PAKISTAN VS WEST INDIES- ODI SERIES REVIEW

Most Pakistani fans are hailing this series as a positive occurrence in the scheme of things. However I don’t believe there is any cause for celebration. This result was expected and nothing new or extra ordinary happened in this series which was not expected from before, from Pakistan’s perspective.

The biggest worry for Pakistan was the fact that all of the matches were closely contested. In the first match Akmal helped Pakistan pull off an almost impossible victory from the jaws of defeat. In the second and third matches Pakistan bowled much better, yet if the Windies batsmen had batted the full 50 overs, they would have come very close to the target Pakistan set for them. What no commentator has highlighted so far is the fact that Pakistani bowlers could not prevent West Indies’ main batsmen, Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan from making sizable scores in almost every match. Three out of the four best batsmen in terms of run-scoring in this series, were West Indian; namely, Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan. Their batting averages were 78, 73 and 54 respectively. If I was Shoaib Malik, Ijaz Butt or Intikhab Alam I would have sleepless nights contemplating why Pakistan bolwers could not dominate these batsmen. I understand they are very good players, but that should not be an excuse because Pakistan also has bowlers like Gul, Tanvir and Afridi who are world class in limited overs cricket.

Pakistani bowlers could not dominate the West Indian stalwarts Gayle and Chanderpaul

Pakistani bowlers could not dominate the West Indian stalwarts Gayle and Chanderpaul

One might feel that I am being too unsupportive of Pakistan or too critical, because at the end of the day Pakistan won the series. My response to that is, West Indies is like a minnow team and apart from the trio of Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan the only two other decent players they have are Powell and Taylor, who are good bowlers. This is actually the worst West Indies team I can recall from recent memory. If Pakistan could not dismiss players like Gayle and Chanderpaul then it means there is something seriously amiss from the Pakistani bowling attack.

Waqar Younis may be appointed the bowling coach soon, and I hope he seriously does some good work with young Pakistani pacers because if West Indies had 2 or 3 more renowned international players like Bravo, the result may well have been opposite.

In terms of ratings, Pakistan has now been elevated to no 5 in the world in ODI’s. This is a farce because this year Pakistan has played minnow teams mostly. I can’t believe the PCB declares it is looking to the future when it is sticking with a direction-lacking and spineless captain Shoaib Malik and it is happy with Pakistan’s “ascension” in world ratings when all Pakistan is doing is beating below average teams with the assistance of their below average captain Malik, who is simply not captaincy material.

Malik may well be back in business for a few more cricket series

Malik may well be back in business for a few more cricket series

Under Shoaib Malik the Pakistan team has gone from bad to worse. Malik was not pathetic in this Fortune Cup, but he was not outstanding either. Although Malik’s 66 off only 50 balls in the 1st match was encouraging, he was not at his best in the remaining matches. However, more than this batting or bowling, it was his captaincy that again came under the scanner. He made ridiclous Powerplay selections and he was very rigid with the batting line up. Also, he ought to be criticised for not using more young players in the 3rd match, as Pakistan had already won the series and could afford giving more exposure to its talented youngsters. Malik’s basic problem is one of self-preservation and selfishness. That is the reason why senior players Yousuf, Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar have been critical of him. He is desperate to see Pakistan’s rise in the world rankings so his status in the team can remain protected. That is not the attitude you want from your captain. What kind of precedent does this set for the future captains of Pakistan?

"I'll show Akmal how to catch a ball............."

"I'll show Akmal how to catch a ball............"

Oops I did it again..................

Oops I did it again..................

Akmal has been an enigma, yet at the same time we are used to seeing inconsistent displays from the whole team as well as individual players which makes Akmal’s peformance appear tolerable. Akmal dropped plenty of catches in this Cup and the person who lost out the most as a result of Akmal’s lack of focus was Shahid Afridi, who did not bowl badly in the first two matches but was seriously let down by Akmal. Pakistan however, was also let down by Afridi’s batting performance yet again. The new selection committee has not been announced yet, but chances are we may not see Afridi playing for Pakistan for some time, which will be a big blow to those supporing him as the rightful captain of Pakistan.

Lastly, the form of openers Butt and Manzoor would be worrying, although Butt’s miserable form is likely to be only a temporary problem. Khurram Manzoor played very sensibly in the 1st match, but appeared clueless in the 2nd and 3rd matches. It is debatable whether Manzoor would be selected in the future, but perhaps he deserves another chance because of his 2 50s in his first 2 matches.

To conclude, this series established nothing new for Pakistan and the concerns carried on from before remain. Unless the captain is changed with immediate effect, Pakistan can not tread on the path of success. There are many short term and long term solutions, but the first thing that is needed is the change of captain. Don’t be fooled by the ostensible glory of a 3-0 victory and the elevation in international team ratings.

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  1. #1 by Awas on November 17, 2008 - 6:31 PM

    A very good write up and analyses of the series indeed by khansahab.

    A new direction for the team is definitely required with immediate change of captain. There is no doubt there are only two names to consider – Younus and Afridi as there is no other player with that kind of experience and ability. So, we shall see.

    The appointment of Waqar Younus as a bowling coach would definitely be a good move but I am not sure if it is just a rumour. Didn’t Salim Altaf have a big hand in his ouster? We all have seen that famous one-to-one interview (spat) between the two. Now that Altaf, disappointingly, is running the show, Waqar’s appointment looks difficult to me but not impossible.

  2. #2 by khansahab on November 17, 2008 - 6:45 PM

    India are the same team we played in 2007 :Younis Khan

    Karachi: Pakistan’s star batsman Younus Khan played down the hype that India has reached at the top of their game and will be tough to beat when they come against Pakistan in two months time. “I think India is the same team we played last year,” said Younus after his match-winning 101 against the West Indies which helped Pakistan blank their opponents 3-0 at Abu Dhabi.
    Pakistan next plays India in a three-match Test and five-match one-day series. “India has the same opening stand, their bowlers were taking wickets at that time also and their batsmen were making runs, now they have a few changes. The main thing is they now have a very aggressive captain in Dhoni.”
    Younus believed that Dhoni is also lucky and his test will come when luck deserts him. “Dhoni is aggressive and that is why he is lucky. He changes bowling and it pays off and some other tactics also work. His real test will come when luck deserts him.”
    Younus backed Shoaib Malik as Pakistan captain. “He (Malik) is learning with time, with every match. So I suggest that people should leave him alone, he should be made captain for four to five years and once there are talks of changing him he comes under pressure.”
    When asked if he regrets leaving captaincy, Younus said” I don’t want to talk about captaincy. I’m enjoying my game.

  3. #3 by khansahab on November 17, 2008 - 7:39 PM

    New selectors to decide Shoaib’s Pakistan future Monday, November 17, 2008

    By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: Pakistan cricket’s top brass is unhappy with Shoaib Akhtar’s failure to attain full match fitness but has decided to leave the controversial pacer’s fate in the hands of a new selection committee which will be installed next month.

    A senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told ‘The News’ on Sunday that Shoaib’s presence in the 15-man squad for the three-match One-day International series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi was unjustified as he failed to feature in neither of the games after sustaining a calf injury just before the series opener on November 12.

    The official said that injuries are now a part and parcel of international cricket but was quick to add that Shoaib gets injured more than most cricketers.

    Shoaib, 33, was included in Pakistan’s squad for the Abu Dhabi assignment after he ‘convinced’ national selectors about his form and fitness by bowling well in a couple of Pentangular Cup games.

    But the Rawalpindi Express was derailed as soon as he arrived in Abu Dhabi after injuring his calf muscle during a team training session. He failed to make the playing eleven in all three games.

    Shoaib last played a One-day International in November 2007 against India in Gwalior but has been out of the squad since then either due to injury or suspension. He made his Pakistan return last month by competing in a four-nation twenty20 tournament in Toronto but failed to impress much in the event in which Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in the final.

    The PCB official said that the Board’s top brass has been closely monitoring Shoaib on his comeback trail but is not convinced whether he deserves a place in the team, especially after the rise of talented young fast bowlers like Anwar Ali, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Talha.

    However, the official said that unlike previous PCB bosses, the current regime doesn’t want to play a hands-on role in team selection and will expect the new set of selectors to decide whether Shoaib has a future with the Pakistan team.

    “We will appoint a new selection committee in the third week of December,” said the official. “The selectors will finalise the squad for the home series against India and if they overlook Shoaib then probably it would be game over for him,” he added.

    Pakistan are to host India in January-Febryary next year for three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.

    Shoaib was included in the Pakistan squad for the Toronto and Abu Dhabi assignments primarily because the selectors and the team management wanted him to get ready for the all-important home series against India.

    Shoaib’s failure to play in any of the three ODIs in Abu Dhabi has attracted criticism from all quarters.

    On Sunday, former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis took a swipe at PCB for keeping an injured Shoaib in the team.

    “I think an unfit player should not have been kept with the team. If Akhtar came unfit from Pakistan then it was not wise, but if he fell unfit here before the first match, they should have sent him back and called a youngster,” the former Test pacer said.

  4. #4 by Abdul on November 17, 2008 - 7:44 PM

    Khanshab, you have stated some valid points but I don’t feel we need to be this critical of the Pakistan team who lacked match practice and still never the less pulled of a 3-0 whitewash and have made a more than great start to their campaign of international cricket in Abu Dhabi.

    Pakistan is at a developing stage in there cricket and we should be proud of there achievments.Yes their is room for improvment as you have pointed out, but a victory is a victory and we cannot be critical of that fact.

    I actually feel that Shaid Afridi will make a successful captain as proved with his true enterprise in domestic competetions but with Malik’s record it will be hard for the pcb to remove but I hope they consider long terms benefits and make wise decisions as he ins’t captaincy material.

    What form India are now. They are an invincible and formidable unit now and the best in the world with their continous brilliant form against 2 top international sides. Yuvraj Singh was a true allrounder today and with the DADA retired will be a permanent member of the test side.

  5. #5 by khansahab on November 17, 2008 - 7:51 PM

    Abdul

    I am pleased to see your comments becoming more analytical. Well done!

    I acknowledge your argument about lack of match practice, but most of these players played in the Pentangular Cup in Pakistan just before they left for Abu Dhabi. They are professional cricketers and their job is to perform regardless of how much international cricket they have played.

    Why didn’t lack of match practice affect Younis, Gul and Tanvir? I don’t think this “match practice” argument holds good ground. It matters, but it does not matter so much that anyone can throw it up as an excuse.

  6. #6 by khansahab on November 17, 2008 - 9:56 PM

    The history of ball tampering

    1992

    England accuse Pakistan’s bowlers of picking the seam during a one-day international at Lord’s, but nothing is ever proved.

    1994

    South Africa’s bowlers are accused of picking the seam during home Test series with Australia. No further action is taken.

    1994

    During the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s, Mike Atherton, pictured, is fined £1,000 by the England chairman of selectors Ray Illingworth for not admitting to the match referee Peter Burge that he had dirt in his pocket when questioned, and a further £1,000 for having the dirt in his pocket.

    1996

    Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Javed Burki alleges ball-tampering took place during the England-Pakistan one-day series, but no action is taken.

    2000

    Pakistan’s Waqar Younis is fined 50% of his match fee and suspended for a one-day international for tampering with the ball in a one-day game against South Africa in Sri Lanka. Azhar Mahmood is fined 30% of his match fee for abetting the infingement.

    2001

    Sachin Tendulkar is fined 75% of his match fee and given suspended one-match ban after being found guilty of “acting on the ball” by Mike Denness in the second Test between South Africa and India in Port Elizabeth.

    2002

    Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar is reprimanded for ball-tampering during the first Test against Zimbabwe at Harare.

    2003

    Shoaib is banned for two one-day internationals and fined 75% of his match fee for scratching the quarter-seam during a one-day international against New Zealand.

    2004

    India’s Rahul Dravid is fined 50% of his match fee for applying sugar-coated saliva to the ball during a one-day international against Zimbabwe at Brisbane.

    2006

    Five penalty runs are added to England’s score by Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove after Pakistan are ruled to have tampered with the ball.

  7. #7 by khansahab on November 17, 2008 - 11:15 PM

    In his latest interview Geoff Lawson has admitted Pakistan does not need Shoaib Akhtar and he said Fawad Alam is the next big thing for Pakistan.

    I saw another interview of his a few weeks ago when he said Fawad Alam deserves more chances and he also said that Fawad is the best fielder in Pakistan.

  8. #8 by khansahab on November 17, 2008 - 11:22 PM

    Inspite of success, Malik’s captaincy will be reviewed: PCB

    Shoaib Malik might have led Pakistan to a convincing 3-0 whitewash against the West Indies but as decided earlier, a review of his leadership qualities will be done, says Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ezaj Butt.

    “Malik has done well but his captaincy tenure ends in December. We will sit down and review his performance and decide for the future,” Butt said.

    PCB Chairman also confirmed that the option of switching the Test series with India was very much under consideration.

    “If the Indians come on schedule it will also mean we can host the Champions Trophy. So our priority remains to convince them to come. The PCB will be asking the government to take up this issue at the government level and make the tour possible. “India’s tour to Pakistan early next year and our tour to India is part of the ICC future tours program and can be swapped (in case India cancel the tour),” he said.

    He said instead of switching the 2009 series to a neutral venue, Pakistan would give more weightage to the option of shifting the series to India.

    The Indians are due to play three Tests, five One-dayers and a one-off Twenty20 game in Pakistan from the first week of January.

    However, the cancellation of India’s junior hockey team tour to Pakistan on security issues has put a question mark over Indian team’s visit to the strife-torn nation.

  9. #9 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 12:22 AM

    Omer

    I liked your analysis on Malik.

    What do you think about Fawad Alam; do you feel he should play in the ODI and T20 sides?

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 18, 2008 - 3:35 AM

    MoYo reveals more details on Malik’s attitude.

    Yousuf v PCB
    Yousuf lashes out at board and Malik
    Cricinfo staff
    November 17, 2008

    Canada visa trouble was PCB’s fault – Yousuf

    Mohammad Yousuf indicated the visa problems he faced in travelling to Canada were the result of the PCB’s bungling, rather than any indiscretion on his part. Yousuf was selected in Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad to take part in a four-nation tournament in Toronto in August. But he couldn’t travel because he wasn’t given a visa in time by Canadian authorities. None from the board, the High Commission or Yousuf provided a satisfactory explanation at the time about why he wasn’t given a visa.

    Yousuf said he was also not given a proper explanation. “Shafqat Naghmi told me my visa form wasn’t filled out correctly. Which player has ever filled out a visa form for a start? Then there were reports that it might be because of a Tableegh [Islamic preaching mission] issue. Well I last went to Canada in 1999 and I was Christian then, so that isn’t correct. I received a letter of objection later saying I had apparently applied for a residency visa which is ridiculous.”

    A day after helping Lahore Badshahs become ICL champions, Mohammad Yousuf returned to Pakistan to launch a stinging attack on the PCB and Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik. At the same time, Yousuf vigorously defended both his decision to join the ICL and the status of his new employers.

    Yousuf arrived in Karachi Monday afternoon and immediately addressed a press conference at a friend’s residence to “clear up some misconceptions about my going to the ICL.”

    “I have no issues with this current set-up,” Yousuf said, referring to the new PCB administration. “I do have issues with the previous set-up. You all saw what was happening with me. I am the senior-most player in the side but when I was dropped from the Twenty20 World Cup no one spoke to me at all. Without being tested in a Twenty20 game I was dropped from the squad. How is that possible?”

    Yousuf referred often to Malik, though when pressed repeatedly by reporters to specify particular grievances, he didn’t reveal details. “For four years we were good friends. I still think he is a good player but who knows why he has become like this. Shoaib Malik is the captain and I was the senior-most player. I felt I wasn’t getting the respect that I should be given. Look at Dhoni. He takes his senior players along – this guy never took me along. Only I know what I have been through the last one and a half years, the disturbance I have felt.”

    Yousuf had signed with the ICL in 2007 but turned his back on the contract after the PCB administration of the time, desperate to have him back, promised him a lucrative IPL contract. However, the ICL took the matter to court and Yousuf was left in legal limbo, not allowed to play for either league.

    Finally, earlier this month, Yousuf signed up with the league again, the same contract as he had signed up on last year. The PCB, as a result, banned him, as it has done other ICL players. But Yousuf said he had been wrong to turn his back then and wasn’t willing to leave the ICL if the PCB offered him a way back to national colours.

    “I made a mistake when I turned my back on the contract last year. I was misguided by the PCB. They told me ICL would stop me from playing for Pakistan which is not true. Why should I now leave the ICL? They are not banning me from playing for Pakistan. If Pakistan want me to play I will still play for them – everything I am is because of Pakistan. If they had called me to Abu Dhabi I would have gone,” Yousuf said.

    Yousuf robustly defended the ICL, throwing a veiled punch at the BCCI for pushing other boards to ban players. “What is the difference between the ICL and the IPL?” he asked. “They are both private leagues. The ICL isn’t banned by the ICC. It is banned by someone and you are getting hurt because of it. Only Pakistan is suffering from the ban. India is benefitting. We both got knocked out at the World Cup 2007 but look where they are and where we are now. All we are doing is playing cricket.”

    Yousuf, who will fly back to India on Tuesday to get ready for the ICL World Series, said he hadn’t gone to the ICL for the money, claiming that Pakistan duty would have been more lucrative. He all but ruled out negotiating a return through the PCB.

    “If I speak to the board now, they will try and convince me again to leave the ICL. I have been down this route before and look where that left me.”

  11. #11 by Q on November 18, 2008 - 7:49 AM

    Khansahab, why are u so against Malik? Pakistan won the 1st ODI because of him, in the 2nd he got run out due to no fault of his, and in the 3rd he got out trying to up the tempo in the final overs.

