Bowlers like Mitchell Johnson are now making centuries in Test cricket

Bowlers like Mitchell Johnson are now making centuries in Test cricket

Recently MY Kasim and Javed A Khan discussed whether batting has become easier in international cricket. There are numerous arguments to say that it in fact has. Mitchell Johnson, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh are examples of bowlers who have recently demonstrated they can bat ably. Has batting become easier?

It is now common for batting sides to score over 300 runs in an ODI innings and over 400 runs in a day in Tests. There are various reasons why this is happening:

1) Short boundaries: the ICC and the boards of cricket nations have realised

Short boundaries have helped players like Shaun Marsh become superstars

Short boundaries have helped players like Shaun Marsh become superstars

 that aggressive batting pulls crowds. Since commercialism has taken priority, boundaries are being shortened so that there are more fours and sixes

2) Restrictions on bowlers- A full toss above waist height is a no ball, a bowler gets a warning if he bowles 2 deliveries above shoulder height and he can be suspended from bowling by the umpire if he consistently bowls short pitched deliveries. This means that a bowler is restricted from bowling too attackingly, which leads to batsmen feeling more safe and confident

3) The emergence of T20 cricket- this has surely helped batsmen develop the aggressive psyche and dominate bowlers. The focus is on hitting and hitting hard and clean.

4) Flat pitches- Pitches are getting flatter worldwide. Flat pitches do not assist pace bowlers as much. There is less swing and seam and consequently, batsmen can play bowling with more ease.

5) Protective gear:  Arm pads, crotch pads, chest pads- batsmen of today have more protection against genuine fast bowlers and accordingly can play more fearlessly.

6) Regulation of bowling actions: It was easy for bowlers to get away with suspect bowling actions in the past. Nowadays, a bowler is only allowed to bend his arm to a certain limit so as not to exercise an unfair advantage over a batsman.

The overarching factor, which acts as an umbrella for all the above factors, is that explosive batting is pulling the crowds, especially in the Subcontinent which has become the centre of the cricket world. In the current era of globalisation and commercialism, the focus is to do whatever it takes to make profit. Hence, the game of cricket is being tailored to achieve this objective.

However, to look at this discussion from a different angle, there are also arguments to say batting is as difficult as it was 15 or 25 years ago, or that is has in fact become more difficult:

Handling pressure while chasing has become a highly valued skill

Misbah is considered an expert in pressure-handling; a skill considered invaluable whilst chasing totals

1) The “pressure” factor- In this age of information technology and media, cricketers become superstars overnight. Players are treated as commercial commodities. This means that one crucial error in one crucial situation can potentially ruin a batsman’s career. There has been a substantial increase in matches that involve “crunch situations” where batsmen batting in the 2nd innings have to plan ahead, take calculated risks and often play against their natural games. This has made batting in certain situations, extremely demanding (although it is accepted that this pressure factor also applies to bowlers).

2) Depth in bowling: Decades ago, deliveries like the “doosra”, “teesra”, “carrom-ball” etc where unheard of. We often discuss batsmen inventing new shots like paddle-sweeps, but hardly anyone mentions new deliveries that have been

The art of reverse swing is no longer a secret

The art of reverse swing is no longer a secret

 invented to flummox batsmen. Related to this is the concept of reverse swing. In the 1980’s only a few bowlers like Sarfraz Nawaz attempted reverse swing; nowadays. almost every fast bowler is able to reverse swing the ball to some degree or the other. Reverse swing has taken the careers of players like Simon Jones of England (who was instrumental in getting Australian wickets in the famous Ashes series which England won) and Zaheer Khan, to another level.

3) Ability, fitness and stamina of bowlers: It is now possible for 90mph bowlers to bowl in excess of 10 overs in a single spell. In the olden days, this could not be achieved because bowlers were not as fit, or fast. In the past, clocking 90mph was considered a rarity; nowadays, it seems every third bowler is an express pace bowler.

4) Ability, fitness and stamina of batsmen: Similar to the argument above, batsmen are also more fit these days. Fitness is linked to ability, so it may be a safe bet to say that the Pontings and the Smiths of today are more able batsmen than the Huttons or Sutcliffes of yesterday. The type of training received by Ponting and Smith is much more advanced than the type that would have been received by past legends. These days batsmen are trained how to play different kinds of deliveries on different kinds of pitches in different climates, all around the globe. So this argument is that batting has not necessarily become any easier, but that batsmen are of a much superior calibre.

Afridi would have been a much more dangerous player 20 years ago when fielding standards were not as high

Afridi would have been a much more dangerous player 20 years ago when fielding standards were not as high

5) Fielding standards: Only 15 years ago one could only expect perhaps Jonty Rhodes to dive and take a stunner. Nowadays, good fielding skills is a requirement for cricketers who want to play at the international level. It is common these days for expert hitters like Afridi or Dhoni to time the shot well, but only to find an athletic fielder diving and pulling off an impossible catch near the boundary rope. This was seen much less in the times of batsmen like Miandad, Gavaskar or Gooch. This has undoubtedly made batting much more difficult as batsmen have to be extremely cautious where they are hitting the ball, and having clean hitting prowess or good timing skills must be accompanied by excellent placement too.

So there are arguments for both sides, those who say batting has become easier and those who argue that times have changed, but batting is still the same as it was. As cricket is becoming a batsman’s game with shortened boundaries and flat pitches, Test cricket is being affected adversely. The interest in Test cricket is dwindling as batting sides are easily scoring over 500 runs in an innings. Since it is becoming difficult to get batsmen out in Test cricket, we are seeing plenty of draws. Now it will be interesting to see when the ICC and cricket boards take action regarding this, because the fans have hinted strongly that they want to see concrete results in Test cricket, not draws. And then we might see ourselves in the same situation as 15 years ago, when pitches were more bowling friendly and produced more convincing results.

  1. #1 by Abdul on April 14, 2009 - 9:26 AM

    There has been a shortage of quality fast bowlers in the international arena. That’s why as M.Y.KASIM has highlighted a 200+ knock is losing its significance. Shane Warne’s departure along with Glen may have contributed to this decline in bowling standards.

    Also pitches seem to be very batting friendly now days which further advances the batsmen’s advantage. There needs to be the balance which produces a fair contest between bat and ball.

    Plus no one wants to watch 50 over cricket anymore. T20 cricket creates excitement and entertainment whereas test matches challenge one’s skill and ability. The format of 5050 is fading away and rightly so.

    Khansahab, what county side do u support or enjoy watching?
    What do u think about England’s ashes chances this year?

  2. #2 by khansahab on April 14, 2009 - 9:35 AM


    I’m not interested in County Cricket anymore but I used to support my home county Lancashire. When Waqar was playing for Glamorgan I used to support Glamorgan. In the past I’ve supported some of the London counties too.

    I think Australia will win the Ashes.

  3. #3 by khansahab on April 14, 2009 - 9:45 AM


    One of the reasons why quality fast bowling is on the decline is because pitches are offering nothing to bowlers.
    I am disagree regarding your comment that no one wants to watch 50 over cricket anymore. I would still watch it if I have time. I would also watch T20 because it is exciting, but that is not cricket- it’s entertainment.

    50 over cricket and Test cricket are the real formats of cricket. If you don’t want to watch them, then you can’t be a true cricket enthusiast.

  4. #4 by Abdul on April 14, 2009 - 10:16 AM

    Yeah I guess u can figure out that I supported Sussex with Mushy and co. I like watching Yorkshire with so many Asian background players in their ranks like Azeem, Adil ,Shezhad and of course Rana as an overseas prospect. Plus they have the presence of Michael Vaughn who is always an exceptional batsman to watch. Other than that I support my own county and enjoy watching them in action. As I play league cricket and am in their junior county cricket squad I support them, well it will not be right not to I guess. Overall it’s a high standard and as the matches come on sky so I tend to watch them with keen interest. Much more exciting to watch than this current mediocre Pakistan squad to say the least.

    “If you don’t want to watch them, then you can’t be a true cricket enthusiast”. I disagree with u here. Even county and club cricketers express boredom at watching this format and we are keen as mustard over the game. Although playing is a different thing all together. But our matches are more like test matches –the proper format as its 8 hours/ 110 over’s long in length but there are no such over restrictions in the sense u have to bowl out the opposition before u can bat and u can play for a draw as well if the opposition hasn’t bowled the team batting second out. This structure is played in majority of the leagues around the UK and commences in 2 weeks. I might miss a few weeks of games due to exams or even take my books and study in the dressing room whilst were batting LOL!

  5. #5 by khansahab on April 14, 2009 - 10:46 AM


    Well the discussion was on international cricket, not on your whatever rules or formats your league or UK domestic leagues adopt.

    Watching cricket has become boring for Pakistanis because the team is not performing to a high standard. I am sure if there was more likelihood of winning, you and others would start watching 50 over games again.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 14, 2009 - 1:11 PM

    Prior to Mr. Kasim’s writing on this blog about batting has become easier these days, khansahab and most of us on this blog have also talked about the pitches that are batting friendly and provide nothing for the bowlers. The example of Micheal Johnson’s century by Mr. Kasim (earlier he was also 96 not out in one of the matches) is not just an isolated example. I think the Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie also scored a double hundred in test cricket against Bangladesh when he came in as a nightwatchman. Zaheer, Kumble, Harbhajan, Shane Warne and a few more have scored 60-70 runs on a few occasions.

