THE CAPTAINCY CONUNDRUM – PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THE BACKSIDE OF AFRIDI

The PCB wants to see Malik to lead and happy to see the backside of Afridi

The PCB wants to see Malik to lead and happy to see the backside of Afridi

The Ball Biting incident by Shahid Afridi has given an opportunity to his haters and the lobby that is against him, to ouster him from the team, ban him, punish him further. He has already been punished with a ban of two matches so, he cannot be punished twice for the same offense. With Malik coming back into the limelight once again the Pakistan cricket team is back to the crossroads of disasters. The team already suffered a lot when Shoaib Malik was the captain. He played everything BUT cricket. There is not a shadow of doubt that he is a negative influence in the team, he is not a team maker but, a team breaker. He plays dirty politics by creating groups, enticing and luring them to deliberately under perform and lose the matches to settle personal scores through vendetta. Leave aside giving him the mantle to lead, he should not be in the team.

The Captain has to be from the Punjab only. "Ijaz Butt." Bari concurs.

The Captain has to be from the majority province only. "Ijaz Butt." Bari concurs.

The proverbial expression “once bitten twice shy” does not exist in the PCB rule book, especially if the player is from Karachi. No matter what Malik or other players do to damage the game of cricket in Pakistan, the PCB not only gives a blind eye and a deaf ear but, it gives them the license to kill. Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Misbah ul Haq are a disgrace to the nation for being for their deliberate attempts to lose a match only to settle personal scores, this is the worst thing a player can do for the country.

Shoaib Malik - The tightlipped politician who should not be in the team

The tight-lipped politician who should not be in the team

It is so demeaning and lacking in self-esteem, self-worth, or effectiveness of the spirit of the game. They lowered the quality of their character by debasing and adulterating their vindictive motives which are so sinister and venomous that I would call it the character analysis and yet they try to show to the world that they are innocent, honest, loyal to the country.

Au contraire to these thugs, Shahid Afridi has been an enigma; a blunt and straightforward Pathan who is a world-record breaking batsman, a gritty leg-spinner, a spectacular fielder, a thoroughbred and a complete cricketer who brings about the essence of coveted eccentricity to cricket, exuding relentless charm and often falling foul of the spirit of the game, and also preoccupying uncertainty. Sports journalists and critics have described him as, “a bash boy, an aggressor, erratic yet dependable.” If he fails in one department, he compensates in the other by his multitasking talents.

The Afridi tribe is known for attitude, arrogance, temper, anger and ruthlessness. There is an expression that, ” The French courage proceeds from vanity—the German from phlegm—the Turkish from fanaticism & opium—the Spanish from pride—the English from coolness—the Dutch from obstinacy—the Russian from insensibility—but the Pathans from anger.” It is the temper, the anger and the madness that he has often expressed it so bluntly and so forceful with his bat that, he makes the ball disappear miles away into the crowd. Sometimes, it is the self belief to win a match ended in self-delusion when he literally and actually chewed the ball.

People describe him as an ideal cricketer whose psyche is imbued of youthfulness and exuberance not only for his countrymen but internationally he is so popular because of his aggressive batting, bowling fielding and leadership. He has had skirmishes with madness and indiscipline not just by biting the ball like a dimmed-wit dolt in the presence of 26 cameras and in the past he executed a pirouette on the pitch as if he was a ballet dancer or giving a short performance on the ice?

They say Afridi is an enigma right from the time he started his career till today. In the recent past he matured enough as a player who could lead the team better than anyone else from the current lot. But, the media, lead by no other than the Daily DAWN newspaper of Pakistan created the hoopla and then the two Wasims (Bari and Akram) have brewed the conspiracies  with their sinister motives they  have managed to cook the perfect recipe which is so full of regional discrimination and doctrinal perversion and it is getting pejorative to the game of cricket in Pakistan.

The Desh Drohi Saniyasi with a Zeher Ka Pyala

Wasim Akram the only cricketer who practically lives in India most of the time and he has no time for Pakistani players to coach them.

Captaincy isn’t about field work but the only prerequisite is an inquiring mind. A formidable, highly respected man is required amongst his pupil, having the charisma, the character, self-discipline, an unflinching presence, an impeccable track record and a man with the ability to engage, from time to time in serious discussions with the players, management and administration. The million dollar question is: “Is Afridi fully equipped with all these attributes?” The truth is, there is no one in the team who has any of these qualities and attributes.

And, it is also the truth that, Afridi faultered and he has often been vulnerable to such ‘indiscreet & indecent’ acts. I would like to say here that, despite all his shortcomings and the sudden madness that gushes through his blood, that is taking away the sheen and the gloss from the charismatic individual, there is no one else but him, who could still be named as captain of team Pakistan for the forth coming T20 WC.

Someone has said:, “the ringing bowling changes, igniting a free-spirit, even being able to unite the star-cast with his unquestionable ability to manipulate situations but at the end of the day, with such a rugged and ‘controversial’ past and with his incessant streaks of unpredictability, he might never become a ‘leader’. Here in a situation where player power and other such nemesis stare in anyone captaining Pakistan, he could also stumble and fritter not only his own position in the team but injuring country’s future hopes to get back to the successful highways and byways.”

And, to some critiques, “the supposed impracticality of Afridi’s underscored talent was reason enough to disregard or denigrate him on the list of successful cricketers and to some his decision not to play in Tests was actually his plan to avoid over-exposure in five-day games. He didn’t want to fritter opportunities by the crevices in his technique being highlighted in real battles; he wanted to secure his place on the one-day teams, where he could confidently and belligerently mask his technical frailties and also could stamp himself as a crowd-puller, a blazing superstar. Afridi as a man being asked to rebuild, not only the team but its mottled and flecked image. Afridi could be a cricket captain, but he can’t be a leader, come what may?”

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 2, 2010 - 4:30 AM

    I was impressed by the comments made by one of the sports personalities and I have quoted a few of his comments as excerpts in this thread.

    Basically this is a knee jerk reaction to what the PCB is about to announce after the two Wasim’s cooking a jingoistic conspiracy to ouster Afridi from the leadership role.

    They do not have the audacity to speak about it based on facts, but they are cowards and it will never be known what acts of cowardice have been motivated by the fear of looking insufficiently progressive. Wasim Akram has progressively and consistently been damaging the game of cricket in Pakistan right from the time he got involved in betting and match fixing. Hence he has liking for his fellow Sialkoti Malik who is also a match fixer of another degree.

