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Khurram Baig

Business Editor at The Express Tribune. Baig has worked at Dawn News as a host and news anchor and was city editor at The News. He writes on sports and current affairs.

When to use or lose identifiers

Ethnicity, religion, sect and gender. Do we or do we not, as journalists, use these as identifiers in a headline or in the introduction of a story when we are reporting on an incident –  that is perhaps a question that every journalist has to ask and the answer is never clear. When is it right to mention ethnicities or religion? Does it add any news value to a story or can it be the catalyst or inciting possible hatred amongst ethnic or religious groups? The question we journalists often ask is that if we do not mention these identifiers, are ...

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Bangladeshi Tigers: Not ready to roar just yet

It seems they are not quite ready for the big games after all. The cricketing fraternity was quite pleasantly surprised with the Bangladesh resurgence at the Asia Cup. They defeated the current world champions India, former champions Sri Lanka and came quite close to defeating Pakistan – also a former champion – on two occasions. In fact, the final went down to the wire, and was not decided until the last ball. Bangladesh dominated the entire match; they bowled brilliantly and restricted Pakistan to what seemed like a barely adequate score of 236. Had it not been for the heroics of Sarfaraz Ahmed ...

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Sachin: The unmaking of a god

Tendulkar’s achievements are truly remarkable. Whether you like the guy or not, you have to admit that he has done stuff that most ordinary mortals can only dream of. Yes, I am also hinting that Tendulkar is a god, or at least has god-like status. I am sure many cricketers would willingly give their left arm to be half as good as he is, and it would still be a dramatic improvement for them. The most number of  Tests played, the most number of ODI’s played, the most Test runs, the most ODI runs, the most Test hundreds and the ...

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Do away with cricket controversies

I think we’ve all spoken at length about how boring Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies was. There was an absence of intensity. There were moments when it seemed an international duel was on show, as opposed to net practice, but for most part of the tour, both teams seemed to be going through the motions. My guess is that they were just warming up for the real challenge that was to follow. The mighty Irish were next The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must have realised that the fans needed some real entertainment so right after the lackadaisical performance against the West Indies, ...

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Wimbledon: Has the US dropped the ball?

American tennis is a shadow of its former greatness. At Roland Garros in Paris, no American woman was seeded anywhere. The top seeded American man was Mardy Fish. And nothing against Fish, but I doubt anyone is betting that he will win a Grand Slam anytime soon, or even in his entire career. The last man from the US to win a Grand Slam, Andy Roddick is fading, and has just exited Wimbledon. In fact, for a very brief period albeit, but earlier this year, for the first time in the 38-year history of the world tennis rankings, no US man or ...

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Windies tour: Where is the star value?

There is no intention to undermine the efforts of both sides involved, but the One-Day International (ODI) series between in West Indies failed to generate any excitement or enthusiasm whatsoever. The Twenty20 and the ODIs were drab, sordid affairs with the teams going about their business in a very workmanlike fashion, perhaps sharing my feelings about the series. There were no exciting knocks and there aren’t any hostile fast-bowlers so there was no duel between bat and ball. The hosts overlooked experience  including Chris Gayle who is showing his brute force in the IPL and reminding selectors he still has what ...

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Jazba just wasn’t enough

Pakistan lost the much-hyped match against India, just as they lost on previous four occasions where they came up against India in any World Cup game. They say history never repeats itself, but it did in this case. However, folly always repeats itself. We made the same mistakes that we always do. Pakistan felt they could go into the game and pull off a win even after fielding like they always do, leaking runs and dropping catches. But one can ride luck just so far. Eventually, reality catches up and the men are separated from the boys. Let’s hope Kamran Akmal is ...

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Mohali showdown: Do we put our faith in history?

Can Pakistan win against India in India, that too in a World Cup? If one is to go down the memory lane, the answer would be that it is not likely to happen. After all, history is known to repeat itself, and it has already done so a few times in the 2011 World Cup as well. For instance, Pakistan had never lost to Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium before, and history played true. The ever-unpredictable Pakistan managed to beat the consistent and highly-talented Sri Lanka once again, and quite easily as it appeared in the end. And how ...

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Pakistan vs West Indies: Batting is Pakistan’s Achilles’ heel

So far so good. Pakistan have made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. And despite a few hiccups along the way, they have done it in style by not only topping their group but by beating world champions Australia in the process. Now they play the West Indies who are showing signs of life and have had some good games in the group stages. They have created opportunities to win, but so far have failed to convert those opportunities into victories. This was painfully obvious in their last two games, against India and earlier against England, where the top-order fired, ...

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World Cup 2011: Separating men from the boys

Is the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to reduce the next World Cup to 10 teams really the way forward? Is this really as far as the sport’s governing body is concerned about making it a truly global game? Are they dumping the associates and hoping that one day we would have 16-team tournaments with each one of them being the best in the business, representing a continent or region, like football? The ICC has been trying to increase the number of Test-playing nations for almost 20 years now. But the only additions have been Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, with the latter ...

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