Who will replace Luis Enrique to be Barcelona’s next manager?

Spanish giants FC Barcelona – who made the greatest comeback in the history of Champions League last night against Paris Saint Germain (PSG) – will be in search of a new boss come the end of the current campaign as manager Luis Enrique has already announced that he will leaving the club in the summer. Barcelona’s midfielder Sergi Roberto celebrates their victory goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 8, 2017. Barcelona won 6-1. Photo: ...

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Why is Imran Khan so racist?

Captain of a cricket world cup winning team, founding multiple cancer hospitals and a University – Imran Khan had enough credit to be welcomed as a hero anywhere he went in Pakistan but he seems to be on a one man mission to lose all the credit he has and then some. To paraphrase the quote from The Dark Knight, you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become Imran.  Imran has shown in the past that he is not averse to pulling any tactic to seize power – no antic is too shameful for ...

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Will the PSL final in Lahore be everything we hoped for?

The playoffs of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) kept the spectators on the edge of their seats with every match turning out to be an absolute classic. All three matches lived up to the expectations with some high quality cricket on show. Let’s take a look at the game changing performances from the knockout stage of Pakistan’s premier T20 league. Ahmed Shehzad’s blistering knock Ahmed Shehzad of Quetta Gladiators celebrates his half century against Islamabad United during the final of Pakistan Super League at the Dubai cricket stadium on February 23, 2016Photo: AFP A good start is always a ...

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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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