  2. #2 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 2, 2010 - 2:36 PM

    In the previous thread, in response to Ali Ahad’s call for a coach, I mentioned the name of Mohsin Khan. Today’s news is Mohsin Khan has been appointed as Chief Selector in place of Iqbal Qasim who resigned. The point is Mohsin Khan could be a good selector but, not as a rubber stamp. Once again the PCB has appointed a chief selector from Karachi to fool the masses i.e., after Salahuddin Sallu, Iqbal Qasim and now Mohsin Khan, BUT as long as Mohammad Ilyass is there in the selection committee no one can change the fact that he will be bossing around and Imran Farhat his son-in-law shall be playing for Pakistan and ruining the career of a youngster who must be spreading his wings and eager to fly as an opener but, Farhat is there to destroy his dreams.

    Another sad thing that is going to affect the game of cricket is the nomination of John Howard the former Australian prime minister, who called Murali “The Chucker” has been nominated by Cricket Australia and New Zealand cricket board as their candidate for the post of ICC president from 2012. What a shame, Australia has produced so many Hitlers, first it was Adolph Hair and now Adolph Howard?

  3. #3 by amir on March 2, 2010 - 8:00 PM

    did any1 saw zim vs west indies t20. Windies are so pathetic as team they and pakistan team are becoming like same lots of infightin politics and greed for money and oh i forgot no national pride.

  4. #4 by khansahab on March 2, 2010 - 8:49 PM

    Younis pulls out of T20 Cup

    Tuesday, March 02, 2010
    By our correspondent

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has pulled out of the RBS National Twenty20 Cup under progress in Karachi due to unknown reasons.

    Younis was supposed to lead Abbottabad Rhinos in the Twenty20 spectacle but the senior batsman has decided against featuring in the event that has attracted almost all the country’s leading cricketers.

    Taimur Khan Afridi, the Abbottabad Rhinos’ manager, confirmed on Monday that Younis has withdrawn from the tournament. Afridi said that he was unaware of Younis’s reasons to pull out of the event.

    Younis, who retired from Twenty20 Internationals after leading Pakistan to a title-winning triumph in the ICC World Twenty20 in England last summer, normally captains Peshawar Panthers in domestic events but this time he was entrusted with the responsibility to spearhead Rhinos’ campaign in the Twenty20 Cup.

    The Karachi-based player was recently involved in a controversy when he was accused of roughing up a spectator during a match of the inaugural Karachi Champions League at a local ground last month.

    Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain, took a swipe at Younis for missing the country’s premier T20 competition. “Younis should have played the tournament to motivate youngsters,” Moin told Geo Super on Monday.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 2, 2010 - 10:42 PM

    khansahab

    I think Younus Khan is digging his own grave by not participating in the domestic tournaments. Perhaps it is due to the notion that he considers himself as a retired player from T20. But, it will also affect his career for ODI’s and test cricket. Because, it is not only Taimur Khan but, Moin Khan and a few others are already talking and there will be a few who would like to see him retired from all forms of the game.

    If, Afridi was playing test cricket they wouldn’t have appointed Mohammad Yousuf as captain for the NZ and Aus tour and that would have made a big difference in his career. You cannot aloof yourself and label yourself as a T20 player or a ODI player especially the likes of Afridi who has been playing cricket for the last 13 years. With this kinda seniority and experience it is expected that he should play for the country to motivate other young players rather than worrying about his own performance. Also, it was due to Malik’s captaincy when he was keeping away Afridi from the test side, in fact he sent him back to Pakistan when himself he was injured playing soccer. So, Malik acted like a DOG in the manger. They say in Punjabi, “Na khaidenge, Na Khaiden denge,” neither we will play nor we will let you play. And, that is Malik the match fixer.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 2, 2010 - 10:46 PM

    amir

    Don’t worry about how WI played in Australia or against Zim. And, one should worry about how Pakistan will play under the new leadership and with all those politics and rumours of match fixing. The Windies team probably play better at home and they are the ones who defeated Pakistan in the opening match and then Ireland did the rest. Two key players at that time were not in the team, Actor and Afridi. Even the absence of one key player is enough to destabilize the team. Remember during Inzamam’s days whenever he did not play the team lost. Also, if you remember that Desh Drohi Sinister Saniyasi Chakram when he took one crore and forty lacs in the 1996 WC quarterfinals against India in Bangalore and suddenly declared himself unfit? Ten minutes before the match he said, he has a pulled chest muscle ! Jhoota, ghaddar..

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 2, 2010 - 10:51 PM

    LOL @ the Zim WI scores. Zim were 0-1, 0-2, 03 and 11-4 and 105 all out. Then they won the match against West Indies by restricting them at7- 79 in 20 overs. Indeed, Chris Gayle was not there that made the difference, but Gayle has been in pathetic form these days. However, neither Chanderpaul, Ramdin or Bravo could do anything against the Zim spinners.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2010 - 12:58 AM

    Australia won the toss and elected to bat in this first ODI, which is about to start, good timing for me, I am going to settle down and watch at least one session. Daniel Vettori is out due to injury and Ross Taylor is leading the team.

  9. #9 by Mohammed Munir on March 3, 2010 - 7:08 AM

    Breaking News … Or rather ‘Broken News’.

    “Waqar Younis signs as Pakistan coach”

    http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/450652.html

    Although Waqar was good during his two stints as Pakistan’s bowling coach and our bowling department showed obvious sings of improvements under him, but Waqar’s inexperience in the wider role as overall coach may be a cause of concern.

  10. #10 by amir on March 3, 2010 - 7:37 AM

    JAK problem is that we dnt have any accountabilty in pakistan cricket any tom dick and harry comes and do whatever he feels like for 2 or 3 years and than goes away and after that no one asks him what he did. Its aply to admin as wel as players. What they say awwe ka awwa he bigra hua hai check now they apoint all previous gamblers in key positions and suddenly after long time match fixing reports starts surfaceing again. But the thing is no1 wil ask butthead why he apointed these people. Same wil go with captaincy they wil apoint some1 who wil accomodate thier needs n i think malik wil suit them best that is the reason they are creating a storm against afridi otherwise bassed on seniority and performance there is no one better than afridi.

