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Pakistan win Team of the Year award

Pakistan was named as the Best International Cricket Team in the 2011-2012 season at the CEAT cricket awards on Friday while India batsman Virat Kohli bagged the International Cricketer of the Year award.

Kohli, also the vice-captain of the side, beat the likes of Australian captain Michael Clarke, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara and consistent South African opener Hashim Amla to clinch the top honour at a glittering function. Kohli, however, could not make it to the event and former Pakistan captain and bowling legend Wasim Akram collected the award on his behalf. “He is a special player. One of the best batsmen and fielder in the world cricket. He should be groomed as the next T20 captain of the Indian team. He is the right choice for the position,” said Akram of Kohli.

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Akram also collected the award on behalf of the Pakistan team and said: “It’s an honour for me to collect this award on behalf of the team. They really played some good cricket this season and I congratulate them for emerging the winner.” Former Pakistan batting great Zaheer Abbas received the Lifetime Achievement Award. In the special India-Pakistan award category, legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar lifted the Best Test Batsman trophy while former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq was honoured with the Best ODI Batsman award. The 1983 India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev was adjudged the Best Test bowler, Akram received the Best ODI bowler award.

CEAT Audience Choice Awards 2011-2012 went jointly to former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar and Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Kapil, while awarding the International Best Cricket Team award to Pakistan said: “They deserve the award as they played good cricket.” Asked about Indian team’s dismal show against Pakistan in the ongoing series, Kapil said it would be better to not talk on the issue.

“If we don’t talk about it, it would be better for us. I just hope that on Sunday (third ODI at the Ferozeshah Kotla) we see better cricket. The Indian team has the reputation of making a comeback so I just hope they play well. I would just like to congratulate the Pakistan time for playing a fantastic cricket. They have a fantastic bowling line-up and there batsmen are also coming good. You deserve to win,” he said.”

Kapil, while getting nostalgic about the Indo-Pak rivalry, said: “Whenever you entered the field, you just wanted to win. It was like just go there and win. I can’t explain in words the rivalry between the two nations. Sometimes the pressure situation, the tense atmosphere didn’t let you to play the natural game.” The first-ever CEAT young Indian cricketer of the year award was received by India U-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand, who collected the trophy from Gavaskar. “I am happy to have been chosen for this award. That was a special win for all of us. That particular day when I lifted the World Cup trophy was a special moment.” Former Pakistan captains Saeed Anwar, Rameez Raja and Inzamam along with Kapil, Ajay Jadeja, Gavaskar and Yashpal Sharma graced the occasion.

Ramiz and Shonali Nagrani played perfect host to the evening reminding the present dignitaries of the excitement attached to the Indo-Pak rivalry over the years.

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in CRICKET

 

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Pakistan Starts in Style …ICC World Cup 2012

Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed cashed in on a below-par performance from New Zealand in the field, putting together an impressive partnership during which their timing and apparent effortlessness in building on an aggressive opening stand stood out. The depth and variety in Pakistan’s bowling, Hafeez’s miserly spell and New Zealand’s questionable tactics in the chase combined to put a target of 178 beyond reach, producing a winning start to Pakistan’s tournament.

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New Zealand had their chances. Hafeez decided to give his inconsistent batting the first go under sunny skies but in conditions where bowlers had assistance. Kyle Mills found early swing and should have had an initially-tentative Hafeez third ball, but Ross Taylor fluffed a straightforward chance at slip. Having dropped his Pakistan counterpart, the New Zealand captain was left flapping his lips when Hafeez launched Daniel Vettori for a six over long-on the next over.

Imran Nazir looked the more assured of the openers, using the depth of the crease well to dispatch Mills’ two short deliveries for boundaries on either side of the ground, and continuing the treatment against Jacob Oram’s half-trackers. Nazir fell in the last over of the Powerplay, caught and bowled by Tim Southee, but by then Hafeez had got into his groove with a couple of flowing drives and was about to be joined by a partner who wasted no time in keeping the momentum intact.

Tall, well-built and powerful, Jamshed was nowhere near brutal in his style of play. He didn’t have to rely on sheer power to achieve what timing, placement and a sound technique did. Against Nathan McCullum‘s round-the-wicket line, he drove inside out, lofting the ball in the vacant space behind extra cover and clearing the ropes twice. He was equally wristy, clipping the ball square and through midwicket and slicing Mills over point for four. Mills was again unlucky, as a perfectly-positioned Rob Nicol at deep square leg spilled a chance off Jamshed, making matters worse by palming the ball for six when the batsman was on 42.

As Jamshed attacked at one end, Hafeez was content to rotate the strike, collecting runs down the ground, jabbing, steering and nudging the ball around for singles and even bludgeoning Nathan McCullum for six over midwicket. He was bowled trying to pull James Franklin in his first over but the 76-run stand with Jamshed had set an excellent launching pad.

