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Shoaib Malik & Sania Mirza with relatives

Shoaib Malik & Sania Mirza with relatives
Shoaib Malik & Sania Mirza during Nikkah ceremony

Shoaib Malik & Sania Mirza during Nikkah ceremony
The happy couple! Shoaib & Sania

The happy couple! Shoaib & Sania
Shoaib Malik & Sania Mirza's dad Imran Mirza during the ceremony

Shoaib Malik & Sania Mirza’s dad Imran Mirza during the ceremony
The couple with top (l to r) Sania's dad Imran and sister Anam, Shoaib's mom Sultana, and Sania's mom Naseema

The couple with top (l to r) Sania’s dad Imran and sister Anam, Shoaib’s mom Sultana, and Sania’s mom Naseema

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a view of Swat River at Behrain, Swat Valley, Pakistan

Well the crux of all the scenario was; there is no electricity (these were good old days when we were not forced to enjoy loadshedding), no proper arrangement to stay there and there is no chance that one can have his celluler network working over there. They also told us that there is another glacier, and as per them we can cross this one but the next was a BIG THING.

At that time we all made a wise decision to go back to BEHRAIN and explore that place. In our way back to BEHRAIN we spent some time at 2 or 3 places in order to fix the jeep. There was one guy name SHERI with us, while at one place the jeep was being fixed and we all were busy in clicking photos and all that, he put binoculars on his eyes and started to look around. Suddenly a PATHAN appeared and he accused that this boy with telescope was staring his wife. That was a scene in the making but we all made that young “Pathan” man understand, he went on his way and we were back to BEHRAIN now.

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Naseem Hamid

Naseem Hamid

Pakistan’s Naseem Hamid created history on Monday by becoming the fastest woman of the region when she won the 100-metre sprint gold medal at the South Asian Games.

The 22-year-old from Rawalpindi clocked 11.81seconds, 0.12seconds ahead of Sri Lanka’s Pramila Priyadarshani, to bag her first gold medal before a strong crowd at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Wearing national green tights, she led the field among the eight runners after her easy qualification for the finals.

“I had forgotten the world for six months and trained really very, very hard under my coach Maqsood Ahmed to achieve this,” Naseem Hamid said.

“It is a great moment for me to have brought glory to the country in my event after the poor showing by our national cricket team and especially since our athletics standards have been poor of late,” she added.

“I hope my performance will inspire the young athletes to become professionals.”

Both 100-metre results turned out to be upsets as Shehan Saearuwan of Sri Lanka toppled India’s Abdul Najeeb Qureshi who had previously won the 200-metre event.

Meanwhile, for Naseem Hamid to win the 100-metre sprint was a historic moment as no Pakistani woman had achieved this feat in 26-year history of the regional games.

Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Chief Lt.Gen (Rtd) Syed Arif Hasan congratulated Naseem for her historic performance and announced a one-lakh-rupee (Rs.100,000) cash prize for her remarkable achievement.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Liaquat Ali took the bronze medal in the 100-metre dash by clocking 10.63 seconds, finishing behind Sri Lankan and Indian athletes.

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Head On - Ian Botham - The Autobiography

Head On - Ian Botham - The Autobiography

There are some books upfront which you wouldn’t dare say I did not read it. If you get hold of it, read it. Coming from a cricketing legend this book covers all his life, and thrills a cricket lover with an encounter with a sportsman as good as him.

Being an autobiography, it is interesting to the ways in which he entered cricket professionally and speaks greatness these clubs encourage talents as was the case with him. On a day when he was over with school and wanted to convert his leanings towards his talent – sports intoprofession, he quit school and played cricket fulltime.

From the book you know how he rose to be one of the best all-rounders,performing well equally with the bat and the ball. He had his own share of bad times being targeted by media and people alike. How he had good friends in Vivian Richards and Garner. And how he supported them when they were dropped from club team. How his performance lifted the club he played for – Somerset. He was a beer guzzler and was called beefy for his body and build and how without proper beer in India which was not available in their times, he suffered. How like true sportsman hewas so fit that he played other games apart from cricket. And if it had been not for cricket, he could have chosen football. How intermittently during his highs he went for some drugs for which he had to make public apology to his wife Kathy. His Knighthood and his present life ascommentator with sky.

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