said.chaudhry

Said Chaudhry

A doctor and cricket fanatic who blogs at saidcanblog.blogspot.com and tweets @saidation

There is a secret in Lahore, a mystery we can never decipher…

There is something about Lahore. Something in the streets of this city that is a secret. However, just when you think you have it figured out, there is something missing again. We often try to figure it out. What is it about Lahore that keeps us so intrigued? The Lahore I’ve deciphered in the past six years is one that has everything to offer – from the tolerance and beauty of its people, to all its imperfections. I made it a point to explore the city in and out, and have often resorted to using any form of transport available. There is something ...

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The love that never was

When the sun faded and darkness fell, The only light I found was within my heart,   Illuminating the gloomy paths at night, As I searched for you like a hopeless manic,   Like an aimless traveler on a forgotten road, Like a lost sailor on a familiar shore,   I searched for you like a rose in a desert, I searched for you like air under water,   I found you hidden behind your veil, And there was enough light to last a life time,   Emptiness of the deserts turned to fields of green, Unforgiving winds surrendered to a gentle breeze,   Months of solitude turned into days of joy, Years of desolation into a promise of love,   I ...

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Pakistan cricket, soaring through the ranks

It wasn’t a very long time ago that words such as ‘stability’, ‘consistency’ and ‘Pakistan’ were never used in the same sentence. However, since the spot-fixing trial, it seems that the Pakistan players and the incumbents at the board have finally grown out of their primitive mind set and realised what needs to be done. The emphasis displayed on consistency in selection and backing of players has been crucial to Pakistan’s success in the one dayers and Test matches. And, of course, the fear of real jail time and extended bans seems to have worked in favour of Pakistan.  Pakistan now sits comfortably ...

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Who’s keeping the media honest?

There was once a famous conspiracy theory which accused news media of pandering to a select lobby and manipulating the masses. For quite some time, I dismissed such claims as grade ‘A’ YouTube regurgitations. However, as social media evolved and began providing more than just couch entertainment, it became increasingly clear that everything is not black and white. The events of this year, from the Arab Spring to the ongoing ‘Occupy’ protests world wide remind us that technology has, as always, favoured freedom. Real time availability of news from all quarters of the world is a press of a button away on ...

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July 6, 2011
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T20: A league of our own

Cricket’s future in Pakistan is bright! But the prospects of Pakistan in international cricket look bleak to say the least. Isolated from the world of cricket, fans at home are hungry to see live action at their local stadiums. Instead, they are forced to see their stars perform on TV as they play “home series” in places like New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and England. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has become a laughing stock and its management, a back page joke. Our captain, Misbahul Haq, calls playing for Pakistan equivalent to “mental torture.” The ICC, while attempting to do ...

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The ‘fixed’ price of World Cup 2011

Modern cricket has been tainted with controversy of match/spot fixing and corruption scandals. But despite the drama, the sheer volume of viewers tuning in and fan interest has only increased. When this month’s issue of Sports Illustrated (SI) India hits stands, it will trigger much debate, deliberation and a wave of “I told you so” comments among followers of cricket all over the world. The cover story “Dirt in Cricket” deciphers 400 minutes of conversations between SI journalists, bookies and politicians in India. The story was shared with Yahoo Sports, a few days before it is to appear in SI, and promises ...

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Seven traits of the average Pakistani college girl

Disclaimer: The following is a result of the writer’s personal experiences that he gathered after seeing the sufferings of his friends. Though the writer himself is no real authority and none of this should be taken seriously, he can still argue over traits as he reminisces his days as a medical student in Lahore.  By the end of this article, you will know why the author has been single for many moons now. 1. She hates most of her friends Girls always find plenty of emotional support, and friends for dance practises for weddings which gives the impression they are friends ...

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Windies tour: Who’s who on the Pakistan squad

Pakistan team selectors have made a smart move by picking a fresh squad for the one day and T20 matches to tour the West Indies later this month By excluding old horses like Younis Khan, Misbahul Haq, Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal they have paved the way for the next set of players in order to rebuild the house for the next World Cup. It was a decision that had to be made and there’s no better time to groom younger players than now. If we can unearth another Umar Akmal, perhaps find another exciting fast bowler and a decent wicket ...

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India’s ‘small hearts’ and Afridi’s big mouth

I’ve never been Afridi’s biggest fan. But his recent form with the ball, and his leadership in the World Cup changed my mind…well, sort of. I have always found him to be mercurial. From scoring a hundred in 30-40 balls to getting out after playing the most atrocious shot in the books, Afridi has even bitten into a cricket ball. A day after his return to Pakistan, he held a brief press conference on his front porch. Lala fired back to a question asked by one of the reporters regarding Pakistan’s defeat against India. He questioned why Pakistanis look towards India with ...

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Magic in Mohali: I watched Pakistan beat India

In November 2007, I went to Mohali to watch a Pakistan versus India match. Walking to India We crossed the Wagah-Attari border by foot – a monumental step in my life.  I was struck with mixed emotions, the joy of visiting India and extending our message of peace and love. At the same time, I remembered the stories of hardship my ancestors faced while migrating to Pakistan in 1947. It took nearly six hours of waiting, tedious registrations and formalities amidst heavy police protection at the Indian side of the border. A large number of Indians were walking towards the border for the evening ...

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