CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN……..?

Finally the Indian Premier League has ended. A tournament that lasted for over a month, it had something for everyone. It had some exciting and nail biting finishes, the presence of Bollywood stars, some excellent displays of individual brilliance (Sohail Tanvir, Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir etc) as well as displays of great team spirit and passion, as we all saw with Rajasthan Royals.

The way the IPL ended, with an edge-of-the-seat situation in the last over, will remain in memory for a long time to come. Such excitement and unpredictability has now become a routine feature of Twenty20 cricket but the IPL took this excitement to an unprecedented level. The focus of this IPL review is the change that the IPL will create in world cricket. The title of this thread is actually the slogan of American presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama- “change we can believe in”. The question the Legslip management now asks its visitors is, what will be the magnitude of this change and what sort of changes are we likely to see?

Can we believe in this change? All circumstances point to an answer in the affirmative. The IPL has been a resounding success not just in India but around the world. When the IPL began, cricket fans did not know what to make of it. Indeed, many like myself were sceptical and did not trust this uninvited proliferation of Twenty20 cricket. The cricketers themselves didn’t know what was to be expected. The IPL that started as an ambitious project exceeded all expectations, even those of its creators.

A lot has been discussed about which teams played well and which players deserve the accolades, so let us refrain from those concerns. Rather let’s focus on other issues like, what is the future of ODI cricket? Test cricket is already in decline; however, Test cricket does have a character and most people assert it will remain, even if played only occasionally. Twenty20 is a paradigm reversal of everything Test cricket is about. The two versions of international cricket can be viewed as opposing ends of a spectrum. ODI cricket is stuck in the middle- will it be snuffed out?

Twenty20 is the most lucrative cricket format, financially speaking. Already there are rumours of Australian private leagues and (probably ill-fated) Pakistan Premier League. It seems everywhere around the world entrepreneurs who take an interest in cricket are devising plans for private Twenty20 leagues. Surely this can only mean a decline of ODI and Test cricket. We have all spoken about how Twenty20 can change the way cricket is perceived in America, Canada and other countries. The world is becoming a smaller place and everything is being globalised. Hence cricket can surely be changed and introduced in countries changing the global popularity and recognition of cricket?

So we have identified the possible changes and the magnitude of those changes. Despite being a super success that enveloped the cricketing world in a frenzy, the IPL did have its flaws (which all of us, in particular Javed A Khan, have alluded to at some point or another). The IPL could definitely be trimmed in terms of length. It was way too long. There need to be more international players in the teams. Now that the organisers have seen the global support for IPL, they will hopefully change the limit to 5 or 6 international players in the playing XI. This will help rather than hinder the financial performance of IPL. Also, in the previous thread Javed A Khan made a very astute point regarding boundary lengths- they need to be of equal size. This certainly needs to be addressed.


In conclusion, is the IPL a change we support and can believe in? Not all of us may have seen all the IPL matches and some of us may even have a grudge against it, for it goes against many principles of cricket that make us love the very game itself. However, can IPL even be called “real cricket”? For most part it was an entertainment package with huge sixes, shattering stumps, diving catches, gorgeous actresses, seductive cheerleaders and lots of general razzmatazz. Hence in terms of entertainment value, the IPL gets full marks. The IPL has taught me a lot about Twenty20 cricket and may even have changed my perception of the format. The IPL has sneezed and the world has caught a cold. Change is on its way. And in the aftermath of the IPL, when I look back and analyse what the cricket world has witnessed in the past month or so, it seems it is change we can most certainly believe in.

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 1, 2008 - 10:43 PM

    amit

    I am taking this opportunity to reply to your comment on this new thread so that we can carry on our discussion at this new and active thread. I agree with you that any last ball match is always very exciting as it shoots up our adrenaline and BP as well.

    As regards predictions, no one can predict correctly in the real sense and proud to be predicting correctly all the time. If one says then he/she can do then, they are only fooling himself/herself. When we say we predict correctly here on this blog it is only for fun, besides one can always be 50% right or 50% wrong. As, one team wins, the other loose.

    Thanks for the explanation on BB, and LOL at Rahul Gandhi’s campaign, was that Amethi rape case a part of that BB campaign? 🙂 I don’t mean to ridicule him but its really funny that whoever is famous tries to put up this holier than thou attitude only to fool the masses.

