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KAMRAN YOU HAVE A GREAT FUTURE LIKE INZAMAM

KAMRAN YOU HAVE A GREAT FUTURE LIKE INZAMAM

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

 Inzamam you succeded in getting Kamranin the same profession

Inzamam you succeded in getting Kamranin the same profession

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.

MOYO THE GREAT BUILDER

MOYO THE GREAT BUILDER

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.

intikhab-alam good for nothing - go home

intikhab-alam good for nothing - go home

ONE WAY TICKET TO YOUR HOME

ONE WAY TICKET TO YOUR HOME

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.

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  1. #1 by amir on January 11, 2010 - 9:37 PM

    very well said javed bhai i just want to ask is that khatmal is bigger than the lagacy of our cricket team?it seem like he is and with these f…ers in team is it worth to support and watch them. to be honest i tried very hard to not support or watch them but cant do it dnt knw what to do its just like a mentel torture to see somthing u love to be ruined by some selfish greedy unwanted bastards.

  2. #2 by khansahab on January 11, 2010 - 10:42 PM

    Faras Ghani, renowned cricket writer and occasional LS blogger has written a book called, “Champions Again” which focuses on Pakistan’s T20 WC victory.

    The book is available to buy at http://www.farasghani.com/championsagain.html

    Some praise for the book:

    http://www.thearynews.com/english/newsdetail.asp?nid=39434

    Well done, Faras and keep up the good work. Keep writing about cricket!

  3. #3 by khansahab on January 11, 2010 - 11:10 PM

    Omer

    About your point about big cities, I think there was a misunderstanding. I was talking about where the players live- all of the Punjabi players live in Lahore simply because that is where the most facilities are in Punjab. Even players like Inzamam, Waqar, Mushtaq Ahmed and Imran Nazir who are not orgininally from Lahore, live in Lahore and have been doing for a long time.

    Abdul Qadir was not too different from Inzamam and Yousuf when he was their age. I don’t get your point about Ramiz- Ramiz gets paid to talk and if he states the obvious to an English TV channel or English newspaper that Akmal needs to be rested, what does that prove? The biased and disgraceful comments Ramiz has made in the past 2 years regarding Malik, Akmal, Afridi, Fawad Alam etc, everyone knows and remembers those comments of his. You need to go on Youtube and watch clips of his programme, “Ramiz’s Lounge” and see him speaking in Punjabi with his friends, and you will see his “village mentality”.

    About bhaigiri and Mullahgiri of Inzamam and Yousuf, I agree with you on that point.

  4. #4 by khansahab on January 11, 2010 - 11:17 PM

    The Aussie media has come very harshly at Umer Akmal and according to the majority of the Aussie press, there is a very strong likelihood that Umer is faking this injury. In fact I read one article which said that Umer had to take a fitness test after his claim of injury and he was certified as being match fit.

    This is shocking behaviour from the Akmal brothers and deserves sanction of the highest degree. They should both be sent back to Lahore asap and never selected again. Umer Akmal is good but he is no Bradman or Ponting or Tendulkar at their peak, and even if he was he ought to receive some kind of sanction for this puerile and uncouth behaviour.

  5. #5 by Shoaib on January 12, 2010 - 2:06 AM

    Back to regionalism….

    Javed

    I am not in the situation to reply every aspect of your comments but just let you know no one can confirm regionalism like the way you guys are doing it, Amir’s friends in SA think that Kamran does drop catches on Kaneria’s bowling because he is a Hindu and particularly your equations are not equal to their equilibrium. Christian Punjabi Muslim Sindhi (times when people in LS wanted Afridi to lead in T20 2009 and was not happy with Younis khan but board kept him as a captain)…. then converted Punjabi > Sindhi Pathan/Muslim Pathan…….and finally Hindu cricketer < muslim cricketer…….you know what it’s all linked with the psychology. When a Hindu plays for Pakistan and a Muslim wicketkeeper drops catches then your mind would start looking for the reason and guess what first word would hit your brainw ould be racism, don’t worry it’s not new to the world, most of the people in the world think they are the victims of racism.

    Above mentioned equations remind me a story, a Caucasian big boss who was not happy with his Team because of their childish manners. Team was consist of some Pakistanis, Indians, Srilankans, Eastern European. Once Indians found out that boss is kind with rest of the people except few Indians, but the word few didn’t stop them thinking their boss is a racist. They started campaign against their boss and started hating Pakistanis and Eastern Europeans but in case of Srilankans they said it’s just a co incident that boss is blissful with them. May be this is story is a bit boring and weak but intensity is there. Indians called their white boss a racist not because he has been racist or favouring others but the real reason was that it was well known past about white people being racist. Well Indians started hating Eastern European becasue it was quite obvious that they have got white skin as well and also they started hating Pakistanis because hatred was already there but it was inside concealed waiting for the moment to come out.

    I have been reading all of you guys from well over 6 months and I have never seen anyone admitting or saying that he was not at right. Contradiction makes the discussion interesting but the same time it does also reflect the rigid mind-set of the people.

    In the end i want to say if it has been proved that Kamran Akmal was a racists and other cricketers were regionalist in terms of Sindhi Punjabi Pathan type of regionalism then i would protest against it and demand that hang those racist and regionalist till death as they don’t deserve to represent Pakistan, they don’t even deserve to live in today’s world

    Let’s say a Pathan fires a bullet at Punjabi for no reason, Punjabi injured his foot, there would be 2 types of thinking would be caught up, 1= he hits me because he has gone mad or the (2) Pathans are expected to be unsafe wild brainless and they can’t be your FRIENDS, but no regionalist would ever think that it could be just an accident…..

  6. #6 by Shoaib on January 12, 2010 - 2:09 AM

    Equations are as follows:

    Christian Punjabi Muslim Sindhi (times when people in LS wanted Afridi to lead in T20 2009 and was not happy with Younus khan but board kept him as a captain)…. then converted Punjabi > Sindhi Pathan/Muslim Pathan…….and finally Hindu cricketer < muslim cricketer….

  7. #7 by Shoaib on January 12, 2010 - 2:16 AM

    I dont know whats wrong with my mobile phone or website, I typed equations twice and they dont come the way i wrote them. 😀 now my fingers are hurting, its not easy to type through mobile phones, apologies for unchecked spelling and incomplete equations….goodnight

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 12, 2010 - 2:58 AM

    Shoaib

    Thank you for enlightening us with your judicious knowledge and your invaluable worldly experience, otherwise all of us on LS would have remained in darkness for the rest of our life had you not explained us the complex equation with such Einstein like brain of yours. The general belief is, light travels faster than everything (186,000 miles per second), no matter how fast it travels, the fact is darkness is always there before to greet her. Samajh ayee? 🙂 Issi leyeh Chowdhury Ikbowl nay kaha… na samjho gay tou mitt jao gay aye PaindooStan walo, tumharee dastaan tak bhee na hogee daastano may! Chalo naraa lagao “Jiyeee Bhutto” aur khush ho jao.

  9. #9 by Mohammed Munir on January 12, 2010 - 11:20 AM

    I didn’t see any comments on these …

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=217721

    http://article.wn.com/view/2010/01/09/Kamran_Akmal_puts_family_over_country/

    http://sify.com/news/babysitting-affected-kamran-s-sydeny-performance-news-international-kbjr4bgdded.html

    PS: Plus there is a talk that Umer Akmal is throwing his weight behind Kamran and is protesting his elder brother’s ouster.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 12, 2010 - 3:04 PM

    Munir

    His babysitting is mentioned in this thread and in the previous thread someone did mention about his babysitting as comments, perhaps you did not read that. So no one has ignored about the extra baggage. Also, we have talked about Umer Akmal’s possible fake injury.

    However, all is cleared now and Intibad Alam has given this statement to the media to silence the rumours…….. which were definitely not rumours.
    http://www.cricinfo.com/ausvpak09/content/current/story/443664.html

  11. #11 by Arshad Khan on January 12, 2010 - 4:53 PM

    Ok if Kamran Akmal made a excuse saying he was baby sitting the whole night and his wife was sleeping. He couldn’t tell his wife to take care of the baby since he had a IMPORTANT game the following day. It was his wife job to take care of the child since he had some IMPORTANT games. What gets me the most is WHY ON EARTH WAS HIS WIFE SLEEPING PEACEFULLY AND NOT WORRYING ABOUT HER CHILD AND KAMRAN AKMAL WAS THE ONLY ONE TO WORRY FOR THE CHILD AND DIDN’T WORRY ABOUT THE GAME. I am surprise he didn’t drop his kid like the catches. This should be a lesson and message to the rest of the team to LEAVE YOUR FAMILIES BACK HOME AND DON’T BRING IT ALONG WITH YOU THAT YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE RATHER THAN YOUR GAME. Why is PCB even paying for their families to go abroad with them. Thats just too much expense to take care of. PCB NEEDS TO SLAP HIM WHEN YOU COMES BACK TO PAKISTAN AND REMOVE HIM PERMANTELY FROM THE TEAM AND TELL THE REST OF THE PLAYERS WHO IS IN CHARGE. But that is just a dream for all of us which will never come TRUE unless we the fans UNITE and doing something about PCB and the team. LETS UNITE AND BRING BETTER PAKISTAN TEAM TO INTERNATIONAL CRICKET AND ENLIGHTENMENT TO OUR COUNTRY>

  12. #12 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 12, 2010 - 8:36 PM

    Arshad Khan

    In case of players families, I don’t think the PCB is paying for their airfare, the players have enough money to pay for their family tickets but, they stay in the same room and probably paying for their own food. And, I am sure it is in the knowledge of the PCB. Still, it is too much distraction when you have babies. The reason the PCB is not considering this as a distraction is because Ijaz Butt himself is doing the same, in fact he is bringing his entire family at the PCB expense. As regards the story of Kamran Akmal babysitting, it is not just a rumour but, it has been seen by people and neither Kamran Akmal nor anyone else denied it.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 12, 2010 - 10:29 PM




    Click the above URL and see how happy Kamran Akmal is after dropping Mike Hussey’s catches.

  14. #14 by M. Y. Kasim on January 13, 2010 - 12:23 AM

    I am glad Pakistan lost the second Test.

    Had they won it, it would have been CRIMINAL IN-JUSTICE.

    It had to be such a calamity to rectify selfish attitudes of the PCB hierarchy and selections done on regiobal considertions rather than merit.

    The non-performing and undeserved “players” had to be removed forever. New and younger players should be selected on merit no matter where comes from.

    For this, the loss at Sydney was crucial. If nothing is done, then bye bye Pakistan cricket.

  15. #15 by Shoaib on January 13, 2010 - 3:08 AM

    Javed,

    I don’t know what to say to you…. If you are referring me as a paindoo then don’t fret, it doesn’t hitch me up but possibly this word can offend some other people, perhaps for some of the LS guys it is used as a trademark word to affront them or perhaps some people use it as an apparatus to insult others.

    I wasn’t enlightening you or something I was just sharing it but now I think what a waste of time! also such a pain it was typing through a mobile phone. I apologize for such effort and will be really careful in the future and I promise I won’t waste my time here anymore.

    Paindoos are simple and straight people. They are flexible in their approach; always learn from others and from their own experience, not like rigid urban idiots. Samajh to aa gayee ho gee? 😀

    Wo kia khoob kaha hey Gerald Tremblay nay,

    Ager tum kisi Pindd kee dhoop sey ankhey churatey ho to kia
    kisi din tumhey City ke yeh ICE bhi sunglasses pehnaa deygee

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 13, 2010 - 4:17 AM

    Mr Kasim;

    It is always good to see you. I was thinking about you recently and was worried about your health, hope you are fine? Yes you are right about the defeat at Sydney and it should be a blessing in disguise to make some drastic changes, at least one demon is down and finally that ‘saas-ki-pence’ of both Akmal’s is over by now. But, what a shame that in place of one Duddoo, another one is playing i.e., Malik replacing Misbah. For Malik this is a chance to grab his place by his teeth otherwise, from my point of view his test career should be over. But, this is my “fishful sinking” the careers of players from Punjab is not over until they themselves announce their retirement e.g., Inzamam ul Haq. Even then he came back in a mini stint by making an unsuccessful attempt to break Miandad’s record but, all ended in vain.

    Yae na thii INNzamaam ki kismet kay visaal-e-mianDAD hota gurr aur kheltay rehtay tou rikaard toot jaata.

    Shoaib

    You probably thought your comment shall not be approved but, how can we not approve “One last wish from our blogger? ” 😀 I never called you a paindoo, its one of those lines that I have been using since my college days by genetically engineering Iqbal and Ghalib’s poetry and it is nothing more than a pun. Secondly, if you wish to think that there is no regionalism bias in Pakistan then it is your fishful sinking. May be one day you will realize that I was right and you were naive at that time, but now you don’t think you are naive but, very wise and broadminded. So, let it be.

    Vaisay Gerald Deen Tremblay nay Taleem-e-Balighan may accha role ada kiya jisko Mughambo nay na sirf apnaya balkay bahot khush hua. Shayed tum nay unka vo vala sher nahee suna:

    Na chhairo paindoo ki pindliyoun ko
    Kay hai inn may dard-e-jigar Gerald Deena

  17. #17 by amir on January 13, 2010 - 7:15 AM

    hey guys according to geo news pakistan had announced its final 11 to play in hobart kamran akmal is dropped from team so are misbah,faisal and sami and they are replaced by khuram manzoor,shoaib malik,sarfraz ahmed and aamir.according to geo news kamran akmal was forced to vote against himself as selection panel selected the team unanimouslay.so pakistan team which will play in hobart looks like this salman butt, imran farhat, khurram manzoor, mohammed yousaf, umer akmal, shoaib malik,sarfraz ahmed, mohammed aamir, umer gul, mohammed.asif, danish kaneria.i think its fair enough team withen the available resources finaly we are able to select our best bowling attack about batting i m not so sure going to be a huge pressure on young sarfraz i dnt think kamrans political group is going to give him any easy time but then u have to emerge through all hardships to become great player wish sarfraz best of luck and hope he wil replace khatmal for good

  18. #18 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 13, 2010 - 2:27 PM

    amir

    Yes, they have announced a playing XI a day before the match which is very rare for Pakistan. The team is fine but, dropping Sami is not fair. He was the main strike bowler in the first innings having dismissed their three top order batsmen and after that Asif took six wickets. In the second innings Kamran dropped Hussey of his bowling, so it isn’t fair to drop him after a good performance. What good Shoaib Malik would be if he scores under 10 runs? Even Sami can do that. A pace attack of 4 bowlers with Danish Kaneria would have intimidated the Australians because it is a swinging wicket. I know Sami is a skidder but, he is the fastest bowler in the team. Gul got a nod because he bowled well in the second innings. Anyways, IF only they play with a determination to win, they can otherwise with such low morale and Mohammad Yousuf’s negative impact it is not likely. Besides, the Aussies will be playing with their tails up and they haven’t lost a single match here against Pakistan.

    Now look at this quote below which I am copy pasting from cricinfo where two captains are supposed to say before the match:

    Quotes:

    “What we have to do down here is not let them get back into the game like we let them start in Sydney. There’s still a lot of mystery around about them.”

    Ricky Ponting on the riddle that is Pakistan

    “There is no doubt that Sarfraz will play.”

    Intikhab Alam, Pakistan’s coach, puts an end to all speculation regarding Pakistan’s wicketkeeper in Hobart

    Why Inti Alam? Where is the captain? Busy? Shy? Cannot utter a word? I don’t understand this, it has always been like this with Inti Alam that his quotes are posted and the captain is literally non-existent.

  19. #19 by Shoaib on January 13, 2010 - 2:31 PM

    Javed

    lol @ Garald Deena

    Thanks for making it my last wish as a LS blogger : D it proves that you have a big heart even after my obnoxious language used in the last post? Thanks for approving my last post as it is… so ‘’awaam’’ of LS can decide by themselves if there was anything objectionable in that.

    I never said Pakistan or any country is free from regionalism or racism, but instead of exaggerating the fact we all should try to shrink it up, if we can.

    Woh akhir may aap ney kia khoob kaha tha to socha hum bhi kuch kehtey chaley ,

    arz kia hey

    Aik hee club mey kharrey ho gaye paindoos aur Mr Fiaaz
    Kay ibrar bhi keh utha Nuch Punjaben Nech Punjaben Nech

    Aur George W Bush ney bhi kia khoob kaha tha aik din

    Lo hum ney yoo hee bataa diaa illaaj-e-dushman jatey jatey
    Tum banatey ho Atom bumm aur hum batatey hey regionalizumm

  20. #20 by amir on January 13, 2010 - 3:08 PM

    i think they announced the team a day b4 to end rifts in team and to calm kamrans loby now that every1 knws the team and its in media khatmal dnt have any option but to shut up moulana also voted against him to save his own skin and i m sure he wil be feeling very bad about it.i had never seen such hype about dropping a player who is consistantly not performing wel what a pathetic loser he is.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 13, 2010 - 6:41 PM

    Shoaib

    Club tou club hai, bar bhee na choray hum nay
    Mohakma-e-Junglaat may daora diyeh ghoray hum nay

    Abrar or Ibrar whichever way he spells his name is not the only one who says; Nuch Punjaban Nuch, there is another Indian Sardar who constantly says: Nuch lay Nuch lay… in short the Punjaban is provoked so much that she gets up and says:

    Menu Khota Kali Kara day
    Tay mai Nucchaan Saaree Raat

    And, Atom Bumm is not spelled like that, but “eye-tum-bum” 😉

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 13, 2010 - 6:44 PM

    amir

    absolutely right, me2, I have never seen so much fuss and so much hype about dropping a player. All this is happening because Mohammad Yousuf is a weak captain and Inti Alam is twisting his arm and the rebel group is backseat mothering him. I wonder what he says when he goes on Tableegh? Is he like one of those Jehovah’s witnesses who goes on preaching missions, rings the bell and when you open the door he doesn’t know what to say!

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 13, 2010 - 6:46 PM

    newguy

    Sanu nair walay pull tay bulakay………. tusi kithay ray gayO? No comments on tri-nation final? Except for Raina they all played pathetic cricket in the end and lost the final. Gambhir for some reason is not scoring much in the last few matches, whereas it was expected that he might score heavily.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 14, 2010 - 12:46 AM

    Once again DROPPING CATCHES is everyday business for Pakistan team. Ponting was dropped on ZERO by Mohammad Aamer, it was a DOLLY, Ponting hooked on Asif’s bouncer and it went straight into the hands of Aamer at chest level, he did not even had to move an inch and he took it in his palms let it go to his chest and while it was dropping he used his knee to toss it up and it went on the side, he went down again to hold it but, he floored it. It was such an easy chance that any kid could have taken that catch. Now, when you give a chance to out of form Ponting he is going to score big.

