Tour of England and Generation Next

One day we will tell our generation next about England tour where we went to No.1 in tests by startling win at mighty Lord’s and finished the whole journey by marking incredible success in all designs. We will tell them that how a player took Pakistan cricket team to new levels of celebration, how he managed to triumph over the Lord’s where we felt extreme shame six years back at the same place, how he made whole nation proud by just paying salute and press-ups. He was old but gracefully leading the team without complaints. Yes one day we will them about the silent conqueror, about Misbah Ul Haq.

We will put them in the picture about a man who was effortlessly building the Pakistan batting region by making elevation of runs. The man who faced intense criticism over his age, batting style, aggression and not scoring runs in the crucial matches. The man who never look back after entering into cricket, the man who had seen every possible decline of Pakistan cricket but never lost faith in his team, the man who lost his blood relations while on the field but continued fighting with his bat. He was survivor, he was warrior, he was Pakistan’s highest runs scorer, he was cool looking iron man because he was Younus Khan.

We will say to them about a reformer who was disgraced on ground, charged on fixing, sent to jail and refrained from cricket for five years. Also, about his dream comeback on the same spot, with more power, more line and length, more talent, more attack and more wickets, yes we will tell them about Amir.

When they will question us about our reliable strength then we will let know them about the roaring shaba shaba. The man, who was declared victorious just after appearing in his first trial as a leader. His team made highest partnership record, highest power play score records and most chief point to list here is that his team totally outclassed England in T20s. He was underrated Sarfraz.

We will let know our children about the consistency of Asad, thunderbolts of wahab, talent of Hasan, swings of Yasir, surprises of Rahat, steadiness of Azhar and clever captaincy of Sarfraz. We will tell them that we at last achieved the mark of 300 in ODIs in this tour. We will inform them that ups and downs were part of this team but they always showed courage to stand out and fought against the odds by avoided any major controversy.

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Pakistan Super Duper League

The glittering boundaries and ultimate show of superstars has come to an end with the captain’s style finish of Pakistan Super League. The inaugural edition of PSL T20, undoubtedly, has proven itself the biggest cricketing event of Pakistan. Fans madness, city rivalries, the passion of ruling others, supporting favourite foreign players, fireworks while chasing a high-total, crowd’s contribution and of course, finding emerging talent for future backbone are few glimpses from PSL. In short, PSL hooked up every Pakistani for three weeks. People, largely followed it through live streaming around the world to witness the first ever self-made league of cornered tigers.

There were total 5 teams in the competition; Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi, Lahore Qalanders and Islamabad United who brought us the ultimate nail-bitters. The first match of the tournament was played between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators so was the last, final. The difference is that, in that first match on 4th February, the underdogs Gladiators under the leadership Sarfraz Ahmed shocked everybody by clinching the first victory from the top favourite United and continued their winning streak until Lahore Qalanders beat them. Quetta was on top of the table till the play offs. Inclusion of Kevin Peterson, Luke Wright, Ahmed Shahzad, later Kumar Sangakkara, Grant Elliot and two newly emerged players Muhammad Nawaz (all-rounder) and Bismillah Khan made Quetta the strongest opponent for every team.

The second top scorer in group stages, Peshawar Zalmi, of our vern own Shahid Khan Afridi proved to be the fantastic bunch of perfect combination. The captain Afridi, Darren Sammy, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Brad Hodge and Muhammad Hafeez created troubles for the opposition. How could we forget the Wahab-Ahmed rivalry on the pitch. it shouldn’t have happened but it’s a game of cricket you may expect everything from everyone. Further, the third scorer, the mighty United, who grabbed the elegant first PSL trophy, had lost initial matches but after the inclusion of Azhar Mehmood, they bounced back and started their winning streak by thrashing Karachi Kings and trend continued till lifting the trophy.

Now, the two position from down Lahore Qalanders and Karachi  Kings, who were the most expensive and top two teams from two biggest cities of Pakistan, bit disappointed the fans on the main level. Karachi Kings beat LQ in both head to head matches. While LQ won only two games in entire tournament and both from top two teams Quetta and Peshawar. It was real dramatic situation while going through play offs. Both teams LQ and KK had 4 points on the table but decider was gone on Kings’ side.

The best match of PSL, IMO, was 1st play off between Peshawar and Quetta. Both teams struggled hard for next level. Match was going in Zalmi’s favour until Nawaz bowled outstanding over and got 2 for 2 and swapped the whole situation. The 2nd play off was bit one-sided. Karachi had failed to set a good target even after the change in captaincy and Islamabad easily got them and made it to the final. Final match was played and Misbah Ul Haq was declared as the first man to lift the first ever PSL trophy at Dubai Stadium. Team Quetta played really well but it was United who got victory at the end of the day.

We, Pakistanis, are so much thankful to the Najam Sethi, who took this idea from paper to the stadiums of UAE and all the managers, organizers, sponsors, viewers for making it successful. Now we can say proudly say, without fixed matches and dancing girls, we can offer interesting cricket to the cricket lovers.