FROM LAHORE TO LORDS

THIS ICC T20 WORLD CUP FINAL BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA IS A CONTINUATION OF THE RECENT PAST, WHAT ABRUPTLY ENDED IN LAHORE SHALL BE CONCLUDED AT LORDS.

IS THIS A BATTLE BETWEEN THE BRUISED, BEATEN AND THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM? OR, IS IT A MESSAGE OF PEACE?

From now until tomorrow afternoon i..e., for the next 30 hours you would be speculating about who the winner will be? Who will lift the ICC T20 WC trophy? You would be formulating plans, strategies, various combinations and permutations in batting order and in scoring the 50 odd runs in the first 6 overs or, taking wickets in the power play and then restricting the opposition to a paltry score that can be defended and achievable.  We want you to discuss more, speculate more and predict your winner.

Thirty hours later the Lords cricket ground would be bustling with life, packed with spectators dressed in green and blue and beating the drums, singing their favourite songs, playing patriotic songs on the paging system and dancing with the tune and coming to a silence when the national anthem of Pakistan and Sri Lanka would be played. Prior to that, the weather and pitch report followed by the toss.

The toss is very important and whoever will win the toss will elect to bat first. Younus Khan’s luck should help him in winning this crucial toss and he must elect to bat first, make best use of the power play to put Sri Lanka under pressure. Sri Lanka on the other hand are an unbeaten team in this tournament and they are the team that was targeted and tormented by the terrorists in Lahore and, they have to prove a point here that they are not intimidated by anyone and they are a team that will emerge as winners.

And, Pakistan has to prove that they are not only the victims of terrorism from within their own country, but their inconsistency in the game is due to the current political turmoil in the country compounded by the injustices that have been done by the ICC and other countries who have tried to isolate the country, its cricketing venues snatched, and they are trying to take that cricket spirit away from the country where cricket is in their blood, where the talent is as abundant as the air, water and sunshine is in that country. By reaching the finals of this ICC T20 WC, for the second time, Pakistan has proved to the world that playing the previous WC T20 final was no fluke, they lost to India by a narrow margin and they are back again, wounded, injured, beaten in the initial rounds, even in the warm up games and fighting their way to reach to the finals to wave their country’s flag on the
summit.  This reminds me of Pakistan’s national poet Iqbal’s famous verse:

Tundi-e-baad-e-muqalif say na ghabra aye Oqaab
Yae tou chalti hai tujhay ooncha urra nay kay liyeh

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 20, 2009 - 1:24 PM

    Hello everyone,

    Please post your comments on this new thread FROM LAHORE TO LORDS.

    THANK YOU.

  2. #2 by khansahab on June 20, 2009 - 1:39 PM

    Wow

    Excellent piece of writing. The win in the T20 Cup might be the trigger Pakistan cricket needs to reach great heights.

    Pakistan, relying on the individual efforts of Gul, Afridi, Ajmal and Younis have made it so far despite being underdogs. I was watching Ramiz Raja’s interview yesterday and he said that, more than a victory the Pakistani public wants to see fighting spirit. Pakistan usually shows fighting spirit only when it wins. When it loses, it usually loses badly and shows no spirit and no motivation. In many ways it is an “all or nothing” side.

    Pakistan must go one step further tomorrow. They are against tough opponents whom hardly anyone predicted would reach the finals at the outset of the Cup. This they have in common with their opponents tomorrow. Verily, much is common between the two sides.

    Sri Lanka are a more balanced side. They don’t have an Afridi, Gul or Younis Khan in their side, but they have well rounded players. Dilshan, Jayasuria, Mathews, Malinga, Murali and Mendis- more than half of their team is in good form. Pakistan only has Afridi, Gul, Ajmal and Younis.

    I have a feeling Gul’s contribution tomorrow might be the difference between defeat and victory for Pakistan, because Sri Lanka can play spin well.

  3. #3 by M. Y. Kasim on June 20, 2009 - 4:09 PM

    If only that stupid forget winning the cup for Bob Woolmer. I have nothing against Woolmer but respect since he did a lot of good for Pakistan cricket.

    But enough is enough.

    The Nation is going through a blood-bath, millions of innocent people are killed, maimed and displaced from their home. They have nowhere to live, nothing to eat or drink, their children have no future.

    The money coming in from abroad for their rehabilitation is being divided and pocketed by those in power.

    In these bleak times, if the team can win the cup, it should be dedicated to these suffering masses, bring a little smile to their and other fans’ faces.

  4. #4 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 20, 2009 - 4:25 PM

    For those who don’t understand the meaning of Iqbal’s poetry, here is a simple and short translation in English. (Translations can never equate the real meaning conveyed by the poet in his own language).