    Thanks to the UDRS, Katich was given out LBW, over-ruling the umpire’s decision. The Australians realized that Pakistan’s pace bowling is very good, they shaved the grass and used heavy roller and the wicket appears to be very flat. I reckon many runs would be scored and if Pakistan plays well, they can only manage a draw. Because, this Pakistan team under Mohammad Yousuf is not capable of winning a test match and not at Hobart where Australia has never lost a single match against Pakistan.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 14, 2010 - 1:14 AM

    What Kamran Akmal couldn’t get in 4 attempts, Sarfaraz Ahmad got it in one. Hussey out caught by Sarfaraz Ahmad of the bowling of Aamer. Had Aamer held that catch of Ricky Ponting it would have been 4/71 now. He has scored 24 runs so far, how costly this will be?

  26. #26 by newguy on January 14, 2010 - 4:05 AM

    Javed,

    I’m here, just lurking, reading all the gossip and soap going on with Akmal & Co.

    Tri-Series was boring to be frank, as if all they needed was another Ind-SL match! Indians play too much cricket and too many ODIs, there is no quality.

    3rd Test is under way, Ponting given a life is now gaining confidence, this is not good, he was looking vulnerable earlier, they should have got him.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 14, 2010 - 4:08 AM

    Ricky Ponting is inching towards his 100 and Clarke has already posted his 50 and Malik is bowling his mediocre off spinners, giving away plenty of runs 20 in 3 overs so far. I would have played Mohammad Sami in place of Malik, he is a better all-rounder than Malik. What a shame that Pakistan’s pathetic fielding is costing them this match.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 14, 2010 - 4:11 AM

    Yep newguy;

    That tri series was boring and needless for India and SL both, may be OK for Bangladesh. Here at Hobart, the Pakistanis are a making a mess because of their poor fielding. Right now both Ponting and Clarke are playing with confidence earlier both were shaky, specially Ponting. According to Tony Grieg it is one of those ugly innings that if you score here, you can score everywhere. Letting him off on zero and that too dropping a dolly catch is a shame.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 14, 2010 - 7:25 AM

    MOHAMMAD AAMER playing this third test purely on the basis of his reputation. Except for the wicket of Mike Hussey, he did nothing out of the ordinary today in this match. Above I wrote, if you give a chance to out of form Ponting he is going to score big. And he did.

    First, Aamer made such a big mess earlier on by dropping Ricky Ponting when he was on ZERO and is still not out for 136 with an unbroken partnership of 231 with Michael Clarke. Things would have been different if Ponting was out on a duck. Pakistani bowlers would have been on the top and Australians while defending would have thrown away a few more wickets.

    Secondly, Aamer doesn’t seem to be fit, imo he has not fully recovered from his injury and either he is playing out of enthusiasm or the captain and coach are desperate to play him. At least 4 – 5 times he fell on the ground after delivering the ball. At one stage his ankle twisted and he fell so badly that he had to leave the ground. So, is it a good decision to play him when he is not fully fit? Is he going to admit that he is not fully fit? Never. Will the captain and coach or the physio will admit that he was not fully fit and yet they played him? Never.

    The fact is playing someone who is not fully fit is not only bad for the team but, it is injustice for another fully fit player especially who has performed well in the previous test and i.e., Mohammad Sami. I am not a fan or a supporter of Sami but, purely in the interest of the team I see that it is an injustice and a bad decision.

    Mohammad Yousuf is once again clueless about field placements, so much so that young wicketkeeper Sarfaraz had to run at least 50 meters to his skipper and show him a big gap where Ponting and Clarke were milking runs from that area and then Yousuf reluctantly and lazily raised his arm towards one of the fielders to move there to fill in that gap.

    On another occasion, Umar Akmal was standing at silly mid-off and he misfield a shot, Shoaib Malik without even asking the bowler Danish Kaneria or the captain Mohammad Yousuf asked Umar Akmal to move towards deep point. Umar Akmal is as butter fingered as his brother Kamran Akmal, besides dropping catches he can seldom collect a ball cleanly off the ground.

  30. #30 by amir on January 14, 2010 - 12:14 PM

    what a mess again i dnt knw why our coaches cnt sort this catching problem out if they cnt do anything they must put some realy harsh penalities on fielders who drop catches. pontings catch costs pakistan 136 runs and perhaps match cant see pakistan winning from here best they can do is a draw icnt believe what poor techniq he show in that drop catch he didnt hav to move a single inch but he never kept his eyes on the ball very basic in catching and i think he need to cut his hair they were right in front of his eyes when he droped the catch anyway southafrica is right on top at wanderers with england on 133 for 6 excellent bowling from morkel and steyn planning to go to stadium on sunday if the match is going to last that long

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 14, 2010 - 2:24 PM

    Yes he definitely needs a haircut or must wear a hairband while fielding also.

    Younus Khan is back in the ODI squad but, Mohammad Yousuf still remains the captain, following are the squads for ODI and T20

    ODI squad: Mohammad Yousuf (capt), Shahid Afridi (vice-capt), Umar Akmal, Imran Farhat, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Shoaib Malik, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Aamer, Naved-ul-Hasan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Mohammad Asif.

    Twenty20 squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Umar Akmal, Imran Farhat, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Shoaib Malik, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Aamer, Naved-ul-Hasan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Salman Butt, Rao Iftikhar, Imran Nazir, Mohammad Asif.

    Rana Naved is in both the squads. He is another butter fingered a$$hole who always drop catches and then looks up into the sky either blaming the sun or the floodlights and when the ball goes through his legs, he looks at the ground as if there is a big hole there. Whereas, the hole is somewhere else. Keeping Salman Butt in T20 squad is another mistake, there is no need for him because he plays very slow and ruins the tempo of the game.

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 14, 2010 - 2:56 PM

    Pakistan cricket Under 21 not participating in the 11th South Asian Games in Dhakka. The reasons given below are very funny. Because Ijaz Butt spend so much money on his personal traveling that there is no money left for the team:

    “As the financial terms were conveyed late to us and considering our financial constraints, we will not be able to send Pakistan U-21 cricket team to Dhaka,” director cricket operations of the PCB, Zakir Khan, said in a communication to the POA,” sources told Dawn on Wednesday.

    Despite all the storm that is building up against Ijaz Butt & Co.’s removal from the PCB, he is still there and likely to remain because Zardari does not want to fire him. That is because himself he is so corrupt that he doesn’t give a damn to anyone who is dishonest.

  33. #33 by Arshad Khan on January 14, 2010 - 4:22 PM

    The catch Aamir dropped cost them HEAVILY. Pakistan can never fixed their fielding because You got players that was picked for the team for Political reason not because they love cricket. TO DO GOOD AT SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO BE INTO IT AND YOU HAVE TO LOVE DOING IT. And THIS IS THE AREA where the Problem lies in Pakistan Fielding. They hate fielding, Batsmen wants to Bat only and wants to make big score so they can get famous. Bowler wants to bowl their hardest to take as many wickets they can to get famous. All of them wants to take a shortcut for getting famous so they only work for the Position they are know for like batsmen only practice his batting and bowler only practice on their bowling leaving behind the fielding which they know will win them a game but will not make them famous. All of you here watch Pakistani fielding and you can see it over and over when they are fielding all of them look DEAD on the field and wants to get over with the fielding and GET ON THE BENCHES. They all show sign of laziness on their faces when they are fielding and they never look active. The solution to this problem is WE NEED NEW PLAYERS that loves to be on the field and wants to WIN not just wanting to Bowl and Bat. For example Look at Younis Khan, Afridi, and Fawad Alam Fielding, they always look active and awake at the fielding because they enjoy playing Cricket. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT FEELING INSIDE YOUR HEART THAT YOU ENJOYING PLAYING CRICKET AND YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE GAME OR YOU WILL NEVER FIELD WELL. ANOTHER POINT WE HAVE UNPROFESSIONAL GUYS PLAYING FOR OUR COUNTRY. THEY DON’T EVEN DESERVE THE SPOT. THEY ARE NOT THAT PROFESSIONAL TO PLAY INTERNATIONAL GAMES THEY ARE ONLY SUITED TO PLAY VILLAGE CRICKET.

  34. #34 by Arshad Khan on January 14, 2010 - 4:32 PM

    MOHAMMAD YOUSUF still haven’t learn anything from SCG. His fielding will still more defensive than attacking when both Clarke and Ponting were having hard time bating. The commentary were making jokes of YOUSUF saying what is he doing. I don’t know how he will learn. He lost the series and he needs to take some Risk once in a while and gamble a little bit. I don’t know what he wants to Prove to the World that Pakistan is the WORST Cricket Team in the World or What because i don’t understand his field setting and his attitude. why on earth did PCB kept him a Captain in ODI. PCB needs to change their decision and give it to Afridi because YOUNUS Khan will not want to be a Captain of a Team like this and who can Blame him. How can you lead a Side when they don’t give a dam about their country, fans and country respect. As long as we have a Punjabi Captain these Punjabis will behave and play and we will never achieve ANYTHING.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 14, 2010 - 6:02 PM

    One of the reasons Pakistani players are not good fielders is because of their home grounds, where they play day to day cricket does not have enough grass on it and the surface is very hard, so they are reluctant to dive for the fear of getting injured. If they don’t learn to dive from their childhood, how do you expect them to dive in international matches? Except for the grounds where they have international matches in Pakistan, like National Stadium Karachi, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore etc., all other grounds do not have adequate grass or surface where a player can dive without any fear. They think if they dive and get injured they will be dropped from the next few matches and there is so much competition and politics that a player who worked hard to reach a certain level, if injured and out of action for a few matches disappears into oblivion, no one remembers him. This is the psyche behind poor fielding.

    Apart from this, there is not enough match practice, fielding in the nets is different from fielding in real matches. And, yes there is no emphasis on training and dropping catches is not taken seriously, perhaps this is the first time that a player has been dropped on the basis of dropping catches. Had this match not ended in this fashion i.e., a match that Pakistan could have won by an innings ultimately lost due to Akmal’s dropping 4 catches, the nation may not have cried so much in asking for Akmal’s replacement. Even then, he was so adamant about playing because the captain, coach and other members of the team were supporting him in brotherhood. Thanks God that he is dropped and a precedent has been set for the future.

  36. #36 by amir on January 14, 2010 - 7:38 PM

    javed i agree with u that our ground fielding is not good cause of hard playing surfaces where u cant dive at all but u cnt blame these hard surfaces for dropping catches cause the ball is coming in the air i think they got concentration problem u can practice how much u like and u can b very good in practice but in 90 overs play u have to concentrate for 540 balls and if u r not concentrating for even 1 ball it can b fatel these guys dnt have that mental strength to concentrate for whole day like other good teams have u noticed that majority of our catching problems are in test cricket.in 20twenties and odi our catching is not that bad i think majority of our team is safarishi tatoo’s who dnt have mentel toughness to play test cricket there4 they dnt deserve to b representing pakistan test cricket team.

  37. #37 by amir on January 14, 2010 - 7:52 PM

    mark nicholas at toss put moulana in very difficult position by asking him that how hard it was to drop akmal as he is ur best friend and moulana just did his usaul ain bain shain he is worst captain pakistan had ever produced he dnt knw what attacking cricket is and is so laid back that even all the juniors in team tells him where to put fielders what a disgrace i didnt understand if they wanted fawad alam for odi’s why the hel they send him back for two weeks i think like this poor decesions are the reason that pcb dnt have money to send thier under 21 team to dhaka

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 14, 2010 - 11:53 PM

    My point about grassy grounds and hard surfaces was about poor fielding and NOT about dropping catches. Obviously catches are in the air and some of them are straightforward, it is the casual attitude and lack of basic training to keep your eyes on the ball till the last moment that matters, plus how to keep your hands when the ball is up and, how to when the ball is coming straight to you like in slips position. No one is there to tell them the basics and none of the players are interested in knowing what the basics are.

    As regards Moulana’s attitude it is so typical of him and those who have negative attitude that they think nothing can be done. Obviously, the opposition captain is doing it i.e., changing the losing scenario into a winning position and that is because he has a positive frame of mind and is keen to know what can be done to change the situation in your favour? I have seen so many of our people who believe in fate, kismet, destiny that they say, this was supposed to happen. Obviously if you go on a highway and stand in front of an on coming truck, you would be bound to hit and die, this does not mean this is ultimate fate, destiny or kismet. God has given you brains to use them and, in many ways He said guard yourself, there is a Hadith saying “Trust in God but, tie your camel.” Likewise do your best and then say we tried our best. They do their best to lose a match which they were supposed to win.

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 15, 2010 - 4:29 PM

    SALMAN BUTT INVOLVES IN TWO CRUCIAL RUN OUTS.

    This is what happens when you play mediocre out of form batsmen like, Salman Butt, Malik, Misbah etc., they try to play for themselves and not for the team. Like khansahab mentioned about “The Captivity of Negativity,” these run outs are a classic example and translates his phrase precisely. Not only they are captured and trapped in negativity but, they start breeding negativity which is so contagious and effects the whole team.

    Now, both these players Malik and Butt will try to put up the best performances of their lives as both are on the verge of losing their test career. Butt is already on 34 and he must be aiming for a 50 to consolidate his position in the eyes of the selectors, because from records point of view those run outs are Yousuf and Umer Akmal’s problems, all Butt needs a 50 on record. And, Malik needs his usual 35~45 to show that he did his part in contributing a decent score while others failed. Anything more scored than 50 by both these players will be an added bonus to brag about their capabilities, technique, temperament, determination and the grit that they possess by scoring under pressure — my foot.

    Like Imran Farhat did, he is also a 30~40 player. I was surprised to see the averages that were being shown by the commentators that 57% of the time he is out nicking the ball, (27% caught by the wicketkeeper and 30% by the slips cordon.) And, 19% lbw, i.e., in trying to play a straight ball across the line. The Australians did their homework on Farhat and kept luring him and luring him and then got him, caught by Haddin for 38.

    Salman Butt, appears very, very insecure and it is so obvious from his game, never mind the slow strike rate of 34.10 (he scored his 34 in 99 balls) but, his refusal and negative tactics in running between the wickets speaks in volumes. If he had run on both occasions he would have NOT been run out. Because, on occasions the batsman out wasted a lot of time in stopping and then turning back and making a fresh start to run again towards the keeper’s end and Umer Akmal was out by an inch or so, whereas Yousuf was at least a meter behind the line. But, Yousuf was almost 3/4th length down the pitch whereas Umer was only half way.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 16, 2010 - 5:08 AM

    Fantastic batting Umar Gul I must say, Asif and Gul are frustrating Australia and so far made 50 runs in partnership. Gul’s three sixes, two of Hauritz and one of Katich gave him some confidence and Asif after receiving body blows from Siddle seems to have settled down, hope they can avoid follow-on which is only 22 runs away. Hauritz is going to bowl again but, this time with the new ball (after tea) and chances for Umar Gul to slog and get over with the follow-on.

  41. #41 by khansahab on January 16, 2010 - 1:14 PM

    I have been preoccupied with some personal issues which is why I haven’t commented for a few days.

    Pakistan is a demoralised team and there is no sound planning. Corruption, politics and nepotism are taking over sound planning and merit, which is why the team is suffering.

    Yousuf is an unimaginative captain and unlike Younis, his main problem is his own personality and reactive captaincy, not player rebellion or player dissatisfaction. Yousuf will take this team backwards, not forwards and the PCB needs to realise this. They need to choose the best 50 players in the country, analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each player and separate who is a match winner (Afridi/Younis), who is a good player (Yousuf), who is a 30-40 run/mediocre player (Malik/Misbah) and who is a type of player that has a totally demoralising effect on the team- for example, Akmal. The moment Akmal started dropping catches consistently (from 2006 onwards) he should have been penalised severely and it was WRONG to let him carry on playing because of his batting. I used to say this on Pakspin but few would agree with me.

    PCB also needs to stop promoting those players who have a demoralising effect on the team and who form cliques and play politics, especially if they are mediocre. Malik, Misbah and Akmal must NEVER have been promoted or given this kind of importance because psychologically it appears their attitudes have hurt the team immensely. How could they so quickly make Malik captain, for example, after he had arrogantly confessed to throwing a domestic semi final? Malik showed no remorse in his confession and this type of person must never have been promoted and supported in this manner.

    They need to realise that a match winner (Afridi/Younis) must never be dropped even if that player is inconsistent. This team needs Afridis and Younis’s and they need Yousufs, Fawad Alams etc to complement the match winners. Bowling wise, I am sure there are many Aamers and Guls in the domestic circuit- someone always emerges who creates a storm. Pakistan had Shabbir Ahmed, Sami, Tanvir- all of these had short careers but they all made an impact and helped Pakistan win matches. So batting needs to be sorted out and the only way forward is to eliminate mediocrity- just stop relying on 30-40 run players.

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 16, 2010 - 2:42 PM

    On LS we have been saying this for a very long time that Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik, Misbah, Kamran Akmal are rogue and selfish players and for some people it took about 4-5 years to realize this. Now, Osman Samiuddin has written an article on Salman Butt’s selfishness, read this article:


    Butt continues to walk a crooked path

    Salman Butt has intrinsically the mind to play a Test innings, but most always finds himself needing to secure his spot

    Osman Samiuddin at Bellerive Oval

    January 16, 2010

    The short, interrupted career of Salman Butt tells a great, sad story of Pakistan cricket and its cricketers. It is about the talent of men, not exceptional perhaps but fit enough to succeed globally, existing anywhere in the world in whatever circumstance. It is also about the poor habits that come with unchecked talent. But it is most about not knowing how the talent should be nurtured and not knowing how fragile it can be.

    Before the Sydney Test, Butt talked about batting well but not scoring big. Meekly he added that being in and out of the side hadn’t helped much. It is such a usual thing for Pakistan players to say that the significance of what they are actually saying is often forgotten. To remind, Butt has already been dropped seven times from the Pakistan team in only 27 Tests. That means he has had to make his way back into the side eight times already by the age of 25 over six years, each time knowing that another edge, a leg-before, a little mistake might be the last, for a while at any rate.

    Butt has been dropped when he hasn’t been scoring, and dropped when he has been; once, he scored a fifty and a hundred in Australia and was dropped one Test later in India. That will do as much for your self-belief as finding out your spouse has been cheating on you. A therapist might be more useful than a coach.

    He is here still after that first trip but he has gone a long, twisted way in five years to get back to where he began. The sadness is that he comes here his career not having gone much further. This series – like that first one – is still about securing his spot.

