REVENGE AS MOTIVE FOR SUCCESS

Afridi wants to be remembered as the craziest cricketer

Afridi wants to be remembered as the craziest cricketer

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.

Deliberately throwing away wicket and matches is Shoaib Malik's first nature

Deliberately throwing away wicket and matches is Shoaib Malik's first nature

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.

When Malik was captain, Younus Khan stood behind him, but now Malik backstabs Younus Khan

When Malik was captain, Younus Khan stood behind him, but now Malik backstabs Younus Khan

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.

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  1. #1 by Zakiuddin Hussaini on August 7, 2009 - 3:20 AM

    Its very interesting to read here what I think about Shoaib Malik. See how quickly Pakistan dropped their best performer Mohammad Yousuf who was the only one to play two good inning in 3 test and scored at an avg above 42 runs despite the fact that he played international cricket after a long time. But he was quickly dropped in one days after only 1 failure, why?? What has Kamran Akmal done beside dropping crucial catches behind the wicket ……… How about Shoaib Malik…?? Just one inning in 3 test is enough to keep him in the side????? Why are we playing with 4 or 5 all rounders and just two or 3 specialist batsmen? Drop Shoaib Malik before anyone else.

  2. #2 by Moiz-ur-Rahman on August 7, 2009 - 3:31 AM

    Guys nice comments like ur blog and ur comments and suggestions. yes this Malik guy must go he is too much pain in the xxx and look what his mentor big Butt is saying? He is taking legal advise on how to fart and when to fart on the accusations of betting, 2 days ago he said yes some people approach our players and now he is trying to turn it on Qadir.

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 7, 2009 - 3:37 AM

    PCB taking legal advice on match fixing allegations
    Friday, August 07, 2009

    LAHORE: Pakistan’s cricket chief said on Thursday he was taking legal advice on how to tackle accusations of match fixing after suspicion fell on the national team after recent heavy defeats in Sri Lanka.

    “We are discussing the matter with our lawyers on how some senior players came up with allegations without any proof. This is not on and not acceptable,” said Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt.

    Butt spoke two days after former leg-spinner and recently-resigned chief selector Abdul Qadir raised suspicions that Pakistan players may be involved in wrongdoing after the team’s surprise defeats in the Tests and one-day series. More…..http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=191824

    The good thing is Shahid Afridi was not even in Sri Lanka when it happened.

    Moiz, I agree with you that Butt himself has blabbed before that some suspicious bookies were seen and now he is talking from his posterior side, so obviously he is negating his own comments only to get at Abdul Qadir.

  4. #4 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 8:39 AM

    Since Malik was bound to be dropped, they also dropped Fawad Alam. After only 2 bad matches Fawad has been dropped, it will be difficult for him to form part of a playing XI again.

    This is totally unfair that you drop a youngster like this after only 2 matches. Yousuf, I can understand because he is a class player but to bring back Misbah?

  5. #5 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 9:18 AM

    Imran Nazir was almost run out, and now he has just survived a chance when he was clearly out. It was an under edge that carried through the keeper. But the umpire wasn’t convinced.

    That is why I don’t want Nazir to play ODI’s- he offers too many chances.

  6. #6 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 9:45 AM

    Imran Nazir gone. Survived 2 plumb LBW appeals and a caught behind. Gone for 23 playing a rubbish shot. That’s Imran Nazir for you.

  7. #7 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 10:17 AM

    Omer

    When did he criticise the seniors in this ODI series? I think he just criticised Malik and Misbah in the Test series. What I heard from the commentators was that Younis made 3 statements- 1) that the media is playing a negative role and criticising him too much 2) that he does not have enough support of the PCB and 3) that the domestic set up is flawed in Pakistan.

  8. #8 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 10:20 AM

    It’s a batting paradise and the ball is not swinging. Pakistan will probably win this match. That is typical of Pakistan- scoring on flat pitches only, scoring after series losses. Akmal has made a 50.

    There was no point bringing Misbah back and dropping Alam. It seems like either one of Malik OR Misbah HAS to play? Why is this? Why must one of them always play- why can’t they both be dropped?

  9. #9 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 10:22 AM

    Omer

    What kind of ramifications do you think this decision will have on Fawad’s career (to drop him I mean)? He did OK in the 1st match but failed in the next 2 matches. I think it is too harsh and a politically motivated decision, to ensure Malik is not “singled out”.

  10. #10 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 10:41 AM

    Lazy and pathetic shot from Yousuf. No wonder a lot of people are saying he is too old for ODI cricket.

    It seems like there are serious problems and the team is not happy under Younis Khan. No one seems to have any commitment or motivation.

  11. #11 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 10:51 AM

    Omer

    The way Ramiz and Waqar have discredited Alam, I don’t think he will play in an XI again. He might be selected in a squad, but it will be difficult. And then Younis came with this statement that the players have technical faults- don’t know who exactly that was aimed at but Alam is a contender.

    People have forgotten the way he played when he made 168, on a track which made Misbah and Malik appear as nothing players. It is sad because he had a lot of potential. I am not defending him because I criticised him myself, but I don’t think he played so badly for the team management to drop him.

  12. #12 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 10:52 AM

    Misbah out for 9, pathetic knock.

    Why is he in the team and why did he replace Fawad Alam?

    This is BS.

  13. #13 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 11:13 AM

    Biased Waqar Younis has professed he wanted this team to play in all matches:

    Nazir
    Akmal
    YK
    Misbah
    Malik

    Afridi
    U Akmal
    Razzaq
    Rana
    Gul
    Ajmal

    Does it come as a surprise that no Fawad Alam in that line up?

  14. #14 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 11:38 AM

    Well played Younis Khan. Although I wonder how his performance would have been if the pitch was more Dambulla-like.

  15. #15 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 11:53 AM

    In the past 15 minutes or so, Ramiz has praised U Akmal about 20 times.

    He can’t stop going on about Akmal.

    He hardly said anything about Fawad Alam when he made that 168. I am just amazed at what these people get away with. The bias is so very obvious.

  16. #16 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 12:03 PM

    Umer Akmal has played fantastically. Rather than destroy Fawad Alam’s career, the team management should realise Umer and Fawad are the replacements for Malik and Misbah.

    Malik and Misbah should go. It is over for them.

  17. #17 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 1:31 PM

    Rana bowling on a flat track= destruction for Pakistan.

  18. #18 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 7, 2009 - 2:36 PM

    When I got up, I thought the match is over, but its a D/N match and I am surprised to see Pakistan made 321/5 and the team is without Malik and Fawad Alam. And, the two sound middle order batsmen Yousuf and Misbah out under 10.

    Right now there is a flurry of fours and Rana is being punished by Sangakara and Tharanga earlier poor Aamir got 4 fours in his last over. A flat wicket and it is possible that Sri Lanka will chase this total and get it as they are going at a good pace. So far this Sanga Tharanga partnership of 62* is the second best partnership after Younus Khan and Umar Akmal’s 176.

    By scoring a century in the second ODI of his career, Umar Akmal has cemented his place for the next 10 matches at least, but the same cannot be said about Fawad Alam after his 168 in test on his debut.

    The good thing is Malik is not in the team and they have once again done injustice against Fawad Alam by playing Misbah. But, it is good in a way that he played and got out for 9 runs dropping him for the next match and for the Champions Trophy would be easier. His form is pathetic, this is the second time he scored 9 runs in this ODI series and his average is also 9. But, Shoaib Malik’s average of this ODI series is probably the worst of his career it is only 7 from 3 matches.

  19. #19 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 2:39 PM

    Changes expected in Pakistan cricket team management

    According to sources in the PCB, it has been decided to sack the team’s manager and assistant manager while the coach and captain have a lot of explaining to do once the team returns home from Sri Lanka August 13.