  11. #11 by amir on March 3, 2010 - 7:48 AM

    I think as pakistan cricket supporters we need to let our voices heard against all these basterds who are destroying our cricket and puting bad name for our country. Somthing similar what manchester united supporters are doing against the owners glazer family. In carling cup final they decided to wear green n gold instead of wearing normal manunited red shirt. Atleast we have to do somthing to let them know our feelings.

  12. #12 by Mohammed Munir on March 3, 2010 - 9:27 AM

    Javed Khan …

    @ Comment No. 4 …

    What you are talking about the Pakhtoon custom of sheltering anyone under their roof (in their home) even their worst enemies is called “Nanawatay”. Actually this is also partly related with the Islamic tradition of respecting and protecting your guests, but in ‘Nanawatay’ custom it exceeds all boundaries and it kind of forces the host to be good to the ‘guest’ who is in their home even after knowing well that he was wrong or even if he literally is their worst foe.

    In ‘Nanawatay’ the host has to protect the guest under all conditions, even when the guest is a criminal and accepts his own wrongdoings. However, ‘Nanawatay’ does not apply to protect someone who has committed a ‘rape’ or other women related crimes.

    My father’s maternal uncle (mamoon) was posted as a Headmaster (Principal) in one of the small schools in Bannu area, NWFP, when one of the students of class 8, slapped and pushed one of his teachers (in fact forum teacher for that class) who fell down and ran away from the school. This incident happened in the last period of the day, just before the school day was over. By the time, the school finished for the day and all the teachers and student left for their home, the family of the concerned student quickly brought him to my father’s uncle home as a ‘Nanawatay’ and asked him to protect their son from the teacher and also resolve the dispute with him. The boy’s family knew that the teacher or his family would have attaked them to take revenge of this insult, therefore they sought the shelter of the Headmaster, who was a respectable person and also because the incident happened in his school. They also brought one sheep (Doomba) as an offer of their accepting the mistake of their son and apologizing for the same.

    Because of the ‘Nanawatay’, the situation was forcefully resolved and latter a ‘jirga’ (village court) took place and decided that the student will openly apologize for his indecent behavior to the teacher in front of the entire school and also will be openly punished by the same teacher by certain number of canes (stick hits on his hands) for one full week. Needless to say, the jirga decision was accepted by both parties and it was implemented accordingly.

    Now coming back to ‘Nanawatay’, a lot of Pathans believe that Mulla Omer accepted Osama Bin Ladin in ‘Nanawatay’ as a guest in Afghanistan and that was the main reason for his protection by the Talibans (hosts).

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2010 - 2:00 PM

    Munir,

    Yeah you must see the movie The Beast of War. Nanawtai is an age old concept among the Pashtuns and in the modern age it is not seen in the same way as it used to be because of the complexities of cross border rules. Besides, not all the Pashtun and Baluchi traditions are reflecting the Islamic traditions for e.g., the Sawra and Vani. There was a documentary shown recently in Pakistan which sheds light on Sawra and Vani, the age old tribal customs prevalent in parts of NWFP. Baluchistan, Sindh and Punjab and these are meant to settle disputes among the elders by giving away girls. And, the horrific thing is, it is approved by the Jirga. And, because these people who practice Sawra and Vani are Muslims does not mean it is an Islamic tradition or it is approved or protected under the Islamic Laws. Not at all, this is very un-Islamic. A few people have tried to change these traditions but in vain. It is not just the job of a few human right activist females like Samar Minallah but, hundreds and thousands of other men folk who should raise their voice and educate the masses all across the country.

    To know more about it, you must see the documentary; “Swara – A Bridge over Troubled Waters”, by Samar Minallah. Here is a link of so many of her documentaries:

    http://video.google.ca/videosearch?hl=en&q=samar+minallah+ethnomedia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=jmqOS47QLYuutgfl5-WNCw&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CBUQqwQwAw#

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2010 - 7:29 PM

    There is a photograph on cricinfo website of the PCB officials paying homage and memorial services to the six policemen and two civilians who got killed in the shoot out exactly a year ago in Lahore i.e., during the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team. Ijaz Butt never apologized to the Sri Lankan team or, to the families of the victims or, to the nation for the serious lapse in security. In fact when Chris Broad, one of the officials of the ICC was there during the attack, Ijaz Butt got furious at him and warned him of suing for making such loose comments! Three days later Ijaz Butt, was later addressing a press conference saying: it is OK now and we will take adequate measures to implement better and more security and six months to one year from now, international teams shall be visiting Pakistan to play matches. In which “Cuckoo Land” Ijaz Butt is living?

    The worst thing is neither Butt nor Bari nor anyone from the PCB took any responsibility or felt ashamed and extended their apologies to ANYONE. Wasim Bari, who was the board’s director, HR and administration, and he was whole and sole involved in the security was not fired but he got promoted to the post of Chief Operating Officer. A year later he is telling, it was sad and shocking!

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2010 - 7:42 PM

    New Zealand has beaten the highly over-rated Australians. Pakistan could have won the test, ODI and T20 series against this weak Australian team but, owing to politics, divisions and fractions within the team, revolt against the captain, lack of self belief and indiscipline has resulted in a shameless series defeat. The NZ team lost the first T20 but bounced back in the second and won it. And, this first ODI they played with so much confidence that despite the 275 target on board, and the fact that their star player and skipper Daniel Vettori was not there, they kept saying anything under 300 is achievable and we will win. And they won.

    This is self-belief, this is determination and team discipline, they gelled and played like a team and ended the so called winning streak of the Australians who were undefeated since months and a dozen of wins under their belt. I want the NZ team to win all the matches and show to the rest of the world that this Australian side is not the best side in the world. They have been extremely lucky playing and winning against weaker teams and teams that are lacking in self-belief. Especially in ODI’s Ricky Ponting has been blowing his own trumpet by saying we are unbeatable side. And in T20 after including Shaun Tait in the side he claimed that Australia are favourites for the T20 WC.

    They may be but, Brendon McCullum has exposed Tait’s weakness by hitting him behind the wicketkeeper, by scooping the 150 km plus deliveries over his head and over the keeper for two three massive sixes, over all he must have scooped 5-6 times and all resulted in boundaries and sixes. Tait was frustrated in the end he was unable to bowl straight, the super over he bowled, he bowled a mother of all the wide balls that I have seen. That was the end of that match.