    Partly he must admit the fault is his. For such a player, he has careless ways. The running, as Pakistan again discovered, is far too lazy for someone so young. He doesn’t harry nearly enough for runs, content with singles where the more alert sniff out two. Already in his career he has been cautioned a few times for running down the centre of the pitch and in the run-out of Umar Akmal yesterday, he paid for it, running into Nathan Hauritz.

    The concentration can also be loose and usually at key moments. At the beginning of an innings, just after he has settled, soon after fifties or hundreds, these are dangerous times for Butt. He has good wrists but not the greatest hands, so keeping up a steady patter of singles – an essential batting discipline now – is difficult. More batting sense is needed. A little more in the field wouldn’t be amiss either.

    But Pakistan needs to know that the good much outweighs the bad and that these are materials that can be worked with. They should’ve known it five years ago but he has to be, from here on in, at least one half-answer to the vexing problem of their opening, in Tests and ODIs.

    Butt has intrinsically the mind to play a Test innings, to bat long, which is always priceless in Pakistan. He can bat long and doesn’t always get fazed by scoreless periods. Once in Multan, a solid England attack played with his head, placing two short covers and drying up his scoring. He held out for a second Test hundred and a fifty, batting nearly eleven hours in the process. Eight ODI hundreds, in a different way, say much the same thing.

    His captain reckons he plays better on difficult pitches. Certainly he has prospered enough in Australia now to become a part of that rarest Pakistan fraternity: batsmen who do well in the land of fast, bouncy surfaces.

    His third Test hundred has come far too long after his second, nearly half a decade. But it was an important one, for him, for Pakistan. Quite a typical one too: moments of carelessness, but prolonged bouts of beauty, patience and good sense. The leg-side game has sharpened and expanded. The touch on the off remains, as ever, finely measured.

    There came one moment, off Mitchell Johnson, when he no more than guided a ball off the bat, to the left of gully, the right of point and the left of a square, deeper gully as well, guided it as delicately as a cat burglar skipping through the infrared alarms at fancy museums; suddenly the Bellerive Oval looked even more beautiful than it already is.

    The innings took some nerve. The dressing room cannot have been a fun place to be in after yesterday’s run-outs and the night would have been spent uneasily taken with the headlines morning would bring. The sense, all in all, was only how he is not more of a player than he has been so far?

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 16, 2010 - 2:53 PM

    Interestingly a couple of days ago when Salman Butt got Mohammad Yousuf run out and then Umer Akmal within a short period of time, here on LS I wrote that this is what happens when you play mediocre selfish players who play for themselves and not for the country.

    The next day Mohammad Yousuf said, Salman Butt is selfish and lazy.
    Now, Osman Samiuddin wrote an article today with a caption “Butt continues to walk a crooked path.”

    I wrote that all he needs a 50 to assure his place in the next matches and Shoaib Malik needs 40~45 runs to assure his berth and anything more they score would be a bonus.
    Butt scored 102 and Malik scored 57 so they both earned bonus points from the selectors and are guaranteed to play a few test matches in future and also guaranteed to play for the ODI series in Australia.

    This is exactly how these people have been planning and playing for Pakistan for the last 8~10 years. Their first aim is to secure their spot for the next match, they don’t care whether the team wins or not, because there is no such thing as team spirit in their books.

    At home front, the BIG BUTT is trying to secure his spot by writing a letter to Asaf Ali Zardari to intervene and save his Butt. That is another shameful character in the history of the PCB that a Chairman so uncouth and uneducated, at 72 years of age, NO COUNTRY on earth would give such an important assignment to such an idiot, but Pakistan has given this job and there is not one idiot but, three idiots, Ijaz Butt, Wasim Bari and Intikhab Alam, they all need a kick in the butt.

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 16, 2010 - 8:47 PM

    I can also join the bandwagon and say that Sarfaraz Ahmad’s batting should not be judged from one innings. Also, I can say that as a wicketkeeper he performed well and under the circumstances and on his debut he took 3 catches behind the wickets and that too from 8 wickets that fell, so considering that, his catching average is pretty good and he has not dropped a single catch. For a wicketkeeper, his main job is wicketkeeping and batting is secondary. But, from the few balls he faced he appeared as a total novice, a kid who does not know how to play cricket, may be its the nervousness on his debut and the pressure to perform might have done that. So, let us see how he performs in future.

    The thing that boggles my mind is, the PCB when they wanted to send someone (Sarfaraz Ahmad) they can do it in no time without consulting anyone or getting approval from anywhere. And, when they don’t want to, they make a zillion excuses. For e.g., in case of Younus Khan they have deliberately delayed his departure so that people like, Malik, Farhat, Butt could get a chance to play in the test and they succeeded in it. Butt scored a century for himself, Malik scored a fifty for himself and Farhat is Farhat he is a 30~40 player and a rubbish fielder perhaps a very effective and determined son-in-law!

    The recent article once again by Osman Samiuddin, “Yousuf upset over Younus delay” check out from this link:

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ausvpak09/content/current/story/444349.html

    speaks in volumes about how the PCB management works.

  45. #45 by Arshad Khan on January 16, 2010 - 11:07 PM

    First i like to start with congratulating Ricky Ponting for his amazing double CENTURY. He struggle in the beginning but felt comfortable as time passed by. As a captain he came strong and showed his country that he can still bat and make runs which MOHAMMAD YOUSUF can never do, looking at his Captaincy record. SECOND i will love to see Ponting go up to Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal and SLAP THEM couple of Time and tell Why are you both using me as an excuse to clean up your mess. Ponting proved both Akmal and Yousuf wrong cause he was struggling with his batting but he came so strong making double century. Another thing i like to point out is we need to give Sarfraz Ahmed some time to get settle. we can’t judge him too quickly because he only played 1 inning and he needs to play few more to take the pressure off his shoulder. I am sure he will be better than Akmal at least in Keeping if not in batting. if Mohammad yousuf like Akmal batting so much when he put akmal back in the side he should only bat and not be a wicketkeeper. Sarfraz should be the keeper

  46. #46 by khansahab on January 16, 2010 - 11:27 PM

    One can understand Yousuf’s frustration at firstly glaring at Butt after his run out and then criticising Butt in the media statement later, however it was quite unprofessional of Yousuf to do this. He is the captain and must never show demoralising behaviour or make careless statements like that. Yousuf’s frustration seemed to have a positive impact on Butt’s batting however.

    I was surprised how badly the Aussies bowled at Butt. Most of Butt’s scoring shots came off balls very wide outside off stump or outside leg stump which Butt easily glanced for 4. This is not to say Butt does not deserve the credit because he was Pakistan’s best batsman and somehow he has a knack of managing to play Australia better than any other Pakistani batsman- perhaps in the same way Tendulkar has always played Australia better than most other batsmen. I was particularly surprised how Mitchell Johnson seemed to lack fire when bowling to Butt- in fact for most part Johnson bowled poorly during Malik and Butt’s partnership.

    Speaking of Malik, even though there was barely any swing and the ball was coming onto the bat nicely, Malik fought and played a composed innings, although I still don’t believe he should be playing Test cricket as he is always playing to secure his place in the side and not for the team or the country.

    When Butt scored a century in Australia 6 years ago, he was kept in the team on the basis of that for many years. Now Butt has got this second lifeline and he must improve his strokeplay and become a more consistent batsman.

  47. #47 by khansahab on January 17, 2010 - 12:11 AM

    I was watching the highlights when Malik and Butt were batting. The Australian bowling was largely lacklustre- half volleys, lack of pace, outside leg, way outside off etc and Malik and Butt capitalised on that. There were praises from the commentators though, and there should be too, because Malik and Butt did show some grit out there and Malik in particular timed the ball sweetly on a few occasions.

    But then I saw Australia’s batting and it was such a contrast watching Ponting bat. Ponting’s shots are exquisite and he is a great technician. There was this pull shot he played to a ball that was well outside off. Then there was this lovely punch through extra cover where he seemed to guide the ball with his hands. And then there was this strange Tendulkaresque shot, which was created in a unique fashion, directed through the covers but it was a cross between a cut and a drive. I have seen Tendulkar play a shot like that sitting on one knee- he does it much better with a touch of genius, but Ponting was sublime playing that. It made me realise the difference between a class player and mediocre Pakistani batsmen who can merely be “good” on their day.

    What a difference in terms of ability! There is a world of a difference.

  48. #48 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 17, 2010 - 12:37 AM

    khansahab

    The highlights seldom give the correct picture because, only selected strokes are shown in highlights. The wicket is very flat, anyone could have scored and you should have seen the way Gul was hammering the spinners and Asif was playing a dead bat to Australian fast bowlers. I wonder how and why Asif got out, that pair could have batted all day yesterday.

    As regards Yousuf’s giving a glare at Butt, there is nothing wrong in it. First of all it is natural and you cannot hide your feelings and expressions, he simply went away after staring him for 5-8 seconds which looked very long as the camera was focusing him. As regards speaking at the press conference (I agree that it is wrong) Butt deserves that. Someone should call a spade, a spade. And, I think after he got Umar Akmal out Yousuf must have felt even more bad and then in the dressing room he must have had a lobby of Akmal’s and his supporters airing their views that Butt is selfish and lazy.

    My reaction was the same, I said Butt is very selfish and Osman Samiuddin wrote a whole article on his selfishness that he plays for himself and not for the country and only to secure his spot in the team. People are opening their eyes now whereas, we have been saying this since ages.

    Butt scored 102 in 234 balls and out of which 191 are dot balls
    , it means he was least bothered about runs, was playing only the lose balls and scoring. Ian Chappel said, it is fine to do that but, Butt is exceeding the limits of slow scoring, presence on the field is important but more important is scoring runs. Samiuddin wrote that where you could take two runs he ran for a single and in his score it is not just those singles he scored but, when others played and they scored a single it is because of Butt i.e., he restricted their couple to a single. So, here the negativity is reflecting not only his scoring but the overall score is less because of Butt’s laziness and selfishness. He is happy that he scored a century and he knows that he cannot be dropped. He knows that Mohammad Yousuf will not remain as a captain in test after this series and what will remain on records is his century. He is a bloody selfish bastard.

  49. #49 by khansahab on January 17, 2010 - 11:05 AM

    The entire PCB management needs to get changed after this Test series and the following players need to be sacked permanently:

    Faisal Iqbal, Misbah, Malik, Akmal.

    Other than that Intikhab Alam must go. His replacement needs to be younger, fitter. The best thing Pakistan can do is to appoint a batsman as the main coach. Saeed Anwar, Inzamam, Miandad, Basit Ali, Salim Malik, Ijaz Ahmed come to mind. Inzamam could have been the best choice had it not been for his Mullahgiri. Miandad will be good but we will keep seeing the selection of Faisal Iqbal. The best bet therefore seems to be Saeed Anwar, who is a Mullah himself. Or maybe they can appoint Basit Ali or Ijaz Ahmed. There is talk of Mudassar Nazar but I am not sure whether he was a good batsman? Aamer Sohail is someone else who comes to mind- there are options for Pakistan but internal politics will prevent the appointment of the right person. For example, until Butt is the Chairman, Aamer Sohail cannot be appointed because of their well publicised conflict that occurred last year.

    It seems Inti Alam has got the coach’s job more because of politics and connections. Since batting has been Pakistan’s main problems, the PCB needs to appoint a batsman as the team’s main coach.

    If Ijaz Butt and Inti Alam are not sacked after this series, then I request the people of Lahore to protest outside PCB’s office and demand their removal. It came in the news recently that Zardari does not want to remove Butt, however Inti Alam must be sacked because of how much Pakistan has suffered in Test cricket recently.

    Inti Alam has complained about too much ODI and T20 cricket being the causes of Pakistan’s Test decline, but the fact is that Pakistan is not even a reliable team in ODI’s anymore. It is the coach’s job to ensure a team is prepared well mentally for an imminent Test series- so what has Inti Alam done in this regard?

  50. #50 by khansahab on January 17, 2010 - 4:04 PM

    I have some serious concerns regarding Yousuf’s captaincy. It is OK to be worried and despondent when things don’t go your way, but a captain has to be above that and motivate his players.

    Now Yousuf looked like he was going to cry when Ponting was given not out earlier in his innings when the sound of the bat’s edge was audible but TV replays were inconclusive. I saw some Pakistani fielders trying to console Yousuf- it should be the other way round. Yousuf appears too weak and sensitive a person to lead Pakistan.

    The commentators remarked rightly that although it is understandable why Yousuf is upset, there is no point looking so morose because Pakistan would get a lead of 400+ anyway regardless of whether Ponting would be given out or not.

    Yousuf is definitely not the right guy to lead the Pakistan Test team. If Younis doesn’t want Test captaincy it should go to Afridi- no questions asked.

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 17, 2010 - 5:27 PM

    The recent press statement by Sehwag about Bangladesh being a very ordinary side and they can never beat India in test……. read this:

    http://www.cricinfo.com/bdeshvind2010/content/story/444422.html

    And now Bangladesh on first day have got India almost all out (except Tendulkar not out on 72, the media is asking Tendulkar to answer the questions about which side is weak?

    http://www.cricinfo.com/bdeshvind2010/content/current/story/444613.html

    It is only the first day play and no one can be sure of the result and it is very likely that India will still win despite the batting collapse in first innings on first day. But, Sehwag’s statement is not new, a few years ago when India went to Bangladesh, he said, “I am going to score a double hundred in here.” Unfortunately that was Sehwag’s one of the poorest performances of his life. I don’t think he should be talking BIG before the series is over.

  52. #52 by amir on January 17, 2010 - 8:40 PM

    inti must go now i dnt knw what he is doing with the team. from srilanka tour till now we havnt seen a single improvement in team instead we r having same patren of loosing matches, which were very easy to win, through batting collapses i think in last 18 innings our batting had collapsed 15 times it has become like habit to loose last 5 6 wickets for 40 50 runs if intikhab cannot solve this problem what is the use of having him. another person who should go is moulana he should b replaced by afridi havnt seen a captain who has such demoralising effect pakistan may had won this series 2/1 if he had not helped australia with defensive and unimaginative field placing.another thing what i dnt understand is why our selectors dnt select batsmans who r technicaly good and sound instead of those who score heavily in domestic cricket. international stage is to score runs not to correct ur flaws they are need to b corrected at first class level. half of our batsman had serious technical problems which is not possible to b corrected when u had a coach like inti

  53. #53 by khansahab on January 17, 2010 - 9:50 PM

    http://www.cricinfo.com/awards2009/content/story/443283.html

    Cricinfo has nominated 12 exceptional Test innings that were played in 2009 and one of them is going to get the Cricinfo Test Award.

    I was reading somewhere that even in Karachi Fawad Alam is not very popular, and many people think that he does not have the talent to succeed at international level. But, Fawad’s 168 is one of the nominated innings.

    Umer Akmal has also been nominated for his debut century, made on a New Zealand pitch against Bond in full flow.

    I have a feeling Vettori might get this award for his 118 against India which brought NZ to a total of respectability when they were 60/6. I think either one of Fawad, Umer or Vettori should get this award. Fawad’s 168 was special because of the seaming track, because he had never opened in his life and because the next highest score from Pakistan’s side was 82- less than half his score.

  54. #54 by newguy on January 18, 2010 - 12:10 AM

    Javed Khan,

    I too have been following all the hullabaloo about Sehwag comment on Bangladesh being an ordinary side and after 1st day of play even more hyperbole calling it a revenge of sorts and what not.

    To be honest, press need to write something exciting about an otherwise non-exciting series. Let’s face it, Bangladesh is an ordinary side, one cannot blame Sehwag for stating the truth. He did not say they cannot take 20 wickets to win the Test against India, and I don’t think they will. There is a long way to go in the Test match and India is a far stronger side than Bangladesh, both in skills and mental toughness needed to win the Test. Trouble is that in today’s politically correct environment, no one likes to hear the truth, egos get hurt, Sehwag talks like a simpleton, he doesn’t care about political correctness.

  55. #55 by newguy on January 18, 2010 - 12:11 AM

    I mean to say Sehwag meant to say Bangladesh cannot take 20 wickets to win the Test in my previous post.

  56. #56 by M. Y. Kasim on January 18, 2010 - 1:59 AM

    Zaheer Abbas has offered to become the Chaiman of PCB.

    How surprising!! Is there a dearth of capable and honest people in Pakistan that all and sundry are after the lucrative job?

    In my opinion Majid Khan (despite his arrogant attitude) is the best person to head PCB. You need a person with forceful personality and strong views to clean up the mess in which the PCB is today.

    Khansahab has suggested few names for the post of Head Coach. I think Moin Khan is answer to the problem. He too has strong personality and clout to handle players from Punjab, being a Punjabi but raised and based in Karachi. And he is the experience and credentials to prove being the Coach of Lahore Badshah.

    As far as Selection Commitee is concerned, I would prefer Aamer Sohail once again to head it with Rashid Latif and Abdul Qadir and a couple others from Frontier and Balochistan and one more from Punjab to balance the representation.

    These are my thoughts. I would like other bloggers to share their views.

  57. #57 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 18, 2010 - 2:33 AM

    Mr. Kasim

    You are right that there is no dearth of capable and honest people in Pakistan and Zaheer Abbass is one of the most incompetent and paindoo person in the contention. He wasn’t good as a team manager when Inzi had that Hair raising and ball tampering issues in England and Zaheer was seen chatting with friends on his cell phone and he was fired after that episode. So, how come he thinks that he is capable to be Chairman of the PCB? He many be better than Ijaz Butt, but that is not a qualification.

    Moin Khan reportedly had personal issues related to abusing his wife, that could be another matter but the abuse was due to excessive consumption of Alcohol. If he is an alcoholic then he is not fit for that job or any job. And, Aamer Churail is one of the most arrogant person around. The point is why do you need an ex player to head the PCB or even to be a member of the selection committee? Look at Iqbal Qasim he was reported to be a very fair person but, his decision sending Misbah as YK’s replacement is pathetic and his decision to call back Fawad Alam from Australia is another example of how spineless he is in front of the Punjabi mafia and he could do nothing to get rid of Farhat, Butt, Malik and even the handling of Kamran’s case is very deplorable.

  58. #58 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 18, 2010 - 2:38 AM

    Right now Khurram Manzoor is 75 not out and Pakistan are 187/6 half an hour after lunch in my opinion even if he scores a 100 and helps Pakistan in a draw, he will still not be considered for future automatic selection in the test team i.e., because he is a Karachi player, he will still be struggling to beat the Farhats, Butts, Maliks and Akmals. Because, they belong to the “Royal Family” of Pakistan……………………. AND, he is GONE. My bad, Khurram Manzoor is out, the first one from Haurtiz he played upishly over the slips and the second one he tries to cut and edged it into the gloves of Haddin.