    Pakistan lost the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka 0-2 last month. It is the first time ever that Pakistan has lost a Test series in Sri Lanka. A similar story was repeated in the One Day Internationals with the hosts winning the first three games convincingly.

    Apart from the poor performance of the players during the tour, another reason why the team management finds itself in problem are reports that bookmakers tried to contact the Pakistani players in Galle and Colombo during the Test series. The incidents were confirmed initially by team manager Yawar Saeed, who later denied after getting a dressing down from the PCB top brass.

    Yawar, 73, is a close friend of PCB chairman Ijaz Butt which is why he was chosen as the national team manager earlier this year. However, his failure to deal with sensitive issues has made it clear that he is not the right man for the job, said a source in the PCB.

    According to the source, Yawar has been asked to step down as manager after the conclusion of the tour of Sri Lanka. Similarly, assistant manager Mohammad Ahmed has also been asked to quit the post.

    Some influential officials in the PCB governing board are also gunning for the resignation of Intikhab Alam, the team’s coach. They are of the view that Intikhab has failed to deliver the goods in Sri Lanka and should pay for his team’s poor showing during the series.

    Some critics believe that captain Younis Khan is also responsible for the spate of defeats in Sri Lanka as he has failed to unite the team even after a stunning title-winning triumph in the ICC World Twenty20 championship in England last month.

    Sources, however, said that the fate of the duo will be decided after Butt holds separate meetings with Intikhab and Younis next week. The PCB chairman has also asked the coach and captain to submit separate reports on the tour.

  20. #20 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 2:41 PM

    Butt to confront players on reports of discord in team

    KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt will individually talk to players on reports of discord within the team and that some players are
    not cooperating with captain Younus Khan in Sri Lanka.

    A PCB official said that Butt will meet the players in Karachi and Lahore on August 14 and 15 besides asking the captain, coach and manager of the team to file separate reports on the Test and One-day debacles in the island nations.

    “The chairman wants to have a look at what the captain, coach and manager think were the reasons for the team’s poor performance in Sri Lanka. Plus he is also keen to have a one to one talk with the players,” said the official, who declined to be named.

    “He also wants to find out whether it is true that Younus has been running a one-man show in the team and not encouraging collective decisions,” a source said.

    Not only the Pakistan team but even Butt has come under fire after the disappointing show in the Test and One-day series which Pakistan lost for the first time in Sri Lanka.

    “With an important tournament like the Champions Trophy coming up the chairman is concerned and does not want a repeat in the main event,” the source said.

    Publicly the Board chief has tried to play down the defeats and dismissed reports off discord within the team but other sources said Butt wanting the team management to file separate reports indicated he wanted to set things right.

    “Maybe we could see a change in the team management for the Champions Trophy and a new coach and manager,” one source said.

    Younus has denied that he was behaving like a dictator in the team, insisting he encouraged players to participate in all important decisions.

    There is a feeling that the stories about Younus behaving like a dictator or running a one-man show has been inspired by a particular group which is keen to ensure that the coach and manager are not sacked after returning home and are trying to put all the blame for the poor performances on Younus.

    Saleem Altaf, the chief operating officer of the Board said, the chairman has also agreed to convene a General Council meeting on August 13 in Karachi at which the team’s performance can be discussed.

    “Primarily the council is meeting to sort out the 2011 World Cup matters but if members want to discuss the performance in Sri Lanka they can do so,” Altaf said.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 7, 2009 - 2:42 PM

    Now that Sangakara is out and the partnership which was going at a good pace will slow down the run rate. Yet, the not so famous Sri Lankan middle order player are capable of putting up a good fight and they might give Pakistan a rough ride. It is not easy unless Afridi and Ajmal apply the brakes.

  22. #22 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 2:44 PM

    Younis wants more freedom in team selection
    Karachi: The frustration of defeats in Sri Lanka and the subsequent allegations of match-fixing and discord in the team are telling on Pakistan captain Younis Khan, who feels all the players should take responsibility for the current turmoil.

    “I am not solely answerable for the team’s poor performance. Every player must take responsibility for the team and I can’t tolerate losing without a proper fight,” Younis said in an interview in the Express newspaper on Friday.

    He also made it clear that alleged match fixing or discord within the team were not the reasons for the poor performances which led to Pakistan losing the Test and one-day series for the first time in Sri Lanka.

    “As a captain I am responsible for all decisions on the field and for my own batting. But other players must be answerable for their own performances and they must feel the responsibility themselves. Cricket is a team game not an individual’s game,” Younis said.

    Younis said he should be given more independence. “Some boards consider it necessary to involve the vice-captain, manager, captain and even senior players with the captain in selection matters,” he added.

    “When Imran Khan was captain he took decisions independently. Even when Inzamam-ul-Haq was captain even coach Bob Woolmer sat quietly when it came to selection matters,” he stated.

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 7, 2009 - 2:48 PM

    khansahab

    Ijaz should inspect his own Butt rather than confronting the players. What has the players got to do if the so-called bookies were lurking in the hotel? This whole incident is like creating a mountain out of the mole. There was no need for Yawar Saeed and Intekhab Alam to talk about it. They just wanted to divert the attention because, both of them are doing nothing in fact they are playing too much politics in team selection and putting undue pressure on Younus Khan.

    Younus Khan played well today and if the team wins from here and also the rest of the matches then he will be saved from axing but, the Oldy Goldy couple of Inti & Yawar will have to retire along with Butt.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 7, 2009 - 2:54 PM

    The reason Sri Lanka has won this series is because the whole team played, when their ace players like Jayawardene, Jayasuriya, Sangakara etc., failed their other players played well and scored good runs. Like now, even their Kandam By is playing well.

    Btw, where is Munir and Awas? Theo is in Natalie’s Guanto!

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 7, 2009 - 3:04 PM

    SHT Kandamby c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 15 (27b 1×4 0x6) SR: 55.55

    My bad, jisko mai kahoon accha khel reha hai wo OUT. Btw, what a name SHT Kandamby There is an “I” missing in his first name initials.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 7, 2009 - 3:17 PM

    3ranga going strong @ 65 and KapuraGurda has just joined he too is a stroke player and still to come is telegraphic transfer or TT Samaraweera, after death i.e., AD Mathews.

    Today, Malinga was punished severely 79 in 10 overs, I wonder who whacked him? Was it Umar Akmal? Even Baw jee Mendis got peetowed and gave away 56 runs for his one and only consolation wicket of Moulana Yousuf.

  27. #27 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 3:32 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Yes, they have been unjust with Fawad. He actually scored a Test knock which was made in exceptionally difficult circumstances. If he can do that once, he can do it more times. Also, how many times in ODI’s has he batted in his normal batting position, between no 3-5. Only about once or twice.

    Omer is lucky he got to bat where he is best at. Anyway, this is not to take anything away from Omer who is a very talented player. I am pleased for him. But just a little disappointed with the culture of favouritism.

  28. #28 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 3:57 PM

    My Men of the Match will be Rao and Umer Akmal.

    Rao bowled the best in his life- strange he could bowl so well on a dead track.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 7, 2009 - 6:46 PM

    I think if Umer Akmal shows consistency then, this is what Pakistan needs from the middle order and not what Malik and Misbah have been doing in the past.

    Rao ifti got 5 wickets, three of them from the tail but, this is what he is a bowler who sometimes bowls very well and the rest of the time he is simply a mediocre.

    Rana Naveed is a big KHUDDA fielder and he keeps dropping catches and giving away boundaries, but today he took an exceptional catch, reportedly one of the best catches ever taken in the outfield. And, it wasn’t Ramiz or Waqar saying but the cricinfo guy who types the running commentary wrote.

    What will be the team for the next match?
    I think Fawad Alam must get in place of Misbah. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be fair for Alam. Misbah got another chance and he failed, so why should they drop Fawad Alam when he is better than him? He can also bowl, whereas Misbah can’t.

