THE GLORY OF YOUTH……………………..



This thread should be started by a special quote from the learned Javed A Khan, who said earlier today,
“Bravo, imo India made history today!”

02/03/2008 will remain a special day in the history of Indian cricket. Cricket fans will remember this day for the triumph of India’s youth but also for the triumph of the little master Sachin Tendulkar who struck a matchwinning century to help India go 1-0 in the finals.

It was a pleasure to see the commitment and consistency of India’s youngsters in this U-19 tournament. The way the Indians defended a small total was admirable as they worked according to an effective gameplan and didn’t let SA dominate them at any stage of SA’s batting.

Three of the top five highest scoring batsmen of the tournament were Indians.
TM Srivastava, V Kohli and T Kohli averaged 52, 47 and 44 respectively. All the 3 batsmen were consistent, confident and dominating. India were not as brilliant in their bowling in this tournament, but this was expected. Nonetheless, I Abdulla, R Jadeja and S Kaul stood out; Abdulla and Jadeja averaging 13 with the ball and Kaul averaging 15. When you calculate the bowling strike rates of the 3 bowlers, they on average took a wicket every 23 balls, which is excellent.

What was more impressive was how the whole team reacted in pressure situations, backed each other and remained focused in their goal. Yes, it is true that team friction/team politics isn’t something commonly associated with U-19 players, but this Indian team still stood out as a disciplined and united unit.

Special mention has to be made for Virat Kohli and his inspiring captaincy. He remained positive throughout the tournament and seemed like a great motivator on the field. He played with passion, self belief and confidence and made sure he filtered these qualities across the whole team.

The forthcoming dilemmas for the BCCI Selection Committee mentioned in the previous thread are likely to exacerbate now owing to this wonderful performance by these young men. Virat Kohli and TM Srivastava can surely be tested at Test level now. However, there are some youngsters in the squad like Rohit Sharma who are already performing remarkably, and this is exactly what is going to cause a headache for the selectors!

It has been mentioned a few times on this site already that every team experiences a golden era, or every tide will have an ebb. Today was a special day for India, and although this isn’t exactly the start of the calender year, India will look to carry this momentum throughout the remainder of the year. No one can predict the future, and we don’t know when (if at all) India’s tide will face an ebb, as it did in the mid to late 1990’s. Hence, rather than thinking about tomorrow, let us think about today. Today was a moment of glory, a moment of triumph and a moment of utter supremacy for this cricket loving nation with more than a billion people. Glory is glory at the end of the day, and today India holds its head high in this glory. Let us all enjoy and appreciate this glory while it lasts, for it would be unreasonable for us to do otherwise.

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  1. #1 by Rehan Khan on March 2, 2008 - 11:12 PM

    Excellent piece, cant say I disagree with anything. I wonder how India will do if they play a Test level series against South Africa, because SA are still a very strong team.
    I suppose Pakistan also had a golden era in the days of Anwar, Akram, Waqar & Saqlain. What a pity no one in the current Pakistan team can be 1 of these cricketers i have mentioned.

    Anyway excellent stuff by India, my heartiest congrats to the Indians on this site, and everywhere in the world. Be happy!

  2. #2 by Rehan Khan on March 2, 2008 - 11:18 PM

    I forgot to say, Tendulkar is a great player no doubt. But I saw, was that he seemed too interested in getting his hundred. In fact I think if Sharma had been out for 20 or 30 then Tendulkar would have been unable to complete his century. He does get very nervous in 90s and if Sharma had been out cheaply I dont think Tendulkar would have won the match for India, he would have been content to get his century.But anyway this is a personal observation.

  3. #3 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 3, 2008 - 1:42 AM

    Good Thread ! Nice Changes in the layout too.

    The Indian U-19 fully deserve the laurels, the cup, the praise and the accolades. They have been consistent through out this tournament, especially their batting was very, very consistent and this is where the Pakistanis were lacking.

    I am glad that SA got the taste of their own medicine and I hope they won’t be whining like their seniors that D/L method never favours them, it did in the semi-finals but, everyday can’t be a winning day for them and this Sunday belonged to India. From Kaula Lampur to Sydney they dominated the scene and deserved both the victories.

    The SA seniors and now their U-19 has proved that they have this tendency to crumble under pressure and they crumbled like a cookie. So, its a genetic disposition or deformity? 🙂

    I hope the Indian media is not going to start comparing these youngsters with Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly. They should leave them alone. Ishant Sharma is the latest example of media exploitation and because of that Sharma’s attitude has changed faster than any express train.

    I enjoyed the poster carried on by two young Indian girls at the Sydney cricket ground and the message was “FEED SHARMA” India’s hope. Sharma himself couldn’t control his blemishes after seeing that poster on the giant screen.

    My advise to him is, he should not feed himself like Shoaib Actor who looks more like a body builder and not a fast bowler anymore. But, he must put on some weight and muscles and a Butt to give shape to his lanky legs, otherwise he looks like a bamboo without any curves or contours!

    In Pakistan, the PCB should take care of these young boys instead of ignoring them or deploring them for not reaching the finals. They were only 5 runs short of reaching the final and they would have easily done that in 7 balls before the rain came in. This again is a matter of “IF’s” and Butts.

    Talking of Butts, once again there is euphoria in certain quarters who promote regionalism and jingoism and already started adoring and worshiping the Lahore born player Ahmad Shahzad, just like they did to Nasir Jamshed.

    These kids are talented but the problem is the way these guys have been praised for one or two minor achievements made them think that they are really somebody!

    It is just like Salman Butt, Imran Farhat and Imran Nazir. Excluding Butt, the other two explode from the word go and they do not have the temperament to stay longer at the crease. They all want to break Shahid Afridi’s world record and score a 100 may be in 25 balls? Thats not cricket. And Butt, is simply not suitable for T20 or 50 overs ODI. He should play only domestic cricket.

    Shahid Afridi’s madness cannot be compared, copied or aped, he is one and only and these guys must learn to be more patient and more sensible otherwise they will end up like Omer Akmal, Kamran Akmal’s brother. Who scored heavily in domestic circuit and failed at the International level playing U-19

    In my opinion it was Omer Akmal’s indisciplined batting and the early wicket that Pakistan U-19 lost cost them the match. If they had started well they could have easily be on the winning track.

    Also, the lack of experience, especially on part of Ahmad Shahzad who took too much time in settling down and in asking for new pair of gloves and for drinks etc., had he realized that the situation that in case of rain, the match could go into a decisive mode based on D/L method and he should have worked out the number of runs needed in the number of balls to achieve that. Instead he was taking his time and God knows for what reasons he delayed the proceedings? This was revealed by the SA captain who after winning the game disclosed it to the media.

    This is where the awareness, education, the coach and the manager’s role and input that comes handy and makes the difference. Ignorance is bliss, in case of Pakistani players its a blister.

    I remember watching Australia playing a game and rain was about to interrupt the game and Ricky Ponting received a note from the dressing room which had calculations table, indicating how many runs needed in how many number of balls to be a winner. This is what one expects from the dressing room i.e., from the coach and manager.

    Look at the tight lipped, poker faced, old man called Talat Ali sitting on the benches wearing DARK GLASSES he happens to be Pakistan seniors team Manager and thats his job. Thats ALL. He should pull his socks and kick the bucket.

  4. #4 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 3, 2008 - 10:16 AM

    “Maa Adookh, Bi-doon Naar” is an Arabic expression and the English translation is, “there is no smoke without fire.”

    Harbhajan Singh is again in the middle of another controversy and again this is about racial abuse. Last time he was accused of calling Andrew Symonds a Monkey. Where as it was later revealed to the public that he said, “Tere Maa key…” which is a beginning salutation to a phrase that usually ends up with a colourful adjective about someone’s mother, its like “Your Mothers……something something.”

    And this time there aren’t any words but gestures and it is not directed towards any player but, towards the crowd who are now complaining that he made monkey gestures by scratching his armpits and he also spat towards them.

    There is a picture of him on the BBC sports page which shows he is indeed scratching his armpit. He may also have spat on the ground, but who doesn’t? Ricky Ponting spits on his own palms and rub them before getting ready to field and this happens before every single ball that is being bowled. If you haven’t observed this, watch him next time he fields and getting ready for a catch.