    I thought his power play choice in all 3 ODIs was spot on. Especially in the 1st.

    He is learning as a captain and his batting has improved since he has become captain. He averages well over 40 since becoming captain, even if u take the matches against the minnows out.

    I agree that a 3-0 win over the Windies doesnt mean much since they are the weakest of the 8 major int’l teams.

    But Shoaib Malik hasn’t been all that bad as captain.

    A lot of player performances have actually improved under Malik.

    I have the stats to prove this.

  12. #12 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 11:25 AM

    Sarfraz Nawaz calls for Shahid Afridi’s sacking

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    ISLAMABAD: Former Test fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz has called for Shahid Afridi’s axing from the national squad, saying he has proved more a liability than a utility in recent times.

    While a majority of the Pakistan players made their mark on their return to one-day cricket following a long lay off, Shahid Afridi yet again failed to impress during the three One-day Internationals against West Indies in Abu Dhabi.

    “The time has come for the selectors to start seeing beyond Afridi. He is neither a reliable batsman nor a bowler and continues to earn a place on the national team on his so called charisma rather than the performance. He definitely is a liability and at the same time a big hurdle in the way of talented youngster,” Sarfraz said.

    In the three innings Afridi played against West Indies in Abu Dhabi, he scored 38 with a poor average of less than 13 runs per innings and took three wickets conceding almost 46 runs per wicket.

    “I do not know why the selectors continued to pick him at the time when he proves a big failure during 2008. Look he is in the team for scoring 8-10-18 runs. His record for the whole of 2008 is pathetic.”

    Sarfraz requested the selection committee (to be formed next month) to pick a youngster instead and give him half the chances and opportunities to what they offered to Shahid Afridi. “A talented youngster would definitely make his mark in international cricket. The national team cannot effort performances like Afridi had shown in the whole of 2008 where in ten matches he scored with the average of 13 runs per innings.”

    The former fast bowler also felt sorry for the Sindh team that finished near the bottom of the Pentangular Cup cricket. “Afridi is neither a batsman nor a quality bowler. There is also a big question mark over his ability to lead a side. What happened to Sindh in the on-going Pentangular Cricket is a clear indication of the abilities of Shahid as a captain.”

    Sarfraz said when an experienced player could not perform against the weakest of teams like West Indies, that means there was something wrong with him. “The West Indies team that played the three-match series in the desert venue was the weakest I have ever seen. I started playing against the West Indies in the early seventies and the team that played at Abu Dhabi in the just concluded series was not even a shadow to the brilliance of the one that represented the Island in seventies.”

    The former fast bowler who led Pakistan to a win against West Indies in Trinidad in 1975, said apart from the three players — Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan, there was not a single player in the side that could be termed a world class.

    “All others are club level cricketers. Those Pakistan players who missed the scoring opportunities against them did no good to their case.” Sarfraz praised the Pakistan team and some of the players including Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik.

    “Though there performances are welcoming, there still is room for improvement in some of the departments. Only hard coaching and a bit of more international experience can solve the problem.”

  13. #13 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 11:26 AM

    Mellowed Akhtar plays big brother

    By K.R. Nayar, Senior Reporter

    Published: November 17, 2008, 23:29

    Abu Dhabi: Rarely do you have a star player opting out of the playing eleven simply because he did not want to break an already existing winning combination.

    Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, who has often been accused of being an unsporting player, painted a different picture during the just-concluded Fortune Cup.

    It is alleged that he has time and again let his team down, bowling short spells citing injuries. He also has a record of not getting along with his captains and board officials.

    But his sporting spirit and sense of responsibility shocked everyone before the last match of the Fortune Cup.

    Akhtar was unfit for the first two games due to a calf injury; although he was fit for the third match, he opted to stay out not wanting to drop any of the pacers to make way for him.

    Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malek disclosed this when he was asked as to why a replacement for Akhtar was not sought immediately when it was clear that he was not fit for the series.

    Malek was questioned on why the speedster was retained in the team as a mere passenger blocking chances of a young budding fast bowler.

    “Akhtar had really worked hard after recovering from his calf muscle injury. He even told us he was ready to play the third match. However, in the second match, all the three pacers Sohail Tanvir, Rao Ifthikar Anjum and Umar Gul bowled very well and helped us win the match. So it was tough to drop any of them. Akthar sportingly told me that it would be unfair on them if he was included,” remarked Malek.

    The skipper also considered it to be a good sign for Pakistan that a senior player like Akhtar, one of the assets of Pakistan cricket, comes up and suggests that he should stick on with the same bowlers.

    Spectators who turned up early for the third match did see Akhtar bowl at full pace at a single stump before the start.

    False hopes

    That raised hopes of seeing the world’s fastest bowler in action during the match.

    But they were all in for a shock when Akhtar’s name was missing from the final eleven.

    Angry at Akhtar not playing the first two matches, some leading Pakistan newspapers alleged that he had come to Abu Dhabi carrying an injury.

    Some have even stated that young promising pacers like Anwar Ali, Mohammad Aamer or Mohammad Talha should have been included in his place.

  14. #14 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 11:28 AM

    Team will suffer without me: Yousuf Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: Senior batsman Mohammd Yousuf warned on Monday that Pakistan will suffer without him, saying that the country doesn’t have anybody good enough to replace him in the middle-order at the moment.

    “I’ve been Pakistan’s best batsman in recent times. My records show that. I can still give my best for two, three more years. And I don’t think there is anybody good enough to replace me (in the team),” Yousuf told reporters just hours after returning home after featuring in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) for Lahore Badshahs.

    Yousuf’s defection to the rebel ICL prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ban the national team’s premier batsman from all cricket. The Board also sent Yousuf a notice asking him to return more than Rs 10 million as costs incurred on litigation with the ICL.

    Pakistan’s new coach Intikhab Alam tried to play down Yousuf’s ban and said that his team will move on and find a substitute to replace a player, who is regarded among the finest and most prolific batters in world cricket.

    A few other former cricketers like Zaheer Abbas, however, disagreed. Zaheer said that Pakistan will badly miss the services of their best batsman, especially in Tests. But several others fired Yousuf for joining ICL and said that Pakistan should look beyond him.

    The Lahore-born batsman also attracted criticism from various quarters that accused him of preferring monetary benefits over national duty. But Yousuf made it clear that his defection to the cash-rich ICL had nothing to do with money.

    “It’s all about respect,” Yousuf said. “I want to tell my fans that my decision to join the ICL is not about money. I could make a lot more money while playing for Pakistan than by joining ICL,” he stressed.

    “It’s Pakistan which will suffer without me because the people who have done this with me don’t care about national interest. They just care about their own selfish motives.“I played for Pakistan for almost ten years and always gave my best. But still I was treated shabbily by the former officials of the Board and the captain,” he said.

    Yousuf said that he has no differences with the current set-up of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and will always be available for national duty. “Playing for Pakistan will always be my first preference,” he said. “I believe that the PCB should lift the ban on ICL players because not even the ICC has banned the league.”

    Yousuf said that he was surprised to get a notice from the Board, asking him to return the money spent on his legal tussle with the ICL. “The PCB persuaded me to leave ICL last year and said that it would take care of the expenses involved in any legal issues,” he said referring to PCB’s decision help him quit the ICL and instead sign a contract with the official Indian Premier League (ICL).

    “I’m surprised because the Board is acting as if it cared more about the money than the players,” he lamented. Yousuf is now facing a legal battle with IPL but doesn’t sound concerned. “I played in the ICL according to my old contract and if there are any problems then my lawyers will sort them out,” he said.

    Yousuf also decided to hit back at Shoaib Malik, saying that the Pakistan captain lied when he said that he showed no disrespect to any senior player. Yousuf said that Malik is the reason why he defected to the unofficial league.

    “I was surprised to hear that he (Malik) claims that he has never been disrespectful to me or any senior players. That’s news to me. I believe that a captain should take senior players along but he (Malik) never did that,” said Yousuf.

  15. #15 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 11:42 AM

    Q

    I am against Malik for the following reasons:

    1) Defensive captaincy. He has been captain for a year and a half. How much more time does he need to “learn”?

    2) Treatment of youngsters- Fawad Alam’s one blemish was his selfish batting in the first ODI but Malik’s overall attitude towards Fawad has been shocking. The same goes with Sarfraz Ahmad and Sohail Khan. I thought Fawad wasn’t all that after his performance in the 1st ODI against West Indies, but Geoff Lawson said yesterday that he is the next big thing for Pakistan. If he has singled Fawad out like this then it means everything I have been saying about Fawad has been true.

    3) Very basic captaincy errors like miscalculating how to let a bowler complete his quota of overs….he is still doing that after being captain for 18 months

    4) Self-preservation- he doesn’t have the guts to open so that Fawad Alam or anyone else can bat in his position lower down, he brings himself out of the attack whenever the batsmen start dominating; basically he is too scared of appearing weak or mediocre. He is doing exactly what PCB officials have been doing over the decades……letting others suffer for their insecurities and being too obsessed with their own office.

  16. #16 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 11:56 AM

    Pakistan could switch home series to India

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    KARACHI: Pakistan may offer to switch their home series against India early next year to India if the Indian government does not clear the tour over security worries, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt said.

    “Pakistan cricket has already suffered a lot because of teams refusing to play at our venues. We are counting on India to break the ice,” Butt said on Monday. “But if the Indians are not permitted by their government to tour Pakistan for any reason then we can look at the option of swapping the series with India,” he said.

    Doubts have emerged over India’s tour to play three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 game beginning in January after the Indian government stopped a junior hockey team from touring Pakistan at the last moment earlier this month over security concerns.

    Pakistan cricket has suffered heavily this year due to the refusal of teams and players to tour following a series of suicide bombings. In August, the International Cricket Council (ICC) postponed the Champions Trophy after facing a possible boycott from five of the eight teams in the field.

  17. #17 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 11:58 AM

    LOL @ PCB’s incompetence!

    Last week reports started coming that Abu Dhabi may host Pakistan-India series.

    Two days ago there were reports that the PCB has laughed off that idea and said that no matter what happens, the series will be held in Pakistan.

    Today Ejaz Butt has said the series may be switched over to India.

    What kind of idiots are running the PCB?

  18. #18 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 18, 2008 - 12:01 PM

    khansahab

    You are spot on in highlighting flaws in Malik’s captaincy, in fact he is not just defensive, he has a negative approach towards the players.

    As a leader you need to inspire them and instill energy in them and motivate them but, Malik plays politics and has jingoistic approach which is so obvious from Fawad Alam’s case.

    He is a highly insecure captain and that is due to the fact that he cannot be an automatic choice in the team if he is not the captain. His stats proves of what he is capable of and winning against the minnows or against Bermuda ooops WI means nothing.

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 18, 2008 - 1:29 PM

    LEPROSY in the old days was incurable and lepers were imprisoned and isolated in caves and, wherever they were free then, people used to keep them at a distance of “Sawa Neza” it means a distance equivalent to the length of one and 1/4 spear.

    SARFARAZ NAWAZ is such an uncivilized, uncouth and incompetent blabber mouth that people like to keep him at a distance of “Sawa Neza.” And, thats not just because he is a leper who can be cured but, his disease is incurable.

    According to people who have met him in real life, they have confirmed that when Sarfaraz talks he spits. And, this is an uncontrollable menace, combined with his gingivitis spit his words are as filthy as a wild boar dung, so who would like to be near him? The person who interviewed him must be an equally filthy girayeen of his who would take pride in creating ripple effects in the dirty pond of his spits.

    Now, just look at Sarfaraz Nawaz’s comments and his love for his Punjabi girayeens when he said this:” Sarfraz praised the Pakistan team and some of the players including Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik. Though **there** performances are welcoming, there still is room for improvement in some of the departments. Only hard coaching and a bit of more international experience can solve the problem.”

    How conveniently he forgot the name of Younus Khan who was declared man of the match and how conveniently he forgot the name of Fawad Alam. It goes to prove that whenever Sarfaraz Nawaz opens his mouth he splatters so much muck and gunk that even the skunks would run away from the scene.

    He did not spare Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzamamul Haq so who is Afridi for him? The way he blabs and splatters filth he may not have even spared his own parents and must have cursed them for bringing him in this world. He needs to be on a leash all the time.

    footnote

    **there** this was supposed to be their and it shows that the guy who interviewed Sarfaraz was a typical paindoo who cannot differentiate between ‘there and their’

  20. #20 by Amit. P on November 18, 2008 - 1:47 PM

    Guys cheers!

    http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/pakvind/content/current/story/378729.html

    Now u guys better sort out your differences as fast as u can :D…. India is going to tour Pak as scheduled.

  21. #21 by Awas on November 18, 2008 - 1:52 PM

    Q

    Let me add what khansahab forgot to mention. He is not against Malik per se as a player. I believe too that Malik may have a role to play in the team like he did in the past under Inzi’s leadership. Let me add though that his pick up as a player in future should be based on performance and current form only. The problem is he is not a captaincy material. We all know that a captain of the ship needs certain exceptional qualities. Every sailor is not capable of steering the ship. No one can replace Imran Khan but then again Inzi did a pretty decent job…despite his laid back… poker faced attitude.

    After criticism from all corners, even PCB is saying now that his captaincy role needs to be reviewed now. Naming him captain for perpetuity was a mistake too. Even Imran Khan didn’t have such luxury. Let’s face it; Malik has not shown leadership and captaincy qualities. Winning after all is a team effort but Malik has not been thoughtful, inspirational or strategically astute. Imran had all three attributes whereas Inzi at least was inspirational if somewhat weaker on other two qualities.

    Personally, I will not go into Malik disliking such and such person compared to such and such as that after all is a state of mind which is difficult to comment and prove but the fact of the matter is that Malik has not shown any of the three aforementioned attributes. Like all humans, Imran Khan as a captain too had his personal likes and dislikes that we all now know. He disliked Miandad, amongst others and favoured some others, for example, but was astute enough to know that Miandad is class act and needed for the team. Imran was good enough even to seek Miandad’s advice on-field as he knew he had an astute cricketing brain.

  22. #22 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 2:00 PM

    When will Yousuf stop moaning?

    What more does he want? He was not captaincy material. The whole nation supported him and people prayed for him when he broke Viv Richard’s record.

    People are cursing the PCB for letting Yousuf do.

    Yet he is making statements everyday that he didn’t get respect. He should play for the country that loves him and he should forget ego.

    But what he is after is money. How much respect does he think he can get in T20 cricket? He is not even T20 material!

  23. #23 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 2:03 PM

    Amit P

    Thanks for this newspiece…..well the PCB can now be relieved….

    (until the next bomb goes off)

    🙂

    LOL, I hope that doesn’t happen!

  24. #24 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 2:06 PM

    LOL about Sarfraz Nawaz being a “leper”!

    Seriously though I was a bit disappointed not seeing Younis Khan’s name in that list…..

  25. #25 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 2:29 PM

    Akram hails Dhoni, calls India ‘new Australia’

    New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership has changed the face of Indian cricket, according to Pakistan’s pace legend Wasim Akram who believes it is a matter of time before India upstages Australia as the number one team in the world.

    Akram said Dhoni has completely transformed the team ever since he took over the mantle of captaincy and that Indian cricket was on the right track with a number of talented players in their ranks.

    “Dhoni has changed the face of Indian cricket, there is no doubt about that. He leads from the front, he has charisma and players like him. You can’t ask for anything more,” Akram told PTI in a telephonic interview.

    “He has given the team the confidence. The players now believe that they can go and beat any team and it is this confidence that has helped India to bring about the desired results,” the former Pakistan captain said.

    Akram, regarded as one of the finest left-arm speedsters with 414 Test and 502 ODI wickets to his credit in a career spanning nearly 17 years, said Dhoni had also brought about a refreshing change in his attitude and approach to matches.

    “It does not matter whether Sachin Tendulkar is resting or some other players are injured, the Indians are so confident that they go out and do the job. It was not the case about six or seven years ago, India did not have that confidence,” he observed.

    “If the captain leads from the front, half the job is done. That is what I like about Dhoni. He is cool, comes out with few quotes and gets the best out of his players,” Akram said. “Leading the Chennai team in the upcoming Champions League will be a good challenge for him since there will be a lot of international teams,” he said.

    Asked whether India would be able to topple Australia as the number one team in the near future, Akram said “India is the new Australia. I think they are on the right track to achieve that”.

    Akram also lavished praise on India’s new pace sensation Ishant Sharma saying the Delhi youngster had improved by leaps and bounds in the last few months.

    “Ishant has been a revelation. He has really improved in the last few months and I think he is a real asset to India,” Akram said about the paceman who emerged as the man-of-the-series in the recent Test series against Australia.

    “After the Australian tour late last year, his length was slightly short. But he has now rectified that and was simply brilliant in the recent series against Australia. The way he bowled, it seemed he had been around in Test cricket for five years or so,” he said.

    The cricketer-turned-commentator said Ishant will only get better with time but also cautioned that the youngster needed to be handled well to prolong his career.

    “He (Ishant) will get quicker and better with time, there is no doubt about it. He just has to keep himself fit as fast bowling is hard work,” Akram pointed out. He said the Indian bowling line-up looked quite balanced at the moment and the presence of an in-form Zaheer Khan has provided a lot more sting.

    “Zaheer has been fantastic. He has bowled the reverse swing well, got the ball to swing in and out… He has become a complete bowler now. He really provides that cutting edge to the attack,” he said.

    “India always had good spinners but I am happy to see these pacemen developing. They are winning matches for India”, Akram said.

