DAMNED IF YOU DO, DAMNED IF YOU DON’T

Miracle man? Good player? Useless player?

The title of this thread must be the story of Fawad Alam’s career.

In the T20 match against Australia, Fawad Alam took 2 catches quite safely which was a complete contrast to how Salman Butt and Misbah fielded. Then, he came into bat when 71 runs were needed off 30 balls and managed 16 runs from 11 balls including one sixer. He came into bat at no 8, just before the tailenders, Sami, Aamer and Ajmal.

Generally some regional-minded/biased people accuse Fawad Alam of being a usless batsman because of his so-called inability to hit boundaries and inability to “win matches”. Yet, all logic, reason, fairness is swept under the carpet in his criticism. Whereas I ignore the biased representations of these people who want to see more of Malik, Misbah and Butt and less of Alam, Afridi and Younis etc, it is quite concerning that some fairer and more educated people have started losing patience with Fawad Alam. This thread is aimed at them.

In ODI’s, Alam has played 459 deliveries in 15 innings. That is an average of under 31 balls per match. It must be noted that Alam does not play as a pinch hitter, but as a run accumulator and facilitator. If we compare the balls Alam has faced to the balls other batsmen have faced per match, this is what we get:

Butt- 46 balls/match, Umer Akmal- 40 balls/match, Misbah- 38 balls/match, Malik-38 balls/match, Younis-39 balls/match, Yousuf- 48 balls/match…

In T20’s, the comparison is thus:

Butt- 23 balls, U Akmal- 24 balls, Misbah- 22, Younis- 17, Malik- 18, F Alam- 10

So, we have now established that Alam plays less balls per match than all of Pakistan’s main batsmen.

In 15 ODI innings, Alam has played at the batting position no 6 or below, 12 times. In T20’s he has played 13 innings and has batted at no 6 or below, 11 times. So it is established that Alam is usually sent to bat lower down the order and does not get the opportunity to face many balls, yet why is so much expected of him? Why is he expected to create miracles when no one is bothered to respect his abilities first? This applies not only to the team management, but also to commentators and bloggers.

In terms of what Fawad Alam has done in his very short career:

1) He hit 3 sixes in 5 balls and played a match winning knock against Sri Lanka in Canada

2) He hit 168 in a debut knock on a seaming track, the next highest score in the match from Pakistan was 82 by Younis and then barely anyone else could reach 25 on that pitch. He hit a six when he was on 92, he played that knock with a strike rate of 66.

3) He played valuable T20 and ODI knocks against Sri Lanka and India, assisting players like Malik, Misbah and Akmal on at least 1 occasion each in finishing matches

4) He played a determined knock against England, complementing Razzaq very well. Those who saw the match knew Pakistan could not have won without his contribution.

5) He took an excellent catch off Umer Gul, and then effected a brilliant run out in a recent match which changed momentum for Pakistan in that game (I forget who the opposition was). After his spirited effort Pakistani bowlers and fielders looked rejuvenated and performed well.

The above is not a comprehensive list by any means. The point is that in his relatively short career he has already shone on a few occasions, but why don’t people recognise this? I can’t remember 5 occasions when Butt, Malik or Misbah did something amazing in their long careers. Not only have these 3 failed miserably as batsmen most of the times, they have also let the team down by virtue of their fielding. Somehow critics expect Alam to achieve feats even Tendulkar and Lara and incapable of achieving, but at the same time find Butt, Misbah and Malik’s constant selection (Malik’s, until very recently) understandable?

It was clear that Pakistan lost this match against Australia because of Misbah’s and Butt’s fielding, yet why did people have to question Fawad’s handling of this period when 70+ runs were needed of 30 balls and no other recognised batsman was there to support him?

Fawad Alam is an asset for the team because of a number of reasons:

1) He can play under pressure

2) He keeps the strike rotating

3) He is an excellent fielder

4) He plays with determination, he appears modest and does not have a big mouth or ego

Every player in international limited overs cricket must be assessed on a “net utility” basis. The player’s all round capabilities must be observed simply because international cricket has become a high stakes and competitive game. If a player makes 35 runs regularly, but then gives away 10 runs because of his poor fielding, then that player’s worth to the team is really only 25 runs. In my mind given the chance Alam is capable of batting better than players like Misbah and Malik. That coupled with his fielding, makes his net utility very high, and as such a very valuable player for the team.

