A QUESTION OF LEADERSHIP

Finally the PCB did what was required, and it took a Presidential order for it to happen. Shoaib Malik is captain no more, and Younis Khan has taken over the role. The woes Pakistan faced during Malik’s tumultuous tenure cannot be forgotten, but it is hoped the PCB can learn from its mistakes and will not promote people like Malik in this way in the future.

Will Younis be able to stamp his authority?

Will Younis be able to "stamp his authority"?

So what can we expect from Younis? According to the man himself, we cannot expect miracles. Younis’s press conference shortly after his appointment was actually not very encouraging for the Pakistani fan. Younis called on his players to unite for one purpose and to raise their “magic wands”, and he did not suggest anything different he would do himself to transform the problems into the solutions. Yet, Malik’s reign of stupidity and had left such a bad taste in the mouth of cricket fans, that Younis’s appointment was celebrated with rapture.

Personality wise, Younis is known to be a happy-go-lucky individual.

The Smiling Assassin of the Pakistan cricket team

The Smiling Assassin of the Pakistan cricket team

He is a good motivator and a team man. His passion for the country and his commitment to the team has never been in doubt, but he has the propensity to appear cheerful and unagitated even in the direst of circumstances. However, somewhere behind the cheerful visage, there lies a temperamental individual who can sometimes behave unreasonably. Younis’s altercation with Shaharyar Khan led to the latter’s resignation as Chairman PCB, and Younis has also refused captaincy twice, much to the disappointment of his fans.  This time, Younis apparently sensed the team was in desperate need of a strong leader, and has accepted the position without any tough demands. There are many who will doubt it,  but this is what is being reported by the press.

What makes Younis different from Malik is that Younis has an automatic place in both the ODI and Test teams, and on the basis of seniority Younis commands more respect than Malik.

Arguably Youniss toughest challenge will be to make a divided team, a united team

Arguably Younis's toughest challenge will be to make a divided team, a united team

There are numerous challenges that lie before Younis. Firstly, he needs to make the team united, no matter what it takes. This in turn will improve the team morale and confidence. Malik’s reign as captain saw the flourishing of factions and divisions in the team, that often showed when the players were on the field. Younis can achieve these objectives by equal treatment of all players. He will have to initiate an “open door” policy with seniors and juniors alike, and he will have to treat his colleagues the same way he would like to be treated.

The second challenge before Younis

Younis needs to harness the capabilities of players like Nasir Jamshed who have shown bundles of talent

Younis needs to harness the capabilities of players like Nasir Jamshed who have shown bundles of talent

will be to identify the match winners in his team and encourage them by any means necessary. Pakistan needs consistent match winners but for that a confident and proactive captain is needed, someone who is not always worried about his own performances, but plays a part in making other players more consistent and better at what they do. This is particularly important in relation to the opening slot. Younis must offer chances to players like Nasir Jamshed and encourage them endlessly.

Finally, Younis needs to instill aggression into the minds of his players, but that aggression must also be complemented by proactive field placing and body language. He must instill the culture that Dhoni has instilled in his men: to enjoy the game and not be afraid of losing, but being afraid of not trying your best.

The man who has been destroying Pakistan cricket for the past 2 years- perhaps inept and destined to fail, but we wish him well

The man who has been destroying Pakistan cricket for the past 2 years- perhaps inept and destined to fail, but we wish him well

Towards the end, I want to say a few words for Shoaib Malik. Malik may have tried his best, but he was not captaincy material. In my opinion his limited overs batting performance is satisfactory, although he has many critics who also disapprove of his batting technique in ODI’s and T20. I wish Malik all the best in his career, and for his sake I hope he can improve his performances in ODI’s and Tests both. I would also take this opportunity to apologise to Malik and Malik’s fans if this blog offended them, but as journalists we were doing what we thought is best for the team. Much of what we said about Malik has now come true and we do deserve some credit for that. Younis has admitted today that Malik will remain a senior player in the side and he will not be dropped, so here’s wishing Malik all the best.

Younis the chamption. Will he make a difference?

Younis the champion. Will he make a difference?

In the end, congratulations to Younis Khan. For the reasons outlined above, Younis will do a better job than Malik. After years of disappointment and overall decline in the team’s performance, Younis’s appointment has given us some reason to cheer about. This is a rarity in Pakistan cricket, so let us cherish it while it lasts.  BETTER TIMES ARE MOST CERTAINLY AHEAD.

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  1. #1 by khansahab on January 28, 2009 - 3:11 PM

    Younis assures sound relationship with Malik

    Younis Khan, in his first press conference since being named Pakistan captain, gave his support to his predecessor Shoaib Malik and backed him to retain his place in the team. The Pakistan Cricket Board had acted immediately after Pakistan’s heavy loss to Sri Lanka in the recent ODI series and the first casualty was Malik, whose captaincy credentials and place in the side have been under scrutiny since he took over after the 2007 World Cup.

    Malik’s tenure will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, with senior players finding themselves isolated and even some younger players suffering, in addition to the team’s inconsistent showings. Younis, however, insisted that he enjoyed a good relationship with Malik despite the captaincy change and said it is important they support each other.

    “Malik is a senior player and he is a regular member of the team,” Younis said. “He is like a younger brother to me. We talked on the telephone yesterday and there’s complete harmony among us.”

    Younis said yesterday that he needed the firm backing of his players if the team needs to move forward. He wanted his players to wave magic wands and show more consistency, starting with the two-Test series against Sri Lanka next month, his first series as captain in an official capacity.

    “I want to lead the side from the front like Imran Khan used to do,” Younis said. “It’s a challenge for us and hopefully when we play the second test in Lahore, we will win the trophy against Sri Lanka. Wherever we went after Saturday’s defeat against Sri Lanka we felt awkward and guilty because we lost badly.”

  2. #2 by khansahab on January 28, 2009 - 3:17 PM

    I did my best as captain: Shoaib Malik

    KARACHI: Shoaib Malik on Wednesday admitted that he was disappointed after losing the captaincy of Pakistan cricket team but said he had no issues playing under new captain Younus Khan and will try to give his best to the side.

    “Obviously anyone would be disappointed at losing the captaincy,” Malik said.

    “But the Chairman of the Board requested me to step down at this stage and I agreed because nothing is bigger then the team,” he said.

    On Tuesday, Malik was asked to step down in the wake of Pakistan’s series loss to Sri Lanka with the team being bowled out for 75 in the final match at Lahore.

    The Pakistan Board has appointed Younis Khan as the new captain while Misbah-ul Haq remains the vice-captain.

    Malik dismissed suggestions that it would be hard for him to continue in the team because of the ill feeling created between him and senior players during his captaincy.

    “There was and is no ill-feeling and I did my best to give them respect. If the Board feels the time is right for a new captain I have no problems. For me playing for Pakistan remains an honour,” Malik added.

    Malik made it clear he had a lot of respect for the senior players including Younis.

    “I did my best as captain. I am human and may have made mistakes but time and people would be the judge of how well I captained the side. It was a great learning experience and I felt I had started improving a lot,” Malik said.

    The allrounder, who captained the side between April 2007 and until now, said he would now focus on his own game and try to improve his performances to a level where the team can benefit.

    The media has reported that the Board decided to remove Malik as captain after the Lahore match because of the negative vibes they got from senior players and the team management.

    Things apparently came to head between Malik and senior players when he went ahead and signed the new central contracts after having told the other players they were some issues in the new contract and they should not sign before sorting them out with the board.

  3. #3 by Awas on January 28, 2009 - 3:29 PM

    On Miandad

    “Punjabis should no more accuse him or label him for being jingoistic”

    Which Punjabi did that here?

    Miandad has been a hero of many people from all over Pakistan as he was mine too. I rate him just as highly as Imran except that Imran was more cultured and Miandad perhaps had more guts but Imran wasn’t less in that department either. So, I don’t know if anyone has called him “racially biased” here? Even when he was being criticised for favouringing his nephew, I never did as I often said he may be seeing something in his nephew that perhaps we can’t. Again, Pawan’s earlier post proves that some people do indeed see Faisal Iqbal differently.

    Even for Rashid Latif picking of Karachiites doesn’t necessarily mean he is biased. His criticism of Lahore’s influence is nevertheless justified. Due criticism is never racist.

  4. #4 by khansahab on January 28, 2009 - 3:41 PM

    Miandad has a problem, says Akram

    As Javed Miandad on Wednesday resigned from the post of Pakistan Cricket Board’s Director General, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram felt the problem lied with the ex-batsman as never appears satisfied with any role in the establishment.

    “Whenever Javed bhai has been given some role, he has had some problems. He has been around in Pakistan cricket for a long while but I think there must be some problems with him,” Akram told espnstar.Com.

    The former pacer, however felt there must be some solid reason behind Miandad’s resignation.

    “Look, I do not know the reasons yet. I am sure there are reasons behind the resignation. We will all get to know in a couple of days what they are,” he said.

    Akram was also concerned with the way the PCB was being run and felt it was now directionless.

    “The PCB lacks directions now. Nobody has any clue as to what is happening and that is a cause for concern,” he said.

    Pakistan suffered a humiliating ODI series loss at the hands of Sri Lanka last on Saturday, which eventually triggered the sacking of Malik, something which upset Miandad.

    However, a PCB official Asif Suhail played down the scenario around Miandad saying the Pakistani legend had only refused to accept the written contract.

    “All the agreements that we had with him so far were verbal. When he was offered the appointment letter yesterday, Miandad refused the contract,” he said.

  5. #5 by khansahab on January 28, 2009 - 3:44 PM

    Wasim Akram is right that PCB is lacking direction.

    No one has a clue what is going on. The combination of Butt, Miandad, Altaf and Amir Sohail was never destined to succeed, many people say.

  6. #6 by Awas on January 28, 2009 - 4:21 PM

    I forgot to mention in my above comment that if Wasim, Waqar, Aamir Sohail, Salim Malik and other Punjabi players also didn’t like Miandad that may well be to do with his personality more than anything else.

    khansahab

    A wonderful thread…more on that later.

    On “no one has a clue what is going on”…I agree!

  7. #7 by Steeler on January 28, 2009 - 4:25 PM

    I would like to see

    PCB Chairman: Javed Miandad

    Coaches: Aaqib Javed & Waqar Younis

    Chief Selector: Salahuddin Ahmed

    Captain: Younis Khan

    Voice Captain: Umar Gul

    We also need a couple of good left handed batsmen, a genuine leg spinner, a pace bowler to compliment Umar Gul, a genuine all rounder, and a good wicket keeper batsman.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2009 - 4:30 PM

    Awas its not you but, the guy who called Mohajirs as Mutterway on this blog, he said that Miandad is a racist and a jingoist and he promotes Karachi players and he wants to bring his nephew into the team. Whereas, he conveniently ignored the fact that Majid Khan also used all his powers and resources in getting his son Bazid Khan into the team not once but, many times and, no one called him a biased, racist or a jingoistic. If you compare Faisal Iqbal and Bazid Khan, the former is much better in terms of his game and technique also, he has a better average. So, if Pawan sees that quality in him, I have concurred his views in my previous comment about how outsiders see things differently.

    As regards Miandad, just because he is not very well educated, doesn’t speak English very well, looks wise he is not a handsome hunk they call him a paindoo but, he is street smart and also has a great cricketing brain. Unfortunately, people respect only those who are charismatic and good looking. If they have to choose a leader between a handsome and an ugly person they choose the former and ignore the later.

    Awas; it is a fact that most cricket lovers even in Punjab liked Miandad’s batting and no one can ignore his contribution to the game, but its a fact the PCB officials from Punjab don’t want him to be holding a key position in the organization. By not inviting him to Lahore for the 3rd ODI against SL is an example of how biased they are. Besides, the way they tried to sideline him by restricting his role only for domestic cricket and asking him to sign a document to accept what they want is another example of sinister their motives are. Miandad is not educated but, he is not a dimwit dolt to blindly sign any document.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2009 - 4:42 PM

    “Whenever Javed bhai has been given some role, he has had some problems. He has been around in Pakistan cricket for a long while but I think there must be some problems with him,” Wasim Akram told espnstar.Com.

    It is better that Wasim Akram should keep his trap shut.
    Everyone knows how corrupt Akram is and how he is lucky that he got away without any punishment. Akram, because of his involvement in betting and match fixing cases cannot and MUST NOT be allowed to take any post in the PCB not even on a contract basis. He should not try to fool the masses by coming back to the country after the Mumbai incident and now playing a “Holier than Thou” attitude. People should not pardon him for what he did. And, he has no right to talk against Miandad who at least has a clean record for being honest, sincere, dedicated to the country and always played with a lot determination and commitment.

    Whereas, Akram despite being so talented was and is still very greedy and his personal interests are always more important to him than the country’s interest or its honour and integrity. He cheated and deceived everyone, not just the team but, the whole nation. And, not once but a few times. So, it is better that he should keep quite before someone stuffs an old smelly pair of socks in his mouth.

  10. #10 by Spin King Abdul on January 28, 2009 - 4:47 PM

    Khanshab on your comment saying your 7 ft is a complete pagal joke. We know your height and now need to be ashamed about your gravity as it’s the knowledge which counts. And when Steeler acknowleged my comments and rated me as a better cricket analyst than u no need to get offended and insulted over your intelligence as it’s his personal opinion and has a right to voice it. So no need to be insulted or jealous because after all it’s only blogging and most of us have much more on our schedule than spending 24/7 on the internet.

    Anway as regards to that 7 ft statement as a muslim u shouldn’t really be lying about your height to sound bigger because jelousy is a horrible thing which you have expressed both over height and intelligence.

    As regards to Younis Khan’s bowling you may be right about him being the premier spinner as he came on before Kaneria and Afridi and bowled equally as much as them in Habib Bank’s. Now u may want to take your words back on the matter but good observation and yes u are right about Kaneria eating out his heart due to Younis’s credentials with the ball. See for yourself on cricinfo !

    Again I think I know for on cricket than u so no need to be insulted.

    cheer up my friend !

  11. #11 by Awas on January 28, 2009 - 4:50 PM

    Javed

    I wasn’t thinking even for a second that you were hinting at me as all you guys know my views. I honestly couldn’t remember if any Punjabi guy here labelled Miandad as Jingoistic. But if you say that guy you referred did then I don’t doubt your memory.

    Again when Miandad was sidelined for Lahore invitation that could be due to personality clash too other than what you said. If it was totally for other “sinister” reasons then he wouldn’t have been made an official by the same management at the first place.

    In any case importantly he is still on the nine members Board of Governors (and he should) and he also said “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”.

  12. #12 by Spin King Abdul on January 28, 2009 - 4:59 PM

    Imran Khan: “Younis is the best batsman in the team and is respected by fellow players because he gives his best and can demand the same from others”.

    I agree 100% about this quote from the lion of Pakistan. Habib Bank also won there match with Younis Khan and Kaneria performing which shows promise for the upcoming test series.Congrats to him and co whereas elsewhere India continue there invincible run against Srilanka who have somehow manged to bat first in the last 4 matched every time.

    I’m of for Magrib now and I’m signing of for the day. Once again Mr Lawyer saab don’t get offended as it’s all light hearted but that intelligence maybe the truth which you’d have to accpet.

    Salam

  13. #13 by Steeler on January 28, 2009 - 5:01 PM

    Abdul the Spin Emperor

    *You stamped your authority again today by showing everyone what the decency and class is! Yes, most of these guys don’t know about Younis being a premier wrist spinner back in the days. Khansahab especially is very insecure about his posts and when I try to side you, he gets very jealous and wants the same attention I give you. Also, he did not like your comments about DRC’s good looks. I mean come on, you are young, and you just spoke your mind, I thought it was cute and bold of you! I think Khansahab has started acting like that since you mentioned you are 6’ plus. He feel svery intimidated by you now! Again, I am agree with what you have said here.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2009 - 5:12 PM

    Theo baaz ajao, usko channay kay “durrkhut” pay na charhao, sirf chay foot ka buccha hai gir jai ga tou chhot lag jai gee 🙂

    Khansahab

    The point you have highlighted in your comment about Malik telling everyone not to sign the central contracts and then, he went behind them and was the first one to sign. He must have told them, see others are ganging up and not signing the CC and me, I am such an honest and obedient bloke that I will sign for you even on a KORA Kaaggaz. That’s the real Malik. He used to lay flat in front of Inzamam by saying, ‘wherever Inzi bhai wants me to play, I will play, whether it is below the belt or above it, I am agree.’ And, now you will see he would be licking YK’s rear end to be in the team. Because, there was a big debate and many senior players like MoYo criticized that Malik cannot fit in a test XI. So, the only way he can get in is by wearing Kamran Akmal’s velvet gloves and by staying behind YK like a body guard.

  15. #15 by Spin King Abdul on January 28, 2009 - 5:14 PM

    Steeler also Khanshab is a fussy eater and doesn’t like Koftah ! He prefers kids pizzas’s !

    To further add he also doesn’t like people emailing him and finds it “annoying”. Anway I agree 100% of what u said here. Don’t u as well think jelousy is a bad thing ?

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2009 - 5:15 PM

    Javed – I wasn’t thinking even for a second that you were hinting at me as all you guys know my views. Awas

    Awas, when I wrote NOT you, that doesn’t mean I was hinting at you it was only a figure of speech when you said, who………? Anyways, I understand your point very well, that was only a general comment from me and if it was specific it was for that person but defo not u. 🙂

  17. #17 by Steeler on January 28, 2009 - 5:34 PM

    Abdul the Spin Superman

    *Jealousy is a very bad thing indeed; people get a lot of divorces over this human trait. I’m glad you are very intellectual and tolerant type person and does not behave like Khansahab do.
    I can’t believe Khansahab finds your emails annoying! Like I said when you made the mistake of revealing your height, he is acting very weird these days. You should post your picture also to make him burn when DRC, Sweetie, and Vanilla Pod comment about your dashing looks –:)
    Hahaha, I can’t believe Khansahab eats kid’s pizza, next time he will be drinking baby milk formula.

  18. #18 by Awas on January 29, 2009 - 1:56 PM

    Spin King Abdul Ghani

    Comment 10

    Wow! I’m impressed as I agree you know more about cricket and your knowledge is far…far…far… oooops…better!!!

    Can I tell you something?…even Steeler is rubbish at cricket. You are top man and you have really stamped your authority now with Steeler’s admiration of you. Why do you think I was annoyed on your behalf with Pawan earlier?

    Anyway, as Steeler says, besides me, put your picture there and watch your ratings climb like in the ICC ratings…

  19. #19 by khansahab on January 29, 2009 - 5:43 PM

    Malik Like A Younger Brother To Me—- Younis Khan

    Newly appointed Pakistan captain Younis Khan backed his predecessor Shoaib Malik to remain in the team and promised an improved performance in the two-Test series against Sri Lanka next month.

    Malik was replaced as captain after Sri Lanka inflicted Pakistan’s heaviest limited-overs defeat – by 234 runs – to clinch the series 2-1 in Lahore on Saturday.

    “Malik is a senior player and he is a regular member of the team,” Khan said on Wednesday. “He is like a younger brother to me. We talked on telephone and there’s complete harmony among us.”

    Khan said he is inspired to lead the team in the style of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan.

    “I want to lead the side from the front like Imran used to do,” Khan said.

    The 31-year-old Khan could only score 20, four and four in three innings against Sri Lanka, but is already planning revenge.

    “It’s a challenge for us and hopefully when we play the second test in Lahore, we will win the trophy against Sri Lanka,” he said.

    “Wherever we went after (Saturday’s) defeat against Sri Lanka we felt awkward and guilty because we lost badly.”

    It will be Pakistan’s first Test since playing India in December 2007. Australia postponed their tour to Pakistan due to security concerns in March last year, and two proposed Tests against the West Indies in November fell through.

    Khan expects pitches to be prepared that will suit leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and fast bowler Umar Gul against Sri Lanka.

    “If I will be consulted, I would surely go for good supporting tracks because in Kaneria and Gul we have two good quality bowlers,” Khan said.

  20. #20 by khansahab on January 29, 2009 - 5:46 PM

    Under-performing Pakistan cricketers face axe

    Karachi, Jan 29: Pakistan`s chief selector Abdul Qadir has hinted that some of the under-performing senior players could be rested for the two-match Test series that begins in Karachi next month.

    A former leg-spinner, Qadir, said Pakistani cricketers showed lack of spirit and commitment in their shocking 234-run defeat in the in the last match of the One-day series against Sri Lanka in Lahore last week.

    As a result, national selectors are considering several changes in the team, he said, without naming the players likely to be axed.

    Senior players like comeback fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, all-rounder Shahid Afridi and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal were among the biggest failures in the series against Sri Lanka.

    Pakistani officials are giving the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka a lot of importance as it would serve as a dress rehearsal for Pakistan`s tour of Sri Lanka this July. Pakistan will play three-Tests and five One-dayers during the tour.

    Qadir said all the leading players will be provided ample opportunities to prove their form and fitness ahead of the Test. He said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will stage two five-day selection matches in Karachi and Lahore.

    Karachi will host the first Test from Feb 22 and the second in Lahore.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 29, 2009 - 5:47 PM

    “Malik is a senior player and he is a regular member of the team,” Khan said on Wednesday. “He is like a younger brother to me.” Khansahab

    Hainnnnnn until yesterday Malik was a BABY captain and today he is a senior player? YK won’t drop Malik, he will drop the ball and will ask Malik, tu chukk zara …. I am with you my younger bro I am right behind you. 🙂

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 29, 2009 - 5:52 PM

    Anyways, its a good news that the PCB will stage two five day selection matches in Karachi and Lahore to provide ample opportunities for all players to show their form. YK’s confirmation that Kaneria will play means Afridi’s chances are dim. If YK has any vision about taking revenge then he has to get aggressive players in his team and not defensive because, even in test matches it is the aggressive players who turn the tables and not the tuk tuk tuk kernay valay and those who play for their individual goals.

  23. #23 by khansahab on January 29, 2009 - 5:58 PM

    Shortly after Younis’s appointment as captain there was a special bulletin on a leading TV channel that mentioned Asim Kamal, Faisal Iqbal and Sarfraz Ahmed might be making their return to the team.

    It is very unfair to include Asim Kamal now; what is the basis of this possible selection?

    Faisal Iqbal also does not deserve a place. He is history.

    The PCB suggested 3 names for vice captaincy:

    1) Misbah- Misbah might continue as VC

    2) Faisal Iqbal- Faisal who is educated and more polished than most other cricketers

    3) Shoaib Akhtar- it is said PCB is considering a promotion might help Akhtar get back into rhythm

    In my opinion, Gul should be the vice captain. If not Gul, then Salman Butt but Butt needs to perform more consistently and especially improve himself in Tests.

  24. #24 by khansahab on January 29, 2009 - 6:03 PM

    Ejaz Butt to urge Javed Miandad to reconsider resignation

    Dubai, Jan 29: The resignation of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Director General Javed Miandad has still not been accepted by the PCB, the board’s Human Resources (HR) chief Wasim Bari said.

    According to a newspaper report, PCB chairman Ejaz Butt is expected to urge Miandad to continue on the post.

    “PCB chairman Ejaz Butt, who is in Perth to attend the ICC meeting, is likely to speak to Miandad before deciding taking any decision over the resignation,” Bari said.

    Butt may try to pacify Miandad by offering more power to his job description to avoid the crisis, the paper said.

    Earlier, Miandad had challenged the capability of the present top officials of the PCB, saying : “If you want results from me then you have to give me enough powers. I’ve given more than 40 years of my life to cricket. Nobody in the Board knows more about cricket than me.”

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 29, 2009 - 6:09 PM

    khansahab

    Agreed that Afridi, Akmal and Akhtar did not perform in the recent ODI’s against SL but who else performed well? Other than the first match fluke opening partnership a mere 50 does not mean great performance! And, Misbah has been failing since a long time, I have not seen him performing after his test century in India and then he was a complete failure in the IPL too, so on what basis he gets a spot in the team and that too the possible post of a VC? This is khullam khulla Dhandlee and Jingoism. You cannot compare the role of Akhtar and Akmal with Afridi. Afridi’s catches were dropped right, left and center by Akmal and Ajmal.

    About Kaneria, you will see that he will end up giving hundreds of runs and hardly a wicket or two; does it justify to replace him with Afridi? Alam should be in the team for sure. I dunno if his name will come in the squad or not? Also, whether he will get to play in the pre-test selection matches.