    The ex-pacer said Harbhajan Singh was capable enough to shoulder the responsibility in the spin department following the retirement of champion leg spinner Anil Kumble.

    “Harbhajan is a good spinner. It is now upto him to take upon the responsibility in the spin department. I think he is capable of doing it and also has the experience”.

    Akram also credited India’s rise as a cricketing nation to the planning done by the BCCI over the last few years.

    “Credit must also go the BCCI for India’s rise in recent times. They have planned and implemented everything well. The results have started coming now,” he added

  26. #26 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 2:31 PM

    ICL eyeing Asif and Sohail for next season: sources

    Karachi, Nov 18 (PTI) The Indian Cricket League may soon have some more Pakistani players under its umbrella as it is eyeing to sign fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Sohail Khan for the next season.
    Sources close to the players said that both the pacers were under consideration to join the ICL bandwagon which already has signed some 18 players from Pakistan, the most recent being senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf.

    The source said that Asif had been approached with an offer, while the ICL had been given good feedback on the young pacer Sohail Khan who has played a few one-day internationals and has been successful in domestic circuit.

    “Asif is pretty frustrated that the Pakistan board has not accepted his request to provide him legal support in his doping offence case with the Indian Premier League drugs inquiry tribunal,” one source told PTI.

    “Asif is also upset because the Board has put on hold all his payments this year because of his doping offence,” the source added.

    He said Asif personally was not happy with the inquiry being held into his doping offence by the IPL tribunal and had discussed the ICL option with some players.

    The pacer was suspended by the PCB after he tested positive in a doping test carried out in the IPL in June.

    Both his test have come positive but the ratio of the banned substance in his sample is different raising questions by Asif and his lawyer about the authenticity of the doping tests procedures in the IPL.

    The IPL drugs inquiry tribunal will hear Asif again on November 29 and the PCB has said it can’t offer any support to the pacer until he is cleared.

    “The ICL is interested in both players but will wait and see what happens on November 29th, a source said. PTI

  27. #27 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 2:35 PM

    PCB official confirms Asif was caught with opium

    Rizwan Ali

    Tuesday, 18 Nov, 2008

    ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Cricket Board official has confirmed that Mohammad Asif was in possession of opium when he was detained in Dubai earlier this year and has recommended the fast bowler be banned and fined, AP reported.
    ‘It was proved during our investigation that Asif was caught with a small amount of opium at the Dubai airport.’ Shafqat Naghmi, the PCB’s former chief operating officer and member of its inquiry committee, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

    In June, on his way home from playing in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, Asif was detained for 19 days in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after authorities allegedly found a substance containing opium in his wallet at the airport.

    The 25-year-old national team player was accused of carrying 0.01 ounces (0.25 grams) of opium, but he tested negative for drugs and was released without being charged. But he was questioned by Dubai authorities for drug possession and smuggling while he remained in custody at the airport’s detention center.

    ‘He was actually deported from Dubai as the amount of opium was not enough to lay down charges.’ Naghmi said.

    The PCB later formed a three-member inquiry committee – headed by Naghmi – and suspended Asif from playing international and national cricket after it emerged the paceman had tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone in the IPL in May.

    Asif has filed an appeal with the IPL drug tribunal in Mumbai, India and his next hearing will be held on Nov. 29.

    ‘We have completed the draft of the report, but the new officials in the PCB have not so far asked us to submit it.’ Naghmi said.

    Earlier this month, Naghmi was replaced by former test fast bowler Salim Altaf on the PCB while Ejaz Butt took over as the cricket’s board’s new chairman, replacing Nasim Ashraf.

    ‘The new chairman didn’t talk to me after his appointment, but even now if the PCB just sends me a letter to submit our findings on Asif’s case, I will do so.’ Naghmi said.

    The former PCB official said that the other two members of the committee – former PCB Director of Human Resources Nadeem Akram and present Director of Cricket Operations (International) Zakir Khan – have recommended a ban of several international matches and a financial penalty on Asif.

    ‘I have already drafted the report in which we have also taken into account the statement of Asif that he recorded before all three of us.’ Naghmi said. ‘The draft is with me and I just have to sign it and send it to the PCB.’

    Naghmi said the investigation found that Asif had violated a number of PCB’s rules on players code of conduct.

    ‘I can’t reveal exactly what we have recommended, but I can say that Asif breached a number of rules and regulations for which we suggested a ban of several international matches and also financial penalty.’ he said.

    In 2006, Asif and fellow Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar were withdrawn from the Champions Trophy after testing positive for nandrolone during the PCB’s internal testing.

    Naghmi said that it’s now up to the new PCB board to pursue the matter of Asif’s case.

    ‘It’s up to the chairman to decide and we can only give our recommendations.’ Naghmi said.

    Asif was compared with Australian great Glen McGrath for his smooth bowling action and accuracy as he took 51 wickets in 11 test matches at an impressive average of 23.13. In the 31 one-day internationals, Asif has taken 36 wickets.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 18, 2008 - 3:45 PM

    Awas

    Well said and u made your point clear. No one likes to go and dig up the personal lives of these players if they play normal cricket like professionals. But, the fact remains that Malik does play dirty politics. Imran Khan has his own likes and dislikes but, he was good at getting the best out of every player. Whereas, Malik does not have that ability and his likes and dislikes are based purely on jingoism basis and that is to protect his own a$$, he needs supporters rather than performers.

    khansahab

    On MoYo you have been a bit harsh that he is after money. Could you please tell me who is NOT after money? Just because he missed the IPL train he is on the wrong track which is not blessed by the BCCI and ICC he is an outlaw and he is outclassed. All other players including that MF Hayden who called India as a “Third World Country” is also playing for the IPL and that is not love for India but for money that is going in his pocket.

    About, bringing back Mohammad Asaf Druggie. I am totally against this action. He is a DRUGGIE and he should be banned for LIFE. Just because there is a problem in the fast bowling department does not mean they bring back this MF Druggie who has no respect for the country or the people.

    And what was his performance during the IPL? He sat out most of the time in that dugout. So, if they bring him back do you think he will perform like he used to perform before? With so much drug toxins in his system may be he is seeing six wickets instead of 3. In any case it would be a blunder and a serious injustice if they bring him back to play for Pakistan.

    Regarding Wasim Chakram:

    He is now a barking dog who is at the mercy of the Indian TV companies and is seen lying 24/7 at the doors of doordarshan, ZEE TV, AajTak etc., all he does is wags his tail and rolls over whenever they throw a bone or a “bhoosi tukra” at him and ask him to perform the act and then they pat on his head and say “Gudd Bouy”. He is a perfect example of HMV (His Master’s Voice.)ka kutta. I have no respect for this person, he is a nunga bhooka with no self respect and self-esteem. He can do anything for money.

    amit.P

    I hope the series goes as per plan, but in Pakistan there is no such thing as plan or planning. All I can say is hope for the best and be prepared for the worst.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 18, 2008 - 3:53 PM

    khansahab # 29

    I didn’t say Sarfaraz Nawaz is a leper, I gave the analogy of how lepers were treated in the past because leprosy was incurable then, and how people should treat Sarfaraz now by keeping a distance from him….. because of the way he spits venom, and spits in real too.

  30. #30 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 5:36 PM

    Akram urges steps to stop pvt. leagues

    Karachi: Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram on Tuesday stressed private cricket leagues must get recognition from the game’s governing body before being launched to avoid clashes with international sides.

    “All the private leagues must get recognition from the International Cricket Council (ICC) or from respective boards before they start, otherwise more and more private leagues could affect international cricket,” Wasim told AFP.

    “These private leagues can offer more money than players get at the international level and that would harm the game at international level, so there must be steps to stop that.”

    Wasim was reacting to complaints by some Pakistani players banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board for joining the unrecognised Indian Cricket League (ICL).

    The ICL’s second season ended on Sunday when it was won by the Lahore Badshahs — a team comprising Pakistani players. Wasim said some Pakistani players had asked him to help them get re-instated to play for the national side.

    “Some of the players did meet me and asked for help but I cannot do anything until and unless the ICL gets recognition,” said Wasim, one of the greatest left-arm fast bowlers ever to play the game. The Indian league, bankrolled by India’s largest media group Zee television, is striving for ICC recognition, but Wasim denied reports he said that would soon be achieved.

    “My comments on the ICL were taken out of context and I apologise if those comments caused any harm or distress to anyone. I never back any unrecognised league,” said Wasim.

    Wasim added that respective national cricket boards have a part to play in the private leagues matter.

    “Look, the Indian Premier League is sanctioned both by the Indian Board and by the ICC so players featuring in that have no problems,” he said.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 18, 2008 - 6:17 PM

    LOOSE TALK first and then retract your statement when the screws were tightened by The “My Baaps”!

    Wasim Akram says: “My comments on the ICL were taken out of context and I apologize if those comments caused any harm or distress to anyone. I never back any unrecognized league.”

    See, I told you that Wasim Akram is a perfect example of HMV’s icon.

    It is only a matter of time that BCCI, PCB or ICC have control over players when more private leagues will mushroom like it happened in soccer then these governing bodies role will only be that of a rubber stamp.

    BCCI = Board of Control of Cricket in India.

    Why should a board be controlling the game of cricket? Instead they should be BCPI

    BCPI = Board of Cricket Promotion in India.

    They ought to be more positive than possessive and negative.

  32. #32 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 9:02 PM

    Pak captain dismisses claims of Yousaf

    LAHORE,Nov 18 (APP)‑ Pakistan cricket captain, Shoaib Malik has dismissed claims of his senior colleague Muhammad Yousaf that his attitude was one of the factors which forced (Yousaf) to join Indian Cricket League (ICL).

    “ It is not a fair judgment on part of Yousaf as he is the senior most player of the team and I always respected him and had his opinion on cricketing matters related to team “,he told APP on Tuesday after arrival of the team from Abu Dhabi where it won 3‑0 a one day series against West Indies.

    Shoaib said he always consulted senior players on team matters and valued their opinion and suggestions. “ I think Yousaf has given this statement without a fair and thorough analysis of the circumstances and it is his wrong thought and claim that he joined the ICL because of my attitude “,he added.

    He said every cricketer is free to decide his fate or playing career and he is surprised to read Yousaf’s statement of joining ICl because of his attitude. “ I think it is smart way to make an excuse and I donot agree what he has said “.

    Pakistan captain said under his leadership the team has showed good results in the past two years.

    “ I am satisfied the way I have done as a captain and I am not bothered if I am not retained as a captain because I am enjoying playing cricket and I will do the same even as an ordinary member of the team”,he said.

    “ I am very much satisfied that we have made some progress in our ranking, from sixth to fourth place in ODIs, and we must have this point under consideration that we had lesser opportunities to play international cricket in the past one year which led to cancellations of some events at home “,he said.

    He said despite all these adverse circumstances he endeavoured to justify in the role of a captain and gave his best as an allrounder. “ If captaincy is a pride it also brings heavy responsibility and challenge and so far I have done my best to rise to the expectations”,he added.

    Shoaib Malik said beating West Indies in three back to back one day internationals is a remarkable achievement on part of Pak team which could not benefit from the services of express bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

    “ It was a big challenge which we overcome with sheer hard work and commitment and success of credit goes to all the members of the team and young players who are making their place in the team by excelling in all departments of the game“, he said.

    He said playing at offshore venue also put extra pressure on the team because players are eager to play at home in front of their own crowds and conditions.

    Shoaib Malik said he is focusing on upcoming assignment to play India at home and this series will be a toughest event of his cricket career.

    “ India is at peak showing excellent results and their recent performance against Australia and England has made them world most dangerous team and I would like to beat them when they visit Pakistan early next year “,he said adding “ Victory against India will be some thing special “.

    “ It is time to build on to our success against West Indies and to put in more hard work to produce better result against India”,he concluded.

  33. #33 by Amit. P on November 18, 2008 - 9:27 PM

    Khansahab,

    If Sohail khan and the likes join ICL then it will be indeed a sad moment not just because of a talented youngster joining rebel but because of the trend he will set in his country. Anybody unhappy with selection committee will see his future in private leagues. It is high time that old cricketers and other boards start putting pressure on BCCI to legitimize ICL.

    We too have lost a young pacer from kashmir valley in this ICL IPL war.

  34. #34 by khansahab on November 18, 2008 - 9:29 PM

    Amit P,

    Is that young pacer Abid Nabi?

  35. #35 by Amit. P on November 18, 2008 - 9:34 PM

    Dhoni and Co better suited for T20 than Tests, felt Ponting

    Natasha Chaku

    Melbourne, Nov 18 (PTI) Blissfully unaware of the series bashing that awaited him in India, Australian captain Ricky Ponting considered Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men better-suited for Twenty20 cricket rather than Tests after their World Cup triumph in South Africa.

    Recalling the success of Indian team in the Twenty20 World Cup, Ponting wrote in his book ‘Captain’s Diary 2008’ that Dhoni was a “classic example” of a player who could damage the opposition in the shortest version, which offers little scope for a batsman to showcase his technique.

    Teams that are outclassed in five-day matches and even 50-over games are much more competitive in Twenty20. India offer a good example of this. The shorter the format of the game the more dangerous they become, Ponting said.

    “Some of their batsmen — Yuvraj Singh and M S Dhoni are classic examples — can hurt you more in shorter games, because their is less opportunity to find ways of picking apart their techniques,” he while adding that “Form in Twenty20 really doesn’t count for all that much”.

    Having said so, Ponting also dismissed India’s successful journey to the T20 world title, attributing it to more luck and little skills.

    “I am not as cynical about the game as I once was, but some negatives still nag at me. There is so much luck involved in this shortened form of the game; it’s not always going to be the best team that wins.

    “I guess that’s true of all sport but it seems to be accentuated here… Little wonder, then, that the tournament has been unpredictable, with many locals stunned that previously unbeaten South Africa was eliminated so comfortably by India,” he said

  36. #36 by Amit. P on November 18, 2008 - 9:35 PM

    Khansahab,

    Yeah. He plays for Ahmedabad ICL i think. He is hardly of 25.

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 19, 2008 - 9:37 AM

    HOW MUCH MORE MONEY WILL THEY SPEND ON THAT DRUGGIE ASAF’S CASE?

    November 18, 2008

    The Dubai authorities found Mohammad Asif in possession of opium © AFP

    Pakistan cricket’s administrative turmoil may have let Mohammad Asif off the hook on at least one of inquiries he is facing over drugs-related charges. This despite the confirmation of an ex-board official that Asif was found in possession of opium at Dubai Airport in June this year.

    Asif was detained in the city for 19 days before eventually being sent back to Pakistan, after what were thought to be high-level negotiations between various parties in the two countries. But Shafqat Naghmi, who was the board’s chief operating officer at the time before leaving last month, says Asif was deported and that the offense against him was proved in Dubai’s courts.

    Naghmi headed a three-man board committee that looked into the case. The report made recommendations to financially penalise Asif and ban him for a number of matches. “The report was based on documentary evidence that we received from Dubai,” Naghmi told Cricinfo. “According to their authorities, opium was found and he was deported. The deportation was on the basis of the crime or offense being proved.

    “But in view of the insignificance of the matter and also keeping in mind the high administrative costs of going further with the trial for punishment, authorities there decided to deport him instead.” Naghmi said that his recommendation in the report was for a hefty financial fine and banning Asif from a significant number of matches.

    The catch – and possible saving of Asif – is that the report has not yet be signed off by the members, including Nadeem Akram and Zakir Khan. And it hasn’t been sent to the chairman of the board either.

    Like Naghmi, Akram is no longer with the board, though Zakir remains director cricket operations. Naghmi said the report was due to be signed and sent off to Nasim Ashraf, the chairman at the time, but he resigned abruptly. “We didn’t send it immediately to the chairman because he was out of the country. The draft of the report was prepared. When the chairman came back he resigned and finally when the new chairman took over (Ijaz Butt), he showed no real interest in the case,” Naghmi said. “If they want the report I can send it to them.”

    Senior board officials in the current set-up have made inquiries. “We haven’t seen any copy of it and as far as we are concerned there is no written report,” an official told Cricinfo. “We do have a Rs 5 million bill from Angel and Afridi, the legal firm that helped Asif in Dubai, left to us by the last board but where is the report?”

    Even if the report were to be received – after being signed by all three members – there are indications that the present set-up may not be too willing to press ahead and act on the recommendations.

    Asif is also facing an IPL inquiry after he tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone in tests there earlier this year. If found guilty, he is likely to face a ban, though the ambit of that ban is not clear yet.

    Strangely, however, the board is looking at the two separate offences as one, arguing that punishment for one will serve as punishment for the latter. The underlying implication seems to be that the Dubai inquiry may not be pursued. “It will become like double jeopardy in one sense,” the official said. “He has a hearing in India on November 29 and if he gets banned there, will you punish him again here?”

    *****

    If he is banned for life, yes then you don’t need to punish him again. If they punish him like ‘a slap on the wrist’ then he needs to get a life ban here!

  38. #38 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 11:45 AM

    Afridi is Malik`s next victim, says Yousuf

    Karachi, Nov 19

    Mohammad Yousuf has accused Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik of engineering his and Abdul Razzaq`s ouster from the national team and said that all rounder Shahid Afridi would be the next victim.

    Speaking on a television talk show, Yousuf claimed Malik was working on a policy of ousting senior players in the team as he didn`t want any challenge remaining to his captaincy or place in the side.

    “He created conditions with the assistance of the selectors for Razzaq and me to join the Indian Cricket League as he didn`t want us in the team. His next target is now Shahid Afridi,” Yousuf said.

    Yousuf also said that after the World Cup in 2007 when Inzamam-ul-Haq resigned as captain and Younis Khan had refused the captaincy, the Board should have appointed a senior player.

