Islamabad-Pakistan’s most decorated international fame bowler Ijaz Ur Rehman added yet another feather to his already decorated cap, as he annexed the National Ranking Tenpin Bowling Championship title for the record third time.
Ijaz, who had already won two national titles, crowned champion of the 11th National Tenpin Bowling Championship 2017-18, which was held here at Leisure City Bowling Club, Safa Gold Mall, Islamabad. It was historic moment for Ijaz, who once again played outstanding game and proved the youngsters and old ones that he is still the best bowler in the country.
More than 300 bowlers from across the country took part in the five-day mega event in seven categories, which include masters, men’s singles, ladies singles, media, team, doubles, graded and deaf categories. For the first time, Under-11 kids event was also conducted, which was the main attraction of the championship, as a great number of kids from Islamabad and Rawalpindi as well as other cities took part in the event.
Fresh faces were also witnessed during the championship and interestingly, the newcomers played superbly. Although they failed to grab any slot, yet PTBF secretary Ijaz Ur Rehman not only awarded each of them a certificate, but also cash as a token of appreciation and to buck up them, which is indeed a great effort on the part of the federation.
Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General Akhtar Ganjera was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony and distributed cash prizes and medals among the top performers. Ijaz was awarded gold medal and Rs100,000 cash while Ahmed received Rs75,000 and silver and Shabbir Rs50,000 and bronze. Daniyal got Rs 25,000 and Hussian Rs 15,000.
In doubles category, the winners were awarded Rs 20,000, runners-up Rs 10,000 and third position holders Rs 8000. The team winners earned Rs 20,000, runners-up Rs 16,000 and third position holders Rs 8000. The graded category winners were awarded Rs 25,000, runners-up Rs 15,000 and third position holders Rs 10,000. The winners of deaf, women and media categories were handed Rs 10,000, runners-up Rs7000 and third position holders Rs 5000 each.
On the final day of championship, master’s single’s final round, team event final and media event finals were played. In master’s singles final, Ijaz, Ahmed Saldera, Shabbir Lashkarwala an Daniyal Shah battled it out for top slot, but experienced Ijaz emerged title winner by scoring 376 pins with an average of 188. Ahmer Saldera secured second place by scoring 345 pins with 172.5 average, while Lashkarwala finished third, Daniyal Shah fourth and Hussain Chatta fifth. Zeeshan Qayyum won the media title, followed by Saqib Abbasi and Shah Khalid.
In doubles category, Daniyal Shah/Ali Suria won the title by scoring 704 pins. Aleem Agha/Waqas Ali finished second and Saleem Baig/Ijaz Ur Rehman third. In the team event final, Shabbir, Daniyal, Suria and Saldera won the title while Hussain, Saleem, Zafar and Ijaz were second and Saqib, Khalid, Afzal and Sikandar third.
Sharing his views, PSB DG Akhtar Ghanjera said: “I am very glad to see the youngsters performing brilliantly and the experienced ones amusing the spectators with their outstanding bowling skills. I appreciate the PTBF for holding the event successfully. I recommend international bowling coach for Pakistani bowlers, the details of which will be announced soon. As soon as the PTBF recommends and finalise a reputed coach, we will give approval.
“The PSB has promised to provide land for construction of international standard bowling club at Pakistan Sports Complex premises and I will follow the case and will try my level best to implement it, as it was approved by PSB Board of Directors,” he added.
Ijaz Ur Rehman says that this mega event conducted by the federation every year which provide an open platform to new bowlers and especially to the females to showcase their skills to the world.
Talking to The Nation, Ijaz said: “I am overjoyed to win the third record title despite the fact that being a PTBF secretary, I have to manage each and everything in order to organise the event smoothly and in a befitting manner, due to which I couldn’t concentrate on my game fully, but now I am focusing on my game, the result of which is record third national title for me.”