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In a first, girls ice hockey tournament held in Chitral




A girls’ ice hockey tournament was organised for the first time in Pakistan in the “Parwak” of Tehsil Mastuj of Upper Chitral. 

The tournament was held to relieve the mental pressure of the people confined in their homes as the valley is currently in the grip of severe cold and to provide employment opportunities to the local people and attract tourists.


A three-day ice hockey tournament was held on an ice surface at minus two degrees Celsius in which 11 matches were played where students from different educational institutions of Chitral participated.

Muhammad Asif, the organiser of the event, while talking to The Express Tribune, said that the idea of this unique game is to promote children’s sports.

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He furthered that they have been working on children, girls’ sports in the Bonny Environmental Academy for two or three years, where students from the seventh grade to second year are being taught games like skiing, skating and ice hockey, among others.

Eleven players participated in the tournament and the matches were held at an altitude of more than 7,000 feet.


Asif also stated that ice hockey is an expensive game and that the uniforms alone cost around Rs50,000. He, however, added that “they got a lot of help from groups supporting women’s sports and the district administration, along with the local community.”

Younis, another organiser who finalised the arrangements at the event ground, told The Express Tribune, that they had “a very good experience. The students got a chance to play practically after the training”.

He informed that children will practice here till February and said that ice hockey will not only promote such games in the province but the arrival of tourists will also bring a positive image of Pakistan at the global level.

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A large number of visitors came to watch the game at a height of thousands of feet. The tournament was organised with the support of the Aga Khan Rural Support Program and the Canadian Embassy.


Officials of the Canadian High Commission participated in the event as guests and also appreciated the promotion of positive activities in the first women’s ice hockey tournament.

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Shadab Khan provides an update on his injury




Pakistan all-rounder, Shadab Khan suffered an unexpected injury during National T20 Cup match between Rawalpindi and Sialkot in Karachi on Sunday.

The incident took place as Shadab was fielding during the match, having bowled two economical overs. The unfortunate mishap occurred when the ball unexpectedly rose above his foot, resulting in a sudden and painful ankle twist. 

The video footage of Shadab being carried off the field piggyback style by a teammate went viral on social media, raising concerns about the severity of the injury.



نیشنل T20 کرکٹر شادب خان انجری کا شکار شاداب کو کندھوں پر اٹھاکر ڈرینسنگ روم منتقل کیا گیا راولپنڈی کی کپتان سیالکوٹ کے خلاف میچ کھیلتے ہوئے پائوں کی انجری کا شکار ہوئے @76Shadabkhan @TheRealPCB #shadabkhan #IslamabadUnited

— KHIZAR AZAM (@KHIZARAZAM) December 3, 2023

In an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, Shadab recounted the incident and explained the severity of the pain that left him incapacitated for a few minutes, making it difficult for him to comprehend the extent of the injury and eventually he had to seek assistance.

“When the ball came above my foot, I had an ankle twist. When the ankle twisted, I couldn’t even comprehend it for 2-3 minutes because the pain was severe. Then I tried to walk to the sidelines. The boundary on the side was a bit short, so I walked out there, but after that, I didn’t have the courage to continue walking. Then there was a guy there, so I thought of somehow making it to the dressing room,” Shadab said.

Fortunately, Shadab provided a glimmer of optimism when discussing his current status of his fitness.


“Now the fitness is improving. The injury is not too major. The report has come, but the doctors haven’t told me how much time it will take. As soon as they tell, the rehab will start according to their instructions.” he further added.

Shadab highlighted the proactive approach being taken to ensure effective rehabilitation process ahead of Pakistan’s T20I series against New Zealand in January.

“The injury doesn’t seem too prolonged. The physios will assess it and plan accordingly for the New Zealand series.” he concluded.