THREE MUSKETEERS CONSPIRING

Misbah Paddling

Misbah Paddling

Shoaib Malik Pack your bags and go home

Shoaib Malik Pack your bags and go home

Kamran you are too small to get into big conspiracies so don't get involved

Kamran you are too small to get into big conspiracies so don't get involved

Younis Khan’s team won the first T20 WC champions by defeating Sri Lanka in the final.  Then, suddenly they became the first team from Pakistan under his leadership to suffer a test series defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka.

There are rumours of conspiracy theories creeping up, whatever the reasons or rumours that may be spreading, Pakistan has proved to be one of the most unpredictable teams in world cricket who can self-destruct from a winning position to a losing one.

People say you can expect anything from Pakistan, they are the most unpredictable team in the world. Unpredictability alone is not the issue, there are some unexplainable questions like, no one knows how Fawad Alam on his debut can play the Sri Lankan bowlers with ease and scored a masterly 168 with such ease and without any stress. Whereas, the most experienced middle order couldn’t even reach double figures.  It seems like they did not want to score any runs and get out as soon as possible was it a deliberate ruse or was it really so difficult to play?  If it was difficult for them why was it so easy for Fawad Alam?

The way Shoaib Malik scored a six and got clean bowled the next ball is a proof that he wasn’t interested in securing the match. Neither Misbah nor, Akmal did anything to add a few runs to the total neither the Captain has any explanation to this pathetic batting displayed by his batsmen in both the test matches.

The captain, the coach, the selectors and the PCB Chairman they all came up with some stupid notion that Pakistan has not played much of test cricket. Earlier in the T20 WC when they lost the warm-up matches as well as the first round matches, they used the same template.  “Our team didn’t play much of international cricket and we are a bit rusty.” And, when they won the WC they used it as a dual edged sword.

It is really stupid to make such excuses especially when the senior batsmen simply throw away their wickets, it is not cricket it looks like there is something more than what meets the eye. The senior players simply didn’t show any responsibility and lack of test exposure or lack of international cricket has nothing to do with it and not only Younis Khan, but the entire Butt management knows the real reason. But, they are not willing to accept it and not willing to make any changes.

Some of the viewers and TV media sports critics are blaming Younus Khan for the reverse sweep that he played and got out.  Agreed that was a very stupid and unwanted shot.  But, he made 83 runs and was involved in a partnership of 200 runs with Fawad Alam.  But, what about the rest of the players? Three of the team’s senior batsmen did not do anything in this series so far.  Mohammad Yousuf has made a century but what about others?

The former captain Shoaib Malik, who self proclaims that he is Pakistan’s best all-rounder, he is playing international cricket for ten years and still he cannot decide at what number he can bat?  In 4 innings Shoaib Malik has scored 83 runs 39 n.o. being the highest which helped his average reaching at 27.66 still it is lower than his career average of 35.73.  His supporters are saying that he got out on a peach of a ball.  What a load of BS.  A good player is not supposed to get out on a peach of a ball. Although it was not a good ball, but just a straighter one and he missed it completely.  If he is such a good player he should not have played such a stupid shot.  A six and then clean bowled.  That was not what the Doctor Ordered.

Misbah-ul-Haq or,  Mis fit ul Haq in the test team yet he is the vice captain, has a career test aggregate of 779 runs in 14 test matches with an average of 37 runs.  And, in the last two tests or in 4 innings he scored only 66 runs at an average of 16.50.  What has happened to him? Is he just like this from the beginning? Or, he has become so lethargic and indifferent lately?  Because the moments of sporadic brilliance do not have any consistency in his game which makes him a very mediocre player.  His game is more like a swinging yo-yo. He is definitely not a finisher but, a loser.

Kamran Akmal is displaying the worst batting performance in Sri Lanka. He managed only 29 runs from four innings in the series at an average of only 12.25. He has a much better career average of  33.09 but, it seems like he has unduly dragged himself  as a part of the conspiracy. He should better get out of this triangle because he is a square peg in a round hole.

The below-par performance of the Three Musketeers has sparked rumours that they are not happy with the captain and also with other members of the team because Shoaib Malik was stripped off his captaincy and to avenge this, they are creating groups.

These conspiracy theories are not new, but this time it is getting so obvious that even a dimwit dolt can make out that it is happening. Even the morale boosting win at the T20 WC in the UK has failed to unite the team which many people including Sarfaraz Nawaz, believes the team is bitterly divided and killing the team spirit.

Sarfraz Nawaz
is convinced that there are ‘groupings’ within the team with senior players like, Malik and Misbah unwilling to give their best under Younis Khan and they deserve an axe.

Even Inzamam-ul-Haq has raised similar fears.  He also said, that Younis Khan is not handling the situation very firmly and his happy and jovial attitude and light comments during the post match press conferences are not helping in erasing this menace and he needs to take a firm action and drop those players who are not performing.

It was expected a lot from Younus Khan that he is  “NO DUMMY CAPTAIN” and will stand up firmly to discipline the team because, it is definitely the job of the captain and the team management not only to discipline the team but, also to resolve these trivial issues and those who are trying to divide the team or create fractions and divisions in the team must be admonished, dropped and penalized.

It is about time that Malik and Misbah must be dropped from the third test and Kamran Akmal should be advised that he is getting a last chance, either he perform or join the culprits who are creating divisions and fractions in the team.  Sarfaraz Ahmad is waiting for his wings and eager to fly.  Fawad Alam has set a precedent that no matter how long you may suppress an individual you cannot kill the spirit and the desire to fly and a talent is never wasted for long.

The selectors were not willing to drop Salman Butt they made several excuses by saying:  “Yes, Fawad Alam is a very talented player an excellent fielder BUT, we do not have a spot for him in the team.” The moment he replaced Salman Butt, it is all history now.

Why is it Malik and Misbah not questioned for their pathetic performance? Are they above the law or like someone said, are they sacred cows? If they don’t perform they must be dropped. Like I have said in the previous thread that, Faisal Iqbal and Abdul Razzaq can fill in their spots and these two defeats should be considered as an opportunity to bring about the desired changes.

If Pakistan needs to build a team for the test, they have to take these decisions and formulate a plan and a strategy to make sure that such shameful defeats may not happen again, especially when they visit Australia and New Zealand in the near future.

No one expects Pakistan to be the world champions of T20 (which they are) ODI and also number one test team in the world. But, they expect them to fight till the end. The team’s morale is such that they do not show any fighting spirit at all. Until and unless these changes are not made, others will not pay any heed in improving their standards.

Winning the T20 WC was no fluke, the team played the finals in the last WC and won this time. It was a good start to win the cup after the political crisis and the social boycott they got because of the security aspect. But, this test series defeat has left a big stain on the face of those who proclaim that they are the best all-rounders and best batsmen in Pakistan, it is more like a stigma and a taboo for them after this shameful defeat.  But, there are other players who played well and they deserve the respect, praise and accolades and they must be encouraged.  Hence, the team needs to move ahead and move on just like Fawad Alam did.  He shone brilliantly like a star in the dark night while others around him were dwindling and fading away.

Fawad Alam is a shining example for those who thought that, “Alam tou sirf Dam-e-Khayaal hai.” And it is for this reason Ghalib has said:

Hasti kay faraib may mutt ajaiyo Asad

Alam tamam dam-e-khayaal hai.

 

Fawad Alam The Shining Star

Fawad Alam The Shining Star

 

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 15, 2009 - 5:01 AM

    The shameful second consecutive defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka without their two ace bowlers Salinga Malinga and Murali, Pakistan displayed pathetic batting performance especially from the senior middle order batsmen. The defeat has sparked rumours that there is grouping in the team, in fact most senior cricketers believe that it is a fact and not just rumours.

    It is for our bloggers to comment and say for or against the rumours and substantiate their claims.

    The thread is written not just to pin point or highlight the facts but, also to make a move that it is about time to make wholesale changes in the team. Some senior players needs thinking chairs and thinking hats and some needs one way ticket to home.

