Stories about spot fixing scandal

Changing the team captain will not solve Pakistan’s problems; we also need to change the players

Pakistan entered the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy as the lowest ranked team in the ODI charts. Even before the tournament began, Pakistan had no hope of winning, or in more realistic terms, had no real chance of crossing the group stage, with India and South Africa being in the same group.

Who do you think will win the Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and South Africa?

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India already decimated Pakistan in the match played between the two arch rivals this past Sunday. I think South Africa, which has top ranked bowlers and batsmen, will easily be able to win the match against Pakistan. In sync: Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja celebrate the wicket of ...

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Bidding farewell to the stalwart heroes of Pakistan Test cricket

The upcoming Test series in West Indies will be the last time we get to see Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan sporting the colours of Pakistan, as both these players will bid farewell to Test cricket after the series ends. The series will provide both players an ideal opportunity to conclude their respective careers on a high note. Misbah has great prospects of becoming the first Pakistani captain to win a Test series in West Indies, whereas Younus is at a hand-shaking distance from becoming the first Pakistani player to reach the 10,000-runs mark in Test cricket. I hope to see both players achieve their respective milestones ...

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It’s about time Pakistan gives India a taste of their own medicine

The Pak-India tussle is always considered as one of the fiercest and most competitive rivalries when it comes to sports of any kind, whether it is hockey, football, kabbadi or cricket. The mounting pressure across both borders is nothing new but rather a normality to say the very least. Ever since the Partition, India and Pakistan have always been on the forefront of controversy and politics. However, almost every time, cricket has been used as a diplomatic tool to bridge the ever increasing gap between the two countries which eventually results in nail-biting matches for cricket crazy fans. [caption id="" align="alignnone" ...

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Is PCB to be blamed for the surge of spot-fixing scandals?

Six years after the dreadful fixing-ridden tour of England, Pakistan cricket is embroiled in another spot-fixing scandal. Five national players now stand suspended from all forms of cricket and will face a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed tribunal. Unlike what happened in 2010, this time the PCB is acting swiftly and the investigation is moving forward. While these efforts need to be recognised and appreciated, the exact scope of this investigation remains to be seen. Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were both suspended a day into the second season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). While this affected Islamabad United’s balance in the PSL, it has also jolted Pakistan’s limited-overs set up. Khan’s loss is ...

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After #PakvsAus, it is time for Misbahul Haq to retire

If there is anyone who can be proclaimed as one of the greatest servants of Pakistan cricket at the drop of a hat, it is Misbahul Haq. It is crystal clear to a rational cricket follower that Misbah deserves a lot of praise for where Pakistan cricket stands right now. Misbah came under the spotlight during his Test debut against New Zealand at Auckland back in 2001, but it was a clerk’s room where he was offered the captaincy band in 2010, which was the actual turning point of his career. Misbah was asked to take command of the team at a time when Pakistan cricket was ...

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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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Why Islamabad United’s victory celebration was a breath of fresh air

Our very own Internet darling, Momina Mustehsan, giving her thoughts on women empowerment, Shakeel Sheikh finally coming to terms with Misbahul Haq’s success, Ahmer Naqvi performing duties and no ‘bhabhi, bhabhi’ chants every time Shaneria Akram came on screen – Islamabad United’s celebratory match in Rawalpindi was a genuine celebration of things finally heading in the right direction – a celebration of cricket in Pakistan. Our grounds have been deprived of such jovial occasions for over past nine years because of one act of terror that refuses to detach itself from us. When plans for Pakistan Super League (PSL) were in its preliminary stages, it received ...

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No, Mohammad Amir, your spot fixing wasn’t a ‘minor’ offence

Of the three cricketers convicted and punished in the infamous spot-fixing scandal, I felt sympathy only for Mohammad Amir, since the left-arm fasted bowler was the youngest of the trio, and quickly put himself (as probably advised by his lawyer) at the mercy of the courts. On the other hand, both senior bowler Mohammad Asif and skipper Salman Butt fought legal battles to the very end. In fact, Salman Butt shamelessly exploited the nation’s hearts on Pakistani news shows by claiming that there were conspiracies against him. Finally, after exhausting all good will and legal recourse, Butt came clean. This ...

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Dear Shahryar Khan, let go of India and hold on to Misbahul Haq and Yasir Shah

Dear Mr Shahryar Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), I write to you today in the wake of Pakistan’s monumental triumph over England in the recently concluded Test series in the UAE, not as a critic, but as an enthusiastic sports writer who happens to be an ardent cricket follower and more importantly, a passionate Pakistan cricket fan. There is no secret to the age-old Pakistani adage, “cricket runs in our blood”; a phrase which you can very much relate to having served as PCB Chairman in the past and being the author of Cricket: A Bridge of Peace. Cricket has long served as ...

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Mohammad Amir deserves half the salary and no chance at captaincy

Mohammad Amir, the young cricketer who was banned for a spot fixing scandal, still managed to garner a lot of sympathy from Pakistanis, be it cricketing legends or experts and because of this, he has been allowed to play cricket once again. However, if the cricket fraternity thought Amir would be welcomed back with open arms, they were wrong. Yes, Amir is still young, has immense talent, bearing in mind his recent performances in the realm of domestic cricket, where he claimed more than 30 wickets in six matches during the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, yet, people, in specific his team mates, will not be as forgiving. This ...

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