    Too much dependence on Gul is a mistake, you will burn that player and he has a tendency to get injured very often. So, what will be Malik’s role? 12th man? Naah, he is a great chukkoo he will be in the side. Besides, he has Butt support from the rear.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 29, 2009 - 6:15 PM

    The only reason Butt and Bari has not accepted Miandad’s resignation is bakaouz of Miandad’s friendship or support from Zardari, varna kab ka kur chukay hotay…. Butt, is afraid that he might loose his job and Zardari may appoint Miandad as the PCB chief. So, there is always a reason behind such noble words i.e., to pacify him by giving him more powers etc. 🙂

  27. #27 by Steeler on January 29, 2009 - 6:27 PM

    I think without Yousuf Pakistan has little chance of winning the test series against SL. Pak bowling never looked that non-threatening in a while. The new fast bowlers need a lot of grooming. One strategy would be to add a couple of young batsmen from the domestic cricket. History shows us that a lot of these rookie batsmen perform well in their first few games then just sink forever for reasons we all know. I also fear that Akmal might retain his place in the team because he seems immune to be dropped by pathetic performances. All in all, it would be another PCB circus.

  28. #28 by Awas on January 29, 2009 - 6:28 PM

    khansahab

    As you know, I suggested only Gul’s name as VC to be groomed for the future, in the previous thread too….so, I agree.

  29. #29 by Awas on January 29, 2009 - 6:32 PM

    Javed

    Being a VC is not that much of a burden…only when you have to deputise for the absent captain.

  30. #30 by Awas on January 29, 2009 - 6:53 PM

    Javed

    No laugh but can I smile 🙂

    Seriously though for shorter version there is no better choice than Sahibzada. However, Pakistan is better off with one leader only. Even one is too much for them. They all sing their own tunes 🙂

    Why should I mind you disagreeing with the VC choice? I don’t think it’s too soon…Gul has been around a long time it feels.

  31. #31 by Steeler on January 29, 2009 - 7:15 PM

    I am agree with Awas and Spin Emperor Abdul on Gul being the vice captain. Afridi needs to elevate his batting to be considered for captain in the short format of game. Opening the innings is the only way he can achieve that.

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 30, 2009 - 4:39 AM

    Debacle report highly critical of Malik
    Friday, January 30, 2009
    From Abdul Mohi Shah

    ISLAMABAD: The report on the Pakistan cricket team’s debacle in the recent series against Sri Lanka, that has been received by the Presidency in Islamabad, has stressed the need for adopting professionalism in all the departments under a new captain who knows the art leading from the front.

    According to the available details, the management has written a whole page on Shoaib Malik’s inability to handle the team.

    “He has been under our study for the last two series. We tried to back him as much as we could. But surprisingly he has got no interaction with the players and lacks seriousness to lead a national team. It was the coach and manager alone who tried to built up the players’ confidence during the two one-day series and Shoaib has given a look of almost a stranger in the dressing room,” the report says.

    The report said that Shoaib never tried to interact with the players. “We want a leader who knows the art of leading from the front and has the ability to earn respect from players.”

    The report also suggested the name of Younis Khan as the possible captain.

    It has also been mentioned that there was a lack of professionalism in all the departments of the game.

    “There is a need for a new combination as an opening pair. Khurram Manzoor has been given enough chances and his performance is far from consistent. His technique hardly gives us any hope which could be expected from a solid opener,” the submitted report says.

    The management report suggested the names of Umar Amin and Nasir Jamshed as the possible answer to the opening problem. “The two players could be tried and there is a good possibility that we would go on to raise a dependable pair along with Salman Butt.”

    The report also made serious reservations on the team’s inability to raise a dependable batsman at the No 7 position. “All the leading teams in the world have got the luxury of having a solid batsman at No 7. However, Pakistan is still struggling to raise one.”

    The management also questioned the role of the wicket-keeper. “Kamran Akmal tends to make errors as a wicket-keeper, though he is a good prospect as a batsman. His keeping is the main concern at the moment.”

    They also blamed the new ball pair of Shoaib Akhtar and Sohail Tanvir for giving too many opportunities to the opponents in the series against Sri Lanka. “Like all other departments, we would also have to look for dependable attack bowlers.”

    The management also proposed including a specialist spinner in both forms of the games, saying that Danish Kaneria is the best prospect and could be given an opportunity in the matches to come.

  33. #33 by khansahab on January 30, 2009 - 9:23 AM

    LOL, Asaf has been banned and when Asaf met the IPL organisers a few weeks ago he said, “I want to play for my country and so I have terminated my contract with IPL”.

    Of course the truth is that he CANNOT play for the IPL until the next IPL season in 2010.

    IPL bans Asif for one year

    MUMBAI: Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif has been banned for one year by the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Friday.

    Mohammad Asif cannot play IPL cricket up to September 15, 2009, according the IPL tribunal.

    Asif was charged for using eye drops containing nandrolone, a banned drug.

  34. #34 by khansahab on January 30, 2009 - 9:28 AM

    Javed A Khan

    Agreed Manzoor was unimpressive in ODI’s but he showed himself to be a Test type player. It was wrong for the selectors to choose him over Nasir Jamshed in ODI’s but they must not make the same mistake in Tests and drop him because his style is more suited to Tests.

    Nasir cannot survive in Test matches in the long run because he likes to play expansive shots and playing him is risky, especially since there is no other stable opener Pakistan has at the moment.

    I also don’t think Afridi can be a better bowler than Kaneria in Tests. Afridi is the type of bowler who takes wickets surprising the batsman with many variations but in Tests, it is equally important for a spinner to keep attacking at the same line and length for a sustained period. Although Afridi has variety he does not have a lot of control and it is hard for him to bowl the same type of delivery more than 2 or 3 times in an over. If Afridi were captain I would most certainly want him to captain the Test team, but if he isn’t the captain then there is no real prospect of him being selected for Tests, especially as a specialist legspinner. Kaneria is the leading wicket taker in the Q&A Trophy so that compounds the situation for Afridi.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 30, 2009 - 3:40 PM

    khansahab

    I dunno if you have watched Kaneria closely or, heard comments from experts, he tries too many variations and that’s why he is so expensive. In SA, against England and in Aus. he gave hundreds of runs for just a few wickets. Even the last stats that I’ve posted yesterday for Omer, you can see the difference between his economy rate and Afridi’s.

    Even if you compare the overall career economy rate of both these players there isn’t much difference. Kaneria’s economy rate is .19 better and av. is also marginally better. But, Afridi has played 180 test less matches than Kaneria and his overall contribution as a player is incomparable, he has 5 hundreds, 8 fifties and an average of 37.40 in tests and Kaneria’s batting average is 6.4 and fielding wise, Zameen aur Aasman ka farq hai.

    Other than Saqlain, Pakistan has not produced a good spinner he not only used to take wickets but, also contained the batsmen. None of the other spinners including Qadir ever impressed me. And no one is as good as Warne and Murali. Mendis has a long way to go to join that elite club.

  36. #36 by khansahab on January 30, 2009 - 4:18 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Agreed about Afridi va Kaneria in your last comment.

    Have you heard about Shoaib Akhtar being ruled out for the Sri Lanka Tests due to injury?

    Now were we right all this time that he is useless, or did we oppose him because of some bias or prejudice?

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 30, 2009 - 4:27 PM

    khansahab

    Sow-aib actor is Ulysees. 🙂 And do I have to say that “I am agree?”

    Munir, where art thou? Munir can verify this. In Sharjah in that cute Sharjah Soukh there is a novelty store called, “Useless Novelties” and when I saw that sign board, I got a bit curious and the owner was standing at the door, a typical Paindoo. I asked him, is this your store? He said, yes with a big smile. Then, I asked him the reason and the meaning behind the name Useless Novelties? Novelty aur vo bhee Useless?

    He said, ” this was my dream. When I was young in sakool, I saw a InGlash filam in which the Hero’s name was “Useless” and he fot with a DraygOn and keel it with a spear. Sinace than, I am decided if eye open any business it will be my hero name.” Ker lo jo kerna hai. 🙂

  38. #38 by khansahab on January 30, 2009 - 4:30 PM

    Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh: schedule finalised

    KARACHI: Pakistan will tour Bangladesh to play two Twenty20 and five one-day internationals, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Friday.

    “The Pakistan team will leave for the Bangladesh tour on March 7 and play two Twenty20 matches in Dhaka on March 10 and 12, before playing the first three one-day internationals in Dhaka on March 13, 15 and 17,” the PCB said.

    The remaining two limited-over internationals will be played in Chittagong on March 20 and 22.

  39. #39 by khansahab on January 30, 2009 - 4:33 PM

    Bad news!

    Umar Gul and Yasir Arafat have both been injured. The doctors have advised them rest and it is very likely they will not play against Sri Lanka.

    This means Pakistan will have to go with a completely inexperienced bowling attack.

    My guess is Sohail Khan should be played along with 2 fast bowlers who are VERY fast. Otherwise Pakistan don’t have a chance.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 30, 2009 - 4:36 PM

    khansahab yae bhee koi Malak ki saazish ho gi, jaisay yahoodiyoun ki saazish vaisee 🙂
    Btw, who are these two other VARY Fast Bowlers? Pakistan in any case has no chance of winning aur ab tou aur bhee numaya ho gaya, the writing is on the wall, loud and clear. 2-0 defeat is staring in the eyes of the cowards. g2g take care.

  41. #41 by Spin King on January 30, 2009 - 4:57 PM

    Javed A khan : “Other than Saqlain, Pakistan has not produced a good spinner ”
    U probably new I was going to attack this statement. Qadir followed by Mushtaq were the greatest spinners Pakistan have produced. Pakistan has been god gifted in this department due to tradition and culture of having shuttle wrists. I mean not many teams around the world can produce bowlers who can bowl the googly or doosra , can they ?

    I feel those 2 deliveries along with reverse swing have been the secret success of Pakistan in bowling department.

    As regards to Kaneria yes I agree that his stike rate and the amount of runs she concedes is below par but we must remember he has been a successful “ matchwinner” for Pakistan and has been very impressive in domestic cricket. I feel he can break records in test cricket and be the leading Pakistan wicket taker of all time.

    Anyway for one day cricket I certainly rate Mansoor Amjad as a prospect. Don’t u ? Now he certainly is a prospect I rate highly as did late coach Bob Woolmer. U can see glimpses of Abdul Qadir in his action and attacking approach to the crease. He also has made amends with his hattrick against Bangladesh.

    The final fall of wickets on this link gives u a sound insight into Mansoor
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mTzUhu_FusE
    Are u thinking what I am !

    As shown in that link he is of quality. His first wicket was tossed up there on a good line and length outside the off stump and turned away. The second was again thrown up there and defeated the batsmen with a bit of turn. Finally true PERFECTION with that googly that was beautifully executed outside the off stump and bowled the batsmen through the gate. Also as u can see in that video he is a decent fielder and a handy batsman to accomplish his bowling and therefore if u can’t afford Kaneria in ODI u certainly will buy this prospect who promises great things in years to come.
    A true matchwinner and just like Qadir had a lethal googly which can bamboozle batsmen!

    Also it comes to my mind that u hold some grief against leg spinners. Leggies and unorthodox offies have been the real threats against batting line ups for a fact.

  42. #42 by Awas on January 31, 2009 - 12:59 AM

    Spin King Abdul Ghani

    I like your analyses on spinners. I guess, like Steeler, Javed is rubbish at spin bowling too 🙂 Little do they know Spin King rules!

    Qadir was my favourite, mainly because of his mesmerising follow up action. No bowler beats him on that. As you say, he had a lethal googly too.

    Laikin Bhai, iss beycharey Kaneria ko she kiwoon bana diya? Kamaal hai yaar!!!

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 31, 2009 - 1:12 AM

    LOL @ Awas for noting Kaneria Bai……… to be very honest I deliberately skip the googlies completely. 🙂

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 31, 2009 - 5:01 AM

    PCB drops idea of trial matches
    Saturday, January 31, 2009 By our correspondent>

    KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has once again taken a u-turn on holding five-day trial games ahead of the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka next month.

    It was chief selector Abdul Qadir’s idea to have trial matches ahead of the ODI and Test series against Sri Lanka but was shot down earlier this month by PCB top bosses.

    However, the Board had recently said that it would hold two five-day matches in Karachi and Lahore before the Test series.

    But Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam said on Friday that the idea has been dropped again.

    “The boys have been given training programmes,” he said. “Some of them will be resting, while others will be competing in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy games, which is why we have decided against having trial matches,” said Intikhab.

    The coach said that the decision was taken following consultations with Qadir.

    “He (Qadir) has agreed to the new programme,” he said. “All the boys are now focused on the Test series against Sri Lanka and we are confident of fielding a strong team in it.”

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 31, 2009 - 5:13 AM

    The above news on the PCB, dropping the idea of holding 2 five day trial matches in Karachi and Lahore confirms that the PCB is so full of “Bull… Bleep.”

    They are BIG mouth, full of braggadocio, each one giving statements to the media, there is no coordination, there is no policy, there is no system. Butt speaks from both ends, Qadir keeps on hopping like a frog in the hot water pot, Intikhab wakes up and says something else, Saleem Altaf snoozes, yawns and blabs there are a few others who simply keeps “chookking” the droppings of these 4payas and there is a total mess in the organization.

    WTF do they have to announce through the media and then someone else says, Oh, no thats not gonna happen, it was Qadir’s stupid idea, he did not discuss it with us and that is impossible bakaoz we don’t agree with it. So, there is a war of words and mudslinging going on and we don’t know when this whole trash would be removed?

    According to the constitution of the PCB, the Chairman of the PCB and its officials must be elected and not appointed by the Patron in Chief Mista Zardari. If such Ad hoc decisions are taken on a regular basis the demise of cricket in Pakistan is not too far.

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 31, 2009 - 5:16 AM

    HEIGHT OF BAY-GHAIRATI ISSI KA NAAM HAI

    Ministry issues IPL clearance
    Saturday, January 31, 2009

    ISLAMABAD: Federal sports minister Aftab Shah Jilani said on Friday that the ministry has NO objection to its cricketers competing in the Indian Premier League.

    “We feel it’s a private league in which Pakistani players compete in an individual capacity,” said Jilani.

    The sports minister said President Asif Zardari, patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board, had sought the ministry’s opinion on players’ participation in this year’s IPL, a highly lucrative twenty20 tournament that begins April 10.

    “We have replied to the presidency on this issue and now it’s up to the players and the PCB,” he said.

    Leading Pakistan players including Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif and Kamran Akmal all played in last year’s IPL.

    Earlier this month, the government denied permission for its hockey team to play in a four-nation tournament in India in the wake of terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

  47. #47 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 10:10 AM

    Miandad quit over pay dispute: report

    Saturday, 31 Jan, 2009

    ISLAMABAD: Javed Miandad resigned as director general of the Pakistan Cricket Board after being offered a ‘low’ monthly salary, a report said on Saturday.

    A local newspaper published a handwritten letter from PCB’s human resources director Wasim Bari to chief operating officer Salim Altaf after discussing the contract with Miandad.

    The report said Miandad was offered 500,000 rupees ($6,300) per month in the contract which the former test captain and coach refused last Wednesday, resigning the position he had held on an honorary basis since November.

    ‘He (Miandad) earns 75,000 rupees/50,000 rupees for a one hour program on TV,’ Bari’s letter read.

    ‘As he is a renowned international cricketer therefore he should be paid accordingly as (former India coach) Greg Chappell and (ex-Pakistan coach) Geoff Lawson.’

    The letter also said that Miandad wanted to take full charge of all cricketing affairs so that he could bring the desired results.

    Miandad, 51, cited his ‘limited role’ as a reason to resign and denied he quit in protest at the pay being offered.

    ‘Salary was not the issue because had I gone after the money I would have become the coach of national team when the PCB offered me the post in last October,’ Miandad had said.

    ‘The contract read that I will look after domestic cricket, development of the grounds and development of the game which was not sufficient for what I really wanted to do for the promotion of cricket in Pakistan,’ he said.

    Miandad was one of the six former test cricketers appointed by chairman Ijaz Butt after he took over as chairman PCB in October, along with Altaf, Bari , Aamir Sohail (national academy director), Abdul Qadir (chief selector) and Intikhab Alam (coach).

    Miandad _ who has three times held the post of national team coach _ is Pakistan’s highest run-getter in test matches with 8,832 runs in 124 tests. He played 233 ODI, making 7,381 runs.

  48. #48 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 11:50 AM

    Omer

    What about Monica ki yaad?

    Omer I was thinking of doing a Monica Bellucci page on LS. You think I should go ahead?

  49. #49 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 2:23 PM

    Pakistan to play tri-series in Dubai

    KARACHI, Jan 31 (APP): Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be featuring in the tri-series in Dubai Sports City in April, Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam said on Saturday. He said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Sports City and dates for the event are being worked out.
    He said if Australians don’t want to play One-Day International series in Pakistan, they should show solidarity as the member of allied forces in Afghanistan, to play at least one ODI either in Karachi and Lahore.
    Intikhab Alam said that successful staging of that match would lead to opening the doors for revival of teams from countries like England, New Zealand, South Africa touring Pakistan again.
    He said he personally feels that there is no problem for sports persons in Pakistan. He said that successful staging of three match ODI series against Sri Lanka reflects the scenario.
    He said Scotland, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia are being considered as the venues for neutral territory for odi series against Australia.
    He said PCB Chief Ijaz Butt would be finalizing the programme during his meeting with Cricket Australia officials in Melbourne on February 4.

  50. #50 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 2:29 PM

    Omer

    New page on Monica created, especially for you.

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 31, 2009 - 2:44 PM

    Pakistan to play tri-series in Dubai ……….khansahab

    khansahab

    This is what I meant in my previous comment that EACH AND EVERY lulloo, Panju, Acchu of the PCB is independent and keeps blabing out. What has Intikhab got to do with this news? He is a bloody coach and his job is to coach the team and not give statements to the media. Earlier he was speaking on behalf of everyone that “He takes personal responsibility for the defeat against Sri Lanka” So, why doesn’t he resign? That MF should resign and start staying in some Nursing Home or Old Peoples Home to spend the rest of his life instead of speaking to the media.

    Another news that you have quoted here about the hand written letter from Bari to Saleem Altaf. I mean how can such letters get into the hands of the media? First of all this Uncouth Bari cannot type or communicate with another Uncouth uneducated Budda Saleem Altaf via email. He decides to write a letter by hand and even that goes to the media? Are they selling this to the media OR, are they paid by the media to leak such information and to give such statements? Whatever it is, it is very pathetic.

  52. #52 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 2:48 PM

    Javed A Khan

    You are right but what I don’t understand is why the masses don’t raise a voice against Ijaz Butt for his incompetence? That man has no control over anything.
    Under Nasim Ashraf’s time they were blaming him for things he didn’t even do and now in Butt’s time people have gone silent. Just because Butt has been appointed by a democratically elected President?

    Speaking of Zardari, you have to give him credit for getting rid of Malik. Butt said immediately after Pakistan’s loss that Malik will not be dropped but then he had a meeting with Zardari. Thank God Zardari saw Malik’s pathetic captaincy and asked Butt to replace him.

  53. #53 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 31, 2009 - 3:09 PM

    Just because Butt has been appointed by a democratically elected President? khansahab

    NO, just because Butt is from PUNJAB and the majority of the critics are from Punjab, how can they raise a voice against their own Girayeen? Come on khansahab, don’t be naive.

    PS

    Zardari is not a democratically elected President. He came to power through the Back Door. Hence he is a Chor. 🙂

  54. #54 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 31, 2009 - 3:16 PM

    The match (2nd ODI, India / SL) is on and there is no interest in it. So far its going one way and that is India’s way. The game was stopped for a while, I dunno why? But, Arun Lal was talking something about Ishant Sharma and crowd? I am not sure what it was because I am not paying much attention.

    Earlier Indian fast bowlers bowled well, Zaheer especially got rid of Dilshan and then Ishant got rid of Jayasuria and then Praveen got Sangakara it is 94/3 in 24 overs.

  55. #55 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 3:18 PM

    Javed A Khan

    This is what happened:

    Looks like Ishant has been hit by a missile from the crowd and he informs the umpire. Both umpires make their way to the boundary, where Ishant was fielding. The giant screen reminds the spectators not to indulge in unruly behaviour. The Indians are not happy. Brian Jerling picks up a nut from the outfield and Ishant was presumably struck by that.

  56. #56 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 31, 2009 - 3:25 PM

    khansahab

    Thanks for narrating the incident.

  57. #57 by Abdul on January 31, 2009 - 6:11 PM

    Why hasn’t this guy has the opportunity to play international cricket.

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/player/40618.html

    Why ? He has had such a successful domestic career and desveres the opportunity to play international cricket. Lets hope that’s for Pakistan before Southafrica buy him ! If I was in board I would quickly select him for the upcoming Srilanka series as an alternative to Kaneria or even play as a second spinner in the test series. After all he has got so many wickets for Pakistan A how come he wan’t allowed to go on ?

    Lets hope Qadir’s a fan or if not atleast one of Mansoor Amjad.

  58. #58 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 6:30 PM

    Abul

    Before you come here and blab something, please do some research?

    Imran Tahir has spent most of his life outside Pakistan. Talent wise I am agree with you but how can he play for Pakistan if he is not living there usually?

    He has kept moving between Pakastaan, South Afreeca and Angland. Hence, he has not been selected for any particular country.

  59. #59 by Abdul on January 31, 2009 - 7:42 PM

    What reasearch. Get your facts write Mr Lawyer who’s a fussy eater and expresses jelousy.

  60. #60 by Abdul on January 31, 2009 - 7:44 PM

    Javed A Khan u can do everyone a favour and sort out this childish 21 year old whose still very imature.

  61. #61 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 7:47 PM

    Mature young man Abul

    I told you I am not 21 anymore, but I think the saying, “laathon key bhoot baaton sey nahi maantey” applies to you.

    I am a fussy eater? Why?

    Because I don’t like makkai di roti teh sarson da saag teh waddi lassi di botul?

  62. #62 by Abdul on January 31, 2009 - 7:59 PM

    Khanshab choop kaar .

    How long will it be before this Pakistan U16 captain it greeted with international honours.

    Will Qadir groove in his young son at 18.

  63. #63 by Abdul on January 31, 2009 - 8:00 PM

    Khanshab go out and get of this dam blog for once u sado.

  64. #64 by Abdul on January 31, 2009 - 8:00 PM

    There is more to life than the internet.

  65. #65 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 8:12 PM

    Abul

    It takes me a few seconds to write a comment and a few minutes to compose threads. So blogging doesn’t take a lot of time for me. And unlike someone I know, I don’t struggle with my expression of English. So that cuts time and helps 🙂

    Maybe if I owned a blog where I was the only writer, commentator, judge and jury, I could afford a life like yours 🙂

    Yes there is more to life than the internet, like brothels and strip clubs.

    You wanna go with me? Come on, let me make you a man, you little girl 😉

  66. #66 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 8:20 PM

    But Omer look at him, if he has good height and he can bowl good legspin and eat saag with lassi, he thinks he is better than me?

    I think he is jealous of me?

  67. #67 by Abdul on January 31, 2009 - 8:22 PM

    Khanshab and goons goodbye I’ve left the blog for good.

    U just wait in a few years when I’ll be running a blog.

    This Khanshab paindoo will really need to sort out his life first. Javed I think u might need to baby sit him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

  68. #68 by khansahab on January 31, 2009 - 8:26 PM

    Abul

    Good riddance!

    I think you need more than just a few years to run your blog. You are a lathon ka bhoot; you need institutionalised therapy. Not only that you are also a budtameez.

    And now that you are leaving for good, my nick is Khansahab, not Khanshab you idiot!

    😉

  69. #69 by Awas on January 31, 2009 - 8:32 PM

    Lol @ “shab”…

  70. #70 by khansahab on February 1, 2009 - 9:29 AM

    Pakistan not to host 2009 Champions Trophy
    Cricinfo staff
    February 1, 2009

    The ICC has decided to move the postponed 2009 Champions Trophy out of Pakistan due to several members expressing reservations about touring the troubled country, during the second day of the ICC board meeting in Perth. The location of the event has yet to be finalised by the ICC, and a decision is expected before the tournament’s next scheduled meeting, in April.

    “It is unfortunate the ICC Champions Trophy will not take place in Pakistan due to circumstances completely beyond the control of the PCB,” said Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive. “However, the board has accepted the need for certainty in planning for and delivering a world-class event and will now assess where the event should be held.”

    In October, the ICC had rescheduled the tournament to take place next September, after it was abandoned earlier this year due to security concerns over Pakistan’s political stability.

    The ICC will send a delegation to visit Pakistan and work with the PCB to find ways bring back international cricket. Pakistan has struggled to attract touring teams for a number of years owing to their concerns over its security. Two home series, against Australia and West Indies, were relocated in the aftermath of the 9/11 bombings in America in 2001, and Australia also postponed their full tour of Pakistan this year. India then pulled out of a tour in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist strikes, following which Sri Lanka agreed to a split tour early this year.

