Should the PCB stick to it, and get – A Stick?

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(Article has been composed by CJ Manager Javed A Khan)

Right now there is nothing much going on in terms of cricket, except for England trying to revive their pride against New Zealand or, a few so-called Badshah’s and Wazeer’s struggling in vain. After the Pentagular Tournament in Pakistan, which was the biggest domestic event, it is about time for the PCB to re-think their strategy in sticking with Shoaib Malik to lead the team.

So many sports critics, journalists, former players and not to mention bloggers, readers and cricket fans throughout Pakistan and abroad have expressed the need to remove Shoaib Malik from the leading role and appoint Shahid Afridi as the captain of the team. Whether the PCB officials and selectors would pay any heed towards this view is another story. In Pakistan it is not easy to accept a Captain who is not from Lahore. Mushtaq Mohammad and Asif Iqbal may have lead the team for a while but, not for a long sustainable period of time and Miandad was twice pulled down, humiliated and ridiculed for his captaincy and twice he got the same treatment when he was the coach of the national side.

Malik has proved that he is a very weak leader, in fact, he does not possess the qualities of a leader, he has shown panic and distress when the chips were down. A true leader lifts the morale of his team when the chips are down, whereas, Malik is the first one who cannot hide his feelings and expressions and goes defensive even at the slightest aggression shown by the opposition. He should know that the best defense is aggression. But, his body language on the field demoralizes the whole team and he does not have the ability to lift the morale from an adverse situation and make it into a winning situation.

His recent injuries and reasoning not to play in the crucial matches at international and domestic level has created doubts in the minds of so many people that he loves to escape from his responsibilities and come back later to defend himself with some silly excuses. Like, every time when he lost a match, at the post match comments he tried to cover up his feelings with some silly comments like, “we are professionals and we are in a learning process and we are learning each time.”

People have talked about this in the past and criticized Malik by saying: International level cricket does not mean you are learning, it is not about learning, it is about delivering. You have to perform and deliver, you cannot say, we are learning, then you go back to the school and learn basics. The purpose of this thread is not to ridicule Malik personally, but it is meant to pin point the drawbacks in his personality and that is costing the team too much. If the PCB wants to stick to their decision with the notion that its been scribed in a stone and cannot be changed, or if they change people will laugh at them, is even more silly than not changing the captain when the whole world is demanding for a change.

But, change does not mean you bring in Misbah ul Haq or Salman Butt, because neither of them can justify it better than Shahid Afridi. Because, Misbah, by age may be older than Afridi, but Afridi has more international experience and he has delivered well on so many occasions. Also, as a captain of Karachi, Sindh, HBL and in so many other domestic tournaments Afridi has performed very well. Therefore, he deserves to be given that chance to lead the team. And Salman Butt, we all know has proved that he couldn’t bear the responsibilities of a vice captain, making him a full-fledged captain would be a blunder and a big disaster.

Younus Khan should not mind who the captain of the team is because, twice he has rejected the offer and must put up or shut up and gladly accept the decision of playing under any captain. And Mohammad Yousuf, should be more happy to concentrate on his batting because at his age, he only needs to worry about his batting performance and he should thank his stars for not getting that additional responsibility.

Now, lets see what the CJ bloggers have to say about this thread? The CJ management thinks that this is the hot topic at the moment and it will draw a lot of attention, and may be other blogs will copy this subject or the theme and follow us like a herd of sheep. So, there you go, please feel free to comment and express your views.

(Article has been composed by Javed A Khan)

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  1. #1 by khansahab on March 16, 2008 - 11:23 PM

    A thought provoking thread by Javed A Khan.

    This divide between Afridi and Malik is one of the biggest issues being faced by PCB and the Pakistani cricket fans. Somehow as time is progressing, the argument is becoming stronger in Afridi’s favour. His improved bowling is also helping his case.

    However, I believe PCB will not appoint Afridi as captain because Misbah ul Haq has very quickly assumed the role of the next leader for the Pakistani team. PCB was initially very keen on training a young player like Butt, but Butt has no permanent place in any squad so it is wise to not persist with him. Asif is usually out with controversies and injury. Younis is uninterested in the post and Yousuf is an automatic disqualification by virtue of his personality. Hence, Afridi remains the only real competitor to Malik and Misbah.

