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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  1. #1 by Zain on August 30, 2008 - 3:06 AM

    Hahahaha, I cannot stop laughing after seeing the pictures.

    What a collection of Butts 🙂 btw, who is the author of this thread? I can make a guess but, I would like to hear it from the horses mouth.

    I can’t agree more on the subject of choosing the Chairman of PCB, none of the above candidates deserve this post. Ijaz Butt is too old, the three musketeers are a big joke. I can’t imagine anyone of them especially Pir Aftab Jillani to be the Chairman of the PCB. Who is he? Is he related to the Prime Minister of Pakistan? Well, rumours are that Salman Butt is related to Ijaz Butt, no wonder they are titled as Wadee and Nikki Butts.

    But, what is the significance of Rhinoceros Butt? LOL, I can’t make out but there is a tail which is there in Sayali’s Bikini too. So, the rumours of Malik floundering in Bollywood these days are correct. May God help Pakistan.

  2. #2 by Amit. P on August 30, 2008 - 5:10 PM

    I am suggesting, like most guys do, to have a selection procedure from all cricketing zones. It is being practiced in most countries. In BCCI only 31 people get involve in selecting chief and working committee .. and all these privileged guys themselves get elected by voting process … and it goes the same way for even a state level cricketing post. I know how these elections are being manipulated … but it is still far better process than nominating someone from nowhere. Atleast here u can have better accountability.

    Now who is this sayali bhagat 😀 …. and what is she hiding in her bikni ? Is this a new trend that we are seeing in india ? …. if so then bhaiyon sambhal jao.

    Javed,

    Sorry, i was unaware of Geeta dutt’s bhajan …. just checked on some sites and got to know that she sung a whole lots of devotional songs specially in bengoli .. and later in hindi. Never heard though.

    Btw, how many guys here back my prediction that Mendis will take fastest 100 test and odi wickets. Though i dont know who holds the current record but i m pretty sure this guy is one big contender. This year will be honeymoon period for mendis …. after that i am not sure.
    India somehow manage to save a lil bit of dignity by winning this odi series … but left with so many questions .. specially ab’t BIG 4. Another failure of BIG 4 against aussies will certainly end the carriers of most of these seniors.

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 30, 2008 - 6:21 PM

    Amit;

    Kehnay ko we are neighbours, but the Indian democratic platform is very different from Pakistan’s. In fact there is no democracy in Pakistan, might is right is the law of the jungle and we are still following it, wait and see what happens next.

    Lets make a bet, whether Mendis takes the fastest 100 wickets or the Army comes back and take control? 🙂

    I think Saqlain holds the fastest 100, 150 and even the 200 fastest wickets record. Mendis from 13 ODI’s has already taken 32, with this rate he can beat everyone. But, the point is he has played only against India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, so we need to see how he plays against Australia, England, South African and the West Indies. Also, he has played only in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, whereas the test is on hard bouncy wickets which favours only the fast bowlers and spinners often get thrashed. Its important to see how he bowls over there?

    I have noticed that whoever came forward to play him was successful in pulling him over the fence or loft him over the long on, long off. If you try to defend him, he gets on top of you. A few “Hathora Marka” players like Afridi, Gilchrist, Gayle, McCullum might be able to dent his confidence and then its hard for any bowler to recover after that.

    Zain

    Thanks that you wanted to hear from the horses mouth, you could have also said, I wanted to hear from Rhinoceros back or from Butt Sahab then it would have been difficult for you to bear the truth. Anyways, the colour tells you who wrote the thread, I know you have guessed it right.

  4. #4 by Kunal Sabherwal on August 30, 2008 - 7:20 PM

    nice thread Javed, lol.

    hey i just saw the news about dhoni being no 1 batsman in ODIs. he is our pride man, if he wasnt in the team india would probably have lost this ODI series. i like dhoni more with every match he plays, he is already very mature and talented.

    in the future maybe you or khansahab should do a thread on dhoni. he is the one player in the team who deserves real praise.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 30, 2008 - 7:59 PM

    Kunal

    Yeah, me too, I saw that ICC ODI rankings table. There isn’t too much difference in numbers anyways and yeah Dhoni made the difference in the ODI series but the way he played the last match and got out at Fernando’s straight ball was rather pathetic to see him getting out in that fashion. Also, after having had the grip on the game earlier on he allowed his bowlers to give away easy runs to Thushara and Kulasekhara and that partnership cost him the match. In fact Sri Lanka by virtue of that win feel confident and Yuvraj helped Mendis by getting bowled on his first ball. That was more pathetic than Dhoni’s wicket.

    Anyways, there isn’t much cricket going on now right now except for the Bangla Boyz who are looking like, Ultra Boyz against the mighty Australians.

  6. #6 by khansahab on August 31, 2008 - 7:31 PM

    Interesting thread by javed A Khan which evokes many pertinent questions regarding Pakistan society and cricket.

    Whereas it’s true you can’t judge a person’s ability or character by his face, how a person acts, behaves and gets himself across to others gives away his background and upbringing. Hence, you know you are speaking to a Paindoo if the other person is arrogant, uncouth, aggressive, and biased.

    Take the example of Ahsan Iqbal for instance, the spokesperson for Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). If he takes his glasses off, he might appear a Paindoo but with his glasses he appears as a gentleman. However, when he opens his mouth you can tell he is a Paindoo. That is because he is arrogant without being self indulgent, and because he is an aggressive and biased person by nature. Recently Mr Iqbal said about the Governor of Punjab (who is a PPP man), “The Governor looks more like a Punjabi movie actor, rather than a Governor”. These types of confrontational and immature statements can only be made by a Paindoo who represents a Paindoo party.

    Another Paindoo, some Khwaja or Choudhary from the same PML N party, spoke about Shaikh Rasheed after the latter’s loss in Pindi. Shaikh saab, belonging to PML Q, a rival party, was obviously the opponent of this PML N guy. This is what he said, “Now that Shaikh Rasheed has been defeated, I think he should work as a cook somewhere because I have heard he can cook well”. These types of insults and immature jests in an official or political capacity, can only be said proudly by a Paindoo, someone unrefined by upbringing who is taught from childhood that obstinacy, aggression, intimidation, uncouthness, discrimination against another, jingoism, arrogance- these evils are more than just a matter of pride, they are a way of life, something that defines the very identity of the person and something that this person should not derogate from. It is within this preceding sentence, a major reason why the state of Pakistan is so pitiful today. I utter this with utmost regret.

    Anyways, about Dhoni, he is truly a great player and his consistency is inimitable. He is a match winner for India and already he has probably won India more matches and series than some players who are more experienced than him. His approach to batting is brash, sometimes making his technique and shots appear almost ugly, but he is amazingly effective and whatever he does, gives him and his team lots of runs.

    Javed A Khan mentions about the PCB Constitution missing for the last 60 years, but wasn’t that given by Nasim Ashraf in his tenure, albeit much later than originally promised?

    Zain, I was also thinking this Ijaz Butt is related to Salman Butt, and now you have confirmed that there is a rumour about this. So that means other people are also speculating about who Ijaz Butt is, like I am. By the way when this comment gets published, it will appear against a white background, which will tell you I am not the author of this thread, because it is not against a green background.

  7. #7 by khansahab on August 31, 2008 - 8:23 PM

    The LS Management wishes its readers Ramzan Mubarak

    The month of fasting and holiness is upon us. As with every practice in Islam, the rationale of Ramzan has also been misunderstood by most Muslims.

    The beauty is not in fasting, although the act itself requires immense patience and fortitude. The beauty is in developing yourself as a person, sacrificing your wants and desires for your Creator’s will, and thinking about those more needy than yourself who are not as lucky as you may be. If you can’t or won’t learn this while fasting, then there is little point in fasting.

    Muslims need to ask themselves why such holiness and abstinence is only mentioned during Ramzan or just before or after Ramzan. Why charity, humility towards others and sympathy for others is only thought of during this holy month? Is there a problem within the religion? There cannot be, for the whole rationale behind religion is the imposition of morality and “goodness” within people. There is a problem with the execution of the beliefs and commands.

    I marvel at Muslims around me who take this month so seriously. Yes it is the most precious and valuable month for Muslims and a chance for Muslims to rid evil from themselves, but what about the rest of the year? Why do people abstain from alcohol and tobacco only in this month? Why do females abstain from extreme make up, fashionable and seductive attire only in this month? Why do people suddenly become more kind and humble only during this month? Why is Eid considered as a cause for celebration in such a manner as all of the evils avoided in the preceding month are adopted again on Eid?

    These are the questions we must ask ourselves. The world is increasingly becoming a more depressing and stressful place. The condition of Muslims in the world is deplorable. Whereas other factors can be blamed for this misery, the first commitment all Muslims must make is to look at themselves and eradicate their own shortcomings, misinterpretations and Paindooism, and then blame or criticise others.

  8. #8 by Ali Ahad on September 1, 2008 - 2:16 AM

    First of all Ramazan mubarak to all muslims. Many congratulations to Indian team for a fantastic series win. Dhoni leadership provides the right tonic that Indian team needs(mind you that tonic is better than Sohaib Malak ‘Dentonic’ which only works at coin toss). The series was fought really hard by the Indian team and a really good display of teamwork where everybody chipped in and that’s how you win a series where every one’s offer and contribute something.

    Now something about Butt’s. Like many others, I was also surprised to read about this unknown Butt of Pakistan cricket. PCB need someone brain and eyes not with butt’s and DNA. Someone who understand cricket and knows how to handle player’s politics and yes personality should be there. But the selection of PCB chief is very bizarre and out of an ordinary. A country president chooses the PCB chief. In programming there’s a term we call ‘GIGO’ Garbage In Garbage Out. I mean what you can expect from Paindoos, Chaudary’s and Waderra’s. Whenever you expect something from them they can only do is only Paindoo talk or do something stupid that they later will never regret it.

    Here is the example of a Paindoo law minister of Musharraf regime. Take a look at what he is doing on live TV, the person who guess it right will get a free ‘Electra Television 🙂

    His understanding of english is so convoluted that during a Voice of America radio show this is what he said to a senior journalist Ansar Abbasi.

    “Big arm in you…big arm in your family….you say big arm in law minister…law minister will insert big arm in family of that man who say big arm in law minister”

    I am not sure about other people but I will doubt the standard of his education and the legitimacy of his law degree. In my opinion we don’t have any competent soul in Pakistan to run the PCB president post so why not outsource it to a gora. I can see the anger on the faces of LS management as I can feel the heat over here while writing this blog. By saying that I am not saying that all Pakistani guys are in-competent but the system we have for choosing a PCB chief will never allow a decent guy to run its affairs. I know a gora is not going to be loyal to PCB nor to Pakistan but he will be loyal to the work ethics that is to run PCB in an efficient way. Put checks and balances. And this also means that not all gora’s qualifies for the job only those who those who has a proven record of leading an administration and make that administration an icon for Pakistan and for the other countries of the world.

    I know I have added a little more salt and chilli powder into this ‘PCB Curry’ but as famous chef’s says :

    Agar Khanay ka masala taze nahi tu khanay ka maza kia

    Please remember me in your prayers in this holy month.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 1, 2008 - 3:24 AM

    khansahab

    its good that you have extended the greetings to all the readers on this auspicious occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. Also, your views about the importance of fasting and its benefits, I would like to add a few more things to what you have said.

    Fasting is as old as any religion itself, even among the Hindus, especially the upper caste Brahmins in India they still observes a complete abstinence from food and drink on the 11th and 12th days of every Hindu month. Not only Brahmins but many other castes also fast during various times of the year.

    Fasting was also known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Similarly, the ancient scriptures of Persian advocate fasting and affirm its value as a means of spiritual purification. The Jews of the Old Testament were known to observe fasts on days of danger and misfortune and on several fixed days in their calendar. Even today, among the orthodox Jews Sabet is observed on Saturdays, during which time they don’t do so many things including the turning the lights on or, attending or making a telephone call.

    In Islam fasting is considered as the fourth pillar and Islam acknowledges the importance of fasting by various religions before Islam and here is a verse from Surah Al Baqara or Cow 2:183 in Quran: “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was for those before you, so that you may learn self-restraint. “

    Therefore, it is not just about abstinence from food but its a self-restraint on everything, according to a saying by the Prophet: ” Fasting is a shield.” It protects us not just from eating, drinking but, there are various grades in understanding its importance.

    1. The “outward fast” where one abstains from food, drink and physical intimacy.

    2. The fast of the senses and the tongue, whereby one is to avoid looking at or, hearing anything which might turn the attention to material things, and where the fasting person refrains from backbiting, gossip and hostile language.

    3. The highest grade of fasting is the “fast of the soul,” where the above practices are perfected by an abstinence and self restraint from any thought which might impair one’s awareness of God’s presence.

    There are many more aspects and one of them you have already mentioned is about sharing your food, wealth, knowledge with those who are less fortunate ones and those who cannot afford a proper meal. Through fasting you tend to understand the feelings of hunger that a poor man has to bear and endure and when you realize this you feel the pain yourself and must thank Allah that he has given you the means to suffice your hunger. Therefore, it is all the more important for you to share your wealth, food etc., with the poor and needy.

  10. #10 by Mohammed Munir on September 1, 2008 - 6:00 AM

    Ramadan Mubarak to All on LS 🙂

    Please make the most of this Special Month by maximizing your PRAYERS and CHARITY.

    Have a Entirely Peaceful and Blessed “RAMADAN” to YOU, Your Families and All Your Loved Ones.

    Please spare some thoughts for the less-fortunates and underprivileged of this world, as it we will make us all thank for ALLAH’s Blessings on us.

  11. #11 by abdul on September 1, 2008 - 8:40 AM

    Ramadhan Mubarak to all . May we be blessed during this holy month of fasting and worship. May Allah protect us from the Shaitan and give us strong imam during this holy month.

    Ramadhan is an opportunity to gain like January sales. For example if buy something you could get a discount or it could be buy one get one free but in this month it’s like and opportunity like no other u buy 1 u get 70 times for reward from Allah. So Ramadhan is an unmissible opportunity to gain reward so let us make most of it.

    Meanwhile what an odi side England have become as they are on the brink of a whitewash and somehow if they win there final encounter with the Proateas they dramatically jump from number 7 to number 2 in the Lg odi rankings. How weird ! But give credit to them as they have been awesome under the new Leadership of Kevin Peiterson and to his players who have all performed consistently eg Andrew Flintoff.

  12. #12 by Zain on September 1, 2008 - 9:50 AM

    Abdul – Why do you need a strong Imam only in Ramadan and why not for all the time? Imam is a leader and the leaders of Pakistan at the moment are crooks and thieves and you should pray to God to help us in getting rid of all such crooked people and get a strong, honest and capable leader. It is said that, when people don’t change themselves, God imposes such tyrants and cruel people upon them. Therefore, even God cannot help those who cannot help themselves.

    Secondly, I do agree about the importance of Islam but, your notion about January discounts seems to be pretty much similar like that of a Mullah talk. The Mullah’s always refer such things in 70 and 70 thousand. To which someone said, the Mullah cannot count more than that. That may be the lighter side of the discussion but, the fact is about the question which khansahab has raised on the issue of why we do all nice things in Ramadan only? He wrote above, *** Muslims need to ask themselves why such holiness and abstinence is only mentioned during Ramzan or just before or after Ramzan. Why charity, humility towards others and sympathy for others is only thought of during this holy month? ***

    I agree with that and why is that we pay so much importance to do nice things only during the month of Ramadan and then forget about it for the rest of the time? We need an answer on this.

    On your comment about Kevin Peterson’s leadership I am not sure whether it was Javed Khan, Awas or khansahab who mentioned earlier that Michael Vaughn should realize the importance of Andrew Flintoff like Mike Brearly brought the best out of Ian Bothom and it was said during that time when Flintoff came back in the team after his injury and the media was also talking about the same thing. I remember reading Vaughn’s comments in response to the media he said, ‘ people should not expect too much from one man (Flintoff) it has to be the whole team that needs to perform.’ Its true that the whole team needs to perform, but as a captain you have to spot the talent and make best use of such all-rounders who can single handedly win the match for any team. What Vaughn failed to realize, Peterson materialized. You must have noticed that Flintoff since his return has been performing exceptionally well with the ball and bat. Besides his talent, he puts his heart in and gives his best and thats why he is so effective and now his luck is also with him.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 1, 2008 - 10:39 AM

    khansahab and Zain

    To answer your questions on how or why we do not practice humility, compassion, love, caring and sharing during the other 11 months and why only in Ramadan? We as human beings are always distracted by the material things, (it would be apt to quote from Quran once again from Chapter 102 verse 2 and 3 “Rivalry in seeking worldly affairs distracted you, until you came to the graves.”) which means it is our nature to get distracted by the Shaitan.

