If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

The alarm bells were not ringing in the desert heat; they were, in fact, ringing aloud in the immediate aftermath of the Pakistan team’s recent achievement; drawing the Test series 2-2 in England. On the back of a resounding victory at the Oval, Mickey Arthur stated that the plan that won Pakistan that Test was, in fact, a plan that Pakistan would adopt moving forward and is seen as the long term solution for the batting line-up. But did it really win us with that Test? After much deliberation, when Arthur was appointed, it was seen as a step in the right direction to modernise ...

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Força Chapecoense!

The Brazilian plane crash in Colombia yesterday has virtually left many in shock and tears. A sports fanatic myself, the news was terribly heart wrenching, considering an entire football team simply stopped existing, in a flash. The ill fated chartered carrier had 81 people on board, which included twenty two members of a Brazilian football club, Chapecoense Real. The team was supposed to play against the Medellin team Atlético Nacional in the first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the South American counterpart of Europe’s Europa League. The latest reports suggest that only six passengers survived the crash, including ...

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Thank God it isn’t Pakistan being accused for ball tampering this time!

Surprise, surprise! Or not actually. Another year, another Test series, another ball tampering accusation, but fortunately for us, not another countryman. To be perfectly honest, I was kind of relieved that this time around, it wasn’t a Pakistani cricketer at the end of a cricketing controversy. In fact, not one but two tampering incidents have been making some serious news waves recently. One links the South African cricket team stand in Captain Faf du Plessis while the other involves his Indian counterpart, Virat Kohli. During the second Test match against the Aussies in Hobart a few days ago, the Proteas captain was clearly ...

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What’s right with the Pakistan Test team, is what’s wrong with the ODI team

A good Test player won’t necessarily be a good ODI player. Some examples of this theory are Justin Langer, Alistair Cook and Younus Khan. Similarly, a good Test Captain may not be as good as an ODI Captain; for example Alistair Cook, Michael Vaughan and Misbahul Haq. Yes, you read that right. Misbahul Haq is a champion – a champion Test captain testified by the number one Test ranking that now rests with Pakistan. But, what he brought to the ODI team is still on display, even during the last two years (when Azhar Ali became the skipper). Misbahul Haq is a champion.Photo: Reuters The defensive ...

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Was it truly necessary to suspend Misbahul Haq right now?

Pakistan lost its first Test series in Christchurch after seven consecutive Test series. Tours to New Zealand and Australia have always been tough for Pakistan. After Pakistan’s unsatisfactory performance in Sharjah against the West Indies, there have been doubts regarding our batting line up against New Zealand and Australian conditions; thus resurfacing and strengthening the fear that the Pakistani team will struggle in such trying conditions. Misbahul Haq is a legend in the current team. He has played many match-saving and match-winning innings for Pakistan. His captaincy and batting ability is the reason why Pakistan is placed in the top half of the Test playing nations’ ranking charts. Misbah has ...

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Is the failure to qualify weighing heavily on the shoulders of Messi and the gang?

With the clock fast ticking away for the FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in summer of 2018, the South American qualifying race is at its pulsating best. The stage is set for a fiercer and much more intense qualifying finale. More than three countries are vying for fifth place for an intercontinental play-off, with the first four countries automatically qualifying in, arguably, the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet. Being a football fanatic ever since I can remember, I have always rooted for the plucky underdogs of the tournament to win the cup, no matter which part ...

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Beating New Zealand will not be a walk in the park, Pakistan

Twenty-four victories, eight losses and 21 draws; Pakistan’s head to head Test match record against New Zealand is nothing short of enviable. It is Pakistan’s best record against any Test playing opposition, excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and is testament to the unsurprising fact that the men in green have not lost a Test series on New Zealand soil since 1985. As a result of 12 consecutive unbeaten Test series in New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud is Pakistan’s happiest hunting ground outside of Asia. However, while history and numbers dominantly favour Pakistan, the upcoming two Test series in ...

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Ahmed Mujtaba won the MMA Championship but the media only cares about the Indo-Pak friction

His heart was racing. His feet were rising and falling to the roar of the crowd. He was like a beast in a jungle; fighting against a worthy opponent for dominance and glory. He knew he was a few minutes away from winning, just one more kick, one more punch and he would win a fight on one of the biggest MMA platforms in Asia. He was even closer to winning the fight.Photo: Facebook Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for, the moment he had worked so hard for, had arrived – the result. He had won – and ...

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Three reasons why PSL should be separated from PCB

The highly anticipated second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is almost upon us, but the controversy and confusion surrounding it still remains thick and cloudy. Najam Sethi’s earlier announcement regarding the venue of the league’s final remained the topic of discussion for weeks, and now a new concern has been raised regarding the alleged “privatisation” of PSL. Recently, after having an eight hour long meeting with the chairman and members of the board of directors (BOG) of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Sethi announced that the board had been successfully persuaded and, therefore, has agreed to separate itself from the league with plans to make ...

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Move over Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, it’s Andy Murray’s time now

Twenty six years after stepping onto the tennis court for the first time, Andy Murray, achieved a feat that only 26 players have achieved in the past 40 years – the top spot in the tennis world, the number one ranking. Reaching the finals of the Paris Masters had guaranteed the top spot to the Scot. After his semis win over Milos Raonic, his first coach/mom immediately tweeted a photograph of the 29-year-old as a youngster along with the message, You've come a long way baby 1️⃣❤️ pic.twitter.com/VEIVl6NsxA — judy murray (@JudyMurray) November 5, 2016 Reaching the finals of the Paris Masters had guaranteed the top ...

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