New Standard Secondary, Cambridge, Elegant Grammar will participate in the event.

Ecclestone at 80 eyes another decade
LONDON: Red Bull and the ever-cheeky Sebastian Vettel presented Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone with a walking frame, equipped with steering wheel and front wing, as an 80th birthday gift last weekend.The billionaire Briton, who will be reaching his milestone on Thursday (today) with plenty of energy but not much in the way of a celebration, saw the joke. The former second-hand car salesman, who turned Formula One from a sport for oil-streaked ‘garagistes’ into a billion-dollar glamour business, has no intention of giving up his globe-trotting, deal-making lifestyle for an armchair and slippers any time in the next decade. “Retire? Why? I need the money, I can’t afford to retire,” the master of the throw away quip told Reuters at Sunday’s South Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam as he inspected the latest addition to his global circus.

BCCI and Modi fail to reach compromise
MUMBAI: The Supreme Court has been told that attempts to find a compromise between the BCCI and former IPL chairman Lalit Modi have failed, according to PTI.The Court had given both sides until October 21 to work out a solution over the composition of the committee investigating charges levied against Modi.Ram Jethmalani, who is representing Modi in the case, said that attempts to find a solution failed in spite of the best efforts of those involved. The next hearing will be held on November 11.

Rajasthan Royals hearing adjourned
MUMBAI: The High Court has adjourned the hearing of Rajasthan Royals’ petition challenging their expulsion from the IPL to October 29. Rajasthan had filed the petition against the BCCI’s decision to terminate the franchise on October 25.

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