By Abdullah Ansari Published: June 3, 2019 Tweet Email To start off his role, Fawad Chaudhry announced the launch of a five-year lunar calendar. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT/THECURRENT It’s March 25, 1992. England is chasing a target of 250 to become the victor of the cricket World Cup in Australia. Experienced duo Allan Lamb and Neil Fairbrother have tilted the game in England’s favour, and Pakistan captain Imran Khan has to apply his cricket dexterity to take a wicket as blocking runs isn’t going to work. He needs to ensure the right person throws the ball, and brings in Wasim Akram. The rest, as they say, is history. References to the 1992 World Cup final are generally used a lot these days to offer sarcastic commentary on PM Imran and his government’s performance. However, my point here is to highlight the importance of selecting the right person for the right job. Imran was clearly capable of doing this on the cricket field. Unfortunately, he has been … [Read more...] about Is Fawad Chaudhry really the best person for the job?
By Hamza Junaid Published: May 30, 2019 Tweet Email If put on a scatter plot which ascertained teams’ World Cup readiness, Pakistan and West Indies would be the outliers. After four years of waiting and 27 years of reliving our past glory, now the moment to repeat history is finally here. I lie in my bed, engulfed by the darkness and silence. Sleep should be around the corner but it’s not. I can hear the clock ticking. Each tick is a second closer to the start of Pakistan’s World Cup campaign and that will keep me awake for the rest of the night. I am one of ‘those’ fans. Pakistan cricket has beguiled us for years and our love affair with the World Cup began in 1975. Our foray into the tournament was not particularly successful as we failed to progress past the group stages despite having some great players like Wasim Bari, Zaheer Abbas and Majid Khan. But we got a glimpse at the future potential of our team in 1979 when we made it to the … [Read more...] about The night before Pakistan’s World Cup game
By Fazeela Saba Published: May 22, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Sana Mir poses during the Pakistan portraits session ahead of the ICC Women's World T20 2018 tournament. PHOTO: GETTY We have entered an age where women can be leaders in every field and research shows that women are outperforming men in many professions. Organisations are encouraging the employment of female bosses because 40 years of research have proved that women are better managers. The trends are also changing in a country like Pakistan, where more and more women are being given their rights and the liberty to choose their own profession. Yet, it seems that the field of sports still remains off-limits for many women in Pakistani families. But I believe that this mind-set won’t last long because we are living in the age of Sana Mir. Congratulations, @mir_sana05!She's just taken her 147th ODI wicket meaning that she now has more wickets in the format than any other female spinner in history … [Read more...] about The age of Sana Mir in a man’s world
By Imad Zafar Published: April 30, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email His statements not only caused national embarrassment but also humiliation for Pakistan across the world. There has hardly been a moment of peace over the past eight months since Prime Minister Imran Khan came to power, given the sheer number of controversies he has caused on a regular basis. Imran is famous for speaking extemporaneously and saying whatever comes to his mind; facts and reason be damned. It doesn’t help that his army of cult followers do not have the ability to think past his persona and move beyond the Kaptaan fan club. But Imran often moves beyond saying controversial things to making statements that are absolutely ridiculous, resulting not only in national embarrassment but also humiliation for Pakistan across the world. He is our prime minister, after all.Let’s take a look at some of the most unbelievable statements Imran has made after becoming the prime minister. 1. … [Read more...] about 9 times PM Imran Khan made us cringe and laugh our way through ‘Naya Pakistan’