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.