CAPTAINCY OR MUSICAL CHAIRS?

When it comes to leadership, he is serious

When it comes to leadership, he is serious

The reason Pakistan cricket team’s performance is inconsistent is because, the PCB, its chairman and selectors themselves are incompetently inconsistent and they are a bunch of incapable bureaucrats who do nothing except “wagging their tongue” and Ijaz Butt especially has a forked tongue. Ever since he became the Chairman he has been prevaricating and equivocating his statements, deceiving and telling lies, denying what he has said earlier and then he loves to create uncertainty, suspense, drama and the outcome is always a bad result.

Apart from banning Yousuf and Younus for no reason he is now creating this captaincy issue and turning it into a drama for no reason.  The captaincy issue is the only card that the PCB keeps playing after every series, every tournament, every quarter if not every month.  In good old days, captains were made for a good number of years and the role of leadership is well defined.

If the PCB creates this suspense and drama each time before a tour or a major tournament then, there will always be disunity within the team. The younger players or, those who want to take revenge against others deliberately under perform to make the existing captain a failure. They know that if the team loses, perhaps they will get a chance to step in or get someone in his place who is more dear to them. If this kinda atmosphere is allowed to breed within the team, there will no end to it, because grouping and creating trivial politics within the team is a disaster recipe.  By now we all know that there were groups in the team and a group of players vowed and pledged to ouster Younus Khan from his captaincy by deliberately under-performing and Rana Naveed has confirmed this.

Shoaib Malik is the key figure or, it wouldn’t be wrong to say the father of creating trivial politics within the team especially since he has a history of doing such things at domestic and international level.  At domestic level he himself agreed on losing the match deliberately and was fined, at international level the coach, captain and manager of the team have given their statements in front of the inquiry tribunal that he was like a termite in destroying the team spirit and team unity.

Kamran Akmal dropping Husseys’ catches or missing a run out may not be the result of match fixing or betting but, it is very likely that it is due to the pact or the oath they took to ouster Mohammed Yousuf as a captain.  For this he definitely needs to be penalized and the reason must be given by the PCB instead of denying, delaying or keeping such decisions in pending. It is not good for the player and it is not good for the team.

It is good to see that Salman Butt was batting well after a long time. By appointing him captain it is very likely that he may not perform with the extra burden.  Besides, a player is not a Dolphin or a Whale that needs a treat after every performance.  Now, Salman Butt performed well lets give him the captaincy role.  The PCB is sitting there with a carrot and a stick all the time. They need to give time for the captain to breathe and lead for a few times. You cannot judge a player’s performance from one appearance be it as a bowler, batsman or a captain.

AFRIDI MUST BE THE  CAPTAIN FOR ALL THE THREE FORMATS, IJAZ BUTT MUST STOP PLAYING THIS GAME OF MUSICAL CHAIRS.

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  1. #1 by khansahab on May 23, 2010 - 8:06 AM

    Is it correct to experiment by appointing a relatively inexperienced player as captain (who is not an automatic selection) in such a high profile Test series?

    Razzaq and Afridi have announced their availability for Tests. It is unclear whether Malik and Misbah would return to international cricket.

    When Butt was promoted to vice captain his batting completely failed. Does he have the mental strength to perform in challenging conditions in England?

    Afridi should be the captain. We know that the bowlers ought to be Asif, Aamer, Gul, Kaneria/Ajmal and Butt, U Akmal, Fawad, Afridi should be the batsmen. Now all that is needed is 3 more players- 1 keeper and 2 specialist batsmen.

    I don’t think the PCB is interested in sorting out Mohd Yousuf. Younis Khan is also not being taken seriously. Pakistan is set to announce the captain and squads next week- I think we can take it as given that Yousuf and Younis will not be in the Test side.

  2. #2 by khansahab on May 23, 2010 - 8:07 AM

    Salman is best choice for Tests: Wasim Akram

    LAHORE: With several nations experimenting with separate captains for different formats of the game, Pakistan could well follow suit. Prolific opener Salman Butt is on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) radar to take over as new Test skipper. With Test series coming up against England and Australia, Pakistan are hunting for a skipper and Salman seems to be ahead of T20 captain Shahid Afridi. Salman has a few supporters too, including former captain Wasim Akram. After being humiliated in Australia (Pakistan lost the Test, ODI and T20 matches), Mohammad Yousuf was stripped of his captaincy. Afridi may have done a good job in the limited over format, but the all-rounder does not make the Test squad. Hence, Wasim feels Salman is the best option available.

    Speaking to a sports channel on Wednesday, Wasim said: “Salman has performed really well in recent times. Afridi’s place in the Test squad is not fixed, so there is no question of him being made the skipper. In the absence of senior blokes like Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik, Salman is the right choice for the job.” Pakistan cricket continues to grab the headlines for the wrong reasons and a leaked video of a recent PCB probe is now making news. Wasim is keeping safe distance from allegations of match fixing apparently made by former manager Intikhab Alam and ex-bowling coach Aaqib Javed.

    Reports say Intikhab and Aaqib are suspecting Kamran Akmal’s involvement in match-fixing during the series against Australia in December-January. Staying clear of this, Wasim said he was ‘happy’ not to be part of the probe. “I have read it in the newspapers. I was also a part of this inquiry and thank God, I could not make it due to my television commitments. I could not attend any of their meetings.” The 43-year-old Wasim also felt there was a lot of mistrust between the players and the PCB. “One thing is for sure, players have lost faith in the Board and vice-versa. This was a very private inquiry. So I do not think next time anybody will trust the PCB. This is not on. The players have gone through a lot. They performed badly in Australia and then went through a lot of probes. But they did well to reach the T20 World Cup semi-finals.”

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 23, 2010 - 8:07 AM

    Afridi’s coming back to test arena must solve the PCB problems in choosing the captain for England tour. He should be retained captain not just for the T20 but for ALL formats of the game.

  4. #4 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 23, 2010 - 8:11 AM

    khansahab

    Once again Wasim Akram is spitting venom in creating divisions and factions within the team by saying who is better and who is not better. He simply cannot digest the fact that the captain has to be from Punjab. Wasim Akram should give his views to the BCCI rather than to the PCB because he spends more time in India, in fact he practically lives in India and occasionally visits Pakistan.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 23, 2010 - 8:32 AM

    Wasim Akram should open his eyes and compare the stats of Afridi and Salman Butt in test matches before opening his big mouth.

    Salman Butt
    played 27 test matches at an average of 30.96 at a strike rate of 45.70 he scored only 3 centuries and 8 fifties.

    Afridi
    played 26 test matches at an averageof 37.40 at a strike rate of 86.13 he scored 5 centuries and 8 fifties. BESIDES

    Afridi has taken 47 wickets at an economy rate of 3.18

    So, what is Akram talking about? He was a great bowler once upon a time but right now he is Sushmita Sen ka Pujari and he should be playing that “Ek Hasina Ek Khiladi” role and stay in India.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 23, 2010 - 8:35 AM

    I have written this comment in the previous thread and just for the record, I want to copy paste it in this new thread and this comment is more appropriate here:

    Quote:

    Is it worth to select Salman Butt as captain of the test side?

    Salman Butt whose place in the playing XI was doubtful in the T20 WC, and he scored some good runs doesn’t mean he should suddenly be the captain of Pakistan team. Butt has no experience of captaincy nor, he is a captaincy material. He is “a keep” in the team because he is a Butt, and secondly, he is an erratic batsman, who has never been consistent except for these 4 matches he played in the T20 WC. His fielding is pathetic and he is not a bowler. So, when he doesn’t score he is a liability, a drag in the team. His English is slightly better than others (andhaon may kaana Raja) doesn’t guarantee him to represent Pakistan as a captain in any form of the game.

    Changing the team captain for every single tour is a disaster recipe, especially since Afridi has agreed to play test matches and his average in terms of bowling, batting and even fielding is better than Salman Butt in test matches, there is no point in not making him captain.
    He lead the team well in the WC considering it has his first assignment and taking a demoralized team into the tournament without some of the senior players and key bowler Umar Gul, yet the team fought well and reached the semis and that was the best match of the tournament that Pakistan lost to Australia. Had they won that semifinal, it would have been easier for them to beat England. Anyways, no ifs and buts now but, the point is his captaincy was good and people can debate why he chose Ajmal to bowl the last over?

    Afridi’ captained his side better than Michael Clarke of Australia. He must be made captain of the ODI as well as the test team. Ijaz Butt is a real Big PITA to the game of cricket and he should be fired without a second thought. He is ruining the game of cricket in Pakistan.

    Unquote.

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 23, 2010 - 3:30 PM

    Why are they keeping Younus Khan’s case on the back burner? What is the reason to keep on deferring his appeal to another date? Is it a deliberate ruse to keep him away from Asia Cup and from the England tour? I don’t think Mohammed Yousuf has even filed his appeal to consider his ban, or has he? It is really a shame that there is no one in Pakistan who can remove the BIG BUTT from the office of the PCB. For the game of cricket in Pakistan he is the most destructive person to be around. Every day he keeps making bloopers, he uses his VETO against everyone. The Senate Committee calls him, he goes there takes a nap comes back addresses to the media and says, it is all nonsense.