  59. #59 by Arshad Khan on January 18, 2010 - 4:42 AM

    It’s time for Pakistan to RETIRE from international cricket because they have brought nothing but shame to the country.

  60. #60 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 18, 2010 - 6:54 PM

    Two days ago during the 3rd test, Mark Taylor and Ian Chappel were talking in the commentary box about Danish Kaneria seeking help from Shane Warne during the net practice and when Warne went in to talk to Kaneria, one of the officials of the ICC anti-corruption bureau whisked Warne away from there. Apparently Warne was very upset as he wanted to give some tips to Kaneria at his request. However, now it is not allowed by the ICC i.e., during the net practice men with only RED PASS are allowed to go in there and not everyone.

    A few years ago when Indian team was in Australia, Irfan Pathan asked Wasim Akram to help him with his bowling action and also to share his tricks about reverse swing bowling, to which Wasim gladly did in front of the TV cameras which were shown all over the world and mostly in India. After that Wasim Akram got some lucrative offers in India. So, Wasim Akram knows which side of the bread’s butt needs to be buttered.

  61. #61 by amir on January 18, 2010 - 9:07 PM

    problem with butt is that he try to show that he knws everything while he knws nothing and is just enjoying once in life time opertunity he knws he is not good enough to turn things around so he is just letting them run as they are. there is no ex player who can do the job we need a profesional who got experience and sincerity imran khan is the man who can make pcb highly profitable organisation but i dnt think he is interested. our team also have to start winning matches and series to boost revenue for pcb

  62. #62 by amir on January 18, 2010 - 9:21 PM

    pakistan has not win a test series for last 4 years now last series they won was against windies back in 2006. what a pity. i think pcb should call zim to play a test series in sharjah so our boys can get some winning taste and habit

  63. #63 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 18, 2010 - 11:33 PM

    Although Pakistan U-19 beat Papua New Guinea by six wickets but Pakistan has proved that the OPENING CONUNDRUM is way down to the bottom. Both openers Ahmad Shahzad and Ahsan Ali were out on a DUCK. What a shame that Pakistan does not have good openers, 50% of the team’s morale is lifted by a good opening stand. Until and unless the problem is solved at the grass root level, Pakistan cannot produce good batsmen in future. They all are airy fairy players, they all want to score 50 in 10 balls and a 100 in 20 balls.

    Miandad is asking for sacking Kamran and Umar Akmal on disciplinary grounds. Mohammad Yousuf, even after a white wash of 3-0 claims he is over all happy with the boys and their performance. And, he is also calling this WEAK Australian side as the BEST side in the world. Trying to prove that his team is beaten by the best team in the world……….. what a load of Tableegh!

  64. #64 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 18, 2010 - 11:42 PM

    Sachin Tendulkar is piling up his 100’s …… Only Ponting is behind him, but the wild goose chase is on…….. Ponting made a double hundred and was about to make his 40th test century got out on 89. Tendulkar had 43 in his bag and he just got one more ahead and has 44th in his bag.

    Although India got out cheaply on 243, but Banladesh are 59/3 after a good opening stand of 53, suddenly they are Pakistan? 😀

  65. #65 by newguy on January 19, 2010 - 1:16 AM

    Javed,

    “Although India got out cheaply on 243, but Banladesh are 59/3 after a good opening stand of 53, suddenly they are Pakistan?”

    I was very disappointed by Pakistan in the last two tests, I thought up until then they did well to including the NZ tour, had they won 2nd test which they should have by all means then they would have fared better in 3rd test. In my opinion, Younis backing out of captaincy was a hard blow to Pakistan, as Yousuf has proved he is not leadership material and neither is batting well these days. Politics in the team seems to be dictating everything. Younus should have exposed the guys playing politics and stayed on as captain, and in my opinion Pakistan would have fared much better. It is tactical errors that caused Pakistan a heavy loss of 3-0, they had the talent to win at least one match.

    Bangladesh on the other hand do not have enough experience to hold off against a professional unit like Indian bowling lead by Zaheer Khan, they will eventually lose patience and make poor shot selections. This is why even 243 is good enough for them.

  66. #66 by amir on January 19, 2010 - 6:20 AM

    pakistan lost the series which they should had won 2_1 or had drawn 1_1. its all because of poor captaincy and poor fielding i totaly agree with new guy that if yonus had captained pakistan results might have been diferent but again yunis is also culprat of this defeat by not exposing these politicians in team by names publicly and instead leaving his place in team and captaincy why he didn do that? he got courage to leave the captaincy but dnt have courage to name these guys openly i knw every 1 knw them but its going to b diferent if he had named them in press. is he also have to hide somthing or he was simply scared of them? but whatever the reason was that act of his made him one of these guys as well

  67. #67 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 19, 2010 - 2:00 PM

    newguy

    When I saw the score Bangladesh were 89/6 I thought they will end up making 120 at the most. I was shocked to see they scored 242; just a run short of India’s total pf 243. But, then India is now running away with the lead, because their batsmen are too good to get out for the second time making same mistakes. Rain is also not doing any good in that match. Several hours of play is already lost and we don’t know about the next two days where two full innings are to be played, while India definitely holds the edge with Gambhir still batting and Tendulkar et all have to come and play till tea or an hour before the end of the day’s play and give Bangladesh a target of 360 instead of a conservative 420 plus, otherwise with rain delays and fortune favouring the Bangla Tigers they might fight out for a draw.

  68. #68 by newguy on January 19, 2010 - 6:01 PM

    Javed,

    I am agree with your thoughts regarding Ind-Bangla match. They have to declare at Tea and give Bangladesh 4 sessions to bat out, with 350 odd runs, it’s not easy scoring 80-90 runs each session without losing wickets, otherwise they may end up losing time to fog and bad light. Ponting was aggressive with his declarations, remains to be seen whether Indians will want to go for win or let the match play out.

    Any thoughts on Pakistani players not being bought by IPL teams in the auction yesterday?

    Apparently many players including Afridi is feeling insulted, and one can understand their POV. But I think this is all about money & business and nothing to do with politics or emotions. IPL franchises are all about money & business and they care very little about cricket and good relations.

    They are thinking taking on Pakistani players are risky from many fronts, they may not get approved by either Pakistan govt or denied/delay visa by Indians, they may have additional security threats from groups like Shiv Sena which means shelling out more money for protection, so on .. in the some of the best and exciting T20 players are not in the league. To me IPL is a big tamasha – scripted and directed in bollywood.

  69. #69 by Maza786 on January 19, 2010 - 6:43 PM

    “Although Pakistan U-19 beat Papua New Guinea by six wickets but Pakistan has proved that the OPENING CONUNDRUM is way down to the bottom. Both openers Ahmad Shahzad and Ahsan Ali were out on a DUCK. What a shame that Pakistan does not have good openers, 50% of the team’s morale is lifted by a good opening stand. Until and unless the problem is solved at the grass root level, Pakistan cannot produce good batsmen in future. They all are airy fairy players, they all want to score 50 in 10 balls and a 100 in 20 balls”.

    What about Babar Azam ? 129 and 40no. He is the cousin of the Akmals.

    I am better than Ahsan Ali 😀

  70. #70 by Maza786 on January 19, 2010 - 6:47 PM

    Javed, they play Bangladesh U19 tomorrow which is a tough fixture at U19 level actually.

    Where is “Arshad Khan” aka “Khansahab” these days ? Are u enjoying reading Viseem Sakab ;-)???

  71. #71 by amir on January 19, 2010 - 7:01 PM

    not a single pakistani player is sold in ipl auction these indians had really humilated our t20 champions i mean if they dnt want to buy them why they put them on auction and its a good lesson for our cricketers too. did the indians realy think that justin kemp and damian marten are better then afridi and umer akmal?and is kamar raoch is a better t20 bowler then gul? its total politics this auction but again its indian premier league and indians got right what they want to do with it.

  72. #72 by khansahab on January 19, 2010 - 7:26 PM

    Maza

    I am agree I know you were odd, but you have really surprised me there. I am not Arshad Khan and neither am I Javed A Khan. And what do you mean whether I enjoy reading Viseem Sakab?

  73. #73 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 19, 2010 - 7:42 PM

    Maza kya baat hai khans say durr lagta, ya kuch kuch hota hai?

  74. #74 by khansahab on January 19, 2010 - 9:52 PM

    ‘Khurram needs to improve technique’

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010
    From our correspondent

    HOBART: Young batsman Khurram Manzoor batted for more than five hours to help save Pakistan in their third Test against Australia here at the Bellerive Oval on Monday.

    Pakistan, given an improbable task to chase 438 to win the Test, went on to lose it by 231 runs but the 23-year-old Khurram earned praise from critics for the steely resolve that he put on display during a 239-ball 77.

    However, his skipper Mohammad Yousuf wasn’t impressed. Yousuf, regarded as one of Pakistan’s greatest Test batsmen, said that Khurram needs a lot of hard work to improve his technique.

    “Khurram needs to do a lot to improve his technique,” Yousuf said after the end of the final Test. “He is not very sound technically. The selectors need to look at how people are playing, even if he is scoring only 10, they need to see how he has scored those 10 runs. If he stays with the team then maybe he can become better but if technically he isn’t good then who knows.”

    These were harsh words for a player, who had bounced back from a lean patch to give Pakistan some hope of salvaging a draw in the Hobart Test. Khurram had scores of 2, 6, 4 and 0 in his previous four innings and needed a big score to justify his selection in the playing eleven ahead of Faisal Iqbal at the No 3 position. After falling for a duck in his previous outing here, Khurram batted with great determination in the second innings.

  75. #75 by khansahab on January 20, 2010 - 12:27 AM

    Before the 3rd Test I was hoping neither Manzoor nor Malik score 50, because that would mean they would be selected again in the future for international assignments. We all know about Malik’s flaws but Manzoor appears too unsound, technically speaking.

    Now Manzoor has proven he is a fighter. What the team management has to ponder is that whether he is a fighter like Fawad Alam, or someone like Malik/Misbah who will find it hard to score big knocks and only “fight” to retain their places in the team? In other words, did Manzoor play for the team or did he play for himself? The answer is that we don’t know yet because he has not played many matches and therefore he needs to be selected again for future matches.

    Pakistan lost this Test series not because of their fielding but because of negative captaincy and poor team management. Inti Alam and Yousuf never made the team believe they could win. There is a difference between focusing on your potential within the realms of realism and just making your mind up that you will lose no matter what happens.

    Fielding has never been a plus point for Pakistan- whereas it is a concern definitely, I wouldn’t make more than just a passing remark about it. The bowling, batting and fighting spirit needs to make up for this weak fielding.

    A middle order devoid of Malik, Faisal Iqbal and Misbah provides the opportunity to have talented batsman who at their best have the propensity to score big in Tests. Replacing these nothing players with Younis, Afridi, Fawad Alam will improve the team manifold.

    I am not convinced Kaneria is a world class bowler. Kaneria is not a great legspinner- simply a good one. Why does Kaneria rely on cracks on the pitch so much to get wickets? I agree the field placements were negative but Kaneria cannot look for excuses like bad field setting or incompetent wicketkeeper, all his career. He needs to realise that he ought to pick wickets in any circumstance, he needs to be more aggressive and create chances- not wait for the batsman to gift him his wicket.

    I feel sorry for Kaneria because I know Akmal is the reason why his form slumped, possibly for the rest of his career, but the fact is that Kaneria is not a great bowler anymore and he is definitely expendable.

  76. #76 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2010 - 1:48 AM

    “The way I see it, the IPL and India have made fun of us and our country,” SHAHID AFRIDI on not being selected or “auctioned” @ the IPL.

    Good that he can see the reality of life that is being shown to them. I have said it in English that if they have any self-respect and self-esteem they should not play or work for any Indian franchise or firm. But, I would like to say this in Urdu so that they understand better.

    Agar koi bhee Pakistani player India kay liyeh khailay ga ya koi kaam bhee keray gaa tou wo bahot bara Bay Ghairat hai aur ussay apni izzat aur apnay Mulk ki izzat ka koi paas nahee.

    Wasim Akram in sports aur Adnan Sami Khan motto jo sab say baray bay ghairat hain, they should go back to Pakistan or go somewhere else but, not work for any Indian media or organization.

    Pakistan government should warn them or take severe action if they don’t comply with the orders.

  77. #77 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2010 - 4:59 AM

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Bangladesh have just been knocked out of the Under-19 World Cup. They were one good over short of going through to the next round, but Pakistan scored 20 runs off the last five balls to pull off an improbable chase. Favourites going into the last five overs of their defence of 250 in their last league match, Bangladesh conceded 52 off 20 balls

  78. #78 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2010 - 12:26 PM

    newguy

    India did not take any chances, they could have declared an hour before with a lead of 360-370 but, they wanted to secure their position by posting a lead of 413 i.e., very close to the highest winning total ever achieved by any team in the 4th innings. This is a very conservative and defensive approach especially in view of the weather conditions and also knowing that Bangladesh are not capable of making 400 plus runs in that period of time. If the match is drawn due to bad light or whatever, then for India it is as bad as losing it. An opportunity lost is more like a defeat. Gambhir played well in the second innings at a good strike rate (almost 90) and this is what Salman Butt must learn from him.

    Gambhir made 116 runs in 129 balls with 10 fours and a six. Whereas, Salman Butt in the Hobart test made 102 in 234 balls with 17 fours and 191 dot balls. That is what we call it a “wasted opportunity.”

  79. #79 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2010 - 12:35 PM

    LOL now Ijaz Butt is taking another route, he is saying: “What difference does it make if our players don’t play in the 3rd IPL? They did not play in the 2nd IPL also.”

    Should someone ask this idiot, then why the HELLO was he running up and down to India, begging and going head over heels in getting the paper work done at the eleventh hour?

  80. #80 by newguy on January 20, 2010 - 2:07 PM

    Javed,

    I agree India was very conservative in declaring, as is their trend always, even against a team like Bangladesh they wanted 400+, at tea they were 385 runs ahead and they should have declared then at least. In my opinion this is not captain (Sehwag) decision alone, there must be a team strategy involving captain, coach, and senior players. I don’t understand why they think 385 in 4 sessions is not defend-able for India against Bangladesh. In fact, England did that against India in Chennai two years back and India won chasing it mainly because of Sehwag, then Tendulkar and Youvraj, I guess Indian think tank is afraid someone will play an innings like this? unbelievable, either way, they need to be aggressive and risk losing some matches in order to increase their ratio of wins. Gambhir played well again.

  81. #81 by newguy on January 20, 2010 - 2:13 PM

    Omer/Javed,

    IPL is all about money, they are not really concerned about long term vision, durability of game, so on, they want to make as much money as possible for as long as they can, if crowd loses interest and IPL fizzes out which they will eventually, then the organizers and franchises would have made plenty of money already. I don’t think they are worried too much strategically about next 5 years, it’s all about making money now. I don’t like the concept and I don’t like the quality of cricket, and I will not watch any games most likely except for a passing interest.

    Regarding Ijaz Butt, I am sure he gets a cut from Pakistan players participating, may be not directly, but there must be a deal that if he makes a deal with IPL and get the players through then PCB gets a share, and Butt gets to travel in first class with his family using PCB money. Even the players who are clamoring is all about money, the kind of money on offer is obscene for just two months of play, and most players will forget pride when such money is on offer.

    Pakistan players should respond not with words but with their game on the field, who how good they are in T20 next time the WC comes around again. Make IPL look silly for not including them.

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 20, 2010 - 6:04 PM

    newguy

    agreed, the Indian think tank of captain, coach and senior players like Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman if they still cannot change their thinking and act defensively then they don’t deserve to be in that decision making group. If Dhoni was there, (probably he is in the think tank too) he may have declared at tea. The reason I wrote probably in the brackets is because, Dhoni at times play his cards well. Remember he didn’t go to Sri Lanka and wanted time off and I think India lost that series in SL and when he played the ODI’s India won.

  83. #83 by amir on January 21, 2010 - 7:11 AM

    remember first ipl and shoaib akhter he came in media and acused last chairman of pcb of wanting to have a cut of his earnings so from butt u can expect even worse the way he was licking bcci’s balls there is definatly somthing for him in it . Its time that these idiots stop begging india and stop putting whole nation into disgrace i dnt knw how embaraced india and especialy bcci and ipl will feel if these pakistan players have a good training camp in march, while all others are playing ipl, and then beat indian team in knockout stages i think this is the best way of taking revenge of this embaracing episode.

  84. #84 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2010 - 2:28 PM

    As regards Ijaz Butt, he keeps negating his own statements and keep chewing his own Butt. But, the Butt is so big and fat that it doesn’t matter if he chews it a bit or chew the cud out of it. First he said, he is very disappointed by the way the IPL authorities have ignored Pakistani players, then he said, it doesn’t matter if they don’t play in the 3rd IPL after all they didn’t play in the 2nd IPL also. Now, he is again saying that he cannot understand how and why the IPL ignored the Pakistani players and is asking the Sports Minister in Pakistan to talk to the Indian Sports Authorities and find out or take up the matter. Whereas, the Indian government has distances itself from these events and said, it is between the PCB and the IPL, not even the BCCI has said anything about it. So, Butt is getting more frustrated. He is such an idiot that he cannot keep his traps shut and keeps polluting the environment.

  85. #85 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2010 - 2:39 PM

    newguy

    I didn’t follow the India / Bangladesh test on the last day after seeing the score 134/4, it was expected that Bangladesh will fold within 200. But, Musfiqur Rahman played a good innings and took the total to 301, I dunno how many more overs were left for a draw, but whatever it is they played better than Pakistan did in Australia. At least they earned some respectability by scoring 301 and also silencing Sehwag’s big mouthiness by dismissing India twice, well the late declaration means nothing because, it was only the tail that was left to be wiped off. Had BD taken a lead of 100 runs in the first innings there would have been in a different situation. India would have started their innings under pressure and may not have piled up so many runs especially Mishra and Gambhir’s partnership. Anyways, they lost but with some dignity.

    Tonight, Pakistan will play the first ODI in Australia and I wonder what the team would be, they say Younus Khan is raring to go. Whether he is raring or roaring like a tiger, it doesn’t matter if he roars or squeak what matters is “runs” the bottom line is Pakistan needs at least a 60-70 from him. And, of course Moulana should play the captain’s role and score big, his batting form is questionable, although he says, his form is good but he is not scoring. I don’t understand how he can say that his form is good, just the runs are not coming? Afridi needs to show his impact in all departments of the game and Pakistan must win this match to start the series with a bang.