  2. #2 by suresh on March 17, 2008 - 12:07 AM

    I think this Javed Khan is Afridi’s fan or may be he supports him because like Afridi, he is a Pathan too. However this time I do agree with him that the current Pakistani side needs a change and Malik certainly needs to be removed as he has no personality to lead the team.

    khansahab’s point has some weight too that the PCB officials were keen to train a young player like Butt or may be Asif, but both of them have lead them down. Butt with poor performance and Asif with his injuries and his lack of professionalism and therefore, they are eying on Misbah to lead the team.

    It may be OK for the short term but the long term prospects would be dim once again, because Pakistan certainly needs a captain who should lead through to the next world cup and beyond and Misbah cannot stay that longer because of his age, hence Afridi is the MAN.

    In India, the BCCI is seriously thinking of retaining Dhoni as a captain for the test team also, because he has gained a lot of confidence and experience from the recent Australian tour and moreover, Kumble at 37 cannot continue any further, if at all Kumble gets to lead the team it will be only for one time this year and thats against South Africa.

    I would think that it would be better to give that role to Dhoni to start learning from home rather than giving him a chance later on.

  3. #3 by Mohamed Anfaal on March 17, 2008 - 6:13 AM

    Javed

    Your response to my earlier post well taken,

    Your justification

    “Do you think Younus Khan is “everyone else?” Oh, come on, Mohammad Yousuf was also ready but they didn’t talk to him Afridi was not considered at all because they thought he is too childish and immature to lead.”

    Accepted

    The current thread with the response it has generated coupled with the discussion in the earlier one and Rehan reiterating the fact that how much worse can it get? We are going nowhere in the present scenario as it is.

    I think we have a consensus here. Now it remains to be seen whether our consensus matters, I have feeling the PCB couldn’t care less and by adopting this sort of an attitude, it comes down to the point that you made that ”they are not only childish but stubborn like a thoroughly spoiled brat.”

    I am in conjunction with Khansahab in sharing of apprehensiveness in the appointment of Afridi at the helm

    Rehan

    Coming to the point regarding Afridi’s place in the test side, when considering that, just forget that he can bat, drop it out of your mind, disregard the notion itself.

    Now look at your spinning cupboard. What do you see? It’s bare. We all know what opinion the author of this thread holds about Kaneria and that’s not without proof, albeit to say that certain Mr.Akmal is responsible in enhancement of those figures, in the international fixtures at least.

    Now look at the next option and why does it have to be the next option, it can be the primary option itself, only one name comes to mind and whatever he does after that with the bat just take it as a bonus.

    Condolences to Tasleem Arif’s Family

  4. #4 by Rehan Khan on March 17, 2008 - 9:42 AM

    Let me tell you Javed, this is an interesting and controversial article and I think it will get many responses. What Ive been saying for so long is that we need to try out Afridi. PCB should have recognized this when Pakistan lost the South Africa and India series. It seems the only teams Pakistan can beat are minnow teams.
    I dont know if you remember, I said a while back that the quality of a good captain is that he gets good performances from average players. This is what made Ganguly one of the India’s successful captains, and same argument goes with Nasir Hussein and Stephen Fleming. There are parallels between Imran Khan and Afridi. Both are charismatic, popular with the wider public and have a leader personality.

    But I dont think they will make him captain because of them training Misbah, Butt. I heard Akmal may also be promoted, they want to keep Akmal long term inside the team.

  5. #5 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 17, 2008 - 1:43 PM

    rehan khan

    Even the thought of making Akmal a captain makes me laugh, because he is such a funny character. Until recently people were talking about axing him from the team, Sarfaraz was sent to India to replace him, but he did not impress many and by chance Akmal once again played a good innings to retain his spot in the team. Besides, he has all the support from his captain.

    I don’t think they should even think of making Akmal as a captain of the side, why should they? Just because he too is from Lahore like Misbah and Butt and on top of that he is Malik’s girayeen?

    Since you have quoted the commonalities and similarities between Imran Khan and Afridi, the only difference between the two that I see is: “finesse” and Afridi is certainly lacking in that department. Otherwise, he is charismatic and popular and he has the ability to lead for sure and if his own place is guaranteed in the team then he will perform even better. No one can perform well on a consistent basis, every single player goes through a bad patch or a bad form.

    There is a difference between form and class, form is temporary and class is permanent, but we cannot yet call Afridi a class, because he needs to be consistent and only when he can prove his mettle can he join the exclusive band of class players.

    The thread may appear controversial but thats the reality, its a matter of how you see things, what is more important is, it will draw attention and thats what is needed.

