ROAD TO DESTRUCTION

Resurrection of a dead career

Pakistan cricket never stops surprising. Just when one thought Ijaz Butt is on the verge of being sacked and things can only get better, PCB announced Pakistan’s squad for the forthcoming series in UAE.

Yousuf, Gul, Ajmal or U Akmal would have been better choices than Misbah

Is corruption, nepotism and incompetence so deeply entrenched in the PCB psyche, that Pakistan cricket is at a point of no return? Misbah ul Haq has made a return to international cricket. For the past two years Misbah’s performance has been so pathetic, that everyone had considered his career to be over. Misbah is 36 years of age officially, which means he might be 38 in real life. What was the point of making him captain? What has he done to deserve this honour? His age, respect in the team, performance- nothing warranted this drastic action to be taken. Unfortunately fans will reintroduce allegations of nepotism, favouritism, corruption and regionalism due to this decision by the PCB. Nowhere else in world cricket would you have seen such an old player, dropped due to poor performance, being brought back in such fashion. It is accepted that senior players Afridi, Younis, Butt and K Akmal were unavailable for whatever reason, however the most sensible decision considering the circumstances would have been to appoint Yousuf as captain. Yousuf at least has respect in the team and an illustrious career record behind him. This is in no way to promote Yousuf has a captain because ideally someone like Yousuf should not captain the team, but he was the best choice from available candidates which included Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal.

The reason why ideal choices were not available for selection is due to the PCB’s competence to

Reportedly, K Akmal has been sidelined due to suspected involvement in match fixing

some extent. Afridi was dropped early on in his career after some decent Test performances and since then he has never been able to adjust to Test cricket. Younis Khan has differences with the management- on what grounds they are, has never been revealed. Salman Butt is suspended due to alleged involvement in match fixing whereas K Akmal is apparently having surgery. Insiders have reportedly commented that Akmal has been sidelined because the PCB suspects him of match fixing and hence they want to investigate this and not risk playing him.

What happened in the controversial tours of Australia and New Zealand remains shrouded in mystery. Why has the PCB not revealed details of its investigations? By hiding details from the masses, is PCB not doing a disservice to cricket in Pakistan? Why it is that after so many months the fans still do not know on what grounds Rana, Younis, Yousuf, Afridi, Malik etc were banned or fined? What public interest could this possibly serve?

After a tenure of defeats and misery, the reappointment of Alam in PCB is a joke

A controversial character, Intikhab Alam, has also been reintroduced into the set up as the Team Manager. Inti is also no stranger to

The fans of cricket are losing patience with Mohsin Khan. His days are numbered

controversy, like his predecessor Yawar Saeed. Why the same controversial characters keep reappearing in the PCB has to be investigated. The only explanation that comes to mind is that there is a presence of foul play, details of which are only privy to select individuals who keep getting reappointed. An independent bench must conduct an inquiry into this as soon as possible.

Ijaz Butt does not understanding the meaning of public service and accountability. This is observed not just from his stupid decisions, but also from his undermining of the Sports Committee of Pakistani Parliament. The public of Pakistan wants to see the return of Younis

Most Pakistanis want Younis Khan back in the team

Khan, yet due to differences with Butt and senior PCB management

Fawad Alam's case epitomises why Pakistan is struggling as a nation- no respect for merit, and everything runs on nepotism, regionalism and corruption

Younis’ career looks bleak. Rumours are that Younis is contemplating moving to England so he can play county cricket, thus following footsteps of former players like Azhar Mahmood and Mohammad Akram. It is also believed that being an emotional person, Younis has taken this insult to the heart and is internally, a broken man. Speaking of insults, Fawad Alam has once again been overlooked from the Test team. Fawad plays on merit and his domicile is not Punjab, which is why he only seems to be selected when Afridi or Younis Khan facilitate his selection. Fawad Alam is a living, breathing example of the problems that Pakistan as a nation is suffering. After a reasonably good performance in international cricket so far, players like Misbah and Farhat are still preferred over Fawad. This is the problem with Pakistan.

Don't know why you were banned, don't know why your ban has been lifted.........but anyway, good luck to you

We do not know why Rana Naved was banned, but what we do now know is that he ban has been lifted. Only in Pakistan can such extreme measures be taken without the responsible people giving explanations. That is because, there is no shame in these people and there is no sense of accountability. In any event, Rana Naved, who most believe to be a useless player, is back and available for selection.

After the departure of Nasim Ashraf, many people believed Pakistan cricket could be rescued. However, under Ijaz Butt’s tenure, incidents of unfair selection, nepotism, tour controversies, stupid decisions etc have garnered a gloss of comedy. That is because Ijaz Butt himself is a comedian. So much for an ex-cricketer being appointed because of a “democratic system”. The damage to Pakistan cricket under Butt is incalculable.

The situation is so deplorable, that talk of changing systems, processes, politicians seems ineffectual. Even the idea of some revolution seems minuscule considering the magnitude of stupidity that has wrecked Pakistan cricket under Ijaz Butt. This system needs something greater than a mere revolution. It needs a messiah.

 

People who supported Butt over Nasim Ashraf must be slapping themselves

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  1. #1 by khansahab on October 9, 2010 - 11:48 AM

    We have a new thread.

  2. #2 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 9, 2010 - 10:50 PM

    khansahab

    As long as Ijaz Butt is there is a dead end to this road.

    There is a song on this subject:

    Aren’t we having fun
    On the road to destruction
    Baby here we come
    I just can’t seem to shake all the hate inside of me ……

    By saying “People who supported Butt over Nasim Ashraf must be slapping themselves.”
    Tusi Wee “Killa Thokka Aye.” Aur Wo bi Butt-ich. 😀

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 9, 2010 - 10:54 PM

    MOSAN KHAN’S DAYS ARE NUMBERED, HE HAS SAID WHAT BUTT WOULD HATE TO HEAR FROM HIS SUBORDINATES

    Pakistan’s chief selector, Mohsin Khan, revealed on Saturday that his committee’s first choice for captain was Younis Khan, but due to his unavailability, Misbah-ul-Haq was pulled from the brink of retirement into Pakistan’s most controversial and coveted position.

    “We needed a senior player to strengthen our batting line-up,” Mohsin said. “Our first choice was Younis Khan but we didn’t get any clearance [from the PCB], after which we discussed the option of recalling Misbah and decided to go for it.”

    The revelation is particularly surprising since it is the first time the selection committee has openly thrown its weight behind Younis who remains out of the Pakistan squad due to what many sources have claimed as ‘personal issues’ with the star batsman.

    Younis remains on the sidelines despite having his ‘disciplinary’ ban lifted in June this year and Mohsin believes that is also something that went in Misbah’s favour.

    “In a team where many of the players have had serious disciplinary problems, Misbah is one guy who has a neat and clean background,” Mohsin said. “He is a thorough professional and one of the fittest players in our country, which is another big plus point.”

    Misbah will captain Pakistan in the two-Test series against South Africa in Abu Dhabi in November. He becomes the fourth man, after Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Salman Butt, to captain Pakistan in Tests in 2010 alone.

  4. #4 by khansahab on October 10, 2010 - 8:23 AM

    Good luck to Umar Gul.

    Cricketer Umar Gul ties the knot

    PESHAWAR: Pakistani pacer Umar Gul here Saturday tied the knot with a lady doctor living in Dubai.
    The fast bowler entered the wedlock with the daughter of a Dubai-based construction businessman in a simple but typical Pakhtun-style marriage ceremony in which his friends and family members danced to the tunes of traditional music.
    The celebrations began in the afternoon when some of Umar Gul’s friends assembled to have fun in his newly-built home in his village Naway Killay, the suburban village made famous by a number of squash champions including Hashim Khan, Azam Khan, Mohibullah, Qamar Zaman and Jansher Khan and many others. The house was decorated with buntings and colourful lights.
    Attired in a shinny white sherwani suit with golden embroidery, Umar Gul, 26, was looking happy, though a bit shy among his friends.
    He danced with his friends with the villagers enjoying the moment. “It was going to take place in a simple manner owing to the prevailing situation in our country,” the smiling Umar Gul said.
    It was kind of an arranged-cum-love marriage. He met the bride, a doctor by profession, in Dubai where his father-in-law is running a construction business.
    “I am very happy, it is both love and arranged marriage,” he said, adding: “I have become financially sound, that’s why I am marrying now.”

  5. #5 by khansahab on October 10, 2010 - 8:24 AM

    Delhi U19 selector beaten up by father

    NEW DELHI: The chairman of the Delhi under-19 cricket team selection committee, Vinay Lamba, was beaten up on Friday by the father of one of the probables who did not make it to the 16-member squad named on Thursday.

    The U-19 selection committee left out wicketkeeper Tarang Gupta and that angered his father Rajeev Gupta, who invaded the practice area at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday afternoon and aggressively tried to put his point across.

    “We had shortlisted the team based on the performances of the players in the DDCA league and those who missed out should work harder to make the cut. But here is a parent who tried using his force to argue his son’s case. I am utterly disappointed with this kind of behaviour,” Lamba, who was left with a swollen lip apart from other injuries, told TOI on Friday.

    “First he started arguing and manhandled me. Seeing this, the rest of the coaching staff came forward and took him aside. I have also lodged a police complaint. This is not the first time that he has done like this. Three years ago, a similar thing happened and that time, he had assaulted Ajay Verma when the Under-16 team was named,” Lamba, a former Delhi player, added.

    The DDCA also criticised the incident and said that such violent outbursts were totally unacceptable.

  6. #6 by khansahab on October 10, 2010 - 8:29 AM

    Punjab destroying harmony among provinces: minister

    KARACHI: Criticising the Punjab Assembly’s resolution in support of the Kalabagh dam, Sindh Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Makhdoom Jameel-uz-Zaman has reminded Punjab that three provincial assemblies hav passed resolutions against the controversial project.

    He was speaking at a seminar on “Implication of the 18th Amendment on the working of departments and its impact on inter-provincial harmony” organised by the inter-provincial coordination department on Saturday.

    Referring to the Punjab government’s plans of sending teams to other provinces to further discuss the issue, the minister said that there was no need to send such a team to Sindh.

    He said that he was sorry to see that the Punjab Assembly, which is a responsible and law-making body, did not keep in mind that three similar responsible and law-making bodies had opposed the controversial project.

    He said that the big province had to think what was important to it —Kalabagh dam or Pakistan.

  7. #7 by Mohammed Munir on October 10, 2010 - 8:38 AM

    Seeing Misbah back and that too as a captain really speaks the way PCB is run. 😦 But in a country where a criminal comes directly out of jail and takes over as a minister, this should not be a surprise. 😉

    Younis Khan not included in the team is another recipe for disaster, Butt then again Butt should be kicked in the Butt to make way for Younis.

    Rana is back, I don’t know what purpose it will serve, unless PCB is planning to bring him back too. 😦

    It’s a shame that all of the banned 7 players are pardoned and back, except for Younis Khan, who in the first place is even banned wrongly.

    From what I know, Kamran Akmal is unfit and has undergone some medical procedures. As such Kamran made himself unavailable for selection, and thus is out of ODI and T20s, … Warna Kissi Maan Kay Puttar Mein Itna Dum Nahin, Kay Akmal Ko Teem Sey Baahar Rakh Sakay. 😆 BTW, other then his match-fixing problems, Kamran is still good enough to play in ODIs/ T20s, becuase we have much worst players then Kamran playing in the team. Although I agree Kamran should not be included in Tests squad.

  8. #8 by khansahab on October 10, 2010 - 2:57 PM

    Munir sahab

    I agree with the contents of your comment. I saw some reference in Dawn relating to Akmal being “rested” due to match fixing suspicion.

    I will paste it here if I can find it.

  9. #9 by khansahab on October 10, 2010 - 2:59 PM

    Munir sahab

    This is the Dawn article I was relying on:

    ‘Suspected’ players not considered for selection

    LAHORE: The glaring omission of as many as seven players from the Test and ODI squads against the South Africa came about due to their suspect conduct in the spot-fixing saga on the recent England tour rather than their poor performance on the field, Dawn learnt of Friday.

    Well informed sources said that Kamran Akmal, Yasir Hameed, Shoaib Malik and Umar Amin along with three suspended cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were mainly ignored for selection due to their less than impeccable conduct during the recently-concluded tour of England.

    A doctor at the hospital where Kamran’s appendicitis operation was conducted a couple of days back, told Dawn that the keeper’s was a minor surgery and he would have attained complete fitness for the SA tour.

    His axing, therefore, was done more for other reasons than fitness. Moreover, Umar Amin, who was seen in a video footage along with Wahab Riaz talking to bookie Mazhar Majeed, was not even considered for the South African series and not even for the Pakistan ‘A’ team which was announced for its tour of West Indies scheduled for November.

    However, sources said Wahab’s selection in the Test side despite his interrogation by the ICC over fixing charges, was made possible when one of the senior officials of the PCB guaranteed his complete innocence in the matter, sources said.

    Unlike the last time when the PCB somersaulted to exonerate the punished seven cricketers after imposing penalties following the dismal tour of Australia last Dec, it has now decided to discreetly sideline all the controversial players from selection of SA series.

    There are also reports that the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt will take President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari into confidence over the matter and to ensure that no political pressure will come from any quarter this time to force the inclusion of any suspected player.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2010 - 3:22 PM

    Munir

    Yes, as a batsman Kamran is far better than many players like, Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Abdul Hafeez even the current test captain Misbah.

    Rumours upon rumours, Butt upon Butt, Butt behind Butt, whatever you may call it he is there to stay with his Butt glued to the chairmanship of the PCB. In the past there have been certain rumours that he is going, his days have been numbered and the last one was “On 08-10-10 Butt will get a kick on his A$$* and today is 10-10-10 and he is still here and saying he will “take Zardari into confidence over the matter to ensure that no political pressure will come from any quarter this time to force the inclusion of any suspected player.”

    Based on what he said, why the HELLO did he lift the ban on Rana Naveed? It is a good thing that he is not in the squad but, I have a feeling if the team will be short of any fast bowler due to stamina, injury or performance, Rana will be in the playing XI just like Misbah is now the captain.

  11. #11 by khansahab on October 10, 2010 - 5:18 PM

    PCB chief Butt to skip NA’s grilling session

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt will not be attending the meeting called by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports in Islamabad on October 12, as he is leaving for Dubai today to attend the ICC Board meeting.

    The Chairman of the Standing Committee, Iqbal Mohammad Khan, had summoned Butt and others PCB officials, including Chief Selector Mohsin Hasan Khan and Chief Operating Officer Wasim Bari, to inform the committee about the spot-fixing scandal surfaced during the last tour of England, the Dawn reported.

    But the PCB chairman, who was present in England during entire scam, will not be attending the meeting as he is set to return back on October 14.

    It is noteworthy that Butt has shied away from such meetings more often than not, because he does not feel too confident about facing the Senators and the National Assembly over the many blunders made by him and his associates, bringing Pakistan cricket at the crossroad, the paper said.

    The Standing Committees of both the Upper and Lower Houses of parliament had already recommended the PCB’s patron president Asif Ali Zardari to sack Butt from his position. But so far their demand has not been met with success.

  12. #12 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2010 - 5:41 PM

    The DAWN carried out this article in favour Younus Khan

    The surprising appointment of Misbah-ul-Haq as captain of the national cricket team appears to have more symbolic value than anything else. Apparently, the Pakistan Cricket Board management wants the world to believe that it has moved on after the disastrous England tour.

    The appointment of Shahid Afridi, as was being suggested in official loud-thinking sessions, would have negated that impression. Many may ask if Afridi has merit-based claims to the title, but once Salman Butt was out of the picture, there had to be someone else in the hot seat. From that perspective — though a narrow one — the PCB decision makes some sense. Beyond that, however, it is a continuation of what the board has been doing over the last couple of years: lurching from crisis to crisis and managing the team in a style that involves moving in circles. The return to the fold of Intikhab Alam as manager and the constant denial of access to Younis Khan are just two examples that suffice to prove the point. The man who should have led the side even on the English tour is forced to play first-class cricket because he is not in the good books of the PCB supremo.

    Intriguingly, the latter has adopted different methods to deal with various individuals who have been slapped with fines and bans in the same case. This is hardly the stuff one would find being taught in a human resource management class, but the PCB chief has gotten away with much more. In the interest of Pakistan cricket, one would like to hope for the best and see the team doing well in the matches ahead. But under a captain who has been plucked out of the wilderness to fill the gap this may well prove to be a tough task.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2010 - 5:47 PM

    More news on YOUNUS KHAN, from former players:

    KARACHI: Former players and selectors Saturday criticised ex-captain Younis Khan’s continued omission from Pakistan squads, terming it an “injustice” and “loss” to the national team.

    The 32-year-old was omitted from both the limited overs and Test squads against South Africa announced in the last two days, despite the lifting in June of an indefinite ban imposed on him.

    Younis was among seven players banned and fined following Pakistan’s winless tour of Australia, which was marred by disciplinary problems.

    Pakistan’s chief selector Mohsin Khan said Younis had not been given clearance by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, who wanted the player to contact him.

    Former chief selector Iqbal Qasim criticised the PCB for targetting Younis.

    “Younis’ omission is a case of ego problem,” Qasim told AFP. “Not selecting him despite his ban (being) overturned is (an) injustice and is definitely a loss to the team.”

    Younis relinquished the captaincy in November last year after falling out with some team-mates. He was recalled for the one-day series in Australia earlier this year before being banned.

    He was also overlooked for the tour of England, where Pakistan leveled a two-Test series against Australia 1-1 but went down 3-1 against England in Tests and 2-3 in one-day internationals.

    Qasim lashed out at recalled batsman Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment as Test captain.

    “This can only happen in Pakistan that a player who was not in the team is given the captaincy besides being recalled after a gap,” said Qasim of Misbah, who was dropped from the Test team following the tour of Australia.

    Another former chief selector, Abdul Qadir, urged the PCB and Younis to resolve their differences.

    “I hope… the two parties, PCB or Younis, show flexibility and solve their differences, which will help the player to stage a comeback and help the team which needs him,” Qadir told AFP.

    Qadir questioned Misbah’s recall and appointment as captain.

    “Why did they drop Misbah if he was able enough to lead the team,” said Qadir, a master leg-spinner in his day. “But since there are previous examples of players appointed captains from nowhere, we will have to accept it.”

    Qadir termed the limited overs squad a “veteran eleven.”

    With ageing players like Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar and Misbah, the Twenty20 and one-day squad is full of veterans,” said Qadir.

    Former captain Aamir Sohail said Younis’s omission was a loss.

    “I think Younis has some issues with PCB chairman and that’s been a problem in his selection and it’s harming the team’s cause,” said Sohail, also a former chief selector.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 10, 2010 - 5:57 PM

    Mohsin reduced to dummy selector as Butt defies all norms
    By Khalid H. Khan

    Shortly after taking over as chairman of the national selection committee in the first quarter of this year, Mohsin Khan announced to the world that as long as he remained in the seat there would be no discrimination against deserving cricketers and he would never compromise on discipline, performance and fitness while selecting a player.

    At the time, those words were like sweet music to the ears, specially in the backdrop of what had transpired during the preceding months with Pakistan cricket facing one humiliation after another.

    In those early days in his job as chief selector, Mohsin was often heard and read in the media that he would ensure that the team was picked on merit and merit alone.

    However, it now appears that those words of wisdom were only to create a sense of illusion amongst the innocent souls that all is well as far selection of Pakistan team is concerned.

    The word ‘merit’ has been thrown out of the window because Mohsin, by his attitude of late, has changed his stance dramatically.

    By bringing back a 36-year-old Misbah-ul-Haq from nowhere as Pakistan’s fourth Test captain this year has, in truth, put an end to all talks of rebuilding the Pakistan cricket team with an eye on the future.

    Mohsin, of course, cannot be entirely blamed for the shock induction of Misbah in the UAE-bound Pakistan squad since the appointment of captain is PCB chairman’s prerogative.

    But the chief selector’s claims that Misbah has been picked because of his performance in domestic competitions and his ‘neat and clean background’ are questionable.

    If that is the reason then the selectors must be asked to explain why Misbah wasn’t selected for the England tour despite a good run in the Pentangular Cup and the national one-day tournament. Surely his experience would have been handy in England then.

    Misbah, if one’s memory serves right, was also part of the group that rebelled against Younis Khan’s captaincy last year.

    The timing of the announcement of limited-overs squad is somewhat puzzling because the National Twenty20 competition begins from Sunday in Lahore and the selectors could have waited a few more days before giving a final shape to the side. But it seems they were in some sort of hurry and were forced to follow instructions from the top brass of the cricket board.

    It is a clear indication that selections were done in a bid to make up for the blunders committed in the past. According to Mohsin, Younis was the first-choice on the selectors’ list to bolster the middle-order batting but that choice, given the rotten state of PCB chairman Ijaz Butt’s mind, was vetoed.

    If Pakistan senior teams in Mohsin’s tenure were picked purely on merit, then the likes of Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor, Aamir Sajjad, Sarfraz Ahmed, Asim Kamal and Naved Yasin would have surely got slotted in somewhere.

    The treatment meted out to leg-spinner Danish Kaneria after the first Test against England is another blunt example of how the PCB is run by a vision-less Mr Butt.

    Kaneria’s replacement on England tour Raza Hasan, the slow left-armer who now doesn’t figure in any of the three squads announced by the selectors, at least had the chance to visit a country he would only dream of going so early in his career!

    Mohsin, meanwhile, has allowed himself to be reduced as the chief of a rubberstamp selection committee because no one in this body has the courage to stand up to Mr Butt who has a regular habit of poking his nose in all selection matters which, indeed, is foul practice.

    In the current scenario Mohsin should emulate his predecessor Iqbal Qasim who owned full responsibility of national team’s shambolic display in Australia last season and decided to quit in a dignified manner. But the former opener is unlikely come up with such an elegant gesture.

    What transpired on the ill-fated England tour is now history but the colossal damage done to Pakistan cricket in the past few months is beyond repair and the loud and clear calls for a major surgery to save cricket from total degeneration is, apparently, falling on deaf ears.

    Pakistan’s inconsistency on the playing fields is nothing new as there is seldom a vision in place to put the house in order.

    The main cause of all the ills is that the people at the helm of PCB affairs are shamelessly enjoying their perks and their globetrotting chairman moving merrily from destination to destination on one pretext or another while filling his bulging pockets with more TA/DA.

    According to rough estimations, Mr Butt’s trips across the globe have cost a whopping 11.9 million rupees in the first nine months this year. Who says Pakistan cricket is not flourishing and heading in the right direction!

  15. #15 by Mohammed Munir on October 11, 2010 - 7:13 AM

    Javed Khan & Khansahab …

    Kamran Akmal is definitely not the best thing to have happened to Pakistan cricket neither is he a good or dependable batsman. In fact he is miles away from that position. But the only reason I support him, to some extent, for the ODIs & T20s games is that because of his aggressive batting and also considering his “overall utility”. Kamran is one such player who can never qualify in any of the three formats of the game based on his batting or even his keeping alone. However, when we see his keeping & batting together, we think he ‘may’ play and that is purely because we, unfortunately, we don’t have any better keeper-batsman. Secondly, in ODIs and specially T20s, aggressive batting becomes more important whereas the impact of one dropped catch or a missed stump is not the same as it is in Test cricket. Therefore, seeing his batting advantage, we tend to compromise on his poor keeping abilities, plus as Javed Khan have mentioned about, we are not blessed with many specialist batsmen who can boast of much better batting performances.

    This is the point which goes in Kamran’s favour, though I hope Zulqarnain who seems better keeper then Kamran, also continues to show good batting skills and can be a permanent ‘keep’ 😉 in the team.

    I agree with the Dawn News article and surrender my case on Kamran Akmal’s exclusion being on medical grounds. Though I got an unconfirmed inside news that he himself opted out of selection, for whatever reasons. May be Kamran thought that there is no fun in playing without his ‘fixed-partners’ (Pakkay match-fixing Giraayeen). 😆

    On Younis Khan …

    It is so fcuking frustrating and hopeless that this @%*&^$^%#&!!@^%^& Ijaz Butt is single-handedly keeping Younis Khan out of the team. PCB is in such a pathetic shape that one stubborn and corrupt person is controlling it like his father’s Jaageer.

    Seeing the responses from most senior players and Pakistan cricket fans, everyone thinks Younis Khan is an absolute must to be included in this team, but this Mota-Butt have turned it into a personal vendetta against poor Younis Khan. This is very very unfortunate and it’s issues like these which minimize fan’s interest in Pakistan cricket.

    Pakistan Cricket will be dearly missing Younis Khan in the forthcoming series in UAE. 😦

    On Mohsin Khan …

    Mohsin Khan is successfully playing the role of a poodle in the lap of Butt !!

    The one and the only reason he is still there is that he is dancing to the tunes of Butt, because Mohsin remembers very well what has happened to Abdul Qadir and Iqbal Qasim before him. Therefore, Mohsin is trying-to-look-the-other-way and make a few bucks in the process. From what it seems, Mohsin Khan has only two options, either to accept every crap from Butt and keep earning some money there by ignoring his respect and Izzat, or to come out strongly and take control of the selection process and make his own decisions. In the second option, there are high chances that Mohsin may loose his position and Butt may kick his Butt or alternatelive Mohsin may have to resign from dummy selector’s post. However, as of now, Moshin seems to have preferred his livelihood over his ‘Ghairat’.

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 11, 2010 - 3:05 PM

    Tendulkar would have got his 50th test century if he had scored those 2 runs in the first match i.e., when he was out for 98. Now he is aiming for a double hundred and somehow 90’s terrorize him for whatever reason but this time he applied Sehwag’s technique of scoring sixes in the nineties. He is the only player to score so many test hundreds plus ODI hundreds, which I guess no one in the near future will break his records! Perhaps he is the only player who got out most number of times in his nineties? Does anyone reckon how many times he was out in his nineties? Someone said, 19 times, I am not sure. Had he converted those nineties into hundreds his combined hundreds (test + ODIs) would have passed 100 at least a couple of years ago. Now he needs one in test and four in ODI’s.

    He is on his way to score his sixth test double hundred. The only player to score a double hundred in ODI perhaps his dream to score a triple hundred in test will remain unaccomplished due to his age, although those who watched him play said, he is as good as he was 20 years ago, may be even more matured and more confident. M. Vijay must be very proud of himself for playing with him and scoring a test hundred against Australia, perhaps it is the happiest moment of his life and he will cherish it forever.

    This match is heading for a draw but, you never know what happens in the second innings? So, cricket indeed is a funny game. Test matches could be boring but sometimes they are very interesting too. I am sure newguy must be following the scores on cricinfo., am I right?

  17. #17 by Varun Suri on October 11, 2010 - 5:19 PM

    I had been on a short vacation for about 10 days in Germany before I finally head home end of this month hence I was unable to follow the scores of the 1st test Match even on Cricinfo but I have been watching every ball since the 2nd day of this Test Match and I agree that it looks like it is heading towards a draw unless an Australian Batting collapse gifts another win to India.

    I would prefer a 5 Test or atleast a 3 Test series between all the top playing countries because as in this Test Series after winning the first India has the upper hand to just play for the draw or be aggressive and push for a win as the situation demands so the side which wins the First Test Match has the advantage in a 2 Test Series.

    If Australia loses or even draws this Test Match then they will fall to no.6 in the rankings and England will move up to 5.

    It all depends how the pitch behaves tomorrow and whether India can get 10 Australian wickets quickly.

  18. #18 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 11, 2010 - 9:12 PM

    Oh Varun, I was thinking about adding your name too after mentioning “newguy’s” name but, last time I did and you did not respond so I thought may be you are still busy. Good to see you back on the blog.

    If India can bowl out Australia cheaply in the second innings, then it all depends on how long Sehwag stays on the crease. Because there will hardly be any time left to score on the last day and the pitch could also play some tricks. (I assume Australia would like to drag it as long as they could, if India takes a lead in the first innings). Tendulkar after scoring his double hundred must go berserk because there is no point in spending too much time on the ground, the important thing is to make runs or, get Australia out as quickly as possible. It will be the spinners who can do the trick. Sreesanth was wicket less despite many predictions that he can reverse the ball and what not.

    Johnson got 3 out of five wickets and Hauritz got none, so among the Australians it is the reverse hence it is difficult to say whether Hauritz would as effective as Harbhajan and Ohja in the 4th innings? I think Ponting should use MJ Clarke more, he is more experienced that Hauritz but, that doesn’t mean he should not use Hauritz, anyways tomorrow by lunch we will get to see a more clear picture and by the end of the day we will know which side the camel is going to sit?

  19. #19 by khansahab on October 11, 2010 - 9:12 PM

    Pak lawmakers threaten resignation if Butt continues at PCB

    Karachi, Oct 11 : Pakistan lawmakers today threatened to resign from the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports, if PCB chairman Ijaz Butt does not quit from his post or the government fails to sack him within 24 hours. The confrontation was prompted by Butt leaving for Dubai to attend an ICC meeting, ignoring a summon from the NASC to appear before the committee and inform them the spot-fixing scandal surfaced during the last tour of England. “Butt should resign by tomorrow or the government should remove him or else the committee members have the option of handing over their resignations to the National Assembly speaker,” Iqbal Mohammad Ali, who heads the NASC on Sports, said. “Butt has done a lot of damage to Pakistan cricket and it can’t afford anymore controversies and issues. “We will see what happens tomorrow but the members have discussed handing in their resignations,” he said. The NASC on Sports includes 18 members. Seeking to the defuse the situation, Talib Rizvi, a legal advisor to the PCB, assured the NASC that “We are preparing for the hearing and all other people summoned by the committee will attend it.” In Pakistan, the nation’s President directly appoints the chairman of the board in his capacity as chief patron. Butt, a former Test player who completed two years in office this month, has been severely criticised for his handling of cricket issues and his apparent interference in selection issues. The PCB chief has been blamed by former players and officials for his failure to build relations with other boards. Butt was recently in the news for alleging English players of throwing matches against Pakistan in during the controversial ODI series. However, Butt later withdrew his statement and tried to mend fences with the England and Wales Cricket Board, which had sent a notice to him to either apologise or face legal action.

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 11, 2010 - 9:36 PM

    khansahab

    Inn Tillaon May Tail Nahee………. meaning these people can do nothing to the BUTT and they will not resign ….. and Butt will go to Dubai he will come back and will say that his legal adviser Talib Rizvi and others have represented him and there is no need for him to attend each and everytime time the National Committee on Sports summons him for nothing BAKAOZ he hasn’t done anything wrong! He doesn’t care anyone because he has a Haree Jhandee from Asaf Zardari.

    Anyways, 24 hours are not far away, na ghora dooor na maidaan….. let us what happens tomorrow?