    Just a few days ago he was called by the Senate Committee for the umpteenth time and said the same thing and now they are calling him again on May 31st. But, he is meeting with the selectors on May 25th and after that he will announce the captain of the team for Asia Cup and may be the team squad as well? Who knows, only Butt knows? Jaanay na Jaanay Gul hee na jaanay Butt tou sub kuch jaanay hai…… Ijaz Butt is a monster and he must be removed from the PCB. The sooner the better.

  8. #8 by Omer on May 23, 2010 - 6:06 PM

    Khansahab,

    I would say, Razzaq and Umar Gul shouldn’t be in the test side. In place of Gul I would rather Razzaq be played, but I’d keep that tall fast bowler or Sohail Khan in the squad. Gul is not as good a bowler in tests, and Razzaq, though a very good one day player because of his batting, is not a test level wicket-taking bowler.

    So, bowling should be Asif, Aamer, Sohail Khan/tall fast bowler, Kaneria, Afridi

  9. #9 by khansahab on May 23, 2010 - 6:31 PM

    Omer

    Good point. Obviously when we mention playing XI’s we tend to state players that we know of.

    I am not sure about Gul, because on England’s pitches he might prove useful. He has decent bounce and pace.

    I don’t know how Akmal will keep against Kaneria and Afridi. In Test matches he can’t concentrate, he is a pathetic keeper.

    I think Butt will be under too much pressure if he is appointed captain and his batting will be affected. They should make him vice captain first and see how he is responding. I know the position of vice captain is a nothing position, but it’s too big a jump from average-Test-opener to Test captain.

    Butt has had a decent run in the past year or so, but his form has never been consistent. He is a poor fielder, and struggles against pace and swing. But let us see how he performs. Now that his form has been good he needs to realise that he needs to score runs. Pakistan looks like it won’t have a reputable middle order in this series so Butt needs to find form.

    As I have said before I think the middle order of U Akmal, Fawad and Afridi is capable. But the openers need to play their part.

  10. #10 by Omer on May 23, 2010 - 6:46 PM

    Khansahab,

    That is what I thought– that Gul would do well on Australian pitches because he bangs the ball on the pitch. But he has obviously lost it completely, the only time when he was bowling well in test matches was when he was reversing the ball and bowling fuller, but he hasn’t done that recently.

    I think that tall fast bowler would be worth selection in the squad. When there is a freak of nature like that, then it is probably better to try him than leave him for conjecture.

    I am not sure either if Kamran Akmal would be the best choice for wicketkeeper. People are going by his batting ability, but pitches in England tend to offer movement for the bowlers, and Kamran Akmal, Misba ul Haq, Shoaib Malik tend to average very, very low in such circumstances. A huge chunk of all three’s averages comes from playing inside India or Pakistan, and at other places such as Australia, England, or pitches that move, there averages aren’t too much better than Mohammad Aamir’s.

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 23, 2010 - 8:12 PM

    Gul would do well on Australian pitches because he bangs the ball on the pitch…. Omer

    Omer

    You are forgetting that Umar Gul was the highest wicket taker in England in the T20 WC and his best figures are still unmatched. I don’t think Gul should be dropped from test team in the UK especially when we don’t know what Asif’s form would be? I know that Asif can swing and move the ball and in the UK there is movement and swing both. However, Umar Gul is a very good bowler and should not be dropped from the test side, he was pathetic in NZ and Australia but, they should try him in some of the county matches before the test to see if he can take wickets? Therefore, I don’t agree with yours and khansahab’s view that he should not be in the test team.

    Salman Butt, will be very vulnerable in the UK conditions and in the last T20 WC in England we saw him performing pathetically and was eventually dropped from the remaining matches. So, I doubt whether he would be able to score in the UK even with his good form. I want him to perform because Pakistan needs stable openers but, whether he does or not is a big question mark.

  12. #12 by M. Y. Kasim on May 23, 2010 - 10:48 PM

    This M. F. Big Butt is doing his best to de-stabilise the team even before it is announced. Why should he make the captaincy issue so uncertain? It is obvious that no one is better equipped than Shahid Afridi, even Mohammed Yousuf and Younus Khan acan be persuaded to join the team. They have no quarrel with Afridi and would gladly play under him (I hope so).

    I agree Kamran Akmal will spoil the efforts of our bowlers, hence he should be selected primarily as a batsman. I have been saying this since I watched all the U-19 mathes that Mohammed Waqqas is best keeper to come on the scene since Rashid Latif. He should be selected as the first choice keeper. Beside, he is a very competent left-handed bat.

    I agree that the tall fast young bowler (his name is Mohammed Irfan) should also be given a chance to develope at this stage. Who knows, he may be the surprise package of the tour in English conditions.

    I would like to see the following team:

    1. Shahid Afridi (C)
    2. Salman Butt (VC)
    3. Khurram Manzoor
    4. Younus Khan
    5. Mohammed Yousuf
    6. Umer Akmal
    7. Kamran Akmal (Purely as a Batsman)
    8. Fawad Alam
    9. Hammad Azam
    10. Umer Gul
    11. Mohammed Asif
    12. Mohammed Aamer
    12. Mohammed Irfan
    13. Mohammed Waqqas (first choice keeper)
    14. Danish Kaneria
    15. Saeed Ajmal
    16. Sohail Khan

    As they say, if Aunt had beard, she would be Uncle.

    To expect the best team selected honestly on merit, it is too much in the case of Pakistan!!

    What? No Misbah, no Malik, no Rana, no Razzak, no Hafeez and no other favorites?
    I must be getting too old.
    Mohammed Waqqas

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 24, 2010 - 5:41 AM

    Mr. Kasim

    You are right on the spot as far as team selection is concerned and also about Butt, I am glad to see that such a sober person like you cannot keep his emotions under control when it comes to Ijaz Butt. 😀

  14. #14 by Mohammed Munir on May 24, 2010 - 9:58 AM

    Shahid Afridi is the one and only logical choice to be Pakistan’s one Captain for all three formats of the game.

    PS: But then again, expecting ‘logic’ from a BUTT is asking for too much.

  15. #15 by Mohammed Munir on May 24, 2010 - 9:59 AM

    Oopps … I missed a 😉 there. 😆

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 24, 2010 - 4:52 PM

    Munir

    Yes, you missed a NO in quoting Butt’s statement, which changed the whole meaning of it. 😉

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 24, 2010 - 5:02 PM

    Hashim Amla is in such a great form that he scored a hundred in the first ODI against WI and then again 92 in the second ODI, very recently, he scored something similar a century followed by a 98 or something. I wonder why they don’t include him in the T20 team? When Amla was not introduced in the ODI, the reason the SA selectors gave was, “He is a very good test player BUT he is not an ODI player.” FOUR years later they included him in the ODI squad and his average is 51 and he has scored 2 hundreds and 7 fifties at an strike rate of 85 which is better than most of the heroes. His test stats are very good 10 hundreds, 16 fifties and an average of 47 plus, is excellent.

    It goes to prove that some people start labeling some players without knowing their real potential. The same they did with Jacques Kallis by saying he is not a T20 player and he has done pretty good.

  18. #18 by khansahab on May 24, 2010 - 5:18 PM

    Younis Khan wants to play for his country

    Younis Khan, the former Pakistan captain who has been banned indefinitely by the PCB, denied having created any problems within the team and hoped to make a comeback to the national fold.

    “I was banned without being given a chance to clarify my position and I want justice because I want to play for my country again,” Younis told the parliamentary committee investigating Pakistan’s performance during the disastrous tour of Australia.

    Younis stepped down as captain and player ahead of the tour to New Zealand, which preceded the Australia series, over differences with his team-mates. He missed the Australia Tests, and did not make an impact during the ODIs under Mohammad Yousuf’s leadership. Following the tour, PCB came down strongly on seven national players, including Younis who was banned for creating infighting within the team – an accusation he staunchly refused.

    “I pointed out problems within the team to the PCB and they banned me. [Shoaib] Malik thought that I contrived to replace him as captain, which wasn’t true. My career has been derailed because of this ban and although I am getting offers to play in England and South Africa, I want to play for my country, for my people,” Younis said.

    Six of the seven punished cricketers, barring Yousuf who has since announced his retirement, have lodged formal appeals against PCB’s punishment. The appeals are now being evaluated by an independent arbitrator, Irfan Qadir, a retired high court judge. Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, assured the committee that the PCB would review their sanctions based on the findings of the arbitrator.

    Butt also came out in support of Younis, appreciating his commitment to the national side. “Younis is a patriot and has always played for the country and I am sad that his career was derailed by same baseless allegations of match-fixing by a parliamentary committee member,” Butt said. Younis’ appeal is set to be heard on May 29.