    “I was the senior most player and deserved a shot at the captaincy. But the Board didn`t even take senior players into confidence before appointing Malik as captain,” Yousuf said.

    He said it was unfortunate that the Board ignored his credentials while giving Malik this honour although his place in the team was not confirmed.

    Yousuf also claimed that after the way he had been treated by the Board, selectors and Malik, he had no intentions of quitting the ICL.

    “I will never quit the ICL and if they want me to play for Pakistan they have to select me while I am contracted to the ICL,” Yousuf said.

    Yousuf also dismissed suggestions that he was not picked in the national Twenty20 team because of his fielding.

    “Look fielding does not play such a significant role in 20 overs cricket. When I can play one-day internationals I can also play twenty20 cricket. It was just an excuse to drop me from the side,” he said.

    Malik, however, dismissed Yousuf`s allegations.

    “It is very easy to make excuses for one`s actions. I have always respected Yousuf as a senior player,” Malik said.

    Malik said since Yousuf was the senior most player in the side, he always consulted him and gave respect to his views.

    “I have always respected the seniors and this is a baseless allegation that I didn`t behave properly with them,” he added.

  39. #39 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 11:47 AM

    Asif all set to join Indian Cricket League

    Shahid Hashmi

    Karachi: Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif, fighting to avert a doping ban in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is on the verge of joining the India Cricket League (ICL) after he was offered an irressitable sum of money by the unrecognised league.

    The 25-year-old paceman is due to appear before the IPL doping tribunal on November 29 and after the Pakistan Cricket Board turned a deaf ear to his request for legal support, the paceman is on the verge of signing the ICL.

    “I am frustrated,” admitted Asif when contacted by cricketnirvana.com. “When no one is coming to my support I have no other option left to join the ICL for which other Pakistani players are also playing. My career has come to a halt and no one is bothering,” said Asif.

    Lahore Badhshahs, a team compriised of Pakistan players, won the second edition of the ICL and is in the process of signing some more Pakistan players including Asif.

    Pakistan new coach Intikhab Alam last week said Asif is a match winner and he would love to see him back in the Pakistan team.

  40. #40 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 12:40 PM

    Gavaskar was no angel in his playing days, says Ponting

    Melbourne, November 19, 2008

    Ricky Ponting has lashed out at legendary Indian Sunil Gavaskar and other former players for often blaming the Australian team for on-field confrontations, saying the Indian opener was not an angel during his playing days.

    “I know that over the past 10 years, probably longer, a notion has developed that the Australian team walks out onto the field intent on getting in faces and having a few words… Unfortunately, as soon as a spectator or a commentator spots one of my team chipping on opponent, they assume it is a pre-meditated attack,” Ponting said.

    “The most laughable aspect is when I hear former players complaining, as though they never put a toe out of line in their day.

    “I still have a vivid image of Sunil Gavaskar angrily trying to take his opening partner off the MCG with him in 1981 when he was given out lbw in a Test match, but to hear him today you’d think he was positively angelic when he was the best opening batsman in the world,” he wrote in his ‘Captain’s Diary 2008’.

    Ponting said he was disappointed by the hypocrisy of former cricketers who never kept the standards in their hey-days but were demanding the same from his team.

    “In the four or five days after the Sydney Test… inevitably, some ex-players — mostly the usual suspects — were into us, and I found their hypocrisy extremely disappointing. They were demanding standards from us that they had never kept themselves when they were Test stars.

    “The classic came when Tony Grieg suggested that the batsmen of today should be walking to make it easier for the umpires. This was coming from a bloke who in his day made a virtue out of not walking.

    “I always presumed that ex-players are employed by media outlets because their experience gives them a rare insight into the pressure elite cricketers are under and the way we think, but it seems to me that many of them forget about their past lives the minute they are handed a press pass.

    Ponting also took a dig at just retired Indian captain Anil Kumble, saying his comment ‘only one team was playing within the spirit of the game’ after the Sydney Test was borrowed from a former Australian skipper Bill Woodfull.

    “I’m not sure how extensive Anil’s knowledge of cricket history is, but — as was picked up immediately by reporters — his comments echoed those made by Australian captain Bill Woodfull during the acrimonious bodyline series of 1932-33.

    “‘There are two teams out there, one is trying to play cricket and the other is not’, Woodfull had said to English managers during the third Test of that series,” he said.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 19, 2008 - 2:10 PM

    WHERE DID SALIM ALTAF GO?

    Pakistan breaking news:

    MIANDAD APPOINTED AS THE PCB’S DIRECTOR-GENEAL

    Cricinfo staff

    November 19, 2008

    Javed Miandad, the former Pakistan captain, has been named the Pakistan board’s director-general in the latest appointment made by the PCB under new chairman Ijaz Butt. …..More news to follow….

  42. #42 by Awas on November 19, 2008 - 2:58 PM

    Khansahab

    These are very damming revelations how senior players were being sidelined. Malik definitely needs to go as he has none of the attributes expected of a captain. As I have said before, his days are definitely numbered now. It’s a matter of simple choice between Younus and Afridi now.

    Although Malik is one side of the story here but the worst thing is that the PCB is equally at fault even more so in my view as the buck stops at them and they have let it go this far. Nasim Ashraf’ may have done some good things but his unwavering faith on Malik has done a lot of damage to Pakistan cricket.

  43. #43 by Awas on November 19, 2008 - 3:05 PM

    Javed

    That is one piece of good news about Pakistan cricket for quite some time – Javed Miandad.

    Salim Altaf was a failure and an incompetent official. Someone who takes personal interest above country’s doesn’t deserve to be in such a position that he held. His vendetta with PCB and his spat with Waqar Younus is what we have all seen.

  44. #44 by Amit. P on November 19, 2008 - 3:16 PM

    Actually Ponting is trying to say only “angels” can criticize their team ab’t discipline or so. Those having poor track record (in his view) cant air their views on things happening in the field and specially when Ponting’s team is involved. What he forgot, that at the time of Sydney fiasco, SMG was in disciplinary committee of ICC, which he later resigned after publicly criticizing the ICC match referee (another chu*** Mike Denness). He is one arrogant fool that cant digest criticism and never except his mistakes (rather blunders).

    Javed,

    For Salim Altaf another post has been created … “chief operating officer” 😀 . It is like two captains sailing one ship.

  45. #45 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 3:31 PM

    Awas

    Please pardon me for disagreeing, but I don’t feel Miandad is very competent. Plus now his nephew Faisal Iqbal will come into the limelight. After so many chances Faisal has proven to be a complete failure yet the PCB sticks up with him because of Miandad’s influence.

    Amit P

    Yeah, Salim Altaf is now the COO of the PCB.

    Indians can get emotional on the field but outside the field they have a good reputation. Symonds is known to be an alcoholic and uncouth person.

  46. #46 by Awas on November 19, 2008 - 3:49 PM

    Khansahab

    LOL @ Faisal Iqbal…completely forgot 🙂

    Miandad at least is an intelligent cricketer and does have Pakistan’s interest at heart and like Rashid Latif was never implicated in match fixing. By the way, I would NEVER take offence if you correct me. I am not know it all type…I tend to admit my mistakes…sometimes 🙂

    Cronyism may not necessarily be such an issue based on Miandad’s other qualities…after all we all have our favorites. Malik, Miandad, Imran, Inzi (blind faith in butter fingers)…they are all guilty of it.

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 19, 2008 - 3:51 PM

    To me, Javed Miandad’s appointment appears as a political move:

    1. He is a close ally of Asif Zardari and he is in his good books so his appointment doesn’t surprise me.

    2. It is also meant to counter or, create a balance between Punjab and Karachi. With so many officials from Punjab including the PCB chief and selectors, they wanted to show this to the critics that the PCB is a federal organization with equal participation from all provinces (Zakir Khan from NWFP is still there) so its nothing more than a showcase or a window dressing. But, Miandad alone will be a pain for them.

    khansahab

    That is another matter that Miandad is not competent or not enough qualified for that post. Do you think Ijaz Butt is? Or, Salim Altaf was? And, who else is? Miandad may not be writing reports or inspecting the books, there will be ample staff to do that job. He knows where to put his foot and his nose before that. IMO, he will be a real PITA for Ijaz Butt in the wrong spot. So, I support Awas’s views and, I think it is a good move.

  48. #48 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 5:08 PM

    ‘I am keen in playing for Pakistan not ICL’ – Sohail Khan

    Sohail Khan, promising Pakistan fast bolwer has strictly denied “I was not in contacted with rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) or neither had they contacted me in any regard,” Khan told Cricdb.

    According to the reports, unofficial India League eyeing to sign fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Sohail Khan for the next season. PTI wrote, “sources close to the players said that both the pacers were under consideration to join the ICL bandwagon which already has signed some 18 players from Pakistan, the most recent being senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf.”

    “My first priority is to play for Pakistan,” Khan emphasized. “I am full focused in seeking place in Pakistan national squad, and ICL has not contacted me.”

    “I have just started my international career and I am not going to explode my career by joining unofficial league,” Sohail further said.

    “If I am selected for the upcoming series against India and for which I am very much hopeful, I will justify my selection.”

    Sohail, recently during the ongoing Pentangular Cup pings a domestic record of reaching 101 wickets in 17 First-Class (FC) matches, previous was of legendary Waqar Younis record of bagging hundred wickets in 17 FC matches.

  49. #49 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 5:16 PM

    The Director General is like the MD of the PCB, whereas the COO is in charge of the day-to-day running of the Board. I wonder if Miandad’s and Altaf’s duties will overlap. Miandad’s role will probably be more of an “accountability” nature whereas Altaf will be more involved with making decisions.

    I guess PCB thought Miandad is a principled person so they made him the DG.

    I don’t believe Miandad is an honest or principled person; his affiliation with Zardari and Dawood Ibrahim certainly suggests otherwise.

  50. #50 by Awas on November 19, 2008 - 5:43 PM

    Khansahab

    Again good reminder of Miandad’s past…I can’t wrong you there either but imagine what happens if you fall in love lets say (completely hypothetical scenario) Bin Laden’s daughter when you meet her at the Uni 🙂 Isn’t that what happened with those two youngsters. I have no idea though how involved he is with Zardari.

  51. #51 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 7:45 PM

    Awas

    What’s to say it was certainly a love marriage?

    Could have been an arranged marriage? 🙂

    Plus, people say you only fall in love after you get married. So it must have been a LUST marriage then.

    This revelation further demeans Miandad’s stature 🙂

  52. #52 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 7:45 PM

    I may be going too hard at Miandad. I’ll give him a break and hope for the best 🙂

  53. #53 by Abdul on November 19, 2008 - 8:48 PM

    Latest news from Pak cricket……….
    Yousuf’s team-mate in the ICL, former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, said there were positive vibes over the possible lifting of the ban on players linked with the ICL. I have got positive vibes and response from the PCB about granting recognition to the ICL and I am hopeful the bans on the ICL players would be lifted soon,” Inzamam said. “I think it is also time the ICC plays its role and take steps to safeguard the players rights, who are signed up for the ICL.

    “The ICL is promoting cricket and providing livelihood to many players and also giving chances to young Indian cricketers. So it is time the ICC and Indian board recognise it to make the tournament official.”

    I am agree with 100% of this quoate that Pakistan talented players who have signed the ICL’s tremendous performance in their victory of this edition deserve recognition as they were outstandiing throught. SOME of the players are young and deserve or should unarguably represnting the county and the country can simply not neglect such talent and must utilize the abundance of talent available such as Nazir,Yousuf , Jnr Yousuf and Farhat in particular.These players would have also developed experience playing t20 crcket and become extremely suited for playing in next years t20 championship and with England in our group is is vital we use the unique and flamboyant services in Nazir and Farhat with there effective left right attacking combination.

    Meanwhile the ICL WORLD SERIES is on the horizon and this should be more competetive and entertaining with day to day matches. Will Pakistan manage to be able to add to the cabinet another trophy? The action commences on Sunday.

  54. #54 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 8:54 PM

    Abdul

    Well done on finding this piece of news, but please let me correct you because this is not “latest news”; this has been circulating around for a few days now. In fact Inzamam made that statement on Monday.

    I am agree with 100% of this quoate that Pakistan talented players who have signed the ICL’s tremendous performance in their victory of this edition deserve recognition as they were outstandiing throught.

    Yes, I am also agree with you that Imran Nazir and Rana Naved deserve recognition; I wonder if other LS bloggers are agree with us?

  55. #55 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 9:39 PM

    Danish Kaneria has recovered from his finger injury and already has started his practice.

    Danish Kaneria, Pakistan premier leg-spinner eye on former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir’s record of most wickets by any spinner in Pakistan cricket history. “I am desperately waiting for India series and breaking record at home ground is my biggest desire,” Kaneria told Cricdb. Kaneria meanwhile short off 17 wickets to surpass Qadir’s record of 236 wickets as a specialist spinner.

    Kaneria, last month ruled himself out of the first Pentangular match against Federal Area at National Stadium Karachi due to finger injury and told Cricdb, Doctor asked not to practice until the latest reports revels me fully fit, however, I will be starting my practice following after my physician advice, meanwhile I am missing my first Pentangular contest.”

    Kaneria, fractured his finger in Essex’s County Championship game against Worcestershire on August 22, and flew back home for the operation, which took place on August 27, and presently he has not recovered completed of the injury.

    “I have already started my practice, and will return for Pakistan with full fitness.” Kaneria said. “It would be more exciting for me, if Pakistan-India series would be played at Pakistani grounds even fans from Pakistan are desperate to have Pak-India cricket in Pakistan. Though, the series would be equally important if played in India or England as we have not played any Test cricket throughout the year,” he said.

    The 27-year-old, who will be turning into 28 on December 16 next month further said, “Pakistan has just swept West Indies which is a great achievement for Pakistan and its all credit goes to coach Intikhar Alam and Captain Shoaib Malik. Pakistan has initiated its winning streak ahead of India series, which encourages us.”

    Responding to a question Kaneria said, “Saeed Ajmal is no doubt a good spinner but he need to improve his fielding, and I am not worried from new spinner however I take this as challenge.”
    One asking regarding India Cricket League (ICL), “I have never considered about ICL, my first priority is to play for Pakistan. I am recognised just because of Pakistan and I have no such intension to explode my name,” Kaneria concluded.

  56. #56 by khansahab on November 19, 2008 - 9:47 PM

    Theossa and Mohammad Munir sahab,

    Where are you gents?

  57. #57 by khansahab on November 20, 2008 - 2:53 PM

    Abdul Qadir appointed Pak chief selector

    Islamabad: Pakistan’s cricket board on Thursday appointed former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir as head of its selection committee, an official said. The 53-year-old takes over from former fast bowler Salim Jaffer, who was made head of an interim selection committee last month.
    “Qadir will be our new chief selector,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt told reporters, adding that other members of the selection committee will be announced shortly.
    Qadir’s appointment is part of the PCB’s drive to use the experience of former players to put Pakistan’s team cricket back on track.
    The Board on Wednesday also appointed former captain Javed Miandad as its director general.
    Qadir said his priority will be to select the most deserving players. “I want to give my honest dedication and will select players on merit and devise a system where no first class player can complain that he was not selected despite doing well,” Qadir told AFP.
    Qadir played 67 Tests for Pakistan in the 1970s and 80s and took 236 wickets. He also played 104 one-day internationals. This is the first time that Qadir has been appointed to the selection committee.
    “I want to make the most of the opportunity and hopefully help Pakistan cricket with my experience,” said Qadir, whose first task will be to select the team for a high profile home series against India.
    “The first task is difficult, but we will do a honest selection so that we can put the best fight against India who are improving by leaps and bounds,” said Qadir.
    India is scheduled to go on a January-February tour of Pakistan, but it is still unclear whether the side will receive clearance by its government because of security fears in the wake of suicide bombings in Pakistan by Islamist militants.
    India are slated to play a side game, three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international.

  58. #58 by khansahab on November 20, 2008 - 3:08 PM

    I don’t know about how Qadir is as a person or how good he was as a bowler, but his son called Sulaman Qadir plays first class cricket. Sulaman is 23 now and he has already featured in foreign U-19 tours.

    Looking at Sulaman’s stats, he seems to be a mediocre player and I believe nepotism will now come into play.

    I don’t think anyone will relatives playing cricket in Pakistan should be appointed in the PCB. I have already voiced my opposition to Miandad’s appointment but it just doesn’t make any sense to me that Qadir is expected to perform his role with honesty and fairness when he has a young son who aspires to play for Pakistan, playing first class cricket. With Miandad the appointment may be vaguely justifiable because he is not in the selection committee, but Qadir is the Head of the committee and his son is playing first class cricket!

    I wish Qadir lots of luck and I hope he proves my suspicions wrong.

  59. #59 by Amit. P on November 20, 2008 - 4:23 PM

    Khansahab

    I think it will tough for Miandad and Qadir to push their cases while being in PCB. Since everyone knows that these guys can directly influence the team selection, so comes the fear of backlash by junta and media. We have seen something like in India too, when Niranjan shah’s son was selected for some A, B or C team. So in my opinion its good move by current board administrators to put retired players in technical teams. Only problem i see is clash of personalities, that is quite common in Pakistan. Qadir, to me, seems like an easy going person but Miandad is different. If somehow PCB removes this COO post and hence avoid possible clash between Salim Altaf and Miandad, then it will be great for Pakistan cricket.

