THIS TEAM NEEDS A REVAMP

Pakistan’s humiliating loss to Sri Lanka displayed everything that we on LS have spoken about numerous times; pathetic captaincy, favouritism towards certain players, lack of unity and lack of planning. Javed A Khan in his preview of the series predicted a 2-1 victory for Sri Lanka and how true did that come! 2-1 on paper does not appear that humiliating, but one needs to analyse how Sri Lanka came back at Pakistan and the margins of defeat in the 2nd and 3rd ODI. In the 2nd ODI Pakistan lost by 129 runs and in the 3rd it was an unbearable margin of 234 runs.

Malik was pathetic as captain as usual

Malik was pathetic as captain as usual

Malik in the post-match ceremoy again tried to blame other factors for the defeat instead of his captaincy, citing that it is difficult if the team has not played much cricket, but if that was the case why did the team even bother practising before the commencement of this series? And what was the point playing in the Q&A Trophy if it would have been difficult beating Sri Lanka? Malik might as well have stayed at home flying kites in Sialkot, or spent time with Sayali Bhagat in India.

Why is it that only inside Pakistan Malik gets bundles of support,

Pathetic Akmal needs to go- should have been sacked 3 years ago

Pathetic Akmal needs to go- should have been sacked 3 years ago

but outside Pakistan people consider him to be an idiot? Malik commands no respect from any cricketer outside Pakistan, whether that is Dhoni, Jayawardene or Greame Smith. Further, all foreign commentators have been extremely critical of Malik and just cannot understand why Malik keeps making ridiculous decisions. Dominic Cork is the latest addition to Malik’s critics, asking why Malik is so defensive and why he keeps making silly mistakes like not using Gul for his total quota of 10 overs and sending Akmal to bat at no 4? Malik’s captaincy was laughable in this series; in particular, he made some very basic errors in field placing to the benefit of the likes of Dilshan, Kandamby and Sangakkara.

Sarfraz is batting like a proper batsman in domestic cricket and he averages more than Akmal in first class

Sarfraz is batting like a proper batsman in domestic cricket and he averages more than Akmal in first class

Akmal was again a major disappointment. He dropped about 4-5 catches and missed a very crucial stumping chance off Malik today. What is it about Akmal that Malik finds so attractive? For 3 years Akmal has been a major liability in the keeping department. He has played a major part in ruining careers of Kaneria and Sami, and now he is playing a major part in destroying Afridi’s career. He dropped 3 catches off Afridi this series. Again, most international commentators, from Robin Jackman, to Tony Creig to Dominic Cork have been highly critical of Akmal’s keeping and puzzled as to why Sarfraz Ahmed is not being encouraged, yet we keep seeing Akmal again and again. I remember how Jackman and Ian Bishop in some series kept asking  Waqar Younis and Ramiz Raja, “Why is Sarfraz not being played?” and “What is he doing sitting on the bench?” but

Ramiz- along with Waqar, very biased in commentary

Ramiz- along with Waqar, very biased in commentary

Ramiz and Waqar provided no answers.

Speaking of Ramiz and Waqar, what is their problem anyway? They have been silent on criticising Malik and giving Akmal his due. Isn’t the job of a commentator to be neutral and call a spade, a spade? Ramiz Raja on his TV show frequently supports Malik and Akmal when discussing cricket with his friends. Ramiz is usually Pakistan’s only saving grace in the commentary box with his suave appearance, reasonably good command of English and wit, yet observing his bias is an unpleasant experience.

Any reason left now to offer any more support to Akhtar?

Any reason left now to offer any more support to Akhtar?

It will be unfair to square the blame only on Malik and Akmal, but these two players have definitely tried their best to demoralise the team owing to their constant failures in their respective roles. Shahid Afridi risks being dropped permanently after failing to shine with both ball and bat, although Akmal’s lack of support behind the stumps has dented Afridi’s confidence completely. Yet, most fans expected better from Afridi this series. Shoaib Akhtar was thought to make a difference in this series, but he was the worst bowler and let the team down completely. For over a year Javed A Khan and myself have asked for Shoaib to be sacked from the team, yet Shoaib has many admirers who have lived in denial and accused myself and Javed A Khan for making these statements for controversial reasons. Yet, Javed A Khan and myself have always been on the dot with Shoaib’s performance and attitude. He is history.

The team needs someone like Fawad Alam, who is mature, left

Seriously, what more does he have to do to get into the team?

Seriously, what more does he have to do to get into the team?

handed and can provide some stability in the middle order. Ever since the ABN AMRO T20 Cup in 2006, Fawad has been imperious in domestic cricket.  He is unique in the sense that apart from Misbah he is the only player averaging more than 40 in all forms of domestic cricket in Pakistan. Nothing is guaranteed in life except death and taxes, and there is no guarantee Fawad will become the next Brian Lara. But, as far as deserving chances to perform goes, no player deserves it more than Fawad Alam.

Fawad Alam’s stats compared with other batsmen:

Name                    Format                               Average

Shoaib Malik      First Class (4 day)             29

Shoaib Malik        List A    (one day)            39

Shoaib Malik         T20                                      42

Younis Khan        First class                           51

Younis Khan        List A                                   35

Younis Khan        T20                                       25

Misbah ul Haq     First class                           51

Misbah ul Haq      List A                                  46

Misbah ul Haq       T20                                     43

Mohd Yousuf         first class                           51

Mohd Yousuf        List A                                   41

Mohd Yousuf         T20                                      17

Fawad Alam First class                         57

Fawad Alam List A                                 44

Fawad Alam T20                                  41

Hence, you can see Fawad Alam generally has better stats than everyone except Misbah ul Haq,

Future captain of Pakistan

Future captain of Pakistan?

and compared to Misbah he has a higher first class average.

In conlusion, enough is enough and a revamp is definitely needed. PCB needs to stop destroying cricket and use the right players. Akmal needs to be replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed, Malik needs to be replaced by Fawad Alam and Shahid Afridi needs to be kept on his toes. The PCB will not make Afridi the captain, so perhaps it is in Afridi’s best interests to resign from international cricket rather than face the humiliation of being sacked permanently. With Younis still confused about captaincy and Misbah suffering from finding his role in the team and inconsistency, Umar Gul is perhaps the best option for captaincy, as he is the only player with a defined role, proven track record and required aggression and commitment. So, my vote for Pakistan’s future captain is Umar Gul. He should hope, however, that Akmal doesn’t start dropping catches off his bowling too!

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  1. #1 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 3:47 PM

    Is it a coincidence that whatever Javed A Khan and myself have been saying about Malik and Akmal has been repeated in almost the same words by Osman Samiuddin?

    Now will anyone accuse Osman of regionalism? This guy writes for the most popular cricket site on the Web, if he says something controversial he will be sacked.

    Short of the words “regionalism” and “ethnic jingoism”, Osman has said everything we have been saying, from the slipshod treatment of Sarfraz, to preferential treatment of Akmal to the “personal connection” between Akmal and Malik. If Osman would have said “regionalism”, he would definitely have been sacked.

    People who think we say these things due to regional biases, are biased themselves and owe us an apology.

  2. #2 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 3:58 PM

    When Pakistan beat Sri Lanka last year, SL were without their key players. I think they didn’t have either Murali or Mendis, or both. They also didn’t have Vaas, and I think they were also playing without Sangakkara.

    So Malik’s supporters who gloat about his success rate against minnows should also consider what kind of teams Pakistan has been playing.

  3. #3 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 4:09 PM

    I’m pasting this comment of some blogger who writes about cricket on a different site:

    Shoaib Malik is the most embarassing captain I have ever seen in the 30+ years I have been following Pakistani cricket.

    Whatever you thought of characters like Imran, Miandad, Waqar, Inzi etc – you always knew they were giving their best for their country.

    They either had good leaderships skills, or interpersonal skills, or could inspire a team with their batting or bowling etc.

    For me, Malik does none of the above.

    He gets sulky, moody, takes things personally, lacks any charisma or spark.

    He inspires nobody. Because he cannot.

    He is our problem – NO ONE in the team wants to play for ‘him’

  4. #4 by khansahab on January 24, 2009 - 6:00 PM

    A terrible day at the office

    Osman Samiuddin in Lahore

    January 24, 2009

    Perhaps it was just that the shock of it was too much, but Shoaib Malik’s press conference after Pakistan’s heaviest defeat (in terms of runs) was surprisingly – and happily – free of rancour.

    There was no screaming and shouting of accusations – not questions – generally associated with such losses, no ultra-defensive responses from an ultra-sensitive captain. About the only concern from it was how unperturbed Malik seemed by Pakistan’s loss, eager to wash it off as just a bad day at the office.

    A bad day might mean you turn up to the office late, get told off by the boss and spend the rest of it in an unproductive sulk. An equivalent for what Pakistan produced today would be not turning up at all, then calling up the boss, telling him he’s an incompetent idiot and expecting to turn up the next day, job still safe.

    Malik’s men were an unthinking mess today, the day it mattered most. Even in the only period – the first 15 overs of their fielding – when things, fortune apart, seemed to go their way, they were wasteful. Salman Butt let a chance from Tillakaratne Dilshan go through him at point when he was on 1; it has happened often enough to make a nonsense of Malik’s equally unthinking defense of it.

    Today, and many times previous, he has repeated that anyone can drop catches and that everybody does it. The points he misses, or chooses to ignore, is, one, others doing it doesn’t make it right that you continue to do so. Two, Pakistan still miss more than most.

    From there on, the day got worse. The middle overs of Sri Lanka’s batting were bereft of threat as Malik, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal neither stopped runs nor took wickets. It has been a recent pattern, and though Afridi generally provides a handy run-controlling option, he rarely looks like unlocking a strong middle order.

    “Whenever a batsman is settled in and gets a good start, the bowling automatically becomes defensive in that period,” Malik said. “To get someone out then is difficult if the start is a decent one and the aim is to bowl as many dot-balls as possible in that time.”

    A re-jig in Pakistan’s batting order as they began their chase didn’t help the situation. Younis Khan opened instead of Salman Butt, apparently because Butt had been off the field for the last two overs of Sri Lanka’s innings. Thus, he couldn’t come out to bat until that time had passed and it wasn’t revealed whether he had to so urgently go off the field as to disrupt team planning or whether they just had not thought about it.

    In any case the chase was not going to be an easy one, given the target and the conditions. The first overs of both innings were crucial; Mahela Jayawardene praised his openers for fighting that period out before opening up. Malik was left to rue his top-order not surviving it, crashing to 30 for 6. “The first ten overs were difficult given the conditions, but they were crucial,” he said. “The lights were on and the ball was swinging and seaming around. The overcast weather didn’t help either.”

    The end result was Pakistan again producing an inconsistency against a strong team that boggles the rational mind. Not to worry, Malik assured everyone. They are on the job, though the nuts and bolts of the plan were absent. “Overall, I think consistency is a problem with Pakistan, but we are working on it. Any team can collapse on a given day. You can’t decide about players and teams on just one match. Every day is a new day and we will work to improve in all three areas.”

    Eighteen months into his captaincy, a similar mantra to explain each loss, perhaps it’s time Malik got started.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2009 - 8:12 PM

    khansahab

    You don’t need to be Einstein to find out whats wrong with the Pakistan team.

    The first and foremost thing is LEADERSHIP which is zilch in Malik’s case in fact it is very negative.

    The second is to instill motivation and inspiration he doesn’t know the meaning or the existence of such words or qualities. Whatever decisions he takes any dimwit paindoo wouldn’t do that, so his decisions reflects his worth.

    Third is
    the utilization of the given resources, Malik has no idea about it. He thinks that good or bad, Sialkotians are his biggest assets and the rest are nothing. And, losing a match is no big deal, because only one team can win. So, what if we have lost?

    I don’t know how Osman Samiuddin calculated 18 months. Malik was captain in May 2007 it comes to almost 21 months. Besides, Malik is not new in the team he has been playing international cricket for almost 10 years and he is still a baby? WTF? Why are his supporters always using this defense to support him that he is still a very YOUNG CAPTAIN? How big is a piece of string is? If he was married he would have had 8 children by now (I am giving 2 years break for Akmal…. oooops I mean his wife to recuperate in between). Reportedly, Malik is still a virgin.

    He is such a disgrace for Pakistan for making such idiotic post match comments each time, even the Druggie Asaf must be embarrassed in front of Malak’s Ch2yapay.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2009 - 8:34 PM

    khansahab

    A very good thread and very good analysis of the series and your suggestions on revamping the team are absolutely necessary but, the Butt Head idiots and his fart catchers will not let this happen. Malik will lead the team in the test matches against Sri Lanka and you will see that it is bound to happen. At the most they will replace Akmal with Sarfaraz and thats it.

    They hate Afridi for obvious reasons and they will NEVER make him the captain. But, on your suggestion of making Umar Gul as the future captain I don’t agree with that because Gul doesn’t have that quality, not as yet. Also, he hasn’t cemented his place as an indispensable member of the team. Yes, he is the best bowler at the moment and he gained that reputation since the T20 WC by bowling in the death overs. In between Sohail Tanvir also emerged and we have seen the Rise and Fall of Tanvir and that is mainly because of his attitude.

    Making Gul as captain of the team is a bit too early, he needs to focus more on his bowling because he is the only wicket taking bowler in the T20 and 50 over game. In test matches it is different, we need work horses and young blood combined with good quality spinners and definitely a wicketkeeper who doesn’t have holes everywhere that balls keep going through them and not being held when they are needed. Otherwise there is no better “Chukkoo” wicketkeeper than Akmal, he does that very well in holding Malik’s balls using velvet gloves.

    About Fawad Alam, I did mention in the previous thread that its a shame that he is not even in the squad, it would have made a big difference if he was played instead of Saeed Ajmal, both the bowling and batting departments would have strengthened with his inclusion. Saeed Ajmal is just a mediocre even the out of form Kaneria can do better than him anytime. This team selection based on regionalism will KILL CRICKET IN PAKISTAN and must stop now.