New Zealand, though, pulled things back, dismissing Kamran Akmal and Jamshed in successive overs that yielded just 10. But Umar Akmal and the rest counterattacked in the last four. Even though Southee conceded just three in the 18th over, with third man and fine leg inside the circle, a generous dose of length, and misdirected, deliveries helped Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik score 42 in the last four.

New Zealand opened with Kane Williamson, a solid but less-attacking option, and played Vettori, busy, accumulative but not renowned as a big hitter, at No.3. The batting order suggested a strategy that relied heavily on the ammunition in the middle order to lead the surge in the late overs. Though that surge did come, and gave Pakistan plenty of anxious moments, it arrived at a time when the required-rate had reached 14 an over and, in hindsight, a touch too late.

Williamson made 15 in 13 but he had a fluent Rob Nicol at the other end. Nicol showed early intent, charging out to Sohail Tanvir and smacking him over long-on, and going over the top against Yasir Arafat with mid-off inside the circle. Pakistan bowled just one over of spin – from Hafeez, who conceded just 15 in his four-over spell – inside the Powerplay, and their slow bowlers stifled the innings once the field spread out.

Afridi mixed it up well and even found turn but Nicol was dislodged while attempting to cut one that went on straight. Williamson was run out shortly after, and the five overs after the Powerplay produced just 26 runs, with Vettori and Brendon McCullum at the crease. Saeed Ajmal’s first over ended the deadlock with Brendon McCullum, who reverse-swept, stepped out and also cut well, picking him for boundaries. But with the asking rate climbing, the wickets came, Ajmal dismissing Vettori for 18 off 16 and Umar Gul yorking Brendon McCullum, who left his team with 70 needed off 29 balls. By then, Hafeez had completed his spell, with his first three overs only going for five runs.

It was too much to get in the end, despite Oram and Franklin’s quick cameos and Taylor’s assault of three fours in a row against Gul that brought down the equation to 22 off 9 balls. He was run-out brilliantly, courtesy a flat throw to the striker’s end from the deep from Umar Akmal next ball, and the biggest threat in Pakistan’s way, at that point, was eliminated.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in CRICKET

 

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To Hell with Bhutto (ZAB)

“Roti, Kapra and Makaan”

“Bread, cloth and house”. These were the famous words of the first Prime Minister of the Pakistan Peoples Party, the largest Democratic Party in Pakistan.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto once made a promise; today it seems it was just a joke. Through no fault of his own and a few decades on ministers and followers (Jiala’s) of the Pakistan Peoples Party will talk about everything else but the promise.

No longer is the Pakistan Peoples Party a Bhutto legacy, but the name just continues to haunt the people of Pakistan. One may wonder, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto has been dead for many years, and his beloved daughter Benazir Bhutto is also no longer with us, for that matter his sons, Shahnawaz or Murtaza are also departed souls. Why then does the Pakistan Peoples Party continue to use the name Bhutto for the betterment of the Pakistani common mans problems?

Bhutto was a man who was a nationalist; none of the policies today are those of nationalism. He was also a man who was a socialist and one does not see any socialism in Pakistan. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was not an Islamic Warrior on Jihad, yet even today everyone in the Pakistan Peoples Party continues to call him a Shaheed. For that matter neither was Benazir on any holy war, it then makes you would wonder why she is known as a Shaheed.

The moral fiber of the Pakistan Peoples Party is suspect to everyone who has no political affiliations. A vogue if you may, calling every dead political person as a Shaheed, with no respect for the very religion on which the principals of Pakistan are based.

In the digital age, media representation is at its highest within the ruling elite, irrespective of your knowledge or purpose. Unfortunately for the Pakistani public, these representatives and I may add women more so than men tend to think loudness stands for correctness.

Federal or provincial, ministers lose no opportunity to show their faces on various talk shows at regular intervals, sometimes at two or even three channels in one night.

Ministers such as Shazia Marri a provincial minister is nothing short of ear deafening. One would fail to understand her work for the portfolio she is supposed to be handling. The tourism industry in Sindh is anything but flourishing, one feels if it’s not worth it at present then it should be cut down and closed up.

A recent event in Sindh for body building took place. A pleasant event to say the least, but with horror one witnessed billboards in Karachi with pictures of the President and Ministers of the PPP on it. Will they ever get enough self promotion at the people’s expense? All around the world social sporting events take place, however you will never witness pictures of politicians pasted on billboards. If Sindh was promoting this event it would have been in line to show some heritage site of the province or some landmark to create awareness. Such is the limitation of thought in ministers, and then they sit on television and talk dramatic history.

We often hear of the President talk of “Bibi”, his wife, in almost all his speeches. With utmost respect, I would like to remind him, she is not going to make living conditions better for the common man in Pakistan. Stop talking about her. Get a move on and if you cannot, move out. No Bhutto is going to change the destiny of Pakistan now. Bhutto is a story so old, selling it now is only making people hate the name ever so much more. The really important question then being, is that what they really want?

The Pakistan Peoples Party has come to power 2 times prior to their current term. The judicial murder of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was never brought up in those two terms, EVER.

