SHAHID AFRIDI MUST BE THE CAPTAIN

WC - ENCORE? THEN AFRIDI NEEDS TO LEAD THE TEAM

WC - ENCORE? THEN AFRIDI NEEDS TO LEAD THE TEAM

THE PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM for the T20 WC has been announced, 15 players are in the squad and the only thing that the PCB is holding at the moment is the Captaincy Card.

If Pakistan needs to win this T20 WC, they must appoint Shahid Afridi as the captain. He was the logical choice and the designated captain for T20 before the ball biting incident. The ICC has given him punishment with a 2 match ban. The PCB has penalized him further by fining him Rs. 3,000,000 for biting the ball,  he has paid the price and got the punishment twice for the same offense, which is very rare that you get punished twice for the same offense.

Therefore, in the interest of the game and for the promotion of Pakistan cricket, the PCB s needs to swallow a bitter pill by letting it go and appoint him as the Captain of the team. He is already under probation for the next six months and he won’t be doing anything silly.  Besides, it is a fact that there is no one in the team who is more capable than him to lead the team. Hence it would be foolish on part of Butt & Co., not to appoint him as the captain.

Misbah, if he is appointed as captain of the team, it would be very demoralizing because of the fact that he is totally out of form. Secondly, he has no captaincy experience nor he is captain’s material.  If Misbah is not appointed as a captain he won’t deserve to be in the team but, the irony is he is in the squad and the chances are Butt and Bari would like to appoint him as captain of the team. If Misbah is not the captain then, his slot goes to Hammad Azam, the young man who played so well in the U-19 WC. He definitely deserves a chance to prove his worth among the seniors.

Abdul Razzaq was not even selected for the Aus / NZ tour on the basis of non-performance but, he played well in both the T20 matches against England in Dubai.  He definitely needs to be in the playing XI but, the question is not about his worth as a player but, the qualities of a leader. As a leader Abdul Razzaq is no match to Shahid Afridi and Razzaq by nature is a very soft and docile person.

Pakistan needs a strong leader and Shahid Afridi is the best choice and, the PCB should not look at this scenario like a school teacher or Butt as a Head Master who not only wants to punish his pupil but, wants to deprive him from all other benefits for a trivial offense which is not new, every Tom, Dick and Harry has been tampering the ball and Afridi is the second one to bite it after India’s fast bowler Manoj Prabhakar who bit the ball against New Zealand two decades ago.   Afridi’s ball biting incident has been blown out of proportion because of his celebrity status and also because of his temperament.

The PCB should not delve deeper into this matter and keep on dragging it any further. After a fine of Rs. 3 million they should consider it as over. And, they must quickly appoint him as Captain so that the whole team knows that he is appointed with full honours. There shouldn’t be any ifs and buts and hidden clauses in it.  As a captain he should be taking charge of the team right from the training camp and for him it is very important to keep his emotions under control and lead the team by example.

A message for Mr. Ijaz Butt:

NOT just the Pakistani nation but, the whole cricketing world knows that you are a very obstinate old man, you have no rationale thinking or the ability to take a right decision, we are not blaming you as such but, at this age most people behave like you. And, because you are holding such an important post you are more in focus by the media and the cricket fans which are not just a few but in hundreds of millions. It is in the best interest of the nation that you keep the regionalism bias aside and appoint Shahid Afridi as the captain of the Pakistan team for this T20 WC.

If Misbah ul Haq or Abdul Razzaq is appointed as captain and if Pakistan team is defeated or, does not perform well, it will be a tactical mistake and there will be more blame on you for NOT appointing Shahid Afridi as the captain. So, to avoid that you must not appoint anyone else as captain other than Shahid Afridi. It will be your right decision and despite that if the team fails, then there is nothing that one can do about it and, you will not be blamed for being so obstinate and incompetent.

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2010 - 12:26 AM

    THE CAPTAINCY CONUNDRUM right now is bigger than the OPENING CONUNDRUM and the PCB needs to address this issue NOW. There is no need to delay this captaincy issue and hold the announcement till the last moment.

    Butt should open this Pandora’s Box and let the surprise be known to the public and the players now. It would be very stupid if there is so much delay and then, we hear Misbah ul Haq or Abdul Razzaq has been named as captain of the team.

    Enough punishment, enough penalties and enough of bans. The team needs to breathe some fresh air knowing who is their leader?

  2. #2 by M. Y. Kasim on March 13, 2010 - 1:36 AM

    Three out of the 15 players chosen does not deserve selection. Misbah is an “has-been” and to persist with him clearly shows that he is to be appointed as captai, since he can not command a place in the team as an ordinary player.

    Salman Butt is a good opener-the best amongst the rest- but he is not T20 material and should not have been selected.

    Yasser Arafat is the exact duplicate of Rana Naved, a mediocre so-called allrouner who is niether a good bowler nor a batter.

    The only two good features of the team are ommision of Imran Farhat, despite his Father-in-Law being a selector!! and inclusion of Hammad Azam. It is though unfortunate that couple of other youngsters of U-19 were ignored to make room for some tried, tested and failed campaigners.

    I have been rooting for Mohammad Waqas, the U19 WK and hard hitting left-handed batsman and Raza Hassan, the promising left-arm slow spinner with whom, I am very much impressed. Another youngster, Shahzaib Hassan should have been selected as well.

    The most important point here is: Has any idiot in the PCB ever heared of “Double Jeopardy? A person CAN NOT be penalised twice for the same offence. Afridi was banned for two matches for ball-biting offence. Matter closed, Finished. Who the Hell is PCB chairman to punished him again for the same offence? It is against every civilised Law, whether criminal, judicial, moral or religious.

    My team would have been, in batting order:

    1. Mohammad Hafeez/Shahzaib Hassan
    2. Kamran Akmal
    3. Shahid Afridi
    4. Umar Akmal
    5. Fawad Alam
    6. Abdul Razzak/Hammad Azam
    7. Moahammad Waqas (WK)
    8. Mohammad Aamer
    9. Umar Gul
    10. Mohammad Asif
    11. Saeed Ajmal/Raza Hassan

    12th. Man. Hammad Azam.

  3. #3 by M. Y. Kasim on March 13, 2010 - 1:41 AM

    I mean if Abdul Razzak is selected than Hammad Azam should be 12th man. And if Hammad Azam is in the playing eleven than someone else should 12th man.

  4. #4 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 2:05 AM

    Javed A Khan

    It’s going to be a merry-kill if Afridi is appointed captain bacaus PCB is considering any one of Misbah, Butt and Razzaq.

  5. #5 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 2:12 AM

    Ijaz Butt summons Afridi

    By our correspondent

    KARACHI: Shahid Afridi has been summoned for a meeting in Lahore by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt triggering speculations that the senior allrounder might be offered Pakistan’s captaincy for the ICC World Twenty20 on Saturday (today). Butt has asked Afridi to meet him at the Board headquarters and sources said that the PCB chief will discuss the captaincy issue with him.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2010 - 4:47 AM

    Finally the Daily DAWN has written an editorial against the PCB and Ijaz Butt:

    The PCB’s con job fools no one. If heads had to roll, the queue for the guillotine ought to have been headed by Ijaz Butt and his inner circle.

    When it comes to ineptitude they have outshone the standard-bearers of incompetence that preceded them — and that, mind you, takes some doing in an organisation so shoddy as the Pakistan Cricket Board. Wednesday’s Great Purge saw two former captains sidelined for indefinite periods on charges of ‘infighting’, but with the bizarre proviso that they can be recalled whenever the board takes a fancy to them again. Another ex-skipper has been heavily fined and banned from the national squad for a year, and a fast bowler has been handed a similar sentence. No reason has been provided for this harsh action. The fines slapped on Shahid Afridi for the ball-biting incident, and on the Akmal brothers for their mischief-making in Australia, are more readily explained.

    What the PCB has done, in effect, is absolve itself of all responsibility for Pakistan’s dismal showing of late. Conveniently ignored in all this are the board’s constant flip-flops, Mr Butt’s glaring unsuitability for the job and the failures of the coach as well as the selection committee. Only Iqbal Qasim had the decency to resign as chief selector following the disaster down under. The others desperately needed to be seen as doing something, so what we got was a hatchet job that spared only the administrators. Yawar Saeed, who reportedly has a deep-seated grudge against Younis Khan, was on the committee that came up with the one-sided penalties. Intikhab Alam, Pakistan’s coach on the dismal tours of New Zealand and Australia, has been named director of the Pakistan Cricket Academy. And of course Ijaz Butt, Wasim Bari and Zakir Khan still have their jobs and perks.

    Another bonus for the PCB is that the National Assembly’s standing committee on sports has hailed Wednesday’s move and may now end its criticism of a circus that should have left town months ago.

    Our players’ sins off the field — politicking, infighting, conspiring against captains — are well known and some sort of disciplinary action was clearly needed. But what transpired in the end was well over the top. It must be remembered that the ogre of ‘player power’ is the board’s own creation. Instead of standing by Younis Khan, the PCB earlier caved in to the clique that wanted to see him stripped of the captaincy. While on tour, managers and coaches have remained silent instead of nipping problems in the bud. This paper repeats what it has said before: Ijaz Butt and company must be shown the door.

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2010 - 4:59 AM

    khansahab

    Ijaz Butt read this thread and after that he realized that what we are saying is right. So, he decided to call Afridi and discuss with him and this is only to satisfy his ego, eventually he is going to offer him the captaincy but, it will be conditional. Afridi will ask to reconsider the decision of fine and reduce it from Rs. 3,000,000 to Rs.3000 Butt is going to make his condition, he would like Nikki Butt (Salman) to play in all matches and also his buddy Misbah. Afridi will agree and get his fine reduced but, he will drop Salman and Misbah after the first match. Neither BUTT will remember nor Afridi will. Butt because of his old age and Afridi because he is an Akroat. So, raat gayee baat gayee! 😀

  8. #8 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 9:08 AM

    Culture of infighting in Pak cricket must stop: Mudassar Nazar

    Backing the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision of banning senior players and imposing hefty fines on some of the others, former captain and coach Mudassar Nazar has said that the culture of infighting in the national squad must stop.

    Nazar, who is currently working for the ICC as one of the coaches at their Global Cricket Academy in Dubai, blamed dressing room politics for Younis Khan’s sudden resignation from captaincy in November last year.

    Younis had stepped down ahead of the New Zealand tour last year following match-fixing allegations levelled against him by the chairman of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Sports Jamshed Dasti.

    “The real reasons were more “close to home” and involved team mates plotting against him,” Nazar, the veteran of nearly 200 international matches, said.

    “Never mind the politicians suggestions of match fixing, it was his team mates that made Younis’ mind up to resign as captain. The damage to Younis was done in the dressing room and not in the corridors of power. This whole culture of infighting has to stop,” Nazar told PakPassion.net.

    He also asked the PCB to make the enquiry committee’s report public, based on which it imposed hefty fines and ban on players.

    “The report should have been made public, because as things stand, we are all unsure of why exactly the likes of Yousuf, Malik, Rana and Younis have been punished,” Nazar said. (ANI)

  9. #9 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 9:11 AM

    Javed A Khan

    A lot of these blogs, newspapers and agencies read Legslip and get their inspiration from us. Why don’t they give us credit?

    We do not want money from anyone and we want our visitors to have an ad and hassle free blog. But, credit should be given where it is due.

  10. #10 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 9:55 AM

    Balanced team for T20 event, says Sallu

    KARACHI: Former Test cricketer and chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu on Friday lauded the team selection for the World Twenty20 on Friday and said a balanced team has been selected for the mega event which is set to commence in the Caribbeas late next month.

    Talking to Dawn, Sallu said the team named by chief selector Mohsin Khan is capable of defending the title in the West Indies.

    “This is a balanced team indeed,” he said. “It is a wise move to recall all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez since he is a big utility player.

    The presence of senior all-rounders Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi as well as Yasir Arafat give Pakistan lot of depth in batting as well as in bowling.

    “The fast bowling department also looks good in presence of Aamir, Asif and Umar Gul,” he said.

    Sallu, however, was critical of the fact that the outfit had been named prior to the appointment of a skipper.

    Ijaz Butt deserves another medal from the ICC for naming the first team ever in Pakistan cricket history without a captain,” he remarked.

    “In my opinion, no better leader is there than Shahid Afridi for World T20 event since he is an aggressive leader of men and and his own performance improves when he is at the helm,” added Sallu.

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2010 - 10:30 AM

    khansahab

    There you go, what Sallu is saying in that interview to the media, we have already said this on our blog and this thread is devoted on that subject of Captaincy. Can’t this Butt Head MFB see that the announcement of the captain is as important as the team itself?

  12. #12 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 11:16 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    According to GEO, Salman Butt has been ruled out of the captaincy race and captaincy will be offered to any one of Razzaq, Misbah or Afridi.

    It is likely after today’s meeting Shahid Afridi will be appointed captain of the Pakistan T20 team.

  13. #13 by amir on March 13, 2010 - 11:39 AM

    Dnt worry guys afridi will be captain. Butt is meeting him today and it sugest that he wants him to be captain. He is the only one who deserved to be captain his nearest rival is only Razzaq but knwing that he is a very laid back character even he dnt deserved to lead the team. I dnt want to even mention Butt and Misbah both of them dnt deserved to b in team so captaincy is a very far cry. It should b only between Afridi and Razzaq and Afridi should b made captain. Pcb shouldnt delay annoucing the captain so he can think of his stratigy and team combination.

