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Sports: Cricket: PBCC honors Ashraf and Fayyaz for World Cup heroics

February 13, 2020

Karachi: Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) hosted a reception ceremony to honor Pakistan blind cricket legends Mohammad Ashraf Bhatti and Mohammad Fayyaz for their brilliant performances in 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

Mohammad Ashraf Bhatti put match winning performance in the World Cup 2002 scoring unbeaten 88 runs while he also bagged Best Player of the World Cup along with Player of the Final Match. Pakistan defeated host India in the final in Chennai. He has played 38 one-day international matches for Pakistan at a brilliant 101-run average.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Fayyaz scored 78 runs on his debut match against India in 2002 World Cup. He also scored three centuries and two half-centuries in a five-match series against India in 2004. He has played 38 matches for Pakistan with an average of 73.39 runs.

On the occasion, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani said that sports persons play pivotal role in promoting soft image of the country, it doesn’t in whatever sports they represent the country.

“Persons without sight have been making their presence felt in education, IT and they have now been doing well in sports arena. Pakistan’s blind persons have won laurels for the country in the game of cricket as well, which is highly commendable,” he said.

On the occasion, PBCC Chairperson Syed Sultan Shah, Commander PAF Faisal Base Air Commodore Aftab Alam, OC Admin Wing Commander Ghazanfar Ali, Head CSR NBP Iqbal Wahid, Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Media Advisor Asif Azeem and others were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Shalwani presented Rs200,000 each to Ashraf and Fayyaz on behalf of PBCC.

Shalwani added praised Sultan Shah and his team for the success of Pakistan blind cricket. He further said that, blind cricketers have brought good name to the country therefore the blind cricket will be honored by naming a road or bridge after blind cricketer.

Meanwhile, Sultan Shah praised Shalwani for taking keen interest in sports. He added that new players must follow in the footsteps of these legends and so that one day they could register their names besides these legends.

Sultan also thanked PPL, PAF, NBP and Murtaza Hashwani of Pearl Continental Hotel for patronizing blind cricket in the country.

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