  60. #60 by Ali Ahad on November 20, 2008 - 4:48 PM

    What a rollercoaster of events in Pakistan Cricket. People are coming in from no where and getting the key positions. Well No surprises! Well Qadir in my opinion is not a bad choice as he was a very good bowler during his playing days and has a good cricketing sense so I will give him a chance. Regarding the inclusion of his son into the national team I won’t be surprised but he is similar to Fawad Alam and if he produces the necessary goods to the team then I don’t have any problem but if he didn’t then I want both the Q’s to pack and leave and never come back.

    Wasim Bari is the head of Human Resources that really comes from no where. That man cannot get the team right how we would expect him to get the right people for PCB. Mr. Butt has really gone buttless when it comes to his selection.

  61. #61 by Abdul on November 20, 2008 - 4:55 PM

    I don’t know much about Qadir as a person but I know alot about his family backgorund. When i was in pakistan last year I attended a course at the Abdul Qadir cricket acadmey next to the Gadaffi Stadium at Lahore. Their were many domestic coaches there which helped me develop my game as a legspinner including Salman Qadir and Imarn Qadir. The most promising cricketer was the young 14 year old leg spinner in the family who had a lethal googly was a very effective spinner who was also a destructive left handed batsmen. He is the future prospect in my opinion. Qadir has already infact reffered him as the next Shane Warne and I feel he has a strong future ahead of him and could make it to an early test debut !

    I wish Abdul all the best in his role and hope his youngest son gets the opportunity to play at the highest level as he has inherited some of his fathers atributed including a wripping wrong un

  62. #62 by Awas on November 20, 2008 - 7:08 PM

    Khansahab

    Abdul Qadir’s appointment is unexpected and an interesting choice. I don’t know about his personality either but as a bowler, he was probably the best Pak leg spinner. He had the most beautiful and magical bowling action. The British called him “a magician” when he came here and flummoxed all batsmen with his deliveries. The art of leg spin was dying in those days and they say Qadir revived it. The reason, they say, was lethal fast bowling of that era as those wonderful and very successful WI bowlers had made people think fast bowling is the only way to win tests. The teams that couldn’t muster good 4-5 fast bowlers used an off-spinner only for being more economical not a leg spinner – such as Derek Underwood. Pakistan under Imran was perhaps the one team that dared use a leg spinner and often succeeded with a more balanced attack. In fact Pakistan was the only team in those days that did give WI run for their money as they often had close encounters and not white-washes – tabloids called it “black wash” when WI toured England, twice in a row.

    I remember Javed A Khan was once comparing Qadir with Warne on Pakspin and rubbed some Aussies the wrong way.

    Nepotism aside, he may be a good choice but I don’t know either how capable or good is he as a person – only time will tell.

    Amit P

    You made a fair assessment about the clash of personalities. Miandad and Qadir are very different personalities except that they have both played together so should know each other well, hopefully.

    Abdul

    You made very interesting observations with your first hand experience. The 14 year old that you mention, I think, is called Usman Qadir and I have heard a great deal about him too that he is a ditto copy of his father as far as the bowling action is concerned. Of the three sons, they say, the youngest Usman is the most talented.

  63. #63 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 21, 2008 - 7:03 AM

    Javed Miandad, aatay hee dhamaaka. It is called Butt kay painday may teeli.

    Pakistan news

    PCB under pressure to pick ICL players – Miandad

    November 21, 2008

    Javed Miandad: ” If there is such talent [in the ICL], why not utilise them? As a cricketer, I would like to see these boys in the Pakistan squad” *******

    Javed Miandad, the former Pakistan captain and current director-general of the PCB, has said the board is under a lot of pressure from the public and the media to include ICL players in the national team. Miandad supported the move and accused the Indian board of “bullying tactics” which have caused players to suffer.

    The Indian board banned ICL players from playing any representative cricket in and for India, a move that was copied by most other national boards as well. “The BCCI is a very powerful body, but because of its bullying tactics, a lot of people are suffering. All the BCCI needs to do is join hands with ICL,” Miandad told Daily News & Analysis, an Indian newspaper. “PCB is under a lot of pressure from the public and the media to include players like Imran Nazir, Rana Naved and Imran Farhat in the team. If there is such talent, why not utilise it? As a cricketer, I would like to see these boys in the Pakistan squad.”

    Another influential name in cricket, Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain and the chairman of ICC’s cricket committee, also backed a thaw in relations between the official and unauthorised voices of the game. He hoped the IPL and ICL could co-exist and also believed that similar leagues in West Indies would boost the game in the region.

    Miandad also hoped India will tour Pakistan in January, a series that will boost the country’s chances of successfully bidding for the postponed Champions Trophy later in 2009. “If they don’t tour then how can we expect any other country to ever visit us?” Miandad was against holding the series at a neutral venue said if there were security issues, India could host it instead. “Let Pakistan tour India on the scheduled dates and India can come back for the return tour a little later, when they feel more comfortable.”

  64. #64 by Varun Suri on November 21, 2008 - 11:06 AM

    hello everyone,

    First of all my Congratulations for a Whitewash Series against Windies!! A lot has been happening in the Pakistan Cricket Politics of late and Legslip is a one-stop website to keep track of all the latest Braking News!

    Miandad and Qadir with Aaqib Javed as the bowling coach sounds like an excellent management team to manage the Pakistan Cricket, Atleast all of them are ex-players and that too not ordinary ones!!!
    It makes it all the important for Pakistan to host India in Jan which is a very important series for them as rightly said by Miandad if India doesn’t tour Pakistan then who will?

    On a different note, with no dis-respect to one of the most successful Pakistani Cricketers, Whenever Miandad’s names comes up I always have this question in my mind and I would like ask the readers of Legslip to give their views on this.

    Ever since his daughter/son got married to the sibling of the Interpol wanted man Dawood Ibrahim, a man who’s wanted for his role in one of the many massive Bomb Blasts in 1991, Yes that was 17 years ago and all we are told is that he is either in Dubai or Karachi. Why is that Javed Miandad has never been interrogated about Dawood Ibrahim’s where-abouts ever? I am sure he knows about his where-abouts and the most ironical thing i still remember is that when i read the Times of India clipping few days after their children’s wedding where they showed a Happy Miandad showering his blessings on the newly wed couple and in the same article they also commented that Security Forces are on the look-out for Dawood Ibrahim since 1991…I mean how ironic can it get?
    If you really want that man why don’t you question Miandad?

    I have always respected and envied Miandad as a Cricketer, not just an ordinary Cricketer but a real fighter, like he was a Soldier in the Battlefield, maybe because being an Army Officer’s son i might have some partialty towards admiring such qualities. I have always admitted the “6” Effect he had on the Indian team ( not because now we are playing like Champions/No.1 or whateveh and i can be modest in admitting such things!!!!) and have always held tremondous respect as far as Cricket is concerned.

    However, since the day I read and saw that article and picture, i will not hesitate in saying that i have lost some of the respect i had for him simply because he chose to tie the knot of his kid with a family who can rightly be termed as “TRAITORS” of India. Everyone has the right to question the authenticity of the investigation carried out after those Blasts but one thing is and was always for sure that this person called DAWOOD IBRAHIM was the main man behind the Mumbai Underworld and he escaped Bombay for Dubai( or Karachi?) after the day of Bomb Blasts. Atleast in his case, Nothing needs to be proven and all we need is a Confession Letter.

    This might not be the right place to comment on this subject so if anyone would like to continue this discussion on this topic, i would request them to follow it up on Politics-2.

  65. #65 by khansahab on November 21, 2008 - 12:58 PM

    Shoaib Akhtar is finished, says former PCB chief Tauqir Zia

    Karachi: Former Pakistan cricket chief Lt Gen (retd) Tauqir Zia believes Shoaib Akhtar’s international career is over and has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to show the door to the controversial fast bowler by giving him one last farewell match.

    Zia, who was accused of pampering Shoaib during his tenure as PCB chairman that ended in 2004, said the aging bowler lacks proper fitness to play international cricket. He said it is time Shoaib retired from the Pakistan duty.

    Shoaib, 33, missed all three matches of the One-day International series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi because of fitness problems.

    Known in the cricket world as the Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib has spent the best part of the last 12 months sitting out either due to injury or suspension. He last played for Pakistan in an ODI against India last November in Gwalior.

    However, the current PCB chief Ijaz Butt insists Shoaib can still deliver the goods for Pakistan for a few more years.

    When asked to comment on Zia’s assessment of Shoaib, Butt said: “I’ve all respect for Mr Tauqir Zia but I don’t believe that Shoaib’s career is over. I’m of the view that he (Shoaib) has almost regained full fitness and can still be an asset for Pakistan for quite some time.”

    Butt, a former Pakistan Test opener, said Shoaib was fit for the third one-dayer against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi Nov 16, but the team management decided against including him in the line-up as it wanted the pacer to attain prime fitness ahead of the important home series against India early next year. Pakistan defeated the West Indies 3-0 in the series.

  66. #66 by Abdul on November 21, 2008 - 4:49 PM

    With so much to talk about in international cricket at the moment I make my analysis and evaluations on the key events.

    Firstly the one that we are most focusing on currently is India vs England. As so rightly quoted by Wasim Akram India is the new “Australia” and is my opinion the best team in the world currently and the ultimate team to beat. They seem to look invincible under Dhoni’s leadership as he’s very tactful captain and employs enterprising strategies. They were instrumental in the test series and now have followed up that brilliance with 3 consecutive odi victories. The fielding has vastly improved. They have also developed two top class seam bowling combination in Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma and they continue to develop high quality effective spinners with the emergence of Mishra and Harbhajan continous top form along with Yuvraj and Sewhag who are also effective bowlers that can chip in. Regarding there batting is just becoming better and better and they are developing many youngsters who are knocking on the door of the selectors and Yuvraj has been outstanding in particular. So overall Indian cricket is at the top of its landmark at the moment and looking an invincible outfit.

    Meanwhile Australia’s dominance at the no 1 spot seems to have declined with New zeland also managing to compete and almost beat the side to add to their woes following the 2-0 defeat in India. There bowling attack isn’t looking as threatening and masterful and there batting isn’t clicking. This decline is dominance will make international cricket better to watch and play.
    From a Pakistani perspective we are following the ICL and hope that now the players will be able to be released and eligible to play for Pakistan soon as there is some formidable talent on show that any international side will feel privileged to have. With a lack of international fixtures for the participation of Pakistan cricket the supporters and fans will have high expectations of the Lahore Badshahs and oh boy didn’t they perform outstandingly well and weren’t they utterly ruthless to match throughout the duration of the ICL. Javed Miandad with his new position suggests that the icl players will be back and this resolution will be solved as it’s a great to not only Pakistan cricket but also world cricket. Continuous pressure is building up from many senior players and fans which suggest the ICL players should be back before the pak-Ind series in early 2009. Here is the link http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/379049.html

    In my opinion the ICL players should also be eligible to play in the IPL. I see ICL as a great opportunity for the development of Indian youth cricket and also entertainment for people worldwide whereas I feel the IPL is another big league which provides entertainment and helps establish the Indian economy with the multi international league. What I suggest for improvement is both leagues to be shorter regarding duration of time to increase the intensity and make the league more competitive and interesting to view otherwise it will just drag on and on.

  67. #67 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 21, 2008 - 8:00 PM

    Abdul

    So you think Javed Miandad did the right thing eh? How come it didn’t get into the Butt Head of Ijaz? The question is whether he uses his head at all? I mean for thinking purposes.

    Osman Samiuddin has also taken note of JM’s statement and wrote a new article on cricinfo and people who are responding to that are very much in favour of removing the ban and making ICL a legal entity and cursing BCCI for its monopoly.

    So, good work JM, aatay hee CHAKKA mara!!

  68. #68 by khansahab on November 22, 2008 - 12:58 AM

    Wasim Akram slams Ponting for ‘Sunny no angel’ remarks

    NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has slammed Ricky Ponting for his “Sunny no angel” comments, saying the Australian captain has chosen a wrong cricketer, who has unblemished international stature, to shore up the sale of his book.Akram was appalled at why Ponting chose to attack Gavaskar by writing in his just-published, ‘Captain’s Diary 2008′, that Sunil Gavaskar was no saint during his playing days.
    “A player of Ricky Ponting’s stature should not bad mouth a legend like Sunil Gavaskar. I don’t know why Ponting is saying all these things, but one thing is for sure that Sunny speaks his mind. He (Gavaskar) is a neutral guy and he is amazingly great,” Akram told Mobile-ESPN.
    Gavaskar has been a known critic of Australians’ on-field bullying tactics and Ponting, never shy of any spat with the former India captain, said the legendary batsman was no angel in his playing days.
    “I still have a vivid image of Sunil Gavaskar angrily trying to take his opening partner off the MCG with him in 1981 when he was given out LBW in a Test match, but to hear him today you’d think he was positively angelic when he was the best opening batsman in the world,” Ponting had written in his book ‘Captain’s Diary 2008’.
    Akram was clearly not amused by Ponting’s comments but felt that will barely dent Gavaskar’s esteem.
    “Sunny is also one of the players from India who is loved in Pakistan. He is respected the world over and Ponting’s comments won’t affect Sunny’s image,”
    Obliquely hinting at the series of books being written by Australian players, Akram said cricketers or those associated with the game will not shy away from taking that extra step to market themselves and make some more money.
    “This is part and parcel of top sports. Cricket has so much media attention, that even during an informal chat the media can extract a quote and suit themselves,” says Akram.
    “These things have happened before and will continue and I don’t think that these petty things will affect cricket.”

  69. #69 by khansahab on November 22, 2008 - 1:01 AM

    India’s cricket tour of Pakistan appears to be in trouble

    The Indian cricket tour of Pakistan in January appears to be in trouble, with the government here being apprehensive on account of security of the team and wondering whether it was worth risking the lives of players like Sachin Tendulkar.

    The final decision on the tour, scheduled from January 6 to February 19, will be taken within two weeks on the basis of the assessment by a high-level team of officials that will be going to Pakistan shortly.

    Sources today said the risk of undertaking the tour is high considering the prevailing security situation in Pakistan and “no sensible government” would take it.

    To press the argument, the sources said if even a “scratch” comes to Sachin, what would happen to the bilateral relations.

    “The risk is not worth running,” they said.

    The sources cited the recent terror attack on a national sporting event in Peshawar to cite the example of the security situation in Pakistan.

    Top cricket nations, including Australia, have refused to tour Pakistan in recent times because of the security situation in the strife-torn country which has not hosted a major international tournament since the Asia Cup in June this year.

    The high-profile Champions Trophy, which was originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan in September this year, had to be deferred with most teams refusing to tour the country.

    The BCCI has already made it clear to the Pakistan Cricket Board that it would tour Pakistan only if it got the clearance from the government which remained apprehensive despite assurance of a fool-proof security arrangement.

    BCCI President Shashank Manohar has told his PCB counterpart Ijaz Butt that he had written to his government for the clearance of the tour and the BCCI is expected to get a reply in the next ten to 12 days.

    India is due to tour Pakistan to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and a twenty20 game and the itinerary of the tour has been agreed upon by both the Boards.

    The government this month stopped the Indian junior hockey team from touring Pakistan for a test series as it was not satisfied with the security arrangements made by the Pakistani authorities.

    The PCB has talked about shifting the series to a neutral venue including England or switching the series with India in case the Indian government does not give clearance for the tour.

  70. #70 by Amit. P on November 22, 2008 - 5:31 AM

    It is difficult to say now that whether India will tour Pak or not. Wait and watch policy for me. On ICL front, i have repeated many times before that BCCI shud take this matter sensibly rather arrogantly. It is ok if they want control over Indian cricket by banning Indian players but forcing other boards to follow this step is totally out of their territory. Let other boards decide whats good for them.

  71. #71 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 22, 2008 - 12:57 PM

    Amit.P

    For both your questions, JM has the answer:

    It seems very unlikely that any country would tour Pakistan under the current political situation. Therefore, Miandad suggested:

    “Let Pakistan tour India on the scheduled dates and India can come back for the return tour a little later, when they feel more comfortable.”

    I think it is a good idea because whenever India will come next, by that time things would change (hopefully).

    Secondly, he has demanded the lifting of bans from the so-called rebel league ICL and the players, like Sri Lanka has allowed. That guy has a positive approach for the game.

    The BCCI has complained to the ICC about Clive Lloyd’s suggestion where he asked to give fair chance to everyone. The BCCI shouldn’t be so defensive and behave like a dog in the manger.

    khansahab

    You will hear a daily bulletin from Wasim Akram, who is a ‘wagging dog’ for India now. I think they should give him a passport or some kinda nationality document so that he stays there permanently. And whenever they ask him to roll-over he can do those tricks for them for money!

    Varun

    I have moved that JM discussion from here to Politics 2 page, so you can check out and reply. Btw, what is this Dhoni resignation BS? And dressing room chat blah, blah, is there some truth that the discussion actually took place and the info leaked? The way Dhoni is reacting seems like there is no smoke without fire.

  72. #72 by khansahab on November 22, 2008 - 2:05 PM

    Qadir goes in to bat for Shoaib

    Saturday, November 22, 2008

    By By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: If Shoaib Akhtar was looking for a shot in the arm in his bid for a successful Test return, he has received it in the form of new chief selector Abdul Qadir.

    Given Shoaib’s past track record — his habit of flirting with controversy and a knack for picking up injuries — it’s very difficult to have faith in the enigmatic fast bowler.

    But ask Qadir and he will tell you that even at 33 Shoaib remains a big asset for Pakistan cricket.

    “Shoaib Akhtar is an asset. He is a wicket-taking bowler, who still has a lot to offer to Pakistan cricket,” Qadir told ‘The News’.

    Qadir is not the only Shoaib supporter in the new national cricket set-up.

    Coach Intikhab Alam, who took over from former Australia Test pacer Geoff Lawson last month, also believes the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ is yet to run out of steam and can play international cricket for a couple of more years.

    PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has expressed similar views about Shoaib who has only played 46 Tests in a career spanning over 11 years as he mostly sits out either due to injury or suspension.

    On Thursday, former PCB chief Lt Gen (retd) Tauqir Zia described Shoaib as a bowler whose international career was finished. He advised the Board to say goodbye to Shoaib by giving him one last farewell match.

    However, Butt defended Shoaib by saying that he still has faith in the player.

    Such support for a cricketer, who has mostly been a headache for the game’s administrators in the country in what is a colourful yet controversial career is quite surprising.

    Shoaib has flirted with disaster ever since he made his international debut in 1997. He was labelled as a chucker, a bad boy and even tested positive for banned steroid nandrolone in 2006. He was banned for five years by the PCB this April over several breaches of discipline, the most serious one being the incident when Shoaib hit fellow pacer Mohammad Asif after a training session just before the start of the inaugural World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa last September.

    Till a few months back, most senior PCB officials were convinced that Shoaib had no future with the Pakistan cricket team which they believed would be better off without him around.

    But things have really changed.

    The current top brass of the Board sees Shoaib as one of the few match-winners in the team.

    Qadir said that the past officials were unable to bring the best out of Shoaib because they didnít know how to handle him.

    “Shoaib can play for Pakistan for as long as he is fit,” says Qadir. “He (Shoaib) is working hard on his fitness and he is sure to be back against India,” he added referring to Pakistan’s home series against India pencilled in for January-February next year.

    Coach Intikhab is also predicting ‘a successful Test comeback’ for Shoaib.

    “Shoaib is getting fitter and faster,” said Intikhab, who didn’t field the pacer in Pakistan’s third one-dayer against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi on November 16. “He has gradually found his rhythm and I’m sure he would be ready for India.”

    Shoaib, who has taken 178 wickets from 46 Tests at an average of 25.69 and 219 scalps from 138 one-day appearances, made his Pakistan return by featuring in last month’s four-nation twenty20 event in Canada but was unable to impress much in the contest.

    He was included in Pakistan’s 15-man squad for the series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi but was forced out of the series after picking up a calf injury in a training session.

    Shoaib last played a one-dayer for Pakistan against India in Gwalior in November 2007. The last time he helped Pakistan win a Test was almost 22 months ago in Port Elizabeth when he took 4-36 with the help of sheer pace to pave the way for Pakistan’s series-leveling five-wicket triumph in the second Test. But he got injured in the process and Pakistan went on to lose the final Test and the series.

  73. #73 by khansahab on November 22, 2008 - 2:08 PM

    Miandad has a vested interest in campaigning for the removal of ICL bans. His nephew has been approached to play for ICL. My guess is as soon as the bans are removed, we will see Faisal playing for the Lahore Badshahs.

    But poor Faisal will have to sit in the dugout because there are better batsmen in the Badshahs team.

  74. #74 by Amit. P on November 22, 2008 - 2:34 PM

    Javed,

    Legalizing ICL will have almost no negative effects on other countries but this cant be said ab’t India. If they allow Subash chandra to run ICL, like a sister org of BCCI, then there will be many more contenders to start their own league (very first name comes in my mind is Anil Ambani, who also has to prove something against BCCI). That’s why BCCI is so defensive, infact hardly any Indian wud like to see 3 or 4 boards running Indian cricket. If u go by the rights then BCCI stance is quite justifiable … why shud they allow any other entity to have a share of cake that this organization has made over the years.
    One simple and humble solution is to ban indian players who choose to go with rebel but dont force other boards to do the same. Leave this decision to their own. And other boards shud also behave like a responsible entity.

    India’s tour has taken a new twist after Miandad’s statement … lets see how it is going to develop further.

  75. #75 by khansahab on November 22, 2008 - 4:47 PM

    Dhoni threatens to resign over R.P Singh’s exclusion

    BANGALORE: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has reportedly offered his resignation to the selectors following the exclusion of RP Singh for the remainder of the ODI series against England.

    Dhoni was disappointed with the selectors for the decision to bring in Irfan Pathan in place of the UP fast bowler for the fourth, fifth and sixth ODIs.

    According to reports, MS Dhoni and the Indian selectors had an argument over the same during the selection meet.

    “It’s a bit of a surprise,” a source in the Indian team revealed. “He needs to play more matches. He is absolutely fit. He was getting better despite not playing much in the last few matches,” added the source.

    The newly formed selection committee, headed by former Indian cricketer Kris Srikkanth had met on Wednesday (November 19) for the team selections when the differences apparently cropped up.

  76. #76 by khansahab on November 22, 2008 - 7:11 PM

    Three blasts have rocked Pakistan’s cultural capital, Lahore. One of the blasts occurred near the Gaddafi stadium.

    What implications will this have for India’s tour of Pakistan?

  77. #77 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2008 - 11:54 AM

    THERE IS NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE.

    DHONI HAS NOT DENIED, INSTEAD HE IS FURIOUS AND ASKING THE PERSON WHO LEAKED THE INFORMATION TO COME OUT IN THE OPEN.

    Quote:
    “Dhoni has been a strong supporter of R.P. Singh as the pacer has repaid his captains faith be it the Twenty20 World Championship or even the one-dayers.

    BANGALORE: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has reportedly offered to resign from the high-profile post following paceman R.P. Singh’s exclusion from the One-day International squad although the BCCI strongly denied the development.

    Dhoni played down the rift between him and the selectors. Not denying the reports, however, Dhoni added that it will be good for Indian cricket if the identity of the person who leaked the report comes out in the open.

    According to TV reports, Dhoni had a disagreement with the selectors during the meeting on Thursday to pick the team for the fourth and fifth ODIs of the ongoing home series against England.

    Dhoni was not happy that the selectors decided to axe left-arm pace bowler R.P. Singh and include Irfan Pathan in his place and offered to resign, the TV reports claimed, quoting an unnamed source close to one of the selectors.

    The BBCI, however, was quick to rubbish the reports. ‘I can’t respond to something that is being floated around by somebody,’ BCCI Secretary N. Srinivisan said.

    The Indian players are currently in Bangalore to play the fourth ODI and the team management could not be immediately reached for their comments. Dhoni’s customary pre-match press conference was scheduled to be held later in the afternoon.
    The reports said BCCI President Shashank Manohar was forced to interfere and sort out the issue.

    The newly formed selection committee, headed by former Indian captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth, had met on Thursday for the team selection when the differences apparently cropped up.

    ‘It’s a bit of a surprise,’ a source in the Indian team revealed. ‘He [R.P. Singh] needs to play more matches. He is absolutely fit. He was getting better despite not playing much in the last few matches,’ added the source.

    Dhoni has been a strong supporter of R.P. Singh as the pacer has repaid his captains faith be it the Twenty20 World Championship or even the one-dayers. The duo share camaraderie and both have played cricket together from the junior level. Dhoni has always backed R.P. Singh and thrown the ball at him in pressure situations and the bowler has always delivered.

    Last year, Rahul Dravid too had relinquished the Indian captaincy. Lack of say in selection matters was widely touted as the reason behind Dravid’s abrupt decision.” Unquote.

  78. #78 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2008 - 12:00 PM

    After winning the ICL final in style THE LAHORE BADSHAH’s have thrown a gauntlet at the Pakistan team. A challenge that would be ignored by Butt’s regime.

    IMO, they should play. What do you guys think?

  79. #79 by khansahab on November 23, 2008 - 12:32 PM

    ICL not interested in dope-tainted Asif

    Sunday, November 23, 2008

    By By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: Mohammad Asif is blackmailing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by spreading false rumours that the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL) has offered him a lucrative contract, sources told ‘The News’ on Saturday.

    A source close to Moin Khan, a former Pakistan captain who is the sole ICL recruiting agent in the country, said that the rebel league has no intentions of signing up the dope-tainted Pakistan pacer, who is locked in an expensive legal battle to avoid a possible two-year ban after testing positive for a banned drug while playing in the official Indian Premier League (IPL) this May.

    “If ICL had made any offer to Asif, it would have come through Moin,” said the source. “Moin doesn’t have any information whether ICL was interested in signing up Asif and it is quite apparent that the player is spreading rumours to pressurise the PCB,” the source added.

    A few days back, reports suggested that Asif has been offered a lucrative contract by the ICL which currently has 18 Pakistan cricketers on its payrolls.

    Asif, 25, confirmed these reports, saying that he has no option but to defect to ICL since the PCB has suspended him from all cricket over a positive dope test — Asif’s second in two years.

    “I am frustrated,” Asif said in a recent interview. “When no one is coming to my support I have no other option left to join the ICL for which other Pakistani players are also playing. My career has come to a halt and no one is bothering,” he lamented.

    Another source said that the ICL, which is making efforts to get recognition from the International Cricket Council (ICC) will not want to associate itself with a cricketer, who has a poor past record when it comes to doping.

    He tested positive banned anabolic steroid nandrolone during the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India and failed a dope test for the same drug again this summer. In June, he was detained at the Dubai Airport for 19 days for carrying a small amount of opium.

    Last week, Asif sought PCB’s help to escape a possible doping ban following comments from new Pakistan coach that he would like to have the pacer back in the national team for the important home series against India early next year.

    The new PCB top brass seems to have a less rigid stance towards Asif than the Board’s previous officials but is so far reluctant to throw its weight behind the player.

    Having taken 51 wickets from just 11 Tests at an average of 23.13, Asif is easily one of the best pacers in international cricket. Pakistani officials are well aware that they would all need all their firepower to beat the vastly-improved Indians even on their home soil and see Asif is a key player.

  80. #80 by khansahab on November 23, 2008 - 12:36 PM

    Muhammad Ilyas named chairman of national junior selection committee

    LAHORE, Nov 21 (APP): Former test cricketer, Muhammad Ilyas on Friday was named chairman of national junior selection committee which comprises another five members.

    The three members of the committee are former test cricketers while rest are former first class players, said a spokesman of PCB here.

    Basit Ali (Karachi) and Furrukh Zaman (NWFP) are the two other former test players while Ali Ahmad (Lahore),Asif Baloch (Balochistan) and Afzal Gujjar (Sindh) are the former first class players.

    “ It is the first time that former first class cricketers have been named selectors because we firmly believe they have ample experience of playing cricket at domestic level and can be good selectors to identify talent at grass root level “,he said.

    He said the jr selection committee will be responsible for selecting U19,17,15 and academy teams.

  81. #81 by khansahab on November 23, 2008 - 12:40 PM

    Could they not think of anyone else to lead the junior selection committee?

    Ilyas is an arrogant, selfish and uncouth person who created a ruckus when Imran Farhat was dropped from the Pakistan side. Prior to that Farhat was selected for 12 months consecutively under Inzamam but proved to be a complete failure.

    Farhat spoke to Salahuddin (who was selector then) on the phone and he was very disrespectful. In fact some sources said he was abusive. Ilyas is an old friend of Salahuddin but instead of apologising to Salahuddin and disciplining his son in law, he went against Salahuddin completely.

  82. #82 by khansahab on November 23, 2008 - 12:45 PM

    PCB chief to head to India to allay tour concerns

    Cricinfo staff

    November 23, 2008

    Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, will visit India later this month in order to convince BCCI officials over India’s tour of Pakistan next year. Recently, doubts have risen over going ahead with the tour, and the BCCI is awaiting a security assessment from the Indian government.

    “The chairman [Ijaz Butt] will meet officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) later this month and convince them to tour Pakistan,” PCB’s chief operating officer Salim Altaf said on Saturday. “We are very much optimistic the tour will go ahead as planned.”

    Earlier this week, PCB officials had met with the Indian High Commission in Pakistan. Also, Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said his government would ensure proper security arrangements for the series, and assured his Indian counterparts of the same.

    India’s tour, from January 4 to February 19, includes three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 international. Altaf said PCB would organise the series in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates should India refuse to tour Pakistan. “We have these three alternate venues in mind to organise the series,” he said.

    India visited Pakistan in June-July for the Asia Cup this year, but concerns increased after the Champions Trophy, due to be held in September, was postponed following security concerns by certain participating nations. Last week, a tour by India’s junior hockey team to Pakistan was scrapped at the very last minute after the Indian government refused to approve the security plans offered by Pakistan.

    However, it is understood the security the PCB will provide will be of a far higher level – as has been the case in the past.

  83. #83 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2008 - 8:43 PM

    India won again and its 4-0 lead. Like the commentators were saying India wants to make it 7-0.

    From England’s side only Ovais Shah is consistent whereas, Pietersen after scoring the first hundred has been out of sorts. Their main problem is Bell and Collingwood who are not scoring at all. Flintoff showed some form today but he too needs to click on a more regular basis.

    From India’s side, I think there was no need to disturb Sehwag and Gambhir’s opening partnership. If I was at Dhoni’s place I wouldn’t have allowed Tendulkar to open the innings. The time for Tendulkar to open the innings is over. Dhoni was trying to be very, very diplomatic and sounded like he was buttering Tendulkar’s rear side when he gave the statement that “The more Tendulkar plays for India, the better it is for us….,” something like that.

    This shows how people can have two faces and two set of rules. One for juniors and one for seniors and celebrities.

    And why is Amit, Varun and Pawan not committing on Dhoni’s dressing room spat with the selectors? He threatened to resign from captaincy over the issue of dropping RP Singh in favour of IK Pathan.

  84. #84 by khansahab on November 23, 2008 - 9:52 PM

    Shoaib to play a crucial role against India: Intikhab

    Sunday, November 23, 2008 6:10:55 PM

    Karachi: Pakistan cricket coach Intikhab Alam feels controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar still has a lot to offer and could play a crucial role when they take on arch-rival India early next year.
    “He can play a very important role against India and we will be relying on him to deliver the goods with experience and pace. I don’t think he is finished. If nursed properly and he takes care of himself, Shoaib can do more for Pakistan than he has done in recent times,” Intikhab, who guided the team to a clean sweep in ODI series against West Indies in Abu Dhabi recently, said on Sunday.
    “Shoaib is certainly not finished as an international player as yet and he still has a few years to give to Pakistan cricket,” he added.
    The former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Lt Gen (retd) Tauqir Zia recently advised the PCB to tell the fast bowler to go home and retire as he was finished as an international cricketer.
    Intikhab, a former international cricketer, said that Shoaib had been told to follow a rigorous rehabilitation and training programme under the supervision of the team’s Australian trainer David Dwyer.
    Shoaib regained his berth in the national team recently and went to Abu Dhabi with the squad but didn’t play in the series due to a calf strain.
    “He is working very hard and doing what he has been asked to do to lose weight, become fitter and sharper and get the match fitness. He was fit for the final match (in Abu Dhabi) but we decided to not risk him on the advice of the trainer,” he said.
    Speaking on the coming home-series against India, the coach insisted, “The series is very much on and we have to start serious preparations for it. All the players have already been given individual programs to keep themselves fit for the series as it is big for us.”
    Intikhab also lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men for their stupendous performance in the recent series against Australia and the ongoing England series.
    “India has done really well in recent months and against Australia they were the better side but I think one of the reasons for their success is also the cricket balls they use in domestic cricket and against touring sides.
    “The Indian players are well versed with the SG cricket balls and know how to use them well. Compared to the Kookaburra, the SG has a more prominent seam that does not die down after a few overs and is a big help for the spinners and pacers alike. It allows them to take a strong grip and use it effectively,” he said.

  85. #85 by Amit. P on November 23, 2008 - 10:42 PM

    It was another shameful act by selection committee to leak internal discussion to the media. Seems like everybody is using media as a vendetta tool now a days. In ganguly era, it worked quite well, both for selectors and coach guru greg. Dhoni shud learn from this incident and shud behave accordingly in future. It wud be a great lesson if he manages to cope with it. Reportedly Dhoni even didnt threaten to resign … he said something like “sir, captain bhi banate ho … aur captaincy bhi nahi karne dete”. Whatever he said or selectors reacted it doesn’t matter, since in selection process these things happen, what i dont like to see is dhoni behaving like ganguly and taking potshot at culprit.

  86. #86 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 24, 2008 - 1:04 AM

    Amit

    Selectors ka ungal tou chalta rehay ga and its a common thing in the sub-consitent. But, what Dhoni did wasn’t right. Now a days the media has realized that cricket is no more the same game as it used to be a couple of decades ago, there is a lot of money involved and the audience is there for all kinda info. So, obviously they will go after every juicy bit of info through which they can make some money.

    I think Raina is not playing well these days but, he is in the team because he jumps on everyone who takes a catch or a wicket and he always there “chooking” senior player’s you know what? He should have been rested and IKP should have been in the team. Because, batting wise he has been very consistent and just because he is labeled as a bowler his bowling is scrutinized under the microscope. Munna Bhai Patel is not up to the mark, he is lucky to get two wickets today and that too at the fag end of the game. Even he could have sat out to let IKP in the team.

    May be Dhoni doesn’t like him personally or may be at time he must have been threatened by him, because he came into the limelight before Dhoni and a lot of people say that he could have been the captain easily because his captaincy skills are better than Mohammad Kaif, who was made captain of India A team and was given more chances because of his fielding.

    So, may be if there is such a doubt at the back of Dhoni’s mind that he could be a threat he should shrug it off, because Dhoni has now become an icon of millions and luck is favouring him a lot. He has changed and improved his personality, so he should grow out of these trivial things and lead from the front and select the team purely on the basis of merit rather than personal likes or dislikes like Shoaib Malik.

    I can tell you one thing IF India plays against Pakistan and they get defeated then all these wins against Australia, England will have no significance at all. The whole of India will be against Dhoni, especially if he fails with his bat as well.

