Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Sport is a powerful instrument which can be use for inner & physical development of children and youth

In my childhood time, I heard a proverb “a sound body has a sound mind”. I believe to get education and to change world we require sound minds. A query rose, how we can obtain sound minds. Answer is uncomplicated through “sports”.

Youth and children in conflict or disaster areas, as a refugee, facing racism or discrimination, living with HIV/AIDS and in low earning families are facing anxiety and pressure which is an obstacle in learning. The merely easily available, low cost and high impact tool to conquer pressure around us is sports. Sports provide us physical fitness which leads to mental fitness and leadership skills.

I believe leadership is a broader expression which leads to numerous thoughts in an optimistic silhouette. By means of pressure and stress you are in a state of darkness but sports leads you to brightness. At this juncture, I am talking about positive sports which lead a child/youth towards leadership skills like tolerance, accepting challenges, determination, communication, inclusion, team building, passion, punctuality, intelligence, honesty, creativity, mobilization, think out of box, clear vision, inspire, respect others opinion, acceptance of binding rules, humanitarian values and fairness. Sports is also a tool of fundraising, public awareness, advocacy, conflict resolution, peace building, health promotion and disease prevention, promotion of gender equality and post disaster relief. It can augment social interaction and justice. Leadership skills can assist the world to create effective leaders like Pakistan have Imran Khan (former Pakistani cricketer, Current Chairman of Second biggest political party).

Some effective examples are given underneath:
Mobilization: Mobilization power of sports is used to hold up causes like education, child rights, HIV/AIDS etc
Tolerance: Tolerance power of sports can be used to counter extremism and violence
Mental Health: It can reduce violence, sexual harassment and rape incidents
Inclusion: It can assist people to move back in normal life activities which are facing discrimination or living with HIV/AIDs. We can also make feel better to people with physical restrictions.

In the history ping pong is used to resolve conflict issues between different countries

Pakistan is facing extremism and violence currently and we can counter it by supremacy of sports. Unfortunately, in Pakistan supports facilities and play grounds are exceptional and are unavailable for low earning families. Majority public and low fee private schools of Pakistan have no sports facilities even in big cities like Lahore. These schools have majority children from low earning families which are victim of financial pressure and stress. Governments need to finance for sports to make it accessible for low earning people at grass root level. It will also help to enhance learning and quality facts of education.

United Nations has a department on sports for development and peace which is promoting sports and doing advocacy of young leaders on sports for development and peace under leadership of Will Field Lemke special advisor of United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon. Trained young leaders are working with mass at grass root level to develop them by providing skills. I also attended the young leaders program 1st -17th Feb 2015 on Sports for Development and Peace held at Gwangju South Korea and represented Kafka Welfare Organization Pakistan there. 32 young leaders from Asia pacific attended the program and learned conflict resolution, sports for development and peace, countering HIV/AIDS with sports and child protection. Sessions were conducted by UNOSDP, UNAIDS, International Olympic Association, British Football federation and South Korean Taekwondo federation. They used Soccer, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and many own designed games to teach leadership skills. In seventeen days, I accepted many challenges, though like a growth mind set, learnt many leadership skills and applied them through sports activities.

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Shahid Afridi the most popular cricketer

Afridi played 27 Tests, 378 One Day Internationals, and 73 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for the Pakistani national team. He made his ODI debut on 2 October 1996 against Kenya and his Test debut on 22 October 1998 against Australia. T20 28th Aug 2006 v/s England against Sri Lanka, Afridi batted at number three in the role of a pinch-hitter. In his first international innings, Afridi broke the record for fastest century in ODI cricket, reaching his hundred from 37 balls. The eleven sixes he struck also equaled the record for most in an ODI innings

Afridi scored his maiden Test century, scoring 141 runs from 191 balls. In the same match he also claimed three wickets for 54 runs

