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England vs India: Battle for world supremacy

One of the most anticipated cricket series will start at Lords Stadium on the July 21, when India takes on England in the first Test match. This series can be regarded as the battle for the World Test Champion, as the number one team in Test cricket, India, will play the number three team. If England wins the series, they will take the top position. Both teams are at the peak of their performance but England seems to have an edge where the future is concerned. The younger players in their line-up have already established themselves as world class players ...

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A review of the Decision Review System

The Decision Review System (DRS) was part of the agenda in the recent International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual meeting in Hong Kong where the administrators and executive members tweaked many rules of the game, only to compel cricket-pundits to turn cynics. Two bodies, the ICC and the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), are ruining cricket, by altering the game’s norms – the former is doing this through sheer absurdity while the latter, through tyranny. The DRS along with the Hot Spot (infrared technology) was made mandatory by ICC after their annual meeting. But the system, in its current form, ...

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A clash of mighty egos

It is hard to accept but celebrated all-rounder Shahid Afridi has decided to put a full-stop to an illustrious career – at least for the time being. The 31-year-old, followed by millions across the globe, said his decision was prompted by the “humiliation” meted out to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board. So what’s new? We have a habit of not honouring our national heroes. And Afridi, maybe you’re not such a hero after all. Irresponsible, immature attitude exhibited off and on during the 15-year career led to your downfall, and still you haven’t learnt. Throwing away your wicket when ...

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Afridi, retirement is not the answer

I share the sentiments of all those people who fanatically worship Shahid Afridi for the performer he is in the world of cricket. I, being an avid follower of the sport, have always believed that Afridi is a match-winning player who could give a pounding to the best bowlers of the world and baffle the most stringent batting line-up with his variation of spin, arm-balls and googlies. Afridi honestly earned every ounce of our respect after he steered the Pakistan cricket team to propel them into the semi-final of the World Cup with India. Much to our distaste, he did ...

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Shane Warne: Never Test captain, always a legend

A question that will be asked for ages to come, as the greatest leg spinner of all time bows out from cricket, would be: What would the world have seen had Shane Warne been Australia’s Test captain? In a career spanning almost 20 years, Warne has divided opinions globally and more so in his native country where some believe he was the messiah of cricket, making leg spin sexy again, while others thought him to be a constant source of embarrassment to the country due to his bad boy behaviour. He was accused of two of the biggest crimes in the game, ...

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Afridi’s removal: Bad, bad decision!

You have a problem with your car? Don’t try to fix it, buy a new one. If you think about it, this is exactly how Ejaz Butt goes about changing the Pakistan cricket team’s captains. For me, this is just another failure on Butt’s part. Sure, Pakistan won the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup, made it to the semi-finals in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, played well in the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup, and exceeded our expectations in the 2011 ICC World Cup – was all of this Butt’s success or a reflection of the talent in Pakistan? Just imagine the brilliant ...

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Windies tour: Another dream shattered

The dream of recording the first ever Test series win in the Caribbean for Pakistan was shattered on Sunday after the greens lost by 40 runs. Many of us were sure that Misbahul Haq would be the one to succeed where the great Imran Khan failed. But sadly, it was not to be. A track that must have given bowlers worldwide hope and righted some of the travesties done to them over the past decade – coupled with an inept umpire – made sure that Pakistan ended up in the dumps. The World Cup left no doubt over the ineptitude of Asoka ...

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When will our captains understand?

It is common knowledge that Pakistan cricket and controversy go hand in hand, and it seems that the former cannot survive for long without the latter rearing its head. The last few years, under the rule of the much maligned Ejaz Butt, have been no different, be it the descent of Younis Khan from captaincy, the Muhammad Yousuf captaincy and non-selection saga, the unfortunate Butt, Asif and Amir incident or the regular sacking/resignations of coaches and chief selectors – the people involved at the highest echelons, and the fans too, have perhaps resigned to the fact that it is ...

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Afridi’s dilemma: Play to your strength

Shahid Afridi has been representing Pakistan for the last 15 years but he is still unsure about his role in the team. Afridi joined the Pakistan cricket team as a leg spinner, when Mushtaq Ahmed was injured and the former was asked to join immediately to replace him. At that time, Afridi was one of the highest wicket-taking bowlers at the under-19 level. As a result, he was considered a reliable spin bowler but no special attention was given to his batting. However, this changed soon, for Afridi, in his second One Day International (ODI) and his first international inning, ...

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Your daughter did not get in to KGS

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine called me on the phone. He sounded extremely excited, “My daughter got into Karachi Grammar School!” I was surprised as the KGS office wasn’t supposed to announce results until April 29. Curious, I decided to investigate. “Which grade?” I asked. “Nursery,” was the reply. “Who took the interview?” “Oh, we were not interviewed at all.” My friend explained that a distant relative had given him a registration form and he had taken his daughter for an admission test to the Marriot – where they were offered admission on the spot. “There were close to 20 other applicants,” my friend told ...

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