  86. #86 by newguy on January 21, 2010 - 3:06 PM

    Javed,

    Bangladesh played well given where in the rankings they stand, they are coming up may be, but you never know since they have given false indications before too only to fall back. They didn’t take 20 wickets, they could have taken two more had India played on, but that’s besides the point, what is important is can they take 20 wickets to win the Test, and I don’t think they can match the top teams eye to eye on batting and bowling.

    All this had they take 100 runs read is all “ifs” and “butts”, Indians just raised their bowling to take a 1 run lead, and had Bangla taken a lead, Indians would have raised their second innings batting. Point being, they are capable of playing according to the situation, this is the result of a long process that they have put on over the last few years.

    Perhaps Sehwag should be more respectful? That is for him to decide, he is a Jat and although I hate stereotyping people, that is how some of them speak, not too careful with words. Anyhow, Bangladesh need to start playing with some more intent if they want to come up. Their batsmen cannot stay on focused for too long, and they have only two goof bowlers, this is not enough to win Test matches.

    Pakistan on the other hand has the resources, but they are at the moment not having the process or application required to improve their standing.

  87. #87 by newguy on January 21, 2010 - 6:02 PM

    Javed/Omer,

    Just a couple of thoughts on IPL.

    The story you quoted could be very much true. There are factions within both countries that do not want to see good relations between the people of Pakistan and people of India. I believe that moderates in both countries want to see normal relationship and do not hate each other, and there are far more of them than extremists, however every now and then the extremists plot something that throws open old wounds and moderate people start distances themselves.

    It appears this time too the extremists have succeeded, sad, but true. I saw pictures of effigy burning in the streets of Pakistan, most of the people pictured look like decent middle class with at least some education of not good education. It is sad if extremist and mafia factions are behind this exodus of Pakistan cricketers that they have succeeded in alienating the moderates. It is well known that Shiv Sena thrives on anti Pakistan sentiments, they have been for years pledging not to let Pakistani cricketers play in India. Although they have not done anything of a direct attack sort, this will put them at odds with public and they will lose whatever little they have going no. They will end up being tagged as a terrorist organization, much like Lashkar-e-Taiba, which they do not want. So they will not indulge in direct attacks, but will do back channel threatening and petty scare tactics like “gunda-giri”. Unfortunately, there isn’t much the Govt of India can do in these matters as most of these things happen at a different level, underground operations, and people who are threatened will never complain for fear of harm.

    Point is, they may have succeeded in creating anti India-Pakistan sentiment yet again, and profit from it also. It is up to the moderate people of Pakistan and India to see through all this and not react with knee jerk actions like burning effigies.

    About the IPL business, all franchises are actually owned by businesses, bollywood stars are only a front. Shah Rukh and Preity Zinta are the prominent ones, but both are only partners. Shah Rukh partner is Jay Mehta who is an industrialist and successful businessman. Zinta’s fiancee and partner is a Wadia, who is successor to business unit Bombay Dying and other businesses. Other owners are tycoons like Vijay Mallya, Mukesh Ambani, Deccan Herald business, so on. It’s not unusual for businesses to own sports franchises, it’s partially an ego trip, but mostly a strategic endeavor where by they use it for marketing and promotional activities. Sometimes they also use these things as a loss leader, then write off on taxes, etc.

    Even if they don’t collect any money from gate passes, or TV rights, they make money from advertising, all they need is people to turn up and watch the games, either live, or TV, or YouTube, they get ad revenues and they get to promote their businesses.

    Occasionally, businesses lose money on sports franchises, then they will simply sell it, take the loss, write it off on their business, and move on. People like Ambani and Mallya has other sports investments too, Mallya invests in Formula One racgin team, these are all things they do, one for passion, one for other benefits, have you seen boolywood actress Katrina Kaif hanging out with Mallya whenever IPL is on? what is Katrina Kaif doing with an old fat man like Mallya? it’s all about money and power, and the luxury lifestyle, do you think she is hanging out with him only in public or is there also a private yacht waiting for later on 😉 It is well known Mallya has a weakness for babes. Ok, this is all speculation, but they have their motives.

    In the end, IPL is a morally corrupt rich man’s game, it’s not cricket, it’s like a big casino.

  88. #88 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2010 - 8:21 PM

    The effigy that I saw, a Baluchi man burning Manmohan Singh’s effigy and that man looks like he is a donkey cart wala (Gadha Gari wala) and it is so obvious that someone must have made that effigy and ask him to burn and kick. Do you think the majority of people in Pakistan would hate Manmohan Singh than they hate Zardari?

  89. #89 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 21, 2010 - 8:34 PM

    newguy

    Are you sure that there is still something between Zinty and Wadia? I heard its over and they don’t see each other any more, so how can they do business together? About Katrina hanging out with Maliya it is obvious to everyone why she is seen like a “Dumm Chulla” to him. And, yes his yacht is famous. I saw one in Dubai. I know he is a conglomerate from Bangalore and has this breweries called King Fisher and was exporting to Russia in the ’90’s. Someone said, his name is Vijay Mallaiyah and not Maliya. Mallaiyah is a very typical Telugu Desum name, the way Tom, Dick and Harry is used in English or Zaid, Bakr and Omar in Arabic, in Telugu Desum it is Ailaiyah, Malaiyah and Pochaiyah. Is it true? Whether it is true or not it rhymes well and, it could be true. 😀

  90. #90 by newguy on January 21, 2010 - 11:56 PM

    Javed,

    It’s likely Mallaiyah, but it’s not Telugu (which is the language spoken in most of Andhra Pradesh), it is Kannada which is the language spoken in Karnataka where Bangalore is. Mallya or Mallaiyah is a Kannadiga, his father was a famous Doctor but he is a rich businessman. In Kannda names have the “aiyah” after it, it’s more of an addition to show respect. Like “ji” in Hindi, I guess. He made money with his Kingfisher breweries, selling Kingfisher brand beer. Now he owns an airline company also by same name, and he has some other businesses too. The guy likes to live the lifestyle of rich and famous and is known to be a playboy.

    Regarding CricInfo, I didn’t pay too much attention to how many people are behind it, and yes, they sensationalize every news item.

  91. #91 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 12:02 AM

    INZAMAM WANTS AFRIDI TO BE CAPTAIN OF ODI

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/sport/16-make-afridi-odi-captain%2C-says-inzamam-210–hs-04

    “I have seen him [Afridi] lead in domestic cricket plus he has done a good job as Twenty20 captain. He is naturally aggressive and a good leader of men. I am sure he can revive the team in one-day and Twenty20 cricket,”

  92. #92 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 1:59 AM

    newguy

    Thanks for that info, but I know the difference between Andhra Pradesh and Karnatka State, Tamil Nadu and Kerala which are the 4 states of South India. And, in Karnatka you have Bangalore and Mysore. Also, aiyah is for sahab. Like the Japanese say San after the name Omer San, Javed San etc.,

    Omer San;

    Following is the team predicted for today’s ODI:

    1 Salman Butt,
    2 Kamran Akmal (wk)
    3 Younis Khan
    4 Mohammad Yousuf (capt),
    5 Umar Akmal,
    6 Shoaib Malik,
    7 Shahid Afridi,
    8 Umar Gul,
    9 Mohammed Aamer
    10 Mohammad Asif,
    11 Saeed Ajmal / Rana Nayee

    Gabba is famous for extra bounce and swing, therefore, in place of Saeed Ajmal they can play Rana Nayee, although I don’t favour him but considering the pitch conditions perhaps he would be a better choice than Ajmal.

    Shahid Afridi should be used as a floater in batting line up depending on the situation he could be promoted above Malik and even above Yousuf, but it all depends.

  93. #93 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 2:02 AM

    If I want to make my own team from the above probables, I would replace Shoaib Malik with Fawad Alam and Salman Butt with any other opener.

  94. #94 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 5:11 AM

    Once again defensive captaincy by Mohammad Younus, when Salman Butt was out, he should have sent Umar Akmal or Shahid Afridi in, instead he came in to bat while Younus Khan is struggling on the other end, both are going to slow down the run rate.

  95. #95 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 5:47 AM

    So did you see how Yousuf was out? Very unlucky and stupid I must say, because he blocked the ball with his gloves and then the ball bounced from the ground went up and landed on the bails, he had the time to smash it with the bat or even kick it but, he watched it painfully and went back with a sad face. Unlucky because, Salman Butt and Younus Khan both survived after giving chances.

    Now, Umar Akmal is out on a ball which wasn’t supposed to be played, McKay is a very mediocre bowler and was hammered earlier but, Umar Akmal after playing so well got carried away after the drinks. And Malik is here so let us see what he can do. Seems like the whole of Pakistan team will bat today.

  96. #96 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 12:33 PM

    It was too late for me so I slept after Ponting was out. It looked that Pakistan could win from there but, the feeling that they will choke was there and I was right, I woke up, the match is over and I checked it on the computer to see Australia won it comfortably. Both spinners and Rana were taken to the cleaners. Cameron White scored 105 in 88 balls with 4 sixes deserves to be the MoM.

    I was surprised to see Rana in the team instead of Gul. Even if he was there, he should have been in place of Ajmal and not Gul. Ajmal’s role gets diluted in the presence of Afridi especially if the wicket is not helping spinners. Earlier we saw Nathan Hauritz was smashed and he was more expensive than Afridi and Ajmal.

    Malik scored only 28 runs, did not bowl and remained unnoticed like a STEALTH. He jumped out of his crease to hit out Watson and instead of playing a straight bat shot he played a cross bat shot and edged it to the keeper. On that pitch a score of 300 was must.

    First, it was Salman Butt who wasted opportunities did not take any singles and Kamran was out because, a ball before Kamran was out, he asked Butt for 2 runs which were there, but Salman Butt refused to run by saying “Rainday Na.” means leave it. The second run was definitely there and Butt was ignoring singles like always so, Kamran played a rash shot and got out. When he was going back, he decorated Salman Butt with some MC, BC medals which were quite clear and audible. Salman Butt wants to score only in boundaries and was lucky that he made 72 with 12 boundaries and most of them were risky edges.

    Second, it was Mohammad Yousuf, his form is a big question mark. He was out in a very pathetic way.

    Third, Younus Khan, he took a long time to settle down and when the time came to score big, he threw away his wicket on the first ball of the batting power play. While Afridi was there it appeared that Pakistan can reach 300 but, Aamer was out on a first ball duck and Rana Nayee wasn’t playing big hits (that is why I asked above who said he is an all-rounder?) if he was Afridi wouldn’t have been taking big risks with Watson. Anyways, imo they were 25 runs short and if the total was above 300 there would have been a psychological advantage too.

    Now, Australia thinks that they can win any game against Pakistan, like they did in Sydney and now the ODI opener is similar to that.

    In the next match they should drop Malik and get in Fawad Alam. Drop Rana and bring in Gul.

    Afridi must open with Umar Akmal, but the conservative captain and coach will NEVER do this.

  97. #97 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 12:36 PM

    When Rana took the catch of Shaun Marsh he was telling everyone that he didn’t see it. It was a simple straightforward catch but, according to him it was a blinder that just got stuck to his hands and he was pleasantly surprised.

    Can anyone please tell, whether Pakistan dropped any catches after Ponting was out?

  98. #98 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 4:14 PM

    Who dropped that catch?

    I think those 3 sixes off Afridi by White, I think I heard it while I was half asleep ‘coz the TV was on and that was his last over and White attacked him, otherwise he bowled well for 9 overs. The game tilted in Australia’s favour after that over. Secondly, I remember seeing a missed run out chance of Clarke by Shoaib Malik. Clarke was not even in the frame and Malik was hardly 5 meters from the stumps but, it was sideways so he had only one stump to aim and he missed it. That could have been crucial because, Ponting was just out and after that Clarke stabilized the innings with White.

    Anyways, Pakistan has made it a habit of losing against Australia when they could have easily won that match. The same thing happened in the UAE and then in the test series in Australia and now this match. Had they won, they would have been in a commanding position because of the feeling that Afridi and Younus Khan have added strength to the team.

    I was impressed by the two late cuts played by Umar Akmal and he was scoring freely but, the shot he played was really bad. I agree with you that he should be opening the innings with Shahid Afridi. If these two batsmen stay for 10 overs like Kamran and Butt did and score 53 runs in 10 overs, Afridi and Umar Akmal could make 80-90 runs in that time. If there is a 5 ODI series and they click twice, that’s enough to contribute 40% wins. The other players should also play their role and if they win one match the series is won. But, the team management will not take any chances they want to be defensive.

    In my opinion Salman Butt and Younus Khan have slowed the run rate the rest of the batsmen played at a good strike rate. In the end Salman Butt’s strike rate looks good but, when Kamran Akmal was out on 32 in 32 balls, Butt was at 38 with a strike rate of 56. It was only after that he got 3 fours in three balls, 2 of them were edges flying over the keeper and the slips. Then again he had 3 fours in 3 balls. But, he was missing singles and taking singles when he could have taken 2. And, Younus Khan wanted to score a 50 to guarantee his spot and was unable to click, in his 46 he had only one four and his strike rate is also very slow.

  99. #99 by Abbass Ali Baig on January 22, 2010 - 4:48 PM

    I was reading an article on cricinfo by Harsha Bhogle, titled “No conspiracy against Pakistan,” perhaps I am a bit late in reading it because the comments for that article have now been closed and I am taking the opportunity to write on your blog hoping to get some attention from my friend Harsha Bhogle.

    I remember Harsha Bhogle commentating for the first time, he was so excited that he had no control over his emotions and was sounding like a 10 year old kid who is hyper after having consumed a few glasses of Pepsi. Although he is very good in articulating his thoughts and comments but he still cannot hide his excitement in his expression which eludes him from the list of the elite commentators because he still sounds like a teenager.

    The article in reference can be read from this link:

    http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/445330.html

    After blabbering all the way about his time, and the changing times as well as the time we live in, finally in the end, the bottom line of his article ends like this: “To believe there is a conspiracy against cricketers from Pakistan is wrong. It is the times we live in.”

    Mr. Bhogle if you believe there is no conspiracy against Pakistani cricketers, then you are living in your own paradise that you have built in Erra Gadda. Denying it as a conspiracy is like an Ostrich burying its head under the sand or hiding the dirt under a carpet. If you claim to be a good journalist, sports writer, commentator or whatever then you better call a spade, a spade. But, please don’t get patriotic to the extent that you cannot distinguish between right and wrong and between black and white. Be realistic and be fair.

  100. #100 by newguy on January 22, 2010 - 8:32 PM

    It is a shameful act from IPL no doubt to exclude Pakistani players in the manner in which they, and there cannot be any excuse to exclude player like Afridi, Gul, Umar Akmal, and Aamer who are some of the exciting players in the world today.

    It is refreshing to see though that almost all of the major daily newspapers in India has condemned this act and there is no single support from major news organizations for this shameful act.

    Here is what The Hindu had to say, note the highlighted item:

    A humiliating non-auction

    Celebrity-owners of the Indian Premier League cricket franchises have brought glamour and drama to the player auctions of the last two years. But this year’s bidding for cricketers had an added element of farce: not even one of the 11 players from Pakistan, the current world champion in the Twenty20 format, was bought by any of the eight franchises. While rookie cricketers were bought for staggering sums, world class players such as Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul, who have shone in the T20 version of the game, found no takers. In the absence of encouraging signals from the Indian government or the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the owners of the franchises were not convinced that the Pakistani players would be able to get the necessary clearances. However, the government now says that apprehensions over the issue of visas were “completely misplaced,” and points out that visas were issued at short notice to 17 Pakistani cricketers in December-January for the IPL 2010 auction. There were of course heightened security concerns, amid fears that right-wing elements such as the Shiv Sena might disrupt matches involving Pakistani players in Mumbai. In any case, the team-owners were risk-averse and took the lazy way out.

    Understandably, the snubbed players and the Pakistan Cricket Board have taken offence at the mishandling of the auction. Under IPL rules, at least one franchise will have to show interest in a particular cricketer for him to be included in the auction. So what changed between January 6, when the final list of Pakistani cricketers was cleared, and January 19, the day of the auction? If doubts over the availability of the 11 players in the context of visa- and security-related uncertainties were the reasons for this strange situation, the proper course would have been to exclude them from the bidding pool and honestly state the non-cricketing reasons for such exclusion. Instead, those running the IPL and the owners managed to humiliate the Pakistani cricketers, some of whom had played an important part in the success of IPL-I. Such is the unpleasantness created by this non-auction that Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik saw in it an indication that India was “not serious about the peace process” while Sports Minister Ijaz Jakhrani spoke of hurt Pakistani pride and giving a fitting reply to India. These may be exaggerated emotional reactions but there is no denying that sport, within its limitations, can serve as an effective way of promoting people-to-people contacts in problematical circumstances. Now that the damage has been done, the BCCI as well as the government authorities must do their best to see that the fall-out from this unedifying episode is contained within IPL-III.

    Javed Khan, I don’t agree with your proposal that Pakistan should decline to play WC matches in India including the finals if they qualify. If as you were saying this is the doing of small religious extremist factions then that would play right into their hands. This is what exactly what they want. Showing anger to IPL organizers by shunning playing WC matches in India is not insulting IPL, but alienating Pakistan further away from world and hurting average citizens in India most of whom really adore Pakistani players.

  101. #101 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 9:03 PM

    newguy

    In response to the last paragraph of your comment that a small fraction of religious extremists are doing this and they will get what they want IF Pakistan does not play the final in India. If the people of Pakistan or the officials of the Pakistan government are showing anger and you are saying that it is a small fraction of the religious extremists are doing this, why is the Indian government or the BCCI not saying this? Why are they saying that this is between the PCB and IPL? I mean how ridiculous it is to say, you deal with them whereas, according to you the average citizens in India really adore Pakistani players and the government is represented by the people but they have no say? If they want to poke their nose in anything they will do without any hesitation, so why the HELLO are they being so diplomatic and saying, its between the PCB and the IPL?

  102. #102 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 22, 2010 - 9:05 PM

    khansahab

    tusi kithay ho? I hope you are well? If you were busy during the week its fine but TGIF and the week-end is starting so roll up your sleeves and join the debate.

  103. #103 by khansahab on January 22, 2010 - 9:09 PM

    I am not that great a fan of T20 cricket and I don’t know why we are even giving so much importance to IPL. So what if IPL did not choose Pakistani players? Apart from condemning the jingoistic motivations behind this what else can we do? I think the focus should be on the Pakistan-Australia ODI series.

