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Miami businessman Mahammad Qureshi has
spent over US$18 million in developing cricket in
the South Florida area and now through his newly
formed MAQ Foundation, he wants to assist in
the development of cricket in T&T.
The Pakistani born Qureshi has been instrumental in
taking cricket forward in Miami and through his con-
nections in T&T, he has decided that he wants to assist
this country's cricketers. Qureshi is the chairman
of Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) which runs
the very popular US Open T20 tournament.
Recently he formed his foundation which
will not only assist in the development of
cricket in America but in various countries
around the world. He has assisted players
and clubs in his native Pakistan, as well as
in Canada. Recently he held a meeting with
principal of Naparima College Dr. Michael
Dowlath and gave the assurance that through
his foundation, he would like to assist the
school by getting more students involved in playing
According to Qureshi: "This is just a starting point
where our assistance will begin. I have very close re-
lations with some principle people in the West Indies
and T&T and from this standpoint I decided to assist. I
had a very good meeting with Dr. Dowlath who seems
to be a man with great vision and I am going to assist."
Initially the MAQ foundation will set up a cricket
league among all students of the school at the intro-
ductory level. This will lead to mass participation and
from there students will be chosen to move to the higher
level. The students who excel will get scholarships from
the MAQ Foundation in terms of educational funding,
school books and computers. In addition he said: "We
will not pass money unto children, we will be paying
suppliers, so the students will get vouchers. We want
to use cricket to bring positivity to the people of Trin-
idad and Tobago and the West Indies by extension."
Dr. Dowlath welcomed the idea and said: "I have met
with Mr. Qureshi and what a wonderful guy he is. I am
very happy with the fact that he has decided to assist
in the development of young people in this country
and honoured that he would have chosen Naparima
as his starting point. A man with a big heart and we
are sure to make his foundation proud. He would have
noticed the work being done at Naparima College and
decided to partner with us. We welcome him and look
forward to working with his foundation."
Lakers amid George
NEW YORK---The NBA is investigat-
ing whether the Los Angeles Lakers
tampered with All-Star forward Paul
George while he was under contract
with the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers asked the league to open
"The Lakers have been cooperative
and, at this point, no findings have been
made," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said
Sunday in a statement. "We have asked
both teams to refrain from commenting
while the investigation is ongoing."
There is no known timetable
for the completion of the in-
vestigation being conducted
by the New York law firm of
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
George is a four-time All-
Star and Los Angeles native who
was traded to the Oklahoma City
Thunder earlier this offseason. The
Pacers traded him after George told them
he planned to leave Indiana as a free agent
There has been speculation for some
time that George has wanted to join the
Lakers. Under NBA rules, teams are not
permitted to attempt to sway any player
who is under contract with another team.
If the Lakers are found to have tam-
pered, the NBA could issue any combi-
nation of fines, forfeiture of draft picks or
suspensions of those who were deemed
to be involved. Tampering, the league has
said, can be either direct or indirect --- and
an interview that Lakers President Mag-
ic Johnson did earlier this year on ABC's
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" did little to quell
speculation about George's potential
future in Los Angeles.
In that interview, Kimmel asked John-
son what constitutes tampering, and if
he would be allowed to speak to George
if they happened to cross paths.
"We're going to say hi because we know
each other," Johnson said. "You just can't
say, 'Hey, I want you come to the Lakers,'
even though I'm going to be wink-wink-
ing. You know what that means, right?"
George will be a free agent in 2018.
He's coming off a season in which he
averaged a career-best 23.7 points per
game, and is joining a Thunder team that
already has reigning NBA MVP Russell
"I've been wowed ever since we land-
ed," George said last month after arriving
in Oklahoma City. "I got a real welcom-
ing, and this feels like home."
Mahammad Qureshi, right, with Naparima College
principal Dr. Michael Dowlath after their meeting
in Miami, USA recently.
In this July 12, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma
City Thunder forward Paul George
answers a question at his first news
conference since Oklahoma City's
blockbuster trade with the Indiana
Pacers, in Oklahoma City. AP PHOTO
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