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Wounded TigerTHE 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 Pakistans 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 Pakistans successes helped to define its status in the world Defiant in defence irresistible in attack players such as AHKardar 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 Pakistans international cricket into exile No one knows when it will return home But Peter Obornes 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 Peter has managed the impossible somehow presenting mundane cricketing facts as a Scheherazade tale From its modest beginnings cricket in Pakistan has managed to become the defining feature for the nation Most Pakistanis identify with cricket and live by it But most don't know the intricate history of the game in Pakistan which somehow dampens the enthusiasm for the game With this publication of this great book this glaring anomaly has finally been patched Not only did the book cover all of the cricketing facts but also personal profile of cricketers and the many controversies plaguing the much followed gameThe best aspect of the book for me the way Peter has juxtaposed Pakistan's cricketing prowess with the various political changes from an insecure and cautious beginning to a team ruthless tigers desperate to prove their mantleThe end of the book was like a end of a classic movie with the portrayal of the last days of the great Kardar Fazal Mahmood justice Cornelius and Hanif MohammadFantastic effort

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mobi ä doc Wounded Tiger ñ Peter Oborne ñ [Reading] ➰ Wounded Tiger ➸ Peter Oborne – Danpashley.co.uk 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 THETHE 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 Pakistans 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 Pakistans successes helped to define its status in the world Defiant in defence irresistible in attack players such as AHKardar 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 Pakistans international cricket into exile No one knows when it will return home But Peter Obornes 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 Garry Sobers once said that if you call David Gower great then you have to have a different adjective to describe Bradman This book merits six stars Just at the moment when Pakistan cricket is in the doldrums this book emerges one that allies scholarship on the Frith scale and the fluidity of prose to rank with the best We've had some wonderful recent books by Chalke Astill etc but this one beats them allOne word of warning Don't buy the Kindle version as I did The photos are all at the end and suffer from lacking the clarity of the print version This is a long book with plenty of footnotes and it is a drag trying to follow themThe book goes into some considerable depth to understand the drivers of the game in Pakistan It rightly brings out the important roles of Kardar and Fazal Mahmood in the early days Both were due a reassessment Kardar with his abrasive personality was due the reappraisal I was disappointed that so little importance was given to Imtiaz Ahmed the hero of every child growing up in the cities see for example 'The Tebbit Test' Also Fazal's own testimony has been taken a little too readily for granted Truly a great bowler he was nevertheless not above embellishing his deeds For example in his book he says he had a nineteen inch waist can you believe it?The book is best when in thematic chapters When it gives a series by series account it begins to seem run of the mill

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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 Pakistans 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 Pakistans successes helped to define its status in the world Defiant in defence irresistible in attack players such as AHKardar 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 Pakistans international cricket into exile No one knows when it will return home But Peter Obornes 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 For many years the intermingling of politics and cricket in Pakistan has been crying out for examination There could be no better guide to this intriguing subject than Peter Oborne First things first he knows his cricket The mercurial superstars of the last fifty years are given balanced convincing coverage It's one thing to deal with individuals like Imran or Intikhab as they represent particular strands in the development of the game in Pakistan; importantly credibility is given to Javed to Saeed Ahmed Zaheer and others who are much complex than the media lets on Against that backdrop of knowledge much of it coming from cricketers who have been willing to confide and cricketers from that country are delighted to talk the political landscape is brilliantly covered At no point does the historical narrative overwhelm but the vital links amongst selectors prime ministers coaches and journalists are expertly explored In the end the story is riveting Explanations are offered and only sometimes guessed at The seamier side of the game in Pakistan is not overlooked but the book offers a convincing reminder of how much world cricket is missing by Pakistan's current pariah status in the eyes of the world cricket authorities The sooner that situation is resolved the better And the wounded tiger a brilliant title will strike once If you buy only one cricket book this year let it be this one Just don't bore the non cricket lovers around you by reading out too much