Pak­istan squad for South Asian Ta­ble Tennis C’ship an­nounced

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his coun­try’s crunch Euro 2016 match on Wed­nes­day by throw­ing a re­porter’s mi­cro­phone in a lake. PESHAWAR—Pak­istan Ta­ble Tennis Fed­er­a­tion Wed­nes­day an­nounced Pak­istan team for the forth­com­ing South Asian Ta­ble Tennis Cham­pi­onship to be sched­uled in Karachi, from July 15-17.

This was stated by Sec­re­tary Pak­istan Ta­ble Tennis Fed­er­a­tion Ki­fayat Ul­lah Orakzai while talk­ing to APP here on Wed­nes­day.

He said that for selec­tion Pak­istan Ta­ble Tennis Fed­er­a­tion con­ducted trial matches in Mul­tan to as­cer­tain the per­for­mance of the play­ers be­fore selec­tion. He dis­closed that play­ers from Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa made a clean sweep by lead­ing the Un­der-15 Boys and Girls and Un­der-18 Boys and Girls.

The selec­tion com­mit­tee headed by Sec­re­tary Pun­jab Ta­ble Tennis Fed­er­a­tion Khalid Mehmood with other mem­bers com­pris­ing Saleem Ah­mad Sheikh.

The per­for­mance of the play­ers were thor­oughly mon­i­tored dur­ing the trial matches with the aim to se­lect a good com­bi­na­tion of team of the South Asian Ju­nior Ta­ble Tennis Cham­pi­onship to be played in two dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories com­pris­ing Un­der15 and Un­der-18.

In the Boys Un­der-15 In­ter­na­tional player Umam Khaw­jah, hail­ing from Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, stunned fel­low play­ers by win­ning all matches in a one-sided af­fairs. Umam Khaw­jah re­cently tour Doha, Qatar and was hon­ored with the most emerg­ing player in Asia award which is a great achieve­ment of this upcoming and promis­ing Cham­pion.

Faizan of Pun­jab and Ba­sit Ali of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa were the other mem­bers of the team to rep­re­sent Pak­istan in the Un­der-15 cat­e­gory. In the Girls Un­der-15 Fa­tima Khan of Pun­jab was short-listed in the team.

In the Un­der-18 cat­e­gory an­other promis­ing Obaid Shah, hail­ing from a re­mote vil­lage of Ko­hat Dis­trict, topped the Un­der-18 tri­als by se­cur­ing most points. Abid Ali of Pun­jab, Mustafa of Pun­jab and Hamza Godil of Sindh were the other mem­bers of the Boys Un­der-18 team.

In the Girls Un­der-18 In­ter­na­tional player Kainat Khan, who re­cently rep­re­sented Pak­istan in the Ju­nior Asia Cup held in In­dia, top the points list, fol­lowed by Iqra Rehman and Nirma Rehman, both hail­ing from Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa.

Soon af­ter selec­tion a camp would be setup ei­ther in Peshawar or in Karachi, the venue for the South Asian Ju­nior Ta­ble Tennis Cham­pi­onship, Ki­fayat Ul­lah Orakzai said.

He said ear­lier, Pak­istani play­ers gave good re­sult in In­dia, Sri Lanka and Islamabad and this time we ex­pressed the hope that the team would show bet­ter re­sult in both Unde15 and Un­der-18 cat­e­gories.—APP

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