INDIA VS AUSTRALIA TEST SERIES + T20 TOURNAMENT IN CANADA

Khansahab previews the much anticipated India vs Australia series starting October 9th and the T20 tournament featuring Pakistan in Canada which starts October 10th.

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INDIA VS AUSTRALIA

Indian fans will have high expectations with this one. India fought back well against Sri Lanka after the Test series loss and won the ODI series. This series is crucial for many different reasons but the obvious ones are as follows:

1) India rise in world cricket and Australia’s newly discovered vulnerability means that both teams are on a level playing field, almost

2) Australia face a threat against genuine spin and Indian spinners particularly Harbhajan, have performed well against the Aussies of late

3) Ganguly has announced that he will retire after this series. Hence all eyes will be on Ganguly and his fans will hope he bows out gracefully

4) There is tremendous rivalry between the Indians and the Australians. Both teams have not been friendly to each other in recent memory. Sreesanth and Harbhajan have had trouble with the Aussies, Ponting was severely criticised by Gavasker for claiming a catch, and both teams have complained about the behaviour of the other. Perhaps the triggering incident of this animosity was when the Australian players rudely pushed the BCCI chief when they were having a photograph taken in a past series.

Indians and Australians have not exactly been the best of buddies

Indians and Australians have not exactly been the best of buddies

In terms of the pitches and climate, October is generally warm in India and the pitches are expected to play as standard- conducive to swing in the early overs but then favouring spin generally as the days progress. India’s biggest advantage will definitely be its spinners. Whereas Kumble has not been in prime touch recently, he has a great record inside India and Harbhajan has benefited from a resurgence of form.

Harbhajan is always competitive against Australia and pumps up the atmosphere. He has a score to settle with the Aussies and will probably be considered India's trump card

Harbhajan is always competitive against Australia and pumps up the atmosphere

There must be a mention of the Fab Four of the Indian batting line up. As stated earlier Ganguly has announced his decision to retire after this Test series. There have been reports from the BCCI circles that this is the last straw for the Indian Fab Four. Tendulkar has been granted an opportunity to break Lara’s record (he is just 76 runs behind) whereas the recent Wall built in Bangalore in Dravid’s honour seems like a subtle message to the legendary batsman to consider his retirement and exit from the game with some grace.

The end is not far for the greats of the Indian batting line up

The end is not far for the greats of the Indian batting line up

To conclude then, this is a very important series for various reasons and is being considered as a marathon battle between two cricketing giants. It will be great to see the Indian batting legends pile up runs and retire on a good note.

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T20 TOURNAMENT IN CANADA

Although most cricket fans will consider this to be a meaningless tournament, it has gained some interest from Pakistan fans simply because of the absence of cricket in the country. A decent performance in this competition can provide some relief to the depressed Pakistan cricket fan.

The squad has been announced and is as follows: Shoiab Malik (c), Misbah ul Haq (vc), Shahid Afridi,Salman Butt,Shoiab Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Younis Khan,Kamran Akmal,Khalid Latif,Umer Gul,Anwar Ali,Abdul Rauf, Saeed Ajmal,Fawad Alam,Sohail Khan

Nasir Jamshed’s exclusion has been queried who has been replaced by Khalid Latif. Although Latif has been a prolific scorer in domestic cricket, he appeared out of form in the RBS domestic T20 Cup. Nasir was out of form too, but deserved a chance in this tournament. Disappointingly Malik is still captain.

A surprising name in the squad is that of Shoaib Akhtar who performed poorly against Surrey and then did not pick many wickets in the RBS Cup, although he was economical.

Shoaib is still suffering from fitness issues and hopefully he will be fit for the shortest format, T20

Shoaib is still suffering from fitness issues and hopefully he will be fit for the shortest format, T20

There have been many calls to drop Shahid Afridi although he was brilliant with the ball and effective with the bat in the RBS Cup. Afridi is in form and there will be enormous expectations from him.

Afridi deservs to be the captain, and by performing consistently in this T20 Cup he will make a strong case

Afridi deservs to be the captain, and by performing consistently in this T20 Cup he will make a strong case

This T20 Cup will not do much to alleviate the Pakistan team’s hapless standing in world cricket, but it will provide some entertainment to the cricket starved Pakistan cricket fans.

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  1. #1 by Faras Ghani on October 7, 2008 - 4:38 PM

    You’re right khansahab…the T20 has interest from mostly Pakistan’s side due to the lack of international cricket our fans have witnessed recently. It’s silly how Pakistan has mostly been pitted against relatively weaker opposition this year (Zim, Bang and then HK in the Asia Cup) and now Canada and maybe Zim (I say maybe because Zim is still waiting on visa clearance).

    With a home series against India to follow a rather meaningless 12 months, I suggest we keep our hopes down for that unless Laxman, Sachin and Dravid follow Ganguly’s footsteps and retire.

    As for the T20 selection, surprise omisions and inclusions were expected…none more so than Shoaib Akhtar’s inclusion and MoYo’s exclusion. I have a strange feeling we might’ve seen the end of Yousuf’s international career and he might be witnessed wearing the greens of Lahore Badshahs rather than Pakistan. Another surprise was the inclusion of 6 fast bowlers in a T20 squad..maybe our selectors know of the prevailing injury situation with our fast bowlers.

  2. #2 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 4:55 PM

    Faras

    I share your concerns about the 6 fast bowlers- let’s have another look at the squad:

    Pakistan Twenty20 squad

    * Shoaib Malik (capt), Salman Butt, Shoaib Khan, Khalid Latif, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Fawad Alam, Anwar Ali, Sohail Khan, Abdur Rauf

    Lately the trend in T20 cricket has been to keep more fast bowlers than spinners. I think the reason for this is that fast bowlers have been more economical than spinners. If you’re bowling only 4 overs you can bowl a lot of yorkers and quick deliveries that are more difficult for the batsmen to play. We saw in last year’s T20 Cup how successful Umar Gul was because he bowled so many yorkers.

    Keeping this in mind I think it is very likely Malik might use 4 fast bowlers, Afridi and himself as the bowling attack. In fact he may only ever need to introduce himself into the attack if pace bowling isn’t working.

    Malik will probably go with Tanvir, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Abdur Rauf as his pacers. The team will probably look like this:

    Butt
    Khalid Latif/Shoaib Khan
    Younis
    Misbah
    Malik
    Afridi
    Akmal
    Tanvir
    Gul
    Rauf
    Akhtar

    I would make Afridi open and play Fawad Alam in his place. I would also use Sohail Khan over Abdur Rauf and Anwar Ali.

  3. #3 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 4:57 PM

    We know Pakistan will destroy weak sides like Canada and Zimbabwe. The only real test for them is 11th October match against Sri Lanka.

  4. #4 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 6:03 PM

    Sialkot have beaten Lahore and now it will be Siaklot vs Karachi Dolphins in tomorrow’s final.

    I think somehow Sialkot might win because they have a very good record of winning in finals.

  5. #5 by Abdul on October 7, 2008 - 6:15 PM

    Great thread and great explanations. Firstly regarding the Indian series it shall be interesting to see how the big 4 go. I think that Gangually’s retirment came at the right time and feel the others hsould folow after him and after all there have been rumours about them all retiring. From my point of view the time has come for the big guns to call it a day and it’s time for the youth of India after there thriving success in the world 20/20 and the CB series last year.

    As you mentioned it is indeed a crucial series fopr both sides and shall be a real interesting battle. I give the edge to win the series because of the ocndition which will suit there spinners and also Austrlia have no longer Shane Warne and have a crisis about whose going to play in the first test and reflecting on there new spinners peformance in the practice match suggests that they don’t look to be threatening against the long and classy Indian batting line up. Overall, I feel it shall be an intriguing contest but due to the spin factor will give India the edge.

    Regarding the Pakistan team selction I still can’t believe that Imran Nazir has been left out of the squad especially in a t20 tournament that Pakistan are desperate to win and also would have liked to see spinning sensation. Yes I know that he played in rebel IPL league but how can simply neglect the talent of a player like Imran.

    Khanshab, I prefer Indian films but do occasionally watch English films. Yes ovcourse I like pretty woman but don’t like to go into to much detail about. Prefrably, I like films with moral than pornotography.

    Anyway thankyou for help in my assigment which I passed thanks to the allmighty and for your kind assistance throughout. Will somone please educate me on a co operative and how it works please?

  6. #6 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 6:23 PM

    Abdul?!

    “Prefrably, I like films with moral than pornotography. ”

    You watch pornography!!!

    I am really disappointed………..

    Do you know watching erotic material is one of the biggest sins in Islam?

    Do you know on the day of Qayamah our EYES will have to give answers to Allah tala about what they have seen?

    I know you like females because you are not gay, but I didn’t expect this brother………

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

    khansahab

    Good combo – ‘ba-couz,’ both Pakistanis and Indian bloggers can contribute their views on this thread which will cover 2 events – two in one!

    Somehow, I had a feeling from before that they will not include MoYo in the team and that will put him off totally. Like last time when he was not included in the team for the World Cup T20, he retaliated and joined ICL. It was DNA who realized the loss of a great batsman and pursued him to come back.

    Unfortunately, the legal proceedings are so complicated and time is the essence in resolving such cases DNA’s tenure ended abruptly with the change of government and MoYo cannot leave it in a limbo, this “decee-yen” of not including him for Toronto will definitely make him think twice about what he should do for his career and if he goes back to the ICL make some bucks, he is within his rights.

    Regarding Actor’s inclusion, I think either the selectors and the whole regime is totally “Kuggoo” or they are intimidated by this rogue, bully whatever you may call him. He might play one match and then he will be huffing and puffing inhalers.

    On the inclusion of fast bowlers, you have rightly said so that fast bowlers are more effective in this version of the game as opposed to the spinners. With Afridi in the team as a leggie and 1/8 th of Shoaib Malik as a bowler, it would be OK. Omar Gul as usual would be bowling in the death overs.

    On the subject of Indian Old Boys, the sooner they retire, the better it is for their country. They are simply delaying the process of grooming the youth. Apart from their big batsmen, I would like to see Kumble joining the party of retirees and think of developing some sort of software in his silicone valley BanaGalooRu.

    abdul, good to know that you watch pornography, anyone who says he never watched in his life is simply lying. The top pornography is called, “pornotopography” 😉

    Btw, Dr. Salman Khan our blogger from Australia has commented on the previous thread that he too has noticed Sohail Tanvir’s arrogance and attitude problems. Its a shame that Tanvir is growing in Actor and Asaf’s shoes. I saw his interview on TV and found him extremely snooty and even when he smiled, there was a kinda smirk on his face – which is “digustipatingly” pathetic.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 7, 2008 - 7:30 PM

    Luckily the weather over here has taken a U-turn and improved a lot and here is the forecast for Toronto from 10th to 13th 4 days it will be sunny with minimum at night would be 6C and maximum during day is 20C.

    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/caon0696

    Btw, khansahab October in India is not warm but pleasant I guess. May be warm for Canadians but not for Indians.

  9. #9 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 7:43 PM

    Javed A Khan

    About Akhtar’s inclusion, more than whether the selectors or the whole regime is intimidated by Akhtar, I think we need to consider the sheer public support he has.

    Akhtar invites such a tremendous divergence of opinion, from people who love him for his pace and aggression to people who consider him a liability because of his attitude and impact on team morale.

    The PML N is totally supportive of Akhtar so whoever thinks of penalising Akhtar for his disgraceful acts is criticised for “wasting talent”. Nasim Ashraf wanted to get even with Akhtar for his misbehaviour with Woolmer, discipline issues, failing to turn up to net practice and of course drug abuse, but he was seen as a tyrant and someone with a personal vendetta against Akhtar.

    Once Shoaib Akhtar was playing against Karachi at the National Stadium. His bowling was out of touch that day and he got very upset that the Karachi players were smashing him right left and centre. So he bowled a vicious beamer at Khurram Manzoor; he probably thought Khurram would get injured or something but sadly for him, Khurram hooked it for a huge six. The umpire saw this and told Akhtar to leave the field. Akhtar did not learn his lesson and when he went to the dressing room he was so angry for being humiliated that he broke windows and furniture at the National Stadium.

    When Akhtar was banned for 5 years PML N became very upset and organised protests in Islamabad, Lahore and Pindi. They got uncouth youngsters who threatened to cause civil disorder if the ban was not overturned. PML N leaders publicly made their frustrations and anger known to the Pakistani people.

  10. #10 by Faras Ghani on October 7, 2008 - 7:59 PM

    khansahab…the Akhtar incident you mentioned, when was this? Because I was at the stadium once when he kicked the dressing room mirror. However, it wasn’t for reasons that you mentioned that’s why I’d like some explanation on that (I was asked by DAWN to write a ‘spicy’ article on the Akhtar saga the following week).

  11. #11 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 8:24 PM

    Faras

    I don’t remember when this incident actually happened- I’m guessing earlier this year maybe. I read about some of this on Cricinfo and then saw it on the GEO News. In fact I think Geo even showed the pieces of broken glass and furniture, but I don’t recall anything beyond that.

    When Shoaib kicked the dressing room mirror, what was the reason?

  12. #12 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 7, 2008 - 9:11 PM

    khansahab

    when you don’t remember anything you must ask Jeeves! 🙂

    Don’t you remember we talked about this sometime back about Shoaib being thrashed in Karachi? Anyways, here is the news and the link:

    http://www.hindu.com/2007/08/01/stories/2007080160542000.htm

    Quote:

    Akhtar fumes in anger


    Karachi:
    Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar spent a frustrating day during the practice match between the probables for the Twenty20 World Cup and ended up venting his anger on a window pane in the National Stadium dressing room.

    Shoaib was upset at being hit all over by young batsmen Khurrum Manzoor and Khalid Latif and later by Pakistani openers Salman Butt and Imran Nazir.

    Worse still, the mercurial bowler also offended the national selectors present at the ground, by playing in shorts.

    Shoaib came off the field after first bowling three overs in the first innings and then four in the second innings.
    Beamer

    At one stage, Shoaib was so upset with the manner in which the batsmen hit fours and sixes off him that he bowled a beamer at Latif who hooked him for a six after having taken three fours in a previous over.

    In the second session, Butt and Nazir also showed no mercy and Shoaib chose to walk off complaining of dehydration and exhaustion in the warm weather after conceding 44 runs in four overs.

    On coming back to the dressing room, he vented his frustration by kicking at a window pane which cracked in the middle. After that the fast bowler, who has played just one Test and four one-dayers in the last 15 months due to fitness problems, sat sulking and refused to speak to the media despite a request from manager Talat Ali.

    Chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed, clearly upset at Shoaib’s attitude, vented his anger at young Khurrum Manzoor, who was given a dressing down for showing dissent against an umpire’s decision.

    Shoaib’s behaviour and his failure to play on Sunday raised many questions about his fitness but Talat insisted that the pacer was fine and was being rested before a hectic international season.

    “It was hot, very humid and he got dehydrated. We gave him water and time to recover. He was a little dizzy because of the dehydration but he was fine after a cold shower and lots of water,” he explained.

    The selectors and management have already revised the match schedule in the Karachi training camp to avoid burnout among the players. — PTI Unquote.

    Did you see what I highlighted? Sallu couldn’t do anything to Actor took out his anger on a junior player! Thats why I said, either they feel intimidated or they are idiots. And I don’t give a shyte if people come to watch him. They actually love to see what is the next idiotic thing he will do to disgrace Pakistan? Thats why they come.

  13. #13 by khansahab on October 7, 2008 - 9:25 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Thanks for this piece of news. What an uncouth individual Shoaib Akhtar is. He is a total choora, ghatya insaan, sala neech qom ka paindoo

    I am sorry for the graphic use of language but he pisses me off so much! I am sure he is from a Choora background.

    Mohammad Asif expressly said many times that Shoaib intentionally attacked him with the bat because he was smiling when Shoaib was comparing himself with Imran Khan. Why did Shoaib then attribute all blame to Shahid Afridi- he said in his interview that Asaf is like his younger brother and the whole incident happened because Afridi abused his family.

    And then we have people like Zaheer Abbas who says in response to this incident that every fast bowler has a temper and that Afridi should be thrown out of the team for creating politics and friction.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 8, 2008 - 4:05 AM

    khansahab

    The point is how much longer, can anyone put up with this wearisome, isochronal, bunkum rear bogie or the Butt of Rawalpindi Expresses? He hails from a small town near Rawalpindi called “Morgah.” Like Asaf is from a village called Machikay, near Sheikhupura. Akhat is from Morgah which has nothing but Attock Oil Refinery and a plenty of Mujj.

    If you look at the historical facts of Morgah, it spans over centuries through Maharajas, Rajas, Emperors, Sultans, Nawabs and Princes, since the Vedic age to the modern era who passed through that route from Khyber Pass to Lahore and Delhi. The inhabitants of Morgah are among the Rajput converts to Islam. Rebelling against the Delhi Sultanate in the early 13th and 16th century. Thereafter they have constantly been sucking and licking anyone who is in power right from the Moghuls Emperors, the British Raj and even in the Pakistan Army and “Pall-ticks.”

    There is no intellect but only muscles and physical power no one ever achieved any class to be considered at par with the elite of any intellectual society, they remained uncouth, uncivilized soldiers from the Moghul era to the British Raj buttering their Butts and even in Pakistan Army they have a known solo celebrity to boast about Morgah “Kukkar Koon Koon Karda” that name is of: General Shah Nawaz Janjua tay hor ek wada siyasat daan wee, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad. When he was the Federal Minister, he said on TV, “If the TERRISSTS come FAWAD and SLENDER their arms we will nat ask any KOS-CHEN and we will PAR-DEN them.”

    Now, I want everyone to see this one minute video by clicking on to this link below and see what this old man says about Sheikh Rashid Ahmad and watch it till the end, pls.

    http://video.aol.com/video-detail/funny-sheikh-rasheed-ahmad-pakistan-elections/4204343031

    The other celebrities from Morgah is that British Boxer Amir Khan and his cousin Sajid Mahmood the thoroughbred Morgah stallion who plays for England and, His Highness of Tantrums, Shoaib Akhar himself. Thats all, c’est tout.

    Whenever Shoaib screws up, the PCB warns him, he reacts, the PCB punishes him, he appeals, the PCB becomes more compassionate and forgiving. Even the most silly, monotonous, inane soap operas offer more entertainment and surprise than Shoaib’s antics and repeated grotesquely ludicrous acts.

    It is not a drama anymore, it is just a series of “disgustipatingly” pathetic tourney between an unruly dork and a succession of inept administrations. The question is, where and when will it end? One might even ask where did it even begin? Perhaps it started when the Morgah started giving BAANG (not Azaan as most people think) in the wee hours of morning with an applaud and then Kukkar Kooon Kooon, mai bahot energetic hooon. (but, not without a puff of pot).

    He is a disgrace to the nation, if one looks at the history of his disdainful, contemptuous achievements which has a certain amount of piquancy from the outset and he has been so repugnant and ugly that one feels ashamed to associate himself with him in any manner whatsoever. There was a time when Brett Lee was compared with Actor, perhaps Lee would feel insulted now if you compare him with Shoaib Akhtar.

    I have gathered some of his achievements from the Internet, Wikipedia, cricinfo etc., and below is a time line of his accomplishments which he likes to decorate like a feather in his cap.

    # September 1997: Dropped from Pakistan one-day squad for a series in Toronto on the basis of tour manager’s report of an earlier visit to England by the A team.

    # December 1999: Banned for illegal bowling action.

    # February 2000: Banned for a test and fined
    $1 800 (around R13 800) after breaching players’ code of conduct on tour of Australia.

    # January 2001: Banned for illegal bowling action for a second time.

    # November 2002: Fined 50 percent of match fee, banned for one One-Day International for throwing a bottle into crowd during a test in Zimbabwe.

    # December 2002: Suspended one-test ban for ball tampering.

    # May 2003: Banned for two ODIs and fined 75 percent of match fee for ball tampering during a tri-series match in Sri Lanka.

    # October 2003: Banned for one test and two ODIs for using obscene and offensive language towards South African Paul Adams in Lahore test. Also, had a row with Waqar Yunas.

    # December 2004: Fined 40 percent of match fee for taunting batsman during test in Australia.

    # January 2005: Fined 25 percent of match fee for excessive appealing in ODI in Australia.

    # October 2006: Banned for two years for testing positive for nandrolone. Ban lifted on appeal two months later.

    # August 2007: Fined $5 000 for leaving training camp without permission. Fine suspended.

    # October 2007: Banned for 13 international matches and fined around $120 300 for four breaches of discipline, including striking teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat before Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa. Also put on two-year probation.

    # April 2008: Banned for five years by PCB for violating code of conduct while under probation period.

    # The Karachi domestic match incident in which he was thrashed by juniors and in frustration he kicked the door and break the glass and now he is on his way to 2run2.

    Wait and see yae Toronto may kya naya gul khilaye ga?

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 8, 2008 - 4:37 AM

    Oh, I forgot to mention about Zaheer Abbass. As a batsman I have some respect for him because of his batting style and his run making abilities, but people keep calling him Asian Bradman, which in my opinion is unnecessary and it is a bit too much. Its like calling someone a Haji to make him feel great. Such titles makes people snooty and arrogant.

    Just look at his inflated ego here:

    As a person Zaheer Abbas is pukka Paindoo, uncouth Sialkoti choora, despite living all his life in Karachi the only thing he learnt is to remain loyal to His Master’s Voice. Therefore, he remains loyal to Sialkot and for no reason he keeps on backbiting Karachi players or anyone who plays for Karachi. And, he always does that when he is on TV and never in front of them because he has no balls to face them.

    A few years ago when Afridi was being honoured at the Pearl Continental Hotel, among those notably present were squash legend Jehangir Khan, hockey olympian Islahuddin, cricketers Zaheer Abbas, Iqbal Qasim and Rashid Khan and see what Zaheer Abbas said then.

    “Zaheer Abbas, (the Asian Bridman, who made runs like a machine in his time), heaped praise on Afridi at this occasion, saying that he had never seen such an energetic and fast scoring batsman. Playing against any country, Zaheer added, if Afridi could manage to stay intact at crease for ten to fifteen minutes would always mean bad luck for the opponent team. “

    Now, with the change of time and tide Zaheer has also changed his colours like a chameleon which is so typical of a Sialkoti Langoati jithay dee khoti uthay aan khaloti.

  16. #16 by Q on October 8, 2008 - 6:47 AM

    Your right – this meaningless 20-20 tournament has excited all of Pakistan cos we have hardly played any cricket!

    I don’t like the squad though.

    Why r we going with 6 fast bowlers?

    Where is Saeed Ajmal?

    Why were Khalid and Shoaib Khan picked instead of Nasir Jamshed?

    Khalid and Shoaib are both good batsmen but Nasir has done nothing wrong opening for Pakistan…

    There needs to be continuity..

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 8, 2008 - 11:36 AM

    Continuity and consistency has always been lacking in Pakistan cricket and politics.

    Nasir Jamshed’s form, even in the domestic tournaments have declined. He started his international career in Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir style but, on a lower key and could not maintain consistency. In fact there was a constant, continuous decline in his scoring runs.

    Although Saeed Ajmal took 3 wickets in the last match against Karachi Dolphins but gave away 37 runs. In the previous match he took none for 21 in 2 overs. Perhaps the selectors believe in consistency here as they believe in Malik’s captaincy.

    The main reason for dropping Saeed Ajmal and or, Nasir Jamshed is because of Shoaib Akhtar’s inclusion. They had a mindset on MoYo and would have never included him in the twenty20 format even if Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam or even Imran Khan have vouched for him they would have still excluded him.

    We might see a few youngsters / debutants playing against Canada – the same experimentation process will continue they will never stick to the policy of giving the tried and tested regulars to get acclimatized, get oriented, get over with jet lag etc., etc. If someone plays good against the weak team he will be hailed and praised and against a good team if he fails, he is dumped, trashed, forgotten.

    For the Captain all that matters is a win that makes him stay like, the Kitply Cup and Asia Cup win against India helped Malik retain his captaincy or else he would have been history! Pak won because of YK and still some dorks feel that YK play politics the fact is they all play cricket and Malik plays politics and he is very consistent in it.

  18. #18 by khansahab on October 8, 2008 - 3:31 PM

    Karachi Dolphins took Sialkot too lightly and Sialkot won a great victory and are now the RBS Champions.

    Fawad Alam was again the star for Karachi, being the highest scorer in the match.

  19. #19 by khansahab on October 8, 2008 - 3:53 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Karachi based Chief Selector Salahuddin Sallu has resigned following the appointment of Ijaz Butt, the new PCB Chairman.

    Salahuddin, like his former boss Nasim Ashraf, was very keen on recruiting talent from interior NWFP and under his stint as the Chief Selector many Pushtoons from unknown areas featured in the Academy, U-16 and U-19 areas.

    Under Salahuddin’s tenure innumerable players from Karachi also featured in the Academy, U-19 and U-16 teams and arguably for the first time we saw an Academy team where there were more Karachi players than Punjab players.

    However Malik was always opposed to Salahuddin’s post because of Salahuddin’s insistence to keep Afridi in the team and to promote talent from Sindh and NWFP.

    Why aren’t Talat Ali Malik and Shoaib Malik also resigning? If they are talking about overhauling the system and remedying mistakes, why not get rid of the two Maliks? Is it fair to say DNA and Sallu were at fault but Malik and Talat Ali Malik were doing a good job?

    Talat Ali Malik is as incompetent as Saleem Altaf; he is a total loser and he has absolutely no control over the team. All he is there to do is to play politics.

  20. #20 by abdul on October 8, 2008 - 4:46 PM

    Khanshab, again u have the wrong end of stick. What I was trying to say was that I like films with morals like Taree Zameen Par and Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic and DON’T WATCH PORNOTOGRAPHY for many reasons one it’s against the principles of Islam and 2 it’s dirty and not appropraite. So the message I was trying to get across is that I watch films for morals and entertainment and don’t watch pornotography.

    I hope u have understood what I am saying because I am strictly away from this inappropraite material especially at my young age eventhough I am living in a society at school with this is sometimes the centre of attention unfortunateltly.

    Meamwhile returing to cricket let the india – austrlia series commence.

  21. #21 by abdul on October 8, 2008 - 4:50 PM

    Khanshab please get back to me on this one as I totally got my words muddled up when I was speaking yesterday and it’s feeling rather ashameful and embarassing to be a person like u are thinking of me at the moment because I’m totally different to that.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 8, 2008 - 5:59 PM

    khansahab

    This was expected. A Karachi based Chief Selector is never acceptable to the Pubjab based CEO of the PCB. Sallu was asked to resign and that is the sad end of his career. With Ijaz Butt gyrating his 70 year old KUNATI, nothing good will happen, in fact you the worst of Pakistan cricket has just begun.

    You will see more dirty politics in cricket now. Talat Ali Malak is a Hira Mandi pimp he has no character, no sharam, haya, he will always be with the administration no matter who the boss is, he will be his “YES Man”. And Shoaib Malik, unless he is kicked out, he won’t go, because he considers himself as the best All-Rounder Pakistan has ever produced and under his captaincy he has more wins than any other captain. He is a dimwit dolt idiot of the highest caliber. Good luck to Pakistan cricket.

    Lets discuss India – Australia series and forget about Pakistan cricket, because what they are playing is not cricket.

  23. #23 by Zain on October 8, 2008 - 6:18 PM

    abdul I am not understating what you are tailing about your mistakation in thout and words and muddling up speech and I am not understand what pornotography is and why it is not moral to watch? Is it a bleu flim or a megazine you are taking about? In the letter case I mite say astakfirullah.

    But my gasse is khansaheb deliburately is making this underestimation of your words by jumbgling it only to say you are a bade boy! I think you are not a bade person but only differant from others and being differant is a goad thing. I always like differant peepal.

    khansaheb why you holding stick from wrong side end? when you play hackey you can do that but you canot hold cricket bat from wrong side end if you do that then it is your mistikation and not my problum, so please dont make fun of anybudy just becouse you no more or you are moer education than other.

  24. #24 by khansahab on October 8, 2008 - 7:58 PM

    Abdul

    I am sorry for misunderstanding your comment. I thought you were advertising the fact that you watch pornography. It’s good to know you try to stay away from these things.

    And let me be frank with you- watching porn is a very normal act for heterosexual males. So don’t worry if you feel tempted into guilty pleasures. I am older than you but still not mature enough. If a girl is even slightly above average looking I fall in love, lust or feel like screwing her or whatever. It’s very normal, but some people have greater testosterone levels than others and some people have more frequent and intense sex drives.