  71. #71 by khansahab on February 1, 2009 - 9:36 AM

    Intikhab looks forward to Tests after ODI debacle

    Sunday, February 01, 2009

    KARACHI: Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam said on Saturday that he was looking for an improved show from his team in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.

    “Though we haven’t played Test matches for the past 15 months, I am looking for a far better performance from the team than in the recently concluded ODIs,” he told APP in an interview.

    “Like anybody else I was deeply disappointed and hurt with the defeat in the Lahore one-dayer. The boys must have learnt lessons from that disaster,” he maintained.

    “It was heavy defeat at the Gaddafi Stadium. But now we are looking ahead to the Test series,” he commented. “Everything is under control now,” he believed.

    He expressed the hope that under new captain Younis Khan the team will show patience, determination and application during the Test series.

    “Test matches are a different ball game and players must show quick adjustments as per the requirement,” he remarked.

    Commenting on Younis Khan’s captaincy, Intikhab Alam said “He (Younis) is a committed guy and possesses positive qualities,” he maintained.

    Intikhab Alam said he has just taken over and needed some time to settle down. He recalled that his team made a clean sweep against West Indies in Abu Dhabi in November and they upset World Cup runners-up Sri Lanka in the opening game here.

    He defended the dropping of pace duo of Shoaib Akhtar and Sohail Tanvir for the Lahore ODI. “They didn’t perform well in the first two ODIs so the axing was natural,” he believed.

    He said plans to conduct trial matches between Pakistan probables before the Test series have been shelved.

    Intikhab said a short training camp for the Test series will be held in Karachi one week before the start of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

    He said team trainer David Dwyer has given players a specified training, playing and rest plan before the Test series.

  72. #72 by Mohammed Munir on February 1, 2009 - 10:04 AM

    Khan Sahab …

    A very good article and a very well balanced analysis. Although, I liked the entire write-up, but I most appreciate the last part of your article where you have mentioned your sincere wishes for Shoaib Malik, our ex-captain, and wished him good for his future as a player. This is what good journalism is all about and this is so special about YOU.

    Khan Sahab, you have proved once again that your comments as a journalist are NOT influenced by any personal feelings and you do not hold any ill feeling about Malik or any other player, and all you wanted was the best for Pak-Cricket and the Pakistani Team.

    I fully agree with you and I too have exactly similar views on Malik, that he was never a good captain and although, he ‘may’ continue to play as a ordinary player, if he improves his batting and is also used more often as a regular off-spinner.

    Bravo … for such a superb work.

    Abdul …

    You have very good grip on the game and I always like to read your short comments be it on Cricket or Films 😉

    Please continue to stay with us on LS.

    Khan Sahab & Abdul …

    You both have been very good with your cricketing comments and though you both are younger then many other around, however, we never felt so with your knowledge on the game and by your mature comments.

    Please try to reconcile your differences (which only arise lately), as I know Khan Sahab was even helping Abdul with his studies sometime back. So show your actual mature sides and do not fight for petty differences.

    Here on LS, we are all a small family and each of our members is valued and respected.

    We want you both on LS.

    Javed Khan …

    Sorry I could not reply you before, as I was on leave and did not join office till today.

    Yes, your information about the some leased vehicles being left at the Dubai airport by expatriate ‘defaulters’ who were leaving UAE with bad loans is true. Although, I am still not sure about the figures you mentioned, but this phenomenon is very much here. These are all expatriates who have recently came to UAE and got easy jobs with good remuneration packages in Dubai and other Emirates during the growth and development, which was prior to this global financial crisis. Most of these peoples were working with the real estate companies and they have taken various retail banking facilities (Personal Loans, Credit Cards, Vehicle Loans, etc), which the banks in UAE were most aggressively allowing them. Nevertheless, as they lost their jobs, due to obvious slump in real estate sector, they did not has enough ESB (end of service benefits) or any other income sources to repay their bank borrowings, therefore, many of these expatriate had ‘fled’ the country leaving behind their bank liabilities.

    I must say, your information on UAE is quite up-to-date 😉

  73. #73 by khansahab on February 1, 2009 - 11:13 AM

    Munir sahab

    Thank you for the wonderful praises. I really don’t deserve them and I didn’t even think of a few things you have mentioned there!

    About Abdul, yes, we are already missing him and I am agree with you that we should keep our differences aside.

  74. #74 by khansahab on February 1, 2009 - 1:07 PM

    Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has denied reports of his making secret trips across the border to keep alive his affair with former Miss India and Bollywood actress Sayali Bhagat.Shoaib however admitted that Sayali was a “close and dear friend” whom he met at a promotional event during the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year. “Sayali is a close and dear friend and that’s about it,” Media reports from across the border linked Malik with Sayali, the Bollywood beauty who made her film debut by starring opposite Emraan Hashmi in The Train.Malik has been frequently travelling to India this year and in fact has been spending most of his off season there. When asked whether his relationship was the reason behind the trips, Malik said: “I’ve a contract with Reebok in India and have to go there once in a while for promotional activities.My friendship with Sayali has nothing to do with it.
    “While Malik tried to play down his affair with the former Miss India, Pakistani media has been flashing reports on their romance.But Malik said that he was more focused on his team’s next international assignment, the proposed three-nation tournament in South Africa involving Sri Lanka and the hosts next month.“The postponement of the Champions Trophy was a big blow for us. But we have to leave it behind and get ready for the next assignment.”Malik hoped his players will be ready for the challenge in South Africa.The triangular event is being planned at the request Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which is trying to compensate for the postponement of the Champions Trophy which was supposed to take place here Sep 12-28. There have been reports that Malik is likely to lose his captaincy following the resignation of PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf, who elevated the experienced all-rounder to the important position after the World Cup debacle last year.
    Malik has been criticised for being a ‘weak’ captain in recent times and it is expected that he could lose the captaincy to either vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq or senior batsman Younis Khan.
    But Malik said that he is not under any pressure.”It’s an honour to lead Pakistan and I am doing it to the best of my ability,” he said.

  75. #75 by khansahab on February 1, 2009 - 4:12 PM

    Honesty the Best Policy

    29th January 2009

    by KB (GGM)

    There will not be much mourning at the end of Shoaib Malik’s undistinguished spell as captain. He did not exactly set the world on fire; in fact he failed to light even a match-stick. He was a weak leader, cautious and insipid but nevertheless it would be wrong to heap a thousand sins on him, as if nobody else has put a foot wrong.

    Following the dismal World Cup of 2007 and after Younis Khan declined the offer to captain Pakistan, the PCB turned to Shoaib Malik as Inzamam-ul-Haq’s replacement.

    Inzamam’s style of captaincy worked well for a period of time, after the 2003 World Cup, when there were a lot of young players and plenty of insecurity. He was a father figure for the team. But there was a shelf-life to this style of leadership.

    In his autobiography, Mushtaq Ahmed states that under Inzamam’s leadership, there was culture of forgiveness in the team. But there does come a time when the boys have to become men and a captain has to demand more from his players rather than merely accepting errors.

    Under Inzamam average performances had become too easily accepted. Players’ began to merely coast along. A more passionate, ambitious leader, who would urge players to be honest with themselves was required.

    Shoaib Malik failed the test. Excuses remained abundant and average performances continued to be tolerated. There was also the damaging suggestion that Kamran Akmal’s place remained assured owing to them being friends.

    However he was also hampered by bruised egos. Senior players were annoyed that they had been overlooked for the captaincy.

    Muhammad Yousuf let the ‘cat out of the bag’ when he stated “I was the senior most player and deserved a shot at the captaincy.”

    In Pakistan as soon as a player achieves a degree of seniority he expects that this signals privileged status. There is also an expectation that junior members will display deference towards senior players. Seniority and merit become intertwined and confused.

    This is of course not a new phenomenon. Mushtaq Ahmed wrote in his autobiography that in 1992 the senior players introduced a “Celeb system” whereby they took the “lion’s share” of the money during the successful England tour. Younger players were left gnashing their teeth at what they saw as an unjust division of money.

    Although a somewhat enigmatic figure, Younis Khan as a more senior and established player may stand more chance of earning the respect of his players.

    What he must demand is an end to excuses for poor performances. Blaming coaches, pitches, one player or kismet will not do. Only honest self-reflection from everyone will lead to betterment.

    Younis Khan must also demonstrate a more adventurous style than his predecessors, not only on the field, but in selections. One of major problems in the last few years has been conservative selections and the inability of the selection panel to take tough decisions.

    The consistently average performances against decent opposition and the tame surrender in the last One Day International should act as a jolt for the need to become more ruthless with regard to the prolonged poor form of some ‘established’ players and more adventurous with regard to the selection of younger players.

    Some younger players – keen to prove their credentials – may invigorate and uplift a team that has looked stale.

    Brave decisions, strong leadership and the restoration of a sense of adventure will help revive Pakistan cricket during a dispiriting phase. But above all there is a need for honesty. In this spirit, the players, administrators and selectors may acknowledge that whilst Malik was a failure as captain and partly responsible for the poor performances, they aided and abetted.

  76. #76 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 1, 2009 - 7:57 PM

    khansahab

    Mushtaq Ahmad Moulvi Mushy
    wrote an autobiography? Is it in Punjabi or PunjaBish? Himself he was a Chilam ka Pujari, used to smoke pot, go to bars, (to say Milaad Sharif) and was involved in betting and match fixing and now preaching like a Billi who gulped 900 mice and went to Kashi? I don’t give a sh*te to how he earns his money but, he should save his breath to cool his porridge.

  77. #77 by khansahab on February 1, 2009 - 8:01 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Totally agree with you. Mushtaq is one big hypocrite. And yes he has done all “bad things” under the sun. But Wasim Akram is the same; drugs, awaara gardi and making money by hook or crook.

  78. #78 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 1, 2009 - 8:10 PM

    khansahab

    When Wasim Akram was arrested in the Caribbean smoking pot on the beach along with some hookers, Moulvi Mushy was also with him.

    Actor is more badnam than them, but you are right Akram is one of the worst characters and there are many things about him that cannot be written here.

  79. #79 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 1, 2009 - 8:16 PM

    ICC board meeting

    Pakistan not to host 2009 Champions Trophy

    Cricinfo staff

    February 1, 2009

    The ICC has decided not to stage the postponed 2009 Champions Trophy in Pakistan after several members expressed reservations about touring the troubled country on the second day of its board meeting in Perth. The location of the event, however, is yet to be finalised, but a decision is expected before the board’s next scheduled meeting in April. To read more, please click on the link below:

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/current/story/388627.html

  80. #80 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 1, 2009 - 8:19 PM

    ICC does U-turn on 2006 Oval Test result

    ALL BECAUSE BUTT HAD NO WEIGHT AND NO SAY, HE WENT TO AUSTRALIA ONLY TO MAKE A FOREIGN TRIP, WHAT SHAHRIYAR KHAN AND NASIM ASHRAF EARNED, BUTT LOST.

    Cricinfo staff

    February 1, 2009

    The ICC has decided to change the result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan from a draw to an English victory, reversing an earlier decision made last July. The ICC had then altered the result of the match from an England win – by virtue of a forfeit from Pakistan – to a draw. However, at its meeting this weekend in Perth, the ICC board agreed to act upon the MCC’s recommendation that the original outcome of the match should stand. To read more please click on the link below:

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/current/story/388625.html

  81. #81 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 1, 2009 - 8:28 PM

    Younus khan The right choice by default
    BY OSMAN SAMIUDDIN – CRICINFO MAGAZINE

    Younis Khan happens to be Pakistan’s sole realistic choice as captain; he’s probably the right one as well

    January 29, 2009

    The route has been long, it has been convoluted and it has been difficult, but the Pakistan captaincy has finally found its way to Younis Khan. Two years ago he was the best man for it. Today he is the only one for it. In that difference of detail is found a weighty novel of woe.

    To read more please click on the link below:

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/388180.html

  82. #82 by khansahab on February 1, 2009 - 8:34 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Younis supported Wasim Akram all the way through.

    He supported Inzamam all the way as captain.

    He supported Malik at a crucial time when his support or opposition could have made it or broken it for Malik.

    Now I am disappointed that from some quarters there are whispers that Younis had some problem with Malik and that Younis will now promote certain players on the basis of regionalism.

    I was quite saddened to read these reports because Younis is one man who has never supported Afridi, Gul, Sohail Khan, Yasir Hameed or Arshad Khan on the basis of regionalism.

    He has pledged his full support to Malik.

  83. #83 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 1, 2009 - 8:48 PM

    If you look back and read my comments on YK, I have never supported him to take over the captaincy role. Because, like you I have also disapproved the notion that he rejected the offer twice and had no inclination whatsoever to lead the team even when offered so why bother asking him again? But, the politics in Pakistan is such, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Remember Afridi and YK had a dressing room brawl in the Caribbean when Inzi was injured and YK captained and asked SA to bat at a certain number and he refused and then he went to play at the number he chose and scored a 78 ball test hundred. Then they had this tiff in the dressing room. Later YK cleared it for the media that two brothers can disagree and that is what it was and nothing more. The point is, a leader has to understand his player’s worth and respect him accordingly and not force him or back stab him like Malik does to every single person who is a threat to Malik.

  84. #84 by khansahab on February 1, 2009 - 8:54 PM

    Javed A Khan

    It’s not like Afridi and Younis are enemies or rivals either.
    Remember there was news that Afridi was crying after he got out on a duck in some match last year? He said the only person in the dressing room who consoled him was Younis Khan.

    I think compared to the lack of professional ethics due to camaraderie displayed by Malik and Akmal, Younis and Afridi have been more professional and have kept the national interest over everything else.

  85. #85 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 1, 2009 - 9:04 PM

    khansahab

    Yes, I do remember that and thats something else, wait for a while and time will tell you how events will unfold.

    Akmal and Malik camaraderie is based on total jingoism and not on the basis of you scratch my back, I scratch yours…… its called GirayeenBandi.

  86. #86 by khansahab on February 1, 2009 - 11:19 PM

    ‘PCB confused decision-makers’

    Monday, February 02, 2009

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja said on Sunday the troubled nation had done enough to reassure the world that cricket was not a target for terrorists after it was stripped of the Champions Trophy.

    The ICC, meeting in Perth, Australia, decided to relocate the 2009 tournament away from Pakistan due to lingering security fears.

    But a disappointed Raja said: “I think Pakistan has done enough to tell the world that cricket is not targeted in the country,” referring to Pakistan’s hosting of the Asia Cup last year. Pakistan also hosted Sri Lanka for three ODIs last month. “The passion of the game has been badly hit by teams not touring Pakistan,” said Raja of foreign teams not touring Pakistan over security fears.

    The ICC postponed the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in September over security concerns — the same reason given by Australia for not playing a Test series here last March.

    Raja blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for confusing decision-makers. “While the PCB wanted to host the Champions Trophy, they insisted to host Australia on a neutral venue in April. That must have confused the decision- makers,” said Raja.

    Australia are scheduled to play five ODIs against Pakistan, a series likely to be relocated to a neutral venue.

  87. #87 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 2, 2009 - 4:03 AM

    ICC board meeting
    Sri Lanka expected to host Champions Trophy
    Cricinfo staff
    February 2, 2009

    Sri Lanka is the ICC’s preferred venue for the Champions Trophy after it removed the tournament, which is scheduled for September and October, from Pakistan during its meeting in Perth. The safety and security situation in Pakistan was considered too risky and Haroon Lorgat, the ICC’s chief executive, expected a decision on the new host would be confirmed “shortly”.

    “There are a couple of issues to work through in regard to the weather in Sri Lanka at that time of year,” Lorgat said in the West Australian. “The dates are confirmed and, given the heavy scheduling, there is no way they could be changed. There are no issues of safety and security there.”

    The 2008 Champions Trophy was postponed by a year due to the problems in Pakistan and this year’s tournament is scheduled to run from September 25 to October 5. While Pakistan will not be the hosts, the PCB will receive the revenue from the event.

    Sri Lanka hosted the Champions Trophy in September 2002 and the prize was shared after the final was played twice and washed out both times. Australia are the defending champions after winning in India in 2006.

    © Cricinfo

    As if there aren’t any bombs in Sri Lanka and there isn’t any military action in Sri Lanka?

  88. #88 by khansahab on February 2, 2009 - 8:12 AM

    Court suspends PCB ban on ICL players

    Cricinfo staff

    February 2, 2009

    The Sindh High Court has suspended the ban imposed by the PCB on Pakistani players in the ICL.The court ruling is likely to allow the 19 players, including Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Abdul Razzaq, to feature in domestic cricket in Pakistan.

    The court has summoned PCB officials for its next hearing on February 10.

    The judgment comes as a boost for the players, who had recently restarted the legal process to fight the bans imposed on them from playing domestic and international cricket. A letter has been sent by the legal firm of retired judge Fakhruddin G Ebrahim to the PCB on behalf of the players.

    The PCB was expected to take up the matter at the ICC board meeting on January 31 and February 1. At the meeting, however, the ICC deferred making a decision on the ICL’s application for recognition, pending discussions between representatives of the BCCI, ICL and the ICC.

    The new PCB administration, which took charge in October 2008, has indicated its keenness on lifting the ban on the players. Ijaz Butt, the chairman, had recently urged the ICC to change its stance on the league, and said the PCB had banned the players under ICC rules.

  89. #89 by khansahab on February 2, 2009 - 8:13 AM

    Senator blames PCB for losing Champions Trophy

    Cricinfo staff

    February 2, 2009

    The Pakistan board has been criticised by a senior politician for losing the hosting rights for the Champions Trophy after several ICC member boards expressed reservations about touring the troubled nation. Senator Enver Baig, who is part of the sports committee, said the PCB was as much to blame for the event’s shifting as the ICC.

    Baig expressed serious doubts over the board president Ijaz Butt’s ability to run the game’s administration. “The ICC decision to take away the Champions Trophy is extremely bad news for our people,” Baig told the News. “He [Butt] has failed to resolve internal crises in the PCB and was also unable to stand up to the ICC bosses to defend Pakistan’s case as far as the Champions Trophy and the Oval Test are concerned. I don’t think the PCB chief fought our case properly.”

    Pakistan was scheduled to host the Champions Trophy in September this year after the tournament was postponed due to security concerns in 2008. India’s cancellation of their tour in January because of cooling of relations between the two countries following the terror attacks in Mumbai was a big blow to Pakistan’s chances of staging the event.

    Baig said the decision to take the Champions Trophy away from Pakistan would send negative signals about the country to the rest of the world. “It would put a stamp on Pakistan’s reputation as an insecure place which is totally wrong,” he said. “We are a peaceful people and we love our sports.”

    The sports minister Pir Aftab Shah Jilani said Pakistan had proven itself to be a safe touring destination while hosting one-day tournaments in 2008. “We held the Asia Cup last year in a very successful manner and the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka also went incident-free,” Jilani said. “We don’t think there was any reason to move the tournament out of Pakistan.”

  90. #90 by Mohammed Munir on February 2, 2009 - 8:58 AM

    ICC is run by a pack of wolves and they have selected the most suitable time to attack PCB by making a U-turn and awarding the Oval Test to England. Further, they also officially ‘shifted’ the Champion’s Trophy to another location.

    All this was done at a most appropriate time by the ICC specially when not only is Pakistan Cricket isolated in the world cricket arena but in the background of the Mumbai episode, PCB is also going through a rough patch with it’s cricketing ties with the BCCI, which is one of the major heavyweight of the ICC.

    I don’t think blaming Butt or any other PCB officials would help in any way.

    Butt is more like a case of a victim of circumstances and wrong timing.

  91. #91 by khansahab on February 2, 2009 - 1:52 PM

    Pakistan blocks its players from IPL

    Cricinfo staff

    February 2, 2009

    Pakistan has barred its players from participating in the IPL after its foreign ministry deemed it was unsafe for the cricketers to travel to India in the wake of the November terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

    “We have been informed by the foreign ministry today that the situation is not conducive for Pakistan cricketers to travel to India,” sports minister Aftab Jilani told the Associated Press. The sports ministry had last week given clearance to the players to participate in the Indian Twenty20 league, while informing them that their security would be their own and their IPL franchise’s responsibility.

    “We [the sports ministry] had given the NOC, but the final decision was up to the government,” Jilani said. “Ever since these attacks [in Mumbai] the situation has got tense and even Pakistani artists are facing problems in India.”

    Pakistan’s top players, including Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul, are contracted to various franchises in the league. “All the players who are already signed up with the IPL teams or those who were due to take part in the players auction have been declined permission,” Saleem Altaf, the PCB chief executive, told PTI. Altaf said an email had been sent to the IPL about the ministry’s decision.

    With bilateral relations between the neighbours at a low, franchises had indicated they might trade their Pakistan players during the IPL’s one-month-long trading window, which closed last month. No Pakistan players, though, were sold during the window. However, if they are unable to participate in this year’s tournament due to government restrictions, they will have to forego their salaries for this season.

    Five players – Yasir Hameed, Yasir Arafat, Asim Kamal, Danish Kaneria and Mohammad Hafeez – had also been included in the IPL’s list for the auction before the second season, scheduled for February 6. Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, said their names will be withdrawn. “The Pakistan government has decided to inform us, through the Pakistan Cricket Board, no Pakistan player will be allowed to play in this year’s IPL,” Modi said. “There were five players on the [auction] list but we have removed them.”

    The two franchises most affected by the absence of Pakistan players will be Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals – both have three on their rosters. Joy Bhattacharya, Kolkata’s team director, said they will seek more options from the IPL to counter the development. Bhattacharya said they had already accounted the limited availiability of Pakistan players due to the scheduled ODI series against Australia between April 20 and May 10.

    “It impacts very [us] much as we will not have Umar Gul, a fine cricketer,” he said. “Even then our strategy for the auction has already been thought of keeping in mind any development like this. While this was not a reality a few days ago it is out in the open now. So the IPL will have to offer options.”

    The IPL, though, has already provided a possible alternative for the franchises. Teams will be allowed to sign players unsold at the upcoming auction as replacements for those who won’t be available for the entire season this year. Also, the amount spent on them will not count towards the franchise’s US$2 million cap on player purchases at the auction.

  92. #92 by khansahab on February 2, 2009 - 1:57 PM

    Munir sahab

    Agreed Butt, like the nation of Pakistan itself, is a victim of the unfortunate global circumstances. However, so was Nasim Ashraf and many of the problems being faced by PCB now were being faced by Ashraf too.

    Yet no one stands to support Ashraf. Why? Because he was appointed by Musharraf? Or because of additional reasons?

    Speaking of Butt, the Pakistani senate is already investigation his decisions and they think he is an incompetent administrator. I feel they also suspect him of misappropriation of funds. So far Butt has done nothing except blame Ashraf for the state of PCB.

    The criticism of Butt by other administrators and the Pakistan government is immense considering he has only been in the position for a few months.

  93. #93 by khansahab on February 2, 2009 - 2:00 PM

    Miandad offers to work without pay in PCB

    Karachi Former captain Javed Miandad on Monday offered to return as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Director General on an honorary basis provided other PCB officials also agree to work without pay. “Anyone who says I resigned because of money issues is misguided. I challenge all the officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board to start working on honorary basis and I will do the same,” Miandad said, refuting reports that he stepped down from the post because of a pay dispute.
    Miandad reiterated that he had not been given the job responsibilities fitting his status and experience as a former captain and coach.
    But media reports have claimed that Miandad wanted a salary of around Rs 800,000 to Rs one million whereas PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt offered him Rs 500,000, the same salary paid to chief operating officer, Saleem Altaf the senior-most employee in the board after the Chairman.
    But Miandad rubbished these reports.
    “The Director Human Resources Wasim Bari himself a former Test captain had recommended to the board that I be paid according to my status and experience,” he said.
    “My main complaint is over the job responsibilities given to me. Am I supposed to only look after domestic affairs? It is like they have tried to demean me,” Miandad said.

  94. #94 by khansahab on February 2, 2009 - 2:02 PM

    Sarfraz Nawaz: the only thing left for the ICC is throw Pakistan out of cricket

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan greats Monday bemoaned the decision to take away the Champions Trophy tournament over security concerns, leaving the cricket-mad country increasingly isolated internationally.

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday decided to move the elite eight-nation 2009 series out of Pakistan, marking the third major cricketing event cancelled in the troubled country in 12 months.

    “Pakistan has definitely been isolated,” former captain Wasim Akram told. “Sure there were security problems in the past but things are getting better and Pakistan deserved more and more cricket at international level.” Wasim said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had failed to convince teams the country had become safer.

