TOO MUCH OF IMRANISM 

IMRAN KHAN

IMRAN KHAN

There is too much of Imranism in Pakistan cricket. I have a lot of respect for Imran Khan, but sometimes he disappoints me with his bigmouth loud thinking. Apart from sponsoring, praising and ruining the career of Mohammad Sami, and then by saying that Younus Khan is the logical choice to captain Pakistan side and now this recent statement that, Shoaib Akhtar deserves one final chance to prove his worth are a few examples of his bad judgment about players and imo these are big bloopers. I think he speaks loud without thinking and then he goes on supporting his own view even when he is proved wrong.

During his captaincy days, he supported Mansoor Akhtar who failed miserably and not just once but many times and Imran Khan not only selected him over others but, gave his total support to the extent that people started calling Mansoor Akhtar as his blue eyed boy.  As a captain and as a player Imran Khan had many good qualities but, it doesn’t mean whatever he says is always right.

Giving Shoaib Akhtar one last chance is like killing one more young potential fast bowler’s career. I don’t agree with his notion that the Actor deserve one last chance. Its all over, he is done and dusted and finished. He should not even think of playing cricket anymore at any level. Therefore, it is not right for Imran Khan to poke his nose in the team selection and influence the senile, demented, daft and impotent selectors who are already ruining the career of so many young cricketers.

Pakistan should seriously bring in fresh, new, young fast bowlers in the team like Mohammad Aamir, Sohail Khan etc. And forget about Shoaib Akhtar, Rao, Arafat, Rana they are all spent force. They cannot justify their presence in the team purely on the merit of bowling alone. Abdul Razzaq is in again because of his batting and a little bit of bowling left in him and because of the fact there aren’t any fast bowlers who have some experience. The ban on Asif shall be removed but, there is no guarantee that he will get back into his rhythm and take wickets.

In this thread, I want khansahab and others to identify and highlight the names of a few young talented fast bowlers who are performing well in the domestic circuit and they are either ignored or sidelined by the selectors.

Younus Khan’s blaming the domestic cricket structure of Pakistan is definitely like a bad carpenter blaming his tools and I think he is simply echoing the words of his mentor, supporter Imran Khan who has been talking about it since the last 2 decades. In order to set that structure right one needs to identify and recognize the fallacies and set the priorities in order and determine which came first, the egg or the chicken? In this context i.e., to change the domestic cricket structure, whether the wholesale change in the team is needed first or, the whole of the PCB regime needs to be revamped and restructured first?

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  1. #1 by khansahab on August 4, 2009 - 12:12 PM

    Javed A Khan

    The upcoming fast bowling talents are:

    Sohail Khan- at his best bowls with lovely rhythm and can generate good pace.

    Wahab Riaz- uses swing and is also quick, left armer

    Mohammad Irfan- very tall bowler, uses bounce to make life difficult for batsmen. Is regarded highly by Aaqib Javed.

    Mohammad Talha- skiddy, quick and bowls many yorkers, but has some problems with line and length.

    All of these bowlers have some minor problems, but they should be given more international exposure. At least they have the willingness to perform unlike Shoaib Akhtar.

  2. #2 by khansahab on August 4, 2009 - 12:13 PM

    Prime minister advised to fire PCB chief

    ISLAMABAD: The chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Sports, Mr Jamshed Khan Dasti, has called upon Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to sack Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ijaz Butt because of the debacle in the Sri Lankan cricket series.

    Sri Lanka won the third match on Monday and the One-Day series after winning a three-match test series. Mr Butt, 72, has been under constant criticism of the NA committee over his performance.

    ‘Whether it is the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team or the poor treatment of former test cricketers Javed Miandad, Aamir Sohail and Abdul Qadir, or the sketchy handling of important affairs such as the World Cup 2011 matches with the ICC, the total performance of PCB is now before us and I think its the best time for a man of his age to quit the post in the best interest of the game’, said Mr Dasti of the PPP.

    He said: ‘The way we lost the test series was pathetic.’

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 4, 2009 - 1:25 PM

    Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz I have seen them bowling but, I have not seen the other two Irfan and Talha and it would be worth knowing them more if we can get to see them in action. Are there any profiles or videos on them? I have just checked Mohammad Talha’s profile, the one and only test against Sri Lanka he got one wicket for 88 runs.

    Yes this would be the right time to kick off the Butt and make a fresh start from here, we had enough of Butt jokes and sarcasms but Butt is not budging. There is something called self esteem and self respect which is lacking here, he should have resigned long ago but he is sticking to his Butt, waiting for Zardari to kick him out. Both are in a similar situation and in the same boat so how can they kick each others Butt?

  4. #4 by khansahab on August 4, 2009 - 5:46 PM

    I am not surprised to see what Ramiz and Waqar are now spreading propaganda against Fawad Alam. I have just read a discussion on a different blog where people are complaining about Ramiz and Waqar’s biased commentary. I did not see the 3rd ODI, but I am pasting the following from this other blog:

    Neither Ramiz nor Waqar have said anything about Shoaib Malik in this series, except where Ramiz said Malik should not open because he is not used to opening.

    Ramiz said in the 3rd match: “It is a blessing for Pakistan that Fawad Alam got out”.

    Waqar said at the end of the match, “Pakistan was let down by their middle order, especially Fawad Alam”. Actually Pakistan scored around 300 and the bowlers are the reason why they lost the 3rd match. I am sorry Waqar but you can’t score 350 at Dumbulla- 288 was the highest score on that pitch before Sri Lanka surpassed it easily.

    Alam scored more than Malik, yet what did Waqar have to say about that? And isn’t there a greater emphasis on Malik to score since he is an automatic selection in the team?

    I am just shocked that these biased commentators can get away with this in broad daylight. They should be banned from commentary. Malik’s performance in this whole series has been worse than Fawad Alam’s, yet except Legslip and one or two more blogs I am hearing nothing about Malik.

  5. #5 by khansahab on August 4, 2009 - 5:55 PM

    Pakistan cricket under fire after S.Lanka slump

    KARACHI — Former players Tuesday called for a major shake-up in Pakistani cricket after the national side lost the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka 3-0.

    Sri Lanka, who won the preceding three-Test series 2-0 to post their first home series win against Pakistan, crushed Pakistan by six wickets on Monday to secure the limited-overs contest as well.

    Sri Lanka have never won a home one-day series against Pakistan before and are now eyeing a clean sweep.

    Mahela Jayawardene scored a brisk 123 for his first one-day century in two years to help Sri Lanka overhaul a daunting 289-run target at the Rangiri International Stadium.

    Pakistani former captain Zaheer Abbas said the defeat stressed the need for a major overhaul.

    “The World Twenty20 win had hid all the weaknesses in the team and the cricket board,” said Abbas, referring to Pakistan’s triumph in England in June.