    Sex is evil, evil is sin, sin is forgiven………….so get stuck in 🙂

    (Ignore this last line)

  25. #25 by khansahab on October 8, 2008 - 8:47 PM

    While most Pakistanis are happy to see Salahuddin go and are celebrating this resignation, I want to emphasise his achievements. Before I do that I think it is a disgraceful act by Ijaz Butt to insult Salahuddin like this- the selection committee would have been changed anyway but an honourable person with decency wouldn’t behave like this. What I am referring to is the last minute change of the squad without notifying the Selection Committee.

    -Salahuddin had the guts to include Misbah ul Haq at Yousuf’s expense. At T20 level, the decision worked big time.

    -He gave continuous chances to people like Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed and Fawad Alam despite intense pressure from the team management to do otherwise

    -He included Sohail Tanvir who at that time was not a renowned name at the domestic circuit. As it happened Sohail Tanvir became a superstar overnight.

    -He handled Imran Farhat and Mohammad Ilyas the way any decent person should have. Mohammad Ilyas is an arrogant uncouth who threw tantrums and threatened and abused the selection committee but the committee ignored his uncouth behaviour.

    -He introduced Sohail Khan despite pressure from the captain to not do so. Sohail made an impact against Zimbabwe. He also introduced the deserving Khurram Manzoor and Nasir Jamshed and whereas Jamshed was given chances (some people might think he didn’t do enough to capitalise on them) Manzoor was not, but still showed his talent as he scored a 50 on debut.

    -He reposed faith in Salman Butt despite Butt’s inconsistent 2007. The result was that Butt became one of Pakistan’s most successful batsmen in 2008. Salahuddin also did the right thing by ignoring failures such as Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat and Taufeeq Umar.

    So I don’t think Salahuddin made many blunders. I find it amazing the Chairman and Selection Committee have resigned but the captain and team manager are still there. Something is definitely not right.

  26. #26 by Rehan Khan on October 8, 2008 - 9:20 PM

    Good idea to combine threads. about India vs Australia, very important series will the hosts having home advantage and experience advantage. i think ganguly retired at the best time and before this high profile series. the only problem is he will be under pressure to perform.

    Now these senior players will fall like Dominos. Kumble and Dravid are under pressure to retire. actually i think having these seniors might help the indians because of the psychological edge over aussie bowlers, they will feel very intimidated.

    Now shifting focus to Pakistan, to be honest Im not looking forward to this tournament. Its only 3 matches right? Probably geo super is showing it in pakistan, or maybe ARY. its a very low profile cup and no one is taking it seriously.
    and WOW the chief selector is gone, there is drama in PCB everyday. i agree with khansahab that the captain should also go. i am an afridi supporter but i also wont mind misbah taking captaincy. But seriously Malik needs to go, hes a waste of space.

  27. #27 by Jehanzeb Khan Niazi on October 9, 2008 - 12:35 AM

    Hello everybody!

    I was in Pakistan for over a month and getting internet access over there is difficult than scaling the highest mountain of the country K-2. First we have to deal with the load shedding and then the slow connections sometimes you are halfway through writing an email and the power is off. Load Shedding is the call!

    Good to see a lot of changes on the blog and the threads and most importantly the addition of new pages especially that of politics and in Pakistan everyone talks about politics and no one knows what to do? Everyone is a politician and everyone knows everything yet they don’t know nothing.

    I am surprised to see Shoaib Malik is still in the team as captain. In Pakistan most people are against him and they say he is a sissy captain, they want Misbah or Afridi to lead the Pakistan team. I am from Lahore but, trust me there is a feeling among the masses that the leadership in this country is not right be it cricket or politics and a lot of them are asking Musharaf to come back.

    At least during Musharaf’s time there was some stability, some law and order despite the fact that CJ Chaudhary Iftikhar did his best to create street processions in the name of democracy and now in the name of democracy the country is in chaos. People have understood the intentions of CJ Chaudhary that he was not honest as a Chief Justice and he is not honest now. So, they dumped him and he is sulking in the trash bin.

    Its sad that Salahuddin had to resign. He supported Saeed Ajmal’s case but Ijaz Butt has other ideas we don’t know what he is going to do next but in Lahore they say Butt Sahab is not even good for a Halwai ki Dukaan how can he manage a big multi-million dollar organization? There are hundreds if not thousand of people who have played cricket but that doesn’t mean they have the capability to run the PCB successfully.

    I was here when we had a debate on bureaucrats vs. technocrats and I remember we talked about the much needed skills and capabilities for the Chairman. But, it is sad to see we do not have any criteria or any prerequisites for this post. It has always been Ad hoc and it will always remain Ad hoc and off the cuff management.

    I am interested in seeing some action and I don’t know how the weather in Toronto would be during this time of the year? May be someone from Toronto can help us by throwing some light on it. I am also very keen to see the India / Australia test series but the only problem is it is during the night time and its not possible to see all night.

  28. #28 by Mohammed Munir on October 9, 2008 - 9:36 AM

    One of the important jobs assigned to DNA was to come up with a proper PCB constitution and some kind of set of rules.

    I know for sure that he did not do this on time, and this issue was dragged, pending and overdue for years altogather.

    Did he finally do that before he left ?

    (I am sorry, I really do not know this).

  29. #29 by Mohammed Munir on October 9, 2008 - 10:06 AM

    Kumbale will be 38 in 7 days time (the oldest guy around), I guess being a leader, he should ‘lead’ the list of retirees too 😉

    While if performance is a criteria, then Very Very Special Lux-Man should also be going soon, followed by ‘Sach-Hai-Na’, and finally ‘The Wall’ 🙂

  30. #30 by khansahab on October 9, 2008 - 10:28 AM

    Salahuddin quits as chief selector

    By Our Sports Reporter

    LAHORE, Oct 8: Chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu has resigned from his post, the same day when the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt assumed charge on Wednesday.

    “I have sent my resignation to the new chairman as I was appointed by the previous chief Dr Nasim Ashraf and now Ijaz Butt has the right to pick his own team,” Salahuddin said.

    Under Nasim Ashraf I performed my duties freely and took every step to raise the national team, which was low in morale after failing to qualify for the second stage of the World Cup 2007. Furthermore, the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer had put a negative impact on Pakistan cricket,” he said.

    But he added that during his short span, starting from April 2007, Pakistan succeeded in reaching the Twenty20 World Championship final in South Africa where they lost to India.

    During Salahuddin’s tenure as chairman of selectors, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 in a three-match one-day series in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan lost the Test series against South Africa (at home) and India 1-0 while also losing the one-day series.

    Pakistan, who also won a tri-nation tournament in Bangladesh after beating India in the final last June, however, failed to qualify for the Asia Cup final in July.

    Meanwhile, Salahuddin congratulated Ijaz Butt on his appointment as the PCB chief and has expressed the hope that he will take Pakistan cricket forward in the right direction.

    Salahuddin also lauded the services of Dr Nasim Ashraf and termed the ICC decision to change the result of the forfeited Oval Test into a draw as a great achievement for the former PCB chairman.

    Salahuddin urged the new PCB chairman to take action against those who had tampered with the squad selected on Tuesday for the four-nation Twenty20 tournament in Canada.

    He said that he had no idea who inducted Shoaib Khan into the squad in place of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal after the uncapped opener was not picked by the selectors.

  31. #31 by khansahab on October 9, 2008 - 10:44 AM

    Munir sahab

    The PCB Constitution was delayed because of turmoil inside the team such as Shoaib Akhtar’s behaviour, the doping scandals and the problem with internal friction and politics.

    However Ashraf was successful in eventually giving the PCB its first Constitution. No PCB Chairman in the past has succeeded in doing this. This point is not being mentioned by the media because the media was totally opposed to Ashraf, as it was to Musharraf.

    The people who manage the media are also common Pakistanis who are the same type of people who work for the police, who work in the civil service, who join politics etc. They are not from another planet- they are the same people and they also have biases. Journalism and reporting is something that is always done from individual perspective and it always carries a bias. This whole talk about having an independent media is just rubbish because nowhere in the world do you have an impartial or independent media.

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 9, 2008 - 1:27 PM

    First of all the media in Pakistan under Musharaf’s time was more independent than any other time. Still, they call him a military dictator. Just check out how many more new TV channels were opened and how many new radio stations, newspapers etc., etc., were introduced and how some of the uncouth so-called journalists used to write against him. Now, Zardari is tightening up the ‘nuts and bolts’ and imposing restrictions on what is to be said and what not is to be said or presented on the TV channels.

    If Imran Khan has any political sense he should ask Musharraf to create his own party and form an alliance with him and MQM plus any small party from the NWFP, to counter the PPP and PML(N) these two will never be together again after Nawaz Sharif was thrown out like “a doodh ki mukkhee” by Zardari, it is not only an insult to Shareef Brothers but an insult to the whole of Punjab. The new alliance will become the most powerful party as it will represent almost everyone from NWFP to Karachi. I know Baluchistan would be left alone but, they don’t have a party they have the fuedal rule of sardars there.

    On cricket

    Ricky Ponting’s century and now the two sticky players Mike Hussey is still there and will take Australia’s total to some respectability. I guess the Australian fast bowlers will do better than Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma. I have not been able to watch the match as I slept early and I am not sure whether they are showing it on the existing package that I have.

    The teams must have already arrived in Toronto for the 4 days T20 tournament and luckily the weather couldn’t have been perfect. Although it was raining yesterday, but here is the forecast for the next 4 days:

    Right now its 9:30 a.m. and it is 13°C and sunny
    Today it is clear with Max. & Min. 20°C | 13°C
    Friday Clear 18°C | 9°C
    Saturday Clear 20°C | 13°C
    Sunday Mostly Sunny 23°C | 14°C

    So, hopefully there will be some good cricket????

  33. #33 by Abdul on October 9, 2008 - 4:11 PM

    ZAIN u are one of the most insulting people from a teenagers prespective on this blog. Please don’t harm others as it’s not very nice and is also forbidden in ISLAM.

    So grow up my friend as you are accountable for your own sins. And for the final time so we can get into the head of this daft blogger NO I stay away from all the things that are forbidden in the quran icluding pornoi and drugs .

    Understand Mister or will I have to explian it again to this daft blogger.

    And to conclude I have 3 words to say to Mr Zain

    GROW UP MAN !

  34. #34 by Abdul on October 9, 2008 - 4:14 PM

    zAIN i HAVE ALREADY EXPLIANED THAT i STAY AWAY FROM FORBIDDEN THINGS IN ISLAM INCLUDING PORN AND DRUGS AND I AM NOT THAT TYPE OF FILTHY PERSON AND AM A PROPER MUSLIM.

    3 WORDS TO SAY TO THIS DAFT BLOGGER WHO DOESN’T SHOW ANY COUTESY TO ANYONE ELSE.

    GROW UP MAN

  35. #35 by Abdul on October 9, 2008 - 4:15 PM

    Javed A khan, it must be exciting times for you with cricket coming to Canada. I wonder how the atmopshere feels in the Asian community.

  36. #36 by Abdul on October 9, 2008 - 4:18 PM

    Sialkot have retained the 20/20 cup and there dominance in domestic cricket. Meanwhile in the international scene it’s Ricky ponting u has dominated the headlines in the opening day of the test series.

  37. #37 by Abdul on October 9, 2008 - 4:20 PM

    Inzamam ul huq is convinced that president Asif Ali Zadari will convince the PCB chairman to allow Icl rebel players to play for Pakistan. This is good news fro Imran Nazir who deserves to be in the squad.

  38. #38 by khansahab on October 9, 2008 - 7:22 PM

    Zain

    Look how you have upset Abdul, I think now you and Adnan Naqvi should leave him alone!

    I don’t think Abdul is less educated than me; in fact he has a long way to go. When did I say that? I don’t make fun of him although I do joke around with him. He is, after all, my little brother. I am sure Javed A Khan also has similar sentiments.

    Javed A Khan

    I respect and admire your wishes to always see Pakistan first, a bit like how Musharraf felt. Pakistan needs honest and principled intellectuals like you to guide the ignorant, self centred and uncouth people in the right direction. As a people the Pashtuns have a distinct identity and code of life and they are a people who take immense pride in their lineage and customs. Despite being a true Pashtun at heart, you always think about the country first and your ethnicity and province second. That, by the grace and will of Allah, makes you special.

    In an ideal world we would like to see people like Imran Khan and ANP forming alliances and taking the country towards prosperity. The problem with MQM is that, their leadership is uncouth and terrorist and although most of them know exactly what’s wrong with the country, they have embraced terrorism and jingoism in order to further their ideology. The MQM needs to be totally revamped if it is to be perceived in the same league as ANP or Tehreek e Insaaf.

    MQM was the first mainstream party to advocate for some good values such as, social equality, provincial autonomy, religious tolerance, education, women and minority rights and so on. These days they are actively promoting these principles in Punjab and it’s a fact MQM is the fastest growing party in Pakistan. Last year Geo News reported that in 10 years or so MQM might become the largest party in Pakistan. What MQM needs to do is just to stick to these policies and rework their manifesto.

    ANP and Tehreek are the most respected parties because they are middle ground and seek social justice. Tehreek needs to stay away from the Mullhas a bit. ANP is special because it is a moderate party coming from NWFP. If anything that should tell people to stop stereotyping about NWFP. Both these parties also have a clean slate when it comes to issues like corruption and misappropriation of public money. What Tehreek needs to do is to stop promoting itself as a one-man dictatorial party.

    In Pakistan regional affiliation means a lot even if most people deny it. What is the difference between the successful parties and a party like Tehreek? Imran Khan has no regional base. His family is Lahore based and he might be a Niazi but apart from his Pathan ancestry and looks he has nothing common with the Pashtuns. In terms of political ideology Tehreek is most similar to PML Nawaz. I suggest Imran Khan to drop the “Niazi” from his name and give some speeches in Punjabi. That way he will find many more supporters; he needs to identify more with Punjabi people, because he lives in Punjab and in fact his whole family is in Punjab.

    In spirit though I agree with Javed A Khan’s idea that Pakistan should be ruled with someone neutral and honest like Musharraf, if not Imran Khan. Tehreek, MQM and ANP and other Pashtun nationalist parties should come together. That way the whole of Pakistan can be represented and there will be minimal corruption and nepotism. I remember two years ago watching a news report that amongst PPP, PML N, PML Q, religious parties and Tehreek, there were only two politicians who had been completely transparent about their investments and finances- Imran Khan and Shaukat Aziz.

