DUBAI CHALO

Aao Dubai Chalo, haan haan Dubai Chalo, ho-ho Dubai chalo

Aao Dubai Chalo, haan haan Dubai Chalo, ho-ho Dubai chalo

Finally the PCB Chaudharys have decided to go to Dubai. They raised the decades old slogan “Dubai Chalo” after being bullied by the ICC and the SNPC’s (super nations playing cricket ).

In the past too they had to move the games to neutral venues to accommodate Australians and played against them in Sharjah. But, since then they have more options and Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium has already hosted a few ODI’s but, the state of the art Dubai Sports City has built a 25,000 seating capacity most modern cricket stadium in the world. They can play night cricket in Dubai.

I am not sure how many of you remember my comments on Pakspin when Kamran wrote that thread “ICL – IPL What the Hell?” I wrote that very soon you will be seeing “Arabian Nights Cricket in the UAE.” The Dubai government has now announced that the Sports City will be ready in early 2009 and already hosting an international hockey tournament. But, the most important news is about the PCB signing a three 3 year agreement with Dubai to host their ODI and twenty20 Internationals.

Here is the latest news right from the horses mouth. It has not even appeared on cricinfo yet.

Quote:

The Pakistan Cricket Board has signed a three-year agreement to play its home one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches at the new Dubai Sports City.

The move comes with teams remaining reluctant to tour Pakistan because of concerns over terrorist attacks.

Pakistan, who have not played any Tests or ODIs against major teams this year have also invited West Indies to play two Test matches in Abu Dhabi.

Is it Abu Dhabi or Abu Dubai?

Is it Abu Dhabi or Abu Dubai?

The Emirate will also host three ODIs against the Windies in November.

Only minnows Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have played in Pakistan in 2008, while their last home Test series was against South Africa in October 2007.

The PCB has lost millions of dollars in revenue from the cancellation of matches and believe it is vital for cricket’s financial well-being to make use of the facilities in the Emirates.

Shafqat Naghmi, chief operating officer of the PCB, said the new £4.8m deal with Dubai Sports City “gives us the option of playing international cricket and also improves our financial health.”

The new 25,000 stadium in Dubai will initially host a series involving Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh next April and a series of Twenty20 matches against various teams.

The deal comes after failed attempts by Pakistan to convince teams to tour the country after a spate of bombings in recent months.

Pakistan had sought new opponents after the postponement of a Test tour by Australia and the ICC Champions Trophy, both because of security concerns, but had no takers.

Reuters news agency quoted “informed sources” who suggested the PCB will be paid £800,000 for each event in Dubai, as well as a £53,000 appearance fee to each player for every tournament played. ” Unquote.

Has the PCB done any good for the future of Pakistan cricket or not is a question that we all need to discuss here. So, please go ahead and write your comments.

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  1. #1 by Zain on September 26, 2008 - 9:31 AM

    One third of an apple is better than no apple. I think it is better to play some cricket than no cricket. And its not a bad idea to play in Dubai. At least there won’t be any excuses such as security or lack of glamour because Dubai is full of ‘sharmootas’ bars and night clubs hence Ricky Ponting and his men would be having a night life after the games errrrrrrrr during the day because, it will mostly be night cricket. Also, there are beaches and beeches and the mother of all is, the ICC headquarters in Dubai.

    The situation in Pakistan after the Marriott hotel bombing is getting from bad to worse. So over all I guess its not a bad decision to change the venue and it is better than not playing any game. No one knows how the pitch will be like but, they have foreign curators who will prepare it according to international standards under the ICC supervision.

    There is also a possibility that Dubai will takeover the sheen and gloss of the IPL and there will be a competition in who will offer more money? Dubai as we all know have been promoting world’s richest or highest paid events such as Tennis, Golf, Boat Racing, Horse Racing, Camel Racing etc. So, if they see there is money in cricket they won’t hesitate in fact the Cricket Stadium is built with this intention. So watch out IPL and ICL.

  2. #2 by Varun Suri on September 26, 2008 - 11:14 AM

    Zain,

    While this is some good news for Pakistani fans as atleast we will get to some Cricketing Action involving the SNPC’s as the author states!!

    BUT, i still think that one of the main reason why IPL was a success was the kind of support and fan-following it got from the “aam aadmi” in India. I am not sure if Dubai can generate that much of interest in the masses if the Shiekhs come up with an idea of yet another League. hence there will always be scope of some Cricketing action in Dubai as it is the HQ of ICC as well but one has to understand that in Cricket you can say that Money is the only motivation for many players but the fans have different criterion when they decide whom to follow and whom to ridicule. Of course pouring in lots of money can bring you instant success but whether it is a “lambi race ka ghoda” that only time will tell.

    The same holds true for IPL as well hence i think the 2nd Season will give us a slight picture of whether it will be able to sustain it-self amidst the rise of potential League Creators or it will succumb to the greed of the players if they are offered bigger money elsewhere.

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 26, 2008 - 2:31 PM

    Varun

    I am not sure about ODI matches but twenty20 at night time will create a lot of interest in Dubai and these guys know how to attract people. They might combine IPL style or what they might call ANCL (Arabian Nights Cricket League) with the DSF (Dubai Shopping Festival) where a lot of people visit Dubai. The majority being Indians and Pakistanis over there and the population is ever increasing in Dubai and they might be able to attract cricket fans on short visits only for the purpose of cricket just like they do promotions through Emirates Airlines for DSF then, there is a possibility that it will succeed.

    Secondly, if you remember Sharjah Cricket Stadium balcony was always full of Indian actresses and “aikastras” just for glitz and glamour, Dubai can do a hundred times better than Sharjah. When it comes to competition Dubai wants to be world’s best, world’s first, world’s biggest etc. Besides, they are not dumb they put their money where their mouth is. In fact they would reverse this idiom and say, “put your mouth where your money is.” Just like they don’t say “I missed the train.” They say, “The train went without me.”

    Therefore, I don’t think that they will fail, they did not jump to outpass Sharjah when the time was not right, but they are very well equipped now. Hence, their every move is well thought and calculated. Lets see what the Sharjahwala (MUNIR) has to say in this respect.

  4. #4 by Abdul on September 26, 2008 - 5:44 PM

    I think it was right of the PCB administrators to go with Dubai as there future international venue. I can’t agree more than the fact that Pakistan is an unsafe place for touring sides to go and fully support them for there concerns over not touring. And we need to fulfill our empty caleander with some fixtures and playing Dubai looks like a good idea and I think by building this new luxurious venue Pakistan will get some teams coming to play them even if it has to be in the neutral venue of Dubai.

    Also Tv rights are on sale after PCB’s offical broadcaster have completed there contract. I recommend Espn or Geo super to be the next broadcaster between 2008-2013.

  5. #5 by Pawan on September 26, 2008 - 7:06 PM

    The Dubai sports city looks so wonderful from the picture you have over here. The lights and the ambience is heavenly. Who wouldn’t love to play or simply watch a match over here?

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 27, 2008 - 3:52 AM

    Array Pawan tum tou yaar Eid ka Chaand ho gaye! Good to see you after a long time.

    Btw, thats not a real picture, its an Artist’s impression. I am sure the real picture will not be different from the one above. The good thing about Dubai stadium is its not like Abu Dhabi stadium where the pavilion has a nice UFO like design but it does not have a roof for the stands, its not the shade for the spectators I am talking about because most matches would be day and night, its the wind that effects the bowling thats a problem in Abu Dhabi whereas, in Dubai its a proper stadium.