    The revamping is need not just at the team level but also the PCB ghetto needs revamping. You need professionals to run an organization and it is not a Jaagir (Estate) that belongs to the Ex-Players only.

  7. #7 by Awas on January 24, 2009 - 9:32 PM

    A truly disgusting performance by Pakistan. If this match and the series don’t make the decision makers to rid Pakistan of Malik and Akmal then I don’t know what will?

    Other than for a very short time that Akmal first came on the scene his keeping has been an utter disaster all along.

    Osman Samiuddin, as always, has written a really good piece. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and most of us seem to have the ability to call spade a spade, the only difference is the choice of words.

    There is no doubt that Javed and khansahab indeed have been critical of Malik and Akmal but I fail to think of any person here who has rooted for such players for a long time. Even for Shoaib Akhtar I can hardly think of anyone who now favors his inclusion. Before the series started, I even chose to exclude his name out when we were choosing a preferable eleven, to be replaced by Sohail Khan.

    Javed, an exact series result is a very difficult thing to predict in cricket. It’s not even possible for a team to do so as every team wants to win every game but congratulations on a correct prediction. There is no doubt Rao Ifti is a mediocre bowler and I don’t think anyone thinks he is another W&W either. Taking 4 wickets is undoubtedly worth at least getting a pat on the back but I don’t recall “everyone praised his bowling”. It was pretty obvious that Gul was the difference for his initial breakthrough. When I was watching it live on the internet, after his three wickets it instinctively made me comment “Go Gul go…” even though Ifti had taken his four by then.

    Much that I would love to see Afridi back at his best but realistically his chances are slim after a long batting drought. When a batsman comes out to bat with a bat in his hands that is his destiny. From that moment it just becomes a game of bat and ball. Whatever has been conspired to be done against him, it’s not as though he had been made to sit out of the eleven in the games that Pakistan has played so far. I have always rooted for Younus. Now that the tests are coming, after this disaster, I can only think of Younus as the first choice for captain and Gul as his deputy to be groomed. Both have no blemishes so to speak off.

  8. #8 by Ali Ahad on January 25, 2009 - 1:03 AM

    It is really a sad day for Pakistan Cricket. I had put my alaram to watch the match live but thank god I hit the off button instead of snooze. We really need to revamp the team I am not sure what’s the thought process of PCB by keeping Malik as Captain, I guess make the team loose against every major team. I think Malik major theory is to get rid off all the senior players and become the team monitor of the juniors where he has succeeded so far.

    I think Lala should open the innings and that will give him confidence. I remember in 1997 Carlton and United series in Austrailia Inzy was going through the same kind of patch and Mushtaq Mohammed the coach asks him to open so he can face maxium amount of deliveries and I believe in second or third innings he scored 60 odd runs and he get back into his groove.

    As far as captaincy is concerned Shoaib should realize that he is not the captaincy material and he should relinquish the post like other great and good players. I think he is getting good as a player. I will have him in the team but not in the Test eleven. Now something about Show Actor I still belive that he still has something to offer but with his growing age I think he should be used in short spells or may be a first change.

    The lesson learned in this series replace the captain and remove that Akmal for good because that @$$ hole is good for nothing. The players are there all they need to gel togather and play like a team. After this humiliating defeat I hope the selectors should give a deep thought about the team.

  9. #9 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 1:13 AM

    Ali Ahad

    I agree with you on all points and it was good to see your comment after such a long time.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 25, 2009 - 3:27 AM

    “MORON” MALIK’S CAPTAINCY

    Something is rotten in the state of Pakistan cricket. No matter what’s been said about a ‘united’ team, the truth is that the players are deeply divided

    Sunday, January 25, 2009
    By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI:
    Almost two years after kicking off a so-called rebuilding campaign following a humiliating first-round exit from the 2007 World Cup, Pakistan seem to have covered little ground.

    It’s quite obvious that something is terribly wrong in the Pakistan camp and concrete actions will have to be taken to ensure that the Greenshirts don’t falter again in the 2011 World Cup that which is to be co-hosted by Pakistan with its South Asian neighbors.

    The embarrassing 234-run loss against Sri Lanka — Pakistan’s heaviest defeat in One-day Internationals — in the series finale in Lahore on Saturday makes it evident that any claims by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) or the national team management that everything is falling in place are widely off the mark.

    Sri Lanka are hardly an in-form team, something that was quite evident from the below-par showing in the low-profile ODI triangular in Bangladesh earlier this season involving the hosts and minnows Zimbabwe. Pakistan, too, exposed their weaknesses in an emphatic eight-wicket triumph in the series opener in Karachi earlier this week.

    The way Sri Lanka fought back to win the series doesn’t only highlight their killer instinct but also underlines the fact something is rotten in the state of Pakistan cricket.

    Some extensive investigations carried out by ‘The News’ have revealed that no matter what the Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik and the team officials say about having united the team, the truth of the matter is that the players are deeply divided, like the way they were when Pakistan fell at the very first hurdles in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa and the 2007 spectacle in the Caribbean.

    Information gathered from various sources indicates that Malik is hardly acting as a binding force. In fact, apart from a few of his close buddies in the team, most players are wary of him and suspect his motives each time he wants a change in the team.

    Senior players see him as an insecure captain, somebody who doesn’t really deserve his place in the Pakistan Test squad.

    Players like premier batsman Mohammad Yousuf and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq — once regarded as candidates for the Pakistan captainship — have openly accused Malik for hatching conspiracies against them to cement his own position as the Pakistan captain.

    Well-placed sources have informed this correspondent that such allegations are not without some truth.

    According to an insider, Malik has spent the best part of his first two-year tenure as captain trying to convince the PCB top brass and national selectors that the national team will be better off without the services of several senior players.

    “Malik used to bring a list of five players, whom he wanted out of the Pakistan team. From day one, he was against Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan and even Umar Gul,”
    said the insider who was present at the meetings held between the selectors and the national team management during 2007 and 2008.

    According to the insider, Malik was instrumental in getting Yousuf’s name omitted from squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World championship in South Africa in 2007. It was a snub that forced Yousuf to defect to the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

    Yousuf was later persuaded to quit ICL and join the official Indian Premier League (IPL) by former PCB chief Nasim Ashraf, but the damage was done. Last November, Yousuf — easily Pakistan’s most accomplished batsman in recent years — rejoined the ICL after failing to find a place in the twenty20 squad for a four-nation event in Canada.

    Earlier this week, Malik publicly criticised seasoned pacer Shoaib Akhtar for his lack of commitment after a crushing defeat in the second one-dayer. That he first chose to speak to the media about Shoaib’s fitness and commitment before talking to his bowler first said a lot about Malik’s intentions and his skills as a captain.

    “Most senior players believe that they are on Malik’s hit-list,” said a source in the Pakistan camp.

    “Yousuf was the first one. Then it was Shoaib and the next could be Afridi. Younis and others could follow if Malik continues to enjoy the support of the PCB top brass,” added the source.

    Another source said that Malik’s guns don’t just target the senior players. “It was Malik who persuaded the current selectors to drop Fawad Alam from the squad for the series against Sri Lanka,” said the source referring to the talented all-rounder from Karachi.

    Fawad is making his bones as a reliable middle-order batsman, who can be used as a spinner. Many experts believe the boy has a bright future in international cricket.

    But Fawad, who scored a triple century on a tour of Kenya with the Pakistan Academy last summer and has been scoring prolifically in domestic games, wasn’t even picked in a 15-man squad for the series against Sri Lanka.

    It feels like deja vu. Under Inzamam-ul-Haq in 2006, Pakistan seemed like a disjointed lot with little unity among the players.

    Little seems to have changed under Malik, who was handpicked to succeed Inzamam by former PCB chief Nasim Ashraf after the World Cup fiasco.

    While Inzamam managed to get away with his incompetence as captain mainly because he was a very accomplished batsman — one of the best in the world — it’s surprising that Malik too have enjoyed the support of the concerned authorities though he is hardly in the same league as Inzamam.

    At best, Malik is a good all-rounder, who can be used as a utility played in limited overs cricket. Mohammad Yousuf certainly has a point. Malik is hardly an automatic choice for Tests.

    Pakistan’s dilemma is that their cricket chiefs firmly believe that Malik is currently their best option as captain.

    But will a player, who can hardly bind a team together, ever become a good captain. It’s quite unlikely.

    During his two years as captain, Malik’s Pakistan have hardly clicked when it mattered most. They did reach the World Twenty20 championship final but lost in the title clash to India. They did win a tri-nation title in Bangladesh and repeated similar success in the ODI series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi.

    But the success part covers a small chapter in what is a story of disappointments.

    The back-to-back defeats in Test and ODI series at home in the fall of 2007 followed by similar losses on the tour of India that year. The list also includes Pakistan’s failure to even reach the Asia Cup on home soil last summer. And now the humiliating defeats at the hands of Sri Lanka.

    Pakistan cricket’s think-tank — if any such group exists — needs to take a long hard look at the situation. What happened in Lahore on Saturday is the sort of wake-up call that cannot be ignored. The 2011 World Cup is two years away and there is still time to take sweeping measures. Whether the PCB will take them, however, is a different question.

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 25, 2009 - 3:51 AM

    Sri Lanka will now be playing against India, so lets see how they perform over there. But, I doubt even if they loose, they will not loose as badly as Pakistan did against SL, especially the third ODI.

    People like Ramiz Raja and Waqar Younus who were commentating for the match tried to cover up Kamran Akmal’s blemishes especially the repeated dropped catches in this series and the dolly stumping chance that he missed, they completely ignored it and started discussing something else as if nothing happened! And, Ramiz in particular is full of praise for Shoaib Malik despite the fact that Malik had earlier snubbed the later when he was interviewing him at the end of a farcical end to a domestic tournament final match sponsored by ABN-AMRO.

    I don’t see why a person like Ramiz is openly supporting Shoaib Malik? Whereas, the rest of the world is so critical about his stupid decision making and jingoistic approach that is ruining the game of cricket in Pakistan.

    People are writing articles in almost all the leading news papers in the country and abroad about Malik’s stupidities and yet it is Ramiz, who thinks on the same lines as he mentioned on TV sometime ago that, the best fast bowlers in the world are Punjabis because of their diet! I think he is thinking on the same lines and praising Sissy Malik’s “Brain Muscles” and trying to prove that the Punjabi blood that is running in the veins of this genius is the reason for him to be the BEST thick head Captain Pakistan has ever produced? Little does he realizes that he is causing so much embarrassment and humiliation to the nation with is stupidities and absurdities. This is Gyraiin-ism at its best.

    I think it is time for the people to demand the ouster of Malik and appoint a new captain for the TEST SERIES and give Malik a white thinking hat and a corner chair.

  12. #12 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 10:24 AM

    Inzamam blames Yousuf absence for Pakistan’s humiliating defeat

    Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq believes Pakistan paid the price for excluding premier batsman Mohammad Yousuf from its line-up by suffering a humiliating 234-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the final game of the ODI series in Lahore Saturday.

    Inzamam told a TV channel that the absence of experience players like Yousuf has weakened Pakistan.

    “It was bad for the Pakistani team,” said Inzamam who resigned as Pakistan captain and later retired after leading Pakistan in what turned out to be a catastrophic campaign in the 2007 World Cup.

    “The reasons behind such a defeat are lack of international games and absence of experienced players like Mohammad Yousuf.”

    Yousuf was banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after he defected to the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) last November. Yousuf later accused Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik of treating him shabbily and said that he was forced to join the ICL because of it.

    Inzamam captained the ICL team – Lahore Badshahs – for which Yousuf played in the ICL.

    Chasing 310 to win the series Saturday evening, Pakistan were bowled out for a mere 75 to suffer one of their worst defeats in ODIs.

  13. #13 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 10:26 AM

    Minor mistakes, huge difference

    Date: 25 January, 2008(Sunday)

    Umar Farooq Kalson

    Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 234 runs in the final one-day international to win the three match series and handed over the home team their worst ever heaviest run defeat in ODI at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore. Shoaib Malik once again came up with his old fairy tale of disappointment for losing, learnt lesson, every department must be improved etc.

    A minor error in a modern era of cricket could ruin the vista of the game; one couldn’t guess the disastrous aftermath of it. Salman Butt dropping of Tillakaratne Dilshan’s million dollar catch at point region when at 1, encourages him to play with unbolt heart and with more durability, and later the same Mahela Jayawardene’s versatile player knocked a splendid unbeaten hundred to set up a enormous target for the error maker.

    A situation when mania is almost against you, obviously you have plans to execute and its observable plans do droops but you never stop thinking and planning; if plan A fails you have an automatic choice of plan B which perhaps could safe you from sinking but could offer you another chance of victory.

    A giant target of 310 is always impossible to chase but never was, is and will impossible, but apparently when your plan A has botched and meanwhile you already sowed a reason to be spoiled your plan B by letting your opening specialist batsman off the field for last two overs of Sri Lanka’s innings, who never returned in the field before the innings closed.

    “According to ICC’s playing rules and regulation batsman must not open the inning if he was off the field for atleast 10 minutes and Salman remained out for 11 minutes and that why we shuffled the batting order,” Pakistan’s A category central contracted player and captain Shoaib Malik revealed the reason of disordering the line-up in a post-match press conference.

    What unknown reason obligates the captain to bash out the common well-read code of cricket which even commonly used in club level cricket as well.

    Juggling up the skill and coincidence, skipper believes every day is new day you never perform exactly the same good effort. Kamran Akmal who again misses a stumps chance which has became habitual since one and half year. But his captain thinks in your own typical way, “How could we forget he is the same Akmal who has won lot of matches for Pakistan.”

    About how much time players would justify their survival in the team by concerning their past rare match saving performances and ignoring their ongoing worst one. Then how a captain anticipating the consistency from the team who himself ignores the technical aspect of consistency.