  6. #6 by Anonymous on March 17, 2008 - 9:33 PM

    lol what a joke:

    LONG list of karachi underachievers:

    1)basit ali
    2)shadab kabir
    3)asif mujtaba
    4)mohammad sami
    5)khalid latif
    6)sarfraz ahmad
    7)SHAHID AFRIDI
    8)danish kaneria

    list of pashtu underachievers:

    1)fazal e akbar
    2)arshad khan
    3)wajahatullah wasti
    4)yasar hameed
    5)SHAHID AFRIDI 🙂

    ………and yet lahore+punjab+regionalism is blamed?

  7. #7 by awas on March 17, 2008 - 11:14 PM

    Anonymous

    It’s much better to leave your name behind. After writing comment, if you click name/url button it gives you an option to enter your name. That is all that is necessary. It’s good to have a discussion with a name than no name.

    Javed A Khan makes an interesting point about “finesse”. Basically, Malik and Afridi are both Paindoos in their own ways. Who is the bigger one is difficult to say. One has the blemish of being a meesna, the other, although bold and brash, a hot head. That is the only difference. Which attribute is better or worse for a captain is another matter? Afridi has been known to have had fracas with team mates as well as opponents. The Board must know about each player a little more than the general public knows, that’s for sure.

    Finesse is something though that they both lack, that can only be achieved with upbringing and education. Even education alone is not sufficient as it really comes with a combination of both. I have seen many highly educated people behaving worse than illiterates.

    Not too long ago England only used to pick captains who were from a certain social standing i.e. someone who was from a certain circle. That status-quo was only broken when Mike Gatting, a bulldog of a man in every sense, was appointed captain. That is one of the reasons Geoff Boycott never became a captain. I am not justifying such system here but just making a point how the times have changed. A captain should only be appointed if such a person has all the attributes of captaining a ship.

    As far as Pakistan is concerned, I am not convinced if the regionalism has a big part to play in this. Out of all the successful captains, what I find is finesse and leadership attributes whenever such a Pakistani captain was appointed. The names like Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Majid Khan, Asif Iqbal, Mushtaq Muhammed, Imran Khan, Miandad (an exception like Gatting but in shrewdness than brute) immediately come to mind. They were not only of certain social standing but educated as well. They were the most successful type than the more recent crop of captains. The fact that they were non Punjabis is irrelevant.

  8. #8 by Anonymous on March 18, 2008 - 4:45 AM

    Sifarshi players from Punjab who failed constantly but remained in the team:

    Bazid Khan
    Manzoor Elahi
    Zahoor Elahi
    Saleem Elahi
    Imran Nazir
    Imran Farhat
    Salman Butt
    Kamran Akmal
    Shoaib Malik
    Zahid Fazal
    Aamer Malik
    Ehtesham uddin
    Shabbir Ahmad…. LOL
    Rana Navaid……..LOL
    Shafqat Rana
    Azmat Rana
    Wasim Haider

  9. #9 by Anonymous on March 18, 2008 - 4:49 AM

    Lawson unhappy over team selection?
    Tuesday, March 18, 2008

    LAHORE: Pakistan’s coach Geoff Lawson has expressed his unhappiness on the national selection committee not consulting him in picking the squad for the recent home series against Zimbabwe……………….

    …..Lawson, who took the coaching job in August last year, has also talked about the 2011 World Cup and his doubts over whether flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has a role to play in the tournament. “The performance of Shahid Afridi will have to be closely monitored before finalising the likely team for the World Cup 2011,” he has written.

  10. #10 by Anonymous on March 18, 2008 - 4:53 AM

    list of corrupt players who were involved in gambling, betting and match fixing and brought ill repute to Pakistan:

    Wasim Akram
    Waqar Younus
    Saleem Malik
    Ejaz Ahmad
    Mushtaq Ahmad
    Ata ur Rahman

    Guess where are they from?
    P
    U
    N
    J
    A
    B

  11. #11 by Anonymous on March 18, 2008 - 4:55 AM

    players who were involved in drugs and failed dope tests and brought bad name for Pakistan:

    Shoaib Akhtar
    Muhammad Asif

    Guess where are they from?

    P
    U
    N
    J
    A
    B

  12. #12 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 18, 2008 - 5:22 PM

    khansahab

    I think this anonymous business should come to an end, you need a paradigm shift, now.

    The “AnnoyingMOOSE” is trying to prove a point that Shahid Afridi does not have backing of the coach or, the coach doesn’t consider him to be good enough to play for Pakistan.

    If the purblind nocturnal mouse sees not the sunlight, it is not the later to blame.

