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Pakistan dedicates first match at Gwadar cricket stadium to Ali Sadpara

01:47 PM | 19 Feb, 2021
Pakistan dedicates first match at Gwadar cricket stadium to Ali Sadpara

GWADAR CITY – The picturesque cricket stadium in the port city of Gwadar is hosting an exhibition match today for the first time and the maiden match is dedicated to the late Pakistani climber Ali Sadpara, who was declared dead by family on Thursday days after he went missing on K2 - the 'Savage Mountain'.

The exhibition match has been organised by Fakhr-e-Alam in the lush sports venue of Gwadar amidst the mountains of Balochistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan shared the news on social media, he wrote the first-ever cricket match being held at Gwadar cricket stadium, the match was dedicated to Muhammad Ali Sadpara. The premier also put #CricketAtGwadar in the caption.

The first ever cricket match being held at Gwadar cricket stadium, the match was dedicated to Muhammad Ali Sadpara.

#CricketAtGwadar

Posted by Imran Khan on Thursday, 18 February 2021

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Zulfi Bukhari also tweets about the development. Bukhari wrote dedicating the 1st ever match at Gwadar Stadium to Pakistan’s son #MuhammadAliSadpara. The match tomorrow will start with a prayer in his memory. This is the beauty of our land; even our loss unites us from K2 to Gwadar to Quetta.

Prayers were held for Ali Sadpara and the other two foreign climbers before the starting of the match.

The match features two teams Showbiz Sharks and the Gwadar Dolphins. British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner presided over the coin toss at the stadium.

Pakistan Cricket Board PCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Waseem Khan is the captain of Showbiz Sharks and other players include Fakhr-e-Alam, Faysal Qureishi, Ali Zafar, Saleem Sheikh, Aijaz Aslam, Shehzad Roy, Sami Khan, Kamran Jeelani, Salman Saeed, Ali Safina, and Noman Habib.

On the other hand, the Gwadar Dolphins include local players and politicians including Zulfi Bukhari, Ali Zaidi, and GOC Gwadar.

Earlier on February 1, the picturesque cricket stadium in the port city of Gwadar has all eyes on it, including International Cricket Council's (ICC). Being in awe of its beauty, the ICC shared photo of the cricket stadium, challenging people if they have seen “a more picturesque sports venue”.

Who is Ali Sadpara?

Ali Sadpara and two others who went missing earlier this month while attempting to scale the world's second-highest mountain have been officially declared dead.

He is the only Pakistani to have climbed eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, and he made the first ever winter ascent of the world's ninth highest peak, Nanga Parbat.

On Friday 5 February, he went missing along with two others - Iceland's John Snorri and Chile's Juan Pablo Mohr - while trying to climb K2, the world's second highest peak at 8,611m (28,251 ft) and also reputedly the deadliest.

His son Sajid was also a member of the team and the idea was for the father-and-son duo to summit K2 without oxygen, a feat never done before in winter. But Sajid had to turn back from a spot called the Bottleneck - also known as the "death zone", some 300 metres from the top - after he felt sick.

Afterwards, he helped military-led rescue teams scour the mountain for signs of his father and the other two men.

On Thursday, the search was officially called off - and all three climbers declared dead.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76

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