YELLOW JOURNALISM OR CHURNALISM?

Is Younus Khan's reverse sweep the sole responsibility for losing the test series?

Is Younus Khan's reverse sweep the sole responsibility for losing the test series?

Whats wrong with today’s journalists, critics and experts that they tend to ignore the basics and have become spineless reporters, they simply take orders or press releases and pre-packed information for reporting rather than working out what is the truth behind the stories and giving the readers a truthful picture and not a sensational or biased story which either hides the truth or distorts the truth. The first obligation of any form of journalism be it political, scientific, cultural or sports is – truthful presentation of facts to the public.

It has to be such that  you display your loyalty to the readers and to the public in general. And, the essence of its discipline is the verification of truth from various sources and, those who practice as freelancers must maintain their independence by covering the stories that are not just stories but, what is the truth behind those stories.

Unfortunately in today’s journalism they do not have the independent power to stand up for the rights for the people who read their articles, news items, the reporting must provide a truthful forum for public criticism and compromise. But, thanks to the Internet and the emergence of blogs, there is a kinda check and balance in their reporting, yet there are those who have built a name or a reputation as fair and impartial journalists can get away by their biased reporting and or, writing the stuff that suits their needs or, by writing their personal views which they think is right. That is not journalism, it has to be relevant and significant as well as interesting yet very comprehensive, fair, honest, unbiased and the writer must exercise his personal conscience in reporting.

Even in routine reporting, bias can creep into a story through a reporter’s choice of facts to summarize, or through failure to check enough sources, hear and report dissenting voices, or seek fresh perspectives. And, the recent example of this kinda reporting was observed in sports journalism. I am talking about cricket in particular where, well known and renowned journalists and critics have deliberately ignored the truth and picked up only bits and pieces of a story, distorted it and created something they think is right, in fact they want others to believe that this is the truth – which actually is far, far away from truth.

Some of the journalists are practicing two types of censorship, one is organizational censorship and the other is the self-censorship and both are a growing problem in journalism, particularly in covering stories that sharply restrict press freedom. As commercial pressures in the media marketplace grows, media organizations are loath to lose access to high-profile stories by producing unflattering stories.

It is a known fact that journalists in many countries enjoy certain privileges which are not enjoyed by members of the general public, including better access to public events, crime scenes and press conferences, and to extended interviews with public officials, celebrities and others in the public eye. And same is the case in sports journalism and in dealing with famous cricket personalities who are more famous than movie celebrities of today.

These privileges are there because of the perceived power of the press to turn public opinion for or, against governments, their officials and policies, as well as the perception that the press often represents their consumers. These privileges extend from the legal rights of journalists but, are not guaranteed by those rights. Sometimes government officials may attempt to punish individual journalists who irk them by denying them some of these privileges extended to other journalists. Like banning them from the White House news briefings where they like to see and to be seen and nothing more than a status symbol.

Anyways, I do not wish to delve deeper in the political journalism but, my aim is to highlight the trend that is seen for the past few years and now it has become more obvious to public and i.e., choice reporting. But, the best thing that has happened in these few years is the emergence of blogs on the Internet and the emergence of our independent blog is the result of organizational censorship that we have seen on cricinfo where our comments were censored, edited, curtailed and sometimes deleted completely. So, we established this blog not only vent out our feelings or frustration as some may think, but to raise a voice against injustices in Pakistan cricket, against regionalism, jingoism and unfair selection of the team etc., etc.

Here we not only write what we feel is the truth and nothing but truth, but we also allow comments which are very diversified and sometimes very inappropriate in language yet we publish them and we do reply to them according to the tone of that comment, sometimes with a touch of light humour and sometimes with comments supported by facts and figures.

The reason of writing this thread on this subject is, we felt very cheesed off by the recent articles written by some very well known and respected journalists and critics for whom we had very high regard and we considered them as journalists and critics of very high standard that they are fair and unbiased. But, they too have either ignored or neglected the truth and wrote something to appease the masses.

Now, I would like to pinpoint the fact that irks us and it is about the criticism that is hurled and bombarded on Pakistan cricket team captain, Younus Khan for playing that reverse sweep on which he got out in the second test against Sri Lanka. The whole media has targeted him as the culprit and because of his stupid shot Pakistan lost the test series against Sri Lanka. Wait a second gentlemen, take pause and don’t allow your mind to run like that of a cattle herd and keep on jumping into that hole one after the other, don’t let your mind controlled by a pied-piper instead, use your mind and your intellect in all fairness and think whether they are right or they tainting your opinions? Younus Khan was out after making 80 odd runs, he was involved in a 200 runs partnership with Fawad Alam. How can you blame him, or make him responsible for losing the series?

What else do you want from him? Score a triple hundred and win the match singlehandedly? What about the spineless and nothing players like Malik and Misbah. They came and played like novices, in fact they deliberately threw away their wickets and from 285 for one, the team was all out on 320. Just an addition of 35 runs and lost 9 wickets. And you hold Younus Khan responsible for that?

If there is a sports journalist in Pakistan or elsewhere who can say I write independently or cover the news for the interest of Pakistani cricket fans, must stand up now and speak like a man rather than creating a story for the masses who do not wish to hear anything against their local heroes Malik and Misbah along with their sidekick Kamran Akmal. The reality bites, they cannot handle the truth hence they cannot write the truth.

I request the readers and bloggers of this blog to express their views without any bias or hesitation and let us clear this thing and prove that there is freedom of expression here and we do not have those organizational censorship or the self-imposed censorship to get a vote of appreciation for being fair, impartial and lenient and the truth they are not fair and lenient but biased and partial. We are setting up a polling here for you to vote whether you hold Misbah and Malik as culprits for losing the test series or was it Younus Khan’s reverse sweep? Please be honest and fair and vote.  Thank you ALL.

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  1. #1 by Imran Khan on July 27, 2009 - 4:04 AM

    It is a very important subject that you guys have touched on this blog. I am sure some of the senior and well known sports journalists will take note of this and may change their style and attitude towards biased reporting. I for one don’t hold Younus as the sole responsible person for the series defeat. There are other players to blame and other factors which has lead to this series defeat, which is team selection and even the first test match which Pakistan could have won was lost because of some irresponsible behaviour of some senior players and wrong team selection.

  2. #2 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 10:20 AM

    Imran Khan

    Welcome to LS. Please tell us more about what you do and how you stumbled upon LS?

    Shoaib

    Nice to hear from you on the other thread. So what were you upto?

    Javed A Khan

    You have touched a very sensitive and crucial subject and I totally agree. There is a difference between reporting for the sake of reporting and reporting about something you are passionate about, have studied intensely and seriously want to make changes with.

    One must again revert to the question of what exactly is Malik and Misbah’s role in the team? If they are batting at no 5 and no 6 they have to be well prepared to absorb pressure and play long innings if the top order has fallen cheaply. Inzamam did that many times batting at no 5, so did Asim Kamal.

    So if Younis Khan played a stupid shot, does that mean Malik and Misbah are forgiven for not scoring? Pakistan needed both of them in crucial stages in the first and second Tests; in the 1st Test, where they could not even help the team come close to the target of 168 odd and in the 2nd Test when they could not help the lead and Sri Lanka needed only 171 runs to win.

    If Malik and Misbah were batting at no 3 and 4, we would be criticising them like how we have criticised Younis’s poor form, but most of the criticism would be levelled at Younis and Yousuf because it would be their responsibility to score when it matters.

  3. #3 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 10:36 AM

    http://www.cricinfo.com/slvpak2009/engine/current/match/403366.html

    This is the link for the warm up game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka A team.

    SL A batted first and scored 348/6. Razzaq, Rana and Rao were very expensive. Razzaq was the most expensive of all although he picked 4 wickets. Malik is not being played because Younis is a very nice and unbiased man who will give Malik a guaranteed place in all ODI’s, just like how he didn’t play Malik in the 4 day warm up before the Test series. Even in this match Younis is not playing Ajmal, Gul and Aamer because they are automatic selections.

    What is the purpose of warm ups? I don’t think Younis really cares about who performs in warm-ups. He just goes with a premeditated playing XI. Fawad Alam has taken 2 catches, one which was taken on the first ball of the match, and he is currently the highest scorer of Pakistan’s innings- he has made 40 from 53 balls. Afridi played well and made 34. Misbah played a slow and painful innings, making 17 from 32 balls before he was out.

    There was a lot of hype about Nasir Jamshed and some people were thinking he has been dealt with unfairly, but he got out on on a duck. Imran Nazir also fell on a duck. However I think Younis will still open with this pair.

    We don’t know just how much authority Younis has but for his fielding and batting in this match, Fawad Alam must play in the ODI series.

    Younis will probably go with Razzaq as his 3rd pace option. And then he must rely on Ajmal, Afridi and Malik as his spin options.

  4. #4 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 10:38 AM

    Alam on 48 not out, good knock because 4 out of the 5 Sri Lankan bowlers play international cricket- Fernando, Maharoof, Bandara and Kapugedara. Of course people will make stories that this is only a warm up, but if that is also why have all the other players fallen so cheaply? This is a quality bowling attack.

    So now which XI will Younis go with since Fawad performed as usual? I wonder if he will drop Nazir and Nasir Jamshed:

    Fawad
    Akmal
    Younis
    Yousuf
    Misbah
    Malik
    Afridi
    Razzaq
    Gul
    Aamer
    Ajmal

  5. #5 by Mohammed Munir on July 27, 2009 - 10:49 AM

    Khansahab …

    Younis is not playing Malik in the warm-up games becuase Malik is already ‘warm’ rather buring hot his ass 😉

  6. #6 by Mohammed Munir on July 27, 2009 - 10:51 AM

    Wow, this article is worth it’s weight in gold !!

    Absolutely fantastic and an intellectual piece of journalism.

    It’s unfortunate how some of the well reputed and supposedly honest journalists are getting carried away in their enthusiasm of flattering the masses and in the process they are more then willing to digress form their basic professional values. In a country where your head of the state is openly known as Mr. 10%, where honesty and integrity are rare a commodity, where peoples are corrupt across-the-floor right from the President to peon and anyone in between, where the unemployed would prefer to cheat and loot rather then work, so in these backgrounds we can not blame the journalists and reporters only, because the very same journalists are also a product of this very society.

    Nevertheless, there are a few professions which will always be held more responsible then ordinary citizens of a country. Media personal are taken at par with any of the noblest and the most dignified careers and it is the height of adversity that these peoples are also showing obvious signs of biasness and favoritisms which is reflected in their write-ups.

    The journalists and reporters should rise above such petty issues and try to honour their moral obligations toward their motherland and refrain from oozing out such detestable and prejudice material.

    Having said that, LS, as always is highly appreciated for avoiding such discriminatory reportings and standing up for the genuine causes. We may not be the most busiest of the sports blogs with millions of bloggers, but we surely are the most honest, straightforward, in-your-face, and trustworthy blog around.

  7. #7 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 10:56 AM

    Younis is talking a load of BS. I said he makes a lot of inconsistent statements. If there is no discord:

    1) Why did he say that what can he do if Malik and Misbah are not performing?
    2)Why did he say that if he drops Malik people will think he is trying to “settle and old score”?

    ————————————————————————-
    Younis refutes speculation of discord in Pak team

    Karachi (PTI): Pakistan captain Younis Khan has dismissed reports of discord in the team, saying that he would step down the moment he gets to know of any rebellion by the players.

    “There is no dispute among the players within the team such reports are just a propaganda to demoralize the team. But the day I sense there is some conspiracy or rebellion going on in the side I will resign myself in a respectable manner,” Younis said in an interview from Colombo.

    He also made it clear that infighting between players and ego problems cropped up in sides which had superstar players.

    “In this team we don’t have big names and all the players including myself are just fighting to retain our positions in the team so where does the question of discord crop up.

    “In the present scenario no player can say his place in the team is guaranteed or he is indispensable. So there is no question of ego issues among players. No one is senior player in this team everyone is equal,” he said.

    The senior batsmen also made it clear that he was not a powerless captain and he had the authority to drop anyone from the team if they didn’t perform.

    I could have dropped Shoaib Malik, Misbah or Kamran Akmal for the third test but why should I do this for no solid reason. We played them and they all performed. We unfortunately have a disappointing culture of turning our heroes into zeroes at the slightest defeat,” he stated.

  8. #8 by Awas on July 27, 2009 - 11:21 AM

    khansahab

    In that eleven I would have Imran Nazir as an opener even though he was out for zero here and that should be at the expense of Malik or Misbah.

  9. #9 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 11:22 AM

    Munir sahab

    We may not be the most busiest of the sports blogs with millions of bloggers…..

    If you look at the other blogs which are totally private and not “networked” to other blogs, we are actually the busiest private, non-commercial blog on the Web.

    Those non commercial blogs that do better than we do either do it on the basis of advertising on their blogs, or forming a group with other blogs. The latter works in this way- I comment on your blog and advertise your blog on my blog, and you must do the same for me. It is like a “I scratch your back and you scratch mine” arrangement. The is why on these blogs most people write 1 or 2 lined statements, as they are only writing to scratch someone’s back, they are not writing to say something substantive.

  10. #10 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 11:23 AM

    Fawad Alam not out on 73 from 86 balls. Excellent innings under pressure when no one apart from Afridi supported him.

    These types of innings show that people who were not supporting Fawad Alam were biased paindoos. I can’t remember any cricketer in Pakistan, domestic or international, who is so consistent whether it is one day, T20 or 4 day cricket.

  11. #11 by Awas on July 27, 2009 - 11:28 AM

    khansahab

    Its difficult to please all on every statement that Younus makes but I see nothing wrong in this particular statement that he made. On the other hand sensible and very admirable thoughts coming from Younus.

  12. #12 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 11:28 AM

    Awas

    I agree with you but I don’t think either Malik or Misbah can be dropped. Misbah is vice captain and he made 50 in his last Test, so his place is guaranteed. Fawad Alam can only come in the middle order if Younis, Yousuf or Misbah resign from international cricket.

  13. #13 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 11:30 AM

    Awas

    It is difficult to please everyone but saying there are no “solid” grounds for dropping Misbah is contrary to earlier saying, “I mean what can I do if Malik and Misbah are not performing?”

    He is just buttering Malik and Misbah. What heroic thing have Malik and Akmal done to warrant this statement from Younis to say that “we turn our heroes into zeroes with one defeat”. Akmal has only played a couple of good Test knocks and a few good ODI and T20 knocks, same as Malik. Heroes are people like Yousuf, Inzamam, Imran Khan etc who can never be dropped because they have extra ordinary talent. I didn’t mention Misbah in that sentence about what heroic things Malik and Akmal have done, because he did play extremely well under pressure in the T20 Cup 2007, although he got out very stupidly as well.