Amidst the pinch hitters (Afridi, Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Akmal, Razzaq) , slow players (Butt) and selfish players (Misbah, Malik) you need to have someone who can rotate the strike and occasionally put the bad ball away for a boundary, someone who can take pressure off by taking quick singles and doubles etc. If Alam is properly utilised he can become a great player- the problem is that due to policies of bias and favouritism he is not getting chances to perform.

The travesty is that, we expect Alam to do something which is his weakest point- hit 4s and 6s regularly and convert losing causes into winning results. It is this travesty that is destroying the career of a potentially great cricketer for Pakistan.

A viictim not just of politics and favouritism, but also of ill judgement and lack of logic

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 3, 2010 - 11:16 PM

    khansahab

    A good thread with sound facts and stats. The irony is, be it Fawad Alam, Sami, Kaneria or any other player from Karachi if he is good, that is not good enough for others. Because, they think there are better players elsewhere and when those better players perform poorly their mistakes or their poor performance is not highlighted. In fact they are covered like, Ramiz Raja was covering up for Misbah and Salman Butt.

    When Misbah dropped the first catch of Watson off the bowling of Hafeez, Ramiz Raja said, “Misbah tried his “bayst” but, mind you he is 35.” So age is a bloody excuse for that. The second time he dropped the same batsman’s catch Raja said, “It was a difficult chance running backwards.” Sanjay Manjreker reminded Raja about the catch Shahid Afridi took in London during the 2nd T20 WC it was more difficult and Afridi had to cover more distance. Raja remained silent.

    When Salman Butt dropped David Hussey’s simple catch Raja said, “Generally Salman Butt is a renowned “caycher.” He did not say anything more than that. And it was Fawad Alam who took the catch of David Hussey and also that of the dangerous Cameron White and there was not a word of appreciation from Ramiz Raja. So what do you call this A FAIRNESS? Shame on Ramiz Raja and those who promote nepotism and favouritism.

  2. #2 by khansahab on May 4, 2010 - 6:41 PM

    Umar Gul blames ‘dropped catches bane’ for loss against Australia in World T20

    2010-05-04 15:30:00

    Injured Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has held the team’s poor fielding display responsible for the massive 34-run defeat against Australia in the ICC World T20 Championship.

    Gul, who failed to recover on time from his shoulder injury and was omitted from the T20 squad for the coveted tournament at the very last moment, said Pakistani fielders dropped too many catches, which changed the result of the match.

    “Catches win matches, and you simply cannot drop players of the calibre of Shane Watson and David Hussey. The catches that Misbah-ul-Haq and Salman Butt dropped hit Pakistan very hard,” Gul said.

    Hussey was dropped by Salman Butt near the long-off boundary on five. The drop cost Pakistan dearly as he went on to smash 53 off 29 deliveries, which included four sixes in a Mohammed Sami over.

    Misbah-ul-Haq then dropped Watson at mid-wicket adding to Sami’s woes. The Australian all-rounder went on to score 81 runs off 49.

    “Both catches should have been taken and could have entirely changed the course of the match. On flat decks like the one in St Lucia, bowlers need the support of their fielders, but yesterday the support wasn’t there. With Watson gone and Hussey back in the pavilion early, Pakistan could have applied some pressure on the Australians,” PakPassion.net quoted Gul, as saying.

    Gul, who is Pakistan’s most successful T20 bowler, hailed captain Shahid Afridi’s decision to open the bowling with spinner Mohammed Hafeez, but said the skipper lacked a “Plan B” when the move backfired.

    “It was a plan that was clearly designed to stifle dangerous Aussie opening batsman David Warner, who is recognised as being more comfortable against pace, rather than spin. However when Hafeez started to get hit around, then the plan should have been altered straight away. But it seemed to me that there was no alternative plan,” Gul said.

    He also pointed out that Pakistani bowlers lacked variations, and were pretty predictable in the match.

