Deja vu for Pakistan: 6 eerie similarities between cricket World Cups of 1992, 2022

This combination of photos shows Pakistan cricket team captains Imran Khan (L) and Babar Azam (R). (Social media/ AFP)
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Updated 08 November 2022
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Deja vu for Pakistan: 6 eerie similarities between cricket World Cups of 1992, 2022

  • 30 years ago, Imran Khan led Pakistan to their first World Cup glory in Melbourne
  • As was the case in 1992, Pakistan face New again in a semifinal clash

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan play New Zealand in the semifinal of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on Wednesday, cricket buffs couldn’t help but notice a few eerie similarities that took place in 1992 when Imran Khan lifted the World Cup for Pakistan and this year’s T20 World Cup as well, when Babar Azam attempts to do the same for the green shirts.

1. Adelaide Oval, where miracles favor Pakistan

South African cricket fans watched in shock and horror as the Proteas lost by 13 runs to minnows Netherlands on Sunday at the Adelaide Oval. The loss helped pave the way for Pakistan to beat Bangladesh and out of nowhere, qualify for the semis.

Oddly enough, on March 1, 1992, Pakistan were staring imminent defeat in the face when they were bowled out for a mere 74 runs by an impressive England bowling unit. Had Pakistan lost the match, Khan’s side would have been knocked out of the World Cup and someone else other than the cricketer-turned-politician would have lifted the 1992 trophy. 




Pakistan's Shan Masood and Shadab Khan (C) walk off the field after their win during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Adelaide Oval on November 6, 2022 in Adelaide. (AFP)

However, just when England were cruising to victory at 24/1, dark clouds gathered above and heavy rainfall washed away the match. Both sides walked away with a point each and Pakistan advanced oo the next stage of the tournament. 

2. Déjà vu: The New Zealand semifinal

Pakistan face New Zealand on Wednesday in a semifinal clash, with both sides vying to book a berth in the final of the tournament. Interestingly enough, Khan’s ‘Cornered Tigers’ also defeated the Kiwis in the first semifinal of the 1992 World Cup over 30 years ago. 




Pakistan cricket team in the captaincy of Imran Khan, celebrates victory against New Zealand in Eden Park, Auckland on March 21, 1992. (Photo courtesy: Social media)

All seemed lost for Pakistan until an out-of-form Inzamam-ul-Haq walked to the crease and smashed a 37-ball 60 runs to see Pakistan through to the final. The rest, as they say, is history. 

3. England in the last four

This won’t sit well with Indian fans at all. Pakistan defeated England in the final of the 1992 Cricket World Cup by 22 runs. We’ve discussed Pakistan defeating New Zealand in the first semifinal of the tournament while Graham Gooch’s England beat South Africa to qualify for the final.




England players Ian Botham and Graham Gooch pictured during World Cup 1992. (Photo courtesy: Social Media)

Bad news, Indian fans. This time around, England have made it to the semifinals. And they face India on Thursday for the World Cup glory. 

4. India getting the better of Pakistan in the group stage

Pakistan cricket team lost to Rohit Sharma’s India in the group stage of the tournament at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23 in a last-ball thriller.

Again, this won’t sit well with Indian cricket fans. In 1992, Mohammad Azharuddin’s team outperformed Pakistan in the group stage of the tournament, adding to Khan’s troubles earlier on.




India's Virat Kohli (2nd L) celebrates as Pakistani players react on their loss during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. (AFP)

Khan went on to lift the trophy for Pakistan. Who knew losing to India in the group stage of the World Cup would ultimately, provide relief to Pakistan cricket fans?

5. Disappointing hosts Australia

Australia co-hosted the 1992 World Cup tournament with New Zealand. And in front of the home crowd, Allan Border’s side failed to qualify for the semifinals.

Oddly enough, this time around too, Aaron Finch’s side were knocked out of the cup when England secured a last-over victory over Sri Lanka.




Team Australia observe a minute silence to mark the 20th anniversary of Bali bombing prior to the second cricket match of the Twenty20 series between Australia and England in Canberra on October 12, 2022. (AFP)

Here’s where it gets interesting. Just like 1992, this time around, Australia happen to be the hosts as well.


6. Pakistan, MCG and World Cup finals

In 1992, Khan’s cricket team bested England by 22 runs in the final to lift the trophy for the first time ever. The same venue will once again host the final of this year’s T20 World Cup.




Pakistani captain Imran Khan lifts the trophy after winning World Cup 1992. (Photo courtesy: Social Media)

The question on everyone’s minds is: will Pakistan be the one playing there, come Sunday?