    Former fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz blamed India for pressuring other countries not to play in Pakistan. “Since the Mumbai attacks, India is going all out to isolate Pakistan. India must have pressurised the English-speaking countries not to play in Pakistan,” said Nawaz. “The ICC is to be blamed equally. The only thing left for the ICC is throw Pakistan out of international cricket.”

  95. #95 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 2, 2009 - 2:28 PM

    As a cricket lover, I am not happy that Pakistanis won’t be playing in the IPL, whereas on a different plain, at a higher level I think it is a good decision not to send the Pakistani players to India to play the IPL not on the basis or concern of security BUT for the reason of National Pride, Honour and Integrity. PERIOD. There is no second thought about it.

    Regarding the ICC’s decision to move the tournament to Sri Lanka, at the end of the news clipping, I wrote a line, saying as if nothing is happening in Sri Lanka and that was last night. This morning there is a news headline on the BBC that the LTTE made a deadly attack on the hospital killing 13 people. Read more by clicking the link below:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7863538.stm

    For the past few weeks, every single day there is an incident in Sri Lanka. If someone tells me that it is far away from Colombo, then he should be living in that island called fools paradise. If distances are that important then, the distance between Karachi and NWFP borders with Afghanistan, you can accommodate may be 50 islands of the size of Sri Lanka. In any case it shows how biased the ICC is and how ineffective and impotent the PCB is.

    Munir why is not right to blame Butt? He is the chairman of the PCB and people did not waste a second in criticizing his predecessor who have done a much better job than this Butt gyrating Chairman. He even got a decision reversed by his presence i.e., from a draw to a defeat instead of from a draw to a victory. There was no need for him to go there with his incompetent self at the expense of thousands of dollars from the PCB coffers.

    By his uncouthness he antagonized them and he did not even have the art of communicating with anyone. Which is so obvious from the way he gives statements to the press. Same goes for Intikhab Alam and Saleem Altaf, they blab and ooze crap.

    And, khansahab on your news about Miandad offering to work without pay in the PCB, he said this before and he can afford to do that. But, it is a fact that it is a conspiracy from Altaf and Bari to blame him that he resigned because of salary.
    He has enough money to support himself and his family, besides Miandad‘s career is spotless unlike Wasim Akram who is always drooling for women, wine and money.

    He can sell anything for money and you can see how upset he is on the government’s decision on not sending the Pakistani players to participate in the IPL and he is not crying in support or sympathy for them.

    Akram is worried about his job as a commentator and his lifestyle that will be affected if is also not going. Pakistan government should make sure that not only the players but, the entire paraphernalia like, Pakistani commentators, experts and entertainers should be banned from going to India for the IPL.

  96. #96 by khansahab on February 2, 2009 - 2:49 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I agree completely. Alhamdulillah Pakistani players have enough money- the senior players who had contracts with IPL, that is.

    No need to go there, disgrace themselves and the nation for the sake of money.

    I know people who are interested in money like Wasim Akram will be disappointed with this decision but it’s about time national pride comes before money.

  97. #97 by khansahab on February 2, 2009 - 6:36 PM

    Inzamam blames ICC, PCB for Oval result change

    Monday, 02 Feb, 2009

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq on Monday criticised cricket’s governing body and national cricket officials for once again changing the result of the Oval Test.

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) Sunday reverted to the original result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test which gave the hosts victory.

    The match was awarded to England when umpires Billy Doctrove and Darrell Hair ruled that Pakistan had forfeited the match by refusing to take the field after tea on the fourth day following accusations of ball tampering.

    But pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) saw the result changed from an England win to a draw by ‘match abandoned’ by the ICC in July.

    It prompted the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which governs the rules of the game, to protest against the result change, saying it would set a ‘very dangerous precedent’. It forced the ICC to revert back to the original result.

    Inzamam, then Pakistan captain and central figure of the incident, criticised the ICC for twice changing the result.

    ‘I see it as weakness of the ICC,’ Inzamam told AFP.

    ‘I think they have made it a joke by changing the result and I don’t rule out another change in the future.

    ‘The PCB has also failed to take a stand against this change and they were also weak in handling this matter,’ he added.

    The saga began when Hair and Doctrove penalised Pakistan five penalty runs for alleged ball-tampering.

    Pakistan refused to take the field after tea on the fourth day in protest and the umpires awarded the first forfeit in Test cricket history.

    Inzamam was subsequently cleared of ball tampering, while Hair was removed from the ICC’s elite panel of umpires.

    Hair was reinstated as a Test umpire last year after a legal battle which saw him allege he was the victim of racial discrimination by the ICC.

    Inzamam said the basis of changing the result last year to a draw was that Hair was found guilty.

    ‘The ICC changed the result because the ICC committee found Hair guilty and removed him from the panel, now how can they change the result of a person who was responsible for the whole affair? I am amazed,’ said Inzamam.

    Inzamam retired in 2007 following Pakistan’s first round exit from the World Cup held in the West Indies.

    He played his last Test against South Africa in October 2007.

  98. #98 by khansahab on February 2, 2009 - 8:34 PM

    Omer

    T20 cricket will certainly bring the crowds in but what do we do about the declining standard of Test cricket in Pakistan?

    We have no Test standard players apart from 1 or 2.

  99. #99 by Mohammed Munir on February 3, 2009 - 10:31 AM

    Javed Khan @ Comment No. 108 …

    I did not say that it “is not right to blame Butt”, I only said, “I don’t think blaming Butt or any other PCB officials would help in any way” 😀 😉

  100. #100 by khansahab on February 3, 2009 - 10:33 AM

    Haroon Lorgat is actually a weak person: Ashraf

    KARACHI: Former PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf has criticised the International Cricket Council for relocating the Champions Trophy from Pakistan and
    awarding back the infamous 2006 Oval Test to England, terming the decisions a “big joke”.

    “The world cricket body has made a mockery of itself by yielding to pressure from few member countries as well the MCC,” Ashraf told ‘The Dawn’.

    The Oval Test was originally deemed forfeiture by Pakistan but was declared a draw last year by the ICC only, a decision that has been reversed yet again.

    “The whole thing appears to be a big joke as far as I am concerned since the verdict-change last year had come about after careful consideration of the facts and fair-play by the ICC besides forceful presentation by us at the forum,” Ashraf said.

    The former Chairman and his colleagues have been summoned by a Senate standing committee on sports on February 9 to explain charges of financial mismanagement and misuse of power in their tenure.

    Ashraf was in-charge when Pakistan had successfully managed to get the Oval Test result changed from a forfeited win for England to a draw.

    “This is an extremely unjustified stance that the ICC has taken now for which I feel the current chairman, David Morgan is to be chiefly blamed,” he said.

    “Although Haroon Lorgat is my friend, he is actually a weak person and Morgan has probably dominated all through this episode,” Ashraf claimed.

    Ashraf also praised the Chairman of the England Cricket Board Giles Clarke for totally backing the Pakistan point of view in the Oval Test saga last year which was instrumental in the ICC changing the result.

    Commenting on the shifting of the Champions Trophy, the former Chairman added that once again the ICC had relented to pressure from countries like Australia, England and New Zealand.

    “This smacks of double standards as both Australia and England have played in India in much worse circumstances. So why single out Pakistan as a troubled region. When the Sri Lankans can play and when six teams can compete in the Asia Cup why can’t the Champions Trophy be staged in Pakistan,” he argued.

  101. #101 by khansahab on February 3, 2009 - 10:40 AM

    Miandad asked to appear at Senate committee meeting on Feb 9

    ISLAMABAD: Senate’s standing committee for sports has asked Javed Miandad to appear before it on February 9.

    Sources told that the committee has invited the former captain and coach of the Pakistan cricket team, who has recently resigned as director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), to appear at the meeting of the standing committee, to be held on February 9.

    Senator Tahir Mashhadi said that the members of the standing committee for sports could not be satisfied with the stance of the PCB officials on the Miandad issue.

    He said that the committee feels that injustice has been done with Miandad who is a great player in Pakistan cricket history.

  102. #102 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 3, 2009 - 1:40 PM

    I don’t think blaming Butt or any other PCB officials would help in any way”

    Munir, imo it does bakaoz, if you let the Butt headed dimwit dolts to keep messing around with the game of cricket in Pakistan, someone has to criticize them otherwise, they will ruin it completely. After all our raving and ranting against Malik has done something, it may not have created a direct impact on the decision of removing him. But, our blog is read by many and it does create a ripple effect and people start to take note of it. Therefore, we will blame and criticize whoever we feel is wrong. It is for you to agree or not.

  103. #103 by khansahab on February 3, 2009 - 2:41 PM

    Tanvir credits return to form to Miandad

    Karachi, Feb 03: Promising Pakistani left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir credited his return to form to old-fashioned tips suggested by former great Javed Miandad.

    Tanvir, who was axed from the Pakistan team for the third ODI against Sri Lanka at Lahore earlier this month owing to poor form, roared back into form by taking eight wickets in the domestic Quaid-e-Azam trophy.

    He took eight wickets to signal a return to form and all this because of a few tips given to him by Miandad. “The tips, I don`t want to go into their details helped me a lot and guided me to overcome my poor form,” Tanvir said.

    Tanvir said when he called up Miandad to help him shortly after the third match against the Sri Lankans, Miandad advised him immediately to work on his run-up and accuracy.

    “He basically told me to use a measuring tape to mark out my full run-up and also advised me to use chalk in my run-up so that I could immediately be aware where my foot was landing and was I consistent in my run-up,” Tanvir said.

    The former Pakistan captain felt Tanvir was struggling because he was not getting his rhythm right due to his faulty run-up. Miandad also advised the youngster to practice by himself and keep on bowling between off and leg stumps to improve his accuracy and length.

    It was speculated that former captain`s decision to resign as the PCB director-general was directly related to his demanding a higher salary. But Miandad dismissed the notion.

    “I feel hurt with this campaign against me. I can only say I am willing to work with whatever pay the Board is willing to give me. But I want proper authority to use my experience and skills in bringing about an improvement in cricket matters,” he said.

  104. #104 by khansahab on February 4, 2009 - 10:20 AM

    IPL deprived Pak players want altered central contracts

    Thirteen of the 28 players, who have been offered central contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board, are reluctant to sign the deal in the backdrop of the ban on them from playing in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.

    The players, many of them seniors, want to have a meeting with PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt on the financial terms offered to the players because of the changed circumstances.

    “Among the leading players, Shoaib Akhar and Shoaib Malik have signed their contracts the rest are junior players or not regular members of the national side. But 13 of the players are reluctant to sign the contracts now,” one source said.

    The source said the feeling among senior players including Younis Khan, Misbah-ul Haq, Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul was that the Board needed to support the players who would lose a lot financially because of the IPL ban.

    “Some of the players also want the clauses dealing with players going abroad to play to be reviewed.”

    The source said the players wanted the Board to offer a better contract in view of the changed scenario on the IPL.

    When the contracts were offered to the players, Shoaib Malik was the captain and was consulted in the finalisation of the clauses but he has since been sacked and replaced by senior batsman Younis Khan.

    The source said the players were now looking towards English county cricket and Australian Sheffield shield contracts after the ban on playing in the IPL to recover something financially.

    “But they want the Board to remove any caps or conditions on players who are offered contracts by foreign teams.”

    The Board has also formed a committee to review the contracts and see if any deserving players have been left out.

  105. #105 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 5, 2009 - 1:06 AM

    The ODI series between India and Sri Lanka has lost its interest after a one way affair and India winning the series by defeating Sri Lanka in the last ODI yesterday in a very convincing manner.

    I fail to understand why the Indian Coach, Captain and Selectors have disturbed the Sehwag / Gambhir opening pair? There is no need to bring Tendulkar at the fag end of his career to open the innings and disturb a well set and a well established opening pair.

    Tendulkar was out on 5, 6 and 7 in the last three ODI’s albeit due to bad umpiring decisions. I am not saying poor because, it was definitely bad. Giving him LBW three times in a row when he was not out is pathetic. Still, I thought “IF” Tendulkar needs to play then, he should come at number 4 i.e., after Yuvraj and before Raina.

    I dunno what they will do next, because according to Dhoni they will make changes in the 4th ODI. Probably two of the fast bowlers will get a break and they might include Laxmipathy Balaji and Irfan Pathan in the side. Or, are they going for a white wash 5-0 to achieve the ICC top ranking position for ODI’s and keep the same side?

    Ohja has taken 4 wickets in the last match, but he hasn’t impressed me much, I think Mishra is better than Ohja but, that’s a matter of personal opinion and choice. Obviously if Harbhajan was in the side, then neither of them would get a chance.

    Between Raina and Rohit Sharma, Raina is getting more chances because of his PR. He has this knack of jumping on to the senior players when they take a wicket or a catch. Himself he was caught in a very awkward position when Yuvraj grabbed him in that doggy poiyen after he took a good catch.

    As regards Sri Lanka, their fielding and bowling was below par, their fast bowlers without Vaas and Malinga are very ineffective. Dilhara is a lucky bowler. But, the good thing that came out after these 3 ODI’s is, Mendis’s magic failed in front of Sehwag and Yuvraj, he was thrashed all over and Sehwag definitely won that mental battle against him when he said, I know his weakness and I am going to exploit it. Raina threw away his wicket to Mendis which was absolutely madness.

    Yuvraj is in full form and the way he played Mendis and Murali with ease can torment any bowling side. Yusuf Pathan also showed his batting prowess with mighty sixes. I was expecting India to score more than 400 runs but, Dhoni and Raina slowed down the proceedings.

    The T20 would be more interesting because the result of this ODI series is over now.

  106. #106 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 10:55 AM

    Faisal Iqbal, Fawad Alam to get new lease of life

    KARACHI: Pakistan will announce their preliminary squad for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka later this week, chief selector Abdul Qadir said on Wednesday.

    Qadir told ‘The News’ that he has taken input from fellow selectors — Saleem Jaffer and Shoaib Mohammad — as well as from Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam and will submit a provisional squad to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) soon.

    He said that the list will include 20-25 cricketers, who will most likely be attending a brief training camp starting in Karachi from February 14.

    Pakistan are to host Sri Lanka for two Tests at home. The first Test will begin in Karachi from February 21 followed by the second and final match in Lahore.

    The Test series will be preceded by a two-day warm-up game in Karachi on February 17-18.

    Qadir, 53, said that he wants to give Pakistan’s second string cricketers an opportunity to prove their mettle in the warm-up game.

    “I believe it would be good if we give our youngsters a chance to play against Sri Lanka in the two-day game,” he said.

    He said that the selection committee has decided to review the records of the current domestic season as well as the previous one before selecting the team.

    Qadir said that he had initially thought about including middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal and all-rounder Fawad Alam in the squad for the two-day game but later opted to include them directly in the preliminary Test squad.

    “They are both established cricketers and it would be better if they are selected directly in the Test squad,” he said.

    Qadir, who took 236 wickets from 67 Tests, said that the team for the first Test would be announced during the training camp adding that some changes could be made in the line-up for the second Test on the basis of the players’ performance in the warm-up game and the series opener.

    Qadir said that the brief training camp will be organised in a bid to invoke team spirit in the side which he said was lacking in the ODI series against Sri Lanka which Pakistan lost 1-2.

    “I won’t even call it a camp,” said the former Test spinner. “It would be more like a get-together of the players. It would give them and the team officials to sit down and make plans for the series,” he added.

    Qadir said that Pakistan will have to come out with a solid strategy to beat Sri Lanka in the Test series.

    “We will have to devise strategies to face their bowlers, who are very good and to tackle their world class batsmen,” he said.

    “We want to select a strong squad for the Tests and I’m confident we will do that,” he concluded.

  107. #107 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 11:42 AM

    Look at Dhoni, he played an aerial shot on 92 and was dropped by the fielder, he ran for 2 and then hit another aerial shot, getting out on 94.

    He didn’t think of reaching his century, he just wanted to attack.

    He is a special cricketer and if he was batting at no 4 in ODI’s and Tests, his status would have been more than Tendulkar’s.

  108. #108 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 12:35 PM

    Omer

    Agreed Tendulkar is a complete batsman, but as you correct stated, Dhoni has not been tested. So let us not compare either way.

    The reason why Tendulkar is a better batsman in Tests is because he plays at no 4 whereas Dhoni plays at no 7 usually. Dhoni has not been properly tested at Test level.

    Do you not think Mitchell Johnson should also be along with Steyn in your list?

  109. #109 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 12:38 PM

    Actually just checked the stats, Steyn is much better in Tests, although Johnson is marginally better in ODI’s.

  110. #110 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 12:39 PM

    Omer

    Have you seen how Mohammad Hafeez used to play?

    He emulated Tendulkar’s stance, shots, technique, everything man. He used to walk like Tendulkar, and also pat the pitch with the toe end of the bat like Tendulkar.

  111. #111 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 2:53 PM

    IPL has terminated contracts of 6 Pakistan players.

    This is a blessing is disguise and at the moment because no Pakistani could want these players to go there and disgrace the country not because of their lust for thousands of dollars, but also because most of them are not even as good as domestic Indian players. Last IPL the only Pakistani that made a serious impact was Sohail Tanvir.

  112. #112 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 3:43 PM

    Younis wants Malik in the team, and he also wants to retain Butt and use Asim Kamal?

    No room for Fawad Alam I guess? It is stupid to give a place to out of form Asim Kamal and not use Fawad, who is the leading scorer in Q&A Trophy. The 2nd highest scorer, Ahmed Shahzad, is about 250 runs short of Fawad’s 800 runs.

    Beleaguered Malik gets captain’s backing

    Karachi: Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik, who lost captaincy recently, has no reason to worry about his place in the national team as the cricketer is all set to retain his place in the squad that will take on Sri Lanka in a two-Test series starting February 22.

    Sources told PTI that new skipper Younis Khan has already held talks with the chief selector Abdul Qadir and his colleagues about Malik’s inclusion in the side.

    “Younis has no doubt that Malik is one of the most improved players in the country and must be retained in the Test side as well,” one source said.

    “Younis is not in favour of pushing young batsman Umar Amin into the Test side in the coming series and has advised the selectors to let the left-hander play one more domestic season before considering him for national selection,” he added.

    Amin, who bats as an opener and in the middle-order has been given a C category central contract by the PCB to reward him for his prolific form this season.

    “Basically with Younis wanting Malik in the side, the selectors now have to decide on the second opener to partner Salman Butt and one batsman in the middle-order.

    “And now the toss is between Asim Kamal, Faisal Iqbal and uncapped Saeed Bin Nasir who has been in top form in last two seasons,” the source said.

    He said that it is quite likely Younis will convince the selectors to recall Yasir Hameed, who can open the innings with (Salman) Butt and he wants Asim Kamal for the middle-order spot.

    “We will give enough room to Younis. As captain he is our General in the field and should have a say in selection matters also,” former Pakistan leg-spinner Qadir said.

    Younis has already made his presence felt after being named captain when he shot down a proposal by Qadir to have two trial matches in Karachi and Lahore this month, a move that was approved by the PCB.

    But Younis convinced the board and selectors to allow the players to keep on playing in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy rather than playing them in the trial matches.

  113. #113 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 4:15 PM

    Leading 5 batsmen in Q&A Trophy and runs scored with averages:

    Batsman Runs Average

    Fawad Alam 804 115

    Awas Zia 551 79

    Ahmed Shahzad 531 53

    Zahoor Elahi 513 47

    Babar Naeem 506 42

  114. #114 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 5, 2009 - 4:51 PM

    India has won the 4th ODI once again very convincingly. Dhoni can say winning is my habbit and not Younus Khan. I remember when England was visiting Pakistan a few years ago, Inzi was captain (during Bob Woolmer days) and he was injured or something and Younus was vice captain he took over from Inzi. Before the match after the toss, when asked to comment he said, “winning is my habit” whereas, he did not captain the team before and lost that only ODI against England otherwise Pakistan was making a clean sweep in that series.

  115. #115 by Abdul on February 5, 2009 - 5:55 PM

    My technical observations of Suleiman Benn are as follows :

    1) He has a repeatable bowling action which enables him to maintain accuracy and bowl marathon spells.
    2) He can produce the “jaffa” with that fizzing off break which drifts in with lovely revs and then suddenly spins viciously past the bat. Not to exaggerate but some of those deliveries were Shane Warne in the making!
    3) His varieties of variations make him unpredictable and his arm ball is certainly well disguised.

    On an overall note Westindies seem to be producing many quality spinners now. Chris Gayle is now bowling more frequently and in the warm up matches the A and domestic sides seemed to have some wrist spinners up their sleeves which troubled the English batsmen. This is an exciting time for the team and indeed the start of a new era.

    This pitch is a cracker of one as it produces exciting test cricket which is a pleasure to experience from the naked aye
    With England at 300-8 at lunch it’s fair to call proceedings standing as honours even.

    Following this performance from the left arm spinner the expectations which really be mounting on the shoulders of Monty Panesar. Will he deliver like he has so awesomely at Old Trafford or will he bowl like he did in India? No pressure as I wonder if he’s benefited from Mushy’s expertise and presence in the background especially with Rashid and Swann waiting in the wings.

  116. #116 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 6:58 PM

    Abdul

    On the basis that Umar Gul and Shoaib Akhtar are injured and Afridi will not be selected, what will your team against Sri Lanka be?

    Mine:

    Butt
    Manzoor
    Malik
    Younis
    Fawad Alam
    Misbah
    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Tanvir
    Sohail Khan
    Mohd Talha
    Danish Kaneria

  117. #117 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 7:01 PM

    Tanvir and Akmal breaking PCB IPL speaking ban

    Their government has prohibited them from travelling to India, their IPL teams don’t think they’re worth the trouble and yet Pakistan’s cricketers are desperately keen to play in the cash-rich tournament in India. Thursday’s IPL announcement that the contracts of five Pakistan players were terminated and two others suspended came as a body blow to Pakistan’s cricketers.
    Sohail Tanvir and wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, whose contracts were suspended by the Rajasthan Royals, told the Hindustan Times that they were hoping the situation would improve sufficiently to allow them to return to action in the IPL soon.
    “It’s a sad situation for Pakistan’s players. We are eager to play in the IPL and hope the PCB and the government will soon meet to discuss the matter,” said Akmal from Lahore.
    Tanvir pointed to the fact that Pakistan is starved of international cricket and that the Pakistan Cricket Board is struggling financially. “We have central contracts, that’s fine. But we will lose out on huge amounts of money for not playing in the IPL,” said Tanvir. “I have a three-year contract with the Rajasthan Royals and I am really clueless at the moment. I will speak to my manager to see what can be done.”
    Tanvir, who has a ‘Grade B’ contract, is paid Pak Rs 1.75 lakh (INR 1.1 lakh) per month by the PCB. “I will lose $125,000 (Rs 60 lakh) for missing one edition of the IPL,” said Tanvir. Akmal, whose ‘Grade A’ PCB contract pays him Pak Rs 2.5 lakh (INR 1.56 lakh) per month, will lose $150,000 (Rs 72 lakh) for not figuring in the IPL.
    The contracts of Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt and Younis Khan were terminated while Mohammad Asif has already been released from his contract.

  118. #118 by Mohammed Munir on February 5, 2009 - 7:14 PM

    Abdul …

    Welcome Back 🙂

  119. #119 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 5, 2009 - 7:20 PM

    khansahab

    Yae Kamran Khatmal & Co. are BAY GHAIRAT log, they have no Zameer no self respect for themselves or, for the country. Paisay kay liyeh yae kuch bhee ker saktay! Even before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan announced that it is not safe for Pakistani players to be playing in the IPL, they themselves should have announced, “We are not going because, India refused to come to Pakistan.”

    If they go, I wish they are treated the same way like that comedian Shakeel got treatment from the Indian crowd. They really need Jootay on their face for blatantly talking about money by letting down the national pride, honour and integrity for a few dollars. Kameenay hain salay, I really detest this kinda notion when someone place their interest ahead of the country.

  120. #120 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 7:28 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Sadly this is the extent of our patriotism. When it comes to money and regionalism, national interest and national pride can go down the drain. Otherwise, they say “I play because of the word “Pakistan” on my shirt”, and “Pakastan Zindabad”.

  121. #121 by Steeler on February 5, 2009 - 7:36 PM

    Khansahab, no wonder, because of people like Akmal and Tanvir we have Zardari as president. I am agree.

  122. #122 by Abdul on February 5, 2009 - 7:43 PM

    Khanshab
    :

    Salman Butt
    Shoiab Malik
    Younis Khan
    Misbah
    Fawad Alam
    Asim Kamal
    Kamran Akmarl
    Sohail Tanvir
    Sohail Khan
    Danish Kaneria
    2nd spinner options : Imran tahir,Yasir Shah or Tahir Khan.

