Sports: Softball: Indo-Pak bilateral softball series next year

Karachi: Softball officials from both sides of Pakistan and Indian borders have decided to organize bilateral softball series next year.

In the first phase, Pakistan women softball team would travel to India and then Indian national women team would make a trip to Pakistan for the second leg of the bilateral series.

“We and our Indian counterparts are interested in arranging bilateral series next year and have decided to do so next year. However, we will finalize the schedule and venues of the series next month when we meet Indian softball officials in Kuala Lumpur,” Pakistan softball head coach Asif Azeem said.

The Asian softball officials from different countries will converge in Kuala Lumpur from January 7, 2014 to attend Softball Confederation Asia (SCA) executive board meeting.

He added that Pakistan’s softball officials Manzoor Ahmed Sheikh, Shujauddin, Adil Zaman, Naseem Khan and himself have already met the Indian softball officials and had discussed the details of the tournament recently in Thailand where Pakistan and Indian junior teams featured in Junior Asia Cup.

On the occasion, Pakistan’s softball officials also showed interest to host Women’s South West Asian Cup, in which Pakistan, India Iran and Iraq would participate.

Pakistan would be bidding to host the event in next month’s SCA meeting.

“The Indian officials have assured us their support to get the hosting of the event. Meanwhile, we will also be putting our weight behind India to help them get the chance to host Asia Junior Women’s Championship as they would be bidding to get the hosting rights for the event next month in SCA executive board meeting,” Asif added.

Asif further said that by organizing events regularly among neighbours and other Asian rivals, the game of softball could be promoted in the region.

“By regularly competing in and organizing regional tournaments, we could collectively be able to lift the standards of softball within the region and subsequently establish world-class teams for international events,” he added.

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