Presently there isn’t much cricket going around in the world except for India vs SA the third test to be played at Kanpur. And on the western front, SL vs WI after having won a test match each their third test would be interesting. In India, the ICL and IPL matches are sidekicks except for some die hard Indian fans not many would be following these matches.
Pakistan on the other hand is desperate to do something and, amid chaos and crisis they have invited Bangladesh to tour Pakistan and play 5 ODI’s. The Bangladesh team has no doubt made a major upset in the world cup but, their consistency is not so consistent except against Pakistan where they are very consistent i.e., having lost 18 ODI’s and won only one.
But, the current Pakistan team is no better than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Their fast bowling is no more a fearsome force, in fact they have mediocre medium pacers in the team right now. With Khalifa gone with the wind, Asif rewinding and unwinding and yawning in the dressing room. No one knows when he will be fit to play.
Gul is reportedly fit but one never knows whether he is 100% fit or he is just fit? He is another injury prone player like the Skipper who has skipped all the major matches in the domestic tournaments and he is ready to play against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
There are a couple of rookie fast bowlers in the team and one of them is Sohail Khan. No one knows how he will perform at the International level. The proof of the pudding is in eating, lets see when he plays. The main problem in Pakistan is their bowling attack and the other old nagging and chronic persistent problem is the opening batsmen conundrum.
A few people thought that with Nasir Jamshed in the side they have got a very good opening batsman. But, his problem is again the same and i.e., consistency. Against Zimbabwe the more he played, the more he disappointed the selectors and his fans. One good innings does not make a player – a reliable, dependable player. So, this Bangladesh series is his career decider.
Unfortunately Pakistan does not have any dependable player in the team like Inzamam ul Haq or Javed Miandad. To a certain extent one could say Yes to the two Y’s are dependable. But, for ODI’s I don’t consider them as really dependable players. Because, when they stay longer the run rate gets slower – they are good test players but not good for limited overs game.
Neither I would consider Misbah-ul-Haq a real dependable player. Because, Misbah has missed a couple of golden opportunities and he is not a finisher like Miandad and Inzamam. In the past few games he played at domestic level he did not score much. Is he out of form?
Bangladesh team is full of youth and exuberance, if they are taken lightly they can easily upset Pakistan. Although Ashraful himself is not in good form these days and if I am not mistaken, perhaps this is his first visit to Pakistan and that too he is leading the team. So, the pressure to perform is on. But, he is a good player, apart from him Bangladesh has Junaid, Tameem, Aftab are very good stroke players and Masrafe Murtaza is a good all-rounder and on their day they can upset even a team like Australia. So, Pakistan should not even think of experimenting and taking them lightly. I don’t know how long Bazid Khan would be given a chance to prove his mettle.
Wo Bazid hain kay khailengay!
Laikin international level per score na keraingay
Bangladesh have been beaten by SA and NZ recently and on the ICC rankings table they are placed 9th and Pakistan is 5th. So, Bangladesh has nothing to loose whereas, Pakistan has everything to worry about.