Saad Hassan Khan

Saad Hassan Khan

A final year electronic engineering student at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology. His interests lie in sports, reading and writing.

Pakistan cricket: Being bad has never been this good

Having watched the whole Test series and the third ODI last night, there is no doubt in my mind that Pakistan should officially be labelled as the most unpredictable cricket team of all time. The theme might sound to some as being repetitive or cliché, but the men in green can be so exhilarating and so exasperating in the same breath that you just can’t stop marvelling at the erratic nature of their game play and even more so at the results they keep coming up with in spite of it. Even though it is near foolishness to try and predict what the Pakistani ...

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Shoaib Akhtar speaks the truth

I usually try to keep my personal biases and opinions aside while writing, but reading all that has been written about Shoaib Akhtar and his book has incensed me to no end. I cannot believe how easily people have started ridiculing one of the best fast bowlers this country has ever seen. And all this just for saying out loud some things which we have all always known or at least suspected to be true? For all those who question Akhtar’s class as a bowler, I would suggest a look at Criicinfo’s page on Shoaib Akhtar. For God’s sake the guy ...

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Cricketers are to blame too…

Cricket in Pakistan, as a rule, is never far from controversy. Be it the captaincy musical chairs game that surfaces after every other series, the lashing out of players against the PCB and its officials and the subsequent retorts from the game’s governing body, or the Board’s decision to ban or fine players and then nullify its own decision after token investigations – normalcy just does not seem to be a part of the game. Amid the chaos, fans and casual observers usually tend to side with their heroes, the players, and renounce everything that the PCB has to say ...

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When will our captains understand?

It is common knowledge that Pakistan cricket and controversy go hand in hand, and it seems that the former cannot survive for long without the latter rearing its head. The last few years, under the rule of the much maligned Ejaz Butt, have been no different, be it the descent of Younis Khan from captaincy, the Muhammad Yousuf captaincy and non-selection saga, the unfortunate Butt, Asif and Amir incident or the regular sacking/resignations of coaches and chief selectors – the people involved at the highest echelons, and the fans too, have perhaps resigned to the fact that it is ...

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Barca vs Real: Top tier clash

Match-ups between Barcelona and Real Madrid have traditionally elicited more emotional involvement from fans of both these football giants, than any other club fixture has ever been able to do. It is perhaps because of the ‘political enmity’, if that phrase can be used, between the Catalans and the Castilians. Whatever other reasons exist for the charged atmosphere regarding the ‘El Clasico,’ just the quality of football is enough to leave at least the neutrals licking their lips. This season however, the fixture between Real and Barca is to be played five times as the two sides meet in the final ...

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A reign ended, an era completed: Ponting broken, Australia defeated

In 1999, Shane Warne broke millions of Pakistani hearts at Lords’ as did Symonds in World Cup 2003, but from a true cricket fan’s perspective it was sad to see India outplay Australia. As we bid farewell to the supremacy of what was perhaps the second greatest team the sport has ever been privileged to see after the great West Indian team of the 1970’s and 1980’s, I cannot help but reflect what the hard-nosed Aussies gave to the game of cricket in their 12 years at the top of the pile. Classy Kangaroos The panache, flair and vigor of the Kangaroos ...

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Why do Indian experts attack Pakistani cricketers?

Experts are supposed to be unbiased, and should refrain from making baseless judgments until they have considered all the facts. I am sorry to say that Indian experts seem incapable of doing this when it comes to Pakistan cricket. Cricket analysts like Navjot Siddhu and Harsha Bhogle have seized every opportunity to hurl mud at Pakistani cricketers. And the less said about the Shiv Sena, whose total political agenda seems to be centered on evoking anti-Pakistan sentiment in India, the better. Case in point – Pakistan’s nerve-tingling game against the Canadanian minnows. “Those math-fixing Pakistanis…” After Pakistan turned in a below-par batting performance on ...

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The world is coming down, the flags are up!

World Cup preparations have reached fever pitch and speculations about which teams are best placed to reach the semi-finals and who will land cricket’s most coveted prize are rife. Although I am not a cricket expert, I do have my very own semi-final line-up. After all if Imran Khan has already picked a winner, why can’t  I? My choices are as follows: Pakistan It is a little foolhardy to predict what an unpredictable team will do. The Pakistan team has often left those who dare to make predictions about them dumbfounded. The setback of the talented trio’s bans aside,   mercurial Afridi’s captaincy, has managed ...

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February 2, 2011
TOPICS

Does Amir have a future in the game?

It was disconcerting and depressing to see bowlers like Sohail Tanvir and Abdul Razzaq being handed the new ball in the third ODI against New Zealand; some months ago, it was the greatly talented duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir sharing that responsibility for the national team. The verdict on the banned trio’s future is due on February 5 and Pakistani fans will be praying desperately for the ICC tribunal to at least show some leniency towards Mohammad Amir. Is Amir our only realistic hope? Inn my view, Mohammad Amir has the best chance of being acquitted, with a light or ...

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Pakistan’s imperfect cricket team

Not taking anything away from Pakistan’s victory, the fact that the win in the Hamilton Test came under slightly fortuitous circumstances (some freak dismissals and the condition of the pitch), cannot be and, perhaps more importantly, should not be ignored. To keep up the good work that was undeniably done by an at-last-united looking Pakistan team, and to ensure a series win, the management and the players need to take care of some issues very quickly, before the second test at the Basin Reserve, Wellington, starts on Saturday. The favourable pitch The first and foremost factor that went in favour of Pakistan ...

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