Archive for August, 2008

He came, He saw, He kicked the Butt.

Jo aag lagayee thee Ashraf nay usko tou bujhaya Butt saab nay. Jo Butt saab nay bhar kayee hai uss aak ko thanda kon karay?

Jo aag lagayee thee Ashraf nay usko tou bujhaya Butt saab nay. Jo Butt saab nay bhar kayee hai uss aak ko thanda kon karay?

DNA has created a big vacuum – much bigger than Ijaz and Salaman’s Butt – and its hard to fill the void thats been created, even if the Sports Minister, The Law Minister and, the MNA combined together pushed Ijaz Butt out of the contention for the post of the PCB Chairman. And, just look at their faces, do they look like they have the capability or the skills to run a multi-million dollar organization? In my opinion – certainly not !

The Sports Minister of Pakistan

The Sports Minister of Pakistan

Now, hold on for a second, people might be pulling their guns and drawing their swords from their “side-bottom” on my passing this sweeping statement “just look at their faces.” Yes, I do understand that one should not judge people by their face, but why do they often say: “you judge a book by its cover?” Or, on a similar note in Urdu, we say: “Khat ka mazmoon bhaanp lay tay hain lifafa dekh ker,” which means the same thing that, looks play an important part in judging a person’s character. Otherwise, why would they say “love at first sight?” May be love is blind. But, what about this expression: “A face is the mirror of your mind.” Therefore, faces are important, they tell us a lot about people’s personality and character. Some faces are deceptive but, in most cases it is obvious and a face tells the whole story.

The Law Minister of Pakistan

The Law Minister of Pakistan

Most people can differentiate and distinguish between the looks of a paindoo and that of an educated person. The more educated and refined you are the more finesse can be seen in your personality. That is from the way you dress, the way you carry yourself, the way you speak and the way you present your thoughts and express them, it all shows your background, culture, quality, refinement and finesse.

The PPP MNA who wants to be the PCB Chairman - Allah Sayeen Khair karay!

The PPP MNA who wants to be the PCB Chairman - Allah Sayeen Khair karay!

I am not doing any psychoanalysis or character analysis of anyone here. These are my mere observations and whatever little I know about their background it is enough for me to understand that those who were hungry in achieving power have pushed Musharaf out and they came, they saw and they grabbed.

Someone I know was suggesting that the post of the PCB Chairman must be an elected one. By who? Was my question – The people of Pakistan? A big majority of the people of Pakistan – the educated middle class – hardly cast their votes to elect their leaders – they simply don’t participate. Only the uneducated masses or the Mullah types, relgious fundoz, they go for voting and half of them are brainwashed by the crooks and half of them by the Mullahs. So, thats what you see at the top. There is a tussle between the crooks and the Mullahs and certainly the crooks have been dominating. So, the point is if these people cannot elect a genuine leader for the country how can one expect them to elect the PCB Chairman through voting? It is absolutely – “KimPossible.”

Rhinoceros Butt

Rhinoceros Butt

Wadee Butt

Wadee Butt

Nikki Butt

Nikki Butt

What has the Sports Minister done for the promotion of cricket in Pakistan? What has the Law Minister got to do with cricket? Is he going to write the constitution for the PCB? The constitution is missing for the last 60 years, can he just bring it into existence through a magic wand? What about the MNA? Pir Sayeen, can he do anything for cricket? May be he will ask the Sufis, Sants and Bhagts to write a theme for the Disco Diwanay and make them dance on those tunes. Shoaib Malik is already a Bhagat’s Bhagti now, so he is a visionary to go on that mission, anticipating that it is the future.

Rumours Go from Mouth 2 Mouth

Rumours Go from Mouth 2 Mouth

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A CHANCE TO MAKE AMENDS- India vs Sri Lanka, ODI series preview

The ODI series starts tomorrow with conditions looking pretty good for cricket. The pitch is said to be firm in good shape and these types of conditions can suit any team. So far the Sri Lankan pitches have played pretty well. The usual definition of a good pitch is one which does not get worn out easily and offers something for batsmen, pacers and spinners too. It appears the pitches in this series have been made to facilitate pace bowling early on- this is seen commonly now in international cricket but Sri Lankans would have definitely planned for the pitch to produce some spin because of the M&M effect.

Currently Sri Lanka are no 7 in the world rankings in ODI’s, although in Test cricket they are placed at no 4, just below India. However it is interesting to see that Sri Lanka have the same rating as 6th placed England, but in terms of points they are about 100 points behind. The past couple of years have not been great for Sri Lanka in ODI cricket. Like India, they have also seen a sustained improvement in the longer version of the game but in ODI’s they are also inconsistent and unpredictable. This alone makes predicting who will win this series, very difficult as both sides are mercurial. The Indians are ranked 4th in ODI’s whereas Pakistan ranked 5th, are only 2 rating points behind India (Pakistan, having benefited from beating minnow sides over the past year).

Going into the first match, Sehwag appears doubtful to play because of his twisted ankle, although this affliction is only expected to prevent him from playing the first match. This is a considerable blow to the Indian camp as Sehwag has been a consistent performer this year for India along with Gambhir. This year Sehwag has averaged 45 in ODI’s along with a strike rate of 125. In terms of batting average and strike rate, so far 2008 has been the best year in his illustrious career.

