Archive for August, 2010
I have been raving and ranting that Ramiz Raja along with a few other experts and the whole of Pakistani media is showering praise and accolades at Mohammed Aamer’s talent is a dangerous move and it could ruin the career of the so-called 18 year old talent. The world’s number one fast bowler, better than Uncle Wasim Akram etc. etc. Now, it is like a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history which is so short lived and so deceitful that it is hard to believe what happened and how it happened?
I believe in the expression: ” There is no smoke without fire.” There must be some truth in the news which is as hot as chilly pepper. I am sure most Pakistanis are devastated today after reading / seeing the news on TV about how the betting scam has been unfolded by the arrest of a bookie and how these “Patriotic Paindoos” have disgraced the nation once again. Uncle Wasim Akram must proud about how talented his protege is that he achieved this fete sooner than expected, it is faster than Shahid Afridi’s 37/100.
I have picked up Aamer out of the bunch of The Magnificent Seven because, he was the only hope of the future fast bowlers of Pakistan. I don’t care what Asaf has to deliver because, he has already hit headlines a few times along with Shoaib Akhtar and sans Akhtar. And, Kamran Akmal the less you talk about him the better it is because, he has not only drowned himself into deep shit, he has also dragged his younger brother with him. Now, the Sydney scandal would be unraveled and brought to surface and those who may have brushed the idea as rubbish (that is when he dropped 4 catches of Hussey and made no effort to run out the batsman) would start believing and telling themselves, “why am I so naive?”
Umar Akmal was hailed as a batting prodigy by the Rajas and Maharajas and they left no stone unturned in praising his batting talent and kept reciting and humming his great talent that “A star is born.” But, a Chota, is a Chota, is a Chota.
And Butt Saheb the Baby Captain who has been cut to size like a Baby Carrot has also doomed his career, see how proud he is looking among the bookies and con men, he considers himself as a Nikki Don. There are three other unnamed suspects or, UNSUB as they refer in behaviour analysis unit which means Un-identified Suspects, I can guess they are Chota Akmal, Imran Farhat and Saeed Ajmal and I don’t think I am wrong in predicting these names.
I would like to see these culprits to be punished so severely that no one else in the future could even think about betting or match fixing. First of all they should be banned from playing any kind of cricket, domestic, international or league such as IPL. Secondly, they should be heavily penalized financially and finally they should be sentenced for a minimum 10 years jail.
Otherwise, they will turn out like the Wizard of Bribery, Prince of Scandals, King of Match fixing and a living example of Desh Drohi and who is that? None other than our Saniyasi Baba Wasim Chakram who invented this sign language of bowling no-balls. Reportedly he used to communicate with the bookies by bowling a foot no-ball at a particular time, like his successor Aamer and Asif did in this test match. Jaisa Guru Vaisay Chaylay.
GUYS, now you are the Jury and you have to pass the verdict and you have to decide what action must be taken against them? Please do not hesitate to comment freely. MATCH FIXING ZINDABAD.
THE CHIEF SELECTOR OF PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM MOHSIN KHAN takes an easy route of escapism by shifting blames on the captain and the coach. How often do we see that man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes, small wonder that what he craves most is self forgetting. What Mohsin Khan is forgetting is when he was not the CS, he used to openly and blatantly criticize the selectors, coach, managers and even players and that was so easy to do so while sitting in a comfortable room surrounded by cameras and you know you are on a TV talk show.
The irony is man seems to escape himself in myth and does so by means at his disposal. The lies and the inaccuracies in passing those judgments (while you are on a TV talk show) gives some kind of sweet comfort. Whereas, the truth is when you have to deal with those forces against whom you are passing that judgment especially when your own livelihood is at stake, then you try to sugarcoat and mince words, shift blames, make others responsible or at least try to drag them into the mess which you are responsible of creating it and then you try to escape from it. It is like that when we travel we are in search of distance, but distance is not to be found, it melts away and escape has never led anywhere.
Not only Mohsin Khan, we have seen in the past and it is not just the selectors but others too behaving in similar way, they all act and behave like, His Master’s Voice puppy. The recent statement given by Mohsin Khan to the media that he is not alone in selecting this team but, Afridi and Waqar Younus were also in it and it was a joint decision. We all know how the joint decisions are taken when there is nepotism and regionalism, there are letters of recommendation, telephone calls from ministers, senators and VIP’s pressurizing the selectors to choose a team from the list that has been provided to them. It is then these spineless selectors have to come up to the media and speak the truth by saying: “This is not the team that I want to select. Or, these are not the players who should be included in the squad, but we are being pressurized by so and so…” This is the truth, the problem is they cannot handle the truth.
Afridi is known for taking emotional and erratic decisions whether he is a captain, player or has a say in selection and they all make fun of his decision making, so why give that much importance to his say now? Waqar, they all say that he was a good bowler but, not a captain material or a strategist. He could be a good bowling coach but, he was not a batsman and he knows nothing about batting and to have his say in team selection especially in choosing batsmen is ridiculous and laughable at those who consider him as fine decision maker or selector.