    Coming to this thread, the question that is being asked by the avatar is:

    1. Whether the IPL was a success?
    2. Whether it has already changed the course of the game of cricket? Or,
    3. Will it bring any change in the game of cricket in the future?
    4. Whether it has damaged or dented the 50 over game?
    5. Is there any room for improvement, in terms of organizing, packaging and presenting it to the people?

    6. What about the non-performers? Will their pay package be reduced? Or,
    7. Is their 3 year contract irrevocable and will they still be getting the same pay package until the expiry of the 3 years term? Can they be traded?

    In this tournament, most of the Pakistani players performance and some of the Indian players like, Ishant Sharma was simply mediocre. Will he be able to retain that 900,000 dollars pay package? Or, Harbhajan Singh be given the same package after the slap gate incident? What about the icon players like Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly who are not even in India’s 50 over squad for the tri-series, will they still be icons and continue to make millions for the next three years?

    What about players like Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Sohail Tanveer who performed better than those who are getting 8-9 times more pay than them? Will they increase their pay or will they be free to be traded in the open market?

    Most importantly, whether they will continue the same format or will they include other teams like the European Soccer Leagues. Because, its so obvious from the results that all the best performances have come from the Australian players. Out of the 6 centuries scored, only one from the bat of Jayasuriya and one from Brendom McCullum, the rest are from the Australians. Even the player of the tournament is from Australia.

    I think it would be worth having two or three balanced Indian sides with young and experienced players in it, and a couple from Pakistan in similar fashion and one each from Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand, England, SA and Australia.

    Or, a mix from a few countries if players from NZ, England and SA or WI are not available. The foreign players may be allowed to join any team they like or their Franchise wants to buy them e.g., Australia may like to have Brendum McCullum, Taylor or Jacob Oram. SA might like to have Kevin Pietersen or Mascarenhas in their side. It may sound weird but, thats how the European League works.

    Want more comments on this subject, I think I have given a “Dhakka” start to this discussion and lets see what your views are about the above suggestions.

  2. #2 by Kunal Sabherwal on June 1, 2008 - 11:16 PM

    Very good article and great following comment by Javed Khan.

    I was just reading the Hindustan Times article about “5 defining IPL moments” and I thought these should be shared on this site:

    1) McCullum’s century

    2) Balaji’s Hat-trick

    3) Slapgate controversy

    4) Ganguly-Warne verbal spat

    5) Sohail Tanvir’s 6 wicket haul

    This is my first post on this site. I admire the dedication and enthusiasm of site managers and all contributors.

    Good luck to all.

  3. #3 by Amit. P on June 2, 2008 - 6:39 AM

    I am very optimistic ab’t effect of T20 on the other formats …. it has got big potential to change the course of the game being played now a days.

    1) It can .. and i am sure it will remove the lethargic portion of 50 overs game. Generally after powerplay we all want to see the final 10 overs …. from 20 to 40 overs both the team feel happy ab’t nudging the ball around for singles … fielding side usually opens the field and batting side sends their inning builder in that phase … so predictable and less happening. Now if the boundaries are of ab’t 70 m and and in the middle overs sya “Shaun Marsh” is batting …he wont affraid to go for biggies … that will result in attacking fielding and quality bowling all the time.

    2) Quick thinking all the time …. even unorthodox way of thinking and planning ….. cricket will become highly strategical game.

    3) Today 70% of test matches produce result .. we should thank odis for this achievement …. in the same way T20 will increase this percentage … even high scoring test matches are going to produce result. Even the best test team Aus … they keep attacking only 80% of the time in the field … other team’s percentage are much lower …. if other teams start doing this then test matches will no longer be one-sided affair. Its all ab’t putting ur lethargic approach out of the ground and thinking of taking wickets (or scoring runs) all the time …. and T20 will certainly help players to be aggressive all the time.

    4) I see IPL as somewhat miniscule menifestation of all the points i have said earlier. But still it has to go a long way to change this game of cricket. One session is not good enough …. if other nations (specially Aus) start organising this T20 league then rapid effect will take place.

    I heard Lalit modi saying on tv channel that for the next 2 yrs no extra team will be included. They are planning to include 3 more teams (i dont know from which nationality) in the time period of 3rd to 5th year. Aus and pak shud start their own league and then the top 2 teams from each league shud go for champion’s title … this will be interesting. I am no supporter for broadening the IPL to include teams from other nationality.

