A Dazzling Performance by Abdul Razzaq

A new thread on the blog is due for a long time, but there can’t be a better time to write one and give the Dazzler his due.  Abdul Razzaq who has always been criticized for running his motor in two modes. Recently I heard that Inzamam used to say that Razzaq operates only in two gears, first and fourth. I have also felt the same way after seeing his various performances in the past few years but, never delved deeper to find out what the reason is? And why does he perform in such extremes?

In Abdul Razzaq’s own words which he finally spoke after his brilliant match winning century against SA, he said: “My talent has never been fully utilized especially my batting talent and I was made to play at different positions and whenever I failed, I was dropped.” He highlighted the point that if a player is performing under fear that if he does not perform in the match he is dropped in the next. With such kinda fear no one can perform.

In my opinion first it was Inzamam who destroyed his career when he was the captain and then Shoaib Malik did the rest. In fact Shoaib Malik tried his best to get rid of Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi when Malik was the captain.  I do remember once Abdul Razzaq complained that Inzamam used to tell him to bowl fast, whereas Razzaq’s view was to concentrate on line, length and swing, but Inzamam wanted speed. In short if you treat a player like this his psyche is effected and it is not easy to focus and concentrate on the game.

Despite being from Punjab Abdul Razzaq was treated like a step son or an outcast for whatever reasons best known to Inzamam. In Malik’s case it was obvious that he did not want any all-rounder in the team so that he can proclaim himself as the best all-rounder of Pakistan team. And he did proclaim not once but, a few times, just like monkey praising his own tail.

In the 2nd ODI when Robinson was sent as an opener with Amla, Ramiz Raja said, Pakistan should think out of the box and send Abdul Razzaq as an opener.  And, Mohammad Akram the other commentator said, we have seen Abdul Razzaq opening the innings in county matches so he should be used here as an opener.

At least a dozen times we have mentioned here on this blog that in the shorter version of the game especially T20, Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi must open the innings for Pakistan because, of the power play and also if one analyze the situation if Abdul Razzaq and Afridi come and play in the 16th or 17th over they are wasted. Because, no one can start hitting sixes from ball one.

The truth that Abdul Razzaq has spoken after the match winning century that players should not be dropped after one or two matches but, they must be encouraged. Unfortunately that law applies only for the CHOSEN ONES  the likes of Misbah, Malik, Farhat, Salman Butt, Rana Naveed etc., the mediocre nothing players kept coming back in the team again and again after so many failures.

Mishab the Mediocre finds new ways to get out

Mishab the Mediocre finds new ways to get out

Afridi has always supported Abdul Razzaq and he has even used Mohammed Hafeez very well, Hafeez either scores or take wickets, bowls economically and looks like a changed player under Afridi’s captaincy. He even supported Shoaib Akhtar whom we all criticized and wanted to see his back. But, now with his shorter run up he is a different bowler at least he is not a liability.

Pakistan should soon decide what their team will be for the 2011 WC and try to gel the team rather than experimenting till the last moment. They should stick with the opening pair and should not disturb them if they fail once or twice. But, the PCB has a history of being the most disorganized and corrupt board in the cricket playing nations and as long as Ijaz Butt is there nothing can be done. He uses his veto and ruins the esprit de corps.

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 2, 2010 - 2:10 AM

    Please contribute your views here. Thanks.

  2. #2 by newguy on November 2, 2010 - 3:25 AM

    Javed Khan,

    I followed this match on Cricinfo passively, in the sense that I thought SA will easily given how the 2 T20I went, and it seemed like that for 75% of this match as well. But what a stunning performance by Razzaq, unbelievable, and in true freaky fashion only possible by Pakistani cricketers. Ten sixes!

    Congratulations to all Pakistan fas, surely you needed this win, and I am sure this will boost the morale of cricket mad people of Pakistan all over the world.

    Somehow, I still don’t think Pakistan as a team has recovered and reunited, I feel there are 11 individuals playing their own game, and the administration is in shambles. It’s a shame that such brilliance do not have proper leadership and nurturing. I also won’t read too much into future after this win, they might just sink without a clue in the next match.

