Shahid Afridi is likely to lead Pakistan in World Cup


After having meeting with players and management, Ijaz Butt has decided to retain Shahid Afridi as skipper to lead in upcoming World Cup. However, there are some reports that some players still want Misbah as captain but as Afridi is leading Pakistan's one day team for almost a year Ijaz Butt is all set to give a Go to Afridi.

Shahid Afridi's position became more stronger after he hit form in Christchurch by scoring 65 runs of 25 balls and leading Pakistan to victory. But its still not confirmed that when PCB will announce officially, some reports say that PCB will announce it after 4th ODI against NZ while other reports say that PCB will announce after 5th ODI.

It is to be noted Ijaz Butt has taken enough U-Turns in his tenure so no one should be surprized if his mind gets changed again after 4th or 5th ODI. Ijaz Butt was strongly criticized by former players for not naming captain. Former players; Inzamam-ul-Haq, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram etc have raised their voiced in favour of Shahid Afridi as well.



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[Video] Pakistan's heorics against India in Chennai 1999

Captains at the toss

In 1999, Pakistan toured India after 12 years, Cricket match in those days was like a Kargil War. Pakistan pulled an absolute stunner at Chennai. Match was full of ups and downs, In chase of 271, at one stage India were 82-5 and then 218-6 still Pakistan managed to win it. Shahid Afridi and Tendulkar scored centuries, Saqlain took 10 wickets in match and who can forget that jaffa which Wasim bowled to Dravid.

Watch this video till end, see how Chennai's crowd applauded Pakistan Team, amazing moments!!

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Mohammad Hafeez, the rise in tide!

              Dispatches the ball enroute to his maiden-century

After disastrous campaign of World Cup 2003, PCB recruited some young players in order to build Pakistan as a strong unit. Mohammad Hafeez was one of those youngsters who made his debut in 2003 but throughout his selections he failed to leave an impact which he could, his presence in team was never confirmed as he was not consistent with his performance.

In Pakistan's recent series against England in England(2010), Mohammad Hafeez returned to ODI Cricket after 3 years. That was his 3rd comeback in ODI Cricket and beyond shadow of doubt its most fertile part of his ODI Career. The tide, which had many blows to it, has finally started to rise and will reach the shore if manages to thrash everything in subcontinent[World Cup 2011]. It was perfect time to hit form as World Cup is just days away now. Hafeez's numbers has been magnificent since his comeback.

The stats are yours!


Here are some stats of Hafeez since his comeback in England

Matches Played: 13

Batting Average: 40.75

Runs scored
: 489

50s/100s: 3/1

Batting average when Pakistan won: 50.40

The batting average of 40.75 might not look very impressive when compared to other openers of World but amid Pakistan's opening troubles the average of 40.75 becomes a solution to these troubles. Moreover, this average is much higher than his career average[i.e 23.10] which illustrates the current rise in his form. This average increases even further in Pakistan's victories as mentioned above. And not to forget, all these matches are played under Shahid Afridi's captaincy.

One major problem with his batting was that he was giving brisk starts but wasnt able to convert cameos in large innings. Finally after the wait of 7 years and 60 matches, today he hit first century of ODI career, once again perfect time to score it, may be he has saved his best for World Cup 2011.

X-Factor: Not to forget he is a bowler too. 46 wickets in his career of 61 matches and superb economy of 4.53 can never be neglected. He is known to give breakthroughs, economy is awesome in this era of ODI Cricket where batsmen usually prevail. This economy(4.53) is better than the career-economies of Abdur Razzak, Umar Gul, Abdul Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi. And with safe pair of hands, he becomes a formidable all-rounder in Pakistan's colours.

One interesting and lucky part of his career is that in spite of being a turbulent selection in Pakistan's squads he still managed to make into big events of ICC as since his debut he has featured in ICC's Champions Trophy 2006, World Cup 2007, World T20 2007, World T20 2010 and now in squad of World Cup 2011.

Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on  29/01/2011

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Shahid Afridi 65 Runs Of 25 Balls Vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI Highlights

Shahid Afridi 65 Runs Of 25 Balls Vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI Highlights

Shahid Afridi's blistering innings of 65 runs of 25 balls powered Pakistan to a total of 293, Afridi smashed 5 fours and 5 sixes in his 25 ball knock. Here are the highlights of his innings.

 
Shahid Afirdi
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Imran Farhat blasts 150 in Faysal Bank One Day National Cup- 2nd Day Round Up

Imran Farhat does a career-best effort of 150

Imran Farhat scores 150 of 141 balls for HBL in a match against SNGPL. HBL won the match by 130 runs, it was also Imran Farhat's career best effort in List A Cricket.

Results of Faysal Bank One Day National Cup- 2nd Day Round Up:

HBL beat SNGPL by 130 runs

PIA beats Islamabad Leopards by 8 wickets.

Karachi Dolphins beat Rawalpindi Rams by 1 wicket in a thriller.

Faisalabad Wolves beat Sialkot Stallions by 8 wickets.

National Bank of Pakistan beat WAPDA by 6 Wickets.

Multan Tigers beat ZTBL by 166 runs.

Next round of matches will start on 30th January where 6 matches will be played across the country



Reported by, Mazher Arshad, editor of this website. 







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Sehwag's "lie" about Shoaib Akhtar gets exposed.


In one of his recent interviews, telling about sledging, Sehwag claimed that once I was playing near 200 and Shoaib Akhtar got fed up from me, he was consistently bowling bouncers at me and was asking again and again "hook maar ke dikha[Hook the ball]". And I replied to him "woh tera baap khara ha samne non-striking end pe uss ko bol woh mar ke dikhaye ga[Your father, referring to Tendulkar, is standing at non-striking end ask him to hook your bouncer]". In next over, when he(Shoaib) bowled bouncer at Tendulkar, Tendulkar hit him a Six and I said to Shoaib "Baap baap hota ha, beta beta hota ha[Father is father, kid is kid]". 

Here is video of Sehwag's interview:




Sehwag exposed
Now see how big the liar is Sehwag, he said I was playing near 200, this shows that Sehwag was talking about a Test Match as only in Test Cricket Sehwag came near to 200 against Pakistan. And then he says in next over, Tendulkar hit the six to Shoaib Akhter.

