Mustafa Qureshi

  • An out of favour batsman, who had remained in the shadows for long and was deemed surplus to requirement in the shorter formats, was, out of the blue, asked to lead a side. Not any ordinary side, but a side that was plagued with groups, seniority-juniority prejudices and a quota system that has ...

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  • On 14th May, the departmental squad of Habib Bank Limited landed in Kabul to play two 4-day and four OD matches against an Afghanistan Development Squad in Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Stadium. After nearly a month of neck-to-neck, high class matches between the two sides, the series came ...

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  • The recently concluded World Cricket League Division 5 tournament reaped favourable results yet again for Oman. The World Cricket League, for Oman and all Associate Nations, is the pathway into the ICC’s four-day Intercontinental Cup competition and, thereafter, Test cricket, further widening ...

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  • Unpredictability is the word that drives daily operations in Pakistan cricket, maintaining an above satisfactory level of drama and tension. Players touted to be “the next big thing” get sucked into doldrums of financial constraints and fitness issues that lead to them eventually giving ...

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  • A commercial league, in all its true complexity, can be defined as how the image of a certain country undergoes a make-over through marketing injections and is presented to the world as a well-packaged, value-added product that will eventually reap financial rewards for the country and act as a ...

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  • An exuberant and bulky Stallion reminiscent of a young Shoaib Akhtar towers in front of the boundary rope with his eyes glued to the woodwork that he would find utmost joy in destroying. After tossing the partially assaulted Kookaburra into the air for a third time, Zadran steadily begins his march ...

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  • The distant shores of Bengal broke away from Pakistan to earn sovereignty and acceptance that they could never have secured under the East Pakistan label. In all these years, with some help from our neighbours, Pakistan has nurtured Balochistan into another Bangladesh. Political tensions and ...

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  • The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, very recently nominated a female judge Anisa Rasouli to sit as a judge on the nine-member bench of the Afghan Supreme Court. The nomination highlights the efforts of the Afghan government to promote more women to high-profile positions and calls for ...

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  • A broken heart and a broken limb are kindred, as believed by the human brain, but in a society similar to ours, emotional pain is less reacted towards as compared to physical pain. All of us will rush towards the hospital when we feel a nagging pain, but to expect a similar reaction when suffering ...

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  • Last year, Pakistan's film industry resurrected from the ashes and cinema houses finally managed to attract interest from people other than narcotic addicts and stray dogs. The cats had to find new birth grounds as they were replaced by evolved, dancing billis on-screen. Heartbreakingly ...

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  • Today, in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iran are involved in plots of going one-up against each other in their quest for unchallenged power and influence all across the Middle East. The foundation stone of this decades-long rivalry is laid upon sectarian differences, with Saudi Arabia presenting itself ...

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  • Bill Gates has 99 problems and money can, probably, solve all of them. One of them, however, requires more than just a blank cheque. In a recent TED conference, Gates addressed the possibility of another global catastrophe and how it could leave us more unprepared than ever. In a talk dedicated to ...

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  • Western-accredited universities are gradually taking over Middle East and reinventing higher education all over the globe. Here are five reasons why it could yield highly positive results: Long-term funding The Arabian Peninsula continues to spout black gold that is spent on record-breaking ...

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  • The Bengal tigers completely annihilated Pakistan in the second One-day International to win the series. They will be going into the third match with elevated confidence levels and with the intention of rubbing salt to the wounds of Pakistan by completing a whitewash. While we continue finding ...

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  • Pakistan Cricket Board announced the squad for Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh, under the supervision of newly nominated chief selector, Haroon Rasheed. One of his initial assignments included "cleaning up" the team, with several boots to fill and injecting young blood that would be able to make ...

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  • With sleekly arranged hair and an immaculate knowledge of the game, he used to say in a distinctive voice - low and gentle, almost hypnotic - that echoed in the commentary box before the start of play: "morning, everyone." It is time for the entire cricketing world to say goodbye to the voice of ...

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  • Through the broken pavements in Nepal to the fish markets in Bangladesh, and across the landmines in Afghanistan to the railway tracks in India, football has slowly and steadily tried to seep into an Asian culture that is mainly dominated by fan-favorites, cricket and hockey.  The previous ...

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  • You wake up one fine day, casually pressing buttons on your remote, desperately looking for something worth watching on TV, when a certain breaking news grasps your attention instantly. To your surprise, an out of favour batsman, who has remained in the shadows for long and has made negligible ...

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  • Life would have been a lot easier and predictable if you could simply get whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted. But that's the thing about life, it does not always give you what you want. Life throws at you times that seem difficult, obstacles that seem impossible and failure that seems ...

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