PAK – LANKA

DESPERATE Pakistan in need of international cricket and this is a pruned series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka and that too arranged in haste. The expression in this case: “Two thirds of an apple is better than no apple,” is very apt.

The cool, calm and composed captain

The cool, calm and composed captain

Mendis The Magician

Mendis The Magician

The reluctance of international teams visiting Pakistan, mainly Australia’s refusal followed by India’s withdrawal after the Mumbai attack left Pakistan in a situation where they can only hope of playing domestic tournaments or inviting Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

Arjuna Ranatunga was bold, loud and clear in making a decision that Sri Lanka will play 3 tests, 5 ODI’s and a T20.  But, India came in like a dog in the manger and steal a test match and a couple of ODI’s from the schedule by inviting Sri Lanka to visit India. Much worst was Ranatunga was sacked and the new administration is sold out to India for 10 years for a price tag of 45 million US dollars.

This is the first time in the history of cricket that a cricket board has been sold to another cricket board, this is not the institutionalization of the game but, “prostitutionalization” of cricket at its highest form. In any case the PCB not only wants to make some money from this hasty deal, but they also want to show to the people of Pakistan that the Butt Administration is gyrating and making some moves. The height of desperation can be measured from the way the PCB chief Ijaz Butt went to Karachi Airport to receive the Sri Lankan Cricket Team upon arrival. There is nothing wrong in it, but as a matter of protocol it was not needed.

The back to back ODI’s in Karachi has not created much interest among the general public as they have been very slow in purchasing tickets; either it is due to working days or lack of interest in team selection. It could be both as some of the local boys are not even in the squad of 15 selected. Fawad Alam is the man who is not selected for whatever reasons, although his track record against Sri Lanka is good and he was instrumental in winning one of the ODI’s in which he slammed 3 sixes in a row and made the target look so easy and Malik by virtue of being there like an observer then finally hit the winning shot to get the MoM award.

The Pathani Circus

The Pathani Circus

Sri Lanka are favourites to win this series 3-0 and they have been playing international cricket more than Pakistan and some of their not so famous players have been scoring runs which is a good and ominous sign for them. Their spin bowling deadly duo of Murali and Mendis would be hard for the Pakistanis to play against and not to mention Chaminda Vaas who always plays well against Pakistan. Apart from the Captain and the wicketkeeper, i.e., Jayawardene and Sangakara, the legendary Jayasuriya along with Uppal Tharanga is in the team and their confidence is sky high.

Pakistan included Shoaib Aktar only to create a drama and he may not be able to play because he is and he was never fit to play cricket for the last so many years. The Rawalpindi Express is now being called as the Raw-Bhindi Express because of his fitnress problems and his attitude. If Pakistan can rely on any player at the moment to score runs for them, there is none other than Younis Khan. But, one person alone cannot win 3 matches. Afridi, Malik and Saeed Ajmal are not wicket takers like Murali and Mendis on a consistent basis. Therefore, my prediction is 2-1 in favour of Sri Lanka.

The Karachi pitch is dry and can produce a lot of runs, so whoever wins toss must bat first.

The Winner is on the LEFT

The Winner is on the LEFT

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  1. #1 by khansahab on January 19, 2009 - 7:53 PM

    I don’t think the public’s lack of interest is to do with the local boys not playing. Karachi’s crowd has always been very supportive and likewise if people from Punjab are not playing in a match in Lahore, I don’t think the Lahori public will be disinterested.

    The indifference I think is more about the fact that this series was arranged at the last moment and also because, people are beginning to lose faith in the Pakistan team. That said, it has been observed generally that the Karachi crowd has not been as belligerent or enthusiastic as it used to be some time ago. There was a time during the 1990’s when hardly any matches were being played in Karachi due to security problems, crowd behaviour and other political matters.

    Fawad Alam’s omission has been disappointing because he has been so far the highest scorer in the Q&A Trophy. His future is playing as a batsman, not as a batting allrounder. If he is batting like that there should be no question of him working on his bowling and he should get a place on merit as a specialist batsman alone. I have said this before that apart from Misbah ul Haq, he is the only player in Pakistan who averages more than 40 in all forms of domestic cricket- T20, first class or one-day games. Misbah is considered by many to be the best batsman in Pakistan, so why is Fawad not considered the second best?

    I don’t know if Javed A Khan read the news about Shoaib Akhtar’s injury and that he is a doubtful starter for tomorrow’s game? Javed A Khan may have read it because he has mentioned that Akhtar might not play. In any event it is disgraceful and people seriously need to wake up and stop supporting Akhtar. It is stupid how people in Lahore and Pindi come out on the streets when the PCB decides to take serious action against Shoaib.

    The people who I am banking on to deliver for Pakistan are Younis, Afridi (in bowling), Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir. Younis, Afridi and Gul are proven match winners but Tanvir is the rising star and his inswing to Jayasuria can cause problems for the batsman.

    Vaas is not playing so Sri Lanka may appear to have a stunted pace attack, but Pakistan should not underestimate the pacers. Kulasekara had a brilliant 2008 and his 2008 stats are almost identical to Muralitharan’s. Thilan Thushara is also a clever pacer and I think he can create some problems for Butt and whoever is opening with Butt.

  2. #2 by khansahab on January 19, 2009 - 8:00 PM

    By the way, just checked the squad and apart from Afridi, Khurram Manzoor in the squad is also from Karachi.

  3. #3 by khansahab on January 19, 2009 - 8:25 PM

    I have frequently criticised Malik’s strange mindset. Over the past week he gave positive and aggressive statements to the media saying that, Pakistan is well prepared for Mendis and Murali.

    This was good coming from someone like him, because that shifted some pressure on to Mendis who is likely to wreak some havoc.

    However, Malik today admitted that Sri Lanka are at an advantage because of recent playing experience. That has shifted the pressure back on to Pakistan. What was the point of saying these things? Those kind of statements need to be given by analysts and journalists, not the captain or the team management.

  4. #4 by Abdul on January 19, 2009 - 8:56 PM

    Mr Khanshab,that just proves a lack of psycological awareness about the art of captaincy and indeed Malik’s ability when interacting with various media devices.
    Well picked up point and your right what is the dam point.

    Anyway what is your prediction ? I’ve already gone ever so optimistic and backed 3-0 Pakistan. What’s yours or are u going to be deal with true sportsmanship and say “let the best team win”.

  5. #5 by khansahab on January 19, 2009 - 9:16 PM

    Mr Abul,

    You have asked a very good question. It is very hard to predict because our predictions depend on weighing up certain factors relative to other factors.

    Such as:

    Home advantage (Pakistan)
    Who has a better bowling attack (Sri Lanka in spin, Pakistan in pace)
    Who can play pace bowling better? (Sri Lanka)
    Who can play spin better? (Pakistan)
    Who has better opening? (Sri Lanka)
    Who has a better middle order? (Pakistan + SL are equal I think- Sangakarra can be compared with Younis and Jayawardene can be compared with Misbah, Jayasuria can be compared with Malik although he is an opener)

    So it is 50-50, in the international rankings both teams are very close. I am not saying “may the best team win” because, I support Pakistan naturally. But realistically, it’s anyone’s game.

  6. #6 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 12:35 AM

    khansahab

    I think you summed up the situation quite well why there is such lack of interest in this hastily arranged series. The problem is that the countries that were meant to be playing in Pakistan aren’t. The cricketing enthusiasts realise that SL are just filling in the gap and that is not quite the same thing after huge disappointment felt by the public. Nevertheless, when the games get underway and if there are some exciting plays then it can all change.

    Omer

    In the current set up that we have which “star players and match winners” are really missing? The only missing one that one can called “star” is Yousaf but he cannot be picked unless there is a sea change in the policy. Fawad Alam, worthy though he may be but he is no star yet. Even if Malik had been kicked out, the overall current image of the team would be much the same.

    Mr Abdul

    With a name like that, it always seems something is missing and there should be fill in the blank after Abdul___.