    Lawson himself does not justify to be a coach of the Pakistan team.

    What has he done so far? Except for
    lamenting this time and complaining that he was not consulted in team selection for Zimbabwe, he has not uttered a word b4 and is like one of those puppets and non-existent entities the PCB has on its pay roll.

    The Australian coaches have an agenda, they want to ruin and destroy the emerging teams and their key-players from the sub-continent.

    Look at Greg Chappell, what has he done? First, he created a rift between Ganguly and the BCCI and then he went on to divide the team and rule. He created fractions and divisions between the players.

    Ganguly’s supporters Vs. Dravid supporters.

    And then what happened ultimately? The strongest Indian team on paper, could not make it to the second round of the World Cup. Because, there was no team effort, no coordination, no camaraderie and no unity among the players. Irfan Pathan who played well in warm up matches was not given any chance to play. Why? Because, he is a threat to Australia and in this series he has proved it along with I. Sharma.

    After the world cup, India fired Greg Chappell due to public outcry and demonstrations, the masses protested, burnt his effigies and slapped Chappals, sandals and slippers on his posters and called him “Guru Chappal.”

    The Indian team went on to play the T20 WC and won it without any coach whereas, Pakistan hired Lawson the puppet, only for namesake and him getting a big fat salary and doing nothing.

    The result of his team selection for matches against SA and India resulted in total fiasco. Pakistan has never performed as badly as they did in these two series and yet he is there with a tongue in his cheek, demanding to be a part of the team selection.

    It is about time that the teams from the sub-continent should throw away this notion of hiring a foreign coach. This is nothing but a waste of money and also waste of talent, because there is a language barrier between the players and the coach.

    Especially in case of Pakistan where most of the players are so “paindoo” that they could hardly understand simple English, how can one expect them to understand the hard Australian accent.

    Q. How many people follow what Ricky Ponting says?

    He speaks with a thick accent and on top of that he blabs out so fast it looks like he is one of those livestock, “Cattle Auctioneer,” who is out there to sell a million cows in one second. He talks so fast that you need ears like a super hawk to really decipher what he is getting at. Its like to see his mouth go at a mile a minute. It is more of the proverbial expression, “how much wood would a woodchuck bites off more than it can chew.”
    Fire Lawson and be patriotic.

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Umpire returns after six-month rehabilitation. Darrell Hair reinstated by ICC !!!!!!!!
    Cricinfo staff
    March 18, 2008

    Darrell Hair will return to umpiring in Tests and ODIs after the ICC decided that he had successfully completed a six-month rehabilitation period.

    WHAT A FARCE! That hairless, shameless creature is back again after bringing disgrace to the game of cricketing first by forfeiting a game at his own whims and by calling Pakistan team “CHEATS” and then demanding $500,000 to keep his mouth shut and get retired. The ICC vultures have reinstated him? WHAT A FARCE, again.

    This is one of the most shocking news of the day!

  13. #13 by awas on March 18, 2008 - 6:45 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I like this “Cattle Auctioneer” caption…lol.

    Yeah…this news about Darrell Hair is definitely a farce. I couldn’t believe it either. One thing is sure though ICC will definitely not appoint him in Pakistan matches and hopefully Sri Lanka ones too.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 18, 2008 - 11:41 PM

    Congratulations!

    The new name, the new look of this blog is excellent. Good work khansahab, I am sure our bloggers would be impressed too and ALL but one would be so depressed and fuming for being an under-achiever all his life.

    Awas

    Isn’t it true that Ponting talks like a livestock cattle auctioneer? 🙂

  15. #15 by CJ Management on March 19, 2008 - 8:44 AM

    In a closely contested CJ Poll, 40% of visitors voted for IPL and ICL not being good for international cricket. 36% of visitors thought they are good, whereas 23% thought it would be difficult to say.

  16. #16 by Anonymous on March 20, 2008 - 2:26 PM

    Excellent thread Javed A Khan. I tottaly agree with you that Afridi’s the man to lead Pakistan. He has shown in domestic tournaments that he has many enterprising tatics that Shoaib Malik doesn’t hold. He is positive in approach and is always an inspiring figure in the dressing room.And if you believe that role models don’t make good captains just look at MS dhoni and how far the Indian team has progressed since he took over.

    I hope the PCB use some sense and appoint AFRIDI captain asap. Shoaib Malik’s captaincy is harming the results of Pakistani cricket and breaking the hopes of many fans.

