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Faysal Bank T20 Cup: Improve domestic cricket and get better players

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the schedule for the domestic season of 2013-14 recently. Pakistan’s most awaited domestic T20 tournament, locally known as the Faysal Bank T20 Cup, will be played from November 20-29, 2013.  This is the first time that this tournament will consist of 17 teams. There were 13 teams in the 2011 tournament, which then  increased to 14 teams in 2012, and this year the decision has been made to include 17 teams in the tournament. This rise in the number of teams participating in the tournament is quite the opposite of the global trend. While the world ...

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He repented, forgive him and bring Mohammad Amir back!

At last some good news for Pakistan has come out of an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting. Interim Chairman Najam Sethi has requested the ICC in their annual meeting in London to consider relaxing conditions of Mohammad Amir’s ban. The fast bowler is serving a five-year ban on spot-fixing currently. Though, Amir will not be allowed to play any matches, he may be able to train and prepare himself for international cricket for when an opportunity arises.   The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made this plea to the ICC because Amir complied with all of ICC’s conditions of the ban and underwent ...

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Najam Sethi: Who needs cricketing knowledge to head the PCB?

It seems that the trend of political interference in the selection of the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) continues with Najam Sethi’s appointment by the current government, despite the ICC’s continued efforts to put an end to it. The ICC knows it’s futile to expect anything else, but it has to go through the motions and fulfil the formalities, much like parents when going out and leaving their kids unsupervised implore them not to stay up and watch TV too late. After the disastrous performance by the players in the Champions Trophy, there was more scrutiny on the PCB than ever before. With a ...

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7 Things Najam Sethi should do as PCB chairman

In 1976, Bollywood released a film called Hurfun Maula (jack of all). Very few people realised that this was actually a premonition for what Najam Sethi’s future career would be. The Lahori Man For All Occasions (LMFAO) is now leading the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), after stints as caretaker CM Punjab, anchor on Geo, and editor of Friday Times. So here are some suggestions on what he should do in his latest job. Change the Name: As you might have realised, Pakistan is currently as popular on the global cricket scene as a leper in a surgery ward. However, you can ...

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Gearing up for the ICC Champions Trophy: Are we prepared?

Soon, we will be cheering for our national heroes as they gear up for the final edition of the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales between June 6, 2013 and June 23, 2013. Let us analyse what is in store for Pakistani fans! The squad  Pakistan’s 15 member squad includes the much anticipated pacer, Ehsan Adil along with Asad Ali – both of whom have been pretty impressive in the domestic season recently. With an impressive economy of 2.20 in 10 overs and a wicket, Asad Ali got things rolling in his debut match against Ireland in the second ODI. On the other hand, Wahab ...

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IPL6: Finally, it’s Mumbai’s turn

Lately, off the field controversies have stolen the limelight and it seems as if everyone has forgotten about the IPL 6’s final that took place on Sunday. This match was played between two of the strongest sides of the tournament; Chennai versus Mumbai. There was something peculiar about these two teams playing in the final and Lalit Modi’s suspension in the previous IPL stood witness to that. Though the rowdy crowd at Eden Garden had not forgotten this, it was as crowded and boisterous as ever. For Chennai Super Kings (CSK) the match itself was nothing new; this was their fifth ...

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The IPL love affair — a poisoned chalice

Cricket’s reputation has once again come under the scanner. The latest scandal to have rocked the game occurred when the Indian Premier League (IPL) was in full swing, with three players of the Rajasthan Royals’ franchise arrested for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing. That the IPL’s very survival is now under threat does not come as a surprise. Since its inception in 2008, the league has been plagued by financial irregularities, sponsorship rows and ownership issues. Lalit Modi, the man who conceived the idea of launching cricket’s version of football’s showpiece spectacle for clubs — the Champions League — has been ...

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IPL: A league of extraordinarily corrupt gentlemen

Players are fixed, umpires are fixed, team owners are fixed, and perchance the whole Indian Premier League (IPL) has been fixed and compromised by vested interests out to subvert the beautiful game of cricket. The world has come to know of appalling corruption involving the arrest of three Indian players and a franchise owner in alleged spot-fixing and wagering. If this was not enough, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has withdrawn Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf from the upcoming Champions Trophy for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing and betting being probed by the Mumbai police. Rauf abruptly left India earlier ...

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Spot-fixing: Why the double standards for Indian players?

Pakistan as a nation was exposed to ridicule brought on it by three of its leading cricket players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir in August 2010 when they were first charged, and later found guilty of spot-fixing. The sport which was known to provide Pakistan its greatest scene of triumph and pride was turned into a source of embarrassment. The players were immediately suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The international media – English and Indian scribes in particular – went on to repeat the question of whether Pakistan should be allowed to continue to play cricket ...

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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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