  30. #30 by khansahab on August 7, 2009 - 9:55 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Rao claimed the wicket of Tharanga, Sangakkara and Samaraweera- three specialist batsmen which is why I mentioned him. He bowled wicket to wicket and Sri Lankans were getting cramped for space which is why they offered him their wickets. However, like Rana and Aamer he could have also been expensive but he was quite tidy- that is how he exerted pressure by not giving them any width which also helped other bowlers pick wickets from the other end. Anyway, he is generally mediocre and in no way am I stating he should be in the team.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 8, 2009 - 4:53 AM

    khansahab

    Actually Samaraweera may be a specialist batsman in SL team but, he is not a well known player that is why I said, two regular batsmen and three tail-enders. But, the important point is your bottom line, Rao is a mediocre bowler. But, Rana is NOT a bowler at all.

  32. #32 by Mohammed Munir on August 8, 2009 - 5:56 AM

    Good going guys … so finally we have won our first match of the tour and that too after Malak Sahab have been dropped. Was he the curse ?? 😉

    Nice article and some good facts have been highlighted. Yes, I agree with Javed that Younis Khan in spite of being a senior stood ‘firmly’ behind Malik when he was made captain, but unfortunately the very same Malik, along with group of his ‘loyal musketeers’, is playing the most sinister role in orchestrating Younis’s downfall. However, never did Malik expected that with the inclusions of Razzaq and Yousuf from ICL and successful debuts of Fawad and Omer Akmal, he himself is literally on the verge of being kicked out of the team permanently, and even if Malik remained in the team for some more time, at least he and Misbah have to fight it out among themselves. Cricket surely is a funny game, Malik supported and cemented Misbah in the team and now Malik’s own survival depends on Misbah’s exclusion from the playing elevens. I am sure they can not remain as close as they were, if one of them have to make way for the other.

    I have not been able to comment much lately, but I was regularly reading almost all of what have been going on here. In view of the above comments, I would like to mention a few of the points.

     About dropping Fawad Alam, I agree it was totally wrong, but what I heard was that Fawad was unable to play due to injury; Or was it to sacrifice him along with Malik ?

     Imran Nazir didn’t impress much and scored only 23 in spite of being given several chances, but he scored fast and gave a good opening platform of 61 runs (highest opening partnership by Pakistan in 4 ODIs). If we could give chances to ‘Jam-shed’, why not to Imran ?

     Omer Akmal was exceptional with his maiden, unbeaten, fast century. Umer is young and team management should groom him as a long term prospect.

     On the other hand Younis Khan played a Captain’s knock and though he started a bit slow, he ended with good performance and deserved a century. Younis had also been very supportive of Umer and guiding him throughout his brilliant innings.

     Comment no. 18, if those were really favourites of Waqar then it seems he just lost his mind. Waqar is playing Rana ahead of Mohammed Aamir why so ? Is it because Aamir was ‘pointed’ by Wasim and Waqar had personal issues with Wasim, so he trying settle his score with Wasim through Aamir ? Or is it because he is a left-arm bowler like Wasim which reminds Waqar about his biggest rival ? 😉

     BTW, Mohammed Aamir should try to distance himself from Wasim Akram as much as possible, because unfortunately, Wasim is carrying a lot of negative publicity for obvious reasons and peoples will not like to see Aamir as ‘Wasim’s boy’.

     I agree with Omer, Rana surely does not deserve a chance on his bowling & fielding, but I guess he is included in the team due to his batting and off course the ‘privileged lineage’. 😉 Thanks for his bowling figures, it was an eye-opener.

    Finally, I don’t know if any of you guys have noticed that when Afridi came to bat in the 49th over, he could have launched into hitting a few big shots but rather he gave maximum strike to Omer to help him reach his maiden century. Similarly, at the end of the innings, Afridi and Umer were coming togather, but when they approached the boundary-line, Afridi slowed himself and let Umer Akmal ‘lead’. Young Umer turned and looked back for his senior to join him, but Afridi stoped for a moment to purposely remain in the background and shouted to Umer … ‘Challo Challo’, as if he was telling the 19 year old Umer, ‘this is your day young man, go on and lead me off the ground’.

    I wonder how many of our so called seniors would have played a second-fiddle and allowed a young lad to live his moment of glory.

    This is Shahid Afridi for you … a true team-player and a leader !!

  33. #33 by khansahab on August 8, 2009 - 9:35 AM

    Munir sahab

    Well written and observed.

    Regarding Fawad Alam, they faked he had an injury. Younis said he had an ankle injury but he was seen walking OK and he even carried drinks to the players. This is just like manufacturing this story about Misbah having low blood sugar.

    I agree about Afridi. His only goal was to let Akmal reach his century. I remember on the 3rd last ball of the innings, Umer wanted to run a double. Afridi was at the danger end so he hesitated for a second, but then he ran anyway knowing that he was potentially sacrificing his wicket, since Umer wanted to reach his century so desperately. It would have been easy for him to just hold back and not give in to Umer’s demands, if he was playing selfishly. It is these little moments, when people have to rely on their natural instincts that tells you who is a team player and who is a selfish player.

    I think Waqar is very biased and demented for preferring that line up.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 8, 2009 - 9:56 AM

    Munir

    On how Shahid Afridi allowed Umer Akmal to score his maiden ODI century, reminds me of India’s match against Sri Lanka in Jaipur a few years ago when Dhoni went berserk and was hitting SL bowlers, he remained 183 not out, only 11 short of Saeed Anwar’s record. But, it was Yuvraj Singh first and then Venugopal Rao who prevented it from happening, they both were keen to cement their own place in the team. They both were hitting fours and sixes, whereas they could have given Dhoni a chance who had hit 15 fours and 10 sixes in that innings. Btw, there was no problem with balls, I think the match was over in 46th overs, so plenty of overs were remaining.

    Similarly, people say that Dravid didn’t give Tendulkar a chance to break Saeed Anwar’s record when they played against New Zealand in Hyderabad India, two years after Anwar’s record. Tendulkar remained 186 not out in that match. Dravid scored 153 and was out in the 47th over, in the end Tendulkar tried to hit out from the remaining two overs but, managed 33 odd runs, therefore at hindsight it may appear that it was possible, but the reality is both Dravid and Tendulkar were going almost at par and when Dravid was out on 153, Tendulkar was also on 153*, but then he unleashed to get maximum runs and reached 186*

  35. #35 by khansahab on August 8, 2009 - 9:56 AM

    In his recent interview, Chairman of Selectors Iqbal Qasim has said that the senior players in Sri Lanka will be given a chance to prove their form before the Champions Trophy squad is selected.

    This is an open invitation for Malik and Misbah to get into the team again. I don’t know why the PCB is not learning from its mistakes. Mediocrity must be eliminated from the team. First it was the series against Australia, then it was the T20 Cup, and now their failure in this current ODI series.

    What will it take for unbiased and fair selectors to be at the helm?

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 8, 2009 - 10:13 AM

    Since I was on the subject of highest runs in ODI and breaking Saeed Anwar’s record of 194, two candidates were mentioned above, one is Dhoni and the second is Tendulkar.

    There are others who came close to that record and one is Jayasuriya against India in Sharjah when he was out in the 48th over for 189. That match India lost badly by a margin of 245 runs, they were all out for 54 and all players except RR Singh were out in single digits.

    And, Ganguly also came closer to breaking that record but, he was out on 183 on the penultimate ball of the innings. In that match against Sri Lanka, once again it was Dravid who also scored a century was out in the 46th over and after that no one contributed and Azharuddin remained 12 not out from 7 balls, had he given that chance to Ganguly he would have scored 195…….. but that is a BIG IF…..

    Prior to Saeed Anwar, Sir Viv Richards was the record holder, he remained 189 not and he is the only player to score 180 plus twice in ODI. His first 189* was in 1984 against England but that was a 55 over match and his second 181, was in 1987 against Sri Lanka in Karachi during that WC.