  14. #14 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 12:50 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Mohsin Khan has said that the decision to appoint a captain will not be taken on 13 March. GEO has reported that the decision may be delayed as far as 15 March.

  15. #15 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 1:18 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    2 Pakistani channels have reported that Shahid Khan Afridi has been appointed captain.

  16. #16 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 2:44 PM

    ISLAMABAD : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to name all-rounder Shahid Afridi as skipper of national cricket team for Twenty20 World Cup tournament, sources told Aaj News.

  17. #17 by khanbaba on March 13, 2010 - 3:29 PM

    why will they even think of making misbah a captain. he should be dropped out of the team permanently. i am suprise they even picked misbah and butt in the squad

  18. #18 by khanbaba on March 13, 2010 - 3:46 PM

    The PCB is making a big issue of Afridi ball tampering. In this kind of incident you back up your player like other countries do. for example when that happen in South Africa vs England series nobody even raise the question why Stewart was ball tampering and now when Afridi did it PCB wants to be the hero by fining afridi and not making him captain that is ridiculous. If that was India they would have backed up their players. If Afridi is not the captain i am not evening watching pak cricket no more and F— the PCB. I am cheering for Afghanistan. Best of Luck to you Afghanistan

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2010 - 3:46 PM

    Here is the link of aaj tv and their confirmation about Shahid Afridi named as captain for the Pakistan team for WC T20

    http://www.aaj.tv/news/Sports/160166_detail.html

    Afridi named captain for T20 WC: sources
    Saturday, 13 Mar, 2010 2:25 pm

    ISLAMABAD : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to name all-rounder Shahid Afridi as skipper of national cricket team for Twenty20 World Cup tournament, sources told Aaj News.
    According to the details, the official announcement will be made within one or two days, sources told. Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi on Saturday also met PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt.

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2010 - 3:58 PM

    The Cat is out of the bag, not yet officially but, this kinda rumour cannot be false coming from aaj tv.

    Now, the dilemma for Afridi would be to fit in Salman Butt and Misbah ul Haq in the playing XI, because neither of them can play in T20. Salman is not a T20 player period. And Misbah is out of form. Even when Misbah did his so called heroics in the first world cup he is the one who screwed up and blew up the match twice against India and Pakistan lost the match because of his stupidities.

    Like we all say on this blog that Misbah is not a finisher like, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi or Fawad Alam (Alam smashed 3 sixes and a four in the penultimate over against Sri Lanka in Toronto to win that match for Pakistan and, Malik took the credit for remaining not out with his 40 odd runs) also you cannot keep him in the team speculating that he will explode, he could implode. Actually that happened many times.

    I also don’t want to see Khalid Latif in this format. The playing XI that I chose above seems to be OK for me and Hammad Azam must be given a chance ahead of Misbah.

  21. #21 by khansahab on March 13, 2010 - 8:52 PM

    I have been watching a TV programme regarding PCB. These are the observations:

    -Senator Enver Baig saying he was the first one who recommended Afridi be fined after Afridi had been penalised by ICC. Baig also said PCB is poorly managed and Ijaz Butt is so inept that he does not remember what he said 5 minutes before.

    -Sarfraz Nawaz said that the PCB asked KCCA to insult Afridi removing him as captain of Karachi and appointing Sami as captain. He also said that the reasons why Salman Butt and Razzaq’s names were mentioned as possible captaincy candidates is because both have links with match fixers. He seemed to suggest Afridi does not have any links with match fixers/gamblers.

    -Dr Nauman who has been associated with the Pakastan team for many years said that the committee that made these recommendations was illegal. Most of the members were PCB members like Bari and Yawar Saeed. He especially doubted the credibility of Yawar Saeed, saying that Saeed and Younis Khan had a tumultuous relationship and therefore Saeed should not have been part of the committee. He said that Ijaz Butt has lost his mind. He also said that the worst thing to happen was that Yawar Saeed, Butt’s friend was made inquiry committee member and Inti Alam, also a friend of Butt was made Director NCA.

    -Senator Enver Baig said that Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam, Ijaz Ahmed, Mushtaq and Salim Malik, all these players involved in match fixing. He said that Ijaz Ahmed, Waqar and Salim Malik are part of the match fixing mafia and match fixing has returned to Pakastan cricket following Ijaz Ahmed’s return, whose brother-in-law, Salim Malik, has links with match fixers.

    -Aamar Sohail said that Yawar Saeed and Inti Alam are responsible for player power and politics in the team.

    -Sarfraz Nawaz said that what Butt has done by insulting Yousaf and Younas is a “kameeni harkath”

    -Dr Nauman said that due to actions of Butt, “cricket is dead in Pakastan”.

    -Sarfraz Nawaz said, “I am certain Malik was punished rightly because of his actions”.

    Dr Nauman said that Ijaz Butt does not know the difference between “veto” and “abstinence”. LOL- he is not joking, he is saying Butt really did not know the difference on one occasion.

    -Mohsan Hasan Khan came and said some unremarkable things.

    -Dr Nauman said that BCCI issued a statement that if Butt is removed as PCB Chairman, India will be willing to restart cricket ties between the 2 nations. He said Butt has absolutely no foreign cricket policy.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2010 - 9:17 PM

    khansahab

    Its nice that you quoted these comments from a TV show because for most readers who don’t watch TV, they are not aware of who said what? So here they get an idea about the feelings of various people who have spoken on that TV show.

    You are right that the PCB if they appoint Shahid Afridi as captain after this big hoopla and by creating a mountain out of a mole, they should not deserve any appreciation, clap or pat on the back. They first did the worst they could and then trying to do the right and hoping that people will appreciate their action?

    Senator Enver Beg is a useless chap and I don’t know how he has been holding a senator’s post for such a long time? He keeps making noises but, no one hears him. Everyone knows he exists but, no one really pays any attention to him. But, that is how senators are elected and that is how they work in Pakistan. I heard most of them are uneducated and illiterate. IMO, they are even uncouth and uncivilized and biased.

    Sarfaraz Nawaz
    is another PIA, reportedly the media personnel try to stand 7 feet away from him because he speaks he spits, he is a like a horse whose mouth is so full of surf. So, to keep away from his spit they stand that far. Besides, whatever he speaks also stinks. I guess they need a gas mask too! 😀

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 14, 2010 - 12:19 PM

    According to GEO sports, Butt has still not decided and he is weighing his options about appointing captain and still wants to meet Misbah and Abdul Razzaq. Reportedly, he told Afridi that the board wants to make him the captain but, there are other people who are against this. He is probably referring to the Sports Ministry and the Senators. The sports ministry has filed a complaint to the Presidency about the PCB and especially Butt’s attitude. According to them the PCB never takes the ministry seriously and seldom responds to their questions. And, when they try to contact Butt or his officials they avoid and are never available to talk and they never respond to their phone calls.

    The PCB has deducted fines from the match fees of the fined players and the balance to be adjusted from the future money the players will receive. This is a nice way of collecting money for Butt Travels and Tours and also for Bari & Co.’s survival.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 14, 2010 - 12:25 PM

    IPL

    I heard that the IPL has started and my nick name is YKP has scored a very fast 100? Actually, I am not following the IPL, first there is no interest, secondly it is on Pay Per View and I am not interested in paying. One of my friends told me last night that the IPL has already started without the current Australia, New Zealand, England and West Indies players because they are playing for their country. Only the retirees and Indian players Sans Pakistan are playing under tight security. It means this year’s IPL is also a flop event?

  25. #25 by khansahab on March 14, 2010 - 12:38 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Yousaf Pathan scored 100 in 37 balls, thus equalling Afridi’s record. It is reportedly the 2nd fastest 100 ever made in Indian cricket history- domestic, international or IPL/ICL.

  26. #26 by newguy on March 14, 2010 - 3:12 PM

    It is true that YKP made a 37 ball 100, against Mumbai, it is the fastest in IPL. Although the Mumbai attack had two world class bowlers in Lasith Malinga and Zaheer Khan, Yousuf’s sixes and fours came against rank and file uncapped domestic bowlers. In terms of quality, I would be the first one to admit that this 100 will and should never be compared to Afridi’s 37 ball 100 against India in an ODI.

    IPL is a tamasha, it’s like American Idol, everyone watched it first year because it was new and people were curious, then it became predictable and lots of people lost interest. But there are still lots of followers for American Idol, I only watched first edition of it, and I watched first edition of IPL. I think it will not be as popular as first edition, it may have some followers. The cricket is of poor quality, even if there are Australians, and Pakistanis and everyone else playing. The reason is because it is a domestic tournament and that too with not having strong affiliations to the franchise.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 14, 2010 - 3:58 PM

    newguy and khansahab

    first newguy, Afridi’s 100/37 were against Sri Lanka in Kenya in Oct. 1996 and against India in Kanpur it was 100/45 and I agree with you that IPL is a Tamasha and poor quality cricket. After reading your comment, I have also checked the commentary recording on cricinfo and yes, YKP was hitting sixes against unknown domestic bowlers. The interesting thing I observed was Shaun Tait of Australia gave away 46 runs in 4 overs. In the last T20 against NZ, Brendon McCullum exposed Tait’s weakness and made him look like an ordinary bowler and in that match too he gave away 40 plus something in 4 overs.

    khansahab, this record is not official because, IPL is not the same as T20 and ODI, hence those records stay. Besides, it is the second quickest Twenty20 hundred, first was by Andrew Symonds in 34 balls in 2004 Kent vs. Middlesex.

  28. #28 by khansahab on March 14, 2010 - 7:30 PM

    I am watching the programme, “Cricket ka muqadma” in which the following is being observed:

    -An ex-PCB official said that Shoaib Akhtar has an attitude problem and once insisted that whereas the rest of the team would be driven by bus to some location, he wanted to be driven in a car

    -Abdul Raqeeb, former team manager said that he is receiving undue criticism for letting Umer Akmal play in the Test where he feigned injury. Raqeeb said criticism should be attributed to Yawar Saeed who took 7 players of the team (thought to be everyone except Afridi, Fawad Alam, Gul and 1 more player) to the PCB Chairman and demanded Younas Khan’s resignation.

    -Tauqeer Zia thinks that match fixing is involved which is why players have been fined.

    -Tauqeer Zia also said that if Butt is made captain he will follow what Waqar Younis is asking of him, whereas if Afridi is made captain he will listen to no one and he will clash with Waqar

  29. #29 by khansahab on March 14, 2010 - 7:41 PM

    Omer

    We keep discussing complex issues about why the set up is not producing good players but we keep forgetting that selection is still not based on merit.

    Today it came in the news that Ijaz Butt wants one captain for all formats. Now, Afridi said he does not want to play Test cricket. Has Afridi changed his mind? Razzaq is considered a doubtful selection for Tests. So, the choice lies between Misbah and Butt.

    My point is that why is Misbah’s name even being resurrected? What match winning or fighting innings has he played in ODI’s or Tests? He was once a good T20 player but then he got involved in politics and his cricket suffered as a result. His form has been atrocious in the past year or 2.

    Malik, Misbah, Rana, Akmal, Rauf; why were these players selected firstly and then why were they persisted with? Who was responsible for their persistent selection?

    In Misbah’s case it was Salahuddin and Misbah re-entry into international cricket was surely heroic. But Misbah’s form dwindled completely and it is criminal to reselect him. Instead of using new talent, Pakistan Cricket Board has not learnt any lesson.

    So first we need to realise that selection is not based on merit. I don’t know what is common between Misbah, Malik, Akmal, Rana- players like these, except that they are from Punjab. Now when Punjab is mentioned people get touchy. But, can you tell me what else is common between them?

  30. #30 by khansahab on March 14, 2010 - 7:54 PM

    Omer

    These are the names of the last 20 players that were given Test caps for Pakistan. Something is seriously wrong as plenty of them are either not Test standard or should not be playing international cricket anyway:

    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Umer Akmal
    Fawad Alam
    Ajmal
    Aamer
    Rauf
    Talha
    Sohail Khan
    K Manzoor
    Arafat
    Tanvir
    Abdur Rehman
    Ifthikar Anjum

    Bazid Khan
    Mohd Asif
    Mohd Khalil
    Riaz Afridi
    Rana Naved
    Asim Kamal
    Yasir Ali

    A lot of these players have disappeared into oblivion. Asim Kamal’s removal was unjust, but some of them like Yasir Ali, Riaz Afridi and Mohd Khalil- don’t know what became of them. In any way, it shows PCB is offering Test caps to those players who don’t deserve them.

  31. #31 by khansahab on March 14, 2010 - 9:45 PM

    Omer

    What do Americans know about cricket?

    🙂

    To answer your question about the Test team, I would opt for:

    Salman Butt/K Manzoor
    Fawad Alam
    Mohammad Yousuf
    Younis Khan
    Umer Akmal
    Shahid Afridi
    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Umar Gul
    Mohammad Aamer
    Mohammad Asif
    Dinesh Kaneria

    I can’t make my mind whether Manzoor or Butt is better. Manzoor has shown some temperament, whereas Butt has shown some consistency although he is not an “ideal” opener.