    I was reading about the 1960 Delhi test in which Mushtaq Mohammad (he was very young then) scored a century 102 with 20 fours BUT, it was the fast bowler of that time Mahmood ul Hasan who was Mushtaq’s partner who scored 44 runs in a record last wicket partnership saved the test for Pakistan. So, the tail-enders have been scoring runs and frustrating the opposition from the very beginning. There was this Indian spinner Bapu Nadkarni who bowled 23 overs 22 maidens, 0 wickets who would like that crap bowling?

    Yes, scoring a hundred was not easy but, thanks to the shorter version of the game, 50 overs and 20 overs. Because of it, the style of test cricket batting has changed. If one look at the earlier 50 overs games there weren’t the same as they are today. There weren’t any high scoring games and, that was because of the mental blocks that players of that era had, they assumed that you have to have wickets in hand and then slog after 40 overs. But, the general strategy has changed after T20. The openers start with a bang and try to shun the opposition and no doubt the wickets are a bit flat with less or, in some cases no assistance to the bowlers, but it is the mental attitude that has changed and players are scoring more runs because of that.

    Although the 50 overs fast scoring credit is given to Sri Lanka’s Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharna and that is because the duo remained as openers for a long period of time. The person who really introduced this technique was Saeed Anwar. I remember the Australian captain Allan Border saying, we have a problem in the first 15 overs when playing against Pakistan because, we don’t know how to contain Saeed Anwar. Due to the field restrictions only two players were allowed outside the inner circle and Saeed Anwar used to score 50-60 runs and give Pakistan a flying start.

    With Aamer Sohai, they both played well, but Sohail was not always very consistent yet, they were the best openers for Pakistan. Since then Pakistan must have tested and tried dozens of combination but the opening conundrum continues even today. The lack of consistency is due to the insecurity and bad policies of the selectors and management. The want 100% success rate and a couple of failures means the player’s career is over, unless he is Kamran Akmal or Shoaib Malik or Salman Buttttttttttttttttttt.

    The reason Imran Farhat and Yasir Hameed were slightly better than most other openers after Saeed Anwar and Aamer Sohail is because of the fact that they got more chances. Hameed scored a couple of centuries on debut that was against a weaker opposition, none the less his confidence was high. But, he was more conservative than Farhat. Also, the left and right combination was one of the reasons. I think it always helps to have a lefty opener.

    I don’t want to drift from the main subject of why batting has become so easier? My conclusion is it is a combination of both. The pitches and the attitude of the players. It is their mental strength that makes them believe in themselves that they can do that. If they can score in 20 overs game, why not in 50 and why not in test? Sehwag is a living example. He believes in himself and takes his chances. But, to reach to that level he paid a price. Earlier, rather a couple of years ago he was failing constantly and they still gave him chance because of his past performances BUT, then they dropped him. He went into that thinking mode – what went wrong? Why and how he is getting out cheaply? He came back with a bang, hasn’t changed much but, he corrected those mistakes and doesn’t play those shots that often i.e., over the point fielder. They baited him and allowed him to play and then a short bouncer, a leading edge did the rest for him. He still gets tempted but sometimes he lets it go, he doesn’t play unless he is very sure.

    If Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi can learn to control their emotions and stop playing airy, fairy shots from the first ball, they too can be consistent and more deadly than others. So, it is a matter of mental strength than anything else. Batting is not all that easier unless you have the mental strength and the ability to spot the ball – whether he should leave it or go for it?

  7. #7 by khansahab on April 14, 2009 - 2:29 PM

    Javed A Khan

    About your point regarding the policy with openers, I agree the selectors have not been consistent. They were too harsh with Yasir Hameed and Taufeeq Umar. I felt they were too lenient with Imran Farhat and Imran Nazir. They were also very lenient with Salman Butt at the outset, but now he has become a more mature player.

    Both Hameed and Umar were averaging 40 or thereabouts in both forms of the game during their peak. The best thing about them was that they knew how to occupy the crease until the new ball wore off. I have said many times that Pakistan will never be able to perform well in Tests (and to some extent, ODI’s) until they find openers who can see the new ball off. That is why I have offered support to Khurram Manzoor because he has patience.

    But how did the selectors ruin the careers of Umar and Hameed? They chose Hameed for a series in 2007 (I think it was against India). Hameed was out of practice and was called on short notice. He couldn’t play properly and unsurprisingly was dropped. So that is the end of his career. Similarly, they called Umar after a long break from international cricket and they did not persist with him. Shortly after Umar joined ICL.

    Imran Farhat and Imran Nazir in my opinion are below average Test players who got away with murder. Nazir is only a T20 player and he never showed any consistency. When he made that 160 against Zimbabwe in WC 2007, he was dropped 3 times and all 3 catches were easy pickings. You can make a quickfire 40 odd in T20 cricket and then offer your wicket to the opposition and you will be considered a good T20 batsman, but you can’t do that in ODI’s or Tests.

    Similarly, Imran Farhat was played for 12 consecutive months under Inzamam. He never showed any good temperament or consistency.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 14, 2009 - 3:29 PM

    khansahab – my comments in the previous post about Pakistani openers were for the shorter version of the game and not for test matches. I do understand that the 50 overs game is different from 20 overs game, hence I mentioned the names of Imran Nazir and Afridi and vouch them as lethal openers for T20. If they can do that in T20 on a consistent basis then, they can carry that form and the confidence in the 50 overs game as well provided, they adopt that “Sehwag approach” which I’ve mentioned. This is the job of the coach. Whereas, Intekhab Alam is busy making stupid statements to the media everyday, which is not his domain.

    And, I am sure that I am not the only one who think like this, there are many people who would like to see this (Afridi & Imran Nazir) combination in T20. But, the selectors, coach and the PCB management have different thoughts, views and plans. They are not cricket visionaries but opportunists who want to make some money and promote jingoism and that is their ultimate goal and their motto.

    Taufeeq Umar has never appealed to me as batsman of international caliber he got many chances and never made a big score like, Hassan Raza, Bazid Khan, Faisal Iqbal etc., they all failed (except for one century by Faisal Iqbal against India in a test match at home). Besides, Taufeeq Umar is a khadda fielder and he is not a bowler, so until and unless you are a very good batsman like, Inzi, Yousuf and Younus you cannot be an automatic choice in the team. And, Misbah if he continues to bat like this he will be under the axe.

    Yasir Hameed has a weakness in playing ‘on-drive’ shots, he is good on the ‘off-side’ and play some good cover drives but, the bowlers spotted his weakness and bowled more towards his legs and he was often caught in the mid-wicket region or trying to play a pull shot. Besides, you are right that long absence from international cricket makes the best batsmen shaky. I remember when Hameed came back in 2007 he had a nervous look on his face and his strike rate was very low, eventually he got out without making any impact. Salman Butt, I would never include him in my T20 team. He breeds negativity and that is contagious.

  9. #9 by khansahab on April 14, 2009 - 3:31 PM

    Notorious Asif travels England for training

    Mohammad Asif, Pakistan notorious fast bowler has left for England for a detailed training programme and will work in getting back to shape once his ban is over in September this year.

    “We are pleased to inform you that Portfolio World has arranged for full fitness regime for our country’s fast bowler Mohammed Asif, who has left today for UK,” Asif’s media consultant said in a statement. “Asif will be going through a detailed training programme and will work in getting back to shape once Inshallah his ban is over in September, 2009.”

    “Asif will be travelling to South Africa to go and watch some of the IPL matches as well with his support staff who is there with him, sent from here by Portfolio World,” statement further added.

    Asif, 26, had been banned from playing an international cricket for one year, after being found guilty of using banned drug Nandrolone during the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.

    One year ban, starting September 22, 2008, which means he would be eligible to play international cricket ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy which was originally scheduled in Pakistan from September 24 but has been pulled out from the country due to security and safety fears.

    The Pakistan Cricket conversely had wrote IPL to trim down Asif’s ban from July 14, 2008, when the IPL claimed, he[Asif] failed a dope test instead of from September last year, however, IPL rejected PCB’s plea to backdate the ban to July 15, 2008 from September. 23, 2008.

  10. #10 by khansahab on April 14, 2009 - 4:26 PM

    Modi blames PCB for absence of Pak players in IPL

    NEW DELHI: Chairman Indian Premier League (IPL) Lalit Modi on Tuesday said that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was responsible for non-participation of Pakistani players in the second season of the league.

    Modi said that he had made it clear to the PCB that Pakistan players will have to get NOC from their government. But the board replied it would not be possible due to which Pakistani players could not take part in the IPL.

    Modi further said that he regretted the absence of Pakistani players from the league, but the reason was not to submit NOC before deadline.

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 14, 2009 - 5:45 PM

    Modi’s blame is a typical Indian diplomacy and it also reflects Ijaz Butt’s total incompetence.

