Archive for August, 2009
It is time to write a new thread and it is time to analyze the Pakistan cricket team selected for the Champions Trophy. It is time for us to raise our concerns over the selection and omission of a few players. The most obvious one is the inclusion of Mohammad Asif and omission of Abdul Razzaq. Asif has not played international cricket for almost 18 months and it is possible that he might take a few wickets, just like Abdul Razzaq did in the T20 WC, two wickets in his first match and 4 in the final. But, Abdul Razzaq is dropped in favour of Rana who took 4 wickets in the last ODI and Rao took 5 wickets in the previous ODI against Sri Lanka. Some say that Asif’s inclusion is OK but, Abdul Razzaq should have been retained in the team and either Rao or Rana should have been omitted. That is because Razzaq has more experience and his bowling would be more effective in SA. Read the rest of this entry »
Shahid Afridi said, he wants to be remembered as the craziest cricketer Pakistan ever produced. And, his wish will be granted because, he is a crazy cookie and the way he appears outwardly he is the same inwardly. But, Shoaib Malik is very deceptive and cunning, he will go down in the history books as the meanest, spiteful and malicious cricketer ever – anywhere.
His motto is to take revenge as a motive for success. This may sound bizarre but, it is true and he wants to succeed by hook or by crook. Ever since he started playing cricket at domestic level he had this quality imbued in his psyche i.e., to play dirty politics.
He is the only known player in Pakistan who threw away a match deliberately only to take revenge, he played a dog in the manger role. On top of that he was very proud of his action. The PCB forgive him and made him the captain of the Pakistan team. But, people have not forgotten that incident.
Like the French Canadian say: “Je me souviens,” which means, “We do not forget, and will never forget,” it has has a deep rooted meaning to their past and they are holding a grudge against the English Canadians.
In Quebec, on every single car’s number plate it is inscribed, “Je me souviens” as a reminder to oneself. Similarly, as long as Shoaib Malik will be playing cricket, those who have been hurt by his evil and sinister deeds will remember him as the “axis of evil” of cricket.
Whoever was or, is a threat to Shoaib Malik he wants to get rid of him. When he was the captain his biggest worry was Shahid Afridi and he did everything to get rid of him. He showed disrespect towards other senior players like Mohammed Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq.
Now, he wants to prove to his fans and his supporters that his successor Younus Khan, is not so great, he may have won the T20 WC but, now he lost the test and ODI series in Sri Lanka and that is the result of Malik’s conspiracy by ganging up with Misbah, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal and Rao Iftikhar and a deliberate attempt to under perform to vindicate and take revenge for the perceived wrong and he enjoys sweet revenge by backstabbing Younus Khan.
Malik’s sinister behaviour and his negative tactics were exposed, he was ruining the team’s performance and motivation and the team was winning only against the minnows and, he was stripped from the captaincy but, not from the team i.e., because of his Uncle Senator who protects his back and he also knows when to perform i.e., he scores 45-50 runs and cements his place.
Still he has a big clout and a lobby of supporters within the PCB and among the commentators like, Ramiz Raja, Waqar Younus and not to mention Inti Alam and Yawar Saeed.
Abdul Qadir, when he was the chief selector spotted Malik’s negative tactics and forming groups and alliances creating divisions and factionalism in the team during the time Pakistan was playing against Australia in Dubai and asked for Malik’s removal from the team.
In fact Abdul Qadir used a very strong word he said, “I wanted to kick out Shoaib Malik from the team. But, it was Butt who paid no heed to my recommendation.” One of the major differences between Abdul Qadir and Ijaz Butt is Shoaib Malik’s presence in the team and he resigned because of this.
Shoaib Malik’s personal vindictiveness against anyone who is a threat to him, be it Shahid Afridi or, Fawad Alam is not just against those individuals – it is against Pakistan team. His presence in the team is like a growing cancer, he is like the dead fish in a pond that pollutes the whole pond, he needs to be chucked out ASAP.