Fast bowler Haris Rauf ruled out of PSL after dislocating shoulder

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Fast bowler Haris Rauf ruled out of PSL after dislocating shoulder

  • Haris Rauf fell awkwardly on his shoulder during Karachi-Lahore match on Saturday
  • Doctors have advised Rauf to rest for 4-6 weeks to recover from injury, says Lahore Qalandars 

LAHORE: Fast bowler Haris Rauf has been ruled out of the remainder of the Pakistan Super League after dislocating his shoulder during two-time defending champion Lahore Qalandars’ two-wicket loss against Karachi Kings on Saturday.

The franchise said in a statement on Sunday that doctors have advised Rauf to rest for 4-6 weeks to recover from the injury after undergoing scans.

Rauf fell awkwardly on his shoulder in the last over while holding onto a stunning catch of Hasan Ali during Karachi’s thrilling run-chase as Lahore lost its fourth successive game in Pakistan’s premier domestic Twenty20 event.

Rauf struggled in the first three games but bounced back against Karachi with economical figures of 1-22 off his four overs.

“We are deeply saddened by Haris Rauf’s injury,” Lahore captain Shaheen Shah Afridi said. “It was painful to see him missing out … and his absence will be felt.”

Rauf’s injury is the second major bowling setback for Lahore after its premier spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan was ruled out before the tournament due to a back injury.


Pakistan approves mergers of leading Saudi company with stakes in its steel sector

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Pakistan approves mergers of leading Saudi company with stakes in its steel sector

  • M/s Saudi Iron and Steel Company (Hadeed) deals in spot sales in Pakistan’s steel market, exports to South Asian country
  • Three mergers are not anticipated to raise competition concerns in the relevant market, says competition commission

ISLAMABAD: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) this week approved three mergers concerning a leading Saudi company that has a significant presence in Pakistan’s steel market, the regulatory body said. 

Based in the kingdom, M/s/ Saudi Iron and Steel Company (Hadeed) produces a range of steel products and deals in spot sales in Pakistan’s steel market. Hadeed also exports to the South Asian country through international traders.

The CCP said in its press release on Saturday that the Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, sent a pre-merger application to CCP to acquire 100 percent shareholding of Hadeed from M/s. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (“SABIC”).

“PIF has entered into a share purchase agreement with SABIC, under which SABIC agrees to sell its entire share capital of Hadeed to PIF,” the CCP said. 

The second merger involved Hadeed acquiring 100 percent shareholding of Al Rajhi Steel Industries Company from M/s. Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Al Rajhi & Sons Investment. 

Al Rajhi Steel, established in 1978, is a subsidiary of Al Rajhi Invest and is known for its steel manufacturing capabilities in Saudi Arabia. This involved a share exchange agreement between Hadeed and Al Rajhi Invest.

In the third stage, the CCP said PIF intends to dispose off its 44.5 percent shareholding in Hadeed to M/s. Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Al Rajhi & Sons Investment, the CCP. It added that the move was intended to share control over Hadeed and Al Rajhi Steel to improve their respective production capabilities and increase their operational efficiency.

“These transactions, as per the information available, are not anticipated to raise any competition concerns in the relevant market,” the CCP said. 

It said Pakistan’s steel sector is “one of the most important industries in the country” and with investments, can raise the country’s GDP to bring benefits to both the economy and investors.


Pakistan inaugurates ‘pivotal’ polio campaign to immunize over 45.8 million children

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Pakistan inaugurates ‘pivotal’ polio campaign to immunize over 45.8 million children

  • Polio volunteers to immunize children under five years old from Feb. 26 to March 3, says national health ministry 
  • Many believe in the conspiracy theory that polio vaccines are part of a Western ploy to sterilize Pakistan’s population

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s federal health secretary Iftikhar Shallwani on Sunday inaugurated a nationwide campaign against polio that aims to immunize over 45.8 million children against the disease, the national health ministry said. 

Pakistan is one of only two countries in the world where polio is endemic. The disease affects the nervous system of children and ultimately leads to paralysis.

The South Asian country’s efforts to contain polio have often been met with opposition, especially in the country’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where militants have carried out attacks against vaccinators and the security teams guarding them. 

Many believe in the conspiracy theory that polio vaccines are part of a plot by Western outsiders to sterilize Pakistan’s population. 

Shallwani inaugurated the campaign, which is set to launch nationwide on Monday, by administering polio drops to children. 

