A TALE OF PROPHECIES

An article was composed today on Cricinfo commemorating Fawad Alam’s century titled, “A tale of two prophecies”, highlighting how Alam’s father and Younis Khan had predicted Fawad would score a century in his debut Test. No other cricket blog has supported Alam so much as Legslip, and if one were to read about Alam on this blog, it would be reasonable to say that Alam’s fairytale has been pinned on more than just two prophecies.

I have narrated the following incident more than once, but for those not aware of it yet, I will do so again. Here I don’t want to take credit for “spotting talent” and neither am I trying to give Javed A Khan and Awas credit for believing in Fawad Alam. But, the first time I noticed something different about Alam was in the final of the ABN AMRO T20 Cup 2006. Karachi lost the final to Sialkot, but Alam went down fighting. The biggest problem with Pakistan cricket of late has been that Pakistan tends to lose humiliatingly very often and shows no fighting spirit. In that match I saw fighting spirit, class, passion and a certain genius. It was not the Tendulkaresque or Yousufesque genius of creating super strokes. It was the genius of ticking the scorecard, rotating strike, punishing the bad ball for the boundary and playing with a big heart. Verily, Sialkot players stood in one line and appluaded this 20 year old as he left the ground injured, for he was the only barrier between Sialkot and that Cup. Never before had I witnessed such a sight in any kind of cricket.

After that as I relayed the domestic performances of Fawad Alam, the other Legslip managers supported him. We spoke about where he would suitably bat in the line up, whom he would replace, and who was playing politics against him. None of us could imagine that Alam would be made to open the innings. It could be Younis’s surprising masterstroke, or it could be a sinister trick contrived by someone with an agenda against Alam. Yet, whatever it was, it worked wonders as Alam became the only Pakistani to score a century on debut outside of Pakistan.

Perhaps Man makes his own destiny, or perhaps it is created for him. What else can explain the singular events

Fawad should ideally have replaced Malik in the middle order

Fawad should ideally have replaced Malik in the middle order

 culminating in one of the best knocks by an opener seen in recent times? Perhaps having such resilience, passion for the country and honesty within oneself, is bound to pay dividends. The formula seems simple, but it takes a man and a half for execution. Fawad Alam’s name was on the cards for two years. Despite repeated batting debacles, Fawad was not experimented with. Average players like Malik were preferred and during Malik’s time as captain, Fawad was sidelined so much, as to bat in the line up after the likes of Sohail Tanvir. Yet, he did not lose hope. Sometimes the difference between the winner and the loser is one who sees the glass half full rather than half empty. Fawad emerged as the winner.

No young cricketer has suffered and been made to suffer so much in recent times. And no young cricketer has come out on top like this either in recent times. The scenes we witnessed today as Fawad performed the “sajda” after getting his 50, and then a very long sajda after getting his hundred, signify what he has gone through. When Younis embraced him after his milestone, he was seen wiping tears off his cheeks. Fawad is actually not “young” when you consider the age he has made his Test debut- 23. Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Aamer, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Khurram Manzoor- all these players debuted before they were 23. In fact one could say according to Pakistani standards, his entry into international cricket has been at a relatively ripe age.

The prophecies have been fulfilled

The prophecies have been fulfilled

Pakistan cricket has found a hero. This has been a journey of a fighter, of someone who has strived to look at the bright side of things in times of despair. It has been nothing short of a fairytale, or a rags to riches story. Fawad was right when he said that if you have what it takes mentally, then it does not matter what number you bat on- you are bound to succeed. One would hope future selection of players is based on this criterion, and not other criteria. Today Fawad silenced all critics who thought he was too short, too young, too meek, too modest and who just did not like him for his looks or background.