    Javed explained very well why name like that is incomplete but you never listen. You are intelligent guy with all those A’s coming your way so easily but I hope you don’t mind me saying how would you learn more if you don’t listen to your elders?

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2009 - 1:23 AM

    Awas; he called khansahab as Mr. Khansahab and then khansahab called him Abul…. see above. The Japanese, instead of adding “Mr.” before the name they say for e.g., Awas San; which is equivalent to Sahab. In Pakistan some of the Pakistanis working for Japanese firms call their superiors like, Mr. Tsukazaki San. Mr. Matsumoto San etc.

  8. #8 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 8:54 AM

    Ramiz Raja said Shoaib Akhtar looks fit and slim, but he still looks overweight to me?

    Shoaib is also not bowling at full pace. He has lost his pace.

  9. #9 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 8:58 AM

    http://www.fusefry.com/26.html

    Watch the match live on this link. Only works on Internet Explorer.

  10. #10 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 9:39 AM

    Waqar again said some weird comments today:

    “I think a Test match is also the best format”

    He also called Dominic Cork, “Dermot” (he thought he was talking to Dermot Reeve).

    Malik again made some very defensive decisions today. Dominic Cork was very harsh in criticising Malik’s captaincy, but Ramiz and Waqar were very cautious about saying anything negative regarding Malik’s captaincy.

  11. #11 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 9:52 AM

    Omer

    I was comparing Jayasuria with Malik on the basis of their averages. Malik averages more than Jayasuria in ODI’s.

    I know Jayasuria is a match winner and I know he makes big centuries, but he can also get out easily at times.

  12. #12 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 10:00 AM

    Omer

    The point of discussion was why people are not coming to see the matches. I very much doubt, deserving though it may be, that the inclusion of Fawad and Sohail Khan would have made any difference in making people come out in their droves. They may well prove to be the future stars but not current and no doubt they deserve their places in the team. The crowd pullers undoubtedly were the names that Javed mentioned who made the difference.

    Javed

    I had noticed why Abdul was called Mr. I just wanted to reiterate your earlier advice to Abdul.

  13. #13 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 10:23 AM

    Good effort by Pak bowlers!

    Go Gul…Go!

  14. #14 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 10:30 AM

    Awas

    Yes, Gul was the spearhead but Rao’s efforts must also be lauded for his 4 wickets.

    Disappointing bowling by Tanvir and Akhtar. I think both of them should be dropped and Sohail Khan and Yasir Arafat should be used.

  15. #15 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 10:52 AM

    khansahab

    Yeah, Akhtar definitely.

    I do feel sometimes that Tanvir is more of a T20 type player, bowler even a hitter but I do reserve my opinion on him for ODI’s for the time being. Many very good bowlers even have a bad day sometimes; his dropping straight away could be considered hasty.

  16. #16 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 11:21 AM

    Omer

    I agree with you that after Pakistan’s disastrous WC 2007, they should have taken positive steps to rebuild the team. This is precious time being lost and Malik has been the captain for too long.

    It is 2 years until the next World Cup and they still haven’t found one opener who can play the likes of Australia and South Africa confidently. Butt is not someone who can play the likes of Australia, South Africa and England.

    They need to sort this captaincy issue out because, Younis doesn’t want it, Misbah is still considered relatively new in the team and Afridi is not going to get it. They can make Misbah the captain after 6 months but I don’t think that is enough time left to find a solid opener, bring unity into the team and instill a culture of confidence and positive cricket.

  17. #17 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 11:22 AM

    Seriously I don’t know what is wrong with Ramiz. He described Salman Butt as, “Very consistent at one day level”.

    WHAT!?

    LOL Ramiz just described Malik as, “The captain has been in good form as a captain…….”

    Was Ramiz sleeping throughout Sri Lanka’s batting innings?

    I don’t expect an educated and refined person like Ramiz to say strange things like that?

  18. #18 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 11:29 AM

    Unusually, even in the UK the series is not being aired and as Javed mentioned it’s the same in Americas. So, it seems no one is really interested except the four of us… 🙂

  19. #19 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 11:30 AM

    Awas

    That’s why I pasted that link, which enables one to watch the match on their computer.

  20. #20 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 11:31 AM

    Sorry, five…forgot Abdul…

  21. #21 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 11:33 AM

    khansahab

    Thanks…I already tried that link at work but I think our Web Marshall is blocking it 😦

  22. #22 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 11:37 AM

    Awas

    That’s a shame! This site tries to install a couple of harmless controls on your computer, to enable the video player to function.

    So maybe your firewall does not allow such controls to be installed?

    You might get a message saying something like, “This site is trying to install ABC…..click here to proceed”…

    In which case you need to click on that message….

  23. #23 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 11:47 AM

    LLLOOOOOOOOLLLLLL Waqqa is at it again!!!

    He said, “Buttttaa…..Salman Butt is looking for a room…..”

  24. #24 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 11:56 AM

    Come on Khurram Manzoor…..

    Score or get out!

  25. #25 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 12:51 PM

    khansahab

    No need to take risks there…they are both doing fine.

  26. #26 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 1:18 PM

    Waqar: “Plenty of a runs there on the scorecard”

  27. #27 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 1:22 PM

    I wonder if the pitch was especially prepared to stunt Mendis and Murali…cause our own spinners were not too effective either.

    LOL @ Waqqa’s goofs…

  28. #28 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 1:33 PM

    Both batters are neck and neck and centuries are possible for both. They should go 4it.

  29. #29 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 3:01 PM

    Good effort by Pakistan. I thought the MOM should have been Rao for bowling pretty well on a dead track.

    Manzoor was OK in the end, initially he was struggling against the fast bowlers. But he was confident against the spinners. All he needs is a little bit of confidence and fine-tuning. Since he plays very patiently and his shots are mature, he is one for the Test arena. If and when Pakistan play Tests, they should use him as opener.

    Butt played a stunning knock and it’s hard to pick out anything negative. He has that propensity that if he is suffering from poor form in domestic games, he doesn’t shot it in international matches. He can be the long term solution for Pakistan but he will need to be more patient and he needs to learn more how to handle the moving ball. Otherwise he is OK. He has matured remarkably since 2007.

    I think Malik should take a gamble and replace Akhtar and Tanvir with Sohail and Yasir. I accept Awas’s argument that it will be harsh to drop Tanvir, but he is not being dropped permanently or anything. Tanvir can be picked again for the 3rd match, he needs to be told that he is an automatic selection but some other bowler is being tried.

  30. #30 by Steeler on January 20, 2009 - 3:09 PM

    Needless to say I lost my interest in cricket, need time to recover and divert some of my attention from American Football back to Cricket. Good win indeed but Sri Lanka is soft.

  31. #31 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 3:17 PM

    Steeler!!!

    Come on dude, don’t lose your interest in Pakistan cricket!

    We need to stick together and keep discussing cricket and encouraging Malik & Co, maybe something good will come out of it!

    Cricket and religion is what keeps Pakistanis together 😉

  32. #32 by Steeler on January 20, 2009 - 3:33 PM

    Khansahab

    I’ll probably be back in cricket groove after Feb. 1 when Steelers play the championship game. One observation though, Rao Ifthikhaar has raised his game quite a bit and he is much improved guy. It’s about time we all acknowledge that. Gul has been consistent and a real asset and Butt played a comparatively aggressive knock so it’s all smiles for now.

    I was not surprised during my last visit of Pak that most people had lost interest in cricket. Reasons are obvious, a mediocre Pak cricket team with some embarrassing losses, some above the law players like Akhter and Asif, security situation in the country and cancellation of tours by foreign teams, scarcity of cricket etc. Oh, forgot to mention the 8 hour electric load shedding and the sky high inflation that most folks are just worried about getting the ends meet rather than worrying about Shoaib Malik and company. To them it’s like;

    Apne he ghum se nahin milti nijaat
    Es bina per fikre alam kia karien

  33. #33 by Awas on January 20, 2009 - 3:40 PM

    Yep…Kirkit and Mullahgiri go hand in hand… 🙂

    Come on Theo…where is your enthusiasm?