“This pivotal campaign, scheduled from Feb 26 to Mar 3, aims to immunize over 45.8 million children under the age of 5 across the country,” the Ministry of National Health Services wrote on X platform. 

Shallwani said polio is a “terrible” disease that can cause paralysis in children.

“Unfortunately, it continues to be a threat to our children because some people refuse to vaccinate children based on misconceptions and false information about the vaccine,” he said. 

He said volunteers will deliver the vaccine to people’s doorsteps from next week, requesting parents to cooperate with them. 

“I implore you to recognize the threat posed by the poliovirus to your children and ensure that you open your doors to facilitate their vaccination,” the health official said. 

Pakistani masses’ doubts regarding polio campaigns were exacerbated in 2011 when the US Central Intelligence Agency set up a fake hepatitis vaccination program to gather intelligence on former Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. 


Undefeated Quetta lock horns with Multan Sultans in PSL 9 clash today

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Undefeated Quetta lock horns with Multan Sultans in PSL 9 clash today

  • Multan Sultans lost their first match of the tournament to Peshawar Zalmi this week 
  • Despite the loss, the Sultans top the Pakistan Super League points table due to strong run rate

ISLAMABAD: The undefeated Quetta Gladiators will be put to the test today, Sunday, when they face table-toppers Multan Sultans in match number 11 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024 set to take place in Multan. 

The Sultans sit pretty at the top of the table with six points from four matches. However, they lost to former champions Peshawar Zalmi on Friday by five wickets at their home ground in Multan. 

Under new skipper Rilee Rossouw, however, the Gladiators have won all three matches of theirs. 

“I am aware of the conditions on Multan hence I don’t encounter any difficulties playing there,” Rossouw said. “Every match is a new contest, we will implement our plan to win it.”

The Gladiators have the same number of points as the Gladiators, six, from three matches. However, they are placed at number two on the table due to a net run rate of +0.686. The Sultans have a run rate of +0.812 from their four matches. 

The match between the two sides is expected to begin at 2:00 p.m.

Playing XIs (probable):

Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Dawid Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Yasir Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, David Willey, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Ali, Shahnawaz Dahani

Quetta Gladiators: Saud Shakeel, Jason Roy, Rilee Rossouw (c), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Khawaja Nafay, Shefane Rutherford, Akeal Hosein, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Wasim, Mohammad Hasnain


Pakistan’s Sindh Assembly elects speaker from majority party 

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Pakistan’s Sindh Assembly elects speaker from majority party 

  • Pakistan Peoples Party’s Syed Owais Qadir Shah secures 111 votes to win speaker’s election 
  • Election for the post of Sindh chief minister is scheduled to be held on Monday

KARACHI: Elections for the coveted posts of speaker and deputy speaker of Pakistan’s Sindh Assembly will be held today, Sunday, state-run media said, a day after newly elected members of the assembly were sworn in. 

Saturday’s oath-taking ceremony was marred by protests in Karachi staged by supporters of various political parties who allege that the Feb. 8 elections were heavily rigged. 

Supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Grand Democratic Alliance, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and other nationalist parties gathered near the provincial assembly in Karachi’s southern zone to protest alleged manipulation of Feb. 8 election, which was marred by a mobile network outage and delays in release of constituency results.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which bagged the highest number of seats in Sindh, has nominated Murad Ali Shah, former Sindh chief minister, for the top provincial office once again. The party has also nominated Syed Owais Shah for the role of speaker, and Anthony Naveed for the post of deputy speaker of the Sindh provincial assembly.

“Elections of speaker and deputy speaker of Sindh Assembly will be held on Sunday,” the state-run Radio Pakistan said in a report. “On the other hand, the election of Sindh Chief Minister will be held tomorrow (Monday).”

The PPP bagged 84 seats in the southern Pakistani province, followed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) which secured 28 seats, while 14 seats were won by independent candidates. The JI and the GDA won two seats each.

While the inaugural Sindh Assembly session was in progress, several Pakistani parties on Saturday announced they would observe February 27 as a “Black Day” in response to Sindh police firing tear gas at their supporters protesting suspected rigging in the general elections earlier this month.

In view of the protest calls, the Sindh caretaker government on Friday imposed a ban under Section 144 on public assembly, gatherings, protests, processions, and demonstrations in Karachi’s South zone, where the provincial legislature is located, for a period of 30 days, according to the provincial home department.

Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) empowers the administration to issue orders in public interest and place a ban on any activity for a specific period of time.