Down The Ground is a podcast that is the brainchild of 7 hyper-active desis who think they can run the ICC. The question is, can they really?
What do we do?
What exactly does Cricket mean to us? More than a sport, it’s an emotion that has given us some of the best and worst moments of our lives. It has taught us the very definition of perseverance and struggle. It’s taught us to think quickly on our feet and improvise at the last moment. It’s taught us how to endure pain and how to cherish happiness.
It’s an emotion that has the ability to have an impact on the way our cardiovascular systems work. The tense moments of a thrilling chase forces our overworked hearts to pump blood quickly, whilst crushing defeats make our hearts and minds go numb entirely. It’s as much of a blessing as it is a curse. No psychiatrist or doctor has a cure for the volatility that this sport induces in our minds, but it’s embedded in our soul, so we still crave for it.
You might ask, why start a podcast about this double edged sword that is part of our lives? It’s to share our passion and emotions with people who are similarly passionate about this phenomenon know as Cricket. We have a diverse cast of members at DTG who work tirelessly to engage our audiences across all social media platforms and to bring you guys weekly doses of cricket podcasts. We have a German (yes, you read that right), a few Pakistanis who reside in the motherland, a Desi Aussie, an inhabitant of Trump’s America, a Malaysian heartthrob and a dweller of paradise. (Kashmir, that is).
We strive to be the biggest, most engaging Cricket show in Pakistan, and we need the help of our audience to get there. That is why we always ask for honest feedback from our listeners and we take their feedback very seriously. We have Cricketers, trainers, coaches, pundits on our show regularly where we interview them about their respective careers and thoughts about cricket in general.
Our Cast Members
My name is Muzammil Khan, I’m a chemist by profession but a cricket enthusiast at heart. Having lived in the US my whole life, it’s a bit weird how I gravitated towards cricket. Growing up, I had heard of cricket but never really paid it much attention. I was too busy following and playing “normal” American sports like any other kid would whilst growing up here. In high school, my Dad showed me a video from the 1992 World Cup final, and BAAAM!
It was like a light-bulb moment, instantaneously my Pakistani/desi genes got activated! Since then, I have been a die-hard fan of cricket! The cliche, I eat (not to be confused with Shahid Afridi’s eat), sleep, and breathe cricket is true 100% because I literally do! My goal with Down The Ground is to share this passion with you all! We want to create a platform that allows you to interact with other fans (and us) and at the same time listen to “expert” opinions on the happenings of Pakistan cricket!
Uman Naq is a bit different when compared to the rest of the DTG crew. A neutral fan amongst a cast full of patriotic die hard Pakistani fans. Naq fell in love with cricket at the age of 6 mainly because there was nothing else to do except playing cricket. Currently studying the intricacies of Electric science, Naq has a vast experience in the field of Cricket, having worked for various reputable cricket websites.
Naq is a huge fanboy of Cristiano Ronaldo whom he considers his idol and inspiration. He often has to sacrifice his sleep in order to watch his idol play.
In a World full of Finchs, Maxwells, Zamans, Sharmas and Millers, Naq is still fascinated by the style and class of guys like Laxman, Dravid and MisYou though his favorite cricketer is King Kohli.
A decade ago, a gentleman wanted to start a podcast about cricket, a concept which was unheard of among cricket fans. Lack of support from his friends and increasing family and business responsibilities meant that he had to give up on his dream. This gentleman was Sayed.
A decade later when cricket podcasts were thriving, Sayed still regretted his decision of giving up on his dream.
Nevertheless, as the saying goes, "The world is full of great surprises", there was indeed a great surprise for Sayed in store. One day, Sayed came across a bunch of passionate cricket fans on a cricket website. He got to know them online and they all collectively decided to start Down The Ground. Sayed was instrumental at guiding this bunch of youngsta beauties and DTG wouldn’t have been possible without him. Labelled by a passionate DTG fan as the Chisti Mujahid of our podcast, Sayed is a man the rest of the DTG crew truly respects and adores.
Taimoor Khan Shabih
A 19 year old University student living in Sydney, Taimoor had always wanted to explore entrepreneurial opportunities from a young age. Being a die hard fan of Pakistan Cricket from the age of 7 and envious of the Indian batting culture from even before that, Taimoor found a bunch of guys online who were willing to embark on a Cricketing venture with him. His goal was simple- create the best Cricket podcast on the face of the planet.
Dubbed as the “headmaster” of DTG by one of the co-founders, Taimoor will be seen pushing his colleagues to make DTG the premium destination for all things related to Pakistani Cricket. However, his desi genes (and those of his colleagues) often leads to procrastination and come in the way of making this dream a reality!
Arham Tufail is a regular person. Cool, calm and collected - except when it comes to cricket. He fell in love with cricket after the 2009 World T20 and grew up as a part of the 'T20 Generation'. Ironically, his favorite format is Test Cricket.
Arham is a Karachiite who is in his first year of University, studying for his Bachelors degree. He took cricket lessons before discovering hard ball cricket isn't as easy as it seems. He plays tape-ball cricket regularly with the kids and uncles of his Mohalla.
Abdullah Ansari is a sensation at DTG. A true encyclopedia of everything related to Pakistan Cricket. Abdullah couldn't fulfill his childhood dream of representing his nation at the international level because he had to move to Egypt for his studies, but it resulted in Abdullah turning into a manic cricket lover gaining and mentally archiving knowledge about all forms of cricket.
Blessed with a sharp memory, Abdullah has vast experience in cricket journalism and has worked for different cricket avenues. AA's love for cricket is majestic, such is the craze of cricket that he records every single match that Pakistan plays, every domestic match in Pakistan that is televised, any match involving a Pakistani player.
An avid football watcher who is a Chelsea fanboy, Abdullah often has to be ready for disappointments but with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri this year, it has been quite a relief for Chelsea fans.