  4. #4 by Salman Khan on June 2, 2008 - 11:37 AM

    Good to see Indian voices on Legslip.

    For those of you who care , I or Pandit Jee have not vanished . Recent times have been unusualy busy for both for us , but believe me ,we read most of what you guys have to say. The comments are mostly intelligent and sometimes funny as well. I have not watched any of the IPL matches for the last forthnight simply cos the timings are too awry for me but I try to experience what I missed by reading your comments.

    Sohail Tanvir was certainly the bowler of the tournament , but I do think that his success was muchly cos of his unusal action which was a novelty to many batsmen . This will now change though . Over the next few months most of the batsmen would have wathced his bowling videos again and again. On the basis of what I have seen of him (which admittedly, is not much) he needs variety. Unfortunately with his action he would never be a a genuine quick bowler which leaves him without the Waqarian fangs. For him, accuracy and variety is always going to be the key.

    And Yusuf Pathan !! What can I say. Irfan always stated that his brother was a much better player than him which most of us thought to be a manifestation of sibling affection.But there is some truth in that, he is awesome isn’t he?

    Shane Warne wil always remain the best captain Australia never had . Enough said. The guy is a legend and despite all his personal shortcomings he will remain a legend. Indeed , we have more affinity for him cos he is human.

    Lastly, on a completely unconnected note , If I ziba a Kangaroo , would it still be Halal?? I lke the meat. It reminds me of Indian venison, but I am unsure about the religious appropriateness.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2008 - 1:04 PM

    amit

    I agree with you that the increase in percentage in test match results is due to the influence of ODI’s. Batsmen who were reluctant to play those shots in test cricket, after experiencing them in ODI’s went on the rampage and attacked even the best bowlers in a very unorthodox way and succeeded. But, its not correct in all cases, Sir Viv. Richards scored the fastest test century 23 years ago when the ODI’s were mainly restricted to World Cups and English counties.

    Even though T20 is 4 years old and in this IPL tournament and T20 WC, players have hit quick hundreds (45 balls), six sixes in an over, but the ODI record of Shahid Afridi 37/100 scored 12 years ago, still remains a world record. The point is, those who play the game in a very unorthodox manner only they can succeed, also if they perform on a consistent basis.

    I was reading that in the early days of Viv Richards career he was labeled by the British media as a player who plays unorthodox cricket. Although he scored his first test century on the second test after his debut (192 n.o. against India in New Delhi in 1974) but, as he continued to score against all major test cricket playing nations and hammered them on a consistent basis, they changed their views. So, the key is —- consistency.

    Those who scored the fast centuries in this IPL are already known for their unorthodox way of playing exploding cricket and to name them, Brendon McCullum, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and Sanath Jayasuriya. In my opinion those who can achieve this feat in future are, (may be) Sehwag, Afridi, Yousuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle because they all play unconventional cricket.

    I have repeatedly said this on this blog as well as on other blogs that the SA bowlers, especially Ntini and Shaun Pollock and even the great Glen McGrath if they are targeted by the players and they charge and attack in a very unorthodox fashion from the first ball then they falter and loose their line and length. It happened more so with Ntini. It happened against the best bowlers of their time, Shoaib Akhtar & Wasim Akram, when Sehwag and Tendulkar attacked them in the SA world cup from the word go. At that time there was no T20. The first official T20 was an English county match between Surrey and Middlesex in 2004.

    Salman Khan

    Welcome back after a gap of so many weeks, I reckon you never wrote anything since the IPL started, so safely I can say 6 weeks may be a little more? Anyways, your brief comments on Sohail Tanvir’s bowling action and predictability, about his dodgy and shifty bowling action which is new to so many and players might learn from watching video’s etc. etc., one of the points that you may have missed is, apart from all that, what they cannot learn is the condition of the pitch. If he is able to slide the ball especially against the left handers then no one can read it.

    My suggestion to him and Mohammad Asif is, they both need to put on a few more muscles, especially Asif needs more muscles and they both need to increase their pace. They both need to bowl around 140 kmph all the time and then use the variety, slower ball, in-dipper, bouncer, yorker etc. No matter how much a player can study your action from video’s he cannot read your mind i.e., which ball you are going to bowl fast and which one would be a slower one? This is what is more important and this is what they need to learn. The reason Murali and Shane Warne are extremely successful is because both of them are very intelligent bowlers, they read the minds of the batsmen and alter their line and length at the spur of the moment to deceive them.