  3. #3 by Varun.S on November 2, 2010 - 10:39 AM

    Abdul Razzaq has always been a great servant of Pakistani Cricket. I consider him along with Afridi, Younis Khan and Mohd. Yousuf as the sole torch bearers of Pakistani Cricket. These 4 players remind us of possibly one of the better times in Pakistani Cricket i.e the whole of 90’s

    Abdul Razzaq might bat in two extremes but the fact that he has been serving Pakistan Cricket for so long and still coming up with such performances amidst all the uncouthness around him is commendable.

    I salute Abdul Razzaq for his integrity, honesty and dedication towards Pakistan and Cricket and wish him all the best for the few remaining years in his Career. In the present scenario it would not be surprising to see him retire as the Captain of Pakistan sometime in the future.

  4. #4 by newguy on November 2, 2010 - 11:47 AM

    I don’t know what happened, but I posted a response to Razzaq innings last night, but it did not show up after I post. Anyhow, this is the gist of what I said.

    It was a brilliant knock, one of the best fightbacks that one will ever see in an ODI to win a game. I followed it passively on Cricinfo and I thought SA will win easily.

    Credit to Razzaq, and congrats to all Pakistan supporters, that you can still win among all this chaos.

    I am still not convinced the team is united and the administration is in shambles, despite all that individual brilliance is still keeping Pakistan as a team that can be ruled out only at your risk. Goes on to show passion for cricket and raw talent, which was always the hallmark of Pakistan cricket. Only Imran Khan could direct it and sustain it for prolonged period of time.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 2, 2010 - 11:54 AM

    Varun

    Your comments about Abdul Razzaq reflects the true meaning of his name, Abdul Razzaq means “Servant of The Provider”. Razzaq means The Provider and it is one of the 99 most beautiful names of Allah, hence a man cannot be Razzaq, that is why it is apt to add Abdul before his name which means servant. I am glad that you have not only described him as a true servant but, also added the qualities that he possesses which the Pakistani captains, selectors have ignored.

    newguy

    I don’t know whether you are watching today’s match or not. But, so far that innings from Abdul Razzaq is doing magic to the team, their body language is different, they are fielding very good, they are bowling very good and everyone is thinking that it is due to that win. I hope the euphoria continues and it is not a temporary phase. So far the team seems united and playing like one unit. Akhtar has already taken 2 wickets and that shows their morale is high.

    Misbah has rightly been dropped but, his replacement Farhat is not a good choice, I would have taken Umar Akmal in his place and let Hafeez and Shafiq remain the opening pair.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 2, 2010 - 12:00 PM

    newguy

    Your comment is there on the blog, sorry if it has appeared a bit late because khansahab is away for a week and it is only me who is left to do the job and due to different time zones, there might be a little delay, so please bear it with me, Thanks.

    After the earlier damage done by Akhtar, Amla and ABD are building up the innings for South Africa, the pitch as well as the ground in Dubai is slow as compared to Abu Dhabi. Also, the straight boundaries are at least 10 meters longer than the Abu Dhabi ground, so it would be interesting to see how the BOOM BOOMs will score sixes when playing straight shots?

  7. #7 by Pawan on November 2, 2010 - 3:50 PM

    Now that the Pak is on top with SA restricted to 228, the SA bowlers are coming to the party.. Pak already 14/2 in 8 overs with Younis back in the hut. Where is Razzaq? Come and roll over this total Razzlor.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2010 - 8:09 PM

    Asif, Aamir and Butt won’t be able to play for the 2011 WC if they go through the process of appeal and hearing through the tribunal formed by the ICC. Sarfaraz Nawaz doesn’t by the theory of Pakistan government or the PCB must help the players. He said: ” “I don’t buy this theory. Government should not be involved in such cases. What surprises me most is why are their lawyers not speaking after Sunday’s hearing? I believe Beloff must have showed them something which these players are now hiding from the people of Pakistan.”