  14. #14 by Mohammed Munir on July 27, 2009 - 11:33 AM

    Pakistanis are getting murdered even by Sri Lanka’s A team … 😦

    This is really bad and after what have been happening in Tests, I think Pakistan does not have good hopes about ODIs too. Some of the points out of this on-going one-off warm-up match are as below:

     Why the F … did Malik not play? Is he an automatic selecting in any of our Tests, ODI and T20 teams ?

     Although Razzaq was the most expensive among the bowlers, but at the same time he took 4 wickets out of a total of 6 players that got out in the Sri Lankan team. Razzaq got 2 wickets on the very first and second ball of the match, as he opened the bowling attack.

     Sri Lanka were 2 out for zero run on 2 balls of the very first over of Razzaq, and then went on to score 348 for 6.

     Fawad Alam could not get a wicket, but he was most economical of the Pakistani bowlers after Afridi, at the rate of 5.50 runs per over.

     Fawad Alam is still batting at 73 n.o. and with his exceptional performance in all three bowling, fielding and batting departments, HE SHOULD PLAY ALL ODIs.

     As usual, Misbah played his part, of bringing Pakistan down, to perfection with a score of 17 in 32 balls at the slowest strike rate of the innings @ 53.12%.

     If no one have the balls to kick them out, Malik and Misbah should be ashamed of themselves and opt out on voluntarily basis and make way for other guys (Knowing these two parasites, I know am thinking fishfully).

     Even new guy, Umar Akmal is playing better then most of our experienced super stars.

    Pakistan should try to learn their lesson form this unavoidable defeat (we are now in over no. 34) and try to make wholesale changes starting right form the top, rather starting right form the Butt 😉

  15. #15 by Mohammed Munir on July 27, 2009 - 11:35 AM

    Fawad Alam is at 80 and

    Umer Akmal at 49

  16. #16 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 11:38 AM

    Fawad Alam out after 85 from 95 balls. Absolutely super innings from this guy, under pressure after the top order crumbled and Younis and Misbah did not offer him any support. I am sure he must have been trying to go for the big hits because of the target, but if he was like Malik he would have made singles and doubles to reach his century first and then go for his shots.

    Umar Akmal is playing well but I don’t think he will get a chance in ODI’s, as Malik and Misbah are not going to be dropped.

  17. #17 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 11:47 AM

    Umar Akmal has passed Alam’s score. He is living up to his domestic reputation of being a big hitter. Pakistan should drop Malik and Misbah and play Alam and Akmal.

    However once Umar Akmal comes into the team it will be very bad for other players because he will surely play politics with his brother.

  18. #18 by Mohammed Munir on July 27, 2009 - 12:03 PM

    I agree with Khansahab …

    M & M should be replaced by A & A 😉

  19. #19 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 12:11 PM

    Umar Akmal played a fantastic knock- however this kind of batting is not always likely to succeed. That is not to demotivate him in any way, if he can play like that in international matches he can be an asset for the team.

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 27, 2009 - 12:13 PM

    Wow, Sri Lanka A scored 348/6 in 50 overs and Pakistan struggling even with their ace players. It is the bowling that sucks now. Rana Nayee is a waste of space. I don’t know why they even bother to consider him in the squad. He along with another mediocre Rao Ifti has given away 148 runs. Abdul Razzaq was also hit but, he got 4 wickets. I think, neither of the two should be included in the ODI team.

    Imran Nazir deserves another chance but, not Rao and Rana. Umar Akmal is as lucky as his brother is, and he should get in along with Alam. Therefore, I agree that Malik and Misbah must be dropped.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 27, 2009 - 12:20 PM

    Umar Akmal is close to reaching his 100, I hope he doesn’t slow down now because any knock of over 80 and especially in your first match is good. So, he should not hesitate here and go for big shots to show his intent that he is an aggressive player and also not bothered about his individual scores but, interested in winning the match for the team. And, we need to see Abdul Razzaq going on a rampage from here its been a long time he has done that and this will be a morale booster for him to regain his confidence.

    I don’t know when the page would be updated but, its a good suspense that is hanging over for the past few minutes with Pakistanis require another 77 runs with 3 wickets and 42 balls remaining.

  22. #22 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 12:22 PM

    Javed A Khan

    They haven’t updated the page for 30 minutes. I don’t know WTF happened. The match must have been well over now.

    Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal MUST replace Malik and Misbah.

    Nazir
    Akmal
    Younis
    Yousuf
    Alam
    U Akmal
    Afridi
    Razzaq
    Gul
    Aamer
    Ajmal

  23. #23 by Awas on July 27, 2009 - 12:23 PM

    khansahab

    LOL @ on one hand Omer Akmal should play, on the other hand its bad for other players due to politics.

    Whereas, Younus says:

    There is no dispute among the players…the day I sense there is some conspiracy or rebellion going on in the side I will resign myself in a respectable manner”.

    Surly Younus is not a complete imbecile not to realise any dirty politics whatsoever to make such a strong pledge such as resign. As Younus also said no player even a senior should consider himself indispensable then it goes without saying as I said before that the best way to conspire against others is to cement your own place in the team by playing well in every innings. But in reality that doesn’t happen even to the best of players like Younus and Yousaf let alone the “gang of three” who are simply not competent enough no matter how hard they try.

    The problem is one man’s preference can become another man’s prejudice.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 27, 2009 - 12:26 PM

    khansahab

    “I am double agree”
    with your team. The bowling still appears very weak to me. If Afridi and Ajmal can control the middle order then it is fine, if they fail then any team would score a lot of runs against Pakistan in the ODI’s. For T20 this would be an ideal team.

  25. #25 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 12:27 PM

    Awas

    I agree with you, but I don’t think Younis knows what he is saying. His whole captaincy tenure is filled with inconsistent statements. We often make fun of his inconsistent statements here. And he is the type of player who will look at the team’s image and the morale of everyone irrespective of his personal feelings.

    Afridi is different because he openly said on Nadia Khan Show that Malik and Misbah need a rest. He also said that his best friends in the team are Gul, Razzaq and Fawad Alam- the types who don’t hang around with Akmal and Malik group. He also openly said that Malik made mistakes in captaincy, and that he is not a kid who should be taught things, he is old enough to understand issues on his own etc.

  26. #26 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 12:29 PM

    Javed A Khan

    We sometimes criticise the ineffectiveness of bowlers like Umar Gul, but when you see the likes of Rao and Razzaq getting murdered on flat pitches, you feel lucky to have someone like Gul.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 27, 2009 - 12:32 PM

    The problem is one man’s preference can become another man’s prejudice. Awas

    There must be something in between and that is called fairness. And, in all fairness do you think that Malik and Misbah should stay?

    khansahab’s thoughts are natural, because we all know Kamran Akmal is a sidekick of Malik and Misbah and if his younger brother joins the team on whose side will he be?

    Pakistan lost, Razzaq went on to score a fast 56 but Rana Nayee failed, Umar made his 100 its OK if they have lost like this, but not against Sri Lanka A

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 27, 2009 - 12:38 PM

    Misbah’s run rate (52) is really pathetic what was he doing? Playing a test match? Even by test standards its very slow and he is the culprit who slowed down the innings. And, Rana Naveed, if you look at the stats you will not find it in record books, but if you remember the crucial innings, you’ll see he has never delivered the goods when it is required from him. So, he is a total waste. I think it would have been better if Sohail Khan was included in the team.

    I am glad to see Abdul Razzaq going berserk and that is what Pakistan needs, players like him at that late order.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 27, 2009 - 12:42 PM

    khansahab

    Now you will see that the selectors will make ONE change from your team and i.e., Malik will be in and Imran Nazir would be out. It would be better if they drop Misbah now and give Nazir a couple of chances to see if he can regain his form. Like Abdul Razzaq played today, if Nazir can get into his groove there would be quite a few explosive players in the team.

  30. #30 by Awas on July 27, 2009 - 12:56 PM

    Javed

    About your question to me on Malik and Misbah what does it mean when I said this above?

    gang of three” who are simply not competent enough no matter how hard they try

    Or for that matter any other time have I justified their stay?

    If Younus says there is no conspiracy or rebellion then a guy like Omer Akmal who is not even in the team yet at least deserves better than what if scenario.

    “In between there may be something called fairness” but the thing is everyone claims to be fair.

  31. #31 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 1:19 PM

    Javed A Khan

    A lot of people claim Aaqib Javed is a good coach, but I don’t see what exactly has Aaqib done? Umar Gul became poor with the new ball and good with the old ball, Gul’s pace slackened too. Sohail Khan’s action showed deficiencies and then we have never heard about Khan again. There were other bowlers who came around like Talha, Wahab Riaz, Najaf Shah, but they seem to have been lost in oblivion.

    Aamer’s success is more to do with him being a fast and aggressive bowler and a quick learner. He was unheard of until about a year ago. I don’t think any coach has really taught him much, he has just picked things himself really well.

  32. #32 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 1:29 PM

    I hope Umar Akmal will be performing like this in every match, because one of Malik and Misbah will have to go. Fawad Alam’s performances could not budge the team management, but Akmal’s will. Plus he will get support from K Akmal who is a senior player.

    Who knows, once Malik or Misbah is kicked out, the other will also be easier to kick out? And then hopefully Fawad Alam can take that position. So U Akmal’s performances could be a blessing for Alam. Let’s see what happens.

  33. #33 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 1:38 PM

    Wasim Akram can speak sense sometimes:

    Akhtar’s international career almost over, says Akram

    Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s international career is virtually over. Akram said the warning bells had been sounded with Akhtar’s omission from Pakistan’s list of probables for the forthcoming Champions Trophy, to be held in South Africa.

    “I don’t think he has got a chance, unless and until some miracles happen,” Akram said. “Even though it depends on the captain and selectors, I think Shoaib has fallen out with the selectors and the board itself. The board still supported him and he went to Abu Dhabi and played two of the five games [against Australia] before getting injured again. We all saw that.”

    Akram also said the emergence of young fast bowlers like Mohammad Aamer had made Akhtar’s comeback tougher. “I think Pakistan’s bowling unit is doing well and they have to look ahead and think about the future,” he said. “They have to back the youngsters who will do the job for them, even if you look at the 2011 World Cup. Also in this year’s Champions Trophy and the next Twenty20 World Cup, the team would have to rely on the youngsters. I don’t know where you can place Shoaib Akhtar in the current picture of Pakistan cricket.”

    Akram predicted a difficult future for Mohammad Asif as well. The 26-year-old fast bowler, however, made the cut for the probables for the Champions Trophy, following a tumultuous two-and-a-half years in which he failed dope tests and was embroiled in a detention case in Dubai.

    “My advice to Asif would be – learn from your mistakes. I sincerely hope he learns from the 300 mistakes that he has made in the last two years,” said Akram. “He’s young, talented and one of the best Pakistani bowlers but it will take him some time to return because Aamer is now bowling really well.”

    He pointed out that international returns were not easy and cited the cases of Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir. “Even Sohail Tanvir was struggling in Twenty20,” Akram said. “Umar Gul is phenomenal but I don’t think he bowled well enough in the Test matches [in Sri Lanka]. My advice to Gul is: Twenty20 and ODI are fine but if you are to be recognised as a good bowler you have to do well in Test cricket too.”

  34. #34 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 1:52 PM

    Let’s review Malik and Misbah’s ODI stats and see how good they are:

    Malik:

    Average vs Australia: 22
    Average vs South Africa: 40
    Average at home: 44
    Average away: 26
    Average in 2009 (8 ODI’s): 29

    Conclusion: Definitely a better player in ODI as opposed to Test cricket. Good average against South Africa, although not a good performer outside Pakistan. In mediocre form this year.

    Misbah:

    Average vs Australia: 50 (although he has only played 7 matches, and he was not out in 2 which has significantly uplifted his average)
    Average vs South Africa: 29
    Average at home: 34
    Average away: 40
    Average in 2009 (8 ODI’s): 32

    Conclusion: Not bad against Australia, has 2 50’s against them in 7 matches, Decent player overseas although most of that has come from performances in India. Not in great form this year.

    Overall, although both these players have some stats to say they can be good in ODI cricket, they do not appear to be complete ODI batsmen. Hence, I don’t think dropping them is a serious loss.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 27, 2009 - 1:54 PM

    khansahab

    You think that sometimes even Wasim Akram can make sense! Do you have to be Albert Einstein to say that? Everyone knows that Shoaib Actor’s career is over long time ago and its a shame that he is still considered by the board despite repeated failures.

    As regards Asif, people are once again talking about him based on his past performance, no one knows how he will perform after a gap of over one year. And, even when he went out he was sitting in the dugout during the IPL so, his performance before his exit was pathetic.

    Another thing is, Wasim Akram loves to talk about the rising sun and tries to take credit from it as if he is behind everything. Ask him about Sohail Tanvir? No one talks about him now because Tanvir took that purple hat he won during IPL as the last thing on earth and thought he is the best bowler in the world. From there, he did not perform well in a single match, in fact his bowling is so pathetic that call him a mediocre would be an insult to mediocrity. He has lost his run up, line and length, the effectiveness, penetration, swing and even speed. He is thrashed all over the park by every batsman and on top of that he bowls so many no-balls and wides that the morale of the team starts descending like a rocket landing from the moon.

    Now, they had to look back at the clown called Rana Naveed? People like Rana Naveed, Abdul Hafeez should not be considered in any side may be they can join Malik and Misban and play for Sialkot Stallions and please the masses there.

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 27, 2009 - 2:04 PM

    khansahab

    I do understand the importance of a bowling coach but, what can one do if the players think they already know more than the coach and I am talking about Shoaib Akhtar, Asif and Sohail Tanvir. You say that since Aaquib Javed is the bowling coach Umar Gul became poor with the new ball. Actually Umar was never good with the new ball. In Lahore test against India when he took the match winning 5 wickets he bowled one changed and got that stress fracture and was out for a long time.

    In my opinion Waqar Younus is the best bowling coach he is honest, dedicated and committed whereas, Wasim Akram should get Indian Nationality and stay in Mumbai. He cannot be loyal to Pakistan or any country for that matter because, his loyalties are with money and he will get plenty of money in India not only from coaching but also from his TV shows.

    And, yes its a shame that just like Asim Kamal as a batsman, Sohail Khan, Talha, Wahab Riaz, Najaf Shah all these fast bowlers have lost into oblivion. Thanks to Pak Politics.