    “The pitch was slow and very good for batting. In those circumstances you have to vary your length, line and pace. I would have expected more bouncers, slow bouncers, quick bouncers, especially after Sami got rid of Warner to a short ball. I was surprised that we didnt see more shorter deliveries,” Gul said. (ANI)

  3. #3 by khansahab on May 4, 2010 - 7:07 PM

    Renowned journalist Mr Nisar who is not affiliated with any party, nor is from Karachi, is advising the people of Punjab to make the right choices:

  4. #4 by khansahab on May 4, 2010 - 7:23 PM

    Theossa

    Those sixes came as a result of fluke. If he was a natural six hitter he would have hit a lot more.

    Whether I was emotional or not, I have managed to convince you it seems. Which is all that matters 🙂

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 4, 2010 - 9:09 PM

    Duckworth and Lewis took England to the second round. Now England and Pakistan are in the same group. Pakistan always play very poorly against England, it will take a lot of effort, planning and execution to stick to the plan and perform to beat England. They are a good T20 side now especially with Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan in the late middle order which Afridi and Abdul Razzaq cannot do and they are doing it. The way England played against West Indies if they play like that then they can beat any team. Today, Ireland bowled and fielded extremely well to restrict England to 120 but, this was another pitch not the same as England vs. West Indies. So, it all depends on the pitch. But, right now the number one enemy is the weather. I hope there will be no rain for the next matches. It doesn’t matter if the match is washed out between Australia and Bangladesh because that suits Pakistan. 🙂

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 5, 2010 - 2:46 AM

    ZAHEER ABBASS conveniently forgot Misbah ul Haq’s name among the fielders who dropped catches, here is what he said in an interview to DAWN:

    KARACHI: Former Test cricketer Zaheer Abbas has said Pakistan lost their World Twenty20 match against Australia by 34 runs because of complacency.

    “They played brilliantly against Bangladesh in their opening match. A 142-run opening partnership by Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt was commendable. However, they failed to go in the match against Australia with the same determination and the players looked somewhat complacent,” Zaheer said.

    Pakistan had defeated Bangladesh by 21 runs in their first match of the event.

    He further said the team should always go in any match as a new expedition and should take every precaution without being occupied by victory or defeat in previous outing.

    “Each match is a new one and former experiences should not make the team go on a defensive or take a match easily,” he added.

    He said Pakistan has to work on their fielding as it has been a loophole for a very long time and Pakistan has to pay a heavy price because of it.

    “You cannot afford to drop catches and miss field in international matches. Look the damage David Hussey did after he got a life when Salman Butt dropped his catch. It is not a domestic match one has to put his best whether he is bowling, batting or fielding,” Zaheer stressed.

    When Salman dropped Hussey’s catch, the Australian was playing on 17 runs. However, with a new life, Hussey went on to complete his fifty in only 27 ball
    s. Zaheer said that bowlers failed in the match except Mohammad Aamir and Saeed Ajmal.—PPI

  7. #7 by Mohammed Munir on May 5, 2010 - 5:40 AM

    ICC is failing with these West Indian experiences of the World Cups.

    The cricket’s ruling body should have learned their lessons seeing the earlier ODI World Cup going wrong in West Indies and so there was absolutely no need to again play T20 World Cup in the same country. It’s such a shame that the weather is once again playing the villain’s role and Ireland, who played superbly, is being deprived of serious chances of making it to the super-eight round. Whereas, England who was unlucky in the first game when they scored 191 and lost to host West Indies on D&L, was lucky enough this time round to go on and win on the same D&L system against Ireland in spite of scoring only 120 runs.

    Similarly several other games are badly effected by the weather conditions. ICC should have seen this coming.

    Secondly, West Indies is not even able to fill their ground with enough spectators. I mean, after seeing the IPL matches and hoards of audiences even for simple club games, this T20 World Cup seems totally lackluster affair.

    Fortunately enough, we haven’t seen any dramatic upsets and by end of the day, we shall, hopefully, see the back of all B grade teams (Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Bangladesh).

    I hope and pray ICC have kept some extra days for the super-eight round and we shall not see some good teams ending up losers thanks to rains, while the fans suffer their worst nightmares missing a good game.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 5, 2010 - 12:01 PM

    Munir

    Check out the previous thread and see this is what I have been saying all along that the only thing that worries me is the weather and already rain has ruined 4 games and the first round is not complete yet. The WI board has done everything to attract spectators by reducing ticket price ($5 only) and by allowing school kids to come for free and yet half the stadium and in some matches almost all is empty. Like the PCB, the ICC will also never learn.