    Although it’s looking dimm preferably I’d opt for Imran Tahir. Fingers crossed that a second spinner is announced though.

  123. #123 by Abdul on February 5, 2009 - 7:48 PM

    The link above provides reliable evidence that the ICL players have been groomed and permitted to represent their domestic teams in the climax stages of Pakistan’s premier domestic competition. Although the ICC still haven’t changed their stance on the inaugural league I am convinced that if they perform in domestic matches the pressure will be on the PCB and the players will be able to have a safe return to international cricket.

    Meanwhile we have an exciting summer of cricket on our hands with IPL/T20 world cup and the ultimate test series of the Ashes to look forward to. I find it ridiculous about the actual length and duration of the IPL and even more so the fact that the T20 drama immediately follows straight after in England. All I can say is brainless planning which will make cricket less intriguing and worthwhile from a player’s and fans perspective. One can also question if player burnouts will come into play ?

    Pakistan has also wiped out the participation of their players in the IPL due to the current falter in the relation with neighbours India. On the one hand this is a missed golden opportunity for the Pakistani cricketers on which I’m sure they’ll express disappointment. But on the other hand this time could be spent wisely on preparing and setting up various camps in preparation for international drama in June. Or perhaps they could adapt to the different conditions and apply themselves in the county set up and put their names forward for selection. In my opinion this T20 world cup will be the most important event in this eventful international calendar.

    So summing up. Hats off to the Sind high court for grooving back the ICL kilari in the domestic scene. Also plenty of excitement to look forward to in the cricketing world. Let the drama commence………….

  124. #124 by Theossa on February 5, 2009 - 8:00 PM

    Abdul the Spin Master

    Good to see you back in action and making me right about the fact that Abdul do not get intimidated by anyone! I have a question though:

    If you analyze your career, skills, and your great many accomplishments, when do you think we’ll get to see you; in County Cricket and subsequently in English national team?

  125. #125 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 8:04 PM

    Omer

    I included Malik because Younis has said today that Malik will play.

    Also, Gul is injured, which is why I asked Abdul who else can play in his position. But yes, if he was match fit of course he would be an automatic selection.

  126. #126 by khansahab on February 5, 2009 - 8:25 PM

    Omer

    If they destroy Alam’s career like they destroyed Asim Kamal’s, people should come out on the streets.

    Since 2006 Alam has been a top-5 batsman in every tournament, T20, ODI or 4 day.

    He has batted at no 3, 4, 5 and 6, and has performed equally well.

    He has faced all kinds of bowling attacks.

    Geoff Lawson said he is the best fielder in the country.

    He has batted in every situation, where lots of runs are needed quickly, where the team is under pressure, where he is required to defend and stay at the crease.

    This guy has a proven record in every kind of situation, yet there are bars to his selection in the team.

    He has the highest first class average in Pakistan for those who have played more than 25 first class games.

    He is also left handed which should work to his advantage.

    Then why is he treated like this?

  127. #127 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 5, 2009 - 8:29 PM

    Theo

    You have asked a very difficult question from a tween. Yesterday when I saw his comment I sighed with a relief that the Champ of the Chimps is back and he is back with a vengeance. And vengeance is a food that is to be eaten cold. I said, “Subha ka bhoola Shaam ko ghar aye tou ussay bhoola nahee kehtay.” hamaray haan issay kuch aur kehtayy hain. 😀

    Sweetie, did you see the French movie called Dîner de cons? The Indians copied it and made a Hindi movie on the same lines but not as good as the French one. Anyways, Darcey’s admirer reminds me of that movie 🙂

  128. #128 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 5, 2009 - 8:46 PM

    khansahab

    Yae koi aaj ki baat nahee, shuroo say yehi ho reha hai, you have to be extremely talented and lucky to score century on a debut and then you become an instant hero like Miandad but, not everyone is like Miandad to be talented and lucky. He is unlucky from one aspect and that is, he is not as handsome as Imran Khan or he cannot communicate like him. If he had these qualities in him, he would have been more devastating than any former player.

    Fawad Alam bhee miskeen lagta hai jaisay Asim Kamal lagta thaa…. Miskeen tou Malak bhee hai par hai Bara Meesna!

  129. #129 by khansahab on February 7, 2009 - 1:00 PM

    PCB has become a ‘big joke’, says former manager Talat Ali

    By Muhammad Ali

    LAHORE: Former Pakistan Test opener and national cricket team manager Talat Ali Malik has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has become a ‘big joke’ by involving itself in countless controversies for the last couple of months. Talking to Daily Times here on Friday, he flayed the present management of the PCB for ruining Pakistan cricket. “Look what they are doing with Pakistan cricket. They have ruined it. They don’t know how to run the cricket affairs. Pakistan cricket has become a laughing stock around the globe,” he lamented. He said there was total confusion in the board and the officials were fighting each other for their own supremacy. “Instead of looking ahead the PCB officials are indulging in blame game. They say one thing one day and contradict it the very next day, creating further confusion. For sake of Pakistan cricket, the present setup should be sacked,” he added.

    Talat, who was asked to resign by 76-year-old PCB chairman Ijaz Butt when former PCB chief Nasim Ashraf resigned, said the present officials of the PCB were responsible for the two ‘damaging decisions’ of the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is pertinent to mention that the ICC, in its executive board meeting in Australia, on Sunday moved the Champions Trophy from Pakistan and reverted to the original result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test, which gave the hosts victory. The match was awarded to England when umpires Billy Doctrove and Darrell Hair ruled that Pakistan had forfeited the match by refusing to take the field after tea on the fourth day following accusations of ball tampering. But pressure from the PCB, under Shahryar Mohammad Khan and Nasim Ashraf, saw the result changed from an England win to a draw by the ICC in July. It prompted the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which governs the rules of the game, to protest against the result change, saying it would set a ‘very dangerous precedent’. It forced the ICC to revert back to the original result.

    Talat flayed the ICC and PCB for this change of result. “I see it as weakness of the ICC. I think they have made it a joke by changing the result and I don’t rule out another change in the future. The PCB has also failed to take a stand against this change and they were also weak in handling this matter,” he maintained. Talat said PCB chief Ijaz was unable to convince the ICC officials and the member boards that changing the result of the Oval Test and relocating the Champions Trophy would have a grave impact on Pakistan cricket. “Ijaz is a weak man. He is unable to run the board in an effective manner. This is an extremely unjustified stance that the ICC has taken now for which I feel the current chairman David Morgan is also to be blamed.” He said the manner in which the ICC had behaved and had allowed itself to be dictated by the MCC and some countries was quite ridiculous.

    Talat also bemoaned the decision to take away the Champions Trophy over security concerns, leaving the cricket-mad country increasingly isolated internationally. The Champions Trophy was originally scheduled for September-October 2008 but was put off for 12 months after South Africa pulled out of the event, while Australia, England and New Zealand showed reservations about security. Talat said the ICC and PCB had put Pakistan in cricketing exile. “When Sri Lankans can play in Pakistan and when six teams can compete in an incident-free Asia Cup, why can’t the Champions Trophy be staged in Pakistan? It is most unfair to say the least.” He said terrorists can strike anywhere in the cricket-playing world. “It is ironic that Sri Lanka, a country that is no stranger to terrorism, has been named as a possible alternate venue for the Champions Trophy.” He said Australia did not leave England when the London underground was attacked. Teams still visit Sri Lanka and the England side returned to India following the Mumbai terrorist attacks — to show solidarity, among other reasons of a more material nature. “It is time to show solidarity with Pakistan as well. Leaving us in the wilderness could sound the death knell for top-flight cricket in this country.”

    Talat said the PCB should have contacted the Asian cricket boards for support in the ICC. “But it seems the PCB was not convincing enough. You can’t blame the ICC alone, they go by what their member countries say,” said Talat. “Since the Mumbai attacks we have lost an important power in India who at government level have gone against us but at cricket level they are not against us.” He opined the ICC and its member boards do not take the PCB seriously. “People with good credentials like Dr Zafar Altaf, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas and Arif Ali Khan Abbasi should be made incharge of the PCB. The patron should intervene to save Pakistan cricket.”

    Removal of Shoaib Malik: Expressing his disappointment over the sudden removal of Shoaib Malik as skipper, he said it was not a fair decision as Malik was just coming into his own and was improving as a leader of men. “No one should be removed for just having one bad match and I thought the decision of Malik’s removal was a short-sighted one which doesn’t augur well for our future.”

    Central contracts: Talat was also critical the way central contracts were awarded to national cricketers. “Did the PCB award central contracts keeping in view the next World Cup?” He questioned why talented cricketers and young players were ignored. “The PCB ignored batsman Bazid Khan, all-rounder Mansoor Amjad, all-rounder Junaid Zia and batsman Naumanullah. These cricketers should have been given central contracts,” he concluded.

  130. #130 by khansahab on February 7, 2009 - 11:40 PM

    Time for Revenge: Younis Khan

    Karachi: Disheartened with the humiliating 2-1 defeat in ODI series against Sri Lanka, new Pakistan skipper Younis Khan wants to pull the socks for the two-Test series in which they will take on the islanders later this month.

    “The coming Test series against Sri Lanka is going to be very tough because we have not played a Test for the last 15 months which is a long time. We all need to be ready to get back into the Test match rhythm for the series. We are going to prepare hard for the Sri Lanka series and try to avenge the defeat in the one-dayers,” the skipper said.

    Pakistan lost the three-match ODI series to Sri Lanka after being hammered by 234 runs in the final one-dayer at Lahore. The Pakistan team were bundled out for a paltry 75, their lowest at home.

    After the defeat, Pakistan Cricket Board decided to replace Shoaib Malik with Younis Khan as the helmsman of the squad.

    “In my tenure as captain I don’t want to see a repeat of that performance. It was one of the worst days of my Cricket career. I don’t want to see the team fail like that again, it was very disappointing for everyone,” Younis said yesterday.

    The senior batsman said he would work hard to bring out the best of the Pakistan team but made it clear he needed to be given authority as the leader of the team.

    “A successful captain needs to have authority. People see Imran Khan as the most successful captain in our cricket history. He was successful because he had power and authority in running the team,” Younis said.

  131. #131 by khansahab on February 8, 2009 - 1:07 AM

    Saw Malik’s interview, he said he had a special relationship with Inzamam ul Haq and respects him deeply.

    He was asked who his favourite youngster is in the team, he said it was Saeed Ajmal.

    OMG

    Malik has just been asked about his deceased father and he started crying on TV 🙂

    Javed A Khan was right, he is a baby. Everyone is touchy about their parents but honestly Malik is crying like a girl.

  132. #132 by Mohammed Munir on February 8, 2009 - 9:53 AM

    Pakistan announce Australia itinerary

    http://content-gulf.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/389519.html

    So, who all are planning to visit Dubai and see Pakistan/ Australia matches.

    I can assist with the tickets 😉

  133. #133 by khansahab on February 8, 2009 - 3:48 PM

    Yesterday I was not surprised when I saw Malik’s interview as to what kind of person he is.

    When asked about if ICC shows any partiality towards Pakistan, he replied in the negative and gave the example of when Afridi was punished along with Gambhir for a verbal spat, he thought the punishment was proportionate. That is Malik’s commitment towards his players, rather than supporting the country and his players Malik was saying ICC was right to punish Afridi the way it did. The question asked to Malik was nothing to do with Afridi.

    He also proved that he is the reason behind Afridi’s lack of confidence, saying that he frequently tells Afridi to change his style of play.

    He is such a baby, he was interviewed shortly after the series against West Indies last year and his arm was still hurting.

    He speaks like a complete idiot, he can’t speak one sentence coherently.

    What a pity he gets support from certain people because of factors other than his capability as a leader. Afridi is completely unbiased, in a programme a caller said that Afridi was not being made captain because of being from Karachi, and Afridi just ignored that and said, everyone is Pakistani and everyone has to live and die in Pakistan and he does not think of who is from Karachi and who is from Peshawar. Unfortunately Malik has an opposite view on regionalism.

    Younis and Afridi are not educated as well, but they don’t have that uncouthness and paindoo outlook. Going to a school doesn’t make one refined, and not going to a school does not necessarily make one a paindoo as well.

  134. #134 by khansahab on February 8, 2009 - 5:54 PM

    According to latest reports Akmal is likely to be retained by Abdul Qadir. It is rumoured Azhar Ali is likely to be selected with Butt as opener.

    Kaneria or Saeed Ajmal will be tried as spinners.

  135. #135 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 8, 2009 - 11:28 PM

    OMG, That Buck Teeth Khatmal is Qadir’s blue eyed “bouy” now? khansahab see I told ya b4 that they will not drop him unless someone knocks off his rabbit teeth with a bouncer.

    LOL @ Sissy Malik ka rona dhona aur Naak Surakna, ahahaha ha, he is such a loser and a cheap actor, he was laughing a moment ago and then suddenly TUSWAY bahara? Uffff what a Meesna.

  136. #136 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 8, 2009 - 11:46 PM

    LATEST ON CRICKET IN PAKISTAN

    Senate committee to probe Pakistan cricket crisis
    Updated at: 2340 PST, Sunday, February 08, 2009

    KARACHI: A parliamentary committee on sports is to probe Monday the falling standards of Pakistan cricket and the controversy behind the resignation of the director general of the cricket board, a top official said.

    The committee has summoned team management, former director general Javed Miandad and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials for the meeting in the capital Islamabad.

    Pakistan suffered their heaviest one-day defeat — by 234 runs – against Sri Lanka in the series-deciding one-day match in Lahore last month which handed the visitors a 2-1 series win.

    In the aftermath, captain Shoaib Malik was replaced by senior batsman Younus Khan. Malik, coach Intikhab Alam and chief selector Abdul Qadir will also attend the meeting to explain the reasons behind the loss.

    Senator Tahir Mashhadi said the committee is determined to find the causes behind the deteriorating standards of the team.

    “Cricket is our top game so we want to address the reasons behind team’s defeat against Sri Lanka and want to improve our cricket board affairs, which look in a shambles,” Mashhadi said.

    Mashhadi said the resignation of Miandad was also on the agenda.

    “We have requested Miandad to give his version and wants to listen PCB’s point of view on Miandad’s resignation and we want to resolve the issue,” said Mashhadi of last month’s resignation by Miandad, who wanted more power in the administration.

    Mashhadi said Miandad had not been treated fairly.

    “Miandad has given his life to Pakistan cricket and was the man behind Pakistan’s World Cup success in 1992 and he did not deserve the treatment meted out by the PCB.”

    The committee is also expected to probe PCB chairman Ijaz Butt about his failure to convince foreign teams not to worry about security and travel to Pakistan.

    The International Cricket Council last week moved this year’s Champions Trophy out of Pakistan after top teams refused to travel to Pakistan over security fears.

  137. #137 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 8, 2009 - 11:50 PM

    LOL ON ENGLAND’S DEFEAT and GOOCH’S comments:

    Gooch blames IPL for debacle
    Monday, February 09, 2009

    LONDON: Former England captain Graham Gooch said Indian Premier League’s (IPL) auctions on Saturday distracted England players as they went down to a humiliating innings and 23 runs loss against the West Indies.

    Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff made the headlines when they became the costliest cricketers in the IPL auction, costing $1.55 million each. “The England team say they have got no distractions with the IPL but when you have all these background influences going on, it is not the best environment to give your best performance,” said Gooch.

    “I know what dressing room atmospheres are like and what the banter is like, so when (Andrew) Strauss comes out and says the IPL was hardly mentioned that doesn’t seem believable to me.”

    Gooch feels England are suffering from an individualistic philosophy and has urged the captain to pull the team together.

  138. #138 by Tarl Cabot of Ko-ro-ba, Gor. on February 9, 2009 - 2:01 AM

    Completely flabbergasted by Qadir’s support of “oily okmal”.Nevertheless, he is in the team , so at least ask him to smile widely in front of the batsmen after every over . They will probably self-out with severe nausea and disgust.

    Be like Lanka and bring back Razzaq. He has stopped eating only palak now .Now his diet is more balanced with lots of Thaggu ke laddu, Jassi ki Lassi and Farebi ki Jalebi.

    Tell Sohail”I am the next best allrounder in the world” Tanvir to stay in his boots and focus on his game.

    Younis Khan is the only player in the team to be fit to be captain.Afridi is not a bad choice if he starts scoring some runs.

    Ask Akhtar to either get fit ot get f&*%$d.

  139. #139 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 12:31 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Pakistan’s Senate committee asks PCB chairman to quit

    Islamabad, Feb. 9(ANI): Pakistani Senator Envar Baig has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB ) chairman Ijaz Butt to resign immediately.

    In a parliamentary committee meeting on sports, presided by Senator Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, Butt failed to satisfy the committee on Javed Miandad’s resignation.

    According to The News, when the committee asked Butt to explain the terms on which Miandad’s appointment was made, Butt said Miandad had neither signed a contract nor had he received a check.

    Butt admitted that Miandad’s appointment without a contract was his biggest mistake.

    The committee criticized PCB chairman, and Senator Baig asked him to quit immediately.

  140. #140 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 12:38 PM

    I don’t like Butt because of his handling of Lawson, Miandad and his uncouthness when he is speaking to the media, but on this occasion I feel the Senate Committee was too harsh on him.

    Miandad is the one that needed to go because of his unhelpful ideas about Pakistan cricket and the controversy surrounding Faisal Iqbal’s possible selection in the team.

    Senator Zafar Iqbal Choudhary is the one who said Asif is superstar of Pakistan cricket and he probably felt Butt was not doing enough to bring Asaf back.

  141. #141 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 12:41 PM

    Tarl Cabot

    Interesting post and welcome to LS!

    Please introduce yourself; where in Australia you are from, what you do etc.

  142. #142 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 3:10 PM

    Malik was ‘a loner and aloof’, says coach’s report

    Cricinfo staff

    February 9, 2009

    Shoaib Malik was “a loner and aloof” as Pakistan captain and unable to communicate with his team, a report by the team’s coach and manager has said. In their report to the PCB, which was presented on Monday – exactly two weeks after Malik’s dismissal – to a committee of Pakistan’s legislators, coach Intikhab Alam and manager Yawar Saeed said they had recommended that Younis Khan replace Malik as Pakistan captain.

    “We found him to be a loner, aloof and involved in his own little world, which is OK, but not when the team required a fully committed captain,” the report said.

    The report also said members of the Pakistan team were not comfortable with Malik’s leadership. “We do not see any meaningful communication between players and captain other than his [Malik’s] five-minute talk during the team meeting. We have also not noticed him spending quality time with his players, which a successful captain must.

    To be honest, it is very evident that the team is not looking up to their captain. We believe that this team … needs a new leader. Looking around the team and beyond, in our humble opinion, the name of Younis Khan comes to mind.”

    After a night and day of intense speculation, and a day full of meetings, Malik was replaced by Younis as captain on January 27. Rumours of Malik’s axing had begun floating almost as soon as Pakistan trooped off the field after one of their worst ODI defeats to Sri Lanka last month.

    Malik’s downfall had been on the cards for some time. His win-loss record in ODIs remains impressive but it came against weak opposition. Against stronger teams he was less successful and the resounding nature of the defeats to Sri Lanka sealed the matter. But as much as on-field results, the pressure built on Malik because of his inability to build a relationship with the 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 Malik’s approach and particularly at the clique he is said to have cultivated within the team.

  143. #143 by Theossa on February 9, 2009 - 3:27 PM

    Khansahab @ 162

    I have to disagree with you on “Miandad is the one that needed to go”. If Faisal scores runs in domestic cricket and subsequently in national team who cares whose nephew he is? Besides, aren’t we all for inclusion of young blood in the team? Remember, Misbah wasn’t that good early in his career but he worked hard to make his place in the team. If Faisal early episodes with the team were not that convincing it doesn’t mean he will remain the same way. Give him and others a try for a complete series and then we can safely conclude their worth based on performance. So I say, Miandad for PCB Chairman!

  144. #144 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 3:32 PM

    I feel sorry for Malik if he was a loner and if there was a conspiracy against him, because I have supported him before he was captain and I have seen his rise from being a tailender to becoming one of the better ODI batsmen in the team.

    However, there have been reports of Malik’s favourite clique in the team which just seems to suggest that it was not everyone against Malik, but certain players. Yousuf and Afridi were the ones against him the most, followed by Akhtar but Akhtar was hardly there in the team.

    Misbah and Younis were neutral, although under Malik, Younis and Afridi’s relationship flourished because of ethnic divisions in the team that were cultivated by Malik. Akmal, Rao, Butt and Malik were on one side and there were some neutral players but Gul, Afridi, Yousuf got together on the other side. When the youngsters came they also joined sides, such as Fawad Alam, Sarfraz Ahmed and Sohail Khan were more pro Afridi while Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, more pro Malik.

    It is a pitiful situation and hopefully this will stop now.

  145. #145 by Theossa on February 9, 2009 - 3:40 PM

    Khansahab

    I like the Gul, Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Fawad Alam group, I can’t pin point why -:)

  146. #146 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 3:49 PM

    Theossa

    It’s very simple. All those players are Steelers fans like you are 😉

  147. #147 by Theossa on February 9, 2009 - 4:04 PM

    LOL Khansahab, they do have a good taste then!

  148. #148 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 4:06 PM

    Theossa

    For some reason your other comments appeared before your reply to my comment 162……hence they got approved earlier…

  149. #149 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 4:21 PM

    Theossa

    About Faisal, to support your view he is one of the most educated cricketers. Out of all the sifaarishis like Qadir’s son, Junaid Zia, Bazid Khan etc, Faisal has the best domestic credentials. He is the 5th highest scorer in the current Q&A Trophy.

    Still, although he is mature and skilled, he is not a match winner. If someone is separating the “good” players (Malik, Butt, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Misbah) from the “special” players (Younis, Afridi, Gul, Fawad, Tanvir, Shoaib Akhtar) then I see Faisal as someone who would be in the Butt and Malik category.

    Speaking of Salman Butt, he is an educated guy and he has a good head on his shoulders. Technique wise he is better than most others. He needs to address his technique against the moving ball, and over time he will also become a special player. He has talent, he has temperament, now it’s just his technique that needs tweaking. I was watching his interview and I was impressed; he doesn’t speak like a paindoo and he was offering good ideas about Pakistan cricket. He also knows about his abilities very well. As I said I would choose him as vice captain under captain Gul.

  150. #150 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 4:53 PM

    Handwriting analysis of Shoaib Malak on APNA TV’s programme, “Chamakdey taray” featuring Shoaib Malak.

    Handwriting analysis of Salman Butt on same programme:

  151. #151 by Theossa on February 9, 2009 - 4:55 PM

    Khansahab

    Agreed with your views on Faisal, I hope he and Fawad Alam are one of those players like Dhoni who were “good” when they joined the team but become “great” as they gained experience and confidence. I don’t really care about one being son or nephew of so and so if he is a good player.

    The problem with Salman Butt and most Pakistani players is their lack of experience on bouncy and sporting wickets. I hope PCB swallow its pride and arrange foreign tours to compensate for loss series if they agree on a formula for revenue sharing. It could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. I do think we need more left handed batsmen in the team; Shahzad should be given more opportunities.

    As regards to Gul being captain, I disagree. History is not in favor of junior players being successful in Asian teams, reasons are numerous, and one would be senior junior culture of our society. However, a junior player being a vice captain is a fantastic idea; I would choose either Gul or Fawad as vice captain under Younis Khan.

  152. #152 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 5:01 PM

    Now the Pakistani Senate is coming hard after Butt and his appointment is being labelled as political. On LS we always declared it to be a political appointment.

    Pakistan’s senators call for board to be sacked

    Cricinfo staff

    February 9, 2009

    Pakistan’s senators have asked the country’s president to dissolve the “incapable” Pakistan Cricket Board, of which he is patron. The senators, currently probing the alleged mismanagement of Pakistan’s cricket matters, also rejected the PCB’s claims that it is heading towards bankruptcy.

    Following a meeting with the PCB top brass in Islamabad, senator Enver Baig, who is part of the sports committee, said the board was to blame for the utter deterioration of cricket in the country. “Financial mismanagement has been there for a long time now but the current set-up of the PCB is incapable and, if they remain in charge, cricket will be completely destroyed,” Baig said. “I request the President to reconsider the appointment of Ijaz Butt as chairman. Good cricketers cannot be good administrators and so it’s proved.”

    Senator Tahir Mashhadi said Butt’s appointment was political and requested the Pakistan president to have Butt sacked.

    The parliamentary committee on sports had summoned the team management, former PCB director-general Javed Miandad and PCB officials for a meeting in the country’s capital to probe the decline of cricket in Pakistan. The two other main topics of debate were the PCB’s huge financial problems and the controversial resignation of Javed Miandad as director-general of the board.