    In any case it would be a humongous task for the authorities to control the betting mafia that is lurking around in Dubai. As long as they are betting between themselves its OK, hopefully they don’t involve teams and players in it.

    The current match between Delhi and ROI in the Irani Trophy, Sehwag’s early departure has dashed Delhi’s hope of putting up a fight. Although Gambhir has scored a fifty but its asking too much from them to score that many runs in the second innings. With 113/3 or 265 required with 7 wickets in hand is a daunting total. Although Dravid scored 69 but painfully slow, it was Dhoni 84 in 113 balls that made the difference.

    There is lot of action in India with Australia A vs. India A and then the test and ODI series between the two countries starting in two weeks time. Whereas, Pakistanis are only hoping to play. And Zardari is hoping to propose Sarah Palin. That will be an ideal marriage the President of Pakistan tying a knot with the would be Vice President of the USA, in that case 10% of America is Zardaris.

  7. #7 by Q on September 27, 2008 - 9:20 AM

    Guys, the report is being construed the wrong way.

    The 3-year deal between the PCB and Dubai Sports City is not for hosting Pakistan’s home ODIs and 20-20s. It is a 3-year contract the way PCB had with Sharjah before. Dubai Sports City will organize tournaments and Pakistan will participate in them.

    None of Pakistan’s home series are going to be played in Dubai – it will be new triangulars and bilateral series that will be organized by ECB and DCC and not the PCB.

    I dont know why these reports are beinf misconstrued by BBC or Cricinfo.. the Pakistan and Gulf newspapers have reported the right thing. It is not a rescheduling of the home series.

    The 3 ODIs between Pak and WI in November have been scheduled since Jan this year.. its not something new.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 27, 2008 - 10:31 AM

    Q

    There is an expression “Seeing is Believing.” What we published here is what we saw. According to you the news on BBC and Cricinfo is different from the one which appeared in Pakistani and Gulf newspapers. Yes, you are right but, other than quoting the news none of us here assumed or even thought for a second that Pakistan will play its domestic cricket in Dubai. Because, that doesn’t make any sense, it is not the home team or local players who were worried about security but the concerns were raised mainly by Australia, NZ, WI and SA.

    When we wrote this thread, there was no news on Cricinfo or on the PCB official website either. Much later, the news appeared on their website quoting the same version of the news as the BBC and Cricinfo — minus the word — “home” and, their source is AFP. And thats the correct version because Shafqat Naghmi spoke to AFP. Here is their news on their website:

    http://www.pcboard.com.pk/Pakistan/Articles/8/8719.html

    Quote:

    Pakistan gets nine-million dollar offshore cricket deal: official
    by AFP

    DateLine: 26th September 2008

    Pakistan will play cricket in the Gulf as part of a nine-million dollar deal, officials said Thursday, providing foreign experience to a side struggling to find teams willing to come to their country.

    Several international teams have refused to tour Pakistan amid security fears sparked by terrorist attacks, including the weekend suicide bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed at least 60 people.

    The deal would help the Pakistan Cricket Board “fill its coffers” and give appearance money to the players, the board’s chief operating officer, Shafqat Naghmi, told AFP.

    “It’s a major boost and we have signed the deal worth nine million dollars for a period of three years with Dubai sports city,” Naghmi said.

    Details of the deal were to be announced in the next few days.

    Pakistan cricket was badly hit after the elite eight-nation Champions Trophy due to be held in the country this month was postponed over security fears.

    That proved a double blow after Australia postponed their full tour to Pakistan in March — also on security grounds.

    Pakistan’s invitations to South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand for short one-day series have also failed.

    The side asked South Africa to host them for a tri-nation one-day series after the postponement of the Trophy, which was turned down by Cricket South Africa.

    Pakistan have also invited the West Indies to play two Tests in November, but reports from the Caribbean suggested players also had concerns about security.

    But the West Indies have agreed to play three one-day internationals with Pakistan in Abu Dhabi from November 12-16, Naghmi said.

    (Article: Copyright © 2008 AFP)

    Unquote.

  9. #9 by Zain on September 27, 2008 - 2:48 PM

    Javed Khan

    You are right, no one here thought that Pakistan will play their domestic cricket in Dubai, not even abdul. Even he being the youngest kid on the blog wrote that, “I think by building this new luxurious venue Pakistan will get some teams coming to play them even if it has to be in the neutral venue of Dubai.” So, I don’t know which paindoo has written and where that Q is suggesting us, Guys the report is being misconstrued here.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 28, 2008 - 7:53 AM

    LOT OF NOISE AND NO ACTION – GETTING THINGS DONE AROUND IN PAKISTAN IS LIKE ELEPHANTS MATING.

    1. It’s Done At A High Level.

    2. It’s Accomplished With A Great Deal Of Roaring And
    Screaming.

    3. It Takes Two Years To Produce Results.

    4. The result ends up in a miscarriage.

    5. Bottom line is, ZERO achievement.

    The Dzanga-Sanga Rain Forest lies in the Congolese River Basin in the southern-western region of the Central African Republic, a country set in the heart of Africa and hemmed in by Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and the Republic of Congo. It is one of the few still intact rain forests in the world where zoologists and scientist study elephants behaviour. One of the study groups results were published about how the elephants behave during the mating season? It is something like this:

    “Usually the reaction of the other elephants during a mating results in a chorus of vocalizations – big noise for hours which start during the copulation and continue well after its completion. A lot of nervous energy in the air. This mating lasts less than a minute and then the male wandered off in the wilderness…….”

    In short “lots of noise and no action.” This is similar to what we see in Pakistan politics and cricket.

    We all saw Asif Zardari making too much noise about defending the country from terrorists and terrorism and the biggest ever bomb blast rocks the Capital and he wandered off to the USA and trying to lure Sarah Palin, making bloopers in his speech, embarrassing the nation with his imbecilities and stupidities.

    The PCB makes too much noise about imposing heavy fines on Shoaib Akhtar and banning him for a long period of time and nothing is recovered and two days later they include him in the team which is due to play a tournament in Toronto.

    Moin Khan made too much noise and served a notice to the PCB for defaming him and files a law suit against the PCB for $1.3 million as compensation for damage to his reputation.

    The PCB in return makes bigger noise and counter sues Moin Khan for $3.2 million for defaming the PCB.

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/371445.html

    See, there is so much noise right now BUT, there will be NO ACTION. After a while you will hear nothing, no one will pay anything to anyone. Same expression that I used before, “Nangi nahaye gee kya? Nichoray gee kya?” Meaning they are both “nangay bhookay” neither of them have anything to give and they only make noise and we hear it through the media and c’est ca.

  11. #11 by Zain on September 28, 2008 - 8:21 AM

    The Pakistan Academy team is in Kenya and here is some news about them on cricinfo:

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/371409.html

    “Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad and fast bowler Anwar Ali were spotted at a night club after midnight despite the management imposing a strict 11pm curfew. Shahzad was fined $400 and banned for two matches while Ali was fined $200 and banned for Sunday’s match against Kenya.”

    The important thing to note is Ahmad Shahzad is only 16 years old from Lahore. And Anwar Ali is 20 from Karachi. They behaved as if there is no tomorrow, not only by breaking the curfew but they took a big risk in staying out late night in Nairobi which is a very dangerous place during the night time. They could have easily been mugged or stabbed. It is this time of their career they need to be controlled and admonished otherwise they will be out of control like Asif and Akhtar. In my opinion the punishments are very mild. In order to set an example they should send these players back home. Then, no one will dare to break the rules.