  37. #37 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 5:02 PM

    I wonder what excuse Younis will now have to explain the way his top order failed and how he himself and Misbah failed?

    He might say that the team has not played one day cricket for a long time which is why they could not adapt to the format. Strange because yet again there were 3 people who performed with the bat- Razzaq, Akmal and Alam.

    Basically the opening batsmen are rubbish. Pakistan will not get a decent opener and they must look for more people like Fawad Alam to fill that position. Another point is that until Younis starts performing more consistently, there will always be question marks about his own place in the side. There is no doubt that in limited overs at least, guys like Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal can perform to the same level or better than Younis, Misbah and Malik. I will not say Yousuf, because he is a very good ODI batsman too apart from being a great Test batsman.

    After this series Pakistan’s next international assignment is the Champions Trophy. Malik, Misbah, Yousuf and Younis are likely to be automatic selections for that tournament too, because it’s a high profile tournament. Younis must therefore give maximum exposure to Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal before that tournament so they can have some experience before the major event.

  38. #38 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 7:28 PM

    Afridi’s shirt to be placed in Lord’s museum

    LONDON: Holder of many cricket records Shahid Afridi will become the first Pakistani cricketer whose shirt will be placed in the historic museum of Lord’s.

    Allrounder Shahid Afridi had helped Pakistan win by six wickets against Sri Lanka in the final of the World Twenty20 Cup at Lord’s on June 21.

    The management of Lord’s have decided to preserve the shirt worn by Shahid Afridi in this final.

    Thus, he will become the first Pakistani cricketer any article of whom will be placed in the museum of Lord’s.

    Rare articles of some famous cricketers of the world have been placed in the Lord’s museum. Among them, an sparrow has also been preserved which was killed by a stroke of the bat from Dr Jahangir Khan, father of former Pakistan captain Majid Khan while articles used by Sir Donald Bradman, Brian Lara, Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar have also been kept in the museum of Lord’s.

  39. #39 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 9:31 PM

    I want to highlight this interesting stat:

    Younis averages 33 at the no 3 position in ODI’s. But his average batting at no 6 is 44. His average at no 4 is 40 and at no 5 is 30. Overall he seems more comfortable playing below the no 3 position.

    Since he is stronger playing spin, he should start batting at no 4 or below, because that will improve his average, too. On the other hand Yousuf averages 55 at no 3 and he has also scored 5 centuries at that position- I can’t recall an ODI batsmen averaging so much at the no 3 position, it’s phenomenal.

    It was Imran Khan who suggested Younis should start batting at no 3, but it hasn’t exactly worked at ODI level. I don’t know if anyone remembers or not but I expressed my reservations with it back then on Pakspin. I still think Yousuf is a safer bet than Younis at no 3, because Yousuf has a cooler mind and he tends not to go for very wide cuts or unnecessary shots. He appears less edgy than Younis when playing pace bowling.

  40. #40 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 10:38 PM

    I am appalled they are thinking of making Misbah the captain after Afridi has shown ability and willingness to lead the team.
    ————————————————————————————-
    Misbah likely to take over T20 captaincy

    Source: The Nation, Pakistan

    LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board is considering making vice captain Misbahul Haq captain of the national T20 team in place of Younis Khan who has decided to retire from the format.
    Younis announced his retirement from the T20 cricket after the Pakistan team won the second edition of the World Championship last month In England. And even after several attempts from different quarters, Younis did not show any plans to revert his decision.
    The PCB is taking the decision, as reports suggest, probably to end grouping in the team which is believed to have affected team performance during the Sri Lanka tour.
    Even some former cricketers have suggested sacking of senior players like Shoaib Malik, Misbahul Haq and Kamran Akmal, which the reports suggested are having differences with the captain and the reports of argument between Misbah and Younis during the T20 World Cup is being taken as the main reason behind the grouping.
    But vibes coming from the PCB suggest that the board itself was in a fix because some of the officials wanted to make Shahid Afridi captain of the team for the format and Afridi has also shown willingness to lead the team but the PCB also wanted to end the grouping in the team. During the series and just before the third and final test match, the team officials held a nearly five hours team meeting to end bickering in the team but the Sri Lankan team captain Kumar Sangakkara played out an entire last day to save the match and deny Pakistan a consolation win.
    Pakistan will be playing the only t20 match of the series against Sri Lanka on August 12 and interim selection committee chairman Wasim Bari has decided to give Misbah the reigns of captaincy but its not clear as yet whether Younis will be part of the team or not that will play the format match.

  41. #41 by khansahab on July 27, 2009 - 10:59 PM

    Another newspaper, Daily Mirror, has reported that the decision to make Misbah captain was almost finalised after the T20 Cup. The much talked about argument between Younis and Misbah after that match when Misbah made 21 from 28 balls, is said to have instigated the player rebellion. Wasim Bari is apparently very keen to see Misbah as captain.

  42. #42 by Shoaib on July 28, 2009 - 1:03 AM

    Salam everyone,

    Khan Sahab ”aap kee naii photo dekh ker shock laga, aap itni jaldi boorhey ho gaye hey, kem socha karey cricket k barey mey” lol

    our next topic should be ”Aliya ney Pakistan chor diya? a disgraceful program.

    against Pakistan, against Islam, we know how painful it was to leave Pakistan, and i still can feel the taste of that pain in my mouth. anyway anyone interested to comment on that.

    i am on antiviral drug of swine flu at the moment. another gift from UK! lol if i didnt die i would come back here to write but till then remember me in your prayers.
    jazakallah ul khair
    Regards,
    Shoaib

  43. #43 by khansahab on July 28, 2009 - 8:59 AM

    Shoaib

    Murrein tumharay dushman!

    I wish you a speedy recovery from your ailment. Inshallah.

  44. #44 by khansahab on July 28, 2009 - 9:20 AM

    Shane Warne wants ODIs scrapped

    ——————————————————————————–

    Melbourne: Australian spin legend Shane Warne feels one-day cricket should be scrapped as there is enough challenge in Tests and Twenty20 internationals.
    In a recent Spin Summit in Brisbane, Warne said there should be just two forms of the game — Tests and Twenty20.
    “The 50-over one-day internationals should be scrapped,” Warne was quoted as saying in the Adelaide Review on Monday.

    “We’d then have the ultimate challenge of Test cricket and all out attacking Twenty20, as the limited overs format. Also the Australian players would have more time available to play state and club cricket,” he added.

  45. #45 by Mohammed Munir on July 28, 2009 - 9:22 AM

    Shoaib Bhai …

    If you are ‘planning’ to die, do Pakistan a favour and take “Shoaib” Malik with you 😉

    Jokes apart, I pray for your complete recovery at the earliest.

    Sorry I never saw that program.

  46. #46 by Shoaib on July 28, 2009 - 10:01 AM

    Salam Khansahab & Munir, Thanks for your compliments.

    @ Munir,two Shoaib can’t die together and let me exclude from that equation 🙂

    Javed sahab kia haal chaal hey? i hope good n sound 🙂 take care all

  47. #47 by Mohammed Munir on July 28, 2009 - 11:46 AM

    Shoaib …

    Inshallah, YOU will live for hundred years !!

  48. #48 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 28, 2009 - 1:14 PM

    Shoaib

    I am fine AKS aur tum swine kay bajai Miss Piggy Flu keho tou behtar hai. Aur there is treatment for this virus so don’t worry. Ghalib said:

    Murtay hain Arzoo may murnay ki
    Maot aati hai per nahee aati

    Aur agar maarna hee hai 2 shoiabs ko tou ek Malak hai doosra actor dono ko maro aur jootaon say maro!

  49. #49 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 28, 2009 - 1:24 PM

    WHAT ……. Misbah nominated to Captain T20? You must be joking and this is not even April Fools Joke. He is a sleeping buffoon, slow motion locomotion he has no experience to captain a side, plus he is not a finisher of the game, at best he can be in the team like a cog in the wheel, giving him the reigns of captaincy will be a disaster. Wasim Bari is a Ch2So4. Bari has already taken many stupid decisions in his life and while in the PCB. The first bad decision in his life is he started playing cricket.

    And, who is that idiot who thinks that by making “Missy Baba” the captain will end grouping in the team? It will actually flourish more, because Maliks, Akmals, Ajmals, Butts and Raos would be running up to him to whisper every “tinsey winsey” complaint into his ear.

    If this is a done decision and needs only a rubber stamp to approve it, then I am going to file a petition and start a movement here. What makes these PCB dimwit dolts think that Misbah can lead? This is purely a JINGOISTIC DECISION there is no fairness in it.

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 28, 2009 - 1:29 PM

    khansahab

    You are right that Yousuf should play at number 3 in ODI’s and Younus may continue playing at number 3 in test matches. And, I agree with you that the people of Pakistan consider Imran Khan’s blabbering as a word of Gospel. The reasons and the stats that you have mentioned are far move valid than what Imran Khan blabbed sometime ago. Therefore, not everything that Imran blabs should be the ultimate thing or the word to be considered as holy and the last thing on earth.

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 28, 2009 - 1:57 PM

    THE PCB TESTING WATERS !!!!

    I think this is one of the ways the PCB crooks try to test water and carry out their experiments before making a final decision. This, Misbah Captaincy rumour is the same thing. They want to see public reaction and media response.

    Now, once again it is the job of the journalists to speak the truth instead of pleasing and appeasing the masses. Just like they did at the political front by supporting the lawyers movement by pushing the Paindoo Chaudhary in front to make Nawaz & Shahbaz Sharif’s hooliganism a so-called success story. The truth is they have only proved that Pakistan is because of Punjab and nothing can be done without Punjab’s consent, because they are the majority population.

    I am really very appalled by this move, first they made Misbah the vice captain for no reason and now this. Why? What is so great about him?

    Just because he carries an MBA chip on his shoulder and he is a Niazi?

    Or, they want to compensate him for the loss of international cricket exposure that he got earlier in his life? That was because of his own stupidities and inconsistencies and his own poor performance in the past, and there is nothing great about him as a player.

    ASIM KAMAL wasn’t a bad player than Misbah and he proved his worth when he was in the team, but they dropped him for no reason. Like Fawad Alam, they selected him in the squad and made him sit on the bench to demotivate him, humiliate him. His test average is no less than Misbah’s and he was unlucky to get out twice in 90’s (99 and 91 against South Africa and India) in test matches otherwise he too would have had 2 hundreds to his name like Misbah.

  52. #52 by Awas on July 28, 2009 - 2:33 PM

    Javed

    Just because he carries an MBA chip on his shoulder and he is a Niazi?”

    What did you mean “and he is a Niazi” when you talk in the same vein as MBA? Are you suggesting having some Pathan genes is another qualification: 🙂

  53. #53 by khansahab on July 28, 2009 - 3:36 PM

    Shoaib tried to teach Kolkata bowlers ball-tampering: Buchanan

    Former coach of Kolkata Knight Riders John Buchanan of Australia has revealed in his new book that Pakistan’s fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar tried to teach fellow fast bowlers of Knight Riders a few ‘tricks’ during the IPL’s first season.

    John Buchanan in his new book ‘The Future of Cricket’ wrote a whole chapter on Shoaib Akhtar, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in Season One of the Indian Premier League.

    The Australian coach said in his book that the Rawalpindi Express had tried to teach ball-tampering to his fellow fast bowlers.

    He further said that Shoaib Akhtar told them various methods used by some of his fellow Pakistani fast bowlers.

    Buchanan has also wrote in his book that former coach of India Greg Chappell had warned him that Shoaib would be his biggest problem.
    John Buchanan further said in his book that Shoaib was trying to build a culture within the Knight Riders which he did not like as coach.

  54. #54 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 28, 2009 - 5:57 PM

    Awas: “having some Pathan genes is another qualification: 🙂 ”

    In his case it is a qualification because Imran Khan is also a Niazi. However, if he was not from Punjab and just a Pathan be it from Peshawar or settled in Karachi, then it is a disqualification. 😀

    As regards MBA, I have mentioned earlier in the other thread how Pakistani people (masses in general) are impressed by someone who is educated, especially when he projects himself and take advantage of his education (I think he is an Aictchisonian?)

    Even among the educated ones, those who acquire the art of speaking in public can impress more than those who are more educated and those who have more substance than them but, are shy to speak. In Misbah’s case he is good at backseat mothering just like Meesna Malik. 😉

  55. #55 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 28, 2009 - 6:07 PM

    khansahab

    Both, BhookaNaan and Actor are characterless people and can be bought and sold for money, so take his comments with a pinch of salt.

    As regards ball tampering, recently Allan Donald, the former South African ace bowler asked for legalizing ball tampering (not with some other material) by natural way and give the players equal chance because the wickets are flat and favours the batsmen. And, he said, everyone does ball tampering that way and it is better to make it legal.

    Wasim Akram said, it won’t help much and Srinath said it is a crime to allow ball tampering. Everyone has his own view. But, the truth is all fast bowlers try their best to hit the deck from one side and make the ball rough from one side and keep the shine on the other side and for that every single player in the team keeps rubbing the ball from one side. Didn’t Srinath ever rubbed the ball on his thighs? He has committed a crime! And, must be punished 😀

    http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/416565.html

  56. #56 by khansahab on July 28, 2009 - 6:51 PM

    Omer

    Rana Naved may contribute to demoralising other bowlers, but Rao and Rana were both expensive and Rana bowled better than Rao because he also picked up 2 wickets. Razzaq was actually the most expensive of the lot but he picked up 4 wickets which is why he was not criticised, 2 of which came in his first few balls.
    However, I agree that Razzaq should be chosen over Rana and Rao both.

    Pakistan played Australia in UAE in Pakistan-like conditions and their performance was pretty bad, earlier this year. Australia also was being touted as a weak team then. None of the batsmen from Pakistan actually performed in that series- they were all pathetic. In fact Afridi was probably the most consistent out of all of them. The reason why Misbah has a high ODI average against Australia is because he scored 161 runs that series and there was one score of 76 not out. So he made more than half his runs in one knock and he was also not out- which is why he has a spectacular average against them. However, it does not really reveal his mediocre calibre against good sides. Just like as in the 3rd Test people were complaining that he is out of form and must be dropped, and he responded with a good knock in the last match.

    The problem is Younis Khan himself does not have a brilliant record in ODI’s, so when Malik and Misbah’s talent is questioned, their supporters start talking about Younis. I think with these players Pakistan does not have a chance against Australia- unless Malik and Misbah are removed, it will be a humiliating series for Pakistan even if they are playing the Australia “A” team.