    It’s so easy to get through in admitting and blaming this and that, seeks some thing positive out of the failure, hopes for the best and then loops back in the same hymn. This is how Pakistan cricket runs and ruined.

  14. #14 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 10:28 AM

    Sack Shoaib Malik, says Mohammad Yousuf

    Pakistan’s top batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who is no longer eligible to play for the national team due to his Indian Cricket League link, on Sunday called for the sacking of Shoaib Malik as the captain following his below-par leadership against Sri Lanka.

    Yousuf held Malik responsible for Pakistan’s humiliating 234 runs defeat to Sri Lanka in the final one-day match in Lahore.

    “Any team can win or lose matches but the spineless manner in which we lost the game was very disappointing. There was no sign of any proper planning or the captain being in control throughout the match,” Yousuf said.

    Yousuf said unless the Cricket Board immediately changed the captain and brought in a more senior player to lead the team, Pakistan would suffer worse defeats against stronger opposition.

    “We have just lost to Sri Lanka now but if they don’t change the captain we will face bigger defeats against teams like South Africa, Australia and India,” he said.

    Yousuf has been involved in a war of words with Malik since he joined the ICL last November a move that took the Pakistan cricket community by surprise.

    Yousuf one of Pakistan’s finest batsmen in recent years with 79 Test appearances behind him blamed the attitude of the Board and Malik towards him for his decision to join the ICL.

    Yousuf said that even if he had been in the team it could have lost to Sri Lanka but he pointed out what was important was that a captain led by example.

  15. #15 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 11:14 AM

    Javed A Khan

    About Ramiz’s argument that the best fast bowlers are from Punjab:

    I think bowlers from NWFP have done pretty well. Fazl e Akbar has always been a wicket taker at domestic level but for whatever reason he could not replicate the performance at international level.

    Sohail Khan is a pretty good prospect. Some people think he was mediocre in the Lahore match, but overall Malik and Ramiz both accepted his bowling was decent.

    Umar Gul is now the best fast bowler in Pakistan.

    Junaid Khan is another bowler who is taking many wickets. His record is on par with Mohammad Aamer’s.

    Nasim Ashraf’s policy of selection from remote and neglected areas resulted in Salahuddin Ahmad uncovering many good cricketers in NWFP. As far as bowling goes, if these guys are treated with encouragement and treated equally to other players in the team, I am sure they will perform and we will see many good fast bowlers.

    Since Pathans are normally considered to be hotheads, we don’t see high batting averages of many batsmen (Younis is an exception).

    Similarly we don’t see many good fast bowlers from Karachi (meaning, Urdu Speakers) because of shorter heights. However, their batsmen are more mature and patient. They are not big hitters, they play more like “proper batsmen”.

    I remember Zaheer Abbas was once asked why we don’t see many players from Karachi representing Pakistan at international level, and this was his answer,

    Nahin, dekhein Karachi walay zaada khatey peetey nahin hain toh lehaza unn mai jaan aur staminey ki kammi hoti hai………….”

    So Zaheer thinks your stamina level depends on how big your stomach is?

  16. #16 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 11:21 AM

    Clamour grows for Malik’s removal as captain

    Karachi: Captain Shoaib Malik has come under fire after Pakistan’s humiliating defeat against Sri Lanka with the alarm bells ringing in the cricket establishment, former players asking for his head and youngsters holding demonstrations.

    Former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq felt Malik has got to learn a lot about the art of captaincy.

    “Malik clearly needed to learn more about captaincy and handling pressure when the chips were down,” Inzamam said.

    Pakistan were bundled out for their lowest ever one-day score at home, 75 in the third match in Lahore on Saturday to hand Sri Lanka a 2-1 victory in the three-match series.

    He also said the absence of a senior batsmen like Mohammad Yousuf and poor form of Younis Khan left the batting line-up weak and fragile.

    “I said before this series that with Younis also out of form we don’t have batsmen who can play long innings. They are clearly missing Yousuf and his experience,” he said.

    Inzamam also called for the PCB to sack the chief curator who had prepared the pitches for the series.

    “I don’t understand what strategy they were working on. The pitch for the final match was just not the sort our batsmen are comfortable and home sides are supposed to take advantage of playing at home,” he noted.

    Former Test captain Zaheer Abbas said the Board needed to immediately appoint a batting coach for the team.

    “Any team can lose a match but not in this manner. Our batting has problems and the team needs a permanent batting coach to help and guide them out all the time,” Zaheer said.

    He said when the Board was spending so much on cricket it could easily attach coaches for batting, bowling and fielding with the team.

    Former captain Rashid Latif said there was no need to panic but felt it was obvious there were problems in the team. “I think the players, team management, selectors and Board need to sit down and work out things. Because such defeats can be very bad for any team,” Latif said.

    “We are fortunate we are not playing immediately but we need to sit down and start preparing for the Test series next month against Sri Lanka,” he added.

    Meanwhile, around 50 youngsters held a demonstration outside the main gate of the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore demanding that Malik be sacked and ICL players be reinstated.

    The Pakistan team which was bowled out for its lowest score at home yesterday, suffered their biggest defeat in terms of runs in one-day internationals.

    It was also Pakistan’s fourth lowest total in one-day internationals and the second biggest margin of victory between two Test playing nations.

    To make matters worse, Pakistan President and PCB Chief Patron Asif Ali Zardari is reportedly not happy with the performance of Board chairman Ejaz Butt so far.

    Pakistani players are due to attend a prize distribution ceremony, to be hosted by Zardari, of a domestic Twenty20 tournament in memory of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto at the Presidency tomorrow or on Tuesday.

  17. #17 by Awas on January 25, 2009 - 12:16 PM

    If Asif Ali Zardari is reportedly not happy with the performance of Board chairman Ejaz Butt so far then he should be ousted immediately along with Saleem Altaf.

    I’m surprised Rashid Latif who is usually quite far sighted just says “no need to panic”. If Malik continues to be supported then changes are definitely required in PCB too.

  18. #18 by Abdul on January 25, 2009 - 12:51 PM

    Pakistan’s defeat on Saturday was a humiliation and embarrassment. Simple as that. There were many factors which contributed to this fate which I’d like to underline below.

    Shoaib Malik has lacked the logic to succeed as a captain and is employing daft strategies which have a costly impact on the outcome of the game. I approved of Qadir’s suggestion of appointing a captain on a series to series basis and although his form was also below par in this series I’d preferably go along with Younis Khan.

    Pakistan also lacked a quality match winning spinner in there unit. In my opinion Shiad Afridi and Malik are neither that effective nor threatening and neither seems to trouble the batsmen a great deal and can be classified as ordinary customers. Sead Ajmal has never stood out for me and has recived many caps but is yet to make an impact. From the days when we used to visualise a mouth-watering experience in the 2 Mushtaq’s we are simply not opting for a specialist spinner which I find pathetic considering the amount of ability you have in this art. I would opt for Mansoor Amjad and Tahir Khan for odi cricket .

    As regards to batting I can only insist we will only become a top unit once we have the ICL guys back. Simple as that. The opening crisis continues and the simple answer to that is Farhat and Nazir who will play freely in their unique and flamboyant approach followed by Yousuf’s stability in the middle order.

    Here are my preferred team for different formats.

    ODI

    Imran Nazir
    Imran Frhat
    Younis Khan
    Mohammed Yosuf
    Shoaib Malik
    Fawad Alam
    Kamran Akmarl
    Mansoor Amjad
    Sohail Tanvir
    Umar Gul
    Sohail Khan

    Tahir Khan could also be utilised in expense for someone like Malik or Alam .

    T20
    Imran Nazir
    Imran Farhat
    Rana Naved
    Younis khan
    Shoiab Malik
    Misbah Ul Huq
    Kamran Akamrl
    Fawad Alam
    Sohail Tavir
    Mansoor Amjad
    Umar Gul

    I say forget even passing the semi final stages in the t20 world cup without ICL players !

    Looking ahead to test matches here is my preferred team…….

    Salman Butt
    Shoaib Malik
    Younis Khan
    Misbah Ul Huq
    Asim Kamal
    Fawad Alam
    Kamran Akamrl
    Sohail Tavir
    Umar Gul
    Danish Kaneria
    Tahir Khan/Mansoor Amjad/ Yasir Shah as second spinner

    Other than that we should perhaps play Sohial Khan or Mohammed Aamer in expense of a second spinner IF the pitch tends to suit seamers which I doubt.

    Prediction: 1-0 to Sri Lanka ,be prepared for defeat with the absence of Yousuf !

  19. #19 by Abdul on January 25, 2009 - 12:57 PM

    Meanwhile I saw the fall of wickets and I must give credit for some outstanding bowling display by the Sri Lankan’s. What a landmark Murali achieved to the clueless Pakistan tail.

    Some cracking shots from Umar Gul and the shot of the series by Younis Khan is the first over but other than that it was utterly shambolic. But I would say outstanding bowling than atrocious batting. The Sri Lankan’s now seem prepared for India in what should be an entertaining sub-continent rivalry.

    By the way did anyone see the Afridi dismissal? Did he have a brainwash? What a fool and that summarises his whole series!

  20. #20 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 1:05 PM

    Awas

    I also find it striking that Rashid Latif has been supporting Malik, although he is probably the type of person who would probably blow the whistle first if he thinks something is not right with the team.

    Rashid Latif has always wailed about regionalism and why Lahore is given more importance than Karachi.

    When he was captain he tried to get more players from Karachi like Faisal Athar but that did not help the team in any way.

    Big Abul

    Tahir Khan is a talented all rounder and he should have been chosen ahead of Saeed Ajmal, but Tahir is more of a Test standard bowler. He has a strike rate of 55 in first class games which is very good.

    Asim Kamal cannot be selected now because he is not a top performer in domestic cricket.

    For Test matches Pakistan does not have any world class opener. The closest thing Pakistan has probably seen to Test standard opening is Khurram Manzoor because he plays slow. Assuming Butt and Malik will not be dropped, I think this is the best XI:

    Butt
    Manzoor
    Younis
    Misbah
    Alam
    Malik
    Sarfraz
    Umar Gul
    Mohammad Talha
    Sohail Khan
    Danish Kaneria

    Reserves
    Tahir Khan
    Mohammad Aamer
    Azhar Ali
    Abdur Rauf/Samiullah Khan/Wahab Riaz

    What PCB must not do now is to exclude Manzoor for the Tests. They made the wrong decision to play him in ODI’s because he plays very patiently. If he has a future with Pakistan cricket, he needs to play in Tests.

  21. #21 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 1:20 PM

    By the way did anyone see the Afridi dismissal? Did he have a brainwash? What a fool and that summarises his whole series!

    Big Abul

    Are you squaring the blame of Pakastan’s defeat on Afridi only?

  22. #22 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 1:24 PM

    Retaining Malik as captain for indefinite period caused defeat

    Updated at: 1505 PST, Sunday, January 25, 2009

    LAHORE: Some senior players of the Pakistan cricket team did not accept by heart the Pakistan Cricket Board decision of Shoaib Malik retaining as captain for an indefinite period and this caused the national team’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the home series.

    Think-tank of the Pakistan cricket team including coach, assistant coach and captain has revealed after a record margin defeat of 234 runs against Sri Lanka that some senior players of the team are unhappy on PCB chairman Ijaz Butt’s decision of extending Shoaib Malik’s captaincy to an indefinite period.

    The senior players did not accept this decision which caused for Pakistan’s worst defeat.

    However, Shoaib Malik has secured support from wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and some junior players but other senior players are not ready to cooperate with Shoaib Malik nor they want to play with team spirit.

    Sources said that as Shoaib Malik was appointed captain for an indefinite period chances for some senior players to become captain have nearly been vanished. This is why they want to see Shoaib Malik flopped as captain.

    Salman Butt’s name has also been added to the names of some senior players as candidates for captaincy.

    Close circles of Shoaib Malik said that the most disappointing moment for them was that when Sri Lankan batsmen were hitting Shahid Afridi for fours and Shoaib Akhtar and Afridi were laughing looking at each other.

    Sources said that the captain should be appointed on series to series basis.

  23. #23 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 1:26 PM

    Salman Butt for captaincy? You must be joking!

  24. #24 by Awas on January 25, 2009 - 1:28 PM

    khansahab

    I totally agree with you on the type of whistle blower that Rashid Latif is. His statement does not necessarily mean that he supports Malik though. I will be surprised if anyone is supporting Malik actually other than Ejaz Butt and Saleem Altaf perhaps. That’s why I say they need to be ousted.

    If Rashid however tried to get more players from Karachi when captain then he may have had some valid reasons. It doesn’t necessarily mean regionalism. This is usually where I differ with other people. He is generally quite an astute guy but as a captain he was pretty ordinary too. As I often say there needs to be something special to be a leader, everyone can’t be picked as a captain at random. This is something that lacks in Pakistan’s strategy. Younis Khan was perhaps rightly groomed but only time will tell if given a chance. Otherwise it’s difficult to pin point who is an automatic choice as captain.

    Abdul

    Fair analyses on spinning conundrum at least coming from a spinner.

  25. #25 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 1:29 PM

    So is this some kind of conspiracy going on?

    The article in comment 27 states Afridi, Akhtar and some others are deliberately playing badly to make Malik appear weak. I remember reading Wasim sahab’s comment somewhere that Younis and Afridi play badly deliberately to weaken Malik’s position.

    However, there is another conspiracy cooking up that Akmal and Saeed Ajmal dropped catches deliberately off Afridi’s bowling to ensure his ouster from the team.

    So is this conspiracy working both ways?

  26. #26 by Awas on January 25, 2009 - 1:44 PM

    Well, something is definitely cooking with so many conspiracies going on. Pakistan should be barred from playing any cricket until they sort their house in order.

    This is utterly disgusting and shameful if any player is not playing for the honour of representing Pakistan and is instead conspiring against each other.

    Very hurtful for the fans!