    Tundi-e-baad-e-mukhalif = The gusty winds from opposite direction
    ghabra = afraid
    Oqaab = Falcon
    Ooncha = high


    Don’t be afraid of the gusty winds blowing from the opposite direction, they shouldn’t stop you from achieving what you want to achieve, in fact they will take you to the height of glory and zenith.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 20, 2009 - 4:39 PM

    Mr. M. Y. Kasim

    This is exactly what I said before that he is creating Woolmer Cult here by talking about him ALL the time. Yes, enough is enough.

    khansahab

    Yes, that is true that Pakistan shows the fighting spirit only when they win and, when they lose, they lose badly. So, let us hope that they fight like the real tigers and not just like the tamil tigers. And, yes Sri lanka is a balanced side but, remember their pillars are 4, Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Sangakara and Jayawardene. The rest of their batsmen are like I said before they are “hair-phair” And their bowling is too dependent on M&M. And, Malinga can be hammered he is not invincible.

    The most important thing for Pakistan is the opening partnership. Shahzaib; has shown sporadic brilliance but he has also shown his weakness in every single match. All he need to do is not play a weak shot, hit it hard and the openers should put on a partnership of at least 60 before the power play.

    Afridi stayed on the crease for 10 overs in the previous match against SA and scored 51. This is the longest T20 innings he played. Even in 50 overs ODI’s when he stayed that long, he scored a hundred and such innings are rare. Therefore, I don’t expect any big innings from Afridi tomorrow, may be a quick fire 25-30 but not more. I expect from Malik and Misbah and the openers to do the bulk of scoring.

    Afridi, Gul and Ajmal should be taking the main wickets and stopping the run rate. It will be a battle of nerves and not just luck.

  6. #6 by Mohammed Munir on June 20, 2009 - 8:05 PM

    Great article, simply G.R.E.A.T. !!

    What emotions, what a lesson, what analogy and what a motivational piece of journalism.

    Jeetay Ga Bhai Jeetay Ga, Pakistaaan Jeetay Ga.

    Thank you Javed Khan, THANK YOU LS !!

  7. #7 by Aamir Iqbal on June 20, 2009 - 8:46 PM

    INSHALLAH WE CAN !

  8. #8 by khansahab on June 20, 2009 - 8:59 PM

    SL need Dilshan, Sanath to fire

    Matthew Hayden

    The World T20 reaches its climax today, with a dominant Sri Lankan side taking on an impressive Pakistan. Sri Lanka was my pick right from the start, and their comprehensive route to the final is no surprise at all.

    They have played exceptional cricket and each and every player has put in a complete effort. Tillakaratne Dilshan had a fantastic IPL and he has carried his form here.

    Dilshan and veteran Sanath Jayasuriya have been the best opening pair, and Sri Lanka needs both of them to fire. One of these two has always batted till the end when set, as we saw with Dilshan in the semifinal against West Indies.

    Sri Lanka’s two fine spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis have troubled quite a few batsmen, although Lasith Malinga is another unsung match-winner.

    I got to take my hat off to Younis Khan and his men, as reaching two consecutive World T20 finals is nothing short of a phenomenal effort.

    Shahid Afridi has been in terrific form with the ball and his batting seems to have clicked as well. If he is able to replicate his performance from the semifinal, we could be in for another upset.

    In all probability, Sri Lanka should walk away with the title, as they have dominated this competition.

  9. #9 by Shoaib on June 20, 2009 - 11:45 PM

    FROM LAHORE TO LORDS:

    yeah it wasn’t a long ago when i was in Lahore and just last week i was in lords 😀

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2009 - 5:56 AM

    In my last comment, I wrote: “I don’t expect any major contribution in batting from Afridi,” it is not like a superstitious comment but, based on the facts, in the last 57 innings he played, he scored a 50 thrice. In 2007 it was against Sri Lanka, in 2008 it was against Zimbabwe and now in 2009 it is against South Africa. In my opinion his quota for a 50 in 2009 is already over. But, his quick 30-35 in the final would help the team a lot plus his bowling. If he can take a couple of wickets up the order and give 20-25 odd runs in his 4 overs, that would be worth.

    It is about time Malik and Misbah should come up with a big innings and that too at a very fast strike rate.

    The funny thing is, these two teams will not be ending up this duel here at Lords tomorrow. Pakistan would be going to Sri Lanka immediately after this WC, so the tug of war will continue for a while.

    Eight more hours to go and I could hardly sleep. 😀 It is about 2:00 a.m. here and I just came home after a Saturday night gathering of friends and the hot topic was tomorrow……. errrr today’s match. Every one is keeping their fingers crossed and hoping that Pakistan will win.

