Browsing Archives of Author »Raza Naqvi«

Misbah’s Day of Reckoning

October 20, 2011


There have been many divisive players to represent Pakistan in recent memory:  Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Wasim bhai, even Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal. These are players who can boast some combination of bombastic personas, inhuman ability, odious morals, or at least—in the case of Malik—instant hate-ability. Misbah-ul-Haq, on the other hand, has nothing. The man […]

Buffering USA

June 11, 2011


A few months ago, the West Indies took on Sri Lanka in a Test match in Colombo. This match was of such little commercial consequence that no major broadcaster bothered to cover it, and so the only transmission available was from the understandably ill-equipped Sri Lankan state TV. It would only be mild hyperbole to […]

Of Sins Not Tragedies, or The Last You’ll Hear of Amir

February 16, 2011


For us Pakistan fans, build-up to the World Cup, much like all recent editions of the tournament, has been flush with motivational pop songs, cathartic youtube videos, chest-thumping previews, and TV specials whose tone is more threatening than supportive. This cacophony of patriotic multimedia suggest the same general conclusion: the boys are gonna bring it […]

The Case for Afridi’s Captaincy

January 30, 2011


The grand pursuit of the economist should be to fine tune a system that in the long-run insulates its population from aggregate negative outcomes during troughs in the business cycle, while increasing aggregate benefits during peaks. Agree? Well tell that to this guy: The problem with our dear Chacha here (Chacha is Urdu for Uncle, […]