Summer Games 2024 Kick Off in Lahore with Volleyball Event

Lahore, The Summer Games 2024 officially began at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex (NPSC) Gymnasium Hall, where Director General Sports Punjab Pervez Iqbal inaugurated the volleyball event on Tuesday.

According to Sports Board Punjab, the event was attended by a notable assembly of officials, including Director Admin M Kaleem, Director Youth Affairs Rana Nadeem Anjum, Director Sports Yasmeen Akhtar, and other key personnel. The ceremony started with introductions of the players and officials, followed by the national anthem and the first volleyball match of the games.

During the inauguration, Director General Pervez Iqbal addressed the participants, highlighting the Punjab government’s commitment to sports under the vision of ‘Khailta Punjab’ initiated by Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz. He emphasized the government’s continued support for sports development through substantial funding and initiatives such as the Sports Endowment Fund, which focuses on grooming athletes for international competitions.

Further enhancing the sports infrastructure, Iqbal announced plans to build ten new E-Libraries across the province and the rehabilitation of old sports facilities. He also mentioned the ongoing efforts to foster a sports culture among the youth, with the Summer Games serving as a platform to scout and nurture fresh talent. Promising athletes identified during the games will be eligible for a monthly stipend of Rs 70,000 and will receive further training under qualified coaches.

The event also saw competitive action with Lahore defeating Sargodha 3-0 and Sahiwal beating Rawalpindi by the same score in the opening matches.

PCB Launches Inaugural Women’s University Cricket Tournament

Lahore, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to inaugurate the first PCB Women’s University Cricket Tournament 2024 starting tomorrow, featuring matches across Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Multan. This landmark event will host 14 university teams in a T20 format aimed at bolstering young talent in women’s cricket.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board, the tournament will see teams divided into four zones, with Karachi and Lahore zones comprising four teams each, and Multan and Rawalpindi zones fielding three teams each. The league stage will culminate in zone finals scheduled for June 3, with the table-toppers from each zone competing for the title.

The tournament is open to students aged 25 or below, providing a platform for 210 players across the participating universities to demonstrate their skills. Notable universities such as the University of Karachi, Lahore College Women’s University, and Bahauddin Zakariya University, among others, will be part of this initiative.

Tania Mallick, Head of Women’s Cricket at PCB, expressed enthusiasm about the tournament’s potential to expand the talent pool in women’s cricket in Pakistan. She highlighted the opportunity it presents for students to not only showcase their abilities but also to consider professional careers in cricket.

India and Pakistan to Headline Group A in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

Islamabad, The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 is set to begin, with India and Pakistan, alongside the USA, Canada, and Ireland, competing in Group A. This group promises an exhilarating lineup of matches featuring traditional rivals and emerging cricketing nations.

According to International Cricket Council, the tournament will include a series of highly anticipated games across various venues in the USA and Florida. India, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, looks to capture the title they last won in 2007. The team is in top form with star players like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah ready to make a significant impact.

Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, is equally poised to challenge for the top spot, with key players like Shaheen Afridi ready to lead the pace attack. The team aims to overcome the disappointments of recent near-misses in ICC tournaments.

The USA and Canada make their debut in the T20 World Cup, adding a fresh dynamic to the group. Ireland, under new captain Paul Stirling, is determined to advance beyond the group stage for the first time.

The tournament’s opening matches for these teams are scheduled for early June, with India facing Ireland and Pakistan going up against the USA. These games are expected to draw significant attention, setting the stage for what promises to be a memorable tournament.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024: Additional Tickets Released for High-Demand Matches

Grand Prairie, Just one week before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 kicks off with an opening match between USA and Canada at Grand Prairie Stadium, additional tickets have been released for this game and other high-demand matches. This move comes as a response to previously sold-out general admission allocations, allowing more fans to participate in what is being billed as the largest edition of the tournament to date.

According to International Cricket Council, the upcoming event will feature 20 international teams across nine venues in the USA and West Indies. The tournament is set to provide a unique spectacle with top T20 cricketers from around the globe competing in a series of matches that promise to captivate cricket enthusiasts.

The additional tickets cover several key matchups, including USA versus Pakistan in Texas, India versus Ireland in New York and Sri Lanka versus Bangladesh in Texas, among others. This initiative is part of a broader effort to make the World Cup accessible to a wider audience, reflecting the growing popularity of T20 cricket.

Fans interested in an enhanced experience can also secure seats in the Premium Club and Diamond Club, offering a chance to meet cricket legends and enjoy the games from prime locations. Tickets are available online, and for those attending matches in the West Indies, box office purchases are also an option.

With the tournament set to be the most expansive in its history, spreading across a diverse set of locations including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Florida, Guyana, New York, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Texas, and Trinidad and Tobago, the ICC aims to deliver an unforgettable cricketing festival.

Pakistan Women to Face England in Crucial ICC Women’s Championship Series

Derby, The Pakistan women’s cricket team is set to face England in a three-match One Day International (ODI) series starting tomorrow at the County Ground in Derby. This series is critical as it represents Pakistan’s final opportunity in the current cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship to secure a spot in the 2025 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board, the team is currently in fifth place in the championship standings. Sidra Amin, Pakistan’s opening batter, emphasized the team’s readiness to bounce back from their recent T20I series loss to England. With the top five teams from the championship securing direct entry into the World Cup, Pakistan is focused on delivering strong performances in the upcoming ODIs. The Pakistan squad, led by Captain Nida Dar, includes experienced players and young talent, poised to make a significant impact in these crucial matches.

Hasan Ali Released from T20I Squad to Continue County Cricket Commitments

Leeds, In a recent update from the Pakistan Cricket Board, fast bowler Hasan Ali has been released from Pakistan’s T20 International squad to allow him to fulfill his existing commitments in county cricket.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board, Hasan Ali was initially brought into the squad as an injury cover for Haris Rauf but will now remain in the UK to continue playing county cricket as per the team management’s decision. This move is part of a broader strategy to manage player workload and commitments across different formats and competitions.