It is about time Pakistan cricket team needs a complete overhauling. This is the desire of every single Pakistani but, things in Pakistan move differently. Like the political, judicial, establishment and administrative system work in Pakistan, cricket too has a lot of similar characteristics.
The whole team selection process is based on cronyism, favoritism, nepotism, regionalism, you name any micro-ism it is there in Pakistan cricket board and selection committee. After the squad is selected, the politics doesn’t end there, it is the team manager, the batting coach, the bowling coach and the captain then plays with the playing XI and batting order.
It may look very simple that those who are selected must be given a chance to play then why some players remain in the dugout and their career is over in frustration. Among those in T20 format is Sharjeel Khan who was kept in the dugout because the Champion All-rounder Shoaib Malik needs to be played since he has been selected by the PCB.
Fawad Alam’s career was almost over until he got a chance in the Asia Cup and he silenced all his critics by batting brilliantly and winning the matches for Pakistan. Yet Fawad is underrated by the media and those who matter. He was not selected for the WCT20 so there was no consideration about his inclusion in the team. Because, for some rules are bent and broken and for others its a writing in the stone.
Mr. Najam Sethi has no clue about cricket, he claims that he used to watch cricket in England from the boundary line when Imran Khan used to play. So, now Mr Sethi is Chairman of the PCB. Like his political career is restricted to a TV show he was made acting Chief Minister of Punjab to fix 35 punctures. This is the irony in Pakistan about how people are selected for jobs which they are totally unfit for. The President of Pakistan was nominated by the Prime Minister because he used to butter him with his favourite food.
The Prime Minster of Pakistan who is such a incompetent nincompoop that he attended only ONE session of the Parliament or National Assembly of the country in one year, one should not talk much about him but, about those who have elected him. Elected him not once but three times. #FacePalm. I know the hashtag has no place in blogs.
Back to the way this team played in Asia Cup final and in the WCT20 it pains for the Pakistani supporters and fans to see how the team lost the final against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup and how they miserably failed against India and West Indies in the WCT20.
To sum up what needs to be done to save cricket in Pakistan
1. Najam Sethi needs to be shown the exit door.
2. Misbah and Hafeez should no more captain the Pakistan team
3. Misbah may remain in the test team if the selectors wants to kill more young talent but certainly in the ODIs he has no place.
4. For ODIs Shahid Afridi must be made captain with immediate effect.
So that he can groom a new team and lead it from the front, like he did in the previous ODI world cup he took a new and unknown team to the semifinals which we lost because of senior players like Misbah and Yunus Khan. The worst thing to happen was after that, the then Chairman of the PCB Mr. Ijaz Butt removed Afridi from the captaincy and made Misbah the captain of Pakistan team on a personal grudge.
Now, after this defeat in the so-called quarterfinals against West Indies on April 2014, it is for the first time the Pakistan team has not qualified for the semifinals in T20. Prior to Afridi’s captaincy, the last time Pakistan qualified for ODI semifinal was in 1999. After that it was Afridi who took the team to Mohali semifinals against India. So, the people must have now realized how difficult it is for any team to qualify for the semifinals?
T20 is not about defensive play but aggression. Captain Hafeez made 19 runs in 32 balls in this match not just in this but in the previous 3 matches his batting, bowling & fielding has been very, very poor.
Against India he scored 15 runs in 22 balls
Against Australia 13 runs in 12 balls
Against Bangladesh 8 runs in 12 balls.
Bowling wise he did nothing except for taking just one wicket today.
As a captain he is clueless about how to set the field and whether to attack or defend or which bowler to be used. But, the way he shows his arrogance not only on the field but in his post match speeches is very lame and unacceptable.
To defend himself he said, “No team wins because of one individual.” The fact is in T20 just one or two players max makes a BIG difference in winning and losing. Let me make it clear here.
For West Indies just 2 players Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy made the difference in the last 3 overs, they scored 59 runs in 18 balls.
For Pakistan just 2 players Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal made the difference in the last three overs, they gave away 59 runs in 18 balls.
Until the 15th over Pakistan team was dominating with only 82 runs on board West Indies were 5 wickets down. Then in the last 30 balls they made 84 runs. Pakistan had already lost the match by then.
The batting was a mere formality, there was no team spirit after that, they were subdued, beaten with a shattered confidence. It is at this time the team manager, the coaches and the captain needs to sit down and explain the team or make necessary changes in the batting order to counter the attack.
Zaheer Abbass the expert batting coach was seen slouching in the chair, extremely lethargic and lazy, so was Moin Khan. If you’ve noticed how Allan Donald was reacting at the dugout when SA was playing their last round match. Aleem Dar had to go and ask him to sit down. It means nothing to someone because you are not used to seeing such enthusiasm and sense of responsibility. Our coach, experts talk only on TV and in front of the media but in reality they do nothing.