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 24, 2010 - 8:39 PM

    I don’t understand what Ijaz Butt says, sometimes, he says something and then he contradicts it. If he as the Chairman of the Board can veto on many issues, how can he not reinstate Younus Khan? What is the need to say that: “Younis is a patriot and has always played for the country and I am sad that his career was derailed by same baseless allegations of match-fixing by a parliamentary committee member,” Butt said. Younis’ appeal is set to be heard on May 29.”

  20. #20 by Omer on May 24, 2010 - 9:14 PM

    Javed Khan and Khansahab,

    It is pretty obvious now what they did with Younis Khan. They underperformed on purpose (and Rana Naveed has admitted this) in order to get him ousted (remember the collapses within 15 runs in Sri Lanka, then the ones against Australia in Abu Dhabi if I am not mistaken?).

    Again Inzamam was at the forefront and he probably instilled in Mohd Yousof to conspire against Younis Khan. Remember when he said that Malik was the best all rounder in the country? He was basically getting all of them together against Younis Khan and he probably got the company with Malik together with to join with Mohd Yousof at that time (which obviously fell apart later).

    When I read about the don, I remembr an author saying that cricket can be broken into two periods, “Before Bradman, and after Bradman”. Likewise, Pakistan cricket can be divided into two periods: Before Inzamam and after Inzamam. Putting him in that all time 11 doesn’t do justice to Younis Khan or Mohd Yousof (who are probably better test players).

    The board has its favorites, so they gave a lifeban to Younis Khan…

  21. #21 by khansahab on May 24, 2010 - 10:37 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Shahid Afridi has called on Mohammad Yousaf to take back his retirement and for PCB to include Shoaib Akhtar and Younas Khan in the squad for the England series.

  22. #22 by khansahab on May 24, 2010 - 10:44 PM

    There was a programme on ARY in which Aamar Sohail, Abdul Kadar, and some other former cricketers were invited and the following came out:

    – Afridi was one of the players who took oath against Younas Khan, Yousaf and Malik said they will never play under Younas

    -7 players did not like Shoaib Malik which is why he was removed from captaincy

    – Yawar Saeed requested to Ijaz Butt to appoint Afridi as captain

    – Younis Khan was not involved in any politics and only plays for the country

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 25, 2010 - 2:44 AM

    khansahab

    Reportedly, the 7 players who took oath against Younus Khan were:

    Shoaib Malik
    Kamran Akmal
    Umar Akmal
    Misbah ul Haq
    Salman Butt
    Rana Naveed
    Mohammad Yousuf.

    Then the same happened to Yousuf, those very players back stabbed him. What goes round must come around.

    If Afridi has vowed to back stab Yousuf and Younus he would have never asked the PCB to include them in the squad for the England team. It is elementary my dear khansahab 😀

    And Afridi has just realized that it won’t be a bad bet to include Shoaib Akhtar for England tour because, Asif has failed miserably in the T20 WC in Caribbean.

  24. #24 by Omer on May 25, 2010 - 5:16 AM

    This would be the ideal pace attack: Akhter, Aamer, Asif, Kaneria, and Afridi. I think this is probably Waqar’s initiative that Afridi is asking to unban players like Yousof and Younis and include Akhter. Lets see if the board thinks the same, because the board has the habbit of sending some other player like Naser Jamshed or another pawwa when the captain and the coach think otherwise.

  25. #25 by khansahab on May 25, 2010 - 6:26 AM

    I was under pressure to pardon Malik: Butt

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt revealed that he had thwarted all the pressure to pardon Shoaib Malik as it would be unjust to differentiate players.

    The PCB chairman took the National Assembly Committee on Sports by surprise when he said that during the last few days he had been facing pressure to pardon Shoaib Malik’s one year ban and fine.

    “All the players are equal to me and I cannot pardon anyone as it is equal to doing injustice to others. The matter is already with the appellate panel and the decision on the matter would be taken on the recommendations of the Justice (R) Irefab Qadir,” he said here on Monday.

    The PCB head refused to name the quarters who were pressing the PCB to pardon the former captain. However, it has been learnt that an MNA from Sialkot who attended Shoaib marriage was behind this move.

    The NA Committee that met here under their new chairman Iqbal Mohammad Khan in its recommendations asked the PCB to reconsider the bans and fines on the players in the greater interest of the game. The NA committee, specially its chairman, seemed more interested in removing the ban from Younis Khan.

    The NA committee also asked the PCB to erase videos of those players and officials who appeared before the inquiry committee headed by Wasim Bari. “These video tapes should not be part of the record as they bring a bad name to the country. Every player and official is talking something controversial so the tapes should not be a part of the PCB record,” Iqbal said.

    Earlier, allegations and counter allegations were leveled by those players and officials who were present in the meeting. The NA Committee chairman called on making tour management more powerful so that it could take decision on indiscipline at any time.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 25, 2010 - 1:32 PM

    With time it is becoming more clear to the public as to who is behind Shoaib Malik and pushing his case for selection each time. Now, that MNA and Family Planning Minister Firdous Ashaq Awan is behind this move. The NA committee chairman Iqbal Mohammed Khan is behind the move, earlier there were senators who were forcing the selectors to include Malik in the team.

    And who is Mohammed Iqbal khan to say that those video tapes should be erased? In fact they should be made public so that the people know what damage Malik & Co, have done to the game. These players have played gully (street( cricket at international level. They never realized what they were doing is actually damaging the game and tarnishing the reputation of the country. That is why it is important for them to have some basic education to understand that their words and actions can be dangerous in damaging the country’s reputation.

    If you have 20 year old 6th grader who are also caught cheating in an exam this will be the level of the team. They can play individually as players but, they will never understand what strategy or planning means? How to move and Marshall your fielders, and when to make a bowling change or in what order a player should be sent. Cricket is no more the same that a player plays in one position all his life or a bowler bowls with same speed, line and length all his overs, there has to be some flexibility, some improvisation and change, which this uneducated and uncouth bunch will only understand when they are taught like puppets, because now you cannot send them back to school for basic education.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 25, 2010 - 5:05 PM

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Following 35 probables announced for Asia Cup and England Tour:

    Probables:
    Shahid Afridi (captain), Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Khurram Manzoor, Shahzaib Hasan, Azhar Ali, Azeem Ghumman, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Faisal Iqbal, Fawad Alam, Hasan Raza, Azhar Shafiq, Umar Amin, Aamir Sajjad, Mohammad Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamir, Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Tanveer Ahmed, Ejaz Cheema, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Kamran Akmal, Zulqarnain Haider.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 25, 2010 - 5:17 PM

    Shahid Afridi name captain for ALL 3 formats of the game. Mohammad Yousuf is not in the team because he has announced his retirement and despite Afriidi’s persuasion he declined. Its a loss for Pakistan because, Yousuf is a good test player he can also be good in ODI.

    Younus and Malik are also in the probables subject to the outcome of their appeal, “hona howana kuch nahee hai,” they will play, it is as simple as that. Good thing is Misbah ul Haq is not in the probables list. For Sri Lanka only 15 will be selected.

    In my opinion following will be the 15 members for Sri Lanka:

    1. Shahid Afridi
    2 Salman Butt
    3. Kamran Akmal
    4. Umar Akmal
    5. Shoaib Malik
    6. Younus Khan
    7. Mohammad Aamer
    8. Saeed Ajmal
    9. Mohammad Asif
    10. Umar Gul
    11. Abdul Rahman

    12. Shoaib Akhtar
    13. Mohammad Sami
    14. Fawad Alam
    15. Shahzaib Hasan Khan

    According to sources in the PCB, they will choose the test squad separately and will announce the 17 members later. Danish Kaneria, Imran Farhat, Zulqarnain Haider (wicketkeeper) will be in the team.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 25, 2010 - 8:50 PM

    Read what Nikki Butt had said, he can brag about it now because in the T20 WC he played really well, see what he said:

    “Salman Butt, the mainstay of Pakistan’s batting in the recently concluded World Twenty20, believed that his success during the event was based on understanding that the youngest format of the game was not about just slogging.

    “Twenty-over cricket has a place for what I would term “proper stroke-makers” – batsmen who play their shots on the merit of each delivery.” Bowlers are fighting back when it comes to this form of the game and they are finding new ways to innovate and to restrict the batting side. As a batsman I think you have to play the high percentage shots, the shots that you know you can play, the shots that you feel you can score off effectively.”

    “If you think about it, get four or five singles in an over and one boundary in the same over, and you have accumulated eight or nine runs in that over, which if you can maintain and you will end up with 160-plus. It’s not just about the fours and sixes”. Butt was the third highest run-getter in the tournament, with 223 runs at 44.60, and a strike-rate of 131.17. Interestingly, he hit only four sixes during the tournament, fewer than anyone else in the top fifteen.

    His top score came in the Super Eights match against New Zealand, which Pakistan contrived to lose by one run, when tail-ender Abdur Rehman spooned a catch into the deep off the last ball, with Butt stranded at the non-striker’s end on 73. Butt had run a bye off the penultimate ball to relinquish the strike, and he backed his decision in hindsight.

