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Big money is more important for Aussies



Shahid Afridi, originally uploaded by Max Loxton.

Pakistan and India have been victims of huge number of bomb attacks this year. Yet…….Australia decided today to go ahead with their upcoming tour of India. Our Australian friends have canceled tour of Pakistan twice this year, earlier a test series and later champions trophy.

Is this not double standard on player safety? Or they simply get more money $$$ by playing in India twice this year as visiting team and in India’s lucrative IPL domestic league. Remember there were bombs going off in Rajasthan, where Shane Warne and rest of the Australians did not mind continue playing, earlier this year.

Conclusion: Money is more important for Australians than bombs or safety. All I say as cricket fan: Shame on you Australia.

Grand Slam Sunday

Soccer is the new cricket.

Chelsea take on Arsenal on Sunday (that’s tomorrow… no wait, today!).

Nothing compared to Manchester United taking on Liverpool, the very same day. Two games, live, back-to-back. By all mean, Grand. Slam. Sunday.

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I have been running after a ball for almost two years now. (you may seem to think that I am playing soccer). In Lahore, we have our own stadium with FIFA officially inhabiting our country since I-dont-know-when. You should see the packed crowds at some of the well-arranged privately-organized footy tourneys. There are a lot of soccer fans and players out and about in the city of Lahore and Soccer is coming out in a big way! Go Unitedddddd!!!

(great commentary on the Grand Slam Sunday at The Lahore Tribune)

Lahore Badshahs of ICL

For those who are unaware of this, ICL (Indian Cricket League) has introduced a new team in its latest ongoing 20-20 tournament. The team is called “Lahore Badshahs”.

Now I understand that many of LMB readers are not from Pakistan, or this region entirely. So for their benefit in particular, let me first explain what ICL is… no wait, let me start with explaining what cricket is.

The Webster’s dictionary (named after the famous linguist, Thomas Dictionary) describes cricket as a form of insect that trots in the outdoors when one wants to have a good night sleep. Off course Webster’s dictionary says the same thing about lollywood. So we can’t take Webster’s dictionary too seriously.

Cricket in fact is a form of sport, run by a governing body called ICC. Now for those who follow the game closely on an hourly basis, you must have noticed an immense conflict these days between two major forces in Cricket…. the batsmen and the bowlers. This is pretty much all one has to know about cricket to get involved. Off course once you do get involved, chances are that you will be fed with so many intricate nitty gritties of the game, that football (another major sport) will seem like a mere prank, against the overwhelmingly complicated game of cricket.

ICL is one such complication in the game these days. So now that you have gained enough raw knowledge to comment on this post, let me get back to the main point; ICL has a new team, called Lahore Badshahs.

Captained by our ex captain Inzy, Lahore Badshahs comprises all those Pakistani players who have left the lucrative (hint hint) careers as “test rejects” to join the wannabe rebel league. And there are plenty of them. In fact, Lahore Badshahs has assembled a cast of quite a few ex-match winners, that it can, in fact, create a major upset in the tournament… such as Pakistani players winning matches… The batting line-up comprises Inzy himself, alongwith Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Taufiq Umer, Hamayun Farhat, Navid Latif and Hasan Raza, as well as the wicketkeeper batsman Moin Khan. But it’s actually the bowling line-up that makes the team strong, including fast bowlers such as Mohammad Sami, Shahid Nazeer, Riaz Afridi and Rana Naveed ul Hasan alongwith old (by age) spinners such as Mushtaq Ahmed, Arshad Khan, and (not so old still) Saqlain Mushtaq. All rounder Azhar Mahmood also makes the 16 men squad.

Granted, most of these players are not actually from Lahore. But then Chris Cairns in not exactly from Chandigarh and Marvan Atapattu and Shane Bond are not from Delhi either. So it’s the name of the team that’s important rather than who plays in it.

In the first round of current series, Lahore Badshahs are right now right at the top of the table, having won all 3 matches they played, securing 6 points.

Now what happens if Lahore Badshahs go on to win ICL? How would PCB react to that? Will the ban on these ICL players be lifted if they bring home some glory? and where exactly is Abdur Razzaq? are some of the questions which are yet to be answered. Till we have an answer to these, lets watch some more cricket!!!