    “The top man doesn’t know much about the intricacies of cricket and is taking decisions to please his friends,” Abbas said of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt. “From top to bottom we need changes.

    “Since this board has taken over we have lost the Champions Trophy, we have been stripped of World Cup 2011 matches and we have failed to handle the team, so this is total mismanagement, which is unacceptable,” said Abbas.

    Security fears in Pakistan forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to relocate the biennial Champions Trophy to South Africa in February. Two months later, the ICC also had to move World Cup 2011 matches out of Pakistan.

    “The coach (Intikhab Alam) must go, and the captain (Younus Khan) also lacks the qualities of a good leader,” said Abbas.
    Former chief selector Abdul Qadir demanded resignations from the board and the team.

    “They should feel ashamed,” said Qadir, who resigned in June after alleging interference in selection matters from the PCB and Alam.
    “Defeats are part and parcel of the game, but shameful defeats are unacceptable.”

    Former captain Aamir Sohail, who last month resigned as the PCB’s development director after differences with management, also slammed the Pakistani setup.

    “No one, from the board officials to the team management, seems to have a clear plan in mind,” he said.

    “Some of the decisions make no sense, like two regular openers were sent to Sri Lanka but we used makeshift openers in the series which we have lost now.”

    But another former captain, Rashid Latif, differed.

    “Changes are not the solution,” said Latif. “I think the team needs to go back to basics and there should be no interference in team planning. The team must play to its own plan.”

  6. #6 by khansahab on August 4, 2009 - 6:12 PM

    There is way too much Imranism in Pakistan cricket. Imran is a victim of his own success. He was a rose amongst thorns but that has made him think he is a bigshot who has answers to all problems in Pakistan, including cricket. And people worship Imran because they think his word is the Holy Gospel.

    Imran is backing Shoaib Akhtar but any intelligent person should accept that Shoaib is finished. Even thinking about anything to do with Akhtar is a waste of time.

    I don’t know whether it is because Imran Khan favours Younis that he is now concurring with Younis that Pakistan has a flawed domestic system. People like Rashid Latif are saying that the team should remain as it is whereas Abdul Qadir and Zaheer Abbas want changes to be made. I don’t think the team should remain as it is as there is a serious question mark over some players like Shoaib Malik and Younis Khan. This is really as low as anyone can get- blaming the system if there is poor performance. After all the selection blunders (Malik), captaincy blunders (using Afridi towards the end of the innings in a Powerplay), poor team spirit (various newspaper reports), management troubles (74 year old uneducated and incompetent Chairman inter alia) etc, people are still blaming the system? It’s like when you ask the police, or politicians why they are corrupt and their answer is, “What can we do because this is the system”?

    Why don’t we ever hear reports about factionalism in the Sri Lankan team, or Bangladeshi team or the Indian team? Why does it only happen in Pakistan? Surely there is some problem there? And however Pakistan’s cricket system is, it is still a better system than West Indies where cricket has been on a decline for more than 15 years, yet Pakistan is losing like this and humiliating itself? The difference is that West Indies and Bangladesh are either steady or improving over time whereas Pakistan is going down very fast. They play rubbish and countries don’t want to play them because there will be no competition, and then they blame rustiness and say they are pathetic because they have not been playing international cricket for so long. There has to be a system overhaul and younger, educated people need to run the affairs and formers cricketers must be kept away as farther from management as possible. But that does not mean the team can’t perform better. You just need to play those players who can show some fighting spirit and play with a big heart.

    Politics has played a significant part in Pakistan cricket since time immemorial and letting cricketers run the cricket affairs is an open invitation to politics plaguing the system. What people don’t realise is that everyone has had a war of egos with the other. Wasim Bari is said to have caused the axing of Shoaib Mohammad from the Selection Committee. Bari and Aamer Sohail don’t get along with each other. No one gets along with Salim Altaf. Miandad is also not popular amongst the ranks. So why do these people keep returning?

    All of these people are former cricketers and they are ones who should be responsible to groom new talent. I firmly believe cricketers should remain on the pitches and coach youngsters and they should not be involved in the management. These cricketers have a lack of education and most of them are arrogant and uncouth snobs who can’t manage a small grocery shop, let alone a cricket board.

    However, what can the fans and critics do if they have other priorities? You earn much more money if you are in management. And coaching can never be a permanent role, if you lose 2 or 3 series the public wants to see you go. There is also more responsibility as a coach and more blame is levelled at the coach. Wasim Akram is happy to coach in India but he has qualms about coaching in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot get better bowling coaches than Wasim and Waqar and better batting coaches than players like Miandad.

  7. #7 by khansahab on August 4, 2009 - 7:19 PM

    youtube.com/watch?v=q4GgLsfQ-yo

    If you see this video at 1:27, Younis hits a boundary off a fast bowler. Look at how easily he plays that and and good the placement is. It is also around the off stump but it has been turned away to midwicket. That is how great players play- there was a bit of Inzamam’s class and Tendulkar’s perfection in that shot.

  8. #8 by khansahab on August 4, 2009 - 7:59 PM

    LOL

    When Nasir Jamshed got out in his 2nd match exactly the same way as his first, it was unforgivable because it was the same dismissal. It showed he did not learn from his earlier mistake. At least Fawad Alam got out 3 different ways in the 3 innings he has played. But look how Ramiz and Waqar have condemned Fawad. What did Ramiz say when Nasir got out the 2nd time?

    He went trying to cut the ball like he did in his previous match……neat catch by the fielder”.

    No criticism, no condemnation of technique, footwork? If this isn’t bias I don’t know what it is. That is ALL Ramiz had to say.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 1:53 AM

    Abdul Qadir and Sarfaraz Nawaz both have talked about the way the bookies story has been handled by Yawar Saeed. Read Qadir and Sarfaraz’s comments by clicking on the links below:

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-qadir+suspects+match-fixers+in+pakistan+team–bi-01

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-sarfraz+requests+govt+to+probe+bookies+presence+in+sri+lanka–02

    Rashid Latif has said the following:

    Former captain and wicket-keeper Rashid Latif, however, criticised the team management for exposing the story about suspicious Indian people trying to get in touch with the Pakistani players in Colombo at the wrong time.

    ‘Even if such a thing had happened why talk about it to the press just after a big Test series defeat? It makes no sense to me. The matter should have been handled quietly by the team management and the cricket board and they should have allowed the team to concentrate on their cricket,’ Rashid said.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 2:08 AM

    Ramiz Raja is a Phutta Baja ALL he can do now is blab, blab, blab in the commentary box.

    He has forgotten how pathetic a player he was. He was lucky to be in the 1992 World Cup team as a batsman, because Saeed Anwar was injured and was not in the squad. Otherwise, there was no place for him in the team. Like Shoaib Malik he was a nothing player. At least Shoaib Malik can bowl a bit and field better than Raja. Raja could never bowl and he was one of the worst fielders in the team.

