OCTOBER 30, 2014

Pakistan cricket

Explaining Pakistan cricket

Pakistan's unpredictability is renowned. They scale unbelievable highs and slump to inexplicable lows. They haven't played at home in five years, but produce cricketers of rare talent. Their cricket board is in a mess and there is never a shortage of controversy, but their performance on the field is always an event. Andy Bull simply loves them and he says why in the Guardian

What a curious affliction it must be to be a full-time Pakistan fan, to follow a side who go through such giddy swings of form. Does anyone in cricket suffer so much? And is anyone in cricket rewarded for their suffering with such exquisite performances, such paroxysmic peaks of pleasure? In the last week the world watched, ever-more slack jawed, as they destroyed Australia in the first Test at Dubai. The result gave just as much pleasure to cricket-lovers in this corner of the world as Pakistan's 3-0 demolition of England in 2011 must have done to those Down Under. And yet it was only a fortnight ago that Pakistan lost two wickets for no runs at all in the final over of an ODI when they only needed two to win. Off Glenn Maxwell's bowling.

JUNE 13, 2014

Teams cannot risk tours to Pakistan

Kamran Abbasi: The board must instead concentrate on developing offshore bases, strengthening domestic cricket, and getting other countries to host their A team
MAY 15, 2014

What price credibility in Pakistan cricket?

Kamran Abbasi: Pakistan cricket, like Pakistan itself, is about political and personal whims. There are no notions of honour among the powerful, and to expect people to act on principle is delusional
MAY 06, 2014

The Waqar silver lining

Hassan Cheema: The one good thing that may come of the latest shake-up in Pakistan's cricket administration is that Waqar Younis returns to the coach's job
APRIL 18, 2014

Who'll bring Pakistan back to financial health?

Kamran Abbasi: The PCB has ensured itself some financial security by agreeing to the ICC revamp, but it's unlikely the money will go towards securing the future of the country's cricket
FEBRUARY 05, 2014

Pakistan and the Big Three

Kamran Abbasi: Whether by circumstance or not, Pakistan is now one of the few voices of dissent against the restructuring of the ICC
NOVEMBER 13, 2013

The inexplicable ways of Pakistan cricket

Andrew Hughes: Administrative anarchy and crushing defeats: aka more of the same old same old
OCTOBER 13, 2013

Pakistan: trying to run before they can crawl

Hassan Cheema: The lack of top-flight cricket at home is beginning to tell on Pakistan's players
JULY 21, 2013

Enough about Misbah already

Ahmer Naqvi: Pakistan needs to look beyond the captain at the real problems that afflict the team
JULY 01, 2013

Pakistan Cricket

PCB fail to make a stand

The schedule of all ICC events until 2023 was determined at the governing body's annual conference in London this June and Pakistan will not be hosting any during that period. Former ICC president Ehsan Mani, in the Express Tribune, criticises the PCB and its acceptance of this proposal, while urging the board to take the necessary steps to bring international cricket back to Pakistan

This development reflects the sad state of affairs within the PCB. The body has been dysfunctional and there has been no strategic planning or a roadmap to bring back international cricket to Pakistan. The bottomline is that no progress has been made since the tragic attack on the Sri Lankan team. They have basically adopted a hit-and-miss approach in asking various cricket boards to pity them and visit. This unprofessional attitude has put them in no-man's land.

JUNE 28, 2013

Pakistan cricket

The talented Mr Najam Sethi

Mani Khawaja insists criticism against Najam Sethi's appointment as interim president of the PCB is a sign of people wanting to stir things up. He says Pakistan cricket is in good hands, even if they are largely inexperienced in cricket administration, through a satirical blog entry in the Express Tribune.

With a deteriorating infrastructure that was failing to produce quality cricketing talent, mired in controversies and allegations of nepotism and sexual misconduct, a very capable and seasoned pair of hands was needed to steer the ship back into steady waters.

And that is why the current government went with Najam Sethi, a senior journalist with no prior experience in cricketing matters whatsoever