    We cannot and should not be fasting through out the year or even we cannot be praying 24/7 as we are not angels. Besides it has not been ordained by God for us to do that. Angels have been created with the sole purpose of worshiping Allah all the time and they do. We cannot be prophets or saints either, and the purpose of our creation is to maintain a balance between the material and spiritual world.

    One month of Ramadan fasting is enough as a source of reminder for us to keep us on the right track. But, more than fasting it is the 5 times prayers that is a better way of reminding our conscious and sub-conscious self and that is Taqwa. No one can claim that they can or they perform their prayers with 100% devotion. We tend to think so many things during our prayers, which is normal. If I say, I don’t think of other things while I am praying then I am lying to myself. “Tera dil to hai sanam ashnaa, tujhay kya milay ga namaaz may?”

    The Buddhist prayers are inscribed on a prayer wheel and the Buddhist Monks rotate the prayer wheel and is allowed to think anything like shopping list to laundry and what not while they are supposedly praying. There is a time when the motions catch up with emotions and that is the moment of truth that you are relating yourself to God.

    Based on the same principle or assumption if you keep doing good deeds without any bad intention or without any malice towards anyone, then it means the motions will catch up with the emotions. The basic nature has to be good from inside and whatever is inside or hidden and inwardly, it reflects outwardly in the shape of words and actions.

    However, I cannot answer khansahab’s question about, why do females abstain from extreme make up, fashionable and seductive attire only in this month?

    The Shaitan is not in their seductive attire but, it is inside your own pyjama, don’t let him out, keep a tab on it. 😉

    Zain

    it was Awas who quoted Mike Brearly and moi que … I was referring to Vaughny’s ignorance and KP has proved that how important Freddie is for England. In every team there are one or two players all-rounders who can single handedly win matches for their team. Pyjamay da koi zikr nahee! 🙂

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 1, 2008 - 12:56 PM

    This is an article by Ehsan Mani former President of the ICC. His article (part-1) appeared in yesterday and today’s Daily Dawn of Karachi. I have highlighted the points that I feel are worth noting, over all its a very balanced analysis.

    http://www.dawn.com/2008/08/31/spt10.htm
    http://www.dawn.com/2008/09/01/spt5.htm

    Pakistan cricket needs new priorities to relive glory days

    By Ehsan Mani

    THE fourth chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), appointed by former President Pervez Musharraf over a period of nine years, resigned last week. In the preceding three years of the Nawaz Sharif government, the PCB had three chairmen. So, we have had seven chairmen over 12 years or an average tenure of less than two years each. Not long enough to make a meaningful impact on the structure of cricket in Pakistan, but long enough to do considerable damage, in some cases, to the fundamental structure of the game in the country.

    While candidates aspiring to take up the mantle of the PCB chairmanship lobby with the powers that be, it may be worth considering the challenges facing Pakistan cricket and the qualities and skills required in providing the leadership for cricket in Pakistan. Leadership which should develop the huge potential that Pakistan has to be a world-beater.

    The ultimate measure of the performance of any PCB chairman is the performance of the Pakistan team on the field. In recent years, the performance of the team has been disappointing. Today, Pakistan is sixth in both the Reliance Mobile ICC and ODI Championship Rankings. Time and again the team has faltered when it mattered most; for example, take the performance of Pakistan in the 2003 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cups, and the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa.

    It is not surprising that countries that do well at the international level have a sound domestic structure. In Pakistan we have meddled with the grassroots structure to the extent that it has become almost irrelevant. In the 1960’s, I played club cricket for the Rawalpindi Club in the Pataudi League. As a teenager I would play every week with or against current and former Test cricketers of the time such as Maqsood Ahmed, Miran Buksh, Gul Mohammed, Javed Burki, Ijaz Butt, Col. Shuja, Munir Malik, Javed Akhtar and others.

    The standard of the game was high and talented youngsters were exposed at an early age to playing with cricketers who had played at the highest level. Often after a match or in the nets these international players would spend time with us pointing out flaws in our techniques or just getting us to think about our game. Lahore had the Wazir Ali League and Karachi had a similar structure. Like Grade cricket in Australia, this was the real nursery of cricket in Pakistan.

    Rawalpindi had a number of grounds apart from the Pindi Club Ground on the Mall Road. Gradually these grounds have disappeared. The Army ground is now the parking lot for the GHQ, the T&T ground is now a housing estate; others have simply disappeared as commercial and residential developments took over the vacant spaces where children could just turn up and play. Regretfully, this has been the case throughout Pakistan.

    Cricket requires not just a large area to play on but also properly prepared wickets on which budding players can develop their skills. The infrastructure required to support not only cricket but all sport is severely lacking; every spare piece of land is deemed as a potential building plot rather than a recreational facility. Without investment in playing facilities a large pool of talent will be lost.

    Sport in school was very much part of one’s education. Where schools did not have their own play grounds public facilities were used. Today we have a situation in Pakistan where the vast majority of schools do not have sports as part of their curriculum. We seem to have forgotten how important a part sport plays in character building; developing team work and personal skills.

    The recent shameful performance of Pakistan at the Beijing Olympics sums up how far behind the rest of the world Pakistan is in recognising that unless there is a sound grassroots structure, the performance at the top will always be a hit and miss affair.

    Cricket is no different; it needs to attract cricketers at a young age and provide the opportunity to develop their talent. Organised school cricket is an essential element of grassroots development of the game.

    Cricket today at the international level is a professional sport. Pakistan has lagged behind countries such as Australia, England and India in making it a professional sport at the domestic or first-class level. The average first-class cricketer in Pakistan cannot make a living out of the game. This is not because Pakistan cricket lacks resources, it is simply a lack of vision on the part of those who have had stewardship of the sport in the country.

    Australia, who has dominated cricket for over a decade, pays each one of its first-class cricketers a wage on which the players can live, even if they never play for their country. This enables talented players to stay in the game and has provided a depth of resource which is unmatched. In the past year we have seen the retirement of great players such as Glen McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer without any impact on Australia’s dominance on the field. Some of the replacement players are in their 30s; battle hardened by playing in the toughest domestic programme in the world, they have stepped up to the international level seamlessly.

    For years players such as Majid Khan, Imran and others have been complaining about the structure of domestic cricket in Pakistan. Their pleas have been ignored. Unless a robust and competitive domestic structure is put in place players who come through will do so in spite of the system rather than because of the system. But overall Pakistan will continue to be an average side; some very good players supported by a number of fairly average ones. One only has to look at the Reliance Mobile ICC Players Rankings to put this in perspective.

    If structured properly, there is no reason why Pakistan’s domestic tournaments should not attract overseas players as does the county championship in the UK. This would enable emerging players to play with some of the best international players in the world.

    The selection of players raises another huge question mark. Players are picked and discarded without any rationale. The criteria for playing for one’s country should be simply merit. Merit means strong performance in the domestic tournaments. Participation in the domestic programme should be mandatory; without this a player should not be considered for international cricket. Far too often, either the Pakistan captain or some selector has a ‘favourite’ player or players who are preferred over more deserving players. When this nepotism occurs a great disservice is being done to Pakistan cricket which is not represented by its best team.

    Education of players is a huge problem in Pakistan. There has been a fundamental shift in the dynamics of cricket around the world. From being an elitist game it has become a game of the masses; this has been tremendous for the game but it has also created its challenges for cricketers from underprivileged backgrounds, particularly in Pakistan. Some cricket Boards spend considerable resources on the personal development of their players; this includes media training, personal hygiene, coping with being a celebrity, handling fans, dealing with money, avoiding corruption and a spate of other issues that surface when one becomes an international celebrity overnight.

    This aspect has been clearly lacking in Pakistan cricket when one looks at the conduct of potentially one of the greatest fast bowling finds of recent years, Mohammad Asif, who appears to be on a self-destruct mission, without support from the Board or mentoring by senior Pakistani players. Shoaib Akhtar is another case; just compare his record with that of Brett Lee from Australia. Shoaib is as good a bowler as Lee but lacks the dedication, commitment and professionalism of the great Australian player.

    I was fortunate in being involved with Pakistan cricket at the international level for many years. Before each ICC meeting, considerable time and effort would be spent in developing proposals, strategies and objectives which reflected the interest and thinking of the PCB. The PCB was represented on every key ICC policy committee and took a lead in shaping the game without compromising the interests of Pakistan. We worked closely with any country, including India, where it served the interest of Pakistan cricket.

    In recent years PCB’s policies have been reactive rather than proactive, more often than not following the lead of India and in the process sometimes compromising Pakistan’s interests. PCB needs to reassert itself at the international forums or risks becoming marginalised.

    The international perspective of Pakistan as a dangerous place to tour, certainly in the eyes of Australia, South Africa, England, New Zealand and West Indies is unfortunate. Yes, the timing of the ICC Champions Trophy made it inevitable that it would not take place in Pakistan. Pakistan is in the midst of a war on terror and a victim of terrorism itself; with the increasing spate of bomb blasts recently there was no possibility of the event taking place in Pakistan as scheduled.

    This was certainly clear to me for the past three months from discussions with and telephone calls I received from the Chairmen of a number of Boards from around the world; PCB lived in blissful hope that somehow teams would turn up on the day, simply because it had the support of India. This was just not going to happen. The PCB should have taken the lead; recognising the reality, it should have swapped the 2008 Champion’s Trophy for the 2010 or 2012 ICC Events and avoided the inevitable.

    Some countries have used the excuse of the security situation not to tour Pakistan.
    The Australian players have been very vocal in expressing concerns about the country even when teams from South Africa, New Zealand and the West Indies have toured. Many, including some Australians, have indicated that the senior Australian team do not like the lack of social life in Pakistan, with no bars, night life or clubs to go to after a day’s play.

    Pakistan has successfully hosted the Australian ‘A’ team as well as the Under-19 team in the recent years but when it comes to the full international side, security takes on a different dimension in the Aussies’ minds.

    Cricket Australia has backed its players to the extent that Australia has not toured Pakistan for 10 years; compare this to India and Australia playing each other 27 times in the past two years.
    Pakistan needs to give Australia a clear message; Pakistan must not tour Australia until Australia makes up for all its cancelled tours to Pakistan.

    While I was President of the ICC, before an ICC Board meeting in Lahore in 2004, I took a number of directors including the then Chairmen of the Boards from Australia, West Indies, South Africa and Zimbabwe to Gilgit and Hunza. We drove up the KKH and flew back. It was an eye opener for them.
    It showed them a Pakistan very different from the perception they had. To this day they all consider it the highlight of their cricketing travels anywhere in the world. Each one of them would come back to Pakistan at the first opportunity. The PCB will need to work very hard to convince the world that there is another side of Pakistan, which is welcoming, hospitable and safe.

    Cricket these days is big business. More money than ever before is flowing into the game principally from the sale of media rights and sponsorship. Pakistan is no exception, provided international cricket is played in the country revenues will flow in. Good governance and transparency are required to use this money effectively. The principal beneficiaries must always be the players, but Pakistan also needs to spend huge amounts on its cricketing infrastructure.

    This ranges from grassroots investment to the international stadiums. Attendances at matches, particular Test Matches, are very low. Our stadiums are not customer friendly. This discourages families from going to watch a match, unlike most of the other major cricketing countries. Much has been written about the role of former players in the running of the Pakistan Board. The administration of cricket like the sport is a team game; the chairman is the leader but he must be supported by a team with appropriate skills.

    The Chairman of the Board must have the breadth of experience, including a deep understanding of the game, an appreciation of the challenges and threats to the game in Pakistan, the vision to take the game forward, a good understanding of the commercial issues, a clear appreciation of good governance and the diplomatic skills to represent Pakistan at the international level. It does not matter if he has not played international or even first-class cricket; the most successful team in the world is Australia. Cricket Australia has a very sound governance structure but more often than not the chairman is not a former first-class or Test player.

    The same applies to England, South Africa and India What is important is that former and current players are involved on the cricketing side of the Board; this would include the domestic structure of the game, rules, regulations and playing conditions, coaching, umpiring, match referees, pitches and grounds, grassroots development, involvement in the Board’s and the ICC’s cricket committees. The players must have a voice in the running of the PCB by nominating a member to the Board; this is now the case in a number of countries such as Australia, South Africa and West Indies.

    Finally, it is not in the interest of the health of the game in Pakistan to have political appointees as Chairmen of the PCB. The President of Pakistan should be a benevolent Patron; unless there are good reasons to the contrary he should be rubber stamping the recommendation of the Board rather than imposing his own nominee.

    A regime change at the political level should not automatically lead to a change of the Chairmanship of the PCB. The PCB must always strive to have the best man as its chairman. We have had a number of Generals as PCB chairmen; some very good, others who did not know one end of a bat from the other. I have known of an instance when the President of Pakistan, having no clue of cricket himself, appointed an old school friend as Chairman because his friend played cricket in school; the assumption being that if his old friend played cricket he knew about cricket. As CLR James wrote words to the effect “those who only cricket know, know not cricket”. Pakistan cricket deserves better.

    The writer is a former ICC president

  15. #15 by Adnan Naqvi on September 2, 2008 - 4:42 PM

    why you blocking my commant? once again the khurram manzoor is play great knock to win pakistan. this is in zimbabwe series, PCB acadamy. by the way the khurram is from KARACHi, why you think he is not in the national team? because of domicile. i think so give suggastion to the khurram to start live in lahore, then he is able to play for PAKISTAN.

    Adnan from Karachi

  16. #16 by khansahab on September 2, 2008 - 6:32 PM

    I saw the interview of Farooq Naek. What a load of rubbish he had to say about Zardari! He said the charges against Zardari are baseless and he suffered from mental shock following his imprisonment and consequential separation from his kids. Naek said, Zardari was unable to guide and enlighten his children which is a major reason for his past mental instability.

    My question is, what guidance could Zardari have possibly given to his kids? Of being crooks, gangsters and criminals?

  17. #17 by khansahab on September 2, 2008 - 7:26 PM

    My remarks were distorted, claims Afridi

    Atreyo Mukhopadhyay, Hindustan Times

    For a change, Shahid Afridi is on the defensive. After a spate of controversial quotes attributed to him, ranging from VVS Laxman’s ineffectiveness as a T20 captain to Shoaib Malik’s style of captaincy, the Pakistan allrounder said his statements were distorted.

    “I don’t know why people are going to town saying that I have been critical of them (Laxman and Malik). I never said Malik is not able enough to lead Pakistan, nor did I show any disrespect to the leadership ability of Laxman,” Afridi told HT from Pakistan on Tuesday.

    “I am a contracted player of the PCB. The contract forbids me from saying such things about the Pakistan skipper. I never said Malik is not a good captain.”

    A news agency reported that Afridi said he was not getting due respect from the skipper and he was consulted only when he was in form. “There are only two or three match-winners in the side and there is a need for the captain to encourage, respect and consult them in team decisions. Even if a player is not performing, he must be backed and involved in everything,” he was quoted as saying.

    Afridi however denied saying such things. “I have full faith in the ability of Malik as captain. There is no question of me being critical of him,” he insisted. About Laxman, Afridi said his skipper in the Hyderabad IPL team should have been more aggressive. “He is a great player and can be a good skipper in the longer version.

    But in T20, the skipper has to be aggressive, like Shane Warne. From that point of view, Gilchrist did a better job.”

    Afridi said he never held Laxman responsible for Hyderabad’s dismal IPL. “How can I do that when I myself failed to do well? We lost because barring Laxman, Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma, none of the batsmen came good. I only said that Laxman lacked aggression, which doesn’t mean I suggested that we were let down by poor captaincy.”

  18. #18 by khansahab on September 2, 2008 - 7:36 PM

    Afridi has complained about lack of aggression from Laxman and he has also complained about Malik’s captaincy. The PCB should take note of this and appoint him as captain because he is an aggressive cricketer by nature and that will reflect in his captaincy.

    Who is really behind Malik and who is supporting him like this? Nasim Ashraf is gone now but there have been no reports to suggest the PCB governing board or whoever is in power now wants to see Malik leave. It must be Malik’s Senator uncle or whoever who is securing Malik’s position in the team.

  19. #19 by khansahab on September 2, 2008 - 8:29 PM

    Machiavelli in Pakistan

    Monday, 01 Sep, 2008

    Tariq Amin-Khan

    As political developments rapidly unfold in Pakistan, it appears that Mr Zardari will now become Mr President. Is this just an existential irony of history or Pakistan’s phenomenal misfortune?

    The answer lies in whether one regarded the post-Feb 18 period as a promise for change or a repeat of the same old thing. To an observer from afar, it is now clear that the poor huddled masses of Pakistan — in giving the PPP a narrow majority to form a government at the centre — also desired political accommodation and a new era of legal and social justice. But this hope for change has been dashed.

    Killing hope, in the Pakistani context, is about the mind-numbing dexterity displayed by Mr Zardari to turn this narrow win around — and effectively to achieve absolute majority through cold social engineering moves in order to have a choke-hold on institutional power. He is sitting in the driver’s seat and will soon control the president’s office, while his party occupies the offices of the prime minister and the speaker of the National Assembly and controls the justice system.