    “We needed 11 off the last over and then three off two deliveries after I managed to hit two boundaries. Rehman and I had a chat before the penultimate delivery and decided that we would go for a bye even if I did not connect with the ball. We scampered a bye and then had another chat before the final delivery. We decided that again we would run for anything and we were confident that if it went to the super over, in Mohammad Aamer we had a bowler who would see us to victory.

    Rehman had not batted previously in the tournament as of course it was his first match, so I said to him to at least look for a single. However when the ball was bowled by [Ian] Butler, Rehman’s eye’s lit up at the leg-stump half volley. He went for a boundary and connected really well. If the ball had been a few yards either side of the fielder it would have gone for a boundary. Thinking back I thought the planning was satisfactory and it was really painful when we did not at least score a single on that final delivery,” Butt said.

    Despite that loss, their second in two Super Eights games, Pakistan roared back into the tournament with a fine victory against South Africa to enter the final four. They dominated their semi-final match against Australia from the outset and looked on course for their third consecutive World Twenty20 final before running into a rampaging Michael Hussey, who stole 18 off the final over to put it past them. Butt admitted there was little his side could have done to deny Hussey in that kind of form.

    “Yes we can be satisfied with reaching the semi-finals, but the target is always to win trophies. We came back very well after the New Zealand defeat to beat the South Africans and I thought we were gaining enough momentum and on our way to the final. “We made the highest score any team made in the tournament against Australia, but it was one of those occasions where you have to credit Mike Hussey for his batting. I would say that rather than Pakistan losing the semi-final, it was more a case of Hussey winning the match for Australia,” Butt said.

    Butt credited his coaches, Ijaz Ahmed and Waqar Younis, for his fine run of form in the West Indies. “They really backed me during the tournament and gave me a lot of self-belief and confidence. As a batsman once you receive the backing and you have the self confidence, then that is half the battle,” Butt said. (No mention of the Captain, who said, Butt is my main man and, he said that before the first match.)

    Butt hopes to feature in Pakistan’s next assignment, the Asia Cup one-day tournament which will be held on the bowler-friendly wickets at Dambulla in Sri Lanka. “Hopefully I will get selected. The conditions in Dambulla are very tricky for top order batsmen as the ball seams around a lot in the first hour or so. Winning the toss could be pivotal in the result of the matches in Sri Lanka,” he said.

    After the Asia Cup, Pakistan embark on a tour of England where they will face the hosts and Australia in six Tests, and Butt is up for the potentially tough examination. “Facing the Australian and English bowling attacks will be a tough test. They are amongst the best bowling attacks in the world at the moment and they will thoroughly test me and the other Pakistani batsmen. However when you face tough opponents, it helps you to develop your game and to work harder at improvements in your game and technique,” Butt said.

    Butt’s name has done the rounds as a potential captain for Pakistan in Test matches, following the retirement of Mohammad Yousuf, but he has not dwelled much on the possibility. “I have read a few articles in the press and I know that a few ex-players have suggested that I should be given the opportunity. Of course it would be an honour to lead my country, but it is not something I have been thinking about. I would much rather concentrate on my batting in the upcoming Asia Cup and tour of England,” he said.

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 25, 2010 - 8:55 PM

    Pakistan cricket team needs a coach like this one: A Must see 2 minute video.

    I don’t know how to post a video on the blog, I will ask khansahab to do that….. pls. khansahab check ur email.

  31. #31 by khansahab on May 25, 2010 - 10:02 PM

    This is the video Javed A Khan wants you to see:

  32. #32 by Mohammed Munir on May 26, 2010 - 6:58 AM

    35 Probables and a few surprises …

     Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi … For once the LOGIC prevailed and PCB made the correct decision in appointing Afridi as Captain for all 3 formats of the game.

     Hammad Azam … His exclusion is very unfair, to say the least. I wonder what the kid did wrong on the T20 World Cup tour ? Although, he was never allowed even a single game.

     Misbah-ul-Haq … His ouster is a good news for Pakistan Cricket, as not only is he a useless player but is also too old to play. Nevertheless, I hope he doesn’t score another double century in domestic cricket and comes right back into the team again. 😉

     Younus Khan … Deservingly right back in the team and I hope he will be cleared of all allegations to play in Tests as well as in ODIs, permanently.

     Mohammed Yousuf … Now that we are in the process of forgiving all the other players, PCB should forgive him at least for the benefit of Pakistan Cricket. Although, personally speaking, I am much disappointed with Yousuf’s backstabbing of Younus and using Quran to win support from group of players, moreover his excluding Rana Naveed on the basis of informing about their groupings to Younus. (I am not a fan of Rana, but Yousuf was unjust to punish him on personal grounds).

     Shoaib Malik … As expected Malik is included in probables. Unfortunate but true. 😦

     Sarfraz Ahmed … He should have been there at least for the Tests.

     Zulqarnain Haider … I don’t know much about him to pass a fair comment, but all I can say is that he replaced Sarfraz Ahmed.

     Shoaib Akhtar … Strange but true. I hope and pray that PCB never sends him to Sri Lanka because wickets there will make a fool of him. While, he ‘may’ be able to play in UK (not sure). :confuse: Even though, I am much surprised at Javed Khan (who was earlier a staunch critic of Actor) now accepting and agreeing to his inclusion. 😉

     Yassir Hameed … As always, a good player is ‘almost’ wasted by PCB. I wish Yassir ‘gets’ and grabs his opportunity with both hands.

     Mohammed Irfan … Heard so much about the guy that am interested to see him play, anyhow. Plus he may be handy on bowler-friendlier UK wickets.

     Azhar Ali, Azeem Ghumman, Azhar Shafiq, Umar Amin, Aamir Sajjad, Tanveer Ahmed, Ejaz Cheema and Zulfiqar Babar … does know these guys at all, so better not to form an opinion yet. 🙂

     Faisal Iqbal … Mamoonjee Zindabad.

     Hassan Raza … I think someone has to fill the ‘Karachi Quota’, so why not a toothless player who can never be a real threat to anyone.

     Asim Kamal … Would have loved to see him in there somewhere. He deserved a chance. 😦

     Tanvir Sohail … No matter how injured or out-of-form, he needs to be in there among the 35 at least.

    Now that we are done with the players, will PCB ever own the responsibility for these problems and make some changes into their own management structure too ?? 😉

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 26, 2010 - 8:40 AM

    Munir

    About the Actor’s inclusion:

    You have to read my comment again about the 15 member team for Sri Lanka. I wrote and highlighted, “In my opinion following will be the 15 members for Sri Lanka:” What does it mean? Did I write, this is my choice of team? Or, did I say, I want this team to play? If it was my choice of team, Malik wouldn’t have been there. So, watch your words before you type. 😀 Besides, I have a pretty good idea about the selector’s choice and how they choose the players.

    Secondly, since the PCB have included his name in the 35 he will be selected if not for Sri Lanka but may be for England tour. If they insist on including him in the playing XI, it should only be in the UK and they must try him straight into the first T20 and not in any of the 3 warm up matches before that because, he will get injured. So, if he plays one T20 and succeeds that will be a miracle and if he fails, bye-bye for the remainder of the tour. He cannot sustain in the test matches, no matter what he says, he starts huffing and puffing after 4 overs. So, the 4 overs in T20 are OK to experiment him. Previously against Sri Lanka at home, he gave away 43 runs in 3 overs and could not finish his quota of 4. Sohail Tanvir the injured Duddoo (your favourite 😀 ) also gave 44 runs in 3 overs against Sri Lanka. And, in one of the ODI’s he gave away 70 plus runs since then he is injured and out of action.

    I agree with you about Hammad Azam’s exclusion. Probably the guy got so frustrated for not giving him a chance must have said something xx##$%^&* to the officials and they have not included him in 35.

    I don’t understand the inclusion of Wahab Riaz, he was given quite a few chances earlier on but when he was thrashed for 90 odd runs in one of the ODI’s his confidence is shattered and he never bowled well after that.

    Hassan Raza is Karachi’s Misbah, who scores only in domestic matches. And, Javed Miandad should stop pushing Faisal Iqbal’s case, he is like Hafeez, at least the later can bowl.

    Yasir Hameed, lacks self confidence and self belief, in ODI and T20 he wants to consolidate his place in the team and plays slow just like Salman Butt used to do earlier. If he wants to regain his spot he should play aggressively. Secondly most bowlers have found his weakness, he is very strong on the off-side and they keep targeting his pads and whenever he tries to play square or towards mid-wicket he gets out.

    Do you want to see Mohammad Irfan because he is the tallest cricketer? Or, do you have faith in his bowling? Omer has no idea who he is, the other day he wrote in his comment, I want to see the tall bowler Sohail Khan to play. 😀

    I think the PCB must ask Mohammad Yousuf to play for test and join the team in the UK, let him chill out in Canada for the time being (the weather is pretty warm these days constantly above 30C, which is good) where he is coaching some guys in Toronto.