    If Malik wins it 3-0, he would be a lifetime captain…good for him!!!

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2009 - 3:48 PM

    I didn’t see the match, they aren’t showing on any TV channels that I have and I have no clue how they played? But, a win is a win and that’s good. An opening partnership of 168 runs could give a win to any team at least in 95% cases. This is what Pakistan has been lacking since the days of Saeed Anwar. Khurram Manzoor played slow, perhaps the openers paced the innings according to the target. So, one needs to see how the openers will perform when the target is more daunting and challenging.

    Sri Lanka must have lost their hope after getting out cheaply on 219. The wicket is dry and I was reading the pitch report and it is supposed to produce more runs. Strange that the SL openers did not survive long. Credit goes to Gul. However, one should not get complacent after one win. Its just one of those days when others don’t play well and Pakistan plays well. That’s what I was saying that whenever Pakistan plays against SL or India they play well. Therefore, India’s supremacy as number one team in the world cannot be determined from a couple of wins or series.

    Akhtar should be retired from ALL forms of the game. He is a spent force. He not only gives away more runs, he demoralizes the other bowlers. Omar Gul and Anjum bowled well. I would like to see Sohail Khan replacing Akhtar. And, Tanvir since the IPL has changed so much and, attitude is his biggest problem and he needs to sit on the thinking chair and contemplate whats wrong with him? He was the most expensive of all the bowlers today and this is not the first time since IPL.

    The interesting thing is Mendis did not get a wicket, probably this is the first time since he started playing that he went wicket less in any match? Am I right? Please correct me if anyone is aware of these stats. He has also given too many runs by his standards.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2009 - 3:53 PM

    Apne he ghum se nahin milti nijaat
    Es bina per fikre alam kia karien

    Theo ……….. the more apt Sher would be…

    Duniya nay teri yaad say bay-gaana ker diya
    Tujh say bhee dil faraib hain gham Roze gaar kay!

  36. #36 by Abdul on January 20, 2009 - 4:31 PM

    Sensational victory for Pakistan who have now won 6 consecutive odi’s. Hats of to Salman Butt who showed why he should be a regular in the Pakistan team.

    Bear in mind a factor u may have missed out when previewing the series was a rusty Srilanka following a hectic schedule and possible player burnouts. But that doesn’t thin up the significance of the victory as it’s a victory against a top side full stop.

    Congrats but now we must maintain standards for games to follow.

    Pakistan-Zindabad !

  37. #37 by Abdul on January 20, 2009 - 4:32 PM

    Where is the match coming ? What channel ?

  38. #38 by Varun Suri on January 20, 2009 - 4:43 PM

    Dear all,

    Good Game&Win by Pakistan and Congratulations to all the Fans.This win should re-focus the attention of some of the Fans who would have lost interest due to them not playing for so long. Although i could not see the match but i did follow it online.

    Not much rest for the players as they gear up for the 2nd one tomorrow. I would say the Teams are evenly matched but Pakistan has the Home advantage and Srilanka has a big gap between their Star Players and Amateurs which has made them lose so many matches in the recent past and now today’s win makes Pakistan the favourites to win this Series.

    If Shoaib performs badly in this series then surely they can leave him out of contention for future.
    Salman Butt is becoming a specalist in scoring Centuries against the Sub-Continental Teams with another one against Srilanka now. I do not know how good or bad M&M bowled but they way the Openers handled them they did not look intimidating.

    On a different note, Javed@39:- Tell me, Who is saying that India is Number 1 right now? Certainly I and am sure most of the Indian Cricket Fans know that unless we beat NZ away this Year and then later South Africa (whenever we play!) we cannot jump to such Conclusions. Even if we would have won that Srilanka series last year i would not have said India is Number 1. From the Australian experience we all know and understand that you have to be consistently winning to stay at the top for some time and not winning Consistently or becoming Over-Confident has been a “Congenital” disease for India and Pakistan!! So unless the Indian Team repeats it’s performance this Year nobody can make such outrageous claims. The way i see it now (Test Cricket) is that almost all the top 6 Teams Ind,Pak,SA,Aus,Eng and Srilanka are equally competitive and depending on the local factors and players availability anyone can beat each other and Vice-Versa.So, Thankfully, as of now there is no team which is No.1 in Cricket.

    Cheers..Shine on..

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2009 - 6:30 PM

    Dear Varun;

    Its good to see you commenting on the blog. The person who has recently said that India is the number ONE team in the world now is none other than your NAMAK HALAAL WASIM AKRAM.

    Apart from him I have heard this notion from so many people that India is now the number one team after they defeated Australia in India.

    In any case, knowing Pakistan, they play like Champions in one match and then in the next they play like a mediocre team. So, it is possible that today they might not play the same game.

    Lets see if Shoaib Akhtar is replaced by Sohail Khan. My guess is they may not change the winning combo. If Pakistan wins again then, probably they will make a couple of changes in the 3rd match.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2009 - 6:48 PM

    Abdul, the match isn’t coming ……..its going, going, gone! Its over. The channel is called The English Channel.

  41. #41 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 8:12 PM

    Omer

    I agree about Gul and he would in fact have been my 2nd choice for MOM. I chose Rao because he has not received many MOM awards and some confidence ought to do him some good. Plus it is very good he bowled like this on a dead track, I can of course expect Gul to bowl well on any kind of track.

    Yeah Tanvir is a good limited overs bowler, the reason I hinted why he should be dropped is because he is already an automatic selection and Malik has this propensity to use the same playing XI in all the matches. Unless Yasir Arafat and Sohail Khan are tried, how will we really know of their potential?

    I have mentioned about captaincy on numerous occasions (I think you don’t read all the comments in any thread!). I was surprised Ramiz and Waqar were not attacking Malik. Until last year I had a lot of respect for Ramiz but after watching his show (Ramiz’s lounge) I have lost most of this respect. He speaks nonsense sometimes and he calls his simpleton friends to his house in Lahore and they talk rubbish mostly. Mostly they talk about how unfair people have been with Malik and how unfair it was to drop Akmal for the Asia Cup etc. Waqar, for all his bowling genius, is a person of very ordinary mental capacity so I don’t expect any sharp analysis from him anyway.

    Malik didn’t use slips when the new batsmen came, he also went very defensive when he himself was bowling. When Jehan Mubarak came to bat Malik pushed mid on and midwicket to the boundary.

    Thank God Akmal was astute behind the stumps today. He had a good match.

  42. #42 by khansahab on January 20, 2009 - 10:13 PM

    Varun

    Good to have you back, and you ROCK!

  43. #43 by Varun Suri on January 20, 2009 - 11:21 PM

    Khansahab, Ya Let’s Rock!

    Thanks for receiving me back twice on Legslip! I tried to follow your good work while i was away, although i could not write much & contribute but I can say it feels like I did not lose touch with most of the things happening on Legslip and time permitting I would refer to a few interesting comments in my absence from unique blog.

    Javed@44,

    Yaar, You are a Corporate Banker and know a great deal of this finance-shinance jiski ABCD mujh jaise anpad Engineer ko bilkul nahi aati , Even then I won’t ever question the Patriotism of Wasim Akram just on the basis of how he wants to earn his Living.

    Like a typical Indian Heroine says or maybe used to say

    ” Aakhir mujh me aisi kya kami hai!! “

    I ask you in the same desperation

    What do you really want Wasim Akram to do?

    I have seen people Cringing, Abusing, some marvelling, some Upset whenever he has roared like hungry tiger or (bear?) and ran towards the Stumps in the celebration of yet another Wick-at!!

    Maybe you have for the best part of your life seen the other side of it. The way a living-room, a whole mohalla, town, village, city or maybe the whole Country must have erupted every time he struck with his short-run-up-lethal-swinging-deliveries to take out those 916 Scalps in International Cricket. That is where he had to show his Patriotism on the Cricket Pitch….so much so that Khuda bhi yeh sab dekh kar kehta:-

    Jaa, bacche tere liye Ek nahi tin tin Gunaah maaf!!!

