Pakistan cricket is declining fast, says former PCB Chairman

LAHORE - Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Khalid Mahmood feels that Pakistan cricket is declining fast due to wrong decisions of the current PCB bosses. “If this situation continues, future of cricket will be bleaker than hockey. Ehsan Mani is unaware of the basic needs of Pakistan cricket. He has been in England for a long time and doesn’t come out of that system and same is the case with CEO Wasim Khan. But they don’t understand that the problems and needs of Pakistan cricket are far different from England’s,” said Khalid here on Tuesday. “Departmental cricket was abolished without proper strategy, which not only destroyed the careers of many talented cricketers but also damaged Pakistan cricket, which is now suffering badly.” Khalid Mahmood said: “The major reason behind Pakistan hockey downfall was lack of interest and attention on club and school level hockey and same is going to happen with cricket. Club cricket is a real nursery and the PCB is completely ignoring it. There is a dire need of promoting club, school and departmental cricket if we want to produce world class cricketers,” he added.  


Four Pak players to feature in World Online Ripe Skipping Championship 

LAHORE - Four Pakistani players will feature in the World Online Ripe Skipping Championship 2021 at USA. According to President Pakistan Rope Skipping Federation (PRSF), Maqbool Arain, boys and girls from across the world will take part in this event while from Pakistan, four Pakistani players Hussain Nadir and Mustafa-ur-Rehman (both 12-year-old) and Muneeba Akther (13-year-old) and Alina Tariq (12-year-old) will exhibit their prowess. He said that these players have been selected through trials and more than 50 players from across the country participated in these video trials and players were selected on merit. Maqbool said that the International Rope Skipping Federation will announce the final results of the championship on August 15. “The position holders of the championship will qualify for International Rope Skipping Championship 2022, which will be played at USA next year.”  


Former England paceman Mike Hendrick died at 72 

LONDON (APP): Former England fast medium-bowler Mike Hendrick has died aged 72, his old county Derbyshire announced Tuesday. He had been suffering from bowel and liver cancer for some time. In an article in The Times published earlier this month to coincide with the 40th anniversary of England’s 1981 Ashes series win at home to Australia, Hendrick told Mike Atherton -- himself a former England captain -- that he was “in the departure lounge but the flight has not quite left yet”. Hendrick only played two Tests in that series but was more heavily involved in England’s 1977 and 1978/9 Ashes successes. Renowned for his accuracy, Hendrick took 87 wickets in 30 Tests at an average of 25.83 from 1974 to 1981 at a time when he faced competition for an England place from the likes of John Snow, Bob Willis, Chris Old, John Lever and Graham Dilley in attacks boasting all-rounders of the calibre of Tony Greig and Ian Botham.