  11. #11 by Aamir Iqbal on June 21, 2009 - 7:47 AM

    What an inspiring type up. A wonderful title !

  12. #12 by Aamir Iqbal on June 21, 2009 - 8:20 AM

    Right I’m of to Lords !

  13. #13 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 8:23 AM

    Younis Khan is the best thing that can ever happen to Pakistan Cricket. He is the most successful, decent, polite, entertaining, honest and humble Captain that Pakistan can even have.

    Younis Khan is surely a calculative, strategist, tactician, and a superb analyzer who is blessed with such an unmatchable foresightedness that he will ‘Urti Chiriya Kay Par Gin Laita Hai’.

    Theossa, hope you are happy now. 😆

  14. #14 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 8:25 AM

    Aamir Iqbal, Right I’m of to Lords !

    Are you there so early to clean and sweep the ground ?? 😉

  15. #15 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 8:35 AM

    Shahid Afridi’s interview where he talks about his batting form and what has made him regain his batting form.

    He also mentions that Malik was not performing in the previous matches and only performed in the last match. I won’t even call that “performance”.

  16. #16 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 8:38 AM

    I think it’s time for someone to kick Ijaz’s Butt. How can the cricket board treat the country’s best ever President in such a way, and treat the only PM who didn’t make a penny through corruption, in this way?

    PCB opposes inviting Musharraf to Twenty20 final

    LONDON: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has pre-empted an initiative by its ex-chairman to invite former president Pervez Musharraf and prime minister Shaukat Aziz to the final of the World Twenty20.
    Dr Nasim Ashraf, the former PCB chairman, had written to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to send an invitation to Mr Musharraf and Mr Aziz for Sunday’s final.

    But according to P. J. Mir, the television talk show host, the ECB has declined to invite the two, stating that Ejaz Butt, the current PCB chief, had advised it against doing so.

    ‘The ECB is sending a written note to the Pakistan Cricket Board informing the board that it was purely on the intervention of Ejaz Butt that it has declined to invite Musharraf and Shaukat,’ Mr Mir complained while talking to Dawn on Saturday.

    When Dawn contacted Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Pakistan’s High Commissioner in the UK, he said he too had not received invitation for the final.

    ‘It is only today that I learnt that an invitation is on its way.’ However, he did not have any comment on the issue of Mr Butt’s opposition to inviting Musharraf and Shaukat.

  17. #17 by Aamir Iqbal on June 21, 2009 - 9:07 AM

    No it’s tyring to meet the players !

  18. #18 by Aamir Iqbal on June 21, 2009 - 9:07 AM

    lets try that one again : trying to meet the players …….

  19. #19 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 9:19 AM

    Khansahab …

    I can understand that what Ejaz Butt did was wrong, but who can stop Musharraf (no more an office-bearer) from buying a ticket and attending the match like an ordinary spectator ? But I think, the ex-president, considers this as below his dignity to watch the match as a commoner.

    From what I can think, Musharraf is more interested in the publicity stunt, the PR and a glamorous outing rather then watching a simple game of cricket.

    And BTW, this guy Pervez Jamil Mir (P. J. Mir), is he not the same guy whom Musharraf ‘made’ the Media Manager of the Pakistan team ?

    Plus, on whose behalf do you think did Dr. Nasim Ashraf (DNA) write a letter to ECB ?

    Is DNA still acting as an “Ex-PCB Chairman” ?

    Or is it that he wrote that letter on behalf being Musharraf’s best friend ?

    I think Musharraf could have even himself written a letter to ECB to request an initiation him, rather then using his ‘Chamcha’ DNA to do the dis-honour for him 😉

  20. #20 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 9:45 AM

    Now that Shahzaib is not clicking and we have Afridi coming up the batting order, along with Kamran Akmal, who are both plying fast and are also in good nick, I guess Pakistan should think about bringing in Salman Butt for the final match.

    Shahzaib is young and seems nervous and lacks confidence for the big game, whereas Salman is much more expereinced and he shall play an anchor role holding one-end while Kamran and Afridi can play their natural game and hit big shots.

    Plus, Salman have a record of playing well in crunch games.

    Just an idea !!

  21. #21 by newguy30 on June 21, 2009 - 1:06 PM

    Hey guys,

    One more hour before the start of the game!

    Good luck to Pakistan. Today I am totally neutral, but whoever wins I am happy since it is a team from sub-continent.

    I’ll favor Pakistan only slightly because I still haven’t forgotten last Asia cup final when Mendis single handedly blew India away after being the favorites to win until then 🙂

    What I am looking forward to is a mouth watering contest between two teams with plenty of flavor and skill in batting and bowling.