The truth is that Sachin Tendulkar has never hit a single six against Pakistan in Test Cricket. Let alone Shoaib Akhter, Tendulkar hasnt hit any six to any bowler of Pakistan in his whole Test career. 

Below is image of Tendulkar's Test career stats against Pakistan and you can see Tendulkar never hit any Six against Pakistan. If you cant see properly then Click on image to see properly

If you cant see properly then Click on image to see properly
This shows how big liar is Sehwag, who was just speaking to get the attention of viewers and cooked up a false story to become hero.

Counter Refutation 

Some people say that Sehwag, in video, was referring to India's score of nearly 200 not his personal score. Well! Answer to this assumption is "In all the ODIs Shoaib Akhtar played against India, it never happened that Tendulkar and Sehwag were batting at same time when India's score was near to 200".

One more person made assumption that Sehwag said "next tour" not "next over". So answer to this assumption is "In ODIs, Tendulkar has hit only 2 Sixes to Shoaib Akhtar, one was in Centurion(2003) other was in Karachi(2005), on both occasions India's score was less than 100 and Sehwag didnt have any score of 200(against Pakistan) before these 2 occasions, in fact Sehwag played his first Test against Pakistan after these two sixes.


Written by, editor of this page, Mazher Arshad on  28/01/2011


PS: After we published it on website, we got to know that same kind of story was published by another guy Zeeshan Ahmad on his Blog. So to avoid plagiarism, we mention his Twitter account link here Zeeshan Ahmed, so credit goes to him as well.

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Faysal Bank One Day National Cup - 1st Day Round Up

Hammad Azam starred for NBP by scoring 93*on 1st Day of Faysal Bank One Day Cup



1. Islamabad Leopards beat Karachi Dolphins by 6 wickets. Karachi scored 213 which was chased by Islamabad in 42nd over.

2.  Pakistan International Airlines beat Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited by 4 runs. SNGPL scored 266 in reply to PIA's 270.


3.  Habib Bank Limited beat Rawalpindi Rams by 8 wickets. HBL chases 226 in 46th over. Saleem Elahi starred with 71* for HBL whereas Shoaib Nasir scored 112 for Rawalpindi.


4. National Bank of Pakistan beat Faisalabad Wolves by 3 wickets. NBP chased 265 in 48th over, Hammad Azam starred for NBP by scoring 93*


5. Multan Tigers beat Sialkot Stallions by 22 runs. Tigers were all out on 261 and Stallions ended up on 239 in chase, Mansoor Amjad scored 94 for Sialkot.


6. Water and Power Development Authority won by 1 wicket against Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited. WAPDA chased 195 set by ZTBL. Rafatullah Mohmand score 108* for WAPDA whereas Raza Hassan took 5 wickets for ZTBL.


Next Round will start on 28th January where 6 matches will be played in different cities of Pakistan.


Reported by, Mazher Arshad, editor of this website.
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"One video of Wasim Akram" that does so many things to your Cricketing soul![Courtesy of PTV Ad]


Some memories of Wasim Akram's SIX

I was only 2 years old when Wasim Akram hit that SIX to clinch Nehru Cup 1989, sometimes I think what was this cricket freak doing being a 2-years old kid when Wasim hit that six. Many of you must have remembered that moment of Pakistan beating West Indies by 4 wickets at Eden Gardens, Calcutta(now Kolkatta).

I tried to find video of that moment but all I could find was a PTV's Ad for "No Smoking". This video doesn't rejoice you only being a Cricket fan but it will also take many of you in your childhood or in time when you were young. Its all about Wasim Akram running in Model Town Park(Lahore) and two lads there watching him and discussing his heroics, one of it was Wasim hitting a SIX to win Nehru Cup and other was his ODI hat-trick against Australia.

Pakistan were chasing target of 274 set by West Indies in final of Nehru Cup at Eden Gardens, where crowd of nearly 70,000 was present. Wasim Akram came to the wicket in the final over when Akram Raza was run out, Imran Khan took the single and made the target 3 runs of 2 balls with 4 wickets in hand. Wasim Akram, who was groomed under shadow of Imran Khan, perhaps only once disobeyed his mentor(Imran Khan) and that was in final of Nehru Cup. With 3 needed of 2 balls, Imran Khan(who was not out on 55) asked Wasim Akram to take single but Wasim Akram swung his bat to Viv Richards' delivery and sent the ball in stands of Eden Gardens. I wonder how ecstatic was Pakistan's nation at that time as Nehru Cup was kind of ICC Champions Trophy of modern era. 

Its perhaps the best performance of Pakistan - WC 92 aside - which youngsters of this era have missed.

Watch this video from 0:50





Brief preview of Nehru Cup 1989:

1989 Nehru Cup(also known as MRF World Series) was organized by and played in India. It was like mini World Cup of that time. Six countries; Pakistan, West Indies, India, England, Australia and Srilanka, participated in that event. Pakistan beat England in Semi Final whereas West Indies beat India in Semi Final.

- Imran Khan was named man of the match in final as well as man of the tournament.

- Imran Khan scored 252 runs in 7 matches at average of 63, and also took 6 wickets in tournament.

- Wasim Akram took 9 wickets in 7 matches.

- Desmond Haynes(366) was leading runs scorer for tournament whereas Winston Benjamin(13) was leading wicket taker of tournament.





Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on  26/01/2011

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Wasim Akram raises voice to make Afridi captain. [Video Attached]

Wasim Akram raises voice to make Afridi captain


Wasim Akram, former Pakistan captain, has asked PCB to name Shahid Afridi captain for World Cup. Wasim Akram said "After announcing 15 players but not captain shows that you are double-minded. Afridi has struggled with bat but learning captaincy and leading from front, world cup is on slow wickets so Afridi would be the main player there. 


Moreover, on World Cup, Wasim Akram said: With such grouping in World Cup, its very hard to pick one team as favourite but as far as recent performances are concerned India is strong contender".  

Video of interview:





Reported on January 25th, 2011 by Mazher Arshad
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Salman Butt criticizes Afridi's captaincy and backs Misbah as captain. [Video Attached]

Salman Butt breaks his silence to criticize Afridi

Salman Butt, the suspended Test captain of Pakistan, has joined the former Cricketers to criticize Shahid Afridi and his captaincy. Butt in an interview with a local channel described Afridi's approach as clueless.