Shahzad has immense talent and I don’t disagree with Shoaib Akhtar who later said on a TV show. “What good is that talent if you cannot make 40 runs for your team when it is needed?” Scoring a 111 not out against Bangladesh was very pleasing but, getting out on first ball duck against a novice rookie Santokie is pathetic and unacceptable.
The current Pakistan team is full of mediocre players, rarely they show sporadic brilliance like the highly talented and most overrated player Umar Akmal. In fact none of the Akmals have ever delivered for Pakistan when it is needed. They have seldom performed in big matches. Umar Akmal showed sporadic brilliance against Bangladesh and Australia but, he lacks consistency and finesse. There are no heroes in the team who can be deemed as Mr. Consistent.
There is no Javed Miandad or Inzamul Haq in the Pakistan team. How come India had so many Tendulkars? Look at Kohli, he comes and he bats and he bats till the end. India’s fast bowling sucks but their spin bowling and batting makes them winners.
The BCCI also has problems but, their team selection is fair, much better than the PCB, the PCB selection like, PMLN is restricted to only one province ~ Punjab. It may sound bitter to those who are from Punjab but, there is no shame in calling a spade, a spade. See how shamelessly and blatantly Ramiz Raja blabs about Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik? Shoaib Malik Who? Saniya Mirza’s husband? Yes, the same one. That is his biggest qualification to be in the Pakistan team.
Ramiz has not once talked about Fawad Alam’s inclusion in the team. Also, what I fail to understand that why Kamran Akmal was selected in this T20WC? If Umar Akmal can keep the wickets in ODIs, this is much shorter format where he could be used as a wicketkeeper and Sharjeel Khan could have been chosen as an opener. Also Fawad Alam could have been used in place of Shoaib Malik, he is a better batsman, better fielder and even a left arm off spinner, which we need in the team.
So, in conclusion if Shahid Afridi is made captain of the ODI and T2o team with immediate effect, he should groom the youngsters for the 2015 ODI World Cup. Otherwise, this team will not even qualify for the semifinals once again.
Once again, a request to Misbah, please step down in favour of young players, announce your retirement. Please retire gracefully rather than getting cursed and ridiculed and eventually exit with shame. Hafeez you too, you are not a T20 player. You should play only ODIs.
We are very well disorganized and always very late in starting the Eid prayers, never on time. I am proud to say that we haven’t changed a bit during all these years despite being thousands of miles away from our home country.
This Eid in Canada wasn’t any different from other Eids, because once again we had TWO Eids in one city! Wow, that is amazing isn’t it? After years of struggle and by the grace of Allah and the contributions of ALL we have managed to build a big mosque here in our locality. But, there are more than 43 mosques and Musallas in our city, Alhamdolillah and luckily this place is very near to my house, about 6000 people can say their prayers, parking space for almost 200 cars.
Earlier when this mosque wasn’t built, our Muslim ‘Komoonitty’ peepuls used to hire a big hall and used to take all the trouble in setting up rails and huge curtains to segregate men and women. I never understand why our ‘peepal’ used to do all this when there are no curtains, no purdah, no niqaab in the Haram Shareef. Probably that is the only worshiping place on earth for Muslims where husband and wife could hold their hands together while doing the tawaaf at Kaba’ah …… SubhanAllah.
Anyway, now this new mosque has 3 floors, one of the floors is designated for ladies permanently but, on Eid and other large social gatherings, the arrangement for ladies prayers is behind the men folks in the huge gymnasium attached to the mosque. Also, during the other social gatherings and dinner parties, they are all in ONE hall without any partition of curtains, but there is kinda segregation that on some occasions they sit on different sides and have separate food stations, and on some occasions some women folk prefer to sit with their spouses which is good.
But, a few years ago when the mosque wasn’t built, they used to hire a huge hall and they used to put a huge wall of curtain, the puropose was defeated because, as soon as the prayers were over, most of the men folks were seen in the ladies section. That is due to the fact they were in a hurry to go to work (if the Eid is not on a weekend) and they want to take their wives and kids with them ASAP.
Secondly a few years ago Eid was in winter, so then, they couldn’t stand outside due to the freezing cold out there, so they have to stay inside the premises at the ladies entrance and try to get attention from their wives who used to deliberately ignore them ~ which they always do and, they love to do it.