The premise of the much acclaimed movie, “Slumdog Millionaire”, is that God works in mysterious ways and sometimes, unexpected success and glory is written in destiny, and hence unavoidable. Sometimes, bad things happen to good people. This is not to say Alam is a “good person” per se, but something about Alam’s success makes me feel it can teach an invaluable lesson in life. The moral of the story is never to look back in times of adversity, even when you know there is injustice against you. It is a simple formula, but it produces spectacular, unbelievable results.

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 4:23 AM

    khansahab

    I have to admit here that, Awas and myself have supported Fawad Alam on this blog BUT, no one has supported Fawad Alam as much as you have. In doing so you have received a lot of flak, taunts, some sarcastic and some jovial comments from a few of the bloggers but, you never stopped praising him.

    I know that you were not supporting him on the basis of regionalism or for any other reason but, on the basis of pure talent and on the basis of his performance. On many occasions you have quoted various stats of his performance and compared them with the performance of other senior players. Yet, no one took him or you seriously. I have also written in volumes about the injustice that was being done and he was kept out of the playing XI umpteenth number of times in ODI’s and in T20’s for reasons better known to the selectors, captain and coach.

    This test match was a debut for him, like any debutant he was under pressure and more so because he never opened the innings in his life and the captain threw him in the deep sea. He played well in the first innings but, he couldn’t score big, yet he was the second highest scorer in that innings. BUT, in the second innings he corrected the anomalies and played a flawless innings at a very good pace and joined the list of selected players who have scored a century on debut. Some of them have disappeared in oblivion due to politics and for some other reasons, but Alam will stay, because he is very cool and level headed individual, praises and accolades does not get into his head, he is very humble and modest.

    Although he is among the distinguished class of centurions on debut still he stands out alone as the one and only Pakistani who scored a century on debut on a foreign soil. Mind you he is still not out and, I wish him good luck to go ahead and score a double century.

    I would like to highlight the point rather, the story that Younus Khan claims that he wrote on a tape ball that Fawad Alam will score a century. But, he did not give it to him or showed it to anyone because Fawad was out on 16 runs i the first innings. I am not doubting that he did not write it, may be he did. But my question is, IF YOUNUS KHAN WAS SO SURE THAT FAWAD WILL SCORE A CENTURY ON DEBUT THEN, WHY DID HE NOT PLAY FAWAD ALAM IN THE FIRST TEST?

    As regards your point in the thread “Today Fawad silenced all critics who thought he was too short, too young, too meek, too modest and who just did not like him for his looks or background.”

    I want to assure you that those are idiots who think like that and they will never be satisfied with his performance and they are jealous of his performance because, he will be taking the spot of one of their giryaeens, hence they will always find reasons to criticize him. Let them feel jealous and I am glad you did this thread on Fawad Alam and you have done it very nicely.

    The reason I wanted you to do this thread is because you deserve to take this honour and express your feelings as you have been a staunch and ardent supporter of Fawad Alam throughout i.e., right from the time when he played that under-19 cup and won it single handedly for Pakistan. People who are successful in their life, never take any heed from the criticism of petty people. They rise above all that trivialities of life and that is why they are successful.

  2. #2 by Q on July 14, 2009 - 6:07 AM

    “No other cricket blog has supported Alam so much as Legslip”

    That is not true Khansahab, you know that 🙂

  3. #3 by Mohammed Munir on July 14, 2009 - 6:10 AM

    Good Morning to all, and another achievement for Fawad Alam as after scoring his maiden Test Century on a debut away tour, he now reached 150.

    Great going FAWAD ALAM …

  4. #4 by Mohammed Munir on July 14, 2009 - 6:27 AM

    A very emotional and well written thread by Khansahab !!

    I fully agree with Javed Khan, it will be absolutely wrong to credit Younis Khan, Manager, Coach, or anyone else form this team for Fawad Alam’s achievements. Rightly said by Javed that if “Peer Mohammed Younis Khan Sahab Darbari” was such a spiritualist forecaster then why the F… did he not play Fawad in the first Test after he scored 83 n.o. in a four day game ? Plus did Younis also knew that Fawad can only score a century as an Opener and thus he send him to open the innings and not on his regular position ?

