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Ehsan Mani reveals why Sarfaraz Ahmed was faraway from captaincy



Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has clarified the claims relating to ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan’s reported interference issues within the PCB-based choices.

Whereas speaking in an unique interview with Cricket Pakistan from London, Ehsan Mani additionally dismissed the rumours that Sarfaraz Ahmed was eliminated on Imran Khan’s recommendation.

“There was not even a single occasion the place Imran interfered in PCB issues and all the choices had been based mostly on deserves. Take the instance of Sarfaraz, his performances had been dropping and eradicating him from captaincy was not taken by Imran in any respect. We changed Sarfaraz with Rizwan, who has been phenomenal from the get-go,” he concluded.

Shifting on to the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) and the connection between the franchise representatives and PCB underneath Mani’s tenure deteriorated to the extent that matter was dragged into the courts. Responding to this, Mani stated that he was ‘keen to compensate franchises higher than their present deal but when they’re blissful then so be it.’

Talking in regards to the inclusion of Wasim Khan within the PCB setup, Ehsan Mani stated that it was a vital factor to do as he had no aspirations or wishes to take care of full management of PCB for himself.

“I’ve labored with numerous top-level organisations and I’m totally conscious how company governance works. The function of a md is expounded to big-picture; to set a route, creating methods, and approving enterprise plans”.

“The facility to implement these items ought to lie with the Chief Govt. He’s then answerable to the board in regards to the progress he has made based mostly on the plans put forth by the board itself. He himself has no energy to take floor breaking choices,” Mani added.

“Wasim Khan is a superb man. Whether or not he was pushed out or whether or not he left himself, I cannot touch upon that. However what occurred afterwards? The ICC jumped on the alternative to safe his companies; that is an honour as a result of ICC has an abundance of individuals to select from throughout the globe,” he gave legitimate justifications.

Ehsan Mani refused to touch upon Wasim Khan’s departure and stated ‘ask Ramiz Raja why he was let go as a result of I don’t know.’

Mani’s administration was additionally criticised for providing hefty salaries to sure people however he rejected the claims and said that ‘you pay what persons are price.’

“Your complete media refused to know why individuals like Wasim Khan had been compensated handsomely. In the event you take a look at how a lot he’s now incomes with ICC, it’s nearly double to what PCB had been providing him at the moment. Coaches had been compensated in response to what was agreed upon,” he added.

Ehsan Mani additional responded to the criticism that Pakistan is probably not financially steady to undertake the brand new home system that was launched underneath his tenure.

“There aren’t many individuals on this planet who perceive cricket administration and enterprise of cricket higher than I do. Had that not been the case then why does ICC nonetheless seek the advice of me on such issues until date?”

“After I launched the system, I labored out all of the funds of this mannequin. We now have to compete with the highest nations equivalent to England, Australia, and India who’ve an annual finances of £350 million, £300 million, and $1.6 billion respectively,” Mani added.

“We labored on grassroot stage, which meant selling faculty and college cricket. I used to be delighted to see that after years, round 3800 real golf equipment performed cricket in Pakistan. There may be cricket on metropolis stage with round 92 or 96 cities taking part”.

“Finally, this might have helped in selling good gamers to provincial stage; there have been two ranges to that as properly – the primary workforce and their second workforce. It was an entire pathway,” Mani elaborated on the system he helped launched.

“The PCB wanted round 200 million {dollars} on an annual foundation to hold out this new system and we developed a enterprise mannequin to herald that cash which wasn’t from our authorities,” Mani additional revealed.

Mani added that he didn’t need to ask for a three-year extension because it was one thing he has not accomplished in his life, in response to himself. I might have stayed on for 3-4 extra months.

“Our mannequin was applied 99.9 %. Everybody was able to take the final step as properly. Nevertheless, I can not reveal why that didn’t occur. Perhaps you’ll have to ask different individuals relating to that,” he added.

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Asian Video games most prestigious sporting occasion: Says Gen Arif Hasan



BEIJING: nineteenth Asian Video games, greater than video games to advertise socio-culture ties, stated Lt. Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan, President, Pakistan Olympic Affiliation (POA) in an interview with China Financial Web (CEN).

The Asian Video games, one of the vital prestigious sporting occasions on this planet, is ready to be held from September 23 to October 8, 2023 in Hangzhou, China.

As one of the vital well-known video games on the world’s largest continent, it isn’t solely a platform for athletes to compete but additionally a large financial alternative for the host nation.

In keeping with analysis, earlier editions of the Asian Video games have generated important financial advantages, together with elevated tourism, infrastructure improvement, and job creation.

China, with its intensive infrastructure and thriving tourism business, is well-positioned to capitalize on these advantages.

First, internet hosting the Asian Video games requires intensive funding in sports activities infrastructure. China has been constantly investing in state-of-the-art sports activities amenities, stadiums, and coaching facilities to help its athletes and promote sports activities participation amongst its residents.

As per the nineteenth Asian Video games Hangzhou Organizing Committee, all competitors venues for the Video games have been constructed or renovated to fulfill the necessities of each the video games and the day by day leisure and sporting wants of native residents, with a give attention to inexperienced and sustainable ideas supported by high-tech.