  2. #2 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 10:03 AM

    Qadir calls for Coach/Manager reports on Malik to be made public

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    “I said this before and I reiterate that the coach and manager’s reports of this Sri Lanka tour should be made public. Had the UAE series report been made public, things would have been sorted out by now.”

    “When I resigned as chief selector, I am on record as saying that Shoaib Malik should be punished for letting captain Younis Khan down and I maintain that there is factionalism in the team,” Qadir told AFP. “What I said was on the basis of what I saw during the series against Australia in UAE two months ago and I said that seniors were not co-operating with Younis.

  3. #3 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 10:04 AM

    Wasim Akram to coach Delhi for Rs 75,000 per day

    New Delhi: The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has all but inked a deal with legendary pace bowler Wasim Akram as a coach for the upcoming season. Though his media and other commitments will not allow the former Pakistan skipper to be with the team through the season, he is expected to spend substantial time honing the skills of players.

    The DDCA officials would like him to be called a coach rather than a consultant. “He will be a coach and we expect him to be with the team for 10 or 12 days during a camp before the season, to begin with,” said DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev. “His vast experience will benefit all the players, not just pace bowlers,” he added.

    Akram had been associated with the DDCA last year too, when he held a two-day clinic for upcoming pace bowlers as part of a joint venture with a cricket academy. The name of Jonty Rhodes was also doing the rounds for the job, but sources say the South African was proving to be an expensive proposition at almost Rs. one lakh per day. Akram is reportedly being roped in for Rs. 75,000 per day.

    Officials felt that Rhodes’s expertise was in fielding and Akram being a better rounded player during his heyday and his bigger achievements in international cricket made the choice easy. The DDCA is also believed to be keen to get on board former India players Gundappa Viswanath and Shivlal Yadav as consultants.

  4. #4 by Mohammed Munir on July 15, 2009 - 10:26 AM

    Javed Khan …

    A fantastic new thread and very open, frank and in-your-face opinion. You have surely hit the nail right on it’s head and correctly named the actual three responsibles. The problem have been that all our ex-players, commentators, journalists, and cricketing greats knew very well that these three guys are the main culprits (more so Malik and Mishab) but they were all beating-around-the-bushes and each one of them was falling short of naming them openly, which you have done now.

    Braveo and Thank you for naming them.

  5. #5 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 10:32 AM

    Javed A Khan has put everything in perspective and informed us about everything that happened from the T20 to this embarrassing defeat against Sri Lanka, which is not a top 3 team.

    In today’s Jang, there is a report that mentions 3 key points, which are actually the basis of this current thread:

    1) The sudden dip in form of Malik, Misbah and Akmal and their apparent lack of commitment

    2) The reports of factionalism in the team

    3) The article questions why it took the management so long to play Fawad Alam

    Yesterday I was watching a programme in which many angry fans demanded Malik and Misbah to be axed, and to be replaced by Razzaq and Faisal Iqbal. I saw another programme in which the presenter said, “Younas Khan ki reverse sweep ki waja sey Pakastan jeeta jataya match haar gaya”. I think this is an absurd statement, because Younis played a good knock and he played his part. Younis getting out on unconventional, silly strokes is nothing new, but the point is that he made 80 odd and it was a good innings considering the pressure the team was under and also considering that Younis looked out of form in the first Test.
    Malik and Misbah were definitely to blame. If Malik was a good batsman, he would have defended that “peach of a ball” that he faced, even if it can be called a peach of a ball. So what if it might have been a good delivery? How many good deliveries must Alam and Younis have faced in their knocks? This is no excuse. In fact Malik’s approach of hitting a six so early in his knock must be criticised- it was not Test match technique. Even Afridi does not do that anymore, plus it would either suit someone like Afridi who is a powerful striker of the ball or it would suit batsmen like Younis, Sangakarra or Jayawardene. It does not suit Malik.
    Similarly, Misbah might have been unlucky to be given out, but what is the guarantee he would have survived for long? He was playing so nervously, he looked totally out of form and seemed like he did not want to come out and bat.

    On a different blog many fans are now saying that Malik and Misbah will make 50s in the 3rd Test, because their positions are on the line. I totally agree with Javed A Khan that if Fawad Alam can open under pressure and play a good knock, so could have Malik and Misbah. To me it seems Pakistan team is predictable after all. It seems Malik, Misbah and Akmal keep scoring between 0-40 and when they are criticised for poor performance, they make a 50 or a 100. I used to say this about Younis Khan, but Younis has had the same type of technique ever seen he would bat at no 3. He plays a lot of silly shots, sometimes he gets lucky, sometimes he doesn’t. But there is definitely a pattern to Malik and Misbah’s batting. They should be dropped asap.

  6. #6 by Mohammed Munir on July 15, 2009 - 10:39 AM

    Awas …

    You asked me in the previous thread, 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

    At least I am right in being angry … right? So now you select, on whom should I be angry among this team, if not Younis?

    Secondly, I agree if Younis was an Indian they would have made a deity of him after winning the T20 cup, but trust me after these humiliating losses in two Tests and disgraceful batting collapses the same Indian peoples would have made Younis a dog, stoned his house, threaten to kill him, blamed him for match-fixing, cancelled his advertising contracts and much much more.

    Indian public would have responded much more severely and harshly, had he done what he have been doing as a Pakistani Captain.

    Still on Younis …

    During his latest interview, Younis Khan said:

    “Give this team some time, don’t point fingers too early. It will be very easy for me too to blame particular players, even myself. But the reality is, we haven’t been playing any Test cricket. It’s very easy for me to give up, to say I can’t captain this team. But somebody will have to stand up and fix the situation”.

    This is why I have been blaming him all along, still he is talking about leaving the Captaincy and he is a thankless fellow who have got what he did not desired that much or deserved. He got this Captaincy thrown at him a bit too easily and that is why every now and then he keeps repeating that I can leave the Captaincy. This rumor also surfaced after our defeat in Pakistan-Australia series in Dubai and now again, he is saying the same thing.

    Trust me, he is a CHICKEN, and does not deserve what he got, because rather then being proud and responsible as a Captain he keeps implying that “I don’t need it, can anyone take it” attitude. He suggests that as if he is doing a very big favour to PCB, Pakistani fans, and entire nation by accepting the Captaincy of our National Team.

  7. #7 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 11:06 AM

    ‘Captain stays, boys need time to adjust to Test cricket’ – Ijaz Butt

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    LAHORE: Although Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has expressed his disappointment over Pakistan’s losing the Test series to Sri Lanka, he has denied that there could have been any grouping in the team.

    Pakistan on Tuesday lost the second Test by seven wickets in Colombo as the hosts took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three Test match series.

    Pakistan lost the first Test in Galle by 50 runs, after a batting collapse, as Sri Lanka managed to win the series for the first time at home against Pakistan.

    ‘Pakistan were playing well on the third day and at 285-one they were in a position to dictate terms as well but there was a batting collapse again as all were out quickly,’ Ijaz said.

    Pakistan were all out for 320 in the second innings after collapsing from 285-one to set the winning target of 171 for Sri Lanka, after deducting the 150 runs lead of the first innings.

    But when critics and fans expressed their opinion about there being some kind of a grouping in the team, Ijaz said that it was all utter rubbish.

    There cannot be any chance of grouping in the team as I believe the captain has very good relations with senior players like Misbah-ul-Haq,’ he said.

    Ijaz also came in support of captain Younus Khan by saying he had no intention of replacing the skipper whom he wanted to continue leading the team.

    ‘First of all it is not a joke to change captains again and again and furthermore Younus is doing quite well. I think as our players are playing Test cricket after a long layoff, they will take some time to come back to this form of cricket,’ he said.

    ‘We were playing Test cricket against Sri Lanka in Pakistan after a long time in April but incidentally the short two-Test match series could not be completed [due to the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore], and after that it is only now that we are playing Test cricket,’ he said.

    ‘We were almost in a position to win the first Test in Galle but lost which proved that the boys need some time to adjust themselves to this form of cricket,’ he said.