    The sports committee decided that the PCB had enough reserves in its accounts to run the game. Senator Haroon Akhtar said fears that the PCB was going bankrupt were false. “The current bank balance of the PCB is PR 2.7 billion (US$34.15 million) and so fears of the PCB going bankrupt are unfounded.”

    Last month, Butt described the financial position to senators as “terrible” and claimed the PCB’s reserves had been halved over the last two years, in thinly-veiled digs at the administration of Nasim Ashraf, from whom he took over in October last year.

    Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari had earlier suggested holding a round-table conference with former captains and other stakeholders of the game to discuss problems plaguing it.

  153. #153 by Abdul on February 9, 2009 - 5:25 PM

    England’s defeat yesterday was a grand humiliation in the long term of events. But from a Westindian’s point of view this is a jubilant time and one to celebrate after a thoroughly convincing victory. You can most certainly hail the captaincy of Chris Gayle who led from the front and batted accordingly which represented a mature and thoughtful leader. I think what made it a unique occasion was the fact it was a team contribution in which everyone participated and also the fact that they bowled England over for 51 and as the famous Tony Cozier ; “ Jerome’s spell brought back shadows of the golden age when the West indies were a ruthless figure”.

    There are many reasons as to why England went down in such a slump. IPL distractions could be a valid excuse but as Michael Holding mentioned other sides including Westindies have managed to cope so why can’t England? Or is the fame and glamour to high for them to deal with ? Also no coach and a brand new set up under a new leader could mean that it was difficult surroundings for players to adapt. Therefore it’s acceptable to consider the victory as a one off.

    However from a technical aspect this defeat is unacceptable for an international cricketer.

    Here below I’m going to show on why I feel England lost the match:

    – KP playing in T20 mode and was getting out in a careless manner in the first innings and indeed payed the penalty.

    – Andrew Strauss, Cook and Ian Bell struggled for timing and form. There footwork was in mess.

    – Monty Panesar bowled well in patches and certainly made the ball talk by producing the “magic ripping spinner” frequently through his spells. His repetition of the “jaffa” was an admirable art and an overwhelming sight of perfection. This is one of the true beauties of test match cricket and I feel Monty could have easily picked up a 5 wicket haul with the class and guile he bowled with. However at times he looked a bit too predictable and lacked variation which perhaps demonstrates as to why he only picked up the single wicket. He also looked much more casual in approach and managed to control his excitement when picking up the wicket. At the start his body language was low on confidence. But with Mushy’s experience in the background Mont should feel assistance is at the door step.

    But take nothing away from this convincing and outstanding victory to the awesome Westindies. The Nash innings was a significant contribution and the ideal stabiliser batting in association with the lower order. In Sulimen Benn Westindies found a matchwinner and was a revelation capturing 8 wickets. Jerome Taylor and Powell may have exploited weaknesses in the left hand opening pair. Jerome’s spell on that Saturday afternoon was a spell of sheer quality which took the game completely away from England’s reach.
    Now following that victory I feel the series is very much alive and open and Westindies should really feel inspired and motivated with such a perfect victory. Full credit has to given to the grounds man for producing a cracking wicket which produced gripping drama and also favoured a result. Exactally the type of wicket one can dream of so applauds to him.

    Had I been in the shoes of the England captain I would make 2 adjustments for the next match in Owais Shah for cook as Bell perhaps should open the innings. I feel Owais Shah and Pieterson respectively are the best batsmen in the team. Also I feel England don’t really require or value the presence of a swing bowler in the Caribbean heat and therefore recommend Adil Rashid to fit in at number 8 and accompany Panesar especially if the wicket was like this.

    The moment of the test match in my opinion was the Prior dismissal in the second innings. Building up to that wicket the discipline maintained by Taylor was perfect mapping and that dismissal was a truly wonderful off cutter which deviated to hit the top of off stump. A true sight of perfection which summarised the energy and skill shown by Gayle’s troops that afternoon.

  154. #154 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 5:48 PM

    Abdul

    Owais Shah is a very good player, agreed there. His technique is wonderful and he can play defensively, attackingly, according to the type of situation.

    What do you think about the crisis in Pakistan cricket? In particular do you think Butt’s appointment was political? Do you think they will appoint a new Chairman?

    Finally what is your view on young talent like Fawad Alam, Mohd Talha etc?

    Do you think Tanvir is a Test standard bowler? Or is he only suitable for ODI’s?

    I’m just asking these questions because you have not been participating much and I think Pakistan cricket is going through a crucial stage.

  155. #155 by Abdul on February 9, 2009 - 7:59 PM

    Yes y have made a valid point that Pakistan cricket is going through a crucial phase and are re-developing as a unit.

    Yes Sohail Tanvir is “test quality” as his performances in domestic have been outstanding if u have followed he picked up 8 wickets the week before. Sohail Khan has had a very impressive record with the red kokuburra and deserves to be experimented for a worthy run at test level. Pakistan meanwhile should play 2 spinners in either Danish or Yasir Shah or even Tahir Khan for tests.

    Mansoor Amjad should be the specialist in ODI.

    However one thing I can certianly name at this day and time is the team that if put together on paper will win the T20 world cup in dominant style.

    Imran Nazir
    Imran Farhat
    Rana Naved
    Younis Khan
    Shoiab Malik
    Misbah Ul Huq
    Kamran Akmarl
    Fawad Alam
    Mansoor Amjad/ Imran Tahir
    Sohail Tanvir
    Umar Gul

    I’ve included Tahir as he won T20 win titans whereas Mansoor picked up a hatrick so perhpas even play both in place of Alam.

  156. #156 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 9, 2009 - 8:49 PM

    Its strange or should I say funny that whatever we have been saying here on this blog since ages, people in Pakistan have started talking about it now.

    1. Even before the appointment of Malik as captain, I was protesting that he is not a captain material also, he is not all that bhola but a meesna who is very biased and jingoistic plus he has sinister designs to ruin the team and he did. He can’t communicate with his players, he cannot talk to the media properly neither in English nor in Urdu. Even a 5th grader has higher IQ than he has and he sounds like a total ch2 yeah whenever he opens his mouth. Finally, they got rid of him. I hope he is out of the playing 11 too.

    2. Butt selection, neither the nikki butt nor the WADEE BUTT both are useless and both are sifarishis they need to be out of the team.

    3. Now the senators and senate committees are talking on the same lines as we were raving and ranting since ages.

    I would like to see Miandad taking over from Butt as the chairman of the PCB, but there is one problem. There is no democratic process in electing the PCB chairman it will always be a political decision and the moment the government changes the Chairman also changes. So, in order to keep Miandad as the PCB chairman do we have to bear the burden of Zardari? Is it worth? I don’t want to say anything on this aspect.

    I agree with Theo that Faisal Iqbal if he can score runs who cares whose nephew or whose son he is? I remember his 137 or 138 in test against India in Pakistan and the way he played a few shots, especially a six of Tendulkar, which was very difficult to play. Tendulkar was bowling to him around the wicket and bowling outside the leg stump, obviously there was no way he could get Faisal LBW, so Faisal went almost two steps on his left i.e., down the leg side and lifted the ball over the extra cover region for a six. It showed that the guy had skill and guts both.

    Remember Bazid Khan and Hasan Raza, how many times they got chances to play and they failed. And, Theo, Misbah failed and succeeded but he is constantly under performing for the last one year or so ……. what are your views on that????

    On a similar note, I see the selection of Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma….. Raina is getting more chances and he is constantly failing, he had only one or two good innings but because of his PR with senior players he gets more chances than Rohit Sharma, I think Rohit Sharma is more talented than Suresh Raina….. I dunno what Varun has to say here?

  157. #157 by khansahab on February 9, 2009 - 9:34 PM

    Butt and Miandad square off

    The ongoing matter of Javed Miandad’s resignation as director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took an ugly turn at a senate hearing as the board chairman and Miandad traded allegations over the fiasco. Ijaz Butt admitted to the senate standing committee on sports that he had made a mistake in not settling terms and conditions with Miandad when he joined, but refused to apologise to the former captain, who was also present at the session.

    Instead Butt levelled a number of allegations at Miandad, claiming he wanted more money, that he interfered with selectorial matters and that he wasn’t a capable administrator. Miandad, visibly upset, denied the charges, claiming he would work on an honorary basis for the board if others did likewise.

    The issue of Miandad’s resignation had been brewing steadily in recent weeks and last week, senators decided to to get to the bottom of the matter, issuing summons to Miandad to appear. In a heated discussion, senators grilled the PCB chief over every little detail of Miandad’s hiring and eventual refusal of a contract. Miandad joined the board in November as director-general, though there was ambiguity over the nature of his role even then. He quit last month, after finally being offered a contract, the terms of which he wasn’t happy with.

    In particular, Miandad claimed that the nature of his role in the contract letter was significantly reduced from what he had initially discussed with the chairman. That, and not the salary, was what made him change his mind.

    Butt did admit there were ‘procedural flaws’ in the appointment of Miandad, leaving senators aghast that such an established figure was working at such a senior post without any letter of appointment or contract or indeed terms of reference for the post. “I admit it was our mistake as we didn’t sign a contract with Miandad when he was appointed as DG in December,” Butt said.

    Butt also claimed that Miandad was interfering in selecting the national team and had asked for a salary of 1.6 million rupees ($20,000) as opposed to the 500,000 rupees ($6,300) offered in the contract. “Miandad asked for a salary which we could not give to him,” Butt said. “I regard Miandad highly as a great cricketer but we can’t pay him more than what we had offered him.”

    But what must have irked Miandad the most – particularly given how close he always said he was to Butt – was Butt’s belief that he wasn’t a capable administrator. “I have the utmost respect for him as a cricketer and his achievements but he’s not capable of handling either financial of administrative matters of the PCB,” Butt said.

    Miandad’s claims that it was the role and not the money which was a problem were lent solid credibility when he produced an internal board memo circulated on December 4 last year. The memo, with Butt’s consent on it, makes various board directors, of game development, international cricket operations, domestic cricket operations, the national team coach, manager and chairmen of national junior and senior selection committees all answerable to Miandad. The message, at that point, seemed clear: Miandad was to be in charge of almost all cricket affairs.

    But when the contract was offered to him, Miandad was made head of domestic cricket operations and the department of game development only. “This job could be done by anyone and I feel it was not what I was actually promised by Mr. Butt,” Miandad said.

    Miandad also said he didn’t take any money from the board in his two-and-a-half month stint and was now even willing to work on an honorary basis – provided other PCB officials did likewise.

    The senators, mostly bewildered that such a situation could even arise, initially pressured Butt to apologise for the humiliation they perceived to have been heaped upon Miandad. Butt stood his ground and refused to do so, thus leading the chairman of the committee to suggest they both sit down together privately and sort out the matter.

    “We believe that if you both could work together for the betterment of the game it will be good for Pakistan, so it’s better you should sit together and resolve this issue privately,” committee chairman Zafar Iqbal said.

    Before the meeting, rumour had it that Miandad may well find his way back into the board at a post he was happier with. After today’s mudslinging, that scenario has become less likely.

  158. #158 by crazydaimond on February 9, 2009 - 11:46 PM

    Javed@178,

    The question of Raina v/s Rohit is an interesting one but i think gone are those days when you could snuggle upto a senior and your place was guaranteed in the Indian Team because:-

    1. By that logic Rohit Sharma and not Raina should get a preferential treatment as he is infact the local Bombay boy and who has the full support of the ever strong Mumbai-lobby and Raina is just an outsider just like many others who came before him and faded into the oblivion of Ranji Trophy.

    2. In my view it is Sharma and not Raina who has wasted so many opportunities including the recent one in Srilanka. If you would check the records in Cricinfo you would realise that Suresh Raina has been a better ODI player in the last 2 Years when compared to Rohit Sharma when the difference in the number of matches played by both is not more than 20. Raina had a important role in winning the ODI Series both in Australia and Srilanka last year.

    Raina already has 2 Centuries and 4 Fifties against his name and his average is constantly rising and is close to 35 thesedays.On the other hand, since the introduction of Rohit Sharma I do not remember even one ODI Innings of his which could leave an impression on you.

    I am sick of hearing how talented he is and how talented just about every Cricketer is from Bombay but the truth is just like Misbah-ul-Haq he has also not done justice to his potential until now.

    While Rohit Sharma boasts of an excellent average and record in the First Class Cricket and even better than Raina but in ODI’s so far Raina has definitely given better Output/Results and hence as of now i would prefer Raina in ODI’s and groom Sharma as the next Gavaskar or Tendulkar for the Test’s.

    Ofcourse a lot also depends on HAMAR DHONI-YA….

  159. #159 by khansahab on February 10, 2009 - 10:40 AM

    Butt rejects resignation calls

    Karachi, Feb 10: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt has dismissed calls for his resignation by members of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports, claiming that he continues to have the backing of PCB chief patron Asif Ali Zardari.

    The senators tore into Butt and other officials at a special hearing yesterday and blamed them for the poor state of affairs in the cricket board. But Butt made it clear he had no intentions to resign.

    “Why should I resign? I will continue to work until I enjoy the confidence of the chief patron of the board (President Asif Zardari),” he told reporters after the hearing.

    “Me and my team are doing everything to streamline cricket affairs in the country and for this we need some time. We can`t produce results overnight,” Butt, a former Test player, said.

    Butt pans to hold a press conference later today to clarify certain points made after the Senate hearing.

    “I think some people have misrepresented facts of the proceedings at the Senate hearing. I will try to set the record straight at my conference,” Butt claimed.

    The PCB chief said there was a lobby in the Board trying to gun him down.

    “The situation in the board is not as gloomy and bad as is being made out after the Senate hearing. I will also disclose some facts about what is happening,” Butt said.

    He admitted that after the Senate hearing, where he had an exchange with former captain Javed Miandad, it would be difficult for him to have Miandad working again in the board.

    Miandad had resigned as director general claiming that Butt had not given him the promised powers and authority in the board.

    The Senate had summoned the former captain for the hearing where he denied Butt`s claim that he had asked for Rs 1.6 million salary.

    Butt said he would leave the decision to whether restore or offer a new contract to Miandad to the governing council of the board.

  160. #160 by Theossa on February 10, 2009 - 1:32 PM

    Khansahab @ 179 & 182

    At “Butt did admit there were ‘procedural flaws’ in the appointment of Miandad, leaving senators aghast that such an established figure was working at such a senior post without any letter of appointment or contract or indeed terms of reference for the post”. This followed by “Butt leveling a number of allegations at Miandad, claiming he wanted more money, he interfered with selection matters”.

    Even the dumbest person would extract from the above clips that when no pay, no job specific, and no contract terms were specified how can he accuse Miandad for claiming more money and interfering with selection matters? Was he expecting Miandad to work for free or for chump change for these PCB idiots? When no role was defined how can he accuse him for interfering with selection matters? Does Butt have a better grasp on cricket matters than Miandad?

    And at Butt dismissing the calls for his resignation, I’ll say, here we go again, another embarrassing PCB drama is looming in the air. This politically appointed idiot should leave for good. It’s about time we make the most qualified person that is Miandad the PCB chairman with full authority on the cricket matters.

    Javed

    Misbah and actually a lot other guys were underperforming because they were “made” to play under an incompetent captain who could not motivate them to play for him. It’s all about the leadership, when players see their skipper plays his heart out, make a diving catch, make an effort to stop a boundary, stand and deliver in a crunch time of the game, they want to perform well and they play with a lot of emotions. What we have seen under Shoaib Malik that team was divided, lacked motivation, and was kind of playing like, “It’s another day at work, let’s get over with it”. I think if Younis is given full confidence and authority to have a say in the selection of final eleven he can make the difference. I also think the best selector we had was Slahuddin Ahmed and he’ll be missed.

  161. #161 by crazydaimond on February 10, 2009 - 4:07 PM

    The only 20-20 is going on and Raina just got out at 99/4 with India chasing 172 now they require 73 required from 60 balls..

    Raina hit a blistering 35 in 27 balls now Rohit Sharma is in let’s see what he can do?

    Shine on..

  162. #162 by khansahab on February 10, 2009 - 11:14 PM

    Asim Kamal included in probables for Sri Lanka Tests

    Cricinfo staff

    February 10, 2009

    Pakistan have left out Rao Iftikhar Anjum from the 22 probables for the first Test against Sri Lanka, which starts in Karachi on February 21. The selectors have recalled left-hander Asim Kamal, and have also included some of the leading domestic performers this season – allrounder Fawad Alam and upcoming fast bowler Mohammad Talha.

    “Rao is a good fast bowler for one-day cricket, but we have depth in our fast bowling for Test matches,” chief selector Abdul Qadir said. Anjum, who has 56 ODI appearances, has played only one Test, against Sri Lanka in Kandy in 2006. The squad will be trimmed to 14 or 15 after a short training camp in Karachi, which starts on February 15.

    “We have good cushion in the middle-order with batsmen like Kamal, Faisal Iqbal and uncapped Saeed Bin Nasir,” Qadir said. Kamal last played for Pakistan in December 2005, against England in Lahore. In 12 Tests, he has scored 717 runs at 37.73, with a best of 99.

    Shoaib Akhtar had already been ruled out of the two-Test series after being advised to undergo knee surgery following the ODI series against Sri Lanka last month. Kamran Akmal and Sarfraz Ahmed are the two wicketkeepers among the probables.

    The Karachi Test will be Pakistan’s first five-day game since the third Test against India in Bangalore in December 2007. Legspinner Danish Kaneria is likely to make his first international appearance after a year on the sidelines – he is not a regular in Pakistan’s limited-overs teams. It will also be the first assignment under recently-appointed captain Younis Khan, who replaced Shoaib Malik after the 2-1 loss to Sri Lanka in the ODIs, including an embarrassing 234-run defeat in the decider in Lahore.

    Probables: Younis Khan, Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Faisal Iqbal, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam, Bazid Khan, Saeed Bin Nasir, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Danish Kaneria, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Talha, Sohail Khan, Abdul Rauf, Saeed Ajmal, Sarfraz Ahmed.

  163. #163 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 11, 2009 - 1:17 AM

    Theo, I agree with your comments on Butt. He is such a Butt head that he thinks that no one will understand his sinister moves and I also agree with you about player’s performance under Sissy Malik’s captaincy. But, Misbah was one of his favourite players and Misbah also did not perform in the IPL.

    Talking of IPL, I think the IPL dimwit dolts should take a note of what Sri Lanka did today instead of hiring Cheap Tarts from the USA and Ukraine, they should get their own folk dancers like Sri Lanka did today. It will be more realistic and authentic than being a copycat of NBA cheerleaders.

  164. #164 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 11, 2009 - 1:23 AM

    What Lehman Brothers did to the financial world, the Pathan Brothers did to Sri Lanka today. The match was a perfect example of fluctuating fortunes, it was swinging like a pendulum, one time it was in Sri Lanka’s favour and the next time it was in India’s favour, but the last 5 overs it was very obvious that Sri Lanka are going to be the winners, the writing was on the wall, loud and clear after Raina, Dhoniya, Jadega and Rohitwa were out. But, the Pathan brothers changed the fortune. First it was Yusuf and then it was Irfan who did the damage. He must have been playing under guilt after dropping that regulation catch of Dilshan Tilakaratne when he was on 1 and he went on to make 60 odd runs, but he played well in the end to over come the guilt.

    I think Dhoni made a technical mistake by sending Rohit Sharma ahead of Yusuf Pathan anyways, India’s T20 batting has so much depth that they can play till number 10, even Zaheer Khan can blast a few boundaries or sixes. In the end it was a good match. I watched the whole of it LIVE. I am sure Varun must be happy, and why not? 😀

  165. #165 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 11, 2009 - 1:33 AM

    I dunno why they keep including Bazid Khan again and again and again????? Also, if Umar Gul and Yasir Arafat are injured whats the point in including them in the probables?

    Saeed Ajmal, Khurram Manzoor, Kamran Akmal, Bazid Khan should not be in the probables.
    Saeed Bin Nasir is a good middle order batsman he should be in the team. Sohail Tanvir with his poor form will be a bad choice if he is included in the team, but he will definitely be in the team because of his reputation.

    BUTT must RESIGN and he MUST go. He is simply destroying the game of cricket by his stupid decisions. Twice he said something with confidence and on both occasions the result was opposite. Number one Lawson, number two Malik. So, now its his turn, he might say Zardari ki support hai actually he is saying Zardari ki Sport hai. And, he will be gone in a jiffy, just wait and see.

  166. #166 by crazydaimond on February 11, 2009 - 2:30 AM

    Well, I am an eternal optimist and blind supporter so may be I do not need such wins to re-inforce my belief in the Team but definately such wins are needed for the eternal pessimists to keep them off the beaten track!!

    Anyhow, Maybe in India now from now they will start celebrating today as the Brother’s Day or something like that!!

    The (fraud) Pathan Brothers complimented well with each other with little help from the Captaincy of Dilshan as he got Dil-hara to bowl the second last over. Gavaskar was already pulling his leg by saying that he could well turn out to be the hero for today by taking the last 3 Wickets and then he went for some 14 runs and immediately Gavaskar switched to say this is why a section of crowd started saying NO NO when Dilhara was thrown the Bowl.

    I am really sick of all the Sub-Continental commentators and we really need some fresh blood in this area. I was hoping Ganguly will be seen soon as a commentator but he’s busy shooting for a TV Talk-Show called Dada-Giri and for the time being has no plans to join the commentory box.

    fraud = Jaali Pathan? 🙂

  167. #167 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 11, 2009 - 10:37 AM

    Varun
    Yeah, I remember Gavaskar saying that about “DilPhaink” Fernando that he can become a hero by taking the last 3 wickets and after Yusuf smashing 17 in that over he changed his statement as if no one heard. Loser.

    So, Ganguly is going to start a talk show called Dada Giri? When he retired we wrote a new thread on LS and used this word Dada Giri as a caption on our blog. Its strange that they are using our captions, khansahab will tell you more about what else cricinfo and others have copied our captions and photos.

  168. #168 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 11, 2009 - 10:45 AM

    Asif banned by IPL for ONE YEAR?

    What a shame, this druggie should have been banned for life. He doesn’t deserve to be in any sports arena. They are talking about including him in the Pakistan team due to play in Australia in December 2009?

  169. #169 by khansahab on February 11, 2009 - 12:17 PM

    So now the focus was on to let cricketers run the set up, and look Bazid Khan has been included in the probables. This is just to lick the backside of Majid Khan.

    Bazid is not even in the top 25 run scorers in this Q&A Trophy and his record in one day games is actually better than 4-day games, yet he has been included for the Tests.

    I would let Khurram Manzoor play in one Test to give him a final chance because he has shown what most others have not- the ability to stay at the crease. However, Younis may want to let Afridi open with Butt, which I feel is the best thing to do, to try and give a boost to Afridi’s career.

    Varun, I am not sure whether they are Jaali Pathans or not because their parents are from Nowshera, which is in NWFP.

  170. #170 by Theossa on February 11, 2009 - 1:49 PM

    Varun/Waqar Younis

    Once a Pathan, always a Pathan. Speaking Pushto is not a must criterion for being a Pathan. A lot of Sikh and Punjabi speaking folks in Peshawar speak fluent Pushto but that don’t mean they’re Pathan. Besides, IK and YK also look like and act like Pathans, so they’re Pathans -:)

  171. #171 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 11, 2009 - 4:05 PM

    I agree with theo that in Peshawar some Sikhs speak fluent Pushto so every Pushto speaking bloke is not a Pathan. The irony is some kids who are born in the UK, USA, Canada etc. they understand Pushto and Urdu but they can’t speak and its a real shame. The parents must speak to them and insist on speaking their mother tongue, but in cases where the mother is like Natalie Portman, what can you do? The kid is Aadha Teetar, Aadha Batair or abcd.

  172. #172 by Theossa on February 11, 2009 - 4:48 PM

    Javed

    It doesn’t matter if the mother is Natalie Portman or Gulzar Bano because one curse of being immigrant is; first generation speaks languages from the country of their origin, the second loses some, and the third becomes completely local. It’s hard keeping the traditions alive is the matter of taking pride in your culture and passing some on to your kids. How far and long in next generations it will last? It’s an open question.

  173. #173 by Abdul on February 11, 2009 - 5:24 PM

    The 11 allowed to play domestic games

    Mohammad Sami, Abdul Razzaq, Hasan Raza, Shabbir Ahmed, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Tahir Mughal, Shahid Yousuf, Khalid Mahmood, Naved Latif and Shahid Nazir

    Can someone please explain why Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat aren’t allowed ?