    Pakistan needs big performances from Afridi, Akmal, Younis, or Misbah. Possibly more than one should fire today. Pakistan is always a dangerous team once they are in final and they will not give up without a fight.

    SL needs Dilshan, Sanath, Sangakkara, and Mahela, with bowling they need Mendis, Murali, or Malinga to fire.

    On paper SL looks stronger, but I would say Pakistan is stronger team today simply because they have the ability to rise to the big occasion.

    Once again let the game begin, and hoping to see a wonderful contest.

  22. #22 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 2:43 PM

    Thanks Younis for easing the pressure off Sri Lanka by handing Malik the ball…..

  23. #23 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 2:46 PM

    LOL I said the pressure will be eased and now Sanga hit Afridi for consecutive fours.

  24. #24 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 2:53 PM

    I am phully in agree with Khansahab on this.

    But Younis did good to call Umer earlier in 12th over, as Umer took the wicket.

  25. #25 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 2:57 PM

    Younis should have gone for the ‘kill’ here and continued with Umer.

  26. #26 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 3:31 PM

    In the end a competitive total by Sri Lanka.

    I think the difference today was Gul, who looked a little off colour, although his bowling was not bad.

    I just feel that giving one over to Malik eased the pressure off the Lankans a bit- Younis should have persisted with Ajmal and Afridi. That over by Malik gave massive confidence to Sangakkara.

  27. #27 by Shoaib on June 21, 2009 - 3:34 PM

    I dunno if i am correct or not but today after taking first 3 wickets of Srilanka, Pakistani team looked a bit relaxed. I dunno its just me who fel that or may be someone else as well. I feel its not the same spirit as we saw against South Africa…..i hope for the best from Pakistan batting. May Allah help us 🙂

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2009 - 3:40 PM

    From 70 for 6 in 13 overs to 138/6 in the remaining 7 overs they scored well and Pakistan are to be blamed for letting this happen, they became very complacent without realizing that Sangakara the danger man was still there.

    I don’t understand that one over mystery which Younus Khan always gives it to Malik to ease off the pressure. The going was great until Malik came in to bowl and he gave 8 runs in that over and that boosted the morale of the batsmen and they started scoring freely. In the last 5 overs SL scored 59 runs and that will be the key.

    Sri Lanka has managed to build a decent total to defend and their bowlers are not going to allow Pakistan to consider this final as a piece of cake. Pakistan will have to fight hard and win. The middle order needs to buckle up and fight.

    Pakistan’s innings is about to start so, laterzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  29. #29 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 3:40 PM

    Shoaib

    I was just about to say the same- they looked a bit complacent today.

  30. #30 by newguy30 on June 21, 2009 - 3:44 PM

    Hi Guys,

    A competitive total in the end by SL.

    From a neutral’s standpoint this sets up the match perfectly.

    SL are 20 runs short of a winning total, Pakistan gave away 20 runs more than a winning total for them.

    Had SL scored around 150, it would have been very difficult on this Lord’s pitch, especially with the pressure of final chasing. But had they scored only around 100 runs which they looked like until 17th over, then Pakistan would have had it easy.

    It would not be a one sided match. But you never know, once Afridi or Akmal get going there is no stopping them. Hopefully for Pakistan one of them, or both will fire – or today may be Misbah’s day to redeem himself for last final.

    As for SL they have the bowling and fielding to defend this total.

    Pakistan has the batting to get over this total.

    Looking forward to a mouth watering chase.

    Good luck to all of guys – let your dreams come true.

  31. #31 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 4:25 PM

    Boring Malak has now come to the crease. The target is easy now and Malak’s singles and doubles ought to win it.

  32. #32 by Pawan on June 21, 2009 - 4:59 PM

    27 needed from 19 balls for Pakistan to win!

    I wanna say that in advance

    CONGRATULATIONS To all the Pakistani supports and public for winning the second edition of T20 world cup! You deserve it!

  33. #33 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 5:03 PM

    Shahid Khan Afridi has won the match for Pakistan.

    What a knock.

    Made Malik look like a club cricketer.

  34. #34 by newguy30 on June 21, 2009 - 5:06 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Congratulations to Pakistan – this is thoroughly deserved. Brilliant all around performance today with both bat and ball.

    Like I said Akmal and Afridi were key today.

    Afridi what a player!

    Enjoy the moment.

  35. #35 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 5:08 PM

    LOL there is a limit to regionalism and a limit to paindooism.

    Wasim Akram, “Gem of an innings played by Malik….”

    What!

  36. #36 by Varun Suri on June 21, 2009 - 5:10 PM

    Congratulations everyone!!

    Afridi ..what a man..what a player…

    Salute to Afridi and the Spirit of Pakistan!!!