    Back to Harbhajan, he is partly to be blamed for being at the centre of attraction for the crowd and the media. Because, earlier he was involved with Symonds and then Hayden picked him up through the media. Apart from that, in the previous matches, while fielding and after throwing the ball to the wicketkeeper, he turned towards the crowd and showed his biceps muscles to them, which was greeted with a roar of boo, boo. There isn’t anything wrong in Harbhajan doing that, but its his reputation and the relationship with the crowd that he got the flak with a big roar of booing.

    These things are not unusual, I do remember that in India and Pakistan people used to boo and also throw oranges at the players and that was just for fun. No one really reported the matter to anyone. There was an unusual incident from one of the West Indian cricket players who threw a huge brick into the crowd on booing him and that nearly killed one of the spectators whose skull was fractured.

    The irony is media played it down and so also the Pakistani authorities for the sake of friendship and promotion of the game of cricket.

    Whereas, Inzamam’s case in Toronto was blown out of proportions. I am not saying Inzi is right, but knowing him that he is such a cool cucumber, the guy must have gotten on to his nerves that he ran after him with a cricket bat.

    In Sharjah there were so many occasions where all kinds of gestures were expressed by the public and there were incidents of fans getting physical with each other until they enhanced their security force with German Shepards to put a lid on such happenings. No one was allowed to go on to the pitch to congratulate their heroes on making a hundred or a whatever.

    Although this time, Allan Border is trying to soften up Harbhajan’s case by saying Harbhajan Singh has received a lot of flak from the crowd and he took it nicely. But, the rest of the media and the crowd is not thinking like Border.

    With curries getting hotter than before and Kangaroos jumping at every ball that is being thrown at them, the second final will really be very hot and exciting. And there will not only be Harbhajan Singh alone, but he will be accompanied by Sreesanth on the field in place of Piyush Chawla. “Ek na shudd, 2 shudd.” Meaning, as if one wasn’t enough!

    If Australia wins the second final, then the third one would be even more interesting. According to the stats of the last three tri-series Australia, after losing the first final has not reached to the extent of playing the third final. But, prior to that they have won the second and went on to win the third one too and, that also happened three times.

    But, history is history and stats & records are meant to be broken. Prior to this Sydney match, the Australians were bragging that they have never lost an ODI match against India on SCG and have so far won 11 straight ODI’s at SCG. But, they lost the last match and India won it very convincingly in the 46th over by 4 wickets.

    India’s worry is about Ishant Sharma’s bowling finger that he got injured and Tendulkar’s recurring groin problem. But, I don’t expect Tendulkar to score big in the second final, because his performance through out this tri series has been very erratic and not consistent like the old Tendulkar he used to be.

    If Ishant Sharma doesn’t play then there will be a real problem, because he has been bowling well. Although P.Kumar is not so good but he has so far taken wickets and thats what matter. The Australian openers assumed that he is a mediocre bowler and lets go get him and he deceived them with his accurate bowling and sometimes it is better to be an unassuming person and take advantage of the situation.

    If India has worries in Tendulkar and Ishant’s fitness, the Australians have more worries to take care and bring back the much needed confidence in their entire team which is lacking so badly, especially in their middle order batting.

  5. #5 by hamza on March 3, 2008 - 11:06 AM

    if india lose the 2nd final it will be very interesting. i think in that case india may go on and lose the series because i still dont think they are mentally able enough. this is not doubting the talent they have which is now in everyone’s eyes. the only hurdle is now how the youth handle the stardom like Javed A Khan has been saying. also they need to keep being strong mentally and must not succumb before the pressure. even yesterday i think if tendulkar had been out cheaply india would have lost hope.

    Javed A Khan,

    i dont think regionalism is existing in pakistani society anymore. yes there is corruption and people with contacts will always play before people with no contacts, but that does not mean people are being promoted because they are from Lahore. Mohd Sami and Kaneria are from Karachi- look how long pakistan has given them chances.

    i’m just giving my honest opinion, i am from lahore but i am not a paindu or choudhary that i will start attacking you about your race or ethnicity.

  6. #6 by Tauqeer Malik on March 3, 2008 - 12:09 PM

    javed khan saab,this whole harbhajan thing blow out of proportion. you can see for clear it is a sham. imo this is only about pressuring the other opponent, because by creating this controversy they think the opponent will chicken out. but i must say harbhajan is fighting bravely. i dont think so he is an angel because he has attitude problem like our shoaib.
    the real deal is the cricket game, your performance on the pitch. who cares about this whole blame shame?

    about your accusation of ahmed shahzad because he is lahori, well all i can say is that he is talented. i know the media is very supportive of him but he is future opener for pakistan. there are players from lahore but they are multi talented and deserve a place. about performance, that is in the hands of God. wasim akram, waqar younis, aamir sohail,inzamam all have connections with lahore. but they are legends for pakistan.

  7. #7 by Tauqeer Malik on March 3, 2008 - 12:16 PM

    i am just looking news about cricket today. australia will not send the security delegation they promised a while back. what a disgrace this is for the country! i thought after elections it would be peaceful, but lately bombs have gone off in frontier and FATA. i hope they could see that lahore and most of punjab is free of incident. karachi is ok too but its still risky and unstable. again i am thinking now, should this tour be played at a neutral venue? ultimately i think so PCB will announce tour to be arrange at neutral venue or maybe australia. let us pray for future of our country and hope this tour goes ahead.

  8. #8 by Rohit on March 3, 2008 - 1:35 PM

    Hey Cj management, just saw a blog you used to contribute on sometime ago, the owner and his elderly relative are once again spreading propaganda. apparently they called CJ a porn site?
    well i suppose back in the days of this miserable old soul, normal pics of actresses were considered “pornography”. lol!!!!

    i dont know if you will allow this or not, but its a shame the owner of the other blog is defaming you like this even though we all know you helped him create his site.
    what a shameless character!!

    anyhow i like this blog although i havent participated a lot on it, by posting those pics you have shown you are liberal minded and know “fun”. my request to everyone who visits Cj is that you should all leave posts because according to my observation this site is a lot better than other blogs out there, not only is the quality and look of this site is good, but the posts are genuine as well. plus 3 heads are better than 1 because 3 people are managing this site! good luck khansahab, javed khan & awas

  9. #9 by amit. p on March 3, 2008 - 2:59 PM

    Again a controversy … one or two are good for heating up things, but now it is boring and at the same time irritating. Everytime indian team goes on field against aussies, somethings pops up and no prize for guessing who is favorite out there. To spice things up, Peter Reabock has advised the icc to ban bhajji for atleast 5 yrs if he found guilty of racial gesture toward crowd … but match referee has apparently found nothing and let bhajji go this time without warning or so. I am suspecting another controversy at GABBA.

    It is heartening to see young guns carrying U19 cup. I was almost sure ab’t this, knowing SA chocking capability at bigger events .. though they did wonderful job in the field and restricted indian team at paltry 158 … credit goes to their tight bowling and exceptional fielding. They frustrated indian batting line-up .. and that man Englebrecht (or wat ? ) took some beauty specially Kohli’s catch at point .. unbelievable!! .. though i haven’t seen T. Srivastwa dismissal but those who saw it, is still scratching their heads. But i must say D/L helped india big time in the final. Had india scored 180 or so, it wud have been an easy victory (with D/L or not).

    Coming back to GABBA … india desperately want ishant and sachin fit and playing the next match .. but i suspect coz only one day is off between two finals … and its hard to recover in 30 hours or so … Now the problem for dhoni is whether he should go with half fit match winners or fully fit lesser players … knowing dhoni(not personally offcourse 😉 ), i guess he will opt later option. So sehwag is coming in place for sachin … and pace attack wud be sree, munaf, kumar and pathan. Lets see who is going to take responsibility in this department. Aussies will certainly charged up in absence of ishant and they will target atleast 2 fast bowlers (my guess is sree and munaf/pathan). Having said that, GABBA is pace friendly and indian bowlers shud not panic in those situations.

