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    With all the excitement over last week's World Baseball qualifiers news, the West Asian Baseball Cup (also called the Southwest Asia Baseball Cup) hasn't been getting much attention here. This news report from Pakistan's English-language Dawn newspaper sets the scene:

    PBF announces team for West Asian Baseball Cup
    Our Sports Reporter | Sports | From the Newspaper
    22nd March, 2012

    The team was selected from the 32 probables who were being trained by Korean coach Hwang Hoon Dong since March 1 at the Iqbal Stadium. -Photo by APP

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Baseball Federation has announced an 18-member team for the 10th West Asian Baseball Cup to be held here at the Punjab Stadium from March 23 to 28.

    Meanwhile, the Iran team reached Lahore on Wednesday to take part in the event in which Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are also taking part.

    The team was selected from the 32 probables who were being trained by Korean coach Hwang Hoon Dong since March 1 at the Iqbal Stadium here.

    Catcher Imtiaz Ali has been named as captain while former international baseball players Arif Ali and Nisar Ahmad will be working with Dong as his assistants.

    The team has five pitchers namely Ihsanullah, Mohammad Usman, Mohammad Asif, Israr Ahmed, Tauseef Ahmed.

    The batters are Arshad Ali Khan, Nasir Nadeem Butt, Arslan Jamshed, Mussadiq Hanif, Mohammad Iftikhar, Mohammad Arif, Mohammad Usman, Mohammad Farooq Khan, Mohammad Asif Mushtaq, Imtiaz Ali and Zawar. Two catchers will
    be Umair Bhatti and Arif Hussain.

    Meanwhile, the PFB has made changes in the draws of the event Sri Lanka’s arrival was delayed.

    Earlier, Pakistan were to face Sri Lanka in the opener. But now Iran will be playing instead Pakistan in the opening match on March 23 with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan scheduled to reach Lahore late on Thursday night.

    Revised draws:
    March 23: Pakistan v Iran; March 24: Pakistan v Afghanistan; March 25: Sri Lanka v Iran; March 26: Sri Lanka v Afghanistan; March 27: Afghanistan v Iran; March 28: Pakistan v Sri Lanka.
    As followers of international baseball would expect, Pakistan is the class of the tournament. And, sure enough, it's manhandled the competition so far, trouncing Iran in the opening game 11-0, and putting on a clinic against Afghanistan in an 18-0 win.

    The only team likely to come close to matching up against Pakistan is Sri Lanka, which placed second behind the Paks at last year's SAARC Baseball Cub--losing the finals by a not-lopsided 8-2.


    Should be interesting to see how Pakistan and Sri Lanka square up when they meet on Wednesday.

  • #2
    In today's game, Sri Lanka beat Iran 15-0, leading off with nine home runs in the first inning. Yipes.

    One thing I didn't mention above is that this tournament is a qualifier for this year's Asian Championship to be held in Taiwan (in November, I think).
    Last edited by Rally Monkey; 03-25-2012, 06:05 PM.

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    • #3
      This year Asian Cup will be held separately in East and West. The splitting of East and West was implemented because, when the tournament was held in west asia (ex Pakistan), only countries from west asia participated, same for east asia(exThailand) as only countries from south east asia participated. In addition, travelling from east to west costs a lot of money and these countries don't receive much financial support.

      The winner of the two "qualifier" for Asian cup will advance to the Asian Baseball Championship, where baseball stronghold Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China awaits.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rally Monkey View Post
        In today's game, Sri Lanka beat Iran 15-0, leading off with nine home runs in the first inning. Yipes.

        One thing I didn't mention above is that this tournament is a qualifier for this year's Asian Championship to be held in Taiwan (in November, I think).
        When the article says 9 home runs they simply mean runs, as it says they got three more in the third and in the 5th and thus the final score. It was not actualy 9 homers hit out of the ballpark

        By the way, I must go to this event sometime. Would love to be in Pakistan watching baseball!!

        And the Asian Championships are in Taiwan staring November 8th

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        • #5
          In today's game, Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan 14-1. Kudos to Sherali of Team Afghanistan for scoring his team's first (and only) run of the tournament.

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          • #6
            Unranked Iran earned a Bronze medal with a 14-0 win over 38th ranked Afghanistan; shocking!

            http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/03/...7-9ef6dcf3b429

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
              Unranked Iran earned a Bronze medal with a 14-0 win over 38th ranked Afghanistan; shocking!

              http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/03/...7-9ef6dcf3b429

              What an upset. (Sarcasm.) It probably goes without saying, but the IBAF ranking system is a joke.

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              • #8
                Pakistan beats Sri Lanka 4-1 and wins the tournament.

                http://tribune.com.pk/story/356576/b...t-of-the-park/

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