    Until recently he was a fair commentator but, something has happened to him and he has become totally biased commentator and openly supports and defends Shoaib Malik, he simply cannot digest the fact that Fawad Alam is taking Malik’s place. Earlier, Shahid Afridi was a threat and now it is Fawad Alam.

    And who are the middle order batsmen? Aren’t they Younus, Yousuf, Malik and Misbah? Yousuf has been dropped in the ODI and Misbah dropped for the first time, and Younus Khan is batting almost like an opening batsman because the idiot Nasir Jamshed is getting out on a duck or one. So, who is more responsible? Malik or Fawad Alam? There is a limit on using a propaganda machine against Karachi players. Ramiz and Waqar should not forget that they too can be targeted by the media for biased commentary and for spreading jingoism and for systematically protecting Malik and Misbah’s back after repeated failures.

    Why aren’t they (Ramiz and Waqar) talking against Nasir Jamshed? Why are they not asking for Imran Nazir’s inclusion? On this blog we are not favouring just Karachi player, Imran Nazir is not from Karachi, we want him to play instead of Nasir Jamshed. We are not asking Khurram Manzoor to play in ODI and open the innings with Akmal, we want Imran Nazir to open, we want Shahid Afridi to bat higher up the order and Abdul Razzaq to bat higher up than Malik, because Malik cannot handle fast bowlers and swinging deliveries, we all know that is his weakness and he is getting out cheaply. Check the stats and see for yourself.

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 2:19 AM

    BRAKING NEWS: IJAZ BUTT SACKED.

    According to very reliable sources, President Asif Zardari – PCB’s chief patron – has lost faith in Butt’s abilities and has asked him to step down as chairman. Zardari handpicked Butt for the job because of his cricketing background and administrative experience thought it’s an open secret that Butt’s cause was greatly helped because of the fact that one of BUTT’s close relatives is a key figure in Zardari’s government.

    Insiders in the PCB will tell you that the temperamental Butt can be very unreasonable even while dealing with day-to-day affairs. They will also tell you that he shows little reluctance in using, and at times abusing, the almost absolute powers that is the biggest perk enjoyed by the chairman of the Board.

    He has already fallen out with three of his own handpicked men – former legend Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir and Aamer Sohail – all former Test players with far more impressive cricketing credentials than that of Butt 71 (official age – actual age 74 years) he played eight Tests from 1959-62 and was a very mediocre player.

  12. #12 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 2:25 AM

    ICC’s latest test ranking after Pakistan losing the test series against Sri Lanka.

    They are now number 6 just above New Zealand.

    In the ODI too they are losing their rank very fast. A 5-0 white wash is expected.


    ICC Test Championship
    (after the annual update)

    Rank Team Rating

    1 Australia 124

    2 South Africa 122

    3 Sri Lanka 119

    4 India 119

    5 England 99

    6 Pakistan 84

    7 New Zealand 82

    8 West Indies 76

    9 Bangladesh 13

  13. #13 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 8:28 AM

    Sarfraz blames captain for SL defeats

    Wednesday, August 05, 2009
    KARACHI: Former Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz said on Tuesday that Pakistan skipper Younis Khan abuses players and his inconsistent policy of changing batting order was the reason behind embarrassing performance of the national team in Sri Lanka.

    Pakistan faced three consecutive defeats at the hands of Sri Lanka, who has recorded a 3-0 win in the five-match ODI series.

    “I have been told by many people who are with the team in Sri Lanka that the captain, Younis Khan, misbehaves with the teammates,” Sarfraz Nawaz told PPI. “The behavior of the captain with the players has lead to the disunity within the team. All players have been performing below-par in the matches including the skipper,” Sarfraz said.

    He said that the players must be dealt with care by the skipper. “There was no co-operation in the team which is necessary for a good perform,” he added.

    He said that skipper’s policy of changing batting order has not helped the team.

    The former pacer said that Shahid Afridi was also not bowling up to the mark as he bowled in UAE against Australia and in the World T20 Championship.

  14. #14 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 8:40 AM

    Omer

    I am agree with you that Aamer is more analytical than Ramiz and Waqar. Actually, Waqar can be good sometimes when he is analysing bowling, but he has no clue about batting.
    I have seen a few domestic matches where Aamer is commentating in Urdu and I have found him biased. He also said earlier this year that with his technique, Fawad Alam won’t be able to last long. But in that particular match Fawad Alam made a big score, it was definitely a fifty if not a century. I have also heard that Aamer Sohail has a personal grudge against Afridi and does not want him in the side.

    All these commentators and administrators are biased. If there was impartiality in selection, Malik would never have played Test cricket. He has done OK as an ODI player overall, but to groom him for Tests and to promote him has been counterproductive.

    Regarding Fawad Alam, he has had a couple of bad matches in this series, but hopefully he can make a good knock and prove his critics wrong. Like you, I also think Umer Akmal played really well in his last ODI, but there can’t be comparison with Fawad’s 168, which was made fighting to surpass a massive lead of about 200 I think. Not only that, the pitch was assisting seam and swing. It was a fantastic knock and it was also made briskly- I think his strike rate was 66 or so. To say Akmal shows more promise than Fawad is clear bias, because Akmal was also dropped on 20 something by Sangakarra, and it was an ODI knock. Playing a Test knock requires much more concentration.

  15. #15 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 8:50 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    According to Express News, the selectors are considering dropping Yousuf, Malik and Misbah from the Champions Trophy squad.

  16. #16 by Mohammed Munir on August 5, 2009 - 11:12 AM

    Malik and Misbah MUST be dropped, but dropping Yousuf will be a mistake.

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 11:46 AM

    “I am agree” here, dropping Mohammad Yousuf would be a BIG MISTAKE.

    Dropping Malik and Misbah will have a double benefit, not only someone else will score and add runs to the total but, the team will also be clean of petty politics, these culprits won’t be there in the dressing room to create politics.

  18. #18 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 11:51 AM

    The Express News – Breaking News will soon change because there is a lot to happen in the next two ODI’s and you will see the non-performers will play well as they have achieved the purpose and now play for their own survival and they will stay. It is very likely that Malik will now score a 60-70 and it is also possible that the Oldy Goldy Couple – Inti Alam & Yawar Sweety will give Misbah a chance and ask him to throw his bat around and score a 50 to keep his chances for selection alive.

  19. #19 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 12:33 PM

    Butt’s days are numbered as PCB chief?

    Karachi, Aug. 5 (ANI): The Pakistani cricket team’s continues no show in Sri Lanka could mean the end of the road for Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt, The News reports.