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 25, 2009 - 3:13 PM

    THIS IS THE LATEST FROM THE DRUGGIE ASAF.

    “Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan fast bowler, has told the IPL drugs tribunal that the presence of nandrolone in his dope test during the tournament’s inaugural edition was the result of using eye drops which contained the banned substance.”

    It sounds like women can get pregnant through ORAL SEX. 🙂

  28. #28 by khansahab on January 25, 2009 - 5:58 PM

    Submit report explaining series loss to Lanka: PCB

    Miffed with the humiliating series loss to Sri Lanka, Pakistan Cricket Board has asked skipper Shoaib Malik, coach Intikhab Alam and team manager Yawar Saeed to submit a report outlining the reasons within 48 hours.

    PCB chairman Ejaz Butt said he was extremely disappointed with the way the hosts had surrendered themselves against the Lankans in the final match in Lahore yesterday.

    “I have asked the team management, the captain and coach to submit a report by Tuesday as to what went wrong in the final match and the series.

    “Obviously the board wants to know what has to be done to rectify the situation and set things right. We can’t tolerate such poor performances from anyone,” Butt told reporters after attending a meeting of the constitution committee in Lahore today.

    Pakistan was bowled out for its lowest one-day total in the match (75) and suffered its biggest defeat in terms of runs (234).

    Skipper Malik, coach Intikhab and chief selector Abdul Qadir have also been summoned by the Senate Standing Committee on sports on February 9 to Islamabad.

    The Senate committee has already summoned former board officials, including former chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf and chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi on the same day to explain the charges of financial mismanagement levied against them by the present board members.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 26, 2009 - 3:47 AM

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH IJAZ BUTT?

    He should stop gyrating his Big Butt for Asif the druggie. Aren’t there any other fast bowlers in Pakistan? Read, Butt’s stinking leaks…. reported in DAWN.

    KARACHI: The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt feels that paceman Mohammed Asif will be playing for Pakistan as soon as he is cleared by the doping authorities. Read detailed news by clicking on the link below:

    http://www.dawn.net/wps/wcm/connect/Dawn%20Content%20Library/dawn/news/cricket/asif-will-play-for-pakistan-soon-ijaz-butt–bi

    I don’t understand this partiality, nepotism, favouritism, jingoism, regionalism, whateverism you may call it, why the EFFF Butt wants to play that druggie again? Whether WADA, CAS, ICC, IPL take any decision. The Pakistan Cricket Board and the Government of Pakistan MUST BAN him for LIFE for bringing ill repute and disgrace to the nation and for embarrassing millions of people.

    WE DON’T WANT ASAF THE DRUGGIE
    WE DON’T WANT ASAF THE DRUGGIE

    I think we must file a petition to stop him from playing any kind of cricket, not even domestic.

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 26, 2009 - 3:57 AM

    I hope this is not a duplication?

    Sack Malik as captain, says Yousuf
    Monday, January 26, 2009
    LAHORE: Pakistan’s premier batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who is no longer eligible to play for the national team due to his Indian Cricket League (ICL) association, on Sunday called for the sacking of Shoaib Malik as the captain following his below-par leadership against Sri Lanka.

    Yousuf held Malik responsible for Pakistan’s humiliating 234 runs defeat to Sri Lanka in the final One-day match in Lahore.

    “Any team can win or lose matches but the spineless manner in which we lost the game was very disappointing. There was no sign of any proper planning or the captain being in control throughout the match,” Yousuf said.

    Yousuf said unless the Cricket Board immediately changed the captain and brought in a more senior player to lead the team, Pakistan would suffer worse defeats against stronger opposition.

    “We have just lost to Sri Lanka now but if they don’t change the captain we will face bigger defeats against teams like South Africa, Australia and India,” he said.

    Yousuf has been involved in a war of words with Malik since he joined the ICL last November a move that took the Pakistan cricket community by surprise.

    Yousuf said that even if he had been in the team it could have lost to Sri Lanka but he pointed out what was important was that a captain led by example.

    “I don’t see that leadership quality anywhere in this series. They say Malik is in his prime batting form and yet he can’t get past 50 runs. When he is required to bat up the order he is late because he is in the wash room. He doesn’t bowl when the heat is on,” Yousuf claimed.

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Hagora Malak.

    “We did well under captains like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Inzamam because they were established players first and had the respect of everyone as individual performers which is so important,” he noted.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 26, 2009 - 3:59 AM

    Sehwag plans to ‘demoralise’ Mendis
    Monday, January 26, 2009

    NEW DELHI: On the eve of the India cricket team’s departure for Sri Lanka for a one-day series, Virender Sehwag has sought to put the rivals on the back-foot, saying he had done his homework against spinner Ajantha Mendis and would not hesitate to attack him. READ MORE BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW.

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=159154

  32. #32 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 7:50 AM

    I know this news has already been pasted before but I want to emphasise what Senator Baig is saying about Malik:

    PCB demands report on Sri Lanka defeat

    Cricinfo staff

    The PCB has asked Shoaib Malik and the Pakistan team management to submit a detailed report on the 234-run loss to Sri Lanka in the series-deciding third ODI on Saturday. Malik, coach Intikhab Alam and chief selector Abdul Qadir have also been summoned by the senate’s sports committee to explain the reasons behind what was Pakistan’s biggest defeat in a one-dayer.

    After being set a target of 310, Pakistan had folded for 75, and could have been bowled out for even less, tottering at 22 for 6 at one stage. “The board wants to know what has to be done to rectify the situation and set things right,” Ijaz Butt, chairman of the PCB, said. “We can’t tolerate such poor performances from anyone.”

    The report has to be provided to the board by Tuesday, and the hearing with the senate committee is scheduled for February 9. Senator Enver Baig said he had discussed the defeat with other members of the committee, Tariq Mashadi and Haroon Akhtar, before deciding to summon the team management.

    “There is no unity and the captain has been unable to gel the boys together,” Baig told the News. “In the last game against Sri Lanka, Pakistan were worse than an ordinary club team. Such a performance is completely unacceptable.”

    The senate hearing had originally been called to probe the financial problems of the PCB, which the current board administration had blamed on the previous set-up led by Nasim Ashraf.

  33. #33 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 10:18 AM

    It pains me to see the error in judgement of the PCB.

    They are making committees and formulating reports about why Pakistan team can’t perform.

    It is still not too late to change the captain and get rid of demotivating influences in the team like Malik and Akmal.

  34. #34 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 2:14 PM

    How stupid that Inthikab Alam has taken full responsibility for Pakistan’s defeat.

    The PCB is trying its utmost to let Malik remain in the side. When Razzaq was dumped he said the PCB will start targeting senior players. I wasn’t bothered about him because he was performing very poorly, but Yousuf’s omission will hurt Pakistan unless they bring in someone like Fawad Alam and give him chances to adapt himself properly to international cricket.

    Similarly now Afridi’s career is hanging by a thread and it is very likely he will not be selected in the squad against Bangladesh. Pakistan will struggle to find someone who can bowl like him, field like him and also motivate players like he does.

  35. #35 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 2:28 PM

    Lawson unaware about eye drops used by Asif

    Geoff Lawson, the former Pakistani coach is an eye specialist. He is a qualified optometrist who graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry (Boptom) from the University of New South Wales. However, he was unaware about the eye drops (Keratyl) being used by Mohammad Asif for his alleged painful inflamed eye.

    Speaking from Australia over his mobile, he laughed off Mohmmad Asif’s claim and said, “It is a news to me (about his recent statement). The eye drops were not prescribed by me. I don’t know if he had used these drops under any doctor’s advice during IPL matches or by any National Cricket Academy (NCA) physio or medical person”. “During my time with the team, I was only concentrating on coaching and not on the medical side”, he emphasised.

    “Why the treating doctor chose this at first choice? Was there a prescription and did the doctor think the other legal options before using this ? And since Asif didn’t submit the TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) certificate, his guilt can’t be pardoned”, one of the official well conversant with the WADA laws said. “Not until he proves beyond doubt that it was the fault of the doctors by providing proofs, Asif can get the punishment”, he further said.

    The official also forwarded exclusively the document which suggests the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) found athlete guilty of using eye drops, although some Dr gave evidence then that this medication was must for that athlete.

    Federico Turrini, a professional swimmer enrolled with the Italian Amy, participated in Military World Games in Hyderabad (India) between 14-21 October 2007. He tested positive to 19 norandrosterone, at a concentration higher than the threshold limit of 2 ng/ml. He used the same eye drops (Keratyl) prescribed by his personal medical physician Dr. Mario Bosi. The CAS Judge Conny Jorneklint admitted the appeal filed by WADA and the swimmer was banned for two years.

    The Indian lawyer appointed by Mohammad Asif is however, hopeful. “There is no reason why my client (Asif) can’t win this battle”, Ravi Singhania said over his mobile from Mumbai. “I can’t disclose the views forwarded by us in this issue”, he said.

    Singhania, is one of the best lawyers of India. He is also the owner and partner of Singhania & Partners. “I was directly approached by Asif during his latest trip to Delhi”, he said. “I and a fair cricket-fan and have been following cricket played by Asif. As any other client I would have accepted the case, I decided to fight for him”, the lawyer signed off.

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 26, 2009 - 2:36 PM

    khansahab

    Are you still in doubt that Intikhab Alam, Saleem Altaf and Ijaz Butt are not stupid? Intikhab Alam is trying to be holier than COW Malik by accepting the humiliating defeat at the hands of SL as has his mistake. So, why doesn’t he resign and get the hell out of the center? Likewise, Ijaz Butt is showing desperation that in the whole of Pakistan there is no other fast bowler except the two Junkies and Druggies. He got Shoaib Akhtar selected ahead of other youngsters and now he is determined to bring back the DRUGGIE ASAF. Whats wrong with this big, old, fat Butt?

    And, Saleem Altaf lives in his own world of dimwit dolts and seldom realizes his stupidities or ever mean to know what is “pas fou pas moi” ?

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 26, 2009 - 3:05 PM

    Now Lawson is laughing at Asif’s statement on using ‘eye drops’ which according to Asif is showing higher level of norandrosterone when he was tested during the IPL. Lawson as you may all know by now is an optometrist and he knew the basics and he would have never, never advised Asif to use anything without consulting a doctor. And Asif’s doctor, even if he has prescribed those eye drops that it is or was a must treatment for Asif, even then if WADA files an appeal, Asif will still be banned. Ignorance of law is no excuse.

    The point is, how many times Asif has lied to us? He kept denying that he never used any drugs and pleaded innocent. First time the Actor was blamed and was pardoned for being a Paindoo. The second time he blames the Doctor. How many people he will blame to prove his innocence? Has he not lied to us about Opium? First he said, its a Hakeemi Majoon, then he said, it is Salajeet. Why on earth he needs Salajeet when he is not even married? Even if he is not married and wants to have casual sex, who on earth at this age use Salajeet for sex? Is he suffering from EDS? And, why didn’t he consult a doctor here? The doctor may have prescribed him Vaigra, Callis or whatever equivalent to Sildenafil.

    Apart from drugs he has a drinking problem he gets drunk like a skunk and on flight from Delhi to Dubai he was so drunk that he had no idea where he is and reportedly he pushed the immigration officer at the Dubai airport and when he was stopped he slapped him. Hence, he was jailed straightaway, it was only then they recovered opium from his wallet, to which he initially denied that it is not his and, someone else must have planted. How many stories have we read? How much disgrace and embarrassment he brought to the nation and yet these IDIOTS want to bring him back?

    I think this would be the biggest shameful day in the history of cricket if the PCB allow Asif to play cricket for Pakistan.

    When Inzamam asked his team members to wait in the dressing room at the Oval during the Hair raising and Ball Tampering case, people said, “Inzamam brought ill repute to the game of cricket.” I said, he didn’t and I will still say that what Inzamam did was the right thing, he did not bring any ill repute to the game or the nation by protesting for a few minutes, BUT Asif and Shoaib Akhtar did everything possible to embarrass the nation. Actor’s career is over, but they should NOT bring Asif back.

  38. #38 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 3:14 PM

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    PCB backs under-fire captain Malik

    Karachi (IANS): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has refused to sack Shoaib Malik as captain in spite of mounting criticism after Pakistan’s humiliating 234-run defeat in the ODI series decider against Sri Lanka last week.

    Butt was quoted as saying in an interview Monday that the board cannot take action against Malik on the basis of one or two results and will decide about its course of action after receiving a report from the team management.

    Pakistan won the series opener by eight wickets in Karachi but was beaten by 129 runs in the second match and then by 234 runs – its worst ever one-day defeat – in the series finale in Lahore on Saturday.

    Critics have blamed Malik for his failure to gel the players together.

    Meanwhile, the Senate’s committee on sports has summoned the skipper along with Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam and chief selector Abdul Qadir in Islamabad February 9.

    Senator Enver Baig, a member of the Senate committee, told IANS Monday that the committee wants to carry out a comprehensive inquiry into what he termed as a shameful defeat against Sri Lanka.

    The PCB chairman, however, said the board will not take any hasty decision. “Captains are not appointed on an ad-hoc basis,” said Butt, a former Pakistan Test cricketer. “We are all heartbroken over the crushing defeat but will take our steps cautiously.”

    Butt said he summoned the team management Sunday for an emergency meeting to discuss the pathetic results in the last two one-dayers against Sri Lanka. The PCB chief said that the team management is expected to file its comprehensive report on the series within the next couple of days.

  39. #39 by Steeler on January 26, 2009 - 3:32 PM

    Pak cricket is dead rubber

    I lost interest in Pak cricket like many other Pak cricket fans because cricket in Pak has met the same fate as field hockey and squash did in Pakistan. The current free fall of Pak cricket does not surprise me at all. What else would be expected in vastly corrupt governance? There is corruption in every building block of the country and sadly it’s now acceptable and is like everyday business in Pakistan. If you take bribes, mismanage the public funds but you’re rich, society respects you. I met people who actually boost about being involved in such acts and to them it’s the normal.