  12. #12 by Q on September 28, 2008 - 9:11 AM

    Point taken Javed Saahib..

    I was surprised that the BBC reported incorrectly… i found that very strange…

  13. #13 by khansahab on September 28, 2008 - 11:00 AM

    This is unbelievable. Fawad Alam has scored centuries and a triple century in this tour against the international Kenya side and yesterday in a one-day game he made 83, the highest score and then bowled his full quota of 10 overs and was the most economical bowler. He also grabbed 2 wickets.

    No one should doubt his immense talent now and he needs to be given more chances at international level.

    The answer to the question as to why he didn’t make so many runs at international level is that he is currently batting at no 3 and 4, not at no 7 and 8 which is what he was batting on when playing for the international side.

  14. #14 by khansahab on September 28, 2008 - 11:08 AM

    Zain

    I agree with you totally about Shehzad and Ali. They deserved to be punished more for this gross violation. It is pathetic to see Shehzad particularly as he is only 16. He is from Lahore and he is so inexperienced- only in 1 series he made a few fifties and a lot of people, even some former players started saying, this kid needs to play for the national side. There are players from Karachi who have performed more consistently and have much more experience but there is no mention of them to be promoted in such a way. What I am trying to say is that so much praise and craze for this 16 year old uncouth has gone into his head.

    Meanwhile Anwar Ali probably thinks he is Shoaib Akhtar although he only has half of Actor’s pace.

  15. #15 by khansahab on September 28, 2008 - 11:13 AM

    You can see Shehzad’s picture here (he looks like an arrogant uncouth to me):

    http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/kenya/content/image/365859.html

    This is his Cricinfo profile:

    http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/kenya/content/player/259410.html

    Meanwhile this is Anwar Ali Khan’s picture (sitting beside Sarfraz Ahmed):

  16. #16 by khansahab on September 28, 2008 - 12:19 PM

    Fawad Alam is ready for Test cricket

    Young all-rounder Fawad Alam is ready for Test cricket, Pakistan Cricket Academy team manager Haroon Rasheed said here on Friday.

    The former Test batsman told Pakistani reporters that Fawad has shown exceptional talent and temperament during the ongoing tour of Africa and can graduate to the national Test squad whenever needed.

    Fawad has been the biggest success story of this tour so far,’ Haroon said. ‘He has the skills, the temperament and knows what to do under difficult circumstances. As far as I’m concerned, he (Fawad) is fully ready to play Test cricket for Pakistan,’ he added.

    The 22-year-old Fawad made his One-day International debut last May against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. Since then he has played ten ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals.

    He has been in great form on the tour of Africa and as vice-captain of the Pakistan Academy team, he has done well both as a batsmen and spinner. Fawad made a triple century in the Academy’s big win in a four-day game in Mombasa earlier this week and then also played the lead role in his team’s win in the opening one-dayer against Kenya on Wednesday.

    Fawad, son of Pakistan’s noted first-class cricketer Tariq Alam, made his first-class debut at the age of 17. He was duly picked to represent Pakistan at the Under-19 World Cup based on his performances with Pakistan Customs and Karachi on the domestic circuit.

    Fawad proved himself as a talented cricketer at an early age and now he has proved on this tour that he is ready to join the big boys in Tests, said Haroon.

  17. #17 by khansahab on September 28, 2008 - 12:49 PM

    Mushtaq Ahmed is such an uncouth, I remember in the 2006 ABN AMRO T20 Cup he was commentating along with Haroon Rashid. Haroon Rashid puts “Dar” after his name and although he was born and brought up in Karachi, he is originally a Punjabi. But Mushtaq didn’t know this.

    The match was between Karachi and Peshawar, and Mushtaq needled Haroon and said, “Acha Haroon yeh batain key aap apni team ko sport (support) kyun nahi kar rahay hain?” So Haroon said, “Mushtaq meri koi team nahi hai, joh team acha khelti hai mai toh us ko support karoon ga”. Mushtaq responded saying, “Nahi hum jaantey hain aapki team konsi hai”. So Haroon said, “Mushtaq commentator ka kaam hota hai neutral rehna, agar mai kisi team ko support kar raha hoon, mai TV par usko support nahi kar sakta kyun key commentary key usool key khilaaf hoga”. So Mushtaq uncouth said finally, “Nahi Haroon, jo aapkey dill mai hain, usko hum bahar nikal lein gey”. At this point Haroon got so irritated that he didn’t bother replying.

  18. #18 by Rehan Khan on September 28, 2008 - 12:59 PM

    HHMM Dubai Challo?

    Actually I heard this news yesterday but looks like u guys are way ahead of me, i wonder who your contacts are? 🙂
    LOL at Mr 10% flirting with Sarah Palin, what a disgrace it seems zardari and sherry rehman only went to the U.S to flirt with palin.

    Khansahab
    Fawad Alam is ok, but he did get chances to bowl, he didnt impress me a lot. i think i said this earlier as well, this guy Ali Asad looks very good. ive been following his cricket for the past year and he is very very consistent. so i place my bets on him.

    Javed
    your comment on that page about your PAINDU friend supporting zardari is so hilarious………….

    More later!

  19. #19 by khansahab on September 28, 2008 - 3:42 PM

    Sayali-Malik love tale goes from real to reel

    MUMBAI: Former Miss India Sayali Bhaghat and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik are set to do a film together.

    The tales of the romantic affair between Sayali and Shoaib are old now. What’s new is that their love story is now going to get immortalized on celluloid. After all, doesn’t art imitate life?

    Yup, Sayali and Shoaib are set to act together in a film to be made by Wilson Louis. Sayali is already working in Louis’ film ‘Shout’.

    It is believed that when Louis read reports of Sayali’s alleged affair with Shoaib, he thought of making a film on it. Both Shoaib and Sayali will play themselves in the film, as it is a love story between a cricketer and a model. The movie, however, will have a unique end, says the director.

    Shoaib has already had a meeting with Louis and has liked the film’s script and expressed his desire to act as well. Sayali, too, is thrilled by the script and looking forward to shoot the film next year.

    Shoaib and Sayali have reportedly been seeing each other for about six months now. Shoaib often flies to India to be with her. Both of them have admitted being close to each other but have not yet confirmed they are in love.

  20. #20 by khansahab on September 28, 2008 - 3:55 PM

    The Pathetic paindoo Faisal Iqbal has threatened to join ICL if PCB does not consider him. Faisal, nephew of Miandad, says that his performances in domestic circuit warrant selection.

    Faisal, if you are reading this, then I am sorry to say your international performances do NOT warrant further selection.

  21. #21 by Zain on September 28, 2008 - 3:57 PM

    khansahab

    If Shoaib Malik is not playing with Sayali Bhagat then how is he playing his Saxophone? By hand or by mouth?

    The news says Shoaib Malik has liked the script? Did he read it or someone else read it for him? And did he understand what is written in it?

    The way he is going to India back and forth he will soon be consumed and become a spent force. Already his on-field performance is negative what will he be if he behaves like this? I am asking this question because Malik is such a Chooiee Moieee he often ends up with a broken elbow or a twisted ankle or piece of bones floating in his body or he faints due to dehydration. Am I right or wrong?

  22. #22 by khansahab on September 28, 2008 - 3:57 PM

    A Pakistani newspaper has reported that Mian Misbah ur Rehman, a Lahore based entrepreneur, is all set to become the next PCB Chairman and his appointment is due to be announced in the next 48 hours.

