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International cricket returns to Pakistan LAHORE: International cricket returned to Pakistan after a six-year absence on Friday amidst exhilarating scenes at a sold-out Gaddafi Stadium for the first Twenty20 international between the hosts and Zimbabwe.The match, taking place with a huge security presence of 4,000 policemen, is the first in Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore on March 3, 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven visiting players.Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain opened proceedings by shaking hands with both sets of players as the crowd rose to a glittering firework display.Cast into sporting exile following the 2009 attack, Pakistan have incurred financial losses amounting to $120 million by having to play their "home" games on neutral venues like the UAE, according to an official estimate.Beyond the finance, Pakistan's younger crop of players -- including established batsmen Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, all of whom have played 50 or more ...

600 tickets for Pak-Zim match stolen in Lahore Pakistan vs Zimbabwe would be the first international match to be played in Pakistan after six years of absence of International cricket from Pakistan. The Twenty20 matches are scheduled to be played on Friday (May 22) and Sunday (May 24).According to local media reports, around 600 tickets worth Rs 1500 each were stolen on Friday from The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) headquarters in Lahore. The PCB has registered an FIR while the police have caught ...

England 389 all out against New Zealand LONDON: England, after losing the toss, were bowled out for 389 on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's on Friday.The hosts lost their final three wickets for 35 runs after resuming on 354 for seven. Left-arm paceman Trent Boult took four wickets for 79 runs in 29 overs, including a spell on Friday of two for nine in five overs.Test debutant Matt Henry ended the innings with just his ...

Afridi confident to prove himself as a Captain Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi in a recent press conference said that he wants to prove himself as a captain in an upcoming series against Zimbabwe. He also said Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad who has been criticized for the poor performance during the World Cup will also have to prove their worth. Afridi said, “Ahmed and Umar are Pakistan’s best talents and have been the serving the team for a long time. They now ...

Pakistan cricket ends 6 years of isolation Pakistan will take on Zimbabwe in the in the first of two Twenty20 matches in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium today (Friday). According to local media reports, Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura, when asked about his views on the tour, he said, “This series will be something worth remembering. This is a great opportunity for us. Cricket is our job and we are happy to face a great team like Pakistan”.He further added, “It will be a good ...

Ambrose issues IPL warning LONDON: West Indies great Curtly Ambrose has told leading Caribbean cricketers taking part in the Indian Premier League they cannot expect to come straight back into the Test side.The legendary fast bowler is now a member of the West Indies' coaching staff and saw first hand how a team without IPL stars such as dynamic opener Chris Gayle still managed to hold England to a 1-1 series draw, thanks to a five-wicket win inside three ...

Khalil bus driver still traumatised by 2009 attack on Sri Lankan team          LAHORE: Meher Khalil earned fame and success after saving Sri Lanka's cricket team from a deadly 2009 attack in Pakistan, but the bus driver calls the incident "tragic" and says it is best forgotten.The 43-year-old will be one of the guests of honour at Lahore's Gaffafi Stadium on Friday, when Pakistan play Zimbabwe in their first home international since the notorious incident.Khalil was driving the team's bus when it was attacked by rocket launcher and ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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