Browsing All posts tagged under »Shoaib Akhtar«

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 […]

Bridging the Divide

December 18, 2010 by

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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 […]

On the Aesthetics of the Game

November 26, 2010 by

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Sid Lowe is an amazing writer, and a very intelligent man. So when he fears that the sun might not rise after Monday night’s super clasico, you don’t dismiss it as pure hyperbole. There are many derbies, and almost all of them are impregnated with history both political and cultural. Many have religious and classist backgrounds. […]