    Some people say that perhaps Dhoni also knows this and he will avoid playing against Pakistan at least for a year or two to consolidate his position.

  87. #87 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 24, 2008 - 1:09 AM

    LAHORE BADSHAHS Vs. PAKISTAN

    I want to know your views whether the PCB Junta will allow their national side to play against LAHORE BADSHAHS?

    Since no team is willing to come to Pakistan because of the security reasons they must play a best of five series of twenty20 and see how it goes. It would really be very interesting and it will certainly create a lot of interest among the people of not only Pakistan but, even India would be watching it closely.

    Because, that might bring the desired change i.e., lifting the ban from the rebel league and they SHOULD. After all Sri Lanka has not imposed any ban on their 6 players who play for the ICL.

  88. #88 by Amit. P on November 24, 2008 - 7:23 AM

    Javed,

    I dont think Dhoni is trying to make a group or camp there .. because literally only one camp exists in Indian team now. It cud be said in his early days as a captain when he was preferring young guys. But as they say, if ur idea works then it wud be called as a great planning and if it doesnt then blame the guy with all sort of allegations from favoritism to regionalism. For dhoni it worked till now quite nicely.
    Ab’t IKP .. he wont be in the team solely because of his batting .. he is no kalis who can bat in top 5 and can replace batsman like Raina/Sharma. And he knows this himself along with all team members and selection panel. Now ab’t who shud be in the team for next 2 one dayers … first both RP and IKP were in pathetic form off late. And Dhoni’s concern has to be to back these guys and show some faith in their abilities. Unfortunately he has to pick between RP and IKP this time .. and he backs RP over IKP. There was nothing wrong in that.

    May be Dhoni doesn’t like him personally or may be at time he must have been threatened by him ….

    In his early times when he was perceived as an arrogant man since he hardly talks with anyone … IKP was his close buddy then. So there wasn’t liking and disliking issue in this case. If he goes by his liking then Munaf wont find his place in playing 11. But Munaf certainly is going to play all remaining games because he seems to be in good form and it will be good for the team if he establishes himself in ODIs.
    Ab’t threat …. i can hardly see anyone posing even minuscule amount of threat to his captaincy.

    Some people say that perhaps Dhoni also knows this and he will avoid playing against Pakistan ……

    This is really funny stuff … Dhoni is just a captain and we have just seen how much command he has in BCCI … It is all upto BCCI guys to decide ab’t a tour. No say for captain or selection panel in this matter. And why shud he avoid a series against Pak ? Fear of loosing ? .. if he has got this fear then he wudn’t be in the position as it now. In fact he might see it as another soft series that will go down and add to his win list.

  89. #89 by Amit. P on November 24, 2008 - 7:36 AM

    I am all for this lifting ban of foreign players in their domestic or national teams. It is a great idea to play a series between Badshahs and Pak … this will be of two reasons .. first, cricket will be back in favorites among Pakistanis once again, and second it will shred some complacency among national players like Butt, Afridi and Malik. They will see it like a selection process, e.g if Nazir goes and plays bombastic inning then it will put Butt and Akmal extra pressure to justify their places among national team. They will certainly try to improve themselves and it will be a “genuine” effort.

  90. #90 by Varun Suri on November 24, 2008 - 11:16 AM

    Hello friends,

    I was a bit busy his weekend so could not contribute, my views on the various hot-topics of the season: –

    1. DHONI INCIDENT: –
    I sincerely believe that as responsible followers of the Game we should ignore this incident as the Indian Press and Media is day by day going from Bad to Worse in their “Paparazzi” style reporting. I disagree with the notion that Dhoniyaa for some reason likes RP more than IKP especially after the un-ending support he has given to him since he came back from injury at the 20-20 World Cup. I have always seen Dhoniya to be a big supporter of the Pathans …okay the Fraud Pathans, whether the younger or the elder.

    2.RAINA V/s IKP:

    I think Raina has been more consistent than Rohit Sharma and that’s why even after the un-ending support of the Bombay Lobby Rohit Sharma sat out of the last game. Raina is not competing with IKP at all for a place. To be honest JAVED, I am bemused to see your newfound respect for the Fraud Pathan!! As from what my memory tells I am sure you remember many battles with Afridi some he won and in few he was duly blasted out of the park. Personally, I have always seen IKP as a very useful Cricketer, if only he had not lost those few extra yards of pace he could be right up there with Sharma and Zak!! He is still the only true All-rounder in the Indian Team. He was one of the most consistent performers both with the Bat and Ball in 2005 when India won 16 matches on the Trot under Dravid.

    2.Importance of IND-PAK series: –

    While I agree that all this hard work now can go in the drain if the results are not positive for India but I doubt that this time we can have an upheaval like Dhoni removed from Kaptany or such-like. It is easy to say that on current form India are the favorites but then we don’t know the true caliber of the current Pakistan Team as they haven’t been playing quality opposition for sometime. In my view this is the only disadvantage Pakistan has. As when India-Pak meets all the talk of recent form or home advantage boils down to almost nothing.
    It will be quite cowardly for HAMAR DHONIYA to try to avoid playing Pakistan, Infact I hope, I believe he must be thinking that this is another chance to continue with Saurav Ganguly’s legacy and this is no occasion to back down or run away.

    3.LAHORE BADSHAHS vs. PAKISTAN

    I hope that something concrete happens in making this a reality and if the Badshahs’s win we might see some extra pressure on the BCCI to make ICL legal and lift the ban on the players who are currently playing there. It will also be good for Pakistan’s Cricket Team as I am sure certainly players like Imran Nazir or Mohd Yousuf still have it in them to pla

  91. #91 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 24, 2008 - 1:12 PM

    Amit and Varun

    Thanks for coming up with your version on DhoniyA and the current controversy going on in India and your input makes it more easy for us to understand the “PaalTicks” behind it.

    First of all let me clarify that it was not my view that Dhoni and IKP are having a tiff or there is an element of likes & dislikes, yes I did write that above, but I was only saying “some people” say that.

    By some people I meant on Saturday there was a party at friends and our usual group of cricket lovers – about 15 to 20 of us – were talking about India / Pakistan cricket.

    If you read the last paragraph of my comment number 80 addressed to Varun, which was written prior to my going to the party and I was questioning about this incident and I thought its a rumour.

    But, when I went to the party those guys, they watch all the desi TV channels, I don’t and they were saying, ‘this happened, that happened and this is the reason, that is the reason.’ In other words all sorts of rumours and speculation were being discussed and they told me: ‘you don’t know this is what actually happened’. I had a feeling that something must have happened there and thats why there is no smoke without. Turned out that there was a real heated debate between Dhoni and the selectors?

    It is good to know another version from your side.

    Now, that comment on avoiding India Pakistan series which everyone wants to see it happen. I think that quote which is again not mine that, “IF Dhoni loses the series against Pakistan,” it is one of the fishful thinking on part of Pakistani supporters that Pakistan can beat India and that would bring Dhoni back to his feet.

    You guys have seen how WE have been criticizing Pakistan team here because of the ‘Butt politics’ and his crude way of handling things. Actor ko vapis lao, Druggie Asaf ko vapis lao and then team selection is done on jingoistic basis and Malik is definitely going to be retained despite public and media pressure, so with this team and this impotent captain and without Mohammad Yousuf, DO YOU THINK PAKISTAN CAN BEAT THIS INDIAN TEAM?

    Anyways, once again thanks for the input.

  92. #92 by khansahab on November 24, 2008 - 4:04 PM

    Younus ready to play India anywhere

    Shahid Hashmi
    Monday, November 24, 2008 2:31:42 PM

    Karachi: Pakistan’s star batsman Younus Khan on Sunday stressed the need for hosting the India series — even if it is played at a neutral venue.

    “The first priority is to host the series on our grounds, but if God forbid, it is not possible to do so, then the series should be played at neutral venues — because we badly need international cricket,” Younus told the Urdu daily Jung.

    The star batsman on Monday left for Australia where he will play the remaining matches for South Australia. Younus said a shoretened series will also help Pakistani players. ”Even a series of two Tests and three ODIs will help us, because we are really short of cricket and were deprived of international cricket.”

    “I am very focused for the India series and will return from Australia only if the series is finalised and hopefully do my best.”

  93. #93 by khansahab on November 24, 2008 - 4:13 PM

    Younis Khan is a team man and a selfless player. Despite the fact that he plays spin much better than pace he has always been willing to play as makeshift opener for Pakistan batting at no 3.

    I have no doubt if he batted at his normal position (which he does in domestic cricket) which is no 5 or 6, his average would be much higher.

    That shows he plays for the team and not for himself.

  94. #94 by Awas on November 24, 2008 - 4:29 PM

    That’s one of the reasons Younus is my choice for a captain as he is also comparatively more of “a keep” than Afridi 🙂

    One other reason Afridi takes a second spot is that seniors usually get the hump (example, Yousuf against Malik) when they start thinking they themselves are more deserving than the appointed captain. Such attitude in Pakistan is a great shame as this doesn’t happen in India. All their players have rallied under Dhoni extremely well. This is why it’s fast becoming a top team now.

  95. #95 by khansahab on November 25, 2008 - 10:39 AM

    PCB getting mentally ready to shift India series

    Tuesday, November 25, 2008

    By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s cricket bosses are getting mentally prepared to shift the much-awaited home series against India to neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    Though publicly, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) top brass is talking about hosting the series that is scheduled for January-February next year on home soil, they are also working on back-up plans.

    Sources told ‘The News’ on Monday that organisers in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah — two venues where the series against India could take place — have been told to get everything in place so that the matches could be staged there successfully in case India refuse to tour Pakistan because of security fears.

    PCB chief Ijaz Butt is to tour India later this week to convince the Indian cricket board to send its team to Pakistan. The Indians are to play three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International in the series which carries a lot of importance for Pakistan.

    The cash-strapped PCB has recently signed a US$140.5 million television rights deal with a Gulf-based sports channel. The five-year rights will see 181 days of international cricket including 26 Tests, 43 ODIs and eight T20 games.

    But in case the series against India is not held then Pakistan will see a sizeable deduction from that amount, something it can’t afford in the current circumstances. The Board wants to ensure that the series is held and will not hesitate from moving it to offshore venues in case India refused to tour Pakistan.

    Sources said that during his India trip, if Butt failed to convince India to tour Pakistan then he will try to get their confirmation to instead play it in UAE. Such a move will come as a big blow for Pakistan’s long-term plans because they will stand to lose the hosting rights of the ICC Champions Trophy. In addition to that, it would become certain that no top team will visit the country in the coming seasons.

    Pakistan had to relocate their two home series — against Australia and the West Indies — to neutral venues in 2002 in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist strikes in the United States.

  96. #96 by khansahab on November 25, 2008 - 10:44 AM

    Rawalpindi dropped from Indian tour itinerary

    Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2008

    ISLAMABAD: Rawalpindi will not host its scheduled matches during India’s tour of Pakistan in January due to delays in renovations at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
    ‘We will not be able to finish the renovation work that includes the relaying of the outfield,’ PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said on Tuesday.

    Rawalpindi was originally to host the second test and third limited-overs international of India’s Jan. 4 to Feb. 19 tour, which includes three test matches, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international.

    ‘We have couple of other venues in mind and will shift Rawalpindi matches there,’ Butt said.

    Faisalabad and Multan, which are slated to host one-day internationals during the India series, are the likely venues for the second test.

    Butt hoped the arrival of the Indian cricket team in January will mark a return of international cricket to Pakistan.

    January’s tour of Pakistan is still not a certainty after the Indian government barred its field hockey team from a scheduled five-match visit earlier this month due to security concerns.

    Butt said he will travel to meet with Board of Control for Cricket in India officials early next month to reassure them ahead of the tour. The BCCI has also sought clearance from its government for the tour, and Butt said that PCB has not set any cutoff time.

    ‘When we want the series to go as planned why should we set any cut off time?’ Butt said.

    The PCB has lined up the neutral venues of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE for the India series should the team fail to receive government clearance to travel to Pakistan.

    Butt met with the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad on Tuesday, but refused to give details. It was the second meeting between the pair this month.

    ‘No comments,’ Butt said when asked what the meeting was about.

    Pakistan assistant coach Aaqib Javed said the series against India should go as planned.

    ‘First priority should be that they should come to Pakistan as per schedule,’ the former test fast bowler said. ‘But if there are some problems, cricket should not suffer and we should look for alternatives.’

  97. #97 by khansahab on November 25, 2008 - 10:46 AM

    One of the challenges for Ijaz Butt was to get Rawalpindi renovated on time for the India tour.But Butt failed in that challenge.

    Of course no one will highlight the many failures of this Butt administration because most people were pleased to see the departure of Nasim Ashraf.

  98. #98 by khansahab on November 25, 2008 - 11:23 AM

    Ramiz asks BCCI to host Pak-India series

    KARACHI: Former captain of Pakistan cricket team Ramiz Raja said that if Board of Control for Cricket in India having reservations about Pakistan’s tour than they should host Pakistan-India series.

    Ramiz Raja said if Indian Board is reluctant to send team to Pakistan because of security concerns than they should host the series on their venues instead of cancellation.

    He opposed the idea of hosting series at neutral venue and said that it would damage the international cricket.

  99. #99 by Amit. P on November 25, 2008 - 12:14 PM

    Khansahab,

    Ramiz Raja is right along with Miandad on this issue. ODIs can be hosted at neutral venues but not the test matches. It simply doesn’t make sense and the “thrill” factor will be missing. Many will argue that thrill is already missing in test matches as shown poor crowd tunrouts in recent test matches. But it was nothing but poor venue selection as well as date selection by BCCI gurus. Ideally test matches shud be played from friday to tuesday and that too in big cities like Delhi, Kolkata, chennai etc. Small time cities cant consume 5 day matches. Too much asking for them.

  100. #100 by Amit. P on November 25, 2008 - 1:46 PM

    Probe selection meeting leak: Pataudi

    Former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi has recommended a probe into the selection committee meeting ‘leak’, which claimed that Mahendra Singh Dhoni had offered to resign as captain following R P Singh’s exclusion from the team.

    It was reported that Dhoni had a heated argument with the selectors over RP’s exclusion from the team for the fourth and fifth ODIs against England and he even offered to quit as captain if his demands were not met.

    Pataudi said the episode was akin to the ‘leak’ of Greg Chappell’s e-mail, which had some strong words against former captain Sourav Ganguly .

    “The leak is like the Sourav Ganguly one and this should not happen. I think it must be stopped. If the BCCI wants to have an inquiry, then I would certainly recommend it,” Pataudi said.

    Dhoni had described the whole episode as ‘disgusting’, neither denying or confirming the reports.

    Pataudi, meanwhile, backed Dhoni for his stand and said even he would have reacted similarly.

    “I think Dhoni had the right to be annoyed and I think he has put forward his views fairly clearly. The nation has understood that Dhoni was annoyed because there was a leak not because ‘A’ player was selected and ‘B’ wasn’t,” Pataudi told ESPN-STAR Sports.

    He also advocated that the captain should take the final call while having to decide on two players of equal calibre.

    “When two players are equal then it should be a captain’s choice,” he said, but was against the captain being given voting power.

  101. #101 by khansahab on November 25, 2008 - 3:08 PM

    India will tour Pakistan: BCCI

    Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2008

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after the Indian cricket board assured them that India will visit the country early next year as scheduled.
    A PCB spokesman said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar has assured PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt that the Indian team will tour Pakistan to honour its commitment as per the International Cricket Council’s Futures Tour Programme.
    ‘While talking with Ijaz Butt on phone, Monohar said he has written to his government for the clearance of the tour. He added that BCCI is expected to get the reply in next 10 to 12 days and the PCB would be informed accordingly,’ said the spokesman.
    India’s tour of Pakistan in Jan-Feb next year to play three Tests, five One-day Internationals and one Twenty20 International has been under a cloud since last week when the Indian government blocked the country’s junior hockey team’s tour to Pakistan, citing security concerns.
    The PCB is eagerly looking forward to the tour as it expects to generate millions of dollars from the iconic series. Pakistan cricket has suffered back-to-back setbacks this year after Australia scrapped its Pakistan tour in March-April and then ICC postponed the Champions Trophy after five of the eight teams refused to travel to Pakistan.

  102. #102 by khansahab on November 25, 2008 - 3:23 PM

    PCB planning to slash player payments

    Posted on Nov 25, 2008 at 17:09 | Updated Nov 25, 2008 at 17:18

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering slashing the monthly payments of elite cricketers as per the central contracts system which is to be revised after December 31, 2008.

    Sources in the PCB told IANS on Tuesday that the Board’s top brass is planning to carry out an austerity drive to cut down ballooning costs and intends to cut down the salaries of top cricketers as well as the national selectors.

    The Board awarded central contracts to 15 elite cricketers this summer for a six-month period and announced at that time that new 12-month central contracts will be given to the players from January 1, 2009.

    Two of those cricketers – Mohammad Yousuf and Mohammad Asif – were later dropped from the list. Yousuf was axed after he joined the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL) while Asif’s name was erased from the Board’s payrolls after he tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone while featuring in the Indian Premier League (ICL) in May.

    The current contracts were awarded at a time when Nasim Ashraf was the PCB chairman. Ashraf resigned in August and was later replaced by Ijaz Butt as the Board chief.

    Butt, a former Pakistan Test opener, has inherited a financially weak PCB and is now taking measures to cut down expenses that run in millions of dollars annually.

    The Board recently laid off over 60 employees and is planning to down size more in the coming weeks.

    The players currently on contract with the PCB are divided into three slabs and get a monthly retainer of up to Rs 2,50,000.

