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5.0 out of 5 stars A very well researched and thoroughly detailed account of the ..., 4 Aug 2014
A very well researched and thoroughly detailed account of the history of Pakistan cricket and the individuals and set of events that played an important role in making Pakistan cricket what it is. Peter Osborne has given particularly a lot of credit to the game to AH Kardar and Fazal Mahmood who were Pakistan's first test cricketers. There is also mention of how war in 65 with India and the civil war of 71 and its effects iincluding reference to an English team reluctant to tour Pakistan unless the Dacca test was called off to a pitch invasion by Bengali student protestors. The book also mentions Imran Khan's significant contribution to Pakistan cricket and the infighting which happened during Miandad's captaincy as well as the Shakoor Rana Mike Batting controversy. A must read, not just for Pakistani cricket fans, all cricket fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate, objective and exceptionally well written history of Pakistan cricket, 13 Aug 2014
This review is from: Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan (Hardcover)
more than a documentary account of cricket in Pakistan this book feels like a lovingly written novel, in which the central characters of the story develop influenced by, and later influencing the unique pastiche of cultural and socio-economic facets that define pakistani cricket.

even for the avid pakistan cricket fan the passages focussed on the colonial and early academic institution driven development of cricket in pakistan are educational. this book has been thoroughly researched and in the first two thirds at least, written with exceptionally subtlety.

the final third of the book is more like a collection of essays of the most important developments in pakistan cricket, one feels that oborne may have been driven to this decision for lack of a protagonist of the likes of kardar, fazal, javed or imran to anchor the recent developments in pakistan cricket around. whilst still brilliantly researched the pace of the book stutters in this passage and fails to enlighten educated readers beyond what was already fairly well known.

pakistan cricket was a product of the passions of a few determined individuals, and in allowing that passion to be reflected in his writing, the author has written a truly heart felt account which will go down as one of the most comprehensive, exceptionally versed and well researched sporting books of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On a scale of 1 to 5, this is a towering Six, 8 Sep 2014
This review is from: Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan (Hardcover)
Wonderfully written and effortlessly inspiring.

Mr Oborne had me at hello with his points in the Preface on the low volume of writing on Pak cricket compared to other nations and on the slanted coverage of Pak cricketers by cricket writers. His note on how people have twisted/edited facts to prove a thesis is both a courageous stand in the context of Pak cricket and a broader philosophical point on a weakness of human nature we are all susceptible to.

What I have read thus far shows that Osbourne is not himself vulnerable to having a predefined clichéd view and gathering only the facts that fit it. His book is marvelous for its probity, nuanced narrative, and empathy.

The best base in point is the epilogue, White on Green, a stellar character study of the greats (esp. Kardar and Fazal Mahmood) that I would not have expected as the ending of a sports book.

This is a must-read for any cricket lover, not just a Pakistani cricket fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Book I'd Take to My Desert Island, 22 Sep 2014
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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 all.

One 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 them.

The 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 more run of the mill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you enjoy quite stylish writing, 20 Aug 2014
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If you care about cricket; if you are interested in how the modern state of Pakistan emerged, if you enjoy quite stylish writing, then this will be a good read for you, part social, part political, of course a big part sporting history, with an explanation of the reverse swing phenomenon which actually makes sense. Part of the Taliban supporting cricket, and actually fielding teams? Who'd have guessed? And some well chosen photographs to illustrate the narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read, 20 Aug 2014
This review is from: Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan (Hardcover)
One of the most comprehensive and researched books on Pakistan Cricket specially of the formative and early years bridging the Pre-Partition and Immediate Post Partition years. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would like to applaud the Author on his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Aug 2014
Brilliant book, fascinating history of one of the most interesting sports teams in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Aug 2014
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Excellent history of the growth of cricket in Pakistan and new state.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any cricket fan, 14 July 2014
Thoroughly researched, and interesting facts to learn.
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Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan by Peter Oborne (Hardcover - 3 July 2014)
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