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28 I SPORT Passion Islam I July 2008
BARA tieup Middle
East rugby links
The British Asian Rugby Association’s local communities and schools across
(BARA) TagTime initiative is breaking the Emirates and impact on areas where
new ground after MD Ikram Butt met with rugby is currently not being played,”
United Arab Emirates rugby officials for added Ikram.
constructive talks in Dubai recently. BARA was praised recently by Prime
Ikram, a dual code international and Minister Gordon Brown during PM
former professional rugby league Question Time and has been officially
star,commented: “I met with Sol Mokdad endorsed for its work by Sports Minister
of UAE’s rugby body and Jill Conlon who Gerry Sutcliffe MP.
organises the prestigious Dubai Sevens BARA is an organisation which aims to
event to discuss the promotion of BARA’s provide positive role models, break down
TagTime initiative which aims to introduce cultural & religious barriers, promote
young people to both codes of rugby. community integration,citizenship
“TagTime is a dual code touch personal development, healthy living
rugby variation, initially established in and encouraging participation in sport &
partnership with the Bradford Council’s physical activity especially in rugby.
Sport & Leisure Service, amongst others, For more details please visit www.
that will help the UAE to engage with
AFC welcomes
Yousuf says
Premier League
39th match
farewell in style
Pakistan batting ace was furious at falling four runs
Mohammad Yousuf signed short of a maiden ton. He was
off from Lancashire duty in trapped lbw by Rashid.
the best possible way by Lancashire have now got
recording a sparkling double seven batting points out of a
century on the final day of the possible 25 this season, and
drawn County Championship will take a lot of confidence
game against Yorkshire last from their time at the crease
month. The 33-year-old, who ahead of the crucial clash with
finished unbeaten on 205, has Notts. Yousuf, who claimed his
head back to the sub-continent fifth career double ton, said: “I
to and playing in a one-day am very happy to make some
international tri-series against runs for Lancashire, and it is
Bangladesh and India. a good thing that we got all
Yousuf creamed 19 fours and the points for a draw. When I
one six in a marathon 380-ball arrived I was struggling a little
innings to help Lancashire bit because of the weather. I
claim the five maximum felt in good touch during my
Mohammed Bin Hammam, In China, earlier this month,
batting points. Opener Paul last four-day when I got 40
president of the Asian Hammam met with Premier
Horton completed a fine 152 runs, and that helped me to
Football Confederation (AFC), League chief executive
but was bowled by leg-spinner come back.”
has expressed a changed Richard Scudamore. It was Adil Rashid. Yousuf was dropped on one,
view concerning the English at this meeting that Hammam Horton and Yousuf compiled by Anthony McGrath at slip off
premier league 39th game in expressed that he would not
a third wicket stand of 258 the bowling of Tim Bresnan,
issue. take issue with a city in Asia
to equal the previous best and then again on 168, by
He has now stated that he hosting such an event, and
Lancashire partnership for sub fielder James Lee off the
would “welcome” the game, that Asian fans would love it.
any wicket against Yorkshire. bowling of Rashid. Yousuf,
and don’t not object to it being He did express that he wants
Horton starred in the other who scored 192 for Pakistan
held in Asia. official approval from both FIFA
258 with Stuart Law against in a Test match at Headingley
the White Rose in the same two years ago, continued:
When the Premier League and the Football Association
fixture last season. Francois “I knew that if I kept working
first considered the additional before a 39th match takes
Du Plessis was then caught in hard, stayed focused, then the
match in February, Hammam place.
the slips by Jacques Rudolph runs would come, I think that
only offered criticism against Currently, neither the Football
for a duck off the bowling of this ground is good for me.
the possibility. The AFC Association nor FIFA have Ben Sanderson. And then This is my first double hundred
president claimed that he offered support or consent to Yousuf was partnered by outside Test cricket, and I think
would offer a firm vote the endeavor. FIFA president Steven Croft for a record fifth that you have to work hard in
against it. His mind has now Sepp Blatter is strongly
wicket alliance of 197. Croft whatever game that you play.”
changed. opposed.
hit a first-class best of 96, but
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