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 28, 2008 - 7:02 PM

    When Australian cricket board canceled their tour to Pakistan and gladly accepted the Indian tour (I know it was scheduled from before) I was thinking that, OK they do have security concerns in Pakistan but India, is all not safe either with bombs exploding in Jaipur and Delhi, the Aussies still agreed to go ahead with their plan as per schedule.

    As a Pakistani Canadian if I criticize them I thought may be some Indians might think my reaction is like “sour grapes” so here on LS, I refrained from commenting in detail. Now, Gavaskar has said the same thing that too much cricket between the two countries might lead to over kill.

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/indvaus2008/content/current/story/371572.html

    Sometimes Gavaskar is blunt in speaking out his mind and he is right, I quite agree with his views. Other than what he said regarding over kill. In my opinion there are two reasons for these two teams to play against each other:

    1. India is keen to play against Australia “Baa-kaaz” the Aussies are number one team in the world and any team would like to play against them to put up a show, fight against the best team and win. Thats some achievement which any player would aspire for or, look forward to.

    2. The Aussies like to play against India because there is a lot of money through the media, especially TV rights when they play against India. Apart from the regular money their cricket board get, the players are also on a hunting trip to find some sponsorships and TV ads. Like Bret Lee got some TV ads (these are other than the IPL fees they get, which has nothing to do with these kinda tours.) AND, the other big reason is they find life in India more glamourous especially the nightlife with all the Bollywood glitz and glamour and the bars etc.

  24. #24 by abdul on September 29, 2008 - 4:04 PM

    Aslamalaikum wa ramatullah to all the bloggers. Ramadan is coming to an end and eid could be tommorow in the Uk but according to moon sighters Wednesday is more likely this year.

    Regarding your LS partnership it seems as if Awas is the sleeping partner! Any other businesses would be greatly appreciated for my assigment so please let me know asap.

    salam-Abdul

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 29, 2008 - 5:04 PM

    abdul

    Thanks for the greetings and same to you. We are also expecting the same thing here i.e., Eid could be tomorrow or definitely by Wednesday depending on the sighting of the moon.

    Its a pity that the Mullah’s talk about unity but when a time like this comes, each one of them start making their own “Dairh Eent Ki Masjid” meaning they all tend to disagree with each other for a very petty reason.

    Regarding Awas, he is not a sleeping partner he has some real pressing demands at work and he has told us that he will be very busy for a few months. But, he is in touch with us and he wrote here very briefly. If you don’t see him writing on this blog doesn’t mean he is not in the team. He is very much a very important member of LS management and we know he will be back once his assignment is over. Hope this clears your doubts and that of the others who think that he is not in the team. Everyone has something else to do in their life and blogging is not the only thing they do for a living.

    Take care and Eid Mubark.

  26. #26 by khansahab on September 30, 2008 - 10:35 AM

    Eid Mubarak to everyone on LS.

    It’s a shame the Mullahs can’t come to a consensus as to when Eid should be celebrated. Tony Blair even suggested the idea that Eid can become a public holiday in the UK if they can come to a consensus. But for Muslims it is more important to differ rather than compromise and call for unity.

    This problem with Eid signifies the bigoted minds of Muslims in today’s world.

    Except for Pakistanis everyone is doing Eid on Tuesday in the UK. I don’t understand why things like the “correct” procedure for Wudu, how to stand in Salah, and how the position of your hands should be, are debated so vociferously by Pakistanis and yet they can’t come to a compromise and do Eid on one day like everyone else does in the UK. After all Saudi Arabia is closer to the UK geographically than Pakistan and Saudi being the centre of Islam, should be followed with some discipline by the Pakistani population.

  27. #27 by Zain on October 1, 2008 - 12:33 AM

    Dear Friends, Bloggers of LS

    I am wishing EID MUBARAK to everyone. It is good to see that so many people from different culture, religion and background are expressing similar views about religion, politics and politicians. I will write later, but I want to thank everyone for writing here because I am learning so many new things about India through Varun, Anfaal and others.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 1, 2008 - 8:23 AM

    First of all Eid Mubarak to all of you and thank you to all those who have extended their greetings.

    Now, look at this BHAI BANDAGI of SHOAIB MALIK.

    http://www.dawn.com/2008/10/01/spt8.htm

    According to this report, Shoaib Malik is once again showing his true colours by openly promoting jingoism and nepotism. He has included his brother ADEEL MALIK in the Sialkot team whereas, some of the deserving candidates have been axed. Sialkot is the elite of Pakistan.

    I think the nation must get an Eid Gift from the PCB by announcing that Shoaib Malik has been sacked, just like the Deccan Chargers have sacked Laxman and replaced him by Adam Gilchrist, who may be better than Laxman as an skipper But, it is another thing that I don’t like Gilchrist as a captain. He is too arrogant, moody and a biased person. Every Australian (like Warne) cannot be a great captain in the IPL. Given the circumstances I guess they have no choice.

    The Toronto event is only 10 days away, between Sept. 15 till date the weather was much better than expectation, except for a few occasional drizzles and night chills. But, you never know what it will be like in the next ten days, in fact you cannot predict the weather for the next 24 hours, the weatherman is often criticized here when the weather defeats his predictions. Poor Met. dept. can do nothing.

    The PCB is also similar to our weather, very unpredictable, they are talking about bringing in Shoaib Akhtar and also Mohammad Yousuf in the team for Toronto. Trying to show their muscles against the minnows like Canada and Zimbabwe. If weather permits, the only competition will be against Sri Lanka, I wonder why I was under the impression that it will be Bangladesh and not Sri Lanka, but today’s news in Dawn confirmed it is SL. Thank God for that otherwise it wasn’t worth watching a total substandard cricket.

    I see the POLITICS PAGE is more hot than the current thread? 🙂 But, I am sure more interest will be generated here, when the Toronto tournament and India vs. Australia test series starts.

  29. #29 by khansahab on October 1, 2008 - 10:26 AM

    Zain

    Eid Mubarak to you.

    Javed A Khan

    I think the Chargers should have appointed Afridi as captain instead of Gilchrist. But I suppose Gilchrist gets preference because he is an Australian and because he has captained Australia in the past. Wheras Afridi has never even been appointed the Vice Captain. I don’t think it is right to say Afridi’s overall performance was lacking in the IPL because his bowling was reasonably good.

  30. #30 by Q on October 1, 2008 - 10:53 AM

    Eid Mubarak Khan Sahab and Javed Khan.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 1, 2008 - 2:27 PM

    Thank you Q

    Wish you all the best and same to you.

    I was wrong in saying that we had two Eids again. I was told by someone that the Arabs are celebrating on Tuesday and Pakistanis rather desis are celebrating on Wednesday. Actually, upon going there for the Eid prayers I realized that they are celebrating today. There were a lot of people. Even in Pakistan they have Eid today.

    Anyways Eid is more of a community affair and I prefer to be with the majority that gives an opportunity to meet more people, especially since its a working day today and most people have gone to work, unlike a few like me who have the privilege of having own business can go to work anytime or not go at all.

    khansahab

    you are negating your own statement on Afridi’s captaincy for DC. Not only his performance in the IPL was bad, he is not the captain or even VC of Pakistan team so they would never consider him to lead DC. From among the locals if Laxman is sacked, they could have gone for Rohit Sharma he may be young, so what? Malik is also a baby!

    I am going to meet my neighbours so thats all for now. Once again Thanks and Eid Mubarak.

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 3, 2008 - 11:47 AM

    It seems like people want to discuss more about hot and juicy stuff and, thats why there are more comments on politics page than on the cricket page.