    To another question he said he could not pinpoint any reason for the defeat as he would be waiting for the coach and manager’s reports before doing that.

    Meanwhile, commenting on the big seven-member national selection committee, which he announced on Monday, he said that it was done as the committee would have to select all the senior as well as junior teams in future.

    ‘The previous junior selection committee had no work at all as it did not pick even one national team in nine months. But now they have plenty of work to do. All will remain busy doing something,’ he opined.
    He also said that no selector with double jobs would be getting a monthly salary from the PCB.

    He added that while chairman selection committee Iqbal Qasim would not get any pay a co-opt member Asif Baloch has also expressed his will for a free of cost job. It may be mentioned here that Asif is a Customs department employee.

    However, Saleem Jaffer and Mohammad Ilyas would continue to get salaries like the newly-inducted Azhar Khan. The same was the case with another co-opt member Farrukh Zaman, he concluded.

  8. #8 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 11:09 AM

    Former Pak cricketers blame poor team spirit for defeat against Sri Lanka

    Karachi, July 15 (ANI): Former Pakistan cricketers have blamed poor team spirit for the team’s defeat to Sri Lanka in the ColomboTest.

    The Pakistan batting order collapsed like a house of cards in the second innings of the second Test match on Tuesday resulting in a seven wicket loss.

    Pakistan was 285 for one on day three, but crumpled to 320 all out thanks to some irresponsible shots by middle order batsmen and disciplined bowling by Lankan bowlers.

    The defeat helped Sri Lanka gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.

    Former leg-spinner and chief selector, Abdul Qadir said factionalism and poor team spirit were responsible for the team’s meek surrender before an ordinary Sri Lankan bowling line-up.

    “When I resigned as chief selector, I am on record as saying that Shoaib Malik should be punished for letting captain Younus Khan down and I maintain that there is factionalism in the team,” said Qadir.

    He said there is a wide crack between the senior and junior players of the team, and juniors were not co-operating with captain Younis Khan.

    Former pacer, Sarfaraz Nawaz also criticised Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq for their unsporting attitude.
    “Malik, along with four senior players, is doing politics. Misbah-ul-Haq should be excluded from the team as he has failed and should be replaced by new players,” The News quoted Nawaz, as saying.

    Terming Younis Khan as a “failed captain”, he said Khan should be sacked.

    “Younus doesn’t have leadership qualities.If a captain is not able to handle his players’ batting failures and comes out with lame excuses of playing less Test cricket, he doesn’t have the qualities of a good captain,” said Nawaz.

    Inzamam-ul-Haq also blamed the captain for the team’s poor show.

    “The situation in the team is not good. I can smell factionalism within the team and Younus is not doing his best to keep the team united, and that does not augur well for our cricket,” said Haq, one of the most successful captains of Pakistan cricket team.

  9. #9 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 11:21 AM

    Awas/Theossa

    What Younis is saying about Pakistan being rusty due to not playing Test cricket is ridiculous.

    In the past teams used to play 5 Tests a year- that didn’t mean they become rusty. Fawad has never opened in his life- why didn’t he feel rusty? And why did Younis manage 87 and how did Yousuf manage a century in the 1st Test?

    These are just silly theories created by the management to bring about an excuse. You have to give credit where it is due and you also have to criticise when criticism is due. Younis is just making a fool out of himself by saying Pakistan is failing because of lack of Test cricket.

    This is the 4th Test I think they are playing against Sri Lanka in 5 months. What rustiness are they talking about?

  10. #10 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 11:30 AM

    NA body issues arrest warrant of PCB chief

    ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports issued a bailable arrest warrant against Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt for not attending the meeting for the second consecutive time on Tuesday.
    The Committee which met here at the Assembly Secretariat under the chairmanship of Jamshed Khan Dasti also formed a five-member sub-committee to scrutinise the troubled affairs of the PCB.

    The NA body has summoned Pakistan Hockey Federation’s secretary Asif Bajwa and controversial former goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmad over his (Mansoor’s) recent allegations of human trafficking against the federation.

    The committee has asked the director general of the Federal Investigation Agency Tariq Khosa to appear in the next meeting to take up the issue of alleged human trafficking by national sports federations and associations.

    The NA body has also warned Interior Minister Rehman Malik, federal interior secretary Syed Kamal Shah, Punjab Police IG Tariq Saleem, Punjab Home Secretary Nadeem Hasan Asif, Lahore CCPO Pervaiz Rathore that their failure to appear in the next meeting would lead to their suspension.

    The committee has also agreed for an in-camera briefing on the four-year audit report of the PCB from Auditor General of Pakistan and the Sports Ministry.

    Former Test cricketer and chief selector Abdul Qadir informed the committee that he was removed from the job due to his complete support to a fully fit fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.
    The committee also recommended a permanent monthly stipend for renowned wrestler Bashir Bhola Bhala.

    Regarding the absence of PCB chairman, Dasti remarked, ‘If he [Ijaz Butt] is in Pakistan he should have been here. The nation has high hopes from us.’

    Later, the members unanimously passed the resolution to issue the bailable arrest warrant of Ijaz Butt.

    Commenting on Lahore High Court’s judicial investigation report, Dasti said, ‘The committee is being influenced by several top political and government circles to give some relief to the officials involved in the negligence. There will be ‘no respite’ for anyone guilty of negligence while performing his duty to protect the Sri Lankan team.’

    Meanwhile, Abdul Qadir blamed Coach Intikhab Alam and Manager Yawar Saeed for their deliberate involvement in scratching the name of the ‘fully fit’ fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar from the final list of World Twenty20 squad.

    Qadir pointed out, ‘Shoaib was 100 per cent fit and was bowling at the pace of 149 km/h. I can’t find any logic why he was excluded from the squad.’

    He added, ‘The selection committee was never independent. Interfering in the selection process was a clear violation of my contract.

    ‘Even the 30 central contracted players were named by the chairman without consulting the selection committee.’

    PCB chief operating officer Saleem Altaf failed to defend the board or give any logical reasons for Qadir’s outburst.

    The secretary in charge of sports Anis-ul-Husnain Moosvi faced tough grilling from the committee members who criticised the ministry for curtailing the special audit report 2004-08 of the PCB.

    ‘I know the circles which forced the ministry and audit department to settle audit paras against Shafqat Naghmi and the previous management of the PCB,’ said Saud Majeed, a PML (N) legislator.

    A legislator from the MQM, Syed Tayyab Hussain, said, ‘Ijaz Butt has shown nepotism and appointed his brother-in-law Mohammad Naeem as PCB’s chief financial officer.’

  11. #11 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 11:38 AM

    Yesterday Sarfraz Nawaz gave an interview which contained damning revelations:

    He said that Misbah and Younis had an argument in that match in the T20 Cup when Misbah made 21 from 28 balls. Younis accused him of playing selfishly, and Misbah was upset at the accusation. Then Younis told him that if he doesn’t improve his game he will sack Misbah from the team.

    After that Misbah consulted Malik, and then they created a group with Akmal also backing them.

    Sarfraz said that thankfully Fawad is not in any group, otherwise he would have not been played in this Test.

    When Younis was asked about his relationship with Misbah after the T20 Cup, he said that he has no problem with Misbah. But he also said that sometimes people make stories because of who you spend more time with. He said that people prefer meeting those people who have something in common with them. He also said that, he tends to spend more time with players who are always working out and who are found in gyms and swimming pools.

    Perhaps it comes as no surprise that reportedly, the fittest people in the team are Younis, Afridi, Gul and Fawad Alam. (i.e they are the ones who spend most time working out)

  12. #12 by Awas on July 15, 2009 - 11:53 AM

    khansahab

    “I saw another programme in which the presenter said, “Younas Khan ki reverse sweep ki waja sey Pakastan jeeta jataya match haar gaya”. I think this is an absurd statement,

    We all must have read the article on Cricinfo headed: Younis rues his moment of madness.”

    And this is what Younus said in it:

    “Yes [it’s replaying in my head]. I am still thinking if I hadn’t played that shot, we would have been in a completely different situation,” Younis said after Pakistan squandered all the hard work over the last two days.