Additionally, the Asian Video games attracts 1000’s of athletes, officers, and spectators from everywhere in the world. This inflow of tourists creates a big increase to the native financial system, notably within the hospitality, transportation, and retail sectors.

On September 6, the Asian Flower Theme Park was unveiled in Hangzhou, aiming to supply a pleasant environment for guests from throughout Asia.

Hangzhou, recognized for its pure magnificence and cultural heritage, can leverage the Asian Video games to boost its popularity as a vacationer vacation spot, attracting extra guests in the long term.

Final, the Asian Video games not solely stimulates the general sports activities financial system but additionally accelerates the event of China’s sports activities business.

For instance, from August 6 to 12, the 2023 Zhejiang Provincial “Nationwide Health Day” and “Sports activities Promotion Week” themed actions are held on the Huanglong Sports activities Centre, Hangzhou.

It attracted a complete of 880 yoga lovers to take part.

As well as, the First Girls’s Half Marathon Hangzhou 2023 kicked off within the metropolis on Could 7, driving site visitors, catering, lodging and different passenger consumption outdoors the occasion.

It goes with out saying that the Asian Video games serves as a catalyst for sports-related companies, together with sports activities gear producers, sports activities media and broadcasting, sports activities advertising and marketing businesses, and sports activities tourism operators.

The Asian Video games might help these industries acquire momentum, resulting in elevated employment alternatives and income progress.

Because the world eagerly awaits the occasion, all eyes will probably be on China because it showcases its sporting prowess and lays the muse for a thriving sports activities financial system within the years to come back. “Our expertise of the Video games in China has all the time been superb.

And since the video games and occasions that happen in China are of a really excessive commonplace – beginning with the Beijing Olympics and now in Hangzhou – I’m certain it is going to be an amazing expertise not just for us however for all of the athletes and your complete contingent,” Syed Arif Hasan famous.

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Pakistan declares 18-member ICC World Cup 2023 squad



LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board has introduced the squad for upcoming World Cup 2023 on Friday.

The chief selector and former skipper, Inzamam-ul-Haq introduced the 18-member squad at a press convention. He stated Babar Azam is captain and Shadab Khan will probably be vice-captains within the nationwide squad.

The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled to be held in India from Oct 5 and Pakistan will play its first match within the World Cup in opposition to the Netherlands on Oct 6.

The Squad:

Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Muhammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Muhammad Wasim Jr., Hasan Ali, Saud Shakeel, Salman Agha and Osama Mir.

Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed and Zaman Khan

The announcement, initially deliberate for yesterday, was postponed on account of unexpected circumstances.

Cricket lovers nationwide have been eagerly awaiting this revelation, because it marks an important step in Pakistan’s journey to compete on the worldwide stage within the ICC World Cup.

Sources throughout the PCB point out that the nationwide cricket group will depart for India on September 27.

The primary warm-up match of the nationwide squad will probably be contested in opposition to New Zealand on September 29.

Yesterday, a efficiency overview assembly was held for the Pakistan cricket group, attended by key stakeholders.

Dr. Sohail Saleem, chargeable for participant well-being and health, gave a complete briefing on the accidents and rehabilitation progress of the gamers, guaranteeing that the chosen squad will probably be in prime bodily situation for the upcoming World Cup.

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No different nation rivals China in sports activities: Pakistan’s volleyball captain



ISLAMABAD: “I consider that there might be a tremendous expertise. And I’d prefer to thank the Chinese language authorities to present us an opportunity to play on this wonderful facility,” stated Issanaye Ramires Ferraz, Pakistan’s Brazilian volleyball coach.

That is Issanaye’s first go to to China and he’s received very excited. “Our preparation goes very effectively, and I hope we are going to play each match until the ultimate,” Issanaye stated, including that “I don’t prefer to say that we’ve one nice participant, China Financial Web (CEN) reported on Thursday.

We’ve group work. That’s our philosophy. We’ll work as a group to present Pakistan a excessive efficiency and get good outcomes.”

“Earlier than this, we’ve performed the Asian Males’s Volleyball Championship. In comparison with that, our group is match now, when it comes to ball abilities and bodily health.

Our head coach can also be happy with our coaching. We anticipate to face on the victory stand,” stated Mubashir Raza Watto, captain of Pakistan’s nationwide volleyball group.

“We went to China for the World Navy Video games. We received a bronze medal. If I discuss in regards to the administration of China, their administration is superb, when it comes to meals, when it comes to lodging.

They deal with us very effectively. When it comes to sports activities, I don’t suppose there’s a higher nation than China that manages it so effectively,” Mubashir added.

The lads’s and ladies’s volleyball competitions began on Sept. 19 and can final by way of Oct. 7 throughout 4 venues in Hangzhou, China.

Pakistan’s largest achievement within the Asian Video games volleyball historical past is their third-place end within the 1962 Jakarta Asian Video games. Within the final Asian Video games held in Indonesia in 2018 Pakistan completed eighth.

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