Mile high baseball games staged in Pakistan
Pakistan baseball leader Fakhar Ali Shah was behind the games at record altitude, hoping to develop baseball in the northern portion of Kashmir.
Baseball has hit an 'all-time high' in Pakistan, with games recently staged at an elevation of 2,228 metres (approximately 7,310 feet or 1.3 miles), a record for the sport in the country.
The Pakistan Federation Baseball (PFB) organized two exhibition matches in Skardu as a means to promote the game in Gilgit-Baltistan, the northern portion of Kashmir and a top-rated destination for tourists willing to see the K2 mountain.
The best baseball players in the country were split into two teams: Pakistan Green and Pakistan White. The Green team won the first game, 9-3. Muhammad Sumair Zawar led his team offensively, connecting for a bone fide mile-high home run.
The White team came back to win the second game, 8-6. The winners were led by the bats of Umair Imdad Bhatti and Syed Amin Afridi.
In further development activity, PFB also organized a two-day coaching clinic run by Pakistan National Team pitching coach Tariq Nadeem.
"We hope this initiative will help promote baseball in Gilgit-Baltistan," said PFB President Fakhar Ali Shah.
Pakistan is currently 27th of more than 80 countries and territories featured in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.