    We all know which players really were disgraceful but if Younus himself is ruing what could have happened if he had stayed longer then when other people hear such comments then the statement like what the presenter made doesn’t seem that “absurd” in that context.

  13. #13 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 1:28 PM

    Awas

    I get your point, but looking at the context of the match, if Younis had made 200 he would still be saying the same thing- because after him no one else performed.

    When Misbah played a couple of stupid shots in the T20 WC 2007, the criticism he received was subdued because he had already played sensibly before playing those stupid shots and had made a few runs. If he had played those shots when he was on 10 or 15 or 20, then he would have received much more criticism.

    I think it’s a petty point perhaps, but the main culprits are Malik and Misbah and that presenter should not have blamed Younis but blamed the ones who are not just playing badly, but they are also conspiring by playing politics.

    The situation is serious and people have to realise that players like Malik and Misbah are rotting the middle order. Pakistan has no strength in pace, no strength in fielding, no strength in opening and because of these two there is also no strength in the middle order. After the departure of Inzamam many people asked why the Test team looks weak and unprofessional. Now we know the answer- it is Malik and Misbah’s presence.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 15, 2009 - 1:37 PM

    Wasim Akram to coach Delhi for Rs 75,000 per day

    Why am I not surprised? And, Wasim Akram is the most loyal, patriotic, Pakistani and the whole nation is proud of him for doing this.

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 15, 2009 - 2:28 PM

    The point I had mentioned in the previous thread quoting examples of Mike Gatting‘s famous reverse sweep that resulted in his downfall, Misbah ul Haq’s paddle shot in the 2007 T20 WC and Kevin Pietersen’s reverse sweep in the first test and now Younus Khan’s reverse sweep in this match against Sri Lanka. These are instances that players except for Misbah (he never said he is sorry for playing that silly shot and he keeps repeating those shots) feel sorry after playing those shots and Younus Khan has admitted his mistake this time and feels sorry.

    The point that khansahab is trying to highlight is, it is not Younus’s shot that caused the downfall of Pakistan’s innings. Because, unlike Misbah’s shot where the innings ended and the match was lost. Here, 8 more batsmen got out after that shot and that too within 35 runs. So, who is to be blamed? Obviously the Styrofoam Strong Middle Order of Pakistan Team and who else?

    In my opinion it was a deliberate, orchestrated move by Malik, Misbah and Akmal to get out fast without adding much to the total. If the selectors and management are blind then it is another matter, but the fact is they are not and by denying this conspiracy is like placing an obstacle to justice then, they too are a part of this scheme and must be punished.

    Like I said, if you were watching the match any dimwit dolt would have noticed that the trio was not interested in adding runs to the total, they wanted to get out cheaply. Malik’s six and next ball bowled is so obvious. This is how they used to play during Wasim Akram’s time when he used to fix the matches. The only difference between that time and this time is, now its not the money but the motive and intent is different and it is not the captain who is asking the players to get out cheaply but a group that has been formed within the team lead by M&M.

    I don’t doubt Younus Khan’s integrity even for a moment, my complain here is, he is too soft with his senior players and do not have the guts to sack them. He kept Fawad Alam out as long as the other forces (coach, manager and selectors) were beyond his control and reportedly he tried to please and calm down Fawad Alam by telling him, you will get a chance soon. It was Salman Butt’s repeated failures that silenced his supporters and Alam got a chance. I still don’t know the logic of sending him as an opener. But, he played so well that no one can raise a finger at him now.

    Malik and Misbah’s odd 30-40-50’s has made them “A Keep” in the team. The question is, “who is screwing the keeps and how the keeps are screwing the team” ?

    The wholesale changes in the team should start from the TOP i.e., from the PCB and the first to go must be Ijaz’s Butt. He is one stinking Butt who knows nothing about cricket or management and he is not aware of what he is saying or what he is doing or what he wants to do. No wonder a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 15, 2009 - 3:31 PM

    Munir

    The purpose of this thread is a part of the process that needs to create ripple effects in the cricketing circles. I am not saying that the entire PCB management, the selectors or the players read our blog. But, when you air such sentiments boldly on the Internet, they do fly and go places. People read and talk about, people copy paste and email them to friends or send URL’s to others and ask them to read what they thought and felt has been translated in words by someone like us and, we never hesitate in calling a spade, a spade.

    We don’t sugarcoat our words here like other more reputable blogs, where they are bound by their laws and the reputation to remain neutral and rational. Where they don’t give the due to the deserving like Fawad Alam. On PakSpin, just one sentence was used to praise Fawad Alam and no mention of any names for poor and foul play by the seniors. Whereas, the bloggers and readers have thrashed out Misbah, Malik and Akmal’s attitude and their performance and are demanding not only to axe them but, send them back home for such shameful acts.

    One stinking fish is enough to rot the pond, there are three and are trying to infect even more, before it is too late they have to throw them out and that is the only cure at the moment.

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 15, 2009 - 3:45 PM

    khansahab

    Thanks for quoting Misbah’s test stats on the blog. So, that people can see how great he is or how shallow his performance is in test cricket. Even in ODI’s and T20, he is banking on the past glories, where he built it and ruined it. Hence he is not a finisher who can be called as a match winner or a player who plays under crisis.

    After the 2007 T20 WC the PCB management decided to shower praise, accolades and benefits by sympathizing with him that he did not get enough chances when he was young. At 35 now which is the fag end of his cricket career, he has been made Vice Captain of the team, he got “A” category contract. And, irrespective of his performances, he is in the team. Some even consider him as a natural (Kudartee) replacement of Inzamam ul Haq i.e., because of the common last name.

    There is no comparison, you cannot match Misbah with Inzamam, it will be an insult for the humble giant Inzi. Inzamam was a finisher and a crisis man, whenever he arrived at the crease he took control of the crisis and changed the scenario from crisis to a more favourable, comfortable position. And, whenever he scored a century (most times) Pakistan has won that match.

    Secondly, Inzamam is a very honest, sincere and dedicated team player and he never took part in politics although he used his own Tableeghi tactics in motivating the players to which most people including myself do not agree, yet he was a successful captain and a much better player than any of these players at the moment. Only Mohammad Yousuf can be compared in terms of batting but, Inzi’s winning records and batting under stress and crisis are unmatchable.

  18. #18 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 4:47 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Jang report:

    After getting humilating defeat against Sri Lanka in test series the temporary selection committee is contemplating couple of changes for ODI series. According to informed sources for the 5 ODIs and one T20 Internationals, all rounder Shahid Afridi, opener Nasir Jamshed, opener Imran Nazir and fast bowler Rana Naveedul Hasan will definitely be back while it will be hard for openers Ahmad Shezad and Shahzaib Hasan from T20 Worldcup campions team to come back. From the test series team Salman Butt, Khurram Manzoor, Danish Kaneria and Abdul Rauf will be dropped.

    Malik and Misbah escape punishment yet again……

  19. #19 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 5:10 PM

    Younus not to press panic button
    Pakistan captain Younus Khan hinted he was not willing to press the panic button after the Test series defeat in Sri Lanka.

    But he admitted if seniors don’t perform well then it would be difficult retaining their places in the side.

    The skipper also dismissed claims of groupism in the team, which former players believed led to Pakistan’s series defeat in Sri Lanka.

    “The impression about differences in the team are not right. We lost the Tests because of poor batting. It is just that our batting didn’t click when required the most and I think lack of Test exposure in recent months is the real reason for this,” Younus said.

    He said it would be unfair chopping and changing players following the defeat.

    “I can’t drop four or five players in one go. From where will I get their replacement. But yes it is a fact that if senior players including myself don’t perform then we will not be able to retain our places for long,” Younus added.

    If I drop my vice-captain Misbah-ul Haq, people will say look Younus has done injustice with Misbah. If I drop Shoaib Malik people will say I have done this to settle some old score.”

    Younus said he has faith in the team which has lot of talented players.