  39. #39 by khansahab on October 9, 2008 - 7:40 PM

    The news piece below outlines the problem with Pakistan. Aamir Sohail and Saleem Altaf, friends of Ijaz Butt are likely to get important positions in the new PCB administration. What a farce! Both Sohail and Altaf are shady characters with controversial pasts. Sohail is known to be a temperamental and vindictive person who tried his best to ruin the careers of fellow players. According to reliable sources Sohail hates Afridi and has already told the PCB that if he is made Chief Selector he will get rid of Afridi forever. For Afridi’s sake I hope he performs in this T20 tournament.

    Aamir Sohail and Saleem Altaf likely to get key positions in PCB

    Karachi : Former cricketers Aamir Sohail and Saleem Altaf are expected to get prime positions in the new cricket set up after the appointment of Ejaz Butt as the new Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
    Butt took charge of the Board yesterday and sent out a clear message to some of the officials in the present set up that he would be making changes in the next few days by bringing Saleem Altaf to the stadium.

    And the first order passed by Butt was that the old offices of Altaf be vacated immediately and given back to Altaf who is now expected to get back his old position or a more important post in next few days.

    “Butt is not particularly fond of some officials in the present set up and is certain to change them,” one source said.

    He said that Aamir Sohail had also met with Butt for a long while yesterday and would be appointed on an important post probably as chief selector as Salahuddin Ahmed, the sitting chief selector, had also resigned.

    “Butt is not happy with the way the Board has been run and he will make rapid and wholesale changes,” the source said.

    The source said that on his first day in office, Butt had ordered that he be given a complete list of people employed in the tenure of Ashraf and the details of what work they were doing and how much salaries and perks they were getting.

    “He has also ordered to be given a comprehensive breakdown of the financial affairs including the present assets of the Board, the expenditures of the fiscal year etc,” the source said.

    Press Trust of India

  40. #40 by khansahab on October 9, 2008 - 8:58 PM

    LOL I was watching a clip of a match where Najaf Shah was playing and this is what Waqar Younis had to say about Najaf:

    “Yaa in domestAc cricket 11 time he has taken a 5 wickat…………..”

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2008 - 4:39 AM

    If Aamir Churail the Gir-git is appointed as the next Chief Selector then, KIR-KIT KA KHUDA HAFIZ.

    Ijaz Butt would be sitting near Zardari and holding his GIDDAY GOTAY and Aamir Sohail would be smelling Ijaz’s Butt and holding his balls with velvet gloves and will try to make it a sellable product.

    Has anyone read Bob Woolmer’s Book? Apparently questions are being raised by experts that “How much of the book is actually written by Bob Woolmer himself?”

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2008 - 4:45 AM

    abdul

    I live in Montreal and the tournament is in Toronto and it is about 550 k.m. and it takes about 5-6 hours to drive there. I would love to go to Toronto to see the matches but, I can’t go. I am too busy here, and the only time I can travel out of Montreal is during January and February thats all i.e., when its winter here and business is slow. I am also not too sure if they are showing it on TV.

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2008 - 12:41 PM

    Hussey’s ton has placed Aussies in a comfort zone but, Sehwag and Gambhir started well and are fighting to get even, especially Sehwag is playing a test match in ODI style. Our Indian bloggers are also not interested this time to comment for whatever reasons, but to be honest there is not much interest among the Indian fans here about this India / Australia series, may be later when the results go one way and the other team makes more effort to recover, but so far this match seems like a draw to me unless something drastic happens. Because after Sehwag everyone would be playing a tuk, tuk innings as they have to prove their worth and will play safe.

    The Pakistanis and Zimbabweans would be wearing triple sweaters, although by Canadian standards its a nice day and good weather for the week-end but, for people coming from hot countries 9°C is freezing hell for them. A couple of years ago in the month of January, I was in Pakistan and, in Lahore and Karachi the temperature was 6°C and they were saying its the coldest night ever (especially in Karachi).

    The point that I am trying to make is, be prepared for the worst fielding, they will have an excuse that the weather is cold and I don’t see how they can get over with the jet lag in less than 24 hours after landing? Apart from that, there are a few who will be on “ecstasy” to stay up all night in the bars and night clubs.

    So, not enough sleep, disturbed bio-rhythm and focus on something else so don’t expect they will play cricket. Sri Lankan team arrived 48 hours before Pakistan and I dunno why they can’t prioritize visas, bookings etc? They were actually trying to sort out the issues of selecting the PCB Chairman and Chief Selector prior to sending the team which arrived here like Zombies. Reportedly MoYo is happy because he is left behind not on selection basis but because he couldn’t get Canadian Visa on time. I hope Ijaz heavy weight Butt also stays back home. They all find an opportunity to travel on “Mufta” and make money on TA/DA.

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2008 - 3:58 PM

    Taibu is fighting but, Mendis already got 3 wickets and Zimbabwe are struggling against his spin. Zim are 106/8 in 17 overs perhaps, India’s second string batting line up would have played better than Zimbabawe. Malak must be licking his own lips and must be dying to score against Zim and Can.

    SL won the toss and elected to field first. If I had the option to decide after winning the toss, I would bat first to post a big total. T20 is about scoring runs, its for public entertainment especially this farcical tournament is for public interest and not just for a strong team to win against the minnows by securing the risk factor and covering their assess. SL should have batted first in any case they would have won against Zimbabwe.

    PS

    Chalo its only a 17 over match for whatever reasons and SL started with 13 in the first over. The second match of the day is between Pakistan and Canada. The problem is Malak will follow SL just like a Bhair Chaal i.e., if he wins the toss he would field. I think I need to call a friend in Toronto who is sitting there with Talat Ali Malak to tell him not to follow SL example just go on and bat if you win the toss!

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2008 - 5:18 PM

    ARY is showing live on TV from Toronto so I was able to see the Sri Lankan batting. Between 8th and 12th over Sri Lanka got jitters from the Zimbabweans when they got two quick run outs and another wicket in the space of only 6 runs. But, the experienced Sri Lankans came through with an over to spare. Mendis got another MoM award. But, Price bowled better than him 4 overs 9 runs and 2 wickets and someone dropped a simple catch on his bowling, earlier he too dropped a sitter but his throw to run out Jayawardene was immaculate.

    Pakistan / Canada match is about to start in the next 15 minutes and lets see what our Jeeyalas have to do!

  46. #46 by khansahab on October 10, 2008 - 6:16 PM

    Why is Shoaib Malik looking so weak and tired? He can’t even stand up straight!

  47. #47 by khansahab on October 10, 2008 - 6:25 PM

    Something was definitely fishy in that selection controversy which led to the resignation of Salahuddin. That is because Malak has chosen Shoaib Khan to play in the first match and Shoaib could not rise to the occasion and appeared quite mediocre. I am convinced both Malak and Ijaz Butt were involved in this controversy.

    Malak played a pathetic shot and got bowled.

  48. #48 by khansahab on October 10, 2008 - 6:42 PM

    Waqar and Mohammad Akram are commentating and they are so pathetic. I was surprised to listen to Akram as I thought he would be better at his job.

    For instance Akram mentioned a few times that, “Younas is a big hitter, very experienced batsman………” and then he said later. “Well Younas is not a hitter, he score runs by sigNALS and doubles”…………

    And Waqar said initially, “Canadians are a new side, they are a young side” but he later contradicted himself saying, “Buttaaaa……Canadians are very experienced…..”

    Experienced in what?

  49. #49 by khansahab on October 10, 2008 - 6:46 PM

    Salman Butt is thrashing the Canadian spinner bigtime!

  50. #50 by khansahab on October 10, 2008 - 7:02 PM

    A totally unprofessional batting performance against a minnow side

    Shoaib Malik did not use Afridi as opener which he should have done.

    Malik played a pathetic shot when he was dismissed.

    Misbah failed again, he played too slow and proved yet again he is not worth all the hype.

    I wouldn’t blame Younis that much because he was batting at no 3, at that number you can afford to take risks.

    Afridi came so late to bat that he couldn’t do anything.

    Akmal was pathetic and looked like a total amateur. I am not convinced there is a huge difference between his and Sarfraz Ahmed’s batting ability.

    Sri Lanka were not brilliant against Zimbabwe, but Canada a much weaker bowling attack than Zimbabwe. In fact Canada is one of the weakest minnow teams. A run rate of 6.85 is simply not good enough against a minnow team. If Australia, South Africa or India were playing this bowling attack they would have easily scored 175, even on this tricky pitch.

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2008 - 7:14 PM

    khansahab

    If you were watching the match live on TV you wouldn’t have written what you wrote about Salman thrashing the spinners, BAK-OUZE, from the beginning it wasn’t the case.

    Salaman Butt’s performance on the scoreboard may look very good 74 in 56 balls, especially when you compare it with the others. But, earlier he was playing as if it is a an ODI match, 50 in 49 balls. As soon as he scored his fifty he hit two sixes and two fours, it shows he was playing more for himself than for the team. When he started hitting, he lasted only 7 deliveries and got out.

    Over all the Pakistan team’s batting performance is pathetic. Shoaib Malik played a lousy shot to get clean bowled 9 in 11 balls, earlier he was not interested in running when Butt asked for a second run he refused and when there was a single he turned his back towards Butt and Butt had to scamper back to his crease.

    Afridi came and gone. The only thing in his brief stay was a big straight six off Bhatti. Kamran Akmal, Younus Khan, Misbah and Shoaib Khan they all played lousy shots. Canada bowled well. In any case with the bowling attack they have they must bowl out Canada under 60 runs otherwise they are not worth to be called as great bowlers.

    Waqar Younus, prior to the start of Pakistan innings said, “Salman Butt is in a good “knock, nick”, anddddddddddddda he is “THEEEEE MOST” “experience” player between the two opener.”

    I have to go now and I can’t wait to watch the Canadian batting or Pakistan’s bowling and sub-standard fielding.

    Oh, the Pakistani team is coming out now and Actor has long hair, probably he would like to tie a pony tail. He looks more bulky and heavy than he used to be, so I wonder how fit he is?

  52. #52 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2008 - 7:14 PM

    hahahaa

    Waqar just said, Canadians bowled very well, they gave NO ROOMS to the Pakistanis. ahahahaha.

  53. #53 by Mohammed Munir on October 10, 2008 - 7:37 PM

    LOL @ Warar.

    Javed A. Khan …

    You can go and meet Mr. Waqar in person and take his autograph as well as a photograph 😉

    Anyways, Pakistani batting was ‘BAAD’ all the way….. and in my opinion Shoaib, Younis, Misbah, new Shoaib (Perchi), they all were to be blaimed.

    Hope bowling is a bit better.

    Finally, one question for Javed Khan ….

    Now that Pakistan is playing Canada in Canada, which side are you cheering ? 😉

  54. #54 by khansahab on October 10, 2008 - 7:53 PM

    LOL Waqar has made constant bloopers today but this one is quite amusing:

    “Pakastaan has not played much of a cricket these days.”

  55. #55 by khansahab on October 10, 2008 - 8:43 PM

    Disappointing performance by Pakistan notwithstanding the victory. The margin of victory was 35 runs but Canada should have been dismissed for under 75. 13 wides were conceded and at least 2 simple catches were dropped. There were many misfieldings and basically Pakistan looked underprepared.

    Apart from Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi none of the bowlers made a mark.

    If today’s game is anything to go by then it looks like Pakistan is very likely to lose tomorrow’s game.

  56. #56 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 11, 2008 - 2:28 AM

    What a Ch2So4 Captain Shoaib Malak is, na salay ko baat kerni aati hai na kaptani kerni. Ch2yeh murr gaye aulaad chor gaye aur kehtay hain – Show-Aib? His last over was so “disgustipatingly” pathetic that, even a player like Dhaniram smashed two consecutive sixes, imagine if they wereplaying against a good side and this Malak da puttar bowls last over and gets thrashed like this then who is to be blamed? And, why the EFFF Sohail Khan did not bowl more than one over? And why the Actor was not used to complete his quota of 4 overs? He should have been asked to bowl the last over. Only a Paindoo Captain can take such idiotic decisions.

    A team like Canada with such a status equivalent to “C minus” category first restricts Pakastani Heroes for a paltry 137 and then goes on to score 102/9 in the alloted 20 overs? Pakistan should have scored 200 plus and they should have bowled them out for less than 60 runs. Shame on Malak & Co.

    Sri Lanka will beat them by miles if they play like this tomorrow. Perhaps Jayasuriya who did not play today will play against Pakistan and he makes a big difference and, today Jayawardene got run out without facing a single delivery, tomorrow it will not happen like this. He is another good player SL has on their side, so Pakistan will have to deal not only a better side but better batsmen.

    Btw, did anyone notice how Shoaib Actor was “PUTKOW-ING” the ball? In order to generate pace he was using his wrist and that was a clear jerk. The Old fart ooops fat horse was running more like a “Chaudhary ka Saand” rather than a Leopard. He needs to shed at least 15 kilos which is not possible for him now. And, Butt’s selfishness to play slow till he scored a fifty earned him MoM’s chusni (award). No wonder he is in a great “knock nick.”

    Munir

    I was supporting Canada but, tomorrow I will be supporting Pakistan. My comments above regarding (bowling out Canada under 60 runs) is a realistic assessment but, all the credit goes to Canada for making Pakistan stutter and frustrate them. Trust me I would have been really very happy if Canada had won. Not only it would have been an honour for Canada but a dent in Malak’s so-called Kuptaani. But, he is such a dheet, meesna bay sharam he would never quit Kuptani.

  57. #57 by Mohammed Munir on October 11, 2008 - 9:36 AM

    India seems in trouble here. They are 232 for seven in the first innings, with a trail of around 198 runs. 😦

  58. #58 by khansahab on October 11, 2008 - 10:42 AM

    India has been disappointing so far in this Test and despite Harbhajan’s resistance it looks like Australia will manage a massive lead. Australia can win this match provided the weather does not intervene and provided they can manage around 250-300 runs in their second innings.

    Kumble’s statistics were shocking because he bowled 43 overs without getting a wicket. Kumble should retire now and pass on the captaincy to Dhoni. I also feel Laxman should be dropped in the next Test- he has been very average this year.

    Tendulkar is unlikely to be dropped because there is always this unpredictability with his batting and he has an excellent record against the Aussies and they can’t drop Dravid and Ganguly because they both made sizable scores. However, time is surely running out for the Little Master and he still needs 64 runs to break Lara’s record.