    For sure we don’t know what Modi must have said before and, how Butt may have reacted. But, why to cry over the split milk? Pakistani players should not regret over their exclusion from the IPL. There is something called self respect, honour and dignity which cannot be bought or compared with money. Now, look at Asaf, “chor chori say jaiye, haira phairy say na jaiye.” He is a banned player from all forms of games because of taking drugs. Yet, he is going to South Africa not only to watch the IPL matches but, to literally lick the rear side of the IPL administrators and other key players to include him in the next IPL of 2010.

    Someone was saying that the way Kamran Akmal and Sohail Tanvir are behaving for their non-participation in the IPL in SA is more like mourning, as if someone in their family has died. They don’t talk to people nicely, they are not just sad but very bitter and harsh at this decision and they don’t know who to blame. They cannot open their mouths against the PCB officials because that would mean the end of their playing career. This is the difference between being educated and in being uncouth, being patriotic and in being greedy for money – these players are simply greedy. They feel like someone has pulled out dollars from their throats and left them high and dry. Money is important but, it is not everything.

  12. #12 by M. Y.. Kasim on April 14, 2009 - 9:53 PM

    Javed Khan,

    I rate Asif Iqbal very highly, but that, some other time. Just to give an example, let me recount his exploits on the 1976-77 Australian tour where he scored centuries in the first and third Tests which saved, won and levelled the series.

    There are several other instances, but it will take a whole lot of space.

    Similarly, Mushtaq Mohammed has also done single-handedly all-round performance on several occassions. And who could forget Mudassar Nazar? The man with the “Golden Arm”? He won the Lords Test with his swing bowling!!

    On the same 1076-77 tour when Pakistan needed just 48 runs, Dennis Lillee ran amuck. I was watching Live on PTV with a bunch of my friends and we had made arrangement for celebrations when we were reminded a scene from the movie of Earnest Hemingway’s novel, “Snows of Killimanjaro” where the hero, Gregory Peck had taken the heroine, Ava Gardner to Madrid’s biggest stadium to watch the years premier Bull-fighting. The Bull, badly injured and raging was rushing at the Matador while the the Master was skillfully eluding it at of sound of Ole’ Ole’.

    Similarly, Dennis Lillee was rushing like a injured and raging Bull and got rid of Sadiq Mohammed and Zaheer Abaas with balls so fasI I or my friends had never seen before. Even Ritchi Benaud was wondering that it looks like Lillee has never bowled that fast.

    At the other end, Majid Khan was standing firm when Mushtaq Mohammed joined him. Now, Lillee rushed in bounced at Majid. Majid just caressed the ball at deep fine leg for a SIX. We all took a deep breadth and clapped. Next ball, Lillee again bounced at Majid, and again, Majid caressed the ball even more easily then before to the shouts of Ole’ Ole’!! of all of us.

    While Mushtaq continued to hang on, Majid, the Magig Khan, gave a pretty good lesson of batsmanship to Dennis, the Menace, Lillee.

  13. #13 by khansahab on April 14, 2009 - 10:38 PM


    Please don’t think I am disagreeing with you necessarily. But why do you think the world is not producing quality fast bowlers? If anything they should be better than bowlers of yesteryears. They are more fit, more fast, and they get trained more rigorously. That is what I have been trying to argue in the thread article.

    Just look at how many bowlers there are who can bowl at the 85-90mph mark. Every team has at least one express fast bowler. Despite the pace they are unable to have those kinds of averages and strike rates that you mentioned in your comment.

  14. #14 by khansahab on April 15, 2009 - 12:17 AM


    I read your comment no 13 again and realised your argument. Apologies for not reading it properly, earlier.

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 15, 2009 - 12:35 AM

    The other day we were talking about Botha’s bowling and how effective he was against the Aussies. Today, there is a report about his suspected bowling action, especially his faster ones and his doosra are not legal. Doosra for that matter from Murali or Harbhajan are also a suspect, they could never bowl it like Saqlain. So, imo that should be a no-ball and if they bowl it twice in a match that bowler must be removed just the same rules must apply as it is for a BEAMER.

    Mr. M. Y. Kasim – those matches you have mentioned in your comments were before my time and I don’t remember seeing anyone of them. I have only heard or read about them and I was told that Mushtaq was very young and when he played against the mighty West Indies fast bowlers he used to hook their bouncers better than anyone. I have also heard about Majid Khan’s batting but, never got a chance to see. I heard about Muddassar’s slowest test innings and not about his golden arm and swing bowling. I heard about Wasim Raja’s all-round performance, whereas, Ramiz Raja reportedly is only a fading shadow of his brother.

    Do you agree with me or not about the comment I made a few days ago, that this current Pakistani team is one of the weakest Pakistani teams since the inception of Pakistan? Even Kardar’s team was better.

  16. #16 by khansahab on April 15, 2009 - 1:16 PM

    Extremists manhandle Pakistani newsmen in India

    Source: The Nation

    The activists of Hindu extremist group Ram Sina attacked visiting Pakistani journalists during a seminar in New Delhi. According to a local TV channel, senior Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yousufzai while reading an article during a seminar attended by Indian and Pakistani newsmen, five activists of Hindu extremist group Ram Sina started chanting slogans against Pakistan and attacked Pakistani journalists. The attackers manhandled Pakistani newsmen in the incident. The organizers later expelled the miscreants from the seminar venue. The incident shows the level of anti-Pakistan sentiments in India.

  17. #17 by khansahab on April 15, 2009 - 1:54 PM

    The abovementioned article exposes that India is not a secure place for Pakistanis to visit. Pakistanis went there with the intention of promoting peace and awareness amongst people.

    Ironically some Sikh religious leaders visited Pakistan recently because of some religious Sikh festival. They praised the Pakistani government for welcoming them with open arms and also praised the public for being so warm and tolerant of their religion.

    Whereas how have these journalists been treated when visiting India?

    The menace of Hindu extremism is a threat to global peace, a threat to the existence of India’s neighbours and also a threat to Christians and Muslims living within India. LS condemns all kinds of extremism and terrorism, be it of any country, religion or ethnicity.

  18. #18 by Abdul on April 15, 2009 - 2:09 PM

    Excellent analysis and argument above. I am agree with 100% on what u is saying. Inshallah peace links and stability can be restored sooner than later for everyone’s benefit because UNITED WE STAND.

  19. #19 by Ibrar Choudhary on April 15, 2009 - 4:36 PM

    Mr sahab

    are you from UK? i think you and javed khan are related somehow?

    abdul, i am completely in agree with you, pakistanis are united people now. unity is the tonic we need to rid ourselves of the problems we face.

    so abdul your middle name is not DANISH? very strange because i thought abdul who plays junior county and danish who plays for harrow is the same person?

    anyway regarding your polite question where i live, yes spice village is 2 km approx from my street. i dont know if you have seen the famous petrol pump that sells multi coloured dildos? its very famous in the local community, a street smart guy like you should know that stuff 😉 i live very near from that petrol pump but i cant specify exactly because of secrecy and me not knowing you personally?

    but i am sure we can be good mates inshallah!

    regarding the selection of kamran akmal, i think it is diabolical because of his dropping catches and i can only hope this stops in dubai.

  20. #20 by khansahab on April 15, 2009 - 4:52 PM


    The whole name is “Khansahab”, it is not two separable names like “Khan” or “sahab”.

    Yes I live in the UK. I am not directly related to Javed A Khan. Just because our names end with “Khan” doesn’t make us direct relatives. I do however share similar/common ancestry with him and many of our views are quite similar.

    Regarding everything else, I am agree with you.

  21. #21 by khansahab on April 15, 2009 - 6:16 PM

    Lee ‘not yet fit’ for UAE one-dayers

    Cricinfo staff

    April 15, 2009

    Fast bowler Brett Lee has been deemed unfit to return to international cricket after failing to recover from an ankle injury. Doug Bollinger, the left-arm fast bowler, has been added to the Australian one-day squad as cover for the forthcoming limited-overs series against Pakistan in the UAE. Lee, part of the squad currently in South Africa, will remain in the country to continue his rehabilitation.

    “The National Selection Panel (NSP) has been advised by Cricket Australia medical staff that Brett Lee is not yet fit enough to resume international cricket,” Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said. “While it’s disappointing for Brett to miss the start of the VB Pakistan series, the NSP wants to take a careful approach to his return to the Australian team.”

    Lee, who last played during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne before surgery, was fast-tracked into the one-day squad currently in South Africa, hoping to make an early comeback but couldn’t play any of the four games so far. However he has a chance of joining the squad in the UAE provided he makes a speedy recovery.

    “Brett’s ankle has recovered well from surgery in January this year,” Alex Kountouris, the team physiotherapist, said. “However, the rehabilitation process is ongoing and, to date, Brett has not bowled sufficiently to allow him to be fit to resume playing cricket.”

    He said Lee would remain in South Africa to continue the rehabilitation program and gradually increase his bowling volume and intensity. “I will be monitoring Brett’s progress to assess his availability for any part of the VB series against Pakistan in the UAE.”

    Bollinger made his Australia debut in the Sydney Test against South Africa but is yet to play a one-day international. “Doug was probably a bit disappointed not to get a run during the Test series in South Africa, but this is an opportunity for him to impress at one-day level for Australia and I’m sure it’s an opportunity he’ll be keen to make the most of,” Hilditch said.