    But, not content with this kind of absolutism, Zardari and his henchmen (and one henchwoman) have been playing all kinds of games to block the reinstatement of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in order to ensure once more that a docile and timid judiciary will quietly acquiesce to the will of the mighty feudal lord. The current moves to expand the high court benches and eventually the Supreme Court are all efforts to dilute the powers of the chief justice, should his restoration ever come to pass.

    In reaching this pinnacle of absolutism, some could argue that Zardari out-manoeuvred Nawaz Sharif and displayed the skills of a shrewd politician, granted that politics is about expediency. But elementary decency is not usually jettisoned for the instrumental rationality of that brief gain thereby justifying the means to obtain it. Pakistan’s convulsive state, its precariousness, required that political leaders tread the path ever more carefully. This was not to be, and now the country is going to be polarised by the very real likelihood of a Zardari presidency.

    Considering the ease with which one coalition was disbanded and another formed, it is becoming obvious that in Zardari’s mind Nawaz Sharif was expendable in favour of the MQM and the ANP, which also has quietly conducted itself as the PPP’s B-team. In the unfolding of these developments, Sharif has no one other than himself to blame for his lackadaisical dealings with Zardari.

    Beyond Sharif, political leaders of the PPP and other parties — in short the political elite — appear asleep at the switch as the country bleeds, burns and ordinary people are made destitute, their lives wrecked by the painful squeeze of runaway inflation, lack of electricity and clean drinking water. This is not to mention the displacement of about half a million people from Bajaur and the war zone that the Sarhad has become.

    It is painful to see that the PPP, its roti, kapra aur makan slogan notwithstanding, has been callously unreflective about continuing the neoliberal economic policies — of privatisation, deregulation and the eager embrace of the market — of the Musharraf era. The current rulers have even accepted the impositions of the IMF without a whimper, as subsidies were removed and electricity rates skyrocketed. Amid 16-hour blackouts, the government thoughtlessly announced another price hike for the residents of Karachi.

    The private owners of KESC, without making much new investment, benefit from the people’s misery as the latter wallow in the sweltering heat and get crushed under the burden of price hikes. Privatisation of the KESC really has made a bad situation much worse. Other relatively stable organisations, such as the Oil and Gas Development Corporation, are also said to be on the privatisation anvil.

    Pakistan’s late romance with neoliberalism, especially the push towards privatisation, comes as a surprise, and at a huge cost of widening the wealth divide. Indeed, the surprise is compounded by the lack of resistance or challenge to this neoliberal turn, despite the enormous dislocations.

    Latin American states which took the lead in the 1970s with their marketisation policies, and later rushed towards privatisation and deregulation, are now much more sanguine about past policies. As Venezuela leads the charge against neoliberalism, countries from Argentina and Ecuador to Uruguay are turning their backs on this corrosive policy. But, official Pakistani economists in contrast, see privatisation as a godsend tap to obtain foreign exchange on the cheap. They are in for a shock and need to wake up and smell their neoliberal brew.

    Returning to the very real possibility of a Zardari presidency, information is coming fast and loose about our feudal lord. One is about the Swiss prosecutor who has withdrawn money laundering charges and has released the frozen $60m apparently back to Zardari. Then, there is another about the cosy relationship that the PPP leader has had with Zalmay Khalilzad, America’s UN ambassador who has been called on the carpet by none other than Richard Boucher, Washington’s point man for Pakistan.

    The third piece is about Mr Zardari’s mental health issues. This is an area about which one has to be sensitive and non-judgmental. However, the would-be president needs to come clean not just about his mental and physical health, but also about how he amassed this enormous fortune, why he was charged with money-laundering, and the nature of his relationship with US officials.

    Given these circumstances and the challenges that lie ahead, Pakistan will be well-served if Zardari withdraws his nomination in favour of an individual who is less partisan. I hope he takes heed.

    The writer teaches politics at Ryerson University in Toronto.

  20. #20 by khansahab on September 2, 2008 - 8:33 PM

    Nawaz Sharif is a sinister and shameless person himself, but on this occasion Zardari has emerged as more sinister of the two. He has used and abused Nawaz Sharif and has really made Sharif appear spineless. Zardari used Sharif to mobilise the lawyers’ and civil society’s movements in Punjab, to put intense political pressure on Musharraf forcing him to resign, to make way for the PPP Governor to get settled in Punjab etc.

  21. #21 by khansahab on September 3, 2008 - 8:14 AM

    Shoaib Malik confident of staying on as Pakistan captain

    KARACHI, Sept 2: With speculations rife that he might be sacked as captain, Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik on Tuesday countered the charges of team’s poor performance under him.

    Malik gave the example of inaugural World Twenty20 championship last year where Pakistan reached the final. “We did well in that (World Twenty20) tournament and remember Pakistan also won 12 consecutive One-dayers with me as captain earlier this year,” Shoaib said Tuesday.

    Shoaib’s captaincy is under threat following the exit of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf. The vacant post of PCB chief is likely to be filled in a week or so and it is anticipated that sweeping changes would be made in the cricket set-up.

    Malik though is confident of staying as Pakistan captain and said that all the speculations about his sacking will slowly die down in the coming days. “I did not tell anybody to make me captain,” Shoaib said. “I was chosen to lead Pakistan and I have been doing the job in the best possible manner,” the all-rounder said.

    However, he sounds a bit optimistic in the current scenario. Malik was preferred over senior players to lead Pakistan after the humiliating first round exit from the 2007 World Cup. Ashraf handed the captaincy reins to Malik from Inzamam-ul-Haq, who resigned after the World Cup debacle in the Caribbean.

    Dr Ashraf resigned as PCB chairman last month, just hours after Pervez Musharraf – the Board’s chief patron – stepped down as president.

    Reports in recent days have suggested that vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq is expected to take over from Malik though senior players Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi are also in fray for captaincy.

  22. #22 by khansahab on September 3, 2008 - 8:16 AM

    Misbah brushes aside captaincy speculations

    LAHORE, Sept 2: Pakistan cricket team’s vice captain Misbah-ul-Haq has rejected the idea of his elevation as captain, saying he has no desire for leadership.

    The reliable batsman of the team in recent years said he was enjoying his game and his prime objective was to concentrate on polishing his batting skills.

    “Obviously, leadership brings extra load of responsibility and I am enjoying my present status of vice captain in the team,” he said here on Tuesday.

    At a time when change in the leadership of Pakistan team is echoed as Shoaib Malik has lost the faith of national selectors because of his failure to lift the fortunes of the team, Misbah emerged as hot favourite along with Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi for the slot of skipper.

    But his refusal has paved the way for Younis and Afridi who both are in a desperate race to become the captain. “I know it is a great honour to be the captain of the team but I feel contended the way I am,” he asserted.

    Some of the cricket sources claimed that Younis is too keen to replace Shoaib and has started lobbying in this regard.

    Afridi has not stayed back. He is said to be in constant touch with PCB authorities and the selectors, especially with the chief selector who has always given him preference, to plead his case as the next captain.

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 3, 2008 - 9:36 AM

    “We did well in that (World Twenty20) tournament and remember Pakistan also won 12 consecutive One-dayers with me as captain earlier this year,” Blab, blab, blab, blab, blab ……..

    What exactly he did during the T20 WC? Just because Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul played well, Pakistan reached the finals, otherwise he was as spineless as he always is.

    And, beating the minnows on your home ground a dozen times is an achievement? It reflects his petite mentality.

    khansahab

    This captaincy drama in Punjabi is just a trailer being played through the media, it is nothing but to test the water. You know right now there is no Chairman at the PCB and there is a lot of speculation about who will be the next Chairman? And they want to make sure before taking over that role by gathering public opinion about the captaincy issue as well. It is only to make sure whether a change in the captaincy is necessary when he (whoever) takes up that post or, to keep the same captain and sneak in to the Chairman’s Chamber.

    Otherwise there was no need to target Afridi that he is against Malik and then approaching Misbah to clear the air and prior to that there was an interview with Younus Khan to suss out his intentions whether he would accept the captaincy role if offered again?

    This yellow journalism to say, both (Afridi and Yousuf) are in a desperate race to become captain. It is nothing but cheap tabloid sensationalism and it only reflects the standard of journalism. Both (Afridi and Younus) have been very candid in their approach and have denied the rumours but the media kept twisting their words and keep bringing up the subject in news headlines.

    What about a movie called Sayali & Sialkhoti Affair? Why is it not being mentioned in Jang, The News, Nawai Waqt and Dawn etc.? After all Sayali is playing a major role in Malik’s life. And, Malik is so desperate that he went to Mumbai 4 times in the last few months for Devi-Darshan. What is he telling to the Indian Embassy when obtaining a visa for India? Kay meri aadhi jaan udher hai ya aadhi taang udher hai?

    He is such a desperado and a big time loser, last time when he had this affair with that Hyderabadi girl, he took Inzi, Mushy and Bob Woolmer to her house for dinner, the girl whom he claimed then as his wife and the Indian newspapers referred him as, “Hyderabad ka Damaad” when he scored 80 odd runs in that match against Hyderabad XI, after that he told the press in his usual miskeen style, “Sasural may izzat reh gayee.” He has not only forgotten all that bull shit he blabbed and did but, later he has flatly refused that he never saw that girl and never married her.

    The point is, none of these players Misbah, YK or Afridi would tell anything against Malik because of the contract binding upon them. Do you think they will say, yes remove Malik and make me the captain? Obviously not, it is for these idiots to decide whether to continue with that spineless mule or bring in a new stallion to lead the herd.

    Remember in India, Dravid was not a bad captain especially when you compare him with Malik, but due to pressure after the loss against BD in the WC he too, like Inzi wanted to step down and by replacing him with Dhoni worked wonders for India especially in the shorter version of the game. But, in Pakistan they don’t want to do this: Make Afridi captain for the ODI and T20 matches and YK for test matches. Because, Malik will not find a place for himself in any form of the game, especially without his bowling.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 3, 2008 - 7:57 PM

    England were looking for a whitewash but they couldn’t do, however rain washed out the match and England ended up 4-0 and I am glad that they did this to South Africa as they were praising their own tail for a long time and needed this drubbing.

    Dhoni has confirmed that he is ready to take up the test captaincy role and why not? He has a good balanced head on his shoulder, although thats another matter that he get unbalanced when playing a shot and doesn’t look very nice when his body gets so many jerks while he executes his shots.

    A drama took place today i.e., the Pakistan’s PM motorcade was attacked. I think this is just their own ploy to get popular that either the opposition or the Taleban are after him.

  25. #25 by khansahab on September 3, 2008 - 8:20 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I think Afridi should become captain even for the Test matches. Whereas I accept he has no permanent position in the side in Tests, an exception can be made for him to motivate players and demonstrate aggression which Malik lacks. Younis is rumoured to be a shrewd captain but somehow I don’t feel this two captain strategy will work. Younis of course is a much better choice than Malik for ODI’s. We have spoken about Younis’s erratic form in ODI’s, but that will probably change for the better if he is made captain. Nevertheless, Afridi remains my first choice.

    Even if Afridi and Younis are planning behind the scenes to get rid of Malik, why shouldn’t they? Malik has proved to be the worst captain Pakistan has had in recent times. Inzamam was a pretty bad captain but the difference between Malik and Inzamam was that Inzi commanded greater respect. Plus, Malik is completely self indulgent which Inzamam was not. People always accuse Pakistani players of not showing unity and plotting against each other and playing petty politics. This is true, but what should someone like Afridi do when he knows he can do the job better than Malik?

    I am really surprised to see that there are no reports on who is likely to be the new Chairman of the PCB (after Ijaz Butt’s name was put forward) and neither is there any indication about how the new administration will handle Malik. Will Zardari appoint the new PCB Chairman after he wins the election on 6th?

    About the attack on the PM’s motorcade today, it is a controversial incident especially since there are reports that the government is contradicting itself over whether Gillani was actually in the car at that time or not. It may be self staged by the government, but the threat of Taliban all over Pakistan is very real and unfortunately it seems the only way to stop them now, is to destroy them completely. Whether this will go on and result in the death of a quarter or so of Pakistan’s population in the next few years, remains to be seen, as terrorists are being recruited in scores on a daily basis.

  26. #26 by Mohammed Munir on September 4, 2008 - 7:21 AM

    Sorry guys, I haven’t been a regular for last few days and I guess I will not be able to contribute much for a few more weeks. Ramadan in our part of the world is a big thing … Really Big.

    During Ramadan, the working hours are reduced so work pressures are higher, prayers are a bit longer and become much more imperative as everyone strives for that extra mile besides the obligatory duties, family life takes major priority, social gathering are abundant, general shoppings and Eid preparations are also a must, ‘Hot Gals’ are an absolute no… no, etc. etc.

    Overall, for the Holy Month of Ramadan, the life changes for good and becomes much more busy.

    But, I promise to hang around the LS as much as I could 😉

  27. #27 by khansahab on September 4, 2008 - 9:07 AM

    Criticism doesn’t bother me anymore: Malik

    LAHORE, Sept 3: Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Wednesday said he had become used to criticism on his captaincy and was now taking it in a positive way.

    Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Malik said many critics had lashed out at his captaincy and most of it was negative criticism, but instead of losing heart and sleep over the matter, he was keen to learn from that and improve his captaincy skills in future assignments.

    He said lack of cricket for the national team was greatly disappointing for all the players as well as the spectators.

    Pakistan could not play a Test series in the current year and the postponement of the high-profile Champions Trophy till next year further spoiled the matters for the home side.

    Malik hopd that the PCB would succeed in arranging an alternate series for the national team very soon.

  28. #28 by khansahab on September 4, 2008 - 9:08 AM

    Time for Kumble to go, says Wasim

    NEW DELHI, Sept 3: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels that it is time for India’s Test captain Anil Kumble to bow out of the game and hand over the reins to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

    “I respect Anil for what he has achieved. He has done enough for India and I think it’s time for him to take a bow at a time when he is still counted as one of the best,” Wasim was quoted as saying on Wednesday .

    Kumble has played 130 Tests and picked up 616 wickets at an average of 29.33. It is the third-highest tally in history, behind fellow spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.

    In 271 ODIs, Kumble picked up 337 and is now just 50 short of 1,000 international wickets.

    Asked, who is the man to replace Kumble, Wasim said: “Dhoni is the right man because he is young and aggressive and is a person who feels his responsibility.”

    Meanwhile, Dhoni’s leadership qualities got another thumbs up from India’s cricket coach Gary Kirsten who said the ODI skipper was now ready to take over the Test captaincy from Kumble.

    “He (Dhoni) is ready for it (Test captaincy) but there is no need to rush as of now. Anil has done an exceptional job, he is a great leader and he is toiling in many overs for India. He is prepared to do 30 overs in a day. But he is on the other side of the game.”

    “MS is a great thinker. He has got fantastic skills in terms of understanding the situation. He is the best ODI batsman in the world. He plays every situation really well. He is a very good keeper as well,” Kirsten told a TV channel.

    Asked about Yuvraj Singh’s prolonged poor run of form, Kirsten said this break would help him to make a strong comeback. “You too go through that. They have an extended run of form, then confidence drops. Sometimes the break does a world of good.”

    The South African also heaped praise for Dhoni’s batting and his mental faculty which has made him the best ODI batsman in latest ICC ranking.

    “I am not surprised that he could do it because he is capable mentally. I think he has worked his heart out. It is fantastic to have him in the team,” he said.

  29. #29 by Mohammed Munir on September 4, 2008 - 10:31 AM

    Here is a very unfortunate and really a painful incident which happened in Pakistan….. Yes IN PAKISTAN.

    Killed While Taking Sahoor !!

    Check the link of Dawn Newspaper:

    http://www.dawn.com/2008/09/04/top1.htm

    If USA is allowed to do it freely, can we stop any other country from doing the same ??

    The question is, are we really a Sovereign Country ……… ??

    IT HURTS …

    – With so much being happening in our ‘Political Circus’, I suggest that LS Management should start thinking about opening a full fledged section for “Politics”. This should at least help us in keeping the Cricket and Politics separate.

  30. #30 by khansahab on September 4, 2008 - 10:52 AM

    The Dawood-Miandad Marriage

    By Amir Mir in Lahore

    The Most Wanted Indian fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, allegedly hiding in Pakistan, has further strengthened his Pakistani connection by getting his eldest daughter Mahrukh Ibrahim engaged to Junaid Miandad, the eldest son of former Pakistani cricket captain Javed Miandad.

    The son of the legend and the daughter of the don are expected to tie the knot in Karachi in mid July 2005, to be followed by a reception in the Gulf emirate of Dubai in the last week of July 2005. While Dawood will be attending the Karachi wedding function, he is unlikely to attend the Dubai reception because there is that “small matter” of the US State Department having dubbed him a “specially designated global terrorist” in October 2003 for his alleged links with the al-Qaeda.