    Not every human is perfect and we have to understand that for a public person who spends quite a lot of their time in front of the constant adulation and praise they get (apart from the occasional Juto ki Maala which some people get!) there is every chance for such a person to fall prey to the different kinds of Vices which are on offer in the World and only very determined people with a strong will can survive this difficult journey to acheive Nirvana or Moksha!!

    I am in no way trying to defend Wasim Akram here as i totally disagree with his recent comments and it was so apparent why he spoke in such a manner.

    I do not say anything negative about AZZA(M. Azharruddin) who was also very much involved in Match Fixing and made his exit from the Cricket World in an embarassing manner, and who also like Wasim Akram had shown his Patriotism on the Cricket Pitch in his prime and acted selfishly later in his life due to several unknown reasons.

    Both were good at what they were born to do but this World can change a person in no-time and this could lead some digressions from your main Goal but at the end of the day if the digressed one returns on the correct path then as they say….

    Der aaye, Durust aaye!!

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2009 - 3:30 AM

    Omer & Khansahab

    Thanks for the links for watching cricket on computer via streaming, I know about that because some people here do that and once sent me the links and I tired that, my computer is older than me in age, it doesn’t have the RAM or the video card to match the speed and quality of the video. Although my modem and the DSL is very fast 7.2 G / sec. but, its the puter that doesn’t match the speed. I had to buy a new computer. And, the reason I did not bother is because so far I had no problem with my sat TV they showed almost every match except for this series.

    Varun

    LOL @ your lambi turrangi kahani and daleel to support WasimAkram’s patriotism. Actually he lost that respect the day when he was involved in match fixing and betting, while he was a playing member of the team and while he was captain of the national team. Now, whether he has a celebrity status or a deity status, I have no respect for that man. He is not an Indian heroine to say aakhir mujh may konsi kamee hai? Ya jaa tujhay teen khoon moaf. No one is above the law. That’s why I am against Asif the druggie and that’s why I don’t want the Show Actor to be in the team.

    If the law bans Saleem Malik, Ijaz, Ata ur Rahman, Azhar uddin, Ajai Jadeja etc., then the same law should be applied for the other culprits. People want to impeach the presidents and the heads of the state so who is Wasim Akram?

    Tendulkar never took any money to fix a match or was involved in betting neither Lara, both are world class batsmen and they not only earned respect for scoring every single run for their country but, they will be remembered forever as honest, dedicated players who gave the best to the countries.

    Dare aye durust aye……… does not apply in Wasim’s case, he came back when he saw kay “ab wahan daal nahee galni” In his case he is, Dhobi ka kutta na ghar ka na ghaat ka. I would like to see the PCB ignores him and rejects and they should not give him any job.

    May be I am sounding very harsh on him, but that’s the way I feel about him. For me, that was another Wasim Akram who took two wickets in two balls at the MCG WC 1992 and earned the MoM award.

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2009 - 3:59 AM

    The age old desi expression: “Saath (60) Saal ki Omar may log Sathya Jaatay” may not be right when it is viewed by international standards where people are holding important government and corporate positions and even doing research work as scientists, but in case of the PCB Chief Operating Officer, Saleem Altaf and, he is definitely gone bonkers.

    Saleem Altaf was trying to defend Mohammad Asif the Druggie by saying: “It [opium] is a drug because it contains morphine. From that perspective it is a banned substance. However, if this drug in the possession of an individual and it’s out of competition, we have to look at that perspective as well. All angles will have to be looked at. I don’t think WADA has any jurisdiction in it. You cannot hang a man until you give him a fair hearing.”

    I don’t understand the need to support a druggie who has ruined and tarnished the image and reputation of the country and not once but twice. Apart from that he was involved in other controversies, so why go defending him? On one hand these very people brag about by saying, there is no dearth of fast bowlers in the country and there are dozens and dozens of young fast bowlers stretching their wings to fly. And, on the other hand they leave no stone unturned in defending junkies and druggies.

  46. #46 by Awas on January 21, 2009 - 8:48 AM

    The butter fingered idiot dropped Dilshan’s easy catch when he was at 47 against Afridi again…

    They would have been 105-3.

  47. #47 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 11:47 AM

    That’s it. Khurram Manzoor should be dropped. Pakistan need to seriously play Nasir and Azhar Ali in the 3rd ODI.

  48. #48 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 11:51 AM

    Omer

    Very astute observation in comment 56.

    I read on Cricinfo commentary that Akmal dropped Kandamby off Afridi, but which batsman did he drop the second time off Afridi?

    About Misbah, I’ve always said he is overrated.

    And by the way, didn’t I say Tanvir and Akhtar need to be dropped? Today they were again expensive and useless.

  49. #49 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 11:56 AM

    Now Malik’s bowling got hit, so he will use Saeed Ajmal in the 3rd match in Lahore. This means he will have to sacrifice at least one bowling option.

    He will probably drop Shoaib Akhtar and play Ajmal.

  50. #50 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 12:12 PM

    Omer

    Thanks for this. I couldn’t watch the early part of the match because I was in a class!

    The problem is some Pakistanis are the biggest enemies of Pakistan themselves. For example you see many people defending Malik’s captaincy even when every foreigner, whether it is an Englishman, a West Indian or Sri Lankan, thinks Malik is totally inept.

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2009 - 1:10 PM

    I have been saying this from the beginning that on Karachi pitch whoever wins toss must bat first and put on more runs on the board, that way you can put pressure on the team batting second. Today SL scored 70 odd runs more than yesterday and the pressure is on Pakistan. The opening conundrum will continue, just one match partnership of 168 doesn’t guarantee that Pakistan has solved the problem.

    Secondly, if you have a BUTTER FINGERED A$$HOLE behind the wickets and he keeps on dropping catches, you cannot win matches. Do you think that Khatmal will score a century to compensate the catches he dropped?

    It was a pathetic decision to play the SHOW ACTOR again and Tanvir both needs to be dropped. Yesterday I wrote that Tanvir needs to sit on the thinking chair and contemplate and focus on his attitude which is his biggest enemy. Between the two of them, in 13 overs they gave away 95 runs at an average of more than 7.3 per over and wicket less. AND, most importantly they encouraged the batsmen to score freely.

    Like the opening batsmen needs to give a good start, the opening bowlers also need to give a good start by taking wickets early and if they bowl like Actor and Tanvir the result is obvious and in front of us.

    Now, Malik and Butt are rebuilding the innings because, of a poor start and it is Malik’s mistake that he sent Misbah early. Especially since there is no Mohammad Yousuf in the team. If Malik has come to the crease himself, instead of sending Misbah, the score would have been 105 /2 in 20 overs at the moment instead of 105/3. A captain is supposed to see the team interest instead of protecting his own a$$ and to take a decision to bat at a number that suits him.

    Pakistan’s chances of winning this match are remote, as long as these to continue to play at an average of 5 and above and not loose a wicket till the 40th over the chances of remaining in the game (theoretically) are possible but, there is no batsmen left in the team. Afridi and Akmal, you cannot rely on them to play for 10 overs. So, it proves my point that in a 50 over match Mohammad Yousuf’s absence is badly felt.

    Anyways, lets see……. Abhi Lanka dooooor hai! (Hunooz Dilli Dooor ast.)

  52. #52 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2009 - 1:17 PM

    My bad ….. is it my worry, my concern or my prediction that playing with a runner at this stage would be like asking too much and Malik threw away his wicket.

  53. #53 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2009 - 1:19 PM

    Malik tu chall mai Ayaa! Thats what Butt was telling Shoaib Malik …. when he was out.

  54. #54 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 1:19 PM

    LOL I can’t believe Malak didn’t walk off after getting the thickest of edges.

    It can look OK for an ordinary player, but it doesn’t look OK for a captain.

    Malak has this tendency to keep nudging the ball around the third man region.

  55. #55 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 1:22 PM

    Did anyone see the crowd’s reaction when Afridi came out to bat?

  56. #56 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 1:35 PM

    LOL

    Look at Malak’s team, where someone like Kamran Akmal comes to bat at no 6.

