Jun 232017
‘Trump Village’ unveiled in India ahead of Modi’s US visit

MARORA (India): A rural Indian settlement with little electricity or running water renamed itself “Trump Village” on Friday in an unusual gesture to the American president ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington.A huge billboard declaring “Welcome to Trump Village” in Hindi and English, accompanied with a beaming portrait of the US president, was unveiled in the tiny hamlet officially known as Marora, in the largely agriculture northern state of Haryana.Large posters of Trump adorned with marigold flowers were placed throughout the village of mainly mud-brick houses for a renaming ceremony, which was presided over by village heads and an Indian charity.But despite the bold lettering greeting visitors at the arched village gateway, the name change is not official or sanctioned by the government. The symbolic gesture comes just days before Modi’s first meeting with Trump this weekend at the White House.The water and sanitation group Sulabh, which has been installing toilets in the impoverished settlement, suggested the name change to the local council.Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said the idea sprang to mind during a recent visit to the US. “I was speaking there and I thought why not in the name of Trump?” Pathak said, adding other villages in the region had also been renamed in recent years.Aziz Ahmed, a villager, said he was sure the new name would stick even without official approval.Published in Dawn, June 24th, 2017 Click for detailed story

Jun 212017
Sarfraz awarded BMW SUV, plot on ?Geo Khelo Pakistan?

KARACHI: Sarfraz Ahmed – the captain of Pakistan cricket team – honoured Geo Khelo Pakistan game show today in its 25th episode as a guest, alongside hosts Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, and was presented two gifts in acknowledgement of his and the team’s service to the country.Entering to thunderous applause and loud chants of ‘Sarfraz Zindabad’, the captain appeared surprised and humbled at the welcome he received. He was awarded luxury SUV BMW X1 as a joint thank-you from JS Bank and Dewan Motors as well as a plot of land by Bahria Town.Pakistan under the captainship of Ahmed bagged an unexpected win on Sunday against the longstanding archrival India in the ICC Champions Trophy final held at The Oval in Lambeth, South London. The victory was not only memorable but celebrated by Pakistanis all around the world. Pakistan create history, thrash India in Champions Trophy finalFakhar Zaman scored his maiden century while Mohammad Amir tore apart the Indian top-order as Pakistan defeated India Speaking to Geo.tv, Ahmed thanked God and also expressed his gratitude to the team and fans. “I’m really thankful to Allah for providing us with so much honour and giving us the opportunity to enhance our reputation. In addition, it is our parents’ and fans’ prayers that got us to this place,” he said, adding that the team worked really hard for this victory.Ahmed was pleased to attend the game show and enjoyed being in the presence of legendary cricketers Akram and Akhtar, who he [Read More…]

Jun 212017
Afridi terms Pakistan?s win historic, stresses importance of consistency

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/60489c8e3542725c9b74e732af04627b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDEyOjI2OjI1IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9a0k3bUpxSTJ5M1NDYXBJbE9ZZ3hFdz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: Former captain Shahid Afridi has termed Pakistan’s win in the ICC Champions Trophy as one which will go down in the history books.Speaking to journalists after attending an event here on Tuesday, Afridi said: “What Sarfraz and his team have done will go down in history. When miracles happen they are remembered for a long time.”Afridi added that only a few people had expectations from the team to reach the semi-final.“They won the trophy and I would like to congratulate the entire country and in my opinion, the way the Pakistani people treated those cricketers with respect, love and the way they were welcomed is the most important thing for me.”More needs to be doneThe former skipper stated that more needs to be done to improve the state of Pakistan cricket and there should be no complacency with this win. Afridi called for an improvement in the structure, pitches, umpiring and equipment moving forward.“We should not think that after winning one trophy we have conquered the world. A lot needs to be done in domestic cricket. Winning and losing are part of the game as we saw with Australia and New Zealand. Consistency is the most important thing. There needs to be a system to ensure that Pakistan keeps winning trophies.”Pakistan the lowest-ranked team in the tournament shocked the world when they defeated India by 180 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday.Since the victory, there have been celebrations all across the country and [Read More…]

Jun 212017
Hockey World League 2017: Pakistan to face off against Argentina on Thursday

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/28c177e5e6e9244677d771be0b89af12.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDc6NTQ6MjUgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1LekFDTzdtSGxsYnNFdjJadDRRZHRnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team, which has been favoured by luck, will face off against Argentina in the quarterfinals of Hockey World League League semi-final tournament tomorrow (Thursday).Pakistan hockey team, which conceded three consecutive defeats against Netherlands, India and Canada, qualified for the quarterfinals after Canada and Scotland drew 1-1 on Tuesday. Scotland had to win the match in order to qualify for the quarter finals of the tournament. On Monday, Pakistan tasted its first victory of the tournament after defeating Scotland 3-1 in their last pool match. World league: Pakistan hockey team leaves for UK The hockey team will play a three-match series with Ireland before the World League On the other hand, Argentina has had a dream run and has been undefeated in the competition so far. It defeated Korea 2-1, Malaysia 5-2, China 10-0 and it drew with England 3-3. In other quarter finals fixtures, India will face off against Malaysia, Netherlands against China and England against Canada. The World League Semifinal Round is also a 2018 World Cup qualifier.However, if Pakistan fails to qualify for the world cup it will have to win the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy, which will be held in India later this year. Click for detailed story