    Following is the list of players on central contracts:

    Category A: Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq. Monthly retainer — Rs. 2,50,000.

    Category B: Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Shahid Afridi, Salman Butt, Umar Gul — Rs. 175,000

    Category C: Abdul Rehman, Yasir Arafat, Rao Iftikhar, Danish Kaneria, Fawad Alam — Rs. 100,000.

  103. #103 by khansahab on November 25, 2008 - 3:28 PM

    I find it very strange that Abdur Rehman is on the PCB contract. Rehman has played 11 ODI’s and picked up 12 wickets at an average of 36 and strike rate of 50. He has been reasonably economical but has not been a wicket taking spinner. In short, he is mediocre in comparison with other talented spinners in the country.

    Despite being the most senior player and consistent wicket taking bowler, Afridi is in Category B along with players like Butt and Akmal?

  104. #104 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 25, 2008 - 5:07 PM

    ABDUR REHMAN is one of the most pathetic bowlers and the worst fielder in Pakistan side is still on the PCB contract???? They are paying him Rs.100,000 a month just to give him a PENSION? This is an example of BUTT JINGOISM and NEPOTISM.

    Abdur Rahman should immediately be sacked from the team and his contract must be canceled with immediate effect. Ijaz Butt is reportedly cutting corners to save expenses instead he should be reshaping his Big BUTT and downsizing it by getting rid of his Girayeens from the team and the PCB.

    For the last 13 months ABDUR REHMAN has not played a single match for Pakistan in any form of the game and he was not even in the squad. How come they are paying him a pension?

  105. #105 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 25, 2008 - 5:10 PM

    Awarding MISBAH UL HAQ with an A category contract within 4 months of his inclusion in the team and then making him VC of the team is another example of nepotism and jingoism.

    As regards Afridi, they want to test his nerves by demoting him from A to B and Malik tries his best to push him out of the team. These are the UGLY tactics that they play.

  106. #106 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 25, 2008 - 5:54 PM

    COACH INTIKHAB ALAM SAYS: Read more from link:

    http://www.dawn.net/wps/wcm/connect/dawn+content+library/Dawn/News/Sport/Cricket/

    Intikhab tips Shoaib to fire against India

    “I don’t think he is finished. If nursed properly, Shoaib can do more for Pakistan than he has done in recent times.

    What is Intikhab going to do? Hire a NURSE to feed him milk? Get a bottle with a feeder and feed milk and be his nurse? WTF? What is Intikhab Alam up to? He is suffering from “OldTimerz” Disease and he should keep his trap shut.

    Shoaib Akhtar must be OUT of the squad forever and that it. They should get Abdul Razzaq in by lifting his ban for playing for the ICL and they should also include Imran Nazir for ODI and T20 but not for test matches.

  107. #107 by Varun Suri on November 25, 2008 - 6:41 PM

    I second to the view that Abdul Razzaq and Imaran Nazir should be brought back to the squad immediately if not Sami or Rana Naved.

    Afridi is a senior player and they are not doing justice to his commitment by putting him below Malak.

    I have never seen Rehman playing and have no idea how he landed up in this list?

  108. #108 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 25, 2008 - 9:14 PM

    Varun

    Abdur Rahman is a real paindoo bowler he is, extremely mediocre and was brought into the team by Malak because he too is from Sialkot. khansahab has given his stats and you can see from that what kinda bowler he is. He is not worth playing for a club team.

    Malak’s paalticks is to play a Sialkot XI in the name of Pakistan XI and Saeed Ajmal is also in the team because he is from Faislabad and then Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt and Misbahul Haq are his Girayeens.

    Misbah has come into limelight since the T20 WC and this is the fag end of his career bakaoz he will be 35 in May 2009. On top of that he is not a finisher he ends up getting out at the wrong time and each time in a new fashion. Yet, they made him the Vice Captain of the team promoting him to Category A contract and placing him over Shahid Afridi. What kinda fairness is this? This is total haramipun and nothing else.

  109. #109 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 25, 2008 - 9:20 PM

    KAMRAN AKMAL IS THE BIGGEST CULPRIT HE IS MALAK’S HAND IN GLOVE COMRADE.

    He should be removed from the team because he has ruined the careers of Mohammad Sami and Danish Kaneria and now his next target is Shahid Afridi. In the previous tournament in Abu Dhabi he dropped three catches of Shahid Afridi’s bowling and Saeed Ajmal dropped a sitter. This is all a calculated and orchestrated move that his batting is not clicking and he is in the team because of his bowling so now lets drop his catches.

    By virtue of the 3 sixes Kamran Akmal became man of the match and he will play another 30 matches. Whereas, Fawad Alam played a much better innings when he fired up and scored same number of sixes while his impotent captain was taking only singles. And, Fawad Alam was not declared man of the match but Malak MFB was declared man of the match because he scored the winning 4 how farcical.

  110. #110 by khansahab on November 25, 2008 - 10:10 PM

    Indian tour means a lot to us, says Shoaib Malik

    Tuesday, November 25, 2008

    Karachi: Shoaib Malik has said that he would use his visit to India for the Twenty20 Champions League to convince Indian players to tour Pakistan for the Test series early next year.

    The Pakistan skipper said on Tuesday he was convinced that conditions were conducive for India to tour Pakistan in January-February and play their series as per schedule.

    Malik will be leading the Sialkot Stallions in the Champions League in India next month and said this would give him a good opportunity to exchange views with the Indian players, media and even officials.

    “I will do my best to convince them it is safe to tour Pakistan. I will let them know how important it is for India to tour Pakistan on schedule,” he said.

    Malik said his Sialkot team was preparing hard for the $6 million Champions League and was confident about their chances against the champion Twenty20 sides from the Indian Premier League, Australia, England and South Africa.

    “We have prepared hard and well for the tournament and we have some good players. So we do fancy our chances of doing well,” he said.

    He said the fact that Sialkot had done well in Pakistan’s domestic Twenty20 competition and won it thrice had added to the confidence of the players.

    Sialkot will miss the services of Imran Nazir, Rana Naved and Mohammad Asif for various reasons in the Champions League.

    While Nazir and Naved have signed up for the Indian Cricket League and can’t play for Sialkot, Asif is presently suspended by the Pakistan board over a doping offence.

    Malik said India’s tour to Pakistan would help revive the sport in the country after a troubled year for the country’s cricket.

    “The Indians have to realise what this tour means to us. It can be played at neutral venues but the impact of India being in Pakistan is very very important for us as a country, Malik added.

  111. #111 by khansahab on November 26, 2008 - 11:13 AM

    ‘Malik neither performs, nor manages’

    Sanjib Guha

    Wednesday, November 26, 2008 03:21 IST

    Mohammad Yousuf vents his ire against Shoaib Malik, acknowledges ICL as a platform for young talent in the country

    AHMEDABAD: Playing for the national side is a dream for any player. And Pakistan’s top batsman Mohammad Yousuf is no different. But still he opted not to play for Pakistan mainly because of Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik. “What’s the point playing for the team whose captain doesn’t want me,” Yousuf revealed it to DNA on Tuesday.

    Yousuf then vented his ire against Malik. “The captain has to back the team by his performance and record like in India you see MS Dhoni, but Malik is neither a performer nor he can manage the seniors of the side,” Yousuf fired.

    The middle-order batsman though made it absolutely clear that the old management of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ruined the game in the country. “The old board didn’t do any good for the game, but the new management is trying for the betterment and doing pretty well…I think this board will bring about a change in the functioning,” he said.

    Asked on Javed Miandad’s appointment as the director general of the PCB, Yousuf was prompt, “He was a great cricketer and it is Javedbhai who can bring the team on track… there is absolutely no question about his credentials, he is the right person for the role.”

    But Yousuf seemed pretty happy with the role he is playing in this ICL Paksitani side.

    “The coach and the captain of the team have given me a specific role and I am happy
    doing that. The middle overs are very crucial for any team in Twenty20 and so I have a duty to perform there and ensure that we don’t lose many wickets in the middle overs,” Yousuf disclosed.

    The right-handed batsman, who has 6,770 Test runs and 9,242 ODI runs under his belt, is strongly of the opinion that at least four to five players of this side can walk into the national team any time. “Players like Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Abdul Razzaq and also myself can play for the national side.”

    Pledging his full support for the ICL, Yousuf said it is a very good platform for youngsters. “It is absolutely unethical to bar ICL players from turning out for their respective countries. As far as I know, ICC hasn’t banned ICL. This endeavour (ICL) will help youngsters of all countries in shaping up for the bigger platform,” Yousuf remarked.

    The prolific run-getter lambasted the earlier management of PCB for dropping him and Abdul Razzaq from the squad. “I was shocked to see Razzaq dropped from the Twenty20 squad. A player of his calibre would have made the side stronger,” he said.

    “Even after having a string of good performances, I was dropped and I couldn’t take it any more,” he supplemented. Last but not the least, Yousuf criticised the PCB for misguiding him before joining the ICL. “Because of their misguidance I opted out, but when the air was cleared, I came back to the ICL fold,” he rounded off.

  112. #112 by khansahab on November 26, 2008 - 4:15 PM

    Pakistan unsafe: Dhoni, Tendulkar tell Board

    Top Indian cricket players, including captain M S Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, are unwilling to tour Pakistan in January because they fear for their security. The Pakistan Cricket Board has assured foolproof security but the Indians believe the threat during the tour would be severe. CNN-IBN learns that the Ministry of External Affairs is also unlikely to permit the Indian team to tour Pakistan.’ />Sources tell CNN-IBN senior players have expressed their concern to the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI). The team is scheduled to play three Tests and five ODIs from January 4 to February 19 tour in Pakistan.

    Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh too have expressed their unwillingness to tour Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCP) has assured foolproof security but the Indians believe the threat during the tour would be severe.

    PCB chief Ejaz Butt is scheduled to visit India soon to try and convince the BCCI but that plea is now likely to fall on deaf ears.

    CNN-IBN learns that the Ministry of External Affairs is unlikely to permit the Indian team to tour Pakistan.

    Play or lose friendly ties: Pak tells India

    Early November, the government refused to permit the Indian junior hockey team to tour Pakistan due to security concerns.

    The Associated Press reports the International Cricket Council deferred the Champions Trophy in September after five of the eight participating teams refused to compete at the biennial tournament that is considered the second most prestigious one-day event after the World Cup.

    The PCB has said it would consider playing India at a neutral venue or possibly switch series as alternatives. Pakistan is due to tour India in 2010.

  113. #113 by Abdul on November 26, 2008 - 6:08 PM

    India have consolidated on there series vicotory with another emphatic victory over Engalnd. They are looking an invincible unit and continuing there no 1 form on paper in both formats of the game.They have been a formidable unit under the tactful and enterprising leadership of MS Dhoni whereas England’s KP’S 111 was in vain as India easily chased down the total and crusied to a 5-0 status.

    Meanwhile England are on the brink of suffering a 7-0 humilation and embarassment ! All hoped have flown out the window in this series and they’ve clearly been outplayed by the new champions currently.

    Paksitan ICL were immense with their battin once again and should beat Bangladesh tomorrow to seal there place in the final. The allrounders in Razzaq and Naveed were outstanding in this victory.

  114. #114 by khansahab on November 26, 2008 - 7:24 PM

    Malik back players’ association proposal

    Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2008

    LAHORE: Captain Shoaib Malik stressed on Tuesday the formation of a cricketers’ association in Pakistan, on the lines of bodies in several cricket-playing countries, for the welfare and benefit of the players.
    ‘In almost all other cricketing countries such associations exist and if it is good for the welfare of (the) cricketers then it should also be formed in Pakistan,’ Malik told the media here on Tuesday.

    A move was launched to form a former Test cricketers association during the home series against India in 2004. However, the cricketers failed to form a body.

    Malik’s statement, coming at a time when he is expected to get an extension as the national captain at the end of December, may send wrong signals to the PCB authorities as such associations are known for pressurising their cricket boards on certain issues.

    To a question about the players’ demand regarding the new central contract with the PCB, which will take effect from Jan 1, 2009, Malik said the when the board negotiates with the players on fresh terms and conditions he would express his views then.

    There is a possibility, according to reports, that the number of new central contracts is likely to be reduced. But a PCB official, on the condition of anonymity, told Dawn that there was no such move for the Test and international players.

    Malik, who was criticised by Mohammad Yousuf for allegedly disregarding him which forced the middle-order batting sensation to join the breakaway ICL recently, said he had great respect for Yousuf, adding he was not responding to (Yousuf’s) views.

    Malik, who has to lead Sialkot Stallions outfit in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India next month, said though his side was suffering due to the ban on some of the cricketers for featuring in the ICL, his boys were well prepared for the mega event, adding the playing conditions in India would be favourable.

    The Pakistan skipper further noted that the Champions League gave players a good opportunity to display their performance in order to get better packages for the next Indian Premier League (IPL) contest.

    The cricketers have stepped up efforts to establish a professional association similar to ones in Australia, England and South Africa.

    Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan vice-captain, submitted a proposal with the constitution committee of the Pakistan Cricket board (PCB) and the Sports Ministry last week calling for cricketers to have their association.

    Misbah asked for it to be recognised by the PCB and necessary amendments to be made in the constitution.

    Malik added his support on Tuesday, saying: ‘There is nothing wrong with having a cricketers association which can look after the welfare and rights of the players.’

    Meanwhile, senior batsman Younis Khan said the association could ensure players were consulted in all important decisions.

  115. #115 by khansahab on November 26, 2008 - 7:33 PM

    No place for Asif in ICL: More

    The Indian Cricket League has rubbished Mohammad Asif’s claim that he was approached by the ‘rebel’ league with a mouth-watering offer and said the disgraced Pakistani pacer first has to come out clean from all doping charges.

    ICL executive board member and tournament director, Kiran More said they have no intentions of signing up the dope-tainted pacer, who seemed to have been spreading false rumours to pressurise the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

    Asif claimed recently that he had been offered lucrative contract by the ICL through former Pakistan skipper Moin Khan and have no option but to defect to the league since the PCB had suspended him from all forms of cricket.

    “We have never made any offer to Asif and don’t have any plan either. The reports are absolutely baseless. Even when I first heard, it was a news to me,” More told PTI.

    Asif is presently locked in an expensive legal battle with the PCB to avoid a possible two-year ban after tested positive for a contraband substance while playing for the ‘Delhi Daredevils’ team in inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). “If he wishes to play in the ICL, then also he won’t be allowed to until and unless he is cleared of all doping charges because we adopt very stringent policy against doping,” More said.

    The former India stumper also expressed satisfaction over the progress made by the breakaway league and hoped although the first round of dialogue with the BCCI didn’t transpire well, getting official status is just a matter of time now.

    “We had a very short meeting with BCCI President Shashank Manohar but till now nothing has been worked out. We have again written to the ICC and are waiting for their response.

    “Things have been very positive. People are now getting to know what exactly the ICL is. People are speaking for us as well. We have done our bid, now just waiting for the ICC’s feedback,” More said.

  116. #116 by khansahab on November 26, 2008 - 7:57 PM

    Mumbai rocked by terror attacks, 16 dead, 50 injured

    Terror struck the country’s financial capital late tonight as coordinate serial explosions and indiscriminate firing rocked eight areas across Mumbai including the crowded CST railway station, two five star hotels–Oberoi and Taj– leaving 16 persons dead and 50 injured.

    Armed with AK-47 rifles and grenades, a couple of terrorists entered the passenger hall of CST and opened fire and threw grenades, Mumbai General Railway Police Commissioner A K Sharma said.

    The terror strike which began at 1033 PM at Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus(CST),formerly known as the Victoria Terminus (VT), claimed 10 lives in the premises of the station alone, police said. Three persons were killed in a bomb explosion in a taxi on Mazegaon dockyard road and an equal number were gunned down at Taj Hotel. The victim in the hotel were its employees.

    The lobby of the Oberoi hotel was on fire and the hotel evacuated, eyewitnesses said. Maharashtra DGP A N Roy said tonight’s attack in “at least seven places” is a “terror strike.”

    Sharma said 30 persons were injured in the CST incident. Commandoes were rushed to the CST which wore a deserted look and train services suspended.

    Some people were injured in the firing in Oberoi hotel, and taken to a nearby hospital in police vans and ambulance. Firing was also reported in Taj hotel.

    Firing was reported at Colaba, Nariman Point and near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, formerly Victoria Terminus and it was still continuing.

    Firing was also reported at Cama Hospital in south Mumbai, police said, adding that a blast was reported in a taxi under a flyover in suburban Vile Parle. A bomb went off in a taxi in Mazegaon dockyard road.

  117. #117 by Amit. P on November 26, 2008 - 8:13 PM

    Its total mayhem in south mumbai …. some MFs have fired at aam junta at CST railway station like maniacs .. some have taken hostage of Brit and US nationality people in Taz hotel and went upto the roof top there. Oberoi hotel is too under terror attack … one floor is set to fire … 4 terrorists used POLICE van and tried to run away … 2 were shot dead and 2 are still on the road in some car…. people there in south mumbai are ducking and running away after seeing any van on the road .. in anticipation of these 2 terrorists. 80 people so far have been reported dead and more than 250 injured.

  118. #118 by khansahab on November 26, 2008 - 8:16 PM

    The Legslip Management offers its sympathies to Indian visitors for this horrific attack on innocents, in the country’s financial capital.

    We pray for the dead and for those who are suffering due to this inhumane and cowardly terrorist act.

  119. #119 by khansahab on November 26, 2008 - 9:00 PM

    Although Muslim terrorists are being principally blamed for these terrorist attacks, some Hindu fanatics have also been arrested.

    It’s nice to see that the Indian authorities are treating this with an open mind.

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