  10. #10 by CJ Management on March 3, 2008 - 4:41 PM

    Rohit,

    Thanks for your support and appreciation. It means a lot to us. Yes we are aware of the negative propaganda being hurled at us, as well as conniving tricks to outsmart us and defame us, being perpetrated by this “Laurel & Hardy”.

    However, we are fully aware of what the truth is and so are our loyal visitors here on CJ. Hence, we advise you to not take notice of their behaviour as it does not affect us or anything that we do.

  11. #11 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 3, 2008 - 5:56 PM

    hamza

    to say that regionalism and jingoism does not exist in Pakistan is like living in a fools paradise or is it like, “Alice in Wonderland?”

    Martin Crowe has cleared Harbhajan Singh and that is good for cricket. Otherwise, out of the 30,000 odd spectators at SCG or a 100,000 at MCG, if ONE single spectator goes on to report about a player scratching his armpit or spitting on the ground and say: “he was hurling racial abuse at me!” Whereas, the fact is a majority of the spectators were booing at him and that is nothing wrong.

    I am surprised that players can scratch their balls both in the literal and real sense and thats nothing and if you scratch your armpit its a racial abuse? So, much so the BBC sports page innocently posted a picture of Harbhajan scratching his armpit or may be wiping his arm, so bloody what?

    It goes to prove that Aussies are the biggest whiners and when they are beaten on their own home ground in front of their own crowd they try to find lame excuses. And their cousins rather ancestors at the BBC add fuel to the fire.

    Although for enjoyment of cricket I would like to see the third final. But, to shut up Australia, India must crush them and grind them in the second final to seal a 2-0 victory.

    Rohit

    I know you are talking about that La hore’s Diamond Market Jeweler who is out there on a refugee status and selling his own home products to survive. Like they say, “it takes one to know one,” if he considers normal photographs of bollywood movie actresses as pornography that shows his mentality and to the level he can stoop low and below! Good that you mention about it, I seldom go there to check his fake jewels, but if he needs some Bakshish then I can give him that.

    amit. p

    The latest news is, Ishant will be playing and Chawla is out and Sreesanth is in. They want to use a pacer at GABBA and not a spinner. As for Ausses they want Stuart Clark in place of Hogg.

    Its a shame that Chawla didn’t get enough chance in this tournament, he sat outside throughout the tournament and they brought him in straight into the first final and he bowled pretty well, didn’t get a wicket but, he restricted the Aussies. Also, he took that wonderful catch of the dangerously set Maddy Hayden. Imagine Munaf Patel in his place? He would have been miles short and with no regrets he may have even let the ball cross over the boundary!

    Finally, from my point of view India must go for a KILL and not drag it to the third final. It will boost Aussies morale, which is down at the moment and a win could change it in their favour. So, strike when the iron is hot.

  12. #12 by Rehan Khan on March 3, 2008 - 7:12 PM

    Tauqeer,

    I have some advice for you. After 2 matches of Nasir Jamshed everyone said he is next Saeed Anwar. But they said same thing for Salman Butt. I will agree with Javed because none of these “golden boys” has proven to be Saeed Anwar.

    This topic of regionalism is very sensitive, and i dont think we should talk much further. I remember when Taslim Arif scored 200 odd against Australia he became a superstar in Karachi. And people were very upset because Wasim Bari was made wicketkeeper and every one thought this was because of regionalism. God only knows the truth, but Bari proved to be a better wicketkeeper.

  13. #13 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 3, 2008 - 8:48 PM

    rehan

    Taslim Arif never got a chance after that gritty 210 not out against Australia, earlier he scored 90 and 46 against India and his test average is over 62.62 and at domestic level too he was very good. His double century turned Wasim Bari pale and frail and it was Imran Khan, Majid Khan, Intekhab Alam, Sarfaraz Nawaz and the whole of Lahore crowd supported Bari and kept Arif out.

    Its like NOT giving any chance to Fawad Alam and Asim Kamal to prove their mettle and later say God only knows the truth. Of course God knows the truth and man makes a mockery of that truth by using arbitrary rule of authority.

    If jingoism is practiced so openly whats wrong in discussing it? We should be able to eliminate the evils from the society and the best way is to create a healthy debate.

  14. #14 by awas on March 3, 2008 - 11:15 PM

    A belated congratulations to India for doing so well in the under 19 cup as well as in the first final of the VB series. Keep up the good work.

    Whoever thinks showing pictures of some Indian actresses is “pornography” is probably unable to watch TV for more than one minute and has probably banned all kind of newspapers and magazines in his household. On second thought perhaps the guy only watches cricket and turns off the TV whenever there is a commercial break. That is when if you have such a regime in your household that their teenagers runaway and elope at the first opportunity. It’s so very sad to live in a time wrap.

    On the subject of regionalism, whether it is that or cronyism it’s difficult to say. I like to think it’s the later but whatever it is its bad. But I look at it in another way which is this.

    The problem is after the shaky openers when you have set players like Younus, Yousaf, MalUk, Misbah, Afridi (and Inzi before that) etc, it is difficult for the management to (a) disturb the order and bring someone new and (b) really upset one of those established players. Fawad Alam may be a good player but who do you kick out to bring him in? There may be an easy answer to say Yousaf for example but is it really a good idea to kick out the only world class batsman that we have. One might say Malik himself but now that we are lumbered with him as a captain for the foreseeable future that would be wishful thinking. Furthermore, think of the kicked out player getting the hump and signing up for ICL instead. These are the factors and blackmail scenarios that our selectors have to think about. It’s really not an easy job.

    A good example is the recent test series in Australia. After popular demand, India somehow forced fed the test team with the “inform” Yuvraj’s inclusion at the expense of tweaking with the opening combination. It backfired as he failed miserably.

    I do however accept the sole criteria for selection should only be based on merit and nothing else.

  15. #15 by hamza on March 4, 2008 - 2:21 AM

    quite balanced comments by “awas”.

    the 2nd final is about to start now. something tells me now india might win, im only saying this now that they won the 1st final. but the aussies have been disturbed now and shaken to the core- it will be most interesting to see their fightback.

    apparently sreesanth is making a comeback? this will be a positive move.

  16. #16 by hamza on March 4, 2008 - 3:39 AM

    im watching nathan bracken bowl, i dont think he is the best bet against india. if shaun tait were available australia would be in a better position because he has pace. i think india can handle bracken. if you look at ODI career summary of bracken on cricinfo, his average is 22 and strike rate is 30. but against india his average is 28 and strike rate is 37, which shows india handles him better than most teams.

  17. #17 by khansahab on March 4, 2008 - 11:25 AM

    This is what Mohammad Anfaal said,

    “Come on Team India let the Author of this thread be hailed as a great visionary”

    And a great visionary I turned out to be 🙂

  18. #18 by Mohamed Anfaal on March 4, 2008 - 12:07 PM

    END OF AN ERA,

    CONVICTION OF A VISIONARY,

    An Era has ended;

    Here on the fourth day of March circa 2008, at the center square at Brisbane GABBA we lay to rest the mortal remains of Australian cricket, we all gather around not necessarily in mourning, on the contrary in apparent joy and celebrations, the last rites were carried out by a motley group of young hopefuls herded by an astute old head and lead by a maverick. The feeling and realization of relief, of joy, of freedom of release from bondage, of shackles broken and the sprint and surge of the free man into the vast expanse of god’s free earth, this after decades of being forced into submission by the goliath. But now no more

    We’ve laid our demons to rest; nay more appropriately we have laid “THE DEMON” to rest

    Few people have visions even fewer have the guts to state them openly and be prepared to face the populace to accept the bouquets and the brickbats.

    As they say “first there was just a vision” everything else just followed,

    MORE INSIGHT TO THE VISIONARY

  19. #19 by khansahab on March 4, 2008 - 12:19 PM

    Mohammad Anfaal,

    Thanks ever so much- brilliantly written comment there! I was amazed.

  20. #20 by Phil Ackroyd on March 4, 2008 - 12:22 PM

    The matches were clearly fixed by some corrupt filthy little Indian bookie hiding from the authorities in Mumbai.

