Momin Ali Khan

A barrister-at-law from the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn who is currently practicing in Islamabad.

No more Butt and Butterfingers

As Ramiz Raja put it, though Shahid Afridi could not win the World Cup, for 30 days he united the nation. However, though we must unreservedly praise the performances of Team Pakistan, a few heads must roll to ensure that the strides we have made are capitalised to the fullest extent. Butt needs to go The system governing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), effectively a one Butt show, has to be revamped. The PCB needs a much more effective, efficient and vibrant administrator – someone who is in touch with modern day cricket – to govern the way the game is played ...

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Team Pakistan has arrived: De Ghumaa Ke

Not so long ago, Team Pakistan was at its lowest ebb. Poster boy Mohammad Amir, Test captain Salman Butt, and prodigious swing-bowler Mohammad Asif were suspended from the game for their alleged involvement in spot fixing. They were subsequently banned. As the team was recuperating from this shattered trust, another blow was delivered by  Zulqarnain Haider. It was a dark time in Pakistan cricket with the end looming imminent. In the face of innumerable controversies and the scrutinising eyes of the cricketing fraternity watching their every move, the team managed to find a way through and won its first test and ODI ...

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Take Kamran Akmal off the team!

Kamran Akmal put up a disgraceful performance in the match against New Zealand. There used to be a time when inspired experts called him Pakistan’s Adam Gilchrist – but nothing could be more insulting to Gilchrist than comparing butterfingers with him. I have little doubt that if Pakistan is to get anywhere in this World Cup, it must drop Kamran Akmal from the starting line-up. He is no good with the bat and I’d rather not play a wicket-keeper than have Akmal behind the stumps. His performances since 2006 have been on a consistent and constant decline. It was on the tour ...

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Pakistan beat Sri Lanka: Victory is sweet!

After having made two wins in two games, the Pakistan cricket team has given the country a reason to rejoice. For most of us Pakistanis, the World Cup has in fact just begun. We are beginning to believe that Pakistan are a force to reckon with after defeating Sri Lanka, one of the favourites. However, as extensive praise is being heaped on the team and congratulatory messages being sent across, we mustn’t forget that this was just the second game of a fairly long tournament ahead. We must cheer the boys on, but ensure that complacency doesn’t creep within the ranks, as ...

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Time for Pakistan cricket to finally move on

On June 7, 2009 a love affair began. Pakistan cricket had supposedly found its new darling, its poster boy and its next big hero. But Mohammad Amir returned with disappointing the figures 3-0-31-1. The Oval witnessed England thrashing Pakistan in a round-robin match of the second T20 World Cup. However, onlookers and experts predicted a bright future for this young lad from the outskirts of Rawalpindi. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. On February 5, 2011 the International Cricket Council tribunal announced sanctions of 10, 7 and 5 years for Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and the young prodigy, the ...

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World Cup 2011: Time for Pakistan to shine

As we embrace the month of February, cricket fans across the globe wait with bated breath for the 10th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In about 10 days, the greatest cricketing spectacle will hold the attention of cricket frenzied fans. The hands of Pakistanis will collectively be lifted in prayer for the victory of a disenchanted nation with suffering. The boys in green, therefore, carry the hopes of a country – a nation that needs smiles on faces that have only worn tension and tears. The ICC Cricket ...

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