    Its the job of the coach to teach them and equip them with these techniques and they also need psychologists or people who can teach them the techniques to handle pressure situations this is very important but, some people laugh when you talk about the role of a shrink in cricket. After all so many individuals like Tendulkar, Dhoni and even Shoaib Aktar has hired personal “Image Builders” or Image Managers to teach them not only about handling the pressure situations but also about how to present themselves in front of the media.

    I remember 3 years ago when Dhoni became popular after scoring 148 against Pakistan in Jamshedpur ODI, he used to have a weird hairstyle and he was a bit over weight too and the worst thing was his weird comments in Hind while keeping the wickets, every now and then he used utter a stupid sound “Aayeeeeeeeeee” on every ball he used to catch or appeal for an LBW. Now he has totally stopped that nonsense. His pre and post match speeches, his mannerism, etiquettes, team motivation, leadership qualities all have improved tremendously. He is a more composed, focused captain who keeps his emotions under control.

    Finally about Kangaroo meat, it is Halal if slaughtered in the Islamic way. A Kangaroo doesn’t kill animals with its claws, doesn’t eat meat, and it eats only grass and leaves, hence its meat is “jayez” to eat according to the Islamic Faith i.e., if only it is slaughtered in the Islamic way and that applies to every meat except for fish. But, the Bohri community have different views on that. There is one more option and that is upto an individual, if you feel like eating it you can eat if you don’t feel like eating then you shouldn’t. I have heard this phrase from some Indian Muslims they call such a thing as “Tabayee” meaning Tabiyat chahay kaho, Tabiyat chahay na khao. No one is forcing you. I think on the Internet, there is a whole list of animals which are permissible to eat and not to eat.

  6. #6 by theossa on June 2, 2008 - 5:59 PM

    I liked the IPL idea since the beginning and I’m not surprised that the cricket passion (should I call it cricket religion?) of Indian fans have made this event a huge success. The only objection I have with cricket in general is; it is not a fair game for bowlers anymore. The quality of batting has declined dramatically. I can bet the majority of todays batsmen will fall like Autumn leaves on a grassy and bouncy surface. Just lift the restriction on the number of bouncers allowed in an over and you’ll see that no one dares to come on front foot anymore. Apart from a few batsmen no one has a good controlled pull shot. Remember Viv Richards and Richy Richardson? Those fellas wouldn’t even wear a helmet and that too in a golden era of fast bowlers with no bouncer restrictions.

    I would personally wanna see more Twnety20s than tests and ODIs, afterall why not have some entertainment than the compromised-Tests and ODIs? Both are going to vanish any way.

  7. #7 by theossa on June 2, 2008 - 6:43 PM

    Did anyone read the news of Cricinfo on Pak team selection for Tri-Series? Lawson was absent and Malik was urging the Karachi based chief selector Slahuddin to drop Afridi and select Mansoor Amjad instead. My guess is Slahuddin has a soft spot for Afridi and he’ll play him at least in a match but Malik will leave no measure to get rid of Afridi. I didn’t think Afridi was bad with the ball. Out of batting form? Yes, but he should play because of his all round capabilities. If IPL was the measure for team selection then how did Malik perform?

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2008 - 7:36 PM

    theossa

    That Bho…………… la Malik is not that bhola after all. We all know he is a big Meesna. You want his IPL comparisons with Shahid Afridi? Here they are:

    Afridi scored 82 runs
    Malik scored 51 runs
    Afridi took 9 wickets
    Malik took 2 wickets

    Forget about averages too, because Afridi’s batting average is 10.2 Malik’s is 13. In bowling department Malik’s economy rate is 10 whereas, Afridi’s is 7.25 and Afridi’s batting strike rate in IPL is 175.

    So, on what basis Malik wants Afridi to be out? The only reason is he feels threatened by his presence and he is afraid that Afridi might take over the role of captaincy from him.

  9. #9 by Abdul on June 2, 2008 - 7:37 PM

    The fornt has shrunk again what’s going on . Anyway Priety Zinta looks rather depressed at Punjab unable to go through to the grand final.But overall Rajishtan Royals deserved to win in my opinion and were outstanding throughout the competetion. The way Warne lead his side throughout the competetion was imense and showed his inspiring leadership skills particularly to young players and youngsters can fully benefit under his leadership.