    Originally today’s match between Australia and Bangladesh was scheduled to be played in the morning at 09:30 hrs and now it is scheduled at 13:00 hrs. I had changed my appointments for afternoon and now I cannot see this match live, I have to record it.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 5, 2010 - 5:56 PM

    PAKISTAN SEEMS TO BE DOOMED.

    Bangladesh have restricted Australia to 73/6 in 13 overs and it is not likely they will score more than 120 and Bangladesh has a chance to exit Pakistan.

  10. #10 by khansahab on May 5, 2010 - 6:02 PM

    Afridi unhappy with team’s show in World Twenty20

    Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is disappointed with his team’s performance in group matches of the World Twenty20 championship in the West Indies but says he “can’t beat my players with a stick” to make them do better in the coming games.
    The defending champions beat Bangladesh in their opening match of the tournament in St Lucia but succumbed tamely to Australia on the same venue in their second game.
    Pakistan’s poor showing in its 34-run defeat against the Aussies has ignited strong criticism back at home and Afridi has conceded in an interview that it was a major cause for concern for the team management.
    “We played poorly against Australia,” said Afridi. “But the thing is that I can’t just go out there and beat these boys with a stick and make them do better. I have talked to them and have tried to raise their morale and hopefully we will do well in our coming matches,” said the flamboyant all-rounder.
    Pakistan arrived in the Caribbean fancying their chances of defending the title because of what appeared to be a potent bowling attack. But so far against both Bangladesh and Australia, their bowlers have failed to impress.
    ‘We’ve bowled really badly so far,” said Afridi. “I won’t put the blame on others because I myself have been bowling poorly. We will have to improve our bowling to have any chances of advancing beyond the Super-Eight stage of the tournament,” he stressed.

  11. #11 by khansahab on May 5, 2010 - 6:08 PM

    Javed A Khan

    If you look at the other Karachi players, some of them like Sami have been given enough chances and have disappointed. I myself have never supported Sami although I have expressed sympathy at the disproportionate number of catches dropped off his bowling.

    When it comes to Fawad Alam people are extremely impatient, I don’t know whether that is because he is a better player than Misbah/Malik etc. I am sure if he had been sent into bat when Misbah was sent vs Australia, he would have played better than Misbah.

    It seems that either he is not given chances, or when he is given chances people expect him to pull off a miracle.

  12. #12 by Mohammed Munir on May 5, 2010 - 6:27 PM

    Australia finished at 141 and BD needs 142 to win, which won’t be easy, no matter what.

    BTW, who all would we play in next round ? 😉

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 5, 2010 - 6:30 PM

    IF Pakistan qualifies to the next round they must decorate Mike Hussey with a medal. Single handedly he took the total from 76/6 in 14 overs to a very respectable 141/7. A total that Australia can defend unless their fast battery goes flat. There is no Mitchel Johnson today but, Harris is a very effective fast bowler so let us see what happens next.

    khansahab

    lets watch the bitter half of the match and then we will talk about Afridi, Misbah, Alam and Sami etc.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 5, 2010 - 6:34 PM

    Munir

    Iss waqt naza ka alam hai lets watch the second half of the match first which is going to start in a while. 😀

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 5, 2010 - 7:57 PM

    FINALLY.…………… the moments of jitters and suspense ended and Australia won in style that means Pakistan is in for the second round.

    In the 1992 WC that Pakistan won, their fate was depending on the match between Australia and West Indies and Australia won and both teams were eliminated from the tournament and Pakistan came in and finally won the cup. After the win, a Pakistani was seen wearing a T-shirt PAKISTAN WORLD CHAMPIONS written on the front and on the back of the T-shirt…. THANK YOU AUSTRALIA.

    How long Pakistan will play like this? How long they have to depend on other matches result for them to qualify for the next round? They must consider it as a blessing and reorganize their team efforts and from here onwards win every single match they play. There is no short cut to success, you fail to deliver, you are out.

  16. #16 by khansahab on May 5, 2010 - 9:20 PM

    PTI to turn country into Pakistan of Jinnah: Imran Khan

    PATOKI: Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that if PTI got an opportunity to form its government in Pakistan, “We will transform Pakistan according to Quaid-e-Azam’s dreamed Pakistan”.