    Younus also said the team needed time to re-adjust to Test cricket as playing Twenty20 and Tests were totally different things.

    “That is why I think people must realise that this is the real cricket. Test is a challenge and unfortunately our batting didn’t click.

    “In both Tests if we had scored some more runs the results could have been different, but that’s how it works.”

    Younus said Pakistan had got very little international exposure in the last 18 months compared to other teams and that is why it was struggling in the longer form of the game.

    “I think the senior players have to put their hands up and take responsibility. The onus is on us to show the way to the others.”

    The Pakistan captain also praised debutant Fawad Alam who scored a century in the second Test and said he was impressed by the youngster’s commitment and courage.

    I asked him if he would open the innings and he put his hands up and that’s what makes a team player,” he said.

    ——————————————————————————————–

    So we can see that Younis is not dropping Malik and Misbah. Also, he has said that if he drops Malik people will say that Younis wants to settle some old score. What does he mean by that? Isn’t that certifying that there is politics in the team?

  20. #20 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 6:05 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    According to reliable sources, the following has been happening/happened during and just before the 2nd Test:

    – Malik was asked to open by Younis. Malik refused.

    – Younis wanted to drop Malik for not listening. Intikhab Alam told Younis he will not let Younis drop Malik.

    – Malik and Misbah were present in every team meeting. A few times there were heated arguments and Younis walked out of meetings.

    – Malik and Misbah, along with Akmal and one unnamed player (thought to be either Razzaq or Butt) are trying to oust Younis Khan from the team.

    – Yawar Saeed is a close friend of Ijaz Butt and is backing Intikhab Alam on every issue.

    – Younis has realised there is a group against him. He has confirmed that he will not relinquish captaincy. Younis wants to take everyone forward but this group is not letting him.

  21. #21 by Awas on July 15, 2009 - 6:45 PM

    Javed

    I think he should NOT resign but, he should address this issue in the press conference and this is the time to strike when the iron is hot”.

    I don’t think that is how Younus should go about it as it would be deemed to be against the Code of Conduct and his contract. That only happens once you are out of job like Qadir did.

    We want Younus in not out.

  22. #22 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 8:42 PM

    Awas

    Yes, agreed it will be against the Code of Conduct. Best thing to do is assert his authority and continue with these arguments, showing others that he will not flinch. Once either one of Misbah or Malik goes, then it will be relatively easier to get rid of the other.

    Misbah has turned out to be a very bad find for Pakistan. On a permanent basis I would recommend using Saeed Bin Nasir in the middle order along with Afridi. As I said earlier, depending on conditions Fawad Alam and Afridi can replace each other in the batting order, on the assumption that Fawad is opening.

    Asim Kamal is another one who can be in contention, although Bin Nasir has a better domestic reputation. He has played over a 100 first class matches, he is quite experienced and highly regarded. Another one is Umar Akmal, Kamran’s brother who is in good form. The only problem with him is that he lacks consistency.

  23. #23 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 10:32 PM

    It seems the golden rule should now be to select individuals who show mental strength and ability to fight, not necessarily those that have a label of “specialist”.

    Saeed Anwar was a middle order batsman before he became an opener. And what a good opener he was. Although he was not great against Australia and South Africa, he was so good against other teams that you didn’t care about his weaknesses.

    I stopped talking about Asim Kamal once his consistency fell in domestic cricket, but he appeared to make consistent contributions when he played under Inzamam. Perhaps the time has come for him to make his return.

    I think the following should apply to Tests:

    Openers: Fawad Alam, Afridi, any other opener with a good defence (perhaps Shahzad)

    Middle order: Younis Khan (class/big centuries when needed), Yousuf (class and consistency), Fawad Alam (fighting ability), Afridi (quick scoring when needed, strike rotation), Akmal (or any keeper- at the moment Akmal has not done too badly to be removed from the team)

    Lower order: genuine fast bowlers. A good combination is 2 express fast bowlers and 1 good reverse swing bowler (Sohail Khan, Mohd Aamer and Umar Gul seems like a good trio- if Sohail Khan has problems with action then there are others like Talha, Wahab Riaz, Samiullah Niazi)

    I hope Legslip can contribute in changing team selection. The emergence of Fawad Alam has a dependable and committed batsman has eased so many tensions. All of a sudden the following XI looks competent to make a consistent impression:

    Opener 1
    Fawad
    Younis
    Yousuf
    Asim Kamal/Saeed Bin Nasir/
    Afridi
    Akmal
    Gul
    Sohail Khan
    Aamer
    Ajmal/Kaneria

    It is so much better to have Afridi at no 6. It seems he can score 30 runs and take wickets. There is no need now to worry about playing both Ajmal and Kaneria- either 1 of them and Afridi will do the job. Similarly, Fawad will do a better job than any other specialist opener for Pakistan. I also stress the need to have 2 good fast bowlers and 1 good fast bowler who can use reverse swing. No need for medium pacers like Rauf and Razzaq in Test cricket.

  24. #24 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 10:44 PM

    Omer

    I think Younis Khan and Yousuf have developed in the past 10 years. Yousuf was super when he started but Younis has definitely improved substantially.

    Also, I don’t see the point of mentioning Hafeez. He is captaining Pakistan A at the moment and he is far away from selection. Neither has his domestic form been good enough to warrant selection.

    I also don’t want Rana playing ODI’s but he has impressed in county cricket, so he has a chance.

    Pakistan should forget Asif, Akhtar, Rana etc and give more chances to people like Sohail Khan who have shown something special at domestic level. They need to keep giving exposure to guys like Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz. I know Riaz didn’t do anything special last time he played ODI’s, but the lad has been bowling with pace and aggression at domestic level. Might as well give him a chance. Although it seems Pakistan will be more than happy to let Gul, Aamer and Razzaq be the pacers.
    I mentioned Asif and Akhtar because Butt is trying to get them back.

    Ajmal, Gul, Aamer, Razzaq, Afridi and Malik will be Pakistan’s bowlers in ODI’s.

  25. #25 by khansahab on July 15, 2009 - 10:50 PM

    Captain Younis Khan is clueless in Colombo

    KARACHI: Younis Khan appeared to be a helpless man in a television interview on Wednesday as he tried to make it clear that it’s not his fault if some of the Pakistani players are not performing well in Sri Lanka.

    In an exclusive interview with Geo News in Colombo, Younis said that as Pakistan captain he inherited players like former skipper Shoaib Malik, current vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Salman Butt, adding that it’s up to the country’s cricket authorities to decide whether these cricketers should be allowed to continue in spite of a string of poor outings in Sri Lanka.

    “I just inherited these players,” he said. “I mean what can I do if players like Shoaib Malik and Misbah are failing regularly. If I just throw them out of the team, the whole of Pakistan will start talking that I’ve got rid of them. It is up to the authorities to decide what should be done about it,” he added.
    Younis was speaking after his team crashed to a second successive Test defeat on the tour of Sri Lanka on Tuesday, a result which meant that Pakistan lost a series there for the first time in history.

    Senior players like Malik, Misbah and Kamran Akmal were among the biggest flops, raising question marks over their commitment towards the team. There were even accusations from some former Test cricketers that the senior players are intentionally under-performing in a bid to bring about Younis’s downfall.

    Younis, however, made it clear that if any player will not perform well he will only harm his own cause.

    “Take for example the case of Shoaib Malik. If he doesn’t perform in two or three more matches, he will have to go out.”

    Younis said that since taking over as captain in February this year, he has tried to pump in new blood in the team. But he made it clear that any move to discard too many senior players too quickly will prove to be counter-productive.

    “After the 2003 World Cup, the Board decided to drop almost all the senior players and that turned out to be a bad move,” he said referring to the changes made in the Pakistan team after it crashed to a first-round exit from the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

    “Similarly if we drop all the senior players, it would be hard to find good replacements right away.”

  26. #26 by khansahab on July 16, 2009 - 11:12 AM

    Younis Khan is sending mixed messages:

    1) On one hand, Pakistan is failing because of rustiness. On the other hand, he questions what he can do if Malik and Misbah are not performing.

