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Fawad Hussain

A reporter for the sports desk of The Express Tribune

Razzaq deserves another chance

Soon after their dismal performance at the ICC Champions Trophy, many senior cricketers were dropped and hence, they embarked on a mission to try and make a comeback to the national team. The likes of former captain Shoaib Malik and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, instantly turned to their respective departments at the Ramazan Twenty20 events to win back the selectors’ faith. Although these players are capable of shining in the domestic circuit, I strongly feel they shouldn’t return to the national team until and unless they show outstanding performances with consistency. Their comebacks in the past were based on a single season of ...

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ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan is the team to beat!

In the coming days, Misbahul Haq’s men will be up against some of the world’s best ODI teams at the ICC Champions Trophy (CT) in England. It will be the seventh and last edition of the tournament as the ICC has decided to hold just one event of every format after this competition with the World Cup serving the purpose for ODIs. The top eight world class teams, including world champions India, South Africa, West Indies, Australia, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand along with Pakistan will vie for the honour starting June 6. Our team, which has never won this tournament, ...

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Have Whatmore and our selectors failed us?

If the Pakistan Test team was a stock, and Dav Whatmore was a chairman of the board, the stock price would have fallen through the floor and Whatmore would have been replaced. If the PCB selection committee was the board of directors, they would be fending off angry shareholders and most likely in danger of losing their seats as well. Unfortunately, the Pakistan Cricket Board has no shareholders to answer to. It’s been one year since Dav Whatmore took over, and the same goes for the selection committee. The company has gone bankrupt. What happened in South Africa underlines the fact ...

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November 26, 2012
TOPICS

Pakistan: Gold medal in political drama no medal in Olympics

Many sports in Pakistan, nowadays, unfortunately, have been high-jacked by authority figures and politicians. In the midst of their daily arguments and skirmishes, lie the lives of every athlete in Pakistan and thus the future of sports in the country. Amongst many debates is one highly irrelevant question about what political party the figurative authority, at the helm of the sports affairs, supports. The ongoing tiff between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) headed by Zaka Ashraf (politically affiliated with the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)) and the Punjab government is a mere example of how sports work in this ...

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Let the Sialkot Stallions represent Pakistan

A selector once associated with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that he would not hesitate to select players from even a small town if their performance outshone cricketers from other parts of the country.  The point that he wanted to make is that quotas should not be set per region and teams should be selected in the best national interest, irrespective of which provinces and cities the players come from. Nowadays, a lot of effort is being made by the PCB think-tank to form a formidable squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Amid discussions on who should ...

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Keep Mohsin Khan as coach

The basic ingredients required from an ideal cricket coach are: mentoring the team, maintaining discipline, building for the future and forging a good relationship with the captain besides. Unfortunately, the wish-list of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seems to be different. The coach should be ‘qualified’ and must be from outside Pakistan. The board appears to have almost finalised a deal with former Australia cricketer Dav Whatmore to fill the vacancy of permanent coach of the Pakistan team. Whatmore, undoubtedly, has solid credentials but like many other well-wishers of the country’s cricket, I think the former Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coach ...

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December 21, 2010
TOPICS

Aisamul-Haq: 2010’s shining star

To say that it was an eventful year for Pakistan sports would be an understatement. 2010 witnessed many ‘highs and lows’, ranging from the sensational spot-fixing scandal involving three of the country’s leading cricketers to a stunning title-winning triumph by our ladies in the cricket event of the Asian Games in Guangzhou. For me the defining moment of Pakistan sports came in September when tennis ace Aisamul-Haq Qureshi marched into the men’s doubles and mixed doubles finals of the US Open. His heroics at the Grand Slam tournament gave Pakistan’s sports fans something to cheer about after several dismal weeks in ...

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The return of Younus Khan

Younus Khan rescued Pakistan through a memorable, match-saving century against South Africa in Dubai. It’s rare for Pakistan to stage such a fight in Tests and that too against a top team like the Proteas. Younus hit an unbeaten 131 as Pakistan earned a draw after accumulating 343-3. His brilliant knock made me wonder what Pakistan could have achieved on their marathon tour of England earlier this year had Younus been a part of the tour, which was overall disastrous. Pakistan’s batsmen flopped miserably on the tour and the visitors crashed to series defeats against England in ...

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