Salman Butt's words were "Its more or less same team which won the Test series, couples of changes were of experienced players. I think there is lack of planning because same team when plays Test cricket looks like a different unit and when they play ODIs they don't know what to do. Person, Afridi, who is himself clueless when asks someone to do this or that then his words are not effective. I think captain should be leader who leads by example, and currently Misbah is also in form who is a born leader.

Video of Salman Butt's interview:



Reported on January 24th, 2011 by Mazher Arshad
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Ijaz Butt leaves for New Zealand amid captaincy conundrum.


"Who will lead Pakistan in World Cup?" is quiz of the time for every cricket maniac living in Pakistan. After making it a conundrum, creepy Ijaz Butt will be in New Zealand, by giving reason that he will unleash the skipper in New Zealand. The most bizarre thing in this news is Ijaz Butt would be staying in New Zealand till the series gets over, now question arises does it take 15 days to name captain, can he not name the captain by being in Pakistan, can he not make decision here and wait for the team to return?

PCB is yet to clear salaries of some players and our chairman is making holiday trips on PCB's money. What benefits do we get from itineraries of Ijaz Butt? Oh yeah! may be Ijaz Butt would add some more mush on his "Butts" by having such eventful trips. When foreign Cricket Boards arent ready to welcome him, what does he do there? I wouldn't be surprised if we get the news later that Butt delayed the selection of captain so that he could tour New Zealand. The whole saga is an absolute example of another mismanagement by disabled fraternity of Pakistan's Cricket. 

Published on January 22, 2011


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Schedule, Stats & Preview of Pakistan vs New Zealand 6-Match ODI Series

Shahid Afridi to marshal Pakistan's comrade in New Zealand.
6-Match ODI Series, between Pakistan and New Zealand, is all set to start from tomorrow(22nd January) in Wellignton's Westpac Stadium. Its the first time since 2005 that Pakistan is playing a 6-Match ODI Series, last time Pakistan played against India in 2005 and won it by 4-2. This series is considered as a rehearsal before Cricket World Cup 2011, and most importantly it would also decide that who will be Pakistan's captain in World Cup 2011.

Small boundaries are expected in New Zealand where batsmen will enjoy more than bowlers. Pakistan batsmen would purely get chances to free their arms on the eve World Cup in subcontinent where flat tracks and high scoring games are also expected.

Fixtures

- 22nd January, 1st ODI - New Zealand v Pakistan at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Match will start at 6.00am PST   

- 26th January, 2nd ODI - New Zealand v Pakistan at Queenstown Events Centre. Match will start at 3.00am PST

- 29th January, 3rd ODI - New Zealand v Pakistan at AMI Stadium, Christchurch. Match will start  at 6.00am PST

- 1st February , 4th ODI - New Zealand v Pakistan at Mclean Park, Napier. Match will start at 6.00am PST

- 3rd February , 5th ODI - New Zealand v Pakistan at Seddon Park, Hamilton . Match will start at 6.00am PST

- 5th February , 6th ODI - New Zealand v Pakistan at Eden Park, Auckland. Match will start at 4.00am PST

Note: 2nd and 6th ODI are day matches, rest four matches would be day/night.

Pakistan Squad


Openers: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmad Shahzad

Middle Order batsmen: Younis Khan, Asad Shafique, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal

All-rounders: Shahid Afridi(c), Abdul Razzak, Sohail Tanvir, Kamran Akmal(w/k)

Pace attack: Shoaib Akhter, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz

Spinners: Abdul Rehman and Saeed Ajmal

Note: Captain Shahid Afridi would be under dilemma particularly with opening pair as Kamran Akmal is back and Ahmad Shahzad is also in good form. There would be ties between selection of Asad Shafiq & Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz & Sohail Tanvir, Abdur Rehman & Saeed Ajmal.

Pakistan vs New Zealand in eyes of stats:

- In recent times, Pakistan's one of the worst ODI performances came against New Zealand. In last 10 matches played between these two teams, Pakistan managed to win only 2 ODIs and lost 8 ODIs. New Zealand also beat Pakistan in Champions Trophies 2006 and 2009.

- Last 2 bilateral series between them were won by New Zealand. Moreover, In last two ODI series played in New Zealand, New Zealand has beaten Pakistan by 3-2 and 4-1 in 2001 and 2004 respectively.

- Overall Pakistan has an awesome record over Kiwis, in fact Kiwis have been Pakistan's bunnies on many occasions. Pakistan have played 82 matches, 48 won by Pakistan and 32 won by New Zealand.

- Though Pakistan dominates NZ overall but NZ has quite impressive record in their home against Pakistan. 34 matches played between these two in New Zealand, Pakistan has just won 12 whereas New Zealand won 20. 1 was tied and 1 ended as No-Result.

Abdul Razzak betters every player with bat & ball before series


 - In squads of both teams, Abdul Razzak dominates with bat as well as with ball. Abdul Razzak has scored 783 runs in 34 matches with average of 35.59 against New Zealand. Moreover, He has also taken 36 wickets in 34 matches against New Zealand. None of the players from current squads, of Pakistan and New Zealand, has scored or taken wickets more than Abdul Razzak.

- Shoaib Akhtar has enjoyed superb reign over New Zealand by taking 32 wickets in 18 matches at average of 19.81, economy of 4.27 and strike rate of 27.8. Moreover, Shoaib Akhter's career best figures of 6-16 also came against New Zealand, this is also best bowling performance by any Pakistani against New Zealand.

- Younis Khan has never played an ODI in New Zealand whereas Shahid Afridi has played only three ODIs in New Zealand.

- One of Shahid Afridi's, rare to see, centuries came against New Zealand.

Written and compiled by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on January 21, 2011.
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Aleem Dar, the built-in gadget for all Broadcasters and Venues.

Much debate is going between Cricket huddles about the implementation of UDRS (Umpire Decision Review System), BCCI is not ready to adapt the system as they cant trust the technology while other Boards consider it expensive enough to accommodate, as two-camera system of UDRS costs $6000/Day and four-camera system of UDRS costs $10,000/Day [i.e a Test match will cost 30,000 Dollars to 50,000 Dollars], and it doesn't stop here Cricket Boards even require security clearance to use this technology which takes 3 to 4 months. Lets say if UDRS becomes mandatory then who knows Cricket might require another Umpire to run the system because you cant rely on Broadcasters as they can forge or hide facts to alter the decision.

