This EPIC 1992 article by Najam Sethi proves how much he actually knows about cricket

04:02 PM | 30 Mar, 2017
This EPIC 1992 article by Najam Sethi proves how much he actually knows about cricket
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket board chairman Najam Sethi known for his spot-on analysis regarding the political corridors has also tried his hand at solving the puzzle of Pakistani cricket team before 1992 world cup but his miscalculated analysis gives a clue of his cricketing intelligence.

An article of Najam Sethi that harks back to March 1992, the days when Pakistani team was up for biggest cricketing challenge World Cup, suggested some crucial changes for the Pakistani team, which if put into action could help Pakistani team sail through the tournament.

According to Najam, Pakistani cricket team led by Imran Khan should have done some manipulations in a bid to secure victory. The Pakistani team did not lend an ear to Sethi's pearls of wisdom and successfully bagged World Cup.

Najam Sethi suggested that Saleem Malik and star bowler Wasim Akram should have been appointed as captain and vice-captain respectively if both Javed Miandad and Imran Khan were ageing and were unfit warriors. He went on and proposed both the cricketing luminaries to train Malik and Akram.

Not only that, Najam quoted examples of Kapil Dev and Vengsarkar playing under an apparently junior captain and proposed that Imran Khan should do the same.

Excerpt from Najam Sethi's editorial published on March 5, 1992

The media celebrity termed Imran Khan's decision to take part in any match provided he can bowl 'ridiculous' adding that Imran enjoys honour in the team as a batsman, not as bowler.

It may be mentioned that Imran Khan took a wicket in th World cup final and bowled six overs at an economy rate of 6.78 per over.

The then political analyst and current PCB chairman shared his wisdom and slammed Imran Khan's fierce motivation to win the world cup in a bid to fulfil his dream of building a cancer hospital. Sethi remarked that the personal motivation of flamboyant Khan was negatively affecting the morale of team.

To the dismay of Najam Sethi and pleasant surprise of Pakistani cricket fans, Pakistani cricket team was crowned champions regardless of Sethi's analysis.

The writer is a civil servant.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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