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  • 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...

    The word from Cricket South Africa is that an unsponsored domestic tournament is more viable than inviting Pakistan for a Test tourWhen asked if CSA would be seeking an international opponent for the...

  • X-SQUARE: A FITTING LOSS FOR A FIT UNIT

    It was so because Pakistan had taken a supremely ‘fit’ squad, every member of which had acquired enough fitness level to impress — or at least satisfy — the supreme commander of the national cricket team, the honourable John Michael Mickey Arthur...

    A bunch of Pakistani cricketers taking part in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the English county circuit, with prior approval from the Pakistan Cricket Board, were asked to...

  • X-SQUARE: ARROGANCE HAS TO BE EARNED

    “He [Mickey] shouldn’t be swearing at me like that, it is like he is abusing all of Pakistan … I want to reveal this to the public and to all my fans...

    ”Well, what can one say? Except, perhaps, WOW! Abusing Umar Akmal is like abusing Pakistan...

  • 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

    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...

    There was no Indian in the World XI and the team will not visit Pakistan even if the attention of the entire national security apparatus is offered unconditionally...

  • 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...

    It is surprising that successive Pakistan Hockey Federation administrations, including the incumbents, have continued to underestimate the value of the grassroots in any long-term plan to be competitive...

  • 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

    The off-spinner naturally was talking of a sporting hatred that dissipates off the field, and had nothing in mind that may come even remotely close to the absolute hatred put on display around the same time by the Indian board against Pakistan, insisting that regardless of what the International Cricket Council stipulates, there will be no bilateral engagement with Pakistan even if it puts the proposed Test and ODI championships in...

  • X-SQUARE: THE MANY SHADES OF PATRIOTISM

    There is a reason why the Ashes has remained a purely cricketing rivalry while a Pakistan-India series has precious little to do with cricketIn the recent crisis, they refused to undertake a tour to South Africa, and more than 200 cricketers went unemployed after the expiry of their contracts...

    There is a reason why the Ashes has remained a purely cricketing rivalry while a Pakistan-India series has precious little to do with...

  • 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...

    Cricket, as we all know, is a funny game, and Pakistan, as the world knows, is an even funnier side...

  • X-SQUARE: A SIGN OF TIMES? NOT QUITE!

    So here, quickly, is the answer: Pakistan...

    It is clearly a rare moment in Pakistan hockey for a top finish is something that many mainstream players in the last couple of decades have not tasted while donning national colours...

  • X-SQUARE: THE CULTURE OF REWARDS

    Just remember the glory days of Pakistan hockey...

    Even the locality and the size of the plots were settled there and then; each of us was to get a plot of land worth 1,000 square yards in KDA Scheme in Karachi...

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