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Pakistani batting lineup: Untamed and untrained

Following the South Africa debacle, Pakistani batting has once again come under microscopic scrutiny. This, however, is not the first time the national team’s batting has faltered in the face of quality bowling and sporting pitches. The experts are out to dissect the team’s batting performance; some are lamenting the absence of a specialist batting coach, some are unhappy with the team selection while others have pointed out the inadequacy of the country’s domestic cricket structure in producing world-class batsmen. To be fair, I believe that our batting failures are a combination of all of the above, and more. Instead of going for ...

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There was a reason why we were unbeatable under Imran Khan

Watching the Pakistani team turning it on against the Springboks at Centurion, my memory took me back in time. As a cricket enthusiast who had just entered his teens, there was nothing more joyful than watching a Pakistani cricket team – led by the great Imran Khan – regularly punching above its weight. Speaking about Imran, we often talk in terms of his charisma, his extraordinary prowess as a genuine fast bowler, his amazing feats as a world-class all-rounder, his exemplary work ethic, remarkable fitness, astute leadership and of course his uncanny ability to spot and nurture young talent. Source: Dawn.com However, ...

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Pakistan in South Africa : A tale of missed opportunities so far

The second Test at Newlands provided Pakistan with the perfect opportunity to square the series but we couldn’t capitalise on it. However, these are make-or-break opportunities. Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq gave Pakistan the perfect start with classy centuries and 338 was a decent enough total in the first innings. Saeed Ajmal backed them with a six-wicket haul and Pakistan could have taken a big lead of 100 runs or more but the quicks disappointed and the lead evaporated. I think that is where Pakistan lost heart. The situation demanded head coach Dav Whatmore to lift the morale of his players but if ...

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Pakistan versus South Africa: Plenty to learn still

Despite promising much, the Pakistani cricket team could deliver little against the South African juggernaut. It was a sound thrashing and a reminder that despite their resurgence over the past couple of years, the tourists have still got plenty to learn. A number of things went wrong for Pakistan right from the beginning. Starting with team selection, Rahat Ali – who was only sent as reinforcement – was chosen ahead of the first-choice Mohammad Irfan and Ehsan Adil. Regardless of the fact that his bowling was mostly ineffective, it is the manner of his selection that should raise serious questions. Irfan and Ehsan Adil must ...

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Spare us the embarrassment; Stop inviting international teams to Pakistan!

There was a time when Pakistan cricket was at its peak – a time when cricket teams and players from around the world wanted to visit Pakistan willingly, play cricket feverishly and intermingle with the locals openly. It was a time when Pakistan was able to successfully host World Cup matches on its soil. Those days, it seems, are long gone. The optimist in me tells me that those days will return and that good times are just around the corner, but the realist in me tells me that this is not to happen in the foreseeable future. It is not news ...

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India vs Pakistan, an emotional affair

There is a combined sense of anticipation and fear the minute you wake up. If you are old enough, then this is not your first time and circumstances permitting this will not be your last either. You’ve been counting the days and preparing yourself for it but when it’s D-day, the butterflies refuse to exit the stomach- quite literally in some cases. A cursory look at the watch indicates there is still some time to go- so you get off your backside and do an odd chore before life comes to a complete standstill. The man behind the counter of a ...

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Thank you for inviting us, India

It’s official: the most exciting cricket series of the year will kick off on December 25, when arch-rivals Pakistan and India meet in a Twenty20 International match in Bangalore. Promptly, and almost expectedly, chief of Shiv Sena, India’s equivalent of Pakistan’s assorted anti-India groups, Bal Thackeray came out with an asinine statement calling the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s invitation to the Pakistan cricket team a matter of “national shame”. For me, his statement has done little more than set the stage for a series I have craved since Pak-India ties came to an abrupt halt in 2007. But my ...

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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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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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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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