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Destroyed Gaza needs new deal-style recovery plan: UN official -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 (APP): Concerned by the many civilian casualties and the unprecedented scale of destruction resulting from deadly Israeli strikes, a senior United Nations official had urged the international community to rethink the Gaza paradigm.


Ambassador Jilani highlights investment opportunities for US investors in Pakistan -
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (APP): Pakistan's ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani, highlighted investment opportunities existing in Pakistan, at a discussion with the Washington-based Business Council for International Understanding.


US disappointed with Pakistan-India talks cancellation; launches diplomatic engagement through embas -
WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (APP): Voicing disappointment over cancellation of Pakistan-India dialogue in the wake of New Delhi's unilateral decision, the United States Tuesday said it is engaging with both South Asian countries as it wants them to improve relations in all aspects.


US urges peaceful resolution to Islamabad situation that strengthens Pakistan democracy -
WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (APP): The United States on Tuesday urged all sides in Pakistan to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue in a way that strengthens democracy in the country.


Squash followers pay tribute to Pakistani legend Hashim Khan -
WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (APP): Tributes poured in from sport followers for the monumental achievements earned by Pakistani squash legend Hashim Khan, who passed away Monday night in Colorado aged around 100.


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Qadir wants Pakistan team to be a match finisher
ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (APP): Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir wants Pakistan team to be a match finisher in the ODI series against Sri Lanka saying players should play with confidence and courage forgetting the loss of the Test series.
 
Pakistan in semis of World Jr Squash
ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (APP): Pakistan thrashed Finland to qualify for the semi- finals of the World Junior Squash Championship being played at Windhoek, Namibia.
 
Pakistan slide to 6th in ICC Test Ranking
KARACHI, Aug. 19 (APP)- England and Sri Lanka have improved their positions on the ICC Test Team Championship after winning their series against India and Pakistan, respectively.
 
Independence Day Cup Golf at DACGC from Friday
KARACHI, Aug 19 (APP)- The 6th edition of Independence Day Cup Golf Championship will be held here at Defence Authortity Country and Golf Club from Friday with top professionals and amateur in the fray.
 
Six Pakistan Test players arrives from Colombo
KARACHI, Aug. 19 (APP)- Six-member of Pakistan Test team returned here on Tuesday from Colombo after sffering humiliating 2-0 defeat Sri Lanka in the Test series.
 
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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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