#PakistanZindabad – Our Movement

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“…social media se perheyz he karunga, bohot hate hai logo mei…” said a fellow cricketer whose performance was top stuff throughout the Champions Trophy. I have seen trends and posts praising him like no tomorrow, all the rest of the media platforms included. “I’m enjoying all the love, for now, but not going to get used to it.” he said. That’s a pretty solid reality to argue against, so I didn’t. But the thought bothered me.

Most of the time trends on twitter reflect politics or crisis and stuff like athletes or artists performing well and for sure about the not-so-well ones. I guess that’s fine, everyone has the right to express themselves. I will request everyone and remind myself, that we should always remain respectful to each other, in person or on social media, not just when we land at the Dubai airport.

I can keep going on and on about the background, or get to the main point: our social media responsibility towards Pakistan.

Lets do our part in showing the world the side of Pakistan we all love, cherish and share every day. We are Pakistan’s ambassador – to the people around, or on social media, print, or where ever we have influence, how ever far our voices reach. Influence and reach are powers that must be used responsibly.

So here’s an idea; what if  we all tweet once per day on something great about Pakistan, it could be a picture, or a quote, a moment, about history, achievements, records, a fact, anything that we love our country more for – using #PakistanZindabad – for at least 40 days. Why 40? the current record for the longest trend is 39 days smth hours.

Let’s give the best gift we can give to Pakistan as we celebrate the 70th Independence Day this year – as our Duas for Her – as the longest trend ever, in history.

#PakistanZindabad is a movement to share the Pakistan we love with the world. Starting: 2017, August 1st at 19:47 – target is continue till September 10th.

Are you with me?

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ps. if each of you invite 10 friends to this digital movement and everyone tweets at least once a day, we can make this happen inshAllah

Notes:

Let’s make sure we are all using one hashtag which is #PakistanZindabad (spelled: Pakistan Zindabad * one a in bad not two)

All of you suggested that we should have themes for each day so we can all focus. This will also make all of us explore more beauty in our country too. To me #PakistanZindabad is a digital movement to share with the world what we love about Pakistan, in our own way.

Topics list:

August 1. Our food
August 2. Our cities & provinces
August 3. How we dress
August 4. The Pakistani selfie
August 5. Pakistan’s natural beauty
August 6. Discover Pakistan day: records/science/tech/academics
August 7. History and facts about Pakistan
August 8. Pakistan’s fashion
August 9. Our Defence
August 10. Our literature
August 11. Pakistan invites: invite your favourite personality abroad to visit Pakistan
August 12. Pakistan media
August 13. Pakistani music
August 14. Pakistani women (achievements/heroes: local or nationals/humans of Pakistan)
August 15. Pakistani men (achievements/heroes: local or nationals/humans of Pakistan)
August 16. The beauty of the north Pakistan
August 17. Pakistani art & crafts
August 18. Me, Pakistan, & my chai selfie or moment
August 19. Pakistani film and dramas
August 20. Animals of Pakistan

Why I’m Giving-up My Place In The Test Squad

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So yes! I just announced my retirement from Test Cricket and I think I did the right thing…….I have been thinking about it for a while (and lets talk about this point later), I have also discussed with a close few, taken opinions of friends, family, peers, seniors, my wife, and Ammi jaan. Then add to all this my gut feeling and a number of Istakhara namazs, I think you will agree that it was just about timing the decision.

But it was one of the toughest decisions of my life, no doubt. Mentally I had kind of retired from Test format sometime back as I decided to focus only on One days and T20s. But my love for Cricket in general and the fascination with Test Cricket in specific never allowed me to take it as a formal decision.

I was in a delightful shock when my name was added to the Test squad after the Zimbabwe series. And I will never say no to a call to any squad for Pakistan, just cant do that. Playing these 3 Tests have also helped me to confirm my decision, and re-connect with what it takes. All I can say for sure is that Test format, is a REAL test!

Sure I can play test for quite a few more years, and my performance during this series made me more confident with my abilities as a utility player. Also our Test team is well established, performing well, and, having been a part of this series, I can confirm that the team needs the leadership of Misbah and Younis – not me. Also what the team needs is the much younger talent who can play with the seniors, learn and get the grooming around the tons of experience. Im giving up my spot for new talent, the likes of Babar Azam, Moahmmed Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood, Harris Sohail, and many others. I want to focus on the World Cup 2019 and give back to my people what I have learned around the world of Cricket, like two decades ago others had done for me.

Im also giving up my spot to have quality time with family and experience the many things this life has to offer. I have enjoyed playing professional cricket for the past 20 years and have lived my dreams….but mostly all of this has come at the cost of my family time and personal relationships. I need to take care of these blessings around me as that’s what really means the most to me. Would also like to mention Ammi jaan without whom I will be just too lost.

Lastly, and foremost, I would like to thank my fans, friends, the Pakistan Cricket Board, team mates, management, coaches for trusting me and my abilities.

Bleeding green, I remain
Sincerely yours,

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