    Gary Kirsten’s 188* against UAE is not that impressive, because the UAE is a minnow.
    Mathew Hayden’s 181* against New Zealand is record in the sense that Australia still lost that match.

    Cricket is indeed a funny game!

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 8, 2009 - 10:19 AM

    khansahab

    the audacity of mediocrity is, it can never be eliminated from Pakistan team because of biased and unfair selection process. As long as players are selected on regional basis mediocrity will remain. They have to select players on the basis of merit.

    The other day someone was telling me ( I am not sure if this is true, but it did sound funny to me) that Altaf Hussain of MQM once said, make me the selector of Pakistan cricket team and I will prove that Pakistan will win ALL world cups! Sounds like a big statement, but that’s him – verbose!

  38. #38 by khansahab on August 8, 2009 - 10:29 AM

    Javed A Khan

    I have seen his interview to Bushra Ansari where he said if he was the Selector he would pick teams from “mohallas” and “gullis”. However, he needs to understand he is not picking a Karachi XI, but a Pakistan XI. He said that the reason why the team underperforms is because of corruption and nepotism.

  39. #39 by khansahab on August 8, 2009 - 10:30 AM

    Good article from Cricinfo:

    Anyone but Butt

    It is difficult to remember a time in the post-Imran Khan era when the affairs of Pakistan cricket were well managed. Until 2003, when there were still superstar players around, it was clear where the power lay, and the PCB was a reactionary body desperately trying to keep the lunatics from taking over the asylum. In the decade that followed Pakistan’s World Cup win, anyone with a modicum of experience had a go as captain, except, tellingly, Inzamam-ul-Haq. It wasn’t until the cull in the wake of Pakistan’s horrendous 2003 World Cup that the PCB was able to take firm control of things.

    The then PCB chairman, Tauqir Zia, and his hot-headed chief selector Aamer Sohail were brave enough to spell it out for Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saeed Anwar. Saqlain Mushtaq and Azhar Mahmood could never again re-establish themselves in the team, and Inzamam, Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi were only welcomed back once they had spent enough time away to no longer take their spots for granted. On balance, this was mostly positive, but then the PCB got too cute with selections and nearly lost a Test to Bangladesh. Worse was the selection of the boss’ undercooked son, Junaid Zia, for some ODIs. His credibility shot, Zia had no choice but to resign as chairman of the board.

    Much was hoped for from Shahryar Khan. Refined and respected, the former diplomat was a surprising disaster as PCB chairman. His tenure coincided with a tours programme that seemed to only be concerned about how many times Pakistan played India – the folly of which was clear at the outset. It was never explained why he was forever seen at cricket grounds around the world with the national team, rather than minding the shop at home. Although he deserves credit for bringing in Bob Woolmer as coach, Pakistan cricket generally seemed directionless with Shahryar in charge. His handling of the Inzamam-Hair fiasco, coupled with a clash with stand-in skipper Younis Khan ahead of the 2006 Champions Trophy, saw his tenure come to an end two months before his contract expired.

    Nasim Ashraf immediately had a mess on his hands with Shoaib’s and Mohammad Asif’s failed dope tests. To be fair, Ashraf presided over what was the bleakest period of Pakistan’s cricket history till then, with Bob Woolmer’s death and Pakistan’s elimination from the first round of the 2007 World Cup. Ashraf was willing to be the fall guy and offered his resignation, which was refused by the President. He served on, but relations with the players remained sour. He traded veiled punches with the captain, Inzamam, over the issue of religion in the team, but the ugliest illustration of the state of his relationship with the players was when he sued Shoaib for defamation. It was unclear how Pakistan cricket would come out of the mire, but for better or worse Ashraf resigned as PCB chairman when the man who appointed him, Pervez Musharraf, resigned as President of the country.

    As bad as all of this was, any of Zia, Shahryar and Ashraf are preferable to the utter ineptitude of Ijaz Butt. Things could hardly have started worse than when he announced that Pakistan had “no utility” for the national team coach, Geoff Lawson, before he even met him. Shortly thereafter, Butt divulged the private contents of a meeting with the ICC, where it was revealed that the ICC’s position against the Indian Cricket League was not legally very strong. Mere days in the job and it was clear that Butt was opinionated, unfair and indiscreet.

    While Butt did well in principle to get former players involved, his choices have ranged from questionable to downright wrong. Abdul Qadir, lovable eccentric that he is, was a good choice as a selector, but not as chief selector – he would have thrown up some good picks from left field and then a strong chief selector could have taken a chance on some of them. Drafting Ahmad Shahzad into the Test squad to face Sri Lanka on the basis of a good side match smacked of impulsiveness, and Qadir further showed his lack of judgment when, upon resigning from his post in the middle of this year’s World Twenty20, he went public with his views that Younis Khan should not be the captain of the Twenty20 team. Besides Qadir, Butt has fallen out with Javed Mianadad and Aamer Sohail. While both were always committed cricketers and no one doubts their sincerity towards Pakistan cricket, they are also known for their volatile personalities. Appointing them to any post was always going to be risky.

    The worst appointment of a former player has to be that of Ijaz Ahmed, who was made a selector. Whispers about his involvement in match-fixing never quite went away and the former middle-order batsman is currently embroiled in legal proceedings in a case of fraud. He may well be innocent of it all, but surely the PCB can find candidates who aren’t controversial to staff its positions? Another such, Saleem Malik, was reportedly almost appointed head of the cricket academy before the outcry led to some furious back-pedalling.

    The lowest point of Butt’s brief reign has been his handling of the aftermath of the attack on the Sri Lankans in Lahore.

    The least the chairman could have done was call a press conference immediately, express condolences for the victims and clarify the PCB’s sphere of responsibility. Instead, Butt alternated between being bullish, defensive and occasionally outrageous, as when he called for a life ban on the match referee, Chris Broad, for speaking about what he perceived as inadequate security.

    The cricket world, already squeamish when it came to Pakistan, saw its remaining confidence in the PCB evaporate. Turned into a pariah in the boardroom, Pakistan was stripped by the ICC of its World Cup matches – without being informed that the matter was even on the table. Butt’s response, to threaten futile legal action, only hardened positions.

    While it is a positive step that the PCB welcomed back its prodigal sons from the ICL, the situation has been mismanaged. It appears of no consequence that these players turned their backs on Pakistan cricket to make a quick buck. Two years ago Abdul Razzaq was dropped from the squad for the inaugural World Twenty20 because he was increasingly irrelevant in limited-overs cricket. Where once he was a sharp first-change bowler and top-order batsman, he had turned into no more than a bits-and-pieces player – not good enough to merit a place in the team as a bowler or batsman, but somehow holding on because he could bowl five overs in the middle and bat five overs at the end. Such was Razzaq’s outrage at being dropped that he retired from international cricket and joined the ICL, with no reflection on how far he had fallen as a cricketer. His comeback is being viewed through rose-tinted glasses, and while his experience is important to the current team, Razzaq still can’t be trusted with 10 overs or a top-order batting slot. In such circumstances a Category A contract is nothing short of absurd.

    Rana Naved too has waltzed into a central contract despite being a yesterday’s man and without first having proved himself on the field. Meanwhile the PCB has twice had to deal with the embarrassment of having awarded central contracts after the media pointed out omissions – first Abdur Rauf in January, and then Mohammad Aamer after Pakistan’s success at the World Twenty20.

    Pakistan’s senate remains unimpressed with Ijaz Butt; the standing committee on sports has moved a resolution calling for a change in the PCB set-up. That needs to happen, and soon, before the chairman and his PCB erode the good and goodwill that came from Pakistan’s World Twenty20 win. So low has the PCB fallen that almost anyone would be better than Ijaz Butt.