    Today Shilpa Shetty who owns one of the teams, said that she received threats from some politicians and religious fanatics that she should not let Pakistanis play for her team. So, that should explain it.

    On Pakistan cricket, it is a blessing that Pakistan could muster 250+ against Australia regardless of how flat the track was. Now the bowlers need to do their bit and get wickets. Fawad Alam should obviously replace Malik. Good to see Younis making some runs and Afridi back in batting form. Rana should be replaced by Gul.

  104. #104 by newguy on January 22, 2010 - 11:17 PM

    Javed,

    I don’t think this IPL issue should be given any importance at Government level, and the Govt of India is doing the right thing by not getting involved. PCB and Sports ministry in Pakistan should do the same. There are a lot of people in India, so when I say Pakistani cricketers are adored it means there are a lot of people who like them, but not all, there are a lot of people who don’t like Pakistanis too.

    The point is if Pakistan chose not to play in WC because over this IPL thing, it will be Pakistan’s loss, think about it, Pakistan is getting marginalized every day and they have to stay in the competitions not stay out of it. I don’t think Indian government or IPL organizers will be very sad if they don’t play WC final, it will be awarded to whoever is the other participant because opposition did not turn out. Who loses?

    Anyhow, I am not going to discuss further on this IPL thing. Too much of importance is being given to a domestic club tournament of mediocre quality.

  105. #105 by newguy on January 22, 2010 - 11:28 PM

    Javed,

    One last thing. The right way for Pakistani players and PCB to respond to all this is not by going to ICC complaining or saying this and that in media, but by showing strength in the field. Get their game improved, start winning against major teams, win some major tournaments, get their rankings up, so on. This is how they make those who sidelined them look silly. End of story. Get back to the days of the 90s when Pakistan was a major cricketing power to reckon with. Can the PCB help nurture cricket in Pakistan do that, instead of whining about IPL, this is what they should do. Hire some good coaches, get some domestic infrastructure going on, get some academies setup, eliminate regional politics in team. There is so much they can do, instead Butt is going to complain to ICC about a domestic tournament where ICC has no power, and he wants Sports minister to talk to his counter part in India. I say let the Sports minister first focus on developing the games in the country. What happened to Pakistan hockey team? weren’t they one of the best teams in the world at one time, what is the sports minister doing about. Why aren’t the people of Pakistan not concerned or feeling insulted by their teams performance.

    So in the end, it’s all about their showing in the world that will determine their status.

  106. #106 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 23, 2010 - 2:58 AM

    newguy

    Its not just about the IPL its about many other things, the cancellation of the tour, refusing to play at neutral venues so that the monetary benefits are not shared, ignoring earlier commitments about creating Asian Block or at least to remain on their side and many more such things which I cannot remember off hand. Oh yeah, when Pakistan was accused of ball tampering at the Oval and Darrel Hair called Pakistani team as cheats, and ICC was supporting Hair, Niranjan Shah of the BCCI immediately told the press that they are with the ICC, there was no need for the BCCI to get involved or make any announcements especially when they were not supportive of us. Then, after sometime when Jeff Boycott confirmed that there is no evidence of that ball being tampered and Hair was finally removed from the panel of elite umpires, Niranjan Shah took a complete U-turn because the whole world (except Australia) was against Hair and Sri Lanka were very supportive at that time so BCCI made some official statements indirectly supporting Pakistan it is like joining the bandwagon. Or, you can’t beat them join them.

    And, don’t you read how much we write against Ijaz Butt everyday? So, we are not just against Niranjan Shah or Sharad Pawar or the BCCI, but whoever does anything wrong we express our opinions here on this blog.

    As regards hockey,
    its not just Pakistan but the entire sub-continent has lost interest in hockey and everyone is focusing on cricket that is why hockey is dying. Besides, there are other reasons like the rules have changed and playing on the the Astro-turf suits the Australians and Europeans, the short passes and dribbling has disappeared, penalty corners and force play is the name of the game.

  107. #107 by newguy on January 23, 2010 - 4:38 AM

    Javed/Omer,

    For the record, I condemn whatever has happened regarding IPL fiasco, and I am not trying to justify in any way their actions.

    I don’t know where the security issue came up, I guess it has to do with the Shiv Sena threat comment? it is not a threat Govt of India cannot handle, but private folks like IPL franchise owners cannot, since IPL is a private event it is their responsibility to provide security. WC is an event supported by BCCI and any major international sporting event is supported by Govt. Security will not be a problem for WC.

    It is up to Pakistan to decide how far they want to take the issue, including not playing in WC. But in my opinion, this is an emotional reaction, at this point it is understandable. It is just not in their interest if you ask me, but I will tell you that if this has happened to Indian cricketers I would feel the same way, and I would also say Indians should boycott the event if another country (even if it’s a private event) did this.

    One thing is sure, what goes around will come around, so IPL will eventually get their dues for the treatment they have handed out.

  108. #108 by khansahab on January 23, 2010 - 10:00 AM

    Ijaz Butt should not have announced that the captain is going to be changed at this moment. What effect will this have on Yousuf who is already struggling? And what effect will this have on the team morale?

    These are the types of statements that encourage groupings in the team. Butt should have been tactful and the PCB should have just replaced the captain after the cessation of the series.

    It is very likely that the new ODI captain will be Afridi. Inzamam recommended Afridi to be the ODI captain a few days ago. Is this due to Inzamam’s influence on Pakistan cricket, that Butt had to make this announcement?

    Some people believe that Inzamam was stirring up politics against Younis Khan that led to Younis’s resignation.

  109. #109 by amir on January 23, 2010 - 12:04 PM

    PAKISTAN UNDER19 HAD BEATEN INDIA UNDER19 IN WORLD CUP TO REACH THE SEMIFINAL. Didnt surprise me because we always do wel at junior levels task for pcb is to take this talent to greater hights so we can get rid of all these misbahs, ranas, maliks, and akmals. Butthead has no tactical intellegece infect he dnt hav any intellegence at all if he wanted to change the captain why announcing it in midle of series which is still very much alive in other words he dnt expect pakistan to win so it is not important for him that what efècts his statement wil have on yousaf and moral of team.

  110. #110 by amir on January 23, 2010 - 12:20 PM

    guys enough of this ipl and india please. I strongly feel that what india did was wrong and from indian government to bcci all of them were involved in humilating pakistan but can we trust our own players that if ipl wil invite them for ipl4 why must i dnt believe that all of them will not go running and what about wasim akram that greedy idiot is still bowling coach of kkr if indians can hav him then why not other pakistan players strange isnt it?lets move on guys and talk about pak aus odi series.

  111. #111 by newguy on January 23, 2010 - 2:46 PM

    Omer,

    I think you are taking it too seriously about this so called threat. Shiv Sena operatives are nothing beyond small time gunda-giri types, they regularly issue threats about not letting Pakistani players play in Mumbai, and now they have done same with Australian players. But Methew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist have both said they will go and are not worried. The difference between Shiv Sena threat and a Lashkar-e-Taiba threat is that the latter is capable of killing foreign people while Shiv Sena has never done that, and they will not. I know it is hard for Pakistanis to accept this, but it is the the way it is.

    Now, you may say just because they have never done it does not mean they will never do it. It is a good point, but the repercussion will be that they will be labeled as a terrorist organization immediately and their leaders will be hunted down and put in jail. This is because Indian Govt has control over military and police and other law enforcement agencies, and there is also a decent justice system. So, all this trying to draw parallel between Pakistani security situation and Indian security situation is far fetched. Once again, I know it may be hard to accept, but they are not truly alike. At least until proven otherwise.

  112. #112 by khansahab on January 23, 2010 - 5:08 PM

    Omer

    It is difficult to change a captain in the middle of the series. No decent cricket board has done that (unless some exigency has arisen). So if that cannot be done practically what is the point of announcing in the middle of the series that the captain is going to be changed?

    I agree with you that the sooner Yousaf is replaced, the better, but this had to be done immediately after the Test series, not after the 1st ODI. This is unprofessional and very fatuous of Butt. I don’t see this statement affecting the team in any positive manner.

    I am concerned that Inzamam is pulling the strings somehow. Inzamam was perceived as a figure who united the cricket team by using religion as a tool. Now, ironically his influence is creating groupings in the team. Malik and Akmal created a group when Inzamam was about to leave and since then there have been so many internal strifes that it has become ridiculous.

    Also, the effect of corruption and nepotism is such on international cricket, that you see Pakistan under 19’s and under 16’s doing very well in international tournaments but somehow the international Test team cannot do that well. That is because most players in the team are not playing on merit. People blame the first class system, but if the system is so bad then how is it producing good young cricketers? All these cricketers have been playing in academies since 10 or 11. Surely if the system is good enough to produce a good 18 year old cricketer, the problem is not with the system itself but with the players.

    The only other reason I can think of is that there is so much money and glamour in international cricket nowadays that these youngsters cannot sustain success for very long and lose the plot.

  113. #113 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 23, 2010 - 8:44 PM

    The team probables for today’s ODI are:

    1 Salman Butt,
    2 Kamran Akmal (wk),
    3 Younis Khan,
    4 Mohammad Yousuf (capt),
    5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shoaib Malik,
    7 Shahid Afridi,
    8 Umar Gul,
    9 Mohammad Asif,
    10 Mohammed Aamer,
    11 Saeed Ajmal.

    The only change is Rana Nayee, its good they have realized that he is nothing but a farcical player, dramay baaz. They shouldn’t have dropped Gul in the first ODI. The team seems to be OK but, the batting order needs to be revised. In order to have more aggression in the team, Afridi or Umar Akmal must open with Kamran Akmal and Butt must play at number 4. Number 3 is Younus Khan’s spot.

    The reason I believe aggression is necessary is because the batsmen especially Afridi and Akmal both play airy shots and they can take advantage of the field restrictions in the first 10 overs and if they fall early then Younus is there followed by Butt and Yousuf who can act as the middle order defense. Then you have Malik and one of the Akmals to attack in the late middle order.

    SCG is more helpful for spinners so, Afridi and Ajmal can be more effective on this ground. But, Pakistani batsmen have to tackle Hauritz with extra caution because, the Australians don’t miss the chances whereas Pakistanis do. So, their one spinner is as effective as Pakistan’s two. They must target Hussey with spinners because that is his weakness, he is pretty comfortable with seamers.

    Also, Mohammad Yousuf must realize that getting Afridi bowl in one session is not a good idea, he must utilize him in three sessions. Never mind if Afridi says that he is good and he can bowl his 10 overs in one session, but it is the captain’s job to realize that he should be utilized during the crucial moments that is, when a new batsmen comes in Afridi must target him. Getting him bowl against set batsmen and that too in the 40th over is not a good idea because they can launch an attack and that is exactly what happened at Gabba. However, Sydney is a different pitch, still it is Mohammad Yousuf’s job to learn a few things from Ricky Ponting i.e., how he makes bowling changes and how he uses his bowlers in short bursts.

  114. #114 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 23, 2010 - 8:53 PM

    newguy

    I don’t want to discuss this IPL Shy Pee ” L “ anymore but, just want to highlight amir’s point that they have Wasim Akram as a bowling coach for Kolkata Night Riders, is there no security concern over his presence there? That greedy MF practically lives in India like that another greedy person, Adnan Sami Khan.

  115. #115 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 23, 2010 - 9:10 PM

    Ijaz Butt says, Pakistan will get a new captain after the Australian tour:

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/sport/12-pakistan-to-get-new-captain-pcb-chief-310–bi-04

    Who will be the next captain? Ijaz Butt has not mentioned the name, everyone is speculating it will be Shahid Afridi, but BUTT can surprise the whole world, because he is such an insane person and the irony is he is not accountable to anyone. The only anyone is Asif Zardari who is a sleeping partner. Who is he sleeping with? We don’t know. But, some people say “If there is one person you can name it, he has been sleeping around with so many people that you can loose a count of it.”

  116. #116 by newguy on January 23, 2010 - 10:08 PM

    Javed,

    Both Wasim Akram and Adnan Sami are honorable guests in India 🙂

  117. #117 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 1:19 AM

    newguy

    I appreciate your sense of humour and your personal hospitality but sorry to say that both of the UKP’s are MC, BC, ZKK and a disgrace to the nation. You can say they are seeking kinda asylum there. 😉

  118. #118 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 1:26 AM

    A question, can anyone please answer:

    The South African U-19 captain Josh Richards is 19 years and 50 days old, how come he is allowed to play in the U-19 WC? Check out his profile:

    http://www.cricinfo.com/u19wc2010/content/current/player/381070.html

    Same is the case with Sri Lankan Captain Chatura Peiris, he is 19 years and 120 days old.

    http://www.cricinfo.com/u19wc2010/content/current/player/324209.html

    I guess if Pakistan were not playing this series in Australia, then Mohammad Aamer 17 and Umar Akmal 19 must have been playing for Pakistan in the U-19 WC.

  119. #119 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 1:31 AM

    After Pakistan and West Indies already qualified for the semi-final, there are two more matches going on at the moment between Sri Lanka v South Africa and Australia v New Zealand. Sri Lanka has posted a daunting total of 293 in 50 overs.

  120. #120 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 2:17 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Mohammad Asif is doubtful for the 2nd ODI due to an injury to his thumb at Gabba.

    It means Rana Nayee will play in his place. !!!!!!

  121. #121 by amir on January 24, 2010 - 4:38 AM

    aussies are 82 for 0 after 14 overs shane watson is playing agressivly and the way things are going 300 to 330 total is on cards unless some bowler come up with special spell saeed ajmal is again bowling too short why all these coaches are not telling him to make batsman drive he bowled short in melbourne test and in brisbane and now in sydney his first over is short

  122. #122 by amir on January 24, 2010 - 5:22 AM

    another poor decision by moulana after winning toss he should had bat first but choose to bowl instead sydney is always a hard to chase ground cnt see pakistani batsman playing well under lights OMER AS ABOUT PAKISTAN SA SERIES i think uk was the best option but this series is schduled for oct/nov and at that time is winter in uk so not possible to play there. i think instead uae sa is better cause of large south asian community here pakistan always get excellent support here and always get large crowds and wickets here are fast and bouncy to complement our bowling attack as for our batting we cnt b sure about it even on dead wickets 27 overs gone now and aussies are 2 for 128 afridi and ajmal are bowling well

  123. #123 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 5:30 AM

    amir

    The reason Pakistan turned down SA’s request to hold the series in SA is because it is not cost effective. Perhaps they lose on the TV rights and have to incur heavy expenses on traveling, hotel etc., and Ijaz Butt alone spends half the amount what the team spends.

    Amir got Ponting……… he is gone.

  124. #124 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 7:14 AM

    268 to WIN

    Pathetic Rana gave away too many runs and the momentum once again shifted towards Australian side. Saeed Ajmal dropped Cameron White on the last ball of his last over, had that catch been taken things would have been different. Rana also dropped White but, the next ball he was out, but he had already done the damage.

    Can Pakistan win? Knowing their abilities to surrender from a winning position one can easily say NO they can’t win. However, if they play sensibly and keep their wickets in hands it is not impossible.

    Malik fielded well, held two good catches and even bowled well 4 overs 17 runs, I thought instead of Rana he should have bowled the 41st over when Rana gave 13 runs in it. But, Yousuf is Yousuf. Although he held two catches today but his fielding is always questionable, on the last ball of Afridi’s last over he took it so casually and misfield the ball gave a single at which Afridi made a face.

    Considering from the blistering start, restricting Australia to 267 is still a good effort, now the batsmen need to prove their worth. They have to keep the run rate above 5 all the time. Someone should tell Salman Butt that he should be running fast between the wickets and taking singles and converting singles in to twos or else he should get a kick on his lazy Butt. Both Y’s and Malik need a big score today. I think Malik’s confidence is up after good over all fielding and bowling so I reckon he should be able to bat well and get Pakistan thru this time.

  125. #125 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 7:29 AM

    I don’t know where Tony Grieg has seen Rana Naveed bowling so well? Before he came in to bowl, Tony was showering praise and accolades in favour of Rana and left no stone unturned in his praise by saying, “I saw Rana Naveed bowling in different parts of the world and he is an excellent bowler and a master of reverse swing and he has the ability to turn the ball both ways etc. etc.” Either Tony is exaggerating or this is a deliberate ruse from him to praise a pathetic mediocre bowler so much that he is retained in the side and Australia can capitalize on his weak bowling. The only time I remember Rana bowled well was when Pakistan went to India under Inzamam’s captaincy i.e., when Shahid Afridi scored 45 balls 100 in Kanpur, in that series Rana bowled well. Other than that I have never seen Rana bowling well, in fact Pakistan has always lost a match because of him, he is single handedly responsible for those defeats in SA, England, West Indies during the WC and now in Australia once again.

  126. #126 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 7:43 AM

    U-19 WC

    Now four teams have qualified for the semis, they are Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia.

    All other teams have won their quarter finals very convincingly except for Pakistan. Pakistan v India was a thriller. If Pakistan wants to win the cup they have to give up this habit of taking the match to the last over.

    The way Sri Lanka played they seems to be favourites but West Indies are also very good side. Pakistan and Australia are so, so……. I don’t know who is playing against whom? But, my guess is one of the two i.e., SL or WI will qualify for the finals or may be both if they are in different groups.

  127. #127 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 9:34 AM

    Now Shahid Afridi has also gone, he came with the intent of hitting sixes only, succeeded in dispatching one of Hauritz but, couldn’t do the same to Shane Watson. Watson is too clever a bowler and Afridi is after all Akhroat. This will be one of the biggest defeats for Pakistan and perhaps one of the lowest totals in Australia.

    I would have been better off sleeping at this time (4:30 a.m.) than watching this match all night…….

    It all started with Salman Butt who will play all the ODI’s because of his 72 in the first ODI, he slows down the run rate by not attempting to score and wants to hit a four on a loose ball but, that is not always possible, he nicked the simplest of the simple catches to White. Younus’s catch was superbly taken by White who dived to his left from second slip and took a great catch which actually was going into the hands of the first slip (Shane Watson) and then Ricky Ponting took another great catch of Shoaib Malik.

    Right now the score is 6/59 and I think it wouldn’t be a bad idea to catch up some sleep. Adios

  128. #128 by khansahab on January 24, 2010 - 9:59 AM

    Malik should be replaced by Fawad, and when Asaf returns he should replace Rana. People will question why Malik should get the axe when Younis got out cheaply? That is because Younis is a very good player and he can surprise anytime, whereas at his best Malik will not be able to contribute much. Malik has never won Pakistan an ODI or Test match on his own. That is his worth to the team.