    So dear fellas, it won’t change a thing no matter how much we cry and complain about the injustice in team selection, mass mismanagement of PCB, jingoism, and nepotism and list goes on. PCB is just another grossly corrupt faction of a corrupt society. You guys don’t need to suffer; my advice is; take interest in the sports of your second country and have fun. Go Pittsburgh Steelers!

  40. #40 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 3:42 PM

    CRISIS IN PAKISTAN CRICKET

    Senate to probe Pak’s defeat; hints at match-fixing

    Lahore, Jan 26: Shocked by Pakistan’s abject surrender against Sri Lanka in the final ODI at Lahore, where chasing 310 run target for victory, they were bowled out for 75, their lowest ever score at home, Pakistan Senate`s sports standing committee have summoned captain Shoaib Malik, coach Intikhab Alam and chief selector Abdul Qadir for a meeting next week to demand an explanation.

    “We are shocked at the way our team lost in Lahore. It was a disgraceful defeat which I believe needs to be probed. I mean you cannot expect a team to get out with just 75 runs on the board,” Senator Enver Baig said.

    “We will want to hear what Shoaib Malik, Intikhab Alam and Abdul Qadir have to say about the debacle against Sri Lanka.”

    At a meeting held earlier this month, Pakistan`s senators had come down heavily on Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt for various ` failures` on the administrative front.

    Now, the standing committee has decided to examine on-field performances as well.

    Baig even refused to discount the possibility of the match being fixed.

    “I personally smell some foul play,” he said.

    “Match-fixing is something that hasn`t been eradicated completely (from Pakistan cricket), which is very unfortunate,” he said.

    “The manner in which our team lost the final match has certainly raised suspicions. Pakistan was worse than an ordinary club team. Such a performance is completely unacceptable.”

    Pakistan had won the first of the three limited-overs matches but went on to lose the next two, to concede the series to Sri Lanka.

    The defeats have left Malik under immense pressure, with several former players such as Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul Haq renewing calls for him to be sacked, while a public row over the selection of Shoaib Akhtar has only made things worse for Malik.

  41. #41 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 3:53 PM

    The only time when possible match fixing was hinted in Inzamam’s tenure as captain was after the defeat in 2007 WC. Nothing was ever proven.

    Now this isn’t the WC, just a run of the mill ODI series at home, yet officially match fixing is being suspected.

    This is an indication of how much Pakistan cricket has regressed under Malik. Do we remember how Inzamam was widely considered to be Pakistan’s worst captain? Malik has dropped the bar and this is a new low for Pakistan cricket.

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 26, 2009 - 3:57 PM

    I met people who actually boost about being involved in such acts and to them it’s the normal. Theo.

    Actually, such people not only get respect from some a$$lyckers but, they all admire such crooks and proudly talk about their corrupt deeds and consider them as their heroes. Even here, I heard some people talking about someone in a very admiring way by saying: you know so and so? He is so smart he knows how to cheat his customers, his franchisers and the Insurance companies by way of deceiving and boldly dealing with them with confidence, you know its an art and that person is a master, only he can do, we can’t do!…………….. As if it is some quality to admire?

    But, Theo we need to call a spade a spade otherwise, whats the point of remaining a silent spectator? There will always be injustice and corruption, but someone has to stand against it otherwise there will be more crooks in this world.

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 26, 2009 - 4:01 PM

    MATCH FIXING?

    Who is behind that? I am glad that Miandad didn’t go to Lahore, he stayed back in Karachi. He was not invited by Butt & Co., hence he was pissed off that being the second in command of the PCB he was ignored and did not get any invitation to attend the match in Lahore whereas, others were invited this is against protocol and a disrespect for the official. In other words it was a perfect demonstration of jingoism.

  44. #44 by Mushtaq Ahmed on January 26, 2009 - 5:12 PM

    An interesting discussion between Malik,Ramiz and Qadir below……..

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul9K0kTmIN
    o&feature=channel

    Must watch.Some valid points made on the future and past aspirations of Pakistan cricket.

  45. #45 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 5:51 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    According to trusted sources Geo News has reported that Malik may be removed from captaincy.

    Earlier in the day Butt remarked Malik will not be removed and apparently there has been pressure on him from the government to replace Malik.

  46. #46 by Awas on January 26, 2009 - 5:55 PM

    Very Good News!

  47. #47 by Steeler on January 26, 2009 - 6:22 PM

    The only guy with ethics, integrity, and experience to lead the team is Younis Khan. PCB should do and offer him whatever it takes to get an affirmative answer. He won’t agree with being a dummy captain or a skipper with no say in unfair team selection. I know he declined to captain the team in the past but PCB “should make him an offer he can’t refuse”.

    I do not like Javed Miandad’s old school defensive tactics of preparing flat wickets like he did against Nasser Hussain England’s side and recent series at home. He should be more aggressive. I don’t foresee a stronger batting line anytime soon but stronger bowling attack can win us matches. Traditionally batting has not been our strength so I say put the money on bowling and we’ll have a decent team.

  48. #48 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 6:32 PM

    Steeler

    Younis is probably everyone’s first choice captain but as indicated many times before my only problem is that he has never been passionate about the job. They say the Pakistan cricket captain’s job is the hardest in the cricket world and in these circumstances I think the best bet would have been Afridi, who wanted the job badly.

    I don’t think Younis will be able to lead the team to the best of his ability because he has never desired to do that. In his very recent interview taken earlier this year he said if offered captaincy he will refuse it.

    Miandad is crazy but they didn’t listen to him because the pitch in Lahore was conducive to pace bowling which is the opposite of what Miandad wanted. In Karachi I think they got the pitch he wanted, but not in Lahore. Ironically Malik later blamed the weather and the pitch for the defeat in Lahore.

    I totally agree about bowling being the strength. That is why in ODI’s and Tests both I want the team to have at least 3 specialist fast bowlers. I don’t think a specialist spinner is needed in the Pakistan team unless he is the calibre of Mendis or Murali, so no need to persist with Ajmal. In Tests, Kaneria is probably the best option with 3 fast bowlers at least operating beside him.

  49. #49 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 6:44 PM

    Big Abul aka “Mushtaq Ahmed”

    Your link does not work.

  50. #50 by Steeler on January 26, 2009 - 6:53 PM

    Afridi will not be made captain because he seemed to have lost his mojo in batting and he has been in a rut for a while. The only way for him to gain confidence is to open the innings and hope for luck and some runs. Usually to get out of ruts like that batsman needs a 50 plus run innings which is usually miserable at the beginning but smooth towards the end as the batsman gets his eye in and gain confidence. What other better way would be to open the innings against teams like Bangladesh? As far as his bowling concerns; Akmal’s keeping makes him look ordinary. Sarfaraz should be brought in, people who are hoping that somehow Akmal’s keeping will miraculously improve are wrong. If we had given chances to Sarfaraz for just one complete series he could have proven much more productive behind the wickets and may be in batting as well.

  51. #51 by Awas on January 26, 2009 - 7:15 PM

    Usually, people who want a position of authority badly turn out to be unsuitable for that job. I don’t know whether that applies in cricket though.

  52. #52 by Awas on January 26, 2009 - 7:18 PM

    Why is Abdul-Ghani disguised as Maulvy Mushy?

  53. #53 by Vanilla pod on January 26, 2009 - 7:42 PM

    ok i dont know much about cricket but recently whenever i could watch a glimpse of the Pak-Sri Lanka match, i noticed that the Pakistani crowd was not supportive of the Sri-Lankan team. its nice to cheer for other teams too cos it shows that they are welcome and also that the crowd are happy with their achievements, enjoying good cricket. Pakistani crowd has been supportive in the past of many teams which is great as it gives out gives out positive vibes.

    As far as the performance of the team is concerned, i think that its about time that the players show some professionalism cos its their job. they should leave their problems at home and stay mentally and physically fit for their job, which is the whole nation’s pride. they should practice well and be good at what they do.
    there is a lot of talent in the Pakistani team no doubt. but some players play well one day and rubbish the next day, there is no consistency. relying on them is like gambling, that if one day you get lucky, you can give a winning performance. the captains should try to formulate winning strategies to rescue a game and the players should do their best and concentrate on the game.

    the seniors should give new comers advice and juniors should seriously start respecting them, putting their hot temperaments aside. its not about who is from what region or what background but its about who can contribute to cricket in the best way.

    in last years 20-20 international match series, there was this little fun thing at the end that if teams drew, then bowlers from whichever team could aim for the wickets successfully would win. And pakistani teams bowlers did not even get one! surely that should not be so difficult. the opponent teams bowlers took every wicket down (that was a lot of bay-izzati).

    and to really re-vamp the team, i think u all should join the pcb 😀

  54. #54 by Awas on January 26, 2009 - 7:54 PM

    Vanilla pod

    A wonderful fair comment. Very sensible and likeable too. This is how we want the team to be.

    So, we got one vote to join the PCB. I think we need more than that.

  55. #55 by Steeler on January 26, 2009 - 8:12 PM

    Vanilla iPod @ 56

    I’m glad you finally woke up from your Friday sleep. I guess birds were not chirruping to wake you up, han? Good comments overall but I have to disagree with, “there is a lot of talent in the Pakistani team no doubt”. I think if there was talent it would show. We always use this notion of talent but apart from a few players most of our players are mediocre at best.

  56. #56 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 26, 2009 - 8:46 PM

    khansahab

    The Breaking News about Malik’s removal is a kinda “feeler” to check the response from the masses and the media. I doubt they will remove Malik now, Butt head has clearly said that he won’t remove Malik based on one or two failures.

    Like the country is suffering from the Leadership crisis, the team is also badly in need of a good captain. The problem will not be resolved simply by removing Malik. The question is who is the right choice to replace him?

    Salman Butt……… ? He doesn’t have any self confidence and neither he motivate anyone in the team or lead the team from the front to command any respect from the team members it would be another Malik sort of fiasco. In fact Malik’s plus point over Salman is his bowling, but Malik’s negative traits are more harmful for the team than others.

    Misbah ul Haq …..? Just because he is a bit more matured than the others and more educated and can speak English better than others and has proved his worth in the last 18 months, doesn’t give him the automatic qualification to lead. On paper yes, he is a good choice and that too for one or two series but not for long term say till or beyond 2011. But, the biggest question is, does he possess the leadership skills? NO he doesn’t.

    Younus Khan…..? Refused twice to lead the team when offered, captained once when Malik was injured and saved Pakistan from a possible 3-0 defeat in tests to a 1-0. Since then people think that he may be willing to lead the team. Himself, he has never said that he wanted to lead. In fact he has said, he is happy to play under anyone’s captaincy. Since he has still not made up his mind, I think it is better not to offer him the role of leadership because, as a player he will still be performing (bad lucks aside) consistently so leave him alone and relieve him from the burden of captaincy.

    Shahid Afridi ….. ? He has expressed his desire to lead the team …. before I proceed further I need to quote what Awas has said : “Usually, people who want a position of authority badly turn out to be unsuitable for that job. “

    Awas, it is just a myth. Politicians declare their intentions of leading the party and the country and they are elected on that basis. People who have no vision and they don’t talk about their intentions are often ignored. In today’s world, you have to ask for your rights. In case of Afridi, if you look at his cricket age, currently he is the senior most player in the team on seniority basis. Like any other player he has the right to ask the selectors to give him a chance to lead, so there is nothing wrong in his asking them to make him the captain.

    Now, back to the subject….. whether Afridi wants or he doesn’t want to be the captain, they will not make him the captain.

    1. Main reason, current form.
    2. Very erratic, emotional, hothead and temperamental personality.
    3. He is not a yes man.
    4. Then he is a Pathan, if he was a Punjabi he would have been the captain years ago.

    Never mind he will not be chosen by the PCB, but the fact is he has:

    1. The leadership skills
    2. The charisma to lead
    3. The ability to motivate and inspire the players
    4. He instills energy in the game with his bowling, batting and fielding and that keeps not only the players on their toes but the crowd as well, he is a crowd puller. The moment he is out, people start walking out of the stadium.
    5. He has a proven track record of leading his team at domestic level and has won many tournaments.

    6. Form is temporary and class is permanence. He is a fine player who can get back into his grove in batting with a one good performance at international level.

    7. His bowling is still one of the best for T20 and ODI and in my opinion he is better than Danish Kaneria in tests, because Danish is too expensive and his batting and fielding are below par, not even club level standard. So, Afridi’s over all utility in the test is much better than Danish or Ajmal.

    My views about his game is based purely on the basis of my interest in the game and I don’t see any player in Pakistan who possess those qualities as Afridi does.

    Umar Gul……..? Too early to handover this job to him, besides he is not the captaincy material.

    Tanvir ………? Too early plus, he has shown his attitude already so you will be ruining his career.

    Kamran Akmal ……? Don’t even think about that !!!!! In fact throw him out of the team.

  57. #57 by Vanilla pod on January 26, 2009 - 9:00 PM

    Theo

    I think talent is there cos at some point these players have played well and made us proud. Players like afridi and even shoaib akhtar, ofcourse they are talented. i would not think their achievement was just a lucky fluke. i know what you mean tht if the talent is there it should always be there in all the matches. but what good is hunting without the hunting equipment?
    the talent needs to be polished. even singers sing everyday religiously to keep their performance steady.

  58. #58 by Awas on January 26, 2009 - 9:21 PM

    Javed

    I agree to many of your thoughts below including Afridi’s abilities.

    Politicians are however different. Their sole aim is to come to power and rule. They wouldn’t be called politicians otherwise. My reference was what normally happens in commercial organisations. The CEO’s are usually picked or head hunted. The bad ones are the ones who actively seek an office. I for one never seeked the position I attained, I was offered, to some surprise, I must admit. I’m pretty good at what I do though but I guess that is expected of me to say that. 🙂 Same in the army, the officers are promoted on merit. I’m in no way saying Afridi doesn’t deserve it. On the contrary I qualified the general principle by saying “I don’t know whether that applies in cricket”.