  37. #37 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 5:16 PM

    Malik, “I told Shahid Bhai to stay there until the end…..and he listened”

    Yes, just like how Malik told Gul to bowl yorkers and just like how he told Fawad Alam to hit 3 sixes……

    I think they should ask Afridi whether he played like that upon Malik’s advice.

  38. #38 by M. Y. Kasim on June 21, 2009 - 5:27 PM

    Congrats….all

    Finally, they played like a team, under a plan and batted sensibly.

    I dont have words to describe my joy.

    The expatriates in the U.K. who are being marginalised and poor Tribals in the North West, who are being exploited in the name of Islam will have something to cheer about and smile.

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2009 - 5:43 PM

    Congratulations to Pakistan and thanks to all those who supported Pakistan. What a great moment, what a good victory and it is time to celebrate, rejoice and cherish these moments. I will write later as I am among a few dozen friends of mine.

    Varun

    Ur prediction came true when you told Shoaib that yours will be on Sunday. So, there it is.

    Thank you all once again.

  40. #40 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 5:50 PM

    Pawan, Varun, Newguy

    Thank you all for your kind wishes.

    Kasim sahab

    Very good comment, sir.

    Today was again the Afridi show. Malik actually wanted the strike himself and he kept urging Afridi to give him strike- however I am glad Afridi didn’t because Malik could have got out and let the team down. He couldn’t play Malinga and that boundary he got which made his strike rate go over 100 came off an inside edge.

    If Younis had come himself or if Razzaq had been promoted the game would have finished earlier.

    But a great victory which proves that Pakistan has the world’s best T20 players.

  41. #41 by Awas on June 21, 2009 - 6:12 PM

    In one of the threads, I had said this…when Pakistan were considered outsiders…a little prayer that came true:

    Younus views success in the World Twenty20 as the best way to make his troubled nation smile again.

    When there is general despondency within the nation together with no international cricket being played at home, winning the cup can bring cheers for many and bring some positives for Pak cricket. If the team unites and is determined to do something for the country in such difficult times then anything is possible.
    Fate does funny things sometimes in situations like these. So, this could be Pakistan’s moment.

  42. #42 by Varun Suri on June 21, 2009 - 6:28 PM

    Javed@39,

    Sure my prediction came true!! Once Pakistan sorted it bowling it was always going to be a tough team to beat, people generally underestimated their potential as they played much less Cricket compared to Overworked Teams like India, Srilanka or SA.
    But Once Afridi and Gul showed their Magic then the only thing missing was Afridi with the Bat and for a change, contrary to the common perception even of his most loyal supporters he scored another 50 to win the Game and Tournament . He showed his real worth in the end I am not sure how far Pakistan would have been able to progress without his Tight Bowling and motivational presence in the Field.

    I am glad that Pakistan won the tournament, they needed it the most but I am more happy to see this over-dose of 20-20 in the past few months to be over tonight so that we can get on with the more serious business of One-Day and Test Match Cricket, But ofcourse that said nobody can take away this Win from Pakistan and now is the moment to savour this occasion and celebrate. (Don’t take this coming from a disgruntled Indian Fan, seriously since following the IPL, it’s been over 2 months to see this over-dose of Lottery Cricket.)

    India will hope to seek revenge in Windies soon and i don’t know if they even remember how to play ODI’s, similarly Srilankans- The Wounded Tigers would be eagerly awaiting Pakistan’s Tour.

    Congratulations again to all the Fans and Lovers of Pakistan Cricket, in such difficult times Cricket has again given the Aam-Aadmi something to cheer about and forget about their immediate problems and strife. I hope with this win, Pakistan’s establishment does more to make it a more safer place to tour so that we could see some Cricket Action live from Pakistan!!!!

  43. #43 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 6:33 PM

    C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S…

    To all at LS, in Pakistan, in UK, and much beyond !!

    The Country needed this … Pakistan needed this so badly.

    Al-Humdulillah (Thanks to Allah, Almighty) !!

  44. #44 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 6:38 PM

    Varun, Pawan, New Guy, Others …

    THANK YOU ALL, for your Support and Well Wishes.

    If some can know our feelings now, it is you guys, as you have won it too.

    Thanks once again guys 🙂

  45. #45 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 6:43 PM

    Khansahab …

    Enjoy the moment,

    And for once forget about what wrong Malik did 😆

  46. #46 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2009 - 6:46 PM

    Javed Khan …

    Afridi scored the 50 for the year 2010, well in advance today 😉

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2009 - 7:46 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    YOUNUS KHAN RETIRED FROM T20
    HE SAYS HE IS TOO OLD FOR THIS FORMAT OF THE GAME

    GOOD DECISION GOOD TIMING.

