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The Case for Afridi’s Captaincy

January 30, 2011 by


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, […]

Test Cricket Under Threat

January 7, 2011 by


No. This is not another piece about crowds, kids’ attention-spans, Twenty20 etc etc etc. Test cricket’s existence has been precarious since 1877 and it’s still with us, so it’ll survive. This threat to Test cricket is related to all the familiar villains (and there’s plenty more where those mentioned above came from), but it’s not […]

Bridging the Divide

December 18, 2010 by


This post was originally written for and published in the Alternative Cricket Almanack 2011, edited by Nishant Joshi. The Alternative Almanack is an initiative by Joshi to raise funds to help the Afghanistan Youth Cricket Association. Buy the book from Amazon and help out a great cause in inspiring a nation. Visit the website for […]

England Number One? Hardly.

December 11, 2010 by


The ICC Cricket Rankings have been a major talking point ever since Australia began their decline two years ago. India were the first to beat them since the 2005 Ashes. Then South Africa became the first side to beat Australia in Australia since the West Indies in 1992/93. Australia bounced back with a win in […]

Cricketers, Cricket and Mortality

November 21, 2010 by


Is mortality a curse? Or, is it merely an acceptance that all good things must end? Successful sportspersons always spend the first three-fourths of their careers learning, improving and challenging themselves and eventually growing strength to strength, to be more capable. And, then suddenly for no fault of theirs, sometimes their body gives up on […]

For Everything, There is Younis Khan

November 18, 2010 by


If you had the chance to pick only one gladiator to battle for you in the bull ring, you will have to pick him. If you had to name only one assassin to do the job for you and that too with a smile, you will pay for him. If you had to seek an […]

Of Journalists, Narratives and Zulqarnain Haider

November 16, 2010 by


There is a perversity in admiring people and making heroes out of them. When they do something that you don’t agree with, it becomes a question of your principles versus your passions. Is it ok to slate someone whose work and intellect you have found inspirational? On the other hand, if you pull your punches, […]