  40. #40 by khansahab on August 8, 2009 - 10:35 AM

    It’s not cricket

    The Nation, Pakistan

    THE malaise that is afflicting Pakistan cricket is one of incompetence at the very top. The present PCB Chairman, Mr Ijaz Butt, is simply not up to the job, and there must be something wrong in the system of nomination that puts him in the job. True, apart from a playing career that, while not distinguished, was certainly more distinguished than his predecessor, he has also had more than one stint at the PCB. But being part of the PCB when it was still very much an amateur show, does not qualify anyone to become head of what, because of TV rights and a share in ICC revenues, has become a multimillion-dollar enterprise.
    The PCB head should be someone with a revolutionary agenda, with new ideas and concepts, like Imran Khan. That assumes that the appointment, as at present, will continue to be centrally controlled. The best course would be to allow the PCB to have its own constitution, and proceed to the election of a President. However, if that is not to be followed, then the appointment should be carefully considered. Mr Butt should not be allowed undue credit for the winning of the ICC TwentyTwenty trophy, because the real test of a team is Test cricket, not the shortest format of the game. And in that, Pakistan has crashed to a humiliating defeat against Sri Lanka, against which it won the TwentyTwenty final. The defeat by Sri Lanka in 50-over one-dayers is merely an addition. It is clear that Mr Butt has failed the test. He must make way for someone better qualified.

  41. #41 by khansahab on August 8, 2009 - 12:31 PM

    Rashid Latif vows to bring novelty in coaching style of NCA

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s former skipper Rashid Latif said he would bring about major changes in the coaching style of National Cricket Academy and would retain natural talent of the players.

    ‘We wouldn’t have produced a (legendary) Wasim Akram if the coaches of that time tried to rectify his bowling style. In the camp we will try to polish and retain the natural talent of the players,’ Latif told reporters at National Stadium.

    Under the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Players Development Program a three-week U-23 Emerging Player’s camp headed by Rashid Latif will be held here at National Stadium from 10th August. The camp will conclude of 29th August.

    He said that the camp would aim to prepare players mentally as the players here were already highly talented.

    ‘Players specially coming from the lower middle class and middle class face problems in their family life which directly affect their performance. So we want to form a highly communicative medium between coaches and the players so that the players could share their problems,’ Latif explained.

    ‘Communication gap should cease to exist between players and coaches and an environment should form in which a player willingly comes to the camp,’ he said.

    He said that they would not only be working on the players but they would also monitor coaches and their behaviour with the players. ‘We also want to increase the expertise of the coaches so that they can get jobs here and in foreign countries as well,’ he said.

    Latif, an outspoken critic of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the ICC, said he would have remained silent if players were punished accordingly and the PCB had schooled its players.

    If the player is punished at the first instance at the breach of code of conduct then he would not fall in controversies in the future. We will ensure at the Academy that all these things are accounted for.’

    On the issue of the relevancy of the National Cricket Academy, he acknowledged that many players who were part of the national team did not come through the national coaching process.

    ‘Take the example of dashing player Umar Akmal – who didn’t come into the consideration of selectors for the National Academy. There is a lot of talent going waste in the country.
    .
    ‘So we will be sending teams of coaches throughout Sindh so that they could identify talented players and bring them here for grooming their talent,’ Latif added.

    He said that he would involve media in the camp and would daily introduce two to three emerging players would give briefings of the camp every fourth or fifth day.

    Likewise coaches would also be introduced.

    He said that they would be focusing on the three matches which they would play during the camp.

    ‘The 28 players of the camp would be divided into two teams which would play three matches. Players would try to perform their level best in the matches in order to come under limelight – subsequently making an impression on selectors for consideration for the national team,’ he said.

    The three matches would be 50-overs encounters.

    ‘We are trying to organize these matches as day-night games since they would be played in the month of Ramazan,’ Rashid said.

    Rasid Latif would be supported by Jalaluddin, Tauseef Ahmed, Azam Khan, Umar Rasheed, Asim Rizvi, Iqbal Imam and Tahir Mohammad during the camp.

    The 28 players list has 12 pacemen, 10 batsmen, four all-rounders, a spinner and a wicket-keeper – hailing from eleven cities of the country.

    28-players for the camp are, Jalat Khan, Imad Wasim, Lal Kumar, Anwar Ali, Usman Saeed, Asad Shafiq, Abid Ali, Jhangir mirza, Aqeel Anjum, Ali Asad, Haris Sohail, Shahzaib Hasan, Zeeshan Mushtaq, Azeem Ghuman, Mohammad Rizwan, Rizwan Akber, Uzairul Haque, Akhtar Ayub, Sarmand Anwer, Nazar Hussain, Mohammad Naveed, Junaid Khan, Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Rameez, Azhar Attari, Junaid Nadir, Ghulam Mustafa and Gulraiz Sadaf.

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 8, 2009 - 3:59 PM

    khansahab

    The cricinfo article on the PCB and Ijaz Butt has summed up all the points that we have discussed here on LS since the time he has been appointed. They may have missed out a few like, how he abuses power by appointing his own relatives in the board and how he uses abusive language with his colleagues etc.

    We have demanded Butt’s resignation here more than anyone ever did, because Butt is a very incompetent, uncouth, uneducated, uncivilized nincompoop. He has done more damage to cricket in Pakistan since the day he is appointed as the Chairman of the PCB than all other chairmen and officials may collectively have done so far.

    Its a pity that he is still holding his office, at 74 he should be sitting in some old farm with goats and sheep around him and what else do you expect from such a paindoo? One thing that he is doing which others may not have done despite the fact that he cannot clean his own Butt but, he is cleaning the coffers of the PCB.

    Dr. Naseem Ashraf had some decency to resign after the Caribbean World Cup defeat but, Butt did not even bother to speak a word after the Sri Lankan team was attacked by the terrorists. After a week or so, he demanded a life ban on Chris Broad while he himself is responsible for not taking care of the visiting team.

    Mr. Zardari wake up from your money making dreams and kick out Ijaz’s Butt and let cricket be handled by professionals.

  43. #43 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 8:41 AM

    After Fawad Alam failed in 2 innings he has been rested. Misbah is playing today’s game.

    People might wonder why this is so. This is only happening because the team management does not want to sit out Malik on his own.

    How can they be so unjust with Alam? He should definitely have played in Misbah’s position.

  44. #44 by Mohammed Munir on August 9, 2009 - 9:02 AM

    Youngsters will ‘Keep Pressure on Seniors’

    KARACHI — Pakistan captain Younus Khan hoped that the success of youngsters Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal will keep the pressure on senior batsmen to perform well.

    After his team’s 146-run triumph over Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday night, Younus said that it is very important for Pakistan to have talented rookies in the side because they are the ones who can force the more established players to give their best in order to keep their place in the squad.

    “The rise of players like Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal is great news for Pakistan,” said Younus, whose team tasted its first win on the otherwise awful tour of Sri Lanka on Friday night.

    “It will bring the senior players under pressure. They know now that to stay in the team, they will have to start performing well.”

    Fawad scored a brilliant century on his Test debut but failed to help Pakistan win the match.

    The tourists lost the three-match Test series 0-2 to suffer what was Pakistan’s first ever Test series defeat on the Sri Lankan soil recently.

    Umar, the younger brother of Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, hit a brilliant 66 in the third one-dayer and then scored an unbeaten ton Friday night to guide his team to its first win on the tour.

    Experts have blamed the below-par showing of senior players like former captain Shoaib Malik, vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf for Pakistan’s pathetic showing on the tour of Sri Lanka.

    Younus, however, believes that the seniors will soon return to form otherwise they will be facing the axe.

    Younus also rejected allegations from a former Pakistan Test cricketer that some of his team-mates could be involved in match-fixing.

    “If one gets up to Rs 900,000 for a single match, then why would he want to earn money through illegal means?” he asked.