  48. #48 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 7:48 PM

    He also said he is 34 whereas his official age in PCB records is 31.

  49. #49 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 7:49 PM

    Younis is a great player. He needs to serve ODI and Test cricket, not T20 cricket.

    Having said that he is still more “fit” and able to play T20 than some other team members.

    Even before the squad was selected, we already reported that rumours were circulating that Younis will retire from T20. He played his last T20 Cup as a champion and as a responsible captain.

    Younis Khan, Pathan ki jaan……

  50. #50 by Aamir Iqbal on June 21, 2009 - 7:56 PM

    The atmosphere at lords was electric !

    On my return train journey it was the time of my life. People singing away “dil dil pakistan” or “Pakistan zindabad”.

    This is something we’ll cherish for a long time to come !

  51. #51 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 7:57 PM

    Despite being a weird captain, Younis winning the T20 Cup for Pakistan will have the sheen of legend. Every tournament victory is accredited to great players- the 1992 Cup victory was because of Imran, Wasim and Miandad. But in the end the captain does deserve credit for lifting morale of players. Younis perfomed with the bat, gave confidence to Afridi and Gul and brought the best out from Ajmal.

    Younis has shown he is selfless individual. Shoaib Malik should learn something from this and retire from international cricket. Mohammad Yousuf should retire from T20. Misbah should be prepared to retire if he does not perform in the next few series.

  52. #52 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 8:04 PM

    Wow

    Pakistanis are going crazy with celebration.

    A crowd has gathered outside Afridi’s house in Karachi and they have hoisted Pakistan’s flag and they are cheering. A video will be available on Youtube showing this.

  53. #53 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2009 - 8:08 PM

    Munir

    Honestly speaking, Afridi has not just proved me wrong by scoring yet another unbeaten 54 but, he stunned million others today. After his performance today, ideally he should have been the PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT for his batting and bowling both.

    He now aggregates 176 runs, which is 4 more runs than Younus Khan’s score but, he also got 11 wickets, just 2 less than the top wicket taker Umar Gul (13 wickets). Giving Dilshan the Player of the Tournament award was a political decision and a sympathetic action just to please and console the losers.

    Yes, Dilshan scored highest number of runs (317) in the tournament BUT failed (with a ZERO) when it mattered most. And, he had NO wickets to his name. Both Afridi and Dilshan took 3 catches each.

    11 wickets if translated into runs, assuming 20 runs = 1 wicket add, 220 more runs to Shahid Afridi’s total of 176 it would have been 396. So, in my opinion Shahid Afridi is the PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT.

    Besides, he stood up tall and big on both big occasions i.e., when his team and his country needed his services more than ever he obliged with a winning knock. Twice Man of the Match in two big matches, certainly deserves to be the player of the tournament. But, those who take these decisions are not on Pakistan’s side they try to grab every single opportunity to sideline Pakistan and Pakistani players efforts.

    Anyways, no one came in between the Cup the Pakistan’s victory today, they played like real tigers. They fought well and eventually won the Cup. All those small and petty differences between the players and the management, should be set aside and they must focus on the future.

    With a little bit of hi cups and a couple of silly mistakes, which are acceptable because all is well that ends well. The whole team played like one unit and proved to the world that they cannot corner the injured tigers, they become more furious when cornered and, they emerge victorious in the end, the same way they did in 1992 and came from behind to win the World Cup.


    Well done Pakistan, well done Younus Khan, well done Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Kamran Akmal and Saeed Ajmal and well done the whole team. From today onwards for two years you will be wearing the well deserved Champions Crown.

  54. #54 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2009 - 8:12 PM

    He also said he is 34 whereas his official age in PCB records is 31. khansahab

    I think the fun and entertainment part must have made him old in one week. He was responding to Nasir Hussain’s question on planning and he said, ‘yes look at me I am looking old and my hair gone now, without realizing that Nasir Hussain has fewer hair than he has on his head.

  55. #55 by Aamir Iqbal on June 21, 2009 - 8:12 PM

    Mubarak to all on LS !

  56. #56 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2009 - 8:20 PM

    Shoaib Malik should learn something from this and retire from international cricket. khansahab

    Shoaib Malik played like a club standard player in this whole tournament. But, he is happy that he did well.

    When Sanjay Manjrekar asked him: “Malik what advise did Afridi give you on the field while batting?” And Malik responded in a opposite way: ” I said, Shahid Bhai if you stay on the wicket till the end then, I can also play, so it is important for you to stay till the end he stayed and he batted superbly.”

  57. #57 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2009 - 8:25 PM

    Younus Khan has one last wish i.e., to go to Bob Woolmer’s grave and place a Chaddar of flowers over it !

