Growing up in the 90’s, India-Pakistan rivalry was synonymous with UAE. This was the decade when UAE was a buzzing cricketing destination and a match between the arch-rivals was the biggest draw. India then at the start of the millennium had decided that they will no longer play in the UAE, and the Asia Cup 2018 will be kind of a comeback for them after almost two decades.
The cricket relations between the two teams haven’t improved much. The Asian cricketing giants no longer meet each other regularly. Cricket matches between the neighbouring countries have now been relegated to only ICC events. The last time the two teams met was over a year ago in the Champions Trophy final where Pakistan hammered the Indian team by 180 runs to win the title.
The circle of life spares no one. Nature's innate purpose is to remove the old and withered and replace it with the new and budding. Naturally, this applies to the Pakistani Cricket Team as well. Over the past 3 years, the Pakistani team has gone through monumental changes in its core structure and power hierarchy. We've seen the 3 biggest characters of Pakistan cricket (Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq) depart from each format of the game one by one. With each player's departure comes a void which can only able to be sealed by players capable of leading the team forward and working well as a unit to overcome any obstacle present ahead of them. This current lot of players, led by Sarfaraz, seems to have finally broken through the shackles of the cricket of the early 2000s and modernised their approach to the game, and it would serve Pakistan well if they stick to this approach.
Today’s victory was by no means flawless, but arguably that is what made it all the more impressive; it showcased the ability of this young team to wrestle back the initiative despite not being at their best. In short, it showed dogged determination and character. That bodes well for the future.
A respected member of our forums looks forward to Pakistan's participating in a much anticipcated T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe which also features Australia.
Writing for PakPassion, Talha Syed describes the Scotland vs England and Scotland vs Pakistan T20I series in vivid detail and explains what it means for an ordinary fan to witness such a fantastic set of games in Scotland.
The stars align. The crowd goes up. The prayers have been answered. Pakistan has triumphed. Pakistan has conquered. Pakistan has done the unthinkable. Pakistan has done the unfathomable. The venue was Lord's. Remember the name.
The stars go wayward. The crowd groans in disbelief. The prayers have been ignored. Pakistan has been conquered. Pakistan did the unthinkable again. Pakistan defied expectations, although not in the way they would like. The venue was Headingley. Best to forget the name.
Many thanks to an esteemed member of our forums for this excellent write-up previewing the upcoming two-match Test series between England and Pakistan.
The Pakistan Super League is always a great time for fans to wear their scouting hats on and assess as to which players outshine others when it comes to innate ability and consistency. We have seen some outstanding players emerge from the PSL in the past and this year promises to be no different. Whilst one sincerely hopes that the members of the Pakistan selection committee will all be keenly watching to see how the next generation of Pakistani cricketers perform on such a big platform, here are some of the players that I think will have a good season in the upcoming PSL.
In the aftermath of a debatable decision to give Fakhar Zaman out caught in the New Zealand vs Pakistan T20I series, a valued member of our forums takes a look at the shortcomings in the rules of cricket.
One of the revered posters at our forums reviews the 2017/18 season of the premier first-class cricket tournament in Pakistan, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.