  16. #16 by khansahab on March 3, 2010 - 7:51 PM

    Javed A Khan Afridi

    I agree with you that Mohsin Khan is likely to be a useless selector. That is because his personality is meek and he behaves like a gentleman- he is too polite and soft spoken. It will be difficult for this guy to assert himself over Butt, Waqar Younis and whoever the captain is going to be.

    I am not impressed by Mohsin Khan’s statement that a separate team is needed for T20. Pakistan is already the best T20 team. I am convinced removing players like Malik will help, but he is the only player who is not playing on merit when it comes to T20. Mohsin should have the guts to remove Malik from all formats and select Afridi and Fawad Alam for all formats.

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2010 - 8:19 PM

    khansahab

    The problem with these guys are, when they are on a TV show they talk sensibly and when they get a job from the PCB they have to be HMV dogs and if they disobey and cross the line, they are threatened and fired or they resign. Like ALL previous three selectors resigned. So, it is the TOP that needs to go so that these people can work better in harmony and balanced atmosphere. If the atmosphere is so JAHIL and Corrupt then people like Wasim Bari and Zakir Khan can flourish with a corrupt Chairman.

    Don’t you remember Abdul Qadir said openly that in Dubai Shoaib Malik was creating disunity among the players and spreading the spirit of revolting against the captain? How much more can one say or write about them? The problem is not just with the Top Brass of the PCB or the mafia above them, it is the media that is also corrupt and lop sided like Daily Dawn they have constantly been spilling venom against Shahid Afridi and writing nothing against Malik, Akmal, Misbah, Rana etc.

    I think there is a need to create an ASSOCIATION OF CRICKET BLOGS ON THE INTERNET to counter the sports media and this association must be independent, fair, honest, non-profit organization and MUST raise one voice against the corruption, nepotism, regionalism in cricket, and LS is not only floating this idea but, will take a lead role in implementing this.

  18. #18 by khansahab on March 3, 2010 - 8:23 PM

    What I Saw in Pakistan’s Cricket !!!

    Rashid Latif

    I was selected in a Pakistani team for the tour of England in 1992 which was he first visit of team after winning the 1992 World Cup. This was a successful tour for the team as well as for me. I succeeded in playing the last Test and a one-day match in which my performance was quite satisfactory. Javed Miandad was the permanent captain of the team, Intikhab Alam was the coach and Khalid Mahmood was the manager. After that we went to Australia and New Zealand for a triangular series in Australia in which West Indian team was also participating. There were also a Test match and 3 one-days in New Zealand. On this tour Javed Miandad chose Naushad Ali as the manager of the team. On this tour I felt that some senior players were against Javed Miandad. At that time Naseem Hasan Shah, Shahid Rafi and Arif Ali Abbasi were running the board.

    When we returned from the tour, some senior players went to Shahid Rafi and informed him of engineered allegations against Javed Miandad and bribed Naushad Ali that he would be permanent manager, if he makes a fake report against Javed Miandad. Colonel Naushad did the same and Javed Miandad was removed from the captaincy. Wasim Akram took his place as Captain. Under Wasim Akram’s captaincy, Pakistan team first visited South Africa. Mudassar Nazar and Khalid Mahmood were appointed coach and manager respectively for that tour. During the short duration of only a year, I realized that the high-ups of the board are selfish who change themselves as soon as the government changes. Most of them are bureaucrats who think that only they are patriotic Pakistanis. This is absolutely absurd.

    After this tour, an incident happened which is the worst incident in the cricket history, and how did high ups saved players from “Marijuana scandal” and spoiled the prestige of Pakistan. Had the case been solved earlier and had stringent action been taken against the players involved than nothing would have happened against Pakistan’s prestige. I would like to explain that how did Khalid Mahmood played his part in that incident in the West Indies. When we were playing a side match in Grenada, a night before four of our players Wasin Akram, Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Ahmed and Aaquib Javed were caught red handed while taking drugs (Marijuana). A week before this incident, the Prime Minister of Grenada announced that the country should be cleared from drugs. At that time, these players were caught and were taken to jail. Khalid Mahmood very wrongly said there that our players are innocent and that they have been caught in a fake case. I am the eyewitness of this incident. After some efforts these players were released. When we met the captain, he said that we couldn’t continue this tour because of these fake allegations. A meeting was called, also attended by Khalid Mahmood and Mudassar Nazar. A decision was taken that Pakistani team can’t continue this tour. But after that meeting Wasim Akram, Khalid mahmood and Mudassar Nazar met separately and decided to continue this tour. Wasim told me that if we return than Kalia (Miandad) will be the captain again and this is our (Khalid, Wasim and Mudassar) unanimous decision that Miandad should not be the captain again and continue this tour.

    After this tour we returned to Pakistan but the players who were involved in this case, so disgustingly, sold the story to a newspaper in UK for 15,000 pounds each in which they accepted that they were really caught red handed. Interesting thing is that our cricket board didn’t take any action against these players and imposed a fine of only 15,000 rupees each. At that time Shahid Rafi and Naseen Hasan Shah were running the cricket board. One important thing is that the people who pointed out that our players used drugs are sentenced to seven-year ban from cricket and those who accepted that they used drugs were let off for a paltry fine of 15,000 rupees only. Yes, I am talking of Qasim Umer, who alleged that players used drugs after the tour of Australia in 1986. As a result he was banned for seven years and also terminated from MCB. Exactly after seven years in 1993, these four players proved Qasim Umer’s allegations were true, but the ban imposed on him was not removed and these players were left scot-free to spoil Pakistan’s name and cricket. This is the major set back of this country.

    In 1994, most of the players were fed up from Wasim Akram’s autocratic behaviour as he was in the habit of cursing senior players. Tension prevailed among team members because Javed Miandad was also trying to restore his captaincy. At that time the chief selector was Mr. Haseeb Ehsan.

    The next tour was of New Zealand in which there were only 5 one days and three Test matches. When the team was announced the selectors
    and captain forgot to include Javed Miandad and Aaquib Javed. As a result of that decision other members of the team revolted which shattered the management, resulting in the disbandment of the cricket board and Naseem Hasam Shah and Shahid Rafi were removed from their posts. A Ad-hoc committee was formed with Javed Burki, as chairman and Dr Zafar Altaf and Arif Abbasi as members. The Ad-hoc committee then took the revolt case. Number of meetings were held between players and Ad-hoc committee as they tried to solve the problem but to no avail.

