Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 9, 2015 - Sports & Recreation - 624 pages
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THE WISDEN BOOK OF THE YEAR and THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS CRICKET BOOK OF THE YEAR. 

The nation of Pakistan was born out of the trauma of Partition from India in 1947. Its cricket team evolved in the chaotic aftermath. Initially unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan's team grew to become a major force in world cricket. Since the early days of the Raj, cricket has been entwined with national identity and Pakistan's successes helped to define its status in the world. Defiant in defence, irresistible in attack, players such as A.H.Kardar, Fazal Mahmood, Wasim Akram and Imran Khan awed their contemporaries and inspired their successors.
     The story of Pakistan cricket is filled with triumph and tragedy. In recent years, it has been threatened by the same problems affecting Pakistan itself: fallout from the 'war on terror', sectarian violence, corruption, crises in health and education, and a shortage of effective leaders. For twenty years, Pakistan cricket has been stained by the scandalous behaviour of the players involved in match-fixing. Since 2009, the fear of violence has driven Pakistan's international cricket into exile. No one knows when it will return home.
     But Peter Oborne's narrative is also full of hope. For all its troubles, cricket gives all Pakistanis a chance to excel and express themselves, a sense of identity and a cause for pride in their country. Packed with first-hand recollections, and digging deep into political, social and cultural history, Wounded Tiger is a major study of sport and nationhood.
 

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Contents

Founding Fathers
3
A Famous Victory at Karachi
27
Cricket before Partition
40
The Ground by the Goomti River
76
Triumph at The Oval
88
India in Pakistan 195455
107
The Humiliation of a Pakistani Umpire
111
Year of Prodigies
133
THE AGE OF EXPANSION 19922000
345
Reverse Swing
349
The Curse of MatchFixing
368
The Growth of Pakistan Cricket
398
Development of Womens Cricket in Pakistan
421
The Financial Revolution
438
Last Years of Peace
452
THE AGE OF ISOLATION 2001PRESENT
461

Fazal Replaces Kardar
156
The Lost Decade
170
Cricket in the Shadows of War
181
Kardars Apotheosis
218
THE AGE OF KHAN 197692
253
Pakistan Confronts the World
257
A False Start with Javed Miandad
278
Imran and the Revolution in World Cricket
287
Return of the Khan
309
The Shakoor Rana Incident
324
Cornered Tigers
336
Cricket in Exile
465
Horror in Lahore
477
MisbahulHaq and the Future
487
White on Green
499
Appendix
510
Notes
520
Bibliography
553
Picture Credits
566
Index
569
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Peter Oborne is a regular commentator on politics for television, and chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of several previous books including the acclaimed Alastair Campbell: New labour and the Rise of the Media Class, The Rise of Political Lying, The Triumph of the Political Class, and Basil D'Oliveira, Cricket and Conspiracy: The Untold Story which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in 2004.

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