    Anyways, here is something for our Indian bloggers to comment.

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/indvaus2008/content/current/story/372126.html

    On the subject of forced retirement for the Indian seniors, Kumble thinks: “It is only the media scrutiny, the board and the selectors have never scrutinized unreasonably.”

    What Kumble doesn’t know or realize is, its a kinda ricochet, its the most modern technique used to suss out public reaction and public sentiments by way of creating rumours from the back door to the media and then act according to the response. They use the media as a sounding board and poor Kumble is still naive and ignorant. He should not follow the same footprints of Gavaskar and Kapil Dev to keep on playing for the sake of creating records, Inzamam couldn’t do that either. Therefore, all the Indian seniors must announce their retirement especially since their form is lacking.

    Kumble took eight wickets at an average of 50.00 during India’s 2-1 series defeat this summer. And, to defend his case he is trying to hold on to Sourav Sinkuly. “Doobtay ko tinkay ka sahara,” but, his choice to hold on to Ganguly is wrong. Ganguly’s own performance is pathetic, he scored only 96 in 6 innings. Tendulkar should also join the retirees team and earn some respect that he deserves rather than playing forever, like Kumble thinks age is not the issue. Dil jawan hona chahiyeh Ishq may and you still get a character actor role. Holy crap! Give the youngsters a chance.

    Ganguly and Dravid’s case is more dented after Rohit Sharma and Virod Kohli’s centuries in the on-going match against Australia.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 3, 2008 - 6:32 PM

    Somebody should put a LID on Aamir Churail’s Gutter Mouth. Here is his latest blabbering:

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/talk/content/current/multimedia/371644.html

    This fellow has the audacity and cheekiness to blab against anyone and everyone, he should first take a peep into his own conscience (Giray-baan may moo dalay aur peekay uss per just like an Ugaal-daan).

    As a player he was an arrogant BaxTxxd (sounds like Custard) and he displayed the worst ever tantrums on the field when he asked Venkatesh Prasad to go and fetch the ball from the boundary and got clean bowled next ball. His ego at that time was so big and inflated that it got burst the next moment. He should have learnt a lesson then. But, he is one slimy, blithering character who will never stop. He created on-field controversies with Ian Botham and a few others.

    He stirred the betting controversy by talking against Wasim and agreeing to give his statement that he saw Wasim taking bribe from the bookies and when he went in front of the judge he chickened out. People say he was bought.

    He was thrown out of the Al-Nasr Club Bar in Dubai at 3:00 a.m. by the bouncers when he was drunk like a skunk and was threatening the bartender to give more alcohol by claiming he was the Captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team. Whereas, six hours later he was supposed to play a match in Sharjah, he wanted to get drowned in the beer barrel.

    He was slapped by a Dubai businessman at his house who invited the Pakistan cricket team for dinner and this Churail demanded booze and girls after dinner. Earlier he was demanding money from him to come to his house by saying you will get publicity because of throwing this dinner at your house so give us money! The man lost his patience and slapped him on his face. He not only deserved that slap but also a kick on his butt for asking him to bring girls & booze.

    As a Chief Selector of the PCB he was rude, arrogant and played petty politics, insulted people right, left and centre and because of his ugly acts, God is making his face look very ugly, many people become bald but he looks like an ugly snake and he still wants to be at the center by making such filthy and ugly comments against Ramiz Raja and Imran Khan.

    Ramiz Raja suggested that Imran Khan should be made the chief of the PCB, to which Churail responded: “How can one think that Imran can run everything smoothly? Does he have the experience or a plan? People like Ramiz should realise their responsibility before they make such a statement.”

    First of all Imran Khan will NEVER accept this job. He is way above this petty post now in his career he is aiming very high in politics. As regards his ability, experience or a plan. He should know that Imran singlehandedly translated his dream into a reality by building the first ever Cancer Hospital in Pakistan. It is not an easy job to do that. Aamir Churail who must be dreaming to get this post himself does not have the ability to build a “Dhabba” or a “Purchoon ki Dukaan” and he is talking big.

    I wonder why they bring this idiot to such programmes or make him comment on the TV as a commentator or as an expert? He has a phony English accent for the camera and speaks slowly like he is telling a story with a frog in his throat.

    Ch2So4 Churailaon ki kamee nahee Ghalib.
    Ek dhoondo Hazaar miltay hain.

    But, he is one in a million from that kind.

  34. #34 by Varun Suri on October 3, 2008 - 7:11 PM

    After a break, some much anticipated action is soon to begin with Indian fans wanting a fairy tale ending for their seniors and also a series win over Australia.

    It’s a pity that unlike Imran Khan none of them would be able to exit truly like in a fairy tale.

    A emotinal take on this issue by Mr Breez-nath:-

    http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/372146.html

    I agree with him when he writes that;-

    “Every day pragmatism and sentimentality collide in India’s cricketing universe. Once, I incorrectly thought Sachin Tendulkar should retire, then I changed my mind, now I just watch. Goodbye is awfully hard, for them and us, but it is getting closer. ”

    None of the Youngsters have impressed to an extent that they can immediately replace these 4 barring Badrinath and to a certain extent Rohit Sharma but he has to hit such tons more often in the domestic matches before he can stake a claim to be the next Wall or Little Master fo that matter and Virat Kohli is showing good progress but he should be given some more time to play domestic Cricket.

    I think it’s a good opportunity for Dravid and Ganguly to script their exit together when the Indians play England after Australia, just like they started together in 1996.
    It will give them some more time adjust their averages and also some time to plan for their send-off.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 4, 2008 - 10:07 AM

    Varun

    “some more time” is like, how big is a piece of string? They already got a very high leverage in terms of time i.e., because of their status, had there been anyone else, he would have gone into oblivion. In India Pakistan the celebrity status matters a lot. And, when it comes to retirement, in India they are more sympathetic like an over protecting mother towards her child and, won’t let them go.

    PP Chawla took 5 wickets and Ohja took 3 shows the vulnerability of the Aussies to play against the spin on the sub-continent tracks. Like, always Hussey played the anchor role. And, “I am agree” Rohit Sharma must score a few more tons not only in the domestic matches but, in test and ODI he should score. He certainly has the talent and is more cool and composed as opposed to “Batman” Robin. In case you don’t know our cricket entertainer Pra Waqqa said, “This Robin is a good Batman but he is not informed (in form) these days.” I love Waqqqa’s bloopers, he must go for a TV debate with Sarah Palin.

  36. #36 by khansahab on October 4, 2008 - 11:40 AM

    The RBS Twenty20 Cup has gone underway and Karachi Dolphins beat the Lahore Eagles in the first match. The strongest teams in this competition are Afridi’s Karachi Dolphins, Malak’s Sialkot Stallions, Masbah’s Faislabad Wolves and Yousaf’s Lahore Lions. Islamabad Leopards and Rawalpindi Rams are also expected to provide some competition.

    As expected Fawad Alam was again in the spotlight for making the highest score in the Dolphins vs Eagles match whereas Anwar Ali Khan, Sohail Khan and Shahid Khan Afridi were the leading wicket takers.

    Shoaib Actor is playing for Islamabad but he is not the captain because he is so unfit, even for T20 standards.