    The match yesterday was a nailbitter and went down to the wire which was extremely tense the type of cricket Mr Khan Javed A likes to see.

    Anyaway what a tournament and I would like to see more t20 cricket and less one day internationals. It has been proved that people are not preapred to watch 50over cricket and t20 ahas always been a resounding success at the t20 world cup , the eyePL and county matches. But I would liek to still have test matches as I see it as proper skillfull cricket regardless of the length.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2008 - 8:13 PM

    abdul

    LOL @ your front shrinking. It must be like a curtain that it drops after every act. So, you must have done something with it. I suggest you to go to explorer and view from there, perhaps it might appear a little bigger. But, size doesn’t matter does it? It all depends on how you use your resources. Trust in yourself and the ability to explore from Microsoft to macro level and it will give you some satisfaction that you are not the only one dealing with such shrinking problems. And don’t worry too much because, khansahab will do something in your case. I use the deadly “FireFox” platform and from where I see to me there is no change in it.

  11. #11 by Awas on June 2, 2008 - 10:44 PM

    Javed, I agree with Abdul here, length does matter in certain cases…test matches are one such example ;)-

    I still don’t see a demise of test matches. A real enthusiast, I guess Abdul is one such, will see tests as the ultimate contest. A few memorable moments that we have of this IPL tournament will erase from the memory soon enough but some of the wonderful test results will remain etched on people’s memories for ever. Bret Lee sinking his head in his knees when he was last out, resulting in England winning by mere two runs; Graham Thorpe guiding England to victory in the pitch dark in that famous Karachi test or India winning the famous test in Perth recently are the types of games to cherish.

    I think test players and boards will not see the death of test matches. There is a great history and tradition about it which will never die. This is one of the only sports in the world where test match statistics matter a lot as every kind of cricket statistic counts and the fans love it. In football even the most important statistic like number of goals scored don’t really matter only win and loss does. In tennis no one remembers how many aces the player has hit. In cricket every little statistic matters and that’s all because of tests. Sehawag’s triple century against Pakistan will be remembered forever even though the match ended in a dull draw.

    Where I do see changes coming is in the shorter version of the game. ODI’s were once 60 overs affair then it became 40 then back to 50 and now 20 is here to stay no doubt. The 50 over version will fade away.

    Theossa

    On your mention of fast bowling, I like nothing more than good fast bowlers ripping through a team’s batting line up or bowling wizards like Shane Warne bamboozling the batsmen or the likes of Abdul Qadir mesmerising the English batsmen so much so that they thought he was a magician. Unfortunately, as you rightly say the morons at ICC did a good job to clip the powers of fast bowlers. This all happened when a battery of express West Indian fast bowlers were proved such success that England and Australia conspired to nullify them. It was simply a case of master having his last word over his colonial slave. I am still looking forward to seeing Dale Steyn, Ntini, Morne Morkel and that Bandar Andre Nel in action in England this summer.

  12. #12 by Hanumanth Rao on June 2, 2008 - 11:02 PM

    I have to say something to the LS management, being an Indian I have admired the way you guys have covered the IPL tournament not only with the pictures, threads and updates but the level of participation was also very healthy. I have been on various cricket blogs and none of them are as good as legslip. This is a token of appreciation from my side because I know you guys are Pakistanis and most Pakistanis have not supported the IPL although they watched and supported only those teams in which their players were playing and very rightly so and being an Indian I also understand this loyalty. But the kind of professionalism that you guys have demonstrated in covering the event is commendable.

    Even the cricinfo blogs have not been able to cover it so nicely and they appear to be dead as if they are mourning the demise of cricket. Whereas you guys even after the tournament is over are asking us about our views and opinions about its success or about how the next event could be improved is a sign of the kind of love and passion for cricket that you guys possess. Hats off to khansahab, Awas and Javed Khan and other bloggers who have taken out their time to cover this event. Keep it up and good luck to you all.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 3, 2008 - 12:38 AM

    Pakistan has announced their 16 member squad for the tri-series and they are: Shoaib Malik (dummiest captain), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar, Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam, Bazid Khan, Naumanullah

    On Cricinfo, its mentioned that, “a source close to the meeting suggesting that Malik was keen on Mansoor Amjad replacing Shahid Afridi, the veteran all-rounder.”

