Battle Royale – V

Alfred Hitchcock once said, “There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it”. Alfred Hitchcock had never witnessed the anticipation or the bang of an Indo-Pak cricket match. A match that lasts approx 8-hours, is played between 22 players but directly or indirectly affects nearly 1/6th … Read more

I can Cheat and I can Chat

The lure of money (whether legal or illegal) seems to be too hard to resist for disgraced former Pakistan cricket captain, Salman Butt. It had not even been 100 hours since he, along with a couple of his team-mates, had been convicted of spot-fixing while representing his country in International … Read more

Now Shiv Sena calls for Burqa Ban

There is a saying in Sinhalese, “One who has received a beating with a firebrand, runs away at the sight of a firefly”. Similar proverbs in other languages are “A burnt child dreads fire” (English) “A scalded dog fears cold water” (French) and “One bitten by a serpent is afraid … Read more

…and now, it is ParanoidISTAN

Of late, the western media has developed a liking to christening Pakistan with catchy labels, and Pakistan seems to be more than happy to oblige. First it was Slakistan (a slack country because of its slack governance), then Darkistan (thanks to the mismanagement of electricity) and of course the highly … Read more

Afro-Asian Nations defeat Howard by 6 wickets

I read about it yesterday and smiled, but the headlines in today’s ‘The AGE’ (one of Australia’s most popular newspaper) made me beam from ear to ear. Cricket World HUMILIATES former PM Yup, the emphasis on ‘Humiliates’ is intentional. Because that is exactly what it was, UTTER HUMILIATION. And rightly … Read more

Ijaz Butt and the Mockery of Pakistan Cricket

In how many ways can a sane, educated person, with a very basic knowledge of English, interpret the following statements: “I don’t see our players or teams taking part in the Champions League this year.” “Our future participation in the IPL and Champions League remains undecided but this year atleast … Read more