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The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket

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The story of Pakistan cricket is dramatic, tortured, heroic and tumultuous.

From a beginning with nothing after the Partition of 1947 to the jubilation of its victory against England at the Oval in 1954; from earning its Test status and competing with the best to sealing a golden ag
Hardcover, 546 pages
Published December 11th 2014 by HarperCollins India (first published November 15th 2014)
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Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I've always been fascinated by Pakistan, the cricket team and also, the country. Even though I live in a neighbouring country, quality and unbiased reporting on Pakistan has been scarce in the Indian media, print or electronic. The extreme stereotypes have always been pushed to the front, as is usual, and it needs some effort on your part to learn about the average Pakistani and the society in general.

This book brings together two of my favorite book genres, Sports and History. But t
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has been on my radar for a while. I finally ordered it after Pakistan won the final test against England last week - another mercurial display in a highly anticipated series where they won a closely fought first test, got blown away in the next two and then came back from behind to win the final game.

Like the Pakistani cricket establishment, the book's structure is quite haphazard. I am sure this was deliberate. It begins with an almost cinematic account of Pakistan's first test win o
Aug 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
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I have read a couple of chapters online and this looks like an excellent cricket book.

The Miracle of '92
This chapter is an account of Pakistan's miraculous victory in the 1992 World Cup.They had won just one of their first five matches.Rain had earned them a point against England and saved them from elimination.

Till then,no one in the team was performing.Batsmen like Malik and Ejaz were not laying bat on ball.Imran had a shoulder injury.Miandad had initially been left out of the team (he blamed
Saba Imtiaz
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really compelling and colourful read on the origins of cricket in Pakistan, covering everything from how stadiums were built and live commentary was introduced in a young, passionate nation to the captains that would shape various leadership styles and the politicking that would come to dominate the administration of the game. Highly recommended to anyone who has ever enjoyed watching Pakistan play cricket, or been fascinated by how the sport has dominated the country and the region.
A Man Called Ove
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a joy to read this book. He has covered all aspects of the game - The club competitions in d beginning, d Radio/Television broadcasting, sponsorship and player remunerations, corruption, player profiles, Infrastructure and ofcourse, the cricket itself. Despite this indepth coverage, the book is a fast-read and there are many suitably placed anecdotes. Also, the author has provided perspectives and context very well where needed.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book is a must read for all cricket lovers. The author does a great job of explaining and demystifying the 'jazbaa' that drives Pakistan's cricket, and the players who have represented them.

Imran, Akram, Miandad, Kardar, Hanif Mohammed, Fazal Mahmood, are all brought alive beautifully, in all their brilliance and their imperfections.

I was actually on the verge of finishing this book on the eve of the India - Pakistan CWC game in 2015. But held back to finish it after the match. The reason
Jairam Mohan
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A well researched and fairly unbiased book detailing the history of one of the most enigmatic cricketing nations, Pakistan. Starting from the origins of organized cricket in the country leading upto early 2010, this book covers all the important happenings, characters and milestones of Pakistan cricket. A must read for any cricket buff and more so if you are a fan of Pakistani cricket.
Umar Riaz
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ahmed Chowdhry
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Sports books I have read in a long while. No body has written this well or in such detail as Osman on Pakistan Cricket and its topsy turvy nature. It is a must read for any Cricket fan, never mind Pakistani Cricket followers. Some chapters on Imran Khan, Miandad, Wasim Akram are just such scintillating pieces of writing that I reread those passages. It also helped that I can associate with this Cricket team and its ups and down over the years. Its quite an unforgiving love affair ...more
Swati Garg
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Osman Saimuddin is a genius. A must read book if you have ever been fascinated by Pakistani Cricket or Cricket in general.
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
If there's one word which can justifiably describe the brand of cricket Pakistan play, it's mercurial. They can lose a test match to Zimbabwe, languish in the lower echelons of the ICC test and ODI rankings and still gather themselves to take the cricketing world by storm by clinching the Champion's trophy and just when you've thought that they've deciphered the enigma called consistency, they turn up and lose to Sri Lanka in Dubai.

A tale that continues to surprise, delight and confound - These
Pinaki Swain
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The bottom line is this is a must-read book if you are remotely interested in cricket. Osman Samiuddin has achieved something many of us could only wish to do. He has written a well-researched sportsbook which is also a pleasurable read. Not an overdose of statistics but they come to prove a point when they are absolutely required. Like he refers to the innings played by Hanif Mohammad in some matches to show that his natural instinct was to attack. For beginners, Hanif Mohammad still holds the ...more
Brijesh Kartha
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a concise and easy to read history of Pakistani cricket

A well written book, it is a fairly decent book on Pakistani cricket, covering many generations as well as many milestones. It also touches on many contributions, both positive and negative, that Pakistan has made to the field of cricket. Good job by the author.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for all the fans of Pakistan Cricket ..From Abdul Hafeez Kardar to Misbah-ul-Haq...This book will take you to a journey of a lifetime...
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the first Samiuddin articles I read was The Haal of Pakistan, an absolutely brilliant writeup on Pakistan's mercurial genius on the cricket field. I have been looking forward to reading The Uniquet Ones for a long time. And to be honest, compared to the article writer Samiuddin, the book writer Samiuddin disappoints a tad, because the book totally lacks structure and a narrative, often even within long chapters.