    One thing I have learned in life is the never to believe what people in public office may apparently say. Their statements can often take a complete U turn within minutes. So, if Butt “clearly said that he won’t remove Malik based on one or two failures” then I would never take it as gospel.

  59. #59 by Awas on January 26, 2009 - 9:26 PM

    VIP

    Some have hunted (and even fought) with bare hands…remember Samson…Hazrate Shamoon that is 🙂

  60. #60 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 9:28 PM

    Awas

    What a coincidence I noticed some people discussing today that Butt might change his mind and get rid of Malik. Reportedly 2 days before he sacked Lawson, he said Lawson would continue as Pakistan’s coach for the time being. So, nothing is guaranteed.

    Javed A Khan

    Excellent analysis on Afridi. For the same reasons as you I have supported Afridi for the position of captain. I think after Inzamam PCB was right to appoint Malik, however after a few series they should have replaced him with Afridi. In fact Afridi should have been captain of Pakistan in 2008.

    I don’t think still that Afridi’s bowling is Test standard, because Kaneria is more accurate and he can impose pressure on the batsman for longer. However Afridi being captain should of course play in Tests preferably as opener.

  61. #61 by Vanilla pod on January 26, 2009 - 9:38 PM

    so hunting was a bad example, thank you very much Awas! but i hope my point got across

  62. #62 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 11:20 PM

    Omer

    After Inzamam’s departure who was in the team who could have been made captain?

    Abdul Razzaq: His performance was declining over the years and he had become a liability.

    Younis Khan: Refused captaincy

    Afridi: Was not bowling this well and batting was similar to how it is now

    Shoaib Akhtar: Same problems as now

    Mohammad Yousuf: PCB did not want another Mullah to captain the team

    So in these circumstances Malik was the obvious choice. He was batting very well and if you remember at no 3 he was averaging 41 which is more than Younis Khan’s. I know you say that he has made those runs against poor batting sides, but Pakistan was desperate at that time. They had to choose a captain and they made this choice out of desperation.

  63. #63 by khansahab on January 26, 2009 - 11:31 PM

    According to some sources there have been unsubstantiated claims by a leading news channel that Younis Khan will be appointed as captain in the next few days.

    One cause for concern is Younis’s attitude towards Malik and Akmal which is quite friendly. However what most people will expect Younis to do is to choose a team on merit and not on personal connections and favouritism.

  64. #64 by Awas on January 27, 2009 - 12:03 AM

    Younis!!! Yippee…

    I was gonna say…was I right or was I right?….but I wont 🙂 except to repeat what I have often said, when some say he has already refused the job twice, and that is: “his denial is not something that is set in stone”.

    Anyway, Shaikhi-baazi apart, in my humble opinion his appointment is likely to gel the team together more so than Afridi’s. That is nothing to do with Afridi’s personality but simply the fact that some would rightly feel that one completely out of form with bat has been chosen.

    Khansahab

    How do you get on the taza-taza khabrain so quickly?

  65. #65 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 27, 2009 - 6:08 AM

    To back up khansahab‘s info on Younis Khan, here is the news clipping:

    Younis may replace Malik as captain
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009
    By Khalid Hussain

    Well-placed sources told ‘The News’ on Monday that senior batsman Younis Khan has emerged as the front-runner to replace Malik as skipper ahead of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka at home later this season.

    To read more about it, please click on the link below:

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=159214

  66. #66 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 27, 2009 - 6:13 AM

    Zardari is taking keen interest in cricket read the news by clicking on the link below:

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=159215

    Bibi came into his dream and said, “Zaruu Daaling, Zara cricket pay bhee dhyaan dou, all work and no play makes Zar a dull boy.” So, now he is going to organize a 20/20 Zinda Hai Bibi Zinda Cup.

  67. #67 by Awas on January 27, 2009 - 9:05 AM

    khansahab

    comment 67.

    I totally agree with you, at the time there was no viable choice but Malik. The only mistake by PCB was…two in fact. One to persist with him despite his failures and antics; and two to make him a “forever” captain.

  68. #68 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 9:33 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    1) According to trusted sources Malik along with the team management has requested Ijaz Butt and the selectors to drop Afridi from the Pakistan team, citing that he was deliberately under performing against Sri Lanka.

    2)Younis Khan named new Pakistan captain

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Television reports say prolific batsman Younis Khan has been named Pakistan cricket captain in place of Shoaib Malik.

    ‘Younis has agreed to lead the side after meeting with officials of the PCB for 15 minutes,’ Pakistan’s GEO television said Tuesday.

    Malik was appointed captain for an indefinite period earlier this month, but the Pakistan Cricket Board has been under pressure after the national team suffered its heaviest ever limited-overs defeat against Sri Lanka at Lahore on Saturday to lose the three match one-day series.

    Sri Lanka, which lost the first match by eight wickets, went on to wrap up the series with a 129-run win in the second match and a 234-run victory in the third.

  69. #69 by Awas on January 27, 2009 - 10:27 AM

    Whatever the truth it’s a pathetic statement coming out of Malik along with the team management against Afridi. Knives are coming out, no doubt…typical when heads get rolled…

    It’s obvious there was no team unity. As I said, they shouldn’t be allowed to play cricket until they sort their house in order first…may as well sack the whole lot first.

    In the circumstances, I wasn’t wrong when I said above “in my humble opinion his appointment is likely to gel the team together more so than Afridi’s

  70. #70 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 11:35 AM

    Omer

    I am not disagreeing with you for the sake of disagreement, but a lot of people support Abdul Razzaq and say he was treated unfairly. I feel strongly against this because Razzaq’s performance in my opinion had declined so much that he had become a liability.

    I think in Pakistan we have this serious problem about, not being happy when certain players are in but then not happy when they are out. When Yousuf was in the side people were criticising his fitness and many said he is only suitable for Tests. But now after what happened in the Sri Lanka series, people are wanting Yousuf back desperately. Here I am not making any statement against you personally, it’s just a very general observation.

    In 2005, Razzaq averaged 26 in ODI’s, in 2006 he did better and averaged 38 (mostly this was minnow bashing) but in 2007 his average dropped to 12. In bowling terms, his decline was more prominent. In 2005 he averaged 34 with a strike rate of 39, in 2006 it was 41 with a strike rate of 47 and in 2007 it was 59 with a strike rate of 50. That is one wicket per 50 balls in ODI’s which is pathetic considering he was a bowling all rounder.

    In Tests, batting wise he averaged 22 in 2005 and in 2006 it was 33. Bowling wise in 2005 he averaged 38 with a strike rate of 66 and in 2006 it was 35 with a strike rate of 56. He did not play any Tests in 2007.

    So what is the point of having an all rounder if he can neither bat or bowl? His fielding was always below standard. His statistics since 2005 are like the statistics of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe players. I had closely been monitoring Razzaq’s performance since 2005 and today is actually the first time I have looked at statistics which have actually supported my view that his performance declined as time went on.

    Form is temporary and class is permanent agreed, but you can use this phrase for people like Younis and Afridi who can do something spectacular and in fact whenever people say Younis is out of form he responds with a massive century. Same goes for Afridi, when his batting started becoming a liability he improved his bowling so much that since 2007 he is only in the team on the basis of his bowling.

    That is why I always say that an all rounder should only be tried if he is the calibre of Kallis or Flintoff.

  71. #71 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 12:29 PM

    Younis Khan named new Pakistan captain

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    Lahore: Pakistan’s middle order batsman Younis Khan has accepted the captaincy during his meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt.

    According to sources, Younis Khan called on Butt and accepted the offer of captaincy during the meeting.

    Shoaib Malik was constantly facing severe criticism after Pakistan’s humiliating defeat in one-day series against Sri Lanka.

    Khan has emerged as the front-runner to replace Malik as skipper ahead of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka after they were thrashed badly by the Lankans in the just concluded ODI series.

    Malik’s was in the line of fire after being retained as Pakistan captain in December 2008, for an ‘indefinite’ period, after his team’s performance hit rock bottom against Sri Lanka on home soil, The News reported.

    Malik came under fire for failing to unite the team and was also criticized for his inability to lead from the front when it mattered most.

    According to sources, the PCB think-tank has reached the conclusion that Malik is unlikely to transform himself into a well-respected and able captain that Pakistan need at the moment, and it is now likely to turn to somebody with better credentials for what is regarded as one of the toughest jobs in world cricket.

    That somebody, according to sources, is Younis Khan. The 31-year-old batter rejected offers to lead Pakistan after the 2007 World Cup fiasco, forcing the PCB to turn to a younger and less experienced Malik.

    Younis was supposed to be an automatic choice to succeed Inzamam-ul-Haq as Pakistan captain, but he told the PCB that he was not ready to take the pressures of captaincy.

    “Younis Khan is the only practice alternative we have in case Malik is sacked as captain,” said a PCB source.

    “Younis is a well-respected senior player. Unlike Malik, he is an automatic choice for both Tests and one-dayers,” the source pointed out.

    Sources also said that Pakistan is also planning to carry out sweeping changes in the squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka.

  72. #72 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 1:31 PM

    Vanilla iPod @ 60

    Lady, players are what their record shows. How many players can you name from the current team that you think are very “talented” and their record reflects that? I believe this notion of Pak players being very talented is overhyped and farfetched. If you ask me to name good players I’ll name, Yousuf, Younis, and Gul who have a good record in both formats of the games and rest of them are a mediocre bunch.

    On the news that Younis Khan is made captain

    I would say there is finally a ray of light at the end of dark tunnel and I hope it’s not an incoming train. What worries me is the selection of team. There will definitely be more unity and less internal politics in the team but at the same time I doubt Younis Khan can take the team to another level until there is fair selection. He is a clever player and I like his attitude, work ethics, integrity, and enthusiasm. He’ll make a great captain but at the same time I seriously think the kind of management characters we have right now are just clowns. Malik is removed because of public pressure but why he was named the captain in the first place? Where was the good judgment then? I think for now the management has diverted the public attention by appointing Younis Khan the captain but the real problem still exists and that is selection of team on merit. I hope public pressure make the management select a team that has the potential to become a decent squad in the future. Winning is not everything but the desire to win is.

  73. #73 by Awas on January 27, 2009 - 1:48 PM

    Humm…“sweeping changes in the squad”…interesting bit there!

    Firstly, Younis should definitely have a say and selectors should work together with him to devise strategy and choose the right players on merit.

    On the basis of comments coming out of Malik’s mouth, he should have no place in team. Akmal should be replaced immediately with Sarfraz and Shoaib with someone like Sohail Khan perhaps. The youngsters like Fawad who gave a glimpse of their talent should be inducted back in the team. Other than a careful consideration for the openers there shouldn’t be much more “sweeping” done to the team.

    And most importantly a new look team needs support. Undue criticism of the new captain and team selection would only be detrimental at early stages. The problem is it’s impossible to satisfy wishes of each soul as we all have our own ideas.

    Does anyone know who the deputy is?

  74. #74 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 2:24 PM

    Malik steps down from captaincy, Younis new captain of Pakistan

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ultimately removed Shoaib Malik from captaincy to appoint Younis Khan – who is currently the most senior player of team.

    “Shoaib Malik had decided to step down from captaincy,” Ejaz Butt Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board told reporters here at Lahore.

    “Shoaib Malik has kindly agreed to step down and we have appointed Younis Khan as captain,” Butt confirmed.

    Malik’s body language as captain was objectionable,” Butt said when asked the reason of removing Malik as captain. “However, we didn’t remove him, we requested him to step down,” Butt added.

  75. #75 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 3:50 PM

    Younis appointed Pakistan captain

    Osman Samiuddin

    January 27, 2009

    Nearly two years after he should’ve taken over, Younis Khan took his place as the captain of Pakistan, after the Pakistan Cricket Board decided to relieve Shoaib Malik of his duties. Younis, who has twice previously turned down the leadership, takes over as Test and ODI captain, his first assignment less than a month away when Sri Lanka return for a two-Test series.

    After a night and day of intense speculation, and a day full of meetings, Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, confirmed rumours that had begun floating almost as soon as Pakistan trooped off the field after one of their worst ODI defeats to Sri Lanka on Saturday. They were fueled by a 15-minute meeting earlier today between Younis and Butt, in which the offer was first made. There followed meetings between Butt and senior officials from the board and team management at which it is learnt there was clear consensus: Malik had to step down.

    “We asked Shoaib Malik to step down as captain. He agreed and only then did we appoint Younis Khan as captain of Pakistan,” Butt told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. “We have taken the step because our performances weren’t great. The end result is not just winning but the performance. We didn’t just lose to Sri Lanka, we performed poorly. So we have made Younis Khan the captain of both Test and ODI sides.”

    No tenure has yet been set for his leadership – “as is the PCB way,” said one official – but there was unanimous approval for the move to replace Malik and bring in Younis. “The feeling was clear that something had to be done because the team had performed so poorly and Younis was the first choice,” an official present at the meetings, said.

    Younis has long been seen as the natural choice to lead Pakistan. The impression was built during an impressive two-year reign as vice-captain to Inzamam-ul-Haq, where he often stepped in to take over in sessions and Tests to telling effect. But he blotted his credentials by twice walking away from the post, which in turn led to uncertainty today over whether he would accept.

    The first time he had done so was in October 2006, days before the Champions Trophy, when he walked out of a press conference fuming that he didn’t want to be “a dummy captain.” He turned down the post again after the World Cup the following year, though reasons weren’t made clear at the time. But over the course of the year, Younis is said to have changed his views, culminating in the trip to India at the end of the year, where he expressed a desire to captain Pakistan.

    It was understood by Cricinfo that Younis was keen to set some terms and conditions for taking over, but it appears that has not been the case. “As far as we are aware, no terms and conditions have been set,” said the official. “The chairman is not the kind of man to qualify an offer. Younis was offered it and he accepted and that is that.”

