By Almas Akhtar Published: October 2, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan (C) and captain Asghar Afghan (R) celebrate with teammates after the match tied against India in the Asia Cup in Dubai on September 25, 2018. PHOTO: GETTY During my last visit to Karachi a few months ago, I spent some time going through the school assignments and homework of our family cook’s children. As I did so, I insisted on the importance of hard work in order to succeed in life. “You have to work extremely hard in school so you get good grades and then go to the army, as your father wants you to become a general in the Pakistan Army one day, InshaAllah,” I continued to lecture them. My words echoed the dreams and aspirations of not only our cook, but so many other working parents across Asian countries who want their children to pursue careers as doctors, engineers and army officials. This is what the norm has always been, as I have grown up listening … [Read more...] about Rashid Khan, the Afridi of Afghanistan: When heroes emerge out of rubble
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ON THIS DAY 1884: Jack Dempsey beat George Fulljames by a knockout in the 22nd round at Staten Island, New York to win the world middleweight title - the first fight under Queensberry Rules. 1930: The first football World Cup came to a close with hosts Uruguay beating rivals Argentina 4-2 in the final in Montevideo. 1966: England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in the World Cup final at Wembley, with Geoff Hurst scoring a hat-trick. 1990: England captain Graham Gooch finished with 456 runs in the match against India at Lord's, hitting 123 in his second innings having scored 333 in the first. 2006: World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound revealed Olympic 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin's B sample, for prohibited levels of testosterone, was positive. 2011: Stuart Broad took a hat-trick for England in the second Test against India at Trent Bridge. England won the four-Test series 4-0. 2012: Great Britain won their first men's Olympic gymnastics team medal in a century when … [Read more...] about On This Day: July 30 2011
By Muhammad Mustafa Moeen Published: July 22, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Pakistan looked every bit the champion side they are considered to be, outclassing Zimbabwe in all three facets of the game. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan travelled to Bulawayo as the only ranked ODI team to not to have won an ODI this year, having lost all five they had played against New Zealand. Despite the slump in form, Pakistan were touted as overwhelming favourites to not only win but obliterate an inexperienced and depleted Zimbabwean unit. Having already missed out on qualifying for the World Cup by the narrowest of margins, Zimbabwe were already batting at all fronts before the first ball of the series was bowled. With Graeme Cremer, Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza refusing to take part in the ODI series, Zimbabwe were forced to call up three uncapped players: Liam Roche, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Ryan Murray. To worsen the situation, Zimbabwe lost both Kyle Jarvis and Solomon Mire – their … [Read more...] about #PakvsZim: When your haters are silent, you know you’ve made it!
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 1890: Canadian George Dixon beat Nunc Wallace with an 18th-round knockout at the Pelican Club in London to win the world bantamweight boxing title in what was the first fight under Queensberry Rules held in England. 1979: Muhammad Ali announced his retirement from boxing after 59 professional fights, nine months after regaining the world heavyweight title for the second time against Leon Spinks. He was tempted back into the ring a year later, though, losing to former sparring partner Larry Holmes for the title. 2006: Ronaldo broke Gerd Muller's World Cup finals record of 14 goals as Brazil beat Ghana 3-0. 2009: Antrim beat Cavan on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-7 to reach their first Ulster SFC final in 39 years. 2010: England were knocked out of the World Cup, losing their last-16 tie 4-1 to Germany in Bloemfontein. Frank Lampard's disallowed goal proved the catalyst for the introduction of goalline technology into football. 2012: Spain beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties in … [Read more...] about On this Day, June 27 2006: Brazil’s Ronaldo broke Gerd Muller’s World Cup finals record