Miracle News

Volume 17 Issue 446- Dhul Qadah 11, 1438 AH August 4, 2017
   :: Sports

::Bahria Town honors victorious Pakistan cricket team

Pakistan cricket captain, Sarfraz Ahmed said on Tuesday that another inspiring aspect which contributed in the comeback of team after losing to India during the ICC Champions Trophy was the unconditional support of the chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Shahryar M Khan and chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq.“After losing to India the whole team was upset but the PCB chairman and the chief selector played a positive role and motivated the players to set aside the sour memories of defeat to India and take a fresh start in the Champions Trophy,” he said while speaking at a reception which was organized here in the honor of Pakistan cricket team by the chairman, Bahria Town, Malik Riaz.The reception was attended by members of the team, baring Junaid Khan, Mohammad Aamir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik who could not attend due to their personal engagements. Officials of the PCB, management of the Bahria Town and a number of former Test cricketers were also present.Sarfraz said the in the coming matches the team made a comeback with a renewed zeal and players put in hard work and showed a higher level of commitment to get victories one after another, eventually clinching the title by defeating India with a huge margin.“It was the result of collective team efforts and the blessings of the Almighty Allah and the prayers of the nation that we won a major title despite the fact that international cricket is not being played in Pakistan,” said the Pakistan cricket captain.Young batsman, Fakhar Zaman said there was a lot of pressure in the final on him but instead bowing down to the pressure he played a fine innings to contribute in team’s success.
Hasan Ali said after losing to India there was no choice left but to go out in the reminder of the tournament with a display of positive and quality cricket.
“I am delighted to be a part of the winning team which put up a memorable show in the event and I am happy to play my part in the victory,” he added.
He said it was imperative for the revival of cricket that international cricket should return to Pakistan.Speaking on the occasion Malik Riaz termed the title victory in Champions trophy a landmark achievement of the team and said this victory has given a new identity to Pakistan cricket.
“This success will be long remembered and it will play a paramount role in the overall development of the game in Pakistan,” he asserted.He praised the leadership qualities of Sarfraz Ahmed and also highlighted the individual performance of the team members. “The way our team played in the event, it speaks volume of potential and talent of the young players and the experience and expertise of the senior players,” he said.
He said his organization was building Pakistan’s biggest cricket stadium in Karachi to accommodate fifty thousand spectators and with the completion of this modern facility the international cricket will be played there and all the foreign teams will be safe there as top class security, boarding and lodging facilities will be provided at a most modern hotel being built close to the stadium.
Malik Riaz gave a cash prize of Rs one million and a piece of land to Sarfraz Ahmed while Fakhar Zaman also received a cash prize of Rs one million and a piece of land. He also handed over cash prize of Rs one million to the team members present on the occasion and for those who were not present.
Source: Sportnet

::Dwane Casey refutes claims that Raptors had trust issues

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey says recent comments from DeMarre Carroll about locker-room dysfunction are “overblown” and maintains that his team was unified this past season. “I would challenge anyone to say when the Toronto Raptors stepped on the floor, that we were not a team,” Casey said Wednesday afternoon on The Andrew Walker Show on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. “That we didn’t go out there and fight for each other, pull for each other and scrap for each other every night on the schedule. “Whatever DeMarre was talking about, it was overblown,” he added. Carroll, whose injury riddled two-year tenure with the Raptors ended when he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this month, made headlines when he told the National Post’s Ryan Wolstat that there were problems among his Raptors teammates. “This year, I feel like a lot of guys didn’t trust each other, and a lot of guys, they didn’t feel like other guys could produce or (be) given the opportunity,” Carroll said. “There was a lot of lack of trust on our team, so that’s what hindered us from going (as far as they wanted to go).” Casey refuted that Wednesday. “I don’t know if it was sour grapes of someone going out the door,” said the coach. “I don’t think it was, because to us DeMarre was a good guy and we wish him well. But to his point, I don’t know how the conversation went with the article, but we have no different locker-room issues or arguments than any other team in the NBA. At the end of the day when we walk out on the floor, I felt like we were a team. I don’t think our offensive system or defensive system had anything to do with whatever he’s talking about.” The Raptors finished the regular season with a 51-31 record, third in the Eastern Conference, but were swept in four games by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs. President Masai Ujiri said at his end-of-season news conference that the team needed a cultural change and has since signed C.J. Miles, traded Carroll to the Nets, Cory Joseph to the Indiana Pacers and saw Patrick Patterson depart via free agency to the Oklahoma City Thunder. “Our whole organization is not broke but we want to make sure we get that edge back, get that two-by-four back on our shoulder where we are hungry again,” Casey said. “I thought last year from a media standpoint, team standpoint, playing standpoint, coaching standpoint, front office standpoint, we got a little complacent. A little soft, so to speak. We’ve got to get that edge back to compete for a championship.”Source: Sportnet


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