Stories about PCB

Our team’s unpredictability is the opposition’s cruellest enemy!

By now, the Sachin Tendulkar farewell Test and retirement euphoria has, considerably, died down and the Pakistan cricket are currently being tested by the Lankan Lions, on their desert ‘home’ tour of Pakistan. Although things have started to, somewhat, come back on track for the Pakistan team, by returning the South Africans a favour of their desert carnage by beating them fair and square in the short return visit to the Protea Land, their ruthlessness and consistency needs to be maintained and for that the seniors would certainly have to show the way. The body language of the team that looked down and out of sort in their ...

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PCB: The mother of all evil in Pakistani cricket

Although Pakistan’s cricket team has seen victories, cricket in Pakistan seems to be on a downward spiral. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken many steps including the hiring of a foreign coach, but all steps taken by the board have failed to boost the team’s performance. Pakistan’s Bilawal Bhatti (2nd L) celebrates the win with teammates during the first ODI cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town on November 24, 2013. Photo: AFP In my view, this decline can be attributed to weak personalities regularly appointed to run the PCB, who ...

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Pakistan’s T20 and ODI against South Africa: A few victories we failed to mention

Pakistan’s recent victories in the T20 and ODI matches have made sceptics believe in the team again. While fighting to grasp their surprising victory, the team was able to put up a great show and make fans everywhere fall in love with this game all over again! Here is a review of the two delightful matches in which our team made us proud and finally gave us a reason to celebrate. Twenty20 international against South Africa With hearts beating fast and hands held up in prayers, Pakistani cricket fans hoped that the cricket team would win the second T20 against South Africa ...

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Is the Pakistan team destined to lose?

Our team has been labelled ‘unpredictable’ by many.  The trend is that once our players set foot on the field, no one knows how they might perform; making the chase all the more interesting to watch. Of late, however, this unpredictability has faded away. Now there seems to be only one predictable conclusion to any match that our team plays – defeat. Last night, team Pakistan maintained its record of not winning even a single bilateral series against South Africa (SA) to date. The team ruined the first ODI match where the last six wickets were lost over a meagre 17 runs and ...

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Chasing targets: If Pakistan loses the toss, will it lose the match too?

It was evident from the moment that Pakistan lost the toss and was made to bowl first to the Proteas in their third encounter in the ongoing One Day International (ODI) series, that the spectator’s expectations would not be met. At best, it would be a nail-biting match. Statistics show Pakistan as a very poor side at chasing down targets for decades, but this flaw seems to be becoming worse over the last couple of years. The world last witnessed Pakistan successfully nailing down a target of over 260 runs against Kiwis in late 2011. However, since then winning when batting second in 50-overs has been ...

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What if Muhammad Amir was guilty even before the spot-fixing scandal of 2010?

Banned fast bowler, Muhammad Amir is the talk of the town once again. He is young and obviously talented, and so is being missed on the cricket fields but alas, his ban lasts until September 2015. Before the notorious spot fixing scandal of 2010 he could have walked into any team but today, he had to wait even to get into the domestic circuit! I am not a legal expert, so I am not be equipped to comment on the legalities of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s desperation to get Amir’s sentence reduced or at least find a way for him ...

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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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PCB’s secret selection formula: Keep your average low and age high!

Dear Young Cricketers (YCs), you thought that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would not reveal its selection criteria and you will be forced to start some other business? Please reconsider your decision, as I have found the secret selection formula of the PCB. Let me start by saying that, in cricket, statistics cannot be overlooked easily. However that is not the case with the PCB. What the PCB sees in its players while selection is beyond me. Today, even a ten-year-old can open espncricinfo.com to analyse the recent or overall performances of a player. I am not sure if the PCB selectors ...

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Our loss to Zimbabwe: Strap our team financially too, until they learn from Zimbabwe!

Our recent defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe was somehow expected since the team had just won a low profile T20 series against the same team, and as such had become overconfident. The nation was expecting a clean sweep in the ODIs. After the Indian team whitewashed the financially strapped Zimbabwean team – which at this point could only afford to travel by public transport – Pakistan too, was expecting a clean sweep. Unfortunately, and predictably, this was not the case and our very well equipped team, that had recently been awarded an Eid bonus and a good performance bonus in ...

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Zaka Ashraf’s hold on the PCB isn’t democratic

The day Zaka Ashraf, the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), orchestrated the elections to get himself elected for four years the apprehensions started to creep and the reason was pretty straightforward. First he handpicked the Board of Governors (BoG) by leaving out the cricket nurseries like Karachi and Lahore, and then ‘obviously’ got elected.  Zaka Ashraf introduced Larkana and Dera Murad Jamali to the BoG at the expense of Karachi and Lahore and the reason was fairly clear – he wanted to secure votes. As expected a flurry of court petitions paved the way for an intervention ...

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