  21. #21 by newguy on October 11, 2010 - 10:19 PM

    I am following the Bangalore test commentary and scores, also highlights when available. But, after the cracker of a test match we had last week it is hard to get excited about what is going on so far here. It could all change like in the last two days like it did last week, especially when these two teams are competing, but I doubt it because the last test was such a rush and you don’t get many matches like that where a team win by 1 wicket and it could have also ended in a tie. Everyone complained about the pitch and the bowlers, yet we had 39 wickets fall in 5 days and 1200 runs scored in 4 innings.

    This test could turn because it seems it is deteriorating and towards end of 4th day and on 5th day it could become very hard to score runs.

    Both teams could still win and a draw is also possible, nothing can be ruled out.

    Coming to Tendulkar, what more can be said than is already said a thousand times, there is plenty of writing still going on. Fact is that at this stage Tendulkar is peerless, all of his peers and his competitors have been left behind and what does any records matter to him. It is the fans who keep talking about records, but his records are an excess of riches, there is nothing in comparison, 50 hundreds are there, probably another match or two away, but does it matter at all, going by how easy he makes run scoring look like. Same goes for 100 hundreds. If any man catches up to him, Ricky Ponting who is the closest looks like he is another ordinary batsman now, then he will be very very tired man. If anyone does scale these peaks then I would say that has to be truly exceptional player and he would deserve every accolate. But I doubt it.

    I have come to accept Tendulkar for what he can do, not what does not do, like expecting him to bat like Sehwag or score 400 runs, or 4th innings batting like Laxman, so on .. none of these players notwithstanding their outstanding achievements or qualities are still anywhere near Tendukar’s contributions to Indian cricket. This is why he remains the most admired player in history, and people are willing to give him a free pass.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2010 - 12:55 AM

    newguy

    truly said about Tendulkar, will write more later as I am busy now ………. take care

  23. #23 by newguy on October 12, 2010 - 1:25 PM

    Ind-Aus test in Bangalore is heading towards another gripping contest on 5th day. As had been predicted the pitch has deteriorated and 12 wickets fell yesterday. Indians losing last 5 for just 9 runs after Tendulkar marathon innings ended. In reply, while Indian spinners bowled extremely well, Ricky Ponting fought with a superb innings under pressure on a crumbling wicket with fielder crowing the bat. This has to be probably his best innings in India, in many ways he may have redeemed himself and earned some respect in India where he hasn’t been great.

    Australia has now 185 runs lead, and although it may look like India has the edge, a 5th day wicket with low and slow bounce and fielders around bat will cause havoc. Especially with India middle order with rookies like Pujara and Raina, not to mention Dhoni is not cut for this level or class. When it comes to batting on wickets that require technique Dhoni falls to the average wicket keeper’s batting quality. Everything will depend on Sehwag and Tendulkar. Both are unreliable in 4th innings as well, there is no Laxman to stand between Australia and a win if things go wrong.

    But first Indians have to dismiss tail for cheap, another 50 runs and things will change dramatically.

    There will be a result no doubt at this point, hard to play for a draw on this wicket. The best way to play is attacking cricket and hope the risks are not too many.

    I will not be following the proceedings at night, just too much to handle if first test is any indication. I will try to sleep through and check in the morning. I have a sinking feeling that on 5th day wicket anything over 150 is too much already.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2010 - 1:25 PM

    Apparently it appears that India has done a good job on the 4th day, but in my view they didn’t.

    1. The lead is only by 17 runs, I was expecting it to be at least 70-80 runs.
    2. The Australians have defended 200 total on many occasions, if Johnson can take the lead up to 250 within one hour of the game, it is then Aussies favour.
    3. The Bangalore wicket is very tricky to play on the last day, even if Aussies cannot manage to take the lead to 200 plus they will have a chance to bowl India out.
    4. Remember there is no Laxman in this side and Tendulkar already did his job in the first innings and, his second innings average is not that good.
    5. Only Sehwag can change the course of the game if he goes berserk and score some very fast 60-70 runs, the rest of the team will be relieved from pressure.
    6. Vijay, I don’t think can stand the pressure in the 4th innings and I don’t think he is Gavaskar to carry his bat through, he too has done his part in the first innings.
    7. Dhoni, can he stick around till the end? So far he is succeeding because of his luck here comes the real testing time and being so calm and composed, he should be able to do this job and make people believe that he is there to rescue the ship and not abandon it.

    In any case this test match has also turned interesting and a result is expected now, so let us see what happens in the next 24 hours? Varun and newguy are you following the game?

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2010 - 1:29 PM

    AFRIDI is not AFRAID of Big Bully Butt, he has once again raised his voice against him and Mohsin Khan, read the whole interview:

    http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan-v-south-africa-2010/content/current/story/481234.html

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2010 - 1:41 PM

    I was reading Misbah ul Haq’s interview in Today’s DAWN and this is what he said, besides a few other things:

    ““I know the task assigned to me is not easy. However, underestimating me as a captain and batsman is not fair as one always learns with time and improves.”

    This learning with time has become a template for people like Misbah and Shoaib Malik as they have more often used it as an escape from criticism. The age of learning has past in Misbah’s case, he is 36 and this is the last chance he got to prove his worth, if he fails he is gone with the wind.

    Oh, btw khansahab where are you? The crucial 24 hours are over and those Senators and MNA’s who threatened to resign have not announced their resignation and neither anyone has kicked the Bucket…….. I mean the Big Butt’s bucket. Butt is still alive, kicking and ‘Shlitzing.’ Firing his Butt like a Howitzer. Didn’t I tell you that nothing will happen?

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2010 - 1:47 PM

    LAWSON needs a brain surgery:

    http://www.geosuper.tv/news_detail.asp?id=34504

    No ex-coach (foreign) has shown so much interest in the Pakistan team as Lawson did. But, poor chap he is suffering from Dementia and getting hallucinations after Butt had fired him.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2010 - 1:57 PM

    newguy

    Our comments on India / Australia match have appeared on the blog exactly at the same time. So, it is obvious that neither of us have read each others views yet they have more or less the same meaning in different words.

    You are right about Sehwag that his 2nd innings or match’s 4th innings record is not good that is why I wrote he should go berserk and damage the opposition earlier on because the Aussies fast bowlers can lose their line and length if they are hit earlier on especially Johnson.

    Dravid plays like a great wall but, India doesn’t need to go for a draw, India needs runs. I am not expecting from Vijay and Tendulkar in the 2nd innings as they have already done their jobs and law of averages is also not in their favour. If they do score runs and India wins because of them I will be surprised. IMO, it is time for Dhoni to stand up and finish the job, but first wipe off the Kangaroo tail.

    Yes, Punter played well, in fact he played well in the first innings too but the second innings contribution is much more worthier than the first.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 12, 2010 - 11:33 PM

    DAWN news says that Shahid Afridi has been warned in writing but it is not a show cause notice. Whereas, Aaj TV says the PCB issued a show cause notice. On his earlier comment about team selection that he was not consulted.

    Afridi when contacted said, “Why shouldn’t I be involved in team selection? It is me who has to handle them on the field and I am the one who is responsible and accountable for any defeat.”

    He also said, “World cup is so near, there is no time left in experimenting.” He is right because all times have decided who will play and they are trying to gel the combination, playing practice matches (currently BD and NZ), so it makes sense. On the contrary BUTT has no time for this, he keeps traveling and making money and does nothing else. At the last moment he uses his VETO for any player he dislikes (Younus Khan an example) on personal whims and make stupid decisions in chosing players like, Misbah and that too as a captain. Imran Farhat because of his Father in Law. There is a limit of his ButtDharmi and HuddHaramee pun.

    khansahab

    what was the source of your information in which you wrote here that Butt has to resign in 24 hours or all the MNA’s and Senators of the Ministry of Sports Committee will resign. Nothing happened so far. Only Yawar got a shower from JhakMarani.

    Mohsin Khan and Waqar Younus had a tussle and exchanged words with each other on matters related to team selection.

    Younus Khan’s case will be heard within a week and the match fixing scandal will be discussed at length on camera. So, wait for some scintillating and sizzling news which will stun the world and then they will announce, NO, NO, NO, that was a mistake we actually didn’t say this, we wanted to say something else but bakaoz the language was not Ponjabi we made a mistake. In Punjabi you can always make out two meanings of every word, that is what they think and BELIEVE that is why the language is SO great. They don’t know that in Urdu there words with dual meanings and in English too.

  30. #30 by Mohammed Munir on October 13, 2010 - 9:10 AM

    Below comments are from the Cricinfo link given above by Javed Khan.

    This sums up Ijaz-the-Butt and PCB:

    Butt’s two years as chairman, however, have seen six different captains, five chief selectors and three coaches;

    Karlo Jo Karna Hai … 😆

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 13, 2010 - 1:41 PM

    Congratulations to newguy, Varun and all Indian readers on India’s second test and series win. I would like to see the Kangaroos running with their tail between their legs and the Ostrich burying its head under the sand.

    Pujara must have been doing Puja since his abysmal dismissal in the first innings that he gets a chance in the second innings to prove his worth and he did. What I liked about it was, they told him early in the morning that he will bat no.3 i.e., to get enough time to play and to prove his worth which he did. According to him Tendulkar talked to him and comforted him which is what you expect from the seniors and team managers. In the meanwhile, Tendulkar added another 50 to his records. His average must have improved after this series. In any case he is master of records and no one can beat him in that aspect.

    I am happy that Punter’s Jeepers and Jokers lost both test matches………… Dhoni is riding on his luck which at the moment is on the back of Tendulkar, Laxman and a few others.

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 13, 2010 - 1:44 PM

    ONE ACCUSATION AGAINST PAKISTAN IS DISMISSED BY THE ICC:

    LONDON: The International Cricket Council ruled Wednesday there was no evidence of corruption in the third one-day international between Pakistan and England last month.

    A statement from the ICC concluded there was “no compelling evidence to suspect individual players or support staff” following an investigation into scoring patterns of the match at the Oval on September 17.

    “The investigation is now complete but if new and corroborating evidence comes to light then clearly the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit will re-open the matter,” the statement said.

    The investigation was separate from allegations of corruption levelled against Pakistan during the scandal-tainted Test series with England, which led to three players being suspended indefinitely.

    The ICC last month announced it was probing an investigation into a “certain scoring pattern” that emerged during Pakistan’s win over England at the Oval, later confirming England’s players were not involved in the probe.

    It followed a report by The Sun newspaper, which claimed to have been made aware of details of Pakistan’s innings before the match had got under way.

    The paper tipped off cricket authorities, who then watched as the scoring patterns in two suspect overs emerged as predicted, The Sun report said. The overall result of the match was not believed to be fixed, the report added.

    According to The Sun, the allegations emerged after the paper was notified of calls between a Dubai-based match-fixer and a New Delhi bookmaker. —AFP

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 13, 2010 - 1:48 PM

    SHAHID AFRIDI SAID:

    “My intention was very much clear. I feel the current challenges to Pakistan cricket demand that all should sit together to take important decisions.”

    “Everyone needs to shut up says …. IJAZ BUTT. Only I SaPeak” no matter from which side?

    LA’HORE: Pakistan’s ODI and T20 captain Shahid Afridi, in his reply to the PCB show-cause notice, has insisted that he did not say anything wrong in his views to media.

    The PCB had served the all-rounder a notice on Tuesday and Afridi promptly sent a reply in the evening, contending that his only focus in the TV interview was to urge the need for collective wisdom in selection since the Pakistan cricket has been facing serious challenges in the recent months.

    “My intention was very much clear. I feel the current challenges to Pakistan cricket demand that all should sit together to take important decisions,” he said in his reply, Dawn learnt on authority.

    Reliable sources in the Board confirmed that neither Afridi nor Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq were allowed to give their input in teams’ selection for the SA series, which is a clear reflection of Ijaz Butt’s desire to run a one-man show in the PCB.

    Ps:

    More on what Afridi said about Asif, Aamir and Salman Butt, also about his own hasty decision in London on his test retirement.

    http://www.aaj.tv/2010/10/afridi-deems-the-trio-is-innocent/

  34. #34 by newguy on October 13, 2010 - 3:08 PM

    Javed Khan,

    India won in a manner that shows the true standing of this Australian team. It was a one sided contest in the end with two youngsters took the attack to Aussies and they were clueless. Tendulkar piled on 260+ runs and combined with first test piled on over 400 runs in 4 innings. Records or not, all these runs are contributing to the team cause and that is all that matters. Sehwag had a quite series but others stepped up to make up, they thought Sehwag was the danger man so they practiced short balls and field placements to get him out, but they did not plan well enough for others, like Laxman and Tendulkar, it’s another question if they could have done anything with this bowling attack though. The way Vijay batted shows how much confidence he got out of that maiden test hundred, so he now had the licence to go for it. They were aiming to play positive and get runs quickly with new ball before it could start reversing. Something that Watson and Katich did too, but then India had Ojha and Harbhajan who could stem the run flow and pick wickets. Haurtiz the poor fellow had a nightmare series, but then much bigger stars like Muralitharan and Warne has nightmares in India. Only spinners who have done well in India are Saqlain and a couple of other Pakistan spinners. Even the great Abdul Qadir did not had much success against India. But Pakistanis in general weather batsmen or bowlers have done much better than most other teams, it may to do with conditions and crowd behavior being very similar.

    But, coming back to this test, Punter’s captaincy was disappointing. On a fifth day pitch that offered assistance to both spinners and seamers, they could have at least pushed Indians back a bit and made them sweat. They did not try hard enough, and with a middle order where only Tendulkar and Laxman looked in no trouble they could have done something. But then this Aussie attack is toothless.

    You said correctly about Dhoni and his luck. He is blessed to be captaining a team with such talent and he has very little to worry when it comes to batting and bowling is also getting 20 wickets in more matches than they do not. He is lucky that senior batsmen are all above him in terms of class, technique, and temperament. It will be interesting to see if anyone else captained a team where at least 5 batsmen were way above in quality compared to captain. Dhoni is doing a decent job behind wicket, notwithstanding the occasional dropped catches, and his field settings are decent. I my view, he is doing an OK job, a captain need to use his resources best and stay out of controversies. Dhoni is doing that, before Dhoni came in remember there were issues with Dravid’s captaincy and Tendulkar was never a good captain. Kumble was OK, but Dhoni really has given the players the freedom they want, like Zaheer has risen in stature under Dhoni, and this is showing in his bowling, he has more confidence. So, until Dhonis’ luck runs out, I will let him ride it. He is not taking credit for it anyway, and mostly attributes it to the team, which is a good thing.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 13, 2010 - 4:13 PM

    newguy

    You are right about the real standing of the Aussies team. Had Kamran held those catches and Pakistan won that Sydney match, they could have gone for a series win or at least a drawn series but, in the next match they were playing like rookies with no confidence. India won the first test with a narrow margin but, that gave them a lot of confidence and statistics or no statistics that India won a test match in Bangalore after 15 years, the reason being CONFIDENCE which they got from the win in the first test. That makes a big difference in team morale and player’s confidence.

    I think Dravid’s captaincy was not bad either but, that was an era of politics in the team with Ganguly backseat mothering and Greg Chappel’s sinister rules and groupings in the team. I always rank Dravid as a true gentleman, a great batsman and a good captain. Above all he is the BEST ambassador of India, Dhoni is lucky. Everyone ignores his follies when the team wins even though his contribution is nothing people tend to believe he took good decisions, the same would be reversed if they had lost the match or the series.

    Zaheer Khan has matured over the time and this is his prime time and I don’t think he will be the same after a couple of years, owing to his age. Its a shame that Irfan Pathan came into fame with a bang and disappeared with a bang. He still is a good player for ODI’s and T20s.

    Me too I am disappointed by Sehwag’s performance but, he is a good player and will show his form in ODI’s for sure. It is good that India is giving Tendulkar and a few other seniors some rest and trying out new ones. This guy Pujara, is he labeled as a test player only like, Vijay, Jaffer etc.? His strike rate is average in test but, I have no idea how he plays in the shorter version of the game?

  36. #36 by newguy on October 13, 2010 - 5:11 PM

    JAK,

    I believe they will groom Pujara to be Test player and not for the short version, I could be wrong, but it seems for shorter version there is already many players so it will be hard to find a spot. His List A average shows 57 runs per game with a strike rate of 82, which is not bad, but I would prefer him playing into the Test team. Of course long way to go and prove capability on away wickets and on tricky situation. As I said before too, tougher test is coming for India later this year on the SAF tour. SAF is a much tougher team because they do not have any weakness in batting unlike most other teams, their batting line up matches India when they play in India and they could be better at home, and their fast bowlers of course is stronger. Dhoni’s test will come before the year ends.

  37. #37 by khansahab on October 13, 2010 - 5:23 PM

    Punjab Assembly asks Centre to try Musharraf

    LAHORE, Oct 12: The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution against former President Pervez Musharraf, demanding the federal government to bring the ex-dictator back to Pakistan with the help of Interpol and try him for subverting the Constitution on October 12, 1999.

    The resolution, moved by provincial law minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan on the behalf of treasury, was not opposed even by a single vote. The Opposition, comprising the PML-Q MPAs, did not even utter a single word in support of the former president who remained the centre of criticism from the PML-N and the PPP members during the debate over the October 1999 incident.

    The PA session on Tuesday began with a delay of nearly one and a half hours with Speaker Rana Mohammed Iqbal Khan in the chair. After the question hour session reserved for the education department, it was PML-N MPA from Nankana, Rana Mohammed Arshad, who on a point of order drew the attention of the House towards the October 12, 1999 incident when Pervez Musharraf had dismissed the government of an elected prime minister.

    Terming Musharraf era the worst period of history of the country, Rana Arshad said Pakistan had paid a heavy price for the dictator’s wrong decisions.

    Following this, Rana Sana requested the Speaker to suspend the rules of procedure and allow the treasury to move resolution against Musharraf for subverting the Constitution. By this time, Leader of the House and Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had also reached the PA.

  38. #38 by khansahab on October 13, 2010 - 7:46 PM

    Recently Pervez Musharraf gave a speech launching in his party in which he made the following revelations:

    – In his time the price of commodities like sugar, lentils, vegetables was much cheaper, in some cases 3.5 times cheaper, than the current government.

    – He did not order the killing of Bugti. Bugti was in cahoots with India’s RAW and causing disharmony in Baluchistan. Bugti clams were attacking army troops, destroying gas, electricity and water pipes. They were causing widespread destruction and the the authorities seemed powerless against them. Hence, Musharraf ordered a military operation. He said whether it is in Baluchistan or northern areas, he will not tolerate conspiracies against Pakistan.

    – Lal Masjid- His government knew of the nefarious intentions of the extremists in the mosque for a year before the Army intervened. When they went inside the mosque they saw explosives and suicide bomb jackets. Children were being trained as suicide bombers. For a year he tried to negotiate with the extremists. He called in Islamic Council of Pakistan to negotiate with them. He called in other clerics to mediate with them. He called in Edhi to mediate with them. But, the extremists wanted to run a parallel government. The first shot that was fired in the siege was from the mosque, by a sniper sitting in a minaret and an Army officer got hit. That is when the Army retaliated. There were no female and child casualties. No woman or child has ever been named or identified.

    – Afia Siddiqui- Musharraf said he before Siddiqui’s trial in USA, he did not know anything about her except that she is a Pakistani. He said he has nothing to do with what has happened to her. He said that Ms Siddiqui’s mother wrote a letter to him, full of praises for him and asked him to help her get her daughter back.

    -Pakistanis being sold for cash- He said that, people who were handed to America were foreign nationals terrorising northern areas- Uzbeks, Tajiks etc and none of them were Pakistani.

    – Insulting Nawaz Sharif- he said, he is not proud of the words he used for Sharif, but he said everything in retaliation as Sharif has insulted him many times in the past.

    – The party mascot, the Shaheen falcon- he said this stems from the characteristics of the Shaheen, which is the only bird that eats its own prey, and does not eat anyone else’s prey. He said, he chose the Shaheen to represent him because he only earns through Halal means, and is not corrupt.

    – Courage to address Manchester residents, since Manchester is known as “Little Punjab” and has a huge support for Nawaz Sharif- he said that he will go into pro Nawaz areas and campaign for a change in Pakistan. He said, I came to Manchester and 2000+ people have come to see me, so this gives me courage to campaign in PML N areas in Punjab.

    – About the allegations of Indian media that his government trained terrorists in Kashmir- he said that, the terrorist organisations formed in 80s and 90s and terrorist activity decreased in late 90s, so how could he have trained these terrorists?

    Vision for Pakistan- he wants to get rid of feudalism, he wants more influx of middle class people, he wants rights for religious minorities, he wants Pakistan to be a modern and progressive Muslim republic, he wants to eliminate corruption and said that upon his death his wealth will be distributed to poor people of Pakistan, he wants to proceed on the basis of “Pakistan First”, he wants Army to have more respect and play a greater role in Pakistan, he said that he does not know what the future holds and whether his party will be able to win elections, but that he will try his utmost to serve Pakistan and change Pakistan for the better.

  39. #39 by khansahab on October 13, 2010 - 7:54 PM

    Former President has started telephonic contacts with eminent politicians

    PESHAWAR: Former President Pervez Musharraf has started contacting via telephone renowned politicians of KPK Assembly and invited them to join his party All Pakistan Muslim League here in London on Wednesday.

    According to the details, Former President has started telephonic contacts with eminent politicians of KPK and FATA to join All Pakistan Muslim League and invited them for meeting in London, in this connection invitation are being given to the former and current members of National and provincial assembly, districts Nazams, and retired bureaucrats.

    Sources told that, the contacts are being made to dissident members of ANP, PPP and others political parties of KPK and FATA members however these politicians will join after mutual consultation.

  40. #40 by khansahab on October 13, 2010 - 9:24 PM

    Newguy

    I agree with your analysis about Tendulkar that you wrote yesterday or the day before. Praising Tendulkar has become very repetitive, but praise should be given when it is due and in Tendulkar’s case it is due every other match.

    He is the most perfect batsman of my time, he was a legend when I was a kid and he is a legend even now. He emerged as a genius since the late 1990s when he was the only saving grace in India’s team and possibly India’s only world class player. That is because, Kumble, Dravid and Ganguly had not reached their prime yet whereas Srinath, Azhar, Sidhu- these players were reasonably good but not world class.

    Tendulkar should be given some credit for introducing a high morale in the Indian team that unleashed the greatness of players like Dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag, Harbhajan and Kumble. Tendulkar is the pioneer of the invincible Indian team of 2005- to date.

    Ponting has his own strengths and weaknesses, same goes for Sehwag. On batting talent I don’t want to compare Tendulkar with them because, I don’t want to take the gloss off any particular player. But, he is the most technically sound batsman of the modern generation and I have emphasised this many times before that, what he does better than everyone else is, creating shots out of deliveries other batsmen would not confront.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 14, 2010 - 2:14 AM

    khansahab

    Thanks for posting the excerpts and summary of Musharraf’s speech. He always makes sense as opposed to other paindoo leaders who are always blabbering, shouting, yelling as if they have a personal vendetta against the opposition. What was that idiot Asaf saying in the assembly? I remember a few years ago during Musharraf’s time it was a discussion on the budget in the National Assembly and this idiot was thumping his chest and screaming at the top of his voice and saying, “Mai Punjabi hooon, Mai Punjabi hooon, Mai Punjabi hooon.” As if someone has challenged his ancestry and claiming that his Mother was a Punjaban and father was a Brigadier. And what has that got to do with a budget meeting debate?

  42. #42 by Salman on October 14, 2010 - 9:55 AM

    Some comments:

    1) Khan Sahab: Azhar, not world class?.

    2) There has been an over-analysis of the Aussie defeat in the 1st test (especially from the Indian media). Tha fact is that Ojha could easily have been given out LBW and all the talk after the 1st test would be about India’s tactics.

    3) An open fact (not talked about that openly) is about Dhoni’s dislike of Sachin. You can go back to all his post match speeches in which India has won and Tendulkar has perforemd well. He, only grudgingly, and after a lot of pushing by the interviewer, will give credit to Sachin. It is not that he is in favour of the old guard retiring because he has no problems with VVS and Dravid. The cricketing community in India knows that he has been trying to get Sachin out of the team since he has becaome captain.

    He has been especially miffed since the selection committee declined to select his Yaar, RP Singh instead of Irfan in a one day series last year. Apparently, the selection committee took the view of the senior team members and Sachin was strongly in favour of Irfan’s selection. Currently, he is trying to get his another Yaar Praveen Kumar to become a permamnent member of the one day side as an “all rounder” who bowls at 125 Km/h, never scores and is not that great a fielder either. I guess the dance which PK performed at Dhoni’s Baraat(after Pee Kay, along with Raina, another Dhony crony), is a part of his all round skills.

  43. #43 by newguy on October 14, 2010 - 12:50 PM

    Salman,

    Few thoughts on your comments.

    1) Azhar was a very good player, but he was not world class in the same sense as Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Sehwag. Khansahab is talking about exceptional players. Compare with opposition players like Ponting, Langer, Hayden, Gilchrist, Mohd Yousuf, Inzamam, Kallis, so on.. Azhar average is in 40’s and he had a well known problem with the bouncing ball, same reason why Ganguly is not world class batsman either. But Ganguly gets mentioned as world class often because of his leadership and what he did to change India’s outlook of winning abroad.

    2) There is a lot of talk from some people that if Ojha was given out LBW India would have lost. But the same people do not talk about if Ishant was not given out LBW wrongly then Ojha would not even have to be there. Ishant and Laxman would have finished the game. You should also consider Gambhir was given out LBW wrongly by same umpire Billy Bowden, and if that had not happened India would not have slumped to 50/4 in the 4th evening. So it was India that suffered the most and Billy just correct one in the heat of the moment he wasn’t sure if there was some bat on it. It was a fair decision and nothing taken away from India.

    3) Regarding Dhoni and his likes and dislikes. Who cares? team should perform and win games, and that’s all that matters. Your comment that Dhoni dislikes Sachin and trying to get him out of the team is so laughable. Indian public adores Sachin beyond any cricketer that ever played before or even going to play now. Dhoni will be out of the team before he can utter a word against Sachin. He is there because of his performances and he will be there as long as he wants. Dhoni is a smart cricketer who knows his limitations, and he is playing within it. As for why he doesn’t praise Sachin, why should he overly praise one player, as such he gets a lot of praise anyway, and other players need encouragement, like Zaheer, Ojha and Harbhajan, especially when they have to bowl on flat wickets on day 1 of test. Anyhow, all this Dhoni discussion is waste of time in my view, I don’t care either way for Dhoni, but in my view he is doing the job, luck or otherwise and when it comes time to face the music let him face it alone.

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 14, 2010 - 12:52 PM

    Salman

    You are right about Azharuddin, he is the only player from India who started his career with bang, three consecutive centuries on debut and that too against England. He was one of the best “wristy” players who could execute his shots at him and was able to place the ball between the gaps. He was an excellent fielder and during his time as a captain India has won most matches. I think Azhar is before khansahab’s time hence he may not have seen or heard from him. The only thing we hear now about him is, ‘he is one of those players who is involved in match fixing, betting etc., and he is banned.’ The irony is Wasim Akram is worst than anyone in betting and match fixing and he is still regarded as a celebrity in his home country India.

    As regards Dhoni‘s treatment to Irfan Pathan which I have been saying this since a long time is becoming obvious now. Dhoni may appear as Mr. Cool, but he is a “Ghunna” and a Meesna too. Simply because India is winning he is getting all the credit. I noticed the post match ceremony especially the first test, he did not mention a word of Tendulkar and in the second one when Dhoni was pushed by the interviewer so, he had to say a few words. Because, here there was no choice as Tendulkar was the man of the match and the series.

    In my opinion, after Dravid, Tendulkar is the person who does not play politics. Dravid is very honest, straightforward, simple, humble, never criticizes anyone and never gets angry or emotional. Whereas, I have seen Tendulkar getting angry and upset that is when Ganguly used Dravid’s shoulder to fire his gun in Multan and asked Dravid (acting captain) to declare the innings when Tendulkar was very close to making a double hundred. He was so upset that no Indian player went near him, “Sachin Bhai Ghussa hai,” neither at the stadium nor in the bus he talked to anyone. He was OK after sometime, that is natural I guess but, the good thing is he did not lash it out on anyone. Not even on Ganguly when he new that Ganguly was the captain (injured) and he used Dravid.

    As far as Raina, I hope the guy is straight? I have seen him literally jumping over Yuvraj, Dhoni, Harbhajan etc., and he looks like a big chuck-koo to me. No one can match Praveen Kumar’s crudeness and uncouthness to me he is a very mediocre bowler. RP Singh is much, much better than him. But, Irfan Pathan who is being ignored constantly is for his bowling they say there is no pace in his bowling now. Whereas, he still bowls at the same speed as RP and PK and is a far better batsman and fielder than both. Irfan must have said or done something to Dhoni that he hates him. Or, Dhoni considers him as a potential threat? Whatever it is, there is something more than what meets the eye.

    Pujara also confirmed that it was Tendulkar who spoke to him before he went to bat advising him to keep calm and the nervousness would go once he is on the field and scores a few runs and play his natural game. He said, that was very calming and effected him. This was Dhoni’s job which Tendulkar did.

  45. #45 by newguy on October 14, 2010 - 1:01 PM

    One last thought on Irfan Pathan. There is always plenty of talk from people about Irfan this and Irfan that and why he is not in team and how Dhoni does not like etc etc. But to me, all of them are still stuck in the days when Irfan came out as a newcomers and showed great promise. He has not done anything that merits a place in this team when he has had opportunities. It is not a question of selecting one mediocre player over another, you need someone who can either restrict runs or take wickets, Irfan does neither going by the games he last played. He cannot be taken in the team on the basis of his batting because he is not going to score consistently as expected of a batting all rounder. In my view, Irfan lost it and has done precious little to gain back his position, his work ethics is not so great and he seems to be more interested in looking pretty, not working hard in the gym and in the net to get his bowling back. Last I saw him in an ODI he was bowling at the pace of an off spinner and he wasn’t accurate either. Praveen Kumar has been a decent bowler in ODI’s and he has been exceptional in some games at the early spell with his ability to move the ball, he lacks pace but he has the swing. He is better than Irfan in their current form. Don’t get stuck with the promise Irfan showed, he did not deliver on it. There are many players like that.

  46. #46 by newguy on October 14, 2010 - 1:11 PM

    Javed Khan,

    All that you said about Azhar is correct, but he is still not in the same class as Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Sehwag, Kapil and Kumble, who were the exceptional players India produced in the last 2 or 3 decades. I rate Azhar in the same league as Vengsarkar who also made 3 hundreds at Lords, but they both had limitations that set them going beyond really good to exceptional.