  59. #59 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 11, 2008 - 11:27 AM

    khansahab

    Tendulkar was the most reliable batsman in the world and, he was in the past positively predictable. Now, if he has become “unpredictable” then, he should retire too and he should retire gracefully. Seeing Tendulkar now gives this impression, “Tendulkar is ALSO there in the team.” Like, Salman Butt played yesterday a real selfish innings, Dravid and Ganguly did the same today, they only wanted to score for personal records. Dravid succeeded in reaching 50 but, Ganguly failed.

    And, yes Laxman must sing a good bye song:

    Good bye, Good bye

    I’m not so glad to go,
    I cannot tell a lie.
    I flit, I float,
    I fleetly flee, I fly
    But, I have to go
    I’am not so glad to go ……
    So long, farewell, Au’voir, auf wiedersehen, Sayonara etc.
    He has no choice mais c’est la vie.

    And he needs company to stay warm he can carry the “Kumbel” with him. He is too old and need replacement anyways. He can play anything but, not cricket.

    “Aao Parosan Khailain Holi
    Mai, tum, Tendulkar, Ganguli”

    That’s Moin Akhtar’s quote.

  60. #60 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 11, 2008 - 4:34 PM

    Canadians are playing well against the Zimbabweans and they already took 5 V-cuts, I mean wickets. Can they pull this match?

    Quote of the day:

    “The beauty of this twenty twenty is, in two deliveries you are back to a square in one delivery.” …………..Waqar Yunas. 🙂

    Second one:

    Salman Butt says: “on the day whoever team plays well can win.” Not, whichever team but whoever team. For exposure he said, expo-yer, and he is not alone in this poi-yen.

    Zimbabweans are accelerating the run rate and the lack of experience of the Canadians is beginning to show now.

  61. #61 by khansahab on October 11, 2008 - 5:56 PM

    So Zimbabwe were destined to win this match. It was an inconsequential match anyway as far as Pakistan and Sri Lanka are concerned.

    Sri Lanka should beat Pakistan without many problems unless someone performs exceptionally. It will be interesting to see who replaces Shoaib Khan, or maybe he will get another chance since it’s unfair to a youngster to just give him a sole chance to perform.

    In ICL Hyderabad beat Lahore because of a higher run rate. For those not following ICL, Lahore managed to play only 6 overs when there was a black out in Hyderabad. Since the power could not be restored in time, Hyderabad were awarded victory by virtue of a higher run rate.

    Many people mention how unfair PCB was to the players playing for Lahore Badshahs. People like to emphasise the fact that Lahore reached the ICL finals last season and Pakistan missed out on the talent of these players. The fact is, Pakistan team also reached the final of T20 Cup 2007. I have no great admiration for the Lahore team apart from Inzamam. Other than that Shahid Nazir is good, Rana is good in T20 but less than impressive in one day or Test cricket. Hasan Raza is extremely talented and he has been a domestic powerhouse all his career but he didn’t get opportunities, like Misbah did last year which he availed magnificently.

    Mohsin Khan and Asif Iqbal are being interviewed at the moment and Asif is supporting Malik. He is saying Malik should be tried as captain for another year.

    Speaking of Malik reportedly Sohail Khan has been replaced with Fawad Alam. What a rubbish strategy! Why is he replacing a good fast bowler with a mediocre spinner? Fawad is a replacement for Younis, Misbah or Malik himself, not for Sohail Khan.

    The best thing to do was to make Afridi open and play Fawad at no 6 or whichever spot Afridi has been playing. But we don’t expect such intelligence from Malik. Either Malik doesn’t want Afridi to shine with the bat or he is too afraid that if Afridi is dismissed cheaply it will put considerable pressue on the following batsmen. But my question is, which Pakistan opener is consistent and reliable?

  62. #62 by Hamza on October 11, 2008 - 6:27 PM

    i am interested in this T20 tournament. firstly i really like T20 because test cricket is too boring and secondly pakistan is playing.
    shoaib has put on so much weight, he has a serious weight problem. how can a fast bowler be overweight? Malik is bowling now and doing a good job so far.
    about the new pcb chairman…..i think its great an ex cricketer is managing cricket now rather than a bureaucrat who got the job because of nepotism. PCB needs a different outlook altogether and needs to invest more at grass roots level. they also need to get more former ex cricketers to manage the cricket in the country.

    khansaab, about the ICL- well ICL has some very good players like Imran Nazir. to be honest i thought Imran never got as many opportunities as others like imran farhat. if imran didnt perform for 2 or 3 matches they always kicked him out. thats unfair because you gotta give more chances to your talented players.

    even though i want pakistan to win this twenty20 series i am sure sri lanka will take the honours.

  63. #63 by khansahab on October 11, 2008 - 6:34 PM

    Shoaib Akhtar and Tanvir were both too expensive. Malik has so far been neat and Afridi took Udawatte’s wicket; Afridi is bowling cleverly.

    The problem for Pakistan is that Sri Lanka have made too many runs in too little time and can set a respectable score. Pakistan’s batting is stronger today because of Fawad Alam but the top 3 batsmen Butt, Khan and Younis will need to give Pakistan a good start.

  64. #64 by khansahab on October 11, 2008 - 6:36 PM

    Hamza

    Shoaib Akhtar is a mota and I don’t know what he wants to do with his life.

  65. #65 by khansahab on October 11, 2008 - 7:22 PM

    Umar Gul is the best T20 fast bowler in the world. What a performance by him- he was truly unplayable. If it wasn’t for Gul Sri Lanka would have definitely crossed 150.

  66. #66 by khansahab on October 11, 2008 - 9:18 PM

    Munir sahab

    I recall you once mentioned that I was too obsessed with Fawad Alam (you probably feel I am too obsessed with Pervez Musharraf too). I responded by saying Alam is like Michael Bevan, in that he scores by taking singles and doubles mostly but can also take calculated risks. He is a proper batsman who bats at no 3 or 4 for Karachi and big hitting is not his forte. His domestic batting statistics are better than Younis Khan’s and Shoaib Malik’s.

    What then does one have to say about this match winning knock today? Malik could not have achieved this on his own- Fawad’s 23 off 8 balls made the difference. This is not to take credit away from Malik because he played a superb knock.

    Again Fawad was relegated so much so that Akmal and Tanvir batted before him and he was required to go against his natural game and slog under extreme pressure.

    I hope Fawad gets opportunities and is not treated the same way as Asim Kamal was treated.

  67. #67 by 420 on October 12, 2008 - 1:29 AM

    hi all
    been following this blog for sometime.
    and my best regards to javed, khansahab.

    intro about ma self
    an indian in US working as a software developer, wat else !

    javed
    i am so impressed by your knowledge, but hate you when you make those anti-indian, hindu comments..anways, i realized its bcos of provocation and not on ur own.

    keep the blog rocking

  68. #68 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2008 - 2:36 AM

    Bhai Chaar Sao Bees or Shreemaan 420 from Atlanta Georgia.

    Thanks for coming up with your honest comments, I know you are not the only one there are plenty of bloggers on PakSpin who still hate me for saying what I have said.

    Apnay Bhee Khafa Mujha say Hain Bayganay Bhee Na Khush
    Mai Zahr-e-Hila Hal ko Kabhee Keh na Saka Qand. (Iqbal)

    Anti India comments: Yes, when Pakistani team was ridiculed and abused for no reason then I must have said in a tit for tat manner. But, there is nothing personal.

    Anti Hindu comments: I don’t remember because they are not allowed on PakSpin and over here, you must have seen how we have discussed the two very sensitive subjects – religion & politics – in a very civil way. Thats because people don’t abuse here and when they present their views, we present ours and that makes a big difference in the quality of discussion.

    About today’s game:

    If I was to decide the MoM award, I would have certainly not given it to Shoaib Malik. Either Umar Gul or Fawad Alam would have been my candidates.

    In fact Malik made too many boo boos today:

    1. First after winning the toss he decided to bowl first, its not the early morning weather that you get any advantage by bowling first. The way Shoaib and Tanvir were thrashed by Jehan Mubarak should be enough for that dimwit dolt to remember that he should not repeat this mistake again.

    2. What sort of a captain he is that he cannot calculate the overs correctly? Because of his mistake Umar Gul could not bowl his 4th over. But, Umar Gul bowled so well that he tore the Sri Lankan middle order apart and in 3 overs he took 4 wickets for 13 runs. Sri Lanka were set to score 160 plus, but he not only applied brakes he took wickets along with Shahid Afridi, both took 50% of the wickets and gave only 33 runs.

    3. Malik decided to bring Kamran Akmal and Sohail Tanvir ahead of Fawad Alam was a clear indication that he had no faith in his batting prowess. Had there been no Fawad Alam the match was lost. Fawad’s 23 in 8 balls plus a wicket should have earned him a MoM award but, that did not happen. Whoever decided this MoM award is an a$$hole.

    Fawad Alam has proved his critics wrong, they used to say thatt he doesn’t have the muscle or the power to play big shots. When Malik was struggling with ones and twos he lofted big sixes and thats why Pakistan won the match today and not because of Shoaib Malik’s batting, bowling or his idiotic captaincy. In fact one needs a big heart to come and play such shots at that juncture when the big guns have already gone back to the dug out. “Dill Gurday Ki baat hai.” He looks so humble, unassuming, timid and weak that people take him for granted. After today’s innings they should treat him with some respect.

    In his post match speech Malak was over the moon with “me, I and myself” like a bandariya praising her own tail. In T20 WC, I used Umar Gul, I did this, I did that. A captain should say “WE” and not I. Selfish idiot.

    During the pre-match analysis on ARY Mohsin Hasan Khan and Asif Iqbal were responding to the compere’s questions about Shoaib Malik’s captaincy. They said, its unfair on part of people to criticize Shoaib Malik, he is young and new and he should be given more time. And the irony was they were citing the example of Graeme Smith of SA. There is a big difference between Graeme Smith and Duddoo Malak. The later is such a uncivilized, uncouth, so full of arrogance dork and he has no desire to learn but only boast about his own trivial performances. He is not a team man he is a loner.

    Now he has announced that he will play some youngsters for tomorrow’s match against Zimbabwe by resting the seniors. But, you will see he will play unlike Jayawardene who sat outside today along with Mendis. Malik is such a selfish guy he will definitely play to improve his averages and his chances to get the player of the tournament award. I detest his “Meesnapun.”

  69. #69 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2008 - 2:47 AM

    Waqqa’s 2 bloopers of the day:

    1. When Dilhara Fernando bowled a no-ball and Misbah hit a six on the free hit, the next ball from Dilhara was a toe crushing yorker which struck Misbah on his toe. And Waqar shouted “thats plum (instead of plumb) thats plum it was so plum that it couldn’t have been plumber than that.” He said it twice. hahaha.

    2. In the next over he said, Ranjit Fernando instead of Dilhara Fernando and was corrected by the Sri Lankan commentator. Two minutes later he wanted to say his full name and forgot his first name and instead of saying Ranjit or Dilhara he said, “THE FERNANDO.” hahaha.

    LOL, Waqar is such an entertainer, I dunno what we will do without him?

  70. #70 by khansahab on October 12, 2008 - 9:09 AM

    420

    Welcome to LS and thanks for posting your honest comments. On Pakspin there were lots of arguments and disagreements over things like India vs Pakistan but now we all understand that Javed A Khan made incensed comments in retaliation only. By the grace of the Almighty, he is such an educated and learned person that he is beyond despicable behaviour such as provoking others in an uncouth and uncivilised way. I had my fair share of tussles with him on Pakspin but of course back then I didn’t know what type of person he really is. I was wrong in my judgement back then, and I have no qualms admitting it. To err is human and man is not perfect, only God is.

    And please don’t think of LS as a Pakistani blog only- this is an Indian blog too and feel free to say anything you want.

    Javed A Khan

    I agree with everything you’ve said about Malak and his uncouthness. Firstly he did his best to relegate Fawad Alam by sending him at no 9- Fawad usually bats at no 4 for Karachi. Malak is such an absent minded idiot that he miscalculated the overs which meant his best bowler, Umar Gul, could not finish his quota of overs. In the post match ceremony he took all credit for the victory, by saying that HE asked Gul to bowl yorkers and that HE asked Fawad to hit those sixes. He himself didn’t have the heart to go for big sixes.

    You have to give credit to this little guy from Karachi who has been relegated so much since he made his debut. Despite all the relegation and team politics what was required was a big heart and ability to handle enormous pressure. He came, he saw, he conquered and he left.

    On a Pakistan cricket forum some uncouths started a fight with me when I gave credit for the victory to Umar Gul and Fawad Alam. They said that Malak guided Pakistan to victory so why not give him credit? I said, yes Malik played a captain’s knock but when Fawad came Pakistan needed 40 runs in 18 balls or so. Malik was not playing aggressive enough to go for the big shots. It’s those 3 sixes hit in 5 or 6 balls that was the turning point of the match.

    As far as the MOM award is concerned, it was Gul all the way. He was the very reason why the target was not impossible for Pakistan for most of the match. What he did with the ball was greater than what Malak or Fawad did with the bat. As I said before he is the best T20 fast bowler in the world easily.

    What has happened to Sohail Tanvir? On LS a few months ago we made remarks about his uncouthness and arrogance. I remember we said this is likely to affect his performance. Tanvir has so far been mediocre this series.

    Nasim Ashraf is such a decent person. People who are not biased always speak about his character, humility and unbiased mentality. I read about some PCB official’s interview recently, I can’t remember if it was Salahuddin or Tauqir Zia or anyone else, but he said Nasim Ashraf didn’t make a penny from his services as PCB Chairman and that Shoaib Actor lied blatantly when he alleged DNA takes bribes from players.
    DNA was in Toronto supporting the team and the reason I am praising him here is, despite that fact that Ijaz Butt has openly spoken against Ashraf on occasions and despite the fact that Butt was involved in a campaign to get rid of Ashraf, Ashraf was supportive of Butt and wished him luck. For Ashraf’s comments please see this link:

    http://www.dawn.com/2008/10/12/spt6.htm

  71. #71 by abdul on October 12, 2008 - 10:31 AM

    What a fantastic match and great advert fot T20 cricket. Pakistan looked completely out of it at one stage with there wickets crumbling but all credit to Fawad Alam’s heroics he carries out nerves of steel and played some incredible shots under pressure along with captain Malik who truly played a captains innings to giude Pakistan home to a sensational victory. But lets hope we do it when it really matters against Sri lanka in the final and lets hope that we be able to remain undefeated throughout the competetion and indeed win it which shall be one of Malik’s goals in the next few days to kick start the international season.

    MEANWHILE, India are fighting back against Austrlia. I back India to save the test match or even accomplish an outside chance of a victory.