    When Test cricketer Butt replaced Nasim Ashraf last year, he was touted as the saviour of Pakistan’s cricketing culture.
    Critics, however, feared the 71 would not be able to do justice with what is easily the most prestigious job in Pakistani sports.

    Butt has proved to be quite a disaster. This can be gauged from the fact that many of his team members have jumped ship.

    Three of his handpicked men – former legend Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir and Aamer Sohail – have fallen out with him.

    According to PCB insiders, Butt has become very unreasonable even while dealing with day-to-day affairs.

    They add that he frequently uses abusive language.

    He may argue that Pakistan won the ICC World Twenty20 title in England during his tenure but he cannot take much credit for it.

    The Pakistan team’s dismal performance in Sri Lanka proves that Younis Khan is leading a bunch of under-achieving cricketers.

    Pakistan currently lags behind South Africa, Australia, India and Sri Lanka and there are little signs of the team achieving any worthwhile improvement in the immediate future.

    Speculations are rife that President Asif Zardari, who is also the PCB’s chief patron, has lost faith in Butt and may ask him to step down. (ANI)

  20. #20 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 12:35 PM

    Umar Gul, Razzaq suffer injury, won’t play ODIs against SL

    Updated at: 1822 PST, Wednesday, August 05, 2009

    COLOMBO: Fast bowler Umar Gul suffering injury in his ankle and Abdul Razzaq in his leg will not be playing the remaining matches of the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

    Pakistan Cricket Team Coach, Intekhab Alam told Geo News that Umar Gul will not be playing ODIs against Sri Lanka nor will he participate in the Twenty20 match due to the injury.

    Similarly, Abdul Razzaq is out of the ODI series aginast Sri Lanka due to the leg injury. He will, however, play the Twenty20 match if he recovers from the injury by then.

    The fourth one day of the series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played on August 7 and fifth ODI on August 9 while the T20 match will be played on August 12.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 12:50 PM

    “Butt frequently uses abusive language.”

    It shows from which end of his anatomy he speaks and, no wonder he is a Butt.

    Ps.

    By the way has he not gone yet? He was supposed to be sacked yesterday!

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM

    With Umar Gul not in the T20, the bowling attack would be even more ineffective, hence the chances of winning the last game of the tour is also very bleak.

    Pakistan is likely to create a new low record by not winning a single match in the entire tour. And, this is a possibility especially in view of the performance of the players and now these injuries.

  23. #23 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 12:56 PM

    While browsing for cricket videos I came across this link about Shahrukh Khan and his Muslim faith. He makes several nice statements about Islam. A lot of people consider him to be a non-practising Muslim, but this video certainly demonstrates otherwise.

    youtube.com/watch?v=KrMqeIoXFUY

    I haven’t pasted the whole link because the video will come up which slows some computers down.

  24. #24 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 1:06 PM

    Indians involved in match-fixing in Lanka: Report

    NEW DELHI: Pakistan players’ agent Salman Ahmed has said that the bookies who approached Pakistani players for match-fixing in Sri Lanka were
    Indians, according to Times Now. ( Watch )

    Salman Ahmed said he has registered a complaint with the PCB regarding the issue, according to reports.

    Ahmed will leave for Colombo on Wednesday night, reports said.

    Earlier, former chief selector Abdul Qadir suspected that some players might be involved in match-fixing considering the strange manner in which the team lost the Test and ODI series in Sri Lanka.

    “Look I don’t buy the fact that the very team that just five weeks ago won the Twenty20 World Cup is performing so badly that it is virtually losing every match in Sri Lanka. This has been one of our worst tours to Sri Lanka,” Qadir said.

    However, PCB on Tuesday said that ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit was looking into the incident of suspected bookies approaching Pakistani players during their recent tour of Colombo.

  25. #25 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 1:08 PM

    So now it is open in black and white that there were Indian bookies present in that hotel.

    So WHO did they contact and what happened? How will we know?

    What is the PCB going to do about this and will it take action against the players?

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 2:17 PM

    khansahab

    right now the speakers are not attached to my computer and I am in no mood to set them up just for this video. I can see SRK standing on the stage and talking. I might hear it some other time.

    A couple of years ago I saw a video of Shahrukh Khan which was made at his residence in which they showed a statue and a few photos of Hindu Deities with flower garlands around their neck and on the photo frames plus a few candles and the pooja tray and his wife was doing pooja, breaking a coconut etc. And, next to that was a picture of Kaba’ah and holy Qur’an on the side depicting a temple and a mosque side by side.

    It is all good if SRK wants to show it to the Indian public that he is a very liberal minded person, he married a Hindu woman and she practices her own religion and he practices his own and India is a very secular democratic, republic where religion comes after the state. (which is not true and can be proved otherwise.)

    Based on that cultural belief Shahrukh Khan, born in a Muslim house, brought up in missionary school boardings and married a Hindu wife can practice any religion he likes. But, certainly he cannot change or twist the principles of Allah and His guidelines of Islam as specified in Al-Qur’an as conveyed to us by His messenger.

    According to Islamic faith, his wife should have embraced Islam before he got married to her and she should be a practicing Muslima. But, she is a Kaafir. And, a Kaafir is one who does not believe in Allah. And Allah says in Qur’an do not impose or force Islam on Kaafirs but, convey them Allah’s message in a very humble manner. If they get the message it is fine, and if they don’t, try again a few times but, do not force them to convert. There is a verse in Qur’an which says, “La-kum Deena-Kum Valee-e-Din” which means, to you , your religion and to me, mine.

    And, then there are those who are “Mushrik“, being a Kaafir is not as big a sin as being a Mushrik. Kufr means, not believing in Allah and Shirk means comparing someone with Allah. And, Allah certainly does not like to be compared with anyone. Because, He begotten none and nor was begotten and there is none comparable unto Him. And for comparing Him as His equal, the punishment from Islamic faith is far more severe than being a Kaafir. Because, a Kaafir can be ignorant but, a Mushrik’s intention and his action is far more worst than the other.

    Shahrukh Khan may not have openly compared the non-Muslim Gods or Deities with Allah, but his first step in marrying a Hindu woman without her changing her faith is wrong. Secondly, the way he is showing to the world, a temple and a symbolic mosque in his own house and his wife is practicing Hinduism and performing pooja and 2 feet away from the idols is a picture of Kabaah hanging on the wall, which is not needed to prove anything Islamic or even keeping a copy of Holy Qur’an on a Rahail (the wooden book holder) or a few beeds, it looks like a drama, a hoax and a phony act only to please the masses in India that he is a very liberal minded person. He may be, but that is not Islam and that is not how a Muslim supposed to be.

    I wonder what his son gonna be? A Teetar or, a Batair? Half of this and half of that? Besides, what kinda message he is conveying to the million other children among the Hindus and the Muslims? Because, there are millions who consider him as their idol and, they will think, if he is doing this, then it is right thing to do. The Government of India and, the pseudo political leaders are encouraging him to do this and the media is playing a big role in showing him as a role model of Modern India.

