AVK Wild Boys, Salam Brothers, IDB down rivals

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Updated 01 March 2013
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AVK Wild Boys, Salam Brothers, IDB down rivals

AVK Wild Boys of Jolli Tilo defeated Marhaba 65-57 in the JBL tournament at Bin Mafouz basketball court on Tahlia Street, Al Andalus District here.
AVK, using its patented running game, defused Marhaba defense in the final quarter. Boyce top-scored with 20 points for AVK Wild Boys and was adjudged as the Giordano best player of the game while RD Creencia scored 17 points for Marhaba.
This tournament is sponsored by Giordano Fashions (Ahmedullah), ABS-CBN — The Filipino Channel, Saudi Signs (Sam Adora), Al Haddaf Sportswear (Mohamed Bayoumi), Arab News and Arabian Food Supplies Catering Division (Ahmad Miri).
Salam Brothers White of Ali Lumanog beat Taqwa Brothers Green 67-58. Salam Brothers White displayed team work in the whole game as Taqwa Brothers Green missed their jumpers. Dawood Antonio and Mikael scored 21 points apiece for Salam Brothers White and were adjudged as the JBL best players of the game.
Islamic Development Bank of Omar Celis defeated Barangay Fame 63-57. IDB controlled the shading area in the fourth quarter as Barangay Fame committed some crucial turnovers. Erwin Malabed chipped in 21 points for IDB and was adjudged as the Saudi Signs best player of the game while John Ernest Gallano had 19 points for Barangay Fame.
Al Muhaidib of Robert De Guzman beat Al Mostaqbal Hospital 77-61. Al Muhaidib managed to control their offense in the whole game. Pabs Viscayno top-scored with 28 points for Al Muhaidib and was adjudged as the JBL best player of the game.
Thursday, ALJ Central Purchasing of Noel Sun defeated Saudi Diyar 85-62. Saudi Diyar, playing without their main man and scoring machine Gerald De Leon, tried hard to sustain its offense. ALJ Purchasing went to the open man in the final quarter for a higher percentage shots. MJ Dela Cruz top-scored with 16 points for ALJ Central Purchasing and was adjudged as the JBL best player of the game while Pelino had 10 points for Saudi Diyar.
El Khereji of Allan Macalinao beat NCB Quick Pay 94-72. Al Khereji caught NCB Quick Pay in its off night. Eric Zambale had 22 points for El Khereji and was adjudged as the Arab News best player of the game while Ibabao and Aris Aspa each scored 18 points for NCB Quick Pay.
Saudia Aviation of Andrew Masongsong won over SBG Sparks 80-70. SBG Sparks almost won the game but Saudia Aviation wisely played its offense to score its third win in five games.
Toyota Sequoia of Jimmy Abdullah Beltran defeated Awdah 82-68 to remain perfect after three games. Scores kept changing sides up to the third quarter. Toyota Sequoia applied man-to-man defense to halt Awdah offense. EJ Destresa top-scored with 15 points for Toyota Sequoia and was adjudged as the JBL best player of the game while Elmer Sanchez scored 27 big points for Awdah.


Ahmed defends Pakistan squad as ‘best of the best’

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Ahmed defends Pakistan squad as ‘best of the best’

  • Fawad Alam is a seasoned player, but the players we selected are also equally good and have been scoring continuously as well, says Pakistani skipper
  • Former test opener Ramiz Raja claims there are flaws in Alam’s batting technique

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has defended the 16-man national squad for tours of Ireland and England as the “best of the best” despite criticism over the omission of batsman Fawad Alam.
“It’s not like I voted him (Alam) out,” Ahmed said on the last day of Pakistan’s training camp in Lahore on Saturday, adding that “I would have picked all the 25 ... but we had to pick the best of the best 16 players.”
Wasim Akram was among several former Pakistan test players who have criticized selectors for ignoring Alam in the middle order — especially since Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have now retired.
Alam was among 25 players called up for the camp after scoring consistently on the domestic circuit, but he failed to make the final squad.
Former test opener Ramiz Raja claimed there were flaws in Alam’s batting technique and that he would not have considered the left-hander, considering the tough conditions in England.
Ahmed played down the dispute.
“People can make as much reasons to talk, but there is nothing like flaws in anyone’s batting technique,” Ahmed said. “If you look back, Fawad had played a test in 2009 and he is a seasoned player ... (but) the players we selected are also equally good and have been scoring continuously as well.”
Ahmed said it had been a “unanimous decision” by coach, captain and selectors.
Pakistan has included uncapped batsmen Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali in the final 16, as well as Fakhar Zaman, who has done well in limited-overs cricket but is yet to play a test match.
Misbah and Younis will be missed on a tour of England where Misbah scored a century at Lord’s in 2016 and Younis made 218 at The Oval in the fourth test to draw the series 2-2.
Pakistan has two four-day matches against Kent and Northamptonshire before meeting Ireland in a one-off test at Dublin, starting May 11. It plays two tests against England, starting May 24.
Pakistan will also play Scotland on June 12-13 in two Twenty20 Internationals.
Pakistan faced a major blow when its premier legspinner Yasir Shah was ruled out due to injury. However, Ahmed said he wasn’t sure that Shadab Khan, who has played just one test match, would make it to the final team with the English conditions more suitable for pace.
“The weather will be much cooler and I am not even sure if we are going to play a spinner,” Ahmed said.