    Former Pakistan Test spinner Abdul Qadir, who resigned as chief selector in June this year, alleged that there could be some match-fixers in the Pakistan team and demanded a probe into reports that bookies tried to contact the players during the Test series against Sri Lanka.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken serious note of the allegation and is expected to sue Qadir over his remarks. —

    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/sports/2009/August/sports_August217.xml&section=sports

    PS: WTF … PK Rs 900,000/- for a single game ? I never knew that even Pakistani players are earning so much of money.

  45. #45 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 9:25 AM

    Munir sahab

    I think that is a figure for the captain only. They do earn a lot of money. The senior players get Rs 200,000 or more every month because of their A contract. They also earn more in sponsorships and what not. They easily get about Rs 30,000- 50,000 for every international match. But yes, even though there is a lot of money, that figure of Rs 900,000 seems inflated.

    Maybe Younis was trying to say how much they get in those matches that have been fixed 🙂

  46. #46 by Mohammed Munir on August 9, 2009 - 9:33 AM

    This is what the commentator had to say about Younis at the start of the game …

    “Younis was his usual cheerful self at the toss. Ramiz Raja: “Younis, I know this is a dumb question to ask but, were you surprised at all at the team’s performance in the last game?” Younis tilts his head up, laughs and says, “Well with Pakistan you can never say, one day we’re on top and next day we’re collapsing.”

  47. #47 by Mohammed Munir on August 9, 2009 - 9:35 AM

    LOL @ Khansahab … “Maybe Younis was trying to say how much they get in those matches that have been fixed”.

  48. #48 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 9:46 AM

    Sri Lankan umpires have to be the worst ones around. Akmal was very unlucky as there was a conspicuous inside edge. And then Younis was plumb but given not out.

  49. #49 by Mohammed Munir on August 9, 2009 - 10:14 AM

    When Imran got out the run rate was 6.44 per over, while now with Younis & Yousuf it is down to 4.56 per over only.

    Younis is the main culprit with 15 runs on 41 balls at a strike rate of pathetic 36.58.

  50. #50 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 11:00 AM

    Misbah is proving us right. Generally pathetic player but in the last match of any series, makes a 50 and cements his place.

    The selectors are idiots for selecting him again and again. Why do they get fooled so easily?

  51. #51 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 11:38 AM

    Omer

    Yeah, Sangakkara made a fool of himself.

    Younis gone. Great player. All class. How Pakistan will miss Yousuf and Younis in 2 years time.

  52. #52 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 11:41 AM

    One of them (YK or Misbah) must get out to let Umer Akmal and Afrid come in and increase the RR.

  53. #53 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 11:48 AM

    So they have kept the same winning combo? Just to keep Fawad Alam out, thats nice. I was suggesting that Fawad Alam and Abdul Razzaq should have been in, in place of Misbah and Naveed. Anyways, now Misbah won’t be out of the team for the next 10 matches after scoring this 42*

    A good score by Younus Khan if he plays like this, he can always rebuild the confidence of his team. It was a bit slow but, under the circumstances its just fine.

  54. #54 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 11:52 AM

    If the play sensibly from here onwards 320-330 is not impossible and that would create similar effect on the SL team batting second under pressure. But, Rao cannot repeat his 5 encore. Neither can Umer Akmal score another century but a quick 40-50 will do. Misbah should not get stalled, he should keep the score board ticking. There is no point in waiting till the 45th over to attack, by then it would be too late for Afridi and Rana to go for big hits.

  55. #55 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 11:53 AM

    Umer Akmal gone!

  56. #56 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 12:00 PM

    The ball was a bit too wide for Umer to hit it over long-off by going down on one knee, unable to clear the ropes for a six and that the end of it. You are better off playing a ground shot through the covers but, I guess its Umer’s way.

    Afridi too gone!

    They are falling like a deck of cards now.

  57. #57 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 12:02 PM

    Pakistani batsmen cannot play a ball that pitches up and swings, they have practically no foot work and edges the ball either to the wicketkeeper or in the slips. Afridi did just that.

  58. #58 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 12:05 PM

    Omer

    I don’t mind their innings (Akmal and Afridi). That is because both of them play like that and there is always risk associated with their batting. Look at Misbah approaching his 50 yet again in a do-or-die situation for him.

  59. #59 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 12:11 PM

    Misbah has slowed as he is approaching his 50. Why can’t the coach and team manager see this and punish Misbah?

  60. #60 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 12:12 PM

    Misbah is inching towards his fifty to cement his place in the team for future. And he succeeds in getting one. This will be enough for him and the selectors to say that he is back in form. LOL what a load of dramay baazi.

  61. #61 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 12:14 PM

    punish Misbah?

    khansahab

    Are you out of your mind? You bet. He will be rewarded for this.

  62. #62 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 12:18 PM

    In the last six overs, 60 runs have been made so many times, but is it possible now? The way Misbah is playing, I doubt. I think he must have asked Rana to curb his instincts to go for big hits, probably wait till the last 2 overs. But, that is not a good strategy, at least one must go for big hits now.

  63. #63 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 12:27 PM

    Omer

    Ramiz is obsessed with Umer Akmal. He wants Umer Akmal to become Viv Richards because of giyareen. They need to let Umer relax. He’s a good player and they must not mess with his natural style. In the last match he only praised Younis twice, but he could not stop going on about Umer Akmal.

  64. #64 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 12:27 PM

    Once again they missed out the batting power play? Shouldn’t they keep their minds open? Or is it the old coach syndrome affecting the captain?

  65. #65 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 12:29 PM

    18 balls remaining, shouldn’t misbah take chances now? Or, is he waiting to remain not out like Malik?

  66. #66 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 12:35 PM

    Misbah’s strike rate dropped when he went on 40 odd. If he had accelerated then Pakistan could have reached 300.

  67. #67 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 12:38 PM

    Malinga is not playing in this match, in the previous one he gave away 79 runs and the irony is Umer Akmal scored 21 in one over and Malinga gave away 24 wides. So, 45 runs were made just like that.

    At least Rana is going for big hits Misbah is only famous for his big hitting but today he is saving it for his future. Rana’s best ODI score is 30 not out and he is almost there with 27. Only 12 balls to go and Mendis has one over left. How come Rana is hitting sixes and fours and Misbah is playing dot balls and singles?

    If the match is left for Misbah the total may not have passed 240 but, thanks to Rana Nayee!

  68. #68 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 12:47 PM

    Omer

    Totally agree. Ramiz was a nothing player who benefited from politics and nepotism in his playing days. Now a pathetic and biased commentator.

    If the ICC understood how politics works in Pakistan they would ban Ramiz from commentary. What a shame.

  69. #69 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 9, 2009 - 12:48 PM

    Rana Nayee’s highest ODI total 33 and he couldn’t carry any further, but Misbah @ 72 cannot cross 79 which is his ODI highest and he wants to remain not out that is obvious and he made Rao Run Out, LOL. The guy with the second highest batting average in the series is Mohammad Aamir and he didn’t get a chance to bat today and his average will remain high. But, Misbah has also managed to increase his average by remaining not out. 🙂

    A possible 300 but, thanks to Misbah for his slow batting to keep his place in the team and to improve his average he managed to take the total to 279 and 280 to win.

    Can Rana swing the ball here? That will be something if he can do and get wickets his 33 is valuable but, his bowling is much more desirable today.

  70. #70 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 2:42 PM

    I think the Men of the Match should be Younis and Rana. Rana’s blitzkrieg ensured Pakistan put a respectable total. Otherwise, Misbah was in no mood to accelerate.

    Younis played very well. In fact had it not been for him Pakistan might not have crossed 200 or 225. Misbah in my opinion could have done much better.

