England are seven months away from the start of their World Cup campaign and have never been in a better position to win the tournament or had so many players vying for places. It is 43 years since the first Prudential World Cup and in that time England have been beaten finalists three times. They have not made an impression on the tournament since 1992, when they lost to Pakistan in the final, and were an embarrassment last time around in Australia. But now Eoin Morgan’s team are No 1 in the world and there is a scramble for the last remaining places in the 15-man squad with games running out fast for those who have not booked a place in the tournament. England have 14 one-day internationals before the start of the World Cup on May 30, 2019, the next is in Kandy on Wednesday, weather permitting, and the emergence of Olly Stone in the second ODI in Dambulla on Saturday with a fast and hostile spell of new-ball bowling, has given Morgan another bowling option to ponder. … [Read more...] about England players face late scramble for final four spots in World Cup squad
Pakistan 1992 world cup final
Three times he has ruled Pakistan, and three times he has been deposed. Now Nawaz Sharif, the "Lion of Punjab", is being forced to watch the triumph of his great rival Imran Khan from behind bars. Sharif, imprisoned since mid-July, is starting one of the last chapters of his long career from a cell, where the 68-year-old is serving a 10-year sentence for corruption. His daughter and political heir Maryam is similarly imprisoned, while his wife Kulsoom is fighting cancer thousands of miles away in London. Sharif himself is also in frail health. And the great gamble he took in returning to Pakistan days ahead of the July 25 election has failed to galvanise support. Instead, Khan is set to take the oath as prime minister and usher in a "New Pakistan" on August 18. "Now is the time to see how history remembers him," says Muhammad Zubair, a senior member of Sharif's eponymous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Such a scenario seemed unthinkable a year ago when Sharif, then a popular … [Read more...] about Caged Lion of Punjab: the fall of Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif
Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan is hoping to become Pakistan's prime minister after 20 years of being dismissed at the polls, as the country prepares to vote in a tense election pitting him against the party of jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif. Just over a decade after the end of Pakistan's most recent era of military rule, Wednesday's (local time) vote features competing narratives of democracy amid Sharif's accusations elements of the powerful army are working to throw the race to Khan, which he denies. Khan, 65, has hailed Sharif's conviction on corruption charges this month as proof democracy is maturing in the nuclear-armed Muslim-majority nation of 208 million by finally holding its venal political elite accountable. Supporters of Sharif, whose party is now led by his younger brother, Shehbaz, argue his downfall was politically motivated and engineered by the army establishment, representing a blow to the "sanctity of the vote" that gave his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz … [Read more...] about Imran Khan vies for power as Pakistan goes to polls
Imran Khan steps to the podium above a swirl of red and green flags, raises his arms and begins his trademark tirade against the crimes of Pakistan's corrupt ruling elite. The country's woes are due to traitorous political leaders who have salted away huge sums overseas while at the same time abandoning the people of Pakistan, the cricketer-turned-politician declares. Promising a cleaner government, better justice and a welfare state, he vows to give the floodlit thousands gathered on a sweaty night in Lahore a new Pakistan. The 65-year-old, who won adulation for leading the 1992 World Cup winning side, has long been espousing his anti-corruption message while until now showing little sign of... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Imran Khan’s anti-corruption fight powers into final election push
Outside a samosa stall in Lahore, the home town of Imran Khan, a group of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters put down their forks to recall the glories of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, when the final wicket fell like a matchstick before the fast bowling of the team captain. “He was like a tiger,” says Imran Raja, who remembers the final. “I watch it all the time on YouTube,” chips in 21-year-old Hassan, mourning that he was not alive to see Khan lift the trophy. On 25 July, Pakistan holds a general election in which Khan, who founded the PTI in 1996 and goes by the nickname Captain, stands a good chance of a still more significant victory. Posters bearing the party logo, a bat and ball, deck the streets of Lahore. In language typical of a 65-year-old who has transferred boundless energy to the electoral field, Khan warned party workers “not to stop until the final ball” at a gathering in the city on Thursday. Although polls show the Pakistan … [Read more...] about Imran Khan starts race to lead Pakistan but can he please the ‘umpires’?