    I am really surprised as to how Younis Khan himself and some of his diehard fans are now trying to credit him for Fawad’s marvelous performance. If it was so, then Shoaib Malik can also claim full credit that because he did not open the innings and planned to send Fawad instead is that Fawad scored a century. So can Salman Butt say that because he did not play, Fawad had a chance to open and so on and so forth.

    This is so wrong, it is even worst then Wasim Akran taking credit for Aamir’s good performance, because at least Wasim had spotted him first and he did guide him, but here it is not the case for Fawad.

  5. #5 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 7:39 AM

    I don’t know what Misbah wants. It seems there is a problem with his concentration. In my opinion he should be dropped in the 3rd Test. Enough is enough. Apart from a solitary Test series against India, he never appeared like a solid middle order batsman.

  6. #6 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 7:44 AM

    End of a great knock. This is the best knock I have ever seen from an opener in Tests- considering the circumstances it was played in and the pressure after the 2nd innings.

    Well done Fawad Alam.

  7. #7 by Awas on July 14, 2009 - 7:48 AM

    Now the rout seems to have suddenly set in and they are falling like nine pins.

    What a knock by Fawad Alam!!! They shouldn’t undo the good work done by Fawad and support given by Younus.

  8. #8 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 7:50 AM

    Awas

    I agree. It seems like Manzoor, Alam and Younis were the only ones who wanted Pakistan to win this Test.

    Yousuf, Misbah and Akmal have learned nothing from the first innings. Shame on them.

    Now Malik will be tested. He will have to take the majority of the strike and guide Rauf. Pakistan need to score another 100 runs.

  9. #9 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 7:54 AM

    Is there a conspiracy to get out cheaply and make Pakistan lose this match?

    It would mean Fawad’s effort is not a match winning one. I expect Malik group to do these things.

    What the hell have they done? Now Malik is gone.

  10. #10 by Q on July 14, 2009 - 8:14 AM

    Oh come on u really can’t think there is a conspiracy..

    Firstly Misbah was not out.. the ball was going down leg.. bad decision.. Malik got a peach of a delivery from Herath..

    Having said that the new ball did the damage again like the 1st innings.. Pakistan cannot play the swinging ball…

    Khansahab, how many tests has Misbah played since those India tests?

  11. #11 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 8:24 AM

    Q

    I just find it really bizarre how they were not able to play the new ball after so many failures.

    Malik got a good ball, but he is experienced enough to know how to play balls like that. He just doesn’t have it in him to succeed at Test level.

    Malik and Misbah seriously need to be shown the door. In the 3rd Test one of them should be dropped in favour of Faisal Iqbal.

  12. #12 by Salman Khan on July 14, 2009 - 8:42 AM

    Absolutely bizarre!!! It just goes on to show the inappropriateness of T20. The two T20 world cup winners until now are so extremely poor from a holistic point of view.

  13. #13 by Awas on July 14, 2009 - 9:01 AM

    It looks like left arm spinners are the bane for Pakistan. They have proved successful time and again.

    What a shame all the good work done by the first three batsmen has been undone by the rest. Fall of 9 wickets in a test match for the addition of 35 runs is nothing but disgraceful.

    “Wholesale changes” are definitely required.

  14. #14 by Awas on July 14, 2009 - 9:15 AM

    I think it’s futile to think that a splendid innings played by Fawad would be undone by some “conspiracy”. Simply, success cements your place in the team not failures.

    As Omer mentions, the likes of Butt, Malik, Masbah, Akmal are simply not good enough. No matter how many purchees you have got, your time to go finally comes and this is it.

  15. #15 by Mohammed Munir on July 14, 2009 - 9:18 AM

    My my, I have been away from my office for some client meetings and so did not follow it, and now I think, I was lucky not to have followed it while it was happening.

