LAHORE - Pakistan deaf cricket team clinched the 2016 Deaf ICC Championship trophy after thumping England by three wickets in the final played at the Sharjah International Cricket ground on Monday.

The 4-Nation was participated by Pakistan, England, India and South Africa. All the arrangements were made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and also provided all the ICC-certified match officials for conducting the event in a befitting manner.

Chasing a decent total of 226 runs, Pakistan replied strongly through Waqas and Zaka Ahmed who punished England bowlers at their will and brought their team close to title victory. Waqas remained top scorer with his swashbuckling 76 runs while Zaka Ahmed contributed invaluable 69 runs. Naveed Qamar unbeaten 22 runs helped Pakistan in achieving the target safely in 48.4 overs for the loss of seven wickets to lift the coveted trophy. Allan clinched three wickets for England but his heroics couldn’t help England win the title.

Earlier, England opted to bat first and posted 225-6 in the allotted 50 overs. Umaish Valje was top scorer for England hammering 63 runs while Kratish and Allan also played impressive knocks and contributed significant 56 and 45 runs respectively. Shakil bowled well for Pakistan claiming 3-44 while Adnan managed to bag 2-45.

For his outstanding bowling performance, M Shakil of Pakistan was named as the best bowler of the tournament while Naveed Qamar was declared the best batsman and player of the tournament. Earlier, the inaugural match of Pakistan and India was washed out, while in the second match, England beat Pakistan by 16 runs while the third match saw Pakistan thumping South Africa by three wickets. Pakistan then qualified for the final on better run rate where they routed spirited England by three wickets to clinch the coveted trophy.

PDCA president Abdul Salam and secretary thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their all-out cooperation including financial assistance to the PDCA which responded well in form of winning the Deaf ICC Championship trophy. They also lauded the ICC for assisting the DCCI and also making the event a mega success by providing their grounds and match officials.

“We cordially congratulate Pakistan deaf team for this outstanding victory and hope the players will continue playing well in the upcoming assignments and keep winning laurels for Pakistan,” they said and urged the Prime Minister and Chief Minister Punjab to acknowledge their efforts for earning good name and fame for the country at international level.

Chief selector Mian Javed Ali lauded the performance of his boys during the international event and said: “The boys proved my selection right by delivering against one of the best teams of the world and defeating all their rivals to grab the title. I hope they will continue their good form and earn more victories in future events.”

Coach Nadeem Zafar said that it was passion and spirit of Pakistan deaf which helped them win this prestigious tournament. “Pakistan deaf cricketers are eager to excel in any given event but the dire need of the hour is to provide them maximum international exposure and assignments and they in response will keep bringing laurels for the country.” Pakistan deaf captain Zaka Ahmed Qureshi said that all the boys played well and contributed individually which was the key factor behind their title triumph. “We have now delivered and expect some words of praise from the higher authorities of the country and also some cash awards which will help the players perform in much better way.”

BRIEFS SCORES:

ENGLAND: 225-6 in 50 overs (Umaish Valje 63, Kratish 56, Allan 45; Shakil 3-44, Adnan 2-45)

PAKISTAN: 228-7 in 48. 4 overs (Waqas 76, Zaka 69, Naveed Qamar 22; Allan 3 wickets).