Archive for January, 2010
IPL ignored and humiliated Pakistani players in the most malicious manner possible. The Indian authorities gave the following reasons, however most people believe them to be petty excuses:
1) Potential difficulty in issuing visas would mean that Pakistani players should have been sidelined
2) Many of the world’s top cricketers were also left out
3) There were threats from some politicians, Shiv Sena and like minded extremists
Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Umer Akmal, Umar Gul etc are amongst the best T20 players in the world, so what was the justification of sidelining them in this manner? Indian government spokesperson Chidambaram clearly defended the government saying that the issuing of visas was not a problem from the Indian side.
The immense confusion and blame game makes it seem like every stakeholder, be it the government, the movie stars or the administrators, has a guilty conscience and no one is brave enough to come out in the open and declare that this was a jingoistic and politically motivated decision.
Shahrukh Khan, hailing from the Pakistani province of NWFP,
gave the boldest statement from an Indian’s perspective saying that politics should not be involved in sport. His comments have been perceived very negatively by Hindu extremists in India, most notably the Shiv Sena who have threatened to not release his upcoming movie, “My Name is Khan”, in Mumbai. They
have also said that if he wants the Pakistanis to play cricket, he should go to Lahore or Islamabad.
Apparently there have been negotiations between Shahrukh Khan and IPL organisers where Khan has convinced some of the organisers to invite Pakistani players. Afridi and Razzaq expressed their interest in playing IPL after this fiasco, however it was disappointing to see a player like Afridi who frequently refers to pride playing for Pakistan, succumb to the temptation of money like this.
Ijaz Butt was seemed confused and directionless to begin with, but now the PCB has made the right decision by banning IPL participation by Pakistanis for 2010. This comes as a blessing in disguise because if these players had participated in IPL, a lot of Indians as well as Pakistanis themselves would have considered these players are some kind of prostitutes who have no self esteem, and can do anything for money.
It is time for these cricketers to realise that their country comes first.
The travesty is that Pakistanis are so cricket crazy that all of these famous cricketers can still lead glamorous and luxurious lives in Pakistan, but they surrender themselves to greed which is why they lose self esteem. Someone like Wasim Akram can make such a huge difference if he becomes involved in academies in Pakistan, but Wasim is more interested making money in India.
This thread is not about jingoism, or an eye for an eye. It is about sending a clear message to Pakistani cricketers that they need to develop some pride. Also, this thread is a lesson for those who believe politics should be involved with sport. Pakistanis need to send a clear message across the border that they have had enough with this constant mixing of politics and sport. Cricket must never be threatened by the whims of some cowardly, hate-filled extremists.
This thread is also not an attack on India. Like most Pakistanis, most Indians are also peace loving people who want to build strong relations with others. Whoever was behind this devious scheme to humiliate Pakistan has received a slap on their face, since most Indians even have criticised this decision.
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When you hear this phrase ‘well bowled Dany” in desi accent it is no one else but, Kamran Akmal trying to perk up Danish Kaneria after he has dropped a simple sitter. One can easily say that he is a bad keeper and a good baby sitter. He was baby sitting his child all night while his wife was sleeping in the hotel room. When I first read this on a cricket blog, I did not believe it, but here it is: “According to sources, Kamran was often seen pacing up and down the corridor of the Inter Continental Hotel in central Sydney with his baby in his arms.” http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/sports/babysitting-affected-kamrans-sydeny-performance_100301332.html#ixzz0cKG4FfSw
Bringing wives on foreign tours is something that has become a fashion these days It is a point to prove that you are committed and devoted to your wife (whereas, you are supposed to be committed and devoted to the game) and not being distracted by the cheer leaders. Also, to show to the conservative nation that you are not a playboy but, a boy who plays. He who plays, and plays for his wife is Akmal. He who plays and, betrays his team and nation but, pleases his wife by babysitting is Akmal. He who plays behind the wickets and drop simple catches is Akmal. He who drops a catch is a wicketkeeper, ignore him. But, he who drops a hat-trick of simple catches, is Akmal, play him again and again, so that the team never wins. This is the result of having an extra baggage or a drag in the team. He brings his extra baggage on the tour and he dumps it on the ground.
It is about time that Kamran Akmal is dropped from the team. He needs a sabbatical, perhaps a year or two. If he wants an extra pair of hands to babysit his child who could be better than his own brother or uncle of the baby? Take him along Mr. Akmal, but stop black-mailing the board or the nation. Don’t use pressure tactics and don’t consider your younger brother as a trump card. You have ruined your career don’t ruin his. He has just started his career and doing well, if you drag him in this mess of politics, he will not grow up as a cricketer but, a petty politician. He will be better off if you take him along and join a political party and groom him over there.