    For me he is nothing, I don’t watch his movies or consider him as someone important, I saw that video which someone forwarded it to me and asked me to see it, just like you have done now. That video was not a fake or a hoax, a lot of people have seen it and confirmed that it is true, they said, it is true and they once showed it on one of the Indian TV Channels depicting SRK’s personal life.

    “To him, his life, to me mine.” I really don’t care how he wants to live but, he certainly has no right to tell the children that it is OK to do what he is doing and still calls himself a Muslim. A Muslim by name, by birth but not a practicing Muslim or even a simple Muslim who may not practice his religion but, also not trying to deviate from Islam and calling it as OK to do in Islam.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 2:20 PM

    My comment above on Shahrukh Khan appears to be a bit long. But, I want you guys to please read it and see what exactly he is doing and what he shouldn’t be doing.

  28. #28 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 3:23 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Your explanation is very good and thanks for enlightening us in this way. I agree with you and I don’t like what SRK has done. I also don’t watch his movies and I generally don’t like his acting, which he has copied in bits and pieces from Hollywood stars. But, you are what you are and he is a Muslim and a Pathan. Even though we can criticise and condemn some aspects of his lifestyle, I don’t think people have a right to comment whether he is a Muslim or not. Because that is shirk- basically one is assuming the role of God by calling anyone Muslim, or non-Muslim or whatever. It is for God to decide. Anyway, that is my personal belief. I am just saying this because I have seen a lot of people dismiss his lifestyle and just say, “Oh he is not a Muslim” (I am not accusing you of shirk or anything extreme as that, because your opinion is educated and reasonable so please don’t misunderstand this). I see him as different to other “Khans” simply because his immediate family is Pushto speaking in Peshawar and it is very clear he was born of real Pathans. Also, both his parents were Muslim by birth. When people say Aamer Khan or Salman Khan are Pathans, to me there is a doubt there because it depends on lineage and at what point their ancestors migrated from Pushtoon areas, and also what language they speak. If they have spoken Urdu for generations and lived in U.P for generations surely they cannot be Pathan by language, only by caste, if it means anything. I think both Aamer and Salman were born of Hindu mothers. And Saif Ali Khan can also not be a Pathan because his mother, Sharmila Tagore, is Bengali and his father speaks Urdu, although I think his great grandfather was a real Pathan.

    In Rome you do as the Romans do and in India with a 80% Hindu majority it is hard for an entertainer or actor to amass popularity by being a conservative Muslim- in fact, even in Pakistan conservative people or religious people generally don’t work in showbiz. It is not a field you will do well in if you have conservative religious views.

    His parents died when he was very young. You learn values about religion and family through your parents. So I guess that is how he did not adopt those values. In the UK many Muslim men marry Christian wives who are just Christian by name, but a lot of them don’t even believe in God. In my opinion SRKs’ wife, who at least believes in a God and is a practising Hindu, is better than the Christian wives of Muslim men who don’t have any belief.

    If a Hindu person believes in 1 God (Bhagwan) but believes there are various manifestations of “Bhagwan” (various idols) then it is the idolatry that should be criticised by Muslims, not “Bhagwan”. There is tremendous confusion about this subject. Christians also believe in 1 God but at the same time believe Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be “God” as well, for all intents and purposes. Christians also make idols of “Jesus” and kneel and pray before the idol. So I don’t understand how that is any different to what Hindus do.

    These are just random questions. I am not defending SRK- I don’t have any right to either attack or defend him. As you said, “to him, his life, to me, mine”. The rest is up to our Creator.

    I don’t live in India and I will only ever marry a girl if she is either Muslim by birth or by conversion. So my values are still relatively conservative. SRK is not an idol for me, in fact I don’t see how he can be so popular and can be such an icon for millions when he tends to overact and can only act in romantic movies. Plus, he seems to copy many things from Hollywood actors and apparently also from Yusuf Khan aka Dilip Kumar. So I don’t think he is a role model or some bigshot.

    And by the way I only spoke about SRK is because what he is doing in that clip is actually promoting Islam and saying nice things about Islam. If anything it will raise awareness amongst the masses in India and if they have any prejudices, they ought to be lessened because their favourite actor is praising and promoting this religion.

  29. #29 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 4:05 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Jang reports that Misbah was NOT dropped due to bad performance, but because his sugar level was low and he was suffering from dehydration. He performed some medical tests and he was feeling so weak that he was unable to train properly before the matches. That is why he was dropped.

    I don’t know whether this is true or has just been manufactured by the team management to underplay reports of factionalism.

  30. #30 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 4:27 PM

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/07-decision-on-trial-games-after-receiving-sl-series-report-ha-05

    PCB is thinking of holding trial matches to select players for the Champions Trophy.

    What a stupid idea. Have they learned nothing? If the likes of Malik, Misbah and Butt do well in trial matches they will be picked and Pakistan will suffer more.

    Why can’t they drop these players and pick those who have performed well in domestic cricket or shown some talent at international level?

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 5:56 PM

    khansahab

    don’t you understand why this news of Misbah’s sugar level has been manufactured? Its been cooked only to get him back in the next two matches. If he was dropped on the basis of bad or poor performance it would have been difficult for them to bring him back, now it is easy – HE IS FIT AGAIN it is as simple as that 😀

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 6:08 PM

    TRIAL MATCHES? LOL 😀

    This reminds me of my school days time and gully cricket. I was in secondary school then, and was playing against another team in our mohalla and it was a supposed to be a good match because that team had better players than ours. The umpires were not anyone senior but just kids from our own teams. On the first ball of the innings I smashed a six, it went straight on top of the bowler’s head and he suddenly claimed, it was a TRIAL BALL and looked at the umpire and all his team mates joined him in claiming it was a trial ball. Obviously, neither the umpire who was one of our players nor me or any of our players were willing to accept that notion.

    There was a trend in those days when you play a friendly match on a new ground, sometimes they used to say, OK just bowl a trial ball. But, that was at the request of the batting team and the bowler never bowled his usual fast delivery but a two step run up and a mediocre, deceptive delivery. However, that was enough to judge the bounce on the wicket. But, here the bowler came running from 20 steps behind and bowled a length ball and it was dispatched over his head for a six.

    So, there will be trial matches to get Malik and Misbah in. Wow, thats a great idea. 😀

  33. #33 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 6:16 PM

    Younus : I am not a dictator

    KARACHI: Pakistan captain Younis Khan has dismissed reports that he was running a one-man show in the national team and had assured the role of a ‘dictator.’

    “I really don’t know from where all these stories are coming from. Because I can safely say I am not a dictator by any stretch of imagination and I consult everyone before taking decisions,” Younis said from Colombo on Wednesday.