Amid debates related to UDRS and functioning of officiating matches, there stands a man who doesn't even need gadgets to make decisions, his every decision is spot-on and welcomed by players and gets "thumbs-up" by audience. Born in Jhang in 1968, he started to play Cricket as a batsman and leg-break bowler but soon he decided to scrutinize cricket instead of playing it, and today he is known as Aleem Sarwar Dar. Yes! Aleem Dar, the number one ICC Umpire to stand in any format, any tournament and at any venue, the current incumbent of two consecutive ICC titles, and only second Umpire in the world to have ICC's award for Best Umpire of the Year. He made his debut in Gujranwala 2000 and later officiated his first World Cup in 2003 and since then he has been most wanted Umpire by every country. Today, every country prefers him to be an official in their match.


Aleem Dar takes ICC's Award for "Best Umpire of the year" for 2nd consecutive time in Banglore 2010.


Aleem Dar's calmness, tranquility and sedative behaviour on the field is delight to watch, his gestures of waving and raising arms add as catalyst in magnificence of batsman's stroke. The sweet nod he gives, before raising finger, my words! it rejoices your cricketing soul even before the celebration is done by bowler or batsman walks out. He takes his time in giving decisions as he has all the time in the world, Yes! All the time in the world. Who needs to spend money on Hot-spot, Hawk-eye, Dart-fish and Snicko when you have Aleem Dar officiating the match, he is bull's eyes even on slimy and unseen snicks, his eyes can zoom as good as Nikon, and his ear work as electro-acoustic on mute-edges. The man is itself a gadget on Cricket field, a scrutinizing scanner to suss out batsman's failure and bowler's triumph, an absolute application to be used in cell phones if he were a gadget in literal sense. With Aleem Dar on field all the mysteries, created by bowlers and batsmen, penetrated!

In spite of being number one Umpire, he is so down to earth that he doesn't even mind the rudeness of players as we saw recently in notorious incident of Ricky Ponting, and many players share light moments with him on-field. Dedication to Umpiring is his major ingredient of success, he plays table-tennis to maintain eye-sight and still plays Cricket to remain fit. And the support of family is  there behind his success, his child died when he was in South Africa during WC 2003 but he wasn't informed of death by his family so that he doesn't lose concentration. He is perhaps the most dedicated Umpire of world, he has some patterns to follow even during Umpiring as he doesn't raise finger of right-hand because of this gesture's resemblance with prayer i.e Namaz, he always raises finger of his left-hand.


Aleem Dar licenses Abdur Razzak to savour his success.




Aleem Dar is hugged by Shaun Pollock 
He has been most prominent Umpire of this decade along with Simon Taufel but as "to err is a human" so Dar was also erred once which was only downfall in his career. Steve Bucknor and Aleem Dar's lack of understanding during World Cup Final 2007 lead to bizarre end of play, where teams came out to play in even after dusk as stadium didn't have artificial lights.  In same World Cup, his decision went against Rahul Dravid in a match against Bangladesh. 2007 was probably his worst year, as he- along with some other Umpires- was not considered to be part of ICC World T20 2007 in South Africa as punishment for his mistakes in final of World Cup 2007. 


The stats are yours!

Who would have thought that even an Umpire requires stats to depict his splendour, someone truly said Cricket without stats is cavalry without radar. You are about to read some interesting facts concerning Aleem Dar's grandeur:

- Officiated Final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, ICC Champions Trophy 2006, ICC Champions Trophy 2009, ICC World Twenty20 2010. [Couldn't stand in final of ICC World T20 2009 because Pakistan was playing final]

- Since 2005, Aleem Dar has officiated 50% of Ashes. He stood as an Umpire in 10 out of 20 Ashes Tests. [This shows England and Australia's top preference is to have Dar officiating the match]

- Since his debut in 2003, he has officiated 2nd Most Tests(63) as an on-field Umpire after Rudi Koertzen(65). Moreover. his 15 Tests were in Australia, most by any Umpire in World since his debut.

- Only 2nd Pakistani Umpire to stand in final of World Cup. [First one was Mehboob Shah, who officiated final of 1987 World Cup]

- Most Matches by a Pakistani Umpire in Tests(63), ODIs(138) and Twenty20s(18).

This is video from an Ashes Test where Aleem Dar was spot-on as affirmed by UDRS




Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on 1/7/2011
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Younis Khan, the unused and unsung Gladiator of Cricket Empire.

Empires have never wasted their ripest Gladiators, you seldom see them not fighting. Cricket and particularly the Pakistan's cricket is not less than a combat for some players, who are in pursuit of survival of their career more than performance. The malfunctioned fraternity of Pakistan's cricket is responsible for destroying career of many players and one of them is Younis Khan. If Cricket were an empire then Younis Khan would have been a perfect gladiator to be sent for any combat but unfortunately he had enough hurdles to not get that recognition which he deserves. And even when he has performed to his level's best, his performance remained unsung due to some later controversy.



Born in Mardan and coached by his late brother, Younis Khan made his debut against Srilanka in 2000 and scored century on debut. In first phase of his career, he wasn't a consistent selection but after his heroics in Pakistan's 2005 tour to India he didnt only become consistent but also became an ultimate choice to lead Pakistan. The batsman has been prolific for Pakistan, Surrey, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, South Australia and Habib Bank. Younis has clearly shown the guts to lead a team, if not due to batting then he would be remembered as 2nd pathan to triumph Pakistan in World Cup campaign and fans will never forget his smile which he spreads on field. He was also offered captaincy by Yorkshire in 2007 but he denied.

From 2005 to 2007, Younis Khan formed an invincible batting middle-order- with Yousuf and Inzamam- in Pakistan's XI. He is marvelous to see playing splendid sweeps on leg-side, and he is a sole resistor against spin, his pull shots and lofted- sweetly slaughtered- slogs on mid-on are also delight to watch, and who can forget his gestures after reaching a milestone. Apart from his batting skills, he is widely considered as man of dignity, who doesn't compromise on fatal things, that was the reason for denying captaincy many times, leaving captaincy once and struggling to get back in team because of corrupt management. Younis' behaviour on field is enough to make fans ecstatic if Pakistan is not performing well, leave alone the team mates he even goes to opposition's batsman and cuddle him for reaching hundred, even Umpires are seen embraced by Younis.