    I refuse to acknowledge this result as India is a money bank now and I am certain Australia was paid money to perform at this unacceptable level.

    I would normally not comment on something as ridiculous as a cricket blog, but I have been forced to do so by the events of this evening.

  21. #21 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 4, 2008 - 2:02 PM

    India deserved the victory and Australia deserved the defeat. The later were whining even before the match started only in the hope of distracting the Indians and creeping into the third final. That didn’t happen.

    In my previous comment I said, for the sake of exciting cricket it would be fun to see the third final but India should crush and grind Australia right here when the iron is hot, and they did that. I am glad that it happened like that.

    Now, one can blame the little bookies or whoever, if that is right then, it goes to prove further that Australians are more sinister than what the appear i.e., besides the fact they wear a whiners tag – they can do anything for money!

    Tendulkar for the 17th time in his ODI career was out in nineties, imagine if all of them were converted into a hundred his 42nd would have become 59th. The 5′ – 4″ guy stands heads and shoulders above the rest of the players and I doubt that anyone would break his records in the next couple of decades. They are all way behind him and will retire before reaching anywhere near his records.

    Who will emerge as the next Tendulkar is matter of mystery because 16000 plus runs, 42 centuries and 89 fifties is no joke and not to mention his test career record, which again he is above the rest of the crowd. His performance during this tri-series was abysmal by his own standards and in 8 matches the highest score was 63 against SL and in 4 innings he scored once a 10 and thrice below 10. But, he scored when it matter most i.e., in both the finals.

    Australian batting is below par and they lost mainly due their inept batting and on most occasions Gilchrist, Ponting and Symonds failed. They may say whatever they like but, the fact is from now onwards there will be a downward trend in Australian cricketing abilities.

    With Gilchrist, Hogg already announced their retirement there could be even more abrupt and sudden retirement announcements to follow. Perhaps Ponting himself will go leaving room for MJ Clarke to lead the team with a bunch of new rookies under him.

    The era of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid is also near its fag end and they may play a few matches but fitness remains the key and the way Tendulkar was struggling with his groin injury is not a good sign. He played well in these two finals like he has recharged himself to cope with the situation by striking hard after recuperating his lost energies and it could be a last assault and he may not be able to do it again. So, Dhoni has to take the mantle to lead the test side as well and so far he has done well. In fact he has done better than most captains.

    Mista Mule-ick should get out of that “think tank” committee meetings and focus on cricket instead of getting in to politics. And Pakistan should give up hopes of inviting Bangladesh, they should concentrate on domestic cricket and domestic tournaments.

    The way South Africa hammered BD in the test match proved that when the captain is weak and he doesn’t score himself then the whole team falls behind him and crumble like a cookie. Mohammad Ashraful’s batting performance against SA is pathetic and he too is like Malik i.e., performing in bits and pieces and not doing anything when it is needed.

    Awas

    I like your sense of humour especially the comments directed towards that jaali jeweler. I dunno if he turns off his TV during a commercial break or shut his eyes or turn his face the other side? But he who offers his MBB’s for a few dollars cannot be a Sharmila!

  22. #22 by khansahab on March 4, 2008 - 2:28 PM

    Phil,

    If some Indian bookie offered Australians money to underperform, why did they accept it in the first place?

    In the future please don’t use such strong language.

    Thanks

  23. #23 by samy on March 4, 2008 - 4:46 PM

    India were the surprise winners of the CB series in what was a very exciting match. I felt today’s match was a bit similar to the T20 WC final, with Hopes playing the role Misbah had played at Joburg.

    All the players contributed to this thrilling win, and everyone chipped in when required. Sachin, P.Kumar and Harbhajan were the real stars today, but credit has to be given to Dhoni as well, who, apart from leading the side well, was probably the only batsman from the 3 teams who managed any kind of consistency throughout the tournament. India have a problem of plenty now and youngsters are fighting for every slot in the team. However, I do hope India can learn how to play without Sachin in ODIs. I also hope India do not get complacent now, as they did after the 2003-04 tour to Aus and during the West Indies tour in 2006.
    On the other hand, Australia have certain things to worry about. They might find it hard to cope with the loss of Gilchrist, esp. since Haddin did not have a very good CB series. Hogg too will be missed as it seems there is no quality spinner in Australia to replace him at the moment. Clarke and Symonds cannot be relied upon to get wickets every time. Ponting’s form has been another cause of concern, and there would have been talks of him facing the axe had it not been for his Sydney innings. The Aussie bowling and fielding has remained top class throughout the series, but it seems that the other teams are fast catching up to the all-conquering Aussies.
    Khansahab, you have proven to be quite a visionary.
    Mohd. Anfaal, great post.

  24. #24 by CJ Management on March 4, 2008 - 8:43 PM

    The results of the CJ poll are out. 47% of visitors thought India can definitely win the CB series, whereas 53% of the visitors thought it would be difficult to say.

  25. #25 by awas on March 4, 2008 - 9:44 PM

    Javed A Khan

    You put it very well what Tendulkar has achieved in his career. Whether there would be another Tendulkar is improbable but not impossible. Only time will tell though.

    It’s due to such achievements that he is one of my all time favourites. He is mainly a records amasser but not just that his ability to play range of shots, which is waning now a days, is amazing.

    Samy

    I wasn’t surprised India winning especially after winning the first final. Complacency though quite rightly is a big if. Winning is not as difficult as sustaining at that level which is the hardest thing. Australia has shown the world how to do that for such a long time.

    Ponting has been completely out of sorts with his form in this series. He has never been like this for such a long period. I believe his form was the main reason Australia fared poorly.

  26. #26 by amit. p on March 5, 2008 - 7:04 AM

    Amazing win by team india …. now they can utter … fighting “fire with fire”. Apart from winning this series, it is probably the first time that any team got under the skin of aussies team (and fans too 😉 ). Last time during 2-4 defeat indian team was uttering the same mantra and they were mocked by ponting, symos, and hayden and was leblled as “fake agression”. hmmm what they say now .. i am eagrly waiting ….

    Star performers from indian side —-
    1) Ishant Sharma — single handedly created the doubt in aussies batting line-up … others only exploited it.
    2) Dhoni —- When chips were down in round matches he stood up and stayed on the wicket. Mature and gutsy(sometime innovative) captaincy by him … choosing chawla in finals was one that example. Growing his stature exponentially in indian cricket.
    3) Harbhajan — dont look at his wicket column … though he picked up crucial ones … he was economical through-out the series … created pressure at one end … that results in run-outs or silly shot selections on other bowlers. Most importantly he was the guy who took all the heat head-on, from media to public to players. For that he must be applauded.
    4)Gambhir — probably the highest run-getter in this series .. played some quality innings though he didnt fire in the finals but he was crucial in getting india into the final. He will be totally different player from now on … scoring 40s odd consistently.
    5) Sachin & Praveen —- Sachin took the responsibility in the finals … great to see him playing like this .. controlling the inning to perfection. But the big surprise was P. kumar .. though i watched him many a times in the ranji matches .. but still surprised to some extent. First the wicket was not the ideal for his bowling .. he is more of sub-continent bowler … rely on early swings ( numerous times batsmen collapsed on their feet coping with his inswinger) but here he was not getting those big swings but still able to put deliveries in uncertainty zone .. and was creating doubts. Performing in big finals is no mean task specially when ur star bowler is out.

    Finally for khansaab … was it conviction or “tukka” ? 😀

    Whatever it was .. u desereve a toast buddy.

  27. #27 by Anonymous on March 5, 2008 - 9:36 AM

    Well, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a familiar name in the history of cricket. Once I was watching an interview of Wasim Akram in the year 1999, one of the great cricket saying that nobody will match Sachin would make more than 50 centurines and I do not think anybody will break his record. His record speaks about him but frankly speaking I was not a fan of him because he always fails in the crunch game but he proved me wrong and struck a wonderful and historical century in the world champions’ arena. I think this would prove the last nail in the coffin of Aussies and their supremacy will no longer in the near future.

    Great Sachin !

  28. #28 by Rohit on March 5, 2008 - 12:04 PM

    amidst all the glory faced by indian team, some concerns do remain.