    For ODI’s:

    Butt
    Afridi
    Yousuf
    U Akmal
    F Alam
    Hammad Azam
    Razzaq
    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Aamer
    Asif
    Ajmal

    The problem with this line up is that Alam and Razzaq would have to share 10 overs. I could remove Hammad Azam to accomodate Gul, but that would make the batting too weak. Younis has been in terrible form and I think he should stop playing ODI anyway. Yousuf can probably still handle ODI’s. The alternative is to remove Azam, play Gul and remove Ajmal and play Hafeez. Hafeez can bowl better than Malik and his fielding is better than Malik. I am just saying this because until very recently Malik was an automatic selection and was considered an “all rounder”. Hafeez is more valuable a player than Malik because his bowling and fielding are better. If Hafeez Malik makes 35 runs per match and Hafeez 25, then Hafeez makes up for this with his bowling and fielding.

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 15, 2010 - 12:07 AM

    The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

    As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”.

    In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

    In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where! more komplikated changes are possible.

    Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

    Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

    By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as
    replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.

    During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vordskontaining “ou” and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.

    Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

    Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 15, 2010 - 12:13 AM

    khansahab

    On Cricket Ka Muqadama, Zaheer Abbass said the following:

    The PCB’s decision for eliminating player’s power is right as all know the national team lacks discipline.

    He further added that:

    The chairman PCB Ijaz Butt should resign.

    What is he up to? Is he trying to crawl like a two head snake?

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 15, 2010 - 4:32 PM

    According to GEO news, Raqeeb backs out from his statement before committee: PCB

    LA’HORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has clarified that manager Pakistan cricket team has backed out from his statement which he gave before the inquiry committee investigating the team’s defeat on the tour of Australia. According to the PCB spokesman, former team manager Abdul Raqeeb had submitted the statement that the players violating discipline should be heavily fined. The spokesman said that the written evidence of Abdul Raqeeb’s statement given before the committee is available with the board. As per the PCB, Abdul Raqeeb had written in his report that differences began on the day when Younis Khan in Abu Dhabi decided to drop Mohammad Yousuf from the second One-day International due to his poor fielding while Yousuf said that he has been fielding in this way for the last seven years.

    According to the PCB, Abdul Raqeeb recommended to slap fines on Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal.

    *********** xxxxxxxxxxx ****************

    Umar Gul and Mohd. Aamer for fighting in public. Mohammad Aamer is a good young fast bowler but, our media and commentators have praised him so much that the success is getting into his head. In fact it has already gotten in since the first or second match he played. I remember in the last T20 WC in England, during the match against SA after he bowled he stood in the middle of the pitch while the fielder collected the ball and threw at the stumps. If Aamer was staying behind the stumps and not in the center of the pitch, he would have easily collected the ball and the batsman who was miles away from the crease would have been run out. Seeing this Younus Khan (Captain at that time) was a bit upset and was trying to explain it to him that he should have been behind the stumps…….. instead of taking it as an advise, Aamer was seen arguing with Younus and one of the players had to calm down Aamer. Later it was revealed that Aamer was upset not only because of that, but because Younus had asked him to bowl according to the field placement (probably in Urdu, it must have been ‘zara bowling theek say kero, meaning go according to the plan) to which Aamer replied that “people consider him (Aamer) as a next Wasim Akram and he is advising him to bowl properly?”

    When you praise too much or for undue reasons this is what happens to these young uneducated and uncouth players. Umar Akmal is another example, he thought he is indispensable and was taking sides with his brother and feigning / faking injury. Sohail Tanvir after winning the Purple Hat in the first IPL became so arrogant and he too considered himself as a cross between Wasim Akram and Jeff Thompson (don’t know who is the mother here?) 😀 On a TV show he was telling the lady compere that his “worth is at least a million dollar now,” (he meant in the next IPL)” which never happened for him.

    Ps

    whenever a new fast bowler emerges in Pakistan, Wasim Akram takes credit in “free fund” especially if he is a left arm fast bowler then the bowler himself likes to butter Wasim’s ass by saying “I emulate him or, he is my idol” etc. Based on that I would say that Wasim Akram is a surrogate mother, but in case of Tanvir he (Akram) had a strange bedfellow in Jeff Thompson. 😀

  35. #35 by khansahab on March 15, 2010 - 7:57 PM

    Pak cricketers involved in match fixing, sub committee of senate

    LAHORE, Mar 15 (APP)- The three-member sub-committee of Senate on Sports disclosed that some cricketers were involved in the match-fixing during last tour of Australia.

    The three member committee headed by Ghaffar Qureshi, with Tahir Mashadhi and Haroon Akhtar made the stunning disclosure in front of the media after having a meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials in which the performance of the national team in Australia was also discussed.

    “ The sub-committee was briefed on the tour with documents, and there are verbal, video and solid proofs that one or more players could be involved in the match-fixing”, one of the members of the committee, Haroon Akhtar said.

    “ The PCB has done a good work on the investigation over the issue and it deserves credit for providing every infromation”, Mashadhi said.

    But the members were of the view that more time was required for further investigation as some non-cricketers could also be involved.

    “ Till completion of the entire investigation it is not appropriate to disclose the names of the any players”, they said.

    They said it was not necessary that the players were involved in the match-fixing to earn money and added they used different methods.

    Explaining ways of match-fixing, Tahir Mashadi said according to proofs, there were different methods of match-fixing, but it was not necessary to determine that were used just to earn money.

    “ There are indications towards something wrong as when a player who is quite capable to score 50 runs scored just 10 , dropped easy catches and played unnecessary lofted shots”, Mashadhi said.

    Asked if any of that players was included in the recently announced Pakistan T20 World team, the senators says:” We have given the recommendation to the PCB authorities not to select any player in the team”.

    They refused to reply if Shoaib Malik and Rana Navid-ul-Hasan, two cricketers, who had been banned for one year,were involved in match fixing.

    Asked in the past, the match-fixer were not fixed (punished) because lack of evidences against them, but now if the PCB had the same why it was not showing courage to disclose their names, Haroon said let the committee and the PCB complete the entire investigation.

  36. #36 by khansahab on March 15, 2010 - 8:26 PM

    Omer

    What a hot American news reporter. She should be in the porn business, what is she doing reading news?

    youtube.com/watch?v=PlT4z50M3j8&feature=related

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 15, 2010 - 10:21 PM

    MY STATEMENT WAS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT – SHAHBAAZ BADMASH

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/03-taseer-lashes-out-shahbaz-sharifs-statement-ss-06

    Shahbaz Sharif in his speech asked the Taliban to spare Punjab from terrorist attacks, when he said that there is an uproar in other provinces as a reaction to Sharif’s comment and the Punjab Governor Salman Tasir who is from the PPP said, “the entire country facing the threat of terror, Shahbaz has indirectly pledged support for Taliban by saying they should not target Punjab, thereby creating a negative distinction with the rest of the country.”

    This is a very cowardly and selfish comment from Shahbaz Sharif, as a Chief Minister of Punjab he should not have said something so partisan meaning, “Punjab ko chor dou baki sab ko maro.” Buzz Dill Sala.

    But, he can’t help it, it is in the blood of that race. Pick up the history books and checkout for yourself, whenever there was an invasion from the North, no one ever stopped the invaders in Punjab, they marched straight to Delhi and there was NO resistance in Punjab, in fact they are famous for being hospitable and kind towards the invaders, entertained them with WWW and even packed their lunches and dinners with WWW. They did this by begging “Jee humay na maro, jo chahay lay lo.” This may sound very harsh but, this is the TRUTH.

  38. #38 by Omer on March 16, 2010 - 7:18 AM

    Menace of match-fixing rears its ugly head again

    Senators probing into Pakistan’s disastrous performance in Australia find evidence of foul-play

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010
    By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: Senators probing into what one of them termed as the ‘Pakistan cricket mess’ have found disturbing evidence that match-fixing was one of the major reasons behind Pakistan’s catastrophic tour of Australia.

    Abddul Ghaffar Qureshi, chairman of Senate’s Standing Committee on Sports, told ‘The News’ on Monday that “more than one player of the current national team was involved in match-fixing”. He added that the Senate committee will pursue this issue and will push for “criminal proceedings” against the culprits.

    “We grilled the PCB officials in a meeting today and have found evidence that more than one of our players were involved in match-fixing,” Ghaffar said. “It is a matter of grave importance and we believe that the PCB should do more to punish players who are bringing shame to our country. We would not only recommend life bans against them but would push for criminal proceedings against match-fixers,” he stressed.

    Qureshi and fellow Senators met with top PCB officials including Ijaz Butt — the Board chairman — in Lahore to question them over Pakistan’s poor showing in Australia. Pakistan lost all their matches against the Aussies and earlier this month the Board banned or fined seven of the team’s leading members for offences ranging from indiscipline to ball-tampering.

    The ugly menace of match-fixing, however, wasn’t mentioned by the PCB when it slapped players like Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal with strict penalties.

    But Senator Haroon Akhtar declared that there is a strong mafia of match-fixers within the team and the players involved protect each others interests. He also feared that match-fixing could be the root cause behind the debacle Down Under.

    “From whatever we’ve heard and seen during today’s meeting it was quite obvious that monetary benefits were involved,” he told ‘The News’. When asked whether the senators were given any concrete proofs, Akhtar said that the evidence was circumstantial yet convincing.

    “You can’t catch them (players) taking bags full of money,” he said. “But from what we’ve gathered from the three-hour meeting, it seems that the PCB is holding back a lot more things than what they’ve showed us. Today, the Board has just shared some of their burden with us.”

    Haroon said that the PCB seems willing to dismantle a match-fixing mafia which he believes exists within the team. “The players involved in match-fixing form groups and protect each other. There is a mafia within the team. It’s a mess but the Board is ready to take strong action.”

    Haroon, however, also took a swipe at the PCB top brass, saying that it was evident that their weaknesses allowed such crimes to go unnoticed. “It seems that match-fixing has been going on for at least the last two years,” he said. “When the management is week, such things will happen,” he added.

    Haroon said that the PCB should take exemplary action against the players involved in match-fixing. “No matter how good they are, I believe that the culprits should get exemplary punishment.”

    When asked to name the match-fixing suspects, Haroon said that it was up to the Board to single them out. “But I think that they are trying to cover it up because of certain pressures,” he said referring to the fact that Pakistan are to defend their ICC World Twenty20 title in the West Indies from April 30.

    “The Board is not in an enviable position,” he said. I’m sure you will see some tough actions after the Twenty20 World Cup,” he said adding that the PCB wants to delay action at least till the assignment in the Caribbean.

    But he warned that it could be a bad move. “It’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said Haroon regarding suspicion that more than one national cricketer is involved in match-fixing. “Things, I fear, could be much worse.”

    Senator Tahir Mashhadi told this correspondent that the committee made it clear that there should be zero tolerance for match-fixers. “Match-fixing, it’s apparent also led to grouping and infighting within our team,” he said.

    “We’ve asked the Board to throw out such players because there is no dearth of talent in our country. We can get new Miandads, new Zaheers, new Imran Khans to replace the players who’ve been selling our country.”

    Mashhadi said that the committee has backed PCB for its actions against the players. However, he said that the Board should not fine Shahid Afridi, as he has already been punished for ball-tampering. “You cannot punish some one twice for the same crime,” he said.

    Mashhadi said that the committee has also managed to resolve the differences between Butt and Javed Miandad, the former captain currently serving as PCB’s director-general. “Butt has told us that Miandad is his right-hand man. They’ve shook hands and I’m sure the matter is resolved.”

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 16, 2010 - 10:33 AM

    Shahid Afridi IF NOT chosen to lead the team, suggests Abdul Razzaq’s name as captain. It means he clearly does not want Salman Butt or Misbah ul Haq to lead. So bloody right. Because, neither of the players Butt & Misbah deserves to be in the team.

    The PCB was supposed to announce the name of the captain on March 13th, then delayed it to 15th and, today is 16th. I don’t know how long Ijaz Butt wishes to prolong this “Saas Ki Pence Drama”?

    As regards Mashadi’s statement “We can get new Miandads, new Zaheers, new Imran Khans to replace the players who’ve been selling our country.” It is all BS because, the new players do not come from the same school of thought, either some of them are too religious or too greedy. And, the greedy ones are not happy with what they get and on top of that they consider IPL money was not just a missed opportunity but, money snatched from their throats. So, if some of them plan and corroborate to fix the match I am not surprised.

    I would have been happy if Mashadi had talked against the PCB and its whole system of selection instead of directing his fingers only at the players. Like I said, Miandads and Imran’s cannot be replaced in every aspect.

  40. #40 by Muhammad Haleem on March 16, 2010 - 11:32 AM

    Afridi needs to got honor of captaincy as reward of the scandal of biting the ball for the sack of Pakistan victory.

  41. #41 by Muhammad Haleem on March 16, 2010 - 11:34 AM

    Muhammad Haleem :
    Afridi needs to got honor of captaincy as reward of the scandal of biting the ball for the sack of Pakistan victory.

