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Obama to host Afghan president on March 24 -
WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (APP):  President Barack Obama will host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah, and key members of their unity government for meetings and a working lunch at the White House on March 24.


Women must be at the decision-making table at all levels: UN chief -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 (APP): The world must unite to end violence and discrimination against women and girls, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged at a high-level event in Chile on women and decision-making Friday, citing that progress over the past two decades has been made slow and uneven.


UNESCO chief condemns IS’s “cultural cleansing” in Iraq, urges international action -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 (APP):  The head of the United Nations agency mandated to protect heritage sites has voiced her dismay at the “destructive fury” exhibited by militants of the Islamic State in their recent assault on the Mosul Museum.


‘Star Trek’ Star Leonard Nimoy dies at 83 -
NEW YORK, Feb 27 (APP): Leonard Nimoy, who was best-known for his role as Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” franchise, died at his home on Friday in Los Angeles, The New York Times reported.


Visit of UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan -
app27-27islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb. 27 (APP): The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom called on Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi here on Friday.



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CM felicitate national team on 1st win in WC
PESHAWAR, March 1 (APP): Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has congratulated the national cricket team on its 1st win in World Cup it played against Zimbabwe.
 
5-member Ski squad off to South Korea
ISLAMABAD, Feb 28 (APP): A five-member national ski squad, including one coach flew to South Korea on Saturday to chip in the Asian Alpine Ski Championship there, starting from Monday.
 
Gilgit-Baltistan Minister assures row-free Shandur Polo Festival
PESHAWAR, Feb 28 (APP): The caretaker Minister for Information, Tourism and Sports for Gilgit-Baltistan Inayat Ullah Shumali here Saturday announced a row-free Shandur Polo Festival  also known as sports event at rooftop ground of the world.
 
FOA seeks Governor KP help in holding First FATA Games
PESHAWAR, Feb 28 (APP): Secretary FATA Olympic Association Shahid Khan Saturday appealed to Governor Khyber Pakthunkhwa to direct the concerned quarters for releasing of fund to hold first ever FATA Games.
 
PCB Under-16 trials of Peshawar Region on March 21
PESHAWAR, Feb 28 (APP): A trials in connection with the Pakistan Cricket Board Under-16 Talent Hunt Program of the Peshawar Region will be held here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on March 21, 2015 at 9 am.
 
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USACA to seek techncial support from PCB, other Boards PDF Print E-mail
LAHORE,Oct 10 (APP)  United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) is keen to seek technical support from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and other test playing countries boards to evolve a system to establish its cricket under a solid base at various levels to eventually attain test status. This was stated by Senior Vice President of USACA, Nabeel Ahmed, a Pakistani American in an interview with APP from Detriot, USA on Saturday.

He said USACA’s ultimate aim is to attain test status in next five to seven years and for that they need technical assistance from PCB and any full member board(s) to achieve their ultimate goal.
“All the full member board(s) are technically sound because of ample presence technical officials in the field of coaching, umpiring and other departments of the game and we will like to acquire their services to consolidate our existing cricket structure”, he said.
Nabeel, a former cricketer who remained involved in playing cricket in US and Canada, is the first ever Pakistani American to have that important slot in USACA.
He was elected for the second time last year which speaks volume of
his cricketing managerial skills as an administrator and organizer of the game at various levels.
He said in the past Great Lakes Cricket Conference,a league of which he is the Chairman, has hired the services of nearly six Indian umpires annually to stand in the league matches.Now they will also like to have Pakistani umpires to officiate in the matches there, besides hiring coaches from Pakistan to improve the coaching standards in USA.
Regarding structure of USA cricket, he said they have implemented their cricket development plan in schools to motivate the youth to take up cricket as a sport.
“Today our cricket activities at early level are being attended by 60 percent native students and 40 percent expatriates from different origins and we are confident that we will be making a rapid progress in next five years to give cricket the status of a major sport in USA “, said Nabeel who is also the Trustee of Detroit cricket club.
“ We are also considering to hire the services of first class players to feature in our league which will be started in a couple of years on the pattern of league in England and by implementing league system we will be having a strong base of the game”,he asserted.
While living in USA Nabeel has not forgotten to patronage cricket in Pakistan and he is regularly sponsoring a cricket tournament “Col. Fateh Sher Khan Memorial tournament” in the memory of his late father.He is also the patron of Cricket Centre Club in Model Town, Lahore.
“It is not possible to keep myself away from cricket in Pakistan because whatever I have achieved in life is because of Pakistan and the best way is to make efforts for the development of cricket in Pakistan and I am up to this task “, he asserted.
USACA official said their cricket structure revolves around 8 regions and majority states of USA are divided on these regions and leagues are associated with regions. The leagues are featuring in cricket activities on regular basis.  Around 40,000 players are registered with USACA.
“PCB is always looking for neutral venues for their series with other countries, I think it is in the best interest of PCB to develop a relationship with USACA more that any other full member board. PCB had an opportunity to bring Pakistan New Zealand series to USA. However,in future USACA will welcome to hold such international events.
 

 

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