From Mushtaq to Misbah: a journey like none other

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From Mushtaq to Misbah: a journey like none other

Our special guest this week is Nadeem F Paracha, an historian, author, and cultural critic who writes a regular column for the Dawn newspaper.

NFP, as he is fondly known, has been a keen observer of Pakistan cricket for close to half a century. Drawing on his vast knowledge of history and culture, he brings a unique perspective when writing about the game. And he adds vital context with regard to the political and social conditions that have prevailed across the years.

Talking Points:

  • Memories from the 1976-77 season
  • Wasim Raja – a man ahead of his time
  • Pakistan’s historic win in Sydney in 1977
  • The thrill of Pakistan v West Indies in 1977
  • Mushtaq Mohammad – a largely forgotten captain
  • Politics and cricket in the 1970s
  • Zia-ul-Haq’s love for television
  • Early radio and TV coverage of cricket in Pakistan
  • Javed Miandad’s immortal six in Sharjah
  • How the game spread to the smaller towns
  • The 1987 World Cup – and Imran’s retirement
  • The ugly 1990s
  • The match-fixing scourge
  • Inzamam and the Zia school of captaincy
  • Misbah’s ideology-free pragmatism
  • What the return of international cricket means to Pakistan
  • and much more…


Nadeem F Paracha (@nadeemfparacha)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)


Like Nation, Like Cricket: How Cricket Has Mirrored The Political Evolution of Pakistan – – Nadeem F Paracha

Pakistan cricket: A class, ethnic and sectarian history – Dawn – Nadeem F Paracha

The biggest unfulfilled talent – – Nadeem F Paracha on Wasim Raja

West Indies v Pakistan, Fifth Test, Kingston, 1977 – YouTube upload

Misbah’s story: How the almost forgotten cricketer rose to become an icon – Dawn – Nadeem F Paracha

Cricket columns by Nadeem F Paracha in Dawn

The multi-faceted domestic giant – Gul Hameed Bhatti obituary in ESPNcricinfo – Osman Samiuddin

With Allah on their side – Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2006 – Osman Samiuddin

For God’s Sake, It’s Cricket – Outlook Magazine – Amir Mir

Books discussed:

The Pakistan Anti-Hero: History of Pakistan Nationalism Through the Lives of Iconoclasts – Nadeem F Paracha

End of past: An immediate eyewitness history of a troubled nation – Nadeem F Paracha

Osman Samiuddin’s Unquiet Ones

Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Cricket in Pakistan – Shaharyar M Khan and Ali Khan

Javed Miandad’s autobiography – Cutting Edge

Imran: Autobiography of Imran Khan – By Imran Khan and Patrick Murphy

Mushtaq Mohammad’s autobiography – Inside Out 

Mike Brearley’s Art of Captaincy 


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3 thoughts on “From Mushtaq to Misbah: a journey like none other”

  1. What an amazing interview..
    Rolling back all those years, with great insight.
    Highly recommended.

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