Every time the Pakistan cricket team steals the headlines but, not for good reason. It is either about ball tampering, drugs related, discipline related name a controversy and they are not behind. This time, it is an administrative issue and that too a simple one. A player who is not performing well, gets some rest. But, Kamran Akmal is so adamant to play in the third test that he is playing the dirtiest of games by not only being disobedient by refusing to back off, he is talking to the media, telling that he is definitely playing, calling Sarfaraz Ahmad “a rival” and citing Ricky Ponting’s current batting form to defend his own weaknesses and follies, rather blunders. And, the irony is, he is not ashamed, he appears to be very proud about his past performance, which he thinks is excellent? As if no one has any brains to remember how “disgustipatingly” pathetic a wicketkeeper he is.
His records may only show the number of runs he scored or number of catches he held. But, there is no record of the century or catches that he dropped in ALL forms of the games i.e., test, ODI and T20. Some people are used to seeing him dropping catches and take it for granted, some are sick of it and want to see his back. Unfortunately for Pakistan, all those who have criticized his bad performances their voices have disappeared in oblivion. Kamran Akmal is there for the last one decade, constantly dropping catches like bird droppings which are unhealthy and potentially fatal. Likewise, Kamran dropping catches alone has resulted in defeats for the team, which otherwise could have won at least 25-30 test matches and 30-40 ODI’s during the last ten years. This is not an exaggeration, if there is any source that records the number of catches dropped, Kamran Akmal must be topping the list, he must be head & shoulders above the rest of the wicketkeepers in the world.
So much has been written and said about his pathetic wicketkeeping since the shameful defeat at Sydney Cricket Ground last week when he dropped 4 simple catches of Mike Hussey, three in a row and another one the next day that people are sick of discussing it anymore and many Pakistanis I have encountered and asked their opinions, they said, they are not interested in cricket anymore. Especially, as long as Kamran Akmal is playing, as long as Mohammad Yousuf is the captain, as long as Intikhab Alam is the coach-cum-manager of the Pakistan team.
For the sake of 170 million population Kamran Akmal, Mohammd Yousuf and Intikhab Alam PLEASE GO HOME, I AM READY TO PAY ONE WAY TICKET TO YOUR HOME.
Has Pakistan team learnt anything here after this agonizing defeat? The answer is a big NO. The reason is, there is no professionalism in the team, there is this “Bhai Culture” that supersede the professionalism. You respect your seniors and remain their yes man, you are pardoned, forgiven and sometimes even rewarded for being a “chota bhai”.
Mohammad Yousuf may be a good Muslim, he can forgive someone even for a heinous crime but, taking over the blame on himself for a crime that Kamran Akmal has committed is not something you expect from a professional. Yousuf’s captaincy is questionable and reportedly he is a very, very weak and unimaginative captain. Somehow in the Sydney test he wasn’t doing that bad initially when his bowlers were exploiting the wicket conditions to their favour. Then getting a first innings lead of 206 wasn’t great, but not that bad either.
The real test of Yousuf’s captaincy came in the second innings when he was supposed to be attacking the Aussies, he was on the defensive. The pitch conditions were not assisting his pace bowlers, his lone and only spinner was toiling hard to scalp some wickets and his old time foe who almost ruined his career by dropping dozens of his catches was at his best on the 3rd day, he dropped Mike Hussey three times which is criminal and Mohammad Yousuf wants to show to the rest of the world that he is a Messiah who forgives and forgets the sins and crimes of those who hurt him or his countrymen.
Yousuf has backed Kamran Akmal publicly by saying: “Things like this happen in cricket, Kamran is always trying his best. You tell me, how can we afford to give him a rest? He is such a good batsman. He scored well in New Zealand and we need him here.” It is like that Persian expression, “My father was a Sultan – but, I am a pauper.” The fact is Kamran Akmal needs a break. You cannot carry on a drag on the basis of his past glories and performances. Same should be the case with Misbah, he needs retirement.
The irony is, Mohammad Yousuf not only supports Kamran Akmal but his citing of the example of Ricky Ponting and comparing his action with that of Ricky’s form and his decision to opt for batting after winning the toss is a matter of utter naivety and ignorance. The bottom line is: Whatever decision Ricky Ponting took or whether he delivered or not, he as a captain of the Australian team not only won the test match and the series, but also pulled a victory from the jaws of a certain defeat.
The PCB selectors and administrators are notoriously famous for nepotism, favourtism, undue patronage and above all promoting regionalism to the extent of being labeled as jingoists are determined to ruin the game of cricket in Pakistan. The country which has so much talent and the youth is so full of exuberance and skill and are so motivated and eager to play for their country but, they are discarded, rejected or ignored because of the trivial politics. From the political situation that exists in the country, this continuous negative tactics by the PCB may not be ending in the near future. Because, the whole system is cancerous and needs to be overhauled right from the top to the bottom. Until and unless this is done, there cannot be fair team selection and not only the players, but the fans and supporters for the promotion of cricket in Pakistan shall be mourning the untimely death of cricket in Pakistan.
Our blog has been extremely fair and unbiased in commenting, criticizing the players, officials and their decisions. Once again I would like to request the bloggers to express out their true and fair feelings about the future team selection of a Pakistan XI and not a Punjab XI.