Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 3, 2014 - Sports & Recreation - 624 pages
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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An excellent volume, that gives the original and early history of the development of the sport of cricket in Pakistan, from the colonial British times to the present era; and discusses in detail the evolution of this popular sport in this country, in all its positive and negative implications. Based on very detailed and accurate research, it is a truly fascinating account, very highly recommended reading.  

Contents

Acknowledgements
Author Note
iv
Maps Preface
vii
THE AGE OF KARDAR 194775
xiv
Founding Fathers
xv
A FamousVictory at Karachi 3 Cricket before Partition
xlvi
The Ground by the Goomti River
lxxvi
Triumph at The Oval
lxxxvi
The Curse of MatchFixing
cccxxviii
The Growth of Pakistan Cricket
ccclv
Development of Womens Cricket in Pakistan
ccclxxv
The Financial Revolution
cccxc
Last Years ofPeace
cdiii
Cricket in Exile
cdxiii
Horror in Lahore
cdxxiii
MisbahulHaq and the Future
cdxxxii

India in Pakistan 195455
ci
The Lost Decade
clv
The Shakoor Rana Incident
ccxc
Cornered Tigers
ccci
THE AGE OF EXPANSION 19922000
cccviii
Cricket in theShadows ofWar 12 Kardars Apotheosis
11
Pakistan ConfrontstheWorld 14 A FalseStart withJaved Miandad
13
Imran and the Revolution in 16 Return of the Khan World Cricket
15
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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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