    Another series of the entertaining ICL has commenced and good to see a dhakan side entered for this edition . The badshads are in action today and it will be exciting to say the least about watching them play.

    Khanshab, I can’t agree more about why u have put so much faith and backed Fawad Alam alll the way. He is an extraordinary talent who deserves to get more chances for Pakistan. I hope they experiemnt by sending him up the order today and also support your opinion that Afridi and Butt should open.

    Enjoy the action and see you guys soon !

  72. #72 by Mohammed Munir on October 12, 2008 - 10:44 AM

    Khan Sahab,

    First and foremost, I am happy that we won the match, no matter who all contributed.

    Secondly, I guess you were waiting all this time to catch me only after Fuwad Alam performed, and finally you got your chance 🙂

    Thirdly, I always admired Fuwad Alam, but I was never obsessed by him 😉 .

    Actually, I liked him because he is a good potential and a very intelligent and a useful all-rounder and he also have a really cool head over his shoulders, which he even showed in yesterday’s game. I did not like/ dislike him because he came from such and such city or background.

    I have said this before, I have stayed all my life out of Pakistan, so my love (or whatever of that I have) for Pakistan is not about race, biasness, jingoism, nepotism, etc. The thing is that when we are within Pakistan, it’s always about regionalism, provinces, cities and races, but when you stay out of Pakistan, it’s only about country, we are all only Pakistanis. Who can better understand this then yourself ?

    Another point is that my ‘love’ or liking for a certain person/ player will always change from time to time, which mean that if any given day someone is good then I will say that so and so is a good or useful, but if the same person is playing or acting bad then I will blame him the next day.

    I am never a life-long fan of any one person/ player, be it Musharraf, Fuwad, Afridi, Asif, Nawaz Sharif, Altaf Hussain, Zardari, Shoaib Malak, Salman Butt or whoever.

    As you rightly said, no man is perfect and only GOD is PERFECT.

    So let’s face it, Musharraf and Fuwad Alam can also be wrong for once.

    Good luck for the remaining games 😉

    On the other hand, I guess, the test between Australia and India is heading toward a draw 😦

  73. #73 by khansahab on October 12, 2008 - 3:07 PM

    What a pathetic side Zimbabwe is. I feel sorry for them- even Fawad’s bowling is too much for them!

  74. #74 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2008 - 3:25 PM

    Fawad Alam took three wickets in 3 overs for 7 runs by saying “even Fawad’s bowling is too much for Zimbabwe” is like saying even Malik’s captaincy is too much for them.

    The way the Zimbabweans started the innings they were looking too dangerous a side today and people were talking about a score of 160-170 but, when the experienced bowlers came to attack Zimbabweans crumbled like a cookie.

    The point that we have see now is who will open for Pakistan? Knowing Malak, he will use the same Butt & Shoaib Khan combo.

    Btw, who is Shoaib Khan?

    Two “aibs” were enough in the team why this teesra aib? Yesterday, Mohammad Akram was questioning the Selectors by asking whether Shoaib Khan has represented Pakistan in any international game playing for under 17, 19 or Pakistan A etc.?

    The other obvious reason or known reason is on Shoaib Khan’s selection for Canada is because of Ijaz Butt the new PCB Chairman who selected him over Saeed Ajmal who was in the team for Canada selected by the chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed, who resigned and reportedly he was supporting the off spinner Saeed Ajmal’s inclusion.

    I hope Afridi opens this time. So, wait and see.

  75. #75 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2008 - 3:33 PM

    Afridi came and Afridi gone! This will be a good reason for Malak saab to rest him for the next match against Sri Lanka.

    On second thought, on his bowling alone he can still be an asset for the team. Yesterday, Salaman gyrated his Butt and dropped an easy catch of Afridi’s bowling and today he dropped a similar one on Fawad Alam’s bowling and instead of a single it went off for a boundary. Otherwise, Fawad Alam’s tally would have been 4 wickets in 3 overs for 4 runs only. Perhaps the best ever by anyone in T20.

  76. #76 by khansahab on October 12, 2008 - 3:42 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Yes Afridi’s batting completely gone out of the window but he has still bowled with one of the best economy rates in his tournament.

    My guess is Misbah or Younis should be rested if anyone. And they should definitely get rid of Shoaib Khan.

    Speaking of Shoaib Khan, Malik was definitely behind his selection because he has played him in all matches so far. If Malik didn’t want him in the team he would not have played Shoaib in all matches. He wants Shoaib to perform so that people can’t point a finger at Malik and say he was wrong.
    According to rumours Shoaib is the first Balochi guy to represent Pakistan.

  77. #77 by khansahab on October 12, 2008 - 3:46 PM

    I thought Butt dropped two catches yesterday? One of the ones he dropped was when he made an excuse that the sun was in his eyes. The commentators ridiculed him for that.

  78. #78 by Pawan on October 12, 2008 - 4:06 PM

    Hey guys

    Chill!

    I think Pakistan is playing really well! They are the best team in the tournament!

  79. #79 by khansahab on October 12, 2008 - 4:15 PM

    My ideal team for Tests assuming Malik is not in the team and Shoaib Akhtar is not playing:

    Khurram Manzoor
    Shahid Afridi (captain)
    Mohammad Yousuf
    Misbah ul Haq
    Younis Khan
    Fawad Alam
    Kamran Akmal (or Sarfraz Ahmed)
    Umar Gul
    Sohail Khan
    Abdur Rauf
    Danish Kaneria or Saeed Ajmal (or another specialist spinner)

    Ideal for ODI’s:

    Khurram Manzoor
    Shahid Afridi (captain)
    Misbah ul Haq
    Younis Khan
    Fawad Alam
    Kamran Akmal
    Yasir Arafat
    Sohail Tanvir
    Umar Gul
    Sohail Khan
    Saeed Ajmal

    Ideal for T20:
    Same as ODI but with Shoaib Malik replacing Misbah

  80. #80 by khansahab on October 12, 2008 - 4:17 PM

    This Shoaib Khan guy is playing so slow.

  81. #81 by khansahab on October 12, 2008 - 4:54 PM

    I wasn’t impressed by MOM going to Shoaib Khan. He was very rusty to begin win and even when he reached his 50 he looked unconvincing. He got out immediately after scoring 50.

    Today no one performed exceptionally well but the MOM award should have gone to Fawad for his 3 wickets.

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2008 - 4:56 PM

    I think the MoM award goes only to the guy who score most runs. Once again Fawad Alam’s best bowling figures means nothing !

    Shoaib Malik is showing his girgit colours now by saying in the post match interview about Shahid Afridi, whether he will stick for tomorrow’s match or not? And he said, we are having a meeting now and lets see. He wants to use the shoulder of Talat Ali Malak and Lawson to fire his gun.

    Pawan yeah, the Pakistani team is the best because even Sri Lanka has sent their second string team without Vass, Murali, Malinga, Sangakara and yesterday when they played against Pakistan they used their third string by resting Jayawardene and Mendis.

    They will use the Mendis Card tomorrow. Shoaib Malik confirmed by saying: “hopefully there will be final tomorrow.” Perhaps he meant it will not rain? 🙂

  83. #83 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2008 - 5:00 PM

    Has anyone noticed how Shoaib Malak talks? He keeps moving his neck like a girgit or a guy who is performing break dance! And he keeps swallowing saliva between the sentences and his Adams Apple which is so visible keeps on moving up and down like a yo-yo. And his “Anglish” is so perfect that any paindoo would be so proud of him.

  84. #84 by Zain on October 12, 2008 - 6:32 PM

    On Waqar Younus’s bloopers when you laugh at him some of my paindoo acquaintances ask me whats wrong with it? They actually don’t know the difference between “giving room” and “giving a room” or like Javed Khan quoted him saying “plumb and plumber” or so many of his bloopers are beyond their comprehension. Because they themselves are like Dumb & Dumber.

    In fact some of them “vary” proudly say: “Wadee changee Angrezi bolda aye, lagdai nai koi Pakastani bol ra aye.” His friend tried to concur his views by saying, “aho – iss di ek waja hai gee, ina dee waife Asstralian haigee tay oday wastay Anglish wadee improve kita, munda iss tame saray Pakastan ich sab say changi kamentree kerda aye.”

    Andhaon may kaana Raja …. not Ramiz Raja but, Waqar Younus, Ramiz is much better in fact among the Pakistani commentators he is the best. And who is this Mohammad Akram guy?

  85. #85 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2008 - 8:37 PM

    WOW

    Cheema played a great innings for Canada. He scored 68 in 43 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes. He did not spare any Sri Lankan bowler including Mendis, eventually Mendis got him with Maharoof taking a diving catch near the boundary to dismiss the danger man Cheema.

    When Jehan Mubarak was out, Waqar and Ian Bishop were discussing about the decision to give him out as “stumped” whereas, according to them he should have been given run out as he started to run.

    I disagree with them because the wicketkeeper had the ball in his gloves and most importantly he did not threw the ball at the wickets he whipped the bails off the moment Jehan Mubarak set his foot off to run. It did not happen in one go because Mubarak was in the crease then, still it was more like stumping than throwing the ball at the wicket. Whatever the ruling may be or the views of these expert commentators, my view is he was rightly given out as stumped.

  86. #86 by khansahab on October 12, 2008 - 10:21 PM

    Afridi may be axed if doesn’t fire with bat: Sources

    Posted: Oct 12, 2008 at 1529 hrs IST

    Karachi, October 12:: Pakistan flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi will have to start firing as a batsman quickly to save his place in the national team.

    Sources in the team have confirmed that captain Shoaib Malik and coach Geoff Lawson have not been in favour of having Afridi in their One-day or Twenty20 teams but have met with stiff resistance from chief selector, Salahuddin Ahmed who has remained a strong supporter of the experienced allrounder.

    But the situation has changed now as Salahuddin sent his resignation to the Board in protest over the replacement of Saeed Ajmal by rookie batsman Shoaib Khan in the team which is playing in the four-nation event in Toronto, without the knowledge of the selectors.

    “With Salahuddin gone, Afridi now has to start getting runs quickly to save his place in the side or he is gone,” one source said.

    “Malik has always felt that Afridi is not performing as a batsman for a long time and with allrounder Fawad Alam maturing and other youngsters knocking on the doors of the national team, they must be given a chance,” the source said.

    Afridi has been performing well with the ball and even in Toronto in both matches he delivered the goods.

    But even he admits that he wants to be known as a batting allrounder rather than a bowling allrounder.

  87. #87 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2008 - 10:51 PM

    khansahab

    Did you not see the post match “supeech” of Malak Saab? When the question was asked “Will Afridi stick around?” Malak with a smirk on his face said, “we are going to have a meeting now and see what we decide.”

    Except for Shoaib Malak, Talat Ali Malak and Malak Lawson everyone else, Mohsin Hassan Khan, Asif Iqbal, Ian Bishop, Waqar Younas et all were saying it doesn’t matter if Afridi fails in batting he must be sent as an opener in T20. Today, he failed as an opener too and his batting luck continues to defeat him but, to axe him for tomorrow’s match would be a big mistake, his bowling is too good for T20 apart from taking wickets he restricts the runs and he takes the crucial wickets at the right moment. Once his batting clicks perhaps the jinx would be over.

    How many times Butt, Kamran Akmal and others have been tried and they kept saying give them another chance. Today, Sohail Khan scored a 50 after two consecutive flops is that a guarantee that he will score another 50 in tomorrow’s match? What about The Actor? He bowled only 3 overs in the first match and in the second match he was thrashed. How many wickets Actor took and how many runs he gave? They are just fixed on Afridi and thats because Malak finds him a threat. Tomorrow he may consider Fawad Alam as a threat and he will try to axe him too! Already he treats him as if he is an incompetent player who is on sifarish. Whereas, the truth is he is more talented than Malak is and he is in good form (knock-nick as Waqar says).

  88. #88 by Zain on October 12, 2008 - 11:16 PM

    khansahab and Javed Khan

    With the punjabi mafia controlling the PCB, now the players from other provinces have to be exceptionally good and produce excellent results on a consistent basis or else they will be out of the team.

    Malik is a mediocre player and for his mediocre performance he wants an “A”, when asked what does “A” stands for? He replied, A for “Axe-lent”. Such is the level of competence and excellence of our so-called iskeeper.

    I saw the match today and also the post match speech and once again Malik was boasting his e-i-e-i-me and myself rhyme. God bless Pakistan and Pakistan’s cricket team.

  89. #89 by Mohammed Munir on October 13, 2008 - 6:06 AM

    What the ‘eff’ is DNA doing sitting there in the ground with players ?

    I hope it’s not a case of, “Bring Back DNA too” 😉

    Javed …

    I said, I am “NEVER” a life-long fan of so and so, including Zar-Dari.

    BTW, Fuwad Alam is very cute, I like his looks too 😉

    Men need not always be hunks and body-builders to be attractives, remember Prince, he was a sex symbol in his times.

  90. #90 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 9:15 AM

    Munir sahab

    “First and foremost, I am happy that we won the match, no matter who all contributed.”

    I don’t care if Malik scores a 100 in every match to grant Pakistan victory. I don’t also care if all 11 players are from Punjab provided the selection is based on merit and the team is winning consistently.

    Secondly, I guess you were waiting all this time to catch me only after Fuwad Alam performed, and finally you got your chance 🙂

    Thirdly, I always admired Fuwad Alam, but I was never obsessed by him”

    The difference between your admiration and my obsession was that you didn’t feel he was as good as I was projecting him to be, and you didn’t feel he was a victim to regional politics which I felt he was. Other than both of us know he is a talent.

    I am sorry if I misinterpreted your comments, but you make it sound like I prefer players if they are from the same ethnic background as me. That is the very philosophy Legslip is against and is trying to make the world aware of. So if a batsman who has performed consistently for 2 years at domestic level, has single handedly won a relatively weaker team (Karachi), tournaments, who averages almost 50 at first class level and bats at no 4 in domestic cricket and is sent at no 9 behind batsmen like Akmal and Tanvir, then something is not right and someone needs to protest against this.

    Youngsters should be given confidence to perform and here we saw that the captain was almost trying to break Fawad’s morale by sending him at no 9. He still did the impossible and smashed 3 sixes and turned the tide of the match. When Sohail Tanvir debuted he was asked to open the bowling- that is how Malik reposed confidence in him. Salman Butt was only a newcomer and was promoted to vice captain. Asif was promoted to vice captain despite being a shady character. When Malik had only played a handful of matches he was pronounced as “future captain”.
    When Butt had played a few matches he was pronounced as the same. Ahmed Shahzad, the 16 year old arrogant kid who likes nightclubs at this tender age, played 5 or 6 matches and made a few fifties and there were calls to get him into the national team and to promote and encourage him endlessly.