    I will put this forward as an example, if you take Azhar and Javed Miandad as contemporaries, will you rate them equal? and then replace Azhar with Gavaskar and ask the same question. I rate Gavaskar and Miandad as equals, but Azhar slightly lower.

    Khansahab may not have seen Azhar, but I grew up watching him, and he was good, but limited outside of India and against short pitch bowling, he had this ugly jump up and then duck against the short ball. That to me limited him, Laxman on the other had has all the same wristy qualities as Azhar but he is also good against short balls, Laxman can pull where as Azhar could not.

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 14, 2010 - 1:20 PM

    newguy

    Azharuddin averaged in test 45.03 whereas, which is not bad. Gangulys average is 42.17 and Dravids is 42.41 Even in the last test Azhar played he scored a hundred against South Africa that too in the second innings. Whereas, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Dravid they all played in that match and lost. He may have scored more runs in his career had he continued to play – rather not banned –

    Secondly, when Azharuddin was the captain, during his time India was winning most matches, I dunno if during Gangulys time he overtook that number of wins. His captaincy, fielding and batting are definitely world class. You cannot call a guy who scored almost 10,000 runs in ODIs as an OK player. Whereas Mohammad Yousuf has not scored that many runs and you rate him world class. You take out that one year from Yousufs where he broke Vivian Richards record the rest are all OK. In just one year he scored 1800 runs in test matches.

    Ganguly always opened the innings or batted at number 3 whereas Azhar batted at number 5 where you dont get more time, he was more of a middle order than opening batsman.

  48. #48 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 14, 2010 - 1:32 PM

    newguy

    I dont think Irfan got enough chances as Raina, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, Dhonis Jadeja, in my opinion Irfan is a better player than them, you have to look at him in totality and that is without labeling him as a bowler only. His batting is definitely an asset over his bowling and in the first T20 world cup it was when Irfan came and smacked the ball around and added 30-35 extra runs in the last 2-3 overs it changed the match. India may have won because of Misbahs stupidity but the truth is the Indian total became challenging. Had it been 120-125 Pakistan would have won easily. During Greg Chappels time he sent Irfan up the order and he scored some really fast 70 odd runs.

    Raina when he came to Pakistan was a new guy and he scored 80 odd runs and the media was comparing him with Tendulkar and calling him a new Tendulkar and then we have seen how many times he was in and out of the team. Irfan never got that many chances as Raina and Ravindra Jadega, perhaps they always expect him to take a hat-trick (like he did in Karachi) getting rid of Salman Butt, Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan.

    Btw, dont compare Azhar with Gavaskar or Miandad, he is different like all players are different but he is not any ordinary player he is definitely world class and whenever he used to come at the crease the opposition used to fear.

  49. #49 by Pawan on October 14, 2010 - 1:34 PM

    Guys you are forgetting that in both the tests, Dhoni lost the toss and India batted second and fourth. Imagine a team winning in sub-continent after batting second and fourth ?! So.. I would say that even the first match isn’t as close as it appears. India won hands down, the match and series!

  50. #50 by Pawan on October 14, 2010 - 1:36 PM

    I absolutely loved Azhars batting.. until the match fixing scandal. He seemed more talented than Tendulkar to me. Now I hate him. Period.

  51. #51 by newguy on October 14, 2010 - 2:01 PM

    JAK,

    I don’t want to debate too much on Azhar because I don’t disagree with anything you said about him. I have seen plenty of Azhar, more than I have ever seen Ganguly, or Dravid. So, I know how good he was and he was a match winner so long as he stayed at the crease, he also scored a 60 ball ODI undred against NZ, so he was certainly not an ordinary player, I never said he was. Anyway, this is all nuances we are talking about. The point Khansahab made was that it was really Tendulkar who created so much self belief in Indians with his batting, and in this regard he is a pioneer.

  52. #52 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 14, 2010 - 3:07 PM

    newguy

    I did not disagree with what khansahab wrote about Tendulkar, in fact if you scroll back to my comment number 16, I changed the subject of Pakistan betting, match fixing, Butt bashing etc. to Tendulkar and I wrote how Tendulkar played in the test match and how many hundreds he made and what a great record holder he is and perhaps no one in my times would break his records. So, what makes you think I would have disputed about his abilities?

    When I dedicated a thread to Tendulkar on this blog (which Varun promised he will read, but he didn’t) I mentioned all his qualities about how sound he is technically and how calm and composed he is and never gets intimidated by any bowler etc., etc., and about his getting out in nineties I wrote the poem of a butterfly with a picture.

    People talk about Imran Khan as a great all-rounder, it is only when you combine his leadership role along with his bowling and batting he can be considered that otherwise on his batting and bowling alone he was just a very good player and not a great player. That is why I say when judging and selecting a player, look into his all-round abilities and his utility in the team. If Mohammad Yousuf scores zero, in that match his utility is not just zero but, negative because of his fielding. I don’t mean to say Younus should not be in the team but, it is a matter of averages i.e., how many times such things happen?

    Inzamam was only a batsman like, Miandad and Azhar and all were captains one time or the other. Azhar was more successful as a captain and Inzamam as a captain scored more runs but, not Miandad. If you ask I would say Miandad was a great player, he was a match winner and a true inspirational person in the team. Whereas, Inzamam whenever he used to score a hundred Pakistan won 19 out of 22 times.

    Pawan

    Hating someone for his character is different from his abilities. I hate Wasim Akram for what he is even what he was during the time he was fixing the matches and making money. But, as a bowler he was one of the greatest left arm bowler and I still acknowledge that, especially his two deliveries in 1992 WC which clean bowled Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis they were a beauty. But, I hate Wasim bakaoz he is corrupt, not sincere to his team mates during his time and even now. He is loyal to India because he gets money there.

    I am sure if Azharuddin or Tendulkar comes to Pakistan they both will get rousing reception and will be treated like VVIPs and could also get sponsorship ads BUT they will never come. Not a single Indian has come to Pakistan whereas, I don’t know how many are there licking the a$$es of people who drop money for them. Talent is one thing but, there is no self respect, no self esteem which is more important than earning money this way.

  53. #53 by Pawan on October 14, 2010 - 3:29 PM

    Pardon me for my thoughts JAK, but i don’t think making money is wrong. The means of making money can be. Wasim Akram coming to India to make money isn’t wrong according to me. But if he is involved in match fixing, then it is absolutely wrong. Whats wrong in going to India/Pakistan to make money if it is by right means?

  54. #54 by newguy on October 14, 2010 - 4:11 PM

    JAK,

    I never said you did appreciate Tendulkar, I was simply pointing out why Tendulkar is a pioneer and Azhar is not in the same league. As for his crecord as captain, I am too well aware of it, I saw most of those games on TV, during those days India had a mediocre team that could not win abroad, Azhar came up with a strategy to create dodgy pitches in India that will turn square from day 1 and India won home games easily. This is all before ICC came up with rules on pitch conditions, nowadays even though Indian pitches still assist spinners it is mostly because of nature of soil and slowness. But back in those days the pitches were under prepared to assist spinners like Venkatapathi Raju, Arshad Ayb, Narendra Hirwani, so on .. all they needed to do was toss the ball up and let it land in the rough and the rest will be taken care of. India defeated most touring teams like England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka using these tactics, and even Australia. Azhar looked good for a while doing that, but everyone knew what he was doing. When India went on tour they got massacred. Like the Australia tour in ’99 or so when they got defeated 4-0 in a 5 Test series.

    It was Ganguly that brought the culture of winning abroad and by then India also developed decent pace bowlers and combined with batsmen like Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, could win in places like Australia and South Africa. During the 2003 tour India drew series 1-1 with Steve Waugh’s mighty Australians, and was on course to win the series at Sydney. But Steve Waugh held on to an 80 in his farewell test. These things were unimaginable during 90’s.

    Perhaps Azhar could be credited for doing what best he could do given the limitations of the team he had, so he devised a strategy to win at home. He was certainly a very very good player, and his fielding no doubt was world class.

    In my view, Azhar was considered in great regard in India until the match fixing scandal, and he lost everything since then. Even though he may be an MP now, he is still an outcast as far as cricket is considered.

  55. #55 by Pawan on October 14, 2010 - 5:36 PM

    Newguy and JAK

    Personally I don’t like Azhar as a person or a role model. No doubt he had talent in abundance. he was a very natural, gifted player. But he deserved what he got. I hate him because “conscientiously” he is very poor. He “left” his family (wife and two kids) to “stay” with Sangeeta Bijlani (his lover/keep). That says all. To top it all he has this match-fixing scandal to crown his glory. What kinda role model will he make?

  56. #56 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 5:42 PM

    Salman

    Yes, I don’t think Azhar was world class. What is world class and what is not differs from perception to perception. I am not just going off averages. I don’t rate Laxman world class that is because he is not that consistent. Plus, world class differs from country to country. Inzamam and Saeed Anwar were Pakistan’s “world class batsmen” but they are not in the same league of Hayden, Ponting, Tendulkar, Lara etc. Only the most diehard Pakistan supporter can say Anwar or Inzamam were in the league of those batsmen. Laxman is a very good batsmen but batting in Test cricket is about mind over matter and that should show consistently, like it shows with Tendulkar and like it used to show when Dravid was at his peak.

    Also, and this remark applies to everyone, we are always biased about players whom we have seen play and perform with our own eyes compared to players whom we have only read about in articles and books. I am an admirer of Inzamam because I have seen him win matches, I have seen him cut the ball very late etc. Similarly I have seen Saeed Anwar play wonderfully which is why I have more I can relate with Anwar as opposed to Hanif Mohammad.

  57. #57 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 5:43 PM

    Pawan

    Sangeeta Bijlani was not his “keep” like you say. Was she?

    She was his “A KEEP” like how Waqar Younis would say.

    This woMAN Sangeeta, she is not a good bowler and good Batman, butta she is Azhar’s A KEEP.

  58. #58 by Pawan on October 14, 2010 - 5:48 PM

    hahaha, yes Khansahab. She has also been “a keep” of Salman Khan at some point of time.

  59. #59 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 5:57 PM

    Pawan

    But the current a keep of Salman Khan is the best.

    Bahuth mast hai, item hai saali.

  60. #60 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 14, 2010 - 6:02 PM

    Yar, if someone marries someone what is the problem here? Sangeeta Bijlani married Azhar. Mohsin Khan married to Reena Roy, Zaheer Abbass dumped his wife and kids for a Sikh woman. Anju Mahendru became Garry Sober’s fling. Imran Khan flirted with Sita White and so many other whites, blacks, browns. Modern day players like Imran Farhat and even as Miskeen as Fawad Alam go to pubs and pick up girls they have photographed themselves with them. That Paddukone girl was flirting with two guys at the same time Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. Shoaib Malik was head over heels for Syali Bhagat and then ended up marrying Sania Mirza. Asaf had an affair with Veena Malak. All these girls go for glamour and cheap popularity and these guys are blind.

    newguy

    your are making this up that I am comparing Azhar and Tendulkar or placing them in the same league, I have always been saying that every player is different. Afridi has got his own class but, you cannot compare him to Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara or any of these greats. So, lets not discuss this comparing biz.

    Pawan

    Wasim Akram whenever he is offered a job at home he wants to know how much? And he never shows patriotism. He loves to go to India because of a free hand that he gets (booze and girls) and he has old connections with the bookies plus he gets a lot of media attention not just newspapers but on TV show. Reportedly he took 14 million rupees in that 1996 WC quarterfinals in Bangalore and opted out the last minute. In his case there is no integrity.

    On camera, in Australia he went to Irfan Pathan and taught him a few tips, knowing that will open the doors for him in India and he succeeded. Whereas, ask Mohammad Akram the not so well known Pakistani fast bowler who is now a commentator. He said, when he and a few other young fast bowlers went to him asking: “Wasim Bhai can you give us some tips on how to reverse swing the ball?” He said, go and ask the PCB to arrange a coach for you.

    I read in the daily DAWN a few years ago that he asked the PCB “to create a fast bowlers fund and make him in-charge of it and then he will consider coaching.” He did not demand a salary or perks he asked for a FUND so that he can use it as he wishes. He is a dishonest MF bastard.

  61. #61 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 6:24 PM

    Javed A Khan

    They said Musharraf will not be able to leave Pakastan after his resignation as President, he left Pakistan.

    Then they said that he will never be able to join politics, he not only joined politics but also created a party.

    They said that he would not be able to reach Manchester because this is Nawaz Sharif’s area, but he went.

    They say he will not be able to go to Pakistan and become the ruler again. He will prove them wrong.

    Very soon Pakistan will see Musharraf back as President.

  62. #62 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 7:03 PM

    Zardari felicitates PCB and players

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt and the players on the findings of the International Cricket Council (ICC) that there was no evidence of match-fixing in the England-Pakistan third one-day international held last month at The Oval. The ICC on Thursday said it had no ‘compelling evidence’ of match-fixing in the third one-dayer in England. Congratulating PCB chief Ijaz and the players, the President said that he is pleased that no evidence has been found to substantiate allegations of match-fixing. “It shows the need for fair and independent investigations on all the claims made against the cricket team,” said Zardari.

  63. #63 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 7:29 PM

    It is alleged the following is indication of Zardari’s wealth (according to the website Forum Pakistan):

    PROPERTIES OF ASIF ALI ZARDARI

    THE LOCAL ASSETS ARE:

    Plot no. 121, Phase VIII, DHA Karachi .
    Agricultural land situated in Deh Dali Wadi, Taluka, Tando Allah Yar.
    Agricultural property located in Deh Tahooki Taluka, District Hyderabad measuring 65.15 acres.
    Agricultural land falling in Deh 76-Nusrat, Taluka, District Nawabshah measuring 827.14 acres
    Agricultural land situated in Deh 76-Nusrat, Taluka, District Nawabshah measuring 293.18 acres
    Residential plot No 3 (Now House) Block No B-I, City Survey No 2268 Ward-A Nawabshah
    Huma Heights (Asif Apartments) 133, Depot Lines, Commissariat Road, Karachi
    Trade Tower Building 3/CL/V Abdullah Haroon Road, Karachi
    House No 8, St 19, F-8/2, Islamabad
    Agricultural land in Deh 42 Dad Taluka/ District Nawabshah
    Agricultural land in Deh 51 Dad Taluka Distt Nawabshah
    Plot No 3 & 4 Sikni (residential) Near
    Housing Society Ltd. Nawabshah
    CafT Sheraz (C.S No.. 2231/2 & 2231/3) Nawabshah
    Agricultural land in Deh 23-Deh Taluka & District Nawabshah
    Agricultural property in Deh 72-A, Nusrat Taluka, Nawabshah
    Agricultural land in Deh 76-Nusrat Taluka, Nawabshah
    Plot No. A/136 Survey No 2346 Ward A Government Employee’s Cooperative Housing Society Ltd, Nawabshah
    Agricultural land in Deh Jaryoon Taluka Tando Allah Yar, Distt. Hyderabad
    Agricultural land in Deh Aroro Taluka Tando Allah Yar ‘ ‘
    Agricultural land in Deh Nondani Taluka Tando Allah Yar ‘ ‘
    Agricultural land in Deh Lotko Taluka Tando Allah Yar ‘ ‘
    Agricultural land in Deh Jhol Taluka Tando Allah Yar ‘
    Agricultural land in Deh Kandari Taluka Tando Allah Yar ‘ ‘
    Agricultural land in Deh Deghi Taluka Tando Mohammad Khan
    Agricultural land in Deh Rahooki Taluka, Hyderabad
    Property in Deh Charo Taluka, Badin
    Agricultural property in Deh Dali Wadi Taluka, Hyderabad
    Five acres prime land allotted by DG KDA in 1995/96
    4,000 kanals on Simli Dam
    80 acres of land at Hawkes Bay
    13 acres of land at Maj Gulradi (KPT Land)
    One acre plot, GCI, Clifton
    One acre of land, State Life (International Center, Sadar)

    FEBCs worth Rs. 4 million

    SHARES IN SUGAR MILLS INCLUDE:
    Sakrand Sugar Mills Nawabshah
    Ansari Sugar
    Mills Hyderabad
    Mirza Sugar Mills Badin
    Pangrio Sugar Mills Thatta
    Bachani Sugar Mills Sanghar

    FRONT COMPANIES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES:
    Bomer Fiannce Inc, British Virgin Islands
    Mariston Securities Inc, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Marleton Business S A, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Capricorn Trading S A, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Fagarita Consulting INc, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Marvil Associated Inc, , ‘
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    Pawnbury Finance Ltd, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Oxton Trading Limited, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Brinslen Invest S A, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Chimitex Holding S A, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Elkins Holding S A, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Minister Invest Ltd, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Silvernut Investment Inc, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Tacolen Investment Ltd,
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    Marlcrdon Invest S A, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Dustan Trading Inc, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Reconstruction and Development Finance Inc, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Nassam Alexander Inc.
    Westminster Securities Inc.
    Laptworth Investment Inc 202, Saint Martin Drive, West Jacksonville
    Intra Foods Inc. 3376, Lomrel Grove, Jacksonville , Florida
    Dynatel Trading Co, Florida
    A.. S Realty Inc. Palm Beach Gardens Florida
    Bon Voyage Travel Consultancy Inc, Florida

    PROPERTIES IN UK ARE:
    355 acre Rockwood Estate, Surrey (Now stands admitted)
    Flat 6, 11 Queensgate Terrace, London SW7
    26 Palace Mansions, Hammersmith Road , London W14
    27 Pont Street , London , SW1
    20 Wilton Crescent , London SW1
    23 Lord Chancellor Walk, Coombe Hill, Kingston , Surrey
    The Mansion, Warren Lane, West Hampstead, London
    A flat at Queensgate Terrace, London
    Houses at Hammersmith Road, Wilton Crescent , Kingston and in Hampstead.

    PROPERTIES IN BELGIUM ARE:
    12-3 Boulevard De-Nieuport, 1000, Brussels , (Building containing 4 shops and 2 large apartments)
    Chausee De-Mons, 1670, Brussels

    PROPERTIES IN FRANCE ARE:
    La Manoir De La Reine Blanche and property in Cannes

    PROPERTIES IN USA — in the name of Asif Zardari and managed by Shimmy Qureshi are:
    Stud farm in Texas
    Wellington Club East, West Palm Beach
    12165 West Forest Hills , Florida

    Escue Farm 13,524 India Mound, West Palm Beach
    3,220 Santa Barbara Drive , Wellington Florida
    13,254 Polo Club Road, West Palm Beach Florida
    3,000 North Ocean Drive , Sing er Islands , Florida
    525 South Flager Driver, West Palm Beach , Florida
    Holiday Inn Houston Owned by Asif Ali Zardari, Iqbal Memon and Sadar-ud-Din Hashwani

    BANK ACCOUNTS IN FOREGN COMPANIES ARE:
    Union Bank of Switzerland (Account No. 552.343, 257.556.60Q, 433.142.60V, 216.393.60T)
    Citibank Private Limited (SWZ) (Account No. 342034)
    Citibank N A Dubai (Account No. 818097)

    Barclays Bank (Suisse) (Account No. 62290209)
    Barclays Bank (Suisse) (Account No. 62274400)
    Banque Centrade Ormard Burrus S A
    Banque Pache S A
    Banque Pictet & Cie
    Banque La Henin, Paris (Account No. 00101953552)
    Bank Natinede Paris in Geneva (Account NO.. 563.726.9)
    Swiss Bank Corporation
    Chase Manhattan Bank Switzerland
    American Express Bank Switzerland
    Societe De Banque Swissee
    Barclays Bank (Knightsbridge Branch) (Ac count No. 90991473)
    Barclays Bank, Kingston and Chelsea Branch, (Sort Code 20-47-34135)
    National Westminster
    Bank, Alwych Branch (Account No. 9683230)
    Habib Bank ( Pall Mall Branch).
    National Westminster Bank, Barking Branch, (Account No. 28558999).
    Habib Bank AG, Moorgate, London EC2
    National Westminster Bank, Edgware Road , London
    Banque Financiei E Dela Citee, Credit Suisse
    Habib Bank AG Zurich , Switzerland
    Pictet Et Cie, Geneva
    Credit Agricole, Paris
    Credit Agridolf, Branch 11, Place Brevier, 76440, Forges Les Faux
    Credit Agricole, Branch Haute – Normandie, 76230, Boise Chillaum

  64. #64 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 7:39 PM

    Sharifs own property worth billions in London

    LAHORE: The Sharifs own property worth more than 20 million pounds (Rs 2.7 billion) in and around Central London, Daily Times has learnt. Of these, the Sharif family residence, three flats at 17 Avenfield House, 118 Park Lane alone are worth around 12 million pounds (Rs 1.6 billion).

    According to documents available to Daily Times, Flagship Investments Limited, one of the companies run by the Sharif family in London, owns property worth around 10 million pounds in Central London. This does not include the value of the company’s offices. Hasan Nawaz Sharif, the son of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, is listed as the director of company on official documents.

    Luxury residences: According to its website http://www.flagshipinvestments.co.uk, the company refurbishes and redevelops luxury residential properties in top end Central London locations. Sought after properties in Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Kensington and Bayswater are their primary focus.

    The company’s address listed on the website is Stanhope House, Stanhope Place, Marble Arch – one of the city’s priciest neighbourhoods. However, according to documents seen by Daily Times, the company moved to Tower Bridge House on St Katherine’s Way in November 2007 – a much more upscale property located near the bank of the River Thames.

    Properties: The company’s website lists several properties, which include Flat 8, Burwood Place – London W2, worth 700,000 pounds (Rs 96.6 million); Flat 9, Burwood Place – London W2, worth 900,000 pounds (Rs 124.2 million); 10 Duke Mansions, Duke Street, London W1, worth 1,495,000 pounds (Rs 206.31 million); Flat 12a, 118 Park Lane, Mayfair – London SW1, worth 475,000 pounds (Rs 65.55 million); Flat 2, 36 Green Street – London W1, worth 800,000 pounds (Rs 110.4 million); and, 117 Gloucester Place, London W1 (value not listed). The website also features a piece of real estate near the Buckingham Palace, which is valued at around 4,450,000 pounds. In addition, one of the properties listed on the website – 841 Neil Gwynne House, Slone Avenue – is said to be the residence of one Waqar Ahmed, listed on the documents as the Company Secretary of Flagship Investments Limited.

  65. #65 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 7:40 PM

    Monday, 5 January 2009

    By Tariq Butt & Shakil Shaikh

    ISLAMABAD: The government has confiscated huge assets, properties and Rs 300 million bank deposits of the Sharif family, an official announcement said here on Sunday. Liabilities and encumbrances of any of these assets and properties will be cleared by the Sharif family before the takeover by the government, the announcement said.

    Confiscated industrial assets include Brother Steel Mills, Hudabiya Paper Mills Limited, Hudabiya Engineering Company and Hamza Spinning Mills Limited. Residential properties include houses at Model Town, Lahore; 135 Upper Mall, Lahore; one plot at Model Town, Lahore; one plot at Upper Mall, Lahore; and three houses on Hall Road, Murree.

    Agriculture properties include 10 kanal and two marla land at Khanpur, Sheikhupura Road, Lahore; 41 acres and seven kanal land at Watton, Sheikhupura; 14 kanal and two marla land at Bhaipheru, Chunian; 35 kanal and three marla land at Bhaipheru, Chunian; and 88 kanal land, Phubtian, Raiwind.

    Following is detail of the confiscated assets of the Sharif family:

    Bank deposits: Rs 300 million.

    Industrial assets: 1. Brother Steel Mills; 2. Ilyas Enterprises; 3. Hudabiya Paper Mills Limited; 4. Hudabiya Engg Co; 5. Hamza Spinning Mills Ltd.

    Residential properties: 1. Residential houses at Model Town Lahore; 2. 135-Upper Mall, Lahore; 3. A plot at Model Town, Lahore; 4. A plot at Upper Mall, Lahore; 5. Three houses on Hall Road, Murree.

    Agricultural properties: 1. 10 kanal, 2 marla land at Khanpur, Sheikhupura Road, Lahore; 2. 41 acres, 7 kanal land at Watton, Sheikhupura; 3. 14 kanal, 2 marla land at Bhaipheru, Chunian; 4. 35 kanal, 3 marla land at Bhaipheru, Chunian; 5. 88 kanal land, Phubtian, Raiwind.

    Important liabilities/encumbrances of any of these assets/properties will be cleared by the Sharif family before takeover by the government.

    Meanwhile, after being granted pardon by the president, deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and 18 members of the Sharif family left Pakistan on Sunday morning to begin their exile in Saudi Arabia, military sources confirmed to The News.

    Ousted by the military last year, Nawaz Sharif struck a deal with the government when the Saudi Royal family intervened to secure his release.

    The 19 members of the Sharif family were brought to Chaklala from Lahore, Karachi, Attock and Islamabad amid tight security before they boarded the waiting Saudi royal plane to take them to Jeddah.

    “They left Pakistan early Sunday morning and they have reached Saudi Arabia,” military spokesman Major General Rashid Qureshi told The News. Earlier, Nawaz Sharif was taken to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) for medical check-up. Sharif was brought to the AFIC from the 16-century Attock Fort, where he was languishing for the last several months.

    Eyewitnesses told The News that two coaches brought the members of the Sharif family, including Mian Mohammad Sharif, Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Abbas Sharif, Hussain Nawaz, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, Mrs Saira Hussain, Mrs Abbas Sharif, Mohammad Safdar, Mariam Safdar, Asma Sharif and kids of the family, to the Chaklala Air Base at around 6.00 am. “We are not slipping out of Pakistan in the dark of the night,” Begum Kulsoom Nawaz told reporters at her Islamabad residence at 4 am, minutes before she left for the airport.

    No one from the neighbouring houses or the PML workers gathered or appeared on their balconies to see the departing Sharif family. Efficient sleuths of the Islamabad administration ensured that nobody came to the place or nearby nor any irrelevant cars followed them.

    Clad in a dark gown and with a smiling face she denied that the Sharif family sought exile and added they were forced to leave the country. “I will be back in a month or two or as soon as Nawaz Sharif recovers from his ailment,” she added. She said no formal written request was made to the government for sending them abroad. She however termed the family lucky to be going to the holy land. “We are being thrown out,” she claimed.

    She said had the family tendered any apology the rulers should disclose it to the public. “All the best wishes for the nation and the people of Pakistan and Almighty Allah may bless them with happiness and prosperity. We will return to the country as soon as we get the opportunity,” said Kulsoom, who was flanked by Safdar, her son-in-law, and a small crowd of Muslim Leaguers.

    “We are not thankful to the government for sending the Sharif family abroad,” said the newly-appointed Acting President of Pakistan Muslim League, Javed Hashmi. The mood of the Muslim Leaguers was clearly evident as only Javed Hashmi, Tehmina Daultana, Zafar Iqbal Jhagra, Mushahidullah Khan and few other party leaders were present to off the family.

    Kulsoom and other family members were confined under a verbal order in their F-10 rented residence since Saturday evening. Some ladies, including wives of Saifur Rehman and Mujibur Rehman, met Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and others and shared their grief.

    Trucks loaded with luggage of the Sharif family followed the cavalcade which took them to 10-Corps Mess where they first time met each other. Mian Sharif, father of Nawaz Sharif, and Shahbaz Sharif, saw their jailed sons first time since October 12, 1999.

    Safdar, son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif, told The News that it was no more possible for them to stay in Pakistan as Nawaz Sahib has been exiled to Saudi Arabia. “The life was very painful, but we are thankful to Almighty Allah for saving our lives,” he added.

  66. #66 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 7:41 PM

    Nawaz and Shahbaz pay no tax

    ISLAMABAD: The billionaire club of the Pakistani politicians, including the deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif, does not pay any tax.

    Despite having declared assets of Rs 676.8 million of the Sharif family, both the brothers filed a zero income tax and deficit wealth tax returns, last year. This very fact motivated donors to force the authorities to publish tax records of all the parliamentarians and senior bureaucrats, which is due now shortly.

    Out of every 100 persons of this poor country of 140 million people, only one Pakistani is a taxpayer, and the tax to GDP ratio is not more than 10 per cent, against an average of 18 per cent for the third world countries.

    Tax evasion is rampant and, generally, everyone who is some one in this country does not like to pay his or her tax. Agriculture sector is the best example. With its 25 per cent share in the gross domestic product of over Rs 3,000 billion, its share in income tax is mere few hundred million rupee. More than 90 per cent members of the electoral Houses, both at the federal and the provincial level, has a feudal and landlord background. So, they use all their powers to stay out of the tax net.

    The industrialists used this provision by holding large agricultural farms to hide their taxable incomes. Traders or retailers, known as shutter power, have also been successful by shutting their business down whenever an attempt was made to tax their incomes.

    So, it leaves the burden of tax only on the urban salaried class. This constrained revenue outlook forced the policy-makers in initial years of the 90s to introduce deductions at source on various income streams, including interest incomes, rental income, income of exporters, importers, suppliers, contractors, etc, in shape of withholding and presumptive taxes.

    Fixed levies were also introduced either on ownership and trading in assets, like property and automobiles, or on consumption of services, like electricity and telephone. After failure of these attempts, another indirect mechanism of surcharges emerged, largely on petroleum products, and more recently on edible oils. Rather than transferring the benefits of falling prices to consumers, the government found it expedient to pick up the difference as a windfall in revenues.

    The tax strategy for the fiscal 1998-99, remained weak and non-innovative that forced the multilateral donors to put their foot down by pressing the government to go for the value-added mode of sales tax. Removal of sectoral exemptions from GST, like services, electricity, gas and POL products has to be announced, and the retailers and fixed taxpayers were brought under a turnover tax regime to nab the potential tax evaders.

    These measures were generally, revenue-neutral. Some of these measures were, however, revenue-oriented, like increase in gas and furnace oil prices, GST on packed/ branded food items, and introduction of turnover tax on retailers and fixed taxpayers.

    During the caretaker regime of Moeen Qureshi, tax records of various leading politicians were leaked to the press. These records showed that majority of the politicians either filed zero income tax statements, or made partly contributions against their huge declared and undeclared assets. Benazir Bhutto, Farooq Leghari and others were also mentioned in such news reports.

    The 11-member family of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif holds a gross wealth of Rs 676.8 million (declared in tax returns). However, Nawaz and Shahbaz paid no income tax or wealth tax to the national exchequer.

    Following the modern tradition of large industrial houses, the family of Nawaz Sharif also owns large agricultural farms. Nawaz Sharif himself owns two pieces of land at the Raiwind Road and Mandiali (Sheikhupura), containing 212 Produce Index Units (PIUs).

    According to the tax statements of June 30, 1998, total income tax paid by the 11-member Sharif family was just Rs 0.25 million. The family also paid Rs 0.55 million as wealth tax and 0.13 million as agriculture tax raising the total tax payment of the family to Rs 0.94 million. This amount is just a peanut, keeping in view their business empire that actually runs into many billions.