  34. #34 by Mohammed Munir on May 26, 2010 - 10:02 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Believe it or not, we are ‘almost’ in agreement on most of the players, but then again there are bounded to be differences on some. 😉

    You are right about Wahab Riaz he doesn’t seem like a good potential, and I would have preferred to see another fast bowler Sohail Khan in his place.

    You haven’t said anything on <Asim Kamal and I think Asim would have been a better choice than Hasan Raza who already got many opportunities but couldn’t prove anything. Plus Asim is a cool character and plays so well under pressure, which will be a plus for our hard UK tour.

    Yasir Hameed may have lack of confidence but I think he have some class and temper to play Test cricket. I would like to see him on tour.

    Yes, I want to see Mohammed Irfan playing because he is tallest cricketer and his height will be an advantage, as well as he may prove to be a good prospect on UK pitches. Furthermore, England/ Australian teams will not have much idea about his bowling style and he may click as a surprise package.

    Now one or two bad performances from Tanvir Sohail doesn’t mean the guy is history. I think he is young and have good chances to comeback and perform at the highest levels. Although I know with Mohammed Aamir (another left hand fast bowler) in very good form, Tanvir have to work really hard to justify his place in the team.

    I think we are both in total agreement on Mohammed Yousuf and I too would like to see him in the team somehow, at least for these important and rather tough series.

    On Shoaib Akhtar …

    Well I was not only referring to your most recent comments and his name in the 15 member squad, but sometime back I read you have written something like … “Asif is not in good form these days and so Afridi would like to see Actor in the squad”.

    My point was that you have been saying for centuries that Actor is finished and he is ‘Maal Ghari’ and what not. So why this change of heart and a soft-spot for Actor now ? 😆

    BTW, as I said he ‘may’ become useful for our UK tour and yes it will be a good idea to first try him with T20 and then ‘MAY’ be with ODIs, depending how good he performs.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 26, 2010 - 3:52 PM

    Munir

    Once again, on Actor even the previous comment does not say these are my feelings or I want him to play, I wrote what I thought Afridi might be thinking because, the media was pushing Actor’s case and Asif has not done good on the recent tour, besides he has not played enough cricket and other fast bowlers besides Aamir are also not doing well, so he may consider him as an option. But, it is not my desire to see him in my ideal team.

    As regards Asim Kamal, it is like out of sight, out of mind. I haven’t heard of him much and I know they have done injustice against him but, that is not new. I am not following the domestic cricket in Pakistan as much as khansahab, so he might be able to tell you if Asim has scored well?

    About Sohail Tanvir, he has self destructed himself like Asif and Actor. The Rajhastan Royals first IPL performance and the purple hat got into his head and he became too arrogant. You should see his interview on TV (not with Nadia Khan, but with some other lady) he was behaving like an arrogant rat ass and he said, “I am worth, at least a million dollar.” He wasn’t thinking in terms of cricket or, in terms of performance but MONEY. And, then we heard his affairs on the last tour to the UK with some Leechree Shanzay Khan so called Desi British Model, he was breaking curfew and coming back late and his performance was Zilch, Zero.

    In the photo she looks drugged and he looks drunk.

    It is the people and the media who keep destroying the players when they see the succeeding in the initial stages of their career. Tanvir was compared with Wasim Akram and, Thompson for the wrong foot, where as he is NOT a wrong footed bowler, it is his scissors like action that confused some people initially but, they got hold of it and he is toothless now. His batting is next to nothing.

    About Aamir, he needs to keep his head cool and concentrate on performance only. The Intikhab Alam report after the disastrous Australian tour confirmed that during the test match when he dropped Ricky Ponting’s simple catch at the boundary when he was on Zero, went on to score a double hundred, Aamir was seen busy giving autographs to the girls. This is a problem with these youngsters who have never been out of the country and suddenly they get so much attention that they don’t know how to handle it.

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 26, 2010 - 9:05 PM

    Salman Butt should be made vice-captain: Qadir

    LAHORE: Legen-dary leg-spinner and former chief selector Abdul Qadir has proposed that left-hand opening batsman Salman Butt should be appointed as Shahid Afridi’s deputy in all formats of the game.

    “Since he [Salman] has shown consistency and established himself as a matured player in the recent past, he should be made vice captain of the team,” he said on Tuesday.

    Salman Butt emerged as a strong contender to captain the national side in Tests as Shahid Afridi had withdrawn his name from longer format of the game. But after his willingness to play Test cricket, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday decided to appoint him captain for the Asia Cup and the entire tour of England.

    “Salman was the best choice to captain the team in Tests in the absence of Shahid Afridi. But as he [Afridi] will lead the national side now, Salman should be given the opportunity to act as his deputy, not only in Tests but also in ODIs and T20s”, Qadir said.

    In the past Abdul Qadir had suggested that Salman Butt should not be part of T20 squad. But he said the recent performance of the batsman in the shorter format had made him to change his mind.

    “He [Salman] has worked really hard and proved that he is equally a useful player for Twenty20 cricket. His brilliant knock with the bat in T20s in the recent past has forced me to suggest to make him vice-captain for one-dayers and T20s also,” he said.

    Though, Salman hit only four sixes during the World T20, fewer than anyone else in the top fifteen, he was the third highest run-getter in the tournament, with 223 runs at 44.60, and a very good strike-rate of 131.17.

    Abdul Qadir said there were also some other reasons that he was supporting Salman Butt as vice captain.

    “He is quite young and hence would play a lot of cricket. We need to prepare a leadership for future and Salman is the most suitable person for that. Moreover, he is also a good speaker of English language,” he asserted.—Agencies

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 26, 2010 - 9:19 PM

    Abdul Qadir speaking words of wisdom or pearls of wisdom?

    I don’t understand what’s wrong with these ex-cricket players, either they are totally ch2so4 or they are hungry for attention, fishing for compliments or what? WTF is this, why does Abdul Qadir need to give such statements to the media? Who is he? When he was the chief selector he did nothing, even in the case of Shoaib Malik he said later that he wanted to send him back from Dubai but he did nothing and later on he simply resigned. Why did he not speak then? And, what is the need to create this VICE CAPTAIN thingi business? The vice captain is a NOTHING post, it can only create more grouping and differences among the teammates.

    No talks about long term captaincy, if the PCB has powers to change the captain after every match they will do it. Like the “Bank Al Youm” The bank of today, the team of today, the captain for today etc. But, they cannot do so hence, they appoint a captain just for one series, And, then kick him out if he loses the series. You keep winning then you are great otherwise you face all sorts of acquisitions and blames. Look at Australia, Michael Clarke has been reappointed as captain for T20 despite losing the final against England.

    This is the first time that Australia has done this, they have made two captains, Ricky and MJ. The reason is at that time Ricky Pointing was totally out of form and did not score in so many catches against, England, New Zealand, India and even against Pakistan in the first match, he got into form after making that double hundred against Pakistan. To salvage some pride he announced his retirement from T20, which in my opinion was very premature and I can say this with with confidence that if he plays T20, he is still a very good player and a captain. His presence in the team makes a big difference. Whereas, MJ Clarke does not have the same imagination as Ricky Ponting and his own form has dipped a lot.

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 26, 2010 - 9:21 PM

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Yousuf likely to play England series

    LAHORE: The prospects of Muhammed Yousuf’s comeback in international cricket has become brighter as a result of Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi, Geo News reported Wednesday.

    It is expected that Yousuf will take back his decision regarding retirement.

    According to sources, Afridi a day earlier contacted Yousuf and talked to his friends as well.

    Shahid Afridi said Yousuf’s elders assured that Yousuf would review his decision on retirement.

    The new captain Afridi said he wanted Muhammed Yousuf to be part of the Pak squad during England series.

    Meantime, middle order batsman Muhammed Yousuf said he made up his mind on retirement at the behest of his elders, adding, ‘If they want me to withdraw the decision, I may make a comeback in the cricket world.

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 26, 2010 - 9:22 PM


    No-nonsense Afridi will not tolerate any conspiracies

    KARACHI: Shahid Afridi on Tuesday took over as Pakistan’s captain for all three formats and then declared that he would not tolerate the sort of ‘conspiracies’ that have dogged the country’s cricket in recent years.

    The dashing allrounder told ‘The News’ in an interview that he has forced himself to come out of a self-imposed Test exile for the sake of Pakistan cricket and will make all out efforts to lift it out of the prevailing crisis.

    “My main task is to make a team out of this talented bunch of players,” he stressed. “I also want to promote unity and harmony among the boys because that’s the only way to get the best out of them.”

    Pakistan cricket was rocked by a major controversy when the players got involved in a lot of mud-slinging during a probe conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board in the aftermath of a catastrophic tour of Australia that concluded last February.

    Several leading players accused each other of indiscipline during the proceedings of the probe committee after which seven of the country’s leading cricketers were slapped with strict penalties.

    Afridi, 30, said that as Pakistan’s new captain he would crack down on such negative behaviour.

