By Hamza Junaid Published: December 11, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email As 2018 wraps up, the ride has to end back where it started – taking a beating from New Zealand. I am that party pooper who would be the first to volunteer out of taking insane adrenaline pumping rides at the amusement park, because every experience I have had thus far has left me lightheaded for too long. Yet for some odd reason, I willingly choose to follow the Pakistani cricket team year after year, despite knowing very well that I am signing up for an emotional roller coaster ride that may have the highest crescendos but will also have the sharpest dips. This year kicked off in a free fall mode in New Zealand, where rain seemed like the only chance of saving Pakistan in the ODI series. The New Zealand tour had set the goals straight for Pakistan; fix the ODI unit and consolidate its position in the T20 format. Before I touch on our Test side, let’s recall how Pakistan fared in the … [Read more...] about 2018 has been the year of T20 for Pakistan – but that’s about it
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ON THIS DAY IN SPORT 1917: The National Hockey League was formed in Montreal. 1922: St Albans' Billy Minter scored seven goals in an FA Cup tie against Dulwich, but ended up on the losing side as the match finished 8-7. 1986: Mike Tyson became the youngest world heavyweight boxing champion when he beat Trevor Berbick at the age of 20 years and six months. 2003: Jonny Wilkinson's extra-time drop-goal gave England a dramatic 20-17 win over Australia in the rugby union World Cup final. 2007: Steve McClaren was sacked as England manager after the team failed to qualify for Euro 2008. 2008: New Zealand won the rugby league World Cup final 34-20 against Australia in Brisbane. 2010: The Scottish Football Association drew up contingency plans to deal with a proposed strike by referees, including "sourcing match officials in other countries". The strike went ahead, with officials brought in from Israel, Malta and Luxembourg. 2011: South African Mickey Arthur was appointed as the new … [Read more...] about On this Day, November 22 2015: Rory McIlroy took victory in the DP World Tour Championship
By Khalid Rafi Published: July 26, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Under Arthur, Pakistan have experienced success in all three formats. PHOTO: AFP The sight could not have been more vivid. Pakistan were reeling at 162-7 in their do-or-die Champions Trophy clash against Sri Lanka at Cardiff. The camera panned on Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur, who was sitting on the balcony. Over the course of Pakistan’s run chase, he went from having a reasonably cheery smile on his face at 74-0, to gradually seeming worried, annoyed, disgusted, at times livid, and finally, sporting an expression of pure and utter disappointment on his face. Overs later, when Pakistan had mounted an impressive comeback to win the game on the back of a match-turning partnership between Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir, as well as some very good luck, the same Arthur was now seen beaming with joy and clenching his fists in celebration, as if he had just won the lottery. No player or … [Read more...] about What has Mickey Arthur done for Pakistan cricket?
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!
BIRTHDAYS Tony Jacklin (golf) - 1969 Open champion, born 1944. Jeremy Guscott (rugby union) - former England and Lions centre, born 1965. Tom Kristensen (motor racing) - Danish driver who holds the record for wins in the Le Mans 24 Hour race with nine, born 1967. Wayne McCullough (boxing) - former Irish bantamweight, born 1970. Min Patel (cricket) - former Kent and England spinner, born 1970. Erik Zabel (cycling) - German who won six green jerseys at the Tour de France and later admitted using a performance-enhancing substance, born 1970. Michelle Kwan (olympics) - five-time world champion and twice Olympic medallist figure skater from the United States, born 1980. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (cricket) - former India captain and wicketkeeper, born 1981. Mohammad Ashraful (cricket) - former Bangladesh captain, born 1984. Alberto Aquilani (soccer) - Las Palmas midfielder, formerly with Liverpool, born 1984. Diarmuid Connolly (Gaelic games) – five-time All-Ireland winner with Dublin, born … [Read more...] about On This Day: July 7, 2013