    I’ve always said those centuries Akmal got came by fluke. He doesn’t know how to bat and he has talent but no maturity. You can see that from the way he behaves; no wonder he is great friends with Malak and Rao.

  57. #57 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2009 - 1:36 PM

    Had Akmal not thrown away his wicket, Mendis would have remained wicket less again and this would have dented his confidence a lot. But, Akmal was “jumping in the air to play a shot on the back foot to pull it over midwicket, expected that to spin into him, got the top edge and Sangakkara pouched it easily taking a few steps to his right.”

  58. #58 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 1:39 PM

    So now are they going to do anything about Akmal?

    Or is he still the best wicketkeeper-batsman in Pakistan?

  59. #59 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 1:48 PM

    Omer

    Non Pakistani commentators have already given Akmal their due when they said the unluckiest dismissal was “caught Akmal”.

    If they keep on criticising him it will look repetitive and boring because every major commentator has come after Akmal. So it is up to people like Ramiz and Waqar to make a case for Akmal’s ouster.

  60. #60 by Steeler on January 21, 2009 - 1:52 PM

    Shoaib Malik after the game, “Boys played good. We lost match but my inning was good and I feel confident, INSHALLAH we will win final match”. About dropped catches by Akmal and pathetic bowling by Akhter, Malik replies, “Akmal needs more time to play good wicket keeping, Akhter is our ASS bowler and he will be fit and play good in the final”.

  61. #61 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 1:54 PM

    People who say Malik has an 85% success rate (that too against minnows and second-string players from Sri Lanka and West Indies) should also think about the magnitude of defeats Pakistan has faced.

    I recall so many times when Pakistan has lost under Malik, the margin of defeat has been more than 100 runs.

  62. #62 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 2:00 PM

    Omer

    Shoaib Malik’s record of injuries has been very weird. Firstly he is never injured “enough” to be dropped from a series so anyone else can take over the reins and potentially do a better job than him.

    When his bowling gets hit for runs, his shoulder starts aching.

    He keeps developing these little sprains when other players like Butt, Misbah, Afridi and Younis do just fine.

    He is a character.

  63. #63 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 2:21 PM

    Omer

    I don’t mean to say that captaincy is a piece of cake and everyone can do it. It is not the case either that I never supported Malik or gave him a chance. This is because I was supporting him in 2006 and even most of 2007.

    However, agreeing with your point, sending Akmal ahead of Afridi was not a good move. It doesn’t matter whether Afridi scores runs or not, but firstly it’s not like Akmal is some kind of Tendulkar himself, and secondly, Afridi is a senior player and deserves more respect than that.

    What Malik is doing is putting too much faith into Akmal and too little faith into Afridi. The result would not be much different if Afridi was sent before Akmal.

    Malik has done this many times before, he also sent Akmal ahead of Fawad Alam a few times. This has to stop because if Afridi is slotted in at no 6, you need to play him at no 6. The things Afridi has done with the bat, Akmal cannot do and will never be able to do.

  64. #64 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 2:42 PM

    Omer

    I agree with you but I don’t see why Inthikhab Alam and Ijaz Butt can’t see this?

    Allegations against Malik:

    1) Fakes injuries
    2) Lacklustre, ineffective and demoralising captaincy
    3) Regionalism conspiracy against some players
    4) Youngsters complaining about Malik’s unsupportive attitude
    5) Conspiracy against Yousuf and Afridi
    6) Culture of favouritism highlighted by closeness to Akmal, Rao, Butt

    I am not saying all of these are true, but all this is certainly weighty enough to discuss on a formal basis with Malik.

  65. #65 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 3:16 PM

    Omer

    I agree the team isn’t that good. However this is more a reason why the captain needs to be changed because the players have to perform to their potential. Look at the wonders Steve Waugh did with the same players who played under Border or Taylor. Look at what Nasser Hussain did with the same players who played under Atherton. Look at what Ganguly did with the same players who played under Tendulkar and Azharuddin.

    So captain is definitely a factor. Of course when we had people like Wasim, Waqar, Saeed Anwar, Inzamam etc, it was different.

    There are three reasons why we are not producing world class players:

    1) The selection has become biased towards aggressive players who can play a wide variety of shots. That has come at the expense of mature players who can play under pressure and finish matches.

    2) Players are increasingly coming from villages and small towns and although they are enormously talented, they can’t handle the fame and glory international cricket presents today.

    3) This ties in with my earlier point. Somehow we want to see 16 and 17 year olds in the team whereas some players who have performed consistently in domestic cricket for over a decade are ignored. What Pakistan needs more than anything else is mature batsmen who are not trying to hit a 6 on every ball. That is why Khurram Manzoor is a better prospect for Tests and ODI’s than Imran Nazir, Farhat, Hafeez etc, because at least he has some patience.

  66. #66 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 3:40 PM

    Omer

    http://www.pcboard.com.pk/Pakistan/Scorecards/204/204140.html

    Check this link.

    Fawad Alam made 296 not out today from 294 balls. This was on a bowling friendly pitch; notice how the opposing side was all out for 130.

    He is also captaining National Bank of Pakistan. So he played this knock as a captain.

    And we don’t have a place for him in the team? I suppose we can’t because we have some people in Pakistan who think Kamran Akmal and Sohail Tanvir can bat better than him.

  67. #67 by Abdul on January 21, 2009 - 5:10 PM

    This defeat today represents my point on how inconsistent and unpredictable Pakistan are. One day they provide promise and brilliance and the next they seem to vanish or get out of the wrong side of bed and dissapoint all. Typical Pakistan.

    But nevertheless congratulations on a solid comeback from Srilanka and now it sets up procedings very nicely for the the final match at the Gadaffi Stadium Lahore on Saturday in a winner takes all affair.

    My analysis from the matches I’ve seen are that Shoiab Akthar is plunndering and age is catching up aginst the paceman. I feel he can no longer become a “matchwinner” in ODI cricket and repeat those heroic performances such as 6-16 and 5-25 as he has in the past and also feel he hasn’t got the mental fitness now to complete his full quota of overs.

    But I feel he still feel he will do well at Test match level , bowling in short fiery burts and along with Kaneria will be the “strike” bowlers in test cricket but as regards to one day I feel he’s fading away and simply struggling for rythm and therefore hope Sohial Khan replaces him in the next macth or Pakistan opt for an extra spinner.

    Awas and Khanshab, please tell me were the mathces are being shown here in the UK.

  68. #68 by Abdul on January 21, 2009 - 5:55 PM

    Meanwhile the atual quality of cricket in pakistan is very poor due to flat pitches.I much much prefer them watching when their playing away. Don’t u guys?

  69. #69 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 7:07 PM

    Young Abul

    No one is showing matches in the UK. So if you want to watch Pak vs SL live I’m afraid you will have to fly to Pakistan, like me and Awas have done!

  70. #70 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 7:10 PM

    Pakistan captain Malik questions Akhtar’s future

    KARACHI, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik called on national selectors to blood new players on Wednesday and questioned the continued inclusion of experienced fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.
    Akhtar returned to Pakistan’s one-day side on Tuesday after a 14 month absence but bowled just 13 overs in the first two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka and proved expensive.
    The pacer, who has appeared in 46 tests and 140 one-dayers, was given just six overs in Wednesday’s 129-run defeat.
    “We need a bowler who can bowl ten overs and also show commitment in the field for 50 overs,” Malik said.
    “And I think and like everyone saw there was a question mark over his (Akhtar’s) fitness to bowl his full overs and also show commitment on the field for 50 overs,” he added.
    The Pakistan skipper raised a question mark over Akhtar’s future when he agreed with a question that it was time for the selectors and management to stop relying on senior players who were not delivering for the team.
    “We have lot of very good young bowlers in domestic cricket who are performing well and who deserve a chance,” he added.
    “I will definitely speak to the selectors and management we need to move on now.”
    He also made it clear that he did not think Akhtar was 100 per cent fit.
    “I bowled him only for seven overs on Tuesday because I wanted him to be ready for today’s crucial game but this didn’t happen as planned.”
    Akhtar, 33, has also faced numerous disciplinary issues throughout his career and in 2007 was banned for 13 matches for a brawl with teammate, Mohammad Asif.
    Last year he was banned for five years for indiscipline but had the term reduced to 18-months by an appellate tribunal. He has filed an appeal in the Lahore high Court against the ban which has been suspended by the court until a fresh hearing.
    Malik said Akhtar was included after he performed well in domestic cricket but it was now obvious he still needed to work on his fitness.
    “I think the only criteria for a place in the team should be performance,” he said.

