Pashtun People

Twelfth men

The Afghan cricket team is due to compete in the ICC World Twenty20 competition in Sri Lanka this week.

A camaradarie born of adversity characterises the Afghan cricket team and, despite being ranked last among the 12 nations taking part in the Twenty20 World Cup, which begins this week, they are beginning to give the big boys a run for their money. Lynne O'Donnell reports. Pictures by Siddharth Siva.

Sunday, 16 September, 2012, 2:36am


Rebekah Brooks arrives at Westminster Court. Photo: AFP

Book charts Breivik's e-mails prior to attacks

4 Sep 2012 - 4:30am

The king of hearts

The genial heart surgeon wanders through the shell of a two-storey building and stops in the doorway of a stark rectangular first-floor room. Cooking pots, rubble and workmen's clothes litter the floor; bare windows stare out across dirt tracks and arid farmland.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Japanese society cannot survive if we stop all nuclear reactors or keep them halted

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Afghanistan has entered into a critical transition period. China is a trustworthy neighbour and friend

President Hu Jintao's message to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai (above)

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Mainland vehicles, not mainlanders, are the locusts unleashed on Hong Kong

Paul Zimmerman, Head of Designing Hong Kong

[The] match was a big milestone for Afghanistan ... so much so the Taliban sent a message of support

Omar Zakhilwal of Afghanistan's cricket board after the national team lost its first one-day international

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

John Tsang presents his final budget

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Afridi eager to dismiss doubts

Shahid Afridi will be out to prove a point to Pakistan's selectors that his sell-by date is still years away when he walks out for the first international Twenty20 match on local soil on the opening day of the Karp Group Hong Kong Sixes today.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sixes looks to fans for success

Strong fan support this weekend would have a critical impact on the success and the future of the new-look Karp Group Hong Kong Sixes, a top official said yesterday.

'Whether we end up making a profit, or in the red, will depend on how many fans turn up and buy their tickets at the gate,' said Shahzada Saleem, president of the Hong Kong Cricket Association.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

For all-rounder Afridi, records are made to be broken

Shahid Afridi will arrive in Hong Kong this week full of hope at the prospect of playing for Pakistan on the international stage once again.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Big-hitters on board for Sixes

Hong Kong Sixes organisers have pulled off a coup by signing the world's most prolific hitters of sixes - Shahid Afridi and Sanath Jayasuriya. Now they are targeting a third swashbuckling superstar - West Indian Chris Gayle.

It will be non-stop action with Afridi and Jayasuriya signing up for the All-Stars at next month's Karp Group Hong Kong Sixes at Kowloon Cricket Club.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

It takes competitiveness away from Hong Kong as a place for high-level businesspeople

Entrepreneur Allan Zeman on the shortage of international schools in Hong Kong

New media has opened a new political era

Liu Ruisheng, managing editor of an official report on new media, says the US is trying to influence public opinion in China via new media

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Well-travelled US ready for challenge in HK

They haven't had much match practice, but the United States travel well, if their last two outings are any indication.

It all points to hosts Hong Kong having a tough opener when the ICC World Cricket Division Three tournament gets under way on Saturday.

20 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Channel hop

The football World Cup generally means a month of sleep deprivation. New fatherhood means a lot more. When, however, the caregiver in question does triple duty as a police blood-splatter specialist by day and a vigilante serial killer by night, fatigue-related mistakes reach the ridiculous.

27 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Secret passions

For years, Manil Suri wrote in secret. Fearing disapproval from his fellow mathematics professors if they discovered he spent his leisure time writing fiction, Suri attended writing courses clandestinely while establishing himself as a tenured academic at the University of Maryland.

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

The object of Diana's desire

The setting - a dusty, backward garrison town in eastern Pakistan - is a world away from the glamour of Kensington Palace. And the man sitting here is about as far removed as you could possibly imagine from anyone's idea of lover to the world's most famous woman.

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am