Pakistan ride on the PSL generation

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Are we watching the T20 World Cup? Or the PSL?

Our special guests this week – Hassan Cheema, the strategy manager at Islamabad United, and Ahmer Naqvi, a freelance writer on pop culture – analyze Pakistan’s performances in their first three games of the T20 World Cup.

Talking Points:

  • Why the T20 World Cup is virtually a home tournament for Pakistan
  • The emotional reaction to watching Pakistan win three in a row
  • The importance of the Pakistan Super League
  • A new generation forging a new identity and narrative for Pakistan cricket
  • What Babar Azam has meant for Pakistan cricket as a whole
  • Shaheen’s stupendous opening burst versus India
  • Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez – the stalwarts guiding the middle order
  • The versatility of Imad Wasim
  • Comparing this tournament and the 2017 Champions Trophy
  • Pakistan winding back the clock by playing two anchors as openers
  • The joy of watching a team do as you expect


Hassan Cheema (@mediagag)

Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)


Why the PSL matters – Ahmer Naqvi – Dawn

Reflections from the Faysal Bank T20 – Ahmer Naqvi and Hassan Cheema – ESPNcricinfo

Rohit ball or Rahul ball: which Shaheen Afridi dismissal was better? – Osman Samiuddin – ESPNcricinfo

How Mohammad Hafeez has been a T20 giant in 2020 – Osman Samiuddin – ESPNcricinfo

The Shoaib Malik problem – Osman Samiuddin – ESPNcricinfo

Understanding T20 – a conversation with Hassan Cheema – 81allout podcast

Pakistan in 1999: the allure, the magic, and the heartbreak – 81allout podcast 

The Old Trafford blowout – 81allout podcast

Conversation with Ahmer Naqvi and Hassan Cheema – Couchtalks with Subash Jayaraman

Rice, fat, meat, streets – Ahmer Naqvi on biryani in Karachi –


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