  71. #71 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 3:29 PM

    Today Afridi took his revenge and dropped a catch off Ajmal 🙂

  72. #72 by Awas on August 9, 2009 - 4:16 PM

    khansahab

    LOL @ “Today Afridi took his revenge…

    Due to “groupism and politics” shouldn’t Kamran Akmal have fumbled and not done the stumping at Afridi’s bowling and Misbah not taken the last catch off Afridi? 🙂

  73. #73 by khansahab on August 9, 2009 - 9:06 PM

    Awas

    They do “behind the scenes” politics. 🙂 They don’t want to do it on the field.

  74. #74 by khansahab on August 10, 2009 - 9:15 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Younis hints at discord in Pak team

    Last Updated on Sunday, August 09, 2009, 15:41 IST

    Karachi: After denying any rift in the team, Pakistan captain Younis Khan has now hinted at some discord, saying that he is not getting the sort of cooperation he wants from some senior players.

    Without taking any names, Younis made it clear that he wanted some players to change their attitude.
    “I don`t know the way I see it if these players don`t put the country and team before their own interests maybe fate will stop giving them the chances they are getting now,” he said on a TV show.

    Younis said players must not think about their seniority and do what the team demands.

    I don`t think players should be making choices or saying they don`t want to do this or that. I personally am ready to sacrifice for the team.”

    “In Australia some years back when captain, Inzamam-ul Haq and coach, Bob Woolmer wanted me to open the innings I did and scored a hundred. Players must remain positive all the time and do everything for their country and team,” he said.

    Younis also made it clear that he didn`t believe in making wholesale changes in the team despite the disappointing performances in Sri Lanka.

    “We can`t do that we can`t drop our senior players just because of one bad series. But yes for the future we need to start grooming and giving opportunities to other players and try to ease them into the team one by one,” he said.

    ——————————————–

    Is Younis referring to Malik who refused to open in the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka?

  75. #75 by khansahab on August 10, 2009 - 9:19 AM

    Younis eyes Champions Trophy title

    Karachi: The disastrous tour of Sri Lanka and rumours of discord in the team notwithstanding, Pakistan captain Younis Khan is confident that his mercurial side will either win the Champions Trophy next month or the 2011 World Cup.

    After his team notched a consolation win over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final one-day international in Colombo on Sunday, Younus said he had a pool of 20 players in mind who will win either the Champions Trophy this year or the 2011 World Cup.

    “The pool of players includes some talented players and if things go well and everyone including the board, selectors, team management and players fulfill their roles properly I am sure we can win one of the two big tournaments coming up,” he added.

    The senior batsman also made it clear that he would love to enjoy the same authority and powers that were once given to 1992 World Cup winning captain Imran Khan.

    “When Imran was captain things were different. They were few people running the board, there were just a few selectors. Now the board has expanded, the selection committee has expanded and the captain cannot be the only one taking decisions,” he said.

  76. #76 by khansahab on August 10, 2009 - 9:22 AM

    Pakistan manager offers to resign

    Karachi: Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed has offered to resign from his position when the side returns home from a disappointing tour of Sri Lanka later this week.

    Yawar had called up the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt and offered to resign. He said Butt had told Yawar to wait until he returns home and then he would discuss the matter with him. — PTI

  77. #77 by Awas on August 10, 2009 - 2:02 PM

    ICC clears Pakistan players of contact with bookies

    The ICC has said that its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), on investigation, found “no substance” and “no evidence” to support suggestions that Pakistan players had contact with Indian bookmakers during their tour of Sri Lanka.

    “The ICC and its members have a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and rightly so because the integrity of our great sport with its great spirit is one of its greatest assets,” Haroon Lorgat, ICC chief executive said. “On that basis it is entirely appropriate that any suggestions in relation to that subject are always reported to and properly investigated by the ACSU.

    “I am pleased those investigations have indicated nothing untoward has taken place on this occasion but it is a reminder that all of us – players, officials and supporters – must maintain our vigilance to ensure we remain on top of the issue of corruption.”

    There had been allegations that bookies were seen staying on the same hotel floor as the Pakistan team in Colombo. The Pakistan board subsequently informed the ICC to investigate these allegations and also sought legal advice on unsubstantiated accusations by former chief selector Abdul Qadir on the involvement of the players.
    ——————————————————————–
    Comment: One should not put undue reliance on unsubstantiated rumours. I think Abdul Qadir is fast becoming another Sarfraz Nawaz.

  78. #78 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 10, 2009 - 6:42 PM

    Awas

    First of all there was nothing there, to clear means nothing to me. I never believed that news has anything to do with the players. This bunch of players or this group of team are kids, idiots who form groups and create factionalism in the team but, they can never go near a bookie. Thank God, Wasim Akram and Saleem Malik’s shadow is no where near them. In fact Wasim Akram should be banned from commentary at any level and he should not be allowed anywhere near any player.

    I agree with you that Abdul Qadir is big mouthing now, but he was like this, if you pull out my comments from the archives of LS, my first reaction was not in favour of Abdul Qadir to appoint as the chief selector and I am NOT in favour of Aamir Sohail either. They are very emotional people and being emotional is not a bad thing, but Aamir Sohail is very biased. While he was holding that post before took some real rash decisions and was also very vocal and adamant that whatever he did was right.

    Apart from Salahuddin, I haven’t seen any other selector who is calm and cool headed and also very fair.

  79. #79 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 10, 2009 - 6:49 PM

    Mr. M.Y. Kasim

    as you can see, we have already written so many new threads during this series and after the T20 we will definitely do one more and khansahab will be doing the tour analysis and stats.

    I agree with your views about Missy Baba, who has secured his place with that 72 not out and increased his tour average from 9 to 46. If that is the batting criteria then his batting is not better than Mohammad Aamir who remained not out a couple of times and his average is around 50. But, Misbah cannot be compared with Aamir because he is a very good promising bowler who has taken wickets too.

    As regards your moon or our Chanda, his tour average is only 7. And his highest score is only 12.

    I also agree with you that Rana, Rao, Arafat should not be in the squad for the ICC Champions Trophy. The trial matches hoax in Pakistan prior to the selection of the squad is a big time dramay baazi to include players like Misbah, Malik, Rao, Rana etc. Even if Rana scored 33 and took 4 wickets, I would never select him in the team, neither will I take Rao. They are an insult to Pakistan’s fast bowling!

  80. #80 by Awas on August 10, 2009 - 7:54 PM

    Javed

    I totally agree with you on “SallaDin“, the best selector we have had thus far. The rest were just Richards (without Lion Hearts).

  81. #81 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 10, 2009 - 10:36 PM

    IQBAL QASIM THE CHIEF SELECTOR OF PAKISTAN CRICKET SAYS:

    “Shoaib’s career not over”

    “The door is not closed on Shoaib Akhtar”, says Iqbal Qasim
    News : Shoaib’s international career almost over, says Akram

    Shoaib Akhtar’s career is stagnating due to a combination of fitness and disciplinary issues, but newly appointed Pakistan chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said the fast bowler still has a future with the national side.

    “The door is not closed on Shoaib Akhtar, he can still play cricket for Pakistan in future,” Qasim said. “However what he needs to do is to prove to the selection committee that he is fit enough for international cricket.”

    Shoaib was left out of the series against Sri Lanka after the selectors felt he was not fit enough, and was also excluded from the 30-man pool for the Champions Trophy. His career, particularly of late, has been littered with fitness troubles.

    “It is absolutely vital that Shoaib Akhtar performs well and on a regular basis in the coming domestic cricket season,” Qasim said, “and proves to the selectors that not only is he bowling well and taking wickets, but he can maintain his fitness levels too. It’s down to Shoaib to show us that he can get himself fit and bowl well.”

    Shoaib, who will turn 34 next week, last represented Pakistan in a one-day series against Australia in May, during which he was not at his best. Chances of a comeback have also been hit due to the emergence of young fast bowlers like 17-year-old Mohammad Aamer.

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 10, 2009 - 10:48 PM

    Iqbal Qasim used to play under Imran Khan, whatever Imran Khan says, influence his proteges and his fanfare.