    1) the opener slot is still inconsistent as ever. sehwag, uthappa, karthik have all tried to occupy this slot but no one has been consistent. gambhir is the best candidate, but he has done so well at no 3, that looks like he will remain there for a while. it will be foolish to change his batting position.

    2) does dravid have a future with ODI cricket? i think not. maybe its best for dravid to seek early retirement and only focus on tests now, rather than be put in a position where the media starts pressurising him to resign. the other alternative is to let yuvraj rest until he scores a consistent run in domestic games, and play dravid in his place.

    3) does yuvraj have a permanent place now? his form has been erratic. he is very talented but only performs in pieces! this latest CB series has proven that there are problems with his mental strength.

    4) when zaheer and RP regain fitness, what will happen to ishant, praveen, sreesanth?

  29. #29 by khansahab on March 5, 2008 - 12:19 PM

    Rohit,

    I have some suggestions that India can utilise at the moment. As to the opener’s position, Ganguly can open at no 1 along with Tendulkar. This would mean that India uses a more reliable opener than any of Sehwag, Uthappa or Karthik.

    Yuvraj can be replaced by Dravid on an ad-hoc basis. If Dravid is not performing, then the selectors can bring back Yuvraj. This is more about Yuvraj regaining form and confidence, than anything else.

    As for Uthappa, he can be used wherever because he is not that type of player who can be used in one position only. If some quick runs are needed, he can be sent to bat, whichever batting position that is. I don’t think Uthappa is as important to the team as Gambhir or Rohit Sharma, anyway.

    Ganguly can still bowl effectively in places just like Yuvraj, and Dravid is a decent fielder, plus his experience will assist in all those situations where Yuvraj let India down in this series.

    I would go with this line-up:

    Ganguly
    Tendulkar
    Gambhir
    Sharma
    Dravid
    Dhoni
    Praveen
    Irfan
    Harbhajan
    Ishant
    Zaheer/RP/Sreesanth

    This line up is not using the more “young” and savvy players like Uthappa and Yuvraj, but if you think about it both of them were not brilliant in the CB series, averaging 20 and 22 respectively.

    So the answer is either use replace them with more talented youngsters, or keep on using Ganguly and Dravid .

  30. #30 by CJ Management on March 5, 2008 - 6:24 PM

    (Crininfo’s round up of today’s play in the two matches of the Pentangular Cup)

    Federal Areas 119 for 3 (Majeed 72, Zaidi 24*, Ashraf 0*, Sohail 2-29) trail Sind 222 (Afridi 70, Naumanullah 53, Tanvir 5-58) by 103 runs

    Federal Areas had an impressive first day against top-placed Sind in Islamabad, bundling them out for 222 and then scoring 119 for the loss of three wickets.

    With his 5 for 58, Sohail Tanvir ensured Federal Areas made good first use of the pitch. Sind lost wickets at regular intervals, Tanvir removed two of the top four, while Yasir Arafat and Shehzad Azam took one apiece. A 71-ball 53 from Naumanullah held up one end for a while, but the knock of the innings came from Shahid Afridi, the Sind captain.

    Coming in at No. 6, Afridi blasted 70 off 49 balls, with eight fours and three sixes. At 194 for 5, Sind were in with a chance to reach 300, but Saeed Ajmal and Tanvir triggered a collapse. Ajmal got rid of the dangerous Afridi, out caught-and-bowled, while Tanvir scalped Sarfraz Ahmed, Danish Kaneria and Sohail Khan. Ajmal, an offbreak bowler, took another wicket as well, but figures of 2 for 64 off six overs indicate he suffered the most during Afridi’s onslaught.

    Federal Areas made a strong reply with an 82-run opening stand, before Afridi removed Umair Khan for 19. Umair’s partner Raheel Majeed did the bulk of the scoring, with 72 off 93 balls. Sohail Khan, who scythed the Baluchistan top order in the previous game, picked up two wickets before stumps to reduce Federal Areas from 114 for 1 to 119 for 3.

    Baluchistan 298 for 7 (Arafat 62, Alam 84, Sadaf 36*) v Punjab

    After being shot out for 42 against Sind last week, Baluchistan’s batsmen did better against Punjab, managing 298 for 7 on the first day at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.

    However, Baluchistan frittered away the advantage, they were at 208 for 2 at one stage, but lost five wickets for 90 runs as Punjab fought back. A 121-run second-wicket stand between Yasir Arafat and Rameez Alam laid the platform for Baluchistan. Arafat made 62, while Alam scored 84 before he was bowled by Mohammad Hafeez.

    Saeed Bin Nasir chipped in with 46, and wicketkeeper Gulraiz Sadaf ended the day unbeaten on 36. For Punjab, opening bowler Wahab Riaz was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 53.

  31. #31 by khansahab on March 5, 2008 - 6:27 PM

    In the absence of Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Mohammad Asif, Pakistan’s top bowlers seem to be Yasir Arafat and Sohail Tanvir. Both of them have been in good nick for a few months now.

  32. #32 by Tauqeer Malik on March 5, 2008 - 9:02 PM

    Amit P,

    i am agreeing with your comments. good analysis i must say.

    samy,

    i think so still that india is depending on tendulkar in any form of cricket. this is like back 10 years ago when they depended on tendulkar for every match. in this series indian performance was brilliant but i think in the final they won because of tendulkar only. so in your comment, no i dont think india has learned to play without tendulkar.

    rohit,

    you are worrying too much, because when team is performing so well, you dont need to worry. imo the only worry is, can indian team play like this without tendulkar?

    khansahab,

    good comment but i think india will try and bring more youngster.

  33. #33 by khansahab on March 5, 2008 - 9:22 PM

    Anonymous,

    Yes Sachin is probably the second best batsman that ever lived, just behind Bradman. We don’t know how Bradman would have fared if ODI’s were being played those days like they are being played now, but Sachin’s record in Tests is pretty special too.

    I remember reading Waqar Younis’s interview recently, and he was asked what his most memorable moment of international cricket was. He said, “It would probably be getting Sachin out in his debut Test. I remember discussing with team mates about this 15/16 year old who was making his debut, and we thought he wouldn’t be able to play us. But he showed signs of genius right from his first innings. Now that I think about how much he has achieved, I feel nice about getting him out in his debut match!”

  34. #34 by hamza on March 6, 2008 - 12:15 PM

    i might be the only one on this blog, but im actually looking forward to ICL. you can watch the thing in 4 or 5 hours and this time round there will be a lahore team. it doesnt matter if theyre rejects- we will see some scintillating cricket being played. i believe all pakistanis should watch ICL and suppoer lahore badshahs being led by inzi. although i dont think they will win because the calibre of players isnt that great- apart from inzi there is only mushtaq ahmed and shahid nazir who are good performers. saqlain isnt the same bowler anymore imran nazir is very unpredictable. if i was to choose a playing XI though i will go for:

    1) Imran Farhat
    2) Imran Nazir
    3) Naved Latif
    4) Inzi
    6) Azhar Mahmood
    7) Humayun Farhat
    8) Saqlain
    9) Sami
    10) Rana Naved
    11) Mushtaq ahmed

    the other people in the squad are Arshad Khan, Hasan Raza, Riaz Afridi, Shahid Nazir, Taufeeq Umar

  35. #35 by hamza on March 6, 2008 - 12:18 PM

    lol i missed out no 5! well that’s Hasan raza

    edit my comment if you can, plz

  36. #36 by awas on March 6, 2008 - 1:26 PM

    Well if it’s Lahore Badshahs then I can’t possibly miss it as that is my home town ;)- As the Lahoris say “Lore lore hey”. Thanks Hamza! Just to see Sultan of Multan alone would be a good fun. So can you tell me which channel is televising it in the UK and when?

  37. #37 by hamza on March 6, 2008 - 2:15 PM

    awas,

    i live in lahore, so i dont know who is showing it in UK. but you will be able to find out on google maybe.

    the 1st match in on sunday by the way

  38. #38 by samy on March 6, 2008 - 4:05 PM

    Awas,
    Although India have been a good Test team over the last couple of years, their ODI form has been patchy. Also, India do tend to struggle in finals and crunch games, especially against Australia. Not too many people gave them a chance of even making it to the finals before the tournament began and it was only after they won the 1st final that they had a genuinely good chance of winning the tournament. So I would say the Indian team has surprised many with their win.