    After that Salim Malik and Asif Mujtaba were declared Captain and Vice Captain respectively. Majid Khan became the manager and Intikhab Alam coach of the team. This tour was the most successful tour for Pakistan as well as for Salim Malik, but has some bitter experiences. A day before the last one day international in Christchurch, Salim Malik called me in his room, where four other players were already there. Salim Malik offered me Rupees One million in front of them and told me that we are to lose tomorrow’s match. This was also the match in which Wasim Akram gave money to Ataur Rehman to bowl poorly so that Pakistan lose the match. Ata told me about it and the conversation is saved in an audio cassette. We lost that match. The match was 110% fixed. I m not going into the details of this match because newspapers were filled with the news about the match. But the board members always swept the matter under the carpet, clouded the facts of this illegal practice. Khalid Mahmood favoured these players and said that the case is in court that’s why he can’t do anything against them. The interesting thing is that the players who were involved remain in team and the players who pointed out this fact are outside the team. The government officials and bureaucrats always took the side of these players and protected them. In the light of these facts we can also say that these people may also be involved with these players in this malpractice.

    After this tour we went to Sri Lanka where we played test matches and after that Singer Trophy started in which Sri Lanka, Australia and India were participating. Before Singer Cup, in a one day match Saeed Anwar told me that Salim Malik told him that we have to lose one-day match against Sri Lanka and he will get handsome amount. He forbade Saeed not to tell this to me. Intikhab Alam was the coach of the team and we informed him about that but he didn’t do anything. After that, Singer Trophy started and we played our first match against Australia. The hotel in which our team stayed, some bookies from Lahore were also staying there and they freely visited the rooms of some players of our team. In this match Australia played first and scored 162 runs, which was a very easy target for us. We were 80 for 1 but suddenly our wickets started to fall and we lost this match very suspiciously. During this match a message was sent to Saeed Anwar through Zahid Fazal, and after that Saeed Anwar returned to pavilion due to some fitness problem. Nobody explained what had happened and why Saeed returned to pavilion. People didn’t know about the match fixing because Cricket Board always hid these facts. The Ad-hoc committee also ran the cricket board with Javed Burki, Arif Abbasi and Zafar Altaf. Our press knew facts about match fixing.

  19. #19 by khansahab on March 3, 2010 - 8:25 PM

    What is the problem with Punjabi people when it comes to dark skin complexion?

    Are there not dark skinned people in Punjab?

    What about the looks of people like Salim Malik, Akmal brothers, Mohammad Asif etc?

    I am saying this because Miandad was known as “Kalia” and recently Imran Khan compared Babar Ghouri with African people.

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2010 - 8:41 PM

    khansahab

    I am sure NOT all punjabis are like that and those who say such things or make comparisons are not only racist but comes from a PAINDOO background. Imran Khan may have studied at Oxford and Cambridge but his racist nature has not changed. Some people say that it is the reaction from the way they have been treated by the Gora Saabs, it oozes out when they deal with people with dark skin. Imran Khan should remember that he will get ALL his votes from dark skinned people and NOT from any Gora Saab.

    Wasim Akram
    can call Javed Miandad as KALIA but, himself he is a CHOORA, even by looks he looks like an authentic choora and he has this long and ugly nose which sniffs the balls of people like MODI and Indian TV producers who give him the job and when he opens his mouth he sucks. About his nose, when he went in to bat in South Africa for the first time, a play card was displayed saying this: “Wasim with that nose you don’t need a cricket bat to play with.”

  21. #21 by newguy on March 3, 2010 - 10:35 PM

    Khansaheb / Javed Khan,

    I want to narrate an interesting incident regarding the Punjabi affinity towards gora skin color. Once a Punjabi friend’s Aunt was visiting here in US, she was taken to the mall by friend’s wife where she ended up looking for some cosmetics. If you know how the cosmetics section in a big dept store is organized you’ll get an idea on what I am describing. They have kiosks in the middle where specialists will help you find the right items for your complexion. Anyhow, the lady helping our Auntiji put on some colors on her to try out.

    Our Auntiji wanted nothing but the brightest Red color, the lady said that color will suit if you are very white color but for your complexion slightly different color may be a darker shade may suit 🙂

    Imagine the reaction, our Auntiji almost had a heart attack, what!!! me not white, kya mein gori nahin, saaley kya kaha tuney! Seriously, she was shocked and she was actually arguing what me not white? me dark skin? She couldn’t believe someone would consider her dark skinned. In gora world Auntiji’s Punjabi Gori skin color is not white enough, that was new information for her!

    Another story .. this one personal. I was with a gori girl once, how do I say this, ahem .. kind of intimate situation, she was holding my hand in her and exclaimed, your skin looks so good, tanned and so on, look at mine, all white, and I said it’s good to make her happy, she was not very happy, she wished she could get my type of complexion. Go figure! People are always unhappy with something. And she went on to say but you guys love us, indicating desi guys infatuation with gori skin.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 4, 2010 - 12:50 AM

    newguy

    interesting incident on auntiji I must say. And, on the second one about how they think about themselves. Once a gora from London arrived in Dubai and according to him it was his first ever visit tot he Middle East where you’ll find other than Indians and Pakistanis, a lot of Arab women from Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine etc. And, he was literally drooling and all the time talking about eyes and the healthy complexion. So, one of the local guys told him why are you so crazy about our girls? Our guys are crazy about white girls. He said, our white girls from London are like “piss pots” I started laughing at the analogy. But, the local Baddoo didn’t get the meaning. Because, he never saw those white enamelware piss pots and bad pans.

    Coming back to Punjab complex, they not only have this skin complexion complex but, generally they are very health conscious and talk about food which is KHALLAS. If you remember Ramiz Raja always blab about Punjab by saying the fast bowlers here in Punjab thrive on “Doodh, Dahee, Ghee and meat.” Doodh, Dahee, Makhan and Ghee yes because, basically, traditionally, historically they are: “Gawalay & Kisaan” cattle breeders and farmers. And, Pathans are meat eaters.

    In Punjab you will find, Palak Gosht, Gobi Gosht, Karelay Gosht, Bhindi Gosht, Tinday Gosht, there is vegetable in every meat item. I am not saying it is bad, I like it. But, you go to a Pathan’s house, Bhunna Gosht, Namkeen Gosht, Karai Gosht, Chapli Kebab, Puthay Kebab, the whole table is full of meat dishes and no vegetable. It is not healthy but, they do this. If you keep more than one vegetable dish at a dinner party where you invite Pathan guests, they will say “Yae kya Ghaas Phoos rekha hai?”