    The tax statements declared majority of the industrial concerns in losses and the income tax was computed largely on the salary paid to the directors of the group or on the dividend paid by Chaudhry Sugar Mills. The total income tax, wealth tax and agriculture tax paid by the family, with a gross worth of Rs 676.8 million, was just Rs 0.94 million or a little above 0.1 per cent of the total declared asset value of the family.

    The 11-member family includes Mian Muhammad Sharif, Mrs Shamim Akhtar, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Mrs Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Mrs Nusrat Shahbaz, Hamza Shahbaz, Mian Abbas Sharif and Mrs Sabiha Abbas. Majority of the assets were in the name of elders, minors and wives of the Sharifs.

    The factories declared by the Sharif family show losses. These industrial units, as shown in the various tax returns include Chaudhry Sugar Mills, Ramzan Sugar Mills Ltd, Mehran Ramzan Textile Mills Ltd, Muhammad Baksh Textile Mills, Hamza Spinning Mills, Hudabiya Paper Mills, Hudabiya Engg (Pvt) Ltd, Hamza Board Mills, Kulsoom Textile Mills, Ittefaq Brothers (Pvt) Ltd, Ilyas Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, Brothers Steel Ltd, Ittefaq Sugar Mills, Khalid Siraj Textile Industries, Ramzan Baksh Textile Mills, Ittefaq Textile Mills, Brothers Textile Mills, Ittefaq Foundries, Khalid Siraj Industries, Barkat Textile Mills, Abdul Aziz Textile Mills, Brothers Sugar Mills and Effective (Pvt) Ltd.

    According to the documentary evidence, the deposed prime minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with national tax number (NTN) has declared his income tax liability as ‘nil’ on June 30, 1998. His total net wealth (as declared) was Rs 2.1 million and total admissible debts were shown at Rs 6.4 million. So his net wealth, according to the tax statement (assets minus admissible debts), would go into deficit.

    The income tax liability of Mrs Kulsoom Nawaz was also shown as ‘nil’. However, she declared a small amount of eight thousand rupee as tax on dividend from Chaudhry Sugar Mills where she had declared to hold 4,000 shares. The net asset value of Mrs Nawaz was shown at Rs 3.98 million. However, her net wealth was computed at Rs 32 thousand after adjusting admissible loans of Rs 3.95 million. So, she paid Rs 178 only as wealth tax for the year ending June 30, 1998.

    The tax return of Mian Shahbaz Sharif shows one thousand rupee tax deducted on dividend received by him from Chaudhry Sugar Mills. He had declared to have 5,000 shares of the unit. Mian Shahbaz also filed a deficit tax return of Rs 4.5 million.

    The Big Sharif-Mian Muhammad Sharif declared to have shares of Chaudhry Sugar Mills. Mian Sharif had paid Rs 50102 as his income liability. Father of the prime minister paid Rs 1.96 lac as wealth tax. He also owns 2834 PIUs agricultural land at Feroze Watoan Sheikhupura and Lahore. Mother of the prime minister also paid Rs 60 thousand income tax. She announced to have 18174 PIUs agricultural land in the rural area of Lahore. She paid Rs 131 thousand as agriculture income tax.

  67. #67 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 7:48 PM

    According to ARY News, Yousaf Raza Gillani’s wife did shopping in London worth £700,000 which means, millions of Rupees of Pakistan.

    Where is this money coming from?

  68. #68 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 7:52 PM

    “Most corrupt in the world is Asif Ali Zardari, the President of Pakistan and the Supreme Commander of Pakistan Forces,” alleges The Global Corruption Report (GCR), an international document secured by The Daily Mail.
    The report has cited detailed evidence accusing President Zardari and other members of the Bhutto family of gross corruption.

  69. #69 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 14, 2010 - 8:58 PM

    khansahab

    Reportedly Yousuf Raza Gillani’s son is the hottest person in terms of buying prime properties in London, UK. All these bastards are looting the country, they should be hanged and their properties confiscated.

  70. #70 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 14, 2010 - 9:08 PM

    ONE £ Stg. = 1.6 US $

    One US $ = 86 Pak Rs.
    £700,000 = 96,320,000 ……… almost a Billion Pak Rs.

    This was Begum Saab’s Down Town Shaaaaaping.

    Reportedly Gillani change suits twice a day and he never wears them again.

    Son, is another MF bastard, buying properties worth millions of £ Stg.

  71. #71 by khansahab on October 14, 2010 - 10:10 PM

    Geo News reports that Ijaz Butt spent Rs 1.5 crores on his foreign trips in one year.

  72. #72 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 15, 2010 - 4:13 PM

    “The ICC move to warn us and put us on notice is a shameful day for every Pakistani. It is a shame for Pakistan cricket and the reason is we don’t have any cricket institution in Pakistan,” Imran Khan said.

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has called for an overhaul of the country’s cricket set-up after the ICC warned the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to improve its governance and enforce anti-corruption measures.

    “For years now our players have been linked to corruption,” the cricketer turned politician told a local television channel on Thursday after the International Cricket Council’s warning.

    “When the spot fixing allegations first came out against our players in the News of the World newspaper, the PCB itself should have taken action against the players instead of waiting for the ICC to step in,” Imran added.

    The ICC suspended Pakistan test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif after the Sunday newspaper claimed they had been bribed to do spot fixing during the fourth test against England at Lords in August.

    The three players have denied any wrongdoing.

    PCB chairman Ijaz Butt also had to withdraw allegations he made against the England team that they were involved in taking bribes to lose the third one-dayer at the Oval on Sept. 17.

    “The ICC move to warn us and put us on notice is a shameful day for every Pakistani. It is a shame for Pakistan cricket and the reason is we don’t have any cricket institution in Pakistan,” Imran said.

    “Ijaz Butt’s governance has been a failure. He should have resigned the moment he apologised to the England board and withdraw his statement because they threatened him with legal action,” he added.

    Imran said although the country had lots of talent, Pakistan cricket was in constant crisis because the board was not elected and there was no “meritocracy” in the cricket structure.

    “Tell me in which country does the president appoint the chairman of the cricket board,” he said.

    “Today we face problems because the cricket board never took action against players accused of match-fixing.

    “In order to save itself and to ensure we didn’t lose key players the administrators were reluctant to carry out and complete investigations against such players,” Imran said.

  73. #73 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 15, 2010 - 4:22 PM

    Its a shame on the people of Pakistan, especially those in power that they cannot stand up against the evil leader Asif Zardari and his second fiddle Ijaz Butt.

    It is really a pity if a nation cannot throw out the evils out of their society, then they are ruled by the DEVILS.

    Look at the President of Chile, he was at the mining site for more than 50 hours and hugged each miner who came out of the trapped mine and look at Asif Zardari, 22 million people became homeless, more than 2500 died in the floods and he was holidaying with his daughter in Paris. He has not once visited the afflicted people from the disastrous floods.

    The only thing his government is doing is “tongue wagging” asking the world to donate, give aid. Whereas, the wife of the Prime Minister has spent £700,000 in shopping. His son and party members are buying hot properties worth millions of dollars in the UK. And, yet they have the cheek to beg for aid.

    People of Pakistan stand up on your feet and get rid of these evil leaders for once and for all.

  74. #74 by khansahab on October 15, 2010 - 8:16 PM

    PCB chief Butt to seek Zardari’s guidance on management crisis

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt is expected to meet President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the PCB patron-in-chief, to seek his guidance to prepare a future course of action for the national team.
    “The meeting is expected any time within the next four to five days. It is a crucial meeting in wake of rumors of possible changes in the PCB set-up,” the News quoted a source, as saying.

    “The PCB chairman may also seek the President’s guidance regarding some tough decisions which need to be taken in wake of the recent betting and match-fixing controversies,” the source added.

    The source further said that the PCB chief has finalized a roadmap for the preparation of the team for the 2011 World Cup.

    “The President’s approval would be sought which would help raise a competitive and a controversy-free team for the World Cup. Changes in the PCB management and the team set-up would be made after getting approval from the Patron,” he added.

    Earlier, it was reported that Butt had been told by higher authorities to appoint new board officials or forget about getting an extension to his two-year term, which expires this month.

    Ijaz has been told he can continue till the World Cup, but only with a new team and the present set of officials should be changed. The orders have come from the top including the President who is also chief patron of the board and the Prime Minister,” another source had said.

    The source had also said that former captain Javed Miandad was expected to get more authority in the new set-up.

    Until now Ijaz has kept Miandad sidelined by making him director cricket, but virtually giving him no authority or say in cricket matters at all. But the higher authorities now want Ijaz to bring about changes and try to put Pakistan cricket back on the right track,” he added.

  75. #75 by khansahab on October 16, 2010 - 9:29 AM

    The story of Younis Khan

    BY FAROOQ NOMANI

    I’d like to tell you a story about a man named Younis Khan, a cricketer who only wanted to do good by his country.

    A man of humble beginnings, he harboured a dream to one day represent his country at the highest level and set about making that a reality.

    Initially recognition was not forthcoming and toil was his lone companion. But Younis persevered with a smile that was to become his trademark. Soon after one of his greatest personal achievments it became apparent that he was destined for greatness and he was placed firmly on the path to leadership.

    The path was an ardous one, obstructed as it was with defeat, death and despair. He encountered monetary enticements to deviate but soldiered on for the greater cause and eventually assumed the mantle of leadership because the country needed him to. The assignment proved treacherous and engulfed him in a poisonous world of deceit, mistrust and malice. At times he wavered because his impermeable pride refused to reconcile itself with the depraved elements which surrounded him. Yet he held strong for his country and delivered to it one of its most historic victories.

    And he did all this without breaking his smile.

    In the rapture that followed the triumph, when the rewards for his labour were there for the taking, he elected to step back to permit the next generation to take centre stage while he restricted his purview to the decidedly less glamorous leadership of the test squad.

    There was more at work than simply magnanimity in that gesture. By now, cracks had started to appear in his smile. The sheer weight of balancing his country’s expectations with the discord and resentment that afflicted his charges had began to take its toll. Being a good man wasn’t enough anymore. In fact, it was a liability in his team. His resolve shuddered. But he forged ahead, because that’s what his country expected him to do. That’s all he ever wanted to do.

    However, the end was imminent. The seed of corruption that had been planted who knows how far back among his peers had long since taken root and, try as he might, he was helpless to stymie its progress.

    He found no support in a tainted system, where his chairman occupied a position awarded solely on the basis of political affiliation.

    He was, in effect, alone. His charges loathed him for his unwillingness to compromise with their infected mentalities. His superior detested him for his refusal to tow the company line. Even the country began to doubt him, castigating him for his emotionally high-strung reactions whenever faced with accusations regarding his ethics.

    How easy would it have been to come out with the truth? How liberating would it have been to absolve himself of all guilt by shedding light on the actual conspirators.

    Yet he declined the temptation, choosing instead to preserve the stature of the team rather than grind his personal axe. He resisted the urge to condemn the same men who had taken an unholy oath to undermine his leadership. To the end he remained a man of principle.

    The end came unceremoniously. Unable to placate a bickering squad, he chose to walk away rather than allow his principles to be bent by the whims of certain players. He murmured the names of the instigators who had precipitated his downfall, but no mention of the depth of their malfeasance.

    Some celebrated his departure. Others ridiculed it. His chairman demanded an apology but none would ever be forthcoming from Younis’s lips for a man who did not deserve a shred of his respect. He knew he was risking banishment but remained undeterred. He came from nothingness and would gladly disappear back into it if it meant that the day people relate the story of his life, it can be termed an honorable one.

    And what was his reward for years of exemplary service? His superiors boycotted him indefinitely from the game he gave his life to.

    After being disrespected so profoundly, one could excuse Younis if he chose to renounce the game. However, this was still the man who simply wanted to do good by his country and he voiced his availability for the national colours. He believed that one day he would be proven right. A time would come when the iniquities of others would come to light and he would finally stand vindicated.

    That day was August 28, 2010. And perhaps every day since then. In one of the gravest embarrassments to ever befall the sport, the senior members of Younis’s squad were exposed to be the perfidious elements he had hinted at and more. A young man’s career was dragged through the dirt. An insider claimed that the scandal extended far wider than the current suspects. There was clamour and outrage as the events unfolded and the scale of the deception was questioned. Suddenly, the true nature of that oath taken so long ago became apparent. In uniting to act against Younis, his enemies had unwittingly affirmed his fidelity.

    And what of his chairman? The world finally saw him for the crazed loon Younis always knew him to be. Casting brazen insinuations, the chairman was a man clearly out of his depth as an administrator and out of his mind as a human being.

    Once again, Younis’s country needed him. The system was in turmoil and it needed its most honorable son to raise it out of the mire.

    Now this is the point in the story where you might expect Younis to come riding in like the proverbial knight in shining armour to rescue his team. The hero returning to claim his rightful place on the throne. He stands morally exonerated. His enemies have been humiliated.

    So isn’t this where we get the happy ending?

    We don’t.

    Because this is Pakistan cricket and we don’t really do happy endings.

    Instead of the ascension of the rightful king, Misbah-ul-Haq crashes the story and usurps the throne. Misbah, the same man who couldn’t find a place in the squad ahead of rookies such as Azhar Ali and Umar Amin. The same man who was a mainstay of the diseased system which drove Younis away.

    This was Younis’s moment. This was the time when the powers-that-be were supposed to admit their mistakes and give Younis free reign to re-tool and reinvigorate a team in consonance with his principles and code of ethics.

    It was not to be and, until it is, Younis’s long story will remain a tragedy.

    Farooq Nomani is a Karachi-based lawyer who is willing to represent the PCB for free.

  76. #76 by khansahab on October 16, 2010 - 9:37 AM

    Musharraf, the protector of Pakistani people. Christians, Hindus, Sikhs fared better under Musharraf.

    Yesterday the state owned car of a MQM minister was snatched at gunpoint in front of his house. This is the situation in the country.

    Hindus lose heart as kidnappings rise

    KARACHI: The Hindu families living in interior Sindh are planning to move to other cities as an increasing number of their boys are being kidnapped.
    When five-year-old Dheeraj Kumar was released by kidnappers after 35 days on Wednesday, all his family could think of was to leave Kandhkot and settle somewhere else. He ran towards an overjoyed father while his mother was busy praying for his safe return at a dargah in Shikarpur.
    Dheeraj’s kidnappers had demanded Rs10 million in ransom but had to surrender when the police intervened. While Dheeraj is surely not the only boy kidnapped in Kashmore, as kidnapping of Hindu children have once again taken a toll in upper Sindh, he is definitely the first one to be released without the payment of ransom.
    Since the beginning of this year, at least eight children of this family have been kidnapped and released in return of a hefty ransom. Four-year-old Peer Chand was released for Rs200,000, five-year-old Pewish Kumar for Rs330,000, five-year-old Sagar Kumar for Rs170,000, seven-year-old Veeraj Kumar for Rs350,000 and three-year-old Mahik Kumari for Rs100,000.
    These are only those cases that have been reported to the police and it is believed that the number of unreported cases is much higher.
    Narrating their ordeal, Dheeraj’s uncle, Gyan Chand, said that the boy was kidnapped in front of them on the day of Eid. He was taken to the nearby village of landlord Ali Memon Khoso, which is generally a forbidden territory for the residents.
    When around 40 residents followed Dheeraj to Khoso’s village with a resolution not to return without saving him, the police intervened and sent them back, promising the child would be returned soon, Chand recalled.
    Later, the police started telling them that Khoso will not let the child go without ransom and that they should make arrangements for money. “It was only after the media and the civil society intervened that there was pressure on the kidnappers to release the child without taking ransom,” he said.
    DPO Kashmore Syed Asad Raza Sheikh said that the boy was recovered after a heavy contingent of police confronted the bandits. The Hindu residents insisted, however, that cases of kidnappings have increased due to the weak law and order situation. Chand also pointed out that the crime rate was much lower “when the army had control in Musharraf’s era”.

  77. #77 by khansahab on October 16, 2010 - 9:40 AM

    Excerpt taken from an article in Daily Times, Pakistani newspaper about Musharraf, Nawaz Sharif and Sharif’s son (Hasan):

    Hasan Nawaz Sharif is the owner; he has a three-flat complex worth 12 million pounds. It is a luxury that even the prime minister of England cannot afford. Other properties are worth over Rs 1.6 billion.

  78. #78 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 16, 2010 - 12:59 PM

    Pakistan’s schedule of matches in the UAE:

    Date and Time Match
    Tue Oct 26 16:00 GMT | 20:00 local 1st T20I – Pakistan v South Africa Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

    Wed Oct 27 16:00 GMT | 20:00 local 2nd T20I – Pakistan v South Africa Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

    Fri Oct 29 11:00 GMT | 15:00 local 1st ODI – Pakistan v South Africa Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

    Sun Oct 31 11:00 GMT | 15:00 local 2nd ODI – Pakistan v South Africa Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

    Tue Nov 2 11:00 GMT | 15:00 local 3rd ODI – Pakistan v South Africa Dubai International Cricket Stadium

    Fri Nov 5 11:00 GMT | 15:00 local 4th ODI – Pakistan v South Africa Dubai International Cricket Stadium

    Mon Nov 8 11:00 GMT | 15:00 local 5th ODI – Pakistan v South Africa Dubai International Cricket Stadium

    Fri Nov 12 – Tue Nov 16 06:00 GMT | 10:00 local 1st Test – Pakistan v South Africa Dubai International Cricket Stadium

    Sat Nov 20 – Wed Nov 24 06:00 GMT | 10:00 local 2nd Test – Pakistan v South Africa Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

  79. #79 by khansahab on October 16, 2010 - 7:26 PM

    Lahore beat Karachi to become domestic T20 Champions.

    Razzaq was the player of the tournament and his batting shone in nearly every match.

    Karachi’s bowling is 3rd class which is why they deserved to lose. Congratulations to Lahore.

    Karachi does not have good players apart from Afridi, Alam, Shahzaib and Sohail Khan.

  80. #80 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 16, 2010 - 9:10 PM

    khansahab

    It was a high scoring match, any team batting first and scoring 220 runs has the edge because, the team playing second have a target ahead of them and they are under pressure. The way Shahzaib Hasan Khan started at a strike rate of 200 plus, it was a good going but, then no one other than Shahid Afridi scored runs because they all had to score at a strike rate of 100 plus and in doing so they got out. Sarfaraz is a pathetic batsman, I have never seen him scoring. From the Lahore Lions if you take out Abdul Razzaq’s score they were under 150. Well Nasir Jamshed also scored but, it was Abdul Razzaq in the end who steal the show. When Afridi was out, it was all over but, by then he had already scored 48, to need a win he had to score a century which is not possible from the position he plays. He has to open the innings or play at number 3. In my opinion he is a total waste in T20 if he plays late.

    Let us see what India is going to do? Tonight they are showing the match live on TV. I may watch at least one innings because, the match starts at 23:00 hrs.

  81. #81 by khansahab on October 16, 2010 - 9:43 PM

    Zaheer Abbas wanted to be PCB Chairman. He is an expert in stating the obvious.

    PCB should clean up mess: Zaheer Abbas

    KARACHI: Blunder after blunder by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is taking Pakistan cricket to the edge of a disaster, Pakistan’s former captain Zaheer Abbas said.

    PCB chairman Ijaz Butt had given a statement last month that England were involved in match-fixing in their One-day International against Pakistan of which the International Cricket Council (ICC) found no evidence of.

    “I was surprised to hear Ijaz Butt giving a very controversial statement about the English Cricket Board (ECB) which he should’ve avoided,” Zaheer said on Friday.

    The Pakistan trio of Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt were accused of spot-fixing in an investigation by a British tabloid, The News of The World during their series in August.

    “ICC wrote a pinching and insulting letter to PCB, telling the board to get its act together,” Zaheer said, adding that “it is an insult for Pakistan and its citizens”.

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 17, 2010 - 2:44 AM

    It will be another blunder if Zaheer Abbass is appointed as the PCB chairman. He is such a Duddoo, Paindoo person who knows nothing about management, administration or finance. Just because he is an ex-player does not give him the right to become an automatic choice for the post of the PCB Chairman. In fact this tradition to appoint so-called ex-greats should be shunned for ever because, none of them qualify for this job. The PCB needs a professional, apparently Mani is the right choice from the resources available, but the first thing is we need to get rid of Ijaz Butt.

    Mohsin Khan has turned to be the dumbest Chief Selector, a mere rubber stamp of Ijaz’s Butt. I hate such spineless, gutless people who for the sake of keeping their job lick their bosses ass. They have no self respect, no dignity no self esteem. Mohsin Khan should resign i.e., if he has any conscience.

  83. #83 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 17, 2010 - 2:48 AM

    Salman Butt is hoping for a quick return to International cricket. If wishes were horses……….., if pigs could fly ………….. in Pakistan a Pig named Ijaz Butt has been flying for quite sometime, so Salman Butt can also hope and may be he may get wings to fly. When the ant get wings its an indication of WHAT? Does anyone know this Urdu expression? 😀

    Jab Cheenti ki maot aati hai tou uskay purr nikal aatay hain.

  84. #84 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 17, 2010 - 2:48 AM

    Salman Butt is hoping for a quick return to International cricket. If wishes were horses……….., if pigs could fly ………….. in Pakistan a Pig name Ijaz Butt has beeb flying for quite sometime, so Salman Butt can also hope and may be he may get wings to fly. When the ant get wings its an indication of WHAT? Does anyone know this Urdu expression? 😀

    Jab Cheenti ki maot aati hai tou uskay purr nikal aatay hain.

  85. #85 by khansahab on October 17, 2010 - 7:07 AM

    Javed A Khan

    Zaheer Abbas has not given one intelligent interview in his life. He is a reactive person, only says something to analyse or comment upon something that has already happened. Plus, he does not like a few players in the team who are essential, such as Afridi. He once hinted that Afridi is involved in politics against Malik and Misbah.

    I think whether Ijaz Butt remains will be decided by Pakistan’s performance in World Cup 2011. Many pundits claim that as the Cup is being played on subcontinental tracks, Pakistan might reach the quarter finals. If that happens Butt will get an extension to his tenure and Pakistan cricket will deteriorate further to such an extent that they will not play in the next World Cup.

  86. #86 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 17, 2010 - 4:42 PM

    “LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Nawaz Sharif on Saturday has advised President Asif Ali Zardari to apologise from the nation and return all the looted fortunes of the country to its people.” Read more, click the URL below:

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-nawaz+blames+zardari+for+crisis–bi-01

    This is really funny. Ek chor doosray chor say kehta hai, tu maafi maang aur lootay howay paisay vapas ker. LOL….. Nawaz Sharif is such a Bho…..(LA) ka buccha that he never looted any money from the nation? When a railway engine went inside Al-ittihad foundry, Lahore (Nawaz’s foundry) it never came out. Reportedly it was melted and consumed. Who is Nawaz Sharif fooling? Himself or his brother or the people of Pakistan?

    During the sixties, there was no Nawaz Sharif or his family name, during the seventies the family had a small business but, after he became the Prime Minister twice, today he is the 4th richest man of Pakistan. Where did all this money came from? Is he ready to give details of his so-called transparent transactions? Such as making 334 crore rupees in one day by selling 23 sugar mills under the table, etc. etc.

  87. #87 by Mohammed Munir on October 18, 2010 - 11:23 AM

    Independent and unprejudiced thoughts on Pervez Mushrraf by an overseas Pakistani …

    Pakistan definitely needed Pervez Musharraf when he ousted the extremely corrupt and imbecile cartoons from the Nawaz Govt. and if it wasn’t due to the external pressures, Nawaz would have definitely been hanged back then. Musharraf came to the power with a great vision to make Pakistan a Secular State and he was able to achieve some success toward that, but he lost his vision somewhere in the middle and then ridiculed himself after the Chief Justice saga and Lal Masjid. Musharraf’s only achievements were a “Free Press” and “Rights for the Minorities and Women”. He also tried to get rid of the Mullah factor from the army and ISI, but fully. He tried defanning the radical Islamist parties to de-escalate, if not altogether eradicate, the outbreak of anti-shia violence that had gripped Pakistan but was hardly successful.

    With extra full support from the Americans, shit loads of money flowing into Pakistan, being the most powerful President and COAS, having a secular vision (being the admirer of Mustapha Kemal Attaturk), Musharraf could have achieved a lot more than he had to show for.

    I hate army with a passion, but he definitely did more good than Nawaz and Benazir put together. At the same time, Musharraf also created another class of Military Waderas which didn’t exist before him. So now, not only do we have to fear the military for it’s power but also their influence on the country’s fate due to their wealth.

    I haven’t heard what he has to say lately but I think I would give him another chance. Hell, a Corrupt Dictator would be better off than the so called Hazrat we currently have.

    PS: Above comments are not mine, but that of a close friend living in USA.

  88. #88 by Mohammed Munir on October 18, 2010 - 11:24 AM

    No third man …

    Imran Khan and Javed Miandad started out as polar opposites but then settled into a marriage of convenience where each understood the other, perhaps better than others around them.

    Saad Shafqat

    August 17, 2010

    They were matched, yet mismatched; cozy allies, yet bitter rivals; bound by a common vision and purpose, yet also pushed apart by their backgrounds and polarised temperaments. At some point during their contemporaneous careers for Pakistan, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad grasped the prisoner’s dilemma that circumstances had thrust upon them. Somehow they saw through the fog of bitterness and understood that they were better off collaborating than fighting. In the process, enough magic was unleashed to launch a golden age. They say momentous eras are appreciated only in retrospect, but in this case, even at the time, most people were on to the fact. A landmark ODI victory in Sharjah, inaugural Test series wins in India and England, a contest for the ages on West Indian soil, and – the cherry on the cake – the World Cup in 1992. Pakistan had never come upon such riches before and haven’t since.

    Imran was born in 1952, Miandad in 1957. Their international debuts were four years apart, yet their rise to international fame was separated only by months. In 1976-77, Pakistan’s great watershed season, Miandad made 504 runs from three Tests against New Zealand at 126, and Imran took 12 wickets in Sydney in Pakistan’s first Test win in Australia. Team photographs from that period show these two standing at th! e edges with bemused, innocent expressions. They appear to have no awareness of the historic accomplishments that are to be their fate.

    From these spectacular starts, they prospered and went from strength to strength, evolving a relationship that, to paraphrase Imran’s biographer Christopher Sandford, was to be the making of modern Pakistani cricket. Despite this vital collaboration, it is no secret that these two did not quite see eye to eye. Even today it is difficult to extract praise from one for the other without a touch of grudge.

    Much has been made of the Lahore-Karachi rivalry as the basis for the tensions between Imran and Miandad, but it probably had more to do with the taboo subject of social class. Both were burdened by it in their own way – one by having less, the other by having more. Approaching each other warily, they communicated the natural reactions of their ilk, and the resentments built up. Class may be a sensitive and uncomfortable topic, but it is one to which cricket – a sport that once distinguished between gentlemen and players – is hardly alien.

    The slights Miandad perceived are specific, while Imran’s are vague. In 1982, Imran declared on a featherbed pitch when Miandad was 280 not out and looked good for 400; this still gets Miandad seething. Imran was also the lynchpin in the rebellion against Miandad’s initial spell of captaincy in 1981; this also continues to rankle. On the other hand, Imran’s gripes are more about Miandad’s scheming, penchant for confrontation, and capacity for political intrigue.

    There ! wasn’t a eureka moment, but sometime in the mid-1980s a penetrating hunger for team success forced them both to put their visceral feelings aside. Strip Imran of his cricket and he would still be accepted into Pakistan’s most rarefied postcolonial enclaves; strip Miandad of his cricket and questions would be asked. The mutual genius of the two was to invert the premise of this hypothetical: instead of eliminating cricket attributes from their assessment of each other, they eliminated class attributes. Miandad still remains Pakistan’s best batsman, and Imran Pakistan’s best cricketer. This was the stark realisation.

    Arguably, Miandad conceded more. Forced to make way for Imran, he was stripped of the captaincy and left friendless. He could have squandered his promise and burned out with anger and paranoia, yet he pulled himself together to faithfully serve as Imran’s primar! y tactical advisor and Pakistan’s batting mainstay. His family and friends helped, but the single biggest factor behind this turnaround was that Imran succeeded in earning his respect. The general view of Miandad conjuring up tactics and Imran barking the commands and motivating the troops is largely correct. There have been matches – the Bangalore Test from 1987 is perhaps the best example – when they were practically co-captains. By the late 1980s these two were essentially a team within the team.

    Anecdotes are aplenty on this subject. A perennial favourite dates to Pakistan’s round-robin match against South Africa in the World Cup of 1992. After a heartbreaking defeat in which Pakistan found themse! lves on the wrong side of the rain-interruption rule, Imran thundered into the pavilion and flung his bat across the dressing room. The rest of the team made itself scarce.

    Photojournalist Iqbal Munir decided this was the moment to take a picture and stepped forward, but Wasim Akram stopped him. “Where do you think you’re going?” said Akram. “The only person who can approach Imran right now is Javed.” Sure enough, within minutes Miandad was at Imran’s side, pacifying, counselling, cajoling.
    The one blemish in Pakistan’s otherwise idyllic era had been a heartbreaking loss in the 1987 World Cup semi-final in Lahore, where Imran and Miandad were separated during a crucial partnership. But it turned out to b! e a necessary setback that would prepare them for the ultimate finale. Five years later they found themselves in a World Cup final in Melbourne, and Miandad was walking out to join Imran at 24 for 2. Imran by this time was in the twilight of his career and Miandad nearly so. Pakistan being Pakistan, another wicket meant certain collapse. Miandad notes in his autobiography that they barely uttered a word to each other during what became a 139-run title-winning partnership. After all those years and all those ups and downs, there was no longer any need for it.
    Today, Imran may be a marginalised politician and Miandad a marginalised cricket administrator, but in statistical archives, in history books, and indeed in the hearts and minds of th! e cricket-following public, they sit at the two ends of Pakistan cricket’s table of grandmasters. Every now and then they can still be seen delivering some opinionated critique on television. It isn’t quite the same as watching them play, but it’s not a bad substitute. The style, vigour, wit and – most charmingly – deadpan disdain, are all there.

    Recently, during an ODI in Dubai, television cameras captured the two watching the action, seated next to each other on plush sofas, absorbed in conversation. Imran, sporting dark glasses, appeared regal, declarative and forthright; Miandad appeared dismissive, cutting and often incredulous. Perhaps in deference to the die-hard, they seemed to be enacting the same old roles that had made them legends.

  89. #89 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 18, 2010 - 12:53 PM

    nice info Munir

    I got 2 go, will write about it later.

  90. #90 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 18, 2010 - 1:51 PM

    Munir

    As far as the views on Musharraf are concerned that person has given his own honest views however, the point to be noted here is there is not a single person on this planet earth today who can be adjudged as the best person who has not made any mistakes. Mistakes, everyone does and everyone deserves a second chance. If at all he comes to power it would not be a military general but, an elected leader, for that there are many a slip between the cup and the lip.

