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Behram Qazi

The author is a Management Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo. Patriotic Pakistani, devoted sports fanatic and part-time sports analyst on PTV World. He tweets as @Behram22 (twitter.com/Behram22)

The Gilchrist revolution and the role of a keeper

Before the 21st century, as you may already know, cricket was very different. T20s did not exist; neither did free hits or power plays. The sight of a 300 plus score in the 50 over game was rare and on the few occasions that it would occur, to chase it down was a fantasy. However, a few years before the millennium, the cricketing world was introduced to a new playing role which proved to be pivotal to the way the game is played now; the role of a wicket-keeper-batsman. The pioneer of this role was England’s most capped wicket keeper, Alec Stewart. ...

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Eight reasons why the IPL is popular in Pakistan

The first edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off in April 2008 and took the world by storm. Cricket fans from all over the globe enjoyed this T20 spectacle as Shane Warne led a spirited Rajasthan Royals side to an unexpected victory. The best part about it, from a Pakistan perspective, was that the leading wicket taker of the inaugural tournament was a left-arm Pakistani swing bowler Sohail Tanvir. Since then, the IPL has become an annual cricket festival that is followed thoroughly by cricket lovers. The sad part though, is that Pakistani players have not appeared in ...

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Pakistan cricket: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

The 2003 cricket World Cup in South Africa was the last global tournament to host a Pakistani team full of superstars; steady openers, lethal fast bowlers and a world class middle order. Many pundits and spectators thought the team would recreate the performances of the1999 World Cup, in which the men in green made it all the way to the final. Little did they know that this time the team would not even make it past the first round! Waqar’s boys lost to three cricketing giants — Australia, England and India — while their game against Zimbabwe was washed out. The two wins ...

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