    Shame on the entire fcuking middle-order, specially, Yousuf, Malik and Misbah.

    I swear to god, it is bloody so fcuking difficult being a fan of such a disgraceful team. It’s performances like these that make you feel guilty and one is not even able to see into the poking eyes of his Indian/ Sri Lankan colleagues.

  16. #16 by Awas on July 14, 2009 - 9:33 AM

    Omer

    I understand Pakistanis have chronic and inherent weakness against balls that are moving even a little bit but what about their inability to play any left arm spinners no matter how good or innocuous such spinners are? They can play Murali and Mendis aright but seem to freeze against left arm slow bowllers.

  17. #17 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 9:33 AM

    Sri Lanka should look to finish it off today. They are capable of doing so. No point trying to come for 10 overs tomorrow to finish it off.

    The commentators are also hinting that Sri Lanka will be able to finish it today.

    It is a disgraceful performance. Shoaib Malik is very lucky- he always escapes criticism because of others’ failures. This is the problem I have with “team efforts” when 3/4 of the batsmen just fail without showing any fighting spirit or application. Because it is a team effort, players like Malik don’t get blamed. Now because Akmal and Yousuf also failed, Misbah and Malik will get away with it once again.

    The problem with Pakistan’s batting collapses is due to a brittle and incompetent middle order. By that I don’t mean Younis and Yousuf. Malik and Misbah are a problem. Misbah’s friends know that once he is dropped, his career will be over. Malik can give good performances for a year or so and be included again, but Misbah won’t be. I think this is one of the reasons they persist with Misbah.

    People who support Malik and Misbah still take a dig at the openers. Openers have not been performing for 6 years now. It is expected for openers to fail, but the middle order must show some consistency.

    Consider all the players in the world who bat at no 5 and 6. Can Misbah and Malik really be compared with them?

    England- Collingwood and Flintoff. Collingwood is better than Misbah and Flintoff is better than Malik.

    Australia- Clarke and North- Absolutely no comparison there. If it’s not North, then it will be someone like Hussey. Malik and Misbah just don’t compare.

    India- Yuvraj/Dhoni/Laxman- Again, no comparison

    South Africa- Prince/De Villiers/Duminy- absolutely no comparison

    Sri Lanka- Samaraweera and Dilshan- Dilshan is better than Malik. Samaraweera since 2008 has been better than Misbah.

    So Malik and Misbah don’t compare with the top 5 international sides in the world. They need to be dropped asap.

  18. #18 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 9:37 AM

    Awas

    Very good observation. Even though Pakistan has left arm spinners in domestic cricket (Abdur Rehman and Fawad Alam are two of them) they still struggle to play them. It is inexplicable really.

    It could be something to do with misjudging the angles left armers bowl at?

  19. #19 by Mohammed Munir on July 14, 2009 - 10:04 AM

    This comment from a neutral (third-party) fan on another site is so true …

    Steven from South Africa: “Is this the start of the Sri Lankan collapse…the way this series has gone, I wouldn’t put it past them. I’m a neutral and glad that I don’t have to endure the emotional rollercoaster these teams put their fans through!”

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 11:03 AM

    Shameless, pathetic performance by the middle order batsmen. I did not want to ruin my sleep assuming that it could be another downfall on a new day just like it happened in the first innings and also in the first test. So I slept through the night and I was only hoping that Fawad Alam has made a double hundred and Younus Khan a hundred and Pakistan has taken a lead of 280 plus. 8 wickets fell within 35 runs!!!! Right now exactly 35 runs are need by Sri Lanka with 8 wickets in hand. Are they going to collapse like Pakistan? Anyone assuming or hoping must only be dreaming.

    Misbah was wrongly given out and Malik was out on a peach of a ball and what happened to Yousuf and Akmal? Were they bowled out by apples and oranges?

    Malik and Misbah must be given a one way ticket to Lahore. Faisal Iqbal and Abdul Razzaq must be in the team.