    “I will not tolerate any sort of conspiracies in my team,” he said. “I will encourage the boys to discuss their problems openly and I will tell them to bury their differences each time they play for Pakistan. When we leave on a tour I will ask them to leave all their problems behind and just focus on giving their best for the country.”

    Afridi, who will be leading Pakistan in next month’s Asia Cup and more importantly during the challenging tour of England, made it clear that his is very demanding task.

    “It’s a very tough task. I haven’t played Test cricket for quite some time but will have to somehow lead the team from the front on the tour of England.

    “To play against Australia and England in English conditions would need a lot of guts. But I’m hopeful that the boys will rise to the challenge.”

    Afridi, however, was quick to warn his fans against raising their expectations.

    “It would be unwise to raise our expectations, especially for Tests,” he said. “We are good in limited-overs cricket but will take time to settle down in Tests which is why we need to be patient.”

    That said, Afridi is hopeful that a likely return of experienced players like Younis Khan and Shoaib Akhtar will boost Pakistan’s chances in the Asia Cup and in England where his team will play back-to-back series against Australia and the hosts from July to September.

    “Younis is coming back, Shoaib is coming back and that’s going to help me a lot.”

    Afridi is also optimistic that a few youngsters whom Pakistan are likely to include for the two assignments will also shine in Sri Lanka and in England.

    “Almost as important as senior players are the newcomers because they hold the key to our team’s future,” he said. “We are planning to try out a few youngsters in the forthcoming events and I’m hopeful that they will not disappoint us.”

    Afridi played the last of his 26 Tests almost four years back in Manchester and his critics doubt his chances of making a successful comeback in the longest version of the game.

    But Afridi is confident that he can be the sort of Test allrounder Pakistan have been looking for quite some time now.

    “I will focus on my batting and my bowling because that’s the way I can contribute properly in Tests. It won’t be easy but I’m mentally prepared to take up this challenge for the sake of the team.”

  40. #40 by khansahab on May 26, 2010 - 11:13 PM

    ‘Pakistan cricket gone back five years’

    LAHORE: The appointment of Shahid Afridi as Pakistan’s captain for all formats of the game has drawn mixed reactions from former internationals.

    While the majority see the appointment as a positive move from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), and that the board had no other choice, a few have delivered a stinging criticism as appointing someone captain of the format he has not featured in for almost four years.

    “When a player who is not interested in Test cricket and also claimed that he won’t change his playing style according to the particular format then how could the board rely on such player to lead the side,” Zaheer Abbas told The Express Tribune. “By appointing him as captain, Pakistan cricket has gone back five years.”

    According to Abbas, the PCB should work for the future of the game instead of going towards a decline and that the board took the decision without any calculations.

    “How can you justify someone’s appointment as captain when he has been out of Test cricket for the last four years and is not even an automatic choice for the starting line-up.

  41. #41 by khansahab on May 26, 2010 - 11:14 PM

    Afridi not fit for Test captaincy, say ex-players

    Akram feels that Afridi does not merit a place in the Test squad but lack of option forced PCB to appoint him skipper in all three formats of the game.

    “Although he is fit to lead in one-dayers and Twe-nty20s, I have my doubts in Tests,” Akram said. “In my honest opinion, Afridi cannot make a Test side on his batting skills alone, and in bowling too. I am not sure he will do wonders in English conditions,” he said.

  42. #42 by khansahab on May 26, 2010 - 11:18 PM

    This is very strange. The appointment of Afridi as captain has been criticised by many, but Shoaib Malik’s inclusion in the list of probables has been welcomed by everyone?

    The same Shoaib Malik who has been blamed by everyone for creating factions (and whispers of match fixing have surfaced), the same Malik who has lost Pakistan matches because of his selfish batting?

    Former Pakistan players hail selection of Younis, Malik

    The inclusion of banned Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik in the preliminary Pakistan squad for the summer’s Asia Cup and England tour, pending their clearance by the arbitrator, has been hailed by former internationals.

    However, the appointment of Shahid Afridi as the Test captain received mixed reaction.

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 27, 2010 - 2:48 AM

    khansahab

    This news is coming from Lahore and what do you expect from La’hore? Wasim Akram is the biggest whore who lives in India and only spits venom against Pakistan cricket team and players. He is the one who revolted against Javed Miandad by forming a group and called Javed Miandad as “Kalia” because of his skin colour or complexion. Akram is a MFB and how fair is he btw? If he compares his face with Javed Miandad’s Butt perhaps there won’t be any difference in colour, shape and size between Akram’s face and Miandad’s Bum.

    And, Zaheer Abbass is a big Ch2So4 during his hey days when he used to bat well, they called him “Asian Bradman” and that has gone into his head. If you see or hear him talking in person you would know what kind of a trash and a low life creep he is. Apart from his appearance, looks and the way he talks, his character can also judged by his lifestyle and the way he behaves. Zaheer Abbass divorced his decent wife and married a Sikh woman from India, yes there is nothing wrong in it he can marry another one from Kerala may be. But, he will remain a big time Paindoo.

    Wasim Akram
    dissed his wife all her life and she was lucky enough to die at a young age, one of Akram’s close friend remarked she was not only sick but, devastated by Akram’s affairs and he never bothered to be at her bedside, but he was quick to shed crocodile tears when she died and Akram blamed the Pakistani doctors for her death and called them BUTCHERS…. when the doctors sued him of US$150,000 he was quick to apologize by saying I was emotional. Emotional MY FOOT. It is an open secret that he is having an affair with Sushmita Sen the India Times movies reported this recently: “Akram and Sushmita walked in hand in hand at around 11.30 on Monday night. They booked the bed-by-the-sea table and were seen relaxing. They seemed very comfortable in each other’s company.”

    I agree with you that they never raised an eyebrow or bat an eyelid on Shoaib Malik’s come back and quick enough to criticize Afridi. Salman Butt has suddenly become a celebrity after scoring 200 plus runs in the T20 before that he was not even in the team. What if Salman Butt goes back to his original style of batting in England now he is the so-called VICE Captain, he cannot be dropped like, they couldn’t drop Misbah when he was the vice captain.

    Afridi may say that he will not change his batting style but, Afridi has 5 test centuries and 8 fifties to his name and a batting average of 37 plus better than, Butt, Malik, Misbah, Akmal, Hafeez, Razzaq et al. What if he comes out in flying colours in this tour to England? Will Zaheer Abbas and Akram stuff dirty, old, smelly socks in their mouth? Like I said yesterday, these EX cricketers are attention hungry and wants to be in the limelight and that is why they give such stupid statements to create controversy and people start debating. These are the very people who are trying to create factions and divisions in the team. They are already trying to tell Salman Butt that it is injustice on your part because this Akhroat Afridi has been appointed captain ahead of you. Afridi is not only senior (which Pakistanis always brag about seniority) but he is a better test player and a better captain than Salman Butt. If Zaheer Abbas Paindoo is suffering from the inferiority complex that his English is not as good as Salman’s Butt then he should lick it.

  44. #44 by Mohammed Munir on May 27, 2010 - 5:21 AM

    Who are Mohammed Yousuf’s ‘Elders’ ? 😉

    May be Inzi, or some ‘Ameer Sahab’ ?

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 27, 2010 - 5:45 AM

    Btw, Zaheer Abbass scored 4 double hundreds 2 against England and 2 against India. But, the Asian Bradman whose career average in test is 44.79 but, against West Indies it is only 18.25, he did not even score a 50 against the West Indies. It goes to prove how great a batsman he was. We often laugh at Sunil Gavaskar now because of his verbose and his patronizing Tendulkar, a feat that he could not achieve, he sees that quality in Tendulkar and admires him and indirectly assumes that Tendulkar is his protege. But, what we tend to forget that Gavaskar, as opposed Zaheer Abbass is considered as a brilliant batsman against fast bowling, Gavaskar scored a superlative 13 centuries at an average of 65.45 against the formidable West Indies side of the seventies and eighties. He was the best opening batsman of his time.

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 27, 2010 - 5:47 AM

    Munir

    The report says, Afridi met his family elders and persuaded them to tell Yousuf to take back his retirement decision. Pir Inzamam, is Pir Inzamam and I am not sure Afridi may have consulted him.

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 27, 2010 - 5:51 AM

    Munir

    You may be up at the right time but, I am up at a very wrong time, I should have been snoring by now but, I was working on-line as well as writing a few comments on the blog, it is about 2:00 a.m. and I should hit the sack now, you read those comments and post your views and may be khansahab would be up in a while it is 7:00 a.m. there.