    Addressing to a massive gathering here on Saturday, he termed presidency of Asif Ali Zardari as unfortunate for the masses in the country adding that the public have no access to electricity and are facing problems of unemployment and inflation.

    He also pointed out that the country’s political system has been run by feudals, who were carrying politics of police station and courts, while the common men were being humiliated at every level.

    PTI Chairman reiterated that if PTI got an opportunity to form its government in Pakistan, the country would be transformed according to the dreamed Pakistan of the founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

    He also urged on the masses to support PTI to transform the fate of the country towards betterment as time has changed for the incumbents and the masses have to come on roads to gain their rights.

  17. #17 by khansahab on May 5, 2010 - 9:25 PM

    Govt wasted money over UN report: Imran Khan

    Karachi: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan has said that PPP led government wasted US $ 100 million on the UN commission report regarding assassination of Benazir Bhutto saying it has no worth as the people are aware of the facts.

    He expressed these views while addressing a press conference. The PTI Chairman said that the corrupt and incapable people are at the helm of affairs and people could not tolerate them for the next three years.

    Expressing his reservations on the 18th amendment, He said that the political parties have curbed the independence of the judiciary through this amendment. The corrupt elements do not want an independent judiciary, he said adding an independent judiciary is the only panacea for elimination of the menace of corruption from the country.

    He said that the renaming of NWFP would divide the people on ethnic basis.

  18. #18 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 6, 2010 - 12:57 AM

    Afghanistan bowled well to restrict SA to 137/7 but, they don’t have batsmen to face the fast bowling of Steyn and Morkel. They need a good coach and I can say they have better potential than Bangladesh has because, this is their debut in the International arena and they showed their guts and the bowling talent. Some of their batsmen are good against spin bowling but, they need more exposure on fast tracks against real good fast bowlers. I wish them best of luck for their future.

  19. #19 by Mohammed Munir on May 6, 2010 - 6:26 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Yes you are right, Afghanistan played fantastically and this being their first major event ever, they were better then Bangladesh and Ireland. Afghanistan definitely have great potential, but unfortunately they don’t have opportunities, facilities, infrastructure or cricket academies at grass-root level. In spite of all these odds, they not only made it to a major event like World Cup, but also played well.

    About their better bowling, I think the main reason is that most of Afghan players are well-built, strong and powerful, while their coach, Kabir Khan who is ex-Pakistan Test player, was a fast bowler himself. So probably this is why they are better in bowling department.

  20. #20 by Mohammed Munir on May 6, 2010 - 6:28 AM

    Pakistan plays their first Super-Eight game today against England at 13.30 GMT in Bridgetown Barbados.

    But the weather forecast for today shows some ‘scattered showers’, which may interrupt the game 😦

    England is the only team which have managed to reach the Super-8 round without winning any game in the first round, as they lost to West Indies (rain + D&L) whereas against Ireland the match was tied with no result with England and Ireland getting one point each and England qualifying on better run-rate.

    Pakistan’s second game will be against New Zealand (who defeated them last year at Champions Trophy, SA) on Saturday 08.05.2010, while our third game will be with South Africa on Monday 10.05.201021.

    Since Pakistan is coming to Super-8 round as runners-up from their group A, I think they would have to win all their three matches, which will never be easy.

  21. #21 by Mohammed Munir on May 6, 2010 - 9:58 AM

    Cool like Shahid…

    The defending World Twenty20 champions aren’t looking too hot at this year’s tournament. Pakistan need some spark, some gumption, and if history is to go by, it will have to come from a captain fantastic. So in an effort to reinvigorate the main man and galvanise the team, I want to remind Shahid Afridi (and the rest of the world) that nobody, and I mean nobody, messes with the floppy-haired beast – not even the mighty Chuck Norris himself.

    Pakistan’s captain is so great, this list of things that illustrate his greatness is probably redundant

    1. The ball-biting incident was Shahid Afridi having an early-evening snack. At actual meal-times, Shahid Afridi eats meteorites.

    2. Shahid Afridi doesn’t bowl googlies because he thinks the name is too sissy.

    3. Shahid Afridi is so blindingly brilliant that batsmen request the sightscreen be moved in front of wherever he’s fielding.

    4. Shahid Afridi doesn’t wear a crotch guard because he’s made of steel down there. A fast bowler once struck him in the “sensitive area”. The ball went ping and soared out of the ground for six.