Australia postpones cricket tour to Pakistan

Well, this is the least damn thing that one must care about at this moment.

Cricket Australia postpones Pakistan tour

They are scared and are rightly so. I’m scared for my city’s happiness too! :(

Lahore beats Karachi in junior cricket

Lahore U-16 cricket team bet Karachi by a hefty 72 runs in the first semi-final of Intra Region Under-16 Cricket Tournament this Thursday. Way to go boys!

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90 ‘s jinx

And we’ve lost again. Did you know that it was India’s first one-day series win against Pakistan at home since 1983. Oh well, no worries be happy. As they say:

Girtay hain shehsawar he maidanay jang mai,
Wo tiffal kiya girray ga jo ghutnoon kai bal chalai.

It happens. But what i enjoyed watching was Sachin Tendulkar’s unlucky run of failing to reach a century, once again. he he he But when they asked him about it, he replied, “It does not matter that I missed a century. What matters is that the team has won.” True! That’s the way it should be, i guess.

Pakistan wins the 2nd ODI

In a most thrilling clash between the two cricketing giants, Pakistan leveled the ODI series by 1-1 with India yesterday at Chandigarh’s Mohali Cricket Stadium.

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Younis Khan aiming for a shot against India in the 2nd ODI at Mohali – November 08, 2007

Younis Khan was declared star of the day with a total of 117 runs under his bat while Pakistan scored its highest ever successful chase in the ODIs by overcoming India’s grand total of 321 runs with 1 ball and 4 wickets remaining.

Looks like our team is finally gaining some form, sensibility, spirit and respect too!

Click for more pictures and match details by Cricinfo.

Lahore gets the final show

Due to security concerns expressed by the South African team after a suicide attack on the ex-PM Benazir Bhutto in Karachi, the final clash between Pakistan and South Africa has been shifted from Karachi’s National Stadium to Lahore.

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Pakistan team-mates celebrate the fall of Herchelle Gibbs on Oct.23 in the 3rd ODI played at FaisalabadImage Source: AFP through Cricinfo

“The fifth ODI will now be played at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on 29th October,” read a statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “The venue was changed on the request of the South African team management.”

“On the request of the PCB, the South African team management sent one of their security officers to Karachi yesterday who held meetings with various offices of the government of Sindh. Despite all assurances given to the security officer, he felt that playing in Karachi was not feasible for the moment.”

South Africa avoided playing in Karachi on their previous tour in 2003, but played a warm-up game and a Test this time, staying in the city for over ten days. But the twin suicide bombs targeted at Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, that killed 140 people and injured hundreds more last Thursday made the situation uncomfortable for South Africa.

Osman Samiuddin at Cricinfo writes in detail: Final ODI shifted to Lahore

Lahoris get another chance to witness an exciting match between the two teams, out of which Pakistan leads the ODI series with two wins over South Africa’s single success.

Football World Cup Qualifier Challenge

Pakistan will fight Iraq to qualify for a rare position in the next Football World Cup to be held in 2010 in South Africa. Iraq is a strong force in Asian leg of the game and has recently won Asia Cup in July, 2007.

On the other hand, our team is trying hard to make a mark on platform of the world’s most popular sport by winning two SAF Cups and recent surprise wins over strong teams like Singapore. Besides, inclusion of six foreign based Pakistani football players in the national team should also give Pakistan some boost.

Let’s see what is the outcome of Pakistan vs Iraq – 2010 World Cup Qualifier being played this evening at the Punjab Stadium, Lahore.

More about the match at DT.

Guarding the guests

Lahore fortunately, in most recent times, has proven to be safest of the three cosmopoliton cities of Pakistan. Karachi saw dark days in May and October while Islamabad carried heavy burden of the Lal Masjid seige.

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To keep it safe and good that way, police security around the city has been tightened and presence of law enforcement personnel can be seen at all important buildings, public places, parks, hotels, intersections, and in case of the featured picture, at the Gaddafi Stadium where Pakistan & South Africa played their second one-day International match amid high security today.

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Despite of the ugly incident in Karachi on October 18, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has decided to continue their team’s tour of Pakistan with an upcoming match at Karachi’s National Stadium.

Image Credit: AFP through CricInfo

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