  22. #22 by M. Y.. Kasim on April 15, 2009 - 9:20 PM

    Javed Khan,

    I stand corrected, It was not 48 runs but 32 runs that were required and not two sixes but one that Majid hit ( I checked it out on Cricinfo) after my enthusiasm subsided!!

    I have been following Pakistan cricket from the time of (Late) Mian Mohammed Saeed, the first un-official Captain of Pakistan to Younus Khan.

    I dont have the keen analytical skill of Khansahab, the expert observation expertise of Awas nor the eloqounce of you, Javed A. Khan but am equally crazy about cricket.

    And yes, late Wasim Hasan Raja was another of my facourites. I always believed that he was treated harshly by the establishment. Had he been treated a little more leniently, he would have played a very important role in Pakistan’s success story since he was one of the best against fast bowling. This fact was acknowledged by none other by the then WI captain Clive Lloyd himself.

    BTW, Why you guys are so down? I have a gut feeling Pakistan will win 2 out of 5 ODIs. T20 is is a toss up. Cheer up.

  23. #23 by khansahab on April 15, 2009 - 10:11 PM

    Kasim sahab

    It is always a pleasure to read your comments.

    I don’t know why Javed A Khan and myself have been pessimistic about Pakistan’s chances. My observation has been that about 3/4 of fans are predicting at least 2 wins for Pakistan.

    I think with players like Clarke, Symonds, Haddin (brilliant batting form), Bracken etc, Pakistan will find it very difficult to keep momentum in this series.

    Whereas we have already discussed Pakistan’s star performers- Younis and Gul. Misbah, Malik, Afridi, Butt- all of them are unreliable and they can be very good or very bad at the same time against a team like Australia.

    I will be monitoring Misbah’s performance very closely because he was off colour against South Africa, a top team. So this is another test for him. He will get to bat in all 5 matches probably, unless he scores less than 10 in the first 3 or 4 matches. In my opinion Misbah has to perform some heroics in this series if he is to be considered as a reliable batsman. So far he has played 3 top teams only- South Africa, India and Sri Lanka. Against India he was good, against SL he was OK and against SA, he was pathetic.

  24. #24 by khansahab on April 15, 2009 - 11:07 PM

    A practice match was played today between the international Pakistan XI and a Pakistan “A” side. Although the match has not been reported in full, the following details are known:

    Pakistan A made 255-7 in 50 overs. The highest scorer was unsurprisingly Fawad Alam who made 76 from 82 balls, followed by Azhar Ali who made 75 from 98 balls.

    Shoaib Akhtar bowled 9 overs and took 1 wicket, giving away 44 runs.

    Since Fawad was playing for Pakistan A, he must have made those runs against the likes of Gul, Ajmal, Tanvir- apart from Akhtar obviously. And yet people need convincing that he is the 2nd best batsman in Pakistan after Younis Khan?

  25. #25 by Mohammed Munir on April 16, 2009 - 4:05 AM

    Fawad Alam … second best batsman in Pakistan after Younis Khan ?? ?? ?? 😯

    Khansahab … Chhaddo Paraan Karo, Ki Mazaaq Karday Ho Tussi 😆

  26. #26 by khansahab on April 16, 2009 - 7:57 AM

    Munir sahab

    I meant players who can play for Pakistan. Yousuf is probably the 2nd best on current form and Fawad the third…..

    But I can’t really think of any other Punjabi player to place as better than Fawad Alam!!! 🙂 Please accept my apologies…..

  27. #27 by khansahab on April 16, 2009 - 7:59 AM

    Brad Haddin expects tough challenge from Pakistan in UAE

    The Australian vice-captain, Brad Haddin, says that the whole squad will need to prove themselves during the Chapal Cup against Pakistan, if they want to be selected for the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes Series.

    The Australians will arrive in the UAE, fresh from a one-day Series defeat against South Africa, determined to justify their places in the squad ahead of a vital summer of cricket.

    “This Series is very important to Australia when you look the players who have been recalled to the side,” said the Australian wicket-keeper. “Andrew Symonds is coming back for his first game in a while, and Shane Watson, Brett Lee and Shaun Marsh will all be looking to impress with the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner.”

    “It is going to be a really exciting Series especially with Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar going head to head. Both have bowled at speeds of more than 160 kmph, so to watch them close-up will be quite a sight,” he added.

    Haddin has stamped himself in the side as the long-term replacement to Adam Gilchrist. The 30 year old has already recorded more than 50 catches in both one-day internationals and the Test arena, with an impressive batting average of over 30 runs in both forms of the game.

    “I really hope everyone comes out for the Series. I know there will be a lot of Pakistan fans, but many Australians also live and work in the UAE, including my brother and his wife. I am really looking forward to meeting up with them,” said Haddin.

    The first one-day international to ever take place in Dubai will be played on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 to launch the new venues, with the second match also there on Friday, 24 April.

    The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will then host the teams for the last three one-day internationals, Monday, 27 April, Friday, 1 May and, Sunday, 3 May.

    The Chapal Cup Series is then completed with a spectacular one-off Twenty20 match at Dubai Sports City’s Cricket Stadium on Thursday, 7 May.

    Tickets are still available through the Sind Punjab restaurant in Dubai, Pak Ghazi restaurant in Dubai and Sharjah, Uttam Restaurant in Sharjah, A.J. Sports in Dubai and Sharjah, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City and all UAE branches of Karachi Darbar.

  28. #28 by khansahab on April 16, 2009 - 10:15 AM

    Akhtar may not play all five ODIs

    ISLAMABAD: Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar may not be fit enough to play all the five one-day internationals against Australia in his latest return to international cricket, local media reported Thursday.

    ‘The fast bowler had shown signs of fatigue and exhaustion even after training for three days at the national camp,’ The News daily said.

    Akhtar, 33, passed a strenuous fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore before he was named in the 15-man squad for the series against Australia, starting in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates from April 22.

    The News cited an unnamed member of the national squad as saying it was a risk to select Akhtar because there are questions over the paceman’s fitness and readiness to make an impact on the Australians.

    Akhtar has played just two one-day internationals since November 2007 due to disciplinary and fitness problems.

    Last week he told reporters in Lahore that he wanted to bowl his full quota of 10 overs and enjoy fielding, adding there was no guarantee of a player’s fitness in international cricket.

    ‘Nobody can give a guarantee of fitness in international matches, but I have come into the side after passing a fitness test,’ he said.

    Akhtar was selected for the three one-dayers against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi, the UAE last year, but was injured during a practice session ahead of the first match and sat out the series.

    In January, Akhtar made an another return to international cricket but he was dropped after taking just one wicket for 88 runs in two limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka at home. He failed to complete his full quota of 10 overs in either game and was later ruled out of the test series against Sri Lanka due to a knee injury.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board shifted April’s limited-overs series to neutral venue after Australia had declined to tour Pakistan on security grounds, even before the terror attack on the Sri Lanka team last month in Lahore that injured seven members of the touring party and left six police men and a driver dead.

    Dubai will host the first two games before the series moves to Abu Dhabi for the remaining three matches. Both teams return to Dubai for the only Twenty20 game on May 7.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 16, 2009 - 10:25 AM

    “Akhtar may not play all five ODIs”

    So, whats new? Why is he selected? Aren’t they ruining the career of another fast bowler by including a spent force in the team? Are they so blind that they cannot see whats coming? Ch2So4’s kay sir par Seengh nahee hotay …. They have heavy Butts…. and that’s how they are recognized.

  30. #30 by khansahab on April 16, 2009 - 11:38 AM

    Munir sahab

    This is for you:

    Win for national team in warm-up

    DUBAI: Fawad Alam’s all-round performance failed to stop national side from securing an easy win in a warm-up match against Pakistan A here on Thursday.

    Opted to bat first Pakistan A scored 255 for 7. Fawad Alam top scored 76 followed by Azhar Ali’s 75 runs. Spinner Saeed Ajmal got two wickets.

    Pacers Shoaib Akhtar, Umer Gull, Rao Iftikhar and Yasir Arafat also contributed with one wicket each.

    In reply, the national side completed the target for the loss of six wickets. Misbahul Haq was the among top scorer with 79 runs and Shoaib chipped in with 57 runs.

    Four batsmen fell victim to Fawad Alam.

  31. #31 by Mohammed Munir on April 16, 2009 - 11:57 AM

    Khansahab …

    See what I mean, Misbah scored 79, while Fawad scored only 76. So who is better? 😆

    Now please don’t tell me, “ok, Fawad is fourth”.

    Oh yes, your apologies are well accepted, “Phir Mat Karna” 😉

  32. #32 by khansahab on April 16, 2009 - 12:44 PM

    Munir sahab

    Misbah may have scored 3 more than Fawad, but what matters is quality, not quantity 🙂

    OK Fawad may be 4th, but what are your opinions on Fawad vs Shoaib Malik?

  33. #33 by Awas on April 16, 2009 - 1:36 PM

    MY Kasim

    As always it’s lovely to read your interesting comments. Due to personal reasons I’ve not been able to comment much recently but always like what you say.