  71. #71 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 7:12 PM

    Pakistan need to learn to use Akhtar:Rameez Raja

    Karachi: Former Pakistan skipper Rameez Raja feels controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar may still have something to offer to the country but the team management and national selectors should know how to use him properly.

    “They have to decide how to use him and when to play him. Obviously there is a question mark about his fitness and readiness to play the Tests against Sri Lanka,” Rameez, who have played 57 Test matches, said.

    Akhtar failed to make the mark as he returned to international cricket after a gap of 14 months and went wicketless in the first match against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

    “The selectors and team management must decide how to nurse Akhtar through the remainder of his career and also decide in which form of the game to use him,” Rameez, a cricketer-turned-commentator, added.

    Rameez also pitched for the promotion of talented but untapped young bowlers in the country who, he feels, should get enough chance to justify their ability.

    “There are lot of aspiring and talented young bowlers in Pakistan now a day and one has to give them a chance sometime in the near future,” he said.

    With Pakistan securing a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka yesterday, Rameez showered praise on skipper Shoaib Malik.

    “There is no doubt in my mind now that Malik has shown definite improvement as a captain in many ways and he is now more relaxed. He looks to have a good future ahead of him.” Rameez also insisted that Pakistan should not hesitate to play at neutral venues as it was important for them to get some match practice.

    “The revenues might not be the same as it would be if they play at home but at least we will get some cricket,” the 46-year-old former cricketer said.

  72. #72 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 7:15 PM

    Ramiz must be on crack.

    I think we have seen enough of Akhtar to know he can’t be “nursed” by anyone.

    If Ramiz thinks Malik is doing fine, well, there is something wrong…

  73. #73 by Steeler on January 21, 2009 - 7:25 PM

    Rameez Raja is gay.

  74. #74 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 8:15 PM

    Who should Fawad Alam replace?

    It is either Malik or Misbah.

    Unfortunately one is the captain and the other, vice captain. One way of getting round it is to let Malik open with Butt and use Fawad in Malik’s position at no 5.

    Fawad can’t replace Younis and he can’t replace Afridi, because you can’t replace a batsman with a bowler.

    Afridi is getting a lot of unfair criticism for not picking up wickets and not scoring runs, but what can he do if Akmal is dropping catches?

  75. #75 by Steeler on January 21, 2009 - 8:21 PM

    Alam should replace Akhtar. on spinning tracks why not a spinner with good batting potential?

  76. #76 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 8:25 PM

    Steeler

    Alam’s bowling is pretty ordinary. However looking at Akhtar’s worrying form, I don’t think Alam will do too badly 😉

  77. #77 by Steeler on January 21, 2009 - 8:29 PM

    At your quote, “Alam’s bowling is ordinary”. How many matches did he play to get bowling experience? Who is mentoring him? He needs more chances to be more effective at bowling. But looking at Akmal’s performance, I think he’ should wait for another opportunity another time.

  78. #78 by Abdul on January 21, 2009 - 8:53 PM

    http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/iclarchive/content/story/387306.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

    Another interesting move has been taken by the PCB on the ICL banning status. Is this the moment we’ve all been waiting on or is this a halt in our advance.

  79. #79 by Abdul on January 21, 2009 - 8:56 PM

    ?

  80. #80 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 9:08 PM

    Abul

    “?”

    What now?

  81. #81 by khansahab on January 21, 2009 - 9:13 PM

    Omer

    Agree with you. Chishti Mujahid seemed like a very ordinary commentator to me. I’d rather listen to Waqar Younis than listen to the dull and boring Mujahid.

    It’s funny because I think Muhajid used to do a much better job 10-15 years ago.

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2009 - 9:29 PM

    When Iftikhar and Chishti Mujahid used to do the commentary on radio it was way back in the 80’s and people used to call them “Ifti-Chishti.” There was Omer Kureishi too, who died a few years ago when Bob Woolmer was the coach and in his last article Kureishi wrote something against Woolmer’s approach in coaching.

  83. #83 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2009 - 9:51 PM

    khansahab

    You have posted that news clipping over here about Malik’s complaint against Shoaib Akhtar. Remember, not so long ago it was Malik who said, “Shoaib Akhtar is a match winner and we would like to welcome him in the team.” Malik has changes with time and tide.

  84. #84 by khansahab on January 22, 2009 - 1:07 AM

    Asif can be banned for life, warns expert

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    KARACHI: Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif can even get a life ban for carrying opium, a leading Pakistani sports medicine expert said on Wednesday.

    Danish Zaheer, president of Sports Medicine Association of Pakistan, said in an interview that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has strict regulations as far as possessing drugs is concerned and Asif may face a minimum of four years’ suspension or a maximum life ban over the drugs offence.

    Asif, 26, is facing a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) inquiry over his detention in Dubai last June after being caught in possession of opium.

    Saleem Altaf, the PCB chief operating officer, told reporters the other day WADA had no jurisdiction in Asif’s Dubai detention case, and added that it would be decided following an internal inquiry being conducted by the board.

    However, Zaheer disputed that claim.”If WADA had no jurisdiction, they would not have written a letter to PCB,” he said.

    “Opium, according to WADA code, is considered under Drug Trafficking and Possession Clause and there is no question of one being caught in or out of competition.

    Moreover, as per reports published in media quoting Dubai Officials, Asif has already admitted the usage and possession of opium that could spell further disaster for him,” Zaheer added.

    Speaking on Asif’s contention that he used opium as a herbal medicine to boost his blood pressure and energy levels, Zaheer said: “Ignorance of law is no excuse and it would be very difficult for Asif to win his case on this weak argument”.

    Asif is also facing a hearing of the Indian Premier League’s Drugs Tribunal in Mumbai on January 24.

    The fast bowler is facing a possible two-year ban after failing a dope test while featuring in the inaugural IPL season last May.

  85. #85 by khansahab on January 23, 2009 - 2:35 AM

    Miandad, Altaf on collision course?

    KARACHI: Cracks have appeared within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) top brass as Javed Miandad and Saleem Altaf — the Board’s senior officials — seem to be on a collision course.

    On Thursday, Miandad — PCB’s Director General — appeared to be an unhappy man when his name was not included in the organising committee for the final one-dayer between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Lahore on January 24.

    Miandad, who was at the forefront of the organising team for the first two one-dayers in Karachi, told ‘The News’ that he won’t be going to Lahore to witness the series finale.

    “I’ve nothing to do in Lahore,” said Miandad, regarded by many as the greatest Pakistani batsman.

    Miandad said that he was exhausted after conducting back-to-back games in Karachi on January 20 and 21 and wanted to relax for a few days. But when pressed by this correspondent, Miandad said that he was irked by the PCB decision to overlook him in the organising committee.

    “I don’t know who formed that committee but it feels bad that they’ve ignored me,” he said.

    The former Pakistan captain said that he might tell Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, that he will not get involved in next month’s Test series against Sri Lanka either.

    In the PCB chain of command, Miandad comes at number two after Butt.

    But he has been sidelined to the extent that he was not even consulted while preparing the central contracts for leading national cricketers earlier this month.

    The 27-man list announced by the Board drew flak from various quarters and finally the Board was forced to form a review committee to resolve the central contracts list. Miandad is a part of the four-member committee.

    According to sources in PCB, Miandad and Saleem Altaf, the Board’s chief operating officer, are not really getting along.

    Altaf was initially named as the Board’s Director General but later Butt replaced him with Miandad. A former Test pacer, Altaf was reappointed as the COO.