    Regarding Younis Khan, he is a class Test player so he has guaranteed selection but his ODI record leaves much to be desired- nearly 200 matches and an average of 33, courtesy of Imran Khan. He has played some good knocks in ODI’s but they are few and far in between.

  57. #57 by khansahab on July 28, 2009 - 7:08 PM

    I wonder if anyone knows there is a street called “Yunus Khan Close” in London?

  58. #58 by khansahab on July 28, 2009 - 9:07 PM

    Omer

    It’s debatable whether Malik is a worse ODI batsman than Razzaq. The problem is sometimes people place too much emphasis on being a pressure player, at the expense of consistency. Razzaq’s biggest problem is consistency in everything he does. On his day he can be a very useful player but it seems to me that this gap of a year or 2 has helped him. Sometimes senior players need a rest.
    There is not much difference in saying that Razzaq is bad with the old ball but Malik is a good batsman with the old ball- it seems both have the same kind of weakness. I don’t want to start another argument about who is better, but Malik’s record in ODI’s is better than Younis Khan’s and the only difference is that Younis has made a few centuries under pressure, like his 100 in the Kitply Cup final last year against India. It is hard to say, for example, that Younis can play the new ball better than Malik because it seems playing the new ball has made Younis average 33, which is not great considering the likes of other great batsmen like Inzamam, Yousuf, Miandad etc. Strange as it is, Malik averages 41 at no 3 and 53 at no 4, compared to Younis averaging much less.

    I know you don’t believe in averages, but in ODI cricket you don’t necessarily need exceptional calibre like you need in Test cricket- you can average in mid 30’s and be a good ODI player.

    In Test cricket I totally feel Malik should not be in the team, because Test is a game of specialists and Malik is not a proper Test batsmen capable of playing exceptional innings. He can’t play long innings, he can’t handle pace and swing for long unless he shifts in T20 mode, essentially he does not have what it takes to survive as a Test batsman. But in ODI’s it seems dropping him will prove very difficult because he has somehow made a name for himself in the format.

  59. #59 by M. Y. Kasim. on July 28, 2009 - 9:13 PM

    I have been calling for unearthing and giving extended chances to new and younger fast bowlers since I came across this blogg because my experience was telling me that what we have (injury-prone loud mouth drugies and uncouth, uneducated pindoos highly acclaimed by media which went into their heads) will not last long and suddenly, Pakistan, touted as the mass producer of fast, furious bowlers did end up with mediocre Medium-pacers like Rao, Rana, Arafat etc. etc.

    Those who were there were completely ignored because they had no connection and/or on political, regional or personal grounds. Its a long list and I dont want to go into details. Those who are following Pakistan’s domestic cricket are well aware of it.

    It is still time to find and encourage those youngsters who show promise and hire as many bowling coaches as needed like Waqar Younis and other former greats (forget Wasim Akram).

    It is better to invest money here than to squander on Butt’s travels on trivial excuses to London and Dubai!!

    This will have added benefit of preparing our budding opening batsmen how to play and negotiate new ball which is also our biggest problem.

  60. #60 by Awas on July 28, 2009 - 10:26 PM

    Guys, relax I do not believe Misbah will be made a T20 captain, there would be a mutiny otherwise. There is no other deserving player for this format than Afridi who basically won the T20 cup for Pakistan.

    Javed, I will be very surprised if Misbah is an Aitchesonian. His accent is a dead giveaway. I know a lot of them in Lahore and how they speak.

  61. #61 by khansahab on July 28, 2009 - 11:38 PM

    Omer

    Few points before I explain myself further to achieve the truth and justice of the matter.

    1) The article was written by Javed A Khan, not myself. Honestly, we are different people. I thought you would have realised this by now, knowing me well enough personally?

    2) I liked what you wrote about truth and passion for the game. Was the movie “And Justice For All” some kind of inspiration?

    3) I (am totally) agree that there are better players than Malik in any format of cricket. 100% agreed.

    Now the reason why I mentioned Australia and SA, is because they have been the strongest bowling oppositions of the past 10 years. Of course when I mention them, I take into account matches played in Pakistan as well as matches played in those countries. Malik has played 4 ODI innings vs South Africa in South Africa and he has made 155 runs. That is an average of about 40, which is fairly good, undeniably.
    Now he may have failed in England and New Zealand. You are right it exposes that he is a poor batsman against swing. But what you are not acknowledging here is that, neither England nor NZ have/had bowlers of the calibre of Australia or SA. Esp England, in ODI cricket they are still changing bowlers and they have had stop-gap bowlers for a long time. NZ had Bond but he was good in patches only.

    Malik encourages a broad diversity of opinion it seems, like Afridi. It seems strange that on the one hand he is poor against the new ball but on the other hand, he is so good at no 3 and no 4 in ODI, much better than Younis Khan. It seems very puzzling. Let’s compare Malik’s performance against Aus and SA with other Pakistani batsmen:

    Name Average vs AUS Average vs SA

    Younis 15 26

    Inzamam 32 30

    Yousuf 40 36

    Razzaq 27 21

    Malik 22 39

    So it seems Malik can perform against a quality bowling attack, he just does not play long innings that often.

    And yes I agree he is not a team player, and he plays for himself. I also agree that playing him is always a risk because of his weakness against the short ball and his weakness against swing. However, I will also add that most Pakistan batsmen will also struggle against swing. To me say is “pathetic” but to say others are “merely mediocre” does not seem very noteworthy. In other words if he is completely rubbish and others are slightly better, it does not mean much. You can’t drop someone on that basis, especially if he has a track record of making some runs, albeit only for himself.

    I would certainly like to see Malik out of all forms of cricket but I don’t think he is that bad an ODI player.

    Here I am NOT defending Malik, I am just saying that it is difficult to drop someone on the basis that they are not team players or that they will not perform in England and New Zealand. In an ideal world we would want that to happen but it won’t happen.

  62. #62 by Saad Shafqat on July 29, 2009 - 4:31 AM

    As I understand from Javed, this post refers at least in part to my column in last Sunday’s DAWN in which I have targeted YK for playing that ridiculous reverse sweep. Cricket is of course a team sport and when you lose a Test series it is a team failure. The idea behind singling out YK was to underscore the mindlessness of his mistake and the crucial time at which he made it.

    Is YK a great batsman? Certainly. Is he a great captain? Potentially, yes. He is a fine, honorable man who has demosntrated the ability to inspire. His tactics are sometimes questionable, but tactics are only one part of captaincy. Lifting Pakistan to a World T20 title in dire circumstances is ample evidence of YK’s leadership merit.

    As for all this talk of factions within the team, I wouldn’t make much of it. There have always been and always will be factions within our beloved team. Despite these groupings, the team shows occasional signs of brilliance. And despite these groupings, we will soon sweep Sri Lanka aside in the impending ODI series.

    Finally, on the issue of journalism standards: my column Reverse Swing which appears in DAWN every other Sunday is based on opinion and not reportage. Like any other opinion columnist, I naturally do rely on reportage and verify my facts, but the essence of the piece is opinionated interpretation.

    By the way, thanks for introducing me to this website. Leg slip is a lovely, catchy title.

  63. #63 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 9:15 AM

    Dear Mr Shafqat

    If you are indeed the famous Saad Shafqat who has been involved in journalism for so long, then we are surely honoured to have you on this blog. Thank you sir and we wish you the best.

  64. #64 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 9:17 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Shahid Afridi is Pakistan’s new T20 captain.

  65. #65 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 9:27 AM

    Omer

    Yeah, I can’t single out one innings that he has played which has won Pakistan a match. But, I do recall himself playing some very good knocks against India and England in ODI’s, where he did a lot of the donkey work and Inzamam came at the crease to finish the matches. As I have said before he was at his best playing at no 3, although his average is higher playing at no 4.

    However he does appear a useless player and he is no Inzi, Saeed Anwar, Younis Khan even, considering Younis has this ability to play super innings that compels you to admire his rare batting class. You are also right when you previously said that he is not really good enough to have a set role in the team. He has everything right going for him- he is relatively young, fit, keen learner, experience of playing around the globe, but somehow it seems he is unable to get out of this shell of mediocrity. At his best he is merely good, not great and he can never be called a great player.

    At the same time Younis needs to decide what role he is playing in ODI’s because his inconsistency is irritating.

  66. #66 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 9:34 AM

    I hope Afridi can replace Younis as the captain of ODI’s too.

  67. #67 by Awas on July 29, 2009 - 9:40 AM

    Didn’t Javed and I say above, Misbah won’t become captain of T20!!!

    🙂

  68. #68 by Awas on July 29, 2009 - 9:44 AM

    Saad Shafqat

    Nice to hear from you and your very amiable comments. I agree, as you quite rightly say, you are entitled to your opinion in your column.

    The point about Younus’ reverse sweep is that he was decent enough to admit that he wished he hadn’t played that shot and people latched on him because he accepted his mistake. Whereas, other batsmen whether they admit their mistake or not, only they know best as they were not so open about it. So, it’s unfair to be critical of Younus only. Anyway, wrongly or rightly tendency is always to criticise more capable batsmen such as Younus and Yousuf because we all expect more from them.

    As far as factions and groupings are concerned, I totally agree with you here. This has been a permanent problem in Pakistan team’s set up. I do take light hearted view of this too especially in view of the fact when Younus puts his job on the line by saying “There is no dispute among the players…the day I sense there is some conspiracy or rebellion going on in the side I will resign myself in a respectable manner”.

  69. #69 by Awas on July 29, 2009 - 9:49 AM

    khansahab

    If you are indeed the famous Saad Shafqat

    I don’t doubt he is not. Style and quality of writing says it all.

  70. #70 by Mohammed Munir on July 29, 2009 - 10:18 AM

    Congratulations to Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi on his selection of Pakistan’s Captain.

    Congratulations to all his fans too.

    Jalnay Waloun Ka Moun Kala. 😉

  71. #71 by Mohammed Munir on July 29, 2009 - 10:24 AM

    Khansahab …

    “I hope Afridi can replace Younis as the captain of ODI’s too”.

    Yeah right and while we are at it, I guess Afridi can replace him in Tests also. 😉

    Zara Dheeray Dheeray Meray Bhai …

    Now please don’t push Younis out of ODIs too. Afridi have time on his side and he can easily play for another 5/ 6 years, so if he performed well in this new “leadership role” and showed some additional responsibility, he can surely replace Younis sooner or later.

  72. #72 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 29, 2009 - 11:04 AM

    First of all I would like to thank Dr. Saad Shafqat for taking the time out to write a few lines on this blog in clarifying and explaining his point of view about the comments he made in his column in the Daily DAWN on Sunday 26, 2009 with a special dig on Younus Khan’s reverse sweep in the second test against Sri Lanka.

    For those who don’t know Dr. Saad Shafqat, he is a neurosurgeon and he teaches at Agha Khan University Karachi. He has a great passion for the game of cricket and he has written Javed Miandad’s autobiography. Besides writing his regular column in DAWN he writes columns on cricinfo as well.

    I have a very high regard for his opinions and views and I respect him a lot not only for highlighting Javed Miandad’s achievements but, also presenting them in a very truthful and straightforward manner. He has also given the due respect and recognition to Pakistan’s little master Hanif Mohammad in an exclusive column dedicated entirely on him for his contribution to the game of cricket in Pakistan. And, in his recent column in DAWN he also mentioned the name of the creator of reverse sweep, Mushtaq Mohammad the younger brother of Hanif Mohammad.

    I would like to request Dr. Saad Shafqat to honour us and our bloggers by writing a thread on this blog whenever he finds time and feels it is suitable for him. We are not a commercial blog to offer any financial remunerations but, we are a non-profitable blog which has very keen and diversified bloggers from all over the world who take the game of cricket very seriously and write with a lot of passion and enthusiasm. Hence it would be an honour if he writes a column or a thread here sometimes for the benefit of cricket lovers.

    Secondly, I would like to tell something to our fellow blogger Mr. M. Y. Kasim, who is a senior citizen and despite his poor health he writes on this blog on a regular basis. Mr. Kasim, I hope you remember when a couple of years ago upon my mentioning here on this blog about Javed Miandad’s autobiography, you asked me the details and bought the book through the internet and after reading it you had mentioned a few facts about Miandad. You may write it again in a few words for Dr. Saad Shafqat to know how you felt about the book.

  73. #73 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 29, 2009 - 11:11 AM

    I was so pleased to read Dr. Saad Shafqat’s comments on LS that the most important news became secondary for me and that is, Shahid Afridi’s appointment as T20 captain for Pakistan’s national side.

    I would like to congratulate everyone who raised his voice to support the move in making Shahid Afridi the captain of Pakistan T20 team. Like Awas said earlier and I concurred his views that the PCB cannot afford mutiny and revolt by appointing Misbah as the captain ahead of Afridi. I said, I will file a petition and the rumour was more like testing waters and they found out very soon what the people of Pakistan wanted?

    Congratulations Shahid Khan Afridi and we hope you will make the nation more proud by taking this assignment very seriously and giving your best. Inshallah this assignment will be a stepping stone for you in taking over the reigns of captaincy in all forms of the game.

  74. #74 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 11:51 AM

    Pakistani players approached by bookies in Colombo

    ——————————————————————————–

    KARACHI: The menace of match-fixing reared its ugly head again on Wednesday with a media report claiming that Pakistani cricketers were approached by bookmakers in Colombo during the recently-concluded Test series against Sri Lanka.

    Express, a mainstream Urdu daily, claimed in a report that some unidentified Indian bookies approached several Pakistani players during the second and third Tests against Sri Lanka in Colombo earlier this week.

    Yawar Saeed, the Pakistan team manager, was quoted as saying by the newspaper that the incidents did happen but the team management took appropriate steps to erase any chances of further contacts between the players and the bookies.

    “Yes we were told by some of the players that a few suspicious people approached them during the Colombo Tests,” Yawar was quoted as saying in the report. “We lodged a complaint with the hotel management and they immediately shifted all of us to another floor of the hotel,” he said.

    Yawar said the players have been strictly told to avoid such people and if anybody approaches them they should immediately inform the team management about it.

    According to details, the alleged ‘Indian’ bookies contacted the players during the second and third Test matches in Colombo, inviting them for lunches and dinners.

    According to Yawar, they were Mumbai-based bookies who probably are “in action again to try and get matches fixed”.