    I should have been discussing this on the Bavarchi Khana page on our blog because its ending up like a “khana Khazana” type discussion. 😀

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 4, 2010 - 1:14 AM

    Waqar Youns said the following: “We need to unite this team. When you are losing the way we did in Australia, it means that something is wrong somewhere. It means that the boys lack faith. What they need is to bond together and I’m sure things will improve because the talent is there,” Waqar wants to involve former batting legends like Javed Miandad, Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq in a bid to overcome the team’s Achilles heals. “I want to get Saeed on board. I’ll try and see whether Inzamam will be interested in helping our batsmen. Then there is Javed Miandad. “All of them can contribute to our team. It’s the Pakistan team. I may be the coach but I won’t own it. The idea is to put the team on the right track and we can all participate in it.”

    My view:

    Waqar is a good bowling coach, but as an over all coach his technical knowledge of the game and his experience is below par. What he said above, if he brings in JM, SA, INzi to help the team, theoretically it would be a good idea. But, in reality I dunno how practical it is to have people from diverse ideology to co-mingle and gel as a body and produce the best team.

    What Waqar needs to do is first, he should clean his own heart, his soul and his psyche and be a real fair gentleman coach. What he recently did in the committee reporting is wrong. He took sides with Shoaib Malik’s unacceptable behaviour as an acceptable norm of the game. He said, this revolting business is not new, they all do and have done in the past. It is very easy to say this when you are not at the receiving end. How would Waqar feel if he is the captain and others are revolting against him? How did he feel when he was the bowling coach during Woolmer’s time and Inzamam with the help of Saleem Altaf kicked him out to get in Moulvi Mushi in his place? At that time Waqar not only complained but, had a two hours long debate with Saleem Altaf on Geo TV and it is all there on the “toobe”. Also, Waqar can say “they all have done in the past,” but he condemns Shahid Afridi for saying when he said, “they all do.” Why double standards here?


    Waqar’s first priority should be to discuss this with Mohsin Hasan Khan and convince him that the first choice captain for the team is Shahid Afridi and not Shoaib Malik
    , in fact Malik should not be in the team on the basis of his performance. And, Mohsin Hasan Khan should not be landing in the PCB on the wrong foot like Imran Khan did in the political arena by saying “I will get rid of the Feudal Lords.” Mohsin said, he wants to make 3 separate teams for test, ODI and T20. Does he mean to say that strictly no player from T20 will be allowed to play in ODI? Does he mean that players like Afridi, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq cannot play in both forms of the game? If he thinks he will have totally 3 separate teams then he is also living in the Cuckoo Land with Ijaz Butt.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 4, 2010 - 7:25 AM

    Here is what Ijaz Butt said on Mohsin Khan’s appointment as The Chief Selector: “There is no specific period for Mohsin’s tenure, as it all depends on the circumstances. The PCB has also appointed Iqbal Qasim till the 2011 World Cup. But he had to resign. Therefore, Mohsin will continue till the next decision.”

    What is the meaning of “But he had to resign?” Was Iqbal Qasim forced to resign? Because, in the same interview Butt, when he talked about Abdul Qadir, he said: “Abdul Qadir resigned.” There is a difference between resigned and had to resign.

    Also, in the same interview, Butt answered to a question about the decision to appoint captain of the national team would be taken before March 10 as all aspects were being considered? Though Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik are the main runners for the post, sources said the PCB was in vigorous discussion to pick the best man for one of the toughest jobs in Pakistan cricket.

    Sources said, Afridi was the lone choice, but his ugly ball-biting incident in the last one-day match against Australia in Perth had put the PCB in a sort of dilemma as there are different thoughts over that choice.

    Sources said though Malik is showing reluctance in accepting captaincy, he wants it with many powers
    . Meanwhile, the PCB chairman said he had received the inquiry committee’s report on Pakistan’s bad performance in Australia, adding it would be made public as soon as possible.

    The inquiry committee including the two notorious ex-cons Wasim Bari and Wasim Akram and holier than thou Waqar Younus’s statement is definitely going to promote Shoaib Malik’s case with MORE POWERS that he is demanding.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 5, 2010 - 1:25 PM

    Afridi miffed with Karachi management

    March 5, 2010

    Disenchanted with the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) after being overlooked for the captaincy in the domestic RBS Twenty20 Cup that is underway in Karachi, Shahid Afridi has threatened to quit his domestic side. Mohammad Sami, the Pakistan fast bowler, was preferred to Afridi and the allrounder was miffed at not being given a reason for the preference in leadership of the Karachi Dolphins.

    “I think the KCCA senior officials need to rethink their attitude towards senior players and how they treat them,” Afridi told reporters at the National Stadium. “I think the KCCA officials should have had the courtesy to at least tell me why they didn’t want me as captain. I am always prepared to play even as a ordinary player but there is a way you treat senior players and the KCCA is not doing that.

    “I have always taken a lot of pride in representing Karachi in domestic cricket but if the KCCA continue to treat senior players badly then I might be forced to play for some other region in coming events.”

    The KCCA secretary Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari, who has held the post for more than three decades now, was quick to explain that Afridi had misunderstood the situation. “The fact is that last season when we wanted him to lead the side he was not available and this year we also had to take into consideration the fact that Mohammad Sami had led Karachi to the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy title and deserved to continue as captain,” he said.

    According to Afridi, however, he had been told last year by national coach Intikhab Alam that he could play in only two matches during the competition. “Since I was not available for the entire tournament I decided it would be better if the KCCA appointed someone else as captain who could lead in the entire event,” he said. “I have no big issue with the captaincy I am playing under Sami but it is also a fact that a senior player like myself deserves better treatment from home association.”

    The Dolphins, whose squad includes the internationals Fawad Alam, Khalid Latif, and Safraz Ahmed, are currently at the top of Group D in the RBS Twenty20 Cup standings. They have won their only match so far.

    Afridi has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately because of the infamous ball-tampering incident in Australia.

    http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/450846.html

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 5, 2010 - 1:31 PM

    I think Afridi has a point here. He should have been treated with respect. At a time like this when most people are criticizing him for the ball biting incident, and there is a political shadow or, a cloud of doubt over his captaincy for the national side, his home side should have talked to him before deciding to make Sami the captain. He clearly said, I have no issues with the captaincy but, there is something called courtesy and they should have told me. When the chips are down then, Brutus also pulls out a dagger from his cloak and back-stabs. This is a very common phenomenon especially in the sub-continent that they all worship the rising sun and kick the one who is down and under.

