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Yusuf Pathan: A man to fear

A brutal innings by Yusuf Pathan didn’t manage to score a win against South Africa in yesterday’s match, but it did signal intent from a side aspiring to make it big once again in limited overs cricket. Obviously, Pathan is a man to be reckoned with in his current form. Ball meets boundary Anything in his hitting zone clears the boundary, and South Africa learned that the hard way during the third ODI where his blitz won the match for India, who were again on the back foot in the final ODI when at 119 for 8, Pathan decided to make a ...

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Australia’s top-order rattled again on rain-shortened day

Opinions and reports that the Ashes series of 2010/11 is an encounter that is heavily lopsided in favor of the visiting English team are certainly justified. But, be that as it may, the series has at least retained one of its key traits in its latest edition. From the first draw, to England’s mauling of hosts in the second test, to Australia returning the favor in the third and then to England’s crushing/ashes-retaining victory in the last test at Melbourne, the series has had more than its fair share of twists and turns. For England, the final test at the ...

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We should be surprised our cricket team ever wins

I’ve written previously about the importance of having reasonable expectations when it comes to Pakistan cricket, but for some reason many fans can’t keep their hopes in check. Of course, when you have Popeye in your ranks, swatting 10 sixes with rude nonchalance, it kind of makes sense. But most Pakistani cricket lovers have been stung so sharply on so many occasions that it takes something truly spectacular to cut through the heavy protective layer of cynicism that they wrap themselves in. Reactions to Pakistani defeat inevitably revolve around the ‘I told you so’ refrain – everyone could see it coming, ...

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Why the third Pakistan-England ODI was not fixed

I believed the original charges against our spot-fixing trio, but the fresh accusations about the third ODI are, in the words of Shahid Khan Afridi, “Absolute rubbish”. I bought into the original accusations because of the little things: the size of the no-ball; the picture in which Butt was watching Aamir after delivery; the way he was stuttering during the press conference; the way he failed to plead innocent, and most of all Aamir’s slumped shoulders the next day. This time around, the little things point the other way. I watched the entire match, and I saw the tension on Afridi’s face. ...

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A sport for gentlemen no more…

I don’t know where to begin from. It hurts when your beloved country features in all kinds of terrible news. As if the ministers’ fake degree scandal, perennial bombings, a deadly aviation disaster, the country’s worst floods and the Sialkot lynching weren’t enough to torment us the serpent of match fixing in cricket has raised its head again. In Pakistan, cricket is the most played and followed sport. It is one way the ordinary man tries to seek happiness. But while the sport was once known as a gentleman’s game sadly, there is nothing gentlemanly about Pakistani cricket anymore. Allegations of ball tampering, and match fixing are nothing new. The last time Pakistan faced such allegations was ...

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The good, bad and ugly of Fifa

The fact that football now is truly an international sport was dramatically illustrated by the hordes of fans who streamed into the open air arena in Paris for the finale of the World Cup. Snatches of English, Chinese, Bangla, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish, Dutch and French swirled around me. Gasps of ‘Ooh la la’ as well as ‘Ya Allah’ resounded through the crowd as play ebbed and flowed on the big screen. The match was a bad tempered one with fouls galore and it left many horrified at Hollands’ offensive avatar. It was fairly obvious from the start where the ...

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World Cup 2010: Why there was more than one winner

I’ve been following Dutch Football since the first time I became cognizant of what a World Cup means, in 1998. The one thing every World Cup has had in common is that the Netherlands and Spain are two teams who have traditionally had issues of performance on the world’s greatest stage; perennial losers that never achieved what their true potential could have afforded them. The Final of the 2010 World Cup forever changed all of that, for both the teams. I could go off on a rant about missed chances, but each team had their fair share of those. We could ...

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