    The report has added fuel to suspicions of foul-play in Pakistan’s 0-2 defeat in the Test series against Sri Lanka. Pakistan lost the first two Tests from seemingly winning positions and then failed to win the final one in spite of having the upper hand. That match ended in a draw.

    Pakistan cricket was hit hard by allegations of match-fixing in the nineties and resulted in a life-ban on former captain Saleem Malik and fines on several other players.

  75. #75 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 11:57 AM

    It’s strange that there are about 17 hours left until the 1st ODI but there are no previews from Cricinfo or any other source?

  76. #76 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 12:23 PM

    The timing of the T20 captain announcement has been very good. Afridi’s confidence will hopefully improve and he will be able to make a case of him being captain in ODI’s as well, especially if Younis continues his poor form.

    One other thing is that if Afridi is captain, he will probably not bat on his usual position in ODI’s- no 7. He will come somewhere between no 3-5, which is very good because it means either Malik will have to be promoted at no 3, where he plays better, or Younis will have to be demoted to no 4 onwards, where he plays better, too. So for this reason Afridi’s captaincy will make Pakistan win many more matches. At the moment Malik is a nothing batsman at no 5 or 6 and Younis is mediocre in ODI’s at no 3.

  77. #77 by Awas on July 29, 2009 - 12:26 PM

    I wouldn’t read too much into this match-fixing “news”.

    When you loose/draw from a seemingly winning position such rumours are bound to resurface. The fact of the matter is that Pakistani team is capable of catapulting from any position – winning or loosing.

    ICC is very vigilant of it with its ant-corruption unit and most of their efforts would be concentrated around Pakistanis and Indian players for obvious reasons. It’s a very professional unit setup under Sir Paul Condon, not a Mickey Mouse type. I don’t think any player would be daft enough to ruin his career forever by indulging in this sort of thing as any player is bound to get caught.

  78. #78 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 12:52 PM

    A lot of people think Pakistan will win the ODI series. I think any of the sides can win. Pakistan are likely to win 1 match or 2 if they lose the first couple of matches because that is how they always perform- when they are pushed to the brink they wake up.

    If Malinga is playing he can provide a few scares for Pakistan because Pakistanis are weak against someone of his pace. If he is used for 5-6 overs he can be fairly deadly. Similarly, although Pakistan play Murali well, he is someone who can always spring a surprise.

    Add to that Kulasekara and Thushara with the new ball- Sri Lanka have a decent bowling attack.

    Their batting is fairly good too, with players like Sangakarra, Jayawardene, Samaraweera etc. They will surely have better openers than Pakistan. 10 players from Pakistan have automatic selection- YK, Younis, Misbah, Malik, Afridi, Akmal, Razzaq, Gul, Aamer, Ajmal. Now they have to decide who the 11th player will be- Younis is likely to go with Imran Nazir. The candidates are Nazir, Alam, Umar Akmal and Jamshed.

  79. #79 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 2:55 PM

    This is Cricinfo’s line up for the 1st ODI:

    Pakistan: (likely) 1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Fawad Alam, 5 Shahid Afridi, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Misbah-ul-Haq/ Mohammad Yousuf, 8 Abdul Razzaq, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Naved-ul-Hasan, 11 Saeed Ajmal/ Mohammad Aamer

    I think it is a weird line up. Fawad Alam has been placed as an automatic selection, whereas it says either one of Yousuf or Misbah will play? How come? And how can Rana Naved be chosen over Mohammad Aamer?

  80. #80 by khansahab on July 29, 2009 - 3:35 PM

    Irfan was dropped for reasons other than performance : Yusuf

    “Yusuf’s outburst comes on the heels of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) chief selector Mukund Parmar comments that “for someone from Gujarat to get selected in the Indian team, someone from the state has to be there in the selection panel”.

    Gujarat Ranji Trophy consultant coach Ashok Patel said: “The Indian team composition is very South-heavy, or rather we should say, Chennai heavy.” Selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth, incidentally, is from Chennai. “

  81. #81 by Awas on July 29, 2009 - 3:43 PM

    I thought such politics only happen in Pakistan 🙂

  82. #82 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 8:12 AM

    232 is a good score on this ground. The Sri Lankan lower order played superbly and they took the initiative away from Pakistan.

    I will blame Younis Khan who should not have asked Afridi to bowl his final 2 overs at the end of the innings. Why did he ask a spinner to bowl in the Powerplay especially towards the end of an innings? I think Afridi’s final 2 overs went for 26 or something. He should have realised Sri Lanka will not take the Powerplay until the end and he should have made Afridi complete his overs before that.

  83. #83 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 9:15 AM

    Ramiz Raja has just said that Shoaib Malik “is a team player and an asset for any team”.

    Just as he finished his sentence, Malik has been bowled by Kulasekara. Malik’s failure against the new ball continues. He could not play the new ball here.

    Now the trend will continue. Malik will fail 2 or 3 more times, his place will be on the line and he will make a 50 to secure his selection in the future. Pakistan needs to drop players like these.

  84. #84 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 9:22 AM

    Ramiz Raja kept criticising Alam and Manzoor’s technique in the Test matches, but has he ever criticised Malik’s technique against the new ball?

    Malik has had a perennial weakness against the new ball. Has anyone ever heard Ramiz speak against Malik?

    I think Afridi’s technique against the new ball is much better than Malik’s.

  85. #85 by Awas on July 30, 2009 - 9:28 AM

    Decent enough eleven but it would have been nice to see Omer Akmal in the taem too alongwith Fawad and Razzaq.

    Instead of Malik as a makeshift opener Imran Nazir would have been a better choice as he is not just explosive but is used to coming as an opener.

    Omer Akmal and Imran Nazir should have been included in place of Malik and Misbah.

  86. #86 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 9:44 AM

    Awas

    I agree. Firstly I don’t think Malik will be demoted down the order, because once people start getting fed up of him, he will score a 40 or a 50. In any event he will not be dropped and neither will Misbah. If anything they will drop Fawad Alam and make way for Imran Nazir, say if Fawad fails in 2 matches. The only way Omer Akmal is coming is if Fawad fails in 2 matches and then Imran Nazir is played in Fawad’s position and he also fails in 2 matches.

    LOL @ Waqar who just said, “Umar Akmal scored quite a-heavily against Australia A”.

  87. #87 by Awas on July 30, 2009 - 10:06 AM

    khansahab

    You were right that Afridi would play better in the ODI after being named captain of T20 yesterday.

    I just hope they stop loosing wicket regularly and a couple of them bat better to surpass this smallish total.

  88. #88 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 10:16 AM

    I am really disappointed with Younis. How can you drop Malik and Misbah in ODI’s if Younis himself is playing so irresponsibly?

    It seems Younis has never really been able to adjust in ODI’s ever since he was promoted to no 3 in the line up.

  89. #89 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 10:21 AM

    Apart from Malik and Akmal’s wickets that came because of inability to play the new ball, everyone else gifted their wickets to Sri Lanka. Afridi managed 27 runs and that is actually more than his average so he kind of did his bit, but terrible shots by Yousuf and Younis.

    So typical of Pakistan, they lose matches themselves by playing silly shots.

  90. #90 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 11:22 AM

    In the past 30 mins Ramiz must have criticised Fawad Alam about 5 times saying he can’t hit, he can’t accelerate etc. Alam just hit 2 boundaries in a row.

    I don’t think Alam should take risks when there is no proper batsman on the other end to support him or provide some kind of insurance if Alam gets out. He can’t do much else other than what he is doing.

  91. #91 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 11:31 AM

    Fawad Alam scored the most runs amongst all recognised batsmen. Razzaq has just been dismissed now.

    Poor display by Pakistan. Even Alam should have played with more concentration. As I said earlier he tries to nudge and poke too much for singles, sometimes it will work and sometimes it won’t. Technically he is OK, he survived more than 50 balls. It’s a problem with temperament and a little bif of technique as well, he just tries to poke the bat around but doesn’t time or place the ball well enough.

  92. #92 by Awas on July 30, 2009 - 12:27 PM

    Decent efforts from the fast bowlers Gul and Aamer but no commendable contributions from any batsman really.

    There is no Inzi around to hold the innings together. In these sort of situations, in the past, one could always say confidently, as long as Inzi is around we are always there with a chance as other tail-enders, like Umer and Aamer, can play around him. But no one can take that mantle now.

  93. #93 by Awas on July 30, 2009 - 12:30 PM

    That is why Inzi had that tag “a match winner” as he won many matches like that – by staying there.

  94. #94 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 1:27 PM

    Fawad Alam’s innings was like how Malik plays- 30 odd, unable to change momentum, and eventually loses concentration and gets out.

  95. #95 by Awas on July 30, 2009 - 2:07 PM

    khansahab

    It doesn’t matter what Fawad did only. Not a single batsman impressed here, only bowlers did.

    One knock of 70-80 by any recognised batsman would have been sufficient and if one or two had scored 25-30 odd.

  96. #96 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 30, 2009 - 2:10 PM

    Malik & Misbah THE NOTHING PLAYERS scored 9thing.

    Until and unless they do something to get rid of them, nothing is gonna happen. Its a shame that players like Imran Nazir and Umar Akmal are sitting out just because these two nothing players have a reputation.

    If bowlers like Murali, Mathews, Umar Gul and even Mohammad Aamer can bat and make decent runs, then whats wrong with the regular batsmen? Are they all playing under pressure or what?

  97. #97 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 2:12 PM

    Awas

    You are right but I am disappointed at him because he has so much potential. We are used to seeing the others throw their wickets away, but for the first time it seemed Fawad could have played better. I am not even complaining about him playing slow, because it would have been folly to take risks and look silly like Younis Khan, but he had to concentrate and play a long innings. However, the match was probably lost after Misbah departed. Although I am aware of Razzaq’s talent, I have said before he does something special only in 1 out of 5 or 10 matches.

  98. #98 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 30, 2009 - 2:20 PM

    It seems that Mathews is robbing the innings each time Pakistan comes closer to get them out, he scores some runs and goes into partnerships and today a player like Murali smashed fours and a six plus his 3 wickets to grab MOM award.

    Among the Pakistani bowlers as well as batsmen, there is some kinda lethargy that is featured permanently in their psyche and they simply cannot get out of it. They get complacent and then give up so easily. I thought at, 131/6 in the 34th over, they should have got ’em out under 160, BUT the killer instinct is lacking once again.

  99. #99 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 2:26 PM

    Javed A Khan

    That is what shows you whether a captain is weak or strong. If a team’s position of strength dissipates and becomes a position of weakness, it becomes the captain’s responsibility because he has been unable to keep momentum and motivate his players. It HAS to be the captain who instills this killer instinct. However, both Younis and Afridi will have problems doing that anyway if they don’t get along with half of the team, or if the team spirit is weak and there is background politics being played.

    I don’t really see how Younis Khan can be a good captain if Pakistan is losing like this.

  100. #100 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 4:47 PM

    Quotes from Inti Alam’s interview after today’s match:

    We did not lose the match because of our batting.”

    “Malik is the man in form”.

  101. #101 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 30, 2009 - 8:27 PM

    Was Inti Alam speaking through Ijaz’s Butt?

    Malik is not a Man
    Malik is a Sissy! And,
    Misbah is Missy.

    They both needs a kick in the Butt with a message, take a break, have a kit kat.

  102. #102 by khansahab on July 30, 2009 - 11:19 PM

    I don’t know whether it’s due to age, but today I was at a social gathering where all men were 60+ and they were all talking like Inti Alam. They all said Pakistan was in a winning position until Murali came and changed the course of the match.

    Again, there was no reference to the fact that, after the openers were dismissed and Yousuf went cheaply, it was the job of Younis, Misbah and Alam to guide the team near victory. Alam sort of tried, but Younis and Misbah failed.

    Here I am criticising Younis too. If I was biased I would only speak against Misbah, but a spade has to be called a spade. The point is that 3 wickets had fallen and Younis was not required to hit airy shots like he did. Similarly Misbah just looked out of form.

    Many people are claiming that Misbah is failing due to his age. Just a few months ago he made 70 odd against Australia and I believe his strike rate was over 100. So it’s not a problem with age. Age was a problem with Inzi, when he was not retiring from Test cricket so he could get a shot at being the highest Test scorer for Pakistan. Age is a problem when your hand eye coordination is poor, when you can’t run well, or when you have not been performing for a while (Inzi only averaged about 30 in the year he retired). Misbah’s problem is not age- it’s a problem with the mind. He needs a rest. But age becomes a problem when a player is dropped because a youngster will always be preferred over him if his re-selection is in contention.

  103. #103 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 31, 2009 - 3:20 AM

    CONSISTENT LOSERS

    After the first ODI defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, Pakistan cricket team has confirmed that it is consistent in losing. They haven’t won a single match on this trip so far. That is because, the team has nothing players in it and a very unimaginative and spineless captain who cannot stand up and say NO to the manager and coach. Younus Khan, if he continues to behave like this, he will NOT win matches and shall be regarded as one of the weakest captain of Pakistan.

    If he is a strong captain, then he cannot afford to keep the nothing players in the team. He has to put his foot down, tell the coach and the manager, “GO TO HELL” I am dropping Malik & Misbah by replacing them with Imran Nazir and Omar Akmal. Shoaib Malik was regarded as the weakest captain Pakistan ever produced, the only reason Younus Khan is ahead of Malik is because the later lost the 2007 T20 WC and the former won the 2009 T20 WC for Pakistan.

    Other than that, Malik showed more guts by dropping Shahid Afridi on numerous occasions. Whereas, Younus Khan cannot drop Malik & Misbah despite repeated failures. So, from this angle Malik is not weak, he used his influence, clout and his mean tactics and did whatever he wanted to do. But, that is another matter that he could not win matches because he wanted to keep his best players away i.e., whoever is a threat – drop him.

  104. #104 by khansahab on July 31, 2009 - 11:01 AM

    Zia, Qadir demand probe on alleged involvement of bookies

    KARACHI: Former PCB Chairman Lt General (Retd) Tauqir Zia and former chief selector Abdul Qadir have demanded an inquiry into the presence of some
    Indians on the same floor where the Pakistan team was staying in a Colombo hotel as rumors about possible match-fixing continued.

    “I think it is best if the board carried out independent investigation to find out who these people were so that speculations could be laid to rest and we don’t have more match fixing rumors,” Zia said.

    Qadir noted that it was strange that captain, Younis Khan and manager Yawar Saeed were giving contradictory statements on the issue.

    “Younis is saying something else and Yawar the opposite which itself is suspicious to me. The board must hold an inquiry and find out the facts of this whole incident,” Qadir said.

