Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan
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.
THE AGE OF KARDAR 194775
A FamousVictory at Karachi 3 Cricket before Partition
The Ground by the Goomti River
Triumph at The Oval
The Curse of MatchFixing
The Growth of Pakistan Cricket
Development of Womens Cricket in Pakistan
The Financial Revolution
Last Years ofPeace
Cricket in Exile
Horror in Lahore
MisbahulHaq and the Future
India in Pakistan 195455
The Lost Decade
The Shakoor Rana Incident
THE AGE OF EXPANSION 19922000
Cricket in theShadows ofWar 12 Kardars Apotheosis
Pakistan ConfrontstheWorld 14 A FalseStart withJaved Miandad
Imran and the Revolution in 16 Return of the Khan World Cricket