    Also KhanSAHAB or anyone please can u tell me about the internet link were u can watch the upcoming Pakistan vs Srilanka series that u were talking about in the odi’s.

    Thanks very much

    kind regards – Spin King

  174. #174 by khansahab on February 11, 2009 - 10:01 PM

    Rashid Latif is a controversial character; as per ability the best keeper Pakistan produced who blamed politics for why he could not establish himself in the team, whistle blower on match fixing, claimed a false catch and got banned etc.

    However, his academy has produced people like Younis Khan, Danish Kaneria, Sohail Khan, Asim Kamal etc, and for that he must be saluted. He is also known to be an exceptionally kind individual who has done a lot to favour youngsters. Reportedly he gifted Younis Khan his first bike when Younis didn’t have enough money to afford transport.

    Osman Samiuddin, what a great article you have written. Recently your analysis on cricket has been spot on and you have earned my respect.

    Latif’s labour of love

    by Osman Samiuddin

    To the right, as you enter the Rashid Latif Cricket Academy (RLCA), are well-constructed practice pitches – cement, matting and turf. Fifteen, maybe 20, years ago, so go the tales, this very patch was a killing playground, a piece of land notorious for “encounters” between police and young political activists. The ground, for football and hockey, was owned by the city government, but disused and grassless. In the now-demolished old dressing rooms, prostitution shared space with illegal car-parts trade.

    The area within which the academy sits – Federal B Area – was originally designed for those entrusted with the running of Pakistan, in the days when Karachi was the capital. The country is not run from here anymore, but the roads are wide, the houses old, and here a neighbourhood is still a neighbourhood, not a random collection of houses. It is one of Karachi’s many beating hearts.

    As is Rashid Latif. More than an academy, his RLCA is a way. It is the way of Rashid Latif, the way of Karachi cricket, a city where is bred a peculiar cricketer. This cricketer is largely self-taught, self-sufficient and rough-edged; when times are tough he fights hard, but he can just as readily regress to a victimised martyr. Disputes are never far, neither is politicking, but loyalty is cherished. The most successful are like gangsters: many people sustain themselves off them; they have flaws, but believe truly what they are doing is for good, in a Robin Hood kind of way. Usually the good outweighs the bad, but not by much.

    Though the academy has been operational since 2000, the official inauguration was only last week, a Karachi shindig through and through. Most of the city’s cricket grandees were there; Hanif Mohammad, Sallu bhai (Salahuddin Ahmed), Tauseef Ahmed, Mohammad Sami, Azeem Hafeez, Asim Kamal, Saeed Anwar and Moin Khan. Younis Khan – an RLCA alumni and acolyte – who has rooted himself in Karachi, was also there, as was Mohammad Yousuf. The chief inaugurator was Karachi’s man of the moment, Mustafa Kamal, the wildly popular city mayor.

    It was a warm occasion, egalitarian in spirit. ICL bans meant nothing, as Younis chatted and laughed with Yousuf, Sami mingled with one and all. Ex-players joked with current, and all the while Salahuddin’s poetry flowed. Moin, competitor, rival and contemporary of Latif, had done his bit by donating an expensive bowling machine to the academy. No more suitable an inauguration, in short, for such labour.

    “Nobody is big or small here, they are all the same… We are about broader things, a way of sitting, standing, a way of being”
    Rashid Latif

    It has been almost exactly nine years in the making. The idea initially, says Latif, was to just have a place where he – and others – could practice in the off season. In his early years, the struggle was to find a ground with facilities he could go to for practice and to keep fit. The problem was that there wasn’t such a place. So he got a group of 20-odd first-class cricketers together at the UBL ground and began a regular session of sorts. The location would often change but practice wouldn’t.

    Latif is of a restless mind, so one thought led, naturally, to another. “We just called it an academy, even though at the start it wasn’t one. I used to practice, others did also, and whatever I understood, or knew, I used to tell them. There was nothing proper about it. Then I got into coaching and learnt many things that, had I known before, I might’ve been a better player. After that I decided that this needed to be more solid, more worthwhile, and something that could carry on after I was gone.”

    There was more behind it, something resembling blue-collar, populist rhetoric. Private cricket academies in Pakistan are mostly commercial entities. Like private schools they represent both a way of making money and a failure of public institutions. A few, like the RLCA, are run on nothing but unrequited love, like boxing gyms in ghettos. “My kids study in a private school but I am against it,” Latif says. “Education is being sold and it shouldn’t be. Inflation is high and if you look around, mostly players come from lower-middle-class families. They can’t afford to play. So I thought something should be there that is free.”

    It took four years before a home was found, in which time mass open trials were held and somehow a tour to England was organised. The Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) pointed him to this 7.5 acre ground, next to which they have their own ground. In October 2004 he got a 10-year lease from the city government. “We tried really hard to get a ground at a couple of locations. Until then we used to divide time at whichever ground. Once we got this land, then people knew we were pretty serious.”

    Over four years and more than Rs 50 million (his own and that of a few other investors) later there are 15 practice pitches alongside the main ground. There is that bowling machine, a comprehensive multimedia set-up, and new dressing rooms, without prostitutes. Soon there will be a gym and a biomechanics lab and then a hostel of 12-14 rooms. The plan is for cricketers to come from around Asia, stay here and use the facilities. Flavour of the season Afghanistan are due soon to do just that – in future, hopefully they can also stay here. Plans are afoot to try and revive the city’s moribund club cricket scene, using the ground as a fulcrum.

    If you build it, they will come: Latif’s academy arose out of the lack of places to practise in © Rashid Latif

    Four days a week, kids from four age groups (U-13 through U-19) come for coaching, plucked from open trials and recommendations. Senior cricketers come in to iron out kinks whenever time permits. What they pick up here is nothing if not unique, for Latif’s take on coaching is, well, a take. Obviously it isn’t bookish; instead it is simply drawn from what he always knew, what he has learnt, what he has seen, those he has worked with. Daryl Foster and Richard Pybus are in it, as well as Latif’s annual bash with Lashings. “That helps my coaching a lot. I get to meet the world’s best players and develop my own methods from that. I take in ideas from Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies, and you don’t see those things or that approach here.”

    Not for him is coaching in the nets, and he prefers batsmen to practice without a ball. “It is the start, working on their movements, working backwards in a way, until you finally come to enacting that with a ball in nets.” He doesn’t believe he should be coaching youngsters at all, which, logically and alarmingly, defeats the point of his own academy. “I am 40 and I look at things from that angle. We should get a kid two years older ready and get him to work on the 15-year-olds. Kids teach kids quicker. If I teach U-15s something, I have to tell them 10 times and sometimes they are still not picking up. So it’s better if guys closer to their age do it.”

    The RLCA will not, Latif insists, produce national cricketers; that isn’t the purpose of an academy. It may be true, but you don’t expect to hear it from the head of a privately owned academy. But it will provide a way – a way not just about high elbows and good wrist positions. Asim Kamal, Khalid Latif, Khurram Manzoor, Younis Khan, Fawad Alam, Danish Kaneria, Sohail Khan: these men represent an ethos.
    “Nobody is big or small here, they are all the same; but if a player from here goes and does something bad, then the academy gets a bad name. Cricketers have watered grounds, built it from nothing to what it is and run it. We are about broader things, a way of sitting, standing, a way of being.”

    On balance, it isn’t a bad way to be.

  175. #175 by khansahab on February 12, 2009 - 12:22 AM

  176. #176 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 12, 2009 - 12:35 AM

    khansahab

    Are you laughing @ his RayBan sunglasses or his Paindoo Looks or did he say something very intelligent? 😀

  177. #177 by khansahab on February 12, 2009 - 12:04 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I was laughing at his Paindoo looks 🙂 I didn’t see what brand his glasses were.

    Omer

    I have a friendly rivalry with Abdul because he is a leading authority on Pakistan cricket. I respect his opinions and despite our occasional tiffs, I tend to I am agree with his views.

  178. #178 by khansahab on February 12, 2009 - 12:07 PM

    Butt in serious trouble for refusing to quit

    Karachi, Feb 12: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt is in a serious trouble for refusing to quit, as the Senate’s Standing Committee on Sports is now thinking of filing a dispensation motion against him.

    “I will be consulting my fellow committee members over the remarks made by the PCB chief, and there is a possibility that we may file a privilege motion against him, Senator Enver Baig was quoted as saying.

    Senator Baig said the committee has the power to charge Butt, and this would be indicated to the PCB chief at its next meeting.

    Baig attacked Butt for ruining the Pakistan cricket.

    “They are running the PCB like a grocery shop and know nothing about anything. There are financial irregularities in the Board and the PCB management is unable to provide any satisfactory answers to our queries,” he said.

    Another member of the committee Haroon Khan accused Butt of being ignorant about the committee’s authority.

    “We have tremendous recommendatory powers. We can refer the Board`s matters to the President of Pakistan or the Auditor General of Pakistan,” Khan said.

    “We are an overseeing committee and want to pinpoint what`s going wrong in Pakistan cricket. That is what we are there for,” he said.

    Butt on Wednesday, criticised the Senate committee over their charges on the Board.

    Butt said he was answerable only to PCB President Asif Zardari, as he was appointed directly by him.

    “They cannot ask me to resign or tell the cricket board to take back Miandad. We are only answerable to the patron and the sports ministry,” he said.

    “If the patron asks me to resign, I`ll quit right away,” Butt said.

  179. #179 by khansahab on February 12, 2009 - 12:29 PM

    Abdul

    Wait until the matches have started and then I will find out which link is showing them.

    These Tests have gained a lot of interest because Pakistan has not played a Test since 2007 and a new captain is at the helm.

  180. #180 by khansahab on February 12, 2009 - 1:25 PM

    Privilege motion may be filed against Butt

    Thursday, February 12, 2009
    By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: The Senate’s standing committee on sports may file a privilege motion against Pakistan’s cricket chief Ijaz Butt over his Wednesday’s outburst against intense criticism unleashed at him by the committee members.

    A few Senate committee members with whom ‘The News’ carried out interviews were displeased with Butt’s views at a press conference in Lahore when he said that the committee had no powers to interfere in national cricket affairs.

    “The committee members can criticise us as much they like, but they have no powers and can’t tell us how to run the board,” Butt told this correspondent. “I’m only answerable to the (PCB) patron and the sports ministry,” added Butt referring to President Asif Ali Zardari – PCB’s patron-in-chief – who appointed him as the Board chairman last October.

    “It seems that he (Butt) is an illiterate man,” said Senator Haroon Khan, a Senate committee member. “He seems to be ignorant of the powers of a parliamentary committee,” added the Senator.

    Haroon said that Butt’s outburst against the committee proves that he is incapable of running Pakistan cricket in a proper manner.

    “Parliamentary committees enjoy great authority worldwide and in Pakistan too we are not without enough powers,” he said. “We have tremendous recommendatory powers. We can refer the Board’s matters to the President of Pakistan or the Auditor General of Pakistan,” Haroon stressed.

    He refuted Butt’s claims that the Senate committee is trying to dictate terms. “We have no intentions of running the Board,” he said. “We are an overseeing committee and want to pinpoint what’s going wrong in Pakistan cricket. That is what we are there for,” he stressed.

    Haroon reiterated the committee’s charge that Butt and co are running the PCB as if it is their personal property. “There is lack of planning, nepotism, carelessness and financial irregularities in the PCB which need to be probed,” he said.

    Senator Enver Baig, another vocal committee member, said that he and fellow members will “indicate the powers of the committee to the PCB chairman when he attends its next meeting”.

    Baig also said that the Senate committee reserves the right to file a privilege motion against Butt over his remarks against the committee.

    “We will indicate the powers of the Senate committee to the PCB chairman when he appears in our next meeting,” said Baig, a member of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). “I will be consulting my fellow committee members over the remarks made by the PCB chief and there is a possibility that we may file a privilege motion again him.”

    Baig alleged that under Butt, Pakistan cricket has been turned into a complete mess.

    “They are running the PCB like a grocery shop and know nothing about anything,” he said.

    “There are financial irregularities in the Board and the PCB management is unable to provide any satisfactory answers to our queries,” he said.

    Baig said that the committee will once again summon the PCB chairman and other Board officials for a meeting at the Parliament House next week.

  181. #181 by khansahab on February 12, 2009 - 1:29 PM

    LOL @ Ijaz Butt and his paindooness. He was being supported because of his background and LS always reported he was appointed because of regionalism. Now PCB is in a mess and like an uncouth person, Butt is running it like a grocery shop.

    This is what happens when you want to see changes based on regionalism rather than merit.

    LOL @ DNA’s critics who spoke about financial corruption/nepotism, just check the level of nepotism in the Butt administration and he has only been Chairman for a few months, yet he is being investigated for corruption.

  182. #182 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 12, 2009 - 1:44 PM

    khansahab:

    “It seems that he (Butt) is an illiterate man,” said Senator Haroon Khan,

    The word “Seems” in describing Butt is a rather a mild, sophisticated and diplomatic choice of words. It should be replaced with the word, obvious because he is not only an illiterate but, an uncouth and uncivilized man, totally incapable of working as an office boy or a doorman of the PCB and the irony is he was made the Chairman of the PCB.

    “Her Shaaq pay Ullu baitha hai, anjaam-e-gulistaan kya hoga?”
    Jab Butt hai aisi Mottalli tou Intekhab-e-Alam kya hoga?
    (Jab raat hai aisi matwali tou Subha ka Alam kya hoga?)

  183. #183 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 12, 2009 - 1:49 PM

    khansahab

    Regarding financial corruption, you have to look at the level of abuse, Butt went to India twice and Sri Lanka Twice, went to Dubai and then all the way to Perth Australia only to ruin the Oval Test case and what has he achieved in these three months? Except for traveling first class and staying at 5 star hotels and accumulating TA/DA what else has he achieved? Created a bloody mess, messed up the whole cricket system in Pakistan by screwing up the team and by talking like a real Paindoo which undoubtedly he is. He needs to go through the JOOTA PHINKAYEE KI RASM for his exit.

  184. #184 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 12, 2009 - 2:12 PM

    I was laughing at his Paindoo looks 🙂 I didn’t see what brand his glasses were. khansahab

    If you look @ his picture again you won’t miss Ray Ban written so clearly on your left or on the right lens of his sunglasses. I guess he forgot to peel off the “pilashtic shitiker” and may be on his shirt there is a price tag too! Who knows? And what else do you expect from a Paindoo? 😀

  185. #185 by khansahab on February 14, 2009 - 1:18 PM

    Pak cricketers approach Zardari for compensation

    Karachi: Top Pakistani cricketers, who were asked not to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL), have approached President Asif Ali Zardari to demand compensation for their losses.
    Younus Khan, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Misbahul Haq, Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Asim Kamal, Danish Kneria, Yasir Hameed and Yasir Arafat were due to feature in the second edition of the IPL but Pakistan government last month stopped them from going to India over security fears.
    “The IPL players have approached President Zardari through the sports ministry to seek compensation for the IPL losses,” sources said.
    “They have also demanded the PCB to compensate them in the central contracts. Out of 27 players awarded central contracts, only seven have signed the contract. Top layers including Younus, Afridi and Misbah have not signed the contracts.”

  186. #186 by khansahab on February 14, 2009 - 7:32 PM

    PCB slams Yousuf for maligning the board

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lashed out at Mohammad Yousuf for suggesting that the PCB was under pressure from the Indian board and towing its line on the Indian Cricket League issue. Board asserted that there “it was based on lack of knowledge and understanding” regarding the directives of ICC.

    In a statement issued to the press here on Saturday, the PCB said Yousaf’s allegation against the Board was incorrect and an attempt to malign the institution.

    Yousuf has repeatedly said that the PCB should stop coming under pressure from the Indian cricket authorities and allow its players who are signed up with the ICL to play domestic and international cricket.

    “The PCB is an independent body which only takes directives from the ICC which is the governing body of world cricket,” PCB said.

    Release added that there was no truth in Yousaf’s allegation that the PCB was towing the line of its counterpart in India. “The PCB and all cricket boards are components of ICC and they only take directives from the ICC. The ICC direction is clear that any member country will not allow their players to participate in any League/Tournament which is not recognized by it Board (BCCI).”

    Yousuf, who was banned for joining with the rebel ICL but can play domestic cricket in Pakistan, claimed that the Indian board was trying to disrupt Pakistan cricket by creating rifts between players and the board.

    “Yousaf’s allegation is not only false but an attempt to malign the PCB. The statement also recalled that Yousaf broke his Central Contract with the PCB and went to join ICL without informing the Board,” the statement further added that in the backdrop of ICC’s policy.

  187. #187 by M. Y.. Kasim on February 14, 2009 - 9:10 PM

    Khansahab @ 210

    Did the players say how much they are willing to pay to Mr. Ten Percent?

  188. #188 by khansahab on February 14, 2009 - 9:33 PM

    Kasim sahab

    How wonderful to hear from you after so many months? We were expecting the worst, and hope by the grace of the Almighty you are doing OK.

    What have you been upto?

  189. #189 by Mohammed Munir on February 15, 2009 - 4:10 AM

    Kasim Sahab …

    It sure is very nice to see you after a long long time.

    On your question about how much the players will pay to Zardari, well he is no more Mr. 10%, he got promoted and is now giving 10% to the other parties, while keeping 90% 😉

  190. #190 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 15, 2009 - 5:53 AM

    M. Y. Kasim Sahab, it is indeed a good news and a pleasure to hear from you after such a long gap. If you are writing on the blog and I see the sense of humour in your comments then I can say, you are in much better health than before. Hopefully the new treatment has worked well for you? Wish you all the best and please keep writing whenever time and your health permits you to do so. Best regards.

  191. #191 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 15, 2009 - 6:47 PM

    Early morning I watched the Australia / NZ twenty20 and what a close finish match it was in the end NZ lost by ONE RUN despite the last ball SIX. That was because of Voges took a fantastic catch of Brendum McCullum at the boundary line. I have never seen a catch like this in my life. Voges took the catch while he was running sideways and he realized that he was going to touch the boundary line, he tossed the ball high up and then went behind the boundary line to keep his balance, came back inside the ground to take a diving catch in the front, he event tripped on the rope but, he dived well to reach to the ball and picked it up inches above the ground. Amazing catch.

  192. #192 by M. Y.. Kasim on February 15, 2009 - 10:28 PM

    Thank you all for your kind sentiments, I really had a rough time but now am feeling better.

    Besides, there was nothing to write about cricket with all the bad selections and results. Now it looks there is a change for the better.

    If you guys recall, I was advocating that Abdul Qadir should be appointed as Chairman of Selection Comittee. See what a wonderful job he has done except for a few omissions. As they say, he has covered all the bases by selecting Bazid Khan, Faisal Iqbal and Asim Kamal in particular to keep the ‘Big Guns’ silence till the eleventh hour. I am pretty sure he will not include Shahid Afridi in the final XI and give a deservving chance to Fawad Alam.

    I was and still am a great fan of Mr. Boom Boom but every good thing has to end. His eyesight is not what it was and he definitely is not a Test standard bowler.

    Couple of things I am disappointed are the exclusion of Mohammed Aamer, the rising left-arm fast-medium bowler, the highly talented left-handed batsman, Umar Amin and another of my favorite, Ahmed Shehzad, an immensely gifted opening batsman and handy leg-break googly bowler.

    The most heartening news which brought me to the keyboard is the eventual ouster of @#$%^&*@#$%^&* all of you are smiles.

    Another thing Qadir should have done to have not included that “I am the best all-rounder in the world” S.O.B. to teach him that Pakistan can do away without him. It is the case of “jumma jumma aath din”.

    If I had my way, my Team would be:

    1. Salman Butt
    2. Khurram Manzoor
    3. Umar Amin
    4. Yuonus Khan
    5. Shoaib Malik
    6. Fawad Alam
    7. Sarfaraz Ahmed
    8. Mohammed Talha
    9. Danish Kaneria
    10. Mohammed Aamer
    11. Sohail Khan

    12th. Man, Ahmed Shehzad

  193. #193 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 16, 2009 - 12:59 AM

    Mr. MY Kasim, good to see your input again. But, to me your team selection appears as a club team and not Pakistan team. I doubt that with these people Pakistan can ever beat Sri Lanka.

    There is no mention of Mohammad Yusuf’s inclusion in the team by the selectors and its a shame that such a great batsman who is still ranked number 2 in the ICC test rankings is not in Pakistan’s team. Also, I would not exclude Shahid Afridi from the test team because his test average in batting and bowling both is better than many in that list. Anyways, me too I suspect that neither Qadir nor Intekhab Alam would include him in the playing XI.

    Let us see what happens next.

  194. #194 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 16, 2009 - 1:04 AM

    England have finally included Ovais Shah in the team in place of the failing ding dong Bell. He got too many chances simply because he is white and he is British, whereas Ovais Shah was neglected because he is from Pakistan. But, the fact is Ovais Shah is not only a better player than Bell, and he is also in good nick, he has constantly scored runs and he was not included in the team against India. He was unlucky to get run out at 57. He is a very talented player and he gels very well in all forms of the game, but he seldom gets a fair treatment.

  195. #195 by Tarl Cabot of Ko-ro-ba, Gor. on February 16, 2009 - 1:43 AM

    Typical immigrant paranoia!!Owais Shah has a batting average of 30 after more than 50 ODIs.Bell averages more than 40 in tests and although not a player in an ODI mould, he still averages in mid 30s after playing almost 80 ODIs.Agreed that Shah is talented but he has not really justified his talent in ODIs except for a few sparks of brilliance here and there.How come Nasser managed to play almost a 100 tests for England or was he less discriminated against because he was from India?? Monty has been persevered with despite being a mechanical bowler who has improved little after promising much .The only player who can complain is Dimi who has hardly played a dozen ODIs despite being a useful bowler and a devastating batsman on his day.Yuvraj is still having nigtmares about him.

    Saw NZ-Aus T-20 live and like many others I have not seen a catch like the one which Voges took, his presence of mind was truly remarkable.

    Also admire a team like NZ who stay a competitive team despite having a talent pool of a couple of dozen max. They are a prime example of a team which uses every ounce of their ability.

  196. #196 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 16, 2009 - 5:18 AM

    Dear KorobaGora what do you mean by “Typical immigrant paranoia?” Do you consider yourself as a native Australian or a second generation convict in Canberra? Well, that’s a retort for you on calling someone an “immigrant” 😀 Because, at one stage you or your ancestors must have been immigrants too. Don’t take so much pride in being a pioneer or a settler. There is, but one race – Humanity!

    Now, you don’t have to take it personal because its just a matter of opinion based on the performance of these two players. Whether you admit or not its a fact that Bell is out of form. He failed miserably in all the previous matches and because of that Owais Shah finally got a chance this time, otherwise they wouldn’t have given him a chance now. My point was, he should have been given a chance earlier, c’est ca.

    As regards, averages the ODI averages of both these players are almost similar except that Bell got more matches to his credit and in test matches this is Owais’s third test match and still his average is not bad so whats wrong in comparing the two players? You don’t have to give Nasir Hussain’s example because he was a very good player and a captain and retired at peak form with honour and dignity.

    I am not sure if you have read the interview of Nasir Hussain’s father who said, that Ovais Shah when he started playing county cricket along with Collingwood, he was definitely far better player than him but, he didn’t get enough chances to prove his worth.

    It is true that if you keep a player in and out of the team then his confidence is shaken yet Ovais Shah is determined and he has not lost his confidence. Monty may have a fan club by millions, but for me he is just an average bowler, there is nothing great about him.

  197. #197 by Abdul on February 16, 2009 - 11:30 AM

    I get coached by Nasser Hussain when he’s available !

    England should experiment into Adil Rashid this series in order to plan efficiently and get an informative insight into the prospect which promises great things on the fate of English cricket.

    Anyway Pakistan should only play one spinner after all because Kaneria is the only quality one announced and I don’t rate much of this Ajmal chap. He only seems to be effective as Ajmal. Anyone of Tahir Khan , Yasir Shah or Mansoor Amjad could have been selected but were overlooked.

    My expectations of Danish Kaneria in the test series are as follows.

    – Just to simply turn the ball across sufficiently. Kaneria sometimes gets bogged down in trying to experiment with too much variation and that’s why he can toil at times. But he should just look to maintain middle and off line and turn the ball across frequently against the right hander’s and utilizes the rough pathes against the left handers.

    – To be labeled as a matchwinner. Kaneria captures wickets but at times they are meaningless and costly at 5-220 or 4-150 which hardly have an impact on the overall outcome of the match. To be labeled as a matchwinner Kaneria has to spin Pakistan to victory and capture something astonishing like 3-30 or 6-70 etc.

    By far he will be the strike bowlers but I wonder if a long absence from international cricket will affect his confidence and form.