    Sources said that both Miandad and Altaf want to be at the helm of national cricket affairs. Though Butt had issued an internal memo carrying instructions that Miandad is his second in command it is Altaf who has been running the Board, said the sources.

  86. #86 by Awas on January 23, 2009 - 9:05 AM

    Saleem Altaf needs to be kicked out.

    He caused problems under DNA too and seems like a useless administrator.

  87. #87 by khansahab on January 23, 2009 - 3:30 PM

    Malik ruled out any hostility with Akhtar

    Pakistan Captain Shoaib Malik ruled out any hostility with Shoaib Akhtar by saying,” I didn’t point out any particular player for lacking fitness and commitments. I am concern for every player of the team.”

    Adopting the diplomatic approach, “I am not against any player if you talk about Shoaib Akhar – he is one of the that bowler who capable of wrapping up the opposition single handedly but meanwhile he is not in his rhythm.”

    Malik denied he was speaking specifically about the fast bowler, but claiming he was talking about the whole 15-man squad. “I definitely talked about whoever who could not field for 50 overs,” Malik said “I didn’t get personal against anyone. I don’t think I named anyone individually.”

    Shoaib Aktar who bowled fruitless and expensive overs in consecutive one-day international against Sri Lanka at Karachi and was also struggling in the field, he[Akhtar] delivered seven pricey overs in the first ODI with six in the second ODI with one rare wicket.

    Shoaib Malik had accused fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar of poor fielding and questioned regarding his fitness after the side’s 129-run loss to Sri Lanka in their second limited-overs international and questioned the continued inclusion of senior experienced fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

  88. #88 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 23, 2009 - 5:50 PM

    Malik does a U-turn on Shaoib

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/387582.html

    Did I not say Malik is a Meesna?
    Did I not say Malik is a trivial politician?
    Did I not say Malik is a girgit (chameleon) that changes colour?
    Did I not say Malik uses other people’s shoulder to fire a gun?
    Did I not say Malik creates Jingoism and regionalism?
    Did I not say Malik is the weakest captain Pakistan has ever produced?
    Did I not say Malik does not fit into the team if he not the captain?

    The list goes on, he will still be there, bakaoz by virtue of that 50 runs he scored in the lost match, he will taunt everyone by saying I am the BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN THE TEAM.

    Wait till the third ODI is over and Shoaib Akhtar is going to grill Malik’s chops, because he is keeping quiet and waiting to see the reaction of the media and the PCB. If Akhtar is dumped from here, MALIK TERI KHAIR NAHEE.

  89. #89 by Steeler on January 23, 2009 - 6:11 PM

    Javed, when we were little and when would find someone like Malik, we would chalk his house wall in Pushto with:

    “Malik kunee hai, sare gawon ko deta hai”.

  90. #90 by khansahab on January 23, 2009 - 6:38 PM

    PCB chief selector’s commitment under scanner

    KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board chief selector Abdul Qadir has come under the scanner for commitment towards his job and for his alleged involvement in the selection of his son in a domestic team for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

    Well informed sources have said that senior PCB officials have already taken note of Qadir’s late arrival at domestic matches and his failure to attend a national selection committee meeting in Karachi during the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

    “Qadir regularly showed up late afternoon for the Pentagular Cup matches in Karachi which were supposed to be the criteria for selecting the squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka,” one source said.

    The matter came into PCB’s notice as two other selectors Shoaib Mohammad and Saleem Jaffer were present at the ground since morning to watch the matches.

    “Even during the matches against Sri Lanka in Karachi he didn’t attend a selection committee meeting with the team management saying he was not feeling well and was resting in his hotel room,” the source said.

    Qadir’s lacklustre attitude has raised questions about about his commitment despite being paid a handsome remuneration by the PCB.

    Meanwhile, questions have also crept up about how his son Imran Qadir’s selection in the Pakistan Customs team at the cost of an overseas players, Qasim Sheikh from Scotland.

    Imran, who opened in two matches for the Customs side, got three ducks and scored just one run.

    Sources say that Sheikh’s family which is settled in Scotland have questioned the selection criteria of the Customs team considering that the Scottish player had scored a century and failed just once in three matches.

  91. #91 by khansahab on January 23, 2009 - 6:41 PM

    So Qadir is trying to promote his son and Miandad is trying to promote his nephew.

    What is wrong with these people?

    Faisal Iqbal scored a double hundred today and by doing so he is the 3rd highest scorer in the Q&A Trophy (after Fawad Alam and Ahmed Shahzad). So maybe he is improving.

  92. #92 by Abdul on January 23, 2009 - 7:23 PM

    I have met Imran Qadir and got coached by him in Lahore along with his younger son Usman at his famous academy opposite Gadaffi stadium. Very nice people.

  93. #93 by Steeler on January 23, 2009 - 7:57 PM

    Abdul the Spin King

    I knew Khansahab’s assertion of Imran Qadir and Usman Qadir was farfetched! Since you have met them personally I’ll take your words and tell everyone that, “they are nice folks and good players”. Khansahab is just biased towards some players and Abdul Qadir and his sons are some of them. I mean how can Qadir’s sons be anything less? Look at you for example, Qadir and company gave you useful tips and you are having a wonderful time in cricket world. You destroy a batsman’s defense with your flight and variations. If Imran Qadir got 3 ducks, that could be lack of form or just plain nervousness. Khansahab never played cricket himself and I find his comments out of place.

  94. #94 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 10:47 AM

    Steeler

    *Now you’re against me because Big Abul is tall like you?

    Coming onto today’s ODI, why wasn’t Gul allowed to finish his 10 overs? He is the best bowler in the line up; why did Malak miscalculate again?

  95. #95 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 11:05 AM

    Omer

    I agree. Not only is he avoiding the new ball, he has too much faith in Akmal’s batting. Malak is probably contemplating “If Dilshan can score 137 against us, my hero Akmal can score 200 against them”, but that is just not going to happen.

    Saeed Ajmal was labelled as specialist spinner and many people were blaming the PCB for being unfair to him. But today he showed he is just an average spinner and I am sure Murali and Mendis will bowl better than him.

    Can you imagine Malik’s mentality? He can send someone like Akmal to bat at no 4, but he was sending Fawad Alam to bat at no 5, 6, 7 etc? Then people say Malik has no bias against anyone!!!

  96. #96 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 11:23 AM

    Omer

    What! Akmal dropped a catch off Afridi again today?

    I thought he only missed a stumping chance off Malik!

    When Malik will be asked why Akmal was sent so high up he will say, “Because Sri Lanka can open with Dilshan so why can’t I send Akmal high up?”

    The problem is that Dilshan can bat and he is an intelligent cricketer. Akmal is just a paindoo.

  97. #97 by Abdul on January 24, 2009 - 11:43 AM

    This is hilarious and enjoyable to see Pakistan as the centre of humiliation. They will now realise they HAVE to bring back the ICL heroes.

    Bowl them out for even more and then they’ll get there act together !

    LOL !!!!

    30-6 AGAINST inexperiecned seamers on a flat surface with due factor !

  98. #98 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 11:49 AM

    What a pathetic bowling attack- a lower middle order batsman like Dilshan scored his highest ODI score against Pakistan.

  99. #99 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM

    Abul

    And who exactly from the ICL squad can become a match winner for Pakistan in ODI’s and Tests?

  100. #100 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 11:58 AM

    Omer

    You are right and this is what I have been trying to explain to Abdul.

    The only 2 players who shone in ICL were Rana and Imran Nazir. However both are only suitable for T20 cricket.

  101. #101 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 12:02 PM

    Omer

    Considering Afridi will be dropped shortly and Younis does not want captaincy, who do you think is the best option?

    I think they should take a gamble with making Gul the captain. He has captained domestic sides and he is aggressive. Butt and Misbah were rewarded due to their performances over one year and since 2007 Gul has been excellent.

    Do you think he should be rewarded? They can make Salman Butt the vice captain.