  21. #21 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 11:06 AM

    LOL

    Javed A Khan

    On a different blog, only 5 minutes ago I said Faisal should replace Misbah and Razzaq should replace Malik. I am not concerned about Razzaq’s bowling, but he can bat better than Malik.

    This will be the first time Pakistan has lost a Test series in Sri Lanka. Wholesale changes are required. Pakistan has had enough of Misbah and Malik. I hope they can do the right thing in the 3rd Test and replace these players.

  22. #22 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 11:15 AM

    Wow brave comments from Ramiz:

    “Malik’s position in the team is not straightforward”

    “Misbah is another guy who needs to pull up his socks”

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 11:15 AM

    Q

    It is a fact that on this blog khansahab was supporting Fawad Alam to the extent that even I had passed a jovial comment about his obsession hence you don’t have to raise your eyebrows at him for saying no blog has supported Fawad Alam as much as LS. If you don’t believe then you should dig out the info from the archives.

    This is not the first time Malik has played like this, he should have acted more matured but, the first innings 39 not out and top scorer tag gave him the license to commit suicide and make it look like an accident. The only scoring shot is the six and why? Knowing that the team needed him more than they needed his efforts in the first innings, why did he not play sensibly?

    And Misbah the less we talk about his performance the better. In the 2007 T20 WC, he changed the course of those two matches against India – he made it and he ruined it – and that made him a hero who lacks finishing touches. Apart from that 150 in test against India there is nothing else to write home about. He comes and he goes that’s all. So, now it proves why he was dropped so many times during his career? That is because he is inconsistent and irresponsible.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 11:26 AM

    So Malik got a sweet revenge? He got Sangakara OUT, earlier Malik had hit a six and got out the next ball, now it’s Sangakara out in the same fashion except that Malik was bowled.

    UnTim Samaskaar
    – Last rites are to be performed now, its only a matter of few more minutes as, 3 runs are needed. Sri Lanka made a history. Courtesy of Misbah and Malik, they gave away this series to Sri Lanka on a silver platter. So, the match is over in just under 3 days? So why should we not demand for a three day test matches instead of four?

    khansahab

    How long Ramiz Raja can defend Shoaib Malik and Misbah like an over protective mother? The whole world is not blind.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 11:29 AM

    khansahab

    “Malik’s position in the team is not straightforward”

    Could you please care to explain. Does he mean that Shoaib Malik is in a very awkward position and he is not straight?

    And, are you sure he said Misbah is another guy or gay who needs to pull up his socks OR, his pants?

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 11:39 AM

    The match is over and in my books Man of the Match is Fawad Alam.
    You can decide who the villain of the match is?

  27. #27 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 11:47 AM

    OK, what exactly what Fawad Alam trying to say in the post match presentation?

    LOL

    “No……..nothing happened……..we trying to post 260/270 target…………its just collapse……we trying to win……..”

    He did look very upset though.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 11:51 AM

    So he is saying what I was hoping last night……….. that Pakistan must have taken a lead of 280 and that would have been some comfort but like Awas said, they collapsed like nine pins……………errrr 8 LOL. 😀

  29. #29 by Mohammed Munir on July 14, 2009 - 11:53 AM

    I truely feel sorry for the Captain, Younis Khan, of this Pakistani side, as he is the person who now has to come forward and explain this entire illogical situation for the umpteenth time 😦

    But frankly speaking can Younis blame anyone else more then himself for this misery ??

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 11:57 AM

    Younus Khan is now changing his stories, covering his tracks by saying: “It’s not the first time that we collapsed, it’s the third time. I think it’s because we are not playing even Test cricket. I think we fell short by about 100 runs.” “Alam has played all his cricket in the middle order, but I asked him whether he would open for the team, his response was fantastic.”

