Cricket is considered as second religion for the Pakistani audiences. Thus ICC Cricket World Cup is the mega event people wait and look for leaving every activity behind and re-scheduling their works. Everyplace including offices, restaurants, factories, general stores and homes appear as of Cricket Ground. Cricket lovers want to read about the classic cricket and the history of modifications; this game has witnessed ever since its inception.Pakistan Times has endeavored to cater the need. Pakistan Times has decided to give tribute to Jumbo Publishing in this regard; that tried to bring up those books for cricket lovers. Thus with ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is approaching near and this is high time for the game’s lovers to touch base with the mega event by revisiting the past tournaments in order to refresh their memories. Jumbo Publishing so far has published seven sports books on the subject of Cricket World Cup.
Fiasco, is an eye-witness account of the World Cup 2007, reveals a lot of amusing facts for readers. Specially the chapters on the high-profile coach Bob Woolmer’s murder case, which was later withdrawn, serve as eye-openers. Fiasco, authored by Ehsan Qureshi, has written about the characteristics of Pakistan’s then Captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, that no other journalist had dared reporting. There are exclusive profiles of many of the characters responsible for bringing about debacle for Pakistan in the tournament. The launching ceremony of Fiasco was held at the Karachi Club Annexe on February 20, 2009. Pir Syed Aftab Hussain Shah Jilani, Federal Sports Minister, was the chief guest of the evening while the function was presided over by Ijaz Butt, Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board.
Mission Caribbean also concerns the World Cup 2007, staged in the Islands across the Caribbean Sea for the first time, but this book was published on the eve of the tournament that attracted a huge number of tourists from all over the world. Mission Caribbean, authored by Syed Khalid Mahmood, is a handbook on the World Cup 2007, containing the pen-sketches of all the members of every 16 participating teams, Australia, Pakistan, England, Sri Lanka, India, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Canada, Scotland, Netherlands, Ireland and Bermuda. It is interesting history by the seasoned writer taking readers to the journey of World Cup 2007 in a way they never have experienced. His professional cleanliness has helped painting the pictures of members vividly.
Top of the Charts is a kind of unique book in which the top 25 performers of the World Cup 2003 have been profiled in detail. Syed Khalid Mahmood has given his thoughts about the 25 cricketers who, in his opinion, dominated the event. The cricketers to be profiled in Top of the Charts include Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, James Anderson, Shane Bond, Wasim Akram, Brian Lara, Herschelle Gibbs and Chaminda Vaas. Interestingly besides ODI ranking Syed Khalid Mahmood has put these legendary cricketers in right manner and in right box. Besides establishing charts of top cricketers in exceptionally good manner he has justified the placements too. Readers would cherish the way these top cricketers have been profiled in Top of the Charts.
Spotlight on World Cup 2003, another effort of Syed Khalid Mahmood, covers the spectacular tournament in a different way. There are contributions from eminent people like Wasim Akram, Sikander Bakht and Azeem Sarwar who have shared their own experience. Spotlight on World Cup 2003 has the scorecards of all the matches with the narration of the 10 most exciting games of the tournament played in the African continent for the first time. There are chapters on the various issues related to the event that generated a lot of interest.