    Meanwhile I have watched a few matches of the Lahore Badshads and I must say the team looks very exciting and impressive.Some of the players are still capable of playing for Pakistan and was a brainless desicion to block them from playing in Pakistan.

  17. #17 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 21, 2008 - 1:27 PM

    Something for that Choora and those who think that Afridi’s performance should be monitored closely here is the news that I have picked up right from here, from this blog LEGSLIP.

    ABN-AMRO Cup
    Afridi blitzes HBL to victory

    Cricinfo staff
    March 20, 2008

    Group A

    Shahid Afridi smashed 84 off just 27 balls to power HBL to a five-wicket win (file photo) © AFP

    A 27-ball blitz from Shahid Afridi, scoring 84, powered Habib Bank Limited (HBL) to a five-wicket win over the Quetta Bears in Peshawar. Chasing 214, HBL were struggling at 76 for 4, but a 109-run stand between Afridi and Sulaman Qadir set up the win. …….

    I think they should go and monitor Shoaib Malik’s activities in Sialkot, what is he doing in hiding? Another hotmail-msn romance? That baby needs counseling.

  18. #18 by Rehan Khan on March 21, 2008 - 7:04 PM

    HHMMMM
    Very good, “LS management”

    Im glad you took this move- it is a step forward.

    BY the way Hasan Raza was on a roll today for Lahore Badshahs, he was awesome. I think Pakistan is at loss to treat him like this. Rana Naved is performing consistently for Lahore. and Imran farhat is in good form.I think they will go on and win, I dont see any team challenging them.

  19. #19 by hamza on March 21, 2008 - 10:31 PM

    i dont have anything personal against afridi but i think i said this before too, a player must have a permanent place in the team. you cant gamble and make someone captain of the test side.
    rehan, hasan raza can make all the runs now but he didnt make them when he was playing for pakistan, so i dont see why you think pakistan is at a loss?

    this is really funny how Lahore Badshahs are beating everyone so convincingly. its a one sided contest because these are flat pitches and pakistan’s batsmen are freely scoring runs. also pakistan has depth and variety in its bowling, all the bowlers are different. rana and azhar are swinging the ball in both directions,shahid nazir is bowing at the stumps and sami is there to bowl with pace. they have mushtaq or saqlain who are still probably better than these 3rd grade rejected indian spinners playing in ICL.

  20. #20 by Awas on March 21, 2008 - 11:13 PM

    It was good to see Lahore Badshahs keeping their winning streak. For me the only interest in ICL is because of a team solely composed of players from one country alone irrespective of the fact that they are retirees and rejects. A mishmash of players from different countries representing a particular city is never going to cause a stir let alone a meaningful interest. In a league like this, what is lacking is national fervour. We have seen the world champions play an all star world eleven that turned out to be a complete non-event.

    My views would have been no different had it been a team of players solely from a country other than Pakistan. ICL/IPL would be much better off organising and playing against teams like Lahore Badshahs v Auckland Kiwis, Sydney Kangaroos v Wanderers Lions or whatever but each team consisting of players from one country alone. With this simple recipe, a huge interest and success is guaranteed.

  21. #21 by JAVED A, KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 22, 2008 - 12:08 AM

    I am sorry I haven’t seen the Lahore Badshah’s or the Wazeers hence I won’t be able to comment on that.

    Hamza

    You are right that: “a player must have a permanent place in the team. you cant gamble and make someone captain of the test side.” Drop Shoaib Malik from the side a few times and bring him in and drop him again for no reason and see how he performs. Do you think if he is removed from the captaincy post he would be able to make it in the team on his batting or his bowling? The proof of the pudding is in eating. Without giving Afridi a chance you can always speculate about his capabilities or his leadership skills.

    As a captain of HBL, Karachi and Sindh, he has always performed well and lead his team to victories. What is Malik doing right now? Hiding in Sialkot? Younus Khan’s father and brother died with a period of few months, did he stop playing cricket? There are numerous other players, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naveed and a few others whose parents or wives have gone through hell, did they stop playing? This out of form captain who is unable to face the blemishes is simply hiding and thats it.

  22. #22 by khansahab on March 22, 2008 - 12:52 PM

    The LS Management wishes its readers a very happy HOLI.

    Holi key din dil miljaatey hai
    rangon mai rang miljaatey hain…………….

  23. #23 by samy on March 22, 2008 - 2:44 PM

    I liked the brand new look of this blog. I hope you can add more features in the coming days.
    Also looking forward to your thread on the upcoming India-SA Test series.

