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From Imran Khan to Azhar Ali – Pakistan’s ‘leaders’ over the years

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” Nelson Mandela defines it so simply; a leader is one who comes on the forefront when his subjects are in danger. If I go about comparing this example with our cricket team’s captains, I’m afraid very few come to mind that can fit the criteria of a ‘leader’. Leadership comes with huge responsibilities that not everyone can fulfill. But we do have some names that have ...

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Can he change from Azhar Ali ‘the batsman’ to Azhar Ali ‘the captain’

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is the governing body that controls this country’s cricket system. We often ponder on the reasons behind our cricket performances being unpredictable, but we don’t acknowledge the fact that the same kind of character possesses our cricket board as well. An example would be PCB naming Azhar Ali as the new ODI Captain after Misbahul Haq’s retirement. PCB names Azhar Ali as the new ODI Captain – Photo: AFP The astounding part of being impulsive is that Pakistani cricket gets defined by their mistakes if the team fails, and encase they succeed, they are then ...

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Give the associate teams a chance, ICC

The Irish cricket team has come a long way. It defeated Pakistan in 2007, England in 2011, and West Indies during the World Cup 2015. Another underdog team, Afghanistan, rose from a war-torn country to a cricket-frenzied nation. Adding to the list of underdogs, how can a cricket fan forget Canada’s John Davison’s fastest century during the 2003 World Cup? Or the fact that Scotland’s Josh Davey made it to the list of leading wicket-takers during the 2015 World Cup? Photo: AFP Photo: AFP Photo: AFP These fascinating incidents have caught everyone’s attention and non-traditional cricketing teams have been applauded for ...

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Does the team really need Shahid Afridi?

It’s been a strange ol’ week, even by Shahid Afridi’s standards. Afridi has gone from 0 to Afridi in just under the space of a week. And if that last sentence contains an excessive use of our T20 captain’s name, then I make no apologies. That is exactly how the past week has felt. After stating last week, “The fact is that senior players are letting the team down. We can’t expect to win much with our current poor form. I want to lead from the front, and if I feel that I’m going to be a burden, then I will quit the ...

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Shoaib Akhtar – the legend, the sensation, the enigma

Cricket has certainly evolved over the years, and when you see someone like AB de Villiers hitting bowlers out of the park and teams scoring 300+ runs so easily, you tend to think about how this game has changed its gears and has become more batsmen friendly. AB de Villiers. Photo: AFP The days of batsmen fearing bowlers have gone. I remember how lanky fast-bowlers from West Indies used to produce terror amongst batsmen in the 80’s. Today, their legacy is almost dead. Only the likes of Dale Steyn and Mitchell Johnson have somewhat preserved the art of the fierce fast-bowling, as it was once known. But personally, ...

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To all the retiring cricketers: Here is why we will miss you!

This World Cup has been different, not only because of the phenomenal performances that we have come across but also because a lot of experienced players have bid adieu to their glorious ODI careers after this tournament. These players are undoubtedly irreplaceable, keeping their past records and performances in mind. All of them have proved themselves as match winners and they will be sorely missed. Therefore, I believe these players should be given a proper farewell, as they represent our generation of brilliant players, and this blog is my way of appreciating all that they have done for their fans and ...

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Misbah in the context of Pakistan’s lifesavers

A few days ago, I read a blog by a passionate Misbahul Haq fan, thanking the Pakistan captain for all that he has achieved, and asking his forgiveness on behalf of the fans who have harangued and disrespected him for so long. Photo: AFP Like almost all other reflections on Misbah, this one described him by describing Shahid Afridi first, and explaining that Misbah was all that Lala is not. When I asked some Misbah fans why he is not contextualised in Pakistani society the way Afridi is, someone answered that it is because honest and hardworking people never get anywhere in Pakistan. [caption id="" ...

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Wahab Riaz can fill Misbah’s shoes

Pakistan’s World Cup campaign came to an end yesterday, and while many expected the Aussies to emerge victorious, very few had expected Wahab Riaz to put up a fight the way he did. Photo: AFP Pakistan’s batting and fielding proved to be the biggest shortcoming yesterday, yet again, and defending a measly total of 213 proved too much for the bowlers this time. While Australia managed to dominate most of the match, there was a short spell of 12 overs or so when this was not the case. In a single spell of six overs, Wahab showcased an epic display of fast-bowling which had ...

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Pakistan can stand tall against Australia without Muhammad Irfan

The tall and towering Muhammad Irfan is out of the World Cup, due to a stress fracture in the pelvis. But there is no time for remorse. The Pakistan team is in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, after they changed their fortunes and came back from a very dismal start to end the group matches on a high note with an easy win against Ireland. But now there, is no room for error and no time to cry over spilt milk. Muhammad Irfan. Photo: AFP Muhammad Irfan was supposed to be the spearhead of our bowling attack against Australia but so ...

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4 reasons why World Cup 2015 is nothing like World Cup 1992

Yesterday’s win against Ireland allowed Pakistan to wiggle their way into the quarter-finals. The match not only secured us a place in the top four but also allowed Sarfraz Ahmed to score his first ODI century. This century was not only important for him, but for Pakistan as well since it broke the dry spell our batsmen were suffering from since the 2007 World Cup.  Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz (2nd L) celebrates with team mates after dismissing Ireland’s Ed Joyce (2nd R) for eleven runs during their Cricket World Cup match at the Adelaide Oval March 15, 2015.Photo: Reuters THANKSGIVING ...

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