    While identifying him as a resident of the port city of Karachi, the subsequent red corner alert notice issued by the International Police (Interpol) even gave his telephone and Pakistani passport numbers. Dubai, which used to be a safe haven for the don in the past, can no longer welcome him because the United Arab Emirates and India have signed an extradition treaty with several wanted men already being extradited including Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar’s real brother, Iqbal Kaskar. Dawood has not visited Dubai after the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

    According to Miandad’s family circles, the marriage proposal was first mooted in December 2004 by Dawood’s wife, Mehajabeen alias Zubeena Zareen, to the wife of the former ace batsman. The suggestion was welcomed and approved instantly and followed by a low profile engagement ceremony in Karachi, an event that was kept a quiet affair by both the families. The engagement was not made public since Dawood Ibrahim is not meant to be residing on Pakistani soil after being declared a globally designated terrorist. Javed Miandad’s family sources even expect the wedding ceremony to be a hush-hush one too, with not many guests being invited. When the engagement news surfaced in January 2005, Miandad had reacted angrily, saying he would make no comments on the matter. At that time he was reported to have said: “I don’t understand why people interfere in our personal life. I don’t interfere in anybody’s life and expect them to respect our privacy also”. Miandad maintained at the time he didn’t want to discuss suchpersonal matters at all. “Talk to me about cricket affairs, I am willing to talk. But I have always kept my family away from the spotlight and their privacy should be respected”, he had stated.

    However, when approached for comments six months later on June 20, 2005, Miandad admitted that the marriage was on the cards. “I have already made this thing public and it is no more a secret now. When it happens everyone would know about it. We Muslims believe that marriages are made in Heaven and we don’t challenge destiny”. To a question, Miandad said: “My wife and Dawood’s wife are like sisters and his wife is in fact a relative of my mother”. To yet another query about his future daughter-in-law, the cricketer said his family members have chosen a well mannered, educated, religious girl like any other parent would do. But he denied that the wedding ceremony was likely to take place in Dubai secretly in July, saying there were no immediate plans for the wedding. “That is all rubbish, no date has been drawn up as yet and I would now request the press and people to let this matter rest and allow us to live in peace. When it happens it will not be a secret ceremony”, he added.

    While Junaid Miandad is a student of Business Administration at the Oxford University, London, his future wife, Mahrukh Ibrahim, is reportedly also based in London. The two first met in Karachi, then in Dubai and finally in London, leading to their January 2005 engagement. The two families have been close for well over a decade now, especially after the D-Company boss had invested a huge chunk of his black money in the business and industrial ventures of the filthy rich Sehgals of Karachi, who happen to be the in-laws of Javed Miandad. While the Sehgals strongly refute having been involved in any business deal with Dawood, there are those in the intelligence circles who insist the underworld don had invested his black money in the Sehgal’s ventures, primarily to whiten the same. Dawood’s underworld connects and business ventures are extensive, and he sublets his name in Pakistan, Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates, among other countries, to franchises in the fields of drug trafficking and gambling dens.

    Ever since Dawood got involved in match-fixing over a decade ago, many of the Pakistani cricket players were on his pay rolls who earned huge sums of money. His interest in cricket apparently remains undiminished and after his glamorous appearances in Sharjah one-dayers when he had top Indian actors and actresses at his beck and call, Dawood now calls the shots in Pakistan. Backed by Dawood, Miandad was able to survive as captain of the Pakistan cricket team for a good period of time despite facing tough opposition from other players and his being named in several match-fixing scams. To recall, the judicial inquiry report into the betting and match-fixing allegations prepared by a committee headed by Justice Qayyum, had established a direct link between Dawood and many of the Pakistani players.

    The inquiry report released in June 2001 carried details of a phone conversation between then skipper Wasim Akram and Dawood Ibrahim during the England-Pakistan match in Sharjah in year 2000. Former coach Javed Miandad – who was called to depose before the panel on why he quit the job abruptly before the World Cup after guiding the team to victory in Sharjah – said during Pakistan’s second match against England, he got a call from someone (whom he did not want to name), who told him the game was fixed and that Shahid Afridi, Moin Khan, Azhar Mehmood, Salim Malik and Inzamam-ul Haq had taken money to throw the match. Miandad told the inquiry panel that he was so angry he forced Akram to talk to the man immediately. Akram, in his evidence before Qayyum, admitted he did talk to someone called Dawood Ibrahim on the phone and was told the match was fixed. Miandad asked Akram to make the players take an oath on the Koran, but Akram did not do so because it was not available at the ground. Miandad has deposed that he was furious at the team during the break as England, who were struggling at 40 for five wickets and had scored 206. He also said before he realised what was happening, five Pakistan batsmen were out and the team was bowled out for 144 runs in the 35th over.

  31. #31 by khansahab on September 4, 2008 - 11:02 AM

    I came across this interesting article but I was really amazed to see Afridi’s name being mentioned as one of the cricketers who were involved in match fixing. I always thought Afridi was a completely honest player who always gave his 100%.

    I know the other cricketers mentioned were definitely involved because their careers ended abruptly- this includes Mushtaq Ahmed. Azhar Mahmood was dropped and Abdur Razzaq was played in his position at a time when Mahmood was not in particularly bad form. Inzamam’s name also came up in the Qayyum report; however because Inzamam mended his ways and became religious which showed in his personality (staying away from controversy in the late 1990’s) Inzamam was given a life and led the team as captain for 4 years.

  32. #32 by khansahab on September 4, 2008 - 11:46 AM

    What, no utopia after Musharraf?

    Thursday, 04 Sep, 2008 | 16:32 PKT

    By Sayeed Hasan Khan and Kurt Jacobsen

    GETTING what you want, Oscar Wilde remarked, can be as much a tragedy as not getting what you want.
    Nawaz Sharif some day may come to appreciate this exotic western wisdom. Anyone who imagined that Musharraf’s departure would improve daily life in Pakistan one iota was sadly mistaken.
    An utterly Alice-in-Wonderland political scenario since February has pitted two billionaires, whose fortunes were obtained, each other suspects, by rather questionable means, against a solid career soldier who, whatever his faults and glaring missteps, seems to have failed to feather his own nest in the traditional manner.

    From the start the world press, out of routine laziness or pure ignorance, equated the ejection of Musharraf with the epic ousting of a Ceausescu or an Idi Amin or, one hopes one day, Robert Mugabe. Therefore, the major parties — mostly Sharif’s, really — were celebrated abroad for dumping the former dictator because, so the storyline goes, all dictators are alike in their vices, and all democrats are alike in their virtues.
    What then has this single-issue zealotry accomplished? Now that Musharraf has gotten the heave-ho, which was fun while it lasted, the squabbling parties face the distressing fact that the public now will have no one to blame for the escalating internal mess but them.
    Musharraf, a useful distraction, soon will be missed even by his very worst enemies. If the parties revert to the same inside-dealer style in play before Musharraf, they hardly will find themselves hailed in the streets. One of Sharif’s few accomplishments during his last inglorious stint as prime minister was to laboriously build a case against Zardari, then arrest and imprison him. Zardari has shown admirable forbearance. Since democracy formally returned, food and energy prices have been punishing all but the super rich while Taliban activity has crept up to the edges of Islamabad. The western powers — with the known quantity of Musharraf gone — are clearly nervous.
    Musharraf declined to exploit Islam for political gain. He remained a sincere secular leader — Ataturk was his hero — although he was tentative when it actually came to implementing those secular principles. Sharif, by contrast, openly courts religious fundamentalists. Less commendable on Musharraf’s part was his installation of clueless army personnel in too many civilian posts, to no good effect for anyone. But his handling of the judges was indeed woeful and, finally, politically fatal.
    Wily Sharif clearly was a financial backer for the former chief justice’s restoration both as a hammer blow against Musharraf and ultimately against Zardari too. Sharif must be extremely proud that he whipped up the public atmosphere into a hostile one that made Zardari buckle and go along with the pretty pointless impeachment. You didn’t need a political genius, however, to tell you that Zardari would drag his heels so as not to reappoint an unpredictable foe like Chaudhry to the Supreme Court.
    The stock market is down, so that makes the news. Public finances too are in their usual parlous state. Less newsworthy is that Pakistan remains a country with a per capita income slightly over $500 annually. A third of the population is classified as absolutely-no-doubt-about-it poor, with the next third not doing enviably well either. Almost 50m people scratch by on two dollars a day or less. Half the population is illiterate. As much as half the population has no access to safe drinking water, let alone healthcare of any kind. These people need attention. So far there is little sign that they will get any.
    The race for the presidency is the next distraction. Zardari is a shoe-in and soon we will see if as president he will relinquish to parliament all the powers that Musharraf wielded as president. Power, when in one’s own hands, no longer seems so obscene. Sharif certainly will not be thrilled if an elected Zardari retains Musharraf’s presidential powers. Indeed, the People’s Party may have missed an opportunity at this dangerous time when, in the interest of soothing the western regions, it could have backed a smaller party’s candidate from the Frontier or Balochistan for president.
    The NWFP government, for example, is allied with Zardari and could patch up the broken down peace treaty there. Neither an NWFP or Balochistan candidate — lacking a nationwide constituency — would be tempted to abuse his presidential powers.
    One can find pragmatic secularists among the leaderships in the Frontier and Balochistan like Mengal or the Awami National Party leader Asfandyar Wali. These savvy people can deal with local problems that neither the army nor political figures outside the provinces can manage. The war against terrorism can be won only through strategic reconciliations.
    Fazlur Rehman’s party ruled the Frontier province before the elections but lost to secular forces. Yet he is still in parliament and has much sway over the madressahs. The agitation of the Taliban has taken the complicated form of Pakhtun nationalism. Baloch nationalists plus a section of pragmatic ulema is the best combination to sort out the problems.
    Zardari was refreshingly frank when he told the BBC that the Taliban had the ‘upper hand’ at the moment and that the war against terror was being lost. The whole point of Bush’s war on terror is to fight it in such a way as to go on losing it for as long as possible, thereby creating many more highly motivated enemies than ever before, which justifies a growing repressive American domestic apparatus and the breakneck shovelling of public money into defence contractor pockets. Indeed, Bush and Cheney seem to view Pakistan as a civic model to which to aspire.
    What will the American strategy be in the near future? America doesn’t know quite how to get out of the Afghan quagmire. The Americans trained the Mujahideen to drive out the Russians in the 1980s. Now they need Russia’s help to enable them to exit Afghanistan even as they cynically condemn Russia as the aggressor in Georgia. Will the PPP strive to bring about an economic structure in Pakistan which enables it to escape dependence on America or the IMF?
    Otherwise, you have to make concessions to whoever is in office there. US policy towards a comparatively minor player like Pakistan hardly changes no matter who occupies the White Office.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 4, 2008 - 2:29 PM

    Maan na maan, mai tera mehmaan.

    This is exactly what the fatherless PCB is trying to do at the moment. Take a look at this link and read it for yourself.

    http://www.dawn.com/2008/09/04/spt1.htm

    First, the Sri Lankan’s are trying to screw them by asking for more money. Secondly this is what Majola said, “the players are not keen at all on playing either a tri-series with Pakistan and Sri Lanka or even a bilateral series with Pakistan at home as they want a well-deserved break from the game.”

    The committee of desperadoes running the PCB want to do something as they believe that their team needs match practice at international level. And no one is taking them seriously, obviously no test and no ODI, only hopes are for a T20 game and that is not going to help the players get match practice.

    Look at the other desperado Actor, he flew to England without proper visa and was sent back. Everyone knows that you cannot take up a job on a visitor’s visa, whether it is a one time visitor’s visa or a multiple entry long term visitor’s visa. But, Actor has his brains in his balls. He is not going to play for fun, playing for the county means its a job, it requires job visa dudoo.

    Munir

    What more are you doing in Ramadan? Do you go “Majlising”? During the month of Ramadhan, in the whole of the Gulf Region, day becomes night and night becomes day. A majority of the locals are up all night, they sleep only after fajr and obviously find it extremely hard to come to work and whoever can afford or manage not to come, takes advantage of Ramadhan and stays away from work or, those who want to complete the formality, show their face and go home after a while and after Tarawih they all start meeting at each other’s majlis and thats what I asked Munir whether he goes majlising or not.

    The other thing is shops and bazars are open till Sahoor. There used to be only one chand raat, but here the whole of Ramadhan is chand raat. Am I wrong in saying this Munir? Anyways, I have always enjoyed Ramadhan unlike the locals we had to work during the day and the only consolation was a couple of hours sleep after 3:00 p.m. to keep ourselves fresh for the nights.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 4, 2008 - 4:58 PM

    Andrew McGlashan writes for Cricinfo and he wrote an article on September 4, 2008, titled Captain marvel And, after Kevin Pietersen’s success, he talked about 11 other captains who made a mark early in their reign and they are:

    WG Grace, 1888

    Ray Illingworth, 1969

    Clive Lloyd, 1974

    Mike Brearley, 1977

    Graham Gooch, 1990

    Hansie Cronje, 1994

    Brian Lara, 1997

    Shane Warne, 1998

    Ricky Ponting, 2002 (ODIs), 2004 (Tests)

    Michael Vaughan, 2003

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 2007

    As usual they fail to mention the name of Imran Khan because he screwed Jemima Goldsmith.

    Also, if they have to write something about the worst Captain ever, they will not miss the opportunity to put Shoaib Malik’s name on the TOP. Although Malik as a captain has remarkable achievements in ODI and T20, at least on paper.

    If you wish to read his full article, you may click the link below:
    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/368174.html

  35. #35 by khansahab on September 4, 2008 - 5:12 PM

    Dear visitors

    Please see our new section titled “Politics”.

    Thank you.

  36. #36 by Amit. P on September 4, 2008 - 5:47 PM

    Ramadan Mubarak to all LS visitors and moderators

    Hope u guys are doing well in this holy month of Ramadan.


    As usual they fail to mention the name of Imran Khan because he screwed Jemima Goldsmith.

    priceless !! LOL
    Guys i wont be available for coming days … but i hope u keep this place rocking.

  37. #37 by khansahab on September 4, 2008 - 6:02 PM

    Amit P

    Thanks for wishing us Ramadan Mubarak, it was sweet of you.

    We will miss you for the duration you won’t be available, but hope to see you back soon!

    Takecare

  38. #38 by Amit. P on September 4, 2008 - 6:11 PM

    On Miandad-Dawood marriage …

    I think people should not react badly on this incident. I know for many indians miandad is villain just becoz of this relation …. but we shud ponder a lil bit that it is infact their children those are connecting … and if we disallow bad people’s children in society then they have no other option but to follow their parent’s way. It is very sad and real thing in india ….. corrupts goes on corrupting gen. by gen. mainly because of the environment they have grown up, and partially because society is so reluctant to give them other options.

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 4, 2008 - 7:24 PM

    Amit

    Thanks for the greetings, you will be missed. Good luck to you in your future endeavours but come back soon, don’t disappear like those oldy goldys, I hope Mr. Kasim is fine and well?

  40. #40 by Rehan Khan on September 4, 2008 - 10:29 PM

    Ive been exceptionally busy, so have not contributed. i am going to be very busy in the coming weeks because of projects and of course the holy month of ramzan. ramzan mubarak to everyone.

    Malik was never captaincy material and it was a serious error on part of PCB to promote him this way. at that time there were 2 people interested in the captains job- afridi and yousuf. it should have gone to afridi. nasim ashraf is gone and its a mystery who will replace him. i have heard ijaz butt has a lot of admin experience and he has also been on PCB committees, so he might be the right person. it is very difficult to say and we can only assess when the person is in authority.
    on the topic of dawood ibrahim, i will agree with Javed. there is no point stereotyping that ibrahim was behind blasts. one way or the other he is of course a criminal and his place is behind bars, obviously he has fled from india to stay in UAE or Pakistan. also miandad should not be blamed because it was a love marriage and it was the kids choice. miandad has done a lot for the country and it is really bad when people accuse him for confiding with this fugitive.
    the POLITICS page is really good. well done.
    Khansahab, yes there will be NO utopia after musharraf’s exit. who doesnt know this? let me tell you, you will see alot of drama now from these politicians. i think the media will be supporting them because it tried so hard to remove musharraf. the media in pakistan is not independent. you were VERY right a few weeks ago when you said GEO tv was responsible for the result of 2008 elections.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 6, 2008 - 9:14 AM

    What a shame that the fatherless PCB got a slap on the face when SA rejected the idea of a tri-series to compensate the loss of cricket. Earlier SL were demanding more money and now the latest can be read on cricinfo using the link below:

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/iccct2008/content/current/story/368527.html

    Who will be the next Chairman of the PCB? Does it matter? Because, the President of Pakistan will automatically become the patron in chief of the PCB and the puppet Chairman would only be a pawn. Every single person in Pakistan knows the outcome of the presidential election and let us mark it as a dark day in the history of Pakistan that a crook has been elected to lead Pakistan.