  91. #91 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 9:32 AM

    Tendulkar dismissed for 49!!!!

    Still has 15 to break Lara’s record. Because he may potentially have helped save the match for India, he will get a chance in the second Test and he will break Lara’s record. But I wonder what happens after that?

    I think the Indian fans are losing patience with Tendulkar. If he doesn’t score a 50 in the next match I daresay he will be dropped, probably permanently.

  92. #92 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 10:04 AM

    According to reliable sources a Pakistani player was caught drinking beer in a bar in Toronto.

    The player has not been named but it is widely suspected to be Shoaib Akhtar, although some people say it might have been Sohail Tanvir.

    Why is Tanvir’s name coming up like this? In one of his first interviews he said he is from a humble background and he knows about his religion and will never be named in any scandals or controversies.

  93. #93 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 10:20 AM

    There is a lot of debate about two issues since Fawad Alam won the match against Sri Lanka:

    1) Is Fawad Alam a threat to Afridi?
    2) What is Alam’s role in the team and who is he going to replace?

    My answer to Q1:

    No, Fawad is a threat to Malik first and foremost. He should be a threat to Misbah too, but most of Pakistan rates Misbah very highly and he was made vice captain prematurely, so I won’t mention about Misbah.
    Fawad is not a threat to Afridi because Afridi has been performing as a specialist bowler and he has been Pakistan’s most successful bowler in 2008.

    According to Pakistani public opinion, after Malik they would prefer to see Misbah as captain. That is because Misbah is the vice captain now and most Pakistanis have been delighted at his performances. Younis also has support from many Pakistanis but people have learned to live with the fact that he refused captaincy twice, although recently he has expressed interest in the job.

    So who else? Shahid Afridi, but he has the least support.

    Q2) First we have to ask Fawad’s role is that of an all rounder or specialist batsman? Although he can bowl his expertise lies in batting. Until we come to terms with the fact that his batting is good enough to replace someone like Misbah, Yousuf or Younis, we will keep on considering him as a replacement for Shahid Afridi. If Afridi is replaced with Fawad the team will lose out bigtime, because we will be replacing:

    1) a good spinner with a mediocre spinner
    2) a bowling all rounder with a batting all rounder (whose bowling is very weak)

    So the balance of the team will be affected.

  94. #94 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 11:10 AM

    Former captains in line for key posts in PCB

    Press Trust Of India
    Karachi, October 13, 2008

    Former Test captains Majid Khan, Wasim Bari and Aamir Sohail are set to get key posts in a new-look Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) headed by Ejaz Butt.

    Sources in the board told PTI on Monday that Butt, since taking charge last week, has been doing his homework on the entire structure of the PCB and going through the financial position of the board.

    “He has been doing his homework for sure and there is no question many of the senior officials in the current set up will be asked to submit their resignations or be sacked,” a source said.

    He said Majid, Bari, Sohail and former bowler Saleem Altaf, who is back in the board now after having been sacked earlier this year on allegations of leaking confidential information to the media, are among the players whom Butt has lot of confidence in.

    Altaf was serving as Director of Cricket Operations in the Board until former Chairman Nasim Ashraf took charge late 2006. Within months, he was demoted to the position of Director special projects.

    Altaf continued to work in this position until earlier this year when Ashraf accused him of bad mouthing him and leaking sensitive information of the board to the press.

    Altaf won a reprieve in the Supreme Court where he challenged his termination orders and has been given back his old office by the new Chairman.

    The source said Altaf will either be asked to continue as Director special projects and work on the 2011 World Cup organising committee or be given some other key posting.

    “Butt is keen to have former players who come from an educated background and have previous administrative and managerial experience to work on his team and Majid, Bari , Sohail and Altaf are the ideal choices,” the source said.

    He said Majid himself was keen to come into the board again although he had turned down an offer to be chief selector.

    “Majid and Bari have both held senior managerial positions in Pakistan television and the national airlines. While Majid has retired, Bari is also due to retire soon from the national airlines. Both have been great players and both would be safe choices,” the source said.

    Majid has served before as chief executive of the board between 1996 and 1999, while Bari remained chief selector between 1998 to 2006 before being relieved of his duties for a few months in 2003 when the board appointed Aamir Sohail in his place after the World Cup.

    “Butt is still to decide who will get what responsibility and he will take his time and make decisions after returning home from the ICC meeting in Dubai this week,” the source said.

    “But they are the key positions of chief selector, chief executive officer, director administration, director national academy and director cricket international that these players will be picked for,” the source added.

  95. #95 by Mohammed Munir on October 13, 2008 - 11:44 AM

    Khan Sahab …

    Good analysis on Fuwad’s case and his position in the team and its threats to other players.

    No matter what, Fuwad should definitely be a permanent in the team. He has talent, temperament, usability (being an all-rounder), and surely looks 😉

  96. #96 by Adnan Naqvi on October 13, 2008 - 12:10 PM

    Sir excuse me. The Fawad Alam is not captain of team. why its?

    Adnan from Karachi

  97. #97 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 12:31 PM

    Adnan Naqvi

    He is not even the captain of the Karachi team- how can he be the captain of the Pakistan team?

  98. #98 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 1:15 PM

    Virender Sehwag made an arrogant statement saying India will thrash Australia but it was not to be, as Australia looked dominant for most of the match even though India managed a draw.

    Zaheer Khan has taken a dig at the Aussies saying they are defensive and now it will be interesting to see how Aussies respond- so far the Aussies have been largely quiet.

  99. #99 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 13, 2008 - 1:27 PM

    As predicted the test match between India and Australia ended in a draw. And, khansahab you are right about Tendulkar struggling to score runs, when will the moment of truth be seen i.e., when he retires? After breaking Lara’s record? Will that add another feather in his cap? Will it make him more better than Lara? Lara has many other records too like the highest score in test cricket and broke that record twice and only man on earth to do that. Also, the 400 runs! Lets not discuss stats lets discuss honourable retirement, living in grace and style, being remembered as a true legend who retired at his peak and not when he was pushed and pulled. I think some Indian bloggers may not like this comment, but a few have already agreed with me that he should retire gracefully and that it.

  100. #100 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 5:09 PM

    Where is the team?

    By Taimur Sikander

    Monday, 13 Oct, 2008 | 04:17 PM PST |

    ‘Pakistan was one of the leading voices in the game. They were the ones who pushed for neutral umpires; they were the ones who pushed for a World Cup outside of England; and they were the ones who set up the Asian Cricket Conference which became the Asian Cricket Council later. So they have always sort of led the way. But at the moment the Pakistan cricket team is not a sellable product,’ Aamir Sohail commented recently. In these tumultuous times it seems the only thing constant with Pakistani cricket, and a lot of other things for that matter, are the words ‘was’ and ‘were,’ former Pakistan cricketer Aamir Sohail recently remarked. It may be premature to speak of Pakistani cricket in the past tense but there is no denying that it ‘was’ the top team in Asia for a good decade, ‘was’ among the top three in the world, fans ‘were’ attracted by its brand of cricket and visiting teams regarded a Pakistan tour as the true test.

    Pakistan, currently, is only better than Bangladesh, New Zealand and the West Indies. Sri Lanka and India have become the new dominant force of Asian test cricket. Teams are still frightened to tour the country but not exactly for the same reasons. That the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been brought under the control of the Pakistan Ministry of Sports for the first time after functioning independently since 1948 portrays accurately the hopeless state of affairs. And judging by the ministry’s past record of handling sports in the country, it just might be not one, but two steps backwards as far any progress for the game is concerned. The new chairman of the PCB, Ijaz Butt, has his hands full. Among other more significant things, he has to first address the resignation of the board’s chief selector, Salahuddin Ahmed, who has claimed that the Pakistani squad that the selectors picked for the on going Canada T20 quadrangular event was changed without his knowledge. Hardly a controversial start considering what the Pakistani fans have braved over the past few years.

    The ‘past few’ years are an understatement if the continual allegations of ball-tampering and match-fixing in the 90’s, doping scandals (past and present), conflicts within the team and the consistent shoddy management of the PCB are accounted for. However, they are particularly significant (the period after the World Cup 2003 first-round exit) in assessing the downward spiral that the national team has experienced thus far. The World Cup 2003 exit unceremoniously ended the careers of Wasim Akram and Saeed Anwar. It also accounted for Waqar Younis and Rashid Latif who soon followed while Saqlain Mushtaq, once touted as the greatest off-spinners of modern day cricket, failed to find a regular place in the team after that. The gaping void left by these great cricketers not only exposed the bare cupboard of Pakistan cricket but also put in focus just how the PCB was managing its affairs. That is not to say that the board was a shining example of success before 2003, but it was just that there were too many natural match-winners in the national side for anyone to pop the hood and take a look. The media, enjoying its new shoes after 1999, played a watchdog role and for the first time the PCB was answerable to the public. Such was the impact of the independent media that the PCB decided to form its own media wing and like every other professional organization became more accessible .The independent media now plays a significant role and no player/official swap, financial irregularity or internal conflict goes unnoticed.

    Barring external and uncontrollable factors like the current security situation, the disarray that Pakistan cricket is in is such that the overall effect has blunted the spirit of players who are constantly chopped and changed. The board in all its naivety believes that only a particular combination of players can win it matches and hands out the green caps like candy. Gone are the days when raw talent was thrown in at the deep end and infused with experience brought out an aggression that even the fiercest of foes admired. The 80’s and 90’s, when Pakistan cricket was synonymous with passion and maverick genius, were a prime example of this. It seems now that after every defeat the PCB changes three or four players at a time, a formula that just doesn’t work. It might work in Australia, where players grind out in the highly competitive (regional) domestic circuit and by the time national duty calls, they are physically and mentally ready for the demands of international cricket. The lack of it was evident in Pakistan’s World Cup 2007 ouster at the hands of the associate nation, Ireland. Osman Samiuddin, Cricinfo’s Pakistan editor, aptly portrayed the sentiments of the fans after that defeat: ‘Pakistan cricket is not dead. Death would be a blessing, a final blow that we could eventually get over. No, we’re in a far worse situation: doomed to exist in a state of perpetual, cyclical near-death, resurrected after every World Cup, only to slowly develop the same cancers, quickly rot, come close to death and then revamp all over again.’

    The lack of competition that Pakistan offers and its downward spiral on the ratings chart means that teams just don’t think it worth a tour considering the unpredictable security nature of the country. In 2008, Pakistan has not played a single Test at home. The last non-subcontinent side to tour Pakistan were Zimbabwe, who played five ODIs in January-February 2008. Australia have not toured Pakistan for 10 years. New Zealand have kept their distance since 2002 and England came on a bilateral tour in 2005. However, perceptions of the security threat and it being an issue at all would be justifiable if the same teams boycotted their tour of India and Sri Lanka, both countries which have been experiencing terrorism recently.

    Former England captain, Michael Atherton in his column for the Times writes that players power and financial benefits are what dictate the cricketing world, and the dominant reason why the Champions Trophy 2008 was scrapped.

    ‘Now they are forcing the administrators’ hands, not just picking and choosing their options, but agitating so that matches are arranged for their financial benefit only. Why else would the ECB hire out the national team to a Texan billionaire if not to appease players unable to share riches on offer elsewhere?’

    Many former cricketers believe that there are lessons to be learnt from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, at least in the way the game has been marketed. Pradeep Magazine, in his article in the Hindustan Times, attributes ‘Pakistan’s lack of money-power as the main reason for cricket’s regression in the country. Poor Pakistan! What does it have to offer to the cricketing world? Neither sponsors flush with money, or mouthwatering prospects to play in a league like IPL and no social life which can tempt the young, fit hulks.’

    Pakistan is suffering from a dearth of good, quality players. Its domestic structure is nowhere up to standard and players are opting to play in more lucrative foreign leagues. The advent of Twenty20 and the money on offer has shifted the balance of power to India. To come out of this mess, Pakistan will need India’s helping hand. Pakistan, for the umpteenth time, needs to overhaul its domestic structure, instill a sporting culture in its dressing room and involve its former greats actively.

    The Pakistani cricket fans are a resilient bunch. A succession of controversies, scandals and a lack of discipline and infighting should be cause enough to deter any die hard fans and their affinity with the team. But that’s not the case and, surprisingly, youngsters still aspire to become cricketers and represent Pakistan. The way things are going, the fans don’t even demand a world cup trophy, just a fight would be enough!

  101. #101 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 6:39 PM

    Mohammad Akram keeps calling Dilhara Fernando, “Dilhara Fernandis”!

    Waqar Younas was calling Salman Butt, “Salman Khan”.

  102. #102 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 7:15 PM

    I don’t think it was a great batting performance by Pakistan. The biggest culprit was Misbah who made only 23 runs off 25 deliveries. What did he think he was playing- Test cricket?
    Misbah was also too afraid to go for the big shots off Mendis. He should have taken a more aggressive approach because Alam and Akmal were to come after him.

    Misbah was already settled down when Fawad came to bat but because of his defensive batting Fawad couldn’t focus on settling down and played a very poor shot that led to his dismissal.

    I don’t have any complaint with Akmal because there wasn’t much he could do.

    There was definitely something fishy about Shoaib Khan’s selection because he proved to be a very mediocre batsman and was pathetic as expected. His 50 yesterday came by fluke and he couldn’t time anything and got many lifelines.

    Malik also played a very reckless shot- that was the time to consolidate and keep taking singles and doubles. When Misbah had settled down though he should have started going after his shots- Pakistan got their strategy completely wrong.

    The disappointment is that this was Sri Lanka’s “A” side with many inexperienced players and no Vaas or Murali. Imagine what would happen if Vaas and Murali were present?

  103. #103 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 8:04 PM

    Is Malak losing hair?

  104. #104 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 8:53 PM

    Hamza

    I thought Pakistan might win but I guess you were right.

    Shoaib Akhtar needs to be kicked out. What a waste of space. He was a failure this tournament and singlehandedly lost Pakistan this match.

    For Actor it’s all about bowling fast. He bowled too many short balls and was too inaccurate.

    We have been calling for Actor’s removal for a long time but he has his fair share of supporters.

  105. #105 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 9:13 PM

    Questions I put forward to LS bloggers:

    1) What to do with Shoaib Akhtar?

    2) Is Misbah worth all the hype?