    5. Most cricketers sledge. Shahid Afridi delivers the last rites.

    6. No batsman has ever walked to a Shahid Afridi lbw appeal, because on impact their legs are immediately broken.

    7. Shahid’s Afridi’s flipper is so quick and slippery because he actually springs a real live dolphin out of the back of his hand.

    8. Shahid Afridi’s beard is so virile it makes Chuck Norris’ face seem like a freshly powdered baby’s bottom.

    9. One season Shahid Afridi had a batting strike rate of infinity.

    10. One season Shahid Afridi had a bowling strike rate in the negative numbers.

    11. Shahid Afridi’s legbreaks are so sharp, Gillette will bring them out next year as the Mach 4.

    12. Shahid Afridi once made the home fans at an opposition team’s stadium cry so much that “rain” stopped play.

    13. Shahid Afridi has broken so many hearts they had to set up a special cardiovascular institute in Karachi.

    14. The Bangladeshi batting line-up are so short because years ago Shahid Afridi chopped their ancestors in half with a single roundhouse pull shot, shortening the gene pool forever.

    15. The Australian bowling line-up are so tall because years ago Shahid Afridi stormed their ancestors’ village in a cricket pitch roller and stretched everything in sight, elongating the gene pool forever.

    16. Shahid Afridi is called Boom Boom because he’s actually Pakistan’s top-secret most powerful nuclear bomb.

    17. Shahid Afridi has such great hair that L’Oreal came weeping at his feet in shame, crying, “We’re not worth it.”

    18. Shahid Afridi is so strong he needs only needs 20 items in this list. Other so-called tough guys are so insecure and over-hyped they need over 200 websites devoted to bigging themselves up.

    19. Shahid Afridi is still only 30 years old because when he looked at Time three years ago, it got so scared it froze.

    20. Oh, and one more thing: Shahid Afridi scored the fastest century in international cricket in his first-ever innings in international cricket.

    Article by: Imran Yusuf, who works for the Express Tribune, an English-language newspaper in Pakistan.

    Source: Cricinfo – Page 2.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 6, 2010 - 11:28 AM

    Munir

    The author forgot to add

    21. Imran Yusuf is a Ch2So4 and he gets nightmares of Shahid Afridi every night.

  23. #23 by Mohammed Munir on May 6, 2010 - 12:17 PM

    LOL @ Javed’s 21st point 😉

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 6, 2010 - 2:39 PM

    Shahid Afridi was desperate to make his first run and ran like a heated bi*ch to get himself run out for a duck on the first ball. There was NO run there, the fielder was right there in front him and he ran. Later he was blaming Umer Akmal for not responding to his call. Such an idiot he is.

    Misbah ul Haq should be KICKED ON HIS ASS and must be sent back home. He wasted so many balls and each time he was moving towards the leg stump to make room and free his arms and Yardy was following him and darting the ball on his legs resulting in dot balls and then Misbah did his usual Ch2yapa by pre-meditating the shot jumping on the other side and play a reverse sweep only to get clean bowled. Why not give Hammad Azam a chance his place?

  25. #25 by Theossa on May 6, 2010 - 3:11 PM

    Well what can I say about Afridi the captain who ran like a headless chicken to get himself run out. Come on Afridi! He should make amends with his bowling which he can do very well on this pitch which is offering a lot of grip for spinners. And how about Fawad Alam? I guess Saeed Ajmal can play better attacking cricket than him these days. Fawad can redeem himself by taking a catch or two and so far, it seems though, that’s all he can do 😀

    At Khansahab’s quote:
    ” Those sixes came as a result of fluke”

    In other words Fawad Alam playing a match winning innings was a fluke 😀

  26. #26 by Theossa on May 6, 2010 - 3:48 PM

    What kind of field placement is that? Ajmal, Misbah, and Butt should never field in front of batsman. Why Afridi took off Razzaq after just one over who didn’t bowl badly at all? Instead of joining Ajmal like the successful tandem they had last year, Afridi sent in Hafeez to join Ajmal. Bloopers continue!

