5 observations from #PAKvsNZ which prove the men in green need to get their act together

The much-awaited series for Pakistani cricket fans kicked off on January 6th, with the first match of the ODI series played at Basin Reserve, Wellington. The hype for the series was as expected since our players had been out of international competitive cricket for over two months. For the Kiwis, however, it was sort of a sudden jump from their match against West Indies, which was a walk in the park for them. Now, they were up against the team that was on a roll in shorter format of cricket as was seen from Pakistan’s victory in the Champions Trophy and their ...

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#PakvsNZ is an entirely different and difficult test for the men in green – Is Pakistan prepared for the challenge that awaits?

Let’s face it, most of us, including me, don’t like getting up early in the morning, but one thing that made me sacrifice my sleep and get out of my warm, cosy bed in winter in the wee hours of the night was cricket, when Pakistan was away on tour to the Trans-Tasman region. Waking up in the middle of the night can be a tad bit difficult but watching Pakistan win is surely worth it. More accustomed to playing on the dead pitches in the subcontinent, Pakistani cricket team’s trip to New Zealand poses an entirely different test altogether. ...

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A billion dollars and the demise of Manchester United

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times… It was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”- Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities, 1859) Nothing describes the mood better in Manchester than Dickens’s most famous quote. The followers of Manchester United enter the New Year burying any hope of a title challenge, while their neighbour seems destined to clinch another Premier League title, in a style reminiscent of Arsenal’s Invincibles – unbeaten. United have been replaced by their city rival, Manchester City, ...

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When soldiers are dying on the borders, how can there be an appetite for a friendly Indo-Pak series?

The world of sports is replete with famous rivalries, be it Ronaldo-Messi, Argentina-Brazil, or Carl Lewis-Ben Johnson. Even cricket has the historic rivalry between England and Australia, in the form of the much-celebrated Ashes. However, all of these pale in comparison to the one that exists between India and Pakistan on the cricket field, which has been one of the greatest international sporting rivalries over the past several decades. Few other sporting contests have had the power to inflame the passion of millions of people to such an extent. When India and Pakistan play a cricket match, it’s not just ...

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If 2017 proved anything, it was that the beauty of Pakistan cricket lies in its glorious uncertainties

Heading into the final stretch of 2017, I can say with absolute certainty that as far as Pakistan cricket goes, the past 12 months turned out to be radically different from what most people, including myself, originally perceived at the beginning of the year; the major factor here being Pakistan’s incredible Champions Trophy triumph. I think that’s true for the most of us who closely follow Pakistan cricket, isn’t it? Realistically speaking, a majority of the cricketing pundits and fans did not give Pakistan much of a chance, and personally, I did not expect them to even go beyond the ...

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The world of sports can provide more drama than movies and these 7 events of 2017 are a testament to that

They say ‘truth is stranger than fiction’, and a sports fan, more than anyone else, is likely to attest to this particular expression. For them, strange is just one of the many adjectives that can be used to describe the wild and whacky world of sports. Even for a movie buff like myself, I would readily concede that sports at times has this ability to provide drama like no work of fiction can. And the following sporting moments from the preceding 12 months are a testament to this very fact. 1. New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl LI in historic ...

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The greatest age-old rivalry of Real Madrid vs Barcelona is finally here, but can the Whites defend their turf?

One of the greatest spectacles of the football world is the age-old rivalry between Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, and once again that time has dawned upon us. Get ready for some exhilarating and gut-wrenching moments! Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo For obvious reasons, the biggest talking point of the El Clasico once again would be the never-ending Messi and Ronaldo comparisons. Ronaldo had a frustrating time at the start of the season and it took him quite a while to net his first La Liga goal, but things have taken a good turn for the Portuguese in the past couple ...

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The T10 league is a corny and shoddy attempt to help PCB and cricketers make money, leaving viewers with a trash form of cricket

There are three ingredients you need to create a T10 league and I can assure you quality cricket is not one of them. You simply need a willingness to spend excessive money pointlessly to create hype, grab a handful of celebrities to do a cheerleading job, and of course some cricket players looking to make some quick bucks. Kaboom! Now you have the formula to make another pointless league of your own such as the T10 cricket league. Congratulations @Salman_ARY on the inaugural #T10CricketLeague. And thank you for making cricket a lot more entertaining with this new format. See you ...

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Ashes 2017 is too dull and too easy, and England is to be blamed for it all

The England cricket team has travelled close to 4000 kilometres during their tour down under, so far with little change in fate. The first three Test matches have only brought to reality what was feared before the series, and consequently, the urn is back in the possession of the Aussies, with the visitors staring at yet another whitewash. The only time Joe Root has had some sort of ascendency over his counterpart, Steven Smith, has been at successfully calling the toss, which means little as long as the end result does not correlate with it. For a team which relies heavily on ...

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After dominating the Manchester Derby, the Citizens lead the Premier League title race, but who will come second?

The latest edition of the historic Manchester Derby at Old Trafford gave the home side a chance to breathe new life into Premier League’s title race but their City rivals proved unstoppable once again. On Sunday, Manchester United did not just hand over bragging rights to the Blues, but also seemingly lost any chance of regaining the title, which has eluded them since 2012-13. Pep Guardiola once again had the upper hand over his nemesis, Jose Mourinho, despite his side not being at their scintillating best. When I first had a look at Manchester United’s playing XI, I was pleasantly surprised to see the line-up Mourinho ...

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