    3) Where should Fawad Alam bat?

    4) What happened to Sohail Tanvir?

    5) Should Afridi not become captain now?

  106. #106 by 420 on October 13, 2008 - 9:34 PM

    hey javed, khansahab
    thx for ur comments..btw,the indo-aus test match seems to be losing its steam..aussie are missing symmo, he could have made a real BIG difference. i am still thinking why da hel did we play 2 spinners?

    bajji cant be axed for being the nemesis of ricky,hayden.
    anil being the captain cant be axed 😛
    with so much firepower available, india is still playing the old way.
    well, when they can play on SA pitches with 2 spinners , this isnt a surprise 😛

    i amnt much interested about this T20 tourney, i had this Q from long time. why are azhar mahmood,saqlain mustaq,abdul razzaq axed? especially the first 2 in their prime..

    bye

  107. #107 by khansahab on October 13, 2008 - 10:15 PM

    420

    You answered your own question there- India played two spinners because Harbhajan is the man who gets wickets against Australia and Kumble is the captain. Neither could really be dropped. I agree about Symonds- something major always happens when Symonds is playing, although I do feel he is not very effective at Test level.

    No one knows why Mahmood and Saqlain were axed. I suppose on paper there is some evidence to say their performance waned over time. It’s true Saqlain started losing his spin proficiency and Mahmood was failing to pick up wickets and score runs. But I suspect the after effects of the famous Qayyum report had something to do with it. Reportedly everyone in the Pakistan team except Rashid Latif and Basit Ali at that time between mid to late 90s was involved in match fixing. It was rumoured that Justice Qayyum advised the PCB to not continue playing these players who would involved in betting and fixing. So that could be a reason.

  108. #108 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 14, 2008 - 3:04 AM

    Pakistan lost the final today because of 3 Bad Shows and 3 aibs. i.e., Shoaibs.

    1. Kal ka hero aaj ka zero ……….. Shoaib Khan, he should disappear into thin air now. He never impressed me with his shot selection he is a pretty mediocre player.

    2. Purana Paapi naam ka Actor dekhnay may Villain – Show Actor. He bowled like a pathetic loser. He was bowling short and on the legs of the left handers and gave away 23 runs in the first two overs, the match was over by then. And because of the pressure combined with the few runs on board to defend, Actor and Tanvir were slogged by SL openers. Umar Gul who normally bowls from the 12 over onwards and he was brought in for the 5th over, that was a mistake. Umar Gul, because of the tense situation lost his cool and gave away too many runs in his first over, he got involved with the batsman and exchanged a few words, bowled a no-ball and was hit for a six all because of bad planning and badly execution of the plan.

    3. Puppoo Malik Shaadi say pehlay hee Ganja hoa jaara ! Bahot fikrain hain nunni see jaan ko. Apart from kaptaani he had to think of Siyali Bhagat and in doing so, once again he took stupid decisions on the field.

    The first one in this match was bringing Gul earlier on whereas, he should have started himself, which he did after that over or, he should have brought in Afridi to bowl.

    The second one was when Fawad Alam started from one end, he had a choice to bring Umar Gul to complete his remaining 3 overs, Umar Gul even had the ball in his hand. But, Shoaib Malik looked up to his old, unfaithful, unreliable, over-weight, unfit, outdated, out of steam Rawalpindi Express and paid a heavy price. The match was sealedafter Actor’s 3rd over. He gave away 40 runs in 3 overs.

    Malike made the same mistake which he did in the last match, owing to wrong calculations. Duddo Malak ko ginti bhee nahee aati, he should have not repeated the same mistake and Umar Gul once again bowled only 3 overs out of his quota of 4.

    I think this is the third time in Malak’s captaincy that his best bowler Umar Gul could not finish his quota of 4 overs and ended up bowling only 3 because of this Sialkoti Paindoo. How can he do this again and again?

    Shahid Afridi may have been failing to score with his bat but, most of the recognized batsmen are not doing any good either. However, Shahid Afridi whenever he came into bowl, he not only applied the brakes on the run rate but, also took a crucial wicket at the right time. Once again his figures were far better than anyone else. In T20 if you can’t take wickets, at least contain the runs.

    Tanvir is totally lost in some other dimension, he is in another Universe i.e., because of wearing the “Purple Cap.” He became, so arrogant, rude after the IPL performance that he look down upon others and there is always a smirk on his face which is kinda uneducated, uncouth combined with arrogance and attitude. He needs to be more humble and focused. He has talent but his arrogance is ruining him.

    Saeed Ajmal who is the culprit who was against Saeed Ajmal’s selection? Reportedly, it is Shoaib Malak, he got in Sohail Khan after Salahuddin selected the squad. Ijaz Butt says that he will make an inquiry but, thats all Dhong and Dhakoslay Baazi.

    The Pun-job-ease say Salahuddin is from Karachi and favours Karachi players! Saeed Ajmal is from Punjab and Salahuddin selected him in the original squad because he was able to see the need of a spinner rather than an extra batsman. But, Malak had a soft corner for Sohail Khan for whatever reasons that Malak went behind the Chief Selector’s back and manipulated this whole thing and did not give a chance to the guy who deserved it.

    The six fast bowlers chosen were of no use. Except for Umar Gul none of the fast bowlers performed well in fact they performed very badly. Whereas, the spinners did a good job, Saeed Ajmal would have been very effective along with Fawad Alam after Malak and Afridi completing their 4 overs each. Four spinners and two fast bowlers would have been enough. But, Malak has his own Sialkoti brain which started to show from his receding hairline, rather a big open patch as if there was a toupee which fell off and uncovering a bald spot. I wonder whether it is due to cricket or Siali Bhagat ki yaad?

    Mendis is not as great as they have created a HUWWA out of him. Rizwan Cheema of Canada came out and pulled him out of the ground for a huge straight six and thats because of the power and Malak tried to emulate him and could not clear the fence and gave Mendis his first wicket of the match. Whatever it is now Mendis’s feet are not on the ground he would be living in the tallest building of Ajman in that apartment that he has won as “player of the tournament.”

    Btw, not many years ago, a villa on Ajman Beach was available on rent for Dirhams 10,000 per year, YES per year and not per month and no one wanted to live there. It was one of the most neglected emirates of the UAE after Umm-ul-Quwain. Like no one knew about Qatar until Al Jazirah TV started over there. Although 25 years ago QGPC signed a $7.3 billion dollar contract with Marubeni Corporation of Japan to set up an LPG plant under a 30 year buy back arrangement, still it was a place where no one wanted to go or would like to send even their mother-in-laws.

    Like the proverbial expression, “Hurr Kuttay kay din palat tay hain.” Ajman’s economy also got a boost because of the Free Trade Zones in every Emirate and then the Dubai Property Market boom set the trend (Bhair Chaal) hence Ajman has its day too.

  109. #109 by Mohammed Munir on October 14, 2008 - 8:09 AM

    Khan Sahab …

    When we loose, there is always this situation of ‘Khisyani Billy Khumba Nouchey’, or the ‘Baghalain Jhaankanaa’ (look under your under-arms) storey.

    Anyway, to cut the crap out, let me very quickly answer your questions in short and sweet way. Here you go then:

    1) What to do with Shoaib Akhtar?
    KILL HIM, because as the old saying goes, “Andhaa Haathi Lushkar Ka Ziyaan” (blind elephant will crush your own troops in a battlefield).

    2) Is Misbah worth all the hype?
    No he is NOT. He will always play only in the useless and unimportant games, so we should keep him in the team but never play him in finals. (Some guys are just CURSED, and he one of those).

    3) Where should Fawad Alam bat?
    He should permanently bat at number (4 or 5) in all our ODIs as well as T20, to start with. Plus he should be employed in the bowling department too. Fuwad Alam was one of the few positives out of this short tournament.

    4) What happened to Sohail Tanvir?
    I think he is also been introduced to the ‘puriya’ or filled ‘sirgit’ like the Show-Actor and Muhammad Asaf, and it got to his head.

    5) Should Afridi not become captain now?
    SHAID AFRIDI SHOULD DEFINITELY BE MADE THE CAPTAIN OF OUR ODI AND T20 TEAMS, IMMEDIATELY. Later on we can see him for the Tests too. Captainship is not only about performance, but also a major part of the captainship is about leadership, character, interaction skills with teams-mates as well as others, strong personality, energy, motivation, which are all lacking in So-Aib Malak aka Mr. Sayali Bhagat.

    Javed Khan …

    I totally and unconditionally agree with you that the 3-some of (3 So-Aibs) were the main reason for Pakistan’s humiliating defeat in final. This is so unfortunate that your best bowler of the tournament, Umer Gul, was not allowed to even bowl his quota of four overs. Further, you can also add Younis Khan to that list of culprits, as he did not play even one good inning in the entire tournament. Plus there was never a run in that run-out, so yes it was his mistake. Over and above all this, he is only a specialist batsman and can not even bowl.

    On the property in Ajman, well it’s a shame that Canada (being one of the riches countries in the world) could not find even a sponsor for this minor T20 Cup, and they finally have to look one from Ajman (Al Barakah Properties).

    All said and done about the property boom of Dubai, Ajman or even UAE, but at least Canada should have got a sponsor of their own for this T20 thing.

    I hope you get one such property boom back there in Canada too 😉

    Adnan Naqvi (from Karachi) …

    I love you man, you are one heck of a Fuwad Alam fan. You want him to captain, Pakistan team. GREAT !!

    BTW, how is your Paya/ Nehari business doing these days, I hope you are not affected by the world financial crises, recession and all that 😉

    Theossa …

    Kidhar Ho Bhai Sahab ?? Kabhi Natalie Ki Godh Sey Nikal Bhi Aao Yaar.

    Lambeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Khaamosheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Hai 😉

    Awas …

    Missing you on the blog. Hope you are still around, though I understand you must be tied-up with the financial mess all around us, but it will be worth to get an advice or two on this issue from a finance professional.

    M. Y. Kassim …

    Praying for your Health and Well-being, and Hoping all is well with you and your loved ones. No matter wherever you are 🙂

    Calling All Others:

    Amit P, Rohit, Phirwohi (him again), Rehan Khan, and Others.

  110. #110 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 18, 2008 - 5:54 PM

    Tendulkar has broken Lara’s record, so he must retire now.

    Ganguly has scored a hundred, and must retire now on a high note.

    India must impose a follow-on to add more pressure, but must not relax ‘coz Aussies can bounce back and Mohali ground has a history to prove where Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal defended the total and avoided a certain defeat into a draw.

    Where are all the Indian bloggers? Guys are you unhappy with your team? Then whats wrong?

  111. #111 by Pawan on October 19, 2008 - 1:03 AM

    Australia are definitely going to bounce back. There is no room for complacency, ever. Well, the truth is, 100 something for 4 is not a very flattering score for Indian bowlers as well. Two regulation catches were dropped, exposing the unprofessional attitude. Dropping catches so regularly is shameful to say the least at International level. Hussey being Australia’s premier batsman nowadays should have been long gone, but Dhoni and co. had other plans.

    Earlier Dhoni was playing as if he was in a nets session. No player in the world can be sure of the pitch when he faces the first ball and Mr. Dhoni hooks the first ball he faces for four, which could have gone anywhere. Why and how so much trust on the pace and bounce of the wicket? Play your shots, but play sensibly. Bulldozing will pay off, but only for a few times and that explains why Dhoni’s test match record is so pathetic. If he implies himself as he does for the one-dayers and T20’s, he can be a more potent and lethal batsman.

    Ganguly ambled through his 100. Gifted his wicket asap after his 100, as if there was a secret agreement signed in some dark room between him and the Australians about throwing away his wicket as soon as he makes a century. That is typical mediocre attitude. You are set at the crease and you know you can go on to make a big hundred, but as soon as you reach the three figure mark, you loose the intensity and like a school-boy throw away your wicket?

    Laxman and Dravid are playing as if they are new comers. Tendulkar continues the tradition of getting out on silly shots. Instead of Laxman, a fast (sorry there are no FAST bowlers in the Indian line-up, so medium-fast) bowler could have at least fetched a wicket. Now to prove me wrong, Laxman will make a scrathy match-saving fifty in the last innings and will automatically keep his place for the next test.

    About Tendulkar’s retirement, I am no one to advise him to retire, but the way he is playing, some mediocre fifty’s is not the way to go. By this time (19 years), he should regularly make big hundreds. I don’t mind him or dada or anyone staying or retiring, the only thing is, they should make it count if they play. Getting out on silly shots should be taken very seriously especially after you have made 88 and have been well-settled.

    The bottom line is, there is always room for improvement and to become the best team, personal egos, emotions and stupid, silly thinking should be kept apart and together, as a team carry out the mission of destroying the opposition clinically.

  112. #112 by Mohammed Munir on October 19, 2008 - 4:12 AM

    This is what Coach Ge-OFF Law-Son ‘thinks’ about his Criticism by the Pakistani Media/ Press:

    “I pick up the paper and laugh. You can’t take any notice of it, you just have to ignore it. It’s one of the big issues I’ve brought up with the players, I’ve said ‘look, you can’t let what people say in the press, particularly the Pakistani press, affect how you play the game. You have support from the coaching staff and from the board itself, so play the game’ … My life is not affected by what the media say.”

    The guys have some ‘balls’, I must add 😉

  113. #113 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 20, 2008 - 6:33 PM

    If everything remains the same – weather wise – India should record a win here. The openers played well and deserves a win. It goes to prove that whether its a test match, a 50 over ODI or a T20 whenever the openers click they make the job easier for the team and 50% of the match is won straightaway.

    That is why it is important for Pakistan to have a good opening pair, reliable & dependable. Since they cannot get one like Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail or anyone like Sehwag and Gambhir, they must stick to adapt a different approach for different forms of the game.

    For T20, they definitely have a good opening pair in Shahid Afridi along with Kamran Akmal or Nasir Jamshed. They will be wasting these players if they play them down the order because 20 overs is too little too soon to finish off the batting line up. Pakistan and especially the THREE MALAKS i.e. Shoaib Malak, Talat Ali Malak and Malak Lawson must realize this and make sure they do this. Otherwise they will end up with IFs and BUTTs and the team will never get a flying start.

    Pawan, Amit et al must be pleased with the Indian team’s performance.

  114. #114 by cricket video on November 18, 2008 - 7:58 AM

    India played super cricket to beat Australia by two zero.Gambhir,Sehwag, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman are key player in success of India.
    This format of game becomes more famous in all part of cricket playing countries.

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