Sehwag while probably not playing in the 1st ODI, is expected to be a key player this series

Sehwag while probably not playing in the 1st ODI, is expected to be a key player this series

Gambhir has averaged 57 this year with an awesome strike rate of 92

Gambhir has averaged 57 this year with an awesome strike rate of 92

Gambhir, though, has been in splendid form and will most certainly be playing. India will heavily rely on the pair of Sehwag and Gambhir if they are to win this series convincingly. India will be hoping Gambhir gets going tomorrow so that Sehwag’s presence is not felt. The key middle order batsmen are Dhoni and Yuvraj. Whereas consistency is expected from Dhoni, Yuvraj’s haphazard form will make the Indian fans somewhat anxious. Yuvraj did, however, score a commanding 172 in 121 balls in the recent practice match which India won by a decent margin. Suresh Raina deserves a mention too as someone who can turn the tide in favour of India as he was imperious in the recent Asia Cup, being the second highest run getter.

From the bowling side, the Indian think tank is doing the right thing by advocating 5 specialist bowlers to play in the XI (it somewhat helps India that Irfan Pathan can bat lower down the order). Harbhajan will look to carry on his recent admirable form, and Zaheer Khan also looked consistent with line and length recently. In the pace department India appear to have the edge with the experienced Pathan and Zaheer. Sri Lanka are going with one experienced and renowned pacer, Vaas, but what Sri Lanka have which India lack, are Murali and Mendis.

Mendis was unplayable in the Asia Cup and Sri Lanka will be expecting him to replicate the same peformance against India

Mendis was unplayable in the Asia Cup and Sri Lanka will be expecting him to replicate the same performance against India

Mendis was the Man of the Series in the Test series and although the Indians have studied him extensively, there still appears to be a gap in their knowledge about his doosra and his flipper. It goes without saying Sri Lanka’s main bowlers in this series and Murali and Mendis although Vaas as always will contribute to an extent. Most commentators have already predicted that the result of this series will depend on how well (or badly) the Indians play Mendis and Murali.

Hence an interesting series looms ahead, with both sides being quite evenly matched it seems. Whereas India have been in good form overall in the past two years, they did look underconfident in the Test series against Mendis and Murali. Sri Lanka do carry the psychological advantage at the moment because of this M&M effect. Nevertheless, the Indian team has a chance to make amends for what happened in the Test series and Dhoni and his men will look to convince their fans that India is still a formidable side in world cricket.

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Rogue Players & Champions Trophy

The ICC is satisfied with the level of security in place for next month’s Champions Trophy in Pakistan. But, there are certain elements who are continuing to be rogue and remain less than convinced. Their motive is only to sway the Champions Trophy away to some other country where there is glitz, glamour, girls and booze.

A few days ago, the ICC recruited Pakistani coach Geoff Lawson in a bid to convince the best players of Australia, NZ, England and SA to play at the Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Haroon Logart the ICC CEO, hailed the decision of appointing him as the ambassador or the coordinator with these countries as Lawson being an Australian lives in Lahore and assured their countrymen that the players have never been targeted or they are at risk.

Lorgat also said that the task force would visit Australia, New Zealand and England in an attempt to convince the players to tour Pakistan. One group, which will be led by the ICC’s David Richardson, will meet with Cricket Australia on Friday, with Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke representing the team. Following the ICC board’s decision last month to go ahead with the tournament in Pakistan, the players’ associations in Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa had raised concerns over the security situation, even warning of a possible boycott. Similar doubts were echoed by the international captains Graeme Smith, Kevin Pietersen and Ricky Ponting.

Haroon Logart is more than satisifed with the security issue in Pakistan

Haroon Logart is more than satisifed with the security issue in Pakistan

Its a shame that Graeme Smith and his big old boys were in Pakistan last year and they’ve won the test and ODI series and were very happy with that. In fact after their arrival in Pakistan and prior to the matches they complained about too much security and now they have expressed concerns over security.

Some Aussies have written on other blogs that bombings are an everyday affair in Pakistan and the players’ lives are at risk, it is only a game of cricket so why should they take chances? First of all it is not an every day affair in the major cities, secondly the disturbances are at the border with Afghanistan and that is hundreds if not thousand miles away from Karachi and Lahore. Thirdly they are only a handful of people who are doing this against the government and their motive, agenda or aim is not against cricket players and cricket is watched in Pakistan by everyone.

In China right after the commencement of the Olympics several bombs went off in Xin Jiang, did they call off the Olympics? The response was, it is thousands of miles away from Beijing and some Islamists have done that.

In London during the time Ashes were being played at Lords just a couple of miles from the Lords cricket ground, the whole underground came to a halt in the wake of July 7 bombings and the match continued. Because, some Islamists have done that.

All people remember that 11 years ago when New Zealand were touring Pakistan a bomb blasted in the nearby hotel and they took the next flight to Wellington.

During the IPL at Rajhastan when several bombs shook the city of Jaipur the match that was scheduled to be played at Jaipur was in jeopardy because some of the Sissy Australian players wanted the venue to be shifted from Jaipur to Bangalore but that did not happen the venue was not shifted and they played. Because, they knew that the money was at stake and they kept quiet and played the match in Jaipur as per the schedule.

Why is that the Australians, NZ, England and South African players are always reluctant to play in Pakistan? Prior to this so-called terrorist threat, which always existed in the UK by the IRA bombers, these teams used to complain about a dull and boring tour to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Now they find a lot of booze, glitz, glamour and money in India they don’t complain against India but they have their reservation about Pakistan and airing a fear from terrorism is the easiest thing they can do.

If these players are not willing to visit Pakistan for the Champions Trophy their respective cricket boards must be asked to send a national team irrespective of who the players are and if they boycott the tournament then they should be penalized heavily.

In any case this dual standard, biases, prejudices must be removed and that is only possible when the ICC put their foot down and say NO just like Lalit Modi did in case of shifting the venue from Jaipur to Bangalore. It is only then these countries will behave. Spare the rod and spoil the child, these BIG BOYZ are already rotten and spoiled and they don’t need spanking on their Butts but they need to be punished differently i.e., by imposing bans on their playing international cricket. How many of you agree with this is something we need to discuss here on this blog.

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