  27. #27 by khansahab on March 5, 2010 - 7:39 PM

    Mohammad Zahad, former Pakistani fast bowler said the following in an interview:

    1) There is a Lahore-Karachi divide in the team which is why players are not united

    2) Players say they play for Pakastan but in reality they play for their regions/provinces

    3) Under Imran Khan’s leadership this divide was eliminated because Imran dealt with this with an iron hand

    4) Players from Karachi earn higher salaries than other players in domestic cricket

    Now about Imran Khan, like most Pakastanis, Zahad is also licking Imran’s backside but does he know the following:

    1) Imran misbehaved with the Karachi crowd

    2) Imran played politics and sided with fellow Punjabi players against Miandad

    3) Imran has said on a TV show that, “PCB should exploit the Lahore and Karachi rivalry and introduce competitions between 2 cities to earn revenue”. An Urdu Speaker was also a guest on that show and he said, “Imran you are a national leader and you should not be talking about exploiting bitterness/rivalries”. But, Imran has no shame and he is a paindoo at heart.

    4) Imran recently made a racist remark against African people.

    So, why are the people of Punjab supporting Imran Khan? This person is a racist, a hate preacher and he will take Pakistan backward.

  28. #28 by khansahab on March 5, 2010 - 7:43 PM

    Javed A Khan

    In principle Afridi said the right thing. KCCA should not be following orders from PCB in Lahore, they should have created an example by making Afridi captain.

    The excuse given by the KCCA representative that, Sami was the captain in Karachi’s last contest which is why he was retained as captain, is just a poor excuse. This happened to punish Afridi for the ball tampering incident.

    However, there is a time and place for everything and Afridi’s comment that he can also play for “other regions” will not go well with people, just like his comment that Punjabis don’t want a captain from outside Punjab, has not gone well with most Pakistanis.

  29. #29 by khansahab on March 5, 2010 - 8:04 PM

    Omer

    I can’t believe a former cricketer like Mohsan Khan said something so stupid that the T20 team needs to be changed. Waqar Younas, the best bowler of his era, said that the same players will remain in the team but their attitudes need to change.

    This is BS and this new set up will take Pakistan cricket backwards if they adopt this attitude.

    There is nothing wrong with the T20 team except Shoaib Malik. He cannot play long innings in T20 like Akmal and Younis have done. He cannot fight and play with determination like Fawad Alam. He cannot attack/slog like Razzaq and Afridi. So, he is a nothing player. His fielding is not good enough for him to play on the basis of his fielding alone, like Fawad Alam. His bowling is not reliable.

    So, his role is botched and he does not satisfy any purpose.

    In ODI’s he has the same problem. However in ODI’s, Akmal, Rana, Rao must also not be played. ODI’s is the format where they need to bring in fresh faces because there are lots of players who are borderline mediocre players.

    In Tests, they cannot play Malik and Akmal, but they should play Younis, Yousuf, Afridi.

    However, they will not deliberate with serious changes in ODI’s and Tests because it will mean getting rid of Malik and Akmal.

    Malik is the biggest problem in Pakistan cricket, whereas Akmal must NEVER be played in ODI’s or Tests. He is an automatic selection in T20.

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 5, 2010 - 10:24 PM

    khansahab

    This Mohammad Zahad must be Waqar’s protege.

    I don’t remember exact date, or the match in which Waqar was the commentator, and Shoaib Akhtar who was fielding in the deep did not bend down to stop the ball which resulted in a boundary (otherwise it was just a single) on that occasion the other commentator said:

    “I think Shoaib Akhtar has been a bit lazy there.”

    Waqar responded: ” A Bit? He was a LOT of bit lazy there.” 😀

    Since Waqar has taken the coaching assignment, we will miss his commentary! 😀 But, then we might have some interviews from him and that would really be interesting to watch.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 5, 2010 - 10:28 PM

    After losing the T20 game, the West Indies side have lost the first ODI as well in which Gayle and Chanderpaul were also playing but Zimbabawe played well and won the match. What’s going on to the West Indies side? I think the way the Pakistan cricket is also following them and if this trend continues, they will be beaten by Zimbabwe and Bangladesh both.

    I am waiting for the live action from NZ, they will play the second ODI and the match is about to start in may be 30 minutes from now. I want them to beat Australia in all the 5 ODI’s.

  32. #32 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 9:42 AM

    Omer

    When Wasim Akram is saying that fellow team-mates are discrediting Akmal and Rana, he is obviously referring to Afridi. That is because the focus was diverted towards Afridi when he tampered with the ball, and Wasim probably thinks Afridi wants this focus to change direction towards the 2 match losers in the team, Akmal and Rana.

  33. #33 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 9:44 AM

    Naved faces ball-tampering accusations now

    Karachi, Mar 6 (PTI) After being accused of match-fixing, Pakistan all-rounder Rana Naved is now under the scanner for allegedly tampering with the ball during the ongoing National Twenty20 Championship here.

    The Karachi City Cricket Association confirmed to PTI that it had sent a letter to the Pakistan Cricket Board outlining its concerns over some poor umpiring and Rana’s ball tampering during a match between Karachi Zebras and Sialkot Stallions.

    The KCCA has called for an impartial inquiry into the issues they have raised after Sialkot beat Karachi Zebras by four runs in a match on February 28 and were knocked out of contention for semifinals.

    Rana, who has played nine Tests and 75 one-dayers, could find himself in trouble as well-placed sources said another team had also complained about his ball-tampering habits to the match-referee.

  34. #34 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 9:53 AM

    Politics at the highest level is being played. Consider this:

    1) Afridi bites the ball, Rana and Akmal are blamed for match fixing, Pakistani Senate recommends disproportionate sanction for Afridi, Rana is accused of ball tampering, Karachi Association removes captaincy from Afridi

    2) The yes-man Mohsin Khan is appointed Chief Selector, the controversial Mohammad Ilyas is still on the bench.

    3) Waqar is appointed coach, Waqar has had problems with both Mohammad Yousuf and Afridi in the past, according to Dawn. Waqar also remarked recently that Fawad Alam is only in the team because of his fielding.

