It is time for Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United

Wayne Rooney, one of the most decorated Manchester United players to date, seems to have increasingly been shown the exit door by club manager Jose Mourinho this season. Britain Football Soccer – Hull City v Manchester United – EFL Cup Semi Final Second Leg – The Kingston Communications Stadium – 26/1/17 Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney after the matchPhoto: Reuters The Manchester United captain has seen a sharp dip in his game time with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata being preferred by the manager in the position the team’s skipper plays in. With the form of ...

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Why do you think Pakistan is not a safe place to play cricket?

March 5, 2017 Lahore will be buzzing. It’s Pakistan Super League final day. The match is being played on home soil. Apart from Zimbabwe last year, not one international team has been back since the Sri Lankans were shot at in 2009. That’s understandable. Who appreciates being shot at? But Pakistan is not the only place that cricketers have been unwilling to travel to in recent times. Australia chose not to go to Bangladesh. England were happy to, but Eoin Morgan was not. The 1996 World Cup gave walk-overs to Sri Lanka when the civil war was deemed too big a risk to ...

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Hosting the PSL final in Lahore is a bad idea

After continuous hype and controversy, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has finally given the go-ahead to hosting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore on March 5th. Following the announcement, many international players have decided not to participate if their team reaches the final. Adding to that, the famous panel of international commentators headed by the likes of Danny Morrison and Ian Bishop are also not traveling to Pakistan with the rest of the crew. So the real question that still remains unanswered is, is hosting the final in Lahore really worth it? Here are three reasons why the ...

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On March 5th, passion will overlook sanity at the Qaddafi Stadium

February 25, 2017: It’s 7pm here in Lahore and I sit glued to the TV screen surrounded by the people I love most, my friends and my family. But that’s not what’s important here. It’s Kieron Pollard on strike. Fourteen runs required off the last over. It’s do or die for my team, the Karachi Kings (how ironic). Either we go big or we go home. Kieron Pollard celebrates the winning runs with a set of push-ups, Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, PSL 2016-17, Dubai, February 25, 2017Photo: PCB/PSL Aamer Yamin, the young medium pacer from the Lahore Qalandars, bowls decent four deliveries to both Imad Wasim and ...

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This isn’t the first time Shahid Afridi decided to retire, but will it be the last?

Recently, Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket. This is not the first time this has happened, and it’s probably not the last either. #ShahidAfridi1996: Debut2011: Retired2011: Came back2014: Retired2014: Came Back2016: Retired2016: Came Back2017: Retired — Umair Shahid (@UmairShahidK) February 20, 2017 FUN FACT: Shahid Afridi has announced retirements under three different US Presidents. — Abhishek (@absycric) February 20, 2017 However, what it does do is give me the opportunity to analyse the retirement process in international cricket and how different teams go about it. Let’s start with our favourite (not): India: They don’t retire. Not easily at least. Some continue to play until they break a ...

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Love him or hate him, it’s time we bid adieu to Pakistan’s Boom Boom

For more than 20 years, the name Shahid Afridi has been part and parcel of Pakistan cricket, so much so that Pakistan’s cricketing history would be incomplete without highlighting his contributions. Even the greatest of cricketers have found it difficult to dominate oppositions from the very beginning of their careers, but that was not the case with Afridi. The manner in which he announced himself on the international arena was beyond amazing. He made a mockery of the Sri Lankan bowling attack in the second ODI match of his career, scoring the fastest century off just 37 balls, a record ...

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PSL Final: What was more important, the game or where it is held?

When Najam Sethi initially announced the Pakistan Cricket Board’s intentions to host the final of the second Pakistan Super League (PSL), it received critical acclaim. Everybody, fans and the administration, realised the need to eventually bring the league back home, but nothing has ever come easily to Pakistan and, similarly, the idea, though appealing seems difficult to execute. Many things have changed since the intentions were first disclosed including an alarming shift in Pakistan’s security situation resulting from series of unpleasant acts of terrorism. Most recently, it was confirmed that the final would still be held in Lahore, with or without foreign players. ...

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We crowned Wasim Akram, so why question the existence of spot-fixing in Pakistan now?

The latest news is that the World Cup opener Nasir Jamshed has been arrested alongside a bookie by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) in London. By the time this blog is published, one can only imagine what other new developments will have taken place. As is now common knowledge, Sharjeel Khan and Khalif Latif are already in hot water. There are also suspicions casted on other players, including Mohammad Irfan, who is currently under investigation. Nasir Jamshed.Photo : BCCI I would normally take anything the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says with a grain of salt, but PCB official Najam Sethi is adamant that the evidence is damning. It certainly ...

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Is FC Barcelona out of this year’s Champions League?

February 14, 2017, will be a lasting memory in the mind of every Paris Saint Germain (PSG) fan for years to come. In a historic night at the Parc des Princes in Paris, PSG completely blew away Spanish giants FC Barcelona and more or less confirmed their place in the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) 2016-17. Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery attends a news conference on February 13, 2017.Photo: Reuters. Although the odds were stacked against Unai Emery’s PSG, the France Ligue 1 champions for once, showed that they are a force to reckon with and cannot be taken for ...

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Will this be the year for the Karachi Kings? Probably not

Kya Karachi jeetay ga? (Will Karachi win?) Well, so far it has been the other way round; the Karachi Kings have not been able to do justice to their slogan. Having lost the first couple of matches in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Kings are looking down the barrel and are desperate for a win. The Kings had pinned their high hopes on their explosive opener Chris Gayle, however, like last season, when he represented the Lahore Qalandars, the King of T20 cricket is yet to find his feet in PSL as he struggles to score freely at the top. [caption id="" ...

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