Stories about scandal

Does Amir have a future in the game?

It was disconcerting and depressing to see bowlers like Sohail Tanvir and Abdul Razzaq being handed the new ball in the third ODI against New Zealand; some months ago, it was the greatly talented duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir sharing that responsibility for the national team. The verdict on the banned trio’s future is due on February 5 and Pakistani fans will be praying desperately for the ICC tribunal to at least show some leniency towards Mohammad Amir. Is Amir our only realistic hope? Inn my view, Mohammad Amir has the best chance of being acquitted, with a light or ...

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Veena: Warrior princess

Veena Malik is my new hero. Really, she is. And not because she looked absolutely stunning (someone had to mention it!) on Kamran Shahid’s train-wreck of a show the other day. My newfound respect is not just due to the fact that I have become a fan of her self-confidence and cool, laid-back personality over the last couple of months, but because she is the only person in Pakistan’s ultra-holy green-tinted limelight right now who isn’t afraid to say it like it is. She’s bold, honest and pretty straightforward, which is something I can’t say for many Pakistanis out there. Sad, ...

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Pakistan will bring this World Cup home!

Cricket has been plagued by so much controversy of late due to the spot-fixing allegations, that most Pakistanis have no hope that we can win matches in the World Cup 2011, and most are far from assuming that we will even dream to reach the final. I strongly disagree. I am pretty confident that our team – yes, the Pakistan cricket team – will win this World Cup and bring cricket and the trophy back to Pakistan. Our players can take on the world We must not forget that we have had wins along with the losses, and what we can learn from ...

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Isn’t it obvious why we don’t need Amir and Asif?

Who needs Mohammad Asif or Mohammad Amir?  What have these two bowlers accomplished, anyway? I’m sure there are many cricketers who have taken 50 odd wickets in 14 test matches at the age of 18 like Amir, although I am unable to name even one right now. Didn’t we manage to win two ODIs without them, even though we lost the series to South Africa? We managed to keep South Africa in check during the Test series without these players, not letting them win a single test match, never mind that our bowling attack could just bowl them out once. ...

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Zulqarnain did the right thing

Zulqarnain Haider has finally made it to the UK. This is a man who left a life of potential riches as an international cricketer on a principled stand of integrity. He was not ready to compromise his honesty and patriotism for a pile of money. He is not that great a batsman for One Day Internationals (ODI’s) anyway, so he could have easily taken the money and made a little less runs, dropped a stumping or two, or a run-out (I am looking at you Akmal, Kamran) and we would have been none the wiser. Taking the high road Instead, he has ...

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Veena’s web presence: 10/10

Like other Pakistani celebrities, Veena Malik too has a website. It is veenamalik.com.pk, and not veenamalik.net, which claims to be a fansite, and certainly not veenamalik.com, which has nothing to do with the film/TV star. I thought I could write a piece about Veena Malik’s page similar to the one I wrote when I discovered Meera’s website. But after going through it, I was actually quite impressed. First of all, the website is not new. I just found it recently. Also, the vast amount of options and the information available on the page simply amazed me, not because it is done in ...

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‘The Zionists did it’ and other conspiracy theories

I’ve heard more conspiracy theories these past couple of weeks than I would like to care for. It seems that the Zionists, Freemasons and Indian spy agency RAW have been collaborating on a series of coordinated strikes on me and my small yet suspiciously detrimental-to-the-future-of-the-world social circle. Conspiracy 1: Did you know that there were four Blackwater (now called Xe but we still like the old name because it sounds more evil) agents on board the doomed Air Blue flight? Presumably they were forcing the pilot to crash into the nearby Kahuta nuclear base but the heroic pilot crashed into the mountains ...

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The Bilawal we do not know

Early on Bilawal Bhutto Zardari refuted intentions that he would enter politics, yet this young scion of Pakistan’s landed gentry has, paradoxically, been striving to establish political recognition. Whether this entails telephone conversations with PM Gilani about the current situation in Pakistan or addressing a community of altruistic Pakistani expatriates in Dubai, Bilawal seems to be attempting to  develop a political identity equivalent to that of his mother. But can he? In her contentious memoir, Daughter of the East, Benazir Bhutto alludes to Bilawal as ‘the most celebrated and politically controversial baby in the history of Pakistan’. Although politics is a hereditary business ...

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Where is Mazhar Majeed?

On Sunday August 29, we were introduced to Mazhar Majeed, thanks to the oh so credible British tabloid, News of the World, as they cooked up and ‘revealed’ the story of the Pakistan cricket team’s involvement in spot fixing. Almost a month after allegations that turned Pakistan cricket upside down, Majeed, the main man or the middle man, is nowhere to be found. A realtor, a sponsorship agent some of Pakistan team members, owner of a football club and an alleged bookmaker as well. Impressive credentials, are they not? Yet, made a fool of. After an undercover reporter from a British tabloid allegedly spoiled Majeed’s bid to make millions on the last Pakistan versus ...

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The problem with Imran Khan’s politics

In Pakistan we, particularly those belonging to relatively more educated and urbanized middle class, have developed this psyche where we find a strange solace in other’s miseries. When the Sialkot lynching occurred, many of us were appalled and shaken by the event and then tried to draw parallels to similar incidences in other countries to bolster our dwindling self esteem. A war of articles started where liberals were described as self loathers and were reminded that such incidences were a norm in other countries. Hence there was no need to worry and be depressed. This was followed by the cricket scandal ...

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