    Yawar had initially tried to play down the incident and said he couldn’t say who the Indians were while Younis had denied anyone had approached them.

    Sources in the PCB said the board itself had been surprised when the incident was first reported in the Pakistan media as Yawar had not told them anything about the issue.

    What is now confirmed is that they were atleast five Indian nationals staying on the same floor as the players and that two of them are said to have a history of being associated with cricket betting,” one source said.

    Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt yesterday admitted that some Indians were sharing the same floor with the Pakistan team but said the Indians were shifted to another floor after the Pakistan team manager pointed it out to hotel authorities.

    “Our team manager drew the attention of the hotel management to this (presence of Indians) and they shifted those Indian nationals to another floor,” Butt told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports.

    “Our team manager learnt of something that was not right and immediately set the matter right and it is closed now,” Butt maintained, refusing to comment on speculations that there were possible bookmakers from Mumbai trying to lure Pakistan cricketers.

    The International Cricket Council made it clear it did not want to comment on issues concerning its Anti Corruption Unit but conceded the ACU was aware of the incident.

    The source said the ACU security officer in India, Ravi Sawami, is looking into the incident in Sri Lanka since ICC regulation doesn’t encourage players to mingle with strangers on tours and during series.

  105. #105 by khansahab on July 31, 2009 - 11:08 AM

    Butt should retire now: Dasti

    Karachi, July 31 (PTI) Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ejaz Butt was asked to retire by Parliamentary Committee chairman Jamshed Khan Dasti during a hearing on cricket affairs at the Parliament house.

    In an interesting exchange of words between Butt and the Chairman of the parliamentary committee, Jamshed Khan Dasti, the former was reminded that even for government servants the retirement age was 60 years.

    “Butt sahib even government employees retire at 60. How old are you,” Dasti asked Butt.

    “I am 70,” replied Butt at the hearing on cricket affairs at the parliament house.

    “I think enough is enough. You have done 10-years overtime. You should now retire,” Dasti responded to the PCB chief’s remarks who retorted: “Yes but even at this age the national team won the T20 World Cup recently under my chairmanship.”

    Dasti replied that for this achievement the committee had already congratulated him.

  106. #106 by khansahab on July 31, 2009 - 1:32 PM

    A lot of people are saying that Younis underperformed during Malik’s tenure as captain, so Malik is justified in performing like this.

    They are clearly biased, because, when has Younis ever performed differently? He is also inconsistent now as captain, so is he underperforming deliberately to undermine his own captaincy?

    As far as I can recall, Younis performed the same way under Inzamam, Malik and now he is also performing the same way. In ODI’s his form is usually questioned and then he usually responds with a match winning century.

    But, when has Malik’s form been so poor ever since he became a senior player? This year he averages 26 in ODI’s whereas his career average is 35. This year Misbah has only scored 171 runs from 8 innings and in one of those, he made 76.

  107. #107 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 31, 2009 - 1:36 PM

    Ijaz Butt is more than 74 years old and he is hiding his age by saying 70. Intekhab Alam is 72 years old. Saleem Altaf is 68 years old. What are these people doing here at this age? Send them to senior citizen homes and ask them to read newspapers and watch TV. They are not fit for this job.

    They are spending the PCB money by traveling first class and staying in 5 star hotels making money, hiring their own relatives to work for the PCB. Most important of all ruining the game of cricket and young talent in Pakistan.

    I haven’t seen such a Dheet person as Ijaz Butt, he needs a kick in the Butt to get his retirement.

  108. #108 by khansahab on July 31, 2009 - 5:25 PM

    In my opinion, how bad team Pakistan is at the moment can be seen by the fact that Australia managed to beat them in the ODI series in UAE earlier this year. Australia has suffered such a huge dent in confidence that it seems they won’t recover. They lost the T20 Cup, they lost a Test series against India last year, then they lost another Test series against South Africa. Then they beat South Africa in one Test series, but then they did really badly in ODI’s. They lost 2 ODI series against South Africa and drew a series against New Zealand.

    This is the worst form Australia has been for over a decade, yet a second string Australian team beat Pakistan in April this year.

  109. #109 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 31, 2009 - 7:14 PM

    The match preview on cricinfo says:

    Team news

    Intikhab Alam the coach conceded that the decision to send Shoaib Malik to open didn’t work out as planned, which could strengthen Imran Nazir’s case for an inclusion. If he’s included, one of the non-performers in the middle order will have to make way.

    Pakistan: (likely) 1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Younis Khan (capt), 4 Fawad Alam, 5 Shahid Afridi, 6 Shoaib Malik/Misbah-ul-Haq, 7 Mohammad Yousuf, 8 Abdul Razzaq, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Mohammad Aamer, 11 Saeed Ajmal

    Let us see what happens next? Will he drop Malik or Misbah or find an excuse to avoid dropping one of them? Because, Fawad Alam is cementing his place you can’t drop him and dropping Mohammad Younus would create even more hue and cry from many corners. So, this time it is expected that one of the “M’s” will be left behind for sure so, lets see which one?

    My guess is: It would be Misbah!

  110. #110 by khansahab on July 31, 2009 - 8:42 PM

    Javed A Khan

    The dilemma is that, if Misbah is dropped it will be very difficult for him to play again. Chances are that Umar Akmal will bat better than Misbah, knowing Misbah’s pathetic form. If Malik is dropped it will be slightly unjust to Malik because he is a better ODI player than Misbah, when he is not facing the new ball. Most people think Imran Nazir will open and Misbah will sit out.

    OR Younis can always keep the same XI and see how things go- maybe Malik will score 25 runs or so. Younis can of course drop both and play Imran Nazir and Umar Akmal, which is the ideal situation.

  111. #111 by khansahab on July 31, 2009 - 8:52 PM

    I’ve just seen that out of the 46 ODI innings Misbah has played, he has remained not out 10 times. That is a lot.

    That is why his average is inflated at 39 in ODI’s. The way he has batted generally so far in ODI’s, his average should be more like 26-27.

  112. #112 by khansahab on July 31, 2009 - 11:01 PM

    Misfiring players get Trophy warning

    Saturday, August 01, 2009
    By By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s under-performing cricketers received a warning ahead of the team selection for the ICC Champions Trophy when new chief selector Iqbal Qasim announced on Friday that their performance in the ongoing One-day International series against Sri Lanka is being closely monitored back home.

    Qasim, a former Pakistan Test leg-spinner, told ‘The News’ that he and fellow national selectors, are carefully scrutinising the form and fitness of the players currently featuring in the ODI series under progress in Sri Lanka.

    The chief selector, who formally takes over from Saturday (today), said that the national selection committee will take into consideration the performance of the players in the ongoing series while picking the final 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy which gets underway in South Africa from September 22.

    “We have ample time before deciding the (final) squad for the Champions Trophy,” he said. “The selection committee is currently monitoring the national players’ performance in the one-day series against Sri Lanka and will only name the team for the Champions Trophy after its ends (on August 12).”

    Qasim was named as the chief selector weeks after Abdul Qadir, another former Pakistan Test spinner, stepped down from the post and blamed repeated meddling in selection affairs by senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials and the national team management.

    Pakistan misfired in the three-match Test series losing it 0-2 after falling in Galle and Colombo in the first and second Tests from seemingly winning positions. They made an awful start to the five-match one-day series on Thursday, losing a low-scoring match in Dambulla by 36 runs following yet another batting failure.

    Pakistan named their 30-man preliminary squad for the Champions Trophy earlier this month, bringing in former Indian Cricket League (ICL) rebels Imran Nazir and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan as well as pacer Mohammad Asif, who is currently serving a one-year ban over doping.

    Asif was banned last year after he tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone while featuring in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last summer. He completes the ban on September 22, on the same day when the elite eight-nation Champions Trophy explodes into action in South Africa.

    The preliminary squad includes several rookies, who have been rewarded for their impressive showing on a recent tour of Australia. They include Umar Akmal, who was one of the success stories of Pakistan A team’s recently-concluded tour of Australia. Other newcomers include Azhar Ali and Sheharyar Ghani.

  113. #113 by Mohammed Munir on August 1, 2009 - 4:50 AM

    Bad start from Pakistan …

    This is how the commentator has to explain Younis, at toss …

    Younis smiles through the pain, as usual. Don’t ask me how he does it each time.

    “We know we’re struggling,” Younis says with a grin.

    Anyways, they have finally dropped Misbah-ul-Haq and since the could not drop Malik they have now dropped Mohammad Yousuf which I think is not that bad too. Yousuf was struggling and except for his one innigs where he scored a century, he is not the same.

    Umar Akmal makes an international debut and plays in the middle order position replacing Misbah, while they play a specialist opener in Nasir Jamshid, who have got out on first ball, so Younis is almost opening the innings at number 3. Nasir Jamshid has been given a chance ahead of Imran Nazir, and although both are similar players, I think, Imran Nazir is bit more explosive and also a better fielder.

    The good news so far is that Misbah is finally dropped !!

  114. #114 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 1, 2009 - 5:43 AM

    What is the point of bringing Imran Nazir back into the squad and making him sit in the dressing room? And, Nasir Jamshed got so many chances and failed all the time, he should not be preferred over Imran Nazir. The way he got out on first ball duck was more like ” Aa Bail Mujhay Maar.”

    And, Malik is mourning Misbah’s demise and he too got out on a duck. So, there is a chance that in the next match Imran Nazir will definitely be in the team. In any case the chances of Pakistan winning this match are very slim, unless Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq break the shackles and score some free runs at a good run rate. Because, there is no Yousuf in the team and as long as Younus Khan holds one end and let the explosive batsmen score there is a chance. But, the bowling is so weak it is not likely they will win this match.

    The match against Sri Lanka A proved that even if Pakistan scores 300 plus, their bowlers cannot get the opposition out quickly. Right now the run rate is pathetic 50/3 in 16 overs 3.12 which is nothing. By this standard if they make 220 -230 it would be a miracle.

  115. #115 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 1, 2009 - 5:50 AM

    It appears that Younus Khan is too much over burdened by the captaincy and the losing streak both, his run rate 31.37 is pathetic and if he cannot provide the impetus of scoring at a faster run rate, the others will simply get bogged down and in an attempt to hit every ball, they will get out. Its a shame that YK cannot get past Malinga and playing like a club level player.

    I think in the next match, Yousuf and Imran Nazir should be in, definitely NO Misbah and NO Malik.

    As I was typing in the fresh over of Mathews Umar Akmal got out, exactly for same reasons I had mentioned above.

  116. #116 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 1, 2009 - 5:52 AM

    THIS IS WHAT CRICINFO SAYS:

    “Fawad Alam walks in. Pakistan desperately need a partnership and Fawad has to lead the way because his captain looks very shaky.”

    They are echoing my words which I wrote above.

  117. #117 by Mohammed Munir on August 1, 2009 - 6:06 AM

    I guess this series is a goner and let’s now talk about something else 😦

    Seeing them playing and loosing like this is not just simple nagging, it is a pathetic feeling of pure frustration, hopelessness and utter dissatisfaction in the entire PCB Department.

  118. #118 by Mohammed Munir on August 1, 2009 - 6:11 AM

    What the F… is Younis Khan thinking here. He has scored 18 runs on 61 balls at strike rate of a 29.50.

    It would be much better if he is OUT, and someone else comes in and plays, rather then him getting fcuked up like this. He should opt himself out in the next game.

    This team needs wholesale changes, PCB needs WHOLESALE CHANGES !!

  119. #119 by khansahab on August 1, 2009 - 8:48 AM

    Pakistan team failed once again. With no Yousuf or Misbah playing, the bulk of the blame once again goes to the seniors Younis and Malik. Younis lasted 73 balls but Malik went out for a duck. It seems Fawad Alam can’t play short balls and some serious weaknesses are showing with him everytime he is batting.

    Dropping Yousuf was a mistake. This shows how highly Malik is regarded in Pakistan- they will drop someone who is compared with the likes of Tendulkar/Dravid/Lara and play Malik who has no role in the team.

    Fawad Alam will face the axe very quickly if he does not rectify his technique and temperament. He should leave short balls, or hit them for boundaries.

  120. #120 by khansahab on August 1, 2009 - 8:53 AM

    LOL, when Nasir Jamshed made a few 50s against Zimbabwe on dead pitches of Pakistan, I questioned whether he will be able to last on a less docile pitch. Malik’s supporters were very much in favour of Jamshed and they wanted Jamshed to play in place of Khurram Manzoor and Fawad Alam. And look what Jamshed did.

    Look how easily Umar Akmal got his first ODI cap- all he did was have a good tour with the “A” team and then he scored a century in the warm up. There are so many players like Fawad Alam who have been doing these things for years but they don’t get a chance. I am not doubting Akmal’s talent, and being talented he should play for Pakistan, but one wonders why the team management has not been as sympathetic to some other players.

    Younis was not in favour of playing Akmal by the way-it was a decision of the coach and team manager. Younis said after the 1st ODI that he does not want to play Akmal because he is too young.

  121. #121 by khansahab on August 1, 2009 - 9:07 AM

    Regardless of the result of this ODI series, Afridi must replace Younis as captain of the ODI team. Malik and Misbah must be dropped permanently. Younis should be demoted in the batting order but if he fails too often, he must also face the axe from ODI’s.

    This will give Pakistan a chance to try 2-3 new players. Hopefully they will be “new and improved”.

  122. #122 by khansahab on August 1, 2009 - 9:08 AM

    Omer

    Dropping Yousuf and keeping Malik is something you will not find in any other country in the world except Pakastan. It’s like, India drops its run machine Tendulkar and picks someone like Wasim Jaffer or Parthiv Patel.

    You can read between the lines and figure out what I am trying to say. It seems all these people are politicians first and cricketers and administrators next.

  123. #123 by khansahab on August 1, 2009 - 9:24 AM

    These changes should occur at the end of the ODI series:

    Malik dropped, replaced with Umar Akmal
    Misbah dropped, replaced with an Asim Kamal type player
    Akmal dropped, replaced with Sarfraz Ahmed
    Fawad Alam batting at numbers 3-5
    Younis dropped from ODI’s, replaced with Asim Kamal type player
    Afridi made captain. Afridi has often stated he wants to bat at one position. He should decide what the position is- opener, no 3 or lower middle order.

    Bowling wise they are OK.