    Samy

  24. #24 by rohit on March 22, 2008 - 2:46 PM

    i am an indian fan who came across this en route cricinfo.mann..there are quite a few heated arguments..punjab and all..and regarding the main thread..afridi would be a fine choice..given his aggressive demeanour,but there in also lies the danger of him getting bogged down by responsibility and cut down on risk taking..the very element which makes his batting extra special.And yeah..to those who think afridi is not a regular in the side..make him regular..i would say.risking by playing afridi is justified especially when you dont have a batsman even half as destructive as afridi can be.i am a huggge afridi fan..:P

  25. #25 by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 22, 2008 - 2:54 PM

    khansahab’s comment on holi reminds me of Pakistani artist Moin Akhtar’s comment, he said:

    Aao Parosan khailain holy
    Mai, tum, tendulkar, Ganguly

    And to add colour to samy’s comment, yeah the LS sounds more like Lexus 😉
    Yeah, India vs SA would be a good series but, this NZ vs England series is so dull, staid and boring. Although Keven Pietersen has struck form with a ton, but there is nothing in this series.

  26. #26 by Waqqas Iftikhar on March 22, 2008 - 11:19 PM

    Afridi does have a good cricketing brain and the ingredients that could make him a good leader and captain. The problem lies in his maddening inconsistency. If he could get his shot selection right and be a little more consistent…he could be an allrounder in the real sense of the world (in tests he already averages 39 from 20 odd games with the bat and 31 with the ball. that shows that he can be better. I hope he really thinks and tries to be a world-beater because he does have the talent…if he could only get his head right.

  27. #27 by khansahab on March 22, 2008 - 11:34 PM

    Waqqas,

    Your point is accepted but don’t you think Pakistan cricket needs a fresh change from the current uncertainty and politics we have seen in Malik’s tenure as captain? A captain should be someone who is not afraid to take risks and face the prospect of losing. Currently Malik is too obsessed with maintaining the status quo and the PCB is fully supporting him. But the results that were expected from him are not showing.

    I fully supported Malik until recently but every passing day I feel more frustrated with his captaincy.

  28. #28 by Waqqas Iftikhar on March 22, 2008 - 11:44 PM

    khansahab your point is taken but I was talking about Afridi’s suitability as captain. You are talking about a fresh start which is all well and good but how do you make sure that happens? who do you make captain? it has to be a someone from the team who can at least select himself in the eleven. I personally do not find anyone else who is strictly better than malik on both counts in the team right now.

  29. #29 by hamza on March 23, 2008 - 11:01 AM

    pakistanis need to come to terms with fact that afridi will not become captain now. why cant we get over with this? if he had some likelihood of being promoted that would be done years ago. he isnt even the vice captain.

    next in line definitely are misbah and butt, if butt’s form remains consistent. misbah is being trained now in case malik loses out. i am 100% sure that if we dont see malik leading the side into world cup 2011, we will see misbah. misbah has so much experience and confidence now that he will always score heavily against average teams. he might have a problem with australia and south africa but we have seen that didnt affect inzamam or yousuf, or younus. so i definitely think misbah is there to remain in the team until 2011. and he will probably be the next in line to become captain if he already isnt captain.

    im just being realistic here and my views may hurt some people.

  30. #30 by Abdul on March 23, 2008 - 8:05 PM

    Excellent thread from Javed A Khan..I tottaly agreed with you that Afridi’s the man to lead Pakistan. He has shown in domestic tournaments that he has many enterprising tatics that Shoaib Malik doesn’t hold. He is positive in approach and is always an inspiring figure in the dressing room.And if you believe that role models don’t make good captains just look at MS dhoni and how far the Indian team has progressed since he took over.

    I hope the PCB use some sense and appoint AFRIDI captain ASAP. Shoaib Malik’s captaincy is harming the results of Pakistani cricket and breaking the hopes of many fans.

    Meanwhile I have watched a few matches of the Lahore badshads and I must say the team looks very exciting and impressive. Some of the players are still capable of playing for Pakistan and was a brainless decision to block them from playing in Pakistan in the first place.

    England vs Newzeland series at the moment is dull and lacks excitement. Both teams have been to negative and defensive and are scoring at old fashioned rates. However the series is nicely poised at 1-1 and it should be an intresting farewell to Stephen Fleming.

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  32. #32 by Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on March 27, 2008 - 5:57 AM

    LMAO @ Abdul …………… Chuck De LEG, and have a ‘SLIP’.

    Well said Bro 😉

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