    Due to Rana’s batting he might play instead of Gul in the 3rd ODI.

  129. #129 by khansahab on January 24, 2010 - 10:27 AM

    Omer

    About your point re why Pakistan face this mental block against Australia, I agree with you that firstly they seem to overestimate Australia. The way Australians play their game is that, they identify the weaknesses of every player and exploit those weaknesses. Pakistanis are not that advanced in their mindset.

    I can’t remember which players they were, but as I was browsing the highlights I saw the Aussies setting up a few Pakistani batsmen. I don’t know why Pakistan can’t plan like that. Essentially it is all about mental strength on part of Australia and complacency on part of Pakistan.

    It is a wonder they decided to appoint Yousuf as captain before the Australia series? I mean, he is the last person you would want to lead Pakistan. As far as Ponting is concerned, I think most Pakistani batsman can only dream to ever match his class or his cricket acumen, which is why they have some kind of complex.

    When there is a batting collapse, you are supposed to take notice of that and start by removing your lesser batsmen. So, Malik should be the first one to go, followed by Butt (say if Butt fails in 1 more match). But the Pakistani management will not drop Malik- they will see it in terms of- Younis, Butt and U Akmal also failed so why must Malik face the axe? They should realise that when such a disaster happens with your batting line up you need to start removing the weaker cogs. Hence, Malik must be the first one to go.

  130. #130 by khansahab on January 24, 2010 - 12:03 PM

    Asaf Akbal has given a statement saying Afridi should be captain in all the 3 formats.

    Why has it taken these people so long to realise this?

    Why were Malik and Yousuf made captain?

    Younis was being groomed as captain and he himself rejected captaincy twice, so I am not blaming the Board for begging Younis to accept captaincy. But, why did they think so highly of Malik that he was made captain even in Tests, and why did they want to reincarnate the Inzamam effect and make Yousaf captain?

  131. #131 by khansahab on January 24, 2010 - 12:11 PM

    Musharraf way ahead of Zardari, Sharif in Facebook fan club stakes

    Lahore, Jan.23 (ANI): Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf may have been an unpopular leader during his eight year long ‘autocratic’ rule, but he has emerged as the most popular Pakistani leader on the famous social networking website, Facebook.

    Musharraf has emerged as the most popular leader with an over 100,000 fan following, while incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari is the second most sought after leader with 86,000 members in his fan club.

    Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is nowhere near the two leaders in the popularity charts, and stands on third place with only 6,000 followers on the site.

    Musharraf’s Facebook group consists of members of all ages, although a majority of the fans comprise the youth, The Daily Times reported.

    One of the prime reasons behind Musharraf’s sky high popularity are his liberal thoughts and his stiff stance over extremism.

    However, some bloggers believe that Musharraf, Zardari, the Sharif brothers and all other famous Pakistani politicians are alike and there is no difference between them. (ANI)

  132. #132 by khansahab on January 24, 2010 - 12:12 PM

    ‘Musharraf could unfold his political agenda in May’

    Islamabad, Jan 23 (PTI) Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who has been living outside the country for almost a year, could “unfold his political agenda” in the month of May, one of his aides has said.

    Lawyer Muhammad Saif, who has been advising Musharraf on legal matters, told the media that the former President could unveil his future political plans after completing a tour of the US.

    Musharraf will begin the tour of the US in mid-March and deliver lectures at various forums. The visit is expected to last one-and-half months.

    On completing the visit and taking care of other “personal activities”, Musharraf will have time to think over his future line of action in politics, Saif said.

    Saif also said some Pakistani politicians met Musharraf when he recently made a week-long visit to the United Arab Emirates.

  133. #133 by khansahab on January 24, 2010 - 12:18 PM

    Intikhab Alam has disgusted me with this latest statement:

    Backing captain Mohammad Yousuf amidst reports of his removal after the ongoing Australia series, coach Intikhab Alam has said Yousuf is giving his all to lift the team’s performance.

    “He’s doing his best. When the team loses, people start criticising. We take no notice of that,”Alam said.

    Inti, you expect people to start praising when the team loses? Your team was crushed and could only muster 127 runs. How can you have the audacity to say you take no notice of criticism?

    I urge everyone to start campaigning for Inti’s ouster asap.

  134. #134 by khansahab on January 24, 2010 - 12:56 PM

    A lot of people are saying that Malik was unlucky; his shot selection was right but the catch was too good etc.

    That is a load of BS. Malik should know better than to play that airy shot towards one of the best fielders in the world. And that catch was good, but not exceptional- you expect Australia to take catches like these in every match.

    Malik should not be shown any clemency and must be dropped asap.

  135. #135 by ak332 on January 24, 2010 - 5:01 PM

    Khansahab

    i read your comment about the popularity of Pakistani two president Musharaf and Zardari. i don’t know what is your personal stand on these two but i tell you one thing. These two have destroy pakistan and they are the worst president for Pakistan and this is not my opinion but fact. But my opinion now, i don’t blame these 2 for the destruction of Pakistan because it’s our F**ken Pakistani people that are dumb and stupid and has no common sense and supports those who harms the country and overthrow those who really do something for the country. I will tell any Pakistani straight up Pakistan is F**ked up and will be F**ked up and Pakistan will never see a peaceful day if they keeping supporting these president.

  136. #136 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 5:07 PM

    khansahab

    The catch by Ponting was very good but, Malik played it badly, he was under pressure to perform in batting and scored only 2 runs from 24 balls speaks how reluctant he was.

    Cameron White took an extremely good catch of Younus Khan but, the shot was pathetic, it was going straight into the hands of the first slip (Shane Watson) who stands deeper than the second slip. White was standing in the second slips position and he jumped to his left and that catch and rolled over in front of Haddin and it looked like a fantastic effort, it is indeed one. But, you cannot say Younus was unlucky, he played a bad shot.

    Similarly Salman Butt played one maiden over of Bollinger and was building pressure for himself and the team then, as usual he tried to poke an outswinger that went straight in to the hands of White.

    Kamran Akmal got run out and he is to be blamed for that not Yousuf, because a ball before he got run out, Yousuf wanted to take a single which was there and Kamran refused Yousuf’s call. The second ball Yousuf played, the single was there but, Yousuf assumed that Kamran is not interested in cheeky singles so he did not even look at his partner who came running down the pitch for a single, the bowler McKay collected the ball and threw it back to the bowler’s end and that was the end of Kamran, who otherwise was playing well.

    Munna Bhai Akmal came to bat and was greeted by Siddle with a bouncer and he ducked, the next ball was outside the off-stumps and Munna Bhai thought its going out and covered his stumps assuming he is covered but, – was exposed just like a hospital gown where people think they are covered but, they are not – the ball came in and hit the top of the off-stump. Darn, that talented young buddy gone for a duck.

    By then it was 4/33 in 10 overs, the match was over. Australia had it in their pocket. Then came Malik and he was struggling, both him and the skipper took ages to get the score past 40 and at that time I was thinking of switching off the TV and doze off. Then Malik was out, it was the end of an agonizing and painstaking innings 2 in 24 balls.

    Boom Boom Akhroat came in to bat, after bowling so well one would have thought he must be more confident and score at least 50-60 runs like he did in the first ODI, but this time he came in with a different mindset. He wanted to hit a six on the first ball, missed it, lucky that he didn’t get an edge. But, then he succeeded in hitting a six on the first ball of Hauritz. He tried to do the same against Watson but, skied it and Watson made no mistake.

    The match was sealed 59/6 and I am surprised they scored 127. I thought I will sleep by then it was 4:30 a.m. but, Aamer was out when the score was less than 70 so I thought let me watch the “Untim Samaskaar” of the team. Rana came and hit a couple of sixes and Yousuf managed to pass his much “undeserved” fifty. The rest is like, nothing to write home about.

  137. #137 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 5:14 PM

    ak332

    This is the history of the Pakistani people that they have always chosen and supported these very people, either its an army general or a Bhutto dynasty or Mian Saab day tuttay. So, keep dreaming while in Schenectady NY that there will be a peaceful day in Pakistan.

  138. #138 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 5:43 PM

    Pakistan has won the World Under-19 Championship twice and were runners up once. A country full of young and talented players so full of energy and vitality, they play cricket with such passion and at very young age they are excellent cricketers, better than any nation. But, what happens to them when the Pakistan national side plays international matches? Why do they end up losing the matches which are supposed to be won, or the ones that they are apparently winning and suddenly they lose, why?

    A lot of analysis and in-depth evaluation is need to answer this question. But, the first and foremost reason I guess is due to bad team selection or one can say biased team selection and then sticking with that bad or mediocre players due to favouritism and nepotism. The selectors, coach, manager and captain does not have the guts to jettison the drag and move ahead swiftly or to get the quality players in the side to make an impact. They seldom learn from their mistakes. Even the most talented and young bowlers are not guided properly by their coach to deliver what is expected from them. We will devote an entire thread on this later.

    But, yesterday’s match must be taken in to consideration to evaluate the flaws that were made by the captain, bowlers and batsmen.

    First, it was Captain Yousuf’s mistake to field first after winning the toss. He has no knowledge, no experience about how the wicket will play. Based on the Sydney test when the wicket was favouring bowlers he opted to field, some say he lost the first ODI after batting first, decided to do it the opposite. Whatever it is, the decision to field first after winning the toss was wrong and it proved to be wrong.

    Secondly, the bowlers mistake. The fast bowlers thought that they can bowl out Australia very cheaply and with that mindset they were bowling short and Watson in such a good form capitalized that opportunity to his favour and started hitting fours at ease. In 5 overs they were 40 an average of 8 runs per over. Then someone told Aamer and Gul to correct their length and in the next 3 overs they gave only 7 runs.

    Tony Grieg started praising Rana Naveed, perhaps someone heard that and passed on a message to Yousuf to bring Rana after the 8th over….. in my opinion it was a bit too early he should have bowled the 13th over and not the 9th and that too without the power play. The Australian openers especially Watson was slowed down in the previous 3 overs hammered a six of Rana and that shifted the momentum once again.

    On contrast the Australian fast bowlers kept a very tight line and length and did not allow meek and timid Salman Butt to play shots. Pakistan scored 3 runs in 4 overs that was pathetic. OK, it happens sometimes but then you settle down and play well. That seldom happens in Pakistan’s case. Butt managed that 72 in the first ODI and it is a license to kill for all other ODI’s.

    The Pakistani batsmen repeated silly mistakes, if Butt had charged up and dispatched a few boundaries like Watson did in the first over they would have lost their line and length but he allowed them to attack more aggressively. And Ponting kept 3 slips as opposed to Pakistan’s 2 slips and then Pakistan removed the slips whereas Ponting kept 3 slips even when Malik came in to bat. So, he kept the pressure on whereas Pakistan didn’t.

    We have seen that the best of the Australian bowlers Mitchel Johnson when attacked from the onset bowls like an ordinary bowler.
    Among the current Australian bowlers except for Bollinger all other bowlers are pretty mediocre but, the Australian fielding and the captain’s strategy and the weakness of the opposition batting makes these mediocre bowlers look like great bowlers. Nathan Hauritz is no where near Shane Warne or even Danish Kaneria who is much more superior than him, but Pakistan has a history of crowning the mediocre players in making them heroes.

  139. #139 by amir on January 24, 2010 - 6:18 PM

    did anyone noticed how much presure moulana put on himself when he is batting when ever his partner hits a 6 or a 4 no mater who is he, he likes to go down to him and gives him a good and long load of tableegh. Pakistan again played poorly today mark my words that all these guys wil sudenly come to form after losing third match i dnt want to criticise moulana any more for his poor captaincy and poor decision making cause its just useles the guy is simply not captaincy material and its not his fault that butthead and co made him captain. Its our board and selection commetie who should be realy blamed for not seeing his capabilities and with that they lost thier best batsman also by puting unnecesary presure on him. As for KHANSAHABS remarks about inti this dumb f..k was never a good player,captain or coach and he never wil be a good coach he is just a lucky bastard who is alway at right place at right time at 92 world cup it was cause of imrans captaincy and in 09 t20 world cup it was afridi who came into form at right time for pakistan but it was inti who took credit. Inti needed to be FIRED immediatly and must not allowed to come near pakistan cricket for next 20 year. I dnt knw after 20 year he wil be able to come near to cricket anymore.

  140. #140 by khansahab on January 24, 2010 - 8:10 PM

    Pakistani players should have been picked up for IPL-3: SRK

    NEW DELHI: As a perceived snub to Pakistani players by the Indian Premier League spark a spat between the neighbouring countries, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, an IPL franchisee himself, believes they should have been picked.

    I truly believe they (Pakistan players) should have been chosen,” Khan, co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), said.

    Khan, however, said that since “some issues” were involved the matter could have been handled by the IPL “respectfully”.

    No Pakistani player was bought by the eight Indian clubs during an auction on Tuesday for the third edition of the glitzy IPL despite the Pakistan team being the reigning world champions in the Twenty20 format of the cricket tournament.

    Rooting for the Pakistani players, Khan said they are the best T20 players in the world. “They are the champions, they are wonderful but somewhere down the line there is an issue and we can’t deny it,” he told a news channel.

    Khan said it was humiliating to him as a KKR owner that no one bid for the Pakistani players despite them being put up for auction.

    “We are known to invite everyone. We should have. If there were any issues, they should have been put on board earlier. Everything can happen respectfully,” he said.

    “Everyday we blame Pakistan, everyday Pakistan blames us. It is an issue,” Khan, who had five players from Pakistan playing for KKR in IPL’s first edition, said.

    Khan felt that the youth should circumvent all that is said about India and Pakistan by the politicians and say, “It (Pakistan) is a great neighbour to have. We are great neighbours, They are good neighbours. Let us love each other.”

    “Let me be honest. My family is from Pakistan.”

  141. #141 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 24, 2010 - 10:35 PM

    amir

    the reason he was seen talking is because, he knew if he kept quiet or stayed in his crease there would have been more criticism on him that he has distance himself from the team. Because, during the fielding time Afridi was seen walking with the bowlers each time when they were going back for their run up and he was giving them a pat on their shoulders, not just to Gul but to Aamer and Rana as well. The Aus commentators were saying “he is the talisman, a charismatic person.’ And, you can’t blame poor Moulana more because he is not at fault, they are the ones who have thrust the burden of captaincy over him and then after one ODI the Butt head says through the media that Yousuf will be removed from Captaincy after the tour. What a load of Butt shit.

  142. #142 by khansahab on January 24, 2010 - 10:47 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I agree with you that there is no use crying over spilt milk. His family is actually from Peshawar and apart from his sister, he has no family in India (or that is what I’ve read).

    He has made pro Pakistani comments in the past. On this occasion he should have taken some action before the auction took place. But he could have offended a lot of Indians by doing so.

  143. #143 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 25, 2010 - 12:59 AM

    khansahab

    I know that ALL these Bollywood stars are controlled by the underworld DONS like Dawood Ibrahim (in the past) and Chhota Rajan, Ball-less Thackery etc., so they cannot say or go against them. They have to live there and work there and “when in Rome do as the Romanians do.”

  144. #144 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 25, 2010 - 1:07 AM

    Pakistan U-19 have restricted West Indies U-19 for 212/8 in 50 overs. Only their 3 batsmen Brathwaite (85), Creary (41) and Dowrich (55) scored the rest crashed. Now, let us see what Pakistan U-19 can do. I guess one of the WI fast bowlers Nick Gordon or is it Holder? Is very good. If the Pakistan openers can negotiate his 10 overs they can win this match and reach the finals. Right now it is innings break, so lets see what happens in the next 3 hours.

  145. #145 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 25, 2010 - 1:14 AM

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Mohammad Aamer has been ruled out of the remaining matches of this series due to his groin injury which he aggravated yesterday. This is another blow to the depleted Pakistani bowling attack without Asif. Hopefully Asif will be fit by tomorrow but, if he is not then Rao ifti will come in. What happened to Sohail Khan? And, also that 7 ft. 2 inches tall Mohammad Irfan who took 21 wickets in 3 matches recently, is he not that good?

  146. #146 by amir on January 25, 2010 - 6:46 AM

    AAMIR tried to bowl realy fast yesterday and even touched the speed of 152 km i think its extra effort which caused his injury our coaching staff need to look after him cause his very young body cant take too much of pressure so they need to use him carefuly otherwise he is jus gona become another m.zahid and actor like injury pron. The way haddin and clarke were laughing and making fun of our players yesterday was very embaracing our team lacks intensity and determination to win matches they go into match with such casual aproach no one want to stay at wicket they lack tecnich and mental strength like umer yesterday siddle bowled him a bouncer first up which he ducked he was expecting another one but siddle bowled a good length bowl which he should hav played forward but instead played on back foot and got bowled. Rao is much better bowler than rana he should had played at his place. Instead of sending afridi opener they must send both akmals opener and afridi at no.3 yousaf at 4 younis at 5 fawad at 6 and malik at 7 i dnt want to see butt in team

  147. #147 by M. Y. Kasim on January 25, 2010 - 5:06 PM

    After a long long time, I have seen a Pakistani batsman who looked completly cool and played with steely nerves under presuure. He is Hammad Azam.

    The other Pakistani batsmen are all Dhookka-baz or mediocre who with their clout are in the national team. Even Umer Akmal, though highly talented is playing as if he is above law. As long as the sun shines, he will succeed but then a big fall. Somebody should take him under his wing and inculcate the basics of batting.

    Hammad in contrast plays with cool calculation and determination. He is the one Pakistan is looking for as a solid middle-order batsman and finisher. Misbah was NEVER and will NEVER be that one. It was a mere fluke that he was selected in the first place. Any ULLOO, PATTHAA or GHADHAA would have selected him when he somehow happened to be top scorer in the domestic circuit aganst some second-rate bowling.
    There was no instict of genius or inspiration in selecting him and he carried his golden touch as long (or should I say as short ?) as it lasted.

    Hammad should immediately be encouraged and selected in the forthcoming tour to England where Pakistan will play both the host and Australia. And he be advised, nay ordered to give up his bowling and concntrate wholly on his batting and fielding. We have a glaring example of Shoaib Malik. He could never became a decent bowler nor a solid batsman. AADHAA TETAR, AADHAA BATAIR.

    I hope and pray Pakistan lose the remaining three ODIs to shake the earth. Without such a calamity, the PCB and the team will remain intatct. No drastic or wholesale change will occur unless something really happens that will hurt everyone. We are a people of LAATON KAY BHOOT BAATON SE NAHIN MAANTAY.

  148. #148 by khansahab on January 25, 2010 - 7:42 PM

    Press release from Shahid Afridi 25th January 2010

    Over the last few days there has been intense media attention on the IPL auction in Pakistan and India. I want to give my personal view and Inshallah this will close the matter.