On the contrary Mohsin Khan was a good batsman, he was in the team when Imran Khan was his captain, he must have learnt a lot from him, over the years he has matured not only as an individual who has experienced life but, as an ex-player who can observe the batting techniques of other players and their performance better than a lay person or a bowler. Imran was not just a bowler he was an all-rounder and as a captain he is so far the best Pakistan has produced but, neither Waqar nor Wasim could match his abilities. I am saying this because there is a general misconception that a good bowler is also a good captain. Wrong.
It was very shocking to see how Mohsin Khan is now trying to cover his back by shifting blames on Afridi and Waqar knowing that they can’t do anything to him personally, whereas if he has spoken a word against Ijaz Butt or named the ministers, senators and those who pushed their son-in-laws or nephews or the henpecked husband, he would have been in trouble. Basically Mohsin Khan attempted to hide the dirt under the carpet but, he did not realize that someone could beat the carpet and create a cloud of dust and make him difficult to breathe.
Mohsin still did not mention anything about recalling Younus Khan and Fawad Alam while both of them are in the UK and are playing domestic cricket there. Both of them are in good form and shape and have scored decent runs in a few matches they have played. And, both of them are a 100 times better than Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik. More than 90% of the population of cricket watchers in Pakistan agree with this but, no one is doing anything to bring back Younus Khan and Fawad Alam and this is called inherited congenital blindness where the iris is so rudimentary that it appears to be absent, they cannot see the most obvious things, this kinda blindness is found mainly in animals, mostly among cattle. But, is there any doubt that Ijaz Butt & Co., may not have inherited it from the cattle?
The Nishan-e-Haider is Pakistan’s highest military award, bestowed to those brave men that have displayed the highest standards of gallantry fighting for Pakistan in battle. At Edgbaston Pakistan are fighting a battle they are unlikely to win, but all is fair in love and war and any act of bravely, heroism or class should be appreciated, notwithstanding the likely result of this largely one-sided contest.
Zulqernain Haider’s 88 has been made fighting against the toughest seam and swing bowling imaginable. Pakistan started this innings with a seemingly insurmountable lead of 179. The batting order collapsed. In came Zulqernian. He could have been dismissed on his first delivery, but the Review System saved him.
Perhaps it was divine intervention, or perhaps the spectre of destiny was calling upon him to carve his name in the annals of legend. And
that is what he did.
Haider played with a straight bat. He waited for the ball to reach the bat. He confronted the onslaught of outswing by opening the face of the bat and using timing to nudge the ball around and find gaps. His temperament was flawless, unflappable. At times, you saw a touch of genius; perfect timing, boundless confidence and treatment of balls with disdain. This was a man who had waited years to represent his country at international level and who has replaced a man, Akmal, whom many considered irreplaceable. The odds were stacked heavily against Haider. Were he out on the first ball in his second innings as well, his career would probably have been buried with his dismissal. But, providence had other plans for him. Rather than seeing Zulqernain’s career disappear in obscurity, we saw one of the most memorable debuts by a Pakistani cricketer.
Cricket has always provided Pakistanis with a distraction to the corruption, lawlessness, injustice and unhappiness the country has witnessed since its birth. Cricket and Islam are the two topics that unite this land of 160 million people of various ethnicities, social and economic backgrounds.
Cricket is as inextricable from Pakistani society as religion. Yet, at times you feel the two concepts converge. Channel your memories back to the final in UAE when Pakistan needed 4 runs to win from the last ball. Thousands of people in the ground and millions beyond it, were praying for a miracle. You saw men, women, children in the ground with their hands cupped and joined together in prayer. Miandad created history, and changed the course of Pakistan-India cricket with his sixer. Channel your memories back to the World Cup 1992 final, when Wasim Akram’s two unplayable and unprecedented deliveries changed the course of the match and placed victory in Pakistan’s lap. The match in 1996 in Nairobi, when a 16 year old boy struck the fastest century in international cricket, changing the art of modern batting. The Test match in 2009 when a middle order batsman who had never opened in his life and who had been ignored by selectors for three years was made a sacrificial lamb, and he responded by hitting an impeccable 168.
It is these occasions that makes you feel Pakistan cricket has some mystical connection with divinity.
There have been many Pakistani players who have accomplished amazing feats in their debut Test but then have vanished into oblivion. However, Haider’s superb knock is all the more prominent due to its context; this is amongst the worst tours the Pakistan team has had. It is unclear whether Haider will go on to become a great, or whether he will perish soon as many of his contemporaries.
Pakistan cricket fans have never been more upset with the team. Pakistan as a nation has been ravaged by floods, extreme weather, poverty, terrorism, corruption and mismanagement by its governments. But in the midst of gloom and woe, Haider has provided a bleeding nation with a smile, and a reason to hope- hope that the country will keep producing talented youngsters who will shock the world in the dawn of their careers. And hope that their country will keep shocking the world by producing real life fairy tales. This is Pakistan’s forte, its strength, its identity. And this is perhaps the product of a blind faith in religion; in illogical, unscientific tales of myth, folklore and of miracle.