    2) He says he can’t drop Malik and Misbah because he is afraid of the public reaction. But on the other hand, he has warned Malik that he has to perform.

    Being on the losing side is bad enough, but a captain who is not sure of what he is talking about, appears weak and the public loses confidence in him.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 16, 2009 - 12:39 PM

    Guys, please don’t talk about Abdul Hafiz and Rana Naveed, they are nothing players. If Rana has performed well in county cricket, let him play there. If Abdul Hafiz is OK in domestic or in leading Pakistan A, then let him be there. Both are bits and pieces players and they got enough chances to play for Pakistan and each time they played they failed.

    As regards Younus Khan’s reaction towards Malik and Misbah, he definitely appears weak in front of the media, he is scared of public reaction but, basically Younus is a weak and spineless captain. He doesn’t have the guts to drop either of them. He should remember that when he dropped Salman Butt in the T20 WC, Pakistan started performing well, he should have talked about it then using it as his strong point. Likewise, he should have talked here again that by dropping Salman Butt and including Fawad Alam has paid dividends in test too.

    Therefore, he should not be scared in dropping Malik and Misbah especially since they are failing like this. For them warning time is over. It is Kamran Akmal who needs a warning so that he gets alert. And, in the next test series Pakistan must included Sarfaraz Ahmad as a second wicketkeeper in the squad, that will keep Akmal on his toes.

    khansahab, public reaction and public sentiments change with a win, all they want to see is team winning or at least putting up a decent fight till the end and not submitting like a wuss.

    Awas, I understand what the consequences will be for Younus if he drops them or talk against the PCB administration at a press conference but, right now that is the only solution for him. He may be penalized but, he will get a lot of public support and once this administration is exposed and thrown out, he could easily become a hero. IMO, there is no other way for Younus Khan to redeem, these conspirators won’t allow him to succeed, they are trying their best to fail him, so if you are going down, the best way is to pull them down before you are knocked out. Anyways, that’s what I believe and that’s my personal opinion. I will try to explain my point in a fresh comment.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 16, 2009 - 1:05 PM

    Awas

    We all have witnessed the recently concluded T20 WC and from the beginning most of us were criticizing Younus Khan for poor captaincy didn’t we? Then, he made a few changes (dropping Butt, replacing Arafat and Rao with Aamer and bringing Afridi up in the batting order) himself, he improved his strike rate and played well and after winning the cup he announced his retirement from T20 cricket.

    1. He scored runs i.e., leading by example.
    2. He made changes, demonstrated flexibility in his approach.
    3. He realized that he achieved the goal so, its time to go out with respect, imo, he took a very good decision.

    I feel that it is for these few reasons public sentiments have changed in his favour so much so that some people are saying, Younus Khan shouldn’t have retired. (We don’t know if he comes back and play but, not as a captain, let us see, only time will tell)

    Similarly, here after losing this test series, he has nothing more to lose other than his pride and vanity and for that he shouldn’t care much and make changes now, lead by example by scoring big and by being firm in dealing with players. If he will do this there is a fairly good chance that the team will win the third test.

    Then, he can or rather he should make it public about the rift, grouping, conspiracy or whatever in the team and how Malik and Misbah used the coach and manager who were fiddling in team selection and poking their nose or, imposing their decisions that lead to the failure. And most importantly himself he must NOT announce his retirement or say he doesn’t want to captain anymore. Because, if he does that they will accept it immediately.

    He should leave the ball in their court and push them in to the corner, he will get tremendous public support for being courageous and bold. No one likes weak, meek and twits. They like their heroes to be bold and courageous.

    He must change his attitude when dealing with the media, he needs someone to tell him how to address a press conference because, he looks like a twit when he talks and I am sure in real life he is not like that. So why try to show a goody goody face to the public and look like a clown?

    He needs to put up a serious face or, a smile at the most if there is a need. But, there is no need to start answering a question with a giggle or a he, he, he, first and then blab out some irrelevant words.

  29. #29 by khansahab on July 16, 2009 - 8:44 PM

    Omer

    I think I said he was weak against Australia and South Africa. That could also be on Pakistani pitches. Anyhow, I am surprised he had a pretty good record in Australia. However like many subcontinental batsmen he failed against South Africa, averaging only 23.

    He was very vulnerable against swing. Most of his dismissals were catches in the slip and gully region. People often talk about that he amassed so many runs despite having a technical weakness against outswing.
    Although, I don’t want to taint his glorious career in any way. He was a great.

    Btw if you check his ODI record, his weakest performances are against the Aussies and the Proteas. He averages 24 against the former and 17 against the latter. Although this doesn’t prove a lot, because Test cricket shows your real worth and skill.

  30. #30 by khansahab on July 16, 2009 - 9:14 PM

    Omer

    I am agree with you.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 17, 2009 - 3:32 AM

    As regards Saeed Anwar, I have to share this with you guys. When Saeed Anwar used to play Australia’s captain Allan Border said in an interview: “We have a big problem containing Saeed Anwar in the first 15 overs because he plays over the infielders head and make some quick runs.”

    During that time, if you remember the ODI’s were played with a different strategy and not many runs were scored as they are now. In those days 240-250 was a good total. Unlike today 320-330 is a good total. Therefore, the averages were also not that high. Secondly in Australia the grounds, especially MCG is very big and scoring boundaries and sixes was not that easy with that kinda bowling they had in those days.

    Saeed Anwar was not a power hitter like Afridi, Razzaq, Sehwag, Yuvraj etc., he was a player who used to take advantage of the speed and time the ball well. Once I was comparing the stats of Saeed Anwar with Tendulkar, there is a time (I am not sure which one, but you can check for yourself) Saeed Anwar scored more runs than Tendulkar in those one or two years, but then he had fitness problem and his daughter died in a tragic accident and he stopped playing cricket.

    He is the first player to make fast runs in the first 10-15 overs, later the Sri Lankan duo of Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharna (the wicketkeeper) started it as a pair and got recognition whereas, it was Saeed Anwar and then Aamir Sohail joined him, they are the originators of power hitting.

    Saeed Anwar’s 194 in ODI against India in Chennai is still a world record and so far no one has broken that record.

  32. #32 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 8:12 AM

    Javed A Khan

    I think in 1997 definitely, Saeed Anwar scored more runs than Tendulkar. I remember he had definitely more centuries than Tendulkar at one point- although both of them made their debut around the same time. It is just that, Anwar went past his peak very early and Tendulkar kept scoring. In fact 1999 onwards Anwar lost his touch- I think he might only have scored 1 or 2 centuries after 1999-2000.

  33. #33 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 8:17 AM

    Alam rubbishes talks of groupism in Pak team

    “It is nothing new in Pakistan cricket but I can only urge our former players not to do things which will damage their own team,” he said from Colombo following their Test series defeat to Sri Lanka.

    Alam noted that even when Pakistan was not doing well in the Twenty20 World Cup some former players and critics had talked about discord within the team.

    “But we went on to win the World Cup and silenced our critics,” he added.

    Intikhab said he and the players were utterly disappointed and sad over the statements emanating from Pakistan.

    The Pakistan coach also refused to run down the senior players in the side for the defeats in Sri Lanka insisting that no player lost his wicket or performed badly on purpose.
    “No player wants to fail and I think our senior players are going through a bad time,” he said.

    When pointed out that captain Younis Khan had made some stinging comments about the performance of the senior players, Intikhab said he did not agree with those remarks.

    Alam also made it clear that senior all-rounder Abdul Razzaq did not command a place in the Test side at present and so was not played in the Tests.

    He said Pakistan lost both Tests because of inapt batting and they needed to work on that in the final Test.

    “I am not giving excuses but the fact is that for the last two years we have just been playing one-dayers or T20 matches so obviously our performance in Tests was going to be affected,” he said.

    He also dismissed allegations by former chief selector Abdul Qadir that he and manager Yawar Saeed had combined to keep fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar out of the squad.