  37. #37 by Pawan on October 4, 2008 - 4:24 PM

    Folks,

    This retirement show is getting more and more emotional as the D day approaches. The truth is, the retirements are going to happen one day or the other. Someone must stand up and “be a man”. I remember a few years ago whenever Sachin used to get out, myself and all my friends were like, ‘man, ab kya hoga’. But life does not stop, it just goes on. Like after Bradman, people would have thought, they would not get to witness any better player, but it happened, many good, not better than Bradman though, surfaced, and entertained the world. So there is no point is getting emotional about the retirements. Someone has to take their place…

    I think rather than asking questions about when they are going to retire, the selectors, the media and the people interested, must concentrate on who is going to take their place. Proper planning in training the new faces must take place. In fact this planning should have started a year back at least. The problem with we desi’s is that we get too emotional and instead of solving the problem, we make it complicated.

    The potential replacements right now could be Rohit Sharma, Badrinath, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla. I think these people must be identified as potential replacements and given planned chances in international test matches. There is nothing wrong in rotation policy. One of the fab four must sit out every match and one among the new faces should be in the team instead. So for example, in the next two test matches, Ganguly could have been replaced with Yuvraj or Rohit, in the next two matches, Ganguly comes back and instead Dravid sits out. Such rotation must be done with Dravid, Ganguly, Sachin, Kumble, Laxman. We know that these five people are going to retire soon, then why not train the new guys.

    I suggest a few more names could be added to the new faces list and such a back-up must be made before we bid adiu to the five legends of Indian cricket.

    p.s. Javed bhai, sorry I was busy in some stuff and could not get enough time to sit and think and write here. Also there were no interesting matches going on, so was kinda away from circket. I would like to contribute to the Ind-Aus series threads though.

    Eid mubarakh to all my brothers over here!

  38. #38 by khansahab on October 4, 2008 - 4:41 PM

    Hey Pawan

    It was great to hear from you after a long while!

    Javed A Khan

    The RBS T20 Cup is very much underway and Sialkot Stallions beat Karachi Zebras convincingly (there are two teams each from Karachi and Lahore). Qaisar Abbas and Malak were the batting stars whereas Sarfraz Ahmad was the leading bowler from Sialkot.
    Meanwhile although Lahore Lions won the match against Quetta, the margin was only 2 runs and surprisingly Lahore’s bowling got routed, as Quetta is the weakest side participating in this contest. Salman Bhatt was the best batsman from Lahore, scoring 99 from only 67 balls. Well done Mr Bhatt!

    The other match was Faislabad vs Abbottabad and Abbottabad got routed. Hafeez was the star with the bat for Faislabad whereas Mohammad Talha and Samiullah Khan Niazi were their best bowlers.

  39. #39 by khansahab on October 4, 2008 - 6:22 PM

    I saw an interview of Afridi, former squash player Jahangir Khan and former hockey player Islahuddin on “Bolein Kya Baath Hai”, presented by Mirza Iqbal Baig.

    The spotlight was on Afridi and Islahuddin and Mirza kept praising him and calling him a superstar. There were two calls in the show, the first one was from a Karachi guy who started speaking with Afridi in Pushto. Afridi became very uncomfortable and asked him to speak in Urdu. This was a very wise and mature thing to do which shows he does not have a jingoistic mentality. If a Malak or Butt was sitting there they would have continued in Punjabi for hours.

    The second caller was another Pathan who made some jingoistic statements like, a Pathan should be the captain of the team and being a Pathan, Afridi would become a great captain. Afridi said later in the show that it doesn’t matter who is a Pathan or who is a Muhajir- he said everyone in Pakistan is a Pakistani and that is where it begins and ends.

    The Pathan guy also asked him why he is not the captain and Afridi said, “It’s not in my hands”.

    About his batting form, he said he has been suggesting to the “kaptaan” for a year that he should be tried as opener but no one is listening to him.

    It was a very candid interview and both the presenter and the guests were obsessively praising Afridi. Afridi also expressed disappointment as to why former great players in Pakistan are not respected once they retire. He surprisingly said that, “Pakistani cricketers ki India mai zaada izzat hoti hai, Pakistan key muqabley mai”.

    He also spoke about running his academy in Karachi and he said that former cricketers should focus on running their own academies. He also spoke about Pathans and said that they are simple people, but also hot tempered. Islahuddin said that a Pathan may be hot tempered, but he has a very good heart.

    Afridi also spoke about that famous incident when he was crying in the dressing room after he was dismissed first ball. He said Younis Khan came up to him and supported him and said that every great player goes through a lean patch. After that incident Afridi told Talat Ali Malak to tell Salahuddin he does not want to be selected in the future for international cricket, but Salahuddin wants to keep Afridi in the side.

    Afridi also spoke about the televised coverage of cricket tournaments in Pakistan and how that is helping the public become aware of talents like Misbah ul Haq and Fawad Alam.

    I was amazed to see the humble and kind nature of Islahuddin (born in Meerat in India) and he kept blindly supporting Afridi and said that Afridi should never be out of the team and unless the team management gives him confidence, he will not be able to perform.

  40. #40 by Salman Khan on October 5, 2008 - 2:17 AM

    Gosh , it has been so long since I have commented on Legslip !!!! Mush has resigned ,”Democracy” has been restored in Pakistan & Mr Asif Ali Bhutto has become president (looking more and more like Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi , except that Sonia is / was not as blatantly dishonest as Asif and we do not know if Bilawal is as dumb as Rahul), The Doctor , as expected, is not at the helm any more , Champions trophy has been effectively cancelled ,the Australian tour to India barely survived , Sohail Tanveer has changed from being humble to arrogant (despite the fact that there is not much to be arrogant about . He is fortunate to be around when Pak’s fast bowling talent is probably at it’s nadir . A decade ago he would have been lucky to get in Second Pak 11), there are many new contributors at Legslip and another Eid has come and gone. Eid Mubarak to all the creators & contributors of Legslip. I am sure Leglip viewership will incraese exponentially over the next year.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 5, 2008 - 5:35 AM

    Gosh its been so long……….. that you are here on this blog with us Dr. Salman all we can say is:

    Wo ayen humaray ghar may Khuda ki qudrat
    Kabhi hum unko; kabhi legslip ko dekhtay hain

    Cheap poetry aside its a pleasure to see you coming back and where is our dear Pandit Jee? Please tell him that we miss him and his Hindlish comments.

    Thanks for all the good wishes for the success of the blog, its all because of our readers and well wishers. Right now its past 1:35 a.m. and I came back from a dinner and almost half dead and the moment I will hit the sack, I will sleep like a log. So, latersssssssssssss.

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 5, 2008 - 1:54 PM

    Yuvraj Singh’s father must be a proud man today because his son is clicking and showing some form.

    Jaffar’s wife
    must also have wiped a few tears from her cheeks as she is an ardent follower of her hubby’s cricket and is seen on the ground in every match.

    Ponting and MJ Clarke
    are such good players that they have soon adjusted to the conditions of the pitch. Both were out cheaply in the first innings but, they both played well in the second innings. One of the reasons Australia is such a good team these days is, they don’t depend on just one person. They have a team, if one fails, the other performs. And all those who perform are not one time trick ponies but regular, consistent performers.

    Jayawardene says: “The Canada Cup will be an opportunity for most of those picked in the squad. We will be looking for fast-bowling allrounders who are essential in this type of competition. We have two quality spinners [Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis] capable of bowling under any condition and specialist batsmen to bat in different situations.”

    Lets see whether Mendis can perform well again? May be he will because the wicket is not as hard and bouncy at it is in Australia and South Africa. Besides, our Pakistani heroes are like domesticated animals having a herd mentality – tu chull mai aya – when the wickets start tumbling they follow each other in succession within a brief moment. The rest of the teams are minnows and Mendis has another opportunity to race his wickets tally to 50, perhaps the fastest 50?

