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T20 World Cup: Two Pakistanis make it to ‘Team of the Tournament’



The most valuable team of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has been announced following the completion of the tournament, which includes players from semi-finalists Pakistan.

England won the T20 World Cup Sunday — becoming the sport’s first dual white-ball champions, holding both the 50 and 20-over titles — after beating Pakistan in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Among 11 players, two are included from the Pakistan team, two from India, four from England with one each from South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

Let’s take a look at the Upstox Team of the Tournament: 

Shadab Khan – Pakistan

Pakistan’s all-rounder nailed throughout the tournament with 98 runs coming at a strike rate of 168.96. Shadab took 11 wickets at an average of 15 with his economy rate of 6.34 which kept things tight for the team through middle overs. 

Shaheen Shah Afridi – Pakistan

Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi started the tournament strong after his knee injury but the setback in the final sent him back to the pavilion and he failed to bowl his final two overs. 

Shaheen helped the team when it needed him the most by dismissing Finn Allen in the opening over in the semi-final against New Zealand and Alex Hales in the first over of the final. 

Virat Kohli – India

The India batter produced a major tournament by finishing as the highest run-scorer in the tournament. He scored 296 runs with an average of 98.66. The star batter hit four fifties and scored 82 against Pakistan in Super 12. 

Suryakumar Yadav – India

India’s Suryakumar Yadav had a great outing just like Kohli, with 239 to his name at a strike rate of 189.68.

Alex Hales – England

England’s opener made it to the XI with two magnificent knocks including an 86 in the semi-final against India. He became the team’s second-highest run-scorer in the tournament. 

He amassed 212 runs with an average and a strike rate of 42.40 and 147.22 respectively.

Jos Buttler – England

The skipper played a great part in winning the T20 title with two match-winning knocks. He scored 73 against the Black Caps and 80 against India. He is also the highest run-scorer with 225 runs in hand at an average of 45 and a strike-rate of 144.23.

Sam Curran – England

Englishmen Sam Curran became the Player of the Match in the final and Player of the Tournament. He has 13 wickets to his name in the tournament with an economy rate of 6.52.

Mark Wood – England

England’s pacer Mark Wood’s injury forced him to miss the two main matches — the semi-final and the final. However, he already made a mark in the tournament by bowling at a speed of 150kph and dismissing good players. The player took nine wickets. 

Glenn Phillips – New Zealand

Glenn Phillips played a huge role in taking his team to the semi-finals with a century to his name in the tournament. The batter scored 201 runs with an average of 40.20 and a strike rate of 158.26.

Sikandar Raza – Zimbabwe

The veteran all-rounder shined in both bat and ball in the tournament by being Zimbabwe’s highest run-scorer. He amassed 219 runs at a strike rate of 147.97 and added 10 wickets to his name at an economy rate of 6.50. 

Anrich Nortje – South Africa

South Africa’s Anrich Nortje’s pace bowling caused players to face issues throughout the Super 12 stage. He has 11 wickets to his name with an economy of 5.37.


Haj 2024: Pakistanis to get ‘free SIMs with internet’




Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Aneeq Ahmed said Tuesday that the government would provide free-of-cost mobile SIMs with roaming internet packages to Pakistanis performing Haj in 2024.

In conversation with a private news channel, the caretaker minister said abayas would also be given to female pilgrims, having a Pakistani flag on the backside, and 13kg suitcases would be given to all.

The minister called the reduction of around Rs100,000 in the Haj cost a “historic step” taken by the caretaker government, noting that a further Rs50,000 would be slashed and the amount would be refunded to the people in their accounts.

He said a new mobile application has been designed to assist pilgrims, which will provide navigation support and enable constant communication between pilgrims and relevant officials.

Initially available in English and Urdu, the application will later incorporate various regional languages, he said, adding, that the app would also provide digital training programmes to every pilgrim.

The minister also disclosed a project that Haj ministry, with the collaboration of the education ministry, has planned to convert city mosques into schools to enroll out-of-school children where the mosques’ imams would play a leading role.

The minister said that mosques will play their role as community centers in every city areas, adding that imams will resolve community issues as well after offering prayers.

He said that haj ministry is taking all four provinces on board and enhancing the connectivity of mosques.

While describing another project, the minister said that his ministry with the collaboration of the health ministry has another project in the works, in which medical clinics will also be part of mosques.