  42. #42 by Omer on March 16, 2010 - 2:08 PM

    Javed Khan,

    It is just interesting news and therefore I posted. How PML N is trying to contain the fallout of the statement and the reaction within the country.

    On Shahbaz Sharif himself, what is there to say– his statement says everything itself.

  43. #43 by Omer on March 16, 2010 - 2:25 PM

    Javed Khan,

    Khansahab might have something to add on the statement though. I remember from Pakspin that Shahbaz Sharif is Khansahab’s old friend 😉

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 16, 2010 - 4:42 PM

    Muhammad Haleem you have posted two similar comments but, one is from Islamabad IP and the another from Rawalpindi IP, perhaps using proxy server? And you mean sake and not sack? Right?

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 16, 2010 - 5:22 PM

    LOL @ this news that I am copy pasting it below. What should be the title should of this news? SUTTAY PAY SUTTA OR, PUTTAY PAY PUTTA OR, NEHLAY PAY DEHLA? I never thought the pangs of Gambling are so wide stretched that they can speculate and gamble on everything. Then they should also gamble on when Ijaz’s Butt is going to make a BIG EXPLOSION? 😀

    QUOTE:

    PCB chief encouraging gamblers, says Sarfraz Nawaz

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010
    By our correspondent (The News)

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan Test pacer Sarfraz Nawaz on Monday accused the country’s cricket chief of ‘encouraging’ betting, saying that his decision to prolong suspense over the national team’s captaincy has paved the path for gambling worth millions of rupees.

    “I must say that Ijaz Butt has provided the gambling mafia with an ideal opportunity by keeping the captain’s name a mystery,” Sarfraz told ‘The News’. “I mean now there are four candidates for captaincy and its common knowledge that huge amounts of bets are being placed on who will be the next captain of the Pakistan team,” he stressed.

    Ijaz Butt, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has delayed announcing the name of the captain even though a 15-man Pakistan squad was announced last week for the ICC World Twenty20.

    Butt has been meeting with potential candidates and says that he would name the captain soon. However, Sarfraz said he was just allowing the gamblers more time to place their bets. “I’m a 100 percent sure that the captaincy issue has become a great way for the gambling mafia to make a lot of money,” he said. “There are four players in the picture and gamblers all over the world are speculating as to who will be the captain. “I’m sure that Butt knows who should be our captain and should just name him. Why is he encouraging such things?” he asked.

    Senior allrounder Shahid Afridi is the hot favourite for Pakistan captaincy though it is understood that the PCB chairman is also mulling over other options like Abdul Razzaq, Misbah-ul-Haq and Salman Butt for the job. Pakistan are to defend their title in the ICC World Twenty20 championship which will get underway from April 30 in the West Indies. UNQUOTE.

    If one can speculate further, it could also lead to the other possibility that Ijaz Butt is also making money by asking the bookies to give him his cut and Zardari’s cut as well.

  46. #46 by amir on March 16, 2010 - 9:36 PM

    JAVED A. KHAN i agree with u where people like BUTT and ZARDARI holds power anything can happen there. They are type of people who can even sell themselves for money so cricket is nothing for them. Butt dnt care about any ministry or any person. As long as Zardari is happy with him he can take on anyone and show him his butts. Right now pakistan cricket is a two man show and these two can do whatever they want.

  47. #47 by Omer on March 16, 2010 - 11:42 PM

    Here are the names I can gather (notice the senator referring to dropped catches and lofted shots in dubious situations, which are exactly my thoughts): Malik, Rana, Kamran Akmal. Kamran Akmal has been let go because they like 20/20 a lot over there, and well, it is just matchfixing, after all, not alchohol, marijuana, and all the other bad things that boogeymen do. Here’s the article from DAWN:

    LAHORE: Triggering yet another major controversy, a three-member sub-committee of the Senate on Sports has confirmed that one or more Pakistani cricketers and some other members of their camp were involved in match-fixing during the last tour of Australia.

    “The sub-committee went through the record in the meeting and there are verbal, video and solid proofs that one or more players and soome other persons are involved in the match-fixing,” one of the members of the committee, Haroon Akhtar, categorically said after a meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials at the National Cricket Academy here on Monday.

    The other two members were Ghaffar Qureshi (as head) and Tahir Mashhadi.

    From the PCB side, chairman Ijaz Butt, chief operations officer Wasim Bari and coach of the Australian tour Intikhab Alam attended the meeting.

    “The PCB has done good work on the investigation over the fiasco and we give all credit to them on doing the job,” he said.

    “The discussion needs more time to reach the other players involved and to nab the entire network. We are bound not to announce the names of the players in public,” Haroon said.

    All the members parried away all the questions, asking to disclose the names of the players involved.

    “We can’t disclose the names of the players but it is enough to say that some players are involved,” they said.

    “We can’t give further information because it will defame the country,” they said.

    “There are indications towards something fishy. When a player who is quite capable of scoring 50, scores 10, drops easy catches and plays unnecessary lofted shots it points towards match-fixing or groupings,” Mashhadi said.

    Asked if any of those players were included in the recently announced Pakistan Twenty20 World squad, the Senators turned diplomatic, saying: “We have given the recommendations to the PCB not to select those players in the team.”

    Asked if Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who have been banned for one year, were involved, again the reply was not given.

    Pakistan faced a whitewash in Australia, losing three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.

    This performance promoted the PCB to hold a thorough inquiry, which resulted in one-year ban on Rana and Shoaib, indefinite ban on Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, besides cash penalties on Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal. Surprisingly none of them dared to move the court against the punishments.

    Asked why the PCB was not showing courage to disclose the names of match-fixers, Haroon said let the committee and the PCB complete the entire investigation first.

    Regarding another point of the agenda, Ghaffar said the reconciliation between the PCB chairman and Director General Javed Miandad remained successful and now the former Test captain would carry out all assignments given to him by the chairman.

    The committee also claimed the PCB’s financial position showed improvement due to its austerity campaign.

  48. #48 by Omer on March 16, 2010 - 11:48 PM

    I agree with Afridi, if he can’t become the captain, the only other decent choice is Razzaq. Razzaq is a team player, has a cool head, and is tactically more astute than most people give him credit for. Besides that, he has the respect of all other players. But the PCB shouldn’t make him a dummy captain– they should at least give him enough power such that other players respect him.

  49. #49 by azam on March 17, 2010 - 8:14 AM

    we love shahid afridi afridi is the best new captain of pakistan team we want afridi become a captain

  50. #50 by Mohammed Munir on March 17, 2010 - 10:59 AM

    Had been busy to contribute for some time.

    Anyways, coming straight back to the point, the uncertainty continues as PCB seems to be in a limbo with the captainship issue.

    To me, and a few hundreds of millions Pakistani fans there is only one logical choice and that, off course, is Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi period.

    Now to pass my comments on a few hot topics these days, this is what I have to say …

    – It’s a good sign that finally PCB have taken a stand against ‘player-power’, however, now they also have to set their management house in order.

    – Akmal brothers and Afridi’s inclusion in the squad is a rational decision by PCB as their misdemeanors were inconsequential in the larger picture.

    – Personally I like Imran Nazir and his ‘Dhoonwa-Dhaar’ batting style, but Imran is totally out of form and seemed toothless, to say the least, in the recently concluded RBS T20 domestic series, however, I think seeing Imran Farhat’s performance in the New Zealand series, he at least deserved a chance in ‘reserves’ if not an automatic inclusion in the 15 member squad.

    – Misbah-ul-Haq is another Malik with his sinister approach and selfish plans. He plays only for himself and is neither respected nor liked by other team members and thus can not be a meaningful leader. I think the only reason people want him to be around is that he ‘seems’ sober and is educated among our mostly ‘ganwaar’ players.

    – Sulman Butt doesn’t deserve to be allowed to sit even close to any T20 squad, let alone making him captain. I mean, for god sake peoples, the guy plays so slow that he hardly qualifies to be in our ODI team. Salman can’t bat quick, can’t bowl, can’t even field well and doesn’t command enough respect to be a leader of a bunch of spoil brats like ours. But again, Butt is a Butt and PCB is also owned by a Butt-shut who is a ‘moon-phut’.

    – Razzaq, even though is one of our best player around and a gem of a human being with patient, calm and a well-collected personality, but unfortunately is not a captain material. Razzaq is also team player and doesn’t enter into dirty politics with a spotless and scandlefree career to his credit. Our peoples don’t work well with politeness and need a tough taskmaster and a strong leader. Razzaq should take a heed from Younis and Yousuf, who were both fantastic player but both failed miserably as captains. We don’t want to loose Razzaq !!

    Finally, is anyone following the IPL ?? I heard Yousaf Pathan hit a 37 balls century to match Afridi’s record, well, haven’t seen it but sounds interesting.

  51. #51 by Mohammed Munir on March 17, 2010 - 4:08 PM

    Javed Khan…

    I am replying through BB, so will keep it short.

    – Your joke was great and I liked it.

    – ‘That sentence’ was mine but while writing I checked ‘thessaraus’ 😉 But still I think I am improving by writting so much on LS.

    – Finally, it seems you misunderstood ‘that sentence’. What I wrote was “Akmal brothers and Afridi’s inclusion in the squad is a rational decision by PCB as their misdemeanors were inconsequential in the larger picture”.

    I agree with you the fines were enough and PCB SHOULD NEVER ban Akmals or Afridi.

    BTW, what time is it in Canada now ? 😉

  52. #52 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 17, 2010 - 7:20 PM

    Munir;

    Sorry I am checking the blog after a long time so I dunno what time you wanted? Btw, we are with EST that means we are 5 hours behind GMT. I guess you are 4 hours ahead GMT, I know this much for sure but, you can always Google and get the info. Here is a link that shows you the Time Zones.

    http://www.worldtimezone.com/

    Now, there was one more question that you’ve asked in your previous comment and that is about YKP’s 37/100 in IPL against Mumbai, he was run out exactly on 100. We’ve discussed it here after he made that 100 and newguy confirmed that his sixes (8) and fours(9) were against unknown domestic bowlers. Although Zaheer Khan and Malinga were also bowling but, not when he was batting. It is not official because IPL is not T20 it is twenty20. So, the records of Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle remains. Shahid Afridi’s record is in ODI so that is a different game. In the twenty20 Andrew Symonds scored 100 in 34 balls in 2004 i.e., Sussex vs Middlesex or whatever. So, YKP’s record is 2nd after Symonds. In any case it must have been a treat to watch, reportedly 3 of his sixes were huge.

    Ps.

    Yes, your writing skills have improved since you have started writing regularly on LS. Practice makes man perfect. 😀

  53. #53 by khansahab on March 17, 2010 - 10:24 PM

    Munir sahab

    Nice to get a detailed comment from you after a long time. I agree with you generally.

    Afridi is the player who most suits playing in the 3 formats. Butt is not a T20 player, Misbah for the past few series has looked below average, Razzaq’s bowling is not good enough for Tests standards. Therefore only Afridi is the decent candidate.

    They simply cannot make Misbah captain. How can an underperforming player be promoted in this way?

  54. #54 by khansahab on March 17, 2010 - 10:30 PM

    The only players who on merit can play in all 3 formats are Afridi, U Akmal, Alam, Asif, Gul, and Aamer.

    Afridi should be made captain and Pakistan should make F Alam the vice captain. He has shown guts, determination and his fielding will motivate the other players. Alam is a thinking cricketer and under Afridi he can be groomed into a future captain.

    Even though the post of the vice captain has no real meaning, PCB should take a chance with Alam.

  55. #55 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 18, 2010 - 1:37 AM

    khansahab According to Aaj TV it says that “at the moment Afridi still remained a firm candidate for the captaincy for the T20 World Cup but the board was still undecided on the matter. The national selection committee has named a 15-member squad for the World Cup but has to appoint the captain. It is not known whether it will announce a captain just for the T20 World Cup or for all three formats of the game.”

    The point is why are they mulling over it for so long?
    It is in the interest of the team to know who their captain is, because the dust will settle and the 15 member squad will focus more on the practice sessions at the conditioning camp. They should then play against other domestic teams or create a B team and play twenty20 matches as a practice.

    The whole nation as well as cricket fans all over the world are expecting a decision from Ijaz Butt, but he is busy doing something else. According to DAWN, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suspended acting chief financial officer Mushtaq Ahmad with immediate effect on Tuesday. Ek Na Shudd 2 Shudd…….”A PCB’s panel, headed by Wazir Ali Khoja, has already interviewed some persons to fill two posts, one that of Mushtaq and the other of deputy chief financial officer. The second is the newly created post. ” In today’s world the automation process is reducing the man power but, in Pakistan they fire one person and hire 2.

  56. #56 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 18, 2010 - 1:41 AM

    Following is a copy paste from DAWN’s EDITORIAL: And, I agree with that.

    “Match-fixing innuendo
    Dawn Editorial
    Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010

    This madness must stop. Three senators held a meeting with the PCB on Monday and concluded, after having seen the much-discussed but little-seen inquiry committee report on the Australia tour, that players in the Pakistan side were involved in match-fixing.

    No names are being named, no indication of what evidence the claims are based on is being revealed. Simply, a serious charge has been leveled and muck will now fly. This situation cannot continue for it is not healthy. Match-fixing is a slur on players, a libelous one at that, and it should be made only after the gravest consideration and with hard evidence in hand. It cannot be thrown about like mud as it is in Pakistan by any disgruntled cabal of ex-players and officials, hoping that some of it will stick.