  43. #43 by khansahab on October 5, 2008 - 6:26 PM

    The captaincy crisis in Pakistan cricket took a new turn when recently Moulvi Mushy recommended Afridi’s name for captaincy. Mushy has spoken in particular about Afridi’s domestic record and experience playing for Pakistan.

    This is a very interesting development because no senior cricketer as mentioned Afridi’s name before and even Inzamam feels Misbah ul Haq, Younis or Yousuf will be better choices.

    Afridi is very good friends with Mushy and Inzi because the 3 of them did Tableegh together and in fact Afridi was almost like Inzamam’s protege.

    Will this declaration by Mushtaq give some impetus to the removal of Malik and appointment of Afridi as captan?

  44. #44 by khansahab on October 5, 2008 - 7:06 PM

    RBS Twenty20 Cup 2008-09

    Arafat and Afridi star for Rawalpindi and Karachi

    Cricinfo staff

    October 5, 2008

    The Rawalpindi Rams, mastered by allrounder Yasir Arafat, opened up their tournament campaign with a 75-run win over Quetta Bears in Lahore. Quetta’s decision to field seemed justified when pacer Gauhar Faiz helped reduce Rawalpindi to 59 for 5, but Arafat and wicketkeeper Jamal Anwar gave the innings some impetus. Arafat hit 35 from 26 balls and Anwar finished unbeaten on an identical score. Naseer Khan, an offspinner, took 3 for 31 to check the tail and Rawalpindi were bowled out for 142 in 20 overs. Quetta’s chase, however, never got off the blocks. Up against the double-international new-ball duo of Sohail Tanvir and Arafat, they slipped to 4 for 18 in no time, which soon became 46 for 6. Tanvir and Arafat took three apiece and Mohammad Aamer and Yasim Murtaza shared four. Quetta were shot out for 67 in 15.3 overs, their second defeat in two days.

    The Hyderabad Hawks also got off on a winning note with a 30-run win over the Karachi Zebras in Lahore. Opting to bat, Hyderabad were in disarray at 28 for 3 before Rizwan Ahmed and Shahid Qambrani teed off. Rizwan top-scored with 57 from 43 balls and Qambrani finished unbeaten on a 36-ball 48. The two added 128 at a good rate, and their stand was followed by some good work from Khadim Hussain, who hit 21, to take the total to 169 for 4. Karachi were given an 87-run start from Shadab Kabir, a former international, and Shahzaib Hasan but lost nine wickets for 49 runs. Hasan was in belligerent mood, hitting three sixes in his 32-ball 61, but after Kabir was run out for a run-a-ball 37, the innings folded dramatically. The next highest score was just 9 with Nauman Ali and Faisal Athar sharing five wickets in quick time. Karachi finished on 139 for 9 in 20 overs.

    The Multan Tigers defeated the Peshawar Panthers by seven wickets with 19 balls remaining in Lahore. Peshawar only made 103 in 19.3 overs, after limping at 59 for 8, with Aftab Alam’s 59 proving the bulk of it. Abdur Rauf and Kamran Hussain, Multan’s new-ball pairing, did the damage with five wickets. In reply Multan lost two early wickets but Sohaib Maqsood (39) and Saeed Anwar jnr (32 not out) finished the job.

    Shahid Afridi was the main man in the Karachi Dolphins’ eight-run victory over the Faisalabad Wolves in Lahore. Afridi’s 12-ball 28 gave Karachi’s innings a solid boost and his tidy spin bowling when defending a total of 155 proved vital. After a 58-run opening stand between Khurram Manzoor (34) and Khalid Latif (22), Karachi slipped to 97 for 4. Afridi then showed off his pyrotechnics with three fours and a six to lift the run rate again. He became the first of offspinner Saeed Ajmal’s three wickets, but Karachi had posted a good score. When chasing, Faisalabad’s No. 3, Mohammad Salman, batted well for his 48 after the loss of the openers. Just two short of fifty he was dismissed by Afridi, who proceeded to add Khurram Shehzad for 9. Misbah-ul-Haq slammed four sixes in an unbeaten 48 from 31 balls, but not for the first time in his Twenty20 career, ended up agonisingly close to the finish line. Faisalabad made 147 for 5 in 20 overs.

  45. #45 by khansahab on October 5, 2008 - 7:13 PM

    Karachi is quite a cosmopolitan city- the 3 best bowlers in the Dolphins’ team are Afridi, Anwar Ali and Sohail Khan and none of them are Urdu Speakers originally (all hailing from NWFP).

    Once again Misbah ul Haq played a marathon effort to rescue his team but he could not manage to take them to victory. He is not a match winning batsman.

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 6, 2008 - 1:06 PM

    khansahab

    Karachi is indeed a cosmopolitan city and from the foreign teams and foreign players point of view it haunts them even after 25 years they dig out old graves and try to create some sensationalism, especially at a time which is a little more turbulent and disturbing. Friends would never do that, only foes take advantage of the situation and add fuel to the fire as they believe in strike when the iron is hot.

    New Zealand’s wicketkeeper Adam Parore wrote an article against Pakistani fast bowlers when Actor and Asaf were charged for taking Nandrolone. He wrote an article in NZ newspaper highlighting how his team lost in Pakistan against the bowling W&W. He wrote, 20 odd years ago when we were in Pakistan and, in that heat our fast bowlers could hardly bowl 4 overs in a row and used to get completely exhausted, whereas W&W used to bowl non stop 10 overs and then after a brief pause they used to bowl another spell of 8-10 overs and we used to wonder how it is possible? Now Asif and Akhtar has revealed us the secrets of their stamina!

    This MF Parore blabbed like a pussy cat and now Australian player Kim Huges is showing his small D-head by saying: “People don’t deserve to see international cricket when they behave like this.” The article is written by Martin Williamson on Cricinfo about crowd behaviour in Karachi.

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/372333.html

    Twenty years ago when security was not a issue, crowd behaviour in England, Australia and West Indies was deplorable. In England we used to see stark naked females running and cartwheeling on and across the ground and not only they used to stop the play for that naked interruption but it was a kinda deliberate ruse to distract the players focus and attention.

    I remember there were at least 2 occasions when the Pakistan team almost won the match under Imran Khan the crowd ran into the ground only to avoid Pakistan’s victory.

    Earlier similar articles were written by the UK journalists supporting Andrew Flintoff’s bogus claim that many years ago when he played against India in New Delhi, he was shot by an air-gun from the crowd? He claimed that the pellets actually hit him and he picked up a few pellets from the ground, BUT he forgot to report it then! Only tried to cry ten years later when he was coming to India to play against a strong Indian team on their home ground.

    There is one thing common here, on all these 3 occasions I have quoted above New Zealand, Australia and England were beaten rather thrashed by Pakistan and India and this is their only way to defend. It was a preemptive strike not only to make sure the security is tight, but a signal to their fans that we play in such dangerous situations in India and Pakistan and we are in tremendous pressure, therefore, in case we lose the series, we are Shaheed and if we win then we are Ghazi’s.

    I really hate it when they whine like this – Cry Babies.

  47. #47 by Abdul on October 6, 2008 - 4:31 PM

    were is the AbN ambro 20/20 cup coming ? What tv channel people ?

  48. #48 by khansahab on October 6, 2008 - 4:34 PM

    Abdul

    It is not the “ABN AMRO” Cup anymore; RBS have started sponsoring it now. That is why it is known as the “RBS T20 Cup”.

