PSF to host two major squash events in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) is all set to host the Pakistan Open Men’s Squash Championship and CAS Women International Championship at Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad.

The tournaments will take place between 17 and 23 December.

According to a press release issued by the PSF, 48 international squash players from various countries along with Pakistani squash players will participate in both the events.

Marwan El Shorbagy from Egypt is the top seed in the men’s title, while Annie Au from Hong Kong has been seeded first in the CAS Women International Championship.

The qualifying round will start form December 17, and the main round will commence from 19th December. Semi finals and finals of both the championships will be played between December 21 and 23, respectively.

Pakistan Open Squash Championship, which carries a prize of $50,000, is returning to the squash circuit after a lapse of ten years. The prize money for CAS Women International Championship is $25,000.

Pakistan’s team won silver in Asian Men’s Netball Championship

KUALA LUMPUR (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan’s team won silver at the Second Asian Men’s Netball Championship on Sunday.

Pakistan secured the second position after a nail-biting competition with India. Pakistan scored 50 points while India claimed the title with 51 points.

Pakistan qualified for the final after defeating Singapore 75-63 during the semi-final on Saturday. On the other hand, India qualified after defeating host team Malaysia 47-44.

Interestingly, Pakistan defeated traditional rivals India 70-41 in the Round-Robin Matches of the tournament, which kicked off on Wednesday.

The netball squad of Pakistan comprises Mohammad Akhtar (captain), Samad Masood (vice-captain), Mehboob Shah, Ali Raza Fareed, Muhammad Khursheed, Abid Ali Ansari, Haris Kamal, Masoon Abbasa, Yawar Khan, Zahid Iqbal, Muhammad Rizwan and Naseeb Raza.

Mudassar Razak is the team’s manager with Anwar Ahmed Ansari as the coach. Muhammad Riaz is assistant manager and Yassir assistant coach.

Pakistan had won silver in the First Asian Men’s Netball Championship 2016.

The host team Malaysia defeated Pakistan 35-34 in a close competition, which was held at Dewan Serbaguna Complex Quarters, Kuala Lumpur, last year.