  58. #58 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 9:47 PM

    Younis Khan is like the Rahul Dravid of Pakistan.

    Brilliant batsman, humble human being, and the Mr Nice Guy of the team.

    He is not an angel, but his attitude and patriotism puts him miles above other players. It was an emotional match for him. Even though I get annoyed by his obsession with Woolmer, he paid a good tribute to the dead man.

    It has been a hero’s journey for Younis. He came from a poor family from Mardan. In Karachi he found himself living in poor localities of Quaidabad with poor Pathans and Muhajirs. He travelled in buses, and at one time he could not afford a cricket kit. He was helped a lot by people like Rashid Latif, who helped groom him. He then could not get to play at high level in Karachi because of the competition and moved back to Mardan, to play for NWFP. Playing for a weak NWFP side was good for his career as he emerged as a daring, aggressive youngster and was finally picked for the Pakistan side.

    He spends his time between living in Karachi and Mardan. Whenever he visits Karachi he visits the unglamourous and modest neighbourhood where he grew up. He is still good friends with his poor neighbours in Karachi, and he still visits them and remembers them. Unlike some other cricketers he has not forgotten his humble beginnings in Mardan initially, and then his humble upbringing in Karachi.

    For all Afridi’s straightforwardness and no-nonsense approach, fame did change him. I knew people who were his neighbours and friends and they told me that when he became famous, he stopped meeting them. Malik also transformed and became an image obsessed freak. Apparently Malik has only studied till class 8 but after his debut for Pakistan his behaviour changed and he only started wearing branded clothes and socialising with “high society”.

  59. #59 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 9:57 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    As reported by Geo, Shahid Afridi has been tested for dope by the ICC shortly after the T20 Cup victory.

  60. #60 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 10:04 PM

    What they said about Pakistan’s win:

    “We know that in these times we needed a win like this, in a World Cup… It’s a gift for our whole nation,” Younis

    “Yeh sab Allah ki dua hai… Allah hi jaanta hai meri khushi kitni hai… I’m too overwhelmed to say anything else…” Kamran Akmal

    “Of course, I’m very happy for the country and the players… Actually, this is my third World Cup win, as I’d been the coach when the U-19s won in 2004,” Aaquib Javed

    “It’s a success well deserved… As in 1992, the team was slow to start in this tournament… One Khan did it then, another did it this evening…” Sunil Gavaskar

  61. #61 by khansahab on June 21, 2009 - 10:04 PM

    Afridi wants to captain Pakistan

    Pakistan’s star all-rounder Shahid Afridi wants to lead his country in international cricket before retiring from the game.

    Afridi, the chief architect of Pakistan’s impressive World Twenty20 campaign here in England on Sunday said it is his greatest wish to captain Pakistan before saying goodbye to international cricket.

    The flamboyant Afridi is one of the senior players in the Pakistan team but is not considered as a future captain amidst the presence of current skipper Younis Khan and vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

    “It would be great if I get a chance to lead Pakistan before retiring,” said Afridi, who has impressed both with the bat and ball in the World Twenty20.

    However, Afridi made it clear that he has no problems with Younis. “Younis is a great captain and a good leader,” he said. “He has given me and other players a lot of confidence.”

    Afridi, 29, according to some experts could be a good choice to captain Pakistan in Twenty20 internationals.

  62. #62 by Shoaib on June 21, 2009 - 10:39 PM

    First of all many thanks to Varun, newguy30 and Pawan. You guys have been so master in your analysis and thanks for congratulations.

    Sorry i didnt participate earlier as i was in Southall (west london) famous asian populated area. We all were gone mad there we had Bhangra and dil dil pakistan song sung, abosultely cheerful moments. first time i saw and later on we dance on the roof of London red buses. 😀 absolutely mad. everyones wearing Pakistan Cricket shirts and flags and guess what happened from no where a drunk man came in the middle of crowd on his cycle and he was wearing Indian Cricket team (Dhoni’s) shirt. People held him up with his bicycle, it was funny and he was holding a banner says boom boom afridi, good laugh what a cheerful indian guy. he danced with us in the end.

    Khansahab, Javed Khan, Awas and Munir and all of them Congratulations!! from Shoaib

    take care all

  63. #63 by Q on June 21, 2009 - 10:41 PM

    Congratulations to all of u on a great win by Pakistan!!! Can’t even begin to describe my feelings… my voice if gone and this victory feels great!

  64. #64 by Salman Khan on June 22, 2009 - 12:13 AM

    Congratulations to all Pakistani friends. Never knew that I would use “professional” and “Pakistan” in the same sentence , but this performance has to described as professional.

    No one deserved this victory more than the Pakistani team and fans after the events of the last year.