    Tauqeer Malik,
    You are right that India still have not learnt how to play without Sachin and I hope they’ll learn soon, at least in ODIs.

  39. #39 by CJ Management on March 6, 2008 - 4:24 PM

    **CJ Breaking News**

    A leading Pakistani news channel has just reported that Cricket Australia have decided to cancel Pakistan’s tour.

  40. #40 by awas on March 6, 2008 - 5:13 PM

    I don’t usually believe what these Asian channels normally say. I prefer to rely on BBC website or Cricinfo. BBC though is usually very prompt in breaking news of this type.

    BBC has only just updated its earlier news that appeared this morning which states:

    “Australian officials will decide in the next few days whether Ricky Ponting’s team will tour Pakistan this month”.

    Anyways, chances of Australia touring are remote.

  41. #41 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 6, 2008 - 6:28 PM

    The Australians are not coming to Pakistan. BUT, they are going to India for a catwalk which in return will pay them millions of dollars.

    India refused to play 3 ODI’s in Pakistan to compensate NOT for the financial losses but to entertain the crowd and comfort them. Their refusal was expected by many and both Javed Miandad and Moin Khan openly criticized them for being selfish and un-cooperative neighbours. But, that is not India’s problem. It doesn’t concern them.

    This reminds me of an interesting story about a mouse trap in the house and I want to share it here.

    A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his
    wife open a package. What food might this contain? The mouse wondered he was devastated to discover – it was a mousetrap.

    Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning :

    ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’ The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, ‘Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no
    consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.’

    The mouse turned to the pig and told him, ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’ The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.’

    The mouse turned to the cow and said ‘There is a mousetrap in the
    house!There is a mousetrap in the house!’ The cow said, ‘Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.’ So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

    That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — like the
    sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

    The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

    But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to
    sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

    The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

    So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

    So, God only knows what kinda mouse trap this IPL and ICL is, or as KA says; what the HELL is this?

  42. #42 by CJ Management on March 6, 2008 - 8:12 PM

    (Crininfo’s round up of today’s play in the two matches of the Pentangular Cup)

    Punjab 425 for 2 (Butt 160, Jamshed 140, Misbah 82*) lead Baluchistan 375 (Alam 84, Arafat 62, Sadaf 55) by 50 runs

    Salman Butt and Nasir Jamshed slammed centuries as Punjab gained the upper hand on the second day in their match against Balushistan.

    Baluchistan, who were on 298 for 7 overnight, extending their total to 375, courtesy of wicketkeeper Gulraiz Sadaf’s half-century and a quick-fire 31 from No. 10 Imranullah Aslam. Mohammad Hafeez finished as Punjab’s most successful bowler, taking three wickets.

    In reply, Punjab ran up 425 for the loss of just two wickets, scoring at more than five-and-a-half runs an over. Opener Hafeez wasn’t as successful with the bat, trapped lbw by Abdur Rauf for nought. Butt and Jamshed were then involved in a huge 251-run stand for the second wicket, helped by the indisciplined Baluchistan bowling who conceded 33 extras, including 22 no-balls. Butt smashed 25 fours and a six as he made 160 at nearly a run a ball before falling to medium-pacer Jalat Khan.

    Misbah-ul-Haq (82*) and Jamshed then put on 87 runs before Jamshed was forced to retire hurt on 140 as Punjab finished the day with a 50-run lead with eight wickets still standing.

    Sind 222 and 128 for 1 (Manzoor 73, Latif 47*, Naumanullah 5*) lead Federal Areas 295 (Zaidi 87*, Majeed 72, Sohail 5-56) by 55 runs

    In a tight contest at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad, Federal Areas took a 73-run first-innings lead but Sind hit back, finishing the second day at 128 for 1. For Federal Areas, No. 3 Ashar Zaidi top scored with an unbeaten 87 as they posted 295. Naved Ashraf (34) and Yasir Arafat (27) chipped in with handy contributions. Fast bowler Sohail Khan’s outstanding debut season continued as he grabbed five wickets to keep Federal Areas’ lead to a manageable amount. He now has 16 wickets from three matches in the Pentangular to complement the 65 he took in this season’s Quaid-e-Azam.

    Sind’s second innings got off to a confident start with Khurram Manzoor and Khalid Latif putting on 119. Manzoor fell after an aggressive 73 which featured ten boundaries while Latif remained undefeated on 47.

  43. #43 by khansahab on March 6, 2008 - 8:14 PM

    Does anyone know why Fawad Alam is not playing in this current Sind vs Federal Areas match?

  44. #44 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 6, 2008 - 9:33 PM

    Punjab’s scoring 425 is OK but, how come Baluchistan scored 375 against Punjab? What a shameful bowling performance from Punjab.

    Sindh seems to be playing well in the second innings hopefully Latif should convert his 47 n.o. into a big innings i.e., if he needs to establish himself as a dependable opener. They will definitely keep Nasir Jamshed in the team as he is an aggressive player, so to balance him, Latif has to play the anchor role.

    Sohail Khan is bowling well, so far he has taken 16 wickets in three matches, second innings yet to come for him to bowl, already he has taken 65 wickets besides this 16 so he seems to be a good contender alongside Sohail Tanvir. Both Sohails can become Pakistan future Double S or “SS” like the famous duo of WW (Wasim and Waqar)

    Good updates, khansahab. Keep up the good work and keep going up and up to keep that Diamond Market joker at his toes. Good luck.

  45. #45 by khansahab on March 7, 2008 - 11:09 AM

    I have just seen an interview of a leading sports journalist in Pakistan, who said that the reason why Pakistan lost against Bangladesh in the 1999 WC is because the then PM Nawaz Sharif asked the team to lose, as it would make the case for Bangladesh gaining Test status, very strong.

    Bangladesh defeating Pakistan was a huge factor that was taken into consideration as to whether they deserve Test status or not.

  46. #46 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 7, 2008 - 11:35 AM

    khansahab

    who was this leading sports journalist who said this? I hope he can’t hide from the masses if he has said that on TV you can mention his name here and there is nothing wrong, but I would like to know his name.

    As regards Nawaz Sharif saying that, I guess if it is correct, then it is possible he was either high on Nihari or short of Haleem.

    It is good to see India winning the CB series in Australia but, as expected some of their players have gone over-board in expressing their views and so have their fans on some of the cricket blogs.

    Harbhajan, as usual is opening his big mouth to utter big words which are hardly necessary at this stage and some of the Indian supporters and fans are taunting and flaunting at Pakistanis for no reason.

    Yes, Pakistan lost to India in India recently but, that wasn’t a one sided effort, despite the fact that Pakistan team was without their ace bowlers and were lead by a weak, meek Captain, they lost ODI 3-2 and test match 1-0. But, the way they are showing off is like they’ve won comprehensively like 5-0 and 3-0

    Also, against Australia that 2-0 final in a best of three is not something to say it was a one sided affair. We all have seen that last year England after loosing the Ashes series in Australia, won the VB series 2-0 in a similar fashion, but that doesn’t mean England became a great team? In fact they have gone down the gutters and look at the way they are coping against NZ !

    India too, can land in a similar situation. Very soon their oldie goldies would be gone and their best test bowlers Zaheer and RP are having the same problems as Gul and Asif and this kinda euphoria may not last forever. And in the next series at home, they might play well, but it is possible that SA can pull the rug from under their feet and bring them to ground.

    Besides, their focus is shifting from nationalistic cricket to materialistic cricket and those who have got bigger pay packets will not be inclined to play with that passion and emotions.

    Lets see, there are many a slip between the cup and the lip.

  47. #47 by Anonymous on March 7, 2008 - 1:35 PM

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Pakistan’s President Agrees to Resign

    Democracy triumphs over dictatorship in Pakistan at last

    Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf agreed on Monday to resign from office to defuse political tensions, provided there are guarantees that he will not be persecuted in the courts, well-placed sources have revealed.

