Give the associate teams a chance, ICC

The Irish cricket team has come a long way. It defeated Pakistan in 2007, England in 2011, and West Indies during the World Cup 2015. Another underdog team, Afghanistan, rose from a war-torn country to a cricket-frenzied nation. Adding to the list of underdogs, how can a cricket fan forget Canada’s John Davison’s fastest century during the 2003 World Cup? Or the fact that Scotland’s Josh Davey made it to the list of leading wicket-takers during the 2015 World Cup? Photo: AFP Photo: AFP Photo: AFP These fascinating incidents have caught everyone’s attention and non-traditional cricketing teams have been applauded for ...

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Does the team really need Shahid Afridi?

It’s been a strange ol’ week, even by Shahid Afridi’s standards. Afridi has gone from 0 to Afridi in just under the space of a week. And if that last sentence contains an excessive use of our T20 captain’s name, then I make no apologies. That is exactly how the past week has felt. After stating last week, “The fact is that senior players are letting the team down. We can’t expect to win much with our current poor form. I want to lead from the front, and if I feel that I’m going to be a burden, then I will quit the ...

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Nine cricket records no one remembers

Abdur Rehman, an experienced Pakistani left-arm spinner, was barred from bowling in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh last year after he bowled three consecutive high full-tosses. After the third one, Umpire Johan Cloete suspended him from bowling and he finished with figures of 0-0-8-0, which was a new record. Abdur Rehman, for sure, was not happy after registering his name in the record book but there are some other big names of the cricketing world that have made records which they are not proud of. 1. Most ducks in ODIs: Undoubtedly, playing against Sanath Jayasuriya in the mid-90s was nothing less than ...

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A Pakistani won the Asian Snooker Championship, but is that enough?

After a long and tiresome wait of 17 years, Pakistan has finally clinched the Asian Snooker Champions Title. Hamza Akbar, 22, won the nationals by beating his Indian counterpart in a nail-biting match by a margin of 7-6 games and became the youngest national champion in Pakistan. At Kuala Lumpur, the Pakistani youngster beat two compatriots and made his way towards the finals, where he played brilliantly and achieved his dream. Akbar hails from a modest family and he began playing snooker as a hobby. He had no idea that this hobby would become his profession someday. Starting off like any other snooker ...

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English Premier League 2015: The good, the bad and the ugly

With the English Premier League underway, and viewers enthralled with excitement, I can feel the anticipation for the upcoming matches seeping in wherever I come across die-hard football fans. Therefore, keeping in mind the charm that EPL has, I have come-up with a list of the good, the bad and the ugly that we have so far seen this season. The good Eden Hazard Eden Hazard has been the key for Chelsea’s title winning campaign; he has so far won the PFA Player of the Year Award, scored 13 goals and 8 assists, and will probably help Chelsea get to their fourth EPL ...

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Pakistan cricket: On the road to self-destruction

We are a country of ticking time-bombs, infatuated with an urge to self-destruct. With every step forward, we so graciously sprint a mile back and are left reeling for stability.   Several articles have highlighted that our cricket team hasn’t moved beyond the 90s. We’re thrown into a whirlwind of comparisons with other nations but with every other facet of Pakistan regressing (religiously, socially, politically), why would cricket be any different? The problem with Pakistan hasn’t ever been its lack of resources – rather the correct usage of them. We are rash with our emotions, we make decisions on a whim and ...

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Mercedes or Ferrari, who will win the Grand Prix battle?

The new Formula1 season has kicked off with an exciting range of new cars and a change of drivers. The start of season indicates that it will be an extremely competitive one between Ferrari and Mercedes. Pre-season changes During the 2014/15 season at Abu Dhabi, it was announced that Sebastian Vettel would be joining Ferrari and would team up with Kimi Räikkönen for the upcoming season. Vettel left Red Bull after spending 15 years with them, in the hopes to emulate his childhood idol, Michael Schumacher, who joined Ferrari in 1996. At that point in time Ferrari was struggling but Schumacher turned the entire team around and ...

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Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Why Pakistan keeps failing

If the purpose of the T20 format is to provide an adrenalin-filled summary of the game of cricket, then yesterday it succeeded. It is a snapshot, suspended in time, of two countries that have an obsession with their cricket teams which borders on the unhealthy. Through cricket we taste the macabre joys of licking our own wounds. But more on that later. Here are the facts: Bangladesh has defeated Pakistan in three ODIs, and last night it beat Pakistan for the first time in a T20 match. All the matches were played in Bangladesh. The crowds were fanatical. Bangladesh has ...

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Can Real Madrid fare better under the legendary Zinedine Zidane?

Zinedine Zidane was announced as the new manager for Real Madrid’s reserve team, also known as the Real Madrid Castilla. UEFA Golden Jubilee named Zidane as one of the greatest European football player in the past 50 years. So this shows how great a step this is for the reserve team. Zidane’s achievements boast of two winning goals for France in the final of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he was named the Player of the Tournament during the UEFA Euro 2000, while in 2002, during the UEFA Champions League, he scored one of the most iconic goals of all time. His 2001 transfer from Juventus to Real ...

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Bangladesh whitewashes Pakistan – Was it Azhar Ali’s fault?

Bangladesh has waited for nearly 16 years to achieve its second victory against Pakistan in an ODI, but it took them a week to completely whitewash Pakistan. Pakistan’s defeat against Bangladesh is surprising, but for me, the biggest surprise is the ease with which Bangladesh beat Pakistan in all three ODI matches. Photo: AFP Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the tour selection committee was supposed to select the 11 best players for our national team, but looking at the team that went for the tour, it seems as if PCB has no idea who our best 11 players are, or ...

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