    The senior batsman, who is under fire after his team’s disappointing defeats in the Test and One-day series, said he believed in taking all the players along.

    “All decisions are taken after collective discussions between myself, the vice-captain, manager and coach. I also keep other senior players in the loop and listen to their advice as well. So how can anyone say I am running a one-man show in the team,” Younis said.

    Sections of the Pakistani media have been carrying stories saying that the main reasons for the team’s poor performance is Younis, who is running a one-man show in the team and is not communicating with other players and is behaving like a dictator.

    Many believe that these stories are being circulated by the anti-Younis lobby and those who fear that the poor performances could lead to the axing of the team coach and manager.

    Younis said he was also not in favor of making too many changes in the team or dropping senior players.

    “We are going through a bad phase and we have just not played like we can. Our players just need to take more responsibility and one good win can change everything,” he said.

    Younis said all the talk about severe discord within the team and match fixing allegations were not true and the team was suffering because it had not performed well.

    “We are to blame for this situation because we just didn’t play well. Our fielding standards have not been good. Things have not clicked but don’t forget this same team six weeks won the T20 World Cup,” he added.

    Younis made it clear he had clear views on how to run things as captain but in the end players needed to contribute for the team to do well.

    Pakistan’s manager, Yawar Saeed also dismissed reports about Younis behaving like a ‘dictator’ and supported him.

    “I can say with certainty because I know that Younis believes in taking the team along on every issue and he is not running a one-man show. Selection issues are not decided by one person it is a collective decision,” he added.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 6:35 PM

    khansahab

    About SRK, the debate is not about Pathans and it is not about Pushto language and also I am not calling him a non-Muslim per se. What I have mentioned above is, one needs to live and practice Islam according to the guidelines that have been provided in Quran and Al Hadith it is very clear about everything including marrying your spouse from one’s own religion and faith.

    Marrying a Christian or a Jewish faith woman without her changing her religion is allowed and that too in a country where the rulers are Muslims and the Islamic law is practiced so that the children remain as Muslims and practice Islam as their religion.

    As regards Shirk it is very clear what is Shirk.

    Shirk means comparing someone with Allah as equal to Him and worshiping him is Shirk. And, that person is called a Mushrik i.e., he could be a Muslim by birth or by name and then his faith in Allah is not clear, then he is not a Muslim. The first pillar of Islam is in believing or having Faith in Allah and His Messenger.

    Please keep in mind that, when you are talking about an individual by saying he is not Muslim is not Shirk it could be a sin but not Shirk. But, in SRK’s case it is strange that he is negating and contradicting the basic fundamentals of Islam and yet considering himself to be a true Muslim is not fair.

    I don’t follow him, you are no more a kid to follow him, but there are millions of ignorant people who think it is right because he is their hero and they like him to the extent of worshiping him. So, that is why I think it is very wrong and he has no right to claim he is right in saying his wife can perform Pooja while sitting next to him and he can prostrate in front of Allah at that same time and it is fine. No sir, it is not fine or right, his wife is his responsibility and his life is not a movie, its a reality and he must admit that he is wrong. He has no right to change and twist the religion according to his needs.

    If someone breaks the man made law you punish him, don’t you? Whereas, he is twisting and changing the law of the religion which ALL Muslims believe and not just believe but, they have complete Faith that Islam is a religion that has been blessed to them by Allah. And, Qur’an was revealed to us by His messenger prophet Mohammed through the Angel Jibraeel and so far NOT A SINGLE ALPHABET has been changed or altered by anyone and Quran is still in its original form. Therefore, changing the words of Quran or interpreting it and then practicing it according to one’s own convenience is not allowed.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 6:44 PM

    I wish Younus Khan was a dictator. But, he is a spineless, Ch2So4 wimp and a Bhaand, a useless captain, still a very good, prolific test batsman and a very good fielder.

  36. #36 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 7:13 PM

    http://muslimness.blogspot.com/2009/08/islamic-relief-presents-fundraiser-with.html

    Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan are coming to the UK to raise funds for the Swat victims.

    If you are interested in meeting them or learning more please click on the above link.

  37. #37 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 8:16 PM

    youtube.com/watch?v=kikaBEmJby0&feature=fvw

    Mohammad Aamer seems like a confident young man. I liked how he was speaking frankly. However he needs to stay humble and also stop saying “sport” for “support”.

  38. #38 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 8:54 PM

    So now with no Gul or Razzaq, will we see the following line up?

    Nazir
    Akmal
    Afridi
    Younis
    U Akmal
    Malik
    Yousuf/F Alam
    Rana
    Rao
    Aamer
    Ajmal

    That line up looks OK to me except that Malik should be dropped and either Fawad or Yousuf should play in his position.

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 5, 2009 - 9:08 PM

    I think they should at least try once i.e., sending Afridi and Imran Nazir to open the innings, there is nothing left in this ODI series except for experimenting different combination and why not try it? I would certainly try them in T20 to avail the power play advantage.

  40. #40 by khansahab on August 5, 2009 - 9:09 PM

    youtube.com/watch?v=2oqqtPZP95M&feature=related

    LOL Sarfraz Nawaz is embarrassing Imran Khan by making some startling revelations.

    Btw this was in those days when Nadia Khan was hot.

  41. #41 by khansahab on August 6, 2009 - 9:11 AM

    Omer

    Jo hot ho, uss hi ko convert karein gey…..

  42. #42 by khansahab on August 6, 2009 - 9:14 AM

    Omer

    Yousuf is ranked no 5 now, not no 1 🙂

    Sangakkarra is no 1 and Gambhir is no 2.

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 6, 2009 - 10:08 AM

    khansahab

    You mean, Jo lo ?

    In that case, invert is more important than convert. 😀

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 6, 2009 - 10:19 AM

    Chief selector laments lack of continuity in Pakistan cricket

    Thursday, August 06, 2009
    By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: Iqbal Qasim is a man with long-term ideas aimed at sniffing out young blood and then grooming it for international cricket.

    But even though he is currently serving as Pakistan’s chief selector, the former Pakistan Test spinner is aware of the painful fact that he might never get the chance to implement them.

    “How can we work on long-term plans when we don’t even know whether as selectors we will still be working a few months from now?,” he responded when asked by ‘The News’ whether under him, the national selection committee is preparing any long-term plans like taking steps to ensure that Pakistan will field a strong squad to shoulder their World Cup campaign in 2011.

    “It would be great if we can think and act on a long-term basis,”
    he said on Wednesday. “We would love to start taking steps to make it sure that we have a solid team for the World Cup. But the ground reality is somewhat unfortunate.

    “We can’t have any such planning unless there is continuity and unfortunately that ingredient has always been missing,” he lamented.

