It is quite evident Pakistan cricket fans at Dubai International Cricket Stadium have great fondness for both their all-rounders.
It is quite evident Pakistan cricket fans at Dubai International Cricket Stadium have great fondness for both their all-rounders.

Boom Boom goes to Razzaq

DUBAI // As the Tuesday sky slid from yellow to orange to black at Dubai Sports City, the considerable organs known as Pakistani cricket hearts clearly had taken on fresh renovations.

Somewhere down the corridors from the chambers that keep ample room for Shahid Afridi, the space set aside for one Abdul Razzaq had widened.

With that celestial 109 from 72 deliveries on Sunday in Abu Dhabi at a dire cricket moment in a dour cricket era for Pakistan, Razzaq did more than level the one-day internationals in the ongoing UAE tour against South Africa. He did more than furnish Pakistan with a sorely needed win.

No, to hear some of the droves hurrying through blowing sand toward the cricket ground, the 30-year-old veteran who first played for Pakistan before age 17 also wrought a stack of unintended feats.

He performed mood surgery and supplied happiness implants.

"We are very excited and very happy because, you know, the Pakistani people are very sad," said Daryafat Khan, a Dubai resident from Nowshera close to Peshawar.

"Because there is flooding, there is terrorism, there is how many casualties. There are many bad things happening . . . One match. Everything changed. Before we were very sad, very tired. When we are thinking about our country, anybody living here, the thoughts for our country are very sad. Nobody expected them winning the match, the last one. But he did it."

It felt as if all the loud wretchedness - two bad tours, one corruption-charging tabloid - seemed to abate with Razzaq's calm head. "When he entered the stadium it was like he was ready to attack," said Nassir Jehan, a Dubai resident from Peshawar. "He was not bothered with what was going on, on the other side. He was on his mission. He was focused."

He boosted attendance.

"Because nobody can think that we would win that match, but after that Pakistan came back, that's why we are coming here," said Malik Javed Iqbal, a Dubai resident from Sialkot who on Sunday watched with his nephew even after they discussed maybe stopping watching. "If Pakistan will lose that match, nobody will come here."

"Today all the crowd is coming for him, because he played beautifully," Daryafat said.

He regenerated the discussion over his relatively low turn in the batting order. "For me, he never has been right in the batting order," Jehan said, preferring him second or third, closer to where the Hyderabad Heroes batted him in the Indian Cricket League.

He ushered fans back into the globally practiced art of star comparisons. "I love Afridi, but Afridi is not the No 1 batsman," said Jamil Ahmed, hurrying toward the stadium and throning Razzaq.

"He's an entertainer," Jehan said of Afridi. "He comes and plays six balls and has two sixes and people are happy but when it comes to getting the game to work, then it's Razzaq." He likes Afridi but notes his popularity among Pakistanis in the UAE owes partly to the large number hailing from Afridi's home area around Peshawar.

"I think everyone, the heart has moved to Razzaq," Daryafat said, bursting into laughter at the mania. On the bus, he said, some fans stated intent to fill out their charts with Razzaq listed as "Boom Boom Razzaq," commandeering Afridi's nickname. Shahid, a thoughtful cricket aficionado from Punjab on hand for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority in case of any stadium problems, sat in his work truck outside the stadium listening on radio and fielding updates from a coworker.

"Afridi is energetic," he said. "He will never play a boring innings. That's why people like him. He has no patience. Whether he stays half an hour or an hour, he will make that game alive. He can't wait for so long. He wants to perform and he is always in a hurry and he is very confident."

That, and, with a grin: "He's also good-looking."

Shahid laments team inconsistency - "Our team can do the worst and do the best every time" - and sagely shuns player comparisons. "Afridi has his own place in the hearts of the people," he said - the 300 matches, the performances, the records - but Razzaq's rare Sunday rescue caused Shahid no big surprise. He cited other recent flourishes as in England, but then he spoke of 109 from 72 and he said, "This will be remembered," and that seemed clear.

"If Razzaq will keep this on, people will start liking him even more, because Pakistani people are so much emotional," Shahid said.

