Pakistan looks to gain back lost share of football market

(By Faseeh Mangi) Whatever soccer legend Diego Maradona says, Pakistan will be a big presence at this year’s World Cup in Brazil — although not because of its playing skills.

The nation, ranked 159th by ruling body FIFA, won’t be among the 32 teams at sport’s most watched event. Yet its industry has recovered . . . → Read More: Pakistan looks to gain back lost share of football market

SC reverses decision to re-instate Ashraf

The Supreme Court suspended the decision to reinstate Zaka Ashraf as the Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson and restored Najam Sethi as the head of the body, Express News reported on Wednesday.

As directed by the acting Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, a three-member bench of the top court headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the . . . → Read More: SC reverses decision to re-instate Ashraf

Waqar Younis announced as Pakistan’s head coach

LAHORE: Pakistan cricket chiefs on Tuesday appointed fast bowling legend Waqar Younis for a second spell as national head coach.

The 42-year-old had been tipped as favourite to take over the role vacated by Australian coach Dav Whatmore, whose contract expired in March.

Former wicketkeeper Moin Khan, who filled in as interim coach, . . . → Read More: Waqar Younis announced as Pakistan’s head coach

PCB selection committee officials bag 2.3 million

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will pay total Rs. 2.3 million to the biggest six member selection committee with fuel charges and other incentives.

Pakistan chief selector and team manager Moin Khan will take Rs 1.4 million wages on per month and Muhammad Akram will receive Rs 0.5 million income . . . → Read More: PCB selection committee officials bag 2.3 million

Pakistani bowlers advised to accept ’15 degree’ limit

Pakistani spin bowling legend Saqlain Mushtaq has said that players should move on accept the current rules of the ICC regarding 15 degrees of permissible straightening of the elbow joint for all bowlers in international cricket.

Widely regarded as the inventor of the famed ‘doosra’ delivery, Mushtaq is considered as one of the greatest spin . . . → Read More: Pakistani bowlers advised to accept ’15 degree’ limit

In Kaneria’s defense

Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has criticised the England and Wales Cricket Board, which banned him for life in 2012.

The 33-year-old was punished for introducing then Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to illegal bookmakers.

“I have not pressured him or done anything that’s brought the game into disrepute, so I’m not guilty,” he said.

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Bronze winning street footballers make Pakistan proud

KARACHI: “I’m glad that Meher didn’t listen to me a lot,” recalls a jubilant Aziza, mother of the teenaged Meher Ali just hours before he is set to return to his home in Ibrahim Hyderi with a bronze-medal that he and the rest of the Pakistani team had earned at the Street Child World Cup that . . . → Read More: Bronze winning street footballers make Pakistan proud

Let’s not be bitter about our loss: Hafeez

Taking responsibility for Pakistan’s failure to defend the World Twenty20 crown, captain Mohammed Hafeez has pleaded with the fans to accept it gracefully and not react like “bad losers”.

“We accept responsibility for playing poorly against the West Indies in the crucial match but we must also not be bad losers. They played better on . . . → Read More: Let’s not be bitter about our loss: Hafeez

Winning “the Windies style”

A sporstman’s celebrations are a necessary part of his armory for some fans, and Pakistanis are particularly finicky when it comes to such things. I think that one of the reasons Junaid Khan is so underrated within his own country is because his celebrations are so over-the-top and uncoordinated.

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Sheikh Hasina Gone Mad: Ruining Bangladesh’s image as a hub of international sports

By Corrupt Keeray PAKISTANPAL’S BLOG

The autocratic elected Prime Minister of Bangladesh has decreed that BanglaDeshi citizens will not wave the flag of any nationality except Bangladesh at sports events. This Quixotic gag flag order comes after the largely Bangladeshi crowd was seen waving Pakistan flags at the T20 cricket match when the Pakistani team was . . . → Read More: Sheikh Hasina Gone Mad: Ruining Bangladesh’s image as a hub of international sports