    Musharraf informed Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani of his decision to resign in the larger national interest during a meeting at the Camp Office in the Army House that doubles as the official residence of the president, sources said.

    “The president was responding to General Kayani’s request to Musharraf to consider playing a statesmanlike role to resolve the political and constitutional crisis in the country,” a well-placed source privy to the meeting revealed.

    Sources said that Musharraf agreed to quit national politics in response to the growing calls for him to step down or face impeachment by the new parliament in the wake of the resounding drubbing to the Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain-led Pakistan Muslim League-Q, which is closely associated and with Musharraf.

    According to sources, Musharraf has requested three face-saving measures: (1) safe passage abroad with his mother Zarin, wife Sehba, daughter Ayla and son-in-law Asif Raza Mir (the former TV star who acted in Fatima Surraya Bajia’s famous drama serial Tanhaiyan) to live with his Boston-based son Bilal Musharraf where he serves as an actuary accountant; (2) guarantees that no judicial case will be filed against him in the courts and that the restored judiciary, particularly deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, will not hear any case against him; and (3) a chance to address the nation one last time.

    Sources further revealed that Musharraf was given three days to decide between resigning voluntarily and facing the ignominy of being asked by a majority National Assembly resolution in its first session next week to resign or face an act of impeachment.

    “The establishment is not ready to have a former army chief impeached by parliament to prevent a precedent being set and thinks it is better to stave off the shame by avoiding it through a face-saving resignation,” a source said.

    The deposed chief justice, who is increasingly likely to be restored to his position along with the other 60 judges, will be requested not to pursue or entertain any petition that may be filed by any one before the rejuvenated Supreme Court or high courts to prevent a cycle of revenge and vendetta.

    “Musharraf has also requested that, as part of the face-saving deal, he be allowed to make one last address to the nation, in which he wants to take the credit for free and fair elections,” the source said. “However, it might be a recorded message rather than live and he will certainly not be allowed to cast a slur on any judge or political party.”

    While the source did not reveal what was the reaction of General Kayani to Musharraf’s request for one last chance to address the nation as head of state, he said it was likely that it will be granted.

    The source added that the army wants to avoid the likely raucous scenes of Musharraf’s authority being heckled and booed in the first session of the National Assembly, particularly by the 70-plus members of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-N who plan to make fiery speeches against Musharraf amid slogans of “Go Musharraf Go.”

    Since Musharraf is likely to resign before the inaugural session is convened to swear in the newly elected MNAs and to elect the speaker and deputy speaker of the house, the session is likely to be smooth.

    “With Musharraf having agreed to step down, either caretaker Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro will in the next two days be reverted to the position of chairman Senate or the acting chairman Senate will become acting president and take oath from the incoming prime minister and his cabinet of ministers,” the source said.

    “This is also likely to facilitate the Pakistan People’s Party to convince the PML-N to nominate some ministers in the federal cabinet as Musharraf will no longer be president to take oath from them and there will be no excuse for Nawaz Sharif not to nominate ministers in the cabinet announced by Asif Zardari and the new prime minister,” the source added.

    The president’s camp office issued a routine press release about the meeting between President Musharraf and General Kayani:

    President Pervez Musharraf has lauded the professionalism, devotion to duty and sacrifices being rendered by Pakistan Army in safeguarding the country from external and internal threats.

    The president made these remarks while talking to Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who called on him at the presidential camp office in Rawalpindi today.

    The president appreciated the role of the army for ensuring complete security during the recently concluded general elections in the country He also appreciated the measures which are being taken by the Pakistan Army in combating terrorism along the Pak-Afghan border region, in the FATA and Swat.

    The general briefed the president about the ongoing operations against terrorism. They exchanged views on the internal security situation in the country, with particular reference to the role of Pakistan’s army deployed on internal security duties.

  48. #48 by CJ Management on March 7, 2008 - 4:44 PM

    (Crininfo’s round up of today’s play in the two matches of the Pentangular Cup)

    Baluchistan 375 and 207 for 8 (Alam 48, Aslam 49*, Ahmed 36*) trail Punjab 723 for 4 dec (Misbah 208*, Mahmood 94, Malik 60) by 141 runs

    A career-best 208 not out from Misbah-ul-Haq led an exciting third day at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot, one during which Punjab amassed 723 for 4 – the 11th highest total ever in Pakistan’s first-class history and highest in over 20 years – and then left Baluchistan reeling at 207 for 8.

    Misbah, overnight on 82, motored along to his century and then a double, forging promising stands of 229 with Anmar Mahmood (94) and 130 with Shoaib Malik, whose blazing 60 needed just 37 deliveries. Punjab declared with a lead of 348 after Malik fell; their 723 runs came at a commanding run-rate of 6.32 per over.

    All the Baluchistan bowlers were made to suffer, with legbreak bowler Imranullah Aslam conceding 239 from his 40 overs. The opening bowlers – Abdur Rauf and Tanvir Ahmed – went at economy-rates of 7.65 and 8.80. Baluchistan did themselves no favours, leaking 61 extras, including 33 no-balls and 13 wides.

    Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman then took 3 for 65 as Punjab reduced Baluchistan to 207 for 8. Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez chipped in with two wickets apiece as the Baluchistan top order, barring Rameez Alam, who made 48, failed to put up a fight.

    Aslam, promoted to No. 7 – he batted at No .10 in Baluchistan’s first innings, made good use of the opportunity, with an unbeaten 49. He shared an unbroken 58-run stand for the ninth wicket with Tanvir Ahmed, who came up with a brisk 36 off 34.

    However, with Baluchistan still trailing by 141 runs, an innings victory seems for Punjab seems the likely outcome.

    Sind 222 and 345 for 3 (Latif 74, Iqbal 77, Rizwan 70*) lead Federal Areas 295 by 272 runs

    Sind’s openers had knocked off their 73-run first-innings deficit against Federal Areas on the second day, and their batsmen played out the whole of day three to take them to 345 for 3 in their second innings, a lead of 272.

    Khalid Latif and Naumanullah added 63 runs to Sind’s overnight score of 128, before both fell in quick succession. Naumanullah was out for a brisk 54-ball 43, while Latif needed 140 balls for his 74, which included ten boundaries.

    Those were to be the only successes for Federal Areas, as Faisal Iqbal and Rizwan Ahmed put together an unbroken 142-run stand for the fourth wicket; Iqbal was unbeaten on 77 at the close, with Rizwan not out on 70. Sind scored 217 in the day, off the 59 overs that were bowled.

    Sohail Tanvir, who took a five-for in the first innings, toiled for 24 overs without any luck and also conceded 101 runs.

  49. #49 by khansahab on March 7, 2008 - 4:58 PM

    IPL Chairman has spoken today about how the funds from IPL will be invested. He stated that a vast percentage of funds generated by IPL would go towards improving the cricket infrastructure in India with a view to improving standards for World Cup 2011.

    This is a welcome development. However, it will be interesting to see just how much of the revenue is invested- I would like to see some sort of quantification and numbers in the near future.

  50. #50 by awas on March 7, 2008 - 9:36 PM

    Australian leg-spin great Shane Warne says he expects no ill-feeling from Indian fans when he plays in cricket’s IPL next month.

    Yes, how can he when his mouth is stuffed full of money ;)-

  51. #51 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 7, 2008 - 11:20 PM

    Awas

    Hope you don’t mind me correcting, coz the correct expression is:

    When your mouth is full of Benjamin’s……

    US$100 bill has President Benjamin’s picture on it. 😉

  52. #52 by amit. p on March 8, 2008 - 5:43 AM

    Warne(and gilly too) shudn’t worry about boing and all from indian public … he along with Lara have got their one of the largest fan base in india. But i suspect ab’t other aussies players … symonds, hayden and ponting … they might be boed by their respective team supporters.

    It will be interesting to see where BCCI is going to invest these money that are coming from IPL. $2 billion is no less money by any account … if they are going to renovate 4-5 stadiums then still there will be plenty of money left. Cricket academies are ongoing projects which are funded by earlier income that they got from selling their broadcast right(to Nimbus) and sponsership(Nike, addidas, sahara and all). All eyes must be on this large sum of money. One good thing from this administration is that they are not hidding board’s income. Its all up there among public to see .. but the big hurdle(accountability of investments) is still ahead.