West Indies v India - Third ODI

India 251-4 (50 overs)
Dhoni (78*), Rahane (72), Jadhav (40)
Cummins (2-56), Bishoo (1-38)
West Indies 158 (38.1 overs)
Mohammed (40), Powell (30), Hope (24)
Ashwin (3-28), Yadav (3-41), Pandya (2-32)

India won by 93 runs

Company profile

Company name: Outsized
Started: 2016
Founders: Azeem Zainulbhai, Niclas Thelander, Anurag Bhalla and Johann van Niekerk
Based: India, South Africa, South-East Asia, Mena
Sector: Recruitment
Investment raised: $1 million
Current staff count: 40
Investors: Seed and angel investors

The Saudi Cup race card

1 The Jockey Club Local Handicap (TB) 1,800m (Dirt) $500,000

2 The Riyadh Dirt Sprint (TB) 1,200m (D) $1.500,000

3 The 1351 Turf Sprint 1,351m (Turf) $1,000,000

4 The Saudi Derby (TB) 1600m (D) $800,000

5 The Neom Turf Cup (TB) 2,100m (T) $1,000,000

6 The Obaiya Arabian Classic (PB) 2,000m (D) $1,900,000

7 The Red Sea Turf Handicap (TB) 3,000m (T) $2,500,000

8 The Saudi Cup (TB) 1,800m (D) $20,000,000

Company Profile

Name: Takestep
Started: March 2018
Founders: Mohamed Khashaba, Mohamed Abdallah, Mohamed Adel Wafiq and Ayman Taha
Based: Cairo, Egypt
Sector: health technology
Employees: 11 full time and 22 part time
Investment stage: pre-Series A

New process leads to panic among jobseekers

As a UAE-based travel agent who processes tourist visas from the Philippines, Jennifer Pacia Gado is fielding a lot of calls from concerned travellers just now. And they are all asking the same question.  

“My clients are mostly Filipinos, and they [all want to know] about good conduct certificates,” says the 34-year-old Filipina, who has lived in the UAE for five years.

Ms Gado contacted the Philippines Embassy to get more information on the certificate so she can share it with her clients. She says many are worried about the process and associated costs – which could be as high as Dh500 to obtain and attest a good conduct certificate from the Philippines for jobseekers already living in the UAE. 

“They are worried about this because when they arrive here without the NBI [National Bureau of Investigation] clearance, it is a hassle because it takes time,” she says.

“They need to go first to the embassy to apply for the application of the NBI clearance. After that they have go to the police station [in the UAE] for the fingerprints. And then they will apply for the special power of attorney so that someone can finish the process in the Philippines. So it is a long process and more expensive if you are doing it from here.”

Five healthy carbs and how to eat them

Brown rice: consume an amount that fits in the palm of your hand

Non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli: consume raw or at low temperatures, and don’t reheat  

Oatmeal: look out for pure whole oat grains or kernels, which are locally grown and packaged; avoid those that have travelled from afar

Fruit: a medium bowl a day and no more, and never fruit juices

Lentils and lentil pasta: soak these well and cook them at a low temperature; refrain from eating highly processed pasta variants

Courtesy Roma Megchiani, functional nutritionist at Dubai’s 77 Veggie Boutique


Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

UAE medallists at Asian Games 2023

Magomedomar Magomedomarov – Judo – Men’s +100kg
Khaled Al Shehi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -62kg
Faisal Al Ketbi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -85kg
Asma Al Hosani – Jiu-jitsu – Women’s -52kg
Shamma Al Kalbani – Jiu-jitsu – Women’s -63kg
Omar Al Marzooqi – Equestrian – Individual showjumping
Bishrelt Khorloodoi – Judo – Women’s -52kg
Khalid Al Blooshi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -62kg
Mohamed Al Suwaidi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -69kg
Balqees Abdulla – Jiu-jitsu – Women’s -48kg
Hawraa Alajmi – Karate – Women’s kumite -50kg
Ahmed Al Mansoori – Cycling – Men’s omnium
Abdullah Al Marri – Equestrian – Individual showjumping
Team UAE – Equestrian – Team showjumping
Dzhafar Kostoev – Judo – Men’s -100kg
Narmandakh Bayanmunkh – Judo – Men’s -66kg
Grigorian Aram – Judo – Men’s -90kg
Mahdi Al Awlaqi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -77kg
Saeed Al Kubaisi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -85kg
Shamsa Al Ameri – Jiu-jitsu – Women’s -57kg


July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

WWE TLC results

Asuka won the SmackDown Women's title in a TLC triple threat with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair

Dean Ambrose won the Intercontinental title against Seth Rollins

Daniel Bryan retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles

Ronda Rousey retained the Raw Women's Championship against Nia Jax

Rey Mysterio beat Randy Orton in a chairs match

Finn Balor defeated Drew McIntyre

Natalya beat Ruby Riott in a tables match

Braun Strowman beat Baron Corbin in a TLC match

Sheamus and Cesaro retained the SmackDown Tag Titles against The Usos and New Day

R-Truth and Carmella won the Mixed Match Challenge by beating Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox


What: 11th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

When: December 27-29, 2018

Confirmed: men: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem, Hyeon Chung, Karen Khachanov; women: Venus Williams

Tickets:, Virgin megastores or call 800 86 823

Bullet Train

Director: David Leitch
Stars: Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Sandra Bullock
Rating: 3/5


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