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Three education board chairmen, several officers sacked in Sindh




KARACHI: Sindh caretaker Chief Minister Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqir Thursday approved the removal of three chairmen of education boards and ordered the sacking of several officers, Geo News reported, citing notifications from the CM House.

The interim chief executive removed the chairpersons of the Board of Intermediate Karachi, Sindh Technical Board, and Larkana boards. He also ordered the sacking of secretaries and controller examinations of BIEK, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, and Larkana boards.

Moreover, Larkana, Sukkur, Nawabshah, and Board of Secondary Education Karachi’s audit officers were also removed from their posts.

The Sindh government has also sought permission from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to appoint new personnel to the now-vacant positions — as interim rulers need the body’s approval for hiring people.

In the letter addressed to the commission, the government has also said that in several education boards across the province, top posts are being operated on “stop-gap” arrangements and in order for these departments to function better, permanent appointments need to be made.

According to the notifications available with Geo News, Justice (retd) Baqir has removed BIEK Chairman Dr Prof Naseem Memon and appointed him as the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Larkana’s (BISEL) chairman — where he will serve till June 30, 2024.

Zaheeruddin Bhutto, interim controller of examination of BIEK, was removed from his post effective immediately, while BIEK Secretary Kashif Siddiqui was also sacked — and he will return to his previous position.

Zahid Lakho, the audit officer of BIEK, was also stripped of his additional charge of the board’s secretary.

BISEL Chairman Sikandar Ali Miraj has also been removed with immediate effect, and he will be returning to his original post of Inspector of Instruction.

BISEL Controller Examination Nadeem Soomro has been removed from his position and directed to report to the Human Settlement and Social Housing Department.

On the instructions of the caretaker CM, Syed Aqash Shah was relieved of the charge of BISEL’s acting secretary.

Hyderabad board’s secretary Shaukat Khanzada was also removed from his post and directed to report to the college education department. Zahiruddin Sheikh, the audit officer of the Hyderabad board, has been sacked and asked to report to the board’s head office.

Ghulam Mustafa was removed from the post of BISEL’s audit officer and directed to report to the post of deputy controller.

Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Sukkur (BISES) Secretary Mohammad Salman has been removed and asked to report to the deputy secretary’s office. BISES Controller Examination Dr Abdul Fateh Mehr has been removed and asked to report to the secretary’s office.

The caretaker chief minister has also removed Ghulam Qadir Dharijo, the audit officer of BISES, and directed him to report to the chairman’s office.

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Punjab to shut down school, colleges in Punjab’s smog-hit areas on Friday, Saturday




  • Lahore, Gujranwala among cities hit by smog.
  • Markets and restaurants to open for work at 3pm on Fri and Sat.
  • Govt offices to remain open on Fri; will start work at 3pm on Sat.

LAHORE: All schools, colleges and universities will remain closed on Friday and Saturday, as Punjab on Thursday notified measures to curb smog across the province as it impacts the daily life of citizens.

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi, who chaired a high-level meeting of the Punjab Cabinet Anti-Smog Committee today, announced the provincial government’s decision during a presser in Lahore.

The smog-hit cities include Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Kasur, Sheikupura, Hafizabad, Narowal, Nankana Sahib and Sialkot.

Markets and restaurants, he added, will open for work at 3pm on Friday and Saturday, while all kinds of businesses will have to be closed on Sunday. 

“Markets can remain open till night. We don’t want anyone to suffer loss, but they will have to adjust according to the situation.”

CM Punjab said offices will remain operational on Friday but will open for work at 3pm on Saturday. These measures, the chief minister added, are being taken as Air Quality Index (AQI) levels are higher in the morning and decrease with time.

The government will also install towers to clear smog in Lahore for which, CM Punjab said, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed.

He added that the government will also provide electric bikes to 10,000 students on subsidy to curb the use of regular motorcycles which cause air pollution for which a committee has been formed to finalise suggestions. Meanwhile, government employees will also be provided e-bikes on lease.

CM Punjab said the government is considering measures for artificial rain if clouds approach Lahore on November 29. 

However, that will only happen if a “specific kind of cloud” moves towards the city. The government has also decided to double the amount of water being sprinkled on the streets.

The chief minister said the main Mall Road on Sunday will only be open for bicycle users from morning till 5pm. Some of the measures, CM Naqvi said, have been taken symbolically, some are long-term, while others have been taken to break the peak of pollution in the city and province.

He also urged people to wear masks to protect their health.

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