    Anyway did anyone follow Mohammed Aamer’s heroics? OUTSTANDING. Common sense will be to groove him in now!

  198. #198 by Abdul on February 16, 2009 - 11:32 AM

    He only seems to be as effective as Malik when he bowls his off breaks.Above is the correction !
    Please moderate LS managers.

  199. #199 by Abdul on February 16, 2009 - 8:11 PM

    Why have my uploads been deleted, explain ?

    Moderator’s response

    Abdul, if you post too many links in one comment and that too of you tube, the system recognizes as spam and does not appear in queue for moderation and goes into the spam folder and is deleted. So, if you wish to post you tube links, restrict them to one or two links per comment.

  200. #200 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 16, 2009 - 9:02 PM

    PAKISTANI PLAYERS TO PLAY FOR THE IPL OR NOT?

    That is a million dollar question, whether they have any loyalties for the country or, they want to play for money?

    Kamran Akmal and Sohail Tanvir wants finacial compensation from the Pakistani President or at least they may be allowed to play for the IPL, although the IPL have suspended them from playing but, they hope to play for the Rajhastan Royals based on their last year’s performance.

    The point is, if Asif Ali Zardari grants them permission to go to India to play for the IPL or, allow them partial financial compensation then, he is setting a precedent for others. And what about the ICL players? Why is there a ban on them to play for their own country? So, is Zardari going to overrule the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last announcement? It was only during Zia’s time that he used to say CMLA which means Cancel My Last Announcement and not Chief Martial Law Administrator.

    The Ministry of Sports of Pakistan has allowed the players to travel to India, whereas the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have banned them from traveling to India. Why is it that the Ministry of Spots and the PCB not discuss important issues with the government first before making such stupid public announcements? There is no communication between any Ministry in Pakistan and the President lives in his own world, the Prime Minister lives in his own fools Paradise and Rahman Malik & Sherry Rahman are in different dimensions hence there is no commonality or no unity in the government be it politics or sports they look like dimwit dolts.

  201. #201 by M. Y.. Kasim on February 16, 2009 - 9:30 PM

    Javed Khan,

    I did not include Mohammed Yousuf in my team because his case is still pending with ICL/Pcb/ICC etc.

    I did not include Misbah since he is out of touch and Umer Gul is sidelined with injury. Regarding Shahid Afridi, I have already stated my reason that he is over the hill and Pakistan must look to future and even if this team loses to SL, which I doubt, it will not be the end of world.

    This is as good a time to shake up and unload some of the extra baggage and enthuse new blood. I was thinking on the lines of Ex-President General Musharraf that every player should have minimum educcation and not remain a dumb pindoo if he is selected, at least how to behave and present himself to the world at large. By that way, we will not have Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, Sohail Tanwir and their ilk.

    I think India has an academy where they send their players for grooming. Our players should be made to attend such an academy so that we get rid of all those “Ganjeri Bhangeri” in future.

  202. #202 by khansahab on February 17, 2009 - 9:25 AM

    Afridi eyes Test comeback

    KARACHI: Senior Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has promised to give a good display in the two-day warm-up game against the Sri Lankans from Tuesday (today), here at the Southend Club (formerly DHA) Stadium, saying that he is looking to regain his place in the national Test squad.

    Afridi, who will lead the Patron’s XI against Sri Lanka, said on Monday that the two-day match will provide the perfect platform to him and a few other players to prove their mettle ahead of the opening Test against Sri Lanka here at the National Stadium from February 21-25.

    The 28-year-old Afridi played the last of his 26 Tests in the summer of 2006 against England in Manchester. Since then he has been confined to the role of a utility all-rounder for one-dayers and Twenty20 Internationals.

    Ijaz Ahmed, the former Pakistan batsman who has been entrusted with the coaching responsibility for the home team in the two-day game, said that the selectors will be keenly observing the performance of his boys.

    Ijaz said that under the magnifying glass will mainly be middle-order batsmen Asim Kamal, Saeed Bin Nasir and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed. He said that the match will be a good opportunity for these players to impress the selectors, who are scheduled to meet here on February 18 to select the squad for the opening Test.

    Ijaz is expecting a result in the game, saying that the Southend Club Stadium pitch appears to be a spin-friendly track. The Sri Lankans will be using the match to adapt to local conditions ahead of the Test series opener scheduled to start from Saturday.

  203. #203 by khansahab on February 17, 2009 - 9:42 AM

    Pakistan Test team a ‘rainbow’ collection of players

    Contrary to popular belief, in a historical context, it is not by the performance of the managers and administrators of a particular sports organisation that the stature of any sport is judged, but by the success of its players out there in the middle. Critics of all hues and shades may go on banging on their computer keyboards, churning page after page about how a certain administration has failed or not been able to deliver the goods, but it will only be made to look good or bad in the light of how its players have fared in a particular series or tournament. Chairmen, secretaries, chief executives, directors of a sports body may be easily forgotten but players live on in most people’s memories.

    With the Sri Lanka team returning to Pakistan today (Sunday) to play a two-Test rubber here following a limited overs series last month, the focus has once again diverted to the players themselves, irrespective of the trials and tribulations the Pakistan Cricket Board’s hierarchy may be facing, within the confines of its headquarters in Lahore, in the media or in the conference rooms of the Senate, where it recently was subjected to a relentless grilling by the standing committee on sports.

    The roster of 22 players named for the conditioning camp prior to the Tests against Sri Lanka is surely an odd mixture. A sort of ‘rainbow’ collection of players. The national selectors trio of its chief, former ace leg-spinner Abdul Qadir and members Saleem Jaffer and Shoaib Mohammad, has basically picked their best choice from players who have recently done well in the various national first-class tournament. Yet, one regrets to say, that one or two players have walked into the collection without having impressed much at any level lately.

    It is obvious from the list of chosen players that the selectors had their recent first-class record in view. Like most other considerations, this attitude sometimes works and on most occasions doesn’t work at all. All the players among the invitees have been tried and tested before though, and some may have done beter than the rest or the other way round. But where Test match representation is concerned, the 22 players have made only an average of 12.54 Test appearances per person!

    Nine of the players have never entered the field in a Test match, three others have played no more than two such games. In spite of the extensive experience of men like new skipper Younis Khan (58 Tests), leg-spinner Danish Kaneria (51), wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal (38), Shahid Afridi (26) and Faisal Iqbal and Shoaib Malik (21 each), the rest remain largely inexperienced at this level.

    Yet, the selectors must be commended for spotting the talent in players like fast bowler Mohammad Talha, left-handed all-rounder Fawad Alam, middle-order batsman Saeed Bin Nasir and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Nawaz, and also handing out a recall to the left-handed Asim Kamal, who had been absent from the Test scene for a little over three years.

    This is a relatively ‘new’ bunch of players, of which only 14 or 15 may make the final cut for the first Test match in Karachi, that starts from February 21. Chief selector Abdul Qadir has already hinted that Talha may be given a Test cap when the team lands at the National Stadium.

    Due to the absence of star batsman Mohammad Yousuf from the middle-order, there might have been a gaping hole in the batting line-up, but realistically there isn’t. The Pakistan captain Younis Khan will be able to pick his men from a good bunch of players including himself, former skipper Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq and then there’s the cushion provided by Faisal Iqbal, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam, Saeed Bin Nasir and, if considered for selection, the aggressive Shahid Afridi.

    One may sound being unfair to the player but Asim Kamal has certainly been included because of public pressure, mainly in the media. For his sake, if he does play in the forthcoming Tests, he must succeed, otherwise he could really be history this time round.

    Salman Butt will surely be one of the opening batsmen for the Tests. When Pakistan last played a Test rubber, in India back in late 2007, his partner in all three matches was Yasir Hameed, who has strangely been ignored by the selectors in spite of being among those who have won the PCB central contracts.

    Salman may have either the right-handed Khurram Manzoor or the left-handed Nasir Jamshed as his partner for the Tests, but neither has played in a Test match so far.

    From among the others who have not yet appeared in Test cricket are Fawad Alam, Saeed Bin Nasir, Mohammad Talha, pace bowlers Sohail Khan and Abdul Rauf, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and ‘keeper Sarfraz Ahmed. The 23-year-old Fawad could get an early call as, in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Championship, he has scored a staggering 855 runs at an average of 122.14 in seven matches, with a career-best score of 296 not out.

    Due to his past experience, Faisal Iqbal could also be in for a nod for a middle-order place. In spite of his much trumpeted recall, Asim Kamal may miss out in the end.

    A rather strange selection has been that of Bazid Khan, the son of former captain Majid Khan. The 27-year-old Bazid has played in just a single Test and five one-dayers without making much of an impression. In nine first-class matches this season, he has scored a mere 247 runs at a modest average of 22.45 — in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy he has gathered just 131 runs in seven matches at an average of 14.55 with a highest of 32.

    In case the Pakistan selectors want to formulate a team including three pacemen and three spinners, they must go for Talha alongside Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul in the first category. Yasir Arafat may have to sit it out. Danish Kaneria, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi could easily be the team’s spin trio.

    There has been talk recently of Sarfraz Ahmed, a former champion Pakistan Under-19s skipper, taking over from Kamran Akmal for the forthcoming series. Sarfraz has given a good account of himself in the eight One-day Internationals that he has played and what better opportunity than this one to be given his first Test cap. Kamran can easily be rested for a while.

    Saeed Bin Nasir has provided great service as a first-class cricketer for more than a decade. At age 29, he could be ripe enough for a chance, but he may not make the final eleven. At 30 pace bowler Abdul Rauf and Saeed Ajmal, who is 31, are no spring chickens either but for the moment they are among the selectors’ list of priorities.

    Talha, the 20-year-old tearaway fast bowler from Faisalabad, has been through the mill already. In the season’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, he has taken 34 wickets at only 19.73 apiece. In 2005-06, he played the Afro-Asia Cup Under-19s Championship in India and last year had a successful tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya with the Pakistan Cricket Academy. Then he also appeared in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament. According to most cricketseers, he is ready for his big chance.

    There surely won’t be any big headaches when the selectors sit down to prune the list of 22 players to 14 or 15 and, then, when the final elevens are being chosen. Achieving the kind of success expected is an entirely different story altogether.

    The selectors have in fact picked as many as 32 players for the two Tests and the two-day warm-up match that the Sri Lankans would play in Karachi at the Southend Club Cricket Stadium (formerly the Defence Housing Authority Stadium), on February 17 and 18. The lads hoping to get into the Patron’s XI line-up include opening batsmen Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali and Azeem Ghumman, middle-order players Khaqan Arsal and Bilal Khilji, leg-spinner Yasir Shah and fast-medium bowlers Mohammad Khalil, Wahab Riaz, Fahad Masood and Najaf Shah.

    Already, the left-armed Najaf of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has emerged as the highest wicket-taker of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with a haul of 45 at 19.51 runs each. One player who may have missed out is National Bank’s left-arm seamer Mohammad Aamer, a Pakistan Under-19s star, who has collected 32 wickets at just 14.40 apiece.

    Other bowlers, like Lahore Shalimar pace bowler Mohammad Naved (43), may have figured prominently on the national first-class list, but they can certainly wait for a better day. The injured Shoaib Akhtar and Rao Iftikhar, whom the selectors feel is not one of the best bets for a Test match, have both being excluded from the main list.

  204. #204 by khansahab on February 17, 2009 - 1:37 PM

    Patron’s XI batsmen dominate Sri Lanka

    Patron’s XI opening batsmen Ahmed Shahzad and Azhar Ali notched up centuries against Sri Lanka on the opening day of the two-day warm-up match Tuesday.

    The home team finished the day at an impressive 395-4 at the Defence Stadium with Pakistan test hopeful Asim Kamal batting on 18 and Sarfraz Ahmed not out on 13.

    The 19-year-old Shahzad had 22 boundaries and a six in his 174-ball knock of 146 before he was retired hurt when paceman Thilan Thushara’s delivery hit him on the groin. The 23-year-old Ali needed 54 deliveries before he scored his first run after nearly 1 1/2 hours as Patron’s XI captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat first.

    Shahzad dominated the first wicket stand of 204 runs with Ali before he was retired hurt as Chaminda Vaas removed Pakistan test discard Bazid Khan (11) cheaply.

    Ali, who was dropped on 74 by captain Mahela Jaywardene in the slip off the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan, went on to complete his century with nine fours and two sixes before he was shortly caught afterward in the covers by Tharanga Paranavitana off medium fast Farveez Maharoof.

    Afridi (49 off 29 balls) then toiled with Sri Lankan bowling in his typical aggressive style, hitting eight fours and a six before he holed out in the deep that gave Ajantha Mendis his first wicket.

    Muralitharan bowled 11 overs but conceded 51 runs without taking a wicket.

    Sri Lanka returned to Pakistan for the two test matches after winning the one-day series 2-1 last month.

    The first test is set for Feb. 21-25, while Lahore will host the second test from March 1-5.

  205. #205 by Abdul on February 17, 2009 - 4:08 PM

    http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/pakvsl/engine/match/389871.html

    A good day at the office as the Srilankan bowlers toiled against the brilliant opening stand.Is this the motivation required ?

    Also in the domestic scene Rana has made a great return with a stunning allround performance for him personally although it was rather in vain when considering the bigger picture for the team as a whole.

    SAHAB what is your real name by the way and have u found that link yet.

    Oh yeah that pic,is it of u ! Or is someone paindoo and father like figure u aspire too !

  206. #206 by khansahab on February 17, 2009 - 6:37 PM

    Chief selector Qadir, Sikander involved in public spat

    Karachi: Two former Pakistani players, Abdul Qadir and Sikander Bakht, were engaged in a heated argument on the first day of Sri Lanka`s warm up match at the Defence stadium on Tuesday.
    The two, who have played together, apparently got entangled into the argument after Qadir raised objections to Sikander`s critical comments about him and the Pakistan Cricket Board in a television show.

    “Sikander got upset with Qadir`s complaint and made it clear that he worked independently and had every right to question the working of the selectors, players and board on basis of factual figures,” one eye-witness said.

    He said Sikander then got up in a huff and left the media gallery where the altercation took place.

    Qadir, the former leg-spinner, is presently the chief selector and has faced criticism from different quarters for his recent decisions.

    He and the coach of the Patrons XI team, former Test batsman, Ejaz Ahmed were again under fire today for allowing openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shahzad to bat on after scoring hundreds.

    “What was the purpose of allowing them to bat on when the real purpose of the match was to test out the middle order batsmen, Bazid Khan, Asim Kamal and Saeed Bin Nasir who are contenders for the first Test match?” one player said.

    He pointed out that the middle order batsmen only got a chance after the two openers had played out nearly 62 overs.

    On a dead pitch with neither of the two openers in contention one failed to understand the idea behind not giving the middle order batsmen a proper chance in the middle,” another player said.

    Kamal, who is tipped to play the Test after four years in the wilderness, was surprisingly held back until the number six position.

  207. #207 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 17, 2009 - 6:48 PM

    Sir Allen Stanford charged of 8 billion dollar fraud.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7895505.stm

    Sir Allen Stanford – file photo 11/06/2008
    Sir Allen is a US businessman and a cricket promoter

    Texan billionaire and cricket promoter Sir Allen Stanford has been charged over a $8bn (£5.6bn) investment fraud, US financial regulators say.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission said the businessman had orchestrated “a fraudulent, multi-billion dollar investment scheme”.

    US investigators earlier entered the Stanford Financial Group Texas office.

    The SEC said the fraud was “based on false promises and fabricated historical return data”.

    Three of Sir Allen’s companies have been charged as well as several executives of the companies. We are alleging a fraud of shocking magnitude that has spread its tentacles throughout the world.

    A US judge has also frozen the assets of Sir Allen and the other defendants as well as those of the Texas-based investment firm Stanford Group, its Antigua-based subsidiary Stanford International Bank (SIB) and another subsidiary, investment advisor Stanford Capital Management.

    A receiver has been appointed to “preserve assets for investors”, the SEC said.
    Sir Allen last year promoted the Stanford cricket Series which saw a West Indian all-star team – the Stanford Superstars – beat an England team for a $20m prize.

    The England and Wales Cricket Board has suspended sponsorship negotiations with him following the fraud charges. The SEC said that SIB sold approximately $8bn worth of certificates of deposit to investors, promising “improbable and unsubstantiated high interest rates”.

    The bank was “operated by a close circle of Stanford’s family and friends”, the SEC said in a statement.

  208. #208 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 17, 2009 - 6:53 PM

    khansahab

    Qadir is straight as his googlies, I have said that on the first day of his appointment that he will be playing politics. I also wrote that I will accept him as a selector over Aamir Sohail. I think Sikandar Bakht had a point about not sending the middle order to play and give them a chance to prove their worth.

    Afridi needs to bowl really good tomorrow to be able to get a place in the test side, his 49 in 29 balls means nothing to the selectors, it would have been fine if he too had scored a century. Now, he needs to take at least 4 wickets and that too of the top order to claim a spot. So, lets see tomorrow what happens on that dead and placid wicket.

  209. #209 by khansahab on February 17, 2009 - 8:08 PM

    Malik backing Younis whole-heartedly- INTIKHAB

    Karachi, Feb 17: Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam is pleased with the way former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik is supporting his successor Younis Khan ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka.

    A former Pakistan captain, Intikhab said Younis has already got the support of the team ahead of the two Tests against Sri Lanka that begins on February 21 at the National Stadium.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sacked Malik as captain after the hosts suffered a 234-run drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka in their ODI series final in Lahore on January 24.

    Intikhab said he is expecting positive results from the team though they have not played a single Test in 14 months. Pakistan`s last Test was against India in Bangalore in December 2007.

    He singled out comeback leg-spinner Danish Kaneria as a key player for Pakistan in the series.

    Kaneria has taken 220 wickets from 51 Tests and needs 16 more wickets to surpass Abdul Qadir – a former Test leg-spinner who is currently serving as Pakistan`s chief selector – as the most successful Pakistani spinner in Test history.

    “Spinners always play important roles in the sub-continent,” said Intikhab. “Kaneria will be an important player in the series against Sri Lanka. He is working hard and I`m hoping he will give a good showing.”

  210. #210 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 17, 2009 - 8:35 PM

    khansahab

    You must have heard about the expression that certain races are good subordinates and bad masters, so I am not surprised @ Malik buttering YK. He used to do that when Inzi was captain and he used to say, “I can lay wherever my captain wants me to lay” ssshhhhh “P” is silent here. 😀 His famous quote, “If my captain wants me to open, I open, if my captain wants me to play in the middle I play middle.” You may call him a thaali ka baingan or a lota or a chamcha or a spineless chuckkoo and he fits in that role. So, are you surprised if he is backing up YK?

    Ps

    The caption: Malik backing Younis whole-heartedly- INTIKHAB

    Should have been: Malik backing Younis from the bottom of his butt.

  211. #211 by Abdul on February 17, 2009 - 9:11 PM

    Graeme Swann seems to have justified his place in the side and may well be looking curtains for Monty Panesar after such an outstanding performance. This isn’t the only time Swann has proved a better customer as in India he was always out-bowling Panesar. He flight,guile and dip he bowls with is always a treat. Although he isn’t mysterious in the terms of not having a doosra he seems to spin his off breaks enough to trouble batsmen and pick up wickets at crucial times.

    I feel his performance has lifted the morale within the side and boosted their chances of glory in the match.

  212. #212 by khansahab on February 18, 2009 - 2:15 AM

    Abdul

    I hide my real name because if I let people know, they will think I’m joking.

    My real name is…………………………..Altaf Hussein. And I live in London, very close to your residence actually. I got all the info on you buddy. You are like a paindoo 🙂

    Only joking.

  213. #213 by Abdul on February 18, 2009 - 10:15 AM

    Khansahab u are talking like a pedo-file !

  214. #214 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2009 - 10:44 AM

    Abdul, are you talking out of personal experience? Btw, how many pedophiles have you come across? I am sure it is not your occupational hazard or, is it? 😀 Come on now don’t get into a brawl with him once again and leave the blog in huff puff. I am sure you can learn a lot of things from him. So chill out and stop getting personal. This applies to all kids on the blog 😀

  215. #215 by Mohammed Munir on February 18, 2009 - 11:02 AM

    LOL @ “This applies to all kids on the blog”

    And we are having quite a few around 😀

  216. #216 by khansahab on February 18, 2009 - 1:14 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    KARACHI: Pakistan selectors Wednesday announced 15-member squad for the first test against Sri Lanka in Karachi.

    Chief Selector Abdul Qadir in a press conference announced 15-member team for Karachi Test.

    Team: Younus Khan (Capt), Ahmed Shahzad, Salman Butt, Khurram Manzoor, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sohail Khan, Yasir Atafat, Mohammed Talha, Shoaib Malik, Asim Kamal, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Danish Kaneria, Fawad Alam, Umar Gul.

  217. #217 by Theossa on February 18, 2009 - 3:28 PM

    This 15 men squad has weak bowling attack written all over it. SLs will score on them without any problem. They should have played Afridi as another spin option. Why all these people are consumed by lack of runs from Afridi and not giving him a chance? He is a good enough bowler to play for most international teams. Just think of Pakistani batsmen facing Afridi? How would you rate him?

    Abdul Qadir is garbage of a selector; it’s time we bring Salahuddin Ahmed back as the chief selector. He took opposition from captain, coach, and the majority province to give chances to deserving players. Most of the good players we have right now were brought by Sullu Bhi .

    Khansahab and Javed

    *I’m extremely disappointed at your disrespect of Abdul. He is a clever thinker and his posts are always thought provoking. If you are not I am agree with them then don’t get personal. I think Javed and Khansahab are jealous of Abdul because he was coached by Nasser Hussain and Mushtaq whereas Javed and Khansahab are not even coached by Bazid Khan!

  218. #218 by Abdul on February 18, 2009 - 4:22 PM

    From that final squad here is my preffered team but no one can be satisfied with the absence of valuable assets like Yousuf,Rana and Nazir. Can they ?

    Preffered team is as follows:

    Salman Butt
    Ahmed Shezhad
    Younis Khan ( captain and best batsmen)
    Misbah Ul Huq
    Shoaib Malik
    Asim Kamal
    Kamran Akmarl (wk)
    Yasir arafat
    Umar Gul
    Sohail Khan
    Danish Kaneria.

    12th man – Fawad Alam but left,right combinatons must be considered and thereofre give Malik the nod ahead.

    I would have preffered Tanvir,Aamer, Sohail and Kaneria. And Rana Naved in reserve but there we go as Arafat is equally as good . But what has Tanvir done wrong ?

    From that line up we have Ahmed Shezhad who can compliment Kaneria in the spin bowling department. In my opinion Arfat and Kaneria will be the stike bowlers Younis will be banking on.

    Pedo Khansahab what is your preffered team m8 ?

  219. #219 by Abdul on February 18, 2009 - 4:25 PM

    Please moderate mistakes like strike and therefore and even Pedo if ? Altaf Hussein if offended.

  220. #220 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2009 - 4:37 PM

    I am not surprised at the selection of the team. I’ve said that b4 that they will drop Afridi and they did. I have also written before that Kamran Akmal will play and he is playing there is no other wicketkeeper in the team, so its obvious he is in the playing XI

    The playing XI imo will be like this:

    1. Salman Butt,
    2. Ahmed Shahzad,
    3. Younus Khan,
    4. Misbah ul Haq,
    5. Shoaib Malik,
    6. Kamran Akmal
    7. Fawad Alam
    8. Yasir Arafat or Talha
    9. Danish Kaneria,
    10. Sohail Khan,
    11. Umar Gul

    12th man Faisal Iqbal.

    Khurram Manzoor, Mohammed Talha, Asim Kamal, will wait for their turn. If they are very generous towards Asim Kamal then they will drop Fawad Alam but, Fawad is a good spin option so chances are he might play.

  221. #221 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2009 - 4:40 PM

    A selection disagreement? ALREADY THERE IS TENSION.

    * There is tension between Qadir and Younis and it is believed that some of the finer details in the squad’s make-up were the bone of much contention between the pair. “The captain is the general of the team who has to lead the side in the field so it’s a good thing that he should select his own final playing XI,” Qadir said.

    * But it is understood that the selection of Ahmad Shehzad, enthusiastically put forth by Qadir, did not please Younis, mostly as it came from outside the 22 probables picked. But communication between the two is strained currently and one member of the selection committee spent much of the day playing mediator between the two before the squad was announced.

    Reportedly, YK was keen in including Afridi but, Qadir opposed vehemently and included Ahmad Shahzad who is only an opener. He scored 146 in the 2 day match against SL doesn’t mean he will score well in the test. If he gets out cheaply his career will get a 440 volt jolt.

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