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Who is Urooj Mumtaz Khan?

Posted on September 21, 2006
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Do you even know who Urooj Mumtaz Khan is? I did not. I am glad I now do.

It turns out she is a part of the Pakistan’s women cricket team, and her century helped Pakistan beat Hong Kong by a whopping 172 runs in a one day game. This, in turn, means Pakistan women’s team will now play in the World Cup qualifying tournament to be held in Ireland in 2007. All of this, good news.

Here are some details from CricInfo:

Powered by an unbeaten 100 from Urooj Mumtaz, Pakistan trounced Hong Kong by 172 runs in the second ODI to win the three-match series. The series victory takes Pakistan through to the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Ireland in 2007. Winning the toss for the second time Mumtaz had no hesitation in batting in bright sunny conditions on a decent batting surface. Hong Kong, needing to win the match to square the series, started promisingly with the ball. But, apart from Betty Chan who bowled her ten overs for just 41 runs, as with the first match, no other bowler really managed to maintain sufficient control. They were profligate, conceding 72 extras including 68 wides… In reply Hong Kong could only muster one decent partnership – Neisha Pratt (52) added 63 runs with Natasha Miles (32) – and were shot out for 116. Mumtaz was named player of the match… The final match of the series will be at the Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore on September 21. A crowd of up to 10,000 spectators is anticipated.

While we have been following the Pakistan Men’s team, Darrel Hair, and Inzimam and also about the elegance that was Wasim Raja, the news about women’s cricket seems to have slipped by. It deserves to be celebrated. The Pakistan women’s team is relatively new to the international circuit and is currently ranked at No. 10. But it seems to have come active recently. One wishes them well for the next match in Lahore, and then onwards to Ireland.

Garment District opens in Florida.(discount warehouse clothing store in Bonita Springs, FL)(Brief Article) bonita springs fllorida

WWD January 3, 1996 | Turnage, Neal SARASOTA, Fla. — Jeff Zwick, Bob Nanberg and Heidi Thorner have become partners in The Garment District, a discount warehouse-style store in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Unlike many stores that are adding hours to service customers’ needs, The Garment District will be open only four days a week, from Wednesday through Saturday, and no evenings.

Zwick resigned as chief executive officer of Chico’s, a sportswear retailer in late 1994 following a disagreement with its founder, Marvin J. Gralnick, over the direction of the company. Nanberg was a founder of The Icing, an accessories and apparel chain that filed Chapter 11 and is now in the midst of liquidation sales. Thorner is former vice president of design at Chico’s.

The Garment District, which is just south of Fort Myers, on the state’s west coast, features women’s sportswear from vendors such as Oleg Cassini, L.A. Zodiac, LeauVive, Mill Valley Cotton, Garb, British Khaki, Redford, Jean Vie, Kasper and Kenar.

The 7,000-square-foot space opened Dec. 14 with $280,000 worth of inventory and sold over $100,000 of it in the first seven days of operation, according to Zwick. Shoes accounted for approximately 20 percent of that.

The hottest item, Zwick said, was a silk knit turtleneck by Kevo for $27.99.

“We sold over 100 of them in the first week,” he said.

Other popular items included a linen top and bottom combination from Kenar for $59.99. A three-piece sweat outfit in cotton/knit/fleece by Redford for $69.99 also performed well, he said. in our site bonita springs fllorida

Zwick attributes the initial results to a heavy promotional print and radio ad campaign.

“We also ran a bunch of 30-second TV spots during prime-time shows such as `Oprah,’ the Today’ show and the `Tonight’ show,” he added.

The store expects to spend at least $45,000 in advertising for the year, and spent about $15,000 for the first three days, said Nanberg.

“We found that a lot of the customers that came in were from Naples, which is more affluent, and that they found out about us through our ads,” he said.

For the year, Nanberg nd Zwick are projecting $250 per square foot or about $1.8 million in sales. The focus will be on contemporary misses’ apparel for temperate climates, Zwick said. Silks, cottons, linen, rayon and light wool in moderate to better sportswear, dresses and suits will make up the bulk of the mix. There will also be a 2,000-square-foot leased shoe department, which will include such vendors as Petra and Stewart Weitzman In addition, a 200-square-foot leased accessory space is planned.

Zwick and Nanberg bought their inventory by going to vendors they knew well and getting overruns, said Zwick.

Andrew Weinberg, a specialty retail analyst at Raymond James & Associates in Tampa, said much of the success will probably hinge upon the mix.

“I think the potential exists in this area, especially in the upper moderate category,” he said. “Finding good sportswear is difficult here. The department stores all carry the same thing and the prices are high. Also, the specialty retailers have failed to really define themselves. If the mix is geared to sportswear, it’ll probably work.” Turnage, Neal

15 Comments on “Who is Urooj Mumtaz Khan?”

  1. Samdani says:
    September 21st, 2006 3:42 pm

    Nice pictures. I also did not know that they were doing so good. I think this is a very good sign of progress. I guess Musharraf should get some credit for encouraging women in sports.

  2. September 21st, 2006 5:05 pm

    Well to be honest – I know her personally ;) her father happens to be a well known dentist in Karachi and hence the link, Dr. Mumtaz Khan. and BTW she is also on the way to becoming a dentist.

    Its about time that that people like her make Pakistan proud.

    Well done Urooj !!!

  3. September 21st, 2006 5:14 pm

    If they can fly planes they can also hit the ball for six, I wonder what is impossible for Pakistani women :-). Europe needs to open its eyes and mind to see the talent of Pakistani women.

  4. Mast Qalandar says:
    September 21st, 2006 5:55 pm

    [quote comment="3026"] Europe needs to open its eyes and mind to see the talent of Pakistani women.[/quote]

    I don’t think Europe has any problem seeing Pakistani women’s talents. It’s our own people who are short sighted and close minded. I am sure you are aware of all those discriminatory laws and attitudes in Pakistan.

  5. Daktar says:
    September 21st, 2006 6:45 pm

    I had also not known about this. I think that if they were to do really well in a major competition, that would do wonders for all women’s sports, and that could have larger social impacts.

  6. nuzhat aziz says:
    September 21st, 2006 7:03 pm

    I am waiting with bated breath for some pearls from our ulema regarding women and cricket.

  7. Altamash Mir says:
    September 22nd, 2006 1:53 am

    wow..didnt know that the women’s cricket team was this good…

  8. Desi in America says:
    September 23rd, 2006 7:48 pm

    Great write-up on the Pakistan Women’s team. It is nice to see them finally get some media attention. We need to all encourage them and hopefully they will rise in the international ranks.

  9. September 25th, 2006 4:07 am

    No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of their houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable conditions in which our women have to live. You should take your women along with you as comrades in every sphere of life.â€

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