During the Eid festivals, for ladies, the most interesting part of their Eid starts as soon as the prayers are over i.e., they start talking freely (although you can hear them talking while the Eid ka Khutba is going on also during the Eid ki namaaz) but, after the Khutba is over they are busy showing-off their new clothes to their friends and admiring each other’s jora, gota, zari, boota, chooriyaan and mehndi shehndi, nails etc., and sometimes getting a little ‘jaylus’ if someone has better dress or better outfit than theirs, obviously they won’t admit. While they are admiring or getting jealous their hubbies are standing there at the exit door making faces.
When other women point out, ‘dekho, dekho tumharay miyaan kharay hain vahan tumharay intezaar may aur dekho vo ishaaray bhee ker rehay hain!’ And BV’s wouldn’t even bother firstname.lastname@example.org and would say with a giggle, ‘oh rehnay doh, unko toh mai roze hee dekhti hoon, aaj voh konsay Eid kay Chaand lag rehay hain? Aur ab dekhon gee toh isharay keraingay kay chalo … ab yeh unke ishaaray bhee stale ho gayeh unki terha!’
Aaalso pleez seeet in estate line Daon’t seeet in sami-circle.”
Anyways, then he would start telling us how to say the Eid prayers.
1. Faasht (first) you make your niyyah det eye want too say tooo (2) rakaat wajib pryeyers with seeekas (6) ekistra takbeers for Allah tala, facing Kaba’ah and behind dis Imam ……. det is mee, aur apnay seenay pay haath rekh ker kehtay hain kay kaheen aap kisi aur ko na Imam samjhain.
2. Saykand (second) Den (then), when I say Allah O Akbar, you raise your hands and you laft it, don’t hold it (fold it) den do it for tree (3) more times, den fold it…….
(He used to yell again …SEESTERS… peeleeez Eestaap taaalking and leeson vary carefoolly)
As soon as the dua’a is over people start embracing each other and some are running towards the place where they have left their new shoes. I remember, one of our friends lost his new pair of Bally Shoes and was waiting till the end to see if someone comes back and say, ‘oh brother I am sorry, I wore your shoes by mistake and here they are!’ That’s a ‘fish-ful’ thinking, coz the last pair of shoes left behind were so old and worn-out and were telling the tale of the guy who left them behind, ‘get into my shoes and feel how desperate I was for a new pair of shoes!’ Or. Dekho mujhay jo deeda-e-ibrat nigah ho, ya pehno mujhay jis may himmat-e-mardaan ho!
The sad thing is, out of all the peeepalzz my friend lost a new pair of shoes and the irony is, we won’t kick off our old habits that easily, we haven’t changed a bit. Chor, chori say jai, haira-phairy say na jai aur Eid ki namaaz agar farz nahee toh milnay ka aik bahana hai, kapray pahen ker dikhanay ka aik maoqa hai, aur dastoor bhee hai, aur hamaray haan jootay churana aik aadat-e-majboori hee nahee ravayat bhee hai. Hum har Jummah ki namaaz, Eid ki namaaz aur kisi bhi social gatherings pe jahan jootay utaaray jaatay hain jootay churana apna farz samajhte hain. Dulhay kay jootay bhi aaj tak churaye jaatay hain, vo tou Ransom kay baad vapis ho jaatay hain magar Masjid kay jootay kabhi vapis nahi aatay!
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
Yes, its an expression that, “small is beautiful” but, “Big attracts more.”
There is a Latin expression, which I must have quoted a zillion times: “Obscurus fio” it means, “when I am struggling to be brief, I become unintelligible.” Hence expressing your views on twitter in that small window of 140 characters is next to impossible for me. Therefore, I am back to the blog to elaborate my point.
Expressing your feelings is not restricted in the form of writing alone but even in music, if you go back from the 17th to the 19th century, some of the most famous classical music composers forgot if they had ever known the principle called, “small is beautiful.” For example, Joseph Haydn the father of symphony followed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote several symphonies which are long musical composition for orchestra, usually in several movements and not only him but Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn et all followed the same pattern.
Shahid Afridi’s symphonies are short and brief and when he is on song, he is a treat to watch, it is like a “simple harmonic motion.”
A motion that is neither driven nor damped, it simply oscillates. The motion is periodic and repetitive without any standard intervals in a specific manner which goes on Boom-Boom with brute force and there is no damping.
In physics and engineering, “damping” is mathematically modeled as a force with magnitude proportional to that of the velocity of the object but opposite in direction to it. Thus, for a simple mechanical damper, the force F is related to the velocity “V” :
F = -CV
where “C” is the damping coefficient.
Similarly, the letter “F” in aFridi, stands for “Force.”
Most people on this blog know that I support Shahid Afridi. YES I do BUT, not blindly. I do righteously and forthrightly like a ‘straight-shooter.’
