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Zaka Ashraf: Another sad change in Pakistan cricket leadership

A change in leadership is needed. No, I’m not referring to the upcoming elections, nor am I talking about our favourite pantomime villain Misbahul Haq. I am in fact, referring to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairperson Zaka Ashraf, our supposed saviour from the tyranny of Ijaz Butt. So focused, it seems, are we on Ijaz Butt’s disastrous tenure that we fail to see the many failures of Zaka Ashraf and his lack of achievements. However, this article is not a comparison between the two; it only deals with the latter and his regime. A fresh start Although the PCB was riddled ...

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Afridi, it’s not that Misbah doesn’t want you; you’re just not good anymore

A 16-year-old leg spinner struck the fastest ODI century in 37 deliveries with the help of six fours and 11 sixes on October 4, 1996. After his outstanding performance, he was included in the team as playing XI batsman. Boom Boom Afridi is his name! I’ll tell you my story now. Whenever Afridi appeared to bat, I used to instantly stand up and chant his name. It’s this feeling that overcomes me each time I see him that I find hard to describe. I remember a match that was held at National Stadium in Karachi in which Afridi was batting superbly and ...

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All talk, little action by PCB

Despite a series of lengthy, tall claims, it wasn’t the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that was able to invite foreign players to tour Pakistan. Every time the return of top-flight international cricket is mentioned, the board has been quick to deliver the clichés that has made covering press conferences such a monotonous task at times. Regardless of their boring, good-for-nothing statements, some action did take place at the National Stadium, Karachi. The fact that it was due to another official is another matter. While the exhibition matches, held over the weekend, may have been the first crawling steps towards the revival, staging high-profile ...

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