Younis! The Stats are yours.

The stats below will not only illuminate Younis' grandeur but also how he has been wasted and unused.

Prime form of Younis:
Currently Younis Khan is in his prime form, at this stage he has featured in 64 Matches, his batting average is 51.18 with 17 centuries and and 21 fifties. But amazing thing is that since January 2005 his batting average is 62.52 in 33 matches with 11 centuries.  In last 5 years(2005 to 2010), Younis Khan has consistetly averaged 50+ in every year from 2005 to 2010. Another feat is that his average didnt dwindle even when he was captain, he averages 55.85 in 9 matches he captained, his career best 313 also came as a captain which is also 5th highest socre by any batsman in Test cricket as captain.

When a batsman reaches 50 to 60 Tests, that'sthats the time when he picks his real form and class, and boosts his average. Those batsmen who have played 100 odd Tests, usually their 2nd phase of career is almost 50% better than their first phase. Younis Khan currently has average of 51.18 in 64 marches,  we shall see brief summary of some great batsmen.

Steve Waugh: After 64 matches he averaged 43.43, but at the end of his career he averaged 51.06

Kumar Sangakara: After 64 matches he averaged 50.64, and currently his average is 56.59

Rickey Ponting: After 64 matches he averaged 47.91, and currently his average is 54.68

Jacques Kallis: After 64 matches he averaged 50, and currently his average is 55.83

Worst part is that due to controversies, Younis was unable to play that much matches which he could. For Example, Sangakara made his debut after Younis Khan and by now he has played 92 matches. Kevin Pietersen, who made his debut after 5 years of Younis' debut, has played more matches than him. So even if Younis Khan manages to play next 5 more years he would hardly reach 100 test mark.

Younis Khan, the saviour!
Younis Khan is man of crisis, he loves to perform under-pressure, he has resiled Pakistan on many occasions as we saw him in recent Dubai Test against South Africa. Younis Khan has 4 centuries in 4th innings of a Test, and 3 of them resulted in draw and 3 of them are consecutive against South Africa. Only Gavaskar, Ponting and Sarwan has 4 centuries in 4th innings but all of them has played more than 80 Tests.

Younis' 4th innings average goes to whooping 62.00 with 806 runs, and with qualification of 500 runs, its the 2nd best average by any batsman in last 50 years, only Michael Hussey has better average than Younis in 4th innings.

Centuries in crises:

- 2005, Bengaluru: The innings which announced the real Younis Khan. With losing series by 1-0, Younis entered in third match at Bengaluru when Pakistan were 2 down in 7th over and then from there he managed to score mamoth 267 and later scored flashy 84 of 98 balls in 2nd innings to leave target of 383 for India and Pakistan won eventually and also drew the series.

- 2007, Lahore: Pakistan were bundled out for 206 in the 1st innings and then had to bat nearly 4 sessions in order to chase 457 set by South Africa. Younis Khan batted for 246 balls for his 130 and Pakistan saved the Test to salvage some pride.

- 2007, Kolkatta: Pakistan conceded lead of 150+ for India in Kolkatta Test and were given target of 345 in nearly a day. Pakistan were 4 down in 40th over but Younis Khan's anchoring display of 107* ensured a draw at Kolkatta. That was Younis' 3rd consecutive 4th innings century.

- 2009, Karachi: Pakistan returning back to Cricket after almost 14 months. Srilanka piled on massive 644 in Karachi and Pakistan had to score mamoth in order to secure match. And then Karachi witnessed one of the finest ever knocks played in Pakistan and by a Pakistan. Younis Khan became the only third Pakistan to score triple-century, his 313 just relished cricket-plagued nation!

- 2010, Dubai: Dubai hosted its maiden Test which was later savoured by Younis' another match-saving innings. Pakistan chasing 451 in nearly 4 sessions, Younis Khan remained unbeaten 131 in 230 balls, and at one stage it looked like Pakistan would chase the target though match ended as draw which was quite a respite for Pakistan.


Younis Khan, highly under-rated in ODI Cricket.
He has batting average of 32.48 in 207 matches but it does not reflect the real picture, his one fact is enough to prove him worthy of ODI Cricket and that his his all 6 centuries in ODIs have been match-winning centuries and 3 of them came while chasing target. Some of highlights are as followed:

Dejected due to performance or being unsung?


- Mohali 2007: Pakistan had already lost the first match and in 2nd match they were set target of 322 by India. And in chase to it, Younis Khan scored brilliant 117 in 110 balls and later cameo of Shahid Afridi clinched the humdinger.

- Mirpur 2008: It was final of Kitply Cup against India and Pakistan had lost badly to India in group game. Younis Khan was under real scrutiny after he had gone for two consecutive ducks against Bangladesh and India. Younis came to bat under crisis when Pakistan were 34-1 in 10th over, the first ball he faced was hit for boundary and he raised his bat to crowd to show that he can still hit boundaries after 2 ducks and later he ended up with 108 runs of 99 balls and Pakistan set mamoth target of 316 for India and eventually won the final.

- Karachi 2008: It was must win game for Pakistan in Asia Cup and Pakistan had lost to India earlier in series. India set 309 for Pakistan to win and it was Younis' 123* which sealed victory for Pakistan in clinical fashion.

All the stats above are worth to prove that Younis Khan has always alleviated Pakistan in adversity. Let it be Tests or ODIs even in Twenty20, his one stat is enough to prove that he is capable of T20 Cricket too, and that is Younis Khan had least percentage of dot balls in ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England[he played 123 balls out of which only 21 were dot balls]. And whenever he is asked or called back in team, he is always there to serve Pakistan. And on top of the list he is least controversial player and unlike others he is a fit player like a strong factory worker who is always at service.


