Oct 312016
 
Water shortage

Summer in Karachi brings a serious water crisis for the citizens of the city. The city is thickly populated but the government is not taking action to improve the shortage of water in the city. Annually millions of people face health issues due to unhygienic water. Poor people consume impure water because of which the country ranks 80 among 122 nations in the index of the provision of hygienic drinking water. The tanker mafia in the city is the main reason behind this shortage. The mafia is ruling on water and snatching the right of the citizens to this amenity. Their hydrant plants have been demolished and sealed many times but they rise again and with more power. If the government does not take any action on the issue, in the coming years water would become a precious commodity for the people of the city far from the affordability of poor people. Waniya Mehboob Karachi

Oct 312016
 
What were you doing?

While talking to reporters after his visit to Dr Asim Hussain, Chairman of the PPP Bilawal Bhutto questioned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s stance on fighting terrorism. He said that the prime minister has failed to implement NAP fairly and added that the prime minister owes him an explanation because he is a victim of terrorism too – he lost his mother, Benazir Bhutto, in a terrorist attack. It is strange how conveniently the chairman of the PPP has blamed the prime minister when his father too failed to end terrorist activities during his tenure as the acting president of the country. Instead of playing games of questioning and blaming, the PPP chairman must provide necessary support to the government if he wants to put an end to terrorism. Sahir Palijo Hyderabad

Oct 312016
 
Local industries

For the economic growth of a country, local industries and manufacturers are encouraged through low tax rates and subsidies, and imports are discouraged by imposing high duty taxes. In Pakistan, the situation is the opposite, low tax is charged on imported goods while local industries and manufacturers are being subjected to high tax rate. This discourages the local industry of the country. The government should address this issue. Local industries should be given facilities so that they can produce such products that can compete with the imported goods. Umm-e-Kulsoom Nasir Karachi

Oct 312016
 
Mehedi leaps to 33rd spot in Test Bowlers? Rankings

DHAKA: Teenager Mehedi Hasan has rocketed into 33rd position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after bowling Bangladesh to their first-ever Test victory over England which earned the home side a 1-1 series draw in Mirpur on Sunday. Mehedi, who won the player of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 award at the same venue eight months ago, returned match figures of 12 for 159, which gave him a lift of 28 positions. The off-spinner had entered the rankings last week after taking seven for 138 on his debut in Chittagong. Mehedi is now Bangladesh’s second highest-ranked Test bowler behind Shakib Al Hasan (15th).

Oct 312016
 
Pakistan rout New Zealand 5-2

KARACHI: Pakistan routed a formidable New Zealand by 5-2 in their first match of Sultan of Johor Cup in the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru. The Green-shirts, who were always in ascendancy, led 2-0 at half time. The Kiwis put up a gallant fight and at 1-2 and 2-3 they were close to equalising twice but failed to do so due to compact defence. But the Pakistani boys kept looking for goals and achieved a big morale-boosting win.  The two sides played fast with chances galore for both the teams.  Bilal Qadir opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when he expertly deflected a strong cross from the left. Two minutes before the half time, Mubashar doubled the lead on a penalty corner with a strong drag flick on the goalkeeper’s left side. New Zealand reduced the margin in the 46th minute. Sam Lane put it in after a melee resulting from Pakistani net minder’s rebound. Within two minutes, Pakistan restored the two goal cushion through a Sohail Riaz strike, who finished off a fine combined move. The Green-shirts had a scare when Mac Wilcox made it 3-2 as he pounced on a penalty corner rebound. With 10 minutes left, the black sticks repeatedly raided the opposition citadel to make it even. But the Pakistani defence held out well.  Off a counter attack, Mohsin Sabir’s diagonal cross from right was beautifully deflected by the Lahore lad Rana Sohail for his second and team’s fourth goal. Captain Dilber added his name to [Read More…]

Oct 312016
 
FATA beat Lahore Whites to stay alive in Q Trophy

KARACHI: FATA stayed alive in the competition when they defeated Lahore Whites by 57 runs in their match of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at LCCA Ground, Lahore, on Monday. In another match, PIA were on the verge of an innings defeat against National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). FATA recorded their second victory in the event when they tamed Lahore Whites at their own backyard when it seemed that the hosts would give tough time to the visitors. Set to score 195, Lahore Whites were bundled out for 137 in 47.1 overs in their second innings. Rizwan Hussain (25) and Farhan Khan (23) were the prominent scorers. Leg-spinner Mohammad Irfan once again lived up to the expectations as he captured 5-66, for a match-haul of 6-87. After taking 14 runs lead, FATA resumed their second innings at 107-6 and perished for 163. Asif Afridi scored 55. Asif, who had hit 225 against NBP last week, struck 11 fours from 59 deliveries. Medium-pacer Saifur Rehman got 6-44, for match figures of 7-91. Spinner Adnan Rasool claimed 3-29, for 6-74 match-haul. FATA posted 218 in their first innings. In response Lahore Whites made 204. At Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan, PIA were facing a certain defeat. After conceding 201 runs lead they were tottering at 107-7 in their second innings at stumps against NBP. Fahad Iqbal was fighting a lone battle with 52 not out in which he had hit five fours. Ali Mansoor got 2-19. Earlier, in reply to PIA’s first innings total [Read More…]

Oct 312016
 
Cremer?s ton helps Zimbabwe avoid follow-on

HARARE: Graeme Cremer struck his maiden Test century but the Zimbabwe captain’s gritty knock could not prevent his side from closing day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka with a massive deficit here on Monday. Cremer arrived at the crease with Zimbabwe 139 for six in reply to Sri Lanka’s 537, and hit 102 not out to drag the home side to 373 all out. By the close of play, Sri Lanka had reached five without loss in their second innings to lead by 169. A fantastic rearguard effort from Zimbabwe’s middle and lower order, led by Cremer’s maiden Test ton, helped the hosts avoid the follow-on and post 373 after they had slumped to 138 for 6 in the morning. Peter Moor put his wicketkeeping woes behind him to contribute with an 84-ball 79 and Donald Tiripano struck a composed 46. Cremer, batting at No 8, played an attritional Test innings, waiting for anything overpitched. Suspense arose around the ground when he needed No 11 Chris Mpofu to block out one delivery from Rangana Herath. Moor was more selective in his choice of shots, opting to loft the spinners straight as opposed to cross-bat strokes. Just when Moor looked set for his maiden Test ton, debutant Lahiru Kumara worked him over with a pair of outstanding bouncers on a slow pitch. Despite the lower-order fightback, Sri Lanka still retained control of the Test. They would have been pleasantly surprised with the conditions that greeted them on the [Read More…]

Oct 312016
 
Quote of the day

aIt’s very easy to pack up and leave and go elsewhere, but it takes more character to stay and fight. I’ve always grown up with the idea that if things are not right, you work hard to make them right Gareth Bale (Real Madrid winger)

Oct 312016
 
The man with the golden arm

The unorthodoxy that is often associated with cricket teams hailing from the subcontinent is due to all the right reasons. From classical wristy batters — playing those extravagant drives on both sides of the wicket — to unconventional spin bowlers — with their mysterious never-before-seen bowling actions showcasing their tricks — subcontinent teams …