    Must it be the case that every time Pakistan loses, this topic rears its ugly head? If one thing can be deduced from the last year, where such allegations have persistently hung around, it is that the scars of 2000 and the Qayyum report run deeper in Pakistan than anywhere in the world. Already Pakistan cricket is the subject of barely controlled sniggering and suspicion around the world. Such allegations, from men of such responsibility in public life, will merely prolong Pakistan’s position as the basket case of world cricket.

    But this PCB administration is also responsible for much of the present plight. Increasingly it is becoming clear that the board must come clean with the Australia report. Some players have been handed serious punishments and their transgressions not explained fully or at all. The punishments are of a kind that invite precisely the kind of rumour-mongering and speculation that we see now. The PCB must be transparent about what this report has found. Otherwise the madness will not end.”

  57. #57 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 18, 2010 - 2:24 AM

    Talking of Misbah ul Haq as a candidate for Captaincy especially in view of his pathetic batting averages, which are highly overrated as highest in the world in T20 format is a joke of the century.

    Following are the facts:

    1. He plays very low in the batting order and usually remains NOT OUT. That speaks in volumes about why his average is high? 8 out of 19 innings he played he was not out. Obviously the average is up.
    2. If his average is 46.27 it means nothing extraordinary because, the important question is not his average BUT, how many times has the team won because of him?
    3. He has failed to finish the match twice, which proves that he is a failure. NOT just in those two matches against India in the first T20 WC in SA but, he simply did not win any match single-handedly.
    4. He has never accomplished, achieved, attained, earned, gained, merited, succeeded or won any match on his own for Pakistan.

    Let alone making him the captain of Pakistan team such a pip-squeak, lazy, lethargic, laid back, and a failed player should NOT be in the team, especially when his form is de rien, zilch, zero, cipher, nothing. It would be a catastrophe making him the Captain.

  58. #58 by Mohammed Munir on March 18, 2010 - 9:42 AM

    PCB sets 30-day appeal period for punished players.

    http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/452316.html

    PS: This is so stupid of PCB and it’s like ‘opening-the-window-of-oppurtunity’ again for Malik and Rana to rejoin the team.

  59. #59 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 18, 2010 - 11:04 AM

    Munir

    Yae tou hona hee thaa……. As long as Ijaz Butt is UP there, Malik can see his window of opportunity or, Roshan Daan from BELOW!

    The PCB is a Nao Ton key, the biggest dramay baaz is the big Butt. Since he joined the 9 ton key, he is in focus making mess outta everything. Everyone has been saying that all this drama is just a farce. You think he will keep Malik out for ONE YEAR? There will be a lot of pressure on him from his uncle Senator and whoever else is behind him. Perhaps the whole of Sialkot and 3/4th of Punjab is backing him.

    Under Ijaz Butt’s chairmanship Pakistan has hit the lowest rankings ever in both forms, test and ODI. They are number 7 in both. The Pakistan team used to be number 2 and three have slumped so low and all this is because of bad management, poor team selection, too much politics, players not focusing on the game especially the longer version. They have won the T20 WC just because of the efforts of two or three players there is no team work just individual sporadic brilliance and that’s all.

  60. #60 by newguy on March 18, 2010 - 4:28 PM

    More comments on YKP. He is a big hitter no doubt, and can hit the ball really far into the top tiers of the stadium, really an exciting player to watch, that is when he connects!

    That said he has limitations against high quality bowling, this was exposed again today against Bangalore. As soon as Yousuf walked in Anil Kumble captain of Bangalore brought in Dale Steyn from one end and Jaques Kallis from other end. They bowled fast and short at YKP and he could not hit them, let alone for sixes and fours, even for singles. He was uncomfortable against Steyn who was bowling at 149 kmph. He eventually hit two big sixes against medium pacer Viany Kumar, a local bowler. He was also dropped couple of times, eventually run out.

    Regardless, he was still their best batter, says a lot about the quality of the sides and the cricket played.

    If YKP could handle the fast and short balls then he could truly be a very valuable player to Indian side, as of now, he is a good bet against anything less than high quality bowling, and he is surely a Lion among Lambs in the domestic circuit.

  61. #61 by Mohammed Munir on March 18, 2010 - 8:13 PM

    PCB is still undecided on the Captain and Vice Captain …

    Although, the team was announced last week (much before then so many other teams), now the team management has been announced also:

    – Team Manager : Yawar Saeed
    – Associate Manager : Shafqat Rana
    – Head Coach : Waqar Younis
    – Assistant (Batting) Coach : Ijaz Ahmed
    – Physiotherapist : Faisal Hayat
    – Trainer : David Dwyer
    – Analyst : Mohammad Talha Butt
    – Secutiry Manager : Khawaja Najam

  62. #62 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 18, 2010 - 8:15 PM

    newguy

    LOL @ Kumble getting wickets in the IPL twenty20 format. Leave aside T20, he was not considered even for ODI’s for the national team, but him and Tendulkar both are doing OK in IPL. I won’t be surprised if the selectors ask Tendulkar to reconsider his decision and play for this T20 WC for India. Because, Gambhir is not in form these days and Tendulkar in the last match did not hit any sixes but he hit 11 boundaries in his 63 in 32 balls at pretty good strike rate of nearly 200.

    As regards YKP, I know he cannot handle fast bowlers and rising deliveries but, he still is an asset in the team with his bowling and his batting, if he clicks 25 to 30 % of the time he can win the match, its a shame that Rajhastan lost when he scored 100/37. What happened to his younger bro Irfan? I thought he is a good twenty20 all-round player but, I don’t hear anything about him.

  63. #63 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 18, 2010 - 8:29 PM

    Munir

    Once again they same old fart Yawar Shower is appointed as the team manager, he is notoriously famous for creating rifts between the players by taking sides and he has full support from Ijaz Butt because he is an old friend of him. Reportedly he is 3 years older than Ijaz Butt. I don’t know if there is really a problem in getting someone who is in his 40’s or early 50’s, why do they have to get these old fart retirees? Prior to Intikhab Alam, that Talat Ali idiot was there as manager, he used to sleep in the dugout wearing dark glasses. Its a shame that Butt travels with such a big official paraphernalia and then he imposes himself along with his family and friends on every foreign tour at the PCB expense, traveling first class, staying at 5 star hotels making TA / DA allowances and he is not accountable to anyone.

    Why do they have to take Shafqat Rana as Associate Manager? What are the services of that AssO Rana? There was a news that earlier he took 1.2 million Rupees from Wahab Riaz for getting him selected in the team. But, Wahab Riaz was so expensive in one of the ODI’s he gave more than 90 runs in 9 overs.

    The PCB is bankrupt now and they are imposing heavy fines on players so that the money could be used for Butt Tours and Travels.

  64. #64 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 18, 2010 - 8:39 PM

    While browsing on GEO news, I saw headlines saying: “Mumtaz Bhutto urges Zardari to unmask BB killers.”

    As if Zardari is Michael Angelo and he has just finished the new sculpture which is veiled and masked at his gallery and he is waiting for the guests to arrive and then he will unmask it. Common idiots, asking the killer himself to unveil himself?

    Hoti agar BB tou na hota Sadar-e-Pak mai
    Hoa Qaatil bhi aur na howa bay Niqaab mai

  65. #65 by khansahab on March 18, 2010 - 8:41 PM

    Afridi reveals success formula

    Dubai: Shahid Afridi, one of the world’s top Twenty20 players, feels “enjoying the game to be the best” is the secret behind his success in the shortest format of the game.
    Answering to a question from Gulf News on what is the key ingredient to be a successful Twenty20 player, Afridi said: “It all depends on how much you enjoy your cricket and for the last three years I have been enjoying my cricket as a batsman and as a bowler.”
    The swashbuckling Pakistan allrounder is here to play for Fly Emirates in the Emirates Airlines Twenty20 Cup, which begins today.
    “In Twenty20 you need to be aggressive. In Pakistan we have been playing Twenty20 for the last 10 to 12 years, especially in Karachi. Twenty20 and one-day cricket suite my style,” added Afridi, who has given up playing Tests.
    “I follow cricket wherever it is played and watch it whenever I am free. It has to be one-dayers or Twenty20 and not Test cricket,” he said quickly adding that he hasn’t watched Indian Premier League.
    “IPL without Pakistan players, I am not interested,” he said.
    Though Pakistan cricket is in turmoil following the ban and fine imposed on some of the leading players, Afridi successfully hid his emotions and denied to answer any question pertaining to the issue.
    New venue
    “I am here to enjoy cricket. I am really looking forward to play for Fly Emirates in the tournament. I have played in Dubai several times before, but obviously never at this new cricket venue. So this will be something special,” said Afridi, who is likely to captain Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup next month in the West Indies.
    Pakistan had issued a statement stopping all their players from playing in competitions abroad. Fortunately, Afridi got the clearance to play here.
    “I personally met Pakistan Cricket Board chief and sought his permission stating that I had committed to play here very early,” said Afridi, who was the star player of the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup in England.
    “It is my off season and I am only doing my physical training at the moment and maybe in a week’s time I will start my batting and bowling practice,” said Afridi, who is keen to steer Fly Emirates to victory and thus start off his preparation for the World Cup on a winning note.
    When asked what is his message to his fans in UAE, Afridi said: “Come and watch us.”

  66. #66 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 18, 2010 - 8:50 PM

    khansahab

    Afridi cannot admit that his span of attention is restricted, just like the teenagers cannot focus on one thing, they lose interest in a very short time and then they start looking for something new, Afridi cannot focus on the longer version of the game. Whereas, everyone or anyone who plays cricket or knows about cricket also knows that test cricket is real cricket and your strengths and weaknesses are tested in test matches. I dunno how the PCB has allowed him to choose playing only for 2 formats? When he announced his retirement from test cricket after the West Indies tour, Shahriyar Khan the then Chairman told him very clearly that his central contract shall be revoked. And suddenly he (Afridi) announced that he will play test cricket.

    The current PCB regime is not interested in the success of Pakistan team, they are interested in filling their own favourites and for them if Afridi decides on his own NOT to play test cricket, they consider it as a blessing. This is not professionalism. Neither on part of the PCB nor for Shahid Afridi to do this. Someone should give a nip in the bud and ask the Akhroat to play if he is selected on merit and he is not the choser. He has to obey and play. If he doesn’t then he should be kicked out. No one is AbuDalla (Above The Law)

  67. #67 by newguy on March 19, 2010 - 12:01 AM

    Javed Khan,

    What happened to Irfan Pathan will remain one of the mysteries in Indian cricket, he came out with so much promise as a bowler and showed potential as a batsman, then he lost his bowling skills, he made a comeback in first T20 WC where he bowled well and he then had some good performance with the bat as well. Since then he lost his bowling skills again, it remains a mystery to me how someone who showed so much potential can lose it all.

    I only have one explanation to think of, motivation and determination. He may be having it easy playing IPL and getting enough money, a few endorsements, who knows? It’s hard for him to come back without regaining his bowling skills, as his batting alone is not enough, unlike YKP who can find place as a big hitter in T20 and ODI and his off spin bowling option is a bonus.

  68. #68 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2010 - 2:26 AM

    newguy

    I have heard that he is not in good books of Dhoni or something that they don’t click well as such he is not in the team. Whatever the reasons may be, I think he is a good all-rounder in T20 and he should get a chance. IMO he is a better utility player than his brother YKP.

  69. #69 by newguy on March 19, 2010 - 4:21 AM

    Javed Khan,

    I don’t know about between him and Dhoni, and Dhoni is only captain he do not have selection powers. Irfan hasn’t performed really all that great whenever he had chance to merit a look in as a bowler and he hasn’t done well enough as a batsman, or an allrounder. Even in the IPL matches he leaks a lot of runs and he has lost his wicket taking abilities. So I think it has to do with his performance rather than personal issues.

  70. #70 by amir on March 19, 2010 - 6:34 AM

    Dnt understand what afridi’s problem is he is good enough to play test cricket actualy he is one of the best in current team but this idiot is denying to play tests which is dream of most cricket. Test cricket is real cricket which test ur skills temperament and needs lot of hard work now what message he is giving to people is that he lacks all of that and thats why he cnt play test cricket. I think he lacks confidnece in his own ability otherwise this was his best chance to captain pakistan in all three formats.

  71. #71 by Varun Suri on March 19, 2010 - 8:30 AM

    IKP v/s YKP

    YKP has proved in this IPL and in the past also the kind of bowlers he can hit out of the park. He sure has strength to hit them hard but unfortunately not the speed to hit bowlers with the speed of Steyn, Malinga or even Zaheer Khan. On Indian pitches against Teams with medium pacers he could be a part of ODI or 20-20 but Tests I am not so sure.

    I had been a supporter of IKP since the beginning and around 2005-2006 under Dravid’s captaincy he was really doing well and was at his peak with both batting and bowling. But due to some unfortunate reason which I am not aware of he has lost both his speed and swing in his bowling and that has made him a very mediocre bowler I saw him bowling the other day and in the present circumstances it will be hard to find a place back in the Indian Team. Because the only way he can get back is by improving his bowling as they might not be missing his batting much.