    Iqbal Qasim is famous for chewing the cud or, eating beetle leaves (Paan leaves) he used to keep his cheek full while bowling. And I think he must have had an over dose of Baba Zarda or, Manik Chand or, paan parag whatever! How can he blab out such an irresponsible words in front of the media?

    Shoaib Akhtar by no means can play international cricket, in fact even during the domestic matches, the youngsters play against him with so much ease and hit him for sixes and fours. Including him in the Champions Trophy Team would be killing the future of a young fast bowler. Shoaib Akhtar must be ashamed of himself for ONCE and retire. He must retire before someone actually grab him, shave his hair, paint his face black and force him sit on a donkey and send him on the street with a few kids behind him.

    When I saw the World Cup in South Africa when Sehwag and Tendulkar were hitting him for sixes and fours, I told my friends that his career is over by now. But, some how for name sake the idiot selectors kept bringing him back into the team. Against Sri Lanka in Karachi Shaoib Akhtar gave 43 runs in 3 overs only Sohail Tanvir is behind him with 41 runs in 3 overs.

    IQBAL QASIM get out of your PANWARI WORLD and get into your senses and stop blabbing. If you can’t then step down and let someone else who is more sensible, competent and capable handle the job. Salahuddin was not a bad guy, in fact he was the best so far, get him in your place. But, don’t say again that Shoaib can come back, you better SHUT UP.

  83. #83 by khansahab on August 10, 2009 - 10:55 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Today I was reading a comment made a passionate fan. He said when he visited the entire Pakistan team in the UK in 2006, everyone was nice to him except Asaf and Akhtar.

    He was heartbroken because he loves fast bowlers and he was keenest to meet this duo of Asif and Akhtar. He said that he asked Akhtar 3 times for an autograph but Akhtar kept looking away and then walked away from him. He said Akhtar was very arrogant and acting like a bigshot.

    When he approached Mohammad Asif, Asif pushed him away and at that time Asif was busy talking to a woman who was standing with him.

    This fan made a complaint to the team manager following this incident.

  84. #84 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 10, 2009 - 11:08 PM

    khansahab

    they both got what they deserved and that man should not have even bothered to ask them for autograph. I would rather kick their ass if they come to me to talk.

  85. #85 by Mohammed Munir on August 11, 2009 - 4:00 AM

    Let me complete the century of comments 🙂

    It’s always a good reaching a ‘century’, you know 😉

  86. #86 by Mohammed Munir on August 11, 2009 - 4:01 AM

    Oops … a good “feeling” 😆

  87. #87 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 11, 2009 - 6:02 AM

    What a stupid statement Younus Khan has made. When it comes to press conference he is a twit and a court jester.

    Younis eyes Champions Trophy

    LAHORE: The disastrous tour of Sri Lanka and rumours of discord in the team notwithstanding, Pakistan captain Younis Khan is confident that his mercurial side will either win the Champions Trophy next month or the 2011 World Cup.

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=192471

  88. #88 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 11, 2009 - 6:25 AM

    What will be the team for tomorrow’s lone T20 against Sri Lanka? I expect the following team, i.e., the one I have mentioned below. Even if this is the team, I prefer the following batting order:

    1. Imran Nazir
    2. Kamran Akmal
    3. Shahid Afridi*
    4. Umer Akmal
    5. Fawad Alam
    6. Shoaib Malik
    7. Misbah ul Haq
    8. Abdul Razzaq
    9. Rana Naveed
    10. Mohammad Aamer
    11. Saeed Ajmal

    I have assumed that Younus Khan will not play because he has announced his retirement from T20 by saying, he is too old for this format and Shahid Afridi has been appointed as Captain of the T20 team. Therefore, there is no point in Younus Khan playing only as a player.

    Mohammad Yousuf was never considered for T20 and even in this ODI series he failed to score, so with all due respect to Maulana, he is not in the team.

    Since there is no other replacement (Nasir Jamshed is not worth considering) for Malik and Misbah, they will play for sure.

    The only way they can axe Fawad Alam is by replacing him with Rao Iftikhar. And, they might do that.

    That will be a big injustice if they exclude Fawad Alam and include Rao Iftikhar, since Shahid Afridi will captain the first ever T20 game, he will be under pressure and I dunno how much he would be able to oppose Anti Alam and Yawar Sweety’s resistance and keep Fawad Alam in the team.

    Without Rao ifti, there are 3 fast bowlers, Aamir, Rana and Razzaq. Two regular spinners Afridi and Ajmal plus the option of Malik and Fawad Alam. So, there is no need for Rao. But, they will try to justify his inclusion after he took 5 wickets in the previous ODI.

    If that is the team, the batting line up would be till number 9. Actually to have a batting line up till number 9 is not a justifiable proposition in T20, because of the fewer number of overs. If the top and middle order collapse, the tail seldom performs. It is OK to have such depth in batting in ODI and test but, not in T20. Yet, I would like to keep that team in that batting order.

  89. #89 by Naresh Pandey on August 11, 2009 - 6:36 AM

    hello guys, u all are so excited about T20 esp after losing the test and odi series against sri lanka and rightly so because shahid afridi is to captain the national side for the 1st time and all eyes on him but, he must be careful in chosing shoaib malik and his co-conspirator misbah in the team. i think it would be worth taking a chance with the new bloke naseer jamshed instead of malik coz if he plays a few overs he would be turning the tables like iman nazeer and shahid afridi, this is just my idea.

  90. #90 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 11, 2009 - 6:50 AM

    Hello Naresh

    Yes, T20 is always very exciting and Pakistan is a good T20 side, but not in the initial stages and this is just a one off game, so nothing can be said unless there is a T20 series like five ODI matches, there must be 5 T20 matches too and then one can predict that Pakistan’s chances of winning are more. Here its just like a toss, 50-50 chance.

    Anyways, about your point on Malik and Misbah, it is good to see that it is obvious to so many people now that they both conspire and lose matches deliberately. Yes, there is a chance that in the middle order they can slow down the game or get out cheaply, its more likely they slow down the game. Because, there is depth in the batting and their plan could backfire, hence by getting out cheaply they will not be helping much to their own cause. But, by slowing down the run rate they can give the opposition a chance to score or to win.

    Nasir Jamshed has not impressed me because of his irrationality and lack of consistency. Yet, its not a bad suggestion from you to include him in the team especially, if Malik has something up his sleeve to dent Afridi’s captaincy career starting with a defeat in his first international match as a captain. And, I don’t doubt Malik’s intention hence the caption of this thread REVENGE AS MOTIVE FOR SUCCESS is especially for him, i.e., keeping in view of his past record and his sinister actions.

  91. #91 by Varun Suri on August 11, 2009 - 11:48 AM

    Hello Everyone,

    Although i did not follow much of the ODI Series much but i am looking forward to this T-20 and in the wake of the on-going groupism and politics within the team it would be interesting to see if Afridi can drop Malik n Misbah for once and all.

    I do not understand for what reason Misbah blindly follows Malik maybe there is a khandani dosti if this is what he had to do then what is the use of him being the most qualified Pakistani Cricketer as of now with an MBA degree?
    Somehow still i am unsure about Misbah’s role in all this
    Dil hai ki Manta ta nahi.. but as far as Malik is concerned i never really liked him since the beginning i think he should consider himself lucky to reach so far as he has done in his career and since it’s still not late there is still time for him to leave aside petty politics and just concentrate on his batting and bowling. As a senior player he should be looking to consolidating the No.3 or 4 position in the Test Team by correcting his flaws and perfecting his techniques I am sure he also would know that only in this way people will remember him once his career is over and not by forming groups and play selfishly. He should remember that a Cricketer’s playing career is a very short one and one has his whole life after Cricket and whatever reputation you build- up in your playing career you take it with you to your grave so there is still time …MALAK Sambhaljha!!

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