    4) Waqar appears to favour the Malik/Akmal gang and now there are reports Malik might be reappointed as captain. If that happens, Afridi, Fawad Alam etc will find it difficult to gain a place in the playing XI

    5) Misbah strikes form in domestic competition, Malik favours Misbah, there are already reports that Misbah will be in the final squad for the T20 World Cup.

    What do you all make of this?

  35. #35 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 10:32 AM

    Testing times ahead for ‘under fire’ PCB boss Ijaz Butt

    LAHORE: The next few days would test the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt’s tactfulness and skills regarding handling issues in the board, as he has to make several important decisions in days to come.

    He is also likely to face action for some of his recent ‘unilateral’ decisions.

    Butt has to appoint a captain or captains for the Pakistan Test, ODI and Twenty20 teams for forthcoming assignments besides implementing recommendations of the inquiry committee, which was set up to probe Pakistan’s humiliating tour Down Under.

    The committee had recommended hefty penalty for all-rounder Shahid Afridi and wicket keeper Kamran Akmal for violating the players’ code of conduct during the series.

    Moreover, Butt’s thorny relations with the Sports Ministry and the National Assembly’s (NA) Standing Committee on Sports is likely to enhance his troubles in coming days.

    Insiders said that Butt’s contradictory statements regarding some of the players being involved in match-fixing at a press conference recently would only add to his problems when he appears before the NA committee on Saturday (today) to explain his remarks against captain Mohammed Yousuf and Shoaib Malik.

    Butt had first said that two players were under investigation for match-fixing and then retracted, saying he was speaking about old cases and none of the current players in the Pakistani team are suspects in fixing matches.

    His recent decisions of using his discriminatory powers to appoint Waqar Younis and Ijaz Ahmed as coach and assistant coach respectively,and Mohsin Khan as the new chief selector have also not gone down well with the government, The Nation reports.

    “The PCB chairman should have consulted the governing council members specially the new ones inducted into the council while taking such key decisions. He has again shown a tendency to take unilateral decisions, which affect Pakistan cricket directly,” Sports Minister Ijaz Jakhrani had said earlier.

  36. #36 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 2:03 PM

    I am watching the RBS T20 Cup which is being played in Karachi. I am surprised at the pathetic commentary, ground and crowd.

    This is shocking because this is Pakistan’s premier T20 competition. All of the top players except Younis are playing in his competition.

    Tonight Karachi play Sialkot. Karachi team has Afridi, Sami, Fawad Alam and other star players. Sialkot has Malik, Rana etc.

    I think the final will be between Sialkot and Faislabad.

  37. #37 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 2:48 PM

    Arshad Khan

    It appears to me that some idiots who have visited this blog think that you and I are the same person?

    I am sure you must be laughing your head off, like how I am doing.

  38. #38 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 4:11 PM

    Karachi bowlers are too scared of Sialkot batsmen. They are under pressure and are bowling pathetically. Imran Nazir is negotiating the bowling very well.

    Tanvir Ahmed has not impressed me. He looks like a mediocre bowler.

  39. #39 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 4:12 PM

    Imran Nazir has been hit in a critical area. I feel sorry for him, I want him to get up and hit sixes.

  40. #40 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 4:18 PM

    Sami is bowling very fast, Rana at the crease now. Nazir has retired hurt.

  41. #41 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 4:27 PM

    Aamer Sohail has made a valid point- a fast bowler needs a good captain to nurture his skills.

    Unfortunately Sami, Sohail Khan, these bowlers had Inzamam and Malik.

  42. #42 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 5:48 PM

    Shahzaib Hasan is a very good hitter. Not the calibre of Imran Nazir, but he is still very good.

  43. #43 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 6:23 PM

    When Afridi was playing the crowd was chanting his name and the noise was deafening.

    Now when he is out someone has thrown something into the ground and the Sialkot players have complained.

    Pathetic behaviour from the Karachi crowd. Shame on them.

  44. #44 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 6:58 PM

    Zardari 2nd richest person

    President Asif Ali Zardari is the second most richest person in Pakistan after Mian Muhammad Mansha Yaha with 40 Companies on Board.

    It has been disclose in a list released in the Internet, which has shorlisted Pakistan’s Most Influential Business Tycoons who have made their presence felt for a better part of country’s history.
    Mian Muhammad Mansha Yaha is ranked as No 1 with $2.5 billion thus one of the richest Pakistanis around with 40 Companies on Board. He owns Muslim Commercial Bank while setting up a 17m Paper Mill.
    President Asif Ali Zardari is Ranked 2 with total assets worth &1.8 billion. Zardari has huge stakes in Sugar Mills all over Pakistan while also has huge Business Ventures in the Middle East running into hundreds of Million if not Billion Mark.
    Anwar Pervaiz is ranked third with$ 1.5 billion and is the Chairman of Best Way Group that started in 1976 with its first Best way Cash and Carry warehouse opened in UK.
    Sharif Brothers Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif are fourth on the list of most Richest persons in Pakistan with total assets ($ 1.4 billion).
    Saddaruddin Hashwani, Chairman of Hashoo Group who is known for his dominance in Hotel Industry is ranked 5th with (1.1 billion dollars).
    While on the other hand, Nasir Schon, Abdul Razaak Yakoub, Tariq Saigol, Dewan Yousaf Farooqui complete the list of Pakistan’s Most Richest Persons.
    The list has been prepared very carefully in consultation with leading Real Estate Barons, Stock Moguls, Business Leaders of Virtue and Senior Bureaucrats.

  45. #45 by khansahab on March 6, 2010 - 7:43 PM

    It was a close finish between Karachi and Sialkot. Sialkot won by 7 runs, courtesy of the Karachi top order that played ever so carelessly.

    I thought Sialkot pacers could bowl better than they did and they were not up to the mark, yet the Karachi batsmen gifted their wickets away. Shahzaib Hasan can be pardoned because at least he gave Karachi a good start, but the batsmen who followed him were pathetic. Afridi did his bit by scoring a quickfire 20 odd but threw his wicket away at a very crucial juncture.

    Fawad Alam once again played sensibly and showed why he should be an automatic selection in all formats. He was the highest scorer of the match. Not only does he run well, place the ball in the gaps, when tempted he can also hit sixes. A well rounded and sensible player.

    The only good players from Karachi Dolphins are Shahzaib Hasan (T20 only), Afridi, Fawad Alam and Sohail Khan.

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