    On top of what you said about Wasim Raja, one more thing that I would like to add is that he was Pakistan’s best fielder too…more Afridi like ie good at all three disciplines. In the days when he was a good fielder there were not many around in world cricket. The likes of Zaheer Abbas and Boycott would never run after a ball and the types of Jhonty Rhodes came much later, so that says something about Raja.

    Yeah, I agree with you on “cheer up”. Not many can hope Pakistan to do well but let’s support the team and the captain to begin with and think of Pakistan’s general good record in the Arabian Peninsula. Personally, I wouldn’t like to predict a white-wash either way but just to wish Pakistan well.

    TO ALL

    Regional loyalties are all very well and quite understandable but when comparing one against the other wouldn’t it be a good idea to consider a player Pakistani first rather than Punjabi or non-Punjabi, Pathan or non-Pathan? This is not a criticism of anyone (as I too have indulged in this on occasions) but just a suggestion to create general goodwill all round. They are all playing for Pakistan. However, this is not to say that when a deserving player is not picked, genuine criticism is not deserving or welcome.

    Comments on this from all would be welcome!

  34. #34 by khansahab on April 16, 2009 - 1:52 PM

    Awas/Munir sahab

    When I talk about Fawad Alam, usually it is only Munir sahab who has some kind of problem. Fine, I understand Munir sahab likes to joke and wink, but when there is too much joking and winking you start thinking that there is more than meets the (winking) eye 😉

    I think it is reasonable to praise someone who outshone senior players and played a world class bowling attack at a near 100% strike rate, and also took the most wickets.

    The comment about Punjab was made light heartedly.

  35. #35 by khansahab on April 16, 2009 - 3:38 PM

    Regarding Shoaib Akhtar, I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or swear. Surely his misery can only evoke an extreme response.

    He has not been in good shape for a long time. He bowled OK in the practice match but there are reports he is suffering from fatigue.

    In my opinion his career was over when he tested positive for dope. But the PCB does not know when to stop.

    They should move on and give exposure to the Mohammad Aamers, the Sohail Khans etc.

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 16, 2009 - 5:04 PM

    Mr. M.Y. Kasim; even if you have not corrected yourself, we would have not known but, thanks for bringing the facts to everyone’s attention. Like Awas has said, your comments are always a source of inspiration for us and we are also very keen and eager to hear from you. I can see your craze for cricket from your writings and even at this age with so many personal problems you find some time not only to read but, by writing and sharing your experiences and your knowledge and once again I would like to thank you on behalf of the LS administration for having you as one of our regular bloggers.

    One of my cousins was telling me that he was at the airport when the Pakistani team returned from the UK tour. At the Karachi airport when the media came to ask questions about the tour, Wasim Raja pounced on one of the journalists who wrote earlier that Pakistani players played very badly because they were seen with girls in the clubs, bars late nights. Raja almost cornered him and asked him: “did you actually see the girls and which club and bar was that?” Then suddenly Zaheer Abbass interrupted and asked Wasim Raja to calm down and he said, “Raja yaar as long as you score runs and you keep winning, they are happy. But, when you loose, they see all these imaginary girls and bars.” But, Wasim Raja was as furious at them as he was in the field. I have seen one of his videos in which he jumped out of the crease and lofted the ball over the bowler’s head twice for two towering sixes, he was a very graceful left hand batsman, anytime better than Ramiz Raja.

    I had earlier posted this comment on the wrong page, hence I am copy pasting it on the right page and deleting from the wrong one.

  37. #37 by khansahab on April 17, 2009 - 1:43 PM

    Afridi hungry for Aussie battle

    Dubai: Shahid Afridi, the dashing Pakistan allrounder and a big crowd favourite in the UAE, cannot wait for the one-day series against Australia to start.

    “There is a tremendous hunger among the team to win and all of us are looking forward for the series to begin,” Afridi told Gulf News from his hotel room.
    The first one-dayer comes off at the newly-built cricket stadium in Dubai Sports City on April 22.

    Stepping into Dubai from Karachi Thursday morning, Afridi said that with no international cricket currently happening in Pakistan, there is an extra urge among his teammates to prove themselves.
    “The team has also started to combine well under Younus Khan’s captaincy and the series could not have come at a better time. The boys enjoy a great comfort level in the UAE and hopefully, we will have a good series,” he said.

  38. #38 by khansahab on April 17, 2009 - 2:40 PM

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Pakistan has been stripped of hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup because of the “uncertain security situation” in the country, the International Cricket Council said on Friday.

    “It is a regrettable decision (but) our number one priority is to create certainty and…deliver a safe, secure and successful event,” ICC president David Morgan said in a statement.

    Pakistan were due to co-host the event with India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

  39. #39 by khansahab on April 17, 2009 - 2:57 PM


    Man behind the leader

    Q: Where were you born?

    A: In a Haveli, situated in Mohallah Kacha Saad Ullah in Old Delhi

    Q: What are your favorite sports?

    A: Tennis and Swimming

    Q: Are there any special foods that you enjoy?

    A: Dahi Phulki, Kheer, and Daal

    Q: What music do you enjoy listening to?

    A: Old songs and popular ghazals. Favorite artists include Mehdi Hasan, Naheed Akhtar and Mehnaz

    Q: What are your views about your mother?

    A: She is a strong-willed personality but extremely loving

    Q: Tell us about your wife

    A: She is balanced, sober and well read; in fact, she is a voracious reader. She is religious but moderate in thought

    Q: How many children do you have?

    Two – a boy and a girl. Ayla and Bilal are well-educated, modest, and affectionate

    Q: Do you enjoy art and who is your favorite artist?

    A: Ismail Gulgee is an all-time favorite

    Q: Which book have you read recently and really enjoyed?

    A: Leaders by Richard Nixon

    Q: Who is your favorite sportsman?

    Javed Miandad

    Q: Who are your favorite leaders?

    A: Quaid-e-Azam and Ayub Khan

    Q: You enjoy travelling … which is your favorite city?

    A: Istanbul, Turkey

    Q: What sort of clothes do you like to wear?

    A: No specific brands, just well-stitched clothes from anywhere

    Q: Which leader has impressed you?

    A: Lee Kwan Yew

    Q: What was the most embarrassing moment of your life?

    Discovering the involvement of Dr. AQ Khan in the nuclear proliferation scandal

    Q: What was the most memorable event in your life?

    A: October 12, 1999

    Q: Your saddest moment?

    A: The death of my father

    Q: Which event turned your life around?

    A: Becoming Army Chief

    Q: What do you do to relax?

    A: I enjoy sports, playing bridge, and listening to music

    Q: What, in your opinion, was a major event in Pakistan’s history?

    A: 1971 – the separation of Bangladesh, which was a tragic event

    Q: Are family values important to you?

    A: The respect of elders is what I consider a primary family value, and the homogeneity of family is also extremely important

    Q: What does being a Pakistani mean to you?

    A: I take pride in being a Pakistani, and therefore get upset when I see Pakistan being projected negatively

    Q: What was your most thrilling adventure?

    A: A physical land-slide in Chanoti

  40. #40 by Awas on April 17, 2009 - 3:39 PM


    I like this interview. Quite a few answers are that I would have like to give.

    My favourites too were:
    Quaid-e-Azam, Ayub Khan and Musharaff

  41. #41 by khansahab on April 17, 2009 - 4:11 PM

    Pakistan favourite to win ODI series against Australia

    Former skipper Zaheer Abbas feels Pakistan will start as the favorites to win their one-day rubber against World Champions Australia in Abu Dhabi and Dubai starting from April 22.

    “I am not saying that we should be complacent or underestimate the Australians. But definitely the conditions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai favour us, on paper we are a better side and don`t forget Australia has been losing one-day matches in recent times,” he said.

    “The conditions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai also favour us and the I guess the pitches would also be similar to what we have in Pakistan. So I see this series as the best opportunity for Pakistan to win a series against the World Champions,” he said.

    “They are never an easy team to beat in any condition but if Pakistan plays to its potential I think we can achieve a victory,” he said.

    “I think Younis is a very positive and gutsy player and captain and if he leads from the front I don`t see any reason why we can`t win this one-day series which would be a big boost for Pakistan cricket,” he added.

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 18, 2009 - 6:36 AM

    “Don’t cry for me Argentina”

    khansahab, who on earth except for Ijaz Butt would have predicted that the next world cup would be hosted in Pakistan after the SL team attack in Lahore? So, what is all this Butt ka rona, dhona aur naak surrakna? He was the one who said after the attack in Lahore that teams would be coming back to play in Pakistan after 6 months.

    There should be some consolation for Pakistan that Afghanistan after qualifying for the ODI status would be available to play in Pakistan anytime day or night. So, Pakistan should play against them in Pakistan, because that is the only country who is willing to play in Pakistan. Its a shame but those who are showing sympathies should not cry for Pakistan by saying it is a great loss for the Pakistani fans.

    My question is, will the Pakistan team be playing the World Cup in India? The ICC can arrange for most of the Pakistani matches in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, but there will be a time when they will have to play some of their matches in India. Or, are the expecting Pakistan to exit before reaching to that stage? That is possible too.