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 6, 2010 - 4:18 PM

    Saeed Ajmal equaled Kamran Akmal’s record of DROPPING THREE CATCHES in a row of the same batsman Kieswetter, things would have been different if he had held the first catch. The way Asif bowled was expected after seeing his face and his body language from the outset. He looked completely drained out like a choosa howa mango and there was no speed, no movement, no swing, no zing and no guile in his bowling. Razzaq as usual looked emotionless during his batting and also during his bowling.

    This match is in 14th over and the match is already over, in fact in my opinion it was over during the Pakistan innings when it was in the 14th over. And just now Fawad Alam dropped one at the boundary and that went off for a six. Even Afghanistan played better than Pakistan.

  28. #28 by Theossa on May 6, 2010 - 4:18 PM

    The reintroduction of Ajmal in 14th over is a bit too late, batsmen are well set now. Afridi has made more bowling changes than a child changes diapers, sign of a clueless captain. His own bowling is below par. I’m outta here.

  29. #29 by Shoaib on May 6, 2010 - 5:02 PM

    This has been proved now 140 or 150 is not really enough score unlike last year. Now teams have set the bar a little bit higher than last tournament. Pakistan fielding was a joke. bad set of fielding, Ajmal should have been changed after first easy drop catch but Afridi left him there for another 2. It was pretty predictable who is going to win after 5 drop catches. Everybody was crying to bring Asif back in the squad and he bowled like he has been wa*king himself all night, he looked tired and not interested. My goodness me who to blame?

    Slow and immature batting? Ludicrous fielding? Terrible bowling? Or awful bowling selection? I think not just one thing could be blamed, enormous contribution from every department. I guess that was club vs. national side. Pakistan could have won this match smoothly but of course that wasn’t the case this time. I tell you what my gut feeling is telling me that Pakistan will not qualify for Semis.T20 is a bit unpredictable game till the end but I think India, Australia or South Africa one of them will hold the cup this time.

  30. #30 by khansahab on May 6, 2010 - 5:23 PM

    Hafeez and Misbah should be dropped. Alam should bat in the top order and someone Hammad Azam or K Latif should also be in the batting order.

    Enough is enough with this nonsense where Alam comes to bat at no 8.

  31. #31 by khansahab on May 6, 2010 - 5:26 PM

    Misbah played the most pathetic knock and Akmal did not play to his potential. Akmal is the keeper so he can be excused but Hafeez and Misbah are not playing well.

    This is what I meant by players who get chances to perform, but fail. Look at how many times in his career Misbah has been gifted the opportunity on a silver plate to play a good knock, but either he gets out stupidly or plays too slow.

  32. #32 by newguy on May 6, 2010 - 5:52 PM

    Hi Guys,

    I was very surprised that Pakistan lost their way in the middle and ended up getting only 147, which is not a par score these days in T20 unless the wicket is very hard to bat on, that was not the case here. They started well and at one point was going at 8 runs an over when they were 77 or so and I thought they could add another 100 runs from here on easily. 170 would be par score to defend. But the lower order lost the plot, even 20 or 30 runs from 2 lower middle order would have been enough. Even after Afridi was out and they were five down they still had enough time for a few good hits out of the ground. In the end score around 150 was going to be too low to challenge a batting lineup like England which has some good hitters like Morgan, Peterson, Luke Wright et al.

    There are no easy games for Pakistan from here on, boh NZ and SA will play hard.

    This is a warning to Ind for tomorrow, they have to play hard and win the first game, otherwise it gets difficult later on.

  33. #33 by newguy on May 6, 2010 - 7:02 PM

    SA finished at 170 with final blitz from Albie Morkel. This is what I was talking earlier that Pakistan even after 14 or 15 over had chance to finish strong. One among Misbah ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, and Fawad Alam should have gone berserk towards the end. It appears that Razzaq and Alam are passangers, and even Misbah haven’t set stables on fire yet. SA were 100-3 after 14 overs and Pak were 99-4 after 14, it is the final burst from Morkel that helped them finish strong. Razzaq is in team as all rounder I understand, and if Alam is coming at No. 8 he needs to be a strong finisher, it doesn’t appear either are finishers.

    In T20 you need strong hitters coming after #5, and top order can be solid, but finishers need to be able to clear the ground.