    “Look it was not my sole decision to drop him for the World Cup. This decision was made on the recommendations of a three-member medical panel. So how can I be blamed for his ouster.”

    He, however, shied away from commenting on Shoaib’s possible return to the side for the One-day series in Sri Lanka insisting that right now his concentration was on salvaging some pride in the final Test.

    “There is still some time for the One-dayers so we will take it when it comes.”

  34. #34 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 8:21 AM

    I don’t consider Razzaq a Test player, but after the shocking performances of Malik and Misbah I think Razzaq should definitely be replacing either one of them. However Inti Alam has clearly said above that he will not give a place to Razzaq in the Test.

    Malik will get away with this once again. He will play in the 3rd Test because of his clout, even if he fails he will play in ODI’s. And in ODI’s he can make an impact even if he makes 35. That is because it’s a decent score in ODI’s. This is how Malik is looking to salvage his career. This time the pitches are assisting swing even later on in the match, not just the start and the new ball is playing tricks so Malik is reluctant to open.

    If Inti Alam was supporting Younis, he would have mentioned the names of Malik and Misbah, like Younis did. This shows friction between the two. If you analyse Younis’s statement, he is basically spelling out that he WANTS to drop Malik and Misbah, but he is afraid of the negative public reaction.

  35. #35 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 8:28 AM

    Following is a racist comment on Pakspin. I am surprised it got through:

    Posted by Rehan

    There is definitely conspiracy. Shoaib Malik is a waste of space on this earth let alone in the cricket team. Misbah needs to sit out a few games to give him time to shrink his head juuuuust a little bit. He is being a total idiot!! PCB you have got to give the youngsters a chance!!! Stop being Duggaas and be Pakistanis. National cricket team is about players from all over the country and not just Punjab with a couple of east and west country players thrown in the team. You people are pathetic and prejudice and your mentality will never change.

  36. #36 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 8:36 AM

    All of a sudden Ifthikar Choudhary’s Supreme Court is overturning Nawaz Sharif’s convictions and making Sharif appear innocent. Today his conviction regarding the plane hijacking case was overturned. We knew this was going to happen when Choudhary was reinstated. Basically, this corrupt and uneducated businessman rose through the ranks, made racist remarks against other ethnicities and rekindled the spirit of regionalism, got support of Punjab and became the most popular politician. He now has his own Supreme Court. The public has been totally fooled. It is shocking how much regionalism can help you. And don’t forget, this has all been done in the name of democracy.

  37. #37 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 8:41 AM

    Shoaib Akhtar invited for fitness checkup today

    Updated at: 1240 PST, Friday, July 17, 2009

    LAHORE: Chairman interim selection committee Wasim Bari has invited fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar at the National Cricket Academy to check his fitness.

    Changes in Pakistan cricket team are likely to be made for five-match One-day International series and a Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka.

    Wasim Bari will review today fitness and bowling of Shoaib Akhtar at the National Cricket Academy and give his fitness report to the team management.

    Initially, Shoaib Akhtar did not go through fitness test due to his mother’s ailment but today he will bowl at net in presence of Wasim Bari at the National Cricket Academy.

    Sources said that Wasim Bari has asked Shoaib Akhtar that the team management desires to play him in three ODIs and the only T20 match against Sri Lanka.

  38. #38 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 9:54 AM

    Younis Khan is such a pathetic communicator. He made a mess of his position by admitting that his horrible shot changed the course of the 2nd Test. I know what he meant by it, because after him no one else performed. But it has been interpreted wrongly by many people.

    On other blogs people are now saying the same thing, that why blame Malik and Misbah only when Younis also threw his wicket? The answer is that Younis had already scored 80 when it happened.

    Again, they are talking about Misbah being given out LBW when he was not out.

    Firstly, my first instinct was that he was out. If I can make that mistake, so can the umpire.
    Secondly, the ball was only missing leg stump by one inch or so.
    Thirdly, the same thing could also have happened if Misbah had scored a 50 or a 100. Unfortunately it happened when he was on nought.
    Fourthly, Misbah looked totally out of form and he was struggling to handle the swing. He could have been dismissed on any delivery.

    So people who are defending Misbah don’t have reasonable grounds. It seems it is just for the sake of regionalism or personal likes and dislikes. LBW’s always have a 50-50 chance, many times the batsman gets the benefit of the doubt even when he is out in reality. Misbah made a mistake and he should have played more cautiously.

  39. #39 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 10:18 AM

    Pakistan team’s meeting on strategy against Sri Lanka

    Updated at: 1530 PST, Friday, July 17, 2009

    COLOMBO: Pakistan cricket team, after being defeated by Sri Lanka in a Test series for the first time on hosts’s soil, held a four-hour long meeting here on Thursday.

    Pakistan are facing severe criticism after the seven-wicket loss against Sri Lanka at Colombo.

    Former players say that the national team is victimized by grouping and some senior players deliberately do not perform well but captain Younis Khan and chairman PCB Ijaz Butt dismissed these charges.

    Meanwhile, a four-hour long meeting of the Pakistan cricket team was held in Colombo on Thursday and factors behind defeat and the future strategy were discussed there. However, team combination for the third Test was not discussed in the meeting.

  40. #40 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 4:48 PM

    I think the following is a disappointing move by the PCB. They should focus on new talent like Aamer, rather than calling Asif and Akhtar back. It should be noted that Asif were barely impressive in his last few matches. Playing Akhtar and Asif is like depriving a committed youngster in the domestic circuit who wants to perform.

    New Selection Committee for Akhtar and Asif in CT

    ——————————————————————————–

    LAHORE: The first informal meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s new seven-member selection committee is being held here today.

    Former Test cricketer Iqbal Qasim will preside over the meeting.

    Though the PCB’s new selection committee is assuming its responsibilities from1st August but its first informal meeting is being held today in Lahore.

    Meanwhile, chairman selection committee Iqbal Qasim will provide, to chairman interim selection committee Wasim Bari, a list of 30 probable players for the ICC Champions Trophy.

    The chairman selection committee will express his opinion regarding one-day series against Sri Lanka.

    According to sources, both Wasim Bari and Iqbal Qasim have included the names of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif in the initial list prepared for the Champions Trophy.

  41. #41 by Awas on July 17, 2009 - 5:11 PM

    I hope they are naming Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif for formality, as they often do.

    I don’t think Shoaib will return but Asif might at some stage. The important thing though is that he should get a look in only if he performs domestically first and has promised to behave. I don’t think one should be banished for life.

  42. #42 by khansahab on July 17, 2009 - 9:17 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Inti Alam has said in his latest interview that for the 3rd Test one change will be made.

    He has also backed Malik and Misbah. It is thought neither of them will be changed.

    The rumour is that Kaneria will replace Rauf.

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 17, 2009 - 11:39 PM

    May be Kaneria will replace Ajmal? Because, replacing a fast bowler with a spinner doesn’t make sense. Anyways lets see. But, Intekhab Alam definitely needs to be replaced because he is a KHOOSAT he has gone bonkers.

    What about Aamir Sohail’s rumour that he too has resigned? Reportedly he has serious disagreements with Ijaz Butt. First it was Abdul Qadir and now Aamir Sohail. I wonder how Butt is surviving? According to Dawn, Butt went to Sri Lanka and ordered Aamir Sohail to go to London to attend some meeting, Aamir declined because his wife is ill and he asked someone else to go in his place. Butt came back and was furious at Aamir and then himself he went to London to attend that meeting.

    He should be named as MOBILE BUTT.

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 17, 2009 - 11:52 PM

    khansahab

    On your comment about Iftekhar Chaudhary overturning Nawaz Sharif’s hijacking convictions and declaring him innocent is a proof that Nawaz Sharif now has the Supreme Court in his pocket. This is democracy! Wow.

    Most people do not realize the action that Nawaz Sharif took or ordered to hijack his plane. They simply view it as a Nawaz vs. Musharraf instance and that’s all. The truth is Musharraf Pervez at that time was Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and an acting General, Nawaz ordered that his plane must land in India and, Musharraf must be arrested there in India.

