UC-18 clinch 1st CM Shah­baz Sharif T20 Cricket Cup

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

MIAN AR­SHAD RAWALPINDI—Union Coun­cil-18 team clinched the First CM Shah­baz Sharif Flood­Light Ramzan Twenty-20 Cup, played here at the Jamia Cricket Ground.

UC-18 team beat UC-27 team by 30 runs in the fi­nal on Satur­day and be­came the win­ners of the in­au­gu­ral CM Shah­baz Sharif Ramzan Twenty-20 Cup.

Bat­ting first, UC-18 posted a to­tal of 134 runs on the score board. UC-27 team was un­able to achieve the tar­get and ended up scor­ing only 104 runs.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing and Na­tional Her­itage Se­na­tor Per­vaiz Rashid who was the chief guest on the oc­ca­sion, dis­trib­uted tro­phies among the win­ner and run­ner-up teams.

Medals were also given to the play­ers. The best bats­man and best all-rounder of the tour­na­ment was Muham­mad Ibrahim fol­lowed by Amir Hamza (best bowler) and Zeeshan Shafiq (best wicket-keeper).

Such lo­cal sports ac­tiv­i­ties play im­por­tant role in promotion of do­mes­tic sports ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try. Such sports events are man­i­fes­ta­tion of de­vel­op­ment of healthy trends in so­ci­ety which help pro­mote sen­ti­ments of so­cial har­mony and peace­ful co-ex­is­tence.

Ad­dress­ing at the prize dis­tri­bu­tion cer­e­mony, Se­na­tor Per­vaiz Rashid said that the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Rawalpindi con­stituency NA-56 dur­ing the last gen­eral elec­tion, has given Rs. 300 mil­lion to a re­li­gious sem­i­nary which is as­so­ci­ated with ter­ror­ism but he did not bother to give even Rs,300,000 to peo­ple of his con­stituency for pro­mot­ing sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

The min­is­ter said Hanif Abbasi has done a mar­velous job and ful­filled his re­spon­si­bil­ity by giv­ing funds to sports.

He con­grat­u­lated Hanif Abbasi and his team for or­ga­niz­ing such healthy sport ac­tiv­ity in the gar­ri­son city.

Per­vaiz Rashid said in the past, play­grounds were de­serted in the coun­try due to ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties and Pak­istani play­ers had to go to abroad for play­ing cricket and other games. How­ever, he said now our play­grounds were once again at­tract­ing play­ers which was a good omen for the whole coun­try.

He said play­ers al­ways earned lau­rels for the coun­try in comity of the na­tions. But un­for­tu­nately in Pak­istan the youth were de­prived of healthy sports ac­tiv­i­ties and were given sui­ci­dal jack­ets for ter­ror­ism, he added.

The min­is­ter said that Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif had promised be­fore the gen­eral elec­tions that his party would re­store all recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try if the peo­ple re­posed con­fi­dence in the Pak­istan Mus­lim League (PML-N) in the elec­tions.

He said that the PM has ful­filled his prom­ise, made with the peo­ple dur­ing the gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign.

For­mer MNA Hanif Abbasi, MPA Raja Hanif, Zi­aullah Shah, Ra­hat Qudusi were also present on the oc­ca­sion.

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