  42. #42 by khansahab on September 6, 2008 - 11:40 AM

    Shoaib Malik has denied reports of an affair with Sayali Bhagat

    This is shocking news because around the same time Sayali is saying they will marry each other and settle down. Shoaib has reportedly denied the affair saying it’s just a close friendship and should not be construed as an affair.

    Shoaib went into a beauty parlour to meet Sayali and then pretended to be someone else when he was recognised by the people there. If his intentions are so noble why did he pretend to be someone else?

    Sayali has gone so far as to say that she doesn’t mind settling down in Pakistan with Shoaib and that their religion is not an issue. Why is there a mention of these things if they are just “friends”? It is rumoured Sayali also wanted to date Rahul Dravid who has been married for a long time (and he is too classy and decent to hang around with someone like her anyway) and she was also interested in Irfan Khan Pathan (who is a decent boy from a religious family and he will also not hang around with her).

  43. #43 by khansahab on September 6, 2008 - 12:07 PM

    Did anyone know Irfan Pathan’s real name is “Irfan Khan”?

    The name of “Pathan” has been given to him by the Indian media, reportedly because his parents are from NWFP in modern Pakistan. It is rumoured they can even speak Pashtu.

    I came across this interesting article which I want to share with all. It is written by an Indian called Rahul Singh who went to Peshawar to have a look around:

    There isn’t much to see in Peshawar. The fort is out of bounds to foreigners, which leaves the museum and the bazaar. Though badly displayed, the museum has a stunning collection of Gandhara art—a unique blend of Greek and Indian art which flowered in the region in the wake of Alexander’s invasion. The best Gandhara artefacts were in the Kabul Museum, until the Taliban vandalised most of it. The bustling and colourful Kissa Khwani bazaar (literally the bazaar where stories are told) is another of Peshawar’s must-sees. While I was changing my money at a roadside shop, the Pathan money-changer pointed to a second-storey apartment. “That is Shahrukh Khan’s house and his cousin still lives there.” Must check with the superstar, next time I run into him.

    Prithviraj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar also come from Peshawar. I was told that when Irfan Pathan played in the city, he got a bigger cheer than any of the Pakistanis. Indeed, judging from those I met at the university and in the streets, the Peshawaris must be among the handsomest men in the world. I can’t say the same for the women, for the simple reason that I did not see a single one in public. I also noticed something very strange. In the many hoardings in Peshawar, no women are depicted, only men. That is what the fundamentalists in power in the NWFP have decreed. It also supports some of the shocking anti-feminist laws that Gen Zia-ul-Haq put on the statute books and which President Musharraf, to his credit, is trying to get rid of.

  44. #44 by kaleem on September 6, 2008 - 2:53 PM

    zardari is our new President……what a joke.

    KHANSAHAB, i guess HOT GALS will not be updated in ramzan????

    🙂

    just joking

  45. #45 by khansahab on September 7, 2008 - 11:37 PM

    Someone recently interviewed Shaharyar Khan the former PCB Chairman. Mr Khan was asked about why Wasim or Waqar don’t become the bowling coaches for Pakistan and he said that he approached both of them on occasions requesting them to take up this job but both of them are after money and want more money than what the PCB is willing to offer.

    This explains why Wasim, Waqar and Actor spend so much time in India- they want to exploit the healthy market there and make money for themselves. Actor even said in an interview that he has business interests in India and Mumbai is his second home.

    Kaleem

    I feel tempted to update Hot Gals these days but I shouldn’t because of Ramzan.

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 8, 2008 - 2:23 AM

    khansahab

    Actor said, KOLKATA is his second home when he went to play for the IPL league. There is nothing wrong in making money but, the way these people talk about patriotism is nothing but bull-shit. Especially, WasimAkram’s antics are like that dare devil – Evil Knievel. He used to appear in ads where he was shown running in a track-suit and joggers and a kid asks him:” Wasim Uncle aap thukk tay nahee?” He replies, “Nahee beta, iss liyeh kay mai cigarette nahee peeta.” Jhoota, he smokes like a locomotive engine and he was even caught on a TV camera which was showing a live match at the Benson & Hedges final. Its a shame that he has

    After that betting scandal, Pakistan’s High court judge Malik Mohammed Qayyum wrote in his report that:

    “This commission feels that all is not well here and that Wasim Akram is not above board. He has not co-operated with this Commission. It is only by giving Wasim Akram the benefit of the doubt after Ata-ur-Rehman changed his testimony in suspicious circumstances that he has not been found guilty of match-fixing. He cannot be said to be above suspicion.”

    Here is a link that will take you to the FULL report of Justice Qayyum.

    http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/NATIONAL/PAK/NEWS/qayyumreport/qayyum_report.html

    Some idiots blame Shahriyar Khan for misappropriating the PCB funds without knowing his background, he is a true gentleman, a man who comes from a rich Nawab family and for him money is nothing. He is a career diplomat and an administrator unlike these Butts, Shutts and uneducated, uncouth, uncivil paindoos who are out there only to make money by hook or by crook. Now that the biggest crook has arrived at the top, he will take his 10% straightaway from the PCB coffers and the rest would be a loot for the others.

  47. #47 by Mohammed Munir on September 8, 2008 - 6:19 AM

    Khan Sahab and Kaleem …

    Bhai Log, better to stay away from the ‘Hot Gals’ in Ramadan at least, as it can turn out to be too HOT to handle. (Hot like in Hell) 😉

    But Khan Sahab you are always welcome to update the “Cars” which we all almost forgot about 😉

  48. #48 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 8, 2008 - 10:00 AM

    Munir

    Check out the car, please.

  49. #49 by khansahab on September 8, 2008 - 12:09 PM

    Nominations for the LG ICC Awards 2008

    * Cricketer of the Year: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dale Steyn, Mahela Jayawardene, Graeme Smith
    * Test Player of the Year: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dale Steyn, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis
    * ODI Player of the Year: Nathan Bracken, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Yousuf
    * Emerging Player of the Year: Stuart Broad, Ajantha Mendis, Ishant Sharma, Morne Morkel
    * Associate Player of the Year: Ryan ten Doeschate, Alex Obanda, Niall O’Brien, Thomas Odoyo
    * Twenty20 International Performance of the Year: Chris Gayle, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Brett Lee, Yuvraj Singh
    * Women’s Player of the Year: Lisa Sthalekar, Charlotte Edwards, Claire Taylor, Nicola Browne
    * Spirit of Cricket: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies
    * Umpire of the Year: Simon Taufel, Mark Benson, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Rudi Koertzen

  50. #50 by khansahab on September 8, 2008 - 2:42 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I agree with you in totality as to your rather analytical views as to the state of PCB and Pakistani society in general.

    DNA is often accused of many things he was not responsible for. However the media is predatory and the man at the top is blamed for every fiasco. This happened with Musharraf as well. Now the question will be why we blame people like Zardari or Nawaz Sharif if the man or men at the top should not be blamed.
    The answer is, it is a question of intentions at the end of the day. Musharraf and DNA both had good intentions for Pakistan and PCB. The only difference is, the majority of people in Pakistan don’t agree with their underlying intentions and motives, which is why they are condemned and criticised so often.

    Although Bhutto’s political decisions broke Pakistan into two parts (as you have correctly surmised) it is the attitude of the Pakistani armed forces and decision makers at much lower levels who are the reason why Bangladeshis hate Pakistanis so much. The way the uprising in East Pakistan was “controlled” by the West Pakistani forces was disgraceful, in fact it was more like a massacre or genocide. Mass rape of women, the genocide of intellectuals and public humiliation were the tools our Army used to subdue the independence movement. It is very sad that today most Pakistanis blame the Frontier Division (as it was then) for those immoral acts whereas in truth it was the Jatt and Rajput Divisions that was mainly behind the reasons why Bangladeshis curse Pakistanis and prefer to have friendly ties with India as opposed to Pakistan.

    How can Muslims treat other Muslims like this when they are not even supposed to treat non Muslims in such a way? This tells you why Muslims are suffering in the world today and it tells you a lot about why Pakistanis are also suffering.

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 8, 2008 - 4:26 PM

    theossa

    welcome back pour toi aussi…. its good to see you coming out of hibernation and going straight into the chambers of Natalie. My Emaan is not that weak that I cannot see Natalie’s picture during Ramadhan or while fasting but for Munir and Khansahab’s sake I will write something here on what you wrote there. 🙂

    Yae Masjid hai wo butt khana
    Chahay yae mano, chahay wo mano

    Ufff I wrote Butt Khana for a Pathan and I don’t what he is going to make out from that? But, what I was trying to tell you is you are not the only personwho dream about food all day and end up eating less at iftar. I cannot eat much at iftar too, usually its just a date and some juice and after prayers normal dinner. But I eat a lot at Sehri. Like, 2-3 parathas, big omelets, kebabs or keema, home made jam and tea. My sehri is very heavy and I see people raising their eyebrows when I talk about eating parathas at sehri. I have been eating like this since childhood, so I have no problem.

    Regarding Taravih, me2 I cannot stand more than 8 and I am not a regular either. Those speedy gonzalez Imams are also in Karachi where they hold the so-called “Shabeena” you cannot follow what they are saying. This year we have got a Qaari from Misr and he is good, loud, clear, crisp voice but, who can stop us from thinking about so many other things when the proceedings are slow? One guy said, he does all the accounting of his retail shops when he is saying his Taravih and hardly finds it difficult. In fact when the business is good and his sales are high, he says the Taravih at times seems very short. Perception ki baat hai, but its good that you don’t think about Natalie then.

    Mai jo sar ba sajda hoa kabhee
    tou zameen say anay lagee sadaa
    tera dil tou hai sanam ashna
    tujhay kya milay ga namaaz may
    kabhee aye haqeeqat-e-muntazar
    nazar aa libaas-e-majaz may

  52. #52 by theossa on September 8, 2008 - 4:57 PM

    Javed, it’s good to know about your accountant friend and his accounting during Taravihs and it makes me feel good that these thoughts during Taravihs are universal. Well of course I think about Butt Khana too, especially when so many ebony flowers around -;( Here goes my roza to the ditch, LOL.

    I think you intentionally mentioned about your Sehri menu so I’ll have even a stronger appetite for the rest of the day, I’m especially jealous of three Parathas you eat and that too with kebabs or keema. Ahhh, I miss those.

    I’ll reply you more in detail later coz I have a couple of meetings to attend. They are more like one of those meetings in which you press your jaws strong not to yawn.

  53. #53 by khansahab on September 8, 2008 - 7:51 PM

    Miandad is offering suggestions to the President as to how to run the PCB. He seems to be after the Chairman’s job. Firstly he is not going to get it and secondly, how is he going to fare even if there was a vague chance of him getting the job?

  54. #54 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 9, 2008 - 12:24 AM

    theossa

    I did not write it intentionally, I simply wrote what I eat at sehri. The other thing that I forgot to mention my favourite at iftar time is the desi fruit salad that I make. The one I like is made like this:

    Bananas
    Guava
    Apple
    Pear
    seedless grapes

    You slice them in small pieces and add 1/2 cup sugar, a bit of salt and a bit of freshly ground black pepper, squeeze a fresh lemon (not lime) and almost a glass full of Guava Juice. Oh boy, its yummy.

    Some people add a wee bit of chat masala and, or black salt, but I prefer not to, because that takes away the freshness from it. The chat masala and black salt overwhelms it, so I don’t add. And, I love the fruit salad when it is chilled. Sometimes, after Tarawih or around 11 ish at night, I take out a huge bowl full of it from the fridge and eat it while watching TV. The guava juice and guava flavour makes it very different from the usual non-desi fruit salad, which in my opinion is plain and boring. Ours is yummy and delicious.

    As regards Kebabs, generally they are Shami Kebabs made in advance before Ramadan and I freeze them, its easy that way otherwise who would make fresh kebabs every morning? Same goes with Parathas, only in Pakistan that you can enjoy the luxury of freshly made parathas. But, the ones I have here are 75% cooked and then frozen, so they are as good as the fresh ones.

    khansahab

    Why shouldn’t he not try for the PCB chairman post? Behti Jamuna hai sab nay hath dhona hai. For those who think I am wrong, its Ganga – let me tell you why I prefer Jamuna? Because, Ganga is masculine and Jamuna is cute feminine – Besides, Ganga is polluted and Jamuna is not samajh ayee? 🙂 he, he.

  55. #55 by Mohammed Munir on September 9, 2008 - 8:12 AM

    Javed Khan …

    I have read about your mouth-watering menu and the way you are teasing poor old Theossa. But you know what, I swear last night at my Sehri I had one fried-Chapati (not Paratha, but Roti, lightly fried only from outside in Ghee) with a home-made Shaami Kabab (which was made just before Ramadan and kept frozen) and second fried-Chapati with Lazeeza Kheer and a bit of fresh cream mixed in it, followed-up with a cup of tea and a mug of fresh milk to heave it all down. Further, we always make that same Desi-fruit Chaat that you mentioned, but with a bit of a Chaat Masala and no extra Guava juice. Now try this, eat that cold large bowl you mentioned after the Taraweeh of the same Desi-Fruit Chaat and top it up with plan yogurt or some fresh crème even fruit yogurt will be fine specially the strawberry flavour … Yummmmmmmmm !!

    The reason of my mentioning these two items is that:

    “Kitni Hai Masawaat Donoun Key Amal Mein”
    “Dubai Mein Ho Roza, Ya Canada Ka Roza” 😉

    Other usual dishes in Ramadan are as follows:

    – Sherbets – As it is summers in UAE (Rooh Afazz with Sut Ispaghol or Lemon, Rose with Milk, Canda Dry/ 7-up with Milk, Fresh Fruit Juices).
    – Pakoraa (All types and sizes with various vegetables and specially green Mirchi Waley with some Samosa at times).
    – Harees (Arabic Ramadan specialty somewhat like our Haleem but minus the Daals and Masalas).
    – Fareed (Another Arabic dish, similar to “Sobat” made in Banu/ NWFP with thin & tender Chapatis soaked in mutton/ chicken Shorba).
    – Rice (Biryani, Pulaow, simple, or at times Arabic rice with variety of fishes).
    – Some modern items for kids, like (Pizza, Cakes, Pudding, Jelly, etc. etc.).
    – Several other usual things like (Chutneys, Raitaas, Salads, Paapors, etc.)

    We are lucky to be living in a villa in a typical Arabic locality (Shaabia) and this is why we get to taste a lot of Arabic dishes, for which the taste have developed over the years. Moreover, you will know that there is a custom in UAE to distribute cooked foods to all your neighbours’ homes so it is always like exchange of foods and some of our neighbours request us for spicy foods and Pakoraas) 😉

    Theossa …

    My friend, my brother, my dear zodic-mate … I feel for you and my heart really goes out for you while mentioning all these food items. Please try to spend one Ramadan with us here in Dubai and you will NOT regret it 😉

  56. #56 by Mohammed Munir on September 9, 2008 - 8:17 AM

    Have someone seen Shoaib Akhtar dancing in Bollywood with Darmendaras and Hema Malini Ki Beeti, Esha Deol for a stage show.

    Well Shoaib was all over the Geo channels, yesterday.

    Ramadan Mubarak Bollywood ‘Ishtyle’ 😉

  57. #57 by khansahab on September 9, 2008 - 8:46 AM

    PCB to discuss Lawson, Malik’s role in meeting

    KARACHI, Sept 8: Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik and coach Geoff Lawson will come under the scanner as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to discuss their role in the team at the upcoming governing body meeting on Sept 13.

    The meeting has gained significance as by that time a new president would have been elected and in his capacity as chief patron of cricket, he will have the authority to appoint a new chairman and set-up.

    Sources said in the changed scenario following the resignation of Dr Nasim Ashraf as chairman, there are number of members in the governing body who do not favour having Malik as captain or a foreign coach.

    ”In the past at such meetings these members were very vocal but the chairman used to get around them as he was adamant that the captain and coach should be given a long run,” one member said on condition of anonymity.

    “But now these members believe with a new set up expected in the board it is the right time to also go for a new team management as Malik does not have the confidence of senior players and Lawson has shown he needs more time to deliver results,” the member said.

    However, Malik made it clear that he is not bothered about this debate on his captaincy.

    “Look I never asked for the captaincy it was given to me. I took it as a challenge and whether we are playing cricket or not, the betterment of Pakistan cricket is always my first priority,” Malik said.

    “I don’t indulge myself in the discussion whether I should remain captain or not. I try to give my 100 per cent be it batting, bowling, fielding or leading the team. I always take criticism positively as long as it is professional. When someone gets personal, then the person’s ability vanishes from the eyes of the critic. It is in God’s will to give a person respect,” Malik said.