  48. #48 by Mohammed Munir on May 27, 2010 - 9:40 AM

    Javed Khan …

    You so often wake-up in the middle of the night and write a few comments on LS before hitting the sack again. May be you are also having a few bowls of ice-cream with corn-flaks and syrup .. right ? 😉

    Anyways, I heard that Iqbal was having ‘Nazool’ of poetry in his sleeps and he would wake up in the middle of the night and scrible some poetry, while some peoples say that Mirza Ghalib was also a Sufi Shair (Yes, they Sufism in his work) and so he use to get his ‘Kalam’ from above. I think in the same fashion, when you are fast asleep and someone writes any comment on LS you wake-up automatically, read their comments and write a reply and then again you go to your sleep. 😀

  49. #49 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 27, 2010 - 12:00 PM

    Munir;

    This time I was already up then and I took a nap of only 5 hours because there is a lot of work these days and very soon I shall be rushing out. And, I do eat cereal with ice cream in the middle of the night. As regards Ghalib he said:

    Aatay hain Mazaameen Ghayeb say meray aagay ……..
    Go hath may junbish nahee, iss may tou dum hai
    Rahne dou Teena aur Meena ko meray aagay 😀

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 27, 2010 - 12:06 PM

    Morning news from London.

    Strauss is stressed because,
    Alistar is cooking
    Jonathan is Trotting
    Shakikbul Hasan is shopping
    England is hopping
    At Lords they are all watching
    This is test cricket my dear
    The result is uncertain and unclear
    Just like the British weather

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 27, 2010 - 12:24 PM

    Munir

    Here is a joke and I wanna share it with you all.

    A black man from Africa comes to England for the first time and after staying a few weeks he goes back to his country and tells his friends:
    Maan, the White maan’s magic is better than da black man’s magic.
    They say… Naa Maan can’t be possible.
    He said, yeah maan it is and I saw it happen.

    He started describing the scene:

    There was big, big stadium maan, and it was all full of white people and they were chanting, yelling screaming and after a while, two white men came out from the building dressed in black pants and white coats and were wearing a hat they came and stood in the middle of the ground, there was grass all around but only one strip was grass less, there where three sticks on one end of that strip of land and three on the other dug inside the ground. Those two men in coats, each took out two small pieces of wood and placed them on top of those sticks. Then there was more yelling and screaming from the crowd. Suddenly eleven white men came out running from that building wearing white dress and white sweaters one of them was very strange he was waring some kinda white armour and shield to protect himself from God knows what and his hands were big something like skin paddles and his head was made of steel and it looked like he was in a walking prison. They came in and started walking here and there and every where on the ground because one of them was telling them go there, go there and the man in the armour stood far behind the three pieces of wood.

    Then there was more noise from the crowd and more chanting and clapping because two more men came out of the building and they were dressed like the man standing behind the 3 sticks, except they had some kinda big fat sticks in their hands and they were flexing their arms with that stick as if they want to hit someone. One man cam and stood in front of those three sticks and started kicking the ground and was marking lines. Then the man in white coat and black pants looked at him and said OK. After that the man in the white coat took out a red shiny stone from his pocket and gave it to a white man and he took that red shiny stone and went back and turned around and waited for a signal from the man in the white coat, the men behind the sticks started to bend down as the man started running with that red shiny stone and he threw it a the man who had a big fat stick in his hand AND…….. IT RAINED FOR FIVE DAYS ……… 😀

    This joke was on the British weather.

  52. #52 by A Butt on May 27, 2010 - 4:43 PM

    Hi i am ajaz butt, farmer test criktar and now pakastan board chairman. yes i mean PCB. i wants to clearify my poyiyen ragarding the pakastan team and there perfarmans.bakaouz recently the pakastan team is perfarm vary badly spaicially i thinks the seniors perfarm vary badly. the kaptaan lacks veeyan and makes poor decian like playing fawad alam? my frend mr zaheer abbas write on this balog so i wana write on the balog i think it vary cool that we can taak like this. my decian is to apa-int shoaib malak or masbah kaptaan bakaouz i thinks they are papoolar in the teams and carry good veeyan for the pakastan crickat team. now u sees actually the townty20 perfarmans is not good bakaouz we lose matches farm winning poyiyens.i think fielding nat good and baiting vary bad. anyways now i am tired bakaouz i am nat young man anymores and wants to sleep. over and out. A butt, pakastan crickat chariman. thank you vary much

  53. #53 by khansahab on May 27, 2010 - 5:44 PM

    Afridi wants Younus as vice captain

    Newly appointed Pakistan Test captain Shahid Afridi wants former skipper Younis Khan as his deputy during the upcoming Asia Cup and the Test series in England.
    Salman Butt may be PCB’s choice but Afridi is looking for a more senior and trustworthy player as the vice-captain of the team.
    “Sources say Afridi is eyeing another man for the job. He wants former skipper Younis Khan as his vice-captain,” ‘The News’ quoted sources as saying.
    “Afridi believes that Younis will be a key player for Pakistan. He sees him as a trustworthy senior, who can support him (Afridi) in his quest to put the Pakistan team on the right track,” the newspaper further quoted sources close to the team, as saying.
    Sources told the newspaper that Afridi was initially given three names from whom to pick the vice-captain of the team.
    The list included opener Salman Butt, all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and Misbah-ul-Haq.

  54. #54 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 27, 2010 - 9:26 PM

    Afridi has gone bonkers, there is no need to have a vice captain. Which team has designated a vice captain? Besides, if he wants Misbah ul Haq then he is totally out of his Akhroat mind. Afridi can get guidance if he wants from Younus Khan whether he be the vice captain or just a player.

  55. #55 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 28, 2010 - 2:23 AM

    Younis turns down PCB’s compromise offer

    KARACHI: Former captain Younis Khan is in no mood to change his stance against the Pakistan Cricket Board over the indefinite ban imposed on him and has turned down a PCB offer to go for a compromise before the England tour.

    Sources close to the legal advisors of the Board and Younis said that the PCB, through its legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi, had floated an offer that if Younis withdrew his appeal against the ban, they could remove it and close the chapter by just imposing a nominal fine.

    “But Younis who has left for England has instructed his lawyer Ahmed Qayyum that he should see to it that the Board’s appeal judge Justice (retd) Irfan Qadir gives a full verdict on the appeal lodged by the former captain against his ban,” a source said.

    Sources further said that Younis was not ready to accept any wrongdoing on his part even if the PCB was indicating he could be playing for Pakistan soon under the compromise formula. “The Board basically wants to close the chapter and has made a settlement offer to Younis Khan’s lawyer,” the source confirmed.

    The ban was imposed in March and Younis has appealed against it and also attended two hearings with Justice Qadir.

    “Younis is adamant that he has done nothing wrong except to try to do his best for Pakistan and has never been part of any grouping or lobbying and so the ban on him is totally unjustified and he wants a full verdict on his appeal from the judge,” another source said.

    Younis has demanded that the appeals judge suspend his ban and also hold his hearings on camera so that the media and people know the truth and can decide if the ban on him is justified.

    Even at the hearing of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports on Monday, Younis made it clear that he had never indulged in politics or intrigues in the team and the ban must be removed unconditionally.

    The NA committee has told the PCB that it feels that Younis has been treated unfairly and the bans and fines on players must be reviewed.

    The Board on Tuesday included Younis and another banned player Shoaib Malik into the list of probables for the Asia Cup and England tour on condition that they are cleared by the appeals judge. Justice Qadir is due to hear Younis’ next appeal on May 29 while the former captain has also threatened to go to court if he didn’t get justice.—Agencies

  56. #56 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 28, 2010 - 2:26 AM

    Younus Khan being an honest Pathan has turned down Ijaz Butt’s compromise offer, because he says he hasn’t done anything wrong and wants a fair trail in front of the camera so that the media and public could see and hear the facts.

    Dekhna yae hai kay JHOOTA jis ka moonh hai kala, wo kya kerta hai? He will compromise anything to get into the team. He did everything he can to get Sania Mirza. Now the whole of Punjab is sympathetic towards Shoaib Malik BAKAOZ he eez thee HuzzBand of Sania Mirza who is a cele-bretty. 😀

  57. #57 by newguy on May 28, 2010 - 12:42 PM

    It’s good to see that Younus Khan is standing his ground instead of taking a favorable compromise and wants the full fair trial to get the truth out. These are the qualities you don’t see anymore, Younus is a throwback to the old days when honestly and integrity meant something. Good on him.

  58. #58 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 28, 2010 - 1:24 PM

    newguy

    Actually I was going to write, “newguy, purani gali say nikal aao.” 😀 So, it is good to see you commenting.

    Yes, “I am agree” Younus Khan did the right thing by standing his ground instead of bending over backwards and accepting the terms of Butt & Co. Why should he? He did nothing wrong and he was just a victim of circumstances but, my only concern is if the PCB retaliates to this they might delay his inclusion in the team, it will be a loss for Pakistan team. Younus Khan can be a good player against Sri Lanka and India in the Asia Cup.

    Trott has trotted to his double test hundred and Morgan fell cheaply today adding only 4 runs to his overnight total of 40. Bangladesh after playing the second test will be back home and then to Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup. Pakistan will be in a difficult situation without Yousuf and Younus and UMAR GUL is still a doubtful starter for the Asia Cup, hasn’t fully recovered from his injury.