    Apart from the positive growth in the economy, increase in foreign reserves, favourable balance of payment etc., one of things which Musharraf did and others deliberately ignored is the opening of educational institutes and universities in Pakistan. I think you may have missed that list which khansahab posted a couple of weeks ago in another thread, if you look back, you will notice that during his time apart from schools and colleges, he opened about 12 new universities, which is almost 30% more than the existing figure of that period. Mind you ALL these were opened in areas where they were deprived of a university, in places like Bannu, Chakdara, Gujrat, Quetta, Hazara etc. Education is THE most important factor in the development of any country and Pakistan’s literacy rate has always been very questionable, even that increased by 11% during his time.

    If one wishes to criticize his personal lifestyle, then the same question arises, whose personal lifestyle is a model lifestyle? Zardari, Nawaz, Shahbaz, Imran, Mullahs? So, when people pick on him for his personal lifestyle as very broadminded and liberal, it doesn’t matter. Anyways, a lot can be discussed on this subject which at the moment is not so important, the important thing is whether he can come back and get elected?

  91. #91 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 18, 2010 - 1:57 PM

    Munir

    Saad Shafqat has always been a very good sports writer and his comments are always very balanced, he wrote a comment here on our blog upon my insistence. Even this comparison that he made and tried to paint a positive picture of the two legends is very nice and very unbiased. He is behind the autobiography of Javed Miandad and if you ever get to read it, you will understand the mysteries about Miandad which Saad Shafqat has unfolded them and explained it with clarity. In my opinion, if Miandad had gotten a chance to study at Oxford UK, he would have achieved a lot more than what Imran did so far. 😀

  92. #92 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 18, 2010 - 2:13 PM

    The possibility of suspending Ijaz Butt from the Directorship of the ICC had crossed the minds of the ICC officials who were unhappy with how Butt had reacted to the spot-fixing crisis and then acted with the ICC and other boards such as the ECB by accusing the English team of accepting bribe and fixing the 3rd ODI which England lost. The threat from the ICC has prompted Ijaz Butt to do something quick to revamp his administration and to show it to the ICC that he is taking this threat very seriously. In my opinion it would be better if Butt himself resigns from this post to save Pakistan cricket from further humiliation.

    Pakistan should have taken serious action against Trott when he hit Wahab with his pad and later pushed him to the wall and grabbed him from his throat, called him a cheat. It was then they should have put their foot down, instead they chickened out, what a shame. If I was the man on the spot at that moment, I would have canceled the tour and demanded not only an apology from the ECB for not controlling and disciplining their own players for manhandling and assaulting the guest team, but I would have also pressed criminal charges against Jonathan Trott.

    The English culture is so great that a barrage of cheap journalists from cheap Tabloids haunt the guests throughout the tour and make their life miserable. This is their hospitality and this is their culture and they are so proud of it.

  93. #93 by khansahab on October 18, 2010 - 9:03 PM

    PCB introduce new code of conduct for Pakistan players
    By AGENCIES

    Published: Oct 18, 2010 20:47 Updated: Oct 18, 2010 20:47

    KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has introduced a revised code of conduct for its players in line with recommendations made by the International Cricket Council for stricter implementation of anti-corruption laws.

    Pakistan’s squad must sign the new code before leaving for a Twenty20, one-day and Test series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates later this month, manager Intikhab Alam said on Monday.

    “The new code has been prepared keeping in mind recommendations made by the ICC. There is a lot more stress on creating awareness among players about anti-corruption laws and regulations,” Alam said, adding that the new guidelines also encompassed domestic cricket in Pakistan.

    “We don’t want a repeat of what happened in England. I myself have given a detailed briefing to the players about the code of conduct,” he said.

  94. #94 by khansahab on October 18, 2010 - 10:05 PM

    Munir sahab

    That friend of yours has spoken his heart and he has said what he thinks is best for Pakistan.

    There is a TV channel in UK called DM, it is based in Manchester and caters mainly to Punjabi community. For years they opposed Musharraf but now that they have seen Pakistan without Musharraf, they admitted that Musharraf is the best leader in Pakistan.

    If Musharraf can win them over, he can win all of Pakistan over.

    It was sad not even one member of the Punjab Assembly opposed the recent motion against him, but the political landscape will soon change as people are fed up with politicians.

  95. #95 by khansahab on October 18, 2010 - 10:07 PM

    Shoaib to lead Pakistan in Hong Kong Super Sixes

    All-rounder Shoaib Malik will lead Pakistan’s challenge in next month’s Super Sixes in Hong Kong, Pakistan selectors announced on Monday.

    Instead Malik will lead a seven-member second-string Pakistan team for the Hong Kong event which will be held on November 6 and 7.

    Pakistan chief selector Mohsin Khan said: “We have selected Malik to lead the team for the Hong Kong Super Sixes.” Other members of the Pakistan team are Imran Nazir, Shoaib Khan, Sohail Khan, Shabbir Ahmed, Ahmed Shahzad and Asad Ali.

  96. #96 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 19, 2010 - 2:28 AM

    newguy

    I understand that cricket is like a religion in India and, India is a big country, and people in ALL states want to see / watch cricket BUT, what is the point of holding venues like KOCHI, Vishakapatnam and Masulipatnam etc., etc.? I don’t think people in Kochi and Vizaq are as crazy as people in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata are and on top of that, these cities are not suitable for holding such important matches during this season.

    The Kochi match was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The Vishakapatnam forecast says Thunder Showers, even if they are isolated a big one or a longer one is enough to ruin the day. Besides, the conditions of the pitches are not so good because these pitches are new and not so reliable, it could be dead, flat or totally unpredictable. This is all beyond my comprehension. I was so eager to watch the first ODI and when I read the news that rain threatens to ruin the match, I went to sleep and did not even bother checking it on TV (they are showing live on CBN) and the next day I read on the internet that the match was abandoned. Now, this one ……………. I am already put off by the weather forecast.

    I dunno what kinda venues have been set for the 2011 WC? Apart from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also have bad weather, in fact they have more rain than India. As regards Pakistan vs. Australia, even if Munir goes with all the UAE Shaikhs for rain prayer, it will not rain in Dubai / Abu Dhabi in Oct. Nov. Well, I can’t say that with authority because in the fourth week of July 1996 it rained for three days in Dubai which is an ALL time record.

  97. #97 by Mohammed Munir on October 19, 2010 - 6:33 AM

    Javed Khan …

    LOL @ ‘rain-prayers’.

    About UAE, well you can ‘almost’ say with absolute authority that we will not have rains in October/ November. In fact UAE have the best cricketing weather starting from September/ October till April/ May, before the summers start to get warmers toward May end. We ‘may’ have some ‘occasional showers’ but these are normally restricted to January/ February period and that too few and far scattered.

    Pakistan/ SA series starting late October and running through most of November will be the best times for cricket here and we in UAE respect our ‘guests’ and don’t embarrass, humiliate, taunt and haunt them like the UK-Walay. 🙂

    Although the stage, weather, infrastructure and facilities are all set now the most important question is that if Pakistan team is also ready to face the Africans ? 😆

  98. #98 by Mohammed Munir on October 19, 2010 - 6:38 AM

    Khansahab …

    I never had anything personal against Musharraf and like all others I consider myself free to hold a personal opinion, whether good or bad.

    I hate Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Altaf Hussain as well as most of our existing politicians, and on comparing grounds I actually ‘accept’ Musharraf as a better person then them both. With Musharraf, it’s like if you really liked some one and then he ‘lets you down’ with his actions and policies, you feel even more disappointed in him.

    I don’t know if I am able to explain what I mean here, but let me give you another example.

    Suppose there is a known thug or a thief and he commits a certain crime and then there is a doctor, a professor or a religious Mullah who commits the same crime. Tell me which one will hurt you more ? This more like the hooligans make road protests and then lawyers fighting and protesting on the same streets, which is worst ?

    After suffering for years at the hands of Nawaz and other politicians, the general public of Pakistan had pinned all their hopes on Musharraf and this is why he not only had a bloodless-coup but peoples through out Pakistan, including Punjab, distributed sweets when Musharraf ousted Nawaz Sharif.

    I agree that in these times no human being is ever perfect, but what hurts the most about Musharraf is that he had absolute powers, much more than any political leader can ever dream of, because he was COAS, President, and Chief Executive and all-in-all of Pakistan, he had full and unconditional support from the Americans and most other ‘friend’ countries, he had full Army backing, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir were both out of Pakistan and there was not a single sizeable politician who could oppose him, financially Pakistan got all the funds from USA plus much more aids, loans, support-packages from IMF, World Bank, UN, etc. beside the unlimited flow of funds from other countries (China, KSA, UAE, etc.), relations with India were improving, we had good working relations with most neighboring countries, etc. etc.

    With such powers and strengths, Musharraf could have turned Pakistan’s fate and made it into one of the best countries. But what we have today is an exact opposite of that and major responsibility for all these problems lies with Pervaiz Musharraf, because he the guy who paved way for Zardari.

    Some of Musharraf’s unforgivable mistakes were:

    – Lal Masjid.

    – Sacking of Chief Justice Chaudry Iftikhar.

    – Abuse of Constitution.

    – Restrictions and blocking TV channels (I agree that he freed them but he also tried to close/ block them later).

    – NRO, for not only clearing Benazir & Zardari but also paving way for him coming in Government (A Deal with Zardari).

    – Befriending with corrupt politicians like Rashid Sheikh, Chaudry Elahi, Maulana ‘Deisal’ Fazlur Rahman, Shujaat Hussain, etc.

    – Dr. Abdul Qadeer Issue.

    – Dr. Aafia Issue.

    – ‘Imported’ and corrupt-to-the-core Prime Minister, Saukat Aziz who ran away with Billions of $ to UK.

    – Privatization of Government entities for funds. He tried to sell Pakistan Steel Factory beside others.

    – Handing over hundreds of Regufees to USA for ‘earning Dollars’.

    – Spoiling the Army personals by awarding them lucrative posts and bringing them into civilian jobs (which Kiyani reversed).

    – Rewarding Army (Generals and others) so they can continue supporting him.

    – Misuse and lootings of funds, aids, even goods received for the Flood Victims of 2005.

    The list will be endless.

    Khansahab, you have mentioned in your above comment no. –, “It was sad not even one member of the Punjab Assembly opposed the recent motion against him.”

    Doesn’t that Punjabi Assembly include all of Musharraf’s ex-partners (Chaudry Pervaiz Elahi, Chaudry Shjaat Hussain, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Mushahid Hussain, etc. etc.) ??

    So it means his own so-called ‘friends’ have abandoned him, so much so that they don’t want their names to be associated with him. 😦

    It’s all really very unfortunate, you see.

  99. #99 by Mohammed Munir on October 19, 2010 - 6:53 AM

    On Ijaz @*&%^^(#*&(*@*)&%^$^$%$$@#@$#$#@%#%#$ Butt …

    Recently on a TV program called, “Sawaal Yeh Hai” the anchor, Dr. Danish have showed, on-air, a letter which was ‘reportedly’ written by Mr. Ahmed Mukhtar to Asif Zardari, threatening him that if Ijaz Butt is removed from PCB’s Chairmanship he (Mukhtar) will resign from his post.

    So, it seems there is no end in sight for Ijaz Butt. 😦

  100. #100 by Mohammed Munir on October 19, 2010 - 6:59 AM

    Another ‘unconfirmed’ and rather funny news is that Perdais Musharraf has planned to ‘recruit’ Drama Queen, Atiqa Audho as Spokeswoman for his newly formed party. 😉

    Further rumors are also comming that there are a few more ‘good-looking’ ladies who will also join Musharraf’s Party. 😆

  101. #101 by Mohammed Munir on October 19, 2010 - 9:10 AM

    Just a thought …

    Is it possible that the recently concluded New Zealand / Bangladesh series was “FIXED” ❓ 8)

    Becuase a 4-0 white-wash sounds out of place, no matter any which way we look at it. 😛

    Secondly, NZ players are not paid enough by their board anyway. 😆

  102. #102 by khansahab on October 19, 2010 - 12:51 PM

    Munir sahab

    Did you notice when Waqar Younis said,

    “I live in UAE for 2 years and I never seen a rain“?

  103. #103 by khansahab on October 19, 2010 - 1:08 PM

    Munir sahab

    Musharraf pushed for women’s rights and under his time we actually saw educated women in Parliament.

    If he wants to recruit women it is a bonus, unless you belong to Jamat e Islami!!

    Following on from Musharraf’s ideology we saw PPP and PML N introduce women in the set up.

  104. #104 by khansahab on October 19, 2010 - 1:20 PM

    Munir sahab

    When tenures end, we talk of legacies. You say that Musharraf could have done so much, I agree with you 100% that he could have done a lot more. I have listed his achievements here, but in terms of legacy, this is what he has left Pakistan with:

    – He has put a thinking cap on most Pakistanis about whether they want a Pakistan that is governed by progressive ideals, or Mullahgiri.

    – He has bolstered the Arts, Fashion, Showbiz section in Pakistan. These people who were previously perceived as un-Islamic are actually more educated than the average Pakistani.

    – He took measures to empower women. So many young, educated (some sexy) women sitting in Parliament are his creation.

    – He put a thinking cap on people, when he introduced the rule about Parliamentarians being graduates

    – He empowered MQM, and brought in the Nazim system which changed the fortune of Karachi. The ideals of MQM about secularism, women’s rights, minority rights, promotion of middle class etc, before Musharraf’s time these ideals were largely perceived as Muhajir propaganda, now Pakistanis want to build their country on these ideals.

    – He chose an economist, middle class, non political, non feudal guy to run Pakistan’s economy which made Pakistan at one time the 3rd fastest growing economy in the world. When it came to the exercise of brain power, he chose people with brains, not idiot feudals

    That is why I keep saying, history will be kind to him and no other leader has left a legacy like he has. If PPP, Punjab and Mullahs cooperated more with him, Pakistan would have been a rising star in the world.

  105. #105 by khansahab on October 19, 2010 - 1:25 PM

    Asad Shafiq Signs With Aces Middle East

    24 year old Karachi born batsman Asad Shafiq has signed for the Dubai-based sports management firm Aces Middle East.

    Shafiq has signed an exclusive management contract, and will join a distinguished line up of fellow Pakistani cricket stars such as Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Fawad Alam, Zulqarnain Haider, Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Irfan on the Aces Middle East roster.

  106. #106 by khansahab on October 19, 2010 - 6:14 PM

    Ijaz Butt to be grilled by ICC on Saturday

    Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt will be grilled by the special task force of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday in a teleconference, a PCB source said on Tuesday.
    Reliable sources said that the teleconference was due to be held on Saturday basically to discuss and review the measures taken by the PCB to improve its governance and implement recommendations of the ICC made to the PCB at the last executive board meeting held early this month in Dubai.

  107. #107 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 19, 2010 - 8:21 PM

    Munir

    You need to read this Hijacking Drama Report and then read my comments which I will write separately.

    Parvez Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif – The Hijacking Drama in the line of fire 201×300 Pervez Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif The Plane Hijacking Drama Descending from 8,000 feet (2,400 meters), we were about to land in Karachi on a commercial flight from Colombo. It was October 12, 1999. The time was six forty-five PM. The flight was PK 805. The plane was an Airbus. There were 198 passengers on board, many of them schoolchildren. We were due to land in ten minutes.

    “Sir, the pilot wants you in the cockpit,” repeated my military secretary, his voice now even more insistent. There was definitely something strange going on. He motioned me to the front of the aircraft and told me the news: the pilot had informed him that our plane was not being allowed to land at any airfield in Pakistan and was being ordered to get out of Pakistan’s airspace immediately. Only one hour and ten minutes of fuel remained.

    I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It seemed preposterous. I immediately told the stewardess to close the cockpit door, draw the curtains, and not let anyone in, lest the passengers discover what was happening and panic. My aide-de-camp and military secretary told me that they had tried calling the Karachi corps commander and his staff on three different mobile phones to find out what was going on. They couldn’t get through even though they kept changing their positions in the aircraft to try to catch the signal. They had also tried calling through the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ground relay-patch system but hadn’t succeeded by this method either. Fifteen minutes’ worth of precious fuel had been consumed before they summoned me.

    When I entered the cockpit and asked the captain what the problem was, he told me that air traffic control was not giving any reason for denying him permission to land in Karachi but was insistently ordering him to get out of Pakistan’s airspace immediately and land anywhere abroad. “Sir, I think that it has something to do with you,” he said,stating what now seemed fairly obvious. The pilot had in mind the history of tension between Pakistan’s civilian governments and the military. Nevertheless, the pilot’s statement came as a rude shock to me. I knew that he was right, but why would they not let a commercial flight land in Karachi or anywhere else in the country? I could only guess that Prime Minister Sharif was moving against me. Whoever it was, he was endangering a lot of innocent lives. I was not to know the full story until the drama in the air was over.

    ‘We have hardly an hour’s worth of fuel left,” the pilot told me with a trace of desperation in his voice. I told him to ask airtrafflc control again why it was not permitting us to land, considering how little fuel we had. He did, and after about four or five minutes, during which time we kept flying to Karachi, the reply came: “Climb to 21,000 feet and just get out of Pakistan and go anywhere.” Again, the air traffic controller refused to give any reason.They did not care where we went. They even suggested that our pilot should ask his company, PIA,for instructions. It was ridiculous. What could the management of PIA have told him? Air traffic control suggested that we head to Bombay, Oman in Muscat, Abu Dhabi, or Bandar Abbas in Iran-just about anywhere except (for some reason) Dubai. The controllers also informed our pilot that they had directed all airports not to let our plane land anywhere in Pakistan.

    The whole thing seemed diabolical. Since India was the country closest to us, we would have no option but to go there, given our dangerously low fuel. This would put us in the hands of our most dangerous enemy, against whom we had fought three full-blown wars. It was unbelievable- an order of this kind coming from the Pakistani authorities to an aircraft of Pakistan’s own national airline with Pakistan’s army chief and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee on board. Air traffic control wouldn’t dare do something so bizarre and treacherous without instructions from the highest level. I knew my army, and there was no question in my mind of a mutiny. Whatever else may have been going on, the army could never countenance sending its chief into Indian hands.

    It could only be the civilian side of the government. No one below the prime minister could give such a drastic order. Sacking an army chief is one thing; but hijacking his plane and sending it to India is, as I have said, diabolical. Amazingly, it had not occurred to Nawaz Sharif that his coup against the army would also be a great victory for India. I am still flabbergasted that it didn’t cross his mind how repulsive and embarrassing it would be to deliver the chief of the Pakistan Army, his army, into enemy hands. The people of Pakistan would have considered it high treason. I now understood that we were on a collision course not only with the ground below, but also with the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    “Where can we go?” I asked the pilot. He said that he could go to either Ahmadabad, in India, or Oman, but we had to decide immediately because we were fast running out of fuel. “Over my dead body will you go to India,” I declared angrily. While waiting for the reply we climbed to 21,000 feet (6,400 meters).It came just as we got there: ‘You cannot land anywhere in Pakistan. You have to leave Pakistan airspace at once.” We couldn’t believe it.Were they really trying to kill us all just to be rid of me? Now the pilot had more news for me–climbing to 21,000 feet had consumed so much fuel that we didn’t have enough left to take us anywhere out of Pakistan. “Physically, this is not possible now,” he announced. The tension ratcheted still higher.Soon the only course left for us would be to try to ditch the plane somewhere. “Tell air traffic control that we are running out of fuel and don’t have enough to leave Pakistan,” I said to the pilot as a last resort. “No, forget the damn chap,” I said as an immediate afterthought. ‘You just land in Karachi. There are over 200 people on board, and we are going to land in Karachi whether they like it or not.”

    Incredibly, air traffic control refused to budge so much as a tremor in his voice the controller told our pilot that no airfield in Pakistan had lights on and there were three fire trucks blocking the runway in Karachi. “Landing in Karachi is out of the question because we will crash,” the captain said to me plaintively. Now the tension in the cockpit was becoming extremely high-but quietly. I was angry, but I knew that I had to show calm determination and absolute self-control in my voice and actions. We could not afford to have the pilot or the rest of the cockpit crew lose focus. To their credit, they all remained composed and professional throughout the ordeal.

    I told the pilot to tell the controllers again that we could not leave Pakistan’s airspace, because we didn’t have enough fuel. ‘We cannot get to any other country. You must allow us to land in Karachi,” I told him to say.

    Then, just minutes before our fate was sealed, we were told we could divert to Nawabshah, a semiurban town some 100 miles (160kilometers) north of Karachi in the desert province of Sindh. “Do you have the fuel to take us there?” I asked the pilot.

    “I can just make it, sir,” he replied.

    “OK, then, let’s go to Nawabshah.”

    It was seven-thirty in the evening, forty-five minutes since I had been summoned, and we were about half way to Nawabshah when the aircraft’s radio crackled and a voice suddenly told our pilot to return to Karachi and land there. Our pilot was not sure if he could make it back to Karachi with the fuel remaining. He started calculating his fuel, and worrying about whether he was doing the sums correctly.

    None of us was totally comfortable about this sudden change of mind. Who had given the order to allow us to land in Karachi so unexpectedly? What had caused this last-minute change of heart? Danger was on the ground-but where?

    While we were still guessing what the motives might be and the pilot was feverishly doing his calculations, Major General Malik Iftikhar Ali Khan, the commander of an army division in Karachi, made radio contact with the aircraft. “Tell the chief to come. back and land in Karachi,” he told the pilot. “Everything is all right now.”

    I was still suspicious, so I spoke to Iftikhar myself: I had to make certain that it really was he, and not someone impersonating him. I also wanted to make certain that he was not being forced to call us back.This was the first time that I spoke on the aircraft’s radio to anyone.

    “Where is the corps commander?” I asked.

    “Sir, the corps commander is in the VIP lounge. He is waiting for you at the gate. I am here at air traffic control.”
    “What is the problem?”

    “Sir, I am sure you don’t know, but about two hours back your retirement was announced and Lieutenant General Ziauddin Butt was made chief of the army staff They were trying to divert your plane so that it does not land here. But the army has taken over now, and we have control of the airport. You turn back now. We will give you the details later.”

    I still wanted to make doubly certain.”Can you tell me the names of my dogs?” I asked, because I knew that he knew them. If it was someone impersonating him or if he was under duress, he could or would not have given the correct names.

    “Dot and Buddy, sir,” he replied without hesitation. Even amid the tension, I could hear a smile in his voice.

    “Thank you, Ifiikhar,” I said. “Tell Mahmood and Aziz that no one is to leave the country.” Mahmood Ahmed was the commander of the Tenth Corps in Rawalpindi and Mohammad Aziz Khan was the chief of general staff both were lieutenant generals.

    I turned to the pilot and asked him about the fuel situation. “Can you take us back to Karachi?”

    ‘We are midway and can just make it. But, sir, you have to make the decision fast. If there is turbulence along the way we might crash.”

    “Let’s go back to Karachi, then,” I said.

    We just made it, with only seven minutes of fuel to spare. The corps commander, Lieutenant General Usmani; the division commander,Iftikhar; and others must still have harbored suspicions, because after landing our plane was directed to the old airport terminal. The commandos traveling with me who were responsible for my security wouldn’t let me near the door, for fear of a sniper. They went to the front themselves, forming a protective wall. But when I saw the corps commander on the stairs, I relaxed. He was the first person to enter the aircraft. He congratulated me on my safe landing. Then the soldiers came and surrounded me. I felt very proud of them.

    When my feet touched the tarmac I still had no idea of any of the details of what had happened. I was just relieved to be alive and more than relieved that Sehba and all the other passengers, particularly the children, were safe. As I walked to the car waiting for me on the tarmac, I wondered, “God, what have I landed into?”

    The above passage has been taken from General Pervez Musharrafs book “In The Line of Fire”.

    Although Mr. Nawaz Sharif denied his role in the plane hijacking described above and called it a conspiracy by General Musharraf against him but Aminullah Chaudhry, former Civil Aviation Authority Chief testified that Mr Sharif had ordered him to close all airports and not allow the plane carrying General Musharaf to land. Well this testimony makes General Musharrafs part of the story true.

  108. #108 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 19, 2010 - 8:31 PM

    Munir

    I hope you have read that hijacking drama report #108. Now, let me ask this question from ALL Pakistanis.

    How can Nawaz Sharif, as Prime Minister of Pakistan do this:

    1. Order to hijack its own country’s civilian commercial plane with 198 passenger’s life at risk? Just to settle his personal score against an army general?
    2. How can a Prime Minister compromise his Chief of Staff, COAS and wanted to send him to an enemy country? Did it ever occur to him about the consequences of that act? The Chief of Staff not only has key secret information but, also holds the code for the nuclear weaponry.
    3. How can this thought of compromising your own country’s secrets can come to the mind of a Prime Minister? I guess not even a ordinary Sepoy would think like the way Nawaz thought of avenging against him only to protect his own seat.

    In my opinion it is an act of treason for which Nawaz Sharif should have been hanged. He is lucky to be alive and not only that he enjoyed a great life in KSA and back again in Pakistan, hoping to run for the Premiership for the third time. What kinda people are those who support such a third class and characterless man?

  109. #109 by khansahab on October 19, 2010 - 8:59 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Shortly after the Mumbai attacks do you remember either national government or Punjab government was sending the ISI Chief to India to assist in investigation?

    How could they think of sending the ISI Chief? Are they mad?

    They are too stupid to run a country.

  110. #110 by khansahab on October 19, 2010 - 9:05 PM

    Ijaz Butt cannot run the PCB, has not only destroyed PCB in terms of maladministration and making it ungovernable, but has made it into a global laughing stock. Now he is asking none other than Asif Zardari for “guidance”? What kind of guidance?

  111. #111 by khansahab on October 19, 2010 - 9:14 PM

    Javed A Khan

    If there was equality in Pakistan in terms of treatment of ethnicities, Nawaz Sharif would have served at least one prison sentence.

    – He did not pay tax for a long time
    – He plunged the country into economic chaos and in 1999 when he was ousted there were barely any reserves
    – Under his orders the Supreme Court was besieged, Chief Justice was humiliated, his goons committed criminal damage and assaulted staff
    – Allegations of mass corruption, the if you combine the Sharif’s family’s wealth they are one of the wealthiest families in Pakistan
    – Recently his goons stormed a senior Court and caused disorder (reported on LS)
    – He supported the dictatorship of Zia ul Haq – now he says whoever has supported a dictator, has subverted the Constitution
    – During Musharraf’s time his goons terrorised Punjab, beating innocent people, damaging cars, properties, political opponents
    – He subverted the Constitution and gave himself more powers when he became PM

    ….So why does no one mention these crimes/misdemeanours?

  112. #112 by khansahab on October 19, 2010 - 9:16 PM

    Salman Butt barred from practising at NCA

    KARACHI: In another setback to Salman Butt, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has barred the former Test captain from practising at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore after reports of objection from the International Cricket Council (ICC) emerged.

    Salman, who is provisionally suspended by the ICC for the alleged role in the spot-fixing saga that rocked Pakistan cricket on its tour of England in the summer, has been training at the academy as he eyed the series against South Africa in the UAE as his comeback.

    The opener, one of three suspended Pakistan players along with fast-bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, is due to have a hearing in his case in Doha on October 30 and 31.

    The PCB confirmed the news, adding that the other two suspended players were also barred from training at any ground until their case has been decided. Meanwhile, reports also suggest that the PCB has been under pressure to keep the accused players away from the other team members.

    Salman has remained optimistic ahead of the hearing and had said that he was training hard for the upcoming series against South Africa as the Tests start next month. But the PCB, under pressure by the ICC according to reports, has instructed the batsman to stop training immediately as the board attempted to distance him from the squad, which is also practising there.

  113. #113 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 20, 2010 - 4:07 AM

    khansahab

    I do remember that, and it was not just the Punjab government suggesting the ISI chief to India, I think Zardari was suggesting of sending Gen Kiyani to India and we wrote something on the blog here that how can they even think about such stupidities? And, Nawaz Sharif was the first one to declare that Kassab is Pakistani and that was without any evidence or proof. The less you talk about Nihari Sharif the better it is for Shabdegh Sharif.

  114. #114 by Mohammed Munir on October 20, 2010 - 6:13 AM

    Above Comment no. 107, “Ijaz Butt to be grilled by ICC on Saturday”.

    All are invited …. and I hope ICC makes it extra spicy and ‘Well Done’. 😉

  115. #115 by Mohammed Munir on October 20, 2010 - 6:14 AM

    Javed Khan …

    I have read the hijacking story above and also your comments (questions). Yes, you are absolutely right, and as I have mentioned in my previous comments, if there was no foreign intervention, Musharraf would have ‘hanged’ Nawaz Sharif and probably rightly so. But then again, for the first few days/ weeks after his successful and bloodless coup, Musharraf himself was so scared and unconfident that he could not contemplate taking that step. Actually, Musharraf never expected that peoples will ‘welcome’ him and he probably was expecting worst protest/ riots/ and general unrest after a Military General’s ousting of a civilian leader. In fact, I remember the very first day Musharraf took charge, it was around afternoon/ early evening time, but he couldn’t address the nation until late, and I mean very late, in the night when half of the country was fast-asleep and even then he gave his first speech in ‘English’, to convey a dubious message and confuse the mostly illiterate nation more.

    It was overtime that Musharraf himself realized that he was accepted by peoples, and that too thanks to Nawaz Sharif’s stupidities and his party’s corrupt governing, any change would have been welcomed.

    This is the reason that for the first few years of taking over, Musharraf was good and his performance and decisions were way better.

    The real problems started during the second half of his tenor, when he started ‘over-believing’ in himself and the “Taqat Ka Nasha’ went up his head. During the last few years of his rule, he started acting as ‘invincible’ and showing signs of ‘Phaironiyat’. This stubbornness, rudeness and inflexibility ultimately brought about his disgraceful downfall when he started making silly mistakes, thinking that the nation will always be under his thumb.

    Recently, in one of his interview Musharraf said that I should have stayed in power for at least another five years. What a fool can think that, I mean if 8/ 9 years were not enough, then what else he could have achieved in the next 5 years.

    PS: Just one last thought, it was funny reading from the above detailed hijacking storey that Musharraf was so much concerned about the 198 other passengers, and specially the ‘school children’ on that flight. If it really was so, then General Sahab should have also thought about those innocent children and women of Lal Masjid whom he ordered to kill, and their bodies were put in containers and buried in mass-graves. Or is it that there are two separate set of rules for “school” and “madrasa” children ??

  116. #116 by Mohammed Munir on October 20, 2010 - 11:23 AM

    Breaking News …

    Younis Khan and PCB resolve issues.