    I don’t know if there is anything wrong between Dhoni and IKP and if that would be the reason for him not being selected then Nehra would have never found a place back in the Indian Team after you know which incident i am referring to!

    The mystery of Pakistani captain still remains? Why are they taking so much time to decide? They are not going to war are they:)?

    Anyways, here’s the German Joke of the Day:-

    Knock Knock
    Knock Knock

    Who’s there?

    Zee Gestapo

    The Gestapo who?

    JUST KIDDING VEE DO NOT KNOCK!!!!

    🙂

  72. #72 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2010 - 4:28 PM

    newguy

    I dunno about the previous IPL matches as I am not following with that much interest, but while browsing on cricinfo I saw in today’s match IKP bowling figures are 3 overs 16 runs 1 wkt., which is pretty good in twenty20, especially since Sreesanth who is selected on a regular basis in the national team his figures in the same match are 4 overs 51 runs and zero wickets, which is pathetic. And, IKP is any time a better batsman than Sreesanth.

  73. #73 by khansahab on March 19, 2010 - 4:39 PM

    This is the list of Pakistan centrally contracted players:

    Category A
    Umar Gul, Salman Butt, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal
    Category B
    Umar Akmal, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat
    Category C
    Fawad Alam, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Rehman

    How can Misbah, Imran Farhat and F Iqbal be on a higher contract band than F Alam? And why is Alam in the same band as Arafat/Hafeez etc?

    K Akmal should have been demoted following his pathetic performances and politics.

  74. #74 by khansahab on March 19, 2010 - 4:46 PM

    Malik to appeal against ban imposed on him by PCB

    2010-03-19 17:43:28

    Karachi: Former captain Shoaib Malik has decided to appeal against the one-year ban and fine imposed on him by Pakistan Cricket Board which has accused him of faking an injury and creating disharmony in the team during the Australia tour.

    Sources close to Malik said that the all-rounder was upset after receiving a two page chargesheet from the board which stated that the inquiry committee set up by the PCB had found him to be faking injury besides spreading disharmony in the dressing room during Australia tour in January-February.

    Malik had held consultations with lawyers after getting the letter from the board and decided to appeal against the ban initially to the board chairman and governing council members.

  75. #75 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2010 - 4:52 PM

    The PCB has announced central contracts for 37 players which is as follows: Danish Kaneria, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal were included in A category and they will earn Rs250,000 a month.

    Umer Akmal, Mohammad Aamir, Saeed Ajmal, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq and Imran Farhat have been given “B” category and they are entitled to a monthly salary of Rs175,000.

    while Fawwad Alam, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riyaz and Abdul Rehman were awarded C category. a monthly salary of Rs100,000.

    Names of Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Rana Naveed ul Hassan and Younis Khan were out of the central contracts list.

    The stupid thing is, FAWAD ALAM has been included in the C category along with players like, Abdul Rahman, Wahab Riyaz, who have not played a single international match since ages and Fawad Alam who has scored a century on debut in test cricket and also was instrumental in a couple of wins in the T20 matches with his batting and fielding, he is seldom given a chance to play on a consistent basis and he is treated with so much disrespect all the time they make him 12th man and now gave him C category contract to humiliate him?

    Misbah gets a B category contract and, is being considered for captaincy over those who are in category A. He does not deserve a place in the national side and he should not be awarded with a central contract for his pathetic form. Umar Akmal is a good batsman but, after what he did in Australia they penalized him with a 2 million fine but, he is rated ahead of Fawad Alam because of obvious reasons and gets almost twice the monthly salary of what Fawad gets.

    There is no rule, the PCB is a bunch crooks, their MO is like, “blind distributes sweets to blind.”

  76. #76 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2010 - 4:54 PM

    khansahab

    I was trying to post my comment on central contracts for the last 20 minutes and for some reason the browser was stuck and WP was stalled anyways, now I see that you have also raised the same concerns on the central contracts.

    As regards Shoaib Malik, he is already allowed to play in Sharjah and you will see that the ban will be lifted and even the fines would waived. It is just a matter of time.

  77. #77 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2010 - 5:21 PM

    Varun it is good to see you commenting, when I posted my recent comment on IKP, your comment was not appearing on the blog for some reason, perhaps my computer got stalled at that time anyways, I wrote about today’s match that he bowled well, and he is a better batsman than Sree, yet he is not in the side. Anyways, right now he is pursing his team for an impossible win which at time were 68/6 and the target is very huge. 87 runs in 36 balls. IMO he is a better utility player than his brother.

  78. #78 by khansahab on March 19, 2010 - 5:42 PM

    PCB to probe Naved’s ball tampering complaints

    Karachi, Mar 19 Pakistan Cricket Board’s disciplinary committee will meet on Monday to look into complaints that allrounder Rana Naved tampered the ball during the recent national T20 championship in Karachi.

    Sultan Rana, who heads the domestic cricket operations in the board said that serious allegations has been made against Rana Naved which need to be investigated.

    “We have received the captain’s and match-referee’s reports and we also have a complaint from the Karachi City Cricket Association,” he said.

    Rana said if need arise the committee would review the footage of the matches and also call Rana to explain himself.

    The KCCA, in its complaint to the board, has accused umpires of favouring the Sialkot Stallions team (which won the T20 title this year) and also of ignoring ball tampering acts by Rana Naved.

  79. #79 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2010 - 5:53 PM

    Varun & newguy

    IKP nearly got Punjab home with his blistering knock of 60 in 29 balls with 3 fours and 5 sixes. Doesn’t this man deserve to be in the national side? This innings both bowling and batting should earn him a place in the squad for T20 WC. When India won the T20 WC in SA it was IKP and Rohit Sharma who added the crucial 40 odd runs in 3 overs.

  80. #80 by amir on March 19, 2010 - 7:12 PM

    WAHAB RIAZ’S name in b category shows what pethetic corupt idiots pcb chairman and employees are. Is he the future of pakistan cricket? And if he is than better not to follow pakistan cricket. How come they put him ahead of fawad alam only ijaz butt can understand that decision and what about Sami even if his record is not great but still he is much better bowler than riaz. This is absolutily nonsense from pcb but it is not the first time and definately not the last time so what else we can do accept to writing against these dumb fucks. A total bunch of failiures. Pakistan cricket is not going to improve till these people got positions in pcb.

  81. #81 by khansahab on March 19, 2010 - 7:19 PM

    Amir

    I agree. If you look at the current PCB set up, they have totally ruined Pakistan cricket.

    Yawar Saeed, Shafqat Rana, Ijaz Butt, Wasim Bari- all these people are tried and tested failures.

    We have corruption in the board, friends and family members being appointed, delays in making decisions, warring departments of the PCB, inept management that cannot contain the friction between team players, the same people keep being appointed again and again. The PCB decisions that get printed on paper are ambiguous and don’t make sense, the Chairman is senile and forgets appointments, sleeps in meetings etc.

    It is a laughing stock. Ijaz Butt and Zardari should face the lion’s share of the blame. Butt for being the worst PCB Chairman in history. Even Butt’s appointment was because he is a close relative of Choudhary Ahmed Mukhtar. Zardari, for not taking any interest and letting Butt ruin cricket in the country.

  82. #82 by newguy on March 19, 2010 - 8:40 PM

    Javed Khan,

    Regarding IKP performance, what a co-incidence, we were talking about him not putting up enough with bat and ball and he comes up with a good show with both. I think he is angling for the comeback, some players have got a look in to national side after IPL performance, mainly Ashish Nehra came back like that. Although I am still of the opinion that IPL performance should not be considered high quality. IKP may get a look in as all rounder if he has few more like this.

  83. #83 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2010 - 11:16 PM

    newguy

    IKP scored most runs from RP Singh’s bowling, earlier RP gave only 8 runs in 2 overs, so he was bowling very well but when he came in to bowl the second spell, Irfan went berserk and he got 21 in 3rd over and 14 runs in the last, he was also severe on Sharma. Anyways, I should say MY BAD that when I wanted him to perform and he responded. I should do that more often for players I like 😉

    In any case I think he deserves to be in the squad for the T20 WC.

    amir

    Wahab Riaz is not in B category but C, even that he doesn’t deserve. It is Misbah who is in B category and he doesn’t deserve to be in the Pakistan team.

    I didn’t write on the blog, but I told this to one of my friends yesterday when we were watching the NZ / Aus test match, I said, I have a feeling that M. J. Clarke after breaking up with his GF will now focus more on the game and he could be a dangerous player he may even score a double hundred and he is approaching fast. And, so will be Ross Taylor he is up for a century in one of these matches. Lets see.

  84. #84 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2010 - 12:00 AM

    Waqar Younus after signing the contract with the PCB is talking like a puppet of the organization. He wants to say something that he feels, something the media wants to hear but, he is harnessed and pulled back. His recent comment, “Action against senior players will affect team performance” is meaningless, especially since he is not talking in specifics. He will not, because of his job. So, whats the point of talking in abstract when you need to be giving concrete statements with specifics.

    On DAWN blog that stupid author has asked people to vote between Afridi and Misbah and rates Misbah very highly. Its a matter of betting on ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES.

  85. #85 by Varun Suri on March 20, 2010 - 2:10 AM

    Well IKP’s knock was very similar to the one YKP played few days ago in the sense that the match was already lost and both were just trying to throw their bats to narrow the margin of the defeat while providing a glimmer of hope to few of an amazing win. Although I did not see IKP bat today but I am agree that he deserves a place in the T-20 and he is better choice over Sreesanth but in Test Matches or One-Days I would go with Sreesanth as he is a faster bowler, can swing the bowl better and amidst all his antics which thankfully seems a thing of the past is much younger than IKP. Both could be equally expensive on their bad days. I like his bowling action it feels like he is a “fast” bowler amidst Joginders and PraveenKumars or Nehra who reminds me of a farmer who is tired of ploughing the khet all day and comes home to see that there is nothing to eat for him and his family.( probably some childhood bollywood nightmare). Jokes apart Sreesanth has a simple flowing bowling action and I think after Zaheer Khan and Lamba Tattoo he is the fastest bowler in India.

    In today’s Chennai v/s Delhi match Raina who is from Delhi was captaining Chennai and Karthik who’s from Chennai was captaining Delhi now this is called National (or Franchise) unity!!

    Down under Michael Clark has removed any doubts in anyone’s minds about who Ponting’s successor would be but strangely McCullum is still dreaming of playing in IPL 2010 while playing test matches there. I wonder how long this IPL is as there is another Test after the current one.

  86. #86 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2010 - 3:26 AM

    Clarke could not score a double hundred and North got his 100 and Australia are well placed. But, what a shame that Harris got his first test wicket on a line no-ball. I think the UDRS is on in this match but, no one checked out it was a no-ball. TG McIntosh was given out caught Hussey bowled Harris on a line no ball for 9.

  87. #87 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2010 - 3:28 AM

    On Misbah’s pathetic form, during his stint on this recently concluded NZ / Aus tour, Misbah scored 9 runs more than what Mohammad Aamir scored. But, Aamir took how many wickets? So, does any captain want to keep a player like Misbah in his team when he is only a pathetic out of form batsman? The answer is a BIG NO.

  88. #88 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2010 - 11:35 AM

    Inzamam is right.

    He said, “by giving hope to many players for captaincy, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was itself involved in making groups among the players.”

    It is true this should not have happened that the board is letting the players and the people speculate about who the captain would be? And, in doing so there might be factions and groups like the Akmals might be hoping to have Salman Butt or Misbah as their leader, likewise others might be thinking it would be better for them if Abdul Razzaq is appointed as the captain. Whereas, the whole nation believes that there is no better person to lead this team than Shahid Afridi. But, Ijaz Butt and his cronies are creating rifts among the players. Besides, when a captain is appointed if he does not have full powers and full support from the management the player power will continue through groupings, under performance, deliberate throwing up of wickets and even betting and match fixing.

  89. #89 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2010 - 11:46 AM

    The PCB is staging is a kinda “sidekick drama” to this whole captaincy issue is by announcing teams for two T20 matches which will be held on Pakistan Day i.e., March 23rd the captains have been announced. BUT NO CAPTAIN for Pakistan team. Whereas, Pakistan A and Pakistan Under-19 squads captains have been announced.

    Quote:

    No one appointed as captain of Pakistan team. In the first match which will played at Gaddafi Stadium on March 23, Pakistan A will take on Pakistan U-19. The winner of this match will play against Pakistan in the next match.

    The Pakistan squad included Salman Butt, Khalid Latif, Misbahul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Umer Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Fawwad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Muhammad Aamir, Umer Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Asad Shafiq.

    Pakistan A: Imran Farhat, Shahzeb Hasan, Captain Muhammad Hafeez, Hasan Raza, Aamir Sajjad, Kamran Younis, Sarfaraz Ahmad, Yasir Arfat, Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Sami, Abdul Rehman and Umair Khan.

    U-19: Captain Azeem Ghumman
    , Baber Azam, Ahmad Shahzad, Ahsan Ali, Rameez Aziz, Hammad Azam, Muhammad Waqas, Sarmad Bhatti, Raza Hasan, Usman Qadir, Muhammad Naeem, Anup Ravi and Shahzeb Ahmad.