A team-man sharing light moment with his mentor i.e late. Bob Woolmer

Super Trivia: Younis Khan became ICC's Number One Test batsman in March 2009 after his marathon 313, he was the first Pakistani to top the ICC rankings. He is also the fastest Pakistani batsman to reach 5000 test runs.
Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on November 20, 2010 at 9:06pm
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What makes Mohammad Asif the best fast bowler of this era?

It was written 6 months before 5-year ban imposed on Asif
In every era of Test Cricket, fast bowlers have remained soul of the game. Cricket is a contest of batsmen and bowlers, more precisely fast bowlers. From Dennis Lillie to Glenn McGrath; Fred Trueman to Ian Botham; Malcom Marshall to Curtly Ambrose; Allan Donald to Dale Steyn; Richard Hadlee to Shane Bond; Imran Khan to Waqar Younis, fast bowlers have revolved around Cricket as moth revolves around candle.

Trust me! Asif is the number one 


The previous eras of Test Cricket were more blissful when we had some of the best fast bowlers playing simultaneously. The charm of fast bowlers has started to dwindle, particularly the post-McGrath era has given us only handful of fast bowlers, and those[i.e Nitini, Flinroff, Bond etc] who were delight to watch in McGrath's era have also gone off.

I feel that, in current Cricket, we can see the best Test fast bowler in form of Mohammad Asif, yes! even better than Dale Steyn because Asif's panache, class, temperament, stamina is purely of Test Cricket. Its not a mere observation of mine, in fact Asif is consistently jumping the ICC Rankings and currently stand at Number Two just below Dale Steyn. He would have been number one fast bowler, in ICC Rankings, had he not faced the ban or had Pakistan played enough Test Cricket to match other Test playing nations.

Dont hit it! Its my channel, I would tell you tomorrow how to hit it as I have only learnt how to dictate terms to ball. [The picture was taken before Dunedin Test and Asif took 8 wickets in match]
Test Cricket is test of everything. Your physical and mental fitness, stamina, patience, everything is tested in this format of Cricket. For fast bowler, its not all about taking Wickets, sometimes a bowler creates more problems for batsmen even without taking wickets, that's exactly what Asif does even if he is not taking wickets. You pitch 80% balls of your spell on "corridor of uncertainty", beat batsman on same channel and then take him out with a beautiful deceiving delivery- that is Test Cricket. You savour and relish it more than a wicket, taken by Shoaib Akhtar or Brett Lee with yorker after going for sixes and fours, in ODI or T20 Cricket.

Considering Asif ahead of Steyn is because of Asif's flair which is nightmare for batsmen in Test Cricket. Styen might be the number one but panache of Steyn can be seen in Twenty20 or ODIs, as he is skiddy bowler, who usually beats batsmen by his pace but not mind. But what Asif does to batsmen can only be seen in Test Cricket and that's the charm of Test Cricket, for hardcore Cricket lovers Test Cricket is still the priority and its only because we have bowlers like Asif. He announced himself in Karachi 2006 and after that he has done everything in Srilanka, England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. He has been, unarguably, Pakistan's sole spearhead since 2006.


To understand this picture, read the following two highlighted paragraphs.


The black square box(in picture above) shows the corridor of uncertainty. Its favourite box of Asif, he loves this area so much that he can deliver his every ball on this channel, this is called patience and that's what you need in Test Cricket, if batsman is leaving your every ball then its never easy to hit ball at same area again and again, its like you are taking exam of your most boring subject-at least for me its Chemistry- to get good grades.

Asif steams off with his blooming run-up, crosses the umpire, rotates his arm[as he is hurling a grenade], and hits the beautiful position of seam on "corridor of uncertainty", he can nip ball back-in to nudge the stumps or get LBW, if someone does not like this then he can move the ball away to deceive batsman and be it Pietersen(Oval 2006), Dravid(Karachi 2006), Clarke(Headingely 2010), they all ended up losing their wickets caught behind as the delivery was not less than a brain-teaser.

The man has 94 wickets to his name in just 19 Tests. In last 50 years, only 6 bowlers have managed to take 100 wickets in 20 or less than 20 Tests. If Asif takes 6 wickets in next match, against England, then he would be the only 7th bowler to achieve this feat. When we dug a little deeper, we get to know that in this decade only Styen has taken 100 Wickets in 20 Matches and in last two decades only Waqar Younis and Dale Steyn have done it. So Asif can be the only 3rd bowler to achieve this feat since 1990. And with this pace, if Asif manages to play 80 to 100 matches, he would have 400 to 500 wickets under his belt.

The major forte of Asif is that he is not dependent on others to take wickets, otherwise Pakistani fielders would have never helped him in taking wickets. He mostly takes out batsmen by LBW, Clean bowled, or caught behind. In recent Test Series against Australia, Asif took 11 wickets and 6 of them were either bowled or LBW, 4 were caught behind and only wicket involved a catch from Imran Farhat. And more precisely, Asif is always there to take out cream of opposition rather than tail. Out of his 11 wickets, against Australia in recent series, 9 were of proper batsmen and 2 were of Mitchell Johnson and Tim Paine.


Asif sends Tendulkar on knees, that was arrival of Asif by flying the stumps in Karachi.



Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:52pm
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Pakistan Cricket: Once upon a time, when fans were cynic.[Special reference to Saeed Ajmal]

Don't worry Pakistani Tigers! You will be finding these people again with you. The nation has forgotten that how many times they were relished by your performance, haven't they savour those moments which were set by you? But the problem is that beautiful moments seem to pass too quickly and time is felt slow on a dull day. The fans have become cynic as players lost it deliberately. If Pakistan lose a World Cup Final by scoring 133 runs then the match is fixed if they put a fight then players are chokers, I ask under what conditions will you accept the defeat?


Either you are smoking in an arcade or eating at a kiosk, surfing a social network or reading a Blog, scrolling a SMS or having private talk, you will easily find people cursing the Pakistan's Cricketers and particularly Saeed Ajmal.

The nation has completely gone nuts and out of order. Imran Khan described, one incident of Pakistani fans, that "Once we had a match in Lawrence Gardens, when I entered in ground for batting the fans were chanting slogans in favour of me and were calling me "Lion of Punjab" but I got out quickly and when I was going back to pavilion the same fans were abusing me and later when I bowled well in same match the same fans once again started to raise slogans in my praise." So Cricketers must never be wary from crowd particularly when you are a Pakistani Cricketer.


