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  • X-SQUARE: TOPLESS IN KARACHI

    Was the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) really interested in making it happen at Karachi? Was it focussing on the work at the National Stadium Karachi (NSK) or was it actually working on Plan B — shifting the match to Lahore, that is?These were genuine questions to which Arshad Khan, the genial administrative head of the stadium, had genuine answers...

    “The stadium has to be match-fit by the deadline — March 15 — and it will be,” he...

  • X-SQUARE: AN EYE-OPENING ASSESSMENT

    It is a sign of times in our globalised existence that the worth of Pakistan as a Test side was set in stone recently not by what happened in the UAE while losing 0-2 to Sri Lanka, but by something that didn’t happen in South Africa...

    Interesting times we are living in, which, by the way, doesn’t have anything to do with the Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times!The decline in our cricketing fortunes has been obvious to...
  • X-SQUARE: ARROGANCE HAS TO BE EARNED

    There are always two ways of learning from what we see people around us doing or not doing...

    The commonly recommended way is to do what good others are doing or not to do what others are not doing so that we may also be good like them
  • X-SQUARE: FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS

    At last Pakistan hockey was able to make some waves...

    Generally cricket has been able to overshadow the national game almost completely, but even though Pakistan was giving the Sri Lankans greenwash after greenwash in the shorter and the shortest versions of the game — and that included a fly-in-fly-out visit to Lahore — hockey somehow managed to grab its share of media attention, if not focus
  • X-SQUARE: CRICKET’S HAPPY HOUR

    Hot on the heels of the settlement seen in the pay dispute between Australian players and the management came the administrative calm-down in the West Indies, as a result of which some senior players are now visiting England with the national side...

    And when you throw in the groundbreaking visit to Pakistan — and, indeed, safe return — of the ICC World XI into the mix, this really does seem like world cricket’s happy hour
  • X-SQUARE: DIGGING HOCKEY OUT OF A HOLE

    It was a struggling, stuttering, face-saving bronze that Pakistan had got at the Asia Cup, but just as it went a step further — the four-nation Asia-Oceania outing — the worth of the regional bronze was set in its proper perspective...

    With not even a single drawn game in four outings — and a record 1-9 margin of defeat against champions Australia — it does not take much to imagine what it would be like in a world tournament
  • X-SQUARE: VICTORIES AS AMAZING AS MEANINGLESS

    Regardless of how thrilling the Bangladesh victory over Australia was or how scintillating the West Indian win over England was, it will take a cut-throat punter to put their money on the two winners in the short run...

    The two encounters, coming as they did in the same week recently, reflected more on the two losing sides
  • Square root

    KARACHI: There are four sides to a square...

    But an exhibition under way at the Canvas Art Gallery is titled Five Sides of a Square...

  • X-SQUARE: A TALE OF TWO HATREDS

    When asked if ‘hatred’ would be a factor in deciding the Ashes, the cricketing world’s longest-running battle involving Australia and England, Nathan Lyon replied in the affirmative...

    His exact words were actually more interesting
  • X-SQUARE: THE MANY SHADES OF PATRIOTISM

    The spat between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricket Association (ACA) lasted just a week shy of nine months...

    It’s a pretty long time to haggle over something as trivial or as big as money — depending on how you look at it
  • Ruthless New Zealand whip England to square series

    LEEDS: New Zealand bowled with fire and fielded superbly to crush England by 199 runs in the second Test on Tuesday and level a gripping two-match series at 1-1...

    Off-spinners Kane Williamson and Mark Craig shared six wickets at Headingley as New Zealand celebrated just their ninth win in 101 Tests against England
  • X-SQUARE: HOPING AGAINST HOPE

    There is a fair chance that in a few hours from now, Pakistan is likely to get neatly thrashed by India...

    Before someone (read: diehard patriot) somewhere gets too agitated by the statement in these troubled times, let’s remember that this is merely a sports column and has nothing to do with anything else
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