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 18, 2009 - 6:43 AM

    Zaheer Abbass is probably spending a lot of time in the “Horse Racing Clubs” and he believes that there is a horse called Pakistan and it will win the series. One of my friends was telling me that in Pakistan, long time ago when horse racing was not banned they had horses with names like:

    Baap Ray Baap
    Dulhan Ek Raat ki
    Naaraaz Shazia
    Nakhray Walee

    To me they sound like PAAN names especially the last three. And there is another one called “Oooon Hoooon” reportedly that PAAN is so big that your mouth is full and all you can say is Oooon Hooon ! I hate Paan. (beetle leaves)

  44. #44 by Abdul on April 18, 2009 - 10:01 AM

    Yes I agree that Pakistan isn’t a hostile environment for holding such global events. People have always been raising eyebrows but the March atrocities have firmly demonstrated those above implications. It’s a nation simply in social turmoil and the centre face of terrorist threats.Although I feel for the patriotic fans to lose out on such an opportunity, the governing bodies had to give security and safety of player’s and fans priority.

  45. #45 by khansahab on April 18, 2009 - 10:49 AM

    There are only 3-4 days until the Pakistan vs Australia series, yet Australia have not even left for UAE. It couldn’t be helped because their last match against South Africa was only yesterday.

    So at max the Australian players will only have about 2 days to practise.

    Some of their players will be fatigued physically as well as mentally. It seems they’re not taking this series very seriously. Pakistanis are generally quite optimistic that they will win at least a couple of matches. We might see Pakistan starting well but Australia winning the last 2 or 3 matches.

  46. #46 by khansahab on April 18, 2009 - 11:01 AM

    Even though some of us could see it coming, the decision to move the WC matches out of Pakistan has left many fans devastated.

    The ONLY thing that PCB can do now is to improve coaching and hire educated professionals to run the Board. Unless there is professionalism in the running of the PCB and the team starts performing well, Pakistan cricket will dig deeper and deeper into this mess.

    I think I said this before as well, but they can adopt a completely attacking strategy. It is radical to the extent of being ridiculous, but Pakistan’s main strenghs have been pace and attacking batsmen. So maybe now Afridi with an another attacking player should form the opening pair in all formats. Surely even if they are dismissed cheaply, they will give a flying start in 1/4 of the matches.

    In pace bowling, they should just focus on raw pace.

    It’s advisable to have younger players too who can field well, just to stop those extra 20-30 runs.

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 18, 2009 - 2:52 PM

    I saw the result of the first IPL match on the Internet (circinfo) and I was laughing at the decision to give Tendulkar the man of the match award. He opened the innings and remained unbeaten on 59 in almost 50 balls. Whereas, Nayar scored 35 in 14 balls with three sixes (off Flintoff) and Malinga took 3 wickets for 15 runs in 3 overs and yet Tendulkar gets the MOM award? How stupid. How long the Indians will worship him? Tendulkar should have scored at least 90 runs in that many balls and they find excuse to say that batting was difficult in the first 6 overs, come on guys stop this BS give the youngsters the due either Nayar or Malinga should have been the MoM.

    Gavaskar when he played the first WC in 1975, it used to be a 60 overs ODI and he opened the innings and remained not out on 36. Tendulkar is a slight improvement of Gavaskar, who is still his hero and mentor.

  48. #48 by khansahab on April 18, 2009 - 11:27 PM

  49. #49 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 19, 2009 - 12:20 AM


    I saw the photo of that Butt Joker, he seems to be very happy with the decision of snatching away the WC from Pakistan. He is showing THUMBS UP for that. What an IDIOT he is. I swear, he should be kicked off ASAP. Because of him Pakistan cricket is the center of BUTT JOKES.

  50. #50 by Javed B. Khan on April 19, 2009 - 4:15 PM

    Javed A. Khan,

    Indians also worship cows, monkeys and Bollywood actresses. You probably have a problem with that as well, but I cannot imagine the Indian nation paying too much attention to your likes and dislikes.


    Javed B. Khan

  51. #51 by khansahab on April 19, 2009 - 6:17 PM

    Musharraf rubbishes Lal Masjid claim

    By Syed Irfan Raza

    Sunday, 19 Apr, 2009

    ISLAMABAD: Former President Pervez Musharraf on Monday claimed that no child or woman was harmed in the controversial military operation conducted in Lal Masjid in 2007 when it was allegedly occupied by armed militants.

    It is time to end the lies. Those who say women and children were killed and several hundreds died in the Lal Masjid operation are telling white lies. Only 94 people were killed and all of them were terrorists and extremists. Not a single woman or child was killed,’ the former president told reporters at the airport before leaving for Saudi Arabia for Umrah.

    Musharraf said he would meet King Abdullah during his stay in Saudi Arabia. He said he would also visit London and Prague for interviews and deliver lectures.

    However, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q), a political party which was in power when Musharraf was holding the office of the president, rejected the claim of the former president and said there were some children and women present when the operation was carried out against the militants.

    ‘I do not know the exact number of children and women that were inside the mosque during the operation but it is a fact that the mother of Maulana Abdul Aziz (Imam of Lal Masjid) was among those killed in the battle,’ he said.

    Shujaat said he had opposed the launching of operation in Lal Masjid, Islamabad, citing that Pervez Musharraf, in his recent statement at US, also admitted this fact.

    There were women and children in Jamia Hafza, Lal Masjid, but in a very limited number, he said, asserting that killing of even one child or woman is a heinous crime.
    Controversy still prevails about the killing of women and children and nobody exactly knows about it.

    Even Maulana Abdul Aziz in his first public appearance in the mosque after his release on bail on Thursday said: ‘It is quite difficult to tell the exact number of total women and children killed in the mosque during the operation.’

    In reply to a question about the possibility of registering a case against him, former president Musharraf said: ‘If any action is initiated against me, I will respond to it at that time.’

    Maulana Abdul Aziz has already announced that he will not take any revenge with Pervez Musharraf as he wants to forget the past and look forward.

    A private TV channel reported that Pervez Musharraf left for Saudi Arabia in a special plane provided by the King of Saudi Arabia, Shah Abdullah-bin-Abdul Aziz for his ‘Umrah’.

    Before leaving on the trip, he warned that Pakistan ‘is in danger’, the former president said its leadership must take cognisance of concerns expressed by the world community about the security situation in the country but asserted that nobody should dictate any course of action to it.

    ‘The country is in danger and if we get bogged down in minor and old issues, there will be problems,’ he said.

    ‘The issue is very serious. Everyone in the world is seeing the seriousness of the issue in Pakistan. Everyone is trying to chart a course of action,’ he added.

    At the same time, he said, Pakistan must chart its own course of action to steer the country out of the problems it is facing. ‘And we have to be clear that nobody should dictate any course of action to us. We have to find our own course of action and save this country and move it forward towards progress,’ he said.

    Asked whether he thought the peace deal with the Taliban in the northwestern Swat valley would usher in peace and end suicide attacks, Musharraf replied: ‘Nothing can be said (as of now). If the agreement is only for ensuring speedy and cheap justice within the Pakistani legal structure and system, then it is alright.’

    ‘But if (the deal was inked) from a position of weakness, if the Taliban want to challenge the writ of the government, the deal is dangerous and should not be allowed,’ Musharraf said, adding that he believed the army and the administration are thinking about this issue and will take the correct steps.

    Musharraf said no conditions should be attached to the financial aid provided to Pakistan. ‘We should not be happy about just getting money. There is interest on it, we are not getting it for free,’ he said, referring to the $5 billion in aid pledged to Pakistan at a donors’ conference in Tokyo on Friday.

  52. #52 by khansahab on April 19, 2009 - 6:30 PM

    Javed B Khan

    I think the Indian nation is somewhat concerned about Javed A Khan’s likes and dislikes because you took the effort of saying something in response to his comment. Well, the saying is that something is better than nothing, so I guess your effort should be appreciated.

    Please take some more effort to introduce yourself?

    Personally, I don’t have a problem with who Indians worship. Although when someone looks at Aishwarya Rai, Katrina Kaif and Neha Dhupia in a “non-sisterly” manner, I don’t like it. And when I look at them, well, “kuch kuch hota hai……”

  53. #53 by khansahab on April 19, 2009 - 6:32 PM

    Pakistan may reject playing 2011 World Cup matches in India

    Karachi: The 2011 World Cup, scheduled in the sub-continent, ran into fresh trouble with a senior cricket board official in Karachi indicating that Pakistan might decline to play its matches in India.

    Saleem Altaf, chief operating officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said PCB would take its time before deciding where it would play its 2011 World Cup matches.

    “It is our right to decide where we play our World Cup matches now that the games have been relocated from Pakistan,” he said.

    PCB officials and former players remain upset after the International Cricket Council decided on Friday to shift the World Cup matches from Pakistan due to security reasons.

    Pakistan was due to host 14 games, including one semi-final, and the home side was supposed to play all its matches in front of home crowds.

    But the ICC now has to reschedule and allocate new venues for these 14 matches with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the joint hosts of the tournament, vying to get those games.

    Indications are that India is likely to bag majority share of the World Cup matches shifted from Pakistan.