  124. #124 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 1, 2009 - 12:59 PM

    The way this Pakistan team is playing they will end up with 5-0 defeat in the ODI series and perhaps a lone T20 win for some consolation to the so-called World Champions. But, that too depends if there is any homogeneity and unity in the team to play as one unit. But, having said that, I realize T20 is such a game that only one or two players can turn the tables of the opposition – like we have always said, its a lottery. The test of the team is in a 50 overs match i.e., after the real test matches in which Pakistan failed miserably and now failing in ODI’s. So, I am agree with you guys that the wholesale changes are needed not only among the players but, the coach, manager, selectors and the PCB 9-tonki should be thrown out of the office and bring entirely new management.

  125. #125 by khansahab on August 1, 2009 - 3:52 PM

    Basit Ali believes lack of confidence in Pakistani batsmen

    Former Test batsman, Basit Ali believes lack of confidence in Pakistani batsmen, the major cause of their downfall in Sri Lanka as Pakistan lost second consecutive ODI against Sri Lanka. “Their confidence seems shaken at the moment and rapid changes in the batting order will not help a great deal.”

    Basit Ali, who worked with the Pakistan team as batting coach before the T20 world, emphasised that someone should identify the basic flaws in the techniques of batsmen and help them overcome their weaknesses. While talking to Business Plus, Ali expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of Coach Intikhab Alam.
    Even PCB’s Governing Boad member Dr Muhammad Ali Shah while expressing concern over the performance of Pakistan against Sri Lanka in ODI series demanded of the Chairman to immediately sack Coach Alam

    Basit Ali, who played 19 tests and 50 ODIs for Pakistan, was also surprised over the omission of Imran Nazir from ODI squads for the first two matches. “It just does not make sense to me that why was he (Imran Nazir) sent to Sri Lanka before the One-day series if the coach considers him a Twenty20 player only”, Ali questioned.

    Pakistan after loosing first ODI gambled to play two 19-year-olds, Nasir Jamshed and Umar Akmal, in place of senior batsmen Mohammad Yousuf and Misbah-ul Haq did not pay off. Ali supported the idea of sidelining experienced batsmen Yousuf and Misbah-ul-Haq for the second ODI. “In ODI you need a sharp fielder and Muhammad Yousuf is not the one anymore, and Misbah was clearly out of touch,” Ali insisted.

  126. #126 by khansahab on August 2, 2009 - 9:59 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Younis Khan has admitted to Jang that team selection is NOT in his control. He has also declared that he thinks the the vice captain’s post should be scrapped, as it becomes hard to drop the vice captain.

  127. #127 by Mohammed Munir on August 2, 2009 - 10:40 AM

    Match Fixing … Is this the root cause of Pakisan’s problems ??

    PCB reports ‘suspicious’ persons to ICC

    http://www.cricinfo.com/slvpak2009/content/story/417337.html

    Pakistan manager denies ‘suspicious’ presence

    http://www.cricinfo.com/slvpak2009/content/story/416835.html

  128. #128 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 2, 2009 - 11:40 AM

    The bookies are always there in almost every single match anywhere in the world, it is their livelihood what is important is, the players should not get involved and I don’t think any of the Pakistani team players are involved in it and they are losing these matches purely on the basis of pathetic performance and stupid shots or, unimaginative captaincy.

    Misbah became too much of a burden to be removed from the team because of his reputation and his position as vice captain. First of all it is the PCB’s stupid decision to give him that much recognition and then making him vice captain of the team, especially when he is not qualified for that. There are more senior players in the team who could have been chosen as deputies like Afridi, Yousuf etc. But, I do agree with this notion of not having a VC in the team. It is unnecessary and also a puppet post.

    Having a rogue coach and a bossy manager in the team with a weak captain is never good for any team. YK’s weakness is his past decisions and they are taking advantage of it now. And, he cannot threaten them by saying I will resign, although he did mention that he may resign. But, that will have no impact on his position. No one will pay any attention because it is nothing new.

    It is time to appoint Shahid Afridi as Captain while Younus Khan is still performing as a batsman. He is a very good middle order test player and can also be of some worth in the ODI’s especially if one compare him with the likes of Malik and Misbah. Same goes for Yousuf. And, these senior players must admit the fact that Afridi has the captaincy material and he can handle not only the other players but also the rogue coach and BS manager.

  129. #129 by khansahab on August 2, 2009 - 2:10 PM

    Pak faces calls to sack coach and manager

    Pakistan’s former Test players and a senior member of the Cricket Board Governing council have demanded the sacking of coach Intikhab Alam and manager Yawar Saeed, following the national team’s poor show in Sri Lanka.

    Television cameras showed Saeed dozing off during the second one-day international at Dambulla yesterday and this has only added fuel to the debate that the Pakistan team management needs a younger and more active coach and manager.

    Muhammad Ali Shah, a minister in the Sindh government and Head of the Karachi City Cricket Association who also sits on the PCB Governing Council, said PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt should immediately recall Alam and Saeed from Sri Lanka.

    “The coach and manager must be changed during the series because they have failed miserably to motivate or support the team,” Shah said.

    He said the combined age of Alam and Saeed was around 140 years and Pakistan cricket definitely needed fresh and younger management team to put things right.

    Former Test opener Mohsin Khan said he had been saying repeatedly that Alam was not the right man to be coaching the team at his age.

    “He is out of sync with modern day cricket requirements and it is clear he has no clue on how to get the team out of their mental block which has led to this losing streak,” he said.

    Mohsin pointed out that the way Alam and captain Younis Khan gave contradictory statements on every issue including selection matters reflecting the confusion in the team.

    Former captain Zaheer Abbas also said the management had failed to contribute anything positive to the Pakistan team.

    “Then they have Aaqib Javed as a bowling coach when I have been saying that the team needs a batting coach foremost. The way the batsmen are failing in Sri Lanka only a proper batting coach can help them out. Intikhab is not capable of doing this,” Zaheer said.

    Pakistan lost the Test series 2-0 after a series of batting collapses and are trailing two-nil in the five-match one-day series with critics raising issue with number of selection decisions.

    But Zaheer also made it clear he blamed the entire team for the latest one-day defeat. “The players are clearly struggling and are out of sorts against Sri Lanka,” he said.

    Intikhab was appointed coach last November when the Board terminated the contract of Australian, Geoff Lawson while Saeed has been team manager on several occasions.

    Former Test pacer Sarfaraz Nawaz also criticized the way Saeed had handled the issue of suspected Indian bookies mingling with Pakistan players.

    “What was the manager doing that he is not even aware of who the players are meeting in the hotel. This is a complete failure of the management,” he added.

  130. #130 by khansahab on August 2, 2009 - 2:13 PM

    Younus facing isolation amid upsetting defeats ——————————————————————————–

    LAHORE: Amid a chain of shocking defeats on the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka, it seems Pakistan captain Younus Khan is facing isolation with his communication with his team officials and pathetically performing players going nowhere, sources in the team said.

    Though Younus’s men have lost the three-match Test series 2-0, Pakistan’s first-ever Test series loss on the island, and are now trailing 0-2 in the five-match One-day International series after the tourists succumb to a six-wicket defeat in the second ODI at Dambulla on Saturday, he did not call any team meeting for inspiring his players to stage a comeback, sources in the Pakistan team confirmed to Dawn.

    On some occasions in Sri Lanka, the said sources added, Younus was seen talking to coach Intikhab Alam for a short while but there had been no similar interaction by him with the players.

    They further claimed that the communication breakdown between the captain and his men is also a result of their declining performance on each playing day in Sri Lanka.

    The grim situation, sources revealed, has put the PCB chief Ijaz Butt in trouble, virtually facing a no-way-out situation to put the national team back on winning track except for making drastic changes by axing under-performing senior players.

    However, even after showing the door to the poor-performing players how he will succeed in convincing Younus, who was installed as captain in place of Shoaib Malik some six months ago, to improve his relationship with the players is another question.

    Changing the national captaincy is another option. However, it might invite a barrage of further problems.

    Younus was given leadership after Malik-led Pakistan lost the three-match ODI series 2-1 against Sri Lanka at home in January this year.

    During his six-month tenure as captain Younus’s performance has been satisfactory as he claimed the World Twenty20 in England in June.

    A 2-3 loss in the five-match ODI series against Australia in the UAE in April-May, and now the poor performance in Sri Lanka are the low points of his term.

    Sources close to the PCB chairman told Dawn that Ijaz was very much upset over the team’s recent performance, but he was not mentally ready to change the captain.

    Ijaz has no faith in any other player, sources added, who can replace Younus as skipper.

    The option to reappoint Malik as captain would be a somersault and could result in further splits in the team.

  131. #131 by khansahab on August 2, 2009 - 2:15 PM

    Is it anything new that Younis is facing isolation? Of course he has been facing isolation ever since he became captain. Some people were very upset when captaincy was taken from Malik and they have been trying their best to undermine Younis.

  132. #132 by khansahab on August 2, 2009 - 2:20 PM

    LOL, and who was it who said the team was totally united and Younis had a good relationship with Misbah and Malik?

    Younis doesn’t want Misbah in Pak team

    Colombo: Fissures in Pakistan cricket team is wide open once again, as captain Younis Khan has said that vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq should not remain in the squad.

    In an interview with a private television channel, Khan said although he is not authorized for selection procedures, Haq should be axed from the team for his continuous failure.

    “The vice captain should not remain in the team but it is hard to drop him,” The Daily Times quoted Khan, as saying

    Haq, who has been going through a bad patch with the bat in the recent past, was dropped from the second one day international against Sri Lanka.

    However, axing vice-captain did not had much impact on Pakistan’s performance in the match, as the hosts eased past the paltry total without much trouble.

    Pakistan’s batting order failed for the second consecutive time in the series, as they managed only 168 runs are were bowled out in 47 overs.

    Lankans achieved the target with six wickets and 38 balls in hand.They now lead the five match series 2-0.

  133. #133 by khansahab on August 2, 2009 - 2:24 PM

    According to Cricinfo, Imran Nazir may be tried over Nasir Jamshed and Rana Naved may replace Ajmal.

    Imran Nazir should replace Malik, not Nasir. And there is no point bringing Rana back because the bowling is doing fine. Why are they tweaking with the bowling when it has done alright?

  134. #134 by khansahab on August 2, 2009 - 3:18 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Apparently ARY Digital has reported that Misbah is replacing Fawad Alam and Rana Naved is replacing Umar Gul in tomorrow’s match.

  135. #135 by Awas on August 2, 2009 - 4:06 PM

    khansahab
    “LOL, and who was it who said the team was totally united and Younis had a good relationship with Misbah and Malik?”

    Why does replacing out of form player means there is disunity? Isn’t that we all wanted? Younus himself said a couple of times that one is an ex captain and the other VC and its difficult to chuck them out but now he seems to be doing exactly that so its should be ok.

  136. #136 by khansahab on August 2, 2009 - 8:44 PM

    2 channels have so far reported that Fawad and Gul will be dropped in favour of Misbah and Rana. This kind of ties in with Younis’s statement this morning that the VC post should be scrapped because it becomes hard to drop the VC. He might have been saying this because of pressure from others to select Misbah.

    Out of all the recognised batsmen in the squad, Fawad is Pakistan’s highest scorer in the 2 matches that have been played so far, and they are dropping him? Surely they should drop Malik, who has scored 9 in 2 matches so far. From Pakistan only Umar Gul and Aamer have scored more than Fawad.

  137. #137 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 3, 2009 - 1:37 AM

    khansahab, those TV channels are like Tabloids and they like to sell cheap thrills. I don’t think they can drop Gul, that would be ridiculous. And, it is very likely that Rana will replace Ajmal and Imran Nazir will replace Nasir Jamshed and no matter what happens, Malik will still remain in the side.

    As regards the combined age of Inti Alam and Yawar Saeed, if you add Ijaz Butt and Saleem Altaf to that list that will be over 280 years.

    Yawar Saeed should have learned something from his predecessor Malak Talat Ali, that old fart used to wear dark glasses and snooze in the dugout. I remember they showed him on TV and it appeared that Talat Ali is watching the game and, a player sitting next to him touched him and he suddenly jumped as if he woke up from deep slumber and the player started to laugh. So, I am not surprised if Yawar was snoozing.

  138. #138 by Mohammed Munir on August 3, 2009 - 4:24 AM

    Khansahab …

    Out of all the recognized batsmen in the squad, Fawad is Pakistan’s highest scorer in the 2 matches that have been played so far, and they are dropping him?

    I don’t want to blame Fawad much here, but you sure sounded like those Malik fans who were saying that Malik was the highest scorer at 39 and what could he do when there were no partners to play with him.

    First ODI Fawad scored 31 in 58 balls, while in second ODI he neede 24 balls to get to a score of 10.

    What I mean is that you can’t justify failure and if all batsmen failed so did Fawad, that’s that.

  139. #139 by Mohammed Munir on August 3, 2009 - 4:28 AM

    Javed Khan …

    I don’t think they can drop Gul, that would be ridiculous.

    The ridiculous have just happened, and Rana is playing in place of Gul. Imran Nazir still not there 😦

  140. #140 by Mohammed Munir on August 3, 2009 - 4:38 AM

    This is the commentator have to say at toss …

    “Its a die and do situation,” says a beaming Younis. Not sure what he’s smiling about. Pakistan are a game away from losing the series.

  141. #141 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 3, 2009 - 4:52 AM

    WTF? Once again Nasir Jamshed? This a$$hole has got a hole in his bat and I wonder why Inti Alam and Yawar Saeed insist on playing Nasir Jamshed? What was the point of bringing Imran Nazir from Pakistan and making him sit? Is he still not approved by BUTT Saheb?

    And, yes ridiculous has just happened Munir that Saeed Ajmal cannot be dropped despite the fact there are three spinners in the team, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Fawad Alam. Gul can dropped either for Rana or Ajmal, what a load of BS?

    And this idiot Nasir Jamshed has just improved his performance by ONE RUN, so he is in for the next match too!

    I think all this is happening i.e., losing against Sri Lanka will be a blessing in disguise. Something that couldn’t happen after the T20 WC will happen i.e., wholesale changes. From the TOP to the TOE and BUTT in between needs replacement.

  142. #142 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 3, 2009 - 4:55 AM

    IF Younus Khan has to bat that early in every match, then he better open the innings instead of number 3 at least there will be no problem in worrying about an opening pair. This time he has to score big and he has to score at a better strike rate.