    The only channel showing it is Geo Super which is not available to view within UK & Europe. So unfortunately we cannot view this Cup.

  49. #49 by abdul on October 6, 2008 - 5:17 PM

    Please can u write a thread previewing the India- Austrlia series. I feel that India are favourites and Austrlia will miss there big names who have retired especially the bowling duo.

  50. #50 by abdul on October 6, 2008 - 5:17 PM

    has anyone got any films they would recommend watching.

  51. #51 by khansahab on October 6, 2008 - 5:26 PM

    Abdul

    I don’t know if you are into Indian or English movies, but I saw an Indian movie recently called “A Wednesday” featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill and Anupam Kher. It is a film about the plight of the common Muslim in India. Shah plays a terrorist, Shergill plays an honest Muslim cop torn between his religion and his duty to his country and Kher plays a responsible and committed senior cop. The movie has been acclaimed critically and lots of Pakistanis have liked it too. It isn’t like other movies about terrorism; in fact it has a very unique twist at the end which most people won’t predict.

    Another very interesting movie to watch is “Aamir”, which is another movie focusing on religion in India.

    However both these movies are for mature and serious cinema lovers and if you expect to see Preity Zinta or Kareena Kapoor showing their hotness and sex appeal, then look elsewhere.

  52. #52 by khansahab on October 6, 2008 - 7:16 PM

    LOL I saw this interview of Amran Nazir on Bolein Kya Baath Hai, hosted by Mirza Iqbal Baig. Javed A Khan has already touched on this point but it was SO FUNNY to hear AsAf Akbal talk. This is how the conservation went……..

    MIB(Mirza Iqbal Baig): Jee kon bol raha hai aur kahan say?

    Asaf Akbal: Asaf Akbal Lahore sey…..

    MIB: Jee?

    Asaf Akbal: Asaf Akbal…..

    MIB: Asim Iqbal?

    Asaf Akbal: Nahi! ASAF AKBAL!!!!!

    MIB: Acha…..Asif Iqbal…….Bolein Kya Baath Hai……

  53. #53 by khansahab on October 6, 2008 - 10:59 PM

    Malik wants Afridi to ‘perform first’

    Tuesday, October 07, 2008

    From our correspondent

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik is not in favour of Shahid Afridi’s automatic selection on the Pakistan team for the four-nation twenty20 event starting in Canada from October 10.

    A well-placed source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee confirmed to ‘The News’ that when the selectors took up the selection matter with Shoaib on Sunday, he spoke against Afridi’s selection on the team for the four-nation event.

    “Afridi should first prove his utility as his recent international record was not favouring his automatic selection on the team. Unless and until he performs better than the other top contenders who are working hard for a place on the team, he should not be considered or selected on the team,” Shoaib is said to have told the selectors. Afridi’s recent record in the shortest version of the game was not encouraging. He even failed to perform with the bat in the inaugural twenty20 World Cup held in South Africa last year.

  54. #54 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 12:57 AM

    In the same interview with Imran Nazir which I mentioned earlier and which Javed A Khan has also alluded to, Imran Nazir said that it is a very natural act by Malik to promote players from his own hometown, Sialkot.

    The presenter, Mirza Iqbal Baig accused Malik of jingoism and said it was very strange Malik was opting for the inexperienced Mansoor Amjad over Danish Kaneria for some Test series.

    What I am worried about is this mentality of promoting people from your hometowns and villages. Where does the buck stop? A person who is biased enough to promote someone from his hometown can just as easily promote someone from his province or cultural background over another.

    If jingoism and nepotism is practised so openly why do people even talk about merit based selection? In such a case isn’t it better to give powers to the Selection Committee to decide who should play? Is there a problem with Pakistani psyche that such jingoism and nepotism is being allowed to flourish?

  55. #55 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 10:29 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Ejaz Butt has been appointed the new PCB Chairman.

  56. #56 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 10:53 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    The squad for the Canada T20 tournament has been announced:

    Shoiab Malik (c)
    Misbah ul Haq (vc)
    Shahid Afridi
    Salman Butt
    Shoiab Akhtar
    Sohail Tanvir
    Younis Khan
    Kamran Akmal
    Khalid Latif
    Umer Gull
    Anwar Ali
    Abdul Rauf
    Saeed Ajmal
    Fawad Alam
    Sohail Khan

    Afridi pushed for the selection of Sohail Khan. The selectors were always keen on Sohail but Malik was opposed to his selection.

  57. #57 by Qasim on October 7, 2008 - 10:57 AM

    Hi i am posting for the first time. i want to know what is the authenticity of this news about Mr Ijaz Butt as the new Chairman? because i thought the post was going to Mian M Rehman.

    i cant find this news anywhere else, i was actually keen on seeing an ex cricket player as the Chairman. lets pray for pakistan cricket and hope ijaz will rescue it.

  58. #58 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 11:05 AM

    Qasim

    Welcome to LS.

    I can’t tell you the sources we have because we want you to get all of your daily cricket news here on LS.

    Yes the new PCB Chairman will be Ijaz Butt but I can confirm a leading news channel has already reported this.

    We hope to see many more comments from you on LS!

  59. #59 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 11:08 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    SOURAV GANGULY HAS ANNOUNCED HIS DECISION TO RETIRE AFTER THE TEST SERIES AGAINST AUSTRALIA.

    What will this decision mean for Indian cricket? Will Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman follow suit?

  60. #60 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 7, 2008 - 12:28 PM

    khansahab

    Yes, Ganguly has decided to throw his pads, but only after the India – Australia series. He hopes to retire on a high note! What if it goes the other way? And, then it will be the same:

    Baray Bay Abroo Ho Ker Teray Koochay Say Hum Niklay ….

    It is good to see that you are covering the Pakistani domestic 20/20 cricket and the Sialkoti politics. Do you remember in the beginning, even before his appointment when he was being considered as the Captain of Pakistan team, I said, “he is a big MEESNA MUNDA SIALKOT and he will create a lot of politics in the team,” and I am not wrong. Like, some people say he is, “Jalebi ki terha seedha hai,” that MF has always used someone else shoulder to fire his (Bhurmaar) mussel load gun to stay clean but at times he has shot his own foot.

  61. #61 by Zain on October 7, 2008 - 12:53 PM

    khansahab & Javed Khan

    By mentioning Munda Sialkoti you have reminded me of another Munda Sialkoti in Pakistan politics and his name is Khawaja Asaf and, here is his jingoistic speech which he delivered in the 2006-2007 Budget speech at the National Assembly. Supposed to be on Budget and see how he deviates and talks about Punjab.

    http://pkpolitics.com/2008/03/15/khawaja-asif-budget-debate-20067/

    Look at this Khawaja ASAF Sialkoti he is emotionally blabbing about PUNJAB that too so openly in the National Assembly session as if there is no Pakistan but only Punjab?
    And the whole drama is to get rid of Pervez Musharaf, he is also praising PPP and Benazir. Himself he is with Ganja Sharif’s left ball. The only reason he is praising PPP is based on his jingoistic approach of the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now, Khawaja Asaf is giving speeches against Asaf Zardari.

    If you guys see the above video watch out for his action packed buzz words like, “Balas Fehmi; Haypa-tie-tis; Asab Taal; Desi Yen; Garantee; GerrNail, BrugayDear etc. Reportedly he is a well educated Punjabi !

    I would like to see a response from you guys especially from theossa may be he knows him. ??

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