As a matter of fact, I am a very good ‘skeet-shooter’ (clay pigeon and trap shooting) and it is one of my favourite sports and I love it. I am fortunate enough to have inherited some of the best guns in the world, NOT a Holland & Holland but, John Rugby’s 28″ double barrel 12 gauge hammer-less shotgun from my father. Plus a Mauser .320 bolt action rifle and a .375 H&H Magnum Belted Rimless Nitro-Express which is a piece of art.
Don’t wanna boast much, but being a narcissist this is enough for me to stir a debate and to get some sarcastic comments from Afridi haters and my foes. I would love to see their envious response and the venomous comments after they have read this blog.
Anyways, I am not going to shoot a partridge, pheasant, a sand grouse, a tiger here, or even a “duck” like Afridi lays too often which is the other side of his madness and that is kinda rejoicing for his haters and saddening his supporters, but today I am here to endorse the truth that Afridi is the Force!
I have been ranting since ages, that there is no player like Afridi in the whole world, especially in the ODI and T20 format. He is not just good playing on the subcontinent tracks, where he definitely has a very good track record. But, in SA and Australia too he has scored with brutal force, hitting monstrous sixes in Perth, Melbourne and Johannesburg.
Often his critics refer him as a flat track bully or a one trick pony! They have said: He is gone, he is finished, he is a spent force, he should not be in the team.
And, his biggest hater Waqar Younus said, “Afridi should not be in the squad.” What a personal grudge Waqar, shame on you.
Time and again Afridi has proved his critics wrong and some of them have to eat their words and “chew the cud” like a humble cow and admit that: “Yes, Afridi is one of the most talented cricketers in the world, he showed us his batting prowess. But, very soon they will forget about this achievement.
When Afridi is on the ground there is a buzz in the stadium, people are on their toes, holding their breath.
He is one of the most charismatic, enigmatic cricketer in the world. His bowling mesmerizes the opponents his 348 wickets in ODI’s speaks for him. His fielding is amazing and has held a few sensational catches, that catch of Styris:
On another occasion his catch of A.B. “Deliver” that is how our Pra Waqqa pronounced his name as A.B. Delivers. I am sure Abraham or AB de Villiers … pronounced as “Dee-vie-li-A” would die of a heart attack if he hear Waqar Younus calling him a “Delivery Boy!
The only reason Afridi’s prominence is obvious now is because, he is not under someone’s shadow or at the mercy of the captain and the coach i.e., they have always played yo-yo with his batting order and team selection. Very often he was rested or dropped without any justification and that hampers anyone’s confidence. But, the tiger when he gets wounded gets more ferocious and comes back with more vengeance. ‘Vengeance is food that’s eaten cold.’
This time he is back in the team with so much pressure from everyone, including the media and I remember reading this: “This is a last chance for Shahid Khan Afridi to prove his worth, or he is dumped forever!”
Wow, this is how a hero is treated in Pakistan. Poor are the nations that do not have heroes, but beggared are those who have forgotten them. Afridi is not only alive but a playing member of the team with lots of cricket remaining under his belt unlike the spent force Misbah who fills in the gap with “a blank.”
Its an insult to Afridi to compare him with a nothing player like Misbah. One cannot even compare him with the little master Tendulkar because, they are in a different class. The way Afridi plays cricket makes him unique in his own way, there never was any player like him, there is no player like him and there will never be any player like him, ever!
IF Tendulkar has records for his consistency in scoring highest runs in ODIs, Afridi has records which are peerless, un-parallel, unmatchable and incomparable to anyone, his two fastest ODI centuries, 37/100 still a world record
His 308 sixes (still going) in ODIs, can never be achieved in the next 50 years, his 348 wickets and 7197 runs in the ODIs makes him the 3rd player in the world to achieve that feat and he is the ‘one and only’ Pakistani to do that, yet we have haters like Waqar Younus.
Unfortunately, there are so many Pakistanis who hate him from the bottom of their heart for no ‘bloody’ reason. Jealousy is at its best and we see this among our own people, because ‘we are like this only’.
Suddenly after this fantastic innings of Shahid Afridi in the 3rd ODI, his 88 in 48 balls with 7 Monstrous sixes and 5 fours at a strike rate of 183.33 has made the same senile media go ga-ga over his Boom-Boom batting prowess and now they are suggesting the coach and captain to promote his batting order.
Just leave the guy alone, let him play his natural game, he is a living legend and people must learn to respect their legends.
I am waiting to see the reactions of my fans! My fans from my hate club. 🙂
Ps The best time for planning a blog is: When I am cooking something very special i.e., because I enjoy cooking, the aroma of the spices and the sizzling of the cuisine creates new brain cells and I come up with new ideas hahaha… oui c’est vraiment.