    How much more sinister can Shoaib Malik be? If himself, he had performed a little better in the IPL, he would have made every effort to stop Afridi’s selection. He knows that he cannot justify his own place in the team, therefore he has reluctantly accepted the selector’s decision to include Afridi in the team. But, he will sure be playing politics in team selection by keeping him in one match and then dropping him in another or make him bat or bowl at a situation that could effect his performance. If that happens, I wish Malik himself to fail and get booted out of the team. Because he doesn’t deserve any place in the team.

    They have once again selected Mohammad Asif, he is not sure whether he is fit or not. When he is thrashed he shows his elbow strapping and IF he takes wicket then he shows his innocent face to get sympathies from the nation that despite being not fully fit, he is on national duty! I really don’t know about his dramay-baazi. Sohail Khan should have been included in the team. And how long Bazid Khan will get a “PARCHEE” from his DAD we don’t know!

    And why select Naumanullah? He is already 33 years old and how long will he provide his services to the team? Or this is just a show-act that there is some fair selection, a couple of players from Karachi has also been included like, Naumanullah and Fawad Alam for name sake. What a farce!

  14. #14 by Kunal Sabherwal on June 3, 2008 - 9:06 AM

    I recently looked up the name of this site on Google, and I have been reading it almost everyday whenever time has allowed. I would like to resonate the views of fellow Indian Hunumanth Rao. Because, whereas the Pakistanis and Indians are always thrashing each other on other blogs, here I have seen a good display of tolerance. That is how it should be- our love for the game of cricket should take emphasis over any feeling of ill will or intolerance.

    I commend the professionalism of Legslip managers, I know a few times you people have said you are not interested in IPL in those teams that are not playing Pakistani players, but you have still covered those matches. So thank you and good work. I hope many more Indians take notice of this site and give their comments.

    Have you tried advertising on Cricinfo’s Blues Brothers?

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 3, 2008 - 9:16 AM

    Breaking News

    Although its a breaking news but nothing surprising i.e., Mohammad Asif has been detained at the Dubai Airport for possession of drugs. It is not clear what kinda drug it is, but it is likely to be either Hashish or Opium and they have sent it for testing at the laboratories. For the Dubai Authorities neither of these two drugs are new that they cannot identify it. But, they are making it sure because the possessor is Pakistan’s ace bowler and they want to cover every aspect before arresting him officially.

    If that is the case, Asif’s career is over. It is an over which would be worst than getting six sixes in it. He would be spending years in Jail, no matter how much diplomatic efforts may be used in getting him clear, the laws in Dubai are very strict for druggies and chursees.

    What a shame, these two players, Show-Actor and Asif both have repeatedly brought ill-repute and disgrace to the nation. WFT is this? Why the hell do they have to use it? If he is found guilty the Pakistan government should say they are happy to let him stay in Dubai to serve his sentence.

    I think he is now going to put up his innocent face and say, this is a Jewish conspiracy! Eff Off Mr. Asif, enough of sympathies and enough of dramay baazian.

  16. #16 by khansahab on June 3, 2008 - 9:36 AM

    Yes I have just read this news report. It is shocking to see that Asif has still not mended his ways. What is he doing with drugs in Dubai?

    Once again a Pakistani cricketer has disgraced the nation. Shame on you Asif. Shame on you Shoaib Akhtar. Shame on you druggies!

    Is Shoaib Malik on drugs?

  17. #17 by khansahab on June 3, 2008 - 9:37 AM

    The PCB should take strict notice of this incident and replace Asif with Sohail Khan.

    But I guess we will see some ferocious and militant lobbying by PML Nawaz who will blame Musharraf, Karachi, India, Israel or America for this incident.So maybe the Punjab government can rescue Asif now. I am only saying this in light of the disproportionate actions taken by PML Nawaz when Shoaib Akhtar was banned.

  18. #18 by theossa on June 3, 2008 - 12:35 PM

    Javed, LOL at “curtain that drops after every act”. That’s a good one. Expect a fired up Abdul who will throw some googlies at you. Yeah, I also don’t understand why is that the “front” takes a short nap each time after shedding some tears? (This might not be true for Volcano like Khansahab who updates HOT GALS & CARS section).

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