    Although the governing body meeting has been convened to primarily give approval to a planned series in South Africa by Pakistan if it materialises, but sources say a lot of other cricket issues are expected to be discussed in depth.

    To complicate the captaincy issue, senior batsman Younis Khan has also now conveyed his interest in captaincy if it is offered to him again.

    Younis had refused the captaincy after last year’s World Cup debacle prompting the board to ignore seniors like Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Yousuf and instead repose faith in the young Malik.—Agencies

  58. #58 by khansahab on September 9, 2008 - 1:40 PM

    The above is the link to a clip showing Actor dancing with the ravishing Esha Deol.

    Esha looks better than her mother in my opinion. She has reportedly had a few surgeries and she also looks fairer than she used to when she entered the industry.

  59. #59 by khansahab on September 9, 2008 - 2:56 PM

    Shoaib demands cricket reforms, sweeping powers

    Tuesday, 09 Sep, 2008 | 3:09 PKT

    By Mohammad Yaqoob

    LAHORE: While demanding sweeping powers in handling the national team, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik also suggested that the seniority factor should be removed from the central contracts award criteria.
    Reliable sources told Dawn that despite his team’s poor performance in the Asia Cup held in Pakistan this year, Shoaib has been insisting that he should be given more powers and the role of the national selection committee should be reduced.
    The majors powers that Shoaib is interested in are final say in team selection; the grant or refusal of leave applications and finally the removal of seniority as a factor in awarding contracts.
    However, sources said that the proposals had met with strong opposition from the selectors and the PCB management and in fact his position as captain was threatened by the proposals.

    Sources said Shoaib was ignoring senior players such as Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar and was unable to develop relations with his seniors. Shoaib’s demand of eliminating seniority from contract criteria had created a further rift between the him and the senior players.
    Sources have speculated that a recent statement against Shoaib’s captaincy from former Test captain Intikhab Alam was a move initiated by the PCB management to throw him out from the monarchy.
    Against Shoaib’s wishes, Intikhab also supported the inclusion of leg-spinner Danish Kaneria in the ODI squad. While team manager Talat Ali Malik was on Shoaib’s side as far as the case of Danish was concerned, Intikhab and National Cricket Academy director Mudassar Nazar had shown a soft-corner for Danish, sources said.

  60. #60 by theossa on September 9, 2008 - 7:22 PM

    Munir, thanks for your kind words and invitation to Sharjah for Ramadan. Ahhh, if I could I would come visit Sharjah but I’m tied up with job and family commitments. There is no Sehri in my menu and I eat either subs, sandwiches, steak, grilled chicken, or Chinese food at Iftaar. In fruits I eat apples, plums, strawberries, and cherries. It’s a little different than most iftaars but it works for me. On weekends though, I eat desi type iftaar food and dinner with other Paki families here. So no complains. I have this thing that I can’t eat sweets or sugary stuff, it just makes me feel uncomfortable so I eat fruits instead. I also limit the consumption of dairy products. If soy milk was not proven to reduce semen count I would completely quit dairy products and use soy products instead. I just think that the milk is supposed to be for the babies only. I try to stay in shape so that I can keep the ladies interested; it’s a shallow world after all, LOL.

    Shoaib’s senator uncle must be in a rift with the ruling party so he is feeling the heat now. Good news anyway and the soon we get rid of him the better for the team and for the cricket in Pak. I personally think Younis Khan should be made captain for both formats of the game. Afridi can be made his deputy but he has to get out of the rut he is having now and should elevate his batting, his bowling is very good though. I remember him batting in West Indies and providing an anchor role on the other side with Inzi in a test match winning effort so it’s not the lack of talent but rather impatience and lack of application that reflects his mediocre batting average.

    Also, here is an alternate thought about teams not visiting Pak. I think Pak should swallow its pride and should rearrange tours and start visiting other countries for tours and tournaments originally planned at home. The quality of our cricket could improve and our team could become road warriors. So if properly planned and some formula for income sharing is sorted out this could actually be a blessing in disguise.

  61. #61 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 9, 2008 - 9:42 PM

    Faras Ghani

    khansahab has already given you a warm welcome on the video page for your commenting on legslip, on behalf of the LS management, I am extending you a warm and cordial welcome for writing on our blog. I hope you will continue to contribute your views and enlighten our bloggers / readers. Thank you.

    khansahab

    I remember seeing that match live, it is that Bangalore quarterfinal in which Wasim Akram opted to sit out at the last moment for a crore and fourty lakh rupees. And it was the same match in which Waqar Younus bowled two beamers in the same over against Ajay Jadeja and he was pulled out of the already weak bowling attack. Imagine in the death overs, both the Sultan of Swings the great combo of W&W were out enabling India to put up a good daunting score, in those days it was good enough. Although Saeed Anwar and Amir Sohail started so well scoring more than 8-9 runs per over, it was Amir who spoiled the broth due to his sheer arrogance.

    The other mistake that the Pakistan team made in that match was not sending Javed Miandad at number 3 (he was playing his last ODI then) and he came at number 6 or 7 and because he was out of the team for a long time, he was unable to play his strokes, but he still managed to remain there, had he been promoted up the order, partnerships would have revolved around him. But, then who was captain of the team in Wasim’s absence, guess? Anyways, thats past and today, Amir Sohail from the commentator’s box tries to give sermons on morality, ethics and as also as an expert player.

  62. #62 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 10, 2008 - 9:05 AM

    GYRATING BUTTS

    The supporters of Ijaz Butt have asked the biggest crook to appoint Butt as the chairman of the PCB. This is the latest news from Pakistan when some Fakir Syed Aizazuddin Ch2 So4 reportedly a former manager of the team pleaded crook Zardari to appoint Butt as the PCB Chairman as soon as possible. Zardari himself was sworn in yesterday amid Jiyeh Bhutto chants. And Chief Justice Dog errr whatever his full name is took the oath from Zardari – I am not sure if Zardari placed his hand on the holy book or on the 100 dollar US Bill which says, “In God we trust.”

    Its a shame that Jiyeh Bhutto chants and “Zinda hai Bibi Zinda hai” have become more important than the religious chants of Allah ho Akbar, and it sounds even more ridiculous when this crook is using Bhutto ‘s name for his own benefit or for the benefit of the crooks clan.

    A moment of “Laanat” (curse) on the nation can be seen from this paragraph: “The children of Mr Zardari were also the focus of attraction throughout the ceremony. Young Asifa was termed by many as ‘little Benazir’. She was wearing a green shalwar qameez with white dupatta, covering her head in the style of her late mother Benazir Bhutto.” People of Pakistan should be ashamed of doing this.

    The funny bit of the ceremony was, another crook from across the border, Abdul Hamid Karzai the president of Afghanistan was also present. What is the future of Pakistan and what is the future of Pakistan cricket team?

    The depressing reports on Pakistan’s economy which is going through the worst crisis ever, Zardari has imposed a surcharge of 40% increase in the power rates with immediate effect. As it is there was load shedding and dark periods and now to get more load shedding and to live more and more in darkness people have to pay 40% more?

    Shoaib Malik wants more sweeping powers! Shouldn’t someone give him a (Jharoo) broomstick in his hand and ask him to sweep the streets when there is no power. Probably he will feel more content then. His demand for removing the seniority factor from the central contracts is ridiculous. All his life he has spent licking Inzi “Bhai” and Talat Ali’s a$$ to get to the top and now he doesn’t want the seniors to be around him, he feels threatened & insecure. He only wants his type of players who can polish his a$$ to keep him in the team. What a big loser he is.

  63. #63 by khansahab on September 10, 2008 - 4:20 PM

    Marriage plan abandoned, says Shoaib Malik

    ISLAMABAD: The skipper of Pakistani cricket team Shoaib Malik has strongly refuted the “allegation” levelled by M A Siddiqi, the father of an Indian girl, that he had entered into wedlock with his daughter, Ayesha in June 2005, saying that the marriage plans were abandoned after disagreement in his family.
    Talking to DNA from Sheikhupura on phone Saturday, Shoaib regretted that Siddiqi has launched a malicious vilification campaign against him which is only aimed at his character assassination. Asked whether he would divorce Ayesha as being demanded by her father, the cricketer who sounded very much agitated said the question of divorce simply does not arise as no such marriage had ever taken place. Asked about Siddiqi’s demand that Shoaib be banned from playing cricket in India, the Pakistani skipper said he was only trying to blackmail him ahead of the Pakistani cricket team’s Indian tour which was ridiculous and unbecoming of a gentleman.
    To a question, Shoaib Malik conceded that had had a long relationship with Ayesha, but made in clear that no nikah ceremony ever took place and the only function held was that of the mangni. Refuting reports that he had dumped Ayesha after she developed some psycho problem, the cricketer said he was not in a position to annoy his parents who has some serious reservations over marrying an Indian girl.
    Refusing to speak any further on the issue, Shoaib said he would soon give his side of the story at a press conference. On the other hand, his close circles say Shoaib was actually under tremendous pressure from Ayesha’s father to allow him to throw a formal wedding party in a bid to make public the wedding during the Pakistani team’s upcoming Indian tour. And his refusal led to the present controversy. They added that Shoaib’s parents actually want him to tie the knot in the family and he has already agreed to oblige them.

    If the girl was from Indian Punjab, would there still be a problem?

  64. #64 by khansahab on September 10, 2008 - 4:27 PM

    This is my take on why the “nikah” between Malak and Ayesha was invalid.

    The moulvi asked Malak whether he accepts marriage to Ayesha. Malak should have said, “qabool hai”, but instead he said, “I am agree”.

  65. #65 by khansahab on September 10, 2008 - 6:42 PM

    ICC Awards 2008

    Chanderpaul named Player of the Year

    Cricinfo staff

    September 10, 2008

    West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul has become the fifth player to be named as the 2008 ICC Cricketer of the Year at the ICC Awards ceremony in Dubai. Chanderpaul, who also made the shortlist last year, fought off competition from other nominees Mahela Jayawardena from Sri Lanka, as well as South Africa’s Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn to take the top award.

    South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn has won the Test Player of the Year award while India’s one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the ODI Player of the Year award.

    India’s flamboyant batsman Yuvraj Singh became the inaugural winner of the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year Award in recognition of his amazing six sixes in one over during the ICC World Twenty20 2007 in South Africa.

    Sri Lanka’s 23-year-old spin sensation, Ajantha Mendis, won the Emerging Player of the Year award. With his mesmerising brand of spin bowling, Mendis has exploded on to the international scene in recent months. In just three Tests against India in July and August, he claimed an amazing 26 wickets at an average of 18.38, rendering some of the best batsmen in the world strokeless.

    Six countries were represented in the 12-man ICC Test Team of the Year and three players – Kevin Pietersen of England and the Sri Lanka pair of Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan – also appeared in the World Test Team of the Year in 2007. Indeed, Sangakkara and Muralitharan also appeared in the 2006 side as well. Smith was named as captain of the team.

    There were also six countries represented in the ICC ODI Team of the Year of which only two – Ricky Ponting of Australia and India’s Sachin Tendulkar – also appeared in the 2007 side and only one – Brett Lee – made both XIs. Ponting was included in 2006 as well while Andrew Symonds was previously been named in the 2005 team. Ponting is named as captain of the team for the second year running.

    The Australian umpire, Simon Taufel, was named as Umpire of the Year for the fifth successive time. Taufel, 37, received his votes from the captains of the ten Full Member nations, as well as the eight-man elite panel of ICC match referees. “I’m delighted to win this award but I don’t set this as a goal at the start of a season,” he said.

    The Netherlands allrounder, Ryan ten Doeschate, was named as the Associate Player of the Year.

    The Sri Lanka team were the recipients of the Spirit of Cricket Award for the second year running. The prize is presented to the team which, in the opinion of the elite panel of ICC umpires and match referees, has best conducted itself on the field within the spirit of the game.

    “The past year has been another exciting one for cricket fans around the world in a time that included the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 and plenty of competitive Test and ODI cricket,” David Morgan, the ICC president, said. “These players have contributed hugely to our enjoyment. This is the fifth annual ICC Awards night and each year it is gaining in prestige.”

    ICC Test Team of the Year Graeme Smith (SA, capt), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mahela Jayawardena (SL), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk), Brett Lee (Aus), Ryan Sidebottom (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Muttiah Muralitharan (SL). 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus).

    ICC ODI Team of the Year Hershelle Gibbs (SA), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Ricky Ponting (Aus, capt), Younis Khan (Pak), Andrew Symonds (Aus), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk), Farveez Maharoof (SL), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Brett Lee (Aus), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Nathan Bracken (Aus). 12th man: Salman Butt (Pak)

  66. #66 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 10, 2008 - 8:02 PM

    If the girl was from Indian Punjab, would there still be a problem?

    The condition would be “she must be a Butt-Knee” to qualify marrying a Malak.

    khansahab

    Butt tou sirf Jennifer Lopez dee, tay baki sab Lashkaray!

  67. #67 by khansahab on September 10, 2008 - 9:44 PM

    A Pakistani has humiliated his nation yet again:

    Pakistani lifter fails drugs test

    Tuesday, 09 Sep, 2008 | 11:08 PKT |

    BEIJING: A Pakistani powerlifter has been kicked out of the Beijing Paralympics and banned for two years after becoming the first athlete to test positive for drugs at the event, officials said Tuesday.

    Naveed Ahmed Butt tested positive for methandienone metabolites, a steroid, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said in a statement. The urine sample was taken on September 4 in Beijing, two days before the opening ceremony.

    “In accordance with the IPC anti-doping code, and after a hearing of the IPC anti-doping committee, the IPC ratified the decision to disqualify Butt from the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games,” the statement said, adding that a two-year ban had been imposed.

    IPC President Philip Craven said over the weekend that he was hoping for a “totally clean” event following hard work by authorities to stamp out doping through extensive testing and education.

    In the 2004 Athens Paralympics, 680 doping tests were conducted, resulting in 10 anti-doping rule violations — two out-of-competition and eight in-competition, according to the IPC.

    Powerlifting has been particularly hard-hit by doping scandals, including in Athens. The 13th Paralympics, involving more than 4,000 athletes, run until September 17.

  68. #68 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2008 - 2:13 AM

    khansahab

    I can see that you have highlighted Naveed’s BUTT and I told you that when it comes to BUTT there is no Butt like Joe Lo’s BuTT the rest are all Lashkaras.

    Interesting interview of Mohammad Akram. I must congratulate that kid to call a spade a spade. What is missing in that interview is, he should have also said, not only that Wasim Akram never wanted any Pakistani fast bowler coming near him and asking for help but, he went to India and as far as Australia to give tips to Irfan Pathan. Because there was a sinister motive behind that. And, he achieved what he wanted to by helping Irfan Pathan in front of the TV cameras.

    And then, he gave a pathetic interview to the media that Pakistani players never come or approach me for any help or assistance whereas this Indian BOY was sweet enough to come to me and ask me Wasim Bhai, I am your great fan and admirer, could you please help me with my bowling action and give me some tips. So, I gave him a few tips. MF, Jhoota.

    I am glad that Mohammad Akram opened this Pandora’s Box and more players who were snubbed by this MF should come forward and tell the world that his religion and God is MONEY. Whether it comes from hook or crook he wants it and now Zardari is there he will get something from him.

    Remember he said, the PCB must allocate a “FAST BOWLERS FUND” only then he would like to come and coach the youngsters so that he can skim it out and then say, these youngsters do not have a desire to learn.

    Whatever Mohammad Akram talked about the Actor is true, because most of his close associates say the same kinda things about him. But, he is too vocal thats his problem and he has not achieved any significant results to brag about his performance and on top of that he has brought more disrepute and bad name to the country than doing any good. Clocking the top speed or being the fastest bowler in the world is not something great, you have to take wickets and thats more important and then you can brag, but not before that.

  69. #69 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2008 - 7:08 AM

    There is an interesting detailed article on YUVRAJ SINGH. Since it is too long, I will only post the link here instead of copy pasting the whole article here.

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=135110

    Yuvraj’s famous blabber mouth father YOGRAJ SINGH, once again blabbed something interesting and in the last paragraph of that article he said, “Sher ka baccha ghaas nahi khata (The son of a tiger doesn’t eat grass).”

    I wonder whether Yograj’s wife used to work for a zoo or, she used to live in a jungle? Yae haadsa hoa kahan par? And what was this Yogi Bear doing then? Watching helplessly?

  70. #70 by khansahab on September 11, 2008 - 9:59 AM

    This is an interesting video called, “Sabse Sexy Kon”:

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/broadband/video/Special-Features/MzDXmO46/3/Sabsey-Sexy-Kaun.html

    However because this is Ramzan, you are watching it at your own risk..