  31. #31 by Mohammed Munir on July 14, 2009 - 11:57 AM

    We lost the series, for god sake, now kick Malik and Misbah out for the next game, what’s the worst that can happen from here, a white-wash? Even that should be ok, if we get rid of these two Parasites.

  32. #32 by Mohammed Munir on July 14, 2009 - 11:59 AM

    Younis may be a good individual player, but never a strong leader, NEVER.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 12:02 PM

    Did anyone else besides Fawad Alam score a century in this series? I think the second innings opening partnership of 85 between Fawad Alam and Khurram Manzoor is also the highest of the series so far.

    Salman Butt must say good bye for the rest of the series as he is no good for ODI and T20. Send him back to Lahore along with Malik and Misbah and get a few replacements like Imran Nazir, Shahzaib Hasan Khan etc.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 12:05 PM

    Younis may be a good individual player, but never a strong leader, NEVER. Munir

    Please add the word TEST player to make your statement more clear.

  35. #35 by Awas on July 14, 2009 - 1:01 PM

    Javed

    I agree that better to have a player like Imran Nazir than Butt. Agreed that he may disappoint more often than not but at least an occasional explosive innings is expected from that guy. Fawad can then play in the middle order.

    One other reason for such pathetic performance from our batters is that we did not have mercurial Afridi either who is so influential in every department.

    In my view Malik and Misbah should be replaced with Afridi and Malik and the order of playing eleven rejigged accordingly. But that’s for the future. For the third test, the eleven would be picked from the current squad.

    Munir

    Why anger at Younus? What could he do if all others fail? If he was an Indian he would have been made a deity after winning the T20 cup 🙂

  36. #36 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 1:06 PM

    I was watching a programme in which some fans’ e-mails were read out and Basit Ali was interviewed.

    Basit said the problems with batting were basic and he said that they will not take a great deal of time to remedy. However he said the defeat was shocking. He was also asked about groupings in the team and he said that this is no surprise as there have always been groupings in the Pakistan team. He refused to comment about who was creating groupings.

    Some fans expressed dissatisfaction with Malik’s performance.

  37. #37 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 1:16 PM

    Someone said that there are already reports that Malik and Misbah will NOT be dropped for the 3rd Test. They are going to get another chance.

    Unforgivable.

    In the Pakistan team people don’t get punished when they deserve it. And they don’t get chances when they deserve them, too.

  38. #38 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 6:43 PM

    “It was a conspiracy against Akhtar”

    Abdul Qadir has accused coach Intikhab Alam and manager Yawar Saeed of conspiring against Shoaib Akhtar to keep him out of the team.

    Former Pakistan chief selector, Qadir, who appeared before the national assembly standing committee on sports, said Intikhab had told him twice that he didn’t want Shoaib in his team.

    “I don’t want Shoaib in my team, Intikhab told me when we met to select the team for the T20 World Cup,” Qadir told the committee.

    He said it was a conspiracy hatched by Intikhab and Yawar to drop Shoaib from the team on medical grounds after the selectors insisted on his inclusion in the World Cup team.

    “I checked Shoaib, he was fit and bowling with speed and was working on his game,” he said.

    Shoaib was dropped from the team at the last minute after a medical panel of the board found him suffering from a skin infection and advised him rest for 12 days.

    But Qadir said Intikhab had conjured up the story about the fast bowler having a serious medical condition.

    “I will never forgive these two even if Shoaib forgives them because they played around with the national team. Shoaib is still an asset for the team and should have been played,” said Qadir, who resigned last month during the World Cup.

    Shoaib recently said that he had thought about legally suing the board for releasing the confidential medical report about his condition to the media but later dropped the idea as he didn’t want any controversy.

    Qadir also told the committee that the selectors were not allowed to pick teams independently and there was too much interference from the board and team management.

    Although Pakistan went on to win the T20 World Cup it has suffered two humiliating defeats in the Test series to Sri Lanka for which Shoaib was not considered on fitness ground.