    The long-running battle between Younis Khan and the Pakistan board has finally been resolved, after a meeting between the former captain and Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman. Younis has, according to board officials, been cleared and is expected to return to the side, possibly as soon as the series against South Africa in the UAE later this month.

    Mohsin Khan, the chief selector, is expected to make an announcement related to this at 4pm PST.

    PS: I guess this is from the ICC Danda. That Mashhoor saying goes well for Ijaz Butt …

    G*and Laggi Phhatnay, Khairrat Laggi Buttnay. 😆

  117. #117 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 20, 2010 - 1:50 PM

    Younus Khan in but, Mohammad Yousuf out. Is this real that Yousuf got a tearing in his calf muscle or, is it just a drama to keep Yousuf out so that young players are retained in the side? Or, is Younus’ inclusion is due to Yousuf’s injury if it is real?

  118. #118 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 20, 2010 - 2:22 PM

    Munir

    Musharraf did not stock piled the women and children in the Lal Masjid to use them as human shields. It was the Mullah’s who knew that they have a dual edged sword against Musharraf i.e., A Masjid and that too with Women and Children in it. In fact the Mullahs were showing Firaoniyat here and it was they who have built a fort loaded with AK-assault rifles, hand grenades and even rocket launchers and they are the ones who shot the first fire and killed an army colonel.

    What was the need to have so much arms and ammunition in the mosque? And, the news was distorted that women and children were killed. That Mullah himself escaped in a Burqa. What a shameful leader he is that he left his protectors in danger and fled out of the mosque wearing a burqa, is he a leader? Secondly, no where in the world whether Islamic or un-Islamic people are allowed to run a parallel government in the name of religion. What Musharraf did was supposed to have been done much earlier instead of prolonging it that long. A nip in the bud was needed rather delaying the Lal Masjid problem for so long that it becomes a thorn in the Butt.

    Thirdly, when Musharraf put the Lal Masjid culprits in the jail for trail and for sentencing, the so-called CJ Chaudhry released them to gain cheap popularity of the masses. Now, why is he not doing anything against Zardari? More people have died during Zardari’s rule, the Swat action, the innocent civilian lives are lost everyday. Karachi is the victim of target killing, Lahore is the victim of Talibans, Islamabad is the victim of Al-Qaida, they blew-up the Marriott Hotel and killed so many innocent people, where is Justice Chaudhry? WTF is he doing? Hiding in his own hole?

    As regards Nawaz being lucky for not getting hanged, the credit goes to Musharraf that he did not want to do what Zia did to Bhutto. Zia knew that if Bhutto is left alive he will one day get him by his Ijaar Bandh and hang him by his balls. So, he got rid of Bhutto and ruled for 10 years. And, he did not step down like Musharraf, he ended up in a plane crash resting in peace at JABRA CHOWK. So, what is wrong in someone hoping or saying, I wish I had stayed for a little longer? Nawaz and Bibi both had 2 tenures and Nawaz is stil aiming for a 3rd one.

    There is no difference between a school and a madarsa, one has been tabooed by the west as creators of suicide bombers and the other has been glorified as an institution which creates the best human beings. It is a matter of perception. Its a shame that because of a few fanatics the whole meaning of the word madarsa has been tabooed.

    The word, madrasah literally means ‘a place where learning and studying are done’ and is derived from the triconsonantal Semitic D A R S which means to learn, to study and in Hebrew it is Midrash. Therefore, before we try to ridicule someone or something, we must first find out the roots and then proceed accordingly.

    The poor people be it in Pakistan or, anywhere in the world, living in villages and remote areas where they had no means to go to a government or a private school and anyone who voluntarily took the responsibility of giving these innocent children some knowledge of the world, which is not just religion alone but anything about the universe was referred as Madarsa in the Arabic world. Madarsa Aamma, Madarsa Khassa, Madarsa Tibbiya, Madarsa, Jamiya, Madarsa Islamiyah etc. etc. and I am sure you know the meaning of all of the above which I wrote.

    Coming back to the point, it was during Musharraf’s time in Pakistan that more schools, colleges and universities were opened, I gave you the figure the other day and he even opened the vocational institutions throughout the country. There are no mass graves and no containers of Lal Masjid this is just humbug to hide the real problems of Pakistan such as, poverty, education, the brutality of the feudal lords i.e., how they implement the rules of Vani and Sawra where they trade innocent girls as a commodity in return for blood money. The real problems are much worst than what the miscreants, suspects and perpetrators of Lal Masjid and its allies are portraying and deceiving the people. They always use the religion as a shield, Islam Khatray may hai ! Islam was never in danger and it will never be in danger, it is the extremists who put other innocent people in danger in the name of Islam.

  119. #119 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 20, 2010 - 4:28 PM

    India is going to win the ODI, it is only a matter of formalities to be completed in the next few overs. Virot Kohli got his 3rd ODI hundred and he will be the man of the match. Congratulations to newguy, Varun et all.

  120. #120 by khansahab on October 20, 2010 - 7:20 PM

    I think first PML N goons should return the billions they have looted from the treasury that has made them richest people in the country, and then they can talk about looking at Musharraf’s tax records. Khwaja Asaf is a pathetic loser. When he opens his mouth you just feel the paindoopun.

    Khawaja Asif stages walk out from PAC meeting

    ISLAMABAD: PML-N legislator Khawaja Asif has staged walk out from the meeting of PAC under protest for non presentation of details of tax paid by former president Pervez Musharraf in PAC. He also declared the chairman FBR and Auditor General as loyal to Pervez Musharraf.

    PAC met here Wednesday under Yasmin Rehman. Chairman FBR Sohail Ahmad told that Khawaja Asif had sought details about the income tax paid by Pervez Musharraf. “I reviewed income tax laws under which I can provide these details to auditor general and can not provide the same to PAC directly.

    Khawaja Asif asked him to provide the details to auditor general who should deliver a copy of the same to me.

    Auditor General Agha Tanveer said” I will also study the laws to know if I can obtain these details or not besides seeing if I am allowed to open it or otherwise.

  121. #121 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 20, 2010 - 7:54 PM

    khansahab

    Why go up to Musharraf? Let Khawaja Asif himself declare his wealth, how he acquired it? And how much he pays taxes on it? He joined politics because of his father and reportedly became a millionaire when he became a Minister. How convenient? He is a designated Paindoo which is obvious when he opens his big mouth. Except for speaking loudly in a very uncivilized manner he can’t do much. Empty vessels make too much sound, there is no substance in him.

    He should know that Musharraf is more capable than any of the existing leaders, he used to hold seminars and charge about US$350,000 per seminar which were attended by ex-prime ministers, ex-presidents, senators etc. In the USA alone he did some 17 seminars in one year. Besides, he has conducted many such seminars in Europe, China, South East Asia as well and made decent halal money unlike others. Also, he get royalties from his book “In The Line of Fire.” And, that amount runs in to millions of dollars. So, these uneducated, uncouth, idiots are simply jealous of his abilities. A crook will always support another crook because, he cannot stand in the line a of a gentleman.

  122. #122 by khansahab on October 21, 2010 - 2:47 PM

    Younis Khan is back in the team after a long time. But, Misbah ul Haq is there who was one of the players who took oath on Quran against Younis Khan. How will their relationship be, I wonder?

  123. #123 by khansahab on October 21, 2010 - 2:49 PM

    Two T20 Cup matches to be probed for match-fixing

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started investigations into allegations that some leading players under-performed during two crucial matches of the National Twenty20 Championship which concluded recently in Lahore.
    A well-placed source in the PCB confirmed that an undeclared investigation is under way to judge the credibility of the semifinal match played between Karachi Dolphins and Rawalpindi Rams.

    Karachi chased a daunting target of over 200 runs in surprising fashion. The PCB is investigating if any of the Rawalpindi players have under-performed to present the semis to the Dolphins.

    Doubts arose when a leading Rawalpindi all-rounder seeking a place in the Pakistan team apparently under-performed with both bat and ball, forcing the PCB to scrutinise his performance,” a source confirmed to ‘our sources’.

    The all-rounder may further be grilled in the coming days as to why all of a sudden he played too many dot balls while batting and delivered loose deliveries during his bowling spell.

    It has been alleged that the all-rounder in question was seeking a place on the team and was guaranteed a place following the completion of the task. However, his poor performance in the semis forced the selectors to think otherwise.

    Apart from that particular semifinal, another match is also under investigation.

    The fresh measures are being taken in wake of the recent ICC warning that says that has called for strict measures to be taken to curb the match-fixing menace in Pakistan’s domestic cricket.

    However, when PCB’s media director Nadeem Sarwar was approached about these developments, he expressed complete ignorance, saying he had no such knowledge. “I am completely unaware of any such development or about any such inquiry,” he said.

  124. #124 by khansahab on October 21, 2010 - 3:05 PM

    Ball-tampering incident in Indian domestic cricket

    Jitendra Patil, a left-arm fast bowler from Maharashtra, has been charged with ball tampering in an Under-22 CK Nayudu Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. This is the first time such an incident has occurred in Indian domestic cricket.

    Harvinder Sodhi, the match referee, confirmed the incident, but said he was yet to take any action. “Since the umpires report came a bit late, I would only be taking a decision tomorrow [Thursday],” Sodhi told the Hindustan Times. “I have fixed a hearing for this on Thursday [the final day of the game].”

    An official from the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association said there was no provision to immediately suspend the offending player or prevent him from bowling.

    Patil was allegedly caught applying cream on the ball, four deliveries into Maharashtra’s 39th over, on the third day of the game. As soon as it was noticed by the umpires, they ordered a ball change, and later awarded five penalty runs to Uttar Pradesh. As per the BCCI rules, the batsmen had a choice of seven balls to choose from, including a new one.

  125. #125 by khansahab on October 21, 2010 - 3:08 PM

    Why does Afridi want Malik back in the team?

    PCB shot down Afridi’s Shoaib Malik option

    Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and chief coach Waqar Younis had asked for the inclusion of out-of-favour Shoaib Malik in the ODI team for South Africa series but national selectors overruled their suggestion and named Younis Khan in the 17-member squad.

    Afridi and Waqar had asked selectors to replace injured Mohamad Yousuf with the all-rounder Malik for the two Twenty20 and five-match ODI series against South Africa to be played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

    But the selectors rejected their demands and recalled Younis Khan for the one-dayers.

  126. #126 by khansahab on October 21, 2010 - 3:10 PM

    Comeback man Younis promises to adhere to PCB code of conduct

    Former captain and senior batsman Younis Khan’s return to the national team was made possible only after he assured Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt that he would strictly adhere to the players code of conduct.

    Younis met with Ijaz Butt in Lahore after which the chief selector Mohsin Khan announced that the senior batsman had been picked for the One-day and Test series against South Africa.

    The legal advisor of the PCB Talib Rizvi said during the meeting Younis assured the Chairman there would be no more complaints about him.

    “He has given the Chairman an undertaking in writing that in future he will strictly follow the code of conduct and follow all team regulations,” Rizvi said.

  127. #127 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 21, 2010 - 4:53 PM

    Wow, Afridi showing some sympathy for Shoaib Malik! Malik when he was the captain of Pakistan team never thought of that, in fact he packed Afridi back to Pakistan from India and did not include in his team for the remaining of the tour. Himself he was limping and did not play but, stayed on for press conferences.

  128. #128 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 22, 2010 - 4:39 PM

    SA scored 399 against Zimbabwe today, “ABCDevil-ears” and JPDuminy are in great form and so is Amla Hair Oil, so Pakistan beware of them, I know that Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe but, Pakistan without Aamer and Asif are not a lethal fast bowling attack. The Maal Gari is not so reliable and Umar Gul showed some form in the UK during the ODI series, but would he be able to do that alone once again? It is a tough road ahead for Pakistan albeit as Ramiz Raja says UAE is a second home ground for Pakistan, it is not going to make much difference to their ineffective bowling and inconsistent batting. So, let us see how they play?

  129. #129 by newguy on October 22, 2010 - 5:09 PM

    I don’t care much about the 2 ODI matches between Ind-Aus, both teams are playing with second string players just to go through the agreements betweens boards. Anyhow, it’s on the record books of matches played and won, so I guess good for India if they can improve on their overall success rate, and against Australia.

    As for the likes of Kohli who scored a hundred, I have very least regard, he looks like another arrogant prick like Yuvraj to my eyes.

    Once Tendulkar, Dravid, and Laxman, departs there isn’t very much linking me to this Indian team. Sehwag will of course provide reason to follow. But the likes of Yuvraj, Kohli, and Ishant are uncouth and they represent a different type of Indian culture.

    On other news, good to see Younus Khan back in the team, but I have a feeling it’s too little too late, both Yousuf and Younus will have to find their feet back, probably still better than the younger lot. I have very little interest in cricket in UAE, so I am not sure I will follow this series very closely.

  130. #130 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 22, 2010 - 7:19 PM

    newguy

    I saw Kohli and Yuvraj batting live on TV and the way Yuvraj behaved after getting out was really pathetic, he was clean bowled but, he behaved as if the umpire made a very bad decision and gave him out. Throughout the time they showed his face on TV while he was in the gallery he was looking very angry. Kohli, needed a runner. I wonder if at this age and at this level if he needs runner then how many records is he going to make? This was his 3rd ODI hundred so you can imagine how far he has gone with that attitude.

    The way SA defeated Zim today looks like there was no match, it is perhaps one of the biggest ODI defeats in terms of runs, is it? They lost by 272 runs its a huge margin in ODI’s.

    As regards SA and Pakistan in the UAE, if they are showing live on CBN then I may watch the shorter version games and not the test match and if they are not showing live on TV, I have no interest in streaming on a computer. Besides, Pakistan team is hopeless with players like Misbah and Imran Farhat in it.

  131. #131 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 22, 2010 - 7:23 PM

    newguy

    One more thing, I saw the headlines of an article on cricinfo by Nagraj Gollapuddi and it is about that new Indian batsman Pujara who scored 4 in first innings and 70 odd runs in the second and I guess this article is to glorify him as one of the budding batsman………………………… I dunno why these writers go head over heals for a newcomer who makes a fifty on debut and then they start making comparisons with legends. Perhaps they like to boast, gloat and need something to write about and IF by chance the player becomes more popular or consistent then they start bragging ……… See I told you so……… I wrote that………. !!!! Trivial Journalism.

  132. #132 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 22, 2010 - 11:59 PM

    Munir

    The good thing about you is when you do not agree with someone’s opinion, after disagreeing a little bit, you disappear for a while. 😀

    Anyways, here is a fascinating report released recently by the British Council Pakistan on the role of language in education in Pakistan, it suggests that Pakistani students are best served by education if they are to be instructed in their mother tongues.

    The report also suggests that Islamic madrassas are extremely interested in learning English so they can promote Islam in other countries, learn about other religions, communicate their message to the world in a better way, improve image of Islam in the world as well as the basic need for Muslims to learn knowledge.

    Titled Teaching & Learning in Pakistan: The Role of Language in Education, the report (prepared by Hywel Coleman and the British Council), was based on the results of a widespread research and survey of the many languages spoken in Pakistan and the country’s education sector.

    Some of the findings in this context are:
    – Language breakdown of Pakistanis by mother-tongue are: (Punjabi) 49.3 %, Pushto 12.0 %, Sindhi 11.7%, Urdu 6.8%, Balochi 3.6%, Brahui 1.3 % and Farsi 0.6 %. (The total is 49.3+12.0+11.7+6.8+1.3+0.6 = 81.7 what about the remaining 18.3%?)
    – Urdu tends to remain the medium of instruction except for a few English schools.
    – Class 3 students are not able to write simple sentences in Urdu and do not recognize simple words in English. They are in effect functionally illiterate and innumerate.
    – English is involved in two contexts: as a subject, as the medium of instruction
    – While intention is good for use of English as medium of instruction, its impact is negative.

    The report insists that education in mother tongue is more effective especially in early years because:

    – There are no barriers to comprehension as formulation of basic concepts takes place in mother tongue.
    – Children learn to read and read more quickly and easily in a language they are already familiar. Making connections between sounds of a language and signs on a written page is more effective when those sounds are repeated more often.
    – The same language spoken at home, so learning can be reinforced. This also enables the parents to get involved and monitor and contribute to children’s education.
    – Children can relate their learning in school with their home environment, the games they play, the TV programs they watch, their interaction with other students if all of this is in the same language.
    – All communities feel equally respected if their home languages are employed. Using a language in school that people do not understand leads to political and social instability and conflict. Particularly important for Pakistan as it is one of 11 countries with high levels of “fragility of conflict” and one of 19 countries with high linguistic fractionalisation
    – Survey of 22 countries suggests that choice of first language affects educational attendance, performance and explains half of the reason for low retention rates. This is particularly relevant for women.
    – All things being equal, children are likely to achieve greater proficiency in English if they first study in their home language and then study English as a foreign or second language.
    – Only 5 % of Pakistanis have access to education in their first language.

    The report thus recommends that support should be given for advocacy of adoption of multiple languages in education. But it also notes that education in multiple languages is logistically difficult to arrange for in Pakistan. However since the seven major languages in Pakistan are first language for 85 pe rcent of the school population, these can be used as medium of instruction right at the start.

    The report points out that international experience suggests that adoption of multiple languages for primary education strengthens loyalty of ethnic minority towards the state.

    Based on these findings, the report then goes on to make some potent recommendations for education in Pakistan till the year 2020.

    The following is how the recommendations have been devised:

    – Nursery Education : Learn to speak mother tongue language
    – First 3 years: Introduction to alphabets, learn to read and write in their mother tongue. (Scripts for local language and Urdu are either same or very similar.)
    – Class 3-5 : Urdu is introduced and gradually replaces regional language as the language of instruction. By 5 this transition is complete. Regional language is a subject not medium of instruction but still taught as a subject.
    – Class 6: Children should be confident and fluent in Urdu by now. Roman alphabet and English are introduced. English is studied as a main subject for four years (grade 6-9)
    – Class 10: English becomes medium of instruction; Urdu and regional languages become subjects.
    – Entrance exams for civil service, other employment and universities will require that candidates are good in all 3 languages (Urdu, English, regional language). This will help them serve their people better and oblige elite schools to teach local language.

    The British Council report will be officially launched on 21/10/10. Source:DAWN Face book.

  133. #133 by Mohammed Munir on October 23, 2010 - 5:10 AM

    Javed Khan …

    You said, “The good thing about you is when you do not agree with someone’s opinion, after disagreeing a little bit, you disappear for a while”.

    And I must agree, you got me there 100%. 😉

    Yes, you are right and the reason is that I am a successfully married man and I know the art of winning any negotiation. 8)

    It’s more like the saying … “I am the boss of this house, and I have full permission from my wife to say so”. 😀

    Although, it was my weekend and I was away, but anyways, I am a staunch believer in …

    “Rather then winning an argument and loosing a friend, it is always a good bargain to loose an argument and keep the friend”.

    PS: I liked the above info on our education system. While on Musharraf, I think it is best that we agree to disagree and keep it that way. 😉

  134. #134 by Mohammed Munir on October 23, 2010 - 5:17 AM

    I don’t know if anyone here have seen new Indian movie ‘Dabaang’ (if no one else, at least Khansahab should have seen it). 😉 It have a catchy song … ‘Munni Badnaam Hui, Darling Teray Liye’. Now see the below …

    Different views on “Munni Badnam Hui”.

    “Munni ko badnaam karnay mey jagirdarun ka hath hai”
    – Altaf Hussain

    “Sailaab tou apni jaga hai, lekin munni ke badnami par bohat afsos hai.”
    – Qaim Ali Shah

    “Munni ki badnami hukoomat ki naakami hai”
    – Nawaz Sharif

    “Munni ki badnami kay khilaaf Sue-moto action liya jaaye ga”
    – Justice Iftikhar Chaudry

    “Jis mulk mey insaaf na ho wahan munni badnam hi ho gi”
    – Imran Khan

    “Munni ki badnaami ko NRO deal sey khatam karaingay”
    – Asif Ali Zardari

    “Munni ki badnami ki zimmedari taliban nay qubool kar li hai”
    – Rehman Malik

    “Munni aik liberated khatoon hai, uss ka pura haq hai kay woh jitna chahay badnam ho”
    – Pervez Musharraf

    “Mey munni ki badnami ki sakht mazammat karta hun”
    – Yousuf Raza Gellani

    “Munni qaum ki beti hai. Iss ki badnami Amreeka ki sazish hai.”
    – Jamat-e-Islami

  135. #135 by Mohammed Munir on October 23, 2010 - 5:24 AM

    Now Younis Khan is ready to play T20 again …

    Younis said, I am ready to play in all 3 formats of the game for Pakistan, if needed.

    Afridi is Ch2SO4 (like Javed says), to try to being Malik back in the team. The news was that even Waqar Younis wanted him back in the team. So I think Mohsin (or may be Ijaz Butt) have kept him away for time being.

  136. #136 by Mohammed Munir on October 23, 2010 - 9:06 AM

    Younis Khan could make Twenty20 comeback

    “I am not that sort of a player who says I should be in Test matches or I should be in one-dayers or in Twenty20s,” Younis said. “If my fitness is up there and Pakistan needs me, whether it’s T20, T10, 50-50 or Tests, I am always available for Pakistan.”

    At the age of 32, however, Younis was keen to move on rather than dwell on what has happened. “I talked to the chairman yesterday and we forgot whatever happened in the past. I didn’t want to end my cricket like that. If I say sorry it’s not a big deal. I can’t fight with the chairman, I can’t fight with the board, as whatever I am is because of them. As far as discipline is concerned I have never been fined and everyone knows me well.”

    Yeh, Kaisa Pathan Hai Ray ❓ 😉

    Sources: http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/482966.html

  137. #137 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 23, 2010 - 12:16 PM

    Munir – Yae Pathan kay naam pay BUTTa hai, Thaali ka baingan hai jo waqt parnay par gadhay ko bhee baap bana sakta hai. I never expected YK to stoop that low only to make a come back in the team. He should have shown some self-respect and self-esteem, now his integrity is questionable and shows that he is a weak person who wants to play at the expense of losing his own respect. Ijaz Butt is a MF bastard who is acting like a demigod under the shadow of Zardari, bending over backwards for him is like losing your faith in yourself. This Butt reign is temporary and there will be a day when he will be gone and even a gali ka kutta will go and pee on his face, the important thing is to maintain your self respect, which Younus did not do and he lost it now.

    Earlier during Bob Woolmer days he was seen on TV sitting next to Bob in every match i.e., when he was not in the playing XI and people used to say that he is buttering Bob and he actually did and managed to get a place in the team. In that famous Mohali test which Pakistan drew because of Akmal and Razzaq, Younus Khan dropped a simple catch of Tendulkar in slips when he was only on 8 and he went on to make 94 runs after dropping the catch Younus was laughing, and in batting he scored 9 in first innings and 1 in second innings. But, his luck changed after that, i.e., when he went to play in Calcutta and Bangalore he scored a big hundred and then he scored a big double hundred in Bangalore. Anyways, that is different from what he did now.

    Against Shahriyar Khan the former PCB Chairman, he made a lot of fuss on the captaincy issue that he did not want to be a dummy captain and then he was in and out of captaincy role, perhaps this time also he thought he will certainly be taken in the team, may not be as a captain so, he exchanged a few words with the PCB through the media, that in my opinion was OK because, the PCB never gave any reason in banning him. He should have stayed on his ground but, he fell, he fell so low that he lost his respect in my eyes !

  138. #138 by khansahab on October 23, 2010 - 2:35 PM

    Musharraf invites opponents for TV debate

    Houston—Former military president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday invited chiefs of opponent political parties for a television debate.

    Addressing at a Pakistani community gathering here, he said that his opponent political parties were talking against him and claimed that Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif had recently transferred almost $ 500 million to his bank account in London.

    He criticized the Nawaz Sharif has possessed assets of about one billion dollar in London, saying the PML-N has suffered in agitations and fears on formulation of APML, adding that “we must return Pakistan before general elections”.

    He said that Nawaz Sharif had constructed motorway even for his benefits and facilities, Pervez Musharraf claimed that most development projects were completed during his (Musharraf) government tenure and if more chance of his government was given then he must complete Kala Bagh dam in the country.

    Musharraf said that conspiracies against him are being hatching by Nawaz Sharif who had failed to gather even almost 100 people against him in London, he added.

  139. #139 by khansahab on October 23, 2010 - 2:36 PM

    Asif withdraws appeal against ICC suspension

    PARIS: The International Cricket Council said Friday that Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Asif had withdrawn his challenge to the provisional suspension handed down last month for alleged match-fixing.

    Teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir have appealed against their own provisional suspensions and their hearings are still set for Dubai on 30 and 31 October.

    “Mohammad Asif confirmed earlier today that he has withdrawn his challenge to the provisional suspension imposed on him on 2 September 2010 pending determination of the charges brought against him under the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code,” the ICC said.

  140. #140 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 23, 2010 - 3:39 PM

    Asif withdrew his appeal because:

    1. Even if the ban is lifted (which is not likely) he won’t be able to play the Pak/SA series because he is not allowed to enter in the UAE.
    2. Reportedly, if he withdraws his appeal, the sentence or the punishment/ban whatever it would be, would be less i.e., in case he appeals and loses.

    The reason the other two did not follow Asif is because, Aamir is likely to get a lesser punishment because of his age and because of what he claimed that he acted upon Salman Butt’s instructions. So, there is a possibility that he might get a favour because of that. Whereas, Salman Butt has no other choice because, he was the captain, the ring leader and, he is not indispensable in the team, anyone can fill his slot. Whereas, Aamir and Asif’s absence is felt in a very obvious manner.

  141. #141 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 23, 2010 - 3:42 PM

    khansahab

    Not only Nawaz Sharif or Zardari but, a person like Yousuf Raza Gillani is joining the leagues of a billionaire, all of them are corrupt and characterless. Its a shame that they are Pakistanis and Muslims. They have set a very bad example of the country and the religion.

  142. #142 by khansahab on October 23, 2010 - 5:36 PM

    First Asma Jehangir, now this guy Ali Salman? Why can’t they make peace with more neutral people like Manmohan Singh?

    ‘Big Boss 4’ evicted Begum wants to have tea with Bal Thackeray

    He was the reason the Shiv Sena staged a protest against ‘Bigg Boss 4’ but reality show’s latest evictee, Pakistani artist Begum Nawazish Ali wants to make peace with party supremo Bal Thackeray. Begum aka Ali Salim, a TV personality, and actress Veena Malik were two Pakistani artistes included on the show, which did not go down well with the Sena.

    His eviction comes within days of the Sena protest. The political party not only protested against the inclusion of Pakistani artistes, but also called for a ‘bandh’ in Lonavala where the show is being shot.

    “I am an entertainer, my job is to entertain. I was doing my job and these people are doing theirs. It did not affect me in anyway as long as I was inside the house, I did not know any of it,” said Ali, who got voted out on Friday.

    “Indian films and Tv channels are extremely popular in Pakistan. Every Pakistani artist wants to come and work here,” said Ali.

    The 20 days he spent locked inside the house without any connection with the outer world also served as an escape from the turbulent times his country is going through.

    “Pakistan is currently festered with problems like floods and terrorist attacks, which depressed me greatly. I wanted to get away from all that,” said Ali.

  143. #143 by khansahab on October 23, 2010 - 5:42 PM

    According to sources Afridi left the training camp in Lahore and went to Karachi, because he was upset with Ijaz Butt due to Butt’s recent behaviour.

    Officially Afridi has given the reason that he went to attend to his sick wife.

  144. #144 by khansahab on October 23, 2010 - 5:45 PM

    PCB forms Integrity Committee, pulls out support for trio

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has picked all its serving employees in the Integrity Committee formed the other day to protect the game’s interest locally.

    At the same time, the Board has pulled out all financial and moral support from the suspended trio and has asked them to make their own travelling arrangements to appear before the International Cricket Council (ICC) investigation team in Qatar at the end of the month.

    Three leading cricketers Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif are currently serving suspensions and have been communicated to seek their own visa arrangements for Qatar and have been asked to pursue their cases on their own.

    The players had already been told not to utilise PCB facilities and refrain from entering the pavilion during any domestic tournaments being played under the PCB.

    It has been learnt that the ICC has taken a serious note of the video footage that shows one or two suspended players very much present in the dressing rooms of teams during the recent Twenty20 Cup in Lahore.

  145. #145 by khansahab on October 23, 2010 - 6:35 PM

    Salman Butt determined to prove innocence

    Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain, has said he is determined to prove his innocence when his appeal against the provisional suspension imposed on him by the ICC is heard in Doha on October 30 and 31. Butt, along with seamers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, was suspended by the ICC for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy during the tour of England this year.

    “We are innocent and have to fight our case on our own,” Salman told Pakistan’s Geo TV. “The first and the foremost thing is to fight this case out and I am eager to do that.”

    The trio has been barred by the PCB from using the facilities at Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy until the spot-fixing scandal is resolved. “The onus is on them [the accusers] to prove,” Butt said. “A player’s career is of 10 to 15 years and if he is suspended it is cut short, so whatever doubts are there we have to remove them.”

    Asif, on Friday, withdrew his appeal against the suspension and will have to wait until the ICC concludes its full hearing – within three months from September 2, the suspension date – before he can apply for it to be lifted. “It may be strategic or maybe because of financial reasons, but he must have taken this decision after consulting with his lawyer,” Butt said of Asif’s decision.

  146. #146 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 23, 2010 - 7:12 PM

    khansahab

    For once I agree with Bal Thackery and Shiv Sena’s comment, calling that Begum Nawazish Ali a BHAND. I fully agree that he is not only a Bhand but, a cheap entertainer who cannot get any attention as a man, wanted to dress up like a woman and I don’t understand why the media and the public gives him so much attention for his cheap antics?

    If that Bhaand feels at home in India (despite being confined in a house for so long) then he should apply for India’s citizenship and stay there. But, I am sure they will kick him out. Asma Jehangir has proved that she can stoop so low that no Pakistani woman can do that i.e., when she went to meet Bal Thackery and sat next to him wearing the same Saffron colour dress and the wooden beads around her neck only to get attention. And, that fellow wanted to prove a point to some bay-ghairat Pakistanis that, “I don’t welcome you guys, but your woman is sitting next to me, dressed like me and wants to get close to me.” Shame on Asma Jehangir, she is a woman of no substance, she is shallow and sickening. She goes for fame out of nothing which only appeals to the West because, she ridicules the religion and why not? She is married to Mr. Jehangir who is an Ahmedi who publicly declared that he is an Ahmedi or Qadiyani whatever.

