Will our selection committee ever make a decision beneficial to Pakistani cricket?

After Pakistan’s disastrous World T20 campaign, a number of cosmetic changes were made in a bid to portray the board’s seriousness towards amending past mistakes and avoiding new ones. Among changes that saw Waqar Younis step down from his role and Shahid Afridi relinquishing his post as captain, making way for Sarfraz Ahmed, the most sensationalised development was the appointment of former Pakistan captain and all-time great, Inzamamul Haq, as the head of the selection committee. The decision was praised by former players who saw Inzamam as tailor-made for the job and discarded players who found new hope following ...

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From Kakul to Hampshire: Will our team finally reap the benefits of the army boot camp?

The Pakistan Army and the game of cricket have one thing in common; both unite the country but while the soldiers are ‘revered’ from Karachi to Khyber our cricketers have in recent years brought the country together by their comical ineptness which makes us scoff at them in unison. Of late, the cricketers have had their fame replaced by infamy as they continue to hog the headlines mostly for the bad and ugly causing widespread outrage. The flak is not restricted to our cricketers alone; the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is easily the most maligned sporting body in the country but ...

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With the Euro and Copa America, this will be a football summer like no other!

This summer is like Eid, Diwali and Christmas rolled into one for all us football fanatics. It’s not just the Euro taking place in France that will the set our pulse racing, but us fans have got a one-off tournament in shape of Copa America Centenario taking place in the American continent to look forward too. Slotted in between the usual four year cycle, the Centennial Copa America is scheduled to celebrate the 100 years of South American football competition that started off in 1916. Chile won the Copa America for the first time on Saturday when ...

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A conversation with the Falcon and his coach, Jeff Mayweather

On July 17, 2016, Pakistan’s very own Muhammad Waseem will be taking on Philippine’s Jether Oliva for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Flyweight title. The belt is an interim world title of sorts and winning it will bring Waseem inches closer to a shot at the full WBC Flyweight World title. The genius behind securing this massive opportunity for Waseem is the Korean promoter, Andy Kim of AK Promotions, who has worked tirelessly and invested a fortune in developing Waseem into a proper title contender. I managed to contact Mr Kim via email to set up a telephone interview with Waseem. He was ...

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Why does Virat Kohli turn Pakistan so green?

Whether it’s a tickle past fine leg or a glorious drive through the covers, the man has it all—and everything in between. Years of struggle, an unyielding passion, supreme talent and hard work have made Virat Kohli the cricketing tour de force that he is. Yet, every time he strides onto the pitch and takes guard, a nation of over 200 million people turns whichever shade of pale or red they possibly can. Those on the yellower side fear the onslaught, while viewers with blood rushing to their faces are wishing the Indian maestro nothing short of death. Such is ...

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Can a biomechanics lab at LUMS help raise the standard of cricket in Pakistan?

On May 23, 2016, the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mr Shahryar Khan and Vice Chancellor LUMS Professor Dr S Sohail H Naqvi, inaugurated a state-of-the-art Biomechanics lab. This news story should surely bring plenty of smiles to the faces of our bowlers, especially our current and emerging spinners. The newly inaugurated biomechanics lab records the athlete’s body movements with great precision and maps them out on an advanced software helping bowlers test their actions, identify irregularities and work on eradicating them with the assistance of their coaches. To begin with, the introduction of a biomechanics lab will help in raising ...

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Four reasons why Jose Mourinho will not be a good fit for Manchester United

Since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United (Man Utd), the club began witnessing a downward spiral and failed to impress its fans around the world. After retiring at the end of the 2012-13 season; Sir Alex appointed David Moyes as his successor. But Moyes was sacked after a short period of 10 months due to his lack of success and Dutchman Louis van Gaal became the first non-British manager in the club’s history. Van Gaal had a successful career with the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. AFC Ajax won the Champions League title under him in 1995. But during the 2015-16 season, Man Utd, the 13 times ...

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With the army brought in to handle our players’ fitness, what are we paying our ‘experts’ for?

It seems the fate of our country lies in the hands of our soldiers; be it in a state of war or amidst a political crisis. Whenever rains flood our land, the army is called upon to take care of the victims. Whenever an earthquake jolts a part of our country, the army shows up as saviours. In other words, the army has always been and, unfortunately, will continue to be the Batman of Pakistan. But most of us would never have, even in our wildest dreams, thought that our cricket team would be handed over to the army to help improve the lads’ ...

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Did Louis Van Gaal’s failed philosophy cost him his job?

Almost two years ago, Louis van Gaal (LvG) was the centre of attention at the biggest football event on the planet – the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the build-up to Netherlands crucial semi-final game against Argentina, BBC Sports justified Louis van Gaal being labelled as the tactical genius. No one would have thought that in two years’ time, the same man would be heavily criticised and eventually sacked for the very tactics that were once glorified. France’s 2-0 friendly win over the Netherlands in March prompted a tactical rethink by Van Gaal.Photo: Getty Images Van Gaal’s announcement as the new Manchester ...

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Maria Toorpakai’s life sings like a Khaled Hosseini novel

Cut off my locks….my pretty black locks…. Throw away my frocks….my pretty bright frocks…. I will ditch my bangles and my dainty shoes…. I will run as a boy and let myself loose…. They will spare my life if I turn into a boy… And if I remain a girl, they will kill my joy… Birds of a feather flock together. But if you aim to fly high, you have to leave the flock first. Such a bird is Maria Toorpakai. Her life is nothing short of a Khaled Hosseini’s novel; the war struck her home town, the high profile political family and the strangest dream ...

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