Shahid Afridi has scored 5 centuries in test cricket while 6 in ODI

Against or rivalries India Shahid Afridi has scored 5 centuries 3in tests and 2 in ODI

As of May 2013, Matches 27 373 70
Runs scored 1,716 7,516 1044
Batting average 36.51 23.34 18.98

He has an ODI strike rate of 114.53(3rd highest)


48 test wickets and over 378 in ODIs with a best of 7 wickets for just 12 runs. Currently Afridi is third on the list of leading wicket takers in the Twenty20 format, , taking 76 wickets from 73 matches with an average of 22.2

In ODI World Cup 2011, Afridi Makes Another World Record. He Took 22 Wickets During Such Tournament That Was Most Number Of Wickets By Any Captain In History Of ODI Cricket If U Talk About T20 Shahid Afridi Has Taken 41 Wickets In Different T20 World Cups. This Is Still A World Record.

In 2013, Shahid Afridi Bowled a Magical Spell of Bowling against West Indies, Where he Took 7 Wickets Giving Away Just 12 Runs. That Was The 2nd Best Bowling Performance in ODI History.

He is a man to whom the world praises if you talks about foreigners

Michael Holding: Cricket is not cricket without Shahid Afridi.

Sachin Tendulkar: Afridi is “fire” for us.

Geoffrey Boycott: He is a power house, my favorite player of all time.

Yuvraj: Even after hitting 6 sixes, can’t even come close to Afridi’s fame

On 4 October 1996, against Sri Lanka in Nairobi. His innings included 28 runs off one of Sanath Jayasuriya’s overs, whose record he broke.

Made 32 runs off a Malinga Bandara over in an ODI game at Abu Dhabi in 2007. He struck four consecutive sixes and it was the 2nd most expensive over in ODI history.

Holds four of the top eight fastest ODI half centuries, twice completed in 18 balls once in 19 and twice in 20 balls. He has also scored a half century of just 21 balls.

The third fastest ODI century off 45 balls in April 2005 against India commentator Ravi Shastri make him the nickname Boom Boom Afridi

Youngest player in history to make an ODI century at just 16 years and 217 days with his 37 ball ton against Sri Lanka. It included 11 sixes and 6 fours.

Most matches in career (6th)

Was the First player to score 12 runs off one ball, by hitting the roof of the Millennium Stadium.
Only player who took 350 wickets and scored 7000 runs in ODIs.
Only player who took 5 wicket + score a fifty three time.
Only Player to hit more 400 Sixes in International career, 333 Sixes in His Incredible ODI Career

Only Pakistani and 2nd Player in Cricket history, Who Scored More Than 10,000 Runs and Took 500 plus Wickets in International Career

The top 3 highest inning strike rate also belongs to Shahid Afridi with a highest inn strike rate of 357.1

Due to his remarkable performance in all types of cricket Shahid Afridi received most man of the match awards in Pakistan cricket history.

Let me tell u an interesting fact that Shahid Afridi has got 5 wicket haul 8 times and not a single time Pak lost the match and he is world no.3 in terms of 5 wickets haul ..

Stats shows that whenever Shahid Afridi has taken 4 or more wickets or have scored 50+ runs 95% Pak has been declared as a winner Which clearly states that he is the match winner He is super star it is very hard to say that player like him will come in future. He is a gift for cricket, and an all-rounder with so many records

We salute you sir for your dedication, devotion, struggle, strives and for representing our country our nation as an ambassador with a pride u r a real hero and we are standing with you in all your good and off time

And now to serve humanity he is here with as passionate as ever so concluding my speech I am living a question for u that “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

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Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said on Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted by corruption

The 45-year-old, who famously blew the whistle on match-fixing in 1994-95, last week refused to take up the chief selector’s post with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Corruption, match-fixing and spot-fixing allegations have dogged Pakistani cricket for two decades and Latif said he could not work with tarnished ex-pros.

“I have my principles, which do not allow me to work with players who were punished for match-fixing in the past,” Latif told AFP



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