Posts From Mazher

Dissecting Pakistan selections for Sri Lanka tour

Pakistan selection committees’ announcements and public criticism have always gone side by side. Perhaps, it is more fitting to say that the former hardly gives a chance to the latter to not wag the tongues. PCB selection committee, headed by Iqbal Qasim, recently [on Thursday] announced Pakistan’s squads for Test, ODI and Twenty20I series to be played against Sri Lanka in coming dog days of June and July. As it turns out, the selectors,

Nostalgia of 25th March, 1992: Pakistan become World Champion.

A night of March 24 and spring season at its best. Every Pakistan-cricket-maniac is keeping fingers crossed, waiting for the elusive sun to rise when his country’s cornered tigers will face-off England in the Final of Cricket World Cup 1992 at the world’s largest Cricket stadium, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The masses rue for not being at MCG yet possess the gung-ho to cheer their cornered warriors from their abodes.

The curious case of the month March in Pakistan-India encounters

Cricket doesn’t go better without encounters between Pakistan and India, the game’s most ferocious rivals. When India and Pakistan lock horns: emotions, nerves, adrenaline(s), patriotism, they all get wired up as the duo boast the most complete rivalry of the game. England-Australia clashes are emulous too but mainly confined to Test Cricket while a war between bat and ball is fought when Cricket provides Indo-Pak Episode, “Frisson, Wild and Gaga” being the

Pakistan and Misbah paying price for not selecting deserved players

260s are the targets which got to be chased in One Day Internationals particularly when they are played in subcontinent-esque conditions. Pakistan were humbled 130 all out in pursuit of target of 261 set by England in 1st ODI of four-Match series at Abu Dhabi. Their bowlers, spinners in particular, did not perform that bad. It was their batting which did them all humiliation. Irony is teams strengthen the department

Pakistan Cricket find cure in Misbah’s leadership

On notorious day of 5th February 2011, Pakistan Cricket was slugged a haymaker as their three Cricketers – Asif, Aamir and Butt – were banned for minimum 5 years by International Cricket Council (ICC) after they were proven spot-fixers by ICC’s tribunal. A year and day later, Pakistan respond by clean sweeping Test Cricket’s Number one team (England) 3-0 in Dubai. Even on the same day, when players were handed bans,

Pakistan Cricket was destined for this glory

It might sound a clumsy cliché that Pakistan is the most unpredictable team but it is, indeed, the flair of their unpredictability which has given Pakistan victories, snatched from jaws of defeats, turning into epic glories. A policeman, Fazal Mahmood, started the tradition at Oval 1954 when his 6-wicket haul folded England 143 all out in pursuit of mediocre 168. The tradition then was handed to the likes of flamboyant Imran

Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle hit jackpots in Bangladesh Premier League auction.

Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi fetched whopping $700,000 – the highest bid in auction – as he was sold to Dhaka Gladiators in auction of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) held in Dhaka on January 19. The West Indies destructive opener Chris Gayle, despite the fact he will be available for only 2 games, was also successfully bid at $551,000 by Barisal Burners. Four different franchises fought in bidding for Shahid

Pakistan against England: A brief history and what current series hold for Pakistan and Misbah.

Test victories have always been vital for any team and they become folkloric when come against England, the inventors of this game. None of the teams have ever won a Test on their maiden visit to England but Pakistan did, way back in 1954 at the Oval. When the folklores of Pakistan Cricket are told to cricket-crazy-kids, they get started from the Oval, the win in England, the win against

Pakistan vs England Statistical Review – Which team the Numbers favour?

Pakistan don’t keep that appealing Cricket rivalry against England as they do against India neither their matches, against England, are as awaited as of Australia but England is the Test team whom they have faced most often in Test Cricket, 71 times – the most they have played against any team,  in their history.  England, however, hold sway against them in nearly every aspect but away matches, which must give

PCB has sacked team manager Intikhab Alam and coach Aaqib Javed

In latest developments ahead of Pakistan’s tour to Zimbabwe, starting from September 1 with a Test match, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made changes in team management by axing manager Intikhab Alam and assistant coach Aaqib Javed from their respective posts. PCB removed Intikhab Alam earlier in the week as Pakistan team manager and replaced him with Naveed Akram Cheema. Whereas, on Thursday, PCB took another bold step by removing