  147. #147 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 23, 2010 - 7:15 PM

    I am glad that the PCB has asked the trio to go to Qatar at their own expense. Serves them right. Why should the PCB be paying any money for their case? They should dig it out from their own pockets which is full of betting money. You should add one more reason as to why Asif backed out from his appeal. 😀

    Afridi’s case of going to Karachi is genuine and the rumour is just a rumour that he got pissed off by Ijaz Butt. Who doesn’t get pissed off by Ijaz Butt? Ijaz Butt is a sickening old fart and he pisses off everyone all the time.

  148. #148 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 24, 2010 - 3:28 AM

    Younus Khan and his lawyer would be FOOLS if they don’t sue the English newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Here is the link and the news:

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/sport/england-paper-admits-younis-mistake-300

    LAHORE: One of England’s leading newspapers, The Daily Telegraph, has admitted its mistake of incorrectly mentioning former Pakistan captain Younis Khan as being managed by Azhar Majeed, the main character of the infamous spot-fixing scandal which involved three Pakistan players in Lord’s Test last August.

    In a press statement, Younis’ laywer Ahmad Qayyum said: “The Daily Telegraph on Aug 31, 2010, when the scandal broke in the United Kingdom, mentioned that leading Pakistani cricketers including Younis Khan had been managed by Mr Azhar Majeed in his professional capacity as a legitimate agent.

    “Younis Khan, being one of the few Pakistani cricketers who had never been managed by Mr Azhar Majeed, had through his legal counsel Mohammad Ahmad Qayyum issued a notice of defamation to The Daily Telegraph.

    “The Daily Telegraph today, admitting that Younis Khan was not managed by Azhar Majid, corrected the news item. However, it asserted that their mistake was not defamatory as it only said that Mr Azhar Majid was acting as a legal agent and same did not amount to defamation or Younis Khan being linked to the match-fixing scandal.

    “Younis Khan thus stands vindicated but is nevertheless keeping his options open whether to file a suit against The Daily Telegraph for damages or not.” unquote.

    In my opinion this is the point where Younus Khan should really hit the nail on the camel’s back. Strike when the iron is hot, that is what he should do. It is definitely a defamation issue because the intention of The Daily Telegraph was not show Younus Khan as a Messiah or a Savior. There is an expression in Urdu, “Genhoo kay sath ghunn bhi pista hai.” meaning they tried to grind the grain and the stones together. Now, they can defend themselves by saying whatever they want to but, the truth is Younus Khan’s name was used along with others who were reportedly involved in betting through the shady character of Azhar Majeed or Mazhar Majeed whatever.

    How would The Daily Telegraph or the ECB, or the English players have reacted if a Pakistani newspaper had carried out the name of any innocent English player and later apologize as a mistake. They have to pay a price for that because, when they create scandals their newspapers get famous and are sold like hot cakes and they make money. Therefore, if they want to make easy money, then they should pay a price for that. Younus Khan go ahead and sue them for 5 million pound sterling.

  149. #149 by Mohammed Munir on October 24, 2010 - 5:16 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Your comment no. 147 above was interesting and quite informative. I didn’t know the background of Asma Jehangir and her husband.

    I agree, Younis Khan should sue the UK paper and even if nothing else at least he should make them to apologies and humiliate them. Younis should learn a lesson or two from his ideal and hero, Imran Khan, who won a legal battle against Botham and Allan ‘Bakri’.

    One point on Pardais Musharraf and his wishes to have had longer tenor, you have mentioned that, “So, what is wrong in someone hoping or saying, I wish I had stayed for a little longer? Nawaz and Bibi both had 2 tenures and Nawaz is stil aiming for a 3rd”.

    I have said this before that Pardais Musharraf stayed in ‘absolute power’ much longer then two terms each of Nawaz & Bibi. In fact, if one goes in details, I think, Musharraf’s total ruling tenor will be even longer than the combined four tenors, such as two terms of both Nawaz & BB.

    On second thoughts, Musharraf, is one of the longest serving Pakistani Head of the State after Zia-ul-Haq who was in power for 8/9 years.

  150. #150 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 24, 2010 - 7:36 AM

    Munir

    It is not a matter of years but terms. “Kabhee kay din baray, kabhee ki raatain,” I meant to say that both had two chances each whether full term or half term, it is always the second time a person is tested better and that second chance gives them the opportunity to amend their mistakes. Bush Jr. had two chances and the second one proved that it was worst than the first one. 😀

    Zia and Ayub both got only one chance, Ayub got booted out after 10 years the so-called “A decade of success,” and Zia got blown up after 8-9 years. ZA Bhutto lasted for about 5 1/2 years. Anyways, it doesn’t matter its not important. However, if Musharraf comes to power, it would be a historic achievement. Because, the second time if comes to power it would be through democratic process, a feat no general has ever achieved, so it is a difficult journey for Musharraf but, not a mission impossible.

    18 years ago I desperately wanted Imran Khan to become the President of Pakistan or the PM (whichever is the supreme post) but, now I have my doubts about him. Even if he comes into power (everything is possible in Pakistan) he would be a dictator or an administrator but, not a leader and that means nothing to me. In his party there is no one – but him.

  151. #151 by Mohammed Munir on October 24, 2010 - 8:45 AM

    This below is a useful site, giving details of US Debts.

    http://usdebtclock.org/

  152. #152 by khansahab on October 24, 2010 - 1:17 PM

    The following has been pasted from Pakpassion. A site visitor outlines what conversation he had with Yawar Saeed recently:


    Exclusive: Met Yawar Saeed today, he spills the beans

    I was at the Lahore Gymkhana Club today to have lunch, and as I entered, I saw Yawar Saeed about to leave with his wife. The following is the detail of the short conversation I had with him:

    Me: “Assalamalikum sir”

    Yawar: “Walaikumsalam”

    Me: “Sir what do you think of the spot fixing scandal, are the players guilty?”

    Yawar: “Ehi kam e ena da. Hun bhugtan” (Roughly translated: this is what they do. They should suffer the consequences now.

    Me: So you’re saying they’re guilty?!

    Yawar:*rudely* “Well I said what I had to say *walks off*

  153. #153 by khansahab on October 24, 2010 - 1:28 PM

    Musharraf fit to be murdered, says fatwa

    Islamabad: Adding to woes of Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, a group of religious scholars has issued a ‘fatwa’ declaring him “fit to be murdered” while a petition filed in the Supreme Court has sought registration of a high treason case against him.

    The fatwa or edict was issued by a group of politicians and religious scholars during a meeting in Quetta on Saturday, declaring Musharraf, who is preparing to return to Pakistani political arena, ‘wajibul qatal’ (fit to be murdered).

    It was issued over the assassination of Baloch nationalist leaders Nawab Akbar Bugti and Nawabzada Balach Marri and the 2007 military operation against a seminary linked to Islamabad’s Lal Masjid.

    The meeting was organised by the Jamhoori Watan Party and presided over by its chief Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, the son of Nawab Akbar Bugti.

  154. #154 by khansahab on October 24, 2010 - 2:49 PM

    BCCI denies getting report on Raina

    The Indian cricket board Sunday rubbished a media report that it was told by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that Suresh Raina was with a woman allegedly linked to an illegal bookmaker during the Sri Lanka tour.

    The Sunday Times reported that the Sri Lankans submitted a report to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stating Raina accompanied the woman who was known to be an associate of a man linked to a bookmaker.

    The discovery was made by CCTV cameras installed at the Indian team hotel in Sri Lanka.

    According to the report, BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan’s reaction led to the International Cricket Council launching a probe investigation into the matter.

    Srinivasan influenced the SLC to withdraw the report, the paper said.

    ‘The ICC investigation … is believed to be looking into why the Sri Lankans shared the report with the BCCI first when under ICC anti-corruption rules it should have gone straight to the world governing body,’ the newspaper quoted ICC sources as saying.

  155. #155 by khansahab on October 24, 2010 - 3:18 PM

    Pakistan board had its doubts

    PAKISTAN officials were warned before their team’s ill-fated series against England that half of their squad had links to illegal bookmakers.

    The claims, made by former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman General Tauqir Zia, will be aired on tonight’s edition of Four Corners (8.30pm, ABC1) as part of an investigation into match fixing.

    Zia said the PCB, of which he was chairman from 1999-2003, was told before the team played against Australia and England in England in July and August that the International Cricket Council had noticed irregularities in the SMS accounts of six or seven players.

    “They were warned,” Zia said. “The Pakistan Cricket Board should have been very careful. The Pakistan management, the manager, and everybody should have been careful.

    “I have been told…that six, seven players they ought to be careful because they (the ICC) have seen their connections or read their SMS’s.”

    During his time at the helm of Pakistan cricket Zia was approached to select a player who allegedly rigged games.

    “I was a serving army officer and there’s a gentleman who rings me up and said “so and so should be included in the team because he fixes matches and we get money.

    “So I said you are threatening a man in uniform…you go to hell and that man is not going to be put in the team. And he never was included in the side.”

    Ijaz Butt, the 72-year-old chairman of Pakistan cricket, is heavily criticised in the program by former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson who said it was a “great shock” that Butt was given the job.

    “There was lots of speculation who would get the job. Ijaz Butt was not one who was mentioned because people just thought that would be too ridiculous,” Lawson said.

    “He had been on the board on a committee I had attended and I thought “here is a senile old duffer.” I had to restrain myself from laughing at committee meetings at which he spoke. So I just discounted him completely.”

    The International Cricket Council has requested all players sign an anti-corruption declaration as part of an attempt to ensure the game’s integrity.

    “Such a declaration is intended to serve as an important reminder of the spirit in which the game is meant to be played, the importance of its integrity and their roles and responsibilities in this regard,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

  156. #156 by Mohammed Munir on October 25, 2010 - 10:59 AM

    The ICC investigation … is believed to be looking into why the Sri Lankans shared the report with the BCCI first when under ICC anti-corruption rules it should have gone straight to the world governing body, the newspaper quoted ICC sources as saying.

    Don’t the stupid ICC guys know that Sri Lankan Cricket Board is “OWNED” by BCCI, that why. 😆

  157. #157 by Mohammed Munir on October 25, 2010 - 11:36 AM

    These are the All Times Best of the Best World XIs (3 teams) …

    The World XI:
    Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards, Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Malcolm Marshall, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Dennis Lillee.

    The Second XI:
    Sunil Gavaskar, Barry Richards, George Headley, Brian Lara, Wally Hammond, Imran Khan, Alan Knott, Bill O’Reilly, Fred Trueman, Muttiah Muralitharan, SF Barnes.

    Readers’ XI:
    Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Garry Sobers, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath.

    PS: Only two Pakistanis Imran Khan & Wasim Akram could make it to the finals.

  158. #158 by khansahab on October 25, 2010 - 6:04 PM

    Munir sahab

    I consider Waqar to be a better bowler than Wasim, Waqar was right handed, at his peak he was better than Wasim at his peak.

    If Waqar did not stay out of cricket half his career due to injuries he would have had many more wickets than Wasim.

  159. #159 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 25, 2010 - 11:56 PM

    “I am agree” avec khansahab bakaoz, Waqar has 416 wickets in ODI’s from 262 matches, whereas Wasim has 502 wickets from 356 ODI’s. Which means Wasim took 86 wickets more wickets than Waqar while he played 94 matches more than Waqar. Is it not possible that Waqar would have taken one wicket in each match for the 94 matches? I am sure he would have taken more than one. Even at one wicket per match for the next 94 matches, he would have been ahead of Wasim by 8 wickets. Kullo Jo Kalna Hai. 😀

    The only reason they praise Wasim is because he was a left arm bowler. Or, they talk about his short run up and what not, but no one talks about Waqar’s accuracy and his toe crushing yorkers. Waqar is perhaps the only bowler whose percentage of wickets in terms of clean bowled is the highest. Others swing wide balls out side the off stump, nicked and got out in the slips or behind the wickets. When Waqar used to reverse swing, he used knock the stumps out.

  160. #160 by Mohammed Munir on October 26, 2010 - 9:45 AM

    I agree with both of you (Khansahab & Javed Khan), with regards to Wasim and Waqar, and below is my logic for that.

    Wasim Akram:

    Tests – 104 and have 414 wickets @ 3.98 per match.
    ODIs – 356 and have 502 wickets @ 1.41 per match.

    Waqar Younis:

    Tests – 87 and have 373 wickets @ 4.28 per match.
    ODIs – 262 and have 416 wickets @ 1.58 per match.

    Simple as it may look, but it shows why Waqar was better. However, since Wasim came from Lahore, he was taken by Imran Khan under his wings and was provided by more opportunities. While Waqar was always treated as an ‘outsider’ not only because he came from a small city and not Lahore, but also because he lived his early life outside Pakistan (in UAE and Sharjah to be exact).

  161. #161 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 26, 2010 - 10:17 AM

    Thank you Munir for once you have agreed to agree. 😀

  162. #162 by Pawan on October 26, 2010 - 12:17 PM

    A point in favor of Wasim was that he looks to me more intelligent in the sense that he could out-fox the top order batsmen more often than Waqar who had toe crushing yorkers which are unplayable to the tail-enders mostly…

  163. #163 by khansahab on October 26, 2010 - 5:14 PM

    Pawan

    But toe crushers meant Waqar did not provide the batsmen with “a room” because batsmen look for “a room”.

  164. #164 by khansahab on October 26, 2010 - 5:14 PM

    Munir sahab

    I am agree with you that Waqar lived in UAE. He himself said,

    “I live in UAE for 2 years and I never seen a rain

  165. #165 by khansahab on October 26, 2010 - 5:41 PM

    Pathetic performance by Pakistan. The decision to exclude Fawad Alam backfired.

    A lot of people will praise Misbah, but he wasted a lot of balls and if he had started his aggression earlier Pakistan could have scored 140+.

    Terrible batting by him and all other batsmen.

  166. #166 by khansahab on October 26, 2010 - 6:29 PM

    Younis capable of delivering against South Africa: Rashid Latif

    KARACHI, Oct. 26 (APP): Former Pakistan Captain Rashid Latif has said that Younis Khan would be under pressure. However, he is capable of delivering in the series against South Africa.“Younis is an experienced batsman and with a better environments in Pakistan team now, can return to his best with passage of time,” he told APP in an interview here on Tuesday.“Things are much better in the national team and there is no captaincy race and not many problems within the team,” he commented.“It’s even difficult to do well in club or first class cricket when you are coming back in international cricket after eight months,” he said.

    “But having the experience, will and mental toughness, Younis will cross all these hurdles,” the mentor of former Pakistan Captain Younis hoped. “He (Younis may have some anxious but he will come good within few matches,” he added.
    32-year-old Younis Khan is staging a comeback in Pakistan team after nearly an eight month having played One-day International series against Australia in Australia in January.
    He dispelled the impression that Younis Khan tendered an apology to Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt before being inducted in the team.
    “I can assure you Younis never tendered an apology but gave due respect to Ijaz Butt being PCB Chairman. Its now history and we should now look forward to better show from Pakistan team,” he maintained.
    “Has Younis been invited by PCB Chairman earlier the things could have settled a few months ago,” Rashid Latif stressed.
    He expressed the hope that the return of Younis Khan will serve the interest of Pakistan cricket and bring results in all brands of cricket.
    He said like Younis Khan, he also was forced to leave cricket for some time after match-fixing controversy during the Pakistan team to Zimbabwe in 1995. “Actually like Younis, I suffered for speaking the truth,” he said.
    Rashid Latif said he had good time as chief Coach of Afghanistan cricket team and suggested holding of One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in the gap before the World Cup.
    “ODI home series against Afghanistan will benefit Pakistan to revive international cricket in the country,” he believed.

  167. #167 by khansahab on October 26, 2010 - 6:33 PM

    Pakistan have an edge over Proteas: former selectors

    KARACHI: Former Pakistani selectors believe that the tainted Pakistan cricket team would have an edge over their South African counterparts in the series opener, having a home-like advantage in UAE and a squad — good for the shortest format of the game.

    “Pakistan would have an edge over South Africa as the team have some good players for the T20 format. They would certainly have a home-ground like advantage such as weather, low pitches and especially the crowd,” former selector Salahuddin Sallu said.

    He said that the T20 skipper Shahid Afridi is a fighting captain and lead the team from the front.

    “I think the team should leave behind all the scandals that has haunted them. They should concentrate on the matches. They should know that that their good performance in Dubai and Abu Dhabi would serve as atonement,” Salahuddin said.

    He further said that the South Africans would be a better Test side as they have an effective amalgamation of concentration, dedication and application of skills — highly required for the exhaustive Test format.

    “In ODIs both the teams would have equal chances of winning,” said Sallu.

    He further said that the team would miss the tainted trio of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt in the series and also former skipper Shoaib Malik.

    “Certainly they were among the top players of the country and the captain would certainly will not be having the players, who his recent predecessors had. Shoaib Malik is also not there. So it would not be a difficult tour overall,” said Sallu.

    Meanwhile, former Pakistani spin legend and an ex-selector, Abdul Qadir said that both the teams seem to be equally poised and only the first match would unfold the true strength of the teams.

    “It is difficult to foretell who turn ought to be a better side tomorrow. The South Africans have recently thrashed Zimbabwe. However, weather, pitch and the crowd would certainly be favouring Pakistan. So it is difficult to predict,” Qadir said.

    He said that the presence of Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan would help the side in Tests, however, they are not good for T20.

    “I heard that Younis is interested in playing in the T20 matches as well. But that would not be good for the side as he would only slow down the run-rate. However, he would be a good choice for the Test matches,” Qadir said.

    Qadir criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the selectors for announcing T20 squad before the National T20 Cup. “That was certainly a blunder and they have to admit it by selecting Shahzaib Hasan and Wahab Riaz for the T20 squad. No where in the world such thing happens that team is selected before a domestic competition.”

  168. #168 by khansahab on October 26, 2010 - 6:52 PM

    Pakistan bowlers lost concentration and have now given far too many runs.

    Only Akhtar and Hafeez bowled well. Afridi should have persisted with Hafeez if he was exerting the pressure.

    Afridi has just conceded a 4 and 6 in one over, this might be the turning point.

  169. #169 by khansahab on October 26, 2010 - 7:22 PM

    Pakistan has lost 4 out of last 6 T20’s. I have pointed the following out, but notice the same reasons for defeat:

    1. Razzaq is too expensive, he should stop bowling

    2. Ajmal is brought too late into the attack

    3. Irrespective of how well Hafeez is bowling, he is removed after 2 initial overs

    4. Gul is brought too late into the attack and when he is being brought into the attack for his 2nd spell, Pakistan is already in a position of defeat

    5. Afridi and Ajmal are both bowling badly. Ajmal has lost his variation and can’t get his line right, whereas Afridi is doing nothing right.

  170. #170 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 26, 2010 - 7:53 PM

    This is what MISFIT UL HAQ does is in the team. This is how he improves his average by remaining not out and in the end people only see averages and not the situation in which one has to play. Misbah was a negative influence in the team, he came and kept missing or blocking the balls. Earlier he scored only 6 runs in 15 balls. His six improved his strike rate which is still way below par. I dunno why he is in the T20 team? Fawad Alam should have been in his place or Farhat’s place, both Misbah and Farhat are useless players.

    Afridi is such a Ch2So4 that he cannot control his aggression. What was the need to try out hitting only sixes when he had already hit two consecutive sixes? He lacked foot work on that ball and Botha was intelligent enough to bowl slightly wide and Afridi as predicted skied the ball and got out. Had he stayed for at least 3-4 more overs the game would have been different. Scoring 25 in 7 balls is very good but, it is stupid to keep hitting every ball for a six. His bowling was below par, I agree with khansahab that Hafeez should have been persisted. Anyways, with wickets in hand SA were very comfortable in the end and scored easily.

  171. #171 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 26, 2010 - 7:58 PM

    Pawan

    Waqar used to bowl in tandem with Wasim and used to get wickets equally well, he was more deadly in his second spell because he used to reverse the ball more than Wasim. I remember watching 2 ODI’s between SA and PK in SA and in both matches Pakistan scored around 160 which was very low for a 50 over match and, SA were something like 130 for 4 and then they were all out in 150’s in both matches. None of their middle order or tail-enders stood in front of Waqar and Wasim they both took 4-5 wickets each. You may call Wasim as cunning rather than intelligent 😀 but, Waqar is more accurate and straightforward.

  172. #172 by M. Y. Kasim on October 26, 2010 - 9:34 PM

    Well, Inever expected Pakistan to win this match or any on the tour, but the way they played was simply criminal.

    Everybody tried to outdo Afridi, nobody seemed to know how to build a partnership.
    You must give credit where it is due, Misbah showed to his team-mates how important it is to play sensibly.

    Shahid Afridi has been an akhrot, he is an akhrot and will forever remain an akhrot 😀

    Never in the history of cricket any Chairman or President of any cricket board been
    travelling with the team to give “Moral Support” or extend “Fatherly Guidance.”
    Only this M. F. been enjoying and/or abusing this privilege.

    Another point. Why Younus Khan been selected and is with the team and some third-class players were in the playing XI?

    Despite my decision not to follow this team, I know I wiil be sitting and waiting for the game to start tomorrow 😀

  173. #173 by khansahab on October 26, 2010 - 10:02 PM

    Kasim sahab

    I agree with everything you said except your comment on Misbah. There is no predetermined agenda to criticise him. He wasted a lot of balls earlier on. Being a senior player and captain of the Test team he should have played more responsibly.

    Shoaib Malik and Misbah have adopted this policy that they will play defensively until the very last over or overs, and then they will try and slog so that if they get out, people forgive them for trying to slog at the last moment. The alternative is not to play like Afridi, but if you are a senior player you can’t play selfishly like that.

  174. #174 by Pawan on October 26, 2010 - 11:14 PM

    Javed,

    You are right.. I should have probably written ‘cunning’ instead of ‘intelligent to distinguish between Wasim and Waqar. Both were and are intelligent. No doubt both were great fast bowlers and will forever remain an inspiration to the budding bowlers.

  175. #175 by Pawan on October 26, 2010 - 11:23 PM

    Khansahab, Javed

    Pakistan were pathetic today. It felt like they were in deep sleep and the Afrikans woke them up from their slumber. It looked like we were watching an IPL match where result wasn’t so consequential. Pak used to be one of the exciting teams to watch out for in a T20 match. But lately there doesn’t seem to be that much excitement. I dunno why. Politiks has really destroyed Pak team I guess. Afridi is slowly becoming ala Flintoff for Pak. I was gonna say drop Afridi, but then who will play instead of him? There is really no one and the cupboard is really empty this time. Mohd Asif and Mohd Amer had brought back the excitement in bolwing dept, but since they left, it has started to look like Ind bowling.

    I am waiting for the ODI’s between Pak and SAF to begin and also for the tests between NZ and Ind. Wanna see the gora NZ being bashed, hehe.

  176. #176 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 27, 2010 - 12:36 AM

    Pawan

    Yes the Pak cricket team looked very delusional today and the reason is the team is full of mediocre and useless players. Tomorrow they should drop Imran Farhat for sure and get in Fawad Alam. Also, there is no need for Misbah, if Younus Khan is in the UAE he should be in the team for sure he would be better than Misbah in batting and fielding department.

    Abdul Razzaq played a pathetic shot, it was a nothing shot he simply missed the line and got clean bowled. I dunno whether they will play him or Abdul Wahab but in ODI for sure Wahab will play. I agree that the Pak bowling attack without Asif and Aamir looks like Indian bowling attack with Akhtar trying to bowl his full quota of 4 overs like an exhausted Bull who worked hard in the company of youngsters and trying to cope up with others but his diminishing energy and stamina is quite visible.

    The opener Shahzaib Hasan Khan has never delivered when it is required from him and Chota Akmal has lost his magical balls. He is constantly getting out under twenty. There is nothing spectacular about him anymore.

  177. #177 by Google on October 27, 2010 - 3:04 PM

    I wouldn’t say it was Afridi’s fault as far as batting is concerned. Misbah slowed the momentum and everybody got out playing around him.

    When Afridi hits, it goes for a six and everybody gets excited. But that also means he’ll miss a few times. He played well overall, considering the team made a very low total.

  178. #178 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 27, 2010 - 3:40 PM

    Good to see you back Goo-Gul. 😀

    We haven’t blamed Afridi for poor show, but he should have slowed down a bit after hitting those two consecutive sixes. And, yes we criticized Misbah because he is such a pathetic player who plays for himself, that is why he has not been able to succeed in the international cricket. They must drop him today and play Fawad Alam instead. The problem is he has been made captain of the test side and they try to show some respect for that, and may not drop him. So, they must drop Farhat for sure, he is a big time liability and a negative impact for the team. Let us see the match is about to start in 20 minutes from now.

  179. #179 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 5:34 PM

    I have said this many times, Misbah and Malik are destroying Pakistan cricket by playing like this always.

    His strike rate was less than 100 yet again, he played more than 30 balls. He came early in this match yet he did not accelerate well.

    I don’t know why people can’t notice this. Poor, selfish and pathetic batting. In T20 you need to take more risks. Misbah is a senior player, he is not like U Akmal or Alam who can be excused for trying to cement their places in the team.

  180. #180 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 5:43 PM

    Afridi’s captaincy is not working in T20. I think the return of Misbah is detrimental to the team atmosphere.

    Afridi manages to stay in the team because if his bowling does not work, his batting works. That is his quality, he is a useful all round player. But, as a captain he has shown many flaws.

    Misbah must be kicked out, Razzaq should not bowl and Pakistan must play better fielders.

    Shahzaib Hasan can’t play with the same confidence as he does in domestic cricket for some reason. I think this is the end of his T20 career.

  181. #181 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 5:44 PM

    Look at Razzaq’s pathetic batting. If Razzaq plays like this, so slow and so timid, how can you expect other batsmen to play?

  182. #182 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 5:57 PM

    Confident Asif eyes World Cup comeback

    Karachi: Pakistan’s controversial fast bowler Mohammad Asif is confident of playing in the 2011 World Cup despite the pending allegations of spot-fixing and the International Cricket Council’s suspension.
    Asif on Tuesday said he was confident that he would get cleared of all allegations and suspensions by the time the World Cup was played in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

    “I optimistically see myself playing in the World Cup despite all the recent problems. That is why I am training regularly and keeping myself very fit,” said Asif, who also got married in late September.
    The pacer, who was provisionally suspended by the ICC anti-corruption unit on September 2 in the wake of spot-fixing allegations, said, “Playing in the World Cup remains and I am keen to play in the coming tournament and I am confident I can successfully get these allegations and suspensions removed.”
    Asif surprised the cricket world last week by withdrawing his appeal against the provisional suspension by the ICC which had already scheduled a hearing in Doha later this month.
    But Asif maintained he wanted to not only challenge the suspension but also the spot fixing allegations against him.
    “We are going for a full hearing into the spot fixing allegations against me and this suspension which I think the ICC has ratify in December or remove it if they can’t confirm the charges against me,” he said.
    He indicated that the ICC had also charged him with intentionally bowling a no-ball in the fourth Test against England at Lords.

  183. #183 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 6:24 PM

    Afridi is bowling very well, he also lost his temper on one fielder and then Misbah whose throw was a little lacking.

    Look at Smith, what a great batsman he is, he can play any form of cricket.

    Umar Akmal has just dropped a catch off Afridi, Pakistan’s fielding is what makes them a shit team.

  184. #184 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 6:28 PM

    Hafeez under Afridi looks like a changed player, his bowling is near perfect and he is a decent fielder.

    I wonder when Ajmal will come into the attack.

  185. #185 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 6:42 PM

    Excellent bowling by Afridi.

  186. #186 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 6:45 PM

    Excellent keeping by Zulqernain, SA under pressure now.

  187. #187 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 6:57 PM

    Duminy is a class player, he is the Jooaid Miandad of the SA team. Pakistan need to get him out if they want to win this

  188. #188 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 7:01 PM

    Tired bull Shoaib Akhtar bowled 2 shit balls and Pakistan have lost the match.

  189. #189 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 27, 2010 - 8:05 PM

    Yeah, the first ball Akhtar bowled was a wide then the second one went for a six and then he bowled a full toss that went for a four, the momentum changed from there and the pressure was on Pakistan again. Afridi bowled very well, had Akmal held the catch of Smith earlier that would have added more pressure on the SA team. Afridi’s batting was pathetic today, he came with the intention of blocking and taking singles and then suddenly there was a rush of blood and he miscued the hit and got out, pathetic. He acknowledged it at the post match speech and said, I dunno why I played that shot? Yesterday when he was out he regretted playing that shot. What is the point of regretting or crying over the split milk? You have to be determined not to repeat mistakes, but that is not Pakistan’s nature. They keep repeating the same mistakes again and again.

    Misbah came at number 4 and stayed till almost the end and he scored his first 2 runs in 10 balls what a pathetic player he is and on a personal level if one sees the scorecard one might say he played well. But, that is not what is expected from him. I wonder why the PCB rejected Afridi and Waqar’s request for Malik? He is definitely better than Misbah in T20, anyways its over now. They lost both matches in similar fashion.

    Shahzaib is a useless player like Imran Farhat and they both must be kicked out. Hafeez has started bowling well but his spot to bat at no.3 is not the right one he should come at number 7 because, when the openers get out cheaply Hafeez scores 15-20 runs and joins them, so by the end of the power play in six overs even if they are 35 for 3 that is very negative. According to statistics if a team loses first 3 wickets in six overs, with 30-35 runs on board, 95% of the time they have lost the match.

  190. #190 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 27, 2010 - 8:08 PM

    Misbah got Umar Akmal run out, he played the shot and shouted for a TWO and Umar Akmal being young and quick took the turn and ran almost half the pitch when Misbah turned and saw the ball and said NO, by that time it was too late, the throw came in right into the keeper’s glove and he was well short of the crease.

  191. #191 by khansahab on October 27, 2010 - 9:15 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I think it is time Razzaq gets his due criticism, he is one of the most senior players but the rate at which he does something special with bat or ball is very low.

    Afridi is a senior player too but at least he bowled his heart out in today’s match. The biggest culprits this series have been Misbah and Razzaq. Pakistan is still living in the 80s and early 90s when fielding standards were lax and inconsistency in players was more acceptable. Cricket is so competitive now that players like Razzaq and Misbah can not compete with the Morkels, the Smiths and the Duminys.

  192. #192 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 28, 2010 - 12:03 AM

    khansahab

    Smith and Kallis are like a Bull and a Bison, they are heavy bulky yet they are very energetic and score good runs whereas our desi Bhainsa Akhtar starts haanping and kaanping after 4 overs. But, you are right Abdul Razzaq despite being fit is very, very lethargic and clumsy and same is with Misbah both are getting old and unfit. Saeed Ajmal is 33 and he too fields extremely poorly and drops many catches. But, what to do with a problem like Farhat? He is young, not bulky yet he is one of the sloppiest fielders around. You can discount Yousuf because he is over the hill and he never was a good fielder but, he compensated his decencies by his excellent batting which is now questionable due to age and lack of form.

