Stories about captain

Why ‘Boom Boom’ should be captain

With the cricket World Cup less than 25 days away, Team Pakistan still finds itself without a leader for the mega event. By not announcing Shahid Afridi as captain so close to the international cricket tournament, the PCB has again given us a practical example of how incompetent their management is. Why they allowed this uncertainty to prevail before such an important event is a mystery to me, and one that is so befuddling it makes me want to protest outside their office. I don’t agree with people who claim that Afridi doesn’t perform well as captain.  Although I do not ...

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Ponting, it’s time to hang up your boots mate!

There was a time when bowlers would shudder and captains would hold their heads in their hands as this man would walk in. Ricky ‘Punter’ Ponting was at one time the most feared one-down in the game. After the carnage left by the Australian top order, Ponting would just hurt the bowling side more. He would upper cut or pull with contempt anything short from fast bowlers, dismissing the deliveries with disdain from his presence towards the boundaries. If it was full, he would drive. Even spinners rarely stemmed the run flow. He was a majestic sight to behold, an ...

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Making Afridi nazim: Are cricketers our only hope?

A recent letter to the editor in a newspaper suggested that Shahid Afridi be made the nazim of Karachi because: “(he) is a proud son of Karachi and is a typical Karachiite. He would make a great Karachi nazim too as and when he chooses to retire. He will also help defuse the unrealistic ethnic tensions.” I will not refute this gentleman’s opinion but am forced to wonder at the serious dearth of options in the country that have led him to this conclusion. Regardless of Afridi’s rash shots which can either lead to a boundary or being dismissed, I am a ...

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Where Pakistan fails and South Africa succeeds

Members of the South African team will be visiting the Emirates for the first time. Jacques Kallis is the only player on the team who has already visited the UAE, back in October 1999. A lot has changed in the cricketing world in those 11 years. South Africa’s journey Soon after South Africa’s last visit to the UAE, a gentleman, fighting leader, cricketing mind and great human being received a lifetime ban over allegations of dishonesty. Hansie Cronje may have paid the price, but the effect it had on South African cricket are evident. After South Africa’s 2003 World Cup defeat, the team not only fired ...

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‘I am not your man’

I have never supported Shahid Afridi. Is it because I never bought into the whole boom boom mania? Yes, partly. Actually, for me it was more to do with the waste of his talent then the lack of it. Let’s face it, we all know he has never lacked talent or flamboyance for that matter, but the way he has gone about things in his career in the past are well to say the least, a bit daft. He’s been thrilling all of us since he arrived in the Pakistan team but the hope to ever see him blossom into something ...

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An Indian look at Pakistani cricket

Let me try to do something most Pakistanis would think twice about – make sense of Pakistan cricket, as it stands today. You are justified to ask me as to why someone like me, sitting here in Mumbai is trying his level best to try and see through the muck that people at the PCB’s HQ in Lahore aren’t quite able to. There is a reason. And as a promise, I shall try and keep my nationality aside throughout this post, just to try and put things in much-needed perspective. The mood in India towards Pakistan cricket has somewhat changed, and ...

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