    Agree with Javed that Afridi is the real player of the tournament, Dilshan’s delightful batting notwithstanding.

    I reckon Nasser Hussain’s comment during the first two overs of Pak’s semi-final innings “I think we know which Pakistan has turned up today , the one to be afraid of. . . . ” says it all.

  65. #65 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 22, 2009 - 1:42 AM

    I don’t understand why the ICC had to conduct a dope test on Afridi after the match? What made them think that a test is necessary? This is just another way of undermining the efforts of an individual and targeting the Pakistani team. They are trying to take away the gloss and the sheen that they earned by beating South Africa in the semi-final and actually winning the world cup.

    Dr. Salman Khan

    Thanks for the support and the felicitations on Pakistan winning the World Cup. And, also thank you for agreeing with me that giving the Player of the Tournament award to Dilshan is a very political move. His 319 runs does not equate the brilliance of Afridi in batting, bowling and fielding and what matters most is he delivered when it was needed whereas, Dilshan failed when he was supposed to deliver. That is the difference between success and failure.

  66. #66 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 22, 2009 - 2:13 AM

    This is very interesting please read comments made by Younus Khan, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad.


    Shocking ignorance, controversy and the Heimlich manoeuvre

    This was a couple of days before the T20 WC final.

    The World Twenty20 is now down to the final game – either Pakistan or Sri Lanka will be crowned champions later today.

    Pakistan captain Younis Khan apparently has not realised that his team is in the final. He started off the press conference after their semi by saying, “We apologise to our fans for the disappointing performance. We promise we will bounce back and do better next time.” When confused reporters pointed out to him that his team was still in the tournament, he looked surprised and then grinned “Oh? We’re in the finals? That’s great then. Sorry – force of habit, all that apologising for a crummy show.”

    When faced with the question of how he could possibly not know that his own team had reached the finals of the tournament, he said, “You see, I’ve been really busy playing for Pakistan, so I have no time to watch cricket. I don’t even have time to catch the newspapers or browse the internet. So how do you expect me to know?”

    Former Pakistan captains, however, were not amused. “It’s not correct for Younis to say such things even before the final. At least he could have waited until after he had lost the final,” said Imran Khan.

    “Lost the final? What did Imran mean by that? It’s not correct of Imran to suggest that we’re going to lose the final. Who does he think we are? South Africa?” said Javed Miandad.

    “South Africa? Why drag them into this? Everyone knows that all the matches are fixed. Cricket is boring. The world sucks,” jabbered a predictably dramatic Sarfraz Nawaz, dwelling on his favourite topics.

    When last heard, Wasim Akram was taking potshots at Saeed Anwar, who was upset with Inthikab Alam, who was refusing to comment on comments made about him by Shoaib Mohammed, who was annoyed because nobody remembers him.

    The Sri Lankan team has been hit by a fresh controversy in the hours before the final. Allrounder Angelo Mathews is apparently upset with the “3M” moniker that has been given to the deadly bowling trio of Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis. “It’s not fair. What about me? My name also starts with M. They are creating a senior-junior divide,” said a visibly upset Mathews at a press conference.

    “All this fuss over initials is completely unnecessary. Everything starts with an E, but we can’t be renaming the ICC as the EEE, can we?” ICC chairman David Morgan pointed out sensibly.

    Teams that have fallen by the wayside have been forced to introspect on the reasons for their failures. Pre-tournament favourites India had a nightmare tournament, losing all three matches in the Super Eights. Team coach Gary Kirsten blamed the IPL for the team’s poor show “Thanks to playing the IPL [which was scheduled too close to the World Twenty20], we were exhausted compared to payers from Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand [which also had several players in the IPL] – the chief reason for our downfall,” he said, pulling off the amazing feat of using parentheses and hyphens in spoken conversation. When someone pointed out that finalist Sri Lanka also had many key players in the IPL, he retorted “Yes. Thanks to the IPL, their players were able to hone their Twenty20 skills better than countries such as India, South Africa and New Zealand, who also had many players in the IPL.”

    West Indies captain Chris Gayle refused to single out any player for his team’s loss in the semi-finals, for the simple reason that he couldn’t. “Everybody contributed – youngsters and senior pros. Totalteameffortmon,” he grinned.

    South Africa, who were accused of choking once again in a big tournament, had no choice but to accept reality. “We’ve got to admit that we choked,” said coach Mickey Arthur. “In fact, we choke so often, we’re considerating hiring a Heimlich manoeuvre specialist to travel with the team,” he signed off.

  67. #67 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 22, 2009 - 3:26 AM

    Hi guys please write on the new thread UNSTOPPABLE TEAM PAKISTAN

    thanks.

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