  71. #71 by Rehan Khan on September 11, 2008 - 10:23 AM

    I say this with a lot of sadness but i think PCB should arrange a series with minnow teams. this time round maybe they should invite kenya or zimbabwe or bangladesh. everyone has their pride and as pakistanis we have pride too, but this is proving to be a foolish pride because the condition of PCB and the team is worsening. best thing to do at this stage is to play a low profile series and keep trying out new youngsters in the team. the sri lanka series will be scrapped and now there is no cricket left to play. some cricket is better than no cricket and trust me pakistani fans will become more disinterested with pakistan cricket if no cricket is being played.

  72. #72 by Rehan Khan on September 11, 2008 - 10:45 AM

    Khansahab

    about this malik’s marriage, i used to believe Malik is telling the truth and the hyderabadis are using cheap stunts to insult him. but after reading your site and researching into the topic i am convinced malik played her. that girl is from a noble and established family whereas malik is from a total uncivilized background. has anyone seen Malik’s brother speak on TV? he sounds like a completely uncivilized villager, he has such a strong sialkoti accent and talks with a lot of arrogance and disrespect.and i agree with you about this point of the “indian girl”, if she was from Punjab i am sorry to say there wont be a problem. you can flirt around and have an affair people think thats OK, but when it comes to marriage they want to marry their own kind? that is a sign of a two faced, unscrupulous and deceitful person. shame on you mr shoaib malik

  73. #73 by khansahab on September 11, 2008 - 2:15 PM

    Should I stay or should I go?

    Players who did not walk gently into the sunset

    Sidharth Monga

    September 11, 2008

    By not picking Sourav Ganguly for the Rest of India squad, India’s selectors have perhaps sent a message to the 36-year old: that he has overstayed his welcome. They did so two years ago, too, but Ganguly survived that setback. He has never been the sort to go quietly. Most such men make for fascinating viewing and great stories. A few look abject, a few miss out on a farewell Test; others make strong comebacks. We look at 11, of all kinds, from the last 25 years.

    Javed Miandad
    “They tried to prematurely push me into oblivion,” Miandad wrote of Pakistan’s selectors in Cutting Edge. It started when the captaincy was taken from him, even though Pakistan had won the 1992 series in England and the one-off Test in New Zealand under him. As a batsman he had averaged 58.5 in those six Tests. A quiet summer in the West Indies and the recurrence of a back injury followed. Having made himself available for selection, Miandad “sensed that they had made their mind to do away with me altogether”. He went through a farcical fitness test and faced hostile bowling from his team-mates in the nets. He fought his way back for Zimbabwe’s visit that year, but after being overlooked for the next three assignments announced his retirement at an emotional press conference. Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari subsequently convinced him out of retirement and he fought his way back up to the national team. He then hurt his knee playing football in Lahore just before the tour to Sri Lanka. He recovered to take part in the 1996 World Cup, but never played another Test.

  74. #74 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2008 - 3:36 PM

    Zain

    PPP also means, Perpetually Pathetic Paindoos. This new slogan, ‘Zinda hai Bibi Zinda hai,’ has been created by the Paindoos. When she was alive as a Prime Minister, she was known as Perpetually Pregnant Prime Minister. One of the political leaders commented on Zardari when he was in jail by saying, “Saiyeen tum bara khush kismet ho, tum idar jail may ho aur oodar tumara ghar may buccha bhee paida hota hai.”

    khansahab

    That book ‘Cutting Edge’ is an interesting read, when I mentioned about its co-author Dr. Saad Shafqat (Professor of Neurology at Agha Khan University Karachi) our fellow blogger Mr. M. Y. Kasim asked me about the book and I gave him the address from where to buy and he too has purchased it on-line at almost half the price. I hope Mr. Kasim is fine and resting, he along with Awas is missed on the blog.

    On Malik’s marriage I think the Hyderabadi girl and her parents must thank God for not going any further than what happened, she could have easily ended up into a divorce after having a child. And to judge Malik, no one needs to see his brother, Malak himself is a very uncivilized, uncouth Paindoo and it is so obvious from the way he talks and present himself. His affair with Sayali Bhagat is not something new. Some of the Indian Bollywood “aikas-traas” always go after someone who is famous.

    It started right from Garry Sobers time, Anju Mahendru, then Mohsin Khan Reena Roy, Azharuddin and Yogita Bali or Moshmu Chatterjee (someone) then, Dhoni, Yuvraj and Dipika Padukone Combo. May be a few more, but I don’t remember them. Since cricket has become so popular because of live TV coverage, its getting more attention from the Bollywood Bees.

  75. #75 by Adnan Naqvi on September 11, 2008 - 6:25 PM

    once again great player fawad alam is a score century for pakistan acadamy. fawad is very able cricketer from karachi. but the domiciling from he is not in team. has anyone forgotten his performance in twenty twenty 20 cup?

    my questian to you all bloggers:

    is FAWAD ALAM not pakistani?

    is FAWAD ALAM not muslim?

    why you discriminate. is he the indian? its his fault because his ancestor is migrate from the india?

    than why not he is inside pakistan team?

    just think about it.

    Adnan from Karachi

  76. #76 by Ali Ahad on September 11, 2008 - 8:50 PM

    It’s not that I am taking Malik’s side but I have one question that neither the bride side or groom side come up with the actual marriage documents which can solve all the controversy around it.

    Since Miandad has thrown his support to the Phulan Deva of Pakistan by calling him a Sports Lover I think Miandad will be offered a key position. My gut feeling says that he will again become the coach or he will be in selection committee.

    As far as the Karachi kid Fawad Alam is concerned he is just a mediocre slow left arm bowler whcich can swing his arms a little bit. I am not sure if any of you remember Mohammed Hussain, he made his debut under Akram in 96 and was much better than this Karachi Kid. Fawad has talent but he needs to polish his skills a bit more to cement his place in the Pakistan team.

  77. #77 by khansahab on September 11, 2008 - 9:20 PM

    Ali Ahad

    Very good point regarding marriage documents. From my understanding there was no “wedding” but there was a nikah. In such cases a “nikahnama” is produced and I recall an interview by Ayesha’s father where he said he has the “nikahnama.” Of course we don’t know what the truth is but what we have witnessed so far seems to suggest Malik is the culprit. The onus is on Malik anyhow and if he was innocent he would have asked for proof that they are married. But all he has said is that this is character assassination and defamatory acts etc

    Whatever really happened, at the end of the day I believe saying, “My parents have reservations about marriage with an Indian girl” tells a lot and this type of mentality can actually cause a person to deny something as serious as marriage. This isn’t about the Pakistan vs India animosity or rivalry or whatever; regardless of wherever the girl was from Malik should not have used her in such a way and then deny his relationship with her. All this is my subjective interpretation though- I don’t know as much about this issue as Javed A Khan or Rehan Khan know, it seems.

    There was definitely the India vs Pakistan issue here. Siddiqui sahab, Ayesha’s father, would not have made incensed comments about “banning Malik from entering India” or something like that if there wasn’t. I saw his interview on Star News and he said something like, “I had a very high opinion of Malik but he is a pathetic person. Now I wonder why my daughter married a Pakistani when she could have married someone from India?” As with everything if one person offends or deviates from what is noble, righteous or fair, the whole country and its countrymen get condemned and blamed. We just have to look at the acts of Malik, Asif, Actor, Wasim Akram and Salim Malik to realise why the world calls Pakistanis “cheats” and “corrupt”.

  78. #78 by khansahab on September 11, 2008 - 9:36 PM

    Regarding Fawad Alam, I wouldn’t say he is “great player” and neither will I say he is a “mediocre bowler who can swing his arms a bit”. His basic qualification is his batting and some of his domestic batting statistics are better than the domestic stats of players like Younis, Misbah or Malik.

    We simply haven’t seen enough of him to say one way or the other.

  79. #79 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2008 - 11:11 PM

    khansahab

    No one has seen that nikahnama or been there as a witness but, the point is like the proverbial expression, “Maa Adhukh Bidoon Naar” or there is no smoke without fire. The question arises why did Malik say “Sasural may izzat bach gayee” when he scored that 80 odd runs with 4-5 sixes against Hyderabad XI? And why did he take Inzi, Woolmer, Mushy and a few others to that girls house in Hyderabad for dinner? Why did he not object to the Indian newspapers for calling him Hyderabad ka Damaad? Or son-in-law of Hyderabad? At that time he was head over heels for that girl or, was he after her family wealth? Reportedly they are very rich and have business in Duabi and Malik met her in Dubai. Anyways, to HELL with him or his affairs.

    As regards Miandad, that he may come back as a coach or the PCB Chairman. I don’t think he will get the job as the PCB Chairman, because he is not competent enough, PERIOD. And we all know that he is in good relations with Asif Zardari and a lot of people are speculating that he might get some favour. Lets wait and see what happens next. We also know that in 1996 after his retirement those who pushed him back into the team was “Bhuttnee and her Barbadi.”

  80. #80 by Faras Ghani on September 12, 2008 - 4:22 AM

    Fawad Alam, although a VERY confident young cricketer, lacks skills. He has performed considerably well on the domestic circuit as well as against international opposition when playing for the Academy side as well and in the U-15 World Cup. He, however, bowls mediocre left arm spin that can merely be used to fill up the 20-40 over gap until the specialists come back on (or to increase the over-rate as often is the case).

    Don’t get me wrong.. Fawad is talented. He just doesn’t have the extra oomph to stand out from the rest. He’s not someone who can come in at No.6 or 7 in ODIs and smash 50 off 20 balls..and since that is the only vacant position in the side for the time being, I think it’s worth utilising Yasir Arafat’s services for the time being…and maybe using Fawad up the order if YK or MoYo become unavailable.

    It would be interesting to hear what other people think of Fawad and his cricket…

  81. #81 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 12, 2008 - 5:15 AM

    Faras Ghani

    You are right in assessing Fawad Alam’s talents and in narrating his skills, strengths and weaknesses. He reminds me of Asif Mujtaba who was a bit more gutsy than Alam. And, he faded into oblivion because of his mediocrity and couldn’t retain a spot in the playing XI. Perhaps the same will happen to Alam unless he becomes more effective in both departments. His bowling is not like Mendis to earn him a place in the bowling department and his batting is not that explosive like that of Afridi or Razzaq to earn him a place in the team in the late order.

    And, you are right that Yasir Arafat has those skills but, he needs to polish them and, the most important thing is encashing those skills by taking more wickets and scoring more runs. And, Yasir Arafat has done that may be once or twice, but he has to do that on a consistent basis to prove his worth.

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 12, 2008 - 5:22 AM

    HARBHAJAN SINGH must be very pleased to see the back of Andrew Symonds. The Australians have taken a decision and dumped Symonds for his attitude. I think he deserved that and most people think thats the end of his cricket career.

  83. #83 by khansahab on September 12, 2008 - 6:55 AM

    Faras Ghani/Javed A Khan

    I understand your views on Fawad Alam however I support him for the reason that he is a mature middle order batsman who has not been given enough chances to prove his worth. Both of you are right in saying he is not an explosive player but what the team needs more than an explosive player is someone with some sense in his head. I would take a gamble and play Fawad instead Misbah or Malik.

    Most people will frown at this comment but we have seen enough of Misbah and despite his considerable talent he is not a finisher and match winner. In domestic cricket Fawad is a finisher and match winner. I know domestic performance in not any sound indicator as to international performance, but it is a pretext for selection. In First class cricket Fawad averages almost 50, in LIst A he averages 47 and in T20 he averages 45. This tells you he can adapt and succeed in different formats, a bit like Dhoni and I think Pakistan desperately needs this type of cricketer. No disrespect intended to Misbah, Malik or Younis Khan. Also someone who averages so much in different formats hailing from outside Punjab is a considerable achievement because Punjab usually has the strongest bowling attacks.

    Again I am not saying Fawad is a “great player” or anything like that. All I am saying is, unless he is tried between the no 3-no 5 positions where he usually bats in domestic cricket, we will never really know how good or bad he really is. It’s unfair to compare his batting with people like Razzaq or Arafat who are sloggers. No disrespect intended again, but Fawad is a “proper batsman” and his batting involves calculated risks and sneaky singles and doubles, not blind hitting. His style should be compared more with people like Michael Bevan or Chanderpaul. Fawad got only one real chance of showcasing his talent in the Asia Cup match where he got involved in a partnership with Tanvir and scored a 50. So we should learn something from that and give him more opportunities. His bowling is mediocre agreed, but again he is a bowler like Yuvraj Singh or Symonds in that he has to be used cleverly if his bowling is to show any effect- he can’t be used like a normal spin option like how Malik has used him. That he is also an exceptional fielder is something that is often ignored.

  84. #84 by khansahab on September 12, 2008 - 7:04 AM

    About Arafat, he is definitely a talented player who has improved his bowling. I don’t know why he is not in the team. Something tells me there might have been match fixing or doping issues maybe. Arafat should definitley be considered as a competitor to Sohail Tanvir. Reportedly Tanvir has become arrogant and we know he is an uncouth. Hence it makes all the more sense to promote Arafat.

  85. #85 by Ali Ahad on September 12, 2008 - 11:04 AM

    Again, in that Asia Cup match Fawad make that 63 runs against Hong Kong, which for me only count in record books and to improve the player’s average. You cannot determine a player temperament by how many runs he scored against the minnows. It was in 02 or 03 that New Zealand team came to visit Pakistan for one day series and it was a second string team as major players pull out from that tour for security concerns but anyways, in that ODI series Taufeeq Umar and Imran Farhat give Pakistan hundred plus start for three consecutive matches and people start saying that Pakistan team has found Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail based on that series. By this I am not saying that they are bad batsmen but their 100 partnerships comes against a weak bowling attack and I am pretty sure if the Kiwis have their main bowlers in that series the story would have been different.

    I agree his bowling is as good as Yuvi and Symo but his batting skills doesnt even come close to them, I doubt that Fawad will get a chance in the middle order unless some one gets injured or something. Yes, Fawad doesn’t get enough chance to prove himself, but what ever chance he got he didn’t show that guile as Afridi and Razzaq did when they first arrive.

  86. #86 by Faras Ghani on September 12, 2008 - 1:54 PM

    I’m not saying Fawad is incompetent. I only said that the position he finds himself in (placed at No 6 or 7..or even lower than that) doesn’t leave him much room and time to let others play around him and build his innings. With Misbah, YK and MoYo going great, Fawad only has 6-7 overs’ stint in the middle and with the kind of player he is (physically too), he cant smash the ball all over the ground. However, if he gets a chance to move up the order in ODIs, I’m sure he can prove us all wrong but I doubt that is happening anytime soon.

    As far as his bowling’s concerned, its not innovative. He doesn’t create opportunities; runs in, bowls, goes back to his mark for the next delivery. He waits for the batsmen to make mistakes and even though that is EXACTLY what Malik and Co. require from him, it just makes his task look all the more menial. But from the few meetings I’ve had with him, Fawad is as confident as any cricketer out there and is working hard to prove his mettle outside the domestic circuit as well. But I have a feeling he will be our latest Hasan Raza.

    Omer, as for your Q regarding out beloved kaptaan, I think the general consensus, which I agree with, is that he should be made redundant. Not sacked as captain, but gotten rid of altogether. Whenever Malik defends himself, he cites his recent scores against Zim and Bang or India even. However, what he fails to defend being the captain, and see perhaps, is the team’s performance right from the selection to the result. The first hour of the first morning of the first Test between Pak and SA in Karachi was the prime example of how useless Malik’s tenure has been; using SIX bowlers (including part timers) to no avail.

  87. #87 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 12, 2008 - 3:28 PM

    It is good to see the debate on Fawad Alam has picked up some momentum. When I used the word “mediocre” for Asif Mujtaba, I don’t mean to say Fawad Alam too is mediocre. Because, Mujtaba’s career is over and can see his achievements and compare it with others. Whereas, Alam has just started his career and he has a long way to go and prove his worth. If he was a mediocre at the domestic level, he wouldn’t have reached to this level. There is something special in him that has brought him to the international level. How he performs at the international level over a sustainable period of time will determine his status.

    The point that I missed in my previous comment about Fawad Alam is, his energy level. Physically he is not a very big guy who can smash the ball like Razzaq, Afridi or even Arafat who is a bit robust and stout. Players like Alam can be crafty and efficient at the top order where they can cut the ball or time it well against fast bowlers. In order to pull and loft the ball (big hits) Alam needs to build a few muscles at the gym.

    Faras – your point about Malik, “he should be made redundant. Not sacked as captain, but gotten rid of altogether.” Could you please elaborate how that is possible? Especially in view of the PCB supporting him along with some Uncle Senator how can the team get rid of him altogether? We all know that if he is removed from the post of captaincy its hard for him to fit in the playing X1.

  88. #88 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 13, 2008 - 11:33 AM

    Mohammad Munir

    Please visit the hot gals page, there is yet another new “gaari” at your request. Please also read the comments and you must add a few more ideas to improve its efficiency.

