Stories about Wahab Riaz

We need the old Junaid Khan back

On the eve of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, when Sohail Tanvir sustained an injury and the 21-year-old Junaid Khan was included in the squad without any experience in international cricket, a few eyebrows were raised on his selection, but selectors thought that in Junaid, the left-arm quick, they had found a replacement for Muhammad Amir, who was at that time banned from international cricket for five years.  Having been partnered with Amir at the 2008 Under 19 (U19) Cricket World Cup, there was no doubt about Junaid’s talent, and while announcing his selection, the Chief Selector, Iqbal Qasim said, “He ...

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Sorry Sri Lanka, but we love ending things in style

The ambition is fierce and the energy is high — Pakistan are back, and back with a bang! The familiar aura of suspense finally returned to the faces of avid spectators, watching their home side take Sri Lanka head on in two nerve-wracking games, finishing the job splendidly. Gone are the days when fans would long consistency in batting, cringe over poor fielding, and question the constant shuffling of bowlers. Pakistan’s signature display of winning when least expected, and that too in all three departments, has given the whole nation a sweetly addicting tune to dance to. ...

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#PAKvsSL: A dominant series win well worth the wait

The Pakistan cricket team, under the supreme leadership of Azhar Ali, has wrapped up the series against Sri Lanka by outplaying the hosts with a superbly dominant performance, winning three out of four matches in the five-match ODI series. Photo: Reuters This was Pakistan’s first bi-lateral ODI series win in Sri Lanka since 2006. It has also boosted Pakistan’s chances of making it to the Champions Trophy as Pakistan is currently ranked eighth in the ODI rankings, slightly ahead of West Indies. The national team has given a great overall performance. Pakistan’s batsmen have batted positively with strike rates ranging from Azhar’s 82 to Shoaib Malik’s 125. Azhar’s technique ...

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We all have a Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in us

It happens like clockwork whenever Bilawal Bhutto Zardari makes the news on social media. Invariably, the top Facebook/Twitter comment on any story regarding BBZ is a joke about his supposedly effeminate demeanour. Those who wouldn’t mock someone for other variations in physical characteristics such as skin colour, height, and weight, also join in. It’s an issue with many cultures, but it rears its ugly head often in one as throbbingly pseudo masculine as ours. The jests aren’t only limited to top Facebook comments; Pakistani creators of internet comics often find BBZ’s mannerisms an easy source of entertainment for their easily amused readers. These comics are ...

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Thank you Zimbabwe, your determination was truly heroic

It ended in a way that it should not have; with logistical problems and the unpredictable weather having the final say. But even during these anticlimactic moments, the impact of the series will not be forgotten anytime soon. After a dry spell of six years, international cricket had returned to the green land. Normally, a series between the ninth and 10th ranked sides in the world would not generate much interest amongst cricket lovers and fans, but this was no ordinary series. This series allowed our Pakistani players to play in their home ground and in front of their people, who were longing to see their heroes ...

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Pakistan needs to bring its aggression back

There are times when nothing goes your way. When you lose at every stride and luck seems to have faded away from the stars, and it feels like nothing is going to change. Pakistan cricket team is going through such a phase. After a lacklustre World Cup, this nation was expecting for a turnaround with the arrival of young blood, but those expectations were crushed a little too soon. We not only lost to Bangladesh after 16 years, we were “Bangla-washed” in the ODI and T20 series and believe me, being a diehard fan, seeing Pakistan lose like this is ...

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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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Misbah in the context of Pakistan’s lifesavers

A few days ago, I read a blog by a passionate Misbahul Haq fan, thanking the Pakistan captain for all that he has achieved, and asking his forgiveness on behalf of the fans who have harangued and disrespected him for so long. Photo: AFP Like almost all other reflections on Misbah, this one described him by describing Shahid Afridi first, and explaining that Misbah was all that Lala is not. When I asked some Misbah fans why he is not contextualised in Pakistani society the way Afridi is, someone answered that it is because honest and hardworking people never get anywhere in Pakistan. [caption id="" ...

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10 glorifying moments of World Cup 2015

As the 11th edition of the World Cup comes to an end, I decided to compile a list of the 10 best moments from this year’s tournament. Here they are: Ireland takes out the Windies: Photo: AFP From the very start of the tournament, Ireland were out to make a statement after the ICC minimised the coming World Cup to 10 teams, and in their first game against the West Indies, they did just that. Chasing 304 at Nelson, Ireland won with ease with four wickets in hand and 25 balls to spare, staying true to their tag of ‘giant ...

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The World Cup XI who dominated the tournament

The 2015 ICC World Cup has finally come to a close as Michael Clarke’s go-getting Australian team bagged a fifth World Cup by giving Brendon McCullum’s spirited Kiwis a thrashing, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. What was promised to be a closely fought contest (judging by the previous meeting between these two sides in the group stage), turned out to be a highly one sided affair as New Zealand was bowled out for a miserly 183 runs in 45 overs, courtesy of superior left-arm fast bowling by the Australian contingent. As expected, the men in gold attacked from the word go, chasing down the puny target in ...

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