Stand-up Ajmal! You were not failed, it was Hussey's brilliance which overshadowed your glimmer.
Ajmal wasn't failed, it was just not his day, his worst day came when it mattered the most and it was Hussey's brilliance which overshadowed the glimmer of Ajmal which he glowed in last 2 years. And you are totally helpless when someone plays like Hussey, the Kiwis were bewildered by Inzy's 60 in Semi Final of WC 92 and this time Pakistan had to face that 60. How many times you see 18 runs being chased in last over? For it, it had be a best day for the winners and worst day for the losers. In the nutshell, it was just not Pakistan's day.


This nation does not possess any orientation, one day they are your number one fans and next day they are your biggest haters. The nation itself is not consistent in their support then how can they expect their team to be consistent in performing? They just support you for victories, these nincompoops don't even know that its sport not an action movie where hero always turns out to be alive no matter how much ammunitions he penetrated. They even forget that winning and losing is a part of game, they want you to win every match which is possible only if you reside in the realm of fantasy.



Success has many fathers while failure is always an orphan: Once a tree was set on fire and some birds were sitting on it, a man passed by the tree and asked those birds why don't you fly? And birds replied "We have eaten its fruit throughout our lives so how can we leave it when it is in trouble?"
Someone truly said "Success has many fathers while failure is always an orphan" and this can easily be seen if you are a Pakistani fan. The nation is not ready to accept the ups and downs. They can stand by you only if you are victorious not when you are unable to find victory. You can find millions of people in a moment of joy but its hard to find people who can give you solace in sorrow.

And why is Shahid Afridi to blame?
Afrid is no Marcus Aurelius neither he lived in his company. Leadership is not the thing which you get in talent, it is subjected to improve with the passage of time and with experience. Yeah! Afridi made mistakes, but that was his first proper assignment being captain and he, indeed, improved his captaincy in every match. Give him a chance, don't be hasty, he will prove to be an improved captain.

If you wanna know, how a fan should be then watch this Youtube's video Tum Haro ya Jeeto Suno, Humain tum se pyar ha

Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:10pm
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Real face of Lalit Modi and IPL.

Before I tell you something about Lalit Modi, I would like you people to read the text in following image. The text was posted by me(Mr.Cricket is my nick there) on Orkut in 2008 when the IPL was started. I was of the opinion that match-fixing and gambling can be the major and easiest source of income for owners to earn money and thats exactly happening today.



I posted this 2 years ago, just when IPL was started and I mentioned there that mach fixing would be easiest way to earn money for owners. And thats what exactly it has happened now. Indian Minister resigned after the allegations that he used his power in Kochi Franchise and made his wanna-be wife as his proxy in auction. After that Income Tax personnel raided IPL's office which found that league's own chairman is involved in match irregularities. Today, Kolkatta Knight Riders' office was also raided by Income Tax personnel.

Modi has been accused of Match Fixing and Spot-Fixing and there are news surrounding that Modi has a silent share in some franchises.

Below I am posting my chat with an Indian journalist, I am not gonna mention his name for some reasons. But the chat is authentic and I, myself, have talked to him.


Mr.Cricket: i need to know something

Journalist: Sure

Mr.Cricket: How Shashi Tharoor is guilty?

Whats wrong even if Sunanda was proxy for him?

Being an Indian, he has the right to have a share in franchise

Journalist: because he's a minister, he can't have a stake in a private team using his influence

Mr.Cricket: using his influence means?

Journalist: he had lobbied for Kochi to get the franchise. Which is in itself not ethical

Mr.Cricket: lobbied with Kochi? kindly can u explain?

Journalist: He had helped them put the bid together. And word has it that he talked a lot to Modi to try and help them get it too

Mr.Cricket: If he arranged the bidders to buy that franchise, then still there isnt anything wrong

Rajhastan is also sharing franchise with Shilpa

Journalist: but he cannot use his influence to get a stake in a team. It's wrong

Mr.Cricket: influence means his power as minister?

Journalist: yes

Mr.Cricket: Did Shashi force RSW to give Sunanda a free equity?

Journalist: no, but the very fact that they gave her is very fishy

she has no background in sport at all


Mr.Cricket: yeah

and what about Modi

Journalist: he's corrupt to his neck

Mr.Cricket: there are rumours that Modi has silent stakes in Kolkatta, Punjab and Rajhastan?

Journalist: not rumours, everyone knows

Mr.Cricket: really?

So IPL's matches are fixed?

I mean Royals won in 2008, was it fixed?

Journalist: maybe not fixed, but am sure he made money from it

Mr.Cricket: The recent match between Punjab and Chennai, also seemed fix to me

So this controversy could damage IPL

Thats not good for Cricket

Journalist: it's rubbish for cricket, but good that it has been exposed

Mr.Cricket: But is it illegal to have silent stakes in frabchises?

Journalist: Yes, of course. Am glad it's all come out in the open now

Mr.Cricket: There are many silent stakers, so what if Modi is one?

Journalist: the game will get cleaned up and Modi will be out

Mr.Cricket: Hmmmm

So there is a possibility that some matches were fixed, and Modi made money by betting?

Journalist: maybe without fixing matches. He's too clever to do things obviously

Mr.Cricket: how can he make money without fixing?

Journalist: by betting on so many other aspects of the game. Who'll be in the team and so on

Mr.Cricket: Oh my words !

Something Essex is looking for, like spot-fixing?

Journalist: yes, exactly

Mr.Cricket: Thats slimy bugger

Journalist: he always has been. Everyone happy that he's being taken down now

Mr.Cricket: so this would trouble those franchises too who have given Modi silent stakes?

I mean, Shahrukh Khan can be in trouble that he didnt mention that Modi has silent stakes?

Journalist: yes, all are being investigated

Mr.Cricket: Thats very bad

The cute Pretty Zinta might also be in trouble LOL

But Vijjay Malya is supporting Modi

Journalist: he has made them all rich

from IPL


Mr.Cricket: And recently a news came that Malya's daughter also work for Modi

step-daughter*

Journalist: yes, she does

Mr.Cricket: hmmm

If franchises' owners are found guilty then what would BCCI do?

