KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): The Pakistan Baseball team won gold after defeating India 11-2 in the Dubai Baseball Cup at Emirates Little Baseball Field on UAE’s Independence Day.
The Greenshirts scored 11 runs in nine innings, while India could only manage once apiece in the second and third innings.
Umair Imdad Bhatti was the player of the match with five runs to his tally, which included a home run.
Pakistan Baseball Federation (PBF) Executive Director Syed Fakhar Ali Shah told that the win will help Pakistan climb up the rankings ladder. “The team played really well and performed outstandingly against India,” he said. “This will help Pakistan in rising up the world rankings.”
Fakhar added that the match was held as an alternate to the West Asia Cup, which was held in Islamabad earlier in February where teams from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan took part, but India were unable to participate as they were not granted visas.
“The Indian team was not issued Pakistani visas and missed the event which also affected their ranking, so Pakistan and Indian Baseball Federation decided to play a rankings match at a neutral venue. Following the agreement both federations requested the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and they gave this match the desired stature,” he said.
Fakhar said the match was held in Dubai on WBSC’s request. “The reason for selecting Dubai as the neutral venue is that the WBSC has been requesting the president of PBF Syed Khawar Shah to work on the development of baseball in Arab countries, as they want to promote the sport in the region.”
At the prize distribution ceremony, the president of UAE Baseball Softball Federation said: “It was good to see India and Pakistan baseball teams in Dubai and I hope that the series will be fruitful for the promotion and the development of baseball in Dubai.”