    Zulqarnain Haider was good behind the stumps at times he was jumping and falling in front of the wickets, he was showing a lot of enthusiasm and displayed good energy, if he can bat in the shorter format, then Kamran’s chances of coming back as a keeper are very slim he can only come as an opener then i.e., if Shahzaib and Farhat are removed. I dunno why they didn’t play Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam in T20, both are full of energy and vitality. They both must get chances in ODI’s because if they get opportunities now then there is a chance for them to be able to cement a place in the World Cup 2011. Younus Khan will be back in the ODI’s for sure.

  193. #193 by Mohammed Munir on October 28, 2010 - 4:02 AM

    Ibtada-e-Ishq Hai Rota Hai Kiya
    Aagay Aagay Dhaikhiye Hota Hai Kiya ❓ 😆

  194. #194 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 28, 2010 - 6:18 AM

    Sabz hoti hee nahee yae sir zameen
    Tukhm-e-khowahish dil may tu bota hai kya?

  195. #195 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 28, 2010 - 6:38 AM

    At the moment, without their ace fast bowler Dale Steyn South Africa too is not that great in the bowling department but, the way Pakistanis played Tsotsobe and Rusty Theron and gave away wickets in a silver platter makes them look like great bowlers. Also, Johan Botha is not a dangerous spin bowler like Warne, Murali, Saqlain etc., he is just an average off spinner and whenever he came to bowl it is Pakistan’s unplanned batting combined with SA’s exceptional fielding that made him look dangerous.

    I am 100% sure that in a big tournament with Asif and Aamir in the team, Pakistan can beat SA in T20 like they did in London during the second T20 WC when they won the cup. The chokers tag is perpetual and calling SA the best T20 side in the world is a folly.

    After seeing Imran Farhat’s perpetual pathetic performance people are beginning to wonder whether the PCB is too harsh on Imran Nazir? Also, in my opinion Shoaib Malik must be taken in place of Misbah who is a misfit for this version of the game.

  196. #196 by khansahab on October 28, 2010 - 6:44 PM

    Munir Sharjabaadi

    Ibtida, Intiha, Iftida, Irtiza
    Kahan hai bhala I am agree ka raasta?
    Haseenaon ki kami nahi is jahan mai Ashaqon
    Ay Khansahab! Tu kissi larki sey dil milaa…….

  197. #197 by khansahab on October 28, 2010 - 6:49 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Sabz mai doobi uss ki yeh haseen aakhen

    Ghoongat mai pee loon uss ki naseem saansein

    Shaam key andharay mai kabootar boley

    I am agree toh bol ja, ishq ki kar lein baatein?

  198. #198 by khansahab on October 28, 2010 - 6:55 PM

    There is a rumour Afridi wants to drop Farhat and Misbah and play Fawad and Shafiq, but he is under pressure from the team management.

    How true could this be?

  199. #199 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 28, 2010 - 9:44 PM

    This is true that Afridi wants to include Fawad and Shafiq and drop Farhat and Mishab and the team management is saying, “I am agree, NAAT” 😀

    There is always Pakticks in Pakastan and the TAP BRASS is controlled by Butt SAAB.

    Assee Misbah no select kitta see tay una noo saaray maychon ich khilao BUS whore koi gull nai kero.

    Therefore, Misbah will play in ALL three formats….. according to them, he is the TAAP sACorer in both thee mayches.

    As regards Imran Farhat, Ilyas is going to create CHAOS in the PCB if his son in law is dropped. So, he too will play, Afridi di daal nai galni aye ! 😀

  200. #200 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 29, 2010 - 9:39 AM

    Mohsin Khan the chief selector of Pakistan cricket team cannot do his job properly, cannot handle the immediate problems but, he keeps blabbering in front of the media about things that are “to happen” in the future. His recent blab is, “I do hope Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamir will be successful in getting their provisional suspension lifted. And if the ICC removes the suspension we will seek a NOC from the PCB to immediately consider their cases for national selection, Mohsin told Dawn on Thursday. “In the end a decision in the best interest of Pakistan cricket will be taken.”

    The current problem on hand is, the fair selection of the team from the available squad that is in Abu Dhabi and not what he is going to do in the near future. He should think of choosing the right combo for the ODI and must pursue the PCB to drop Farhat and Misbah and include Fawad Alam and Asad Shafiq in the team. Both players Farhat and Misbah are not suitable for this format, Farhat for his total failure and Misbah because of his age he must retire and give “a room” for the youngsters. The aim should be to groom these players for the 2011 WC and not rely on old horses like Misbah or a failed cricketer like Farhat.

  201. #201 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 29, 2010 - 9:47 AM

    Pakistan must bat first if they win the toss, I know they have lost the two T20 matches after winning the toss and batting first, but that was due to their own stupidities, the team batting first has a definite advantage especially Pakistan team which is under pressure can bat freely if they bat first. If they bat second and they have a total of 260 in front of them, they will be under more pressure. Therefore, Afridi must not change his mind batting first if he wins the toss.

    Asad Shafiq is likely to play today and they are not dropping Misbah. Farhat is also playing and opening the innings with Hafiz. The only change is Shahzaib Hasan Khan out, Asad Shafiq in.

  202. #202 by khansahab on October 29, 2010 - 5:25 PM

    Afridi should not have dropped U Akmal as a matter of principle. U Akmal is not in form, but deserves to stay in the team to cement his place. His attitude is questionable but I think Afridi took an emotional decision.

    Misbah should be dropped, not Akmal.

  203. #203 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 29, 2010 - 6:37 PM

    khansahab

    It is team politics, Afridi cannot drop Misbah because of Misbah’s seniority and his backing from Ijaz Butt, the reason U Akmal was dropped is number one he is a junior and no. 2 he has been failing a lot, if you look at his scores in the past he has performed very poorly. So, Asad and Fawad were given a chance but, both could not avail. Except for the lone partnership of Hafeez and Younus everyone else batted shamefully, the worst of all is Afridi. He keep saying that he will play sensibly but the moment he is on the ground with a bat in his hand his brain drains out. He bowled well but, that is not enough, he should score at least 50-60 runs in each match.

    Zulqarnain Haider dropped Smith’s catch of the bowling off Afridi but that made no difference because, Smith left the field the next moment. Pakistan played very poorly, they looked no match to SA in any department. After 140/1 they lost 9 wickets for 62 runs. Its a shame. The moment Hafeez was out, everyone started to come and go like its a kinda ritual.

  204. #204 by Google on October 29, 2010 - 7:56 PM

    Just a clarification:

    The views of Allama Iqbal that I earlier cited aren’t mine. It was a mistake on my part in the sense that I am not qualified to translate them.

  205. #205 by khansahab on October 29, 2010 - 8:25 PM

    Proteas suspected fixing in 2007 Pak tour: Arthur

    Johannesburg:Former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has made a shock revelation that they suspected match-fixing when Pakistan lost a one-dayer against them in Lahore in 2007.

    Arthur went public with his revelation when Pakistan and South Africa have just started a one-day series in Abu Dhabi.

    Arthur’s revelation can be found in his soon-to-be released biography ‘Taking The Mickey’ but he spoke about it in an interview with South African website Sport24.

    Talking about the 2007 series, which they won 3-2, Arthur said they suspected match-fixing when Pakistan lost decisive ODI from an advantageous position.

    “There was a strong suspicion of match-fixing and it took some of the gloss off the series win,” Arthur told Sport24.

    We did not have any proof, but when you have been involved in the game long enough, you know when something is not right. How else do you explain a batting side needing only 40 runs with 7 wickets in hand, and then losing,” he added.

    Chasing 234 to win, Pakistan were positioned comfortably at 149 for two but went on to lose the match and the series.

    Arthur’s comments have come at a time when three Pakistani cricketers have been suspended by International Cricket Council (ICC) on spot-fixing allegations.

    Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were suspended after a British tabloid claimed that they took bribes to bowl deliberately no-balls in the Lord’s Test.

    Arthur also predicted easy win for South Africa in the five-match one-day series against Pakistan.

    Pakistan are at an absolute low and I can’t see us having any trouble beating them. Our real test will come when we play against India at home at the end of the year,” Arthur, who is now coach of Western Australia, said.

  206. #206 by khansahab on October 29, 2010 - 8:47 PM

    Afridi has to give results: Malik

    Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik feels Shahid Afridi has to deliver as a captain and make the most of the opportunity that has been given to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “I always supported him and believe he has the experience to do well but he will have to deliver positive results and grab the opportunity that was given to him to lead the country,” Malik was quoted as saying by ESPNSTAR.com.

    Malik hopes for a chance to represent Pakistan in the World Cup.

    “It is a dream for every cricketer to play for one’s country in the World Cup and I believe I am still good enough to represent Pakistan for many more years. I will be delighted to get the opportunity. In order to perform, it is very important to have the unstinted faith of the captain,” he said.

    Asked about Pakistan’s chances in the World Cup, Malik said: “We have a talented bunch of players and the Pakistani team can never be written off, particularly in one-day cricket. Pakistan has had a very strong batting line-up but at the moment, the batsmen are struggling to translate talent into performance at the highest level.

    “Recently, we have not had the benefit of playing too much cricket on the placid wickets, which are generally found in the sub-continent. Our bowlers have performed better in the prevailing conditions that have favoured them more in countries like England.”

  207. #207 by khansahab on October 29, 2010 - 9:11 PM

    Needed: instant change at the helm

    Aamir Sohail

    Ijaz Butt has been the talk of the cricketing world of late and has managed to attract so much contempt through his leadership that one does not find an example in the entire history of the sport.
    To become a leader, one must be intelligent and have common sense, in order to solve the complexities of the tasks on hand. A leader should be energetic and committed, maintain contact with the people under him and understand their strengths and weaknesses. Also, while many other qualities exist, a leader should get the cue as to the likely line of a wise action.
    There is no doubt in my mind that the chairman has the required credentials, having held the posts of secretary of the cricket board, chairman selectors manager of the Pakistan team and the Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) president.
    However, his tenure in the office has raised a number of questions about his ability to perform as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). When he took over, he was member of the governing board and was very vocal about certain actions of the previous chairman. However, he does not have the vision to improve the functioning of the PCB.
    Ijaz is a good critic with no vision or ability to set the wrong right. It is the burden of responsibility that can easily unnerve anybody who is not capable of holding it with grace and dignity. He probably did not realise the intensity of the organisation he was taking charge of. In the PCB, you have to be on your mark at all times to face the cricket-loving people of this country.
    Besides, in the absence of any diplomatic skills, he not only spoiled relations with other cricketing nations, but also asked for trouble from the sport’s governing body. While Pakistan cricket sank, so did its image.
    Pakistan has always played a vital role as a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and has enjoyed the respect of its member countries. During the last two years, however, the current PCB management has fared poorly when it comes to maintaining its relations with its counterparts but also the ICC.
    Major reasons include poor management, inability to handle burning issues like the spot-fixing allegations and non compliance with the ICC’s Code of Conduct as well as disrespect to other member countries’ opinion and stance.
    There is a dire need to redeem our image and we must regain our lost status. Issuance of the charge-sheet by the ICC is not only insulting but it also undermines our ability to handle affairs.
    Neither the current PCB management nor the senior staff has the capacity to react with the required diligence and acumen to satisfy the ICC and other member countries.
    We need someone who has the experience of handling the PCB affairs gracefully, professionally and someone who has earned respect for Pakistan cricket and the PCB. Additionally, the ones assigned the task must have good support and enjoy the confidence and respect of the ICC.
    The decision has to be a popular and judgemental one because Pakistan can no longer afford another experiment with a new face.

    The writer is a former Pakistan captain and chief selector

  208. #208 by khansahab on October 29, 2010 - 9:15 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1CDA584A642C77D8

    On the above link please watch latest interview of Musharraf.

    He talks about how to tried to eliminate corruption, the truth behind the so called “American deals”, Nawaz Sharif’s character and how Sharif wanted to send Musharraf to India etc.

    He mentions how uncouth Nawaz Sharif’s party members are, he mentions how much progress the country made in every area under his tenure and how the media and some elements in the country have tried to project him badly and distort facts.

  209. #209 by Mohammed Munir on October 30, 2010 - 4:35 AM

    Khansahab …

    Iwas waiting for your comments on our first ODI and Fawad Alam 😉 , but you have ‘cut-paste’ a few articles and gone into details of Musharraf’s interview.

  210. #210 by khansahab on October 30, 2010 - 7:55 AM

    Munir sahab

    First ODI is same old story butta if I sapeek it will be about Masbah more than Alam.

  211. #211 by khansahab on October 30, 2010 - 9:46 AM

    Shoaib Malik, how can he have the guts to proclaim that Afridi needs to give results?

    Abdul Qadir, Sarfraz Nawaz, and other players have constantly said Malik was a bad influence, playing politics etc.

    Malik’s tenure has captain was full of controversies, he is the one who is responsible for bringing a culture of mediocrity.

    Malik is the one considered to have engineered the oath taking against Younis Khan. He also had problems with Afridi, he tried his best to keep players like Fawad Alam, Afridi, Sohail Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed out of the team.

    He backed K Akmal when Akmal when single handedly losing matches for Pakistan, he backed an out of form Salman Butt when Butt was going through his worst form.

    It seems Ijaz Butt wants to get Malik and Misbah in the World Cup squad, I won’t be surprised if Afridi is psychologically urged to resign and Misbah is made captain for the WC.

  212. #212 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 30, 2010 - 11:44 AM

    Malik is an attention seeker, an opportunist and a back stabber. He blabbed out against Afridi, whereas Afridi wanted him in this SA series whereas the board rejected Afridi’s request. This comment against Afridi is definitely a ploy to get him out of the captaincy and me too, I won’t be surprised that after this series Afridi will announce an emotional decision, especially if they lose all 5 ODI’s which is very likely to happen because, this team is not capable to beat SA.

  213. #213 by khansahab on October 30, 2010 - 2:13 PM

    APML to issue anti-Nawaz charge sheet

    LAHORE: The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), in a tit-for-tat move, has decided to issue a 20-point charge sheet against PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif.

    On October 12, PML-N had issued a charge-sheet against former president Pervez Musharraf who had toppled its government 11 years ago on October 12, and called upon the government to bring him back to the country through Interpol to try him for his “misdeeds.”

    According to sources, the anti-Nawaz charge sheet will contain allegations of financial and administrative mismanagement, nepotism, written-off loans and foreign properties.

    Speaking to SAMAA, APML leader Dr. Sher Afgan Niazi said that the charge sheet would highlight only those cases that had already been proven and that it would expose the real face of Nawaz Sharif. SAMAA

  214. #214 by khansahab on October 30, 2010 - 10:11 PM

    Inthikab: Team not confined to hotel rooms, has heart to heart with Umar Akmal

    Karachi:* Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam has refuted reports that members of the national team, now in Abu Dhabi for the series against South Africa, have become the prisoners in the team hotel because of the new code of conduct for the players.

    Media has reported that the players were not venturing out of their hotel rooms because of the new conduct code and this was their way of a silent protest against the more stringent rules and regulations.

    However, Intikhab said from Abu Dhabi that there was no bar on the players moving outside the hotel.

    “What we have only done is enforce strict curfew timings and we will not tolerate any player not adhering to these timings. They are free to go out but they have to follow the curfew timings,” he said.

    The former captain hoped the new code of conduct would soon start showing results and was necessary given the recent spate of controversies and scandals surrounding the national team.

    He admitted that the team management had been tasked with keeping a close eye on the people, the players move around with inside or outside the hotel.

    “These new regulations are now required to bring about an improvement in Pakistan cricket. We are clear we will not tolerate any indiscipline from any player,” he said.

    Sources also said that Intikhab had held a long one-to-one session with young batsman Umar Akmal and told him clearly he needed to play for the team and improve his batting to keep his place in the team.

    Umar was dropped for the first one-dayer against South Africa because of his poor form in the two Twenty20 matches against South Africa.

    “Intikhab advised Umar to not waste his immense talent and remain in the team on performance basis. During the session Umar had his head bent but Inti told him to talk to him eye to eye and be straight forward,” the source said.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board has even formed a Integrity Committee in line with the instructions from the International Cricket Council that the PCB needed to reform itself and improve its governance to tackle anti-corruption and discipline issues.

    Sources said the Integrity Committee has now been given authority by the Board Chairman to directly deal with cases of indiscipline or violations of the code of conduct by Pakistan team members, while in the past the Chairman himself dealt with these things.

    “The Integrity Committee will in fact give clearance for any replacements in the team as well after checking their background,” the source said.

  215. #215 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 30, 2010 - 11:43 PM

    LOL @ the so-called INTEGRITY COMMITTEE who are they fooling here? The PCB themselves have no integrity from the top to the toe they are all corrupt and undisciplined people and they are talking about an integrity committee? What a load of Cow Dung.

    So, now Umar Akmal after a heart to heart, eye to eye talk with Inti will play tomorrow and Fawad Alam will be out? Why not kick out Misbah from the ODI team? He is a misfit for the shorter version of the game and is a pathetic fielder at least Fawad if he gets a second chance will have some confidence besides he is a good fielder. The selectors need to see a player in totality and not in bits and pieces or, on his seniority level. Misbah is old and very defensive he got Umar Akmal run out in the other match, called for a TWO and then said NO in the process Umar got out.

  216. #216 by Mohammed Munir on October 31, 2010 - 5:29 AM

    This is what our coach, Waqar Chariya, has to say …

    “Losing players from your top eleven is never easy. I sincerely hope they are cleared and are available to play for Pakistan because they are key players.”

  217. #217 by Mohammed Munir on October 31, 2010 - 7:27 AM

    Javed Khan …

    I like, no no … I LOVE Afridi and I fully support his Captaincy in T20 and ODIs, and also consider him a fair contender for Test Cricket and definitely much better choice then Misbah, who is made Test Captain. However, for us fans of Afridi, lately it is becoming very hard to defend Afridi’s actions in front of his critics. 😦

    Let me explain what I mean, I absolutely can not blame Shahid Afridi for our defeats and his Captaincy is also fine, but the real problem is with his own attitude. The thing is that it’s not about Captaincy, as it is deemed to be bad because Pak Cricket is going through hell and secondly we don’t have our full team and whether we like or not, we are dearly missing Yousuf, Aamir, Asif and may be one of Salman or Malik for our T20 and ODIs. It is also not about Shahid Afridi’s own performance, although he scored only 29 runs in three matches and could get only one wicket so far, but like anybody else, a Captain is also a player and he can have bad patches, which is again excusable.

    But what is neither excusable nor understandable is Shahid’s “ATTITUDE” ……… this is absolutely criminal that the Captain has faced only 12 balls in three games and he is not willing to change his approach one bit toward his game. As a Captain, one is not only responsible about his own individual performance but that of the entire team. I really wonder what or how can a Captain motivate or educate his younger players to play with some responsibility when he himself is showing complete irresponsibility and is getting out playing rash and stupid shots ? In fact, I think seeing his own game and attitude toward Captainship, Afridi will not even have a face to “tell” or “politely request” any of his non-performing players to take more responsibility and play sensibly. How can he ? With which face ?

    Finally, I agree with your prediction of Shahid Afridi resigning at the end of this series, once again. But believe you me, it will not be only because we are loosing the T20 & ODI series but because Afridi is NOT performing himself and his unforgivable attitude as a Captain/ Leader.

  218. #218 by Mohammed Munir on October 31, 2010 - 8:55 AM

    During the first ODI again SA, we had a total of 5 non-Punjabi players in the playing eleven while the remaining 6 were from Punjab. Seeing the recent excess of players from only one province, where in England we had only 1/ 2 non-Punjabis, this should be considered some achievement for the non-Punjabis minorities. Further, we also have a couple of more Karachi players in the squad.

    BTW, that reminds me, why is the fast bowler Tanveer Ahmed not getting a chance so far ❓ I think he should replace Shoaib Actor in today’s game.

  219. #219 by Mohammed Munir on October 31, 2010 - 9:00 AM

    Oopps … * against SA 😛

  220. #220 by Mohammed Munir on October 31, 2010 - 9:28 AM

    Mein Kiyae Jee, Baighairaty Dee Wee Koi Intiha Hondi Aye. 😆

    http://www.cricinfo.com/india/content/image/484467.html?page=1;object=7

    Source: Cricinfo.

  221. #221 by khansahab on October 31, 2010 - 9:43 AM

    Munir sahab

    Punjab vs non Punjab does not matter at all. What matters is that merit prevails.

    The way PCB has tried to resurrect Misbah’s dead career cannot be justified in any way. This is why people claim there is a preference for Punjabi players. Asim Kamal made 8 fifties in 13 innings, after that he got only 1 or 2 chances and did not perform, and he was quickly forgotten. Once Fawad Alam made his debut century, he was dropped after 2 matches which destroyed his confidence and now he seems to be struggling. Whereas, Misbah, Malik etc have been given dozens of chances to remain the side.

    You can forget about Farhat and Faisal Iqbal, they have a strong backing from their family, but when players with no close backing like Misbah, Malik, Butt and K Akmal are kept in the team, then you sense there is some foul play. I am not talking only about the present, I am talking about the last 3 years or so when keeping these players in the team has really destroyed the team morale. The reason why this team is not mentally strong is because the morale has been obliterated completely during Inzamam’s time, and then shortly after when Malik was made captain and he did not deserve a place in the Test side on merit. That is when the destruction started and I blame that period for most of the ills that are affecting the team now.

    Also, I want to point out of F Alam that, I know his confidence has been affected due to the way he has been treated, but if he is really a good player he has to rise above that and perform. People who know nothing about international cricket talk about techniques, whereas international cricket is more about mental strength. Sehwag, Katich, Saeed Anwar, Michael Bevan, these players did not have amazing techniques but they are very useful players in their own right. I am reserving my opinion on Alam until he is given a consistent run at a permanent spot in the batting line up. It is stupid to expect Fawad Alam to create miracles when in Malik’s time players like Sohail Tanvir were sent before F Alam in the batting order and most of the times he was sent to bat when the result of the match was already very obvious. Even Miandad’s technique used to get criticised, but mentally he was the toughest batsman.

  222. #222 by Mohammed Munir on October 31, 2010 - 10:05 AM

    Khansahab …

    You always keep pointing the problems i.e. (Misbah being made Test Captain).

    I would really like to see you suggesting at least one reasonable name for being the Test Captain instead of Misbah. Can you do that, please ?

    And don’t tell me Yousuf, Younis & Afridi, because they all “refused” it.

  223. #223 by khansahab on October 31, 2010 - 10:15 AM

    Munir sahab

    It is very easy. If you had read the current thread you would have noticed that I have recommended Yousuf, Gul, Ajmal or U Akmal.

    This is very reasonable because Misbah only plays for himself, whereas all of the above players have more credibility. All of them will have a place in the Test playing XI.

    I don’t remember Yousuf saying he wants to refuse captaincy?

  224. #224 by Mohammed Munir on October 31, 2010 - 11:18 AM

    Khansahab …

    I read the current thread but it was like more then 20 days old and I guess I missed it. My bad. 😦

    Secondly, comparing to Misbah even a dummy would be better choice, but the question is that is it enough to be better than the worst (Misbah) ?

    I think NOT.

    BTW, Yousuf is not only totally out of form these days but he is also injured and out of the series. While Umer Akmal is an inexperienced fool and he too is out of the team for his pathetic performance, plus you can’t have older brother playing under his younger brother as a captain. This would have been ridiculous, and again that ‘grouping’ and ‘party-baazi’ would have started. So there go two out of your choice of four prospects.

    About Gul and Ajmal …………. Well, they may be better then Misbah, all right, but have they ever captained any side ? Moreover, they both do not have a permanent place in Test team. Gul is having enough competition from Aamir, Asif, Riaz Wahab, Tanveer Ahmed, Sohail Khan, etc. while Ajmal can be any day replaced by Danny Buoy. 🙂

    Any more realistic choices ❓

    I guess you missed Fawad Alam. 😉

  225. #225 by JAVED A. KHAN on October 31, 2010 - 7:30 PM

    WHAT A MATCH !!!!

    I think Abdul Razzaq played the best innings of his life today, 109* in 72 balls with 7 fours and 10 sixes and under very difficult circumstances. I have seen many innings from him and from Afridi, but this one is very special because in this series the team’s morale was down and performance was very poor they have lost 3 matches in a row and even today when Afridi after playing so well got out on 49, I thought this match is over because more than 150 runs were needed to win and I went off to enjoy my breakfast. After nearly 30 minutes when I opened the TV again to see Abdul Razzaq and Fawad Alam still batting while the score was around 165, I sat down for a while just to kill the time and that turned out to be a great moment. Abdul Razzaq was at his best.

    Fawad Alam may be criticized for playing slow but, he played a role. First with Afridi and then with Abdul Razzaq and I think it was a very good role because that made Razzaq settle down and the longer he stays on the crease the better he plays and he did. Earlier Younus Khan was unlucky to get out LBW when there was a big inside edge. But, Pakistan never looked back. Afridi came in and started playing sensibly and got out in a haste to make his fifty.

    In his post match speech at the presentation Afridi told Ramiz, “Ramiz I told you day after tomorrow that we will win the next game.” He meant day before yesterday….. LOL @ Akhroatish. Anyways, its good to see the ODI series is level now and when they go to Dubai their moral would be high. Ajmal was very ineffective today but Wahab bowled well. In the next match, Umar Akmal must be given a chance and Misbah should rest.

  226. #226 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 1, 2010 - 12:16 AM

    newguy, Varun, Pawan

    Did you guys watch the match? Aren’t you going to write something? I hope you guys are OK and I hope you will add something on the blog after this match. Varun seems to be very busy in India, since he has gone there he hasn’t commented on the blog. Pawan has commented a couple of times but, I guess you guys have no interest ……… I won’t blame because of the way Pakistan were playing in the recent past but, today’s match changed the scenario.

  227. #227 by Mohammed Munir on November 1, 2010 - 4:55 AM

    Somehow, Pakistan won and it really was worth it …

    Following are a few of the reactions:

    Cricinfo commentary, last ball.

    49.5 JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, Abdul. Razzaq. Sir, you have played a gem! Full ball outside off, when the leg side is heavily populated, and he crashes it through the field. Four runs! Game over. He emotes for the first time. Exults. He throws his bat, and then pumps fists. looks towards the dressing room. They are all celebrating. Shoaib picks up his bat. Hugs him. One by one all come out. Afridi. Waqar. All have one man to thank tonight

    Few Indian fans of Pakistan Cricket.

    Vishal: “Pakistan cricket was reeling…They needed a miracle to survive…and here they have it…One of the greatest ODI innings you will ever see or read in our case…This is a kind of innings that would make a nation believe in themselves… Best of luck from across the border…”

    Lee de Souza: “About time we saw Razzaq again showing us what he’s capable of! What-an-innings. I hope his top order counterparts were paying attention!”

  228. #228 by Mohammed Munir on November 1, 2010 - 4:58 AM

    This is what Michael Holding said about Imran Khan, the Great.

    Because he believed, he made Pakistan believe.

  229. #229 by Varun.S on November 1, 2010 - 6:31 AM

    Dear Friends,

    I am now in India since last week and in the process of settling down and it is because of this reaon I have been unable to follow any action live.

    I hope to comment more from the beginning of the next month when i move into the new house until then I will be travelling in India meeting friends and relatives and so on….

    Until laters …Shine on!

  230. #230 by Pawan on November 1, 2010 - 1:57 PM

    Javed, it is heartening to see Pak win again. I was following the score on cricinfo and as like you said, I also thought the game was all but over… Razzaq played the innings of his life. What impressed me most was his cool demenour. It was ala Sehwag, he was, it seems batting on a different pitch. This just goes to show the kind of talent Pak has. It is unlike say a gora nation, where they follow a system, a process. Pak is the prime example of what can be achieved with everything going against you. Indeed Razzaq’s performance is to be commended, but at the same time, it is important to take this opportunity and unite. Performances like this will keep the spark in Pak cricket, but to make these more often, they need to follow a process, a system. This series is very critical to Pak I believe. If they show these sparks on rare occasions then there is possibility of Pak becoming another West Ind. Already Pak is a WI in the making. I hope and pray that Pak wins the series and brings back glory to the nation deprived of it in so many ways recently.

    But, Razzaq… that was amazing man!

  231. #231 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 1, 2010 - 5:09 PM

    Munir

    On Fawad Alam, I have also felt that he was playing slow so that he does not make any mistake and get out cheaply and his intentions were to consolidate his position in the team. However, in case of Malik and Misbah they did it ALL the time whereas, Fawad Alam never got as many chances as Malik and Misbah got. Secondly, I observed when he was batting with Afridi and Razzaq, both of them were telling him that he is doing OK by taking singles, rotating the sides and giving them chance to score fours and sixes. His partnership with Afridi produced 66 runs and his partnership with Razzaq produced 81 runs, considering the situation he played a good role because, the run rate wasn’t going down as Afridi and Razzaq both kept the run rate high.

    As regards Abdul Razzaq he plays in two modes, either its a very slow mode where he either blocks the ball with a dead bat or, he tries to cut and misses. But, the other mode which we saw yesterday is the classic mode, this is how he should always play. Sometimes he gives the impression that he is sleeping or he is not there mentally. Whereas Afridi is there physically, mentally but emotionally he gets carried away. A ball before he was out he swung the bat very hard and missed the ball, at that moment I knew that he is in a great hurry to complete his fifty and that was a concern, the next ball he was out trying to hit a six on a ball which was not meant for a six. Anyways, over all the performance was good, Saeed Ajmal couldn’t bowl well but Wahab did. In the end all is well that ends well.

  232. #232 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 1, 2010 - 5:10 PM

    Varun

    Take your time but do come back once you are settled, there is a lot of cricket even before the 2011 WC so we need you here.

  233. #233 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 1, 2010 - 5:20 PM

    Pawan

    I agree with you that this is a sporadic brilliance that Pakistan showed yesterday but, continuity is lacking and that is because of complacency, politics, distractions etc. etc. If they keep their focus on winning then they can come out with flying colours even when they are down and under like they did yesterday. Its a shame that when the bowling attack became very lethal, Asif and Aamer got booted out because of the spot fixing scandal. Salman Butt’s replacement are there but, Asif and Aamer’s absence is felt very strongly.

    Although Pakistan won the match yesterday and that will boost their morale and confidence yet South Africa are favourites because they are a more consistent team. In Dubai only two ODI’s have been played between Australia and Pakistan they were low scoring matches but, Afridi took six wickets in one and two in the other so, there are chances that he might be able to spin the South Africans. Personally I would like to see the 5th match as the decider to keep the interest alive. Abdul Razzaq played a good innings in Dubai against England and won the match so, if he can repeat his performance it would be very interesting.

  234. #234 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 2, 2010 - 2:07 AM


    We have a new thread on Abdul Razzaq, please comment there. Thanks.

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