RIYADH: King Faisal Specialist Hospital Riyadh Warriors, Falcons, White Star and PTI Tigers emerged champions in the respective leagues of the Prince Abdulaziz bin Nasser Cricket Tournament, organized by the Riyadh Cricket Association. In the Al-Kharj League 40-over final, KFSH Riyadh Warriors outclassed Shaheen by 69 runs. Other league finals were of 20 overs each. In Huraymala League Falcons beat Riyadh Blues by five wickets, White Star eased past Raavi by 33 runs in the Hayer League and PTI Tigers got the better of King Lions XI by 27 runs in the Diriyah League. Highlight of the Al-Kharj final was Ayaz Mohammed’s match winning innings of 137 for KFSH.
KFSH 352 for 8: (Ayaz Mohammed 137, Amjad 76, Basit Ali 51, Syed Adeel 24; Abdul Salam 2 wkts) beat Pak Shaheen 288: (Abdul Waheed 73, Abdul Qadir 67, Abdul Wahab 44; Iftikhar Ali, Imtiaz Ahmed & Munawar Shafi 2 wkts each) by 69 runs. Man of the Match: Ayaz Mohammed.
Brief scores: Huraymala League: Riyadh Blues 169: (Shakeel 66, Fayaz 26; Sajjad, Irfan & Ateeq 2 wkts each) lost to Falcons 170 in 18.5 overs: (Zahid 48, Sirajuddin 42) by 5 wkts. Man of the Match: Sirajuddin. Hayer League: White Star CC 225 for 9: (Meher Umer Bashir 84, Adeel 51, Asif 25; Nadeem 3, Ashfaq 2 wkts) beat Raavi 192 for 9: (Zain 45, Shahbaz 31; Irfan Sagar 3, Wazir 2, Naeem 2 wkts each) by 33 runs Man of the Match: Meher Umer Bashir. Diriyah League: PTI Tigers 181 for 9: (Shabeer Alam 35 n.o; Mohasin 3, Naser 2 wkts) beat King Lions XI 154: (Mohasen 42, Shakeel 37; Shabbir Alam 1 wkt) by 27 runs. Man of the Match: Shabeer Alam.
Amir Khan says agreement made for Manny Pacquiao Riyadh bout in November
The two boxers came close to a fight in 2017, but negotiations fell through
The two boxers are known to be good friends and spent years sparring with each in the US
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LONDON: British boxer Amir Khan said on Tuesday that a deal has been agreed for a fight against Manny Pacquiao on 8 November in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking at his gym in the British city of Bolton the former world champion said the fight would happen in Riyadh, adding that the bout had been “signed by both parties.”
Pacquiao, 40, has a scheduled fight with American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Saturday and, barring any potential rematch, would be available to fight Khan in the Kingdom.
“It’s on, unless he gets injured or he says he is going to retire after the fight and then the fight won’t happen, but he is interested in the fight as well,” Khan told Boxing Social.
The two boxers came close to a fight in 2017, but negotiations fell through and the bout never materialized.
“It is going to be amazing, because it’s been a long time we’ve been chasing that fight. I’ve been chasing the big names like (Floyd) Mayweather and Pacquiao for a long, long time but those fights never happened.
“But now it has come to a stage where we both signed on that dotted line, so hopefully he is going to be the next (fight).
“To have him sign that dotted line is brilliant and no matter how he does against Thurman, I still think it’s a big fight.
“Hopefully he comes out of it in one piece in his next fight against Keith, which is a hard fight and not an easy one for him, and we will take it from there.”
The British boxer, 32, scored a stoppage win over Australia’s Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia last Friday and soon after his win was talking up the prospect of landing Pacquiao as his next fight.
On the prospect of returning to Saudi Arabia, Khan said his experience in the Dib fight had been “amazing” and that it was hard to turn down a deal to fight in the Kingdom.
“I was little bit nervous, because I did not know what to expect — whether it would be full or not, or if people would turn up to support — but it was amazing. I think the next one is going to be even bigger.
“The experience was awesome, I was looked after by the GSA (General Sports Authority) and the Saudi government took good care of us, the gyms were amazing. I would love to go back over there.”
When asked if he ever doubted whether his dream fight against Pacquiao would happen, Khan agreed.
“I’ve waited so long but you cannot really put all your eggs in one basket, and definitely say this is going to be the next fight.
“I hope it is him but we will have to look at back up plans. I’ve always wanted to fight him. It’s the biggest fight out there for me,” he told the BBC.
The two boxers are known to be good friends and spent years sparring with each in the US while training under the mentorship of trainer Freddie Roach.
The Filipino legend has not yet officially announced any bout with Khan and on social media appears focused on Saturday’s fight.
“When I sparred him he was at his peak,” Khan said. “I got good rounds with him and did really well. I have probably sparred between 200 and 300 rounds with him. He has slowed down a bit.”
Pacquiao has 61 wins, seven defeats and two draws in a 24-year professional career, while Khan has 34 wins and five defeats.