Who has what it takes to become Pakistan Super League’s sixth franchise?

Exceeding all expectations and silencing its critics, the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) turned out to be overwhelmingly successful. PSL officially announced Pakistan’s acceptance to commercialise the game that was pioneered by India. While PSL presents tremendous untapped potential in terms of the domestic structural revamp, player development, and economic perks eventually, it presents the general public with a platform to look up to and creates a distinct identity in which they can fully invest their emotions. People from Pakistan have been following foreign leagues for a long time, where Pakistani players were contracted, but with the introduction of PSL, Pakistanis finally have a ...

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How sport terrorism took over Europe and Pakistan in 2016

With the terrorist attack outside Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul last week, that killed 38 people and left 166 wounded, 2016 bids farewell to the world of sports on a gloomy note. A gradual rise in terror attacks on sports venues has been seen over the last two decades but this year, the phenomenon of sports terrorism has horribly haunted the whole world, especially Europe, in terms of the number of tragic incidents and casualties. Police arrive at the site of an explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey, December 10, 2016.Photo: Reuters Terrorism is an international challenge, yet in the ...

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Eight sports moments of 2016 that were just downright crazy

From elating victories to crushing defeats, and no shortage of nuttiness, the year 2016 has been another exhilarating year in the world of sports. So without further ado, let the craziness begin. 1. Roses are red and water is, ermm … green The road leading to the 2016 Olympics was not short of obstacles. It was widely known that Rio’s bays and rivers were heavily polluted, but during the games, it was the swimming pools that made the headlines for all the dirty reasons, after turning a yucky shade of green. These are the Olympics, for crying out loud, the most prestigious sporting event in the world. The ...

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When tape-ball cricket was the best kind there was

Watching the Pakistani team bat against Australia yesterday morning in the first Test match somehow made me wish every Pakistani batsman could get two chances to bat in each inning. The thought, although impractical, opened the doors to my childhood memories when I used to play tape ball or ‘kirmich’ ball (as we used to call it) cricket quite regularly. This is how we played; if one team was a player short, a batsman from that team was allowed to bat twice. This is so far from the real world of cricket and yet many good hard-ball cricketers give credit for their success to this ...

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I am a Pakistani and I admire the prodigy that is Virat Kohli

I woke up early for the third day’s play of the fourth Test between India and England at Wankhede Stadium to see Virat Kohli getting to his double century. And of course, it followed with a typical Kohli celebration; a rather mature and modest celebration for a comparatively great achievement. I wanted to see it and when he flicked Adil Rashid to get to his double century, I gave him a standing ovation, albeit in front of the TV. How did it all start? How could I love someone who’s from India? How dare I admire someone, no matter how classy or brilliant he is, if he’s from India? How could I? [caption id="" ...

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Can Babar Azam prove to be Pakistan’s Virat Kohli in the near future?

Two stalwarts of Pakistan cricket, Misbahul Haq and Younis Khan, are about to retire from Test cricket. The cricket team is still struggling to find quality batsman who can fill in the enormous gaps left by these two star players. In this doom and gloom, young Babar Azam is a ray of hope for Pakistan cricket. Babar can prove to be a real asset for Pakistan, as he has the right technique and temperament for the game. Babar was in Pakistan’s ODI Squad for more than a year and in his short career he has achieved feats and laurels that many people can only dream about. Babar ...

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Sexual abuse: How safe is it to let your kid play football in England?

Imagine taking your little one to his usual Sunday cricket practice. You reach the academy and drag an unenthusiastic child out of the car while putting his reluctance down as usual weekend morning blues. The overtly chummy coach, whom you have known for quite a while now, is there to receive your son. You hand over your kid to him, wave at them and leave the ground content with the fact that your lad is in safe hands. But is he really safe? Hundreds of parents all across England must have thought the same when they left their kids in a ...

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But why did Nico Rosberg retire?

Unfortunately, Nico Rosberg retired at the age of 31, just days after becoming the 2016 Formula One (F1) world champion. Internet broken? Yes. Shock value? Yes. Dirty photos, shocking health or private issues? No. Just a guy who’s technically the best at his job saying goodbye to all the speed and power he has to spend time with his lady and kid. Nico Rosberg becomes 2016 F1 world champion.Photo: Reuters Rosberg lacked the charisma and charm of a global icon. F1 maestro, Bernie Ecclestone, even said that Rosberg’s teammate, Lewis Hamilton, would always be a better champion for the sport considering his immense ...

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India – adding insult to their own sporting injuries

Remember the time when the green sticks were a force to be reckoned with? Sweeping all away; left, right and centre. Even then, we found pleasure in knocking down our big bully of a neighbour, especially in their own backyard. Out of the 39 matches that have been played between the arch rivals on Indian soil, Pakistan has won an impressive 23 encounters to India’s 14, with just two draws. So, it’s no wonder that India tries its best to avoid this embarrassing statistic being bumped up even further. But one would expect that these tactics would solely be restricted to on-the-field gamesmanship; ...

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Could Salahuddin and Hamza replace Misbah and Younus?

Pakistan’s loss to New Zealand has been associated with many reasons including old horses, Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq, showing signs of aging, senior batsmen, Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed, not playing to the best of their abilities, lack of match practice prior to the series and unfamiliar conditions. Many former players including Mohammad Asif, Muhammad Yousuf and Shoaib Akhtar, to name a few, have been extremely vocal about their criticism of Pakistan playing their home matches on flat decks in the UAE which has done more harm than benefit to our cricket as a whole. While their arguments do have ...

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