Stories about ICC World Twenty20

Afridi’s comments in favour of India were not a “national shame”, Miandad!

It has been a trend that whenever Pakistan tours India or vice versa, there are elements in both the countries that come up with preposterous statements to vitiate the atmosphere.  It was, therefore, not surprising when a few ex-cricketers of Pakistan took umbrage to the innocuous comments made by Shahid Afridi during a press conference. In an attempt to create a cordial atmosphere, before the start of the marquee match with India, and also to pre-empt any possible hostility from the Indian crowd during the match, Afridi had stated that, “We have always enjoyed playing in India and have been loved ...

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From Imran Khan to Steve Waugh, cricket’s five best captains remembered

Michael Clarke made it to the list of illustrious players who captained their team to a World Cup triumph. There is no denying that captains in cricket are very significant, because they make all the strategies and they have to manoeuvre their men like pieces on a chessboard. Nevertheless, captains have been very influential in winning World Cup tournaments for their sides. Let’s look at the five best captains in cricket history who have helped their national teams win the grand trophy. These captains are determined on the basis of their leadership ability, the resources they possessed, and the legacy they left ...

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Bangladesh’s foreign flags ban: So much for democracy

With the commencement of March 2014, the stage was all set for the race to win the trophy, for a sport that is religiously followed in this part of the world. Yes, it was time for the T20 World Cup to start, which is currently taking place in Bangladesh. Despite all apprehensions and uncertainties, up till the eve of March 25, 2014, the championship boat was sailing in the right direction. However, the on-going event has been plunged into an unnecessary controversy. An unpleasant situation arose after the issuance of a statement by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), whereby a ban was imposed on the locals ...

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Will the 2014 World T20 be the most competitive ever? Yes!

In 2012, West Indies won the ICC World T20 final after defeating host Sri Lanka. Irrespective of conditions, Pakistan considers it its birth right to play in, at least, the semi-final of every World T20. Conditions are ideally suited for Asian champions, Sri Lanka and the ODI World champions, India. The Aussies and the Kewis (New Zealand) are in hot form, especially in limited-overs cricket. South Africans are looking for their first ever title in world cups. England, down, dilapidated, desperate and defeated in recent times, will be looking to repeat their heroics from the 2010 World T20, when they lifted the ...

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Dearth of international action in Pakistan is killing our sports writers

Unable to host international teams has many repercussions — your players are always on the road; the budding ones don’t get enough chances to impress; the closest the crowd can get to the action depends on the size of the TV screens, and the federations’ cash-flow is heavily affected. The many biryani wallahs, chat wallahs and rickshaw wallahs miss out on their third Eid, too. However, going through the many emails and articles on a daily basis, it has been discovered that the dearth of international action in Pakistan is also destroying the future of its sports writers. While domestic players lose out on ...

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Our taunts at West Indies: Who is the most racist of them all?

Less than a couple of months ago, a colleague of mine, who is of African American descent, and a Muslim convert, mentioned to me an incident: “You know I was sitting in the mosque for the taraweeh and there was a South Asian woman sitting next to me. While talking on her cellphone, she made some reference which I’m sure was for me ─ ‘kaali’ (black). The funniest of all the things was that she herself was not a shade lighter than me.” Beneath a hearty laugh, I was terribly embarrassed. Almost as a rebound, I explained, “You may have been mistaken, but ...

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West Indies dance to victory – literally!

Like a raging fire, West Indies rose again to finally be crowned world champs. And it was heartening to see so -not because Sri Lanka had ousted Pakistan in the semi-final, although I did feel a little satisfaction at that – but because it is after a very long time that West Indies have won something of note. This is the country, or a collection of Islands depending on your perspective, that gave us world class players like Viv Richards, Clive Loyds, Brian Lara, Curtley Ambrose and many more. They had the best pace attack to have ever graced this ...

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Was Afridi the reason behind our loss?

Well it was a good ride wasn’t it? We put on a good show for the world. We proved that in the midst of all the trauma, we can still punch and kick hard in cricket’s global events. But like most times, except in 2009, when the team was led by Younis Khan in 2009, possibly one of our best captains who led in a seriously troubled time, we didn’t have enough talent to go all the way.    Hafeez is a good captain. Sometimes he appears to over think stuff like the inventive field placing in Gul’s last over in ...

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Pakistani cricket fans: Must our sentiments for our team always be extreme?

It has been interesting following the sentiments of Pakistanis on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter through this current World T20 tournament being held in Sri Lanka. The emotions expressed towards the national side ─ depending on the match results ─ have either bordered on hero worship, or have been overly harsh admonishments. Even outside of social media, reactions on the streets have been fairly extreme: after Pakistan’s unlikely victory against South Africa, celebratory gunfire could be heard across the night sky all over Karachi. However, in the next match, where Pakistan was thoroughly outplayed by India, conversation in ...

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What’s with the meek surrender, team Pakistan?

It’s not the defeat itself, rather the manner of it that is often so demoralising.  As a nation we are desperately short of good news, and for most people a cricketing victory represents the only source of bliss and contentment in a life full of anxiety and despair. There was a time when hockey and squash along with cricket provided an ample cause for national celebration. The likes of Jahangir, Jansher, Samiullah, Hassan Sardar, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad kept Pakistan’s flag flying high at the world stage, and irrespective of the political, social and economic crisis’s at home, a ...

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