Karachi, September 21: Sost defeated Gojal United, a team comprising of players from different villages of Gojal, in an entertaining match, to win the Subedar Noor Ghulam Memorial Cricket Tournament, organized by Ghulkin Students Association, Karachi.
Many teams participated in the tournament but Ghulkin, Hussaini, Gojal United and Sost were able to make it to the semi finals. In the semis Sost defeated Hussaini while Gojal United easily won against Ghulkin, qualifying for the final.
Bating first in the final match, Sost were able to score a total of 105 runs, in the given ten overs. Gojal United struggled, despite of wonderful bating by Shehzad and Pervaiz and were restricted by Sost to 101 runs. Sost, thus, was able to win by by four runs, as the overs finished.
Federal Drug Inspector, Rehmat Ullah Baig, was the chief guest during the prize distribution ceremony, while Lt. Col Zahid Hussain presided. Medals and trophies were distributed among the teams. Trophies were also given to outstanding performers, including Nadeem Posh, for his all round best performance and Pervaz, for his wonderful bating performance. Nadeem Posh also bagged the man of the match trophy.
Speaking at the occasion the services of Late Noor Ghulam were highlighted by the speakers and the efforts of GSA for organizing the event were also lauded. Lt. Col Zahid asked the players to internalize the three values most cherished by the late renowned social worker. He said that fair play, social mobilization skills and positive thinking were three of the traits dominating the persona of the late Subedar. The chief Guest, Mr Rehmat, also shared similar sentiments and appreciated organizing of sporting events but asked the students to concentrate on their studies, as that was the primary objective behind migrating to Karachi.
The event provided a healthy social space for the players to mingle, compete and learn from each other. However, during the second week a serious scuffle, that left a non – player badly injured, disturbed the congenial environment of fair play, brotherhood and tolerance. It was pleasing, however, that representatives of the involved team regretted the mishap and officially apologized, in a letter to the organizers.
Save for the second week’s scuffle, rest of the tournament was able to bring the student community of Gojal together, offering them opportunities to compete fairly.
Photographs by Aziz Ali