  59. #59 by khansahab on May 28, 2010 - 5:42 PM

    Afridi doesn’t want Malik back

    KARACHI: Shoaib Malik may be in the list of probables for Asia Cup but sources say Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is not keen to have him back as he fears the all-rounder would create disharmony in the side. Malik is in the shortlist of 35 probables for the Asia Cup and the tour to England but Afridi is among those who don”t want Malik back.

    “There are others as well including some selectors and board officials who feel that it would be better for the team if Malik is kept out for the moment,” one source disclosed. He said Afridi did not push for Malik”s inclusion like he did for Muhammad Yousuf and Younis Khan.

    “Afridi”s reaction is natural considering that he knows well that Malik can be a very negative influence on the team when things don”t go according to his liking,” the source said. Malik emerged as the main villain during the probe by the Pakistan Cricket Board inquiry into the troubled Australian tour with former coach, Intikhab Alam, Afridi, Younis, Yousuf and others blaming him for spoiling the team atmosphere.

    Former manager Abdul Raquib, Intikhab and Yousuf openly blamed him for creating disharmony in the team. During the inquiry committee hearings, the team officials also confirmed that they wanted to send Malik back from New Zealand but the then skipper Yousuf let him stay as the team needed his experience.

    Malik, who recently got married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, was banned for 12-months and fined Rs two million by the inquiry committee but he has appealed against the punishment. In his defence, Malik has said that he had no cause to create disharmony in the team as he was no longer interested in the captaincy and only wanted to play.

  60. #60 by khansahab on May 28, 2010 - 6:27 PM

    Butt’s days are numbered as PCB chief

    KARACHI: Ejaz Butt may soon be removed from the post of PCB Chairman as Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has given his consent for a major overhaul in the Cricket Board, according to sources.

    Sources say Zardari, who is also PCB patron, has taken note of recent controversies and complaints against Butt and may soon remove him from his job.

    “Indications are that the President has finally taken notice of the complaints by the members of the National Assembly and Senate Standing committees on Sports,” one well-informed source said.

    Heads of both the committees had publicly demanded removal of Butt after team’s disastrous tour combined with a series of controversies rocked Pakistan cricket.

    The source said that another point that has gone against Butt is his giving relatives and close friends key positions and ignoring other deserving candidates.

  61. #61 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 29, 2010 - 1:18 AM

    What I wrote on the blog 2 days ago, Imran Khan is saying this today in his interview on TV. And, it was Imran Khan who pushed Younus Khan’s case before and now realizes that it was not the right thing to do.

    Imran backs Afridi for Pakistan long run
    Friday, 28 May, 2010 8:28 pm

    KARACHI : Pakistan’s legendary former captain Imran Khan spoke out in support of Shahid Afridi on Friday, saying the all-rounder should be given a long innings to stabilise a team hit by controversy.

    “Afridi should be given a long run as Pakistan captain,”
    Khan told AFP, saying that frequent rotations at the top destablise the team.

    “Since I retired in 1992, Australia has had only three captains while Pakistan has had more than two dozen and that is why there is a big difference between Pakistan and Australia.”

    Facing a captaincy crisis after Younus Khan stepped down and Mohammad Yousuf was sacked, Pakistan on Tuesday appointed Afridi captain for next month’s Asia Cup and a subsequent tour of England.

    Khan said Afridi, already leading Pakistan in the Twenty20 format since last year, was the only real choice.

    “Who else if not Afridi?” said Khan, Pakistan’s most successful captain with a World Cup triumph in 1992.

    “I think if they had made anyone else captain, problems would surely have persisted, so I think Afridi was the best choice available.”

    “Afridi has been leading the team well in the Twenty20 format. A good captain should be brave, can handle pressure and should have the respect of the team, so let us give Afridi some time to settle and then judge him.

    “You can never predict about him as a Test player and a captain until you give him a chance.
    If he was not playing Tests and now he intends to play, then maybe with responsibility he performs better.”

    Afridi, who has not played a Test since 2006 because of family commitments, made himself available for the longer version of the game last week.

    Khan said he does not agree with the idea of separate captains for different formats of the game.

    “Cricket is the only sport where you need able leadership and if a captain is successful in one format he could be successful in all three,” he said.

    Khan sympathised with banned former captain Younus Khan.

    “Younus won Pakistan the World Twenty20 title,” said Khan of Pakistan’s triumph in England last year. “And then after one defeat an MP levelled allegations of match-fixing against him and that was very unfair on him.”

    Khan said Pakistan will need Yousuf for Tests in England.

    “Pakistan needs someone who can stay at the wicket for longer and Yousuf has that quality,”
    said Khan. Yousuf retired in protest after the Pakistan Cricket Board banned him indefinitely over infighting in the team.

    Pakistan will feature in the four-nation Asia Cup one-day tournament in Sri Lanka from June 15-24.

    They then play two Twenty20 and two Tests against Australia and four Tests, two Twenty20 and five one-day games against England — all in England.

  62. #62 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 29, 2010 - 1:38 AM

    newguy

    I hope you have seen the scores of India vs. Zimbabwe match? Despite Rohit Sharma’s century, India lost to Zimbabwe by 6 wickets and 10 balls to spare. A point that I have been highlighting since a long, long time that overhauling the entire team or removal of ALL senior players and replacing them by young players is not the solution what most people think especially in the sub-continent India Pakistan when the team fails in a major tournament we demand change of captain, coach, and a few players and sometimes the whole team. See what happened to India now? Without the senior players the team lacked direction and conviction to win. And, you will see how this team will play in Asia Cup when Tendulkar and Sehwag will be back.

    Induction of new and young players must always be gradual and with senior and experienced players they must groom and learn.

  63. #63 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 29, 2010 - 8:43 AM

    BAN ON SHOAIB MALIK LIFTED Succhai ka bol bala, jhootay ka moon kala…..

    Rizvi the PCB advocate said, “We (PCB) had watched Malik’s attitude and conduct over the last three months and proposed that ban should be lifted,” WTF did he see in Malik’s attitude? Just that he got married to Sania Mirza aur BV Kay Tufail, celebrity bun gaya and got a sympathy vote from the whole of the Province.

    Ijaz Butt said, there was NO ban on Yousuf and Younus 😀 Is he living in a cuckoo land or what? One day he says, there is a ban and, the next day he says there is no ban. And, today’s headlines are Ijaz Butt clipped Wasim Bari’s wings. Ijaz Butt took away the administration charge from his Chief Operating Officer (COO) Wasim Bari and handed it over to Senior General Manager Subhan Ahmed. The reason is Butt has doubts about Bari’s integrity and he is reportedly the only person who leaked (or perhaps sold) the information to the local TV about banning the 7 players jinko Butt kehta hai hum nay BAN hee Nahee kiya!

    If Bari has reportedly leaked or sold the information to the media it is a breach of trust and against the rules of the organization he must be fired w.e.f., yesterday. Plus, he should be penalized too, why is it so that the players are always fined and penalized and not the officials?

    Also, when a team delays the proceedings, only the captain is fined, whereas in my opinion all players plus must be fined. And the Umpires if they do nothing in letting the captain and the bowler setting the field should also be fined because, the umpires on ground can see that it is getting late and they must warn the players, just like running on the pitch, 1st bouncer, no-ball which is above the waist and, display a warning signal towards the third umpire to note that they have not only noted the delaying tactics but have also warned the captain and there should be 2 warnings and if they delay, one over must be forfeited from the bowling side (when they bat). newguy to comment on this, pls.

  64. #64 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 29, 2010 - 8:52 AM

    khansahab

    Since how long are we saying BUTTS DAYS ARE NUMBERED??? Poor old ButtNee got high hopes about his return to normal life and is constantly singing, “Dinwa Dinwa Mai Ginoo kab ayenge BUTTWAIYA ?” (Buttwaiya like Sanwariya) 😀 I am not sure if you have heard this song, may be Munir has, have you Munir?

  65. #65 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 29, 2010 - 9:57 AM

    We have started a new thread on the blog titled, HOWARD or HOW AWKARD?

    So, please give your comments there……………… thanks

  66. #66 by Mohammed Munir on May 29, 2010 - 11:51 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Nop, I haven’t heard this song not even the real version 😉

    BTW, there was recently a charity cricket match in Dubai, between the starts/ actors/ singers etc. from Pakistan Vs India.

    Atif Aslam, Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Arbaz Khan, Sunil Shitty, Reema, Shoaib Actor, etc. etc.

    But the most interesting news is that Shoaib Malik who also participated, played from his ‘susral’ 😉

    Yes Malik played for India 😆

    You guys can check the news in UAE newspapers.

  67. #67 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 29, 2010 - 4:58 PM

    Munir

    What do you expect from a Jo roo ka ghulam? He should change his first name from Shoaib to Ghulam. Btw, do you remember Ghulam Hannani? Everyone used to call him Mr. Hannani, some people asked him, Mr. Hannani does your wife also call you Mr. Hannani or she calls you by your first name?

    Did you watch that cricket match? When Reema came into bat who was the bowler and who was the wicketkeeper? 😉

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