Jun 172017
The curious case of the fervent Pakistani fans

Not very long ago, in a popular satire show on one of the cable channels, the father of political satire in Pakistan, Anwar Maqsood questions the late Moin Akhter, dressed as a Bangladeshi cricketer, as to why Bangladesh have stopped winning games against Pakistan?The amusing reply, scripted by the great writer and rendered to perfection by the best comedian produced by Pakistan, is one that leaves one in fits of laughter. The late Moin Akhter (as a Bangladeshi cricketer) explains that when Pakistan lose a game they are grilled with all sorts of allegations from match fixing to foul play. “In our country, the river hits a reverse flow; if we win, everyone is shocked. We are taken into custody, kept awake during the night and questioned hard as how on Earth did we win, what did we do to get such results? We ultimately decided not to win onwards.”Interestingly, Pakistani fans have similar cautious feelings at the moment. Although they are pumped up, joyous, ready for revenge and right behind their team. But take them aside and ask them to put their hands on their hearts and give an honest reply – and a healthy majority will open up to the fact that all this is too good to be true. For many it’s like coming up to a temporary oasis, an artificial surrounding – but one they are happy to believe and live in till at least this Sunday. Pakistan vs India final, that too in the Champions [Read More…]

Apr 092017
Goodbye Misbah

Misbah-ul-Haq one of the greatest batsmen Pakistan ever produced took the charge of the Pakistani team in 2010 after the Green Shirts lost the Lords test series. He led the team through hard days – when the country was dealing with the spot fixing scandal – and remained a symbol of discipline. It was Misbah’s leadership that took Pakistan to the number one spot in the Test ranking. After the ongoing test series against West Indies, Misbah will retire from the international cricket. He deserves a great tribute and the PCB must bid farewell to this great cricketer with high honour and respect. Shahana Aslam Karachi Click for detailed story

Jan 252017
Azhar urges team to repeat intensity of Wahab-Watson spell in Adelaide

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has called on his team to repeat the fierce intensity of the unforgettable spell of fast bowling by Wahab Riaz to Shane Watson during the 2015 World Cup. Pakistan will play Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday for the fifth and final ODI of the series, which has already been decided in the hosts’ favour. The ground, however, will bring back memories of the fierce moments exchanged between the left arm quick Wahab and the now retired Watson. It was a spell which Watson later described as “nasty” and which, according to captain Michael Clarke, was one of the best spells of fast bowling that he had faced in his one-day career “in quite some time”. Addressing a press conference at the Adelaide Oval today (Wednesday), Azhar urged the Green Shirts to channel that energy and passion in Thursday’s match. “That spell was brilliant that day, so hopefully whoever gets the opportunity can try and do the same,” the skipper said, cricket.com.au reported. “It’s really important tomorrow that everybody turns up with that intensity and trying to win the game for Pakistan. You have to come every game and every individual find the best out of himself and get his match-winning performance. “The series is definitely decided but every game is important, and for us to finish the tour well is very important.” ‘Doing a lot of practice’ On Pakistan’s embarrassingly poor fielding in Sydney, Azhar said the team had worked hard on their fielding [Read More…]

Jan 242017
Management tries to lift Pakistan team?s spirits ahead of Adelaide ODI

The Pakistan cricket team management attempted to lift the Green Shirts’ spirits in a meeting held on Tuesday ahead of the ODI series’ last match in Adelaide on January 26. In the meeting, the management tried to rejuvenate the team, which lost to Australia in Sydney on Sunday and subsequently lost the ODI series as well as a result. The Pakistan team did not take part in any practice today. Instead, their performance was discussed in the meeting where head coach Mickey Arthur urged the players to step up their game. Arthur, unhappy with the Green Shirts’ fielding mishaps following the defeat in Sydney, urged the players to improve in the field. Fielding coach Steve Rixon and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood also talked to the players ahead of the fifth ODI. Arthur had slammed Pakistan’s fielding in the fourth ODI, suggesting Australia “were 50 runs better” in the field. The frustrated coach had labelled the team’s fielding mishaps “woeful” and “unacceptable”. Pakistan dropped four catches in the field as Australia piled up a gigantic total of 6-353, with each of Australia’s four highest scorers given a life during the innings. Australia are 3-1 up in the five-match ODI series.  Click for detailed story

Jan 222017
Dropped catches, misfields: Pakistan?s fumbling woes in the field

Pakistan dropped four catches and let through several unnecessary runs in the fourth ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Here’s a list of the Green Shirts’ major fumbling moments in the field today, accompanied by the overs and commentary: 23.4 Junaid Khan to Smith, 1 run, dropped. Full and angled wide outside off, he chops at it and it flies to Sharjeel at knee height at backward point, and he’s put in a lazy one hand out at this and put it down. Dismal effort. 32.2 Imad Wasim to Warner, no run, Dropped! Back of a length on middle, goes back and tries to cream it to the right of Hasan Ali at mid-on, but he gets it high on the bat and it floats to the fielder. Ali goes slowly, low to his right, and falls over as he tries to take it, it’s been put down. 37.4 Hasan Ali to Maxwell, 5 leg byes, 139 kph, oh dear. It was a lovely yorker, rapped him on the pads and rolled to the right of slip, who has a needless shy at the stump. The bowler is walking back lazily and makes no attempt at stopping this, and it’s four overthrows through mid-on. 38.4 Imad Wasim to Maxwell, 2 runs, dropped. Good length on middle, goes for the sweep, gets a top edge, Hasan Ali changes direction four or five times as he’s running backwards from short fine leg and in the end can barely get a [Read More…]

Oct 172016
Match-fixing was at its peak in 1996: Shoaib Akhtar

Speedster Shoaib Akhtar appeared on ‘Geo Pakistan’ morning show on Monday and talked about the Green Shirts’ performance during the Day/Night Test and the Afridi-Miandad match-fixing row which Shoaib helped resolve. About the match-fixing controversy, Shoaib said he had intervened and asked Javed Miandad to resolve the matter with talks. He had also advised Shahid Afridi to refrain from sending a legal notice to the veteran cricketer because it would have done no good to open Pandora’s box. It would also have tarnished Pakistan cricket’s image worldwide. Asked about his own thoughts on the matter, the former fast bowler said match fixing was at its peak in 1996.“The atmosphere of the Pakistan dressing room was very strange…Trust me it was the worst possible dressing room,” Akhtar said.  “However, I always stayed away from fixers and cautioned others to do so as well and play with integrity and sincerity,” he claimed. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ added he always stayed away from fixing circles and cautioned other people to stay away as well and play with integrity and sincerity. Shoaib said he had also warned Mohammad Amir back in 2010 to avoid meeting people who could lure players to match fixing. The world’s fastest bowler lauded Pakistan’s winning momentum against the Windies but called out batsmen over their dismal performance in the second innings. Pakistan, after scoring 579-3-declared in the first innings, crumbled to 123 all out on Sunday, succumbing to leg-spinner Bishoo’s stellar performance with the ball. The Windies bowler claimed his career-best [Read More…]

Mar 092012

The manager of the Pakistan cricket team, Naveed Akram Cheema, has vowed that the Green Shirts will perform brilliantly in the Asia Cup fixture against India, and believes that the Pakistani team is more confident at this stage, compared to their …Se…

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