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Three reasons why the 2019 World Cup will be dull without Pakistan

A cricket World Cup that does not feature Pakistan would be like a Wimbledon without Rafael Nadal, or a football World Cup without Italy. Sure, they don’t win every tournament, but their mere presence excites fans and sponsors alike beyond measure. Here is why Pakistan’s participation is indispensable for the World Cup. 1. The exuberance of team green When it comes to cricket, no other nation matches Pakistan’s raw talent. We operate with an instinctive flare, an uninhibited philosophy towards the sport, which makes us exhilarating to watch. Over the years, Pakistan has boasted a number of unique One-Day records: the highest number of ...

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Azhar Ali: A captain in deep waters

After a humdinger of a Test match series that consisted of wild swings in favour of either sides; Pakistan have been brutally crushed under the resilience and sheer willpower of the English team in the One Day format. After a humdinger of a Test match series that consisted of wild swings in favours of either sides. Photo: Reuters It would not be a belittling statement to say that it wasn’t deserved, but the manner in which the team has metamorphosed from a warrior mentality unit to one that needs help psychologically – is quite bemusing. Our team ...

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What went wrong for Pakistan at Old Trafford?

Pakistan succumbed to a distressing defeat at the hands of England at Old Trafford. England was clinical in all three departments, Pakistan were equally mediocre and the disparities were embarrassingly obvious. Surely an anti-climax after the much-awaited restoration of honour at Lord’s, Pakistan was reminded that their honeymoon period was over.  Pakistan succumbed to a distressing defeat at the hands of England at Old Trafford.Photo: AFP While it would be sinful to completely downplay Pakistan’s valiant effort at Lord’s, Pakistan was bailed out by some individual brilliant efforts and Misbahul Haq had to come to the rescue, ...

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Four reasons to watch the Pakistan-England Test series

Only halfway through the summer of 2016 and the average sports fan is already having the time of his life! Starting off with the much anticipated Euros, which the Portuguese won rather unconvincingly, to the green grass of Wimbledon where familiar faces triumphed again, both in the men’s and women’s category. Only if you thought this was too much to handle, wait till the Pakistanis step onto the Lord’s cricket ground after almost five long years. Yes, that’s right. In case you have forgotten, a lot of sports is still left and interestingly enough, it’s Pakistan who takes on a ...

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Removing Azhar Ali from the cricket team will result in a long-term loss

An out of favour batsman, who had remained in the shadows for long and was deemed surplus to requirement in the shorter formats, was, out of the blue, asked to lead a side. Not any ordinary side, but a side that was plagued with groups, seniority-‘juniority’ prejudices and a quota system that has seeped into our roots. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gambled on Misbahul Haq when they not only brought him back into the Test side, but to the shock of many, made him captain. The gamble succeeded and Misbah went on to become the most successful captain in ...

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Will our selection committee ever make a decision beneficial to Pakistani cricket?

After Pakistan’s disastrous World T20 campaign, a number of cosmetic changes were made in a bid to portray the board’s seriousness towards amending past mistakes and avoiding new ones. Among changes that saw Waqar Younis step down from his role and Shahid Afridi relinquishing his post as captain, making way for Sarfraz Ahmed, the most sensationalised development was the appointment of former Pakistan captain and all-time great, Inzamamul Haq, as the head of the selection committee. The decision was praised by former players who saw Inzamam as tailor-made for the job and discarded players who found new hope following ...

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With PCB and BCCI unable to set aside their differences, what happens to cricket?

The story goes that the chef at Jaipur’s Rambagh Palace had 40 baby lambs slaughtered the day before Pakistan’s military dictator, and arguably the most hated man in his country, was to be hosted as part of his trip to India to enjoy a game of cricket. Former PM Rajiv Gandhi with then Pakistan President Ziaul Haq at the Palam airport on Decemeber 17, 1985.Photo: Hindustan Times Paying true homage to Mughal culinary traditions Safed Maas (White meat curry) and Akbari Raan (Akbari mutton leg) were on the menu as General Ziaul Haq rubbed shoulders with the likes of Lala Amarnath ...

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Pakistan Super League: Let the games begin!

February 4, 2016 marks an extremely important date in the history of Pakistan cricket. The idea which was first conceived in 2012 is finally going to turn into a reality; the curtain will rise and Pakistan Super League (PSL) will surface onto the stage of lucrative Twenty20 cricket leagues. The teams PSL has five teams; Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi. They were sold for a total of $93 million and the teams will battle it out for a winning title. PSL Chief Najam Sethi had promised to bring in stars of the T20 format in the ...

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I believe in Mohammad Amir but there is a slight problem with his comeback

Let’s get one thing out of the way; Mohammad Amir should be forgiven for all his wrongdoings. Plenty of people disagree and think he should continue to pay for his sins. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but, I’m sorry, are these people heartless? I want to see him represent the country with pride and reward his compatriots and those who have continued to believe in him, even though he disgraced the nation. It’s not just Pakistan who should be behind this precocious bowler, who some believe was well on his way to becoming the greatest bowler, such were his feats at his tender ...

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From boys to men: Five potential breakout stars of the PSL

As the cricketing world prepares itself for the upcoming T20 World Cup in March in India, some of the world’s best cricketers are already packed up and ready to head to Dubai and Sharjah in February to play the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The PSL will go down as Pakistan cricket’s most defining moment. Below I have listed five youngsters who have dominated the domestic circuit over the past few years and are braced to take on the world: 1. Rumman Raees For a country that takes pride in its bowlers, Pakistan genuinely lacks seamers who can dodge batsmen with sheer speed. ...

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