  34. #34 by Shoaib on May 6, 2010 - 9:48 PM

    I am sure that everyone have seen Butt in the Caribbean in the post match presentation saying hello testing 123 to the winning team. But not sure if everyone knows that Butt has been there in the Caribbean since before the start of the event and he is not alone lol. Butt is with the new sports minister who was thinking to sack him at first but at the moment butt is trying to make him happy by providing him five star hotel stay with all inclusive and of course on the expense of PCB.

    Butt is the first cricket chairman of any country who landed there for T20 cup, another world record made by Butt. Congratulations to Mr Butt for this great achievement.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 7, 2010 - 12:39 AM

    newguy

    when Alam came in to bat only 19 balls were remaining, on those pitches many well known and recognized players have failed to score big yet, namely Brendum McCullum, Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram, Graeme Smith, Dilshan, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Gambhir, Paul Collingwood etc., and today was the first time Umar Akmal scored 30 plus runs. Except for Abdul Razzaq these players come as openers or top order batsmen, so if they have not been able to score runs when they have enough time and overs left how can one expect Alam to score sixes and fours? Abdul Razzaq hit one six and the next ball he was out. I don’t think Alam should be judged like others. Look at Pathetic ul Haq he scored 13 in 14 balls and mostly in single and dot balls and then he played a stupid reverse sweep shot to get bowled. They should try the new player Hammad Azam in his place.

    khanshab

    Forget about Khalid Latif, he is not a T20 player. I am really surprised at Salman Butt who has played two three good innings at a good strike rate otherwise the way he used to play earlier, he did not deserve to be in the T20 squad.

    Saeed Ajmal’s pathetic fielding today cost the match it doesn’t matter if he has taken a couple of wickets because, dropping those catches resulted in more runs and also it disheartened the other players who saw him dropping one after the other catch. Look at the way the big man Kevin Pietersen took the catch, Southee took that catch of Kallis and then the best of all was Gibbs catch he was airborne when he took that catch. New Zealand lost because of SA’s excellent fielding.

    People were deploring Sami’s inclusion only because of that one over in which he gave away 28 runs i.e., because Salman Butt dropped David Hussey’s catch and he went berserk after that. Other than that Sami bowled well in the previous match he took 3 wickets. Today Asif was included only because of the media pressure and the comments from the GREAT EXPERTS of Pakistan. They should have seen that Asif is not in form, he has no match practice and in the warm up games he gave away too many runs. Waqar Younus being a good bowler and the coach must have also seen Asif’s performance and must have been a member of the selection committee along with Afridi and Yawar Saeed the manager to exclude Asif. Therefore, to keep on brooding and lamenting about Asif’s exclusion in the previous matches should not be viewed as a criminal offense by the captain, coach and the manager. Now, those who were so vocal and demanding Asif’s inclusion must be silenced after seeing Asif’s pathetic bowling in which he gave away 43 runs.

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 7, 2010 - 12:50 AM

    I am waiting for tomorrow’s match between Australia and India, one of the teams from this group will play the finals. After seeing tomorrow’s result one can safely predict which one will go to the finals.

    India’s bowling department is weak, they should adapt the NZ technique of using Harbhajan Singh and Nehra as opening bowlers, the pace and spin is working. Nathan McCullum did a good job, it was Bond who was punished earlier on except for his last over which was great. And, Dhoni should play at number 4. If he comes at number 6 or 7 its not going to work, he is in good form, better than Yuvraj so he must come right after Raina (3) then India will have a chance to score more runs.

    The Australian pace battery is at its best, with Nannes and Tait bowling at tandem and restricting the openers to score, Gambhir should play he will score against big teams, Murali Vijay ………….. I don’t have that much hope with him he scored in the first match but in the second he scored a duck and that was expected, if he plays tomorrow he won’t be able to score big for sure.

    India must use their spinners earlier on especially if Harbhajan makes a breakthrough Australia will be under pressure. They play well against fast bowlers and Nehra if he keeps his line and length and does not experiment too many variations and give 6-7 runs in his first 2 overs that will be a big achievement and the spinners should dominate. A mediocre bowler like Yardy whose first over was converted into meters (11 runs) came back strong after the openers departed. So, India must use not only Chawla but also, Yuvraj, Raina and YKP as well to restrict David Warner and Shane Watson.

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 7, 2010 - 12:15 PM

    Guys there is a new thread, CATCHES WIN MATCHES, please contribute your views there. Thanks.

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