Agha Akbar

  • TLAHORE - The reports of shadowy Indian gambling mafia wafting its way towards Pakistan cricketers during the ongoing Sri Lanka series had Pakistan team management on its heels. Team manager Yawar Saeed was quoted in Indian media as saying: "We were told by some of the players that a few suspicious ...

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  • TPAKISTAN lost, and lost badly. That too from a position of strength - with eight wickets in hand and 97 runs to get, our middle order only needed to apply itself for a win that was there for the taking. Instead our batsmen conspired to snatch an incredible defeat from the jaws of what could have a ...

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  • TTEN years ago on this very ground, the Lord's, Pakistan had been humiliated by Australia in a World Cup final. Last night, Pakistan, again powered by Shahid Afridi, gave such a sure-footed performance that must have surprised the pundits. Here was a team that could not host a match in its own ...

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  • TSomehow, despite having been a very able stand-in for Inzamamul Haq for considerable time, Younus Khan has mostly been a reluctant skipper. And he has resigned once too often from the job, starting with bringing down a cricket board chaired by Shaharyar M Khan in 2006. This Pakistan rare triumph ...

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  • TThis is now quite obvious. This Pakistan team is wrapped in multiple layers of rust. Despite two weeks in England and four games including the warm-up matches prior to this one, this Pakistan team has singularly been unable to shake off that rust - at least not entirely. And this is reflective in ...

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  • TTHANKS to its rank insipid display against England, the task for Younis Khan-led Pakistan squad against the Netherlands has been spelt out: the margin of victory has to be 25 runs or three overs to spare. One run or one delivery less, and the green shirts would be embarking the plane for home a ...

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  • TABU DHABI - Of late, victories in one-day series have been rare for Australia, and their last came in September 2008 against bottom-of-the-line Bangladesh. But courtesy a most insipid display by the Younis Khan-led Pakistan in two back-to-back encounters, the Aussies here are now primed for their ...

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  • TABU DHABI -From a position of total domination to tame surrender in less 20 overs, this was Pakistan's woeful story here Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. For the best part of the game, about three fourth of it, the greenshirts seemed to be coasting. And then to the utter disappointment of a sizable ...

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  • TABU DHABI- There may be some truth in the insinuation that the Aussies may be behind Saeed Ajmal's being reported for suspect action, for the three other exponents of the 'doosra' - Muthiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh and Johan Botha - had met a similar fate. The first two have since been cleared ...

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  • TABU DHABI - Uncoached about the laws and the Code of Conduct, of both the ICC and the PCB, the Pakistani cricketers so often find a way of landing themselves in trouble. The latest such instance is that of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. Already in a spot of bother after he was reported by the match ...

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  • TDUBAI - There cannot be any two opinions about this: Pakistan has let the advantage slip, and handed it to the Aussies on a platter. That this Pakistan side is not used to winning, indeed not even used to taking on top flight opposition - and this rubber against Australia being first after a four ...

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  • TDUBAI - The ICC has, through its chief executive Haroon Lorgat, reassured Pakistan's federal sports minister Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jilani that the world body fully understood "the disappointment felt by fans, players and officials" on being cut out of the World Cup 2011, and that the ICC would "do ...

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  • TDUBAI - Andrew Symonds showed his intrinsic value to Australia with an all-round performance that earned his team a most timely win, bringing things to even keel in this five-match rubber - by a comprehensive margin of six wickets, with five overs to spare. As Aussies conquered cobwebs of ...

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  • TDUBAI - For the cricketing nomads that this Pakistan team has been forced to become, this gulf emirate is supposed to be home away from home. Not a bad place to be, even if you are forced across the gulf from the place of your domicile, for venues at the gulf have generally been propitious for ...

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  • TTHIS is sad because Pakistan Cricketing Board had under its chairman Shaharyar M. Khan played the lead role in securing the World Cup 2011 for the sub-continent. And now it has been stripped of the right to host its part - two years ahead of the event. From one of the influential nations in world ...