  143. #143 by Mohammed Munir on August 3, 2009 - 4:56 AM

    The way Nasir got out is hopeless … this is how it is described by the commentator …

    1.3 … Thushara to Nasir Jamshed, OUT, edged and taken at first slip! Poor shot from Jamshed, feet not moving as he fishes at a full delivery outside off stump, a real sucker of a shot, and Samaraweera gobbles it up in his lap, that was real catching practice

    Nasir Jamshed c Samaraweera b Thushara 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

    A real tame shot by Jamshed. It was really as if he was the coach handing out catches at practice. Just opened the face and steered it low to first slip. Out comes Younis. He needs some runs. Pressure on Pakistan.

    PS: It’s not only how you played but it is equally important how you got out and what have you learned from your earlier mistakes. This guy is HOPELESS 😦

  144. #144 by Mohammed Munir on August 3, 2009 - 4:59 AM

    LOL @ Javed …

    And this idiot Nasir Jamshed has just improved his performance by ONE RUN, so he is in for the next match too!

    You got that right 😉

  145. #145 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 3, 2009 - 5:03 AM

    Hopeless is not the right word, he is a third class club level player who admitted that he wants to emulate Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir. Look at his record:

    Just four 50’s and that too against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and his average is inflated to 39.11 and he has not performed well against Sri Lanka still he is being used repeatedly.

  146. #146 by Mohammed Munir on August 3, 2009 - 7:15 AM

    This is what happened to Fawad Alam …

    32.6 … Mathews to Fawad Alam, OUT, hello, thats a smart catch by Mathews to go with a useless shot from Fawad! Fawad comes out of his crease like a maniac, Mathews sees him and holds back the length and draws a top-edged pull, the ball pops up toward midwicket but Mathews call for it, never taking his eyes off the ball, and then dives full length to pluck a beauty.

    Fawad Alam c & b Mathews 13 (33b 1×4 0x6) SR: 39.39

    What was the need for that shot? It was the last ball of the over. Pakistan had got the runs for the over. Umar was doing well. All Fawad had to do was support. Instead he played a needless miscue.

    PS: I think Fawad have become a bit complacent after his debut century, and is now playing in ‘take-it-easy’ mode.

  147. #147 by Mohammed Munir on August 3, 2009 - 7:20 AM

    Lala going Gaga …

    Shahid Afridi is playing at 32 runs in only 19 balls, and this is what the commentators have to say …

    34.2 … Mathews to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, out comes the Afridi slog, sauntering down the track, eyes looking toward Peshawar, feet headed toward Galle, head turned toward Pluto, and the result is a thick outside edge that evades a diving Sangakkara and finds the third man ropes.

    That’s how Afridi plays. Can’t control the man. If he clicks today – and Pakistan should really take the batting Powerplay now – this innings could change.

    Afridi Zindabad !!

  148. #148 by Mohammed Munir on August 3, 2009 - 7:20 AM

    As expected …… he is gone on the 20th ball 😦

  149. #149 by khansahab on August 3, 2009 - 8:14 AM

    LOL @ Pakistan.

    Now that there was a threat of losing this series, they suddenly score 288. Younis back in form and Umar Akmal did very well. He must replace Misbah.

    Fawad has been disappointing ever since he hit that century. I agree with Munir sahab that it has gone into his head too much. He is playing too cautiously and in my opinion he thinks by playing like this he will cement his place in the line up. However, if there is ever a question of whether he should be dropped, Malik should go first because Fawad has batted better than Malik in these ODI’s. It would be unfair to let Malik carry on but drop Fawad.

  150. #150 by khansahab on August 3, 2009 - 8:21 AM

    I am absolutely sick of watching these kinds of performances- that Pakistan suddenly wake up whenever they are on the verge of losing or being kicked out of some tournament.

    They should be consistent and it seems to me the senior players actually like playing like this. It’s a nice way to build popularity, to make the fans think that, “They were on the brink of losing…but look at the way they bounced back and beat everyone……”

  151. #151 by Mohammed Munir on August 3, 2009 - 8:54 AM

    Khansahab …

    In Pakistan team only two type of players will perform, one who wants to achieve any personal milestone or a record and secondly those who have their A55 on the line and are in danger of being replaced. Other then this, they will rarely try to put their 100% in their game.

    For example Mohammed Yousuf came back into the team after ICL ban and immediately scored a century, Fawad was given a chance and he grabbed it with his teeth and scored a century on debut, Aamir, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal are all rookies and so they are performing to cement their places, Rana had a point to prove after ICL stint and he performed today, similarly Razzaq is also performing when he wants to.

    I think to overcome this attitude of our players the PCB should expand their bench-strengths significantly and try to include as many youngsters in their pool as possible, so that none of the so-called seniors (Malik, Misbah, Akmal, etc.) are assured of a permanent place and everyone of them should be on their toes to perform or face the axe.

    I think this is what has transformed Indian team into a formidable unit as even their senior players like Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Luxman, etc. were competing with the younger lot to justify their place in the playing elevens and non-performing heroes were kicked out rather humiliatingly.

  152. #152 by khansahab on August 3, 2009 - 11:32 AM

    LOL, whenever there is a situation of pressure Younis brings on Malik to relieve all that pressure.

    I don’t know why he didn’t persist with Afridi or Ajmal, when 2 quick wickets had fallen. He could also have brought back Rana because at this stage that ball will start to reverse swing.

  153. #153 by khansahab on August 3, 2009 - 12:58 PM

    Pakistan should sit Shoaib Malik out and bring Mohammad Yousuf. Malik, the 6th bowling option releases pressure and is not in good batting form.

    Hopefully Gul will recover before the next game and Rana will be dropped.

    There is no point playing Malik. Fawad or Younis himself should be the 6th bowling option.

  154. #154 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 3, 2009 - 2:05 PM

    An opening partnership of 202 runs by the Sri Lankans is a proof of Pakistan’s ineffective bowling. A score of 288 is not bad to defend it, but there is no bowling, not a single bowler is a threat. Therefore, the Sri Lanakan’s played comfortably and the morale of the Pakistan team went low after seeing they are unable to get them out and the opposite happened to Sri Lanaka.

    Mathews is a good find for them, he bowls well and he bats well. For Pakistan Mohammad Aamir remained not out once again and his series average is probably better than most recognized batsmen.

    Malik has failed once again as a batsman and as a bowler he was nothing. He must join Misbah in the dressing room and plan a few petty political moves about how to stab Younus Khan from behind and how to damage cricket in Pakistan? Since Umar Akmal is consolidating his position Malik should feel threatened now.

    The “Taqt-e-Jamshedi” syndrome must be over now and both Inti Alam and Yawar must give up on playing him. He is a very stupid player. I am not saying Imran Nazir is not a stupid player but, he has some proven record of scoring some good runs besides he is a better fielder than Nasir Jamshed.

    What a shame they lost both the series now, this must have happened first time against Sri Lanka and Malik must be happy that under his captaincy he lost the test and ODI series against India in India and now there is someone else who can be compared with him and that is Younus Khan.

  155. #155 by khansahab on August 3, 2009 - 3:34 PM

    Pakistan’s domestic circuit is flawed: Younis

    KARACHI: Pakistan captain Younis Khan has appealed to cricket fans to stop blaming ‘groupism’ in his team for its below-par performance in the
    current tour of Sri Lanka.

    Younis said in an interview Monday that he believes the main reason for his players’ failure to play well during the tour lay in the poor structure back home.

    “The problem with Pakistan cricket is that our domestic structure is flawed,” said Younis.

    Pakistan lost in the Test series 0-2 against Sri Lanka last month and has failed to impress in the ongoing One-day International series.

    “The players produced by our cricket have flawed technique. They only manage to overcome it once they start playing for the national team,” he lamented.

    Younis said that he faced similar problems early in his career.

    “When I made it into the Pakistan team, my technique was not so good. It took me two years to get it right,” he added.

    Experts have blamed lack of unity in the Pakistan team for its poor showing in Sri Lanka, with some critics even claiming that a few senior players like former captain Shoaib Malik and vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq are intentionally under-performing to cause Younis’ downfall.
    Some critics have also fired Younis over his inability to gel the team together and have said that the captain currently stands isolated.

    Younis, however, rejected such claims and said that he has an excellent rapport with all his players, including the seniors.

    The skipper also laughed off suggestions that because of his temperamental nature, he has failed to develop proper relationship with the players.

    I’m not a mad man. I don’t go out fighting with everyone,” he said. “I have a perfectly fine relationship with the players.”

  156. #156 by khansahab on August 3, 2009 - 3:35 PM

    Pro and anti-Younis lobbies head for showdown

    KARACHI: With Pakistan receiving a complete drubbing in Sri Lanka, lobbies supporting captain Younis Khan and the team management of coach Intikhab
    Alam and manager Yawar Saeed are preparing for a showdown when the team returns home.

    According to Pakistan Cricket Board sources, losing the Test and One-day series in Sri Lanka would mean heads would roll when the team returns home later this month and both the lobbies want to ensure that their men are not removed.

    Already a propaganda campaign has been launched by some people in the board saying that Younis is responsible for the team’s poor performance in Sri Lanka.

    “This lobby is saying that Younis is running a one-man show in the team and that he does not allow anyone to speak at the team meetings and takes all the decisions himself,” one source said.
    “Plus he does not consult the coach or manager in anything,” the source added.

    Younis, on the other hand, has indicated that he is not getting enough support from the management and he wants a different selection system for the team on tour.

    Meanwhile, another lobby was propagating that when the team returns home, the coach and manager would be changed.
    “Obviously there will be pressure on the board to do something and there is also pressure from governing council members to remove Intikhab and Yawar Saeed as they are too old,” the source said.

    Heads would definitely roll and the team management, including the captain, coach and manager will have to do lot of explaining, he added.

    “(PCB) Chairman Ejaz Butt has made it clear that he wants the coach and manager to submit their reports as soon as they return home,” the source said.

    Intikhab was brought in as coach last November soon after Butt took over as Chairman and it was on the basis of his report that the board had removed Shoaib Malik as captain in February and brought in Younis.

  157. #157 by khansahab on August 3, 2009 - 3:40 PM

    I am really disappointed with Younis Khan. I have a lot of respect for that man because of his character and humble beginnings, but there is something very wrong with his mind.

    A bad workman blames his tools and for Younis to complain about the domestic structure is as low as anyone can get. How stupid is this argument? That the Pakistan team is pathetic because of the poor structure? What about factors like captaincy, motivation, team spirit, good coaching, proactive management and fair selection? Do these not matter?

    I am totally convinced that Malik and his supporters are playing politics and I even believe that the management is not letting Younis run the team as he wants. But it is something else for Younis to give stupid interviews to the media.

    I think it is especially disappointing for Younis to make this statement considering his team almost scored 300 today. They should they can bat- they just lack motivation and application. It is not a problem with the ability of most players, it is a problem with application. A 10 year old kid that can tell that to Inti Alam and Younis Khan.

  158. #158 by khansahab on August 3, 2009 - 5:59 PM

    Give Shoaib another chance: Imran

    KARACHI: Shoaib Akhtar does not have too many supporters left in Pakistan cricket but former captain and legendary all rounder Imran Khan believes the temperamental speedster deserves one final chance in the national team .

    “I know he has had several disciplinary problems in recent times and he has also struggled for full fitness. But I still believe there is a place for him in the national team even now,” Imran said.

    Incidentally, another bowling great and former skipper Wasim Akram recently said that Shoaib’s career was virtually over unless some miracles happened.

    Shoaib has been ignored for the One-day series in Sri Lanka and also for the Champions trophy and the enigmatic pacer has also been served a showcause notice by the Pakistan Cricket Board for giving a spicy interview on television.

    Imran said that if Shoaib worked sincerely and hard on improving his fitness and focused totally on cricket, he was worth a place in the team.

    “A fit Shoaib can be important to the team because the bowling still needs to be boosted a bit I think, specially after watching the performances in recent matches,” Imran said.

    He advised Shoaib to earn his place back in the team with 100 percent fitness.

    “Even Shoaib has to realise that he is a senior player and he must not be a burden on the team when selected,” he added.

    Shoaib has responded to the board showcause notice but it is not clear whether he has challenged the charges or accepted his mistake and apologised.

    A senior board official said that the lawyers of the board would look into Shoaib’s reply.

    Meanwhile, chief selector Iqbal Qasim said Shoaib would definitely be considered for a comeback if he proved his fitness.

    “There is lot of cricket coming up we are playing New Zealand and Australia and if Shoaib can prove his match fitness we will definitely consider him. I don’t think not being picked for the Champions Trophy is the end of the world for him,” Qasim said.

  159. #159 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 13, 2011 - 5:46 PM

    Pele Raj Paul,

    There is no such thing is “FREE LUNCH” so don’t try to advertise your products here. Hence your comment is being deleted.

  160. #160 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 14, 2011 - 5:14 AM

    NewGuy;

    I had never met a Malayalee until I came to Dubai, there are plenty of them in the UAE. The most striking thing about them is the willingness to do a job with a smile and the shaking or nodding of the head. There is such a thin difference between YES and NO with the shake of the head that you have to be either a Malayalee only or an expert in dealing with them. Otherwise, you will always be confused whether it is a YES or a NO?

    It took me sometime to know or understand the difference between that shake of the head but, trust me even today after thousands of years of dealing with them, the Arabs don’t understand this slight difference in the shake of the head. In Dubai they are commonly known as Malabaris because it was the foreigners who called it the coast of Malabar and the people were known as Malabaris. Now, it is more like Keralites or Malayalees.

    From my experience, religion is not so important for them when dealing with people (that is why you mentioned secularism) if there is a Punjabi, Pathan, Urdu & Hindi speaking, Bengali, Gujarati Muslim, a Malayalee Muslim would be more comfortable in dealing with a Malayalee Hindu or a Christian because of the language. I guess it is the same with Punjabi, Pathans and Bengalis but, Urdu speaking guys if they cannot speak that language, would like to switch over in to English language for convesation.

    You forgot to mention the coconut grove and the coconut culture and I like some of the recipes in which coconut is used like for e.g., in Fish or in some kinda tomato curry. The oil, milk and cream of coconut is used not only for eating but, most people use the oil for hair and I have never seen such long hair as the Kerala women have and they proudly say it is because of the coconut oil.

    The Malayalee English accent is often ridiculed in Dubai, but which nation or region has a perfect English accent? If there is more emphasis on YUM, YEN, WO by the Malayalees then, the Punjabis also have Goo-gal, Toe-pal, Sub-Tull, Huss-Tull & Buss-Tull etc., or the Bengalis say Zaleel for Jaleel and Jaafar for Zafar. Even the sophisticated French here have funny English accent, for paper they say Pepper and to eat they say Heat, they take of the word ‘H” where it is needed and add it where it is not needed.

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