    After the IPL auction I was deeply hurt and angry, the way Pakistani players were treated was disrespectful and in my view wrong.

    Whose fault it was…..I don’t know.

    In times like these as a Muslim the examples of our Prophet (pbuh) has guided me and I’m therefore willing to forgive and forget what has happened and look forward.

    When you think about it Pakistan and India share much more things in common than there are differences, we need to build our relations rather than break them.

    When you look at the great work that has been done by the ‘Amaan Ki Asha” project by The Jang Group of Pakistan & The Times of India, this is how we need to move forward.

    Sport should be used to build peace between our great nations, not break them.

    If I was invited to play in India again I would do so happily, they have great fans and great stadiums and I have many friends there.

    Although Pakistan & India have borders, these borders cannot divide humanity.

    I hope this closes the matter from me.

    Shahid Afridi

  149. #149 by khansahab on January 25, 2010 - 8:38 PM

    Omer

    I think it will be very unlikely that Latif can be coach and Afridi captain. Both are from Karachi and firstly it will not be acceptable to the majority of the players and secondly, there might well be some favouritism towards Karachi players.

  150. #150 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 26, 2010 - 1:17 AM

    LOL at Mr. Kasim’s analogy of Adha Teetar Aadha Batair for Malik. And, I agree with him that Hammad Azam be selected for London tour.

    khansahab

    I am very disappointed by Shahid Afridi’s statement
    , before reading it here, I read it on cricinfo and I was instantly pissed off by his press release. It shows that he has no self esteem, no self respect and no pride for patriotism like, Wasim Akram everything is money. I don’t think he should have brought the Prophet’s name in trying to justify what he wants to do i.e., to forgive and forget. There are certain things which are above money and there is nothing like national pride and patriotism. He should not even think about going to India to play for the twenty20 Champions league for which Lalit Modi is Chairman besides being the Chairman for IPL. Before Afridi goes any further in trying to elaborate his point or his feelings, he needs a nip in the bud.

  151. #151 by newguy on January 26, 2010 - 4:19 AM

    Javed Khan,

    Regarding Afridi statement, it is clear that he is playing his cards with long term prospects in sight. He knows that he is a popular cricketer in India, and that in Pakistan-India relationships things come and go, he is already thinking about post-retirement prospects, and one cannot blame him.

  152. #152 by amir on January 26, 2010 - 6:35 AM

    Very disapointed with afridi but unfortunatly this is pakistan cricket and crickters its like we r going in circles one greedy group goes and another one comes but i was expecting that once indians gona cal them they wil go running without any selfrespect , country pride and patriotism. but in afridi’s case indians were not needed to even cal him. No indian player had done that whether pakistan can offer them how much money this is a good kick in ass for all supporters who supported the greedy bastards on this whole ipl issue. Anyway HAMMAD AZAM IS SELECTED FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM TO PLAY ONLY T20 INTERNATIONAL AGAINST AUSTRALIA. Good reward for good performance but i think its too early in a way that pcb must get rid of all these so called senior and experienced players before thursting in new players other wise these youngsters gona learn all the bad attitudes and habits from these mediocores. Alam is playing today in place of malik he needs to grab this opertuninity with both hands otherwise they gona drop him again.

  153. #153 by khansahab on January 26, 2010 - 8:20 PM

    Shahid Afridi has given an interview today complaining that the players are only playing for themselves and there is no unity.

    Team sources have disclosed that Afridi will soon become Pakistan’s ODI captain. However, Malik, Butt and the Akmal brothers have formed a group and they want captaincy to be restored to Malik, or they want Kamran Akmal to be captain.

  154. #154 by arshad khan on January 27, 2010 - 9:51 PM

    All of you that are talking here about IPL and Pakistani player not getting picked. Did any of you stopped for a moment to think what IPL really stands for.

    I Indian
    P Political/politicians
    L League

    By the way i am happy that none of the Pak players have been picked they deserve it.

  155. #155 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2010 - 3:44 AM

    Due to the weather conditions I am having internet connection problems and hopefully it should be resolved by the end of the week, that is why I was unable to comment more frequently but, it seems you guys haven’t discussed much either.

    Regarding Afridi’s captaincy, I don’t know how many of you have watched the 3rd ODI live, apart from missed run out chances the fielding was extremely pathetic there were lots of fumbles and the main culprit was no one but the Captain and he alone must have fumbled at least 10 times and finally he made such a sad face and complained to one of the fielders or the bowler that he is unable to grip the ball properly and the next minute he was off the field and Afridi was captaining the side in his absence for the last 5 overs.

    Gul bowled one line no-ball and a free hit was awarded and then the second ball was waist high so it was again a no ball and the free hit remained, then the third time one of the Pakistani fielders went out of the inner circle during the batting power play and it was again a no-ball and the free hit remained. It is probably a record of its own kind. In that over Gul gave 23 runs, but with Afridi’s calming effect on him he bowled the last over sensibly and took 2 wickets and he was on a hat-trick. That was meaningless because the damage was already done.

    I did not see the fall of first 4 wickets of Pakistan batting as I dozed off but when I woke up I saw Umar Akmal, Afridi, Fawad Alam and Rana Nayee’s contribution. Both YY’s were unable to contribute once again. And, I was told that Butt and Kamran were not out both decisions effected Pakistan’s batting very adversely and the middle order was unable to mend the situation and they too got out cheaply. Had, the top 4 players contributed 20-30 runs each, they would have won the match. And now it is only a matter of IF’s and Buts.

  156. #156 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2010 - 4:09 AM

    amir

    where did you read about Hammad Azam’s selection to play for Pakistan in the T20?

    I looked around on cricinfo, DAWN and The Daily News, but there is no mention of his inclusion.

    Whereas the news is Yousuf still wants to lead Pakistan after the Australian series is over, Captanee Ka nashaa charr gaya Moulana ko? 😀

    Na Captanee aati, na batting ho rahee hai na fielding ho rahee hai, laiking lead mai keroonga! Cricket hai koi Tableeghi mission nahee hai.

  157. #157 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2010 - 4:09 AM

    amir

    where did you read about Hammad Azam’s selection to play for Pakistan in the T20?

    I looked around on cricinfo, DAWN and The Daily News, but there is no mention of his inclusion.

    Whereas the news is Yousuf still wants to lead Pakistan after the Australian series is over, Captanee Ka nashaa charr gaya Moulana ko? 😀

    Na Captanee aati, na batting ho rahee hai na fielding ho rahee hai, laiking lead mai keroonga! Cricket hai koi Tableeghi mission nahee hai.

  158. #158 by amir on January 28, 2010 - 10:15 AM

    JAVED i got that news about hamad azam on geo super website. They need to drop umer gul,yunis and butt. Umer went for 70, 56, and 80 runs in last three odi and he is releasing pressure on batsman along with rana i think rao deserve a chance now i dnt want pakistan to win any of remaining matches infect i want them to loose even more badly to shake up the pcb and to bring changes in team and admin. They need to make wholesale changes in team its önly then we can get good results.

  159. #159 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2010 - 11:41 AM

    amir

    I didn’t get the point. In your previous comment you mentioned that Hammad Azam is selected for T20 and now you are talking about ODI’s. Agreed that Gul is in pathetic form for tests and ODI’s but, in T20 he is the highest wicket taker in the world (39 wickets) and number 2 is Shahid Afridi (37 wickets) I doubt they will exclude Gul from T20.

    I am against wholesale changes because, to replace the whole team with youth by discarding all the senior players has never been rewarding for any team in the world. Pakistan suffered heavily after the world cup when Wasim, Waqar et all were butted out and it took many years to build a team under Inzamam. Inzamam’s created a new breed of Tableeghi culture in the team which created nepotism and destroyed professionalism. As a batsman he was great but, as a captain he wasn’t, in some aspects he was successful for whatever reasons but, he left a team behind him which is so full of mediocre players. It was only Imran Khan who left a healthy and balanced team behind him in the shape of Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohai, Miandad, Inzamam, Moin Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus. A successful leader is he, who leaves another good leader behind him or a team full of performers and match winners.

    It is like the two guys in two different fishing villages, where one guy used to go fishing and bring back a lot of fish and used to distribute ALL of it among all the villagers. There was another guy in another village who never gave his catch to other people, but each time he used to go fishing he used to take a few new people with him in his team and taught them how to catch fish. The result: In the first village, when the good fisherman who used to distribute all his catch among other villagers died, the whole village also died of starvation. Whereas, the so-called mean fisherman who never shared his catch, when he died, there were dozens of other people who knew how to catch fish and the village prospered after his death. I hope you go t my point? 😀

  160. #160 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2010 - 11:51 AM

    After Shahid Afridi it is Abdul Razzaq now

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2010/content/current/story/446045.html

    Paisa Bolta Hai

    These guys have no self respect, no self esteem ALL they want is money. They have been dissed, kicked on their butts, ridiculed, humiliated and not just them, the whole nation got humiliated and Abdul Razzaq sees a small crack in the wall and he wants to slip through it and go to India to Play for KKR. Even though, the offer is not clear, it is still on a hear say basis that, Ganguly wants him but Modi has not yet cleared etc. Abdul Razzaq should first think about his nation, his people whether they will approve or not? More than that he should look into his conscience and see that they have earlier invited 11 players and then ruled them out, rather kicked them out and it could happen with Abdul Razzaq also. So, why should he be so eager to play for the IPL? Even if Ganguly or Modi approves, he should say get lost. But, he can never do that, he wants to justify that he is going to earn money. There is a difference between earning through a respectable manner and earning through disgrace. I think Popeye The Sailor Man does not have that much brains to think, all he wants to do is eat spinach and play!

  161. #161 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2010 - 12:00 PM

    Look at this face and see if he really knows what he is talking about?

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/e913f680413471309bc9dfba1d0a9dcc/cj_reut608.jpg?MOD=AJPERES

    To me, it looks like he is not just cock eyed and have a 180 degree vision in one eye and 45 degree vision in the other, it also appears that he is looking no where. If he is addressing a group of people, everyone in that group would think that he is making an eye contact with him, whereas he is not looking at anyone. Like his eyes are blank his mind is empty too. The irony is people of Pakistan consider him a Messiah? Nawaz Sharif and his pervert brother used him like a toilet paper. The US decorated him with one of the highest medal of honour for justice and peace which they gave to Nelson Mandela and to no other Judge, Chief Justice, Attorney General or any other able American. In the whole world all they could find is this squinted, brainless, directionless puppet. For the US, everyone in Pakistan is bad or pervert or extremist or a terrorist except this MFCJC.

  162. #162 by amir on January 28, 2010 - 2:21 PM

    JAVED i was talking about the 4th odi and not t20. By wholesale changes what i mean was mainly batting our bowling is fine jus need a good back up squad for AAMIR, ASIF, AND KENERIA AND AFRIDI as alrounder if he wants to play test and i m talking about tests and odi now. T20 is just happy go lucky cricket any1 can play it on thier day. Main problem what pak team got is batting and fielding Y and Y are too old to play odi butt dnt deserve to be in odi or test teams,and also his partner is problem,malik also cnt play tests now who we left with,only umer akmal and fawad alam. In keeping you knw about kamran. In my opinion they should put new young batsman and give them experience with 2 Ys stil playing cause they got 1 or 2 years left in them and they can transform these kids into good batsmen and with puting young blood fielding is also gòna improve. Anyway sohail tanveer has also joined bandwagon and had said that if his seniors wil tel him to play in ipl he wil do so. It means that if seniors wil tel him koonwe mein chalaang maar do to ye aqal ka andha mar de ga. ALL THESE DUMBFUCKS ARE SAME MONEY IS THIER GOD.

  163. #163 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 28, 2010 - 2:46 PM

    amir

    agreed about what you have clarified now. As regards Sohail Tanvir, I heard initially he reacted very badly upon hearing about the rejection in IPL auction and said some very strong words. Probably khansahab would be able to mention that, because he is the one who heard him talk on one of the TV shows. If he is joining the bandwagon now, it is just like licking your own spit from the ground. I remember seeing Tanvir’s TV interview about a year ago i.e., when he was crowned with that Purple cap in the IPL, he was not only talking big but sounding very arrogant and paindooish, he was saying “my warth is at least a million daalar nao.” See what happened after that? His performance against a team like Sri Lanka was pathetic, like Actor gave away 43 runs in 3 overs he too gave away 45 runs in 3 overs and not just once but twice hence, he was dropped. The irony is Actor has announced today that he is eying on T20 WC this year, hoping because Aamer is getting injured all the time. Aamer is not playing even today, perhaps not in the next ODI as well.

  164. #164 by khansahab on January 28, 2010 - 4:06 PM

    According to Express News, Shoaib Malik has been accused of creating disunity in the team (not for the first time). It is reported that the team manager will draft a report on Malik and present it to the PCB upon the team’s return.

    It is also believed Malik was asked to play at no 3 in this ODI series, but he refused.

  165. #165 by khansahab on January 28, 2010 - 4:08 PM

    Inzamam has given an interview today saying that Yousaf should be retained as captain until the 2011 World Cup.

    Recently Inzamam said Afridi should be captain, and now this? What is his problem?

  166. #166 by khansahab on January 28, 2010 - 6:21 PM

    Recently Imran Khan, the Lion of Punjab, stooped to a new low when he spoke of MQM Minister Babar Ghouri in such uncultivated and disgraceful fashion, saying that Babar looks like “African kids“. (Babar is very dark skinned).

    To make such a low and undignified statement about a political opponent is unacceptable. Imran has shown he is a real paindoo, an uncouth, third class donkey who is ruining the country by making racist statements like these.

    I am done with Imran Khan, and I will never support him again. To insult someone on the basis of his skin colour is immoral, un-Islamic, undignified and befitting of none other than a paindoo.

  167. #167 by amir on January 28, 2010 - 8:41 PM

    KHANSAHIB problem with all pakistan ex players is that all of them miss the fame they used to be into and now only way to stay in limelight is to give redicule and stupid statments. Inzi gave statment against moulana who was of his tableegi jamaat he realised his mistake and changed his statement. In my opinion it is an insult to such a great human being and strong personality like nelson mandela that he have to have same award what this stupid and idiot chief justice also got. One needs to b in south africa to see what mandela did and achieved while this cj’s bigest achievment is to make all lawyers community into gundas who want to manipulate every field of life which is against thier wil did you guys saw what these lawyers did in a lahore court in that shazia masih case on monday?

  168. #168 by amir on January 28, 2010 - 9:02 PM

    Imran is moron he dnt think b4 talking dnt knw who gave him advice to come into politics how much he was fine cricketer that much he is bad politician check his statements about taliban and current situation in country and he is in political field now where he has to go more and more low.

  169. #169 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 29, 2010 - 1:29 AM

    I am really disappointed by Imran Khan’s current statement about Babar Ghauri. How dare he passes such racist comments? By marrying Jemima was he trying to improve his own race i.e., his kids should look more Gora? What a pathetic person he has become. I think he is trying to play with the sentiments of the people and doesn’t realize how far he has gone in making such trivial comments.

    Inzamam ul Hulk aka Chhota Qasai can make a turnaround any time and say that neither Yousuf nor Afridi but Younus Khan would be the best captain. Of course we all know that a few days ago he said, Afridi must be made captain for the ODI as well and now he is supporting Moulana Yousuf on Bhai Bandagi and Tableegh giri.

  170. #170 by amir on January 29, 2010 - 3:27 PM

    Austrailia had again beaten pakistan by 135 runs again pathetic performance from batsman they cnt even play the second grade aussie bowlers this was the 3rd new ball bowling attack for aussies in four matches jus hopeless performance. I hope this performance dnt effect our under 19 team mentaly who is playing austrailia 2morow if our young guns gona beat austrailia then good lesson for our national team to learn some things from them.GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN UNDER 19 TEAM HOPE U GUYS WILL WIN TOMORROW AND WASH SOME SHAME AND HUMILIATION WHICH OUR CRICKET TEAM HAD PUT ON NATION.

  171. #171 by amir on January 29, 2010 - 8:05 PM

    JAVED AND KHANSAHIB NEW THREAD PLEASE I M TIRED OF WATCHING FACES OF THESE IDIOTS whenever i open your blog.

  172. #172 by khansahab on January 29, 2010 - 8:10 PM

    The following people need to resign/be sacked from immediate effect:

    Younis Khan
    Yousuf
    Intikhab Alam
    Shoaib Malik
    Rao Ifthikar
    Rana Naved

  173. #173 by khansahab on January 29, 2010 - 9:23 PM

    Shiv Sena targets Shah Rukh Khan for backing Pak players

    Mumbai: Shah Rukh Khan’s statements on the Indian Premier League snub to Pakistani cricketers has riled Shiv Sena with the party on Friday saying that the Bollywood star’s upcoming film My name is Khan will not be allowed to be screened.

    Shiv Sena activists on Friday tore off posters of My name is Khan in Thane protesting Shah Rukh’s statement that Pakistani cricketers should be allowed to participate in IPL.

    Let us see how he dares to take in Pakistani players. We will see to it. We will not tolerate anybody praising Pakistanis. Balasaheb has already given instructions on the issue. You will see what Shiv Sena will do in the coming days,” said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

    Shah Rukh Khan, who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders team, had said that the IPL could have handled the controversy over franchisees not selecting Pakistani cricketers at an auction in a “nicer manner”.

    “If there is an issue with any other country I think it can be resolved in a friendly and nicer manner,” Khan said.

    “I believe my country stands for democracy, goodness and welcome-ness. We should open our arms to everyone and I think we should have a little more leeway in involving people from all over the world to come and showcase their talent,” he said.

  174. #174 by JAVED A. KHAN on January 29, 2010 - 11:31 PM

    Pakistan Under – 19 has already started well, they have shaved off the Australian top order very cheaply. The Australians at one stage were 23 for 3 with their ace batsman and captain MR Marsh out on 7 (he scored 90 not out in the semi-finals) and their openers were also packed for 5 and 0, the middle order tried to stabilize the innings but, both of them are out now and the only recognized pair is at the crease with Aus. on 102 for 5 in the 30th over. They should get them out asap and then keep a low target to bat easily without any tension. I hope they win the U-19 WC to give a slap on the face of the seniors and also to prove to the rest of the world that Pakistani youth are a force to reckon.

    amir

    Inshallah will do a new thread, its been a hectic week (work wise) so pls. bear with those Nayeez and Qasaieez 😀

  175. #175 by khansahab on January 29, 2010 - 11:34 PM

    Amir

    A new thread has been created for you.

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