Why is it that the daughter did not touch the topic in her terms in the past, but somehow the son in law, that too after 3 years of his term decides to pass an ordinance? How about passing ordinances for providing Roti, Kapra and Makaan?

Murtaza Bhutto the son of Zulfiqar, and brother of Benazir was also murdered by the police in a PPP term why is that not being brought up?

Is he the Next Bhutto?Is he the Next Bhutto?

The Bhutto’s are all dead, and the legacy may belong to Zulfiqar Junior. It is about time the Pakistan Peoples Party decided to ditch the name and serve the people than to continue to abuse the name and destroy the past.(courtesy logicalfools.com)

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Slap on face of Pakistani Youth & Modernists

Pakistan defeated by India in world cup semi final.Its not so bad or to get angry why we lost .Its a game and Pakistan were underdogs and they came up to semifinal without any playing any country at home for approx 3 years.Its sensational performance by the team.

So what’s annoying here is the behaviour of youth.They were dancing and music was played and ……..just gone mad before the match.The point I am clarifying is that all the year you watch Indian movies , love their channels , mad about there drama’s .Star plus and blah blah are your favourite channels .Their actors are your hero’s , their heroines are your darlings , beauty queens.

Why you want to defeat them in cricket match.Because this is the least you can do ! You will criticise your team after losing ,you will strike against them,you will abuse akmal brothers you will make fun of team management .This is all what you can do.

Did you know who were supporting your enemies , arch rivals ?Whom you wanted to defeat.

They were the indian actors , Indian heroines Indian stars whom you watch all the year  24/7, you love their acting , you copy their style.

Shame on you Pakistani youth ! Shame on you !

It was Amir khan your hero getting happy when Pakistan your national cricket team lost the wickets,lost the  match.It was Vivek Oberoi who was enjoying the defeat of your Pakistani national team, It was sonail shetti enjoying your defeat.

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Messaging circulating during the match at intense moments pray for them ,pray this… pray that …..

How you expects that your prayers will be accepted by ALMIGHTY ALLAH

at sixes or fours you plays drums ,all the year you love their films them and watch their Indian Premier League and at fall of wicket you ask for help from ALMIGHTY.

Wake up YOUTH its very sad.Nations don’t win like this Be a nation ! Don’t criticise your real heroes ,your national team.



Afridi I salute you for such a great

performance in world cup

,at the end what happened is a harsh reality……………..

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in CRICKET, Uncategorized

 

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Pakistan Day Today

The Pakistan Day will be celebrated on Wednesday (today) across the country with traditional zeal to commemorate the passage of the Lahore Resolution, later called, the Pakistan Resolution, which eventually led to the creation of Pakistan.
The day will dawn with special prayers for progress and prosperity of the country and with 31 gun salutes in the federal capital as well as 21 gun salutes in provincial capitals.

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The national flag will be hoisted on important public and private buildings throughout the country and all Pakistani missions abroad. This year too, the permanent feature of armed forces parade on Pakistan Day has been cancelled owing to security reasons as well as hectic engagement of troops in the tribal areas of the country to fight against militants.
Governmental, political, cultural, social and other organisations have chalked out various programmes to mark the day in a befitting manner. It will be a public holiday on Wednesday.
In the provincial capital, Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa and other dignitaries will visit the mausoleum of Allama Muhammad Iqbal to pay homage to the great poet and philosopher who ideate of Pakistan. People will lay wreath on the grave and offer fateha.
Pakistan Television, Radio Pakistan and private channels will air special programmes to highlight the significance of Pakistan Day and various aspects of the life and work of founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other leading personalities.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Pakistan’s golden girls proud of Asian Games triumph

Pakistan’s victorious women’s cricket captain Sana Mir said Friday their historic Asian Games gold medal was welcome good news for a country where the men’s game is mired in scandal.

The emphatic 10-wicket win over Bangladesh was Pakistan’s first gold of the Games and comes amid fixing allegations swirling around the men’s team.

Pakistan, whose president congratulated the team after their victory, is recovering from catastrophic floods and has been hit by a series of devastating militant attacks over the past few years, leaving thousands dead.

Whatever is happening in men’s cricket I don’t know how much is true and how much is false,” said Sana Mir, adding that Pakistan was not alone in having people who did not play by the rules.

“The way the women’s team has played and the way they have handled themselves on and off the field is really wonderful for Pakistanis living in Pakistan and abroad,” she said.

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Sana, who took two wickets for 23 runs, said the media often focused on the problems besetting Pakistan but the nation “must be proud of us.”

“There are lot of good things happening in Pakistan and this is one of them,” she said.

Sana denied the women’s team was breaking new ground, saying it was thanks to powerful female role models .

“We are not the pioneers. We are just following in the footsteps of the strong women of Pakistan,” she said.

The 24-year-old said it had become more acceptable for men to watch the women’s game and the women’s team improved by playing against under-19 and under-25 men’s teams.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in CRICKET

 

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