    Iqbal, who took 171 wickets from 50 Tests, took over as the chairman of the national selection committee on August 1. He replaced Abdul Qadir, another ex-Test spinner, who resigned from the post in June over what he claimed was repeated meddling in selection affairs by senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials and the national team management.

    Iqbal is yet to face any such hurdles but believes that in a country like Pakistan, a selector’s job is both tough and thankless.

    “It’s a tough and thankless job to be a selector in our country,”
    he said. “I mean when the team does badly everybody blames the selection committee but when it’s doing well nobody gives the selectors a pat on their back.”

    Iqbal, who turns 56 on Thursday (today), said that in the given circumstances, the national selection committee has no option but to focus on doing its job on a series to series basis.

    “Our aim is to give our best and pick the best available players for Pakistan duty ahead of every international assignment,” he said.

    Under him, the selection committee’s first task is to pick a final 15-man touring party for the ICC Champions Trophy from a 30-member squad preliminary squad that was finalised by interim selectors last month.

    There have been speculations that Iqbal and company will axe several senior players from the squad after their below-par showing during the tour of Sri Lanka. However, the chief selector made it clear that the committee will only take a decision once it receives detailed input from the team’s captain and coach next week.

    “The (Pakistan) team returns home on August 13 and once its here we will get detailed inputs from the coach and captain on the performance of the players in Sri Lanka,” he said.

    Iqbal is expected to hold meetings Pakistan captain Younis Khan and coach Intikhab Alam soon after they return home from Sri Lanka where their team lost in both the Test and one-day series.

    After that the selection committee will meet by August 20 to finalise the final team for the Champions Trophy which gets underway in South Africa on September 22.

    Iqbal said that the selection committee will need at least six months to find youngsters with a potential to become world class cricketers.

    “We will need at least six months to streamline things like shortlisting talented newcomers. It will only after following one full season of domestic cricket can we identify the best young players for future training.”

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 6, 2009 - 11:16 AM

    The Chief Selector of Pakistan cricket team, Iqbal Qasim is talking of uncertainty, lack of continuity of jobs and insecurity about his job and the future in general. This is not new, it is a Pakistani tradition when new governments come, they brings new cabinets, new ministers, hence new PCB administration.

    Therefore, those who are in power are always misusing and abusing the power. They care about themselves and not for the country or for the players. Ijaz Butt is a classic example of unfair selection, he is incompetent, uneducated, uncouth and biased hence, those who are like, Abdul Qadir and Javed Miandad etc., throw their towels before their term is over because they cannot control or fit into the faulty system, they quit.

    Imran Khan
    has talked so much since retiring in 1992 after winning the WC. But, he did nothing for cricket except for tongue wagging. First, he took the task of completing the cancer hospital project and people helped him because, he was their hero and he was going for a noble cause and he successfully completed the hospital project.

    Then he decided to jump into politics and wanted to change the country by announcing his ambitious plans to get rid of the feudal lords and that was his biggest mistake and neither him or anyone from his party could get a single seat in the NA. It was, a chicken first or the egg first theory which ruined his political career. Seventeen years and no mass, no clout, no support because the masses are controlled by the crooked feudal lords and a corrupt system, which needs a revolution to change and get rid of them.

    Imran Khan’s goals and ambitions are to get into power as the CEO of the country and then do something about the cricket in Pakistan. Once again chicken first or egg first? This way he might end up without achieving either of those goals. Because, he wants to be successful in a big way. That is because he was able to achieve a couple of big successful projects in his life – winning the first ever world cup for Pakistan and, constructing the first ever cancer research hospital in Pakistan.

    Success is about how you perceive it in your life? And, the fact is, life is made of small tiny pleasures, the big ones come too infrequently in one’s life and if you don’t have ’em or do not enjoy those tiny little pleasures of life, the big ones don’t mean anything. If Imran Khan wanted to improve the game of cricket in Pakistan, he should have taken that challenge like he took for the hospital project. For that he doesn’t have to be the President or Prime Minister of Pakistan. He would have got immense public support for that and he is the most competent person for that post. But, he considered it as a very trivial post for his status.

    I don’t mean to say he is not competent for what he is aiming for. He certainly is more competent than all those around him, but achieving it is more like a far fetched treacherous journey and a very ambitious goal, especially with that agenda and manifest to get rid of the crooked feudal lords and to bring justice in the country through his justice movement or Tehrik-e-Insaaf, it is a very tedious job. He should have done some Lateral Thinking before taking this decision.

  46. #46 by khansahab on August 6, 2009 - 11:38 AM

    Javed A Khan

    I totally agree. Imran Khan would have fared much better in politics if he had done something about the cricket structure in the country. If he becomes Chairman for a few years and then changes a few things, I am certain his profile will be raised amongst the masses and he will get more support.

    He himself is responsible for this mess where his party has little support in pockets all over the country. He was a dictator in the team, but in a democratic system he cannot win votes if he acts like a dictator. He needs to be much more malleable. He might think if he is more forthcoming towards America, MQM, Army etc, people might think he is unprincipled, but the sad fact is a lot of people already think like that. He has lost credibility because of his alliance with Mullahs and his support of corrupt feudals. The educated people in Pakistan are not pro Mullah or pro feudal, so they will alienate Imran because of that reason. No wonder a lot of Imran’s supporters are now small minded, biased and racist villagers who hate MQM/religious tolerance/minority rights and who have absolutely no knowledge of the outside world except their own villages and towns. Also, although Imran is a Punjabi most people think he is a Pathan, which creates problems for Imran because he does not have any regional base where he can be guaranteed votes. He can’t have a base in NWFP because he doesn’t have any family there and he doesn’t speak Pushtu. He can build a base in Punjab but he is afraid people might think he is playing the race card.

    So I don’t see any hope for Imran. He should quit politics and get involved in cricket management.

  47. #47 by khansahab on August 6, 2009 - 11:45 AM

    Regarding continuity, I am all for continuity if the right people are at the helm. Continuity with someone like Ijaz Butt will only cause failure for the cricket structure in the country. If they should continue with someone, it is people like Fawad Alam, who showed immense promise in his 1st Test. Also the way he has performed in domestic cricket for so long shows that he is mentally strong.

    Continuity with Shoaib Malik has proved to be a disaster. Misbah showed a lot of promise and he was kept in the side for 2 years. It is unwise to continue with him because he has shown no talent when playing on seaming tracks and also, age is not on his side.

    So you can’t beg for continuity if you don’t have talent. I think if Nasim Ashraf was Chairman today, things would have been much better. However, even today if you will ask the common person of Pakastan whether he would prefer Ijaz Butt or Nasim Ashraf, he would opt for Butt.

