By Abdul Basit Sayeed Published: October 6, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Australia's Josh Hazlewood (L) is congratulated by teammate Nathan Lyon after dismissing Pakistan's Wahab Riaz (R) during Day 2 of the first Test on December 16, 2016. PHOTO: AFP How do we even assess the embarrassing performance exhibited by Pakistan at the 2018 Asia Cup? If we briefly sum it up, we can definitely detect complacency, lack of mental durability and a mismanagement of human resources. Now, after its heart-wrenching exit from the event, Pakistan cricket’s next adventure is a two-match Test series against Australia, which starts tomorrow. The Inzamamul Haq-led selection committee has announced a 17-member squad to face the team that ranks third in Test rankings. However, it seems the selection committee hasn’t learned from past mistakes and has picked players that are either inexperienced or unsuitable for the longest format of the game. The following is an assessment … [Read more...] about Men in Green vs Mighty Australia: Has Pakistan selected the best team for the job?
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By Muneeb Farrukh Published: August 31, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Ahmed Shehzad of Pakistan celebrates with the trophy after Pakistan won the series 2-0 during Day Five of the Second Test between Pakistan and Australia at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on November 3, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. PHOTO: GETTY When Ahmed Shehzad first came under the limelight, a lot was expected of him and some even went on to tag him as the solution to Pakistan’s opening woes. However, despite a promising start, his international career has gradually been festooned with darkness – which is mostly down to his antics on and off the field. His latest involvement in the doping scandal is just another example of why the Lahore-born cricketer lacks the temperament to survive and thrive in modern-day cricket. It’s a pity that deserving players struggle to breakthrough in the side while Shehzad, despite his shenanigans, has earned nothing but more comeback opportunities. … [Read more...] about Ahmed Shehzad is neither performing nor behaving, yet he’s given more comeback opportunities
By Abdul Basit Sayeed Published: July 13, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The Pakistan Cricket Team poses with the trophy after winning the T20I Tri-Series final against Australia on July 8, 2018. PHOTO: PCB As far as the T20 format is concerned, Pakistan cricket has been on a roll since September 7, 2016, under Sarfraz Ahmed’s leadership. After a disastrous T20 World Cup in 2016, when Shahid Afridi and his men failed miserably and couldn’t qualify for the next round, Pakistan were under a tremendous leadership crisis. Enters Sarfraz. He was handed the captaincy and his first Test was against England, where Pakistan was coming in with a 4-1 defeat in the ODI series. However, we witnessed a complete turnaround as Pakistan comprehensively beat the pioneers of cricket with a nine-wicket triumph. Since then, records just kept coming in for the green shirts in the shortest format of the game. Retaining its number one ranking is not something expected from Pakistan … [Read more...] about If anything is coming home, it’s Pakistan with 2 trophies!
ON THIS DAY 1846: The first official baseball match took place at Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New York. New York Nine beat the Knickerbocker Club 23-1. 1903: English cricket great Wally Hammond was born. He played for his country 85 times between 1927 and 1947 and scored a then Test record aggregate of 7,249 runs. Hammond also made 336 not out against New Zealand at Auckland in 1933 and hit 50,511 first-class runs. He died in July 1965. 1978: Ian Botham became the first man to score a century and take eight wickets (eight for 34) in an innings in the same Test match, for England against Pakistan at Lord's. 2000: Tiger Woods won the US Open at Pebble Beach, finishing on a 12-under-par total of 272 with a lead of 15 strokes, the biggest win in any major in history and what was at the time also the lowest total in the history of the tournament. 2003: The Professional Footballers' Association made a £40,000 legal and compensation payment after wrongfully dismissing former chairman Barry … [Read more...] about On This Day