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  • TLAHORE - The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) - the fief at the top of federal sporting establishment and rather well-known for its inefficiency in the circles outside its bureaucratic web - took yet another belligerent step by asking the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) for removal of its sub offices ...

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  • TLAHORE - On arrival back home in England, Chris Broad, the ICC referee supervising the split rubber between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, has roundly castigated the security - or to be more precise the lack of it. Though by now it is acknowledged by almost everybody even with rudimentary knowledge of ...

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  • TLAHORE - The well-planned deadly ambush apparently was on the Sri Lankan cricketers. Though the Lankan cricketers - heeding to Pakistan Cricket Board's SOS to be the first frontline nation to visit this country that has been shunned by all in the last 15 months other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - ...

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  • TLAHORE - Pakistan has been at the receiving end of the decisions in the latest ICC meeting Down Under, and it is safe to surmise that more whipping is in store for us. The Champions Trophy, already postponed from 2008 to 2009, has been taken away from us and given India's not-so-opaque zeal to ...

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  • TTWO sackings in two prime jobs in two days - this is rather rapid, even by Pakistan cricket's standards where such mayhem has been known to happen, indeed many times over. And make no mistake about it, both Shoaib Malik and Javed Miandad have been pushed to quit. That means that it finally sunk in ...

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  • TLAHORE - Pakistan has never truly been anywhere close to being a sporting power nor can we expect to become one in the foreseeable future. This was the message coming loud and clear from the lips of Pakistan sporting supremo, president of the national Olympic association, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Syed Arif ...

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  • TLAHORE - In a three and a half fold jump over what it earned in the last five years (around $42 million for 2004-08) from television rights, despite going through turbulent times, the PCB stands to earn $140.5 million for 2009-13 from the same Dubai-based satellite channel owned by Abdul Rehman ...

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  • TZakir Khan has generally been very trustworthy but on this occasion his defence of the current dispensation in the board seems to go well beyond the call of duty. And the reason is obvious. The audiences that watched repeated telecast on one of the many satellite channels showing Salim Malik posing ...

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  • TLAHORE - The vibes coming from the power corridors suggest that former ICC president Ehsan Mani is at the moment leading the pack of many contenders to take over the vacant position of chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Mani replaces his fellow chartered accountant friend Salman Taseer as ...

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  • TBEIJING - The curtain on the 29th Olympic Games of the modern era - said to be the best of all in what is known as the greatest spectacle on this planet - came down in a splendid ceremony rounded off with dazzling fireworks that painted the Beijing sky in all the colours of a rainbow. To ...

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  • TBEIJING - When it is Germany against Spain in the Olympic Games, you can almost always take a wager on the former and expect a windfall. Four years ago at Athens, Spain was not allowed a podium spot by Germany and this time its ambition of winning gold was reduced to silver. Despite threatening to ...

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  • TBEIJING - The pundits were predicting that two teams from one pool would reach the hockey final in this Games, by that though they hinting at pool B and Australia and the Netherlands and not pool A's Spain and Germany. But the latter two upset the best laid plans of the Aussies and the Dutch, and ...

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  • TBEIJING - Pakistan ended its Olympic campaign here just as it had commenced it: with defeat at the hands of a lowly-rated squad. Then it was Great Britain upstaging us for the first time at the Olympic Games in 56 years, this time round it was New Zealand inflicting pain by way of a first-ever 4-2 ...

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  • TBEIJING - As far as hockey is concerned, not an iota has changed in its hierarchy since Athens 2004. The same quartet - Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain - that fought for honours at Athens has again made it to the last four without so much as a decent challenge from the remaining field ...

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  • TPakistan to contest for No 7 slot: Out of Champions Trophy reckoning BEIJING - With the so far invincible Aussies playing out a draw against Great Britain, the four finalists stand decided. The Aussies go through, but in the second place behind the Netherlands from pool 'B' while Spain ...

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