    Altaf said the ICC had still not decided where the matches shifted from Pakistan would be held but when the time comes, Pakistan would like to make its own choice.

    Altaf’s comments indicate that the PCB is not particularly keen at this stage to play its games in India.

    “But we don’t know what the situation would be in the next few months, given the strained relations between Pakistan and India. So it is a wait-and-watch game,” one source said.

    Following the ICC decision, many former players have called on the PCB to review its blind trust in the Indian cricket board. The PCB has been asked to adopt an independent policy and allow Indian Cricket League players back into the national team.

  54. #54 by khansahab on April 19, 2009 - 6:37 PM

    Pakistan govt not involved in Mumbai attacks: Musharraf

    LAHORE: The Pakistan government is not involved in the Mumbai attacks, former president Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday. According to a private TV channel, he claimed that Baitullah Mehsud was behind Benazir Bhutto’s killing. According to the channel, Musharraf told an Indian TV channel that he had supported the US after 9/11 in the country’s interest. He said he was safe in Pakistan and “attends weddings and visits restaurants”. He said he had witnessed anti-Pakistan sentiment in India, but no anti-India sentiment existed in Pakistan. He said he was ready to serve Pakistan if the country needed him. He said he liked dogs because they obeyed their masters. To a question about his favourite actresses, he said he liked Bollywood actresses Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra.

  55. #55 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 19, 2009 - 8:59 PM

    Hi “B”

    Since you are my admirer and probably a fan too like, there is one “Sachins Exhaust Fan” in Santa Clara California and I am glad that you not only read, but you can also write. Mughambo Khush Hua. 😀

    On your response to my comment about worshiping you have taken it to heart and said, Indians also worship cows, monkeys, snakes and Mummywood‘s (I want Indians to change the name of Bollywood to Mummywood now because it is no more Bombay it is Mumbai and it should go according to the name) Manisha Cowrilla, Madhuri Big Sheep, Catwariya Rai, Croney Mukerjee, Catrina Kaif Aiksutra, Aiksutra….

    Actually Pakistanis have no problem with that and they want to give company to their Indian friends. Most of us don’t like those mini Gorilla’s like Shitty – Mitty, Govinda – Shove-in-da, Ajay 1 1/2 Gun or those Natay Khans and Patey Khans.

    And, you are right most Pakistanis do a lot of things for India and they like and dislike what they feel because it is a democracy. Not just a democracy but the BIGGEST democracy.

    However, at the inaugural of the IPL, the ceremony was disrupted for about 30 minutes because of an INDIAN DOG. That is what it says in the headlines. Reportedly, the Indian media is saying that the Indian Dog was smuggled into South Africa by the Pakistani intelligence Agency ISI.

    Although Lalit Modi is still investigating the origin of that dog, but the South African doctors have confirmed that the Dog is not circumcised hence it is definitely Indian.

    I am not too sure if dogs are also worshiped in India? But, I know that girls do get married to dogs in India. Here are a couple of links: The first one is BBC’s 2003 and the second one is 2008 and it is in Jharkand, India, the home town of Indian cricket team captain M.S. Dhoni and that one is a video link. May be the Dog followed Dhoni from Jharkand to Johannesburg, watch the video. :



    I wouldn’t have written all this as a retort, but you have initiated it and dragged me into this and that is because you are “B” grade 😉

  56. #56 by Anwar Kapadia on April 19, 2009 - 9:52 PM

    Haha Javed really hilarious comments man LOL.

    Javed B Grade khan, why are you so touchy about Sachin man. I dont understand why Indians are so touchy about Tendulkar. why cant you guys bear any criticism.

    The real Javed, i read that mrs Aishwarya rai bachchan also married a tree? now why would she do that? it can be a religious belief, fine people do all types of things for religion but it is really religion or some superstition?

  57. #57 by Masood Ahmad on April 20, 2009 - 2:47 AM

    LOL LOL LOL very funny @ Mummywood and all those animal names for Indian film actresses, man I am laughing at Javed A Khan’s hilarious comments this is really very funny. I think it is a good befitting reply to this B guy and I am sure this “Javed B Khan” is an Indian guy with zero sense of humour. hahahahahaha this is soooooooooo funny real Javed keep it up Man the blog rocks because of you.

  58. #58 by Mohammed Munir on April 20, 2009 - 5:48 AM

    Younis Khan has a tacky habit of making inappropriate and pessimistic comments just before an important game.

    Listen to this as a motivation and inspirational speech from a leader and a captain …

    I would have quit if I was caught in crossfire – Younis

    Younis Khan, the Pakistan captain, has said he would have retired from international cricket immediately had he been caught in the kind of terror attacks carried out on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore last month by militants.


  59. #59 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 20, 2009 - 1:28 PM

    It is not just Younus Khan, but the entire Pakistani team cannot express themselves clearly even in their own mother tongue and English is of course is a big problem for all of them. Younus does say weird things but here, he is trying to send a message not only to the Sri Lankan team but to everyone else that, the Lahore attack by the terrorists was a very shameful act and even though he is a Pathan – who are known to be very tough and brave – even he is shocked and if it had happened to him i.e., if he was in a crossfire, he would have retired from cricket. This is all BS because, “Kehnay may aur Kerr nay may bara farq hota hai.” Everyone can talk at hindsight and say a few words of wisdom. But, what they actually do is something different. But, this statement is nothing to do with the morale of the players, its more like extending sympathy towards the SL players and in justifying the tight security.

    Even two decades ago, neither the media used to approach the players like this for an interview, nor the players were eager to talk to the media. But, now every Tom, Dick and Harry is interested in appearing on the TV or giving an statement. So, the more you see it the more you dislike it.

    Btw, where is our friend Sachin’s Exhaust Fan aka Javed B. Khan? 😀

  60. #60 by Mohammed Munir on April 20, 2009 - 1:55 PM

    Javed A. Khan …

    After your such a lovely, strong and geniusly funny response, I guess “Javed B. Khan” have become a BB (lady) or rather a ‘Bighhi Billi’ 😉

    “B” was more a case of a “one comment” person and NOT a ‘Lambi Race Ka Ghhora’ 😆

    Or you can try pulling him back by saying something against ‘Such-in’.

  61. #61 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 20, 2009 - 4:17 PM

    Omer, if you look at it in totality, the UAE would be better choice than England, because of the weather. The British weather is very unpredictable and there is no fun if it rains and its not just a matter of one game, but in case of 20/20 tournament usually there are two matches in a day/night game so you loose both matches and in the UK sometimes it rains during the whole week-end. And, the people in the UK cannot afford to come to the ground on week days whereas, in Dubai they can because of the distances and the time that is needed in commuting. Plus, the rich people in India and Pakistan can easily afford to spend their week-ends in Dubai just for the matches + shopping.

    Secondly, we are not talking about Sharjah only, it is Sharjah + Dubai + Abu Dhabi. There are three venues now in the UAE.

  62. #62 by Tarl Cabot of Ko-ro-ba, Gor. on April 20, 2009 - 4:19 PM

    Ha Ha , luv the India bashing on this blog.I do like the teamwork you guys show when it comes to making fun of India and Indians.A bit unfair , but fun.

  63. #63 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 20, 2009 - 4:23 PM

    Cabot of Canberra thanks for joining us and having fun. You are most Bail-come to comment. Everything is fair in love and war. So, look at the brighter side of “loife.”

  64. #64 by khansahab on April 20, 2009 - 5:25 PM

    Tarl Cabot

    This is not an anti Indian blog. I don’t know why you have this impression and why Indians are having this impression.

    We bash whoever see think is wrong, which can be any country or any race in the world. Everyone errs and everyone deserves criticism and praise at the same time.

    How many times have we spoken against Mullahs in Pakistan and the ignorant public? Does that make us an anti Pakistan blog?

  65. #65 by khansahab on April 20, 2009 - 10:26 PM

    UAE conditions give Pak fair chance of surprising Aussies

    By Salahuddin Ahmed

    Tuesday, 21 Apr, 2009

    The upcoming series between Pakistan and Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gives Pakistan a golden opportunity to beat Australia after a long time. Pakistan will be at an advantage in the series since the weather will be similar to Pakistan and the pitches will be prepared under the guidance of the Pakistan team management.

    Furthermore, the crowds will also be largely in support of Pakistan, considering the large expatriate Asian population in the UAE as well as close proximity to Pakistan, which will allow fans to travel with ease. Although the fans will miss the batting of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey as well as the pace of Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee, this also gives an added advantage to Pakistan.

    The pitch in Abu Dhabi is expected to have a low bounce which also gives Younis Khan’s men an advantage since they are more used to such pitches. The Australians have recently lost a series to South Africa and are at their lowest ebb in almost ten years. Since the loss of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath the Australians have found it difficult to bowl teams out in all forms of the game.

    Another advantage Pakistan has is that Australia has been displaced from the top of one day rankings and this should give Pakistan more confidence. Having said that, the Australians have the advantage of playing regular cricket recently which Pakistan has not, although we did get the first look at the Dubai pitch in two recent practice games.