    Malik’s downfall had been on the cards for some time. His win-loss record in ODIs remains impressive but it has been built on weak opposition. Against bigger teams he has been less successful and the resounding nature of the defeats to Sri Lanka sealed the deal. But as much as on-field results, the pressure built on him because of his inability to build a relationship with senior players in the team. Mohammad Yousuf criticised him openly, though he did so only after going to the ICL. Privately, at least two other senior players were also unhappy with his approach and particularly at the clique he is said to have cultivated within the team.

    These issues culminated last week with Malik openly questioning Shoaib Akhtar’s commitment during the Sri Lanka series, before u-turning and claiming he had not singled out Shoaib. The episode is said to have greatly incensed the board and though Butt played down reports of a rift, another official hinted it might have been worse than previously thought.

    “Many things were discussed in the meetings, including Malik’s relationship with players. Things weren’t great and as an example, during the last ODI in Lahore when the team was staying at the team hotel, Malik stayed at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Draw what conclusions you want from that.”

  76. #76 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 4:23 PM

    Younis Khan : “Do not expect miracles from me”

    Karachi: Pakistan’s new captain Younis Khan on Tuesday made it clear that people should not expect miracles or “quick-fix solutions” from him to solve the problems facing the national team.

    “There are big problems with our cricket system and it will take time to put things in place,” Younis said soon after the Cricket Board named him as the new captain in place of Shoaib Malik.

    Younis said he had agreed to take up the captaincy because of the challenges facing the team but said the board and cricket fans will have to be patient for consistent results.

    “There is lot of potential in Pakistan cricket but we need to all sit down and come up with a collective effort to ensure the team does consistently well,” said the senior batsman.

    “I will talk to all the players including Malik and discuss future strategy. Because at the end of the day the players have to perform as a team not individuals,” he said.

    The 31-year-old right hander said the good thing was that there is time before Sri Lanka arrive for a two-match Test series next month and the players can make proper preparations.

    “Doing well against Sri Lanka is now my main priority because they are a good side both in one-day and Test. So it is going to be a tough initial challenge as captain,” Younis said.

  77. #77 by Spin King Abdul on January 27, 2009 - 4:39 PM

    This is a bright decision one can applaud the PCB for. Shoiab Malik never looked like “captaincy material” whereas Younis showed promise and glimpses to be a top leader. I also feel that unlike Malik, Younis will be able to gain role and play captain mathwinning innings as Pakistan’s premier spinner. Overall, a fresh change which brings alot of promise to the fate of Pakistan cricket. Gee new captain this month for both England and Pakistan. Isn’t cricket changing !

  78. #78 by Spin King Abdul on January 27, 2009 - 4:45 PM

    Yeah Afridi should also be “dropped” as he is underperforming or has been for a while and also if Pakistan wants to have a boom boom to entertain the crowd u are provided with sheer quality in Nazir whose technically better as well. U many argue that Akmarl affected his bowling but he’s not getting many wickets and hasn’t for a long time.

    Also it’s time for Pakistan to invest in there and give the likes of Mansoor Amjad and Fawad ago.

    Not to discriminate Afridi as he’s been a genuine “entertainer” and “matchwinner” for Pakistan over the years. An admirable figure !

  79. #79 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 5:04 PM

    I am greatly agree with Abdul the Serpent King, great analysis and good haunting comments. Unlike Khansahab Spin King has vision and can think “out of the black box”, he is also 6 ft tall so that put some weight to his comments as well. Again, I am agree.

  80. #80 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 5:28 PM

    Steeler

    Unfortunately I’m not agree with your constant support for Lion King and constant opposition for me? Can’t really agree with your I am agree to Abdul.

  81. #81 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 5:40 PM

    Khansahab, whether you are agree or you are disagree the fact remains the same that Spin King has points so that’s why I am agree with him. Any person with knowledge of cricket will be agree also so no offense. If I am not agree with your views it’s my opinion you don’t have to be agree.

  82. #82 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 5:56 PM

    Steeler

    When was I am agree that Spin King does not have points? I don’t care to be honest if you are being agree with him.

    Spin King Abdul gives some good points but I am like him more when he is agree with my points, because no one is likes someone like Spin King be disagreeing with one’s views. Hence, in similar vein I am also not like when you are be agreeing with Abdul and saying I am agree to him.

  83. #83 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 6:12 PM

    Khansahab
    Well, I am not agree what you are try saying. But as descent people are do, we can be disagree without being disagreeable.

    But look at following Abdul the Spin Emperor’s comment, “I also feel that unlike Malik, Younis will be able to gain role and play captain mathwinning innings as Pakistan’s premier spinner”. How can anyone with least bite of cricket knowledge am not agree with that?

  84. #84 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 6:18 PM

    Steeler

    I am feels that maybe you am disagreeing with my disagreeable stance on this ishoo?

    Well for the record Mr Steeling, I’m agree with Big Abul that Younis is probably good at math, because he must have calculated his chances very thoughtfully before accepting the captaincy role.

    So you are actually agree that Younis can become Pakistan’s premier spinner? Kaneria, step aside! Don’t you sea why I am disagree with you? Younis was a Batman last time I am check, so how can you are agree with Abdul that he is premier spinner?

    Thanks for trying to insult me by saying I am not have cricket bite, and Abdul is have that bite.

  85. #85 by Spin King Abdul on January 27, 2009 - 6:25 PM

    Sorry what an error I mean’t “premier batsmen”. Shorly by mentioning the word innngs the likes of Steeler can work it out but Khanshab seems to be on a different planet and applies a lack of common sense with that last comment.

  86. #86 by Spin King Abdul on January 27, 2009 - 6:26 PM

    This is called the art of “common sense” Mr grudating lawyer.

  87. #87 by Spin King Abdul on January 27, 2009 - 6:26 PM

    graduating !

  88. #88 by Spin King Abdul on January 27, 2009 - 6:27 PM

    I tend to type fast and make careless errors shorly the blog editor should be able to define them and use some brains !

  89. #89 by Spin King Abdul on January 27, 2009 - 6:27 PM

    steeler and co

  90. #90 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 6:39 PM

    Lion King

    How insulting and demeaning.

    Spoilt little brat!

    You really don’t know how to talk to elders do you?

    Bigri hui aulad, tu comment 96 mai kya likhna chahta tha?! “Steeler and co”?

    Aray paagal hai kya?

  91. #91 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 6:51 PM

    Khansahab

    Finally you are acknowledge that Big Ben Abdul is right about Younis math winning skills! Now, you know why I am agree with Big Abdul on Younis is premier spinner? Because, Abdul is spinner themselves so he is under stands the talent of Younis as premier spinner. Younis bowl waist spin so he can be very dangerous at death overs in ODIs and can be very effective in the opening spell of test matches! Yes younis is batman but he will be an all rounded very soon.

    I was not insult you but was disagree you. Why you am so sensitive? And why you find 6’ Abdul intimidate you? It’s beyond my gasp.

  92. #92 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 6:55 PM

    *Khansahab don’t be jealous if Abdul shows you who you are! You lack common sex.

  93. #93 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 6:55 PM

    Oh, I mean common sense.

  94. #94 by Vanilla pod on January 27, 2009 - 7:03 PM

    lol, you guys are hilarious! 😀

  95. #95 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 7:12 PM

    *Steeler

    Honestly I am shock at the rudeness. Of both you and Abdul.

    Why must you using dirty language?

    6′ Abdul is think that talling means he is intimidate me? LOL he must be joking, actually I am 7′ and I was lying. So if anyone has a reason to be scared, it’s him.

    Steeler you are friending of Javed A Khan and Awas, so I am not delete your sexual commenting but if you are not friending I would deleting.

    VP, even you find Steeler and Abdul’s dirty and sexually indecent behaviour funny?

  96. #96 by Dimple Rosy Cheeks on January 27, 2009 - 7:13 PM

    All of you..be nicer to Khansahab. Now that is an order.

    As this is the is dedicated to Pakistani cricket, all I have to say is ermmm..they need to sort their issues out 😀 and fast!

  97. #97 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 7:16 PM

    DRC

    THANKS and finally someone I AM AGREEING with me.

  98. #98 by Dimple Rosy Cheeks on January 27, 2009 - 7:18 PM

    Fikar not. Main hoon na 😉

    People these days. Chiiiiiiii!

  99. #99 by Vanilla pod on January 27, 2009 - 7:19 PM

    Abdul

    Dont worry, when i type fast, i also make a lot of mistakes. u r ok 🙂

  100. #100 by Mohammed Munir on January 27, 2009 - 7:20 PM

    Hi there all,

    Younis’s comments, “Do not expect miracles from me” show that he is rather ‘forced’ into this captainship and he may soon ‘chicken-out’ again.

    Afridi is a much stronger and a natural leader.

    BTW, why is everybody attacking the lawyer today ?

  101. #101 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 7:22 PM

    You are look at my comment# 99 but you are don’t look at my comment# 100. It was typo error# 404 but like Abdul am said you should use your common sins and correct it that’s what administrators are required to does.

    If you are 7’ long when you are lying then you are a tree with roots? 7’ underground and 3’ above ground? Ha…Ha….ha but I am find it very funny.

    DRC

    You am not involve in all this, it’s among Khansahab and myself.

  102. #102 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 7:52 PM

    “Sorry what an error I mean’t “premier batsmen”. Shorly by mentioning the word innngs the likes of Steeler can work it out but Khanshab seems to be on a different planet and applies a lack of common sense with that last comment”

    Abdul

    Yaar tu abhi bhi nahi samjha

    Maaf karna angrezi thori ghareeb hai iss na cheez ki

    Sahab mai toh bass yeh farma raha tha keh tum ney joh “batsmEn” likha hai, woh “jama” hai, jisey angrezi mai PLURAL kaha jaata hai. matlab, yeh ek sey zaada afraad keh liye kaha jaata hai.

    Aur Younas ek fard hai, meaning one person, toh woh “batsmAn” hoga!!

  103. #103 by Dimple Rosy Cheeks on January 27, 2009 - 7:58 PM

    Theo

    I will still defend him regardless. Play nice boys!

  104. #104 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 7:59 PM

    Munir Khana pakhair raaghley, Umra de humbarak sha, zo theossa yum btw. Younis was the best choice under the circumstances. Like Awas said, with Afridi’s current form, there was a chance of division in the team.

  105. #105 by Steeler on January 27, 2009 - 8:08 PM

    DRC @ 110

    Rufta rufta woh mere hustee ka saamah hogaye
    Pehle jaan, phir jaane jaan, phir bodyguard hogaye

    Sweetie, take notice, it ain’t over yet!

  106. #106 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 8:30 PM

    Yep, he’s crazy…

    Javed Miandad against sacking Shoaib Malik

    KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board’s Director General and former captain Javed Miandad is not in favour of sacking captain Shoaib Malik and has
    volunteered to handle team affairs for a few days and sort out things in the team, sources said on Tuesday.

    “Miandad said he did not feel right message would be sent out by the Board by sacking Malik as captain so abruptly just few days after the Board retained him as captain for an indefinite period,” sources said.

    He said Miandad made it clear to everyone at the meeting he could straighten out the team and resolve any problems in the team and he would do this while Malik continued as captain.

    “Basically, Miandad has said he is willing to work with Malik for a short while to sort out things in the team,” the source said.

    Miandad has remained Pakistan coach three times in the past and left the post in acrimonious circumstances due to problems with the players, selectors or Board officials.

    Sources said coach Intikhab Alam was not very happy with the offer by Miandad to work with the team and Malik as captain.

    “Board Chairman Ejaz Butt is playing it safe and has started a procedure to accumulate reports and feedback from the team management and players about Malik as a player and captain and the purpose appears to be have enough ground to justify sacking Malik,” one source said.

    He said coach Intikhab and manager Yawar Saeed had already said in their report to the Chairman that they found Malik didn’t have any game plan for the series against Sri Lanka and that he still lacked popular support with other players in the team.

  107. #107 by Mohammed Munir on January 27, 2009 - 8:32 PM

    Thanks for your nice wishes Steeler … Oops … I mean Theossa 😉

    Yes, I agree with you Afridi is going through a rough patch, but Younis’s form was also not much better in the recent games. Anyhow, let’s how long can Younis take the heat, before he ‘steps down’.

  108. #108 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 8:34 PM

    Munir sahab

    I also agree with you Afridi would have been a better choice.

    Younis said, “Don’t expect miracles from me…I don’t have a magic wand…..”

    This type of comment would not come from someone who genuinely wants the job.

    Having said that, he will do the job much better than Malik.

  109. #109 by Mohammed Munir on January 27, 2009 - 8:56 PM

    Khan Sahab …

    I agree that Younis is surely a better choice then Malik, infact anyone including a 12th man would have been a better choice then Malik 😉 but I also did not the way Younis passed those comments.

    This is totally negative, plus we also know how Younis chickened-out before moreover he does not have a strong and powerful character, like Imran Khan, which is absolutely must in our country’s cricket set-up.

    Anyway, let’s hope Younis is the best option for Pak Cricket.

  110. #110 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 9:17 PM

    What former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Akram said about the removal of Malik:

    The blame culture is still alive and kicking in Pakistani cricketing circles and this time it was Malik whose neck was on the line. Why havent the manager or coach or selectors also been sacked? It seems that in Pakistan cricket every time we lose, someone has to get the blame for it and this time it was Malik.

    Malik couldnt go out there and hold the bat for his team mates or bowl for them, they should take individual responsibilty for their poor performances, rather than putting all the blame squarely on the captains shoulders.

    I think the decision is a very harsh and shallow one and it seems it is a knee jerk reaction based on just one heavy defeat against Sri Lanka. Malik’s track record wasn’t bad at all in my opinion. Instead of looking to the future and long term planning we tend to keep chopping and changing our captains, selectors, coaches and selection committee. We keep looking for quick solutions to problems that are at grass roots level in Pakistan cricket.