  89. #89 by Rehan Khan on September 13, 2008 - 12:12 PM

    I saw your Flying Asses page Javed, its pretty smart. Dont know what the government is doing man, law and order and electricity is a disaster here esp in karachi.
    about fawad alam, i dont think he worth the hype, his bowling especially is very mediocre. still i agree with khansahab, we need to see more of him i guess. its hard for him to get a place because our middle order already has good players like Younus and Yousuf.

  90. #90 by khansahab on September 13, 2008 - 1:31 PM

    Breaking News

    A series of blasts have rocked Delhi and there is panic throughout the city. All indicators point out towards this being terrorist attacks. Initially it was opined that the first blast was merely a cylinder explosion but now 5 blasts in different places have already been reported and it is all but certain this is a terrorist attack.

    LS Management would like to condemn these attacks and offer sympathy to Indians and those affected directly.

  91. #91 by Tauqeer Malik on September 13, 2008 - 5:03 PM

    yes what a cowardly act by the terrorists. now will the ICC also call india a terrorist country or is it only pakistan they will blame?

    there has been a lot of terrorism in india this year, why doesnt anyone think of india as a terrorist country

  92. #92 by abdul on September 14, 2008 - 9:36 AM

    Javed A khan, What are u saying man ? I have only revealed my age once on this blog and u are accusing me of changing my age. What are u talking about ? and I suggest u get your facts right and prove evidence in your opinions. I was always reluctant to reveal my age due to the possibility of being treated differently but I did mention that I was with out a doubt the youngest on the blog. Finally after discussions with fellow bloggers I decided to reveal my age. So therefore I have only revelaed my age once so there is no need to argue against it. Menwhile I liked your post on what u eat at iftar and your lifestyle in Canada during the month of Ramadhan . It made a great read !

    I aslo recommend Yasir Arafat for Pakistan . I saw him play in a county match and he bowled extrmely well. He can wobble the new ball around and at the death of the innings is lethal with his reverse swinging yorkers. He is also a handy destructive batsmen lower doen the order and can be an ideal finisher. But the reality is that we always known how brainless and dybolical the selectors can be .

    Also I hope Westindies will accept the opportunity to play a 2 test match series in Pakistan in Novmeber to fulfill the empty cricketing caleander. I am also lookin forward the cricket 20/20 champions league in Noveber featuring 20/20 domestic champions arounf the world and nice to see Sialkot get invited. It shall be an intriguing contest.

  93. #93 by khansahab on September 14, 2008 - 1:28 PM

    Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, close friend of Zardari and husband of NA Speaker, Fahmida Mirza, is tipped to be the new PCB Chairman.

    Meanwhile Ijaz Butt is now being considered as the Chief Selector, which means it’s almost curtains for Salahuddin Ahmed. Afridi’s position in the team is now under great threat.

    Now you will see the resurgence of departmental cricket and death of regional cricket. You will also see a different selection procedure for PCB Academy, Under 19 and Under 16 teams.

  94. #94 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 14, 2008 - 5:03 PM

    khansahab

    Zulfiqar Ali Mirza tou shakal say hee DAKU lagta hai take a look at his picture

    On the same page there are photographs of other MPA’s ek say barh ker ek.

    The current Culture Minister is Miss Sassui Palijo, take a look at her picture too.
    http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.pas.gov.pk/uploads/mpapics/dd82824f2b49b8a72bdeabc082ea8c1b.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.pas.gov.pk/index.php/members/pics/en/19&h=362&w=282&sz=21&tbnid=RV5ZWECfVgEJ::&tbnh=121&tbnw=94&prev=/images%3Fq%3DZulfiqar%2BAli%2BMirza%2BPhoto&hl=en&usg=__jLlZlJ95go8pJKzEUh41ZgMTwB8=&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=1&ct=image&cd=1

  95. #95 by khansahab on September 14, 2008 - 5:11 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Yes this Mirza guy looks like a daku. In fact most of the people on this page you have provided the link for, look like Dakus and Paindoos.

    The ruling classes in Pakistan are all dakus and paindoos.

  96. #96 by Zain on September 15, 2008 - 3:10 AM

    Faras Ghani

    I hope you don’t mind me asking you a personal question. And this is Just out of curiosity, so may I ask you why do you spell your name FARAS? As far as I know the original name in Arabic and Persian is, FARIS and not FARAS. The only people who misspell their names are from Punjab for e.g., they write Asaf, Araf, Ashaq, Rashad, Yunas, Yusaf etc., and for Ashfaq, they write Ishfaque and so on. I am only curious as to why the original Arabic and Persian names are misspelled and pronounced like this? I understand why they pronounce differently, perhaps its due to the regional language influence but spellings, I cannot comprehend. Most people say Ikbal but they still write Iqbal, so why not maintain that originality in spellings for other names?

    For e.g., in Bangladesh or in Bengal they call Jaafar for Zafar and Zafar for Jaafar and Zaleel for Jaleel and Jaleel for Zaleel, but they still spell correctly except for one Bangladeshi cricketer who writes his name Zunaid whereas his actual name is Junaid he uses the spellings as it is pronounced there in his country.

    Since you are a well known sports journalists and hopefully you don’t mind explaining this to me, unless you find it offensive, in that case I would like to extend my apologies. I am from Karachi and I don’t call Karachi as Keranchi.

  97. #97 by Bulle shah on September 15, 2008 - 9:53 AM

    Tauqeer Malik (17:03:28) :

    “yes what a cowardly act by the terrorists. now will the ICC also call india a terrorist country or is it only pakistan they will blame?

    there has been a lot of terrorism in india this year, why doesnt anyone think of india as a terrorist country”

    Well, what do you exactly mean by Terrorist Country?? A Country who’s a victim of terrorism or a country who’s a producer of them?

    Have you heard of the proverb “Jiski Lathi uski bhains”. Bas when you play a game involving only 9 Top teams then this is bound to happen.

    Do not simply assume what is true for Pakistan is/should also be true(laajmi) for India!!!

    Cheers…..

  98. #98 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 15, 2008 - 10:26 AM

    Bulle Shah Ji.

    I think Tauqeer Malik is asking a question more than giving a statement. To me it appears more like a sarcastic comment towards those countries who are afraid of playing in Pakistan on the pretext of bombings taking place in Pakistan, whereas it also happened recently in Jaipur, India during the IPL tournament and now in Delhi, but they don’t have much choice because “Money” is involved and it is also true there is more glitz and glamour in India and no wonder Shoaib Actor and Showaib Malak are also interested in going there for the Bollywood Beauties.

    As regards criticism, I suggest you to read our POLITICS PAGE and see that we are very critical against the current Pakistani leaders and do not hesitate in ridiculing them. So, I guess you being an Indian found Tauqeer Malik’s comments very offensive which I guess were meant for the ICC and the Australians. And, I hope its clear to you now. But, it would be better if Tauqeer clarifies it himself what exactly he meant by that.

  99. #99 by Tauqeer Malik on September 15, 2008 - 5:26 PM

    Bulleh Shah

    What are you taking about, i dont think you read my comment. india has terrorism in orissa, bengal, tamil nadu, kashmir, gujarat and now it has extended to delhi. so how dare you call pakistanis terrorists.
    meanwhile pakistan has terrorist from where? from afghanistan and tribal areas and its terrorist in karachi, the MQM are from india. they have terrorist training camps in india and the indian government sponsors them. they should go back to wherever they came from. what the stupid thing Al qaeda is, its not pakistani and whatever MQM is its not pakistani too.
    in fact its because of india there is terrorism and political instability in pakistan.

  100. #100 by khansahab on September 15, 2008 - 9:24 PM

    Tauqeer Malik

    I think you should be more sensitive to the feelings of the Indians at this time when they feel threatened by terrorists. We don’t know which important people make decisions about what goes on in the world, we don’t really know who is responsible or who is behind all the problems, terror, injustice in the world but it’s not nice to start the blame game like this.

    This is not to defend India but it’s still a much more peaceful country than Pakistan and this is obviously observed by the ICC as well.

    I also feel you shouldn’t speak like this about MQM and Afghanistanis because you are stereotyping. MQM can also blame Punjabis in Pakistan for the country’s woes just as easily as you are labelling them terrorists who should “go back”. It is their country as much as it is yours and if you are not happy with that, then tough!

  101. #101 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 16, 2008 - 2:59 AM

    Bulle Shah

    I was wrong in assessing Tauqeer Malik’s comments or his intentions. I think whenever it comes to understanding Maliks, be it Tauqeer Malik, Shoaib Malik or Malik Talat Ali, I am wrong because, being a Pathan I am at times very simple and straightforward in making judgments and I assume that they all say such things in good faith. But Tauqeer has spelled out what he feels about India in a very blunt and harsh manner. It is good to be patriotic but at times you have to understand the sensitivity of the matter that you don’t hurt the sentiments of the people.

    Khansahab as usual has tried to diffuse the situation with his mellow comments and that is what we expect from educated people. He is right that we don’t know who is making the decisions and at what level so, it is not nice to start a blame game and get upset or create ill feelings between each other.

    Zain

    Brother what difference does it make if Faras writes his name as Faras or Faris? And what difference does it make if he is from Punjab or Sindh or Karachi or Peshawar? I have noticed that your comments are not as blunt as Tauqeer Malik’s but, may be Faras may not like that question.

    Faras

    I hope you don’t mind that question and I apologize on behalf of LS management if that is the case and Zain being a regular blogger of LS will understand my point and refrain from asking direct and personal questions.

    I think it would be more prudent and apt to ask him about the current level of Journalism in Pakistan especially about sports journalists. I would even encourage Faras to write a thread on this subject here and we will publish it unedited under his name. Because, we all know about his skills and his abilities and it will be a pleasure to have threads written by him. I would like the LS bloggers to comment on this gesture from our side. How do you feel? Please comment. Thanks. And, I am sure Faras will not disappoint us.

  102. #102 by Mohammed Munir on September 16, 2008 - 9:31 AM

    First and foremost, my sincere sympathies to our Indian bloggers as well as to all Indians in general for the mishaps in their country.

    TERRORISM IS BAD, NO MATTER WHICH PART OF THE WORLD IT HAPPENS – PERIOD.

    Some new names around and some really interesting points raised and discussed.

    LS is getting better, exciting, and a melting pot of different views and liberal opinions.

    Khan Sahab & Javed Khan …

    Now with increased LS participations and a bit of frictions and a few ‘hot comments’, you guys (the LS Management) are keeping your cool and trying to difuse the situation which is great. Khan Sahab has always been a voice of patience and understanding and now Javed Khan is also helping him cool-down the place. ‘I am Loving it…’ 😉

    Touqir Malak …

    I may not totally agree with you on the comments made, but you surely brought about an interesting point regarding the terrorism and terrorists being imported in to Pakistan from Afghanistan and India. I guess your points are wroth a thought, but may be your timing is not very appropriate 😦

    It seems if India is openly blaming Pakistan of supporting, training and exporting Kashmiris into India, then it’s not totally impossible that India itself may help MQM by financing and training them. While Afghanistan is definitely fueling the situation in Pakistan as long as Hamid Karzai is kept in power.

    T

  103. #103 by khansahab on September 16, 2008 - 10:30 AM

    Although I accept Pakistan government had evidence of MQM training camps in India, it is a different thing altogether to say why MQM was formed in the first place, what things they stand for and what plight and suffering they have gone through. Whatever happened with Altaf Hussein that led him to start this controversial party, has happened with a lot of Urdu Speakers in Pakistan but Altaf of course being a sinister and vindictive person, took it to an unacceptable level. I don’t agree with the actions of MQM but you have to think about what alternative they had- if they hadn’t come together with one voice and one purpose, Muhajirs would be like third class citizens in Pakistan. More than half of Karachi’s population would have been Punjabi and everywhere in the Civil Service, Armed Forces and all important sectors you would have Punjabi domination exercising jingoism and hatred against everyone (including Sindhis and Pathans) to further their interests and their pride. I am sorry to hurt anyone’s sentiments by saying this and by saying this I don’t mean to say this for ALL Punjabis, in the same way by calling MQM terrorists or “ghundas” you can’t say the same for all Muhajirs and tell them to “go back”.

  104. #104 by Amit. p on September 16, 2008 - 2:26 PM

    Couldn’t agree with Munir saab more. Specially ab’t Javed’s new role of peacemaker 😀

    What all these bombing have done to many indians is to force upon looking at history once again. And others are shifting toward right wingers .. this is more worrying factor than terrorism itself. Success of any terrorist activity lies in segregatting the social structure .. and certainly they are doing it slowly and steadily. This is more potent problem than other insurgencies taking place in india. And no political party is taking it seriously … some are trying to cash it on next election and some are just mere spectator. This insensitivity stirs me big time. Why we need political leaders, if the fate of country is being decided by random events?

    I wud apreciate other’s advice ab’t some history books relating partition and freedom movment. Though i brought Guha’s “India after Gandhi” and Ayesha jalal’s “The Sole Spokesman” .. i wud like to read more “counter points”.

  105. #105 by Bulle shah on September 16, 2008 - 2:43 PM

    Dear All,

    I apologise if un-intentionally i hurt anybody’s sentiments, it was not my intention. Thanks Javed for showing some support for me but now that this debate has started here so why not make it a healthy one!!

    Mr Tau-queer,

    you wrote:-
    “What are you taking about, i dont think you read my comment. india has terrorism in orissa, bengal, tamil nadu, kashmir, gujarat and now it has extended to delhi.”

    Okay, Indias has it’s own set of problems but dont mix up all he problems, i will just write in brief and clear your mis-understandings:-

    ORISSA:- No terrorism problem, more of Christian-Hindu problem, Who’s right or wrong i am not the best judge, i have never been to that state.

    BENGAL:- Never had a terrorist problem, it’s more of COMMUNIST vs CAPITALISTS battle.

    TAMIL NADU:- The demand for separate state for TAMILIANS has always found more support in SRILANKA than in INDIA. In INDIA they are only sensitive about their language(TAMIL) being given equal immportance as English, Hindi or Urdu in Nayi Dilli.There is absolutely no terrorism in this state and it is one of the mre progressive ones in INDIA.

    GUJARAT:- Well It is the fastest developing state in INDIA, boasting of the best infrastructure( no Load Shedding and continious Water Supply) and business opportunites. again no terrorism here except the riots which took place few years ago and the people of the state are trying to get on with their lives including the Muslims.

    KASHMIR is too complicated an issue to discuss in this thread.

    The only “terrorism” we have, or which has effected the “aam-aadmi” or the common man is the Terror in the name of GOD whether it is RAM, ALLAH or JESUS.

    “so how dare you call pakistanis terrorists.”

    Did i really say that?

    “meanwhile pakistan has terrorist from where? from afghanistan and tribal areas and its terrorist in karachi, the MQM are from india.”

    Well this is a very common problem in WE South-Asians:- blame everyone in the world without having a look in your “phichwada”

    “they have terrorist training camps in india and the indian government sponsors them. they should go back to wherever they came from. what the stupid thing Al qaeda is, its not pakistani and whatever MQM is its not pakistani too.
    in fact its because of india there is terrorism and political instability in pakistan.”

    surprise surprise…YOU KNOW WHAT EVERYONE IN INDIA THINKS THE SAME ABOUT PAKISTAN!!
    It is my sincere request to people like you to rise above this historical/traditional hatred created by the POLITICIANS btw INDIA/PAK and try to understand that it is in both of our’s interest to move forward into the next century together and not as we have been doing in the past 60 Years.
    The other day i came across a similar response on a forum/blog created by another Pakistani Friend where they were discussing whether TATA should market NANO in Pakistan and How good or bad that idea is? I hope, I pray that more and more people come out of their cocoons and learn to appreciate the wonderful differences this Planet Earth has to offer to us.

    Finally, just a little bit abt myself. I am from Jammu but not a hard-liner, I am a Hindu but my soon to be wife is a Catholic from Ahmedabad( Gujarat). My father was in the Indian Army for 30 Years and I have had the good fortune to live in each and every corner of India.

    Sincere apologies if i offended anyone…

    Looking to post more on your wonderful website…and next time i promise i would try to write something on KIRKET.

    Cheers

    Varun Suri

  106. #106 by Varun Suri on September 16, 2008 - 3:14 PM

    Dear all,

    For a better understanding of what i tried to say in my comment, it is aptly put forward in the following article and anybody trying to form a realistic impression about this complex conundrum called India is advised to read through this one..

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080912/jsp/opinion/story_9822829.jsp

    Regards,
    Varun.

  107. #107 by khansahab on September 16, 2008 - 3:16 PM

    Varun Suri

    Sir, thanks so much for enlightening us with your wonderful views. I don’t think any mature or reasonable person will disagree with you. We look forward to reading more of your views.

  108. #108 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 16, 2008 - 10:55 PM

    Amit and Varun

    thanks for contributing, a new thread has been created so lets comment there. Amit, our Canadian Armed Forces went to Afghanistan as Peace Forces and slowly gradually became Combating Forces. So, my role as a peace maker may not turn into similar fashion? 🙂

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