Hence comes to an end, the National Wheelchair Cricket Tournament ’10. It was one of the most amazing events we have done from the platform of Pakistan Youth Alliance. Though rain tried its best to deter us and the 70 odd disabled participants from holding the event successfully, but in the end, passion had the last laugh.
The way they gave us motivation to keep on going, the way they played in the rain and shocked the audience, as mostly, people thought they weren’t good players was just heart melting. I personally thank Saaya Association, STEP, Milestone, CDA and all the sponsors for without their support, the event wouldn’t have been possible.
Some pictures and news clippings are attached here; some would be updated as we receive them.
The Nation about the final match:
Mehran Dolphins Lahore (MDL) defeated Chanar Heroes Peshawar (CHP) by 73 runs in the final of the National Wheelchair Users Cricket Tournament here at Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday.
The winners set a mammoth target of 166 runs for their challengers by managing 165 for two runs on the board in eight overs per innings fixture.
An excellent innings by Agha Raza Hasnain (99 not out) helped Mehran Dolphins lift the trophy. He hit 15 boundaries and five massive sixes during his remarkable innings.
Rizwan Ijaz contributed 45 runs for Dolphins. He smashed five sixes and three fours during his unbeaten innings. Tariq Afridi took only wicket for Chanar Heroes.
Chanar Heroes could score 92 runs in their eight overs. Tariq Afridi (35) and Ayaz Khan (22) were the main contributors for the losers. Agha Raza Husnain chipped in three scalps for Mehran Dolphin Lahore.
He was declared man of the match and also the best player of the tournament.
Raza Husnain said after the match that he enjoyed the game. “Although it was rainy day but I played well and our team won the trophy and we enjoyed the cricket. The tournaments should be organised regularly because such types of events encourage us,” captain of the winning team said.
As many as six teams including Ravi Challengers Karachi, Khyber Kings Multan, Mehran Dolphin Lahore, Gilgit Topper Muradkay, Chanar Heroes Pesahwar and Bolan Tigers Mardan competed in the two-day event held under the aegis of the Pakistan Youth Alliance (PYA).
Each participating team awarded cash prize of Rs 10,000.
At the end, Inspector General Police Islamabad Syed Kaleem Amam, chief guest, distributed the certificates, shields, cash awards and cricket kits among the players. The winning team captain Agha Raza Husnain received the winning trophy while the captain of Chanar Heroes Ayaz Khan collected the runners-up trophy.
Fayez Al Shehri, Cultural Officer in Saudi embassy in Islamabad also attended the ceremony as special guest and distributed some prizes among the players. “We will support such events and it is my pleasure to join you in this cricket match and I, in fact, enjoyed the cricket and spirit of participants,” he said while speaking to players and officials.
Kaleem Aman, while speaking, congratulated the winners and said that it was honour for him to grace the occasion as a chief guest. He assured the organisers to support them in future for holding such types of events.
He also congratulated the organising team.
The two-day event was staged by the Pakistan Youth Alliance (PYA) in collaboration with Sayya, Step and Milestone, renowned NGOs for the disabled persons. At the end, chairman PYA Ali Abbas Zaidi and Asim Zafar thanked the chief guest and all participating teams. Moenjedaro musical group displayed excellent music show at the end.