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Misbah’s Day of Reckoning

October 20, 2011 by

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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 […]

Welcome to the Greener Side

April 4, 2011 by

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The first time I realised my youth was over was in a dentist chair. It had nothing to do with the procedure, but a TV placed above it, where a news channel splashed blood-red graphics promising a special speech by the country’s military ruler. Musharraf had assumed power when I had just turned 16. When […]

A Not-So-Much-A-Preview Preview of the India-Pakistan World Cup Semifinal

March 29, 2011 by

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Right, it’s almost here. It’s only a matter of hours. The Greatest Match Ever (TGME), The Mother of All Games! And, if you believed what you saw on desi TV, the war that will prevent any future wars! There have been several well thought out previews of this game and there is almost no way […]

Prescribed Ettiquettes and Attitudes for TGME (The Greatest Match Ever)

March 26, 2011 by

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# 1: Please don’t make tiresome bullshit political analogies. Lazy bloggers, opportunistic Aman Ki Asha-ists and op-ed writers, we are looking at you. It takes the gloss away from this mighty cricket match. #2: This match will NOT defeat terrorism, nor it will root out any extremists on either side of the border. Also, keep […]

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

February 16, 2011 by

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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 […]

Pakistan: A reprise of 1992 or 2007?

February 11, 2011 by

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Brian Philips, in a recent post of his (which is perhaps the kind of blog that pays off all that money wasted on your liberal arts degree), asked if “story [is] something a lot of sports-writing struggles with? I mean story at the simplest level is, the this-happened-and-then-this-happened level, the level of basic immersion and […]

In loving memory: Mohammad Amir

February 7, 2011 by

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It is restful, tragedy, because one knows that there is no more lousy hope left. You know you’re caught, caught at last like a rat with all the world on its back. And the only thing left to do is shout — not moan, or complain, but yell out at the top of your voice […]