  53. #53 by khansahab on March 8, 2008 - 11:45 AM

    Amit P,

    I’m no one to judge, but lately your arguments have been very strong and well reasoned. I agree with you that the Indian public holds Warne and Gilly in high regard. Warne was always very popular in India and Gilly is not a confrontational person anyway, so he has not been in the limelight as much as other Aussie cricketers during these recent controversies.

    I think IPL and ICL are good for Indian cricket, but bad for all other cricketing nations. The players are happy with the money. Indians are benefiting from this in many ways:

    1) General revenue
    2) Youngsters playing side by side with and observing greats like Lara and Inzi, as well as home greats like Sachin
    3) Youngsters benefiting from international coaching/strategy
    4) Everyone making lots of money
    5) Good prospects for sponsorship for companies- good for businesses
    6) Publicity for grounds/cricket associations
    7) Something that will excite and entertain the Indian public, will improve the popularity of the game
    8) This will be very good for Indian cricket because this will help develop aggressive and risk-taking players into becoming Uthappas and Dhonis.

    The only negative effect of this IPL and ICL for Indian cricket is, that members of the national team will suffer from physical and mental burnout. But largely speaking the positives greatly outshine the negatives.

  54. #54 by CJ Management on March 8, 2008 - 8:24 PM

    (Crininfo’s round up of today’s play in the two matches of the Pentangular Cup)

    Federal Areas 295 (Majif 72, Zaidi 87, Khan 5-56) and 322 for 9 (Umair 106, Afridi 5-55) beat Sind 222 (Afridi 70, Tanvir 5-58) and 394 for 4 decl (Latif 74, Iqbal 105*, Rizwan 71) by one wicket

    A tenth-wicket stand of 13 between Usman Saeed and Shehzad Azam guided Federal Areas to a tense victory over Sind on the final day at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad.

    Set a target of 322, Federal Areas were boosted by opener Umair Khan’s 106 before Shahid Afridi tilted the scales with his legspinners. Federal Areas were well placed at 262 for 5 before losing two wickets in quick succession without any addition to the score. Afridi later pegged away with quick lower-order wickets to give Sind a very realistic chance of winning, but the last-wicket pair hung on. Azam, the No.11, hastened his side’s victory with a quick 12 which came off five deliveries, including two fours. Afridi finished with figures of 5 for 55 off 21 overs.

    Earlier, Faisal Iqbal carried on from his overnight score of 77 to score a century. He remained unbeaten on 105, off 160 balls, before the captain Afridi made a sporting declaration. Faisal’s overnight partner, Rizwan Ahmed, managed to add just one run to his score of 70 before he was dismissed by Sohail Tanvir.

    Punjab 723 for 4 dec (Misbah 208*, Mahmood 94, Malik 60) beat Baluchistan 375 (Alam 84, Sadaf 55) and 220 (Alam 48, Aslam 51, Ahmed 47*) by an innings and 128 runs

    It took just 15 deliveries for Punjab on the final day to complete the formalities and seal a comprehensive innings and 128-run victory against Baluchistan in Sialkot. Baluchistan were on the brink of defeat overnight on 207 for 8 and the overnight pair of Imranullah Aslam and Tanvir Ahmed managed to add 13 more before Junaid Zia sealed the deal. Aslam fell shortly after reaching his half-century before Zia struck again the next ball to send back Azharullah, the No.11.

  55. #55 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 9, 2008 - 2:50 AM

    khansahab

    Looking at the result of Sindh and Federal Area match, one must applaud at the sporting declaration made by the Sindh captain Shahid Afridi.

    He could have easily gone in to bat and clubbed a few sixes but he gave them a fair chance and thats the difference between his captaincy and Malik’s. Malik is a selfish mean guy who is now under fire for altering the pitch by ordering the grounds men to shave off the grass. That is so selfish and so mean of him to do that, only Malik can do such a thing. Because he is a Meesna!

    People who often praise Kaneria and criticize Afridi should see the difference between the two of them. Afridi bowled his heart out to get 5 wickets for 55 runs whereas, Kaneria gave away 157 runs and took only 2 wickets.

    Afridi by any standards is a better player than Danish Kaneria and in test matches he is overlooked and ignored by the Captain and the Selectors in favour of Kaneria. Malik does it deliberately in order to secure his own place in the team. It is about time for the selectors to take note of this anomaly and keep Malik on the sidelines.

  56. #56 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 9, 2008 - 7:58 PM

    Today 18 more players will be under the IPL auction hammer and the most popular ones among them are Misbah ul Haq, Shane Watson and Mohammad Ashraful.

    Harbhajan is once again in the limelight after his comments against CA, Mathew Hayden and Gilchrist. I wonder how these Australian players would be coping under pressure and the stress that they will get from crowd behaviour in India when they play for IPL?

    For CA it is not possible to play in Pakistan despite their own countryman and Pakistan’s coach Lawson giving them repeated assurances that it is safe for them to play. The Australians have made up their mind not to play in Pakistan and all this time delaying tactics is nothing but a waste of time. We all know they will not come and, I wonder why everyone is waiting for the cat to come out of the bag and say meaow?

    People are more interested in seeing the players cat-walk on the IPL stage wearing their price tags. Talking of today’s auction Misbah’s name is on the top of the list and that is because he was at the centre of everything during the WC T20 in SA last year. But, it is not likely that he will fetch a big price tag.

    The whole set-up is a drama, the big Indian players have been made icons so that they automatically get 15% over the highest bidder or the player who is sold for the highest price.

    India’s foreign policy and foreign exchange policy has been remarkably better than Pakistan’s and they are not only keeping themselves in the centre of everything but, they are also saving their foreign exchange by putting the highest price tags on their own players. One may call it a hyperbolic farce or a smart decision, the fact is this whole IPL affair is more in favour of India than any other country.

    Some people are naive in comparing this IPL cricket with European soccer leagues or even ice hockey leagues of North America, the point is, the soccer and hockey fans follow their clubs and their players and they are not too many.

    But, here the players have been divided in 5 teams and those who support their players cannot support the team. For e.g., those who support Dhoni may not like to see him playing against Tendulkar or those who support Afridi may not like to see him playing against Malik or Younus Khan. So, the loyalties are divided and this will soon diminish the interest.

    Entertainment is not the only part of cricket it is much more than that. Only time will prove when this fad will be over.

  57. #57 by amit. p on March 10, 2008 - 5:37 AM

    Khansaab,

    I wud like to put it in this way .. “IPL and ICL favour indian cricket more than any other nation’s cricket” 😀

    But ..
    BCCI and henceforth ICC should embrace ICL … its more of ‘oligopoly’ than ‘free market’ they are endorsing rite now by not legalising ICL. Once they are comfortable with other leagues .. i can see great future for league cricket otherwise it will be just another “colonial” state of affair. Problem for ICC is that they worry about conventional cricket. My soultion is ..

    1) ICC should grant 2 months for league cricket rite now .. in future they can extend this according to demands but not more than 3 months. Remaining 9 or 10 months shud be available for tour and triangular matches.
    2) They shud not regulate the revenue and player’s income in these legues … though they can have their own profit by these matches.

  58. #58 by Abdul on March 23, 2008 - 8:27 PM

    A wonderful and amzing series of cricket . Congratulations to India on their victory as they take the CB series 08. The youth strategy is really proving the reults of the Indian team in the last year.If you compare where the team was last year it was a completely different story . But new captain and a bunch of talented younsters have completely changed the fate of Indian cricket and now they are arguably the greatest odi side in the world . The performances from the likes of Tendulkur, Gambhir , Dhoni and Sharma have beeen instrumental throughout the competetion. Sharma especially has developed and emerged into a fine bolwer throughout this tour.

    The day and moments and jubilance belong to India but let me take a paragraph to acknowledge the great wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist. He has provided entertainment and joy for the cricket followers in the last decade or so and is probably rated as the best wicket keeper of all time.

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