    The PCB on Monday appointed a new national selection committee headed by former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim, which also includes Saleem Jaffer, Ijaz Ahmed, Mohammad Illyas and Azhar Khan.

  39. #39 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 6:48 PM

    Team victim of grouping: Sarfraz

    ——————————————————————————–

    KARACHI: Former Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz severely criticized Pakistan cricket team for its humiliating series defeat from Sri Lanka.

    Pakistan lost the second Test match by seven wickets on the third of the match at Colombo conceding the series 2-0 to the home side.

    There is grouping in the team. The team displayed completely irresponsible in both the innings. These are professional players and they shouldn’t play like amateurs. See how youngster Fawad Alam played. If he hadn’t knocked 168 runs then Sri Lanka would have beaten Pakistan on the second day – which most of the players intended to do,” Sarfraz said while talking to Geo News.

    He said that the board should be disbanded and it should be brought under the power of the ministry.

    “They forced honest selectors to resign and brought in people who are pleasing to them. I have never seen a seven-member committee in the past anywhere in the world,” Sarfraz said.

  40. #40 by khansahab on July 14, 2009 - 6:58 PM

    PCB chief terms defeat vs SL as disappointing

    LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ejaz Butt Tuesday termed the performance by Pakistan national team as disappointing in test series against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

    Talking to media here, he said there is no veracity in grouping in the team, adding the team is united; however, the flop performance of team is beyond understanding.
    Ejaz Butt said the team is playing test series after a long period, therefore, its performance is not up to mark; however, he hoped that team will soon catch up the rhythm.

    He said it is quite amazing that Pakistan hit 285 runs with one wicket down and then the whole team return to pavilion on just 320 runs.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 8:35 PM

    Like Mike Gatting’s reverse sweep, like Misbah ul Haq’s paddle sweep, like Kevin Pietersen’s reverse sweep, Younus Khan will also be haunted by the reverse sweep he played yesterday which lead to a downfall of the team, just 9 wickets fell in 35 runs.

    During Imran Khan’s time Pakistan used to beat Sri Lanka in similar fashion. But, now it is Pakistan’s turn under Younus Khan that 8-9 wickets fall within 30-40 runs, it has become a habit. Like, the West Indies Team getting all out from 170 for 1 to 202 all out after Gayle’s departure.

    I agree with Awas that the absence of mercurial Shahid Afridi is being felt more than ever and he is a great motivator while fielding and bowling. In test matches his batting average is better than Shoaib Malik (35) and Abdul Razzaq (28) and Afridi’s own is 37. He has 5 test hundreds as opposed to Maliks one and only. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to call him for the third test if he is fit and ready to join the team early.

    Ijaz Butt
    is now saying “the flop performance of team is beyond understanding.” When they lost the first test he was defending with some stupid reasoning that we played 5 sessions very well and played one badly and lost. WTF? Who cares about sessions? The bottom line is victory or defeat. Besides, that first test defeat was also very pathetic that they were 72 for 1 and 117 all out, 9 wickets in 45 runs, they couldn’t make 168 runs. This time 9 wickets in 35 runs, good going!

  42. #42 by Sana on July 14, 2009 - 8:35 PM

    I agree, Slumdog was a great film, portrayed by a great director from the great City of Manchester 😉

    Was getting sick of “india” being portrayed as some “glamour” country in Western media. Get real! That’s confined to a handful of the population.

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 14, 2009 - 8:41 PM

    LOL Sana, you don’t like Slumdog right? And, why did I not see that movie? That’s because I am not impressed by the media hype. There are better art movies made in India than the Slumdog Millionaire.

    It never crossed my mind that Charles marriage to Diana was an arranged one, so why are the Brits so surprised to hear that Indians and Pakistanis have arranged marriages? They never look into their own Royal Backyard. 😉

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 15, 2009 - 5:03 AM

    There is a new thread on the blog waiting for you to comment, please post your comments there. Thanks.

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