    Imagine, the consequences? No matter what people say or think about India / Pakistan friendship. They have fought 3 wars since independence plus the Kargil war and, Pakistan’s acting General lands in their territory, they would have easily found ways to interrogate him by giving him truth serum and gotten out country’s top secrets.

    Nawaz Sharif’s stupid decision was equivalent to Asif Zardar’s orders to send General Parvez Kiyani to India after the Mumbai attack
    to help them in investigation. These idiots don’t know that you don’t send your acting Generals into a hostile country. Only a Paindoo like Nawaz Sharif or a dimwit dolt like Asif Zardari can take such decisions without thinking. Actually they do not have brains to think.

  45. #45 by Mohammed Munir on July 18, 2009 - 8:28 AM

    Khansahab @ Comment No. 24 …

    You said, “Malik and Misbah, along with Akmal and one unnamed player (thought to be either Razzaq or Butt) are trying to oust Younis Khan from the team.

    It can NOT be Abdul Razzaq because Malik was the main culprit for ouster of Razzaq from the team, when he was the Captain, and thus Razzaq went on to join ICL.

    The fourth player can be Saeed Ajmal, why not? Ajmal is also from the ‘majority’ group while he was also well supported by Malik, so I guess now is the time for him to repay Malik. This is what exactly Misbah is doing, repaying Malik for keeping him in the team under his captaincy.

    On the other hand, the overall situation for our team at the moment is very bad and most of the cricket fans like us on LS, although know very well the actual problems, but don’t understand how to undo them. Malik and Misbah are the major culprits and the irony is both of them are neither performing nor being kicked out of the playing eleven. Moreover, they are such shameless “Baighairuts” that they will never make a move themselves and voluntarily opt out, they only and only need to be ‘kicked’ out.

    Seeing some of the comments on LS, I feel sorry for Younis Khan and as I know that he is helpless and can not go alone aganist Malik, Misbah, Coach, Manager, and a few more team players.

    Therefore, I suggest that our LS team as recognized honest journalist and respectable and loyal Pakistan Cricket Fans, shall try to make some inroads and arrange to get direct interviews from Malik and Misbah to make them to speak the truth. Such leads, if worked, can also force these guys to reveal the actual problems and come out in open and own the problems. We can also try to rope-in Coach Intikhab-e-Alam or the Manager Yawar ‘whatever’ and make them to face the music.

  46. #46 by Mohammed Munir on July 18, 2009 - 9:44 AM

    Although, this doesn’t have much direct relevance with the going thread, but nevertheless it is a piece of valuable information and once in a while we should keep thing in perspective.

    Just for the record’s sake … here is the comparison between Indian and Pakistan Cricket Teams (Total Tests played against all teams):

    INDIAN TEAM:

    Total Tests: 430

    Won: 99

    Lost: 136

    Draw: 195

    Winning Percentage: 23.02%

    Loosing Percentage: 31.63%

    Drawn Percentage: 45.35%

    PAKISTAN TEAM:

    Total Test: 339

    Won: 103

    Lost: 91

    Draw: 145

    Winning Percentage: 30.39%

    Loosing Percentage: 26.84%

    Drawn Percentage: 42.77%

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 18, 2009 - 10:09 AM

    Munir

    Pakistan’s average in all forms of the game has always been better than India. In fact between the two there was a big gap until Shoaib Malik came to lead, he narrowed down the gap and became the first captain to lose a test and ODI series against India.

  48. #48 by khansahab on July 18, 2009 - 10:34 AM

    Javed A Khan

    Agreed it is questionable whether to drop a pacer for a spinner. Ajmal has been taking wickets here and there, so I think he will stay. They probably think Kaneria will be more effective than Rauf. Sri Lanka have done reasonable with Mendis and Herath has done really well. If you think about it, Mathews for Sri Lanka has not been that effective and neither has Rauf for Pakistan. It seems the majority of wickets are either being taken by genuinely fast bowlers (Gul, Aamer, Thusara, Kulasekara) or spinners. I think this proves that medium pacers have no impact in the subcontinent.

    About India vs Pakistan- Pakistan has always been a better team until 2000 onwards. The reason was that Pakistani pacers were always taking top order wickets, whereas Pakistani openers have always done well against India. Even now Pakistani openers do well against India- right from Butt, to Hameed, to Imran Farhat. Only now have the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir starting scoring against Pakistan. That is also because now Pakistan does not have good new ball bowlers. Umar Gul is mediocre with the new ball but very good with the old ball. Pakistan cannot find the combination of pace + ability to handle the new ball, which is essential for getting top order wickets.

    That is why I keep saying the PCB needs to pull its socks up. Pakistan cricket is breaking apart. They need to get more bowlers like Aamer to restore the new ball attack there once was. No good openers, not a great middle order (Malik + Misbah), not great fielding, very few good bowlers. If they don’t have an edge in any one department, they will falter continuously and they will become a nothing team like West Indies, England or New Zealand.

    People blame all kinds of different factors- no fast or seaming pitches, player attitudes, politics/bias, lack of accountability etc. All these are true- no doubt about it. But in my opinion what has led to this rot is the attitude of senior and experienced players. After Saeed Anwar, there is no one a youngster will try and emulate if he wants to become an opener. Younis and Yousuf will retire in 2-3 years max, and then there will no be great middle order batsmen. Akhtar and Asif’s actions mean people will be double minded whether to consider them heroes or villains.

    People who are now running boards should be coaching players as a full time job. Aamer Sohail, Miandad, Wasim Bari- these guys should be in academies and coaching centres. Saeed Anwar is busy doing Tableegh- it is good for him in the afterlife, but he should also think about this life. If he can motivate and coach a few young future openers for Pakistan, he will get prayers from millions of people.

    Whenever we talk about why Pakistan cricket is suffering, we always come to a brick wall. It is time to bring cricketers back onto the field coaching youngsters. They need to let educated and professional people run the cricket board. Ijaz Butt should open an academy with all the money and clout he has made. All of these former great players should go and watch domestic matches, identify talent and groom it.

  49. #49 by khansahab on July 18, 2009 - 11:26 AM

    Captain for T20 match against SL to be announced soon: Ijaz Butt

    LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt said that if Younis Khan remains firm on his decision for not playing Twenty20 cricket then a new captain would soon be announced for T20 match against Sri Lanka.

    Talking with Syed Yahya Hussaini of Geo News, Ijaz Butt said that Wasim Bari has gone to Sri Lanka for consulting only for one-day team and he would meet there with the team management.

    When asked who would lead Pakistan in the only Twenty20 match on the tour Ijaz Butt said that he himself would decide it and not Wasim Bari.

    It may be recalled that Younis Khan after winning the World Twenty20 Cup announced to retire from this form of cricket.

    Allrounder Shahid Afridi is a strong candidate for captaincy of Pakistan’s T20 team.

  50. #50 by khansahab on July 18, 2009 - 11:29 AM

    Shoaib Akhtar won’t be selected for ODI series in SL

    LAHORE: Chairman interim selection committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wasim Bari said that Shoaib Akhtar is not being considered for inclusion in the national team for One-day International series against Sri Lanka as he could not prove his match fitness.

    While talking with Geo News before leaving for Sri Lanka, Wasim Bari said that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar went through physical fitness and he did not give the match fitness.
    He said that Shoaib Akhtar was invited to National Cricket Academy on his own request He gave physical fitness test but his match fitness cannot be assessed as he did not play any match.

    Bari said that he would consult with the team management and captain during the third Test after which the list of 30 probable cricketers for the Champions Trophy would be provided to the ICC.

    He said that Shoaib Akhtar would be considered for the Champions Trophy.

  51. #51 by khansahab on July 18, 2009 - 11:30 AM

    What is this obsession with Shoaib Akhtar? Why did the Board waste its time and invite him to prove his match fitness? Didn’t they know already he would not be able to prove it?

    Seriously what is their problem?

  52. #52 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 18, 2009 - 11:40 AM

    There is a new thread on the blog. Please comment on that. Thanks.

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