  48. #48 by khansahab on August 6, 2009 - 1:25 PM

    The Champions Trophy starts next month. I don’t think Pakistan will change the captain, but the coach and team manager should go. There was a major tournament, T20 Cup, and then there was this series and then Pakistan are going to play another major tournament.

    Whatever they decide to do, they need to act fast. Whoever comes at the helm has to have some time to work properly before the start of the Champions Trophy. Hopefully we will see a new coach, a new team manager and a new PCB Chairman, all of whom should work together and formulate the right strategy over the next few weeks so that Pakistan can be prepared and not demoralised before the major event.

    If they can’t make these changes within the next 2-3 weeks, there is little point because whoever is in charge will not have ample time with the team.

    I think bowlers like Rana, Rao etc should not play any kind of cricket. They need to select genuinely fast bowlers. If they leak runs, it doesn’t matter because if they are fast, they will pick up wickets which slows the run rate down anyway.

    Batting wise, Afridi, Yousuf, Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal should be automatic selections. Bowling wise, Ajmal, Gul, Afridi, Aamer and 1 more bowler will do fine. Fawad Alam can bowl part time spin if need be.

    The squad should look like this:

    Opening: Imran Nazir, Afridi, Akmal

    Middle order: Yousuf, Fawad Alam, Umer Akmal, Younis Khan (only if he can perform in the remainder of this ODI series), Razzaq (same as Younis- has to perform in this series)

    Keepers: Akmal and Sarfraz Ahmed (they should have 2 keepers in the squad)

    Spin: Ajmal, Afridi

    Fast bowlers: Gul, Aamer plus 2-3 really fast bowlers

  49. #49 by khansahab on August 6, 2009 - 2:10 PM

    Speculations of changes in PCB, Butt avoids media

    LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt is nowadays keeping himself away from media.

    After inspecting the under-construction pavilion at the Gaddafi Stadium, he once again avoided talking with media and said: “time has not come and I will talk in two or three days”.

    At a time when speculations of removal of the chairman are spreading, Ijaz Butt has adopted further distance from media.

    After the chairman PCB inspected on Thursday afternoon the construction of the new pavilion of the Gaddafi Stadium, which was stopped for a long time, media tried to know the PCB instance on the present situation arose from the poor performance of the national team and punters’ alleged contacts with the cricketers.

    Ijaz Butt flatly refused to talk on these matters and said that he would not talk with media now and the time for talks would come in two or three days.

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 6, 2009 - 2:52 PM

    Ijaz Butt would avoid talking to the media for obvious reasons, he has no answers to their questions and he wants to save his own Butt and, for that he is relying more on his cousin who is working for Zardari’s government. He wants to continue as long as he can, because for him, his family and friends this job is a lottery.

    khansahab

    I agree with you that the common man will say, Butt is better than Nasim Ashraf. Because, I have seen here at a small gathering people from Punjab were airing similar sentiments by saying:“Theek hai yaar Butt apna banda hai chalnay dou jiss terha chal reha hai, in Pakastan everyone is misusing the funds and their authority. So what if he is misusing the PCB funds?” The irony is every single Punjabi guy over there was agreeing with his view.

  51. #51 by khansahab on August 6, 2009 - 3:08 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Under Nasim Ashraf’s time, I admit a lot of bad things happened to Pakistan cricket. Sometimes certain events happen that are outside your control. Ijaz Butt has also seen Pakistan being marginalised internationally and he has seen other countries adopt a negative stance on Pakistan. Ashraf also went through this phase.

    However, Ashraf went great lengths to ensure Pakistan develops a sound relationship with other cricket boards. Under Ashraf’s tenure PCB was hardly ever at loggerheads with BCCI. ECB and boards of other countries also dealt with more favourably towards Pakistan. That is because Ashraf is a seasoned diplomat and he knows how to deal with people. Butt is just arrogant and abusive, a laughing stock.

    The second point I want to make is that for some reason people accuse Ashraf for “allowing” Yousuf and Razzaq to play for ICL. Ashraf did NOT want them out of the team. If he wanted Yousuf out of the team he would not pay Yousuf however many millions of rupees he paid, to let Yousuf remain in the Pakistan team. Yousuf and Razzaq left because their performances were below standard at that time (I think Yousuf had just had 1 or 2 poor ODI series) and they were also unhappy with the captain and the team management.

  52. #52 by khansahab on August 6, 2009 - 3:16 PM

    According to Cricinfo, there is a danger of rain stopping play in the remaining 2 matches. The forecast does not look encouraging at all.

    I like what Cricinfo’s preview said- that instead of talking about match fixers and groupism, Pakistan must focus on the basics. They need to bowl straight, field sharply and not throw away their wickets.

  53. #53 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 6, 2009 - 7:20 PM

    khansahab

    the bottom line of your last comment “they were also unhappy with the captain and the team management.” why don’t you spell it out? Yes, it was SHOAIB MALIK the captain at that time and both Mohammed Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq openly said in front of the media that, Shoaib Malik was not only playing dirty politics to ouster them but, he also was rude towards them. If this was a secret, it is an OPEN SECRET.

    Abdul Qadir, the chief selector at that time, also said twice to the media that, as a selector he wanted to kick out Shoaib Malik from the team when he was playing dirty politics in Dubai recently against Australia. But, Inti Alam the “couch” potato and Yawar Saeed the manager both prevented it from happening.

    The point is Malik can always get away without getting punished for playing such dirty games and even when he is not performing he is still in the team. In fact Malik’s performance is not just bad due to bad luck but, a deliberate attempt to fail the team. And, he is a known culprit who openly admitted throwing away a domestic match and then he even reiterated openly in front of TV camera that it was a right thing to do. For that he got a slap on his wrist because of his Uncle Senator backing his ass.

  54. #54 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 6, 2009 - 7:26 PM

    khansahab

    Rain would be a blessing in disguise for the team whose performance is so pathetic due to petty politics and grouping in the team, it will be a face saving situation if it rains. Otherwise, this team will get a 5-0 drubbing from Sri Lanka. I have a feeling that they will even lose the T20 match and Sri Lanka will avenge the WC defeat.

    With this kinda attitude and this kinda players like Malik and Misbah in the team playing dirty politics, even Imran Khan as a captain cannot win a single match.

  55. #55 by khansahab on August 6, 2009 - 9:51 PM

    According to The Nation, either one of Malik or Alam will be dropped in favour of Yousuf.

    Malik has been in terrible form and he should be dropped. However, because Younis tends to use Malik in bowling, he will probably drop Alam.

    How sad Fawad has his seen career suffer in this way. Malik’s bowling is mediocre and Fawad Alam and Younis bowling a few overs here and there will not be too different from Malik bowling a few overs.

  56. #56 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 7, 2009 - 3:10 AM

    khansahab

    That is true that Younus Khan has supported Malik more than any player and Malik has back stabbed him. Read the new thread on the blog and comment there, please.

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