Stories about cricketers

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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Mr Entrepreneur, just know, the future of Pakistan’s sports industry needs you

What’s happening to sports in Pakistan? We, a country of nearly 195 million people, are unable to produce even one athlete that can qualify for the Olympics. The nation’s performance in sports such as hockey, squash, boxing, and many others is declining and this fall in performances is detracting the public away from these sports. The entire nation meticulously follows cricket, and everyone wants to emulate our cricket stars. The media, particularly our electronic media, in Pakistan is completely biased towards cricket when promoting a sport. PTV was once a lone channel able to find time to air local sports. Having said that, the turn of the century came with a boom, and ...

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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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PSL: A cricket dream that came true

You can argue whether Islamabad United were worthy winners of the competition based on their overall performance, the format of Pakistan Super League (PSL) or your personal affinities but there is no denying that (PSL) has been undeniably a resounding success. All the ‘cricket analysts’ claiming PSL was a failure before it even started must be eating a lot of humble pie right now. It also proved that claims by the older players that there was not enough younger talent coming through were false. About time some of them consider retirement! The best in my opinion being Mohammad Nawaz. Mohammad Nawaz is ...

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Are ICC and PCB bowing down to BCCI, again?

It was in June 2011 when the International Cricket Council (ICC) made certain amendments to their rules. These rules clearly stated that cricket boards which are found to have political interferences will be sacked immediately. This rule was introduced to free the sport from undue government influence. However, the question remains, where was this rule when it came to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)? Well, had it been applied then, Indo-Pak cricketing ties would have never been in jeopardy. BCCI tends to cross its limits and continues to bring political interests in the field of sports. At first, they suspended cricket ties with Pakistan after terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008, and have ...

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Dear PTV Sports, how about teaching some manners to Dr Nauman?

The Pakistan cricket team has been absolutely phenomenal on the field in the series against Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the coverage by PTV Sports. I had become accustomed to Starbucks misspelling my name on the cup every time. I cannot reasonably expect an American to accurately spell ‘Shehzad’. One day, a barista asked me if she called out my name right, I told her it was close enough but she insisted on me teaching her how to say it right. “It is about me respecting you as a person, I want to say it right when ...

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Forbes’ list of influential women: Are Pakistani women not good enough?

We are a nation of contradictions. We are a nation that goes to watch Bollywood movies on the weekend and during the weekday, we like to blame RAW for terrorism. We are a nation where everyone has high sounding degrees but when we’re standing on the road, we won’t be bothered to find a trashcan. Then we blame the government for not cleaning up after us. We are a nation that spends hundreds of thousands of rupees on our weddings but refuse to pay even minimum wage to underage labourers that we love to boss/beat around. We are a nation that is ...

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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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Why IPL 2015 needs Pakistani players to succeed

Cricket fans are now being treated to a dessert after the main course as the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 follows the cricket World Cup 2015. Unarguably, the biggest and most glamorous party of league cricket is on its way and we have already seen some nail-biting contests and thrilling finishes. Much like this year, Pakistani players have not been a part of the IPL for the last many seasons and despite initial concerns, it seems that out of its inactivity or weakness, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided not to poke this matter and leave all issues concerning the ...

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To all the retiring cricketers: Here is why we will miss you!

This World Cup has been different, not only because of the phenomenal performances that we have come across but also because a lot of experienced players have bid adieu to their glorious ODI careers after this tournament. These players are undoubtedly irreplaceable, keeping their past records and performances in mind. All of them have proved themselves as match winners and they will be sorely missed. Therefore, I believe these players should be given a proper farewell, as they represent our generation of brilliant players, and this blog is my way of appreciating all that they have done for their fans and ...

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