Journalist: they can sell the franchises to someone else, or ask them to sort things out

Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on 21/4/2010
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Cricket gets more innovatory with Mongoose Bat: Courtesy of Mathew Hayden.

In more than 100 years of Cricket, first time innovations are done with Cricket bat in form of Mongoose bats, which was unveiled by Mathew Hayden a day ago. Hayden rocked 93 off 43 balls with 9 fours and 7 sixes.



How Mongoose bat is different from typical Cricket bat?
It is exclusively designed for Twenty20 cricket, the Mongoose looks like an oar, with a blade 33% shorter than is regular, and a handle 43% longer. The bat is made according to Cricket laws. This kind of a bat is especially useful and lighter than the traditional cricket bat. The length of the bat as a whole is equal to the length of the original bat.



Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on 20/3/2010
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Flashback to 25th March, 1992: Pakistan becomes World Champion of Cricket.

The largest Cricket stadium in world


Its a night of 24th March, spring season at its best, every Pakistani has crossed his fingers and waiting for the sun to rise when Pakistan's tigers will take on England in final of World Cup at world's largest Cricket stadium. Most of us are doleful for not being at Melbourne Cricket Ground yet feeling good, as we can at least cheer from our homes. Its the month of Ramazan as well and everyone is praying for success of Pakistan. This is all we can do here from Pakistan but whats going on there in Melbourne?

Imran is making strategies with his lads, they are all ears to their commander." We were nearly on the bottom of table yet we are in final today, we have rains with us, we have beaten twice the unbeatable team(i.e New Zealand) of the tournament, who could have even imagined that we will chase the target of 250+ in Semi-Final, we have world's finest fast bowler in form of Wasim Akram, Inzamam's little cameos can turn the tables at any instant, Javed's anchoring innings in the middle can frustrate any opposition, Mushtaq's googlies can disarray batsmen, is there any reason which keeps us away from becoming World Champions?", asks Imran. "No, sir!" is the answer to Imran's question.




Inzamam's cameo lifts to 249.
Its 18th Ramazan, lot of people have prayed for Pakistan in Sahri, finally the sun of 25th March rises in Pakistan. Here comes Imran, with tiger T-shirt, marshalling his troops. Imran heads towards pitch for the most important toss of his life. Imran knows that none of the teams have won World Cup while chasing the target so Imran wins the toss and elects to bat first.

Aamir Sohail and Ramiz Raja enter the ground in front of nearly 90,000 crowd at MCG. Start is not good for Pakistan, Pringle takes out Pakistan's openers with his out-swings. Its time for Imran to join Javed Miandad and put the anchor in the storm. Its world cup final but Imran is as cool as cucumber, he takes his time to settle, he has all the time in world. Javed on the other hand is no-different, making progress with his singles and doubles. Imran and Javed fight with stand of 139, but now Javed has to go with his far-famed reverse sweep. Inzamam and later Wasim Akram join the party and put their little cameos of 42 and 33 respectively. Pakistan sets 250 for England to win the World Cup.

Imran has bad shoulder so he puts his all trust on Wasim and Aaqib and gives them new-ball. Wasim Akram bowls to Ian Botham, and what a superb swinging delivery it is, the ball angles away from Botham, Botham nicks it back and Moin pouches the ball and Botham leaves with anger, oh you beauty Wasim. Wasim's swing just shocked Botham and he had no answer to it, It was an absolute Jaffa. [After 18 years to this incident, Botham has still not accepted that he nicked that ball].



England are two down, Mushtaq joins the party. Mushtaq bowls googly to Hick, and its conundrum for Hick that where to play it and misses it, Mushtaq appeals for LBW and up-goes the finger of Umpire, Hick is gone. Now Gooch goes for the slog to Mushi, and Aaqib takes it, one off the best catches of the tournament, in the deep and Gooch leaves for pavilion. England's top order has been rattled by Wasim's sheer swing and Mushtaq's superb mind, all the crowd is ecstatic, Pakistan's flags are flying all over the place. England is now 69-4 and Pakistan is in control.


Neil Fairbrother and Allan Lamb put some fight and make a stand of 72. Now a discussion arises in Pakistan's think-tank, Imran scratches his chin for a while and then asks his sole spearhead(i.e Wasim Akram) to bowl. Wasim has to find some thing marvelous, he has the opportunity to win heart of all the nation. 

Here comes Wasim Akram, round the wicket, to Allan Lamb. Crosses the Umpire, bowls to lamb, Oh my words! Wasim's delivery has scythe through Lamb and stumps are nudged, Wasim has chopped the Lamb to relish Pakistan, Wasim runs forward and hugs Moin. Thats the most incredible delivery we have ever seen from Wasim. In fact its the best ever delivery bowled by a Pakistani. Lamb, the danger man goes back.

Now Lewis is the next batsman, and Wasim is ready to bowl him. Wasim comes in, bowls a bit fuller, ball pitches and darts in towards stumps, Lewis is bowled by Wasim Arkam. He has to depart, first ball duck for Lewis. Wasim, you beauty! Are you going to bowl all Jaffas today?

Wasim Akram played for 11 years more after this match but he never bettered this performance - Crowd has started to roar, Pakistanis have smelled the victory. The moments are electrifying at MCG. 90,000 crowd is up on its feet. Pakistan is on top of the world.


Wasim, you beauty! Are you going to bowl all Jaffas today? [Wasim Akram played for 11 years more after this match but he never bettered this performance]
England's tail is there now to put some show but there seem no sting in the tail. Pakistan whittle through in a superb style. England needs 22 Runs from 5 balls, Imran bowls to Illingworth who plays high in the air, Ramiz Raja comes beneath it, Pakistan is about to become World Champion and there you go! Ramiz takes the catch with ease. Imran raises his arms, everyone is ecstatic. Pakistan has become the World Champion of Cricket for the first time in history.



Pakistan's flags are flying in the air. Pakistanis have every reason to savour these moments. Presentation ceremony starts, Wasim Akram is called on stage for Man of the Match award and now there comes the chic of Pakistan(i.e Imran Khan). In his 40th year and nursing his shoulder, Imran Khan raises the trophy in style and dedicates this World Cup to his cancer hospital. Pakistan players roam around MCG with trophy and flags in their hands.


Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on 25/03/2010

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