    Unquote.

    This is the biggest Ch2yapa Game the PCB is playing. The cat has to come out of the bag sooner than later. I think for these Pak Day matches Afridi is not available ‘coz he is in Dubai playing Fly Emirates tournament or, will that tournament be over? If he is only playing the two T20 matches then it should be over by March 20th but, the tournament with Surrey goes on till March 25th. If he is not available then, it will be a good opportunity for them to try out the captain of their choice and see how it works. Only the PCB can have such a brainwave and no one else to come up with ingenious ideas.

  90. #90 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2010 - 12:07 PM

    The Indian Daily The HINDU says:

    Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik will appeal against a one-year ban imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), reports Indian daily The Hindu.

    Malik was banned from representing Pakistan in all forms of the game for one year after an inquiry committee formed to probe Pakistan’s dismal tour of Australia found him guilty of creating disharmony in the team.

    The PCB, on Thursday, sent letters to all four banned players, explaining the committee’s findings. The board has given the players a 30-day period within which they can appeal the charges.

    According to The Hindu’s report, Malik was told that “the inquiry committee has found him guilty of creating intrigues in the team, spreading disharmony in the dressing room and also faking an ankle injury in New Zealand.”

    Malik was not included in the list of players who were offered central contracts by the board on Friday.

  91. #91 by khansahab on March 20, 2010 - 12:24 PM

    Rao Afthakar got married in Lahore to a girl who has a degree in Media.

    The girl is fair skinned with typical Punjabi features.

    Inzimam, Yousaf, K Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Mohd Hifeez, Masbah and Taufeeq Umar were present at the wedding.

    We wish Rao all the best and hope that marriage improves his bowling.

  92. #92 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2010 - 12:46 PM

    khansahab

    nice description of the girl, aap Dulha ka bhee kuch batain na! 😀

  93. #93 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 21, 2010 - 12:32 AM

    IMRAN KHAN SAYS:

    LONDON: Expressing disappointment over sorry state of things in cricket set-up of the country, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan says whole cricket structure is in desperate need of an overhaul to put things in place and revive fortunes of national squad.

    Imran said Pakistan cricket, which has been witnessing a turmoil following the teams disastrous tour Down Under, has plenty of things to sort out and questioned the appointment of cricket board’s chairman by the president of the country.

    “Pakistan cricket has to sort itself out. The team is a symptom of Pakistan cricket not being an institution. President of Pakistan should not appoint a cricket board chairman, that’s where problems begin.” BBC quoted.

    Chairman should be elected through regional organisations and, because that does not happen, team basically reflects the chaos which lies in cricket board. he added.

    Imran said though indiscipline in team should never be tolerated, players should still be motivated to play for the nation and not for personal glory and gains.

    “I was a very strict disciplinarian. I did not tolerate indiscipline but I also know problems I used to face with cricket board which was run on an ad-hoc basis. You go out to represent your country and you have to give your best shot. I do believe players should be disciplined but real problem still lies in making cricket board into an institution.”
    he asserted.

  94. #94 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 21, 2010 - 12:50 AM

    The bottom line of Imran Khan’s statement is “the real problem lies in making cricket board into an institution. “

    What goes around, comes around. Garbage in Garbage out. You reap what you sow.….. these are age old expressions which still holds good. Before the players it is the quality of the cricket board that matters. No matter how many or, how talented the players may be, if they are not selected, a talent is wasted. Or, if you select that player but, you don’t utilize him well, once again – a talent is wasted. So, the selection has to be fair, unbiased and professional.

    Those who are not so talented but, simple mediocre are in the team because the board does not work like a professional institution.

    They get:

    1. Players related to them
    2. Players recommended by Ministers, Senators, VIP’s etc.
    3. Players who represent a certain region or province.
    4. Players who are in good books of the board.
    5. Players who are morally corrupt and get in to the team through bribes and they continue to bribe them from match fixing money. This could be far fetched and based on hearsay and rumours but, still a possibility.

    There has to be a criteria and benchmark for selection. Also, the captain has to be elected for a long term period of time and not just on a series to series basis. This way the captain cannot command respect from his team mates and he should have powers to sack a player on the basis of indiscipline. But, this doesn’t mean the captain becomes a dictator, there must be sufficient reason and proof to penalize that player.

    If there is a certain level of education among the players they will be more adaptable and disciplined. I have been raving and ranting since ages that players need some basic education and the captain needs training in man management and planning. The reason for this sporadic brilliance in the Pakistan team is because, they have no planning. Talent alone cannot win matches, they have to plan a strategy and work their plan. There must be flexibility in a plan to make sudden changes as the game needs or proceeds. The appointment of a good captain is very crucial.

    Australia has the best captains so far, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and even now M J Clarke is in the making of a good captain. South Africa chose Smith when he was very young but, Pakistan cannot chose a young captain unless he is educated and matured like Smith. So, what is good for them may not be good for Pakistan. Since Dhoni has been appointed, India has been a different team. Dhoni was very ordinary, but he has improved tremendously and has all the qualities of a captain. They should look at him to get some inspiration and motivation.

  95. #95 by Mohammed Munir on March 21, 2010 - 5:31 AM

    Khansahab …

    “The girl is fair skinned with typical Punjabi features.

    Please elaborate what do you mean by typical Punjabi features.

    Hope your above comment doesn’t qualify as being racist or anything ?

  96. #96 by Mohammed Munir on March 21, 2010 - 5:53 AM

    On IPL …

    Well it seems Jacques Kallis is upto something special here. The SA all-rounder who is playing for the ‘Bang-the-Loroos’ have played four matches without getting out. Kallis played all the four games and scored highest runs so far with a total of 264, without getting out even one time, as he has been not-out on all four occasions.

    This must be a record of some sought.

  97. #97 by Mohammed Munir on March 21, 2010 - 6:04 AM

    List of centrally contracted players …

    Category A

    Umar Gul, Salman Butt, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal

    Category B

    Umar Akmal, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat

    Category C

    Fawad Alam, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Rehman

    Stipend

    Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan, Aamer Sajjad, Naveed Yasin, Azhar Ali, Khalid Latif, Khurram Manzoor, Tanveer Ahmad, Sarfraz Ahmad, Zulqarnain Haider, Umair Khan, Mohammad Talha, Shahzaib Hasan, Azeem Ghumman, Hammad Azam, Babar Azam, Raza Hasan, Sarmad Bhatti, Usman Qadir

    Details of Payments:

    Category A = Rs. 250, 000/- per month.

    Category B = Rs. 175, 000/- per month.

    Category C = Rs. 100, 000/- per month.

    Stipend = Rs. 50, 000/- per month.

    The pay scales remain unchanged from last year. These payments are in addition to any match fees.

    Source: http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/452541.html

    The Questions …

     Why are Salman Butt and Danish Kaneria in category A ?
     Why are Faisal Iqbal and Misbah-ul-Haq in category B ?
     Fawad Alam should have been at least in category B, if not A.
     Abdul Rehman should be placed in Stipend category, at best.

  98. #98 by khansahab on March 21, 2010 - 8:15 AM

    Munir sahab

    To say someone has English features, or Chinese features, or African complexion is not racist- so how can saying someone has Punjabi features be considered racist?

    By “typical” I meant the obvious- light skin, long nose- if you see the girl you will realise.

    I think she is quite pretty, like a lot of Punjab girls from educated and well to do families.

    I have noticed that amongst most races in the world such as white people, Pathan people, Urdu Speaking people etc, you see good looking men and women in equal numbers. Yet, in Punjab you see a lot more good looking women than men. I wonder why? That is because a lot of men want to be fat, grow moustaches and act paindoo.

  99. #99 by khansahab on March 21, 2010 - 8:24 AM

    Team would miss banned senior players : Waqar Younis

    Lahore, Mar.21 (ANI): Newly appointed Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis has said that the team would be missing the services of some of the senior players, who have been banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), during the forthcoming tournaments.

    Waqar, who arrived here on Saturday to assume the charge, said the team’s performance may be affected initially by the absence of some players.

    “Obviously any team would miss players of the calibre of Muhammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. I hope that the remaining experienced players in the side provide full support to the youngsters in the team,” The Daily Times quoted Waqar, as saying.

    The PCB has banned former captains Mohammed Yousuf and Younis Khan for an indefinite period and slapped hefty fines and one year ban on all rounder Shoiab Malik and fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan after a report of an enquiry committee probing the reasons behind the team’s poor show in Australia found them guilty of violating the players code of conduct. (ANI)

  100. #100 by khansahab on March 21, 2010 - 8:25 AM

    LOL Waqar thinks the team would miss the calibre of Malik and Rana?

    More than half the players can play better than these 2 in their sleep.

  101. #101 by Mohammed Munir on March 21, 2010 - 10:11 AM

    Khansahab …

    Imran Khan only said that “so and so” have African features/ complexion, but you did not like that 😉

  102. #102 by khansahab on March 21, 2010 - 10:17 AM

    Munir sahab

    That is because he spoke about African features in a derogatory way, which is racist. It is something that should not be said, even if one believes it.

    Whereas, I actually said that typical female Punjabi looks are “pretty”. So, what I am implying is the opposite of what Imran implied.

    Zameen aasmaan ka farq hai 🙂

    Imran got away with murder. I have started to believe Imran is a racist, because all his life he ran after white girls. He married a white woman, reportedly he has an illegitimate child with another white woman. He has a problem with African features. So, definitely a racist who does not deserve to be a political leader.

    Regarding his statements about the Pakistani domestic cricket structure, he focuses too much on the structure itself. He needs to realise that the same structure produced Younis Khan, Yousuf, Umer Akmal and Fawad Alam. So, the structure has talented players but the selection is biased and based on favouritism/nepotism.

    When players like Malik, Misbah and Akmal keep getting selected after mediocre performances, when players like Faisal Iqbal and Bazid Khan keep coming into the limelight because of their connections, how can you expect to build a good team? Younis and Yousuf had talent and despite their very humble upbringing, they made a name for themselves due to sheer talent and commitment. There are players like that but they need to be given the opportunity.

    We had Fawad Alam who made a super century in his debut Test under extreme pressure- before that this guy hit 3 sixes in 5 balls to singlehandedly win a game for Pakistan, even before that he was involved in many important, but brief partnerships with players like Malik, Misbah and Akmal. He was always sent into bat during the last few overs of a match but nearly always made a mark despite not being given chances to settle down and build an innings. Look at the way he has been treated and even now he is in a Category C contract.

    How can you build a good team when you treat your players in this way? It is not because of the poor domestic structure he has been treated this way, it is because of favouritism and politics which needs to be removed.

  103. #103 by khansahab on March 21, 2010 - 10:57 AM

    I was watching the interview of Justice Qayyum who held that famous inquiry where almost all of the Pakastan team except Rashid Latif and Basit Ali were found guilty of match fixing. Salim Malik and Ata Rehman were banned whereas fines were levied on Wasim Akram and Co.

    He said that there were 52 witnesses and this was the first judicial inquiry of sports issues in the world because usually these inquiries are dealt with internally by the sporting bodies. He said that Imran Khan and Javed Miandad both admitted that match fixing takes place regularly in the Pakastan dressing room.

    He also said that ALL OF HIS WITNESSES EXCEPT YAWAR SAEED gave evidence that match fixing is rife in the team.

    Now people are saying that the Yawar Saeed mafia, Ijaz Ahmed and Waqar Younis together are fixing matches?

  104. #104 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 21, 2010 - 11:37 AM

    Good Moaning guys! 😀

    khansahab, I heard from someone that the reason the PCB is not revealing full details of the report is because they are afraid of an appeal in which, Butt & Co. would be implicated and dragged into the courts for their involvement in match fixing and accepting cuts from the players. I still can’t believe how this can be done. But, I agree with you that Yawar Saeed mafia and Ijaz Ahmad the convict and now Waqar who is turning into a moulvi after his earlier involvement in match fixing along with his other Sultan of Swing, the biggest swindler Wasim Akram is once again ganging up for a jackpot at the T20 WC in the Caribbean. After that Butt will retire and live happily every after.

    Yesterday after reading Waqar’s comments which are just like is commentary where he blabs without thinking, I asked what is the point of giving an statement to the media where he has nothing to say? Waqar should shut up his mouth and do his job. Let someone else talk to the media. His comments about missing Rana and Malik are laughable. Shouldn’t he be commenting on Misbah and Salman Butt? He should have asked what are they doing here? Both are useless players. Butt should not be anywhere in the vicinity of 10 k.m. where a T20 match is being played. And, Misbah should hang his boots and join the old boys club. His whole career is full of domestic achievements and he is a domestic player and should be doing some domestic jobs and not even think of playing international cricket.

  105. #105 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 21, 2010 - 12:05 PM

    IMRAN KHAN when he won the 1992 WC he was hailed as the most successful captain of Pakistan. Right from that moment something crawled UP and died there. The match winning speech he gave was so egoistic and self-centered and when he got the grand reception at Karachi when he returned home after winning the WC , he thought he will be the President of Pakistan and he vowed publicly to end the feudal lords and the whole system. Since then Imran Khan is a failed politician, a failed husband and a frustrated old man now and at times he gives some weird statements. I used to be one of his supporters to push him up in the political arena and wanted him to take over the Prime Minister’s post that was offered to him by Musharraf Pervez, which he declined. He is so naive in the political arena that he did not file his election papers and stayed out. That is so childish and a very emotional decision.