  102. #102 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 12:11 PM

    LOL @ Waqar:

    When speaking about Sohail Khan, he said,

    “You gotta give the youngster a credit….”

  103. #103 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 12:18 PM

    Omer

    Your analysis is very good but what do you do if Younis doesn’t accept captaincy?

    Misbah has been a hero on many occasions but he has also been a failure at many crucial moments too.

  104. #104 by Abdul on January 24, 2009 - 12:57 PM

    Mr Khanshab we really need to groom in Imran Nazir and Farhat as a stabled opening pair as they know each other well and bat very well together in there flamboyant and unique style for any limited overs form . Yousuf will porvide some stability in the middle order and he will come handy in one day and test.

    Also as reagrds to a “premier” spinner I kind of find it diabolical that neither Mansoor or Danish were selcted although high support of Qadir and co.

    I suggest u guys write a thread on the removal of captaincy of MR Malik and instead appoint Afridi or Younis Khan and the lifting of the ICL bans for the better.

  105. #105 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2009 - 2:41 PM

    First of all my predictions in the thread came true. I knew from the beginning that Pakistan can pull out one match as fluke always favours the fools. 2-1 it is, check out the thread.

    Malik’s LOVE for Akmal is blind BUT, the whole world is NOT blind and you can see what Osman Samiuddin has written just an hour after the series lost.

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakvsl/content/current/story/387686.html

    Akmal unworthy of selection
    Osman Samiuddin in Lahore
    January 24, 2009

    So complacent to Kamran Akmal’s failings have we become that the issue is no longer a debating point. (AKMAL’S UGLY BOOTHA IS HERE)

    Nothing illustrates more aptly the emptiness of whatever method and merit there is to Pakistan’s current thinking than the continued selection of Kamran Akmal as a first-choice wicketkeeper.

    For about three years now, without exaggeration, Akmal has missed nearly a chance per match – an ODI – on average, sometimes more. This series has not bucked any trends. He missed a stumping today and dropped a catch in Karachi’s second ODI. His glove work to spinners in particular is, to be blunt, appalling, as if the ball and gloves both carry negative charges. Clean takes are seen as often as dry eyes in an Obama speech.

    Shahid Afridi in ODIs has now joined Danish Kaneria in Tests as a repeat victim of Akmal’s ineptitude; catches, stumpings, byes given away like every day is Eid. Geoffrey Boycott’s great grandmother was an even bet to complete today’s stumping off Shoaib Malik (Stevie Wonder, according to bookies, was the odds-on favourite).

    So complacent to his failings have we become that the issue is no longer a debating point. Sarfraz Ahmed was tried half-heartedly last year. He did little wrong but was dropped as soon as a new selection committee came in and nobody peeped. Akmal returned, as if to the manor born, amid cautious assessment that he had improved. It was tosh, swiftly evidenced in three missed chances against West Indies in Abu Dhabi.

    If the issue is brought up, with selectors, team-mates, the captain even, it is said his batting makes up for it, as it did admittedly in Abu Dhabi. It is the curse Adam Gilchrist has left the game that poor wicketkeepers around the world are excused if only they know which side of the bat to hold. Akmal can bat, but that is not the same thing as making up for his follies. And anyway a player’s value to a side is not a balance book that you even out at the end.

    By scoring a fifty, you do not automatically make up for two catches missed earlier. A dropped chance is not just calculated in the runs made thereafter. The very mood, circumstances, and momentum of a game changes; if a wicketkeeper is the touchstone from whom fielders take their cue, then at least one reason why Pakistan are so inconsistent in the field is clear. At the risk of stating the obvious – and it obviously needs stating – a player’s value is to be judged only by what he adds, not a total sum of his failings from his positives.

    But if his batting is to be used as a persistent defence, if we are to go down that road, then there isn’t much there either. In his last 49 matches, he averages 21 with a single hundred against Bangladesh and two fifties. Charitably, there are perhaps four match-changing ODI knocks in three years. So no, let’s not go down that road.

    Akmal had something when he first cemented his place in the side. In Australia, India, the West Indies and at home against England over 2004 and 2005, he was a good wicketkeeper as well as batsman. To spin, he was safe, often spectacular. But he hasn’t had it for a long, long time. This may have been a poor patch sometime ago, but it is now turning into a horrid half-life. In this form, he might not catch a cold in an epidemic.

    Yet as sure as day follows night, there will be no calls for replacing or resting Akmal for a while. For Shoaib Akhtar there will be screams, for Afridi there are perennial daggers. But Akmal will go on, Pakistan’s Mr Teflon, on whom no criticism (or catch) sticks. It is said that he is particularly close to Malik. This much is true that Malik has repeatedly insisted Akmal be retained through this period. He even called him, a little while back, the second-best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world, after Gilchrist, which should invite defamation lawsuits from Kumar Sangakkara and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to say nothing of Brendon McCullum.

    Predictably, Malik defended his performance again today. “This is the same Akmal who has won Pakistan matches from difficult situations. Catches are dropped by all wicketkeepers and one or two in recent matches doesn’t make a difference. We have to keep the future in mind and not put pressure on him,” he said.

    Sadly the thinking is emblematic not just of a cricket culture where merit is often wholly forsaken and mediocrity repeatedly rewarded for the sake of a personal connection, but of an entire nation.

    *****

    This is Shoaib Malak & Kamran Khatmal’s Pyar Bharee Dastan. The Khatmal is not in Malak’s bed but in his pants crawled somewhere up and died.

  106. #106 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2009 - 3:06 PM

    MALAK AND AKMAL MUST BE OUT OF THE TEAM.


    Malik is the root cause of ALL the problems
    , his continued support towards Akmal has created ill feelings among the rest of the team members. His jingoistic approach has done even worst damage to the Pakistan team i.e., when he insist on playing players only from Punjab and not from any other province.

    So much has been said and written by sports journalists, critics, experts, ex-players and commentators of different countries that Akmal is a lousy wicketkeeper and his current form is horrible. He drops catches every now and then and yet he is selected. And the person who is protecting his ass is his mentor, guardian, sissy Malik. Therefore, Malik must be axed too along with Akmal and there has to be a fair chance for others to show their worthiness. Otherwise, Pakistan’s cricket is DOOMED.

    When Rao Ifti got 4 wickets everyone praised his bowling, I did not because I know he is not a great bowler, he is a mediocre who can bowl well on a day but not on a regular basis, he is not a wicket taker and a match winner, once in blue moon if has performed well, does not place him at par with the other great bowlers. Today he showed that he has no temperament for a crunch match. This is not the first time, against SL and India both he got similar treatment in crucial matches.

    Today (except Umar Gul) the bowling department was not even club level standard and to top it up with Pakistan’s batting and fielding and Akmal’s keeping it was worst than a gulli level cricket match.

    When a team displays such pathetic performance on a repeated basis, it is the leader needs to step down and this applies everywhere be it politics, economics or sports. But, Malik is such a dimwit dolt, that he has again backed Akmal today by saying: “This is the same Akmal who has won Pakistan matches from difficult situations. Catches are dropped by all wicketkeepers and one or two in recent matches doesn’t make a difference. We have to keep the future in mind and not put pressure on him.”

    It sounds like a husband defending his wife who is wrongly being accused and pressurized what a Nincompoop Malak is. How stupid of him to say this? That is why I say both must be fired.

    At the TOP in the PCB, the stinking Butt and his old fart Saleem Altaf needs to fired too.

  107. #107 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 25, 2009 - 4:02 AM

    Mr Khanshab we really need to groom in Imran Nazir and Farhat as a stabled opening pair as they know each other well and bat very well together in there..….. Abdul

    Abdul where do you want to groom them, in a stable or a dairy farm? It they go there then, where would you place Malik and Akmal, in a poultry farm? They also know each other very well and gel very well. They are like a hand in glove, whose hand in whose glove? Or, which hand in which glove? Don’t ask me, just make a guess yourself. And, I must say that their match is made in heaven. No wonder why Malik keeps showing his Adam’s apple to Akmal?

    Ps.
    I am not smiling.

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