    Look at the South Africans and Graeme Smith, they gave Smith the opportunity to take over the captaincy and learn the art and to improve as a captain and get the support of senior players within the camp. Sadly it seems that our senior players didnt want to offer the required support to Malik. Without the support of senior players, any captain would struggle to do well.

    Younis Khan is a good friend of mine and I think he is a very good choice to replace Malik, but I am worried as to why he didnt want the job 2 years ago and suddenly he wants the job now.

    We need to groom a captain and stick with him. All this chopping and changing isnt helping anyone, there is no stability and no continuity as everyone is constantly looking over their shoulders and passing the buck.

    At the moment we have “yes men” like Intikhab Alam and Yawar Saeed in there which is a backward step. Instead we should be appointing one of Javed Miandad or Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis as coach. These men have played cricket at the highest level and know the game inside out, they know the modern game not like Initikhab who played more than 40 years ago. The likes of Yawar Saeed and Intikhab are people that I know are old school and not really in touch with the modern game. The issue for the PCB is whether they just want a group of yes men or whether they want the best coach and manager out there.

  111. #111 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 27, 2009 - 9:58 PM

    The decision to appoint Younus Khan as captain is ominous in the sense that he is anytime better than Malik. Whether YK would be able to win the test series or draw, is a question mark which we don’t know only time will tell us. Because, there is no batting depth in the team without Mohammad Yousuf. During Inzamam days the middle order with YK, MoYo and Inzi was very dependable and then, we had Razzaq and Afridi later. Right now no one is sure whether Afridi will play or they will drop him from the test match squad?

    Opening pair should be Khurram Manzoor and Butt, one down YK and two down Malik, three down or, number 5 is Misbah. The tail is exposed from here and its a long one. If YK scores a hundred or plays an anchor role they can fight to save the match, otherwise its ALL SRI LANKA AFFAIR…….. I don’t think with this bowling except Umar Gul, any bowler is capable of giving threats to Jayawardene, Sangakara, Jayasuriya and Dilshan Tilakaratne, they have Kapuragurda and what not and their bowling department with Vass, Murali and Mendis, they can do more damage to the Pakistani batsmen then what the Pakistanis can do to them.

    I think, at best Pakistan would manage is, a draw and not a series win and I am positive about this. And the chances are in SL’s favour 1-0, because Pakistan cannot afford to draw two matches in a row. Winning the series is not their destiny this time.

  112. #112 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 27, 2009 - 10:07 PM

    Munir: Umrah Mubarak, good to see you back on the blog. A friend of mine told me on phone that during the last one month, at Dubai airport more than 3000 cars were found which people have abandoned them. Meaning, those who were laid off and they had leased cars, they simply left them in the parking lot and left the country. This thing is not uncommon in Dubai, but the numbers are staggering like 100 cars a day!

    Also, there is news that some people are waiting for their kids schools to finish and they will leave as well. The real estate market is stagnant and there is no activity. Whoever is employed is holding his job by his teeth.

    Things are not good here but, not so bad as down south there are hundreds of bankruptcies everyday. The only major one that happened here is NORTEL’s anyways those who are in stock market they are worried, I never touch the stock market. I don’t believe in buying papers of some company where you have no control and they can do anything to window dress their balance sheet and like the Chinese say, “then they skloo U.”

    Anyways, back to cricket, lets see what the Indians will do to the Sri Lankan’s, on paper they have a better batting line up and that has always been their strength.

  113. #113 by khansahab on January 27, 2009 - 11:58 PM

    Deliver and become long-term captain, PCB tells Younis Khan

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009
    By our correspondent

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s cricket chief Ijaz Butt has candidly told new captain Younis Khan that only an improved performance from his team in the coming matches will help him earn a long-term tenure.

    A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official informed ‘The News’ that Butt offered the captaincy to Younis during a one-to-one meeting at the Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday.

    But contrary to speculations that Younis laid down his conditions before accepting the assignment, it was the PCB chief who did most of the talking.

    According to the official, who requested anonymity, Younis was eager to accept the job and assured Butt that he would make all out efforts to bring the best out of the under-performing Pakistan team.

    “Younis never put forward any conditions (before accepting the offer),” said the official. “The PCB chairman is not the sort of man who would give in to such things,” he added.

    “He (Younis) was keen to take over the team’s command because he believes that Pakistan can be transformed into a world class team.”

    Younis, 31, has quite a reputation as he has rejected the captaincy offer on a couple of occasions in the past mainly because the Board did not agree to give him sweeping powers.

    There was a whispering campaign in the national cricket circles on Tuesday that Butt succumbed to Younis’s list of demands that included the sacking of Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam.

    However, the PCB official rejected the possibility of Intikhab’s removal.

    “Intikhab took over as Pakistan coach less than three months back,” he pointed out. “You cannot blame him for all of the team’s problems. Intikhab needs time to bring a change and the Board is willing to do that.”

    Intikhab, 67, began his current stint as Pakistan coach with the three-match One-day International series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi last November. Pakistan blanked Chris Gayle’s men 3-0 in the series.

    But Pakistan’s 234-run loss against Sri Lanka in their ODI series finale in Lahore on Saturday has changed the script.

    According to the official, the PCB top brass firmly believes that Pakistan need to do a lot of hard work to come to par with the leading teams of the world.

    “The bitter truth is that we are a weak team,” said the official. “Our batting is weak while our bowling is also below-par with only Umar Gul being a world class bowler. It is quite evident that we have to do a lot of hard work to bring a significant improvement.”

  114. #114 by Pawan on January 28, 2009 - 12:19 AM

    I think Younis Khan becoming the captain is not a great move. Its a personal opinion though. I would rather hand over the captaincy to some young blood such as Miandad’s nephew, Faisal or Asim Kamaal. They will have new, fresh mindset, which might actually bring the much needed winning spirit in the team. I dunno much about domestic Pakistan cricket, but I feel that some young blood was the call of the day. Someone with attitude.

    It was clear that Malik could no more handle the pressure. YK will be a good captain, but thats that. I mean, to become world beaters, one has to take some chance. At least grooming of Faisal or Kamaal should be done under YK. I know many people won’t like Faisal’s name here, but I picked him for his ability of not pressing the panic button under pressure. Ditto with Kamaal, although he looks more like a “goody boy” type, he has played some good knocks under pressure.

    Just a thought though 🙂

  115. #115 by Awas on January 28, 2009 - 12:32 AM

    Hey Pawan

    Good to see you man…where you been?

    India was very lucky to have someone of the calibre of Dhoni. Don’t think Pakistan have anyone like that. Besides, maturity comes quite late in our guys…

    I’m disappointed at you though that you forgot to mention our own spin master Abdul-Ghani here…how could you?

  116. #116 by Pawan on January 28, 2009 - 12:41 AM

    Hello Awas,

    Good to be back as well 🙂

    I have been to India man.

    Yes, Dhoni is India’s lucky charm. Hope Pakistan unveils another Imran Khan soon.

    Oh and my apologies to Sir Abdul-Ghani, how could I forget? Dumb me! 🙂

  117. #117 by Awas on January 28, 2009 - 8:54 AM

    Dishan this time failed miserably in the 1st ODI against India but with only 246 to chase, I guess India should manage it.

  118. #118 by khansahab on January 28, 2009 - 12:06 PM

    Miandad quits as PCB director

    Cricinfo staff

    January 28, 2009

    Javed Miandad has quit as director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), bringing to an abrupt end his fourth stint with the board since retiring as a player. At a little over two months, it was considerably shorter than any of his three tenures as coach.

    Miandad stepped down after differences emerged over the exact scope of his role. There was always a lack of clarity over the exact nature of his work. He spoke openly of it as being a troubleshooting role of sorts, delving into whatever areas needed fixing.

    He unveiled grand plans for domestic cricket, but talked of removing ICL bans and played an active part in arranging the Sri Lanka tour of three ODIs. He was also known to have said that he would don a tracksuit and get out on the field to coach if needed.

    But in the contract the board offered to him yesterday, which defined his role for the first time since he took over, he found that only domestic affairs were within his ambit and thus did not sign it. “The PCB wanted to restrict me to domestic affairs and I don’t want any interference in my work. I have therefore resigned,” Miandad told AFP.

    Though Wasim Bari, the director of HR and administration, refused to confirm the news, another board official said that Miandad wasn’t happy with the contract and neither its financial rewards. “He didn’t like what he had been offered,” the official told Cricinfo. “The scope of the role was that he look after domestic cricket, infrastructure growth and work with the games director at the National Cricket Academy and be based in Karachi. He wanted more. Monetarily he also felt he deserved more given his stature as a Test cricketer.”

    Miandad later spoke to reporters at Gaddafi Stadium and denied that finances had anything to do with the decision. He said he wasn’t leaving on bad terms, but just that the role wasn’t suitable to him. “Money has nothing to do with this. I wasn’t doing the job for money. I have no problems with the PCB, just that this role didn’t suit me. I don’t leave with a heavy heart and am always available to serve cricket in this country in any capacity possible,” he said.

    Though Miandad was one of the few men not in favour of the captaincy change that saw Younis Khan replace Shoaib Malik – it wasn’t the personnel as much as what he saw as the panic-stricken reaction to defeat which he objected to – it is understood that had nothing to do with his final decision.

    My views on the matter were not sought but I am certainly not angry about yesterday’s decision. My thoughts were that you cannot base a decision on just a loss but my views weren’t sought. I have high hopes that Younis can do well,” he said.

    Miandad will continue to remain a member of the nine-member governing board committee, however.

  119. #119 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2009 - 1:40 PM

    India has won the first ODI very easily and convincingly. Pakistan also did the same but lost the next two matches, the last one was a pathetic performance, I don’t think India would make such mistakes as Pakistan did. Besides, they are playing 5 matches and not 3, which is good for both teams to rectify their errors.

    Tendulkar fell cheaply of Tushara’s bowling and did not even get a chance to face Mendis. And, Mendis has again gone wicket less just like first ODI against Pakistan.

    Miandad

    He is one person who cannot be pressurized or cut to size, its not his nature. As a player he never liked it (Lillee and Gatting cases) and, as a coach too he never liked it. Therefore, giving him a role in the management with a limited authority – he would never accept that. Financially, Miandad is well off and he won’t be worried about salaries or bonuses, he wants his say and he wants it to be implemented so the other claim is baseless and he denied it straightaway. The Punjabis should no more accuse him or label him for being jingoistic because, he was one of the few officials or, ex-players who did NOT support removal of Malik as captain.

    I have a feeling that with Zardari’s connection and a couple of more bloopers by Butt, he (Miandad) would be the next PCB Chairman…..watch my words.

  120. #120 by khansahab on January 28, 2009 - 1:41 PM

    When I knew Zardari was about to meet Ijaz Butt I could sense replacement of the captain might be on the agenda. And my suspicions have proved right:

    President Zardari initiated Malik replacement

    Karachi: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, patron of the PCB, was the man behind Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to replace Shoaib Malik as captain with Younus Khan. Sources within the President House confirmed that President Zardari was not happy with the team’s performance and especially Malik’s performance.

    “The President was not happy with the standard of the game going down. He instructed the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt to change Malik instantly,” said sources. The sudden change in captaincy also shocked coach Intikhab Alam who did not anticipate the change.

    Zardari was due to meet the Pakistan team on Tuesday but after their team’s worst ever ODI defeat, the President House stopped the team from meeting the President, only at the behest of the President.

    The meeting was held instead on Monday. Before the meeting with the President, Butt had categorically stated that Malik will not be changed after just one defeat. “You lose matches and that doesn’t mean that you change the captain,” Butt had said. But the PCB chairman had to change all that after instructions from the President.

  121. #121 by khansahab on January 28, 2009 - 1:56 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I never considered Miandad to be racially biased against anyone. I think maybe Rashid Latif was biased because he has criticised Lahore’s influence over the cricket management throughout the country. He also got quite a few Karachiites to play when he was captain.

    I think some Punjabis consider Miandad to be racist because of the enthusiasm of Urdu Speakers about Miandad. Urdu Speakers particularly were very upset when Miandad was prevented from reaching a triple hundred by Imran Khan. Wasim, Waqar, Aamir Sohail, Salim Malik and other Punjabi players also didn’t like Miandad, so I think that leads Urdu Speakers to support Miandad more.

  122. #122 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2009 - 2:21 PM

    khansahab

    On your recent comment about Butt saying that he will not remove Malik from captaincy “You lose matches and that doesn’t mean that you change the captain,” I think yesterday or a day before, you and Awas both said that Butt can make a U turn like he did in Lawson’s case. That’s because Butt doesn’t know from which side of the Butt he should speak. He makes a big noise before the real thing happens and the funny thing is he is not embarrassed.

    Pawan’s suggestion may appear weird to most Pakistanis where he demanded either Faisal Iqbal or Asim Kamal to be made captain of the team instead of YK and its not a total shocker to me. Because, Pawan is seeing it as an outsider and his views are not biased. There is a Chinese proverb: ” A man with pebble in his shoes cannot look at the stars.” Which means you are looking outwards when you are supposed to be looking inwards.

    Some time ago I was reading a book by Dr. Edward de Bono and he gave examples of a lot of successful people it also includes sports personalities such as Mike Brealy, Virgina Wade etc. He interviewed them and quoted a few. Virgina Wade was a British Tennis player and she won the 1977 Wimbledon which was Queen’s Silver Jubilee year and also Wimbledon’s centenary anyways, she said, prior to winning the championship she used to come very close and was unable to finish (like Misbah) but, her coach who saw her from outside (there wasn’t video technology at that time) was able to show her mistakes which she admitted that she was unable to see it while she was inside the court and after knowing and accepting them, she was able to rectify and that’s how she won.

    So, it is always worth to consider the suggestions made by people who are outsiders and who are not biased. I won’t be surprised if one day one smart decision is made after realizing that Fawad Alam is a budding player, why not make him the captain?

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