Abdul Majid

Abdul Majid

An outspoken, non-conformist writer who works as a sub-editor on the sports desk at The Express Tribune. He tweets @abdulmajidawaan

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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Imad Wasim, the man with the golden touch

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 13 runs in the first T20 of the two-match series on September, 27 2015 letting Imad Wasim exhibit his brilliance on the cricket ground. Photo: AFP The confidence that Wasim exhibited throughout the match, demonstrated his greatness in the game. Moreover, his all-round performance proved that our domestic structure still has the ability to produce match-winners for Pakistan. The 26-year-old is not a new face for the followers of Pakistani cricket. He was a part of the winning team of the 2006 U19 World Cup, and was later given the responsibility to lead the ...

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Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic: The old lions still roar

As expected, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the US Open final in four sets. I wasn’t surprised. However, what astonished me was when Croatian Marin Cilic and Japanese Kei Nishikori made it to the final of the same tournament in 2014. The former easily won in a three-setter, but before that, eight US Open titles were won by one of the big four (Djokovic, Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal) in the last nine years. In 2009, Juan Martin del Potro beat Federer in an amazing five-setter to show a glimpse of hope that the dominancy of tennis’s four prodigal ...

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What is it about Umar Akmal that people don’t understand?

Manzoor, Zahoor and Saleem Elahi. Imran and Humayun Farhat. Moin and Nadeem Khan. Hanif, Mushtaq, Sadiq and Wazir Mohammad. Wasim and Ramiz Raja. This is not a listicle of the cricketing families of Pakistan, otherwise it would have also included Imran Khan, Javed Burki, Majid Khan, Anil Dalpat, and Danish Kaneria (who are cousins, by the way). If this list is not enough, a simple Google search will yield nearly 162 families in the realm of world cricket. And the reason for mentioning all of this you ask? Well, it is to ask a simple question: Why are only the Akmal brothers considered as being the perennial symbol of one of ...

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PCB kills two birds with one stone

Shoaib Malik measured Milinda Siriwardana on the third and fourth ball of the 41st over by playing two dot balls. Pakistan only needed six runs to bag an unassailable three-one lead in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. The fifth ball came a tad short and Malik, who had already romped off three sixes, pulled the ball over the midwicket boundary for a maximum to end the 257-run chase with a victory. Photo: AFP As the players celebrated an emphatic series win, the think-tank of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) started pondering over the prospects of delaying the series ...

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Younus Khan rains on nine-year Lankan drought in the Island

Misbahul Haq was optimistic that the absence of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene on the Sri Lankan side would increase their chances of victory, but he forgot about Dimuth Karunaratne and the new young captain, Angelo Mathews, who scored centuries in the first and the second innings, respectively. Misbahul Haq. Photo: AFP Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan team were harnessing skills to counter leggie Yasir Shah who took yet another fifer in the first innings, but they forgot to prepare for Imran Khan’s pace bowling on the good Pallekele track, where he dismissed the entire remaining five batsmen on day four of the Sri Lankan second innings. Younus Khan, ...

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Are we really ready for Zimbabwe?

Pakistan announced its T20 squad today with former captain Shoaib Malik and star all-rounder Umar Akmal making a comeback. Muhammad Sami, another lost tale of the Pakistan cricket biopic, was given a chance to showcase his pace program against Zimbabwe – the first team to visit Pakistan since 2009 for a T20 two-match series and an ODI three-match series. The whole series, from its very start till now, has faced a lot of controversies, contradictions and confusions. It is a new beginning for Pakistan cricket but it has come after a lot of struggles. The Zimbabwe Cricket Union’s advance team visited Lahore to ...

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Mighty Kangaroos did what they do best – win World Cups

A record attendance of 93,013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), an unbeaten opposition in front, nerves, anxiety, tension, stress and everything ready to break the concentration needed to focus on the job at hand. But how well did the mighty Aussies respond? They are called ‘mighty’ for a reason and they proved it with another feather in their cap; a record fifth World Cup title. It was a heartbreak for New Zealand. They played brilliant cricket right throughout the tournament but lost the match that mattered the most. But they have won many hearts. Photo: Reuters The ...

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India, you will have to #GiveItBack now

It couldn’t have been any other team than Australia who could knock the unbeaten defending champions out of the 2015 World Cup. And when the time came in the semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Kangaroos made sure they did so. Before presenting the review of Australia’s magnificent World Cup campaign, I would like to clear that this defeat does not mean that India were not challenged in the tournament and came till the second last stage without any serious threat. But they were only pushed to the limit once against Zimbabwe while chasing a 288-run target. In the ...

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The possessed Kiwis make it to their first World Cup final

South Africa beat New Zealand by six wickets and AB de Villiers is the man of the match for his unbeaten 89 off 85 balls. No, this is not the match result of the 2015 World Cup semi-final in Auckland; this happened back in October, 2014. AB de Villiers punches the ball into the off side, New Zealand v South Africa, 1st ODI, Mount Maunganui, October 21, 2014. Photo: AFP It was the first ODI’s result when the Proteas visited New Zealand for a three-match ODI series. The second ODI was won by de Villiers’s men by ...

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