    He has created a party in which he is just THE BOSS, its a total one man show. There is no deputy or anyone who could be called as a number two person. As long as Imran Khan going to be rigid and obstinate he will end up like this. Also, he should refrain from giving statements be it political or about cricket. If he blabs against the politicians he would be seen like any other politician and there is no need for him to talk about cricket since he cannot do anything. He cannot accept the post of the PCB Chairman, which is way below his dignity, his ambitions and his goals. He only dreams about Presidency and thinks that he would be able to kill two birds with one stone. That is when he will be the President of Pakistan he will create the right domestic structure for cricket in Pakistan. “Kab Baap Marega, Kab Bail Bikay ga?” He can run behind that Truck Ki Butti and the end result would be zero.

  106. #106 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 22, 2010 - 10:38 PM

    SHAHID AFRIDI NAMED CAPTAIN FOR THE T20 WC.

    Shahid Afridi has been picked to lead Pakistan in the World Twenty20 Championship in West Indies later next month, DawnNews quoted a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) source as saying on Monday. The board made the decision in collaboration with the selection committee and the coach but the official announcement will be made tomorrow, the source said. The news comes after weeks of speculation on the issue of captaincy for which Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq and Salman Butt were the other contenders. In an odd move on March 12, the PCB had announced a 15-member squad for the event but had held back on naming a captain. After weeks of deliberations, it was learnt that the board had decided on the matter but was waiting to officially reveal the name of the captain on March 23, Pakistan Day. Barring a u-turn from the PCB, Shahid Afridi will lead the side in Twent20s while the issue of naming a captain for tests and ODIs would be put on the back burner. “We are only naming a captain for this format and tournament right now and nothing else,” Ijaz Butt had told Cricinfo earlier.

    Once again the PCB is dangling a sword on top of the captain by naming Afridi for only T20 and for this tournament only. This is so typical of Pakistan administration, they thing of today’s egg but, not tomorrow’s chicken.

  107. #107 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 22, 2010 - 10:46 PM

    Precious land of NSK in danger: Ijaz Butt

    ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt said that he is under tremendous pressure to sell five acres of land of the National Stadium Karachi to a party. Ijaz Butt said before the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly that the colonies of the Army and the Judges are situated on 18 acres of land belonging to the National Stadium while he is being pressurised for selling five acres of land to a party. He revealed that the said piece of land values at Rs2.5 billion. The PCB chairman said that matters for constructing a stadium in Islamabad had been finalized with the CDA but land mafia is creating hurdles in the way.

    He told that the former board management purchased a bio-mechanic machine at a cost of Rs40 million but no technical staff is available to utilize it. Ijaz Butt said that PCB’s former chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi, Mudassar Zia and Ali Zia went to Australia for purchasing this machine but they knew nothing about this. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on this occasion that he would talk to the prime minister for the construction of the stadium in Islamabad.
    *********

    Although Ijaz Butt is saying that he is under pressure, but in reality he must be happy because he is going to get his cut out of the Rs.2.5 billion deal, which may or may not the real value of the land. Probably they are undervaluing the land and selling to a “party” (no name party) only to get some big hefty cuts in commissions. Since the country needs more grounds and the land can be used to make more grounds to accommodate more players for training, is it wise to sell the land?

  108. #108 by khansahab on March 22, 2010 - 10:51 PM

    Quotes from Basit Ali’s recent interview:

    “During and after the Australian tour, a few players who did not even deserve to be in the team, guys like Salman Butt, Misbah-ul-Haq, etc, and also players like Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik, were doing politics which led to Younis’ departure”.

    Younis was the only true patriot amongst all these players. He fears and has hope in Allah alone, so what other people do cannot affect him. In my view, Younis Khan will definitely play for Pakistan again and mark my words, he will be captaining the Pakistan team against England this summer.

    “People are talking up Salman Butt’s chances as captain, but Salman doesn’t even deserve to be in the T/20 team”

  109. #109 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2010 - 11:17 AM

    Breaking newsShahid Afridi named Pakistan captain for World Twenty20

    Afridi named Pakistan captain
    Cricinfo Staff

    March 23, 2010

    Shahid Afridi will be in charge of Pakistan’s defense of the World Twenty20 title in the Caribbean after he was finally named captain by the Pakistan board. Afridi has been Pakistan’s captain in the format since the last year, but was temporarily out of the picture after he was found guilty of ball-tampering in an ODI at Perth earlier this year.

    He was banned for two T20Is by the ICC and was further punished by the board, who handed him a hefty fine. But he has widely tipped as the leading candidate over the last few days. The announcement completes Pakistan’s 15-man squad for the tournament, due to begin at the end of April, which was announced earlier this month, unusually without a captain.

    http://www.cricinfo.com/wt202010/content/story/453170.html

  110. #110 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2010 - 11:20 AM

    Congratulations to All ‘True’ Pakistani Cricket Fans.

  111. #111 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2010 - 11:33 AM

    Munir

    What do you mean by TRUE? Are you creating divisions and factions among the fans? Is it some kinda political move like the “Haqeeqi” and Asli and loyal etc.? Btw, the news leaked out earlier and DAWN carried out in yesterday’s daily and I mentioned that on the blog yesterday with my comment that once again it is a stupid move from the PCB to appoint a captain just for one tournament or one series and that leads to all sorts of indiscipline and attitude problems with the players. Anyways, you cannot change some people, those qualities are imbued and ingrained into their psyche which we call it ‘qaslat’ and sometimes quote the expression “kuttay ki dum terhi” it is not just Ijaz Butt balkay aanwaan ka aanwaan terha hai.

  112. #112 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2010 - 11:46 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Hehe … well by ‘true’ what I meant was those fans who all see what is best for Pakistan before all other issues.

    “Sub Sey Pehlay Pakistan” 😉

    Yes, it is a shame that they are still going only with the T20 format yet and want to postpone the announcement of our ODI / Test captain. I too vote for Afridi for all three formats, that is if he plays the Tests, and if he do not want to play Tests anymore then he SHOULD be made captains of both T20 / ODI formats.

    BTW, who is the ‘Shehbala’ ? (Vice Captain)

  113. #113 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2010 - 10:07 AM

    THE IPL …

    IPL has changed the face of modern cricket for good. Today, it is considered as one of the most successful domestic cricket tournament in the game’s history with all-star international cricketers, Bollywood celebrities, Political leaders, scantly-clad ‘phoren’ cheer girls, cricket-crazy fans, pumped-up local players and on top of all this the mega money-spinning commercial factor of the game.

    The recent allotments of two new franchisees of Kochi at US$: 333.00 Million and Pune at the highest ever price of US$: 370.00 Million have raised more then combined price generated by initial selling of eight franchises. This means the fourth IPL season in 2011 will have ten participating teams and more then 90 matches, if the format remains the same, which is a high probability seeing the commercial angle. Another good news for the participating players is that the prevailing contracts with the respective teams will expire after the current IPL 3 season, and for the fourth IPL all the players will be ‘auctioned’ afresh, which means higher bids and more bucks.

    Nevertheless, just like any other game, IPL also carries a few detrimental effects not only on the players itself but also for the other cricketing countries. However, unfortunately, the cricketing boards are either being rewarded well or may be pressurized not only by the BCCI/ IPL but also by their own players who, at times, threaten to retire from their national sides just for playing in IPL.

    In background of this, the IPL definitely carries several key apprehensions from a cricket fan’s prospective. Following are a few of any such concerns:

    – IPL 3 dates are from 12th March to 25th April, while the T20 World Cup starts just five days after that on 30th April till 16th May.

    – If ICC didn’t have any say in the IPL, which is so obvious now, they should have at least pushed back the dates of T20 World Cup to give a breather to the players before starting a major event.

    – We are still in the early days of current IPL event and already there are few serious injury concerns to the likes of Dhoni, Smith (SA), Gambhir, Parnell, Mascarenhas (UK), Dilshan, Kemp, etc.

    – Although, IPL provides good practice opportunity for the forthcoming T20 cup, but last year when Indian team could not reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, Dhoni blamed their deteriorating performance directly on IPL by pointing toward too much cricket, busy schedules and tired players. Similarly, some other teams also blamed IPL for their dismal shows.

    – IPL has too much of inbuilt commercialism and the game’s gentlemanly traits are no more in existence.

    – The sponsors and franchisee owners are introducing ample changes to have more and more advertisements fit into the game. ‘Strategic Timeout’ is one such idea where the teams take a few minutes break and the sponsors make a few million bucks, but the fans waste a few boring minutes waiting for the action to restart.

    – IPL best suits the ‘retired players’ to make some money, who are otherwise left with nothing else but meager pensions, and then again who doesn’t like to earn some extra cash after the end of their careers? Or alternatively, it provides good platform for little-known Indian players to showcase their budding talents.

    – The idea of cheer girls is nothing new, but who will draw a line to this madness? Some of the cheer-girls’ dresses (if we can call them that) are purely obscene and derogatory to family viewings with millions of young ones glued to TV.

    – IPL Nights … have anyone seen these features? Well these are the famous “Night Parties” for the winning teams in the company of their team-owners, players, celebrities, movie starts, models and most importantly the prominent “Cheer Girls”. Sounds tempting … huh? Where is Mr. Bal Thaa-Karay and the all-strong RSS / BJP guys who had issues with the ‘Valentines day’ but they seem to ‘digest’ all this on the name of cricket?

    – Too much power in the hands of individuals. Mr. Modi seems to have threatened Cricket Australia on the Australian players’ security issues as well as England Cricket Board on their dates. PCB is being made a fun off by first inviting and then sidelining the Pakistani players. While some other boards were too weak to even come face-to-face with the BCCI/ IPL on any matters, while Mr. Modi dictated terms.

    And we are still not going into the details of how many man-hours are wasted on TV, businesses affected (due to employee output), students’ study-hours wasted not only in India but world-wide.

    All in all, where on one hand IPL is proving to be extremely lucrative money-spinner for the owners, sponsors, players more so the retired-players and off course the cheer-girls while at the same the general public is playing the price, literally that is.

  114. #114 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2010 - 10:14 AM

    WAH….. What a bunch of fools and idiots we have in Pakistan. They banned Younus Khan for life without any reason and now today, I see his picture in the newspaper, receiving the country’s highest award in sports, THE PRIDE OF PERFORMANCE AWARD being given to him by some unknown person on March 23rd i.e., Pakistan Day.

    Has anyone ever seen such a Ch2yapa? I don’t think so. On one hand you give him a life ban and on the other you decorate him with a medal and that too, the highest award, this is all so bloody confusing for me to understand.

    http://www.aaj.tv/news/Sports/160617_detail.html

    Younus gets pride of performance award
    Tuesday, 23 Mar, 2010 9:03 pm

    ISLAMABAD : Former Pakistan cricket captain Younus Khan received a presidential performance award on Tuesday.

    Younus was handed the presidential pride of performance award for leading Pakistan to victory at the World Twenty20 in England in June.

    “I feel proud about this award and thank Pakistan’s government for bestowing this award on me. I have always felt proud of being a Pakistani and will do my utmost to serve my country,” Younus told AFP.

  115. #115 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2010 - 10:27 AM

    Munir

    I have no interest in IPL, occasionally I read some scorecards on cricinfo and, it is not just because of the fact that Pakistani players are not in it but, even those international players who are present are either retirees or not well known. And, there are so many domestic players from India that I have never heard their names before. Those who score runs are, against these unknown bowlers like YKP’s century and Uthappa’s Robin hood effort are mere examples.

    When I read the news about Parnell’s injury I thought of Dhoni, Gambhir and Dilshan too, will they be able to recover on time for the WC? So, the IPL is a dual edged sword for India, and yes I do remember last year Dhoni blamed about playing too much cricket but, prior to that the Indian media was saying that India got good practice for the T2o WC. That turned out to be a curse rather than a blessing.

    The IPL must have supplied the cheer leader girls to Bal Thackery and Modi that is why they are busy with them and not criticizing the IPL. As regards Indian public paying the price for cheer girls, the truth is in India people have nothing to do, they either watch movies or cricket, with IPL they got a two in one galore and what more? They all can see that in their living room on TV they have no other social life or activities to do. Perhaps they are happy for getting a deal. They see cricket, cricket stars, bollywood stars, cheer girls and 3 hours of entertainment.

  116. #116 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2010 - 11:08 AM

    Javed Khan …

    I heard that Shahid Afridi also got a similar Pride Of Performance Award from Karachi (Sind Province) which was given yesterday by Mr. Ishrat Al-Abaad.

    On IPL, your points are well taken.

  117. #117 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2010 - 11:32 PM

    Munir

    Pride of Performance award is given by the country, Pakistan and not by the province of Sindh or city of Karachi. So, I doubt its the same as what Younus Khan got. Afridi was instrumental in the win, he was the man of the match twice and he deserved to be the Player of the Tournament and not Dilshan who got it. Because, when Dilshan was needed most by his country he failed, whereas Shahid Afridi delivered the goods when his country needed.

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