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18 years of World Cup 1992 heroics

[reference]http://blogs.cricinfo.com/diffstrokes/archives/2010/03/_pakistan_moment_of_glory.php[/reference]
Yesterday, 25 March 2010 was the 18th celebration of Pakistan's emphatic 50over World Cup win in Melbourne Cricket Ground - Victoria, Australia in 1992. 
During those days like Cricinfo.com, I was also a infant but the way I heard from my elders and later thanks to YouTube.com and electronic media, it was literally an emphatic win and like the last year's T20 win in England, even those days Pakistan wasn't rated that much as this team was injury hit team as there were limitation in bowl;ing thanks to injury of Waqar Younis, limitation in opening with injury to Saeed Anwar and thats why there were 3 new faces or should I say rookies and even Imran Khan played the tournament with some shoulder injury and Intikhab Alam used to give him pain killers before the encounters.
Bowling was limited to Wasim Akram, Aqib Javed, Mushtaq Ahmed and than list of part timers like Amir So…

Re: Rana, Malik get one-year bans, Younis and Yousuf axed from teams

Reference: http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/451392.html

Rana, Malik get one-year bans, Younis and Yousuf axed from teamsOsman SamiuddinMarch 10, 2010

The PCB has sacked ex-captains Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan from all formats of the international game © AFP

The PCB has struck against its players with a venom unseen in recent memory, carrying out the deepest cull of a senior cricket team in many years and banning and fining seven of its top players after the side's disastrous, winless tour of Australia. It has banned Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, from playing for Pakistan in any format for an indefinite period, while handing out one-year bans to Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers were fined Rs2-3 million [$24,000-35,000] for various misdemeanours and put on six-month probations. Action had been expected once details of the inquiry committee's report recommendations were leaked in the press on Mond…

Pakistan's RBS T20D tournament!

In my personal opinion, this years RBS T20D tournament had an improvement compared to last year, there are couple of reasons behind it
1. The schedule was announced days before the tournament, so that the build-up for the tournament was good.
2. The arrangements compared to last year were better.
3. The crowd at NSK was exceptional as this was a T20D tournament, but still the stadium unlike expected were full and sections of stadium were crowded and it looked as if it were a carnival.
4. Even though it was a T20D tournament still, television ratings for the tournament was quite high compared to last years.

and the same reason that players knew they were being watched on the TV, they put on their best performances, apart from these performances, the tournament was into hell of a controversies, like ball tempering, umpiring mishaps and favouring a particular team. But we also got to see some of the mind-blowing innings in the tournament, like Muhammad Hafeez's 53-ball 100 sinking Lahore …

FW: Kamran Akmal under investigation for match-fixing?

Kamran Akmal under investigation for match-fixing?Friday, February 26, 2010
By Khalid Hussain

KARACHI: Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Kamran could currently be under investigation for suspected match-fixing, well-placed sources told ‘The News’ on Thursday.

According to the sources, Kamran was axed from the Pakistan squad for the two Twenty20 Internationals against England in Dubai because there are suspicions that he might have deliberately dropped catches during the second Test in Sydney against Australia last month. If he fails to prove his innocence, Kamran may be overlooked for the ICC World Twenty20 Championship in the Caribbean where Pakistan will be looking to defend their title this May, said the source.

The 28-year-old was dropped from the third and final match of the series in Hobart for the first time in 42 Tests and five years but later returned for the limited-overs games against the Aussies. He smashed a 33-ball 64 in the tour-ending Twenty20 International at…