    In terms of team combination the Australians will be reliant on stand-in captain Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, a player that has impressed me, as well as Callum Ferguson. The Australian team has been strengthened with the inclusion of all-rounders Shane Watson and Andrew Symonds, who have rich experience of one day cricket.

    As far as the Pakistan team is concerned, we have a new-look team under Younis who is an excellent professional and a fighter to the core. The opening pair of Salman Butt and Nasir Jamshed is backed by two specialist batsmen Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. Our team is further strengthened by all-rounders Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Fawad Alam. Thus, the middle order also gives three varieties of spin, i.e. right-arm off-spin, right-arm leg-spin and left-arm spin. The late middle-order of Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat and to some extent Umar Gul provide Pakistan with more depth in the batting department.

    Pakistan’s fast bowling has always been formidable, from the days of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, who used to make the most of the limited support given to fast bowlers on batsmen friendly wickets. In this series we will be dependant on Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Rao Iftikhar, who might not be in the same league as their predecessors but still have plenty to offer to the pace department.

    Although Shoaib Akhtar’s inclusion will boost the team, the sand-based heavy outfield of Abu Dhabi may cause him some problems, although if in top form and fully fit, he can cause problems for the Australian team. I wish all the luck to Younis and his team for the forthcoming series.

    Some talk of the recent setbacks now. I was most disturbed when I heard that Pakistan will miss out on hosting the World Cup 2011. This is a great loss for the nation and all efforts should have been made to stop this from happening. It is believed that if Pakistan would have lobbied to get five votes at the ICC meeting, PCB could have delayed this decision at least.

    The Lahore incident has had a bearing on this decision and the persons responsible for coordinating with security agencies have still not been punished. In my opinion the World Cup matches have been moved because of security reasons only and not because of Pakistan’s performance, as suggested by some, otherwise Bangladesh would not be considered for hosting the World Cup.

    I believe Wasim Bari is among the people behind this embarrassing situation Pakistan is facing, since he was partly responsible for coordinating the security for the Sri Lankan team who were promised presidential security. I strongly suggest that the board should take the people responsible for this situation to task and the sooner we are rid of such people the better.

    India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are all in the same position because of their political situation. Bangladesh had a mutiny situation, which caused Pakistan’s tour to be cancelled. The Tamil Tigers situation in Sri Lanka is also problematic for the political scenario their. India has already suffered since the IPL has been moved to South Africa.

    So why single out Pakistan here? I believe that what has made Pakistan suffer is the fact that Sri Lankans were promised presidential security which was not provided.

    The present management of the PCB should take a lesson from the previous chairman, Dr Nasim Ashraf. He maintained excellent relationship with the other cricket boards which helped in bringing the ICC Trophy to Pakistan. The Indian cricket board in particular was close to PCB during Dr Ashraf’s tenure and this gave Pakistan a strong ally in the ICC, which helped in reversing The Oval Test decision too.

    The writer is a former Test cricketer who has also served as chief selector on several occasions.

  66. #66 by khansahab on April 20, 2009 - 10:32 PM

    India’s T20 team doesn’t need me: Sachin

    CAPE TOWN: A lazy Sunday morning, the first hurdle crossed, and Sachin Tendulkar was in the mood. He had come down to for a commercial event in
    the team hotel and with a handful of mediapersons around, Tendulkar seemed to be opening his heart out.

    Going back to his childhood days when he used to pick his own fantasy team with Sunil Gavaskar and Viv Richards as certainties, to why he is not playing international T20 cricket, Tendulkar was ready to play every ball.

    After so many years of international cricket, is there a special feeling after showing the world, along with Rahul Dravid, that T20 cricket can also be played in a different vein? Sachin agreed, but only to a certain extent.

    “This was probably my most satisfying T20 innings. But neither me, nor Rahul, have anything more to prove to the world.

    We play just for the love of it,” Tendulkar said with a smile hanging on his lips.

  67. #67 by Mohammed Munir on April 21, 2009 - 4:02 AM

    “We play just for the ‘love’ of it ” … 😉

    Love of what …. Oh yes, cricket 😯

    So who is talking about the ‘money’ or the ‘Ambani’ anyway 😆

  68. #68 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 21, 2009 - 7:18 AM

    Munir – Whose pyjama is it btw? I mean the quote. I guess it is Ambani’s? The same guy who spent a billion dollar or something to build an ugly looking piece of shit and calls it his “house.” For some ultra sensitive Indians, I want to clarify that I am not being jealous here but, its the truth there is no aesthetic sense, there is no architectural beauty in that building and it does look like a piece of elephant shit. After all we praise and appreciate Taj Mahal and many other buildings. Just because this junk costs a billion dollar doesn’t mean it needs any praise.

    OK, so what is the latest on that Indian Dog that the ISI smuggled into South Africa to disrupt the IPL inauguration ceremony? Reportedly, the dog is kept under tight security amid fears that RAW wants to circumcise the dog to kosher it and prove it that the dog is actually not Indian. I am very much interested in this case, because there isn’t much fun in this IPL anyways. Well, isn’t it a fact? A lot of Indians are also feeling the same way, some are quiet and a few are venting out their feelings and lost interest in it.


    Oh, I have just saw the quote below it is from Parmeshwar’s mouth. Got it.

  69. #69 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 21, 2009 - 7:31 AM

    I concur the views of Salahuddin Ahmed about Wasim Bari. Wasim Bari is one of the most incompetent crooks of the PCB mafia. Ever since he is in the management he has been playing jingoistic role and, for all his stupid decisions in team selection as well as other matters of the PCB bloopers and blunders he gets away unpunished. In fact he is rewarded with a different and better assignment within the organization. (Andhaa Baantay Raywree Wo Bhee Apnay Apnao Ko = Blind distributing sweets to the blind.)

    Salahuddin is right, Bari was coordinating the security aspects for the SL team and prior to the team’s arrival he was boasting that the team will be provided with Presidential type of security and blah, blah. So, he along with WADDEE BUTT should not only be fired but, they should be admonished and punished.

  70. #70 by Mohammed Munir on April 21, 2009 - 10:03 AM

    Tarl Cabot of Ko-ro-ba, Gor. (whatever that means) 😉 …

    You said, “Ha Ha , luv the India bashing on this blog.I do like the teamwork you guys show when it comes to making fun of India and Indians.A bit unfair , but fun”.

    Teamwork, hmm …… well my friend haven’t you heard that “Wolves hunt in packs” 😉

  71. #71 by Mohammed Munir on April 21, 2009 - 10:09 AM

    Javed Khan …

    LOL @ “The same guy who spent a billion dollar or something to build an ugly looking piece of shit and calls it his “house.” ”

    Quote was of ‘Such-in’ from above ….. I mean comment no. 73

    Aaj Tu Aap Bhee Tube-Light Banay Huway Hain 😉

  72. #72 by Awas on April 21, 2009 - 12:31 PM


    Good points above.
    And let me add, importantly, ideal UAE conditions too as mentioned in point 72 above. Imagine Pakistani batsmen facing Aussie bowlers and playing inept shots in swinging conditions at Healingly, Old Trafford etc. Having said that Pakistanis are still capable of making a mockery out of home like conditions and loose convincingly. So, let’s see. 🙂

    PS. Can anyone honestly say only India bashing goes on here? Those with such notion perhaps only like to hear one sided views. Expression of opinion is always welcome here.

  73. #73 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 21, 2009 - 1:36 PM

    Munir, in the same comment I have added a post script saying I got it, that’s because I did not read khansahab‘s comment about Sachin’s desire and mentioned that Oh it is from Parmeshwar’s mouth. Do you know what it means? And, the reason for being a tube light is, check the time of my comment, it was 7:18 a.m or 2:18 a.m. my time, it was very late for me.

    As regards Mud of Sharjah, Omer is in some kinda Mud Slinging business, US economy is in recession thats why! Like the expression, “Purrow Farsi Baychow Tel. ” in the US it is ….. sell sands to the Arabs.

    Awas, cricket season in the UK is as short as the Canadian summer, whereas in the UAE you can play cricket from mid-October to end April.

  74. #74 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 22, 2009 - 2:45 AM

    Omer – it is called “Mud kay Khudday May Girr ker bhee Taang Oonchi Rekhna aur, kehna: Dekho Mai Nahee girra” 😀

    First of all the British weather is very unpredictable.
    Secondly, do you think the England team will give priority to their own test match series or give Pakistan the priority?

    Imagine if Ashes are being played in England, they will tell Pakistan OK guys you are our guests, you play first, then we will play! Come on Omer think of ALL the consequences and then make a statement. It happened before, they invited Pakistan in May and it rained in almost every single match. That is because Australia was playing England in July and August and they had uninterrupted play.

    Because, weather wise July and August are relatively better months in England than May and early June. The peak summer time is always reserved for the home team and they have a choice and they decide. They always invite, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka early and give better time of the season to Australia, South Africa and the West Indies. Whether you agree or not this is the truth.

    Therefore, the UAE would be a better choice. I reiterate that India made a mistake by not choosing the UAE to host IPL. South Africa is a bad choice. Its been raining in almost every match. There is no fun, no excitement and people who have taken the package are regretting and among them are die hard Indian fans, even they are saying this is all BULL…. This IPL is a failure. Well, it is indeed a failure.

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