However, it is a very informative, well researched and rarely boring read. Wo
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a nice read :)

Most people would agree with me that Pakistan is a cricket team like no other. Consistently inconsistent, erratic, wild but brilliant, captivating and colourful. Controversial.
It was as much this as Osman Samiuddin's writing that led me to the book. Much like many of the writers on Cricinfo, to paraphrase his quote from the book, he makes reading about cricket more interesting than watching it. This is best illustrated in his description of Akram getting the better of Drav
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I had a voucher to use from Amazon, I wanted a book on Pakistan cricket and its history. I was torn between Peter Oborne's exhaustive book or Osman Samiuddin's The Unquiet Ones. I decided for the latter and I didn't regret the choice. The book's history takes from pre-Partition to the spot-fixing trial of 2010 but it touches upon moments, notable and significant characters (for good and bad), whilst mixing in the culture of the sub-continent's passion for the game. It captures the high mome ...more
Hammad Anwar
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well written book on the history and evolution on Pakistan`s cricket along with profiles of the ones who left a big mark in the history books. I particularly enjoyed how he also gave the socio political context of whatever was happening in the country during all major cricketing events. Definitely recommended ...more
Muhammad Hammad
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite a captivating read! Gives a detailed account across the different eras starting from 50's. I couldn't resist going back and watching youtube videos of individual performances and events side-by-side. Some of those I must have watched live in the late 90s/early 2000s but were not fresh in my memory now. Recommended for those who have been following pakistan cricket over the years!! ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book for lovers of Pakistan Cricket.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of the best cricket books you could ever read particularly if you're a Pakistan cricket fan! Osman Samiuddin writes with great passion, intelligence and wit.
Debjit Sengupta
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book beautifully captures the essence and nitty-gritty of Pakistan Cricket. So you have a detail on how the game existed before partition and how it evolved after partition. How intense college rivalries in Lahore kept delivering players even though there was no domestic structure in place? What is Karachi-Lahore rivalry all about? What hurdles administrators faced and how they overcome it? What role corporate played? How the matting wickets contributed to the initial success? Who were the p ...more
Karthik Ram
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well-researched but its love for detail compromises readability, on occasion.
Talha Ahmad
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The tumultuous history of Pakistan cricket is eloquently captured by Osman Samiuddin in his fascinating and aptly titled book "The Unquiet Ones".

The book goes through the circumstances surrounding the creation of the first Pakistani team to the team environment in the lead up to the infamous 2010 fixing scandal. It covers both the progress and the regression; the highs and the lows. More specifically there is the history of the team foremost, the Pakistan Cricket Board, domestic cricket, sponsor
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent overview of Pakistani cricket, bringing in, without focusing on, the various political backdrops. It could have been twice the length had the author chosen to spend more time in individual players - and I would have happily read it. For Pakistan cricket fans this is a great book, but for cricket fans in general, you can't fail to be entertained and dismayed in equal measure - pretty much what watching Pakistan play is like. The book captures so well the mercurial nature of the country ...more
Kaustubh Dudhane
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I never have seen such a well researched and profound book about cricket. The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket not only talks about cricket or boring match summaries but other factors like nationalism, politics, administration, culture, partition, wars and more importantly about jazba and izzat. The author takes the reader well into the lives of the greats of Pakistan like Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Fazal Mahmood, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Mohammad Aamir (surp ...more
Qazi Sufian Javed
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone fascinated by the conundrum that is Pakistani cricket! Samiuddin has been successful in capturing the essence of what makes Pakistan an irreconcilable force as much to itself as to the rest of the world. The author's passion for the sport is telling in this book with page after page filled with intricate details of the evolution of cricket in Pakistan, every notion of it intimately described. It's a pity that I won't wake up tomorrow to continue reading this masterpiece an ...more
waqar ahmad
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A must read for every Cricket Lover and especially for those millions who adorn n worship the game in this part of the world. get acquainted to the rise of CRICKETmania in the country whose national game is Hockey. Read the rivalries, personality quirks and stigmas that have surrounded the cricket of the most unpredictable team of the game.
Maaz Ahmed
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Osman Samiuddin perfectly sums up the history of Pakistan cricket. The highs, the lows, the controversies and the great feats over the years. Every little detail has been written with the same 'Jazba' with which cricket matches are played.

A great read, would recommend to any Pakistani cricket fan.
Nadir Zia
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Unlike any 'history of...' Book that I've read. Entertaining and informative and extremely well written. Must read for followers of Pakistan cricket and any cricket fan for that matter. ...more
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