Jun 202017
Pakistan played ?perfect game? in Champions Trophy win: Gilchrist

NEW DELHI: Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan´s adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy.Pakistan, once a cricketing powerhouse, has watched its world ranking slide as top teams have refused to tour the conflict-prone country, forcing the home side to play all international matches abroad.Only Zimbabwe have visited Pakistan since a 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore which prompted all other major teams to call off tours.Pakistan entered the eight-team Champions Trophy in England and Wales ranked dead last, but upset arch-rivals India with a 180-run thrashing in Sunday´s final.“Deep in your heart, as a cricket lover, you can´t be disappointed to see a nation like that (win). We all know their struggles of not getting any international cricket back home,” Gilchrist told reporters in New Delhi.“They are basically a nomadic team which plays abroad. Perhaps because of that, they were able to adjust well in those conditions.” It was Pakistan´s first international 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup.Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies´ victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles plaguing their cricket board at home.“The only predictable thing about Pakistan cricket is that they are unpredictable,” said the former wicketkeeper-batsman, adding the win was a “positive story” for cricket.“Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket. India, after a very impressive tournament, just got [Read More…]

Jun 192017
‘Haan Bhai…saray hee har gaye phir!!!’

There was something different about the latest Pakistan and India fixture right from the beginning. The usual animosity was replaced with relative geniality. Saurav Ganguly was defending Pakistan against Amir Sohail’s comments, Indians were standing up for Sarfaraz Ahmed against people making fun of his English and most Pakistanis were simply glad to be in the final – let alone think about winning it. Things were so calm; Sarfaraz Ahmed even gave MS Dhoni his baby. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/SHEHZADGS Everybody knew that India was going to win it and Pakistan was simply there to complete the formality of playing the finals of the Champions Trophy. The entire nation expected the worst when Fakhar Zaman nicked a ball outside his off stump for a regulation catch for MS Dhoni and he held on to the ball like it was Sarfaraz Ahmad’s baby. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/SHEHZADGS But then everything changed – Indians showed that they also had no balls and Fakhar Zaman got a free hit instead of a lot of free s**t from fans. Boy! Did Fakhar Zaman make the most of the respite? Even Azhar Ali was hitting the ball all over the park. At one point, Azhar had 29 of 32 balls and Fakhar Zaman had 16 of 29 balls – finally proving the multiverse theory as clearly this match was being played in some parallel alternative universe. Jasprit Mumrah, wait no Bumrah, could not do much with the ball but he managed to get Azhar Ali run out. Was a [Read More…]

Jun 182017
India crush Pakistan

KARACHI: India defeated Pakistan 7-1 in their match of Hockey World League Semifinal Round at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday.  It was Pakistan’s third successive big defeat in the tournament, which doubles up as the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. It was India’s biggest-ever win over Pakistan. India gave a wonderful demonstration of structured hockey in front of a full house. Their attacks were well orchestrated and finishing was excellent. India converted two of their four penalty corners; Pakistan none out of five. The first quarter did not give any indication of things to come. The most evenly fought 15 minutes of the match had both the sides earning one penalty corner. Aleem Bilal’s flick went very high above the bar. Harmanpreet Singh’s flat, fast and angular push beat goalkeeper Amjad. The two teams had a PC in the first five minutes of the second quarter as well but failed to strike. In the 23rd minute, India extended the advantage with an excellent quick passing move capped by Talwinder.  After Pakistan wasted two chances in quick succession, Talwinder scored his second of the day. A left side move resulted in a high ball in the circle which was well tapped in by Talwinder with the stick held above the head. India persisted with their offensive play and Ramandeep’s two successive shots were well saved by Amjad. Within three minutes of resumption, Harmanpreet again converted a PC, this time via a forceful high flick on the left side of [Read More…]

Jun 182017

Pakistan beat India by 180 runs on Sunday in their first-ever final appearance in the Champions Trophy and won their first-ever silverware at The Oval courtesy an all-round show. Here is what everyone will be talking about in the next few days. Never write off Pakistan They qualified for this by the skin of their teeth. They entered it as the lowest-ranked side in the tournament. When asked who will win this tournament, almost all experts agreed on one answer — anyone but Pakistan. History and ecstasy Pakistan’s as they claim first-ever Champions Trophy There is a reason that ‘unpredictable’ tag refuses to let go of this side. This is Pakistan’s greatest-ever sporting achievement In 70 years, Pakistan have pulled off some miraculous achievements in various sports. There have been the World Cups and Olympic medals in hockey and the World Cup and World T20 in cricket but never have Pakistan punched above their weight quite like they did here. The hockey team almost always entered a tournament as one of the favourites, while Pakistan boasted the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad back in 1992. Razzaq backs Pakistan bowlers to do damage against India This team had an inexperienced skipper, an unsettled bowling attack and a woefully mediocre and out of form batting line-up. Yet here they stand, champions of the world. Fakhar etches his name in history Nothing ever writes your name in Pakistani folklore than a century against India. Nothing quite grants you immortality [Read More…]

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