PSL 3: Was Azam Khan selected for Quetta Gladiators based on merit or because he is Moin Khan’s son?

We all have dreams, but only a few of us go against the odds to accomplish those dreams. Playing for the national cricket team is a dream for millions of kids on the streets of Pakistan, and a few brave souls ultimately set themselves on the long, rough journey to get selected for Pakistan’s domestic cricket team. For years, they work hard and follow their passion blindly, hoping that their performance will be good enough to attract even a glimpse of the selector’s dodgy eyes. The dream of these young, talented individuals is impaired, bruised and torn apart, however, when ...

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Was Italy’s apocalypse a by-product of Gian PieroVentura’s bizarre and faulty tactics?

Italy as a country is not too dissimilar to us, especially if you consider the misfortunes that have befallen this particular European nation in recent times. A corrupt head of state governing a highly unstable democracy, natural disasters and general economic woes are just some of the many elements that make us Pakistanis relate to an ordinary Italian’s life, on a somewhat deeper basis. But there is one other similarity between the two countries that is pertinent to mention here – the die-hard love for one particular sport. Football to Italy is exactly what cricket is to us. If we are ...

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Real Madrid showing Gareth Bale the door isn’t surprising, considering he’s missed 40 of the last 60 games due to injuries

It was the final of the 2014 Copa del Rey  when Gareth Bale’s magical run past Barcelona’s Marc Bartra and the subsequent goal, helped the Los Blancos lift the title. With a jubilant Cristiano Ronaldo watching from the stands, it seemed as if the former Spurs player was ready to be in the centre of Real Madrid’s plans for the future. Unfortunately, however, things did not materialise the way the fans and Bale himself expected them to. If you are a Real Madrid fan, one of the constants in your life would be the amount of injury updates you get to ...

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Farewell, Saeed Ajmal! You made sure the world remembers you as the ‘bowling magician’!

Epic. Magical. Defiant. Compact. Witty. Mighty effective. Actually, when one comes to think of it, words simply cannot describe what this man was in his prime days. As a crazy cricket fan, reminiscing those times when the magician himself bamboozled the opposition with his variety of epic spin-bowling is one way of satisfying one’s own self. Whenever I turn on the TV set, flip through channels and happen to run into highlights of a match featuring him, I stop. I just have to, every single time. The magic Saeed Ajmal was able to produce with just his fingers was simply mind-boggling, ...

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Other than cricket, Pakistan is failing at every sport that it excelled at in the past

Sports in Pakistan – which have always had a turbulent history – hit a new low recently when Muhammad Waseem, the sole international boxer we have at the moment, declared that his upcoming fight might be the very last time he would be representing Pakistan. It is indeed a sad day for an already sports-deprived country when top talent is forced to change teams due to years of constant neglect. Waseem wouldn’t even be the first person in the history of his sport to do so. He is following in the footsteps of Syed Hussain Shah, who won a bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul ...

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His name is Babar Azam, not Virat Kohli

In the land known to produce premium fast bowlers, a young schoolboy-like personality is making strides in the batting arena like we have never seen before. A staggering ODI average of 58.60 comes off so unique to us that it almost feels like this individual has been misplaced, and needs to return to the other side of the border. However, as astonishing as it may sound, this particular batsman is Pakistani indeed. His name is Babar Azam, not Virat Kohli. Babar Azam is pulled into an embrace by his captain after raising his sixth ODI century, ...

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Resurrection 2017: Rafael Nadal proves once again why he is one of the greatest athletes tennis has ever seen

As far as tennis goes, my allegiance has always been with Rafael Nadal (Rafa). While many are in awe of the brilliant Roger Federer, I have always been inspired by the sheer grit, determination and hard work of the Spaniard. Majority of the tennis fraternity had written Nadal off after a wrist injury brought an untimely end to the season in 2016. This, along with the longstanding knee issues that have plagued him for most of his career, made it seem as if the illustrious career for the Mallorcan was drawing to a close – but Nadal had other ideas. ...

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With his stellar skills and “explosive” celebrations, Hasan Ali has shown the cricket world what Pakistan is capable of

Pakistan is quite notorious for producing bowling sensations in the cricket world. While Pakistan’s batting department has not been able to produce quality batsmen on consistent basis, its bowling unit has maintained its tradition to stun the cricketing world with its sheer quality. They consistently churn out bowlers, both fast and spinners, who create havoc at the top stages of cricket tournaments. Keeping up with the tradition, Pakistan has given the cricket world another bowling sensation in the form of Hasan Ali. He is currently ranked at the top by the ICC, based on his recent stellar performances. There are certain accomplishments that have ...

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Manchester City is the team to beat this Premier League season, as they just might take home the title

Manchester City was touted to win the Premier League before the beginning of the 2017-18 season due to a strong squad at their disposal, and as we enter November, they have done their reputation no harm whatsoever. Pep Guardiola’s tactic philosophy revolves around productive passing and possession, and this season he has the team to achieve just that. City has completed 500 more passes than any other Premier League team and they are joint-top in Europe’s top five leagues in terms of average possession, which sits at 63.8%. Britain Football Soccer – Manchester City v Everton – Premier League ...

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Losing to a rookie after 27 years was not expected of a team like Real Madrid

Watching the match this past Sunday, I had no doubt that Real Madrid would win this one and add points to their La Liga ranking. I was even more sure when Isco put the ball inside the net at the 12th minute. This game was supposed to be ours, this game we shouldn’t have lost. Isco scored for Real Madrid in the defeat to Girona. Photo: Reuters After half time though, everything changed. By the 58th minute, we were down by two. It still did not occur to me that we can lose this game since Girona was a La ...

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