    The ICC had already asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to keep a distance from the tainted cricketers and should not assist them in their cases. And, the PCB will be naming 30 probables for next year’s World Cup on Nov. 30 and chairman Ijaz Butt had said that the trio will not be considered until they were cleared by the ICC. Sarfaraz Nawaz further added to his comments that, “The only place where I feel these cricketers have some hope is CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports) and I am more than willing to help them in preparing their case,” Nawaz said. “Otherwise I don’t think they could compete at next year’s World Cup.”

    Sarfaraz Nawaz is right, the ICC will not be very keen to clear them before the WC. It has always been like that, in the previous WC in Caribbean Shahid Afridi was banned for 4 matches for waving his bat at one of the spectators. At that time Malcolm Speed was not in South Africa but, he was in the Caribbean, one of the ICC officials made a video tape and sent it to him asking him to use his authority in banning him and he was banned. Prior to that Asif and Shoaib Akhtar were involved in the Nandrolone case and the PCB knew if they are selected in the team the ICC will ban them. So, three key players were kept away from the team during the last world cup. Now, it is the same situation again. Therefore, they must approach CAS and if there is no proof or evidence against them, there is no point in keeping the case in pending only to keep them away from the WC.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2010 - 8:11 PM

    Guys, when Younus Khan was out on a duck I knew Pakistan won’t win this match, after Afridi’s departure it was a certain defeat because, I wasn’t expecting an encore from Abdul Razzaq and when he was out, I turned off the TV and went out for work. Just when I checked the score on cricinfo, the result was as expected but, the ending was not what I thought, I thought may be Pakistan will lose by 20-25 runs and not 2 runs. They came so close yet so far. Imran Farhat was the main culprit who scored 47 in 88 balls at a strike rate of 54. You cannot blame Fawad Alam too much because his strike rate is 88 which is not bad. Someone should have stayed with him till the end by someone I mean recognized batsman.

    I hope they don’t play like this in the 4th ODI.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2010 - 8:11 PM

    Saeed Ajmal’s performance in this series has been very abysmal, perhaps he should be rested and Abdur Rahman must be included in the team, in the previous T20 WC he did quiet OK but, he cannot find a place because of Ajmal. But, now Ajmal is not in form he should sit aside Misbah and give Abdur Rahman a chance.

    Farhat is a waste of space, Hafeez and Shafeeq should open and if Gul is OK by now he should get into the team to strengthen the bowling attack along with Wahab, Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq.

  11. #11 by Pawan on November 3, 2010 - 8:44 PM

    Javed, I find it hard to understand why would a person like you root for Asif, Amer and Butt to be released at all, forget whether it would be before or after the WC? As far as I understand and see how things stand, we do not want any corrupt double-minded players in our cricket fraternity, be it Pakistani or Indian or any other country. Even a morsel of doubt should be treated with extreme care and over here bland video evidence is available. I don’t se how they will be freed at all, forget before or after the WC, that is, if truth would prevail.

    It is quite possible that you could’ve come out in their support considering your patriotism for your country, and I don’t blame you for that. But at times you yourself has said it before that Asif (the drugee and now also under betting scan) and Butt should not be part of the Pak team. I can understand Amer, but I was of the view that you really wanted to get the guilty punished. No matter his age or potential.

    Frankly, I was very upset over the whole fixing saga. Although I knew at the back of my head that there is something fishy going on in cricket. But to get exposed in such a blatant manner was a shock to me. Now that I think of it, I wonder what the officials are now investigating? It was pretty clear from the evidences that Butt, Asif and Amer, even Wahab Riaz and that other guy, I forgot his name were involved. Even a lay man can tell.

    IMO these guys should be sacked for life, ala Azhar and Ajay Jadeja. Only then it would be worth watching cricket, otherwise we all would be watching what a real-time movie directed by some rich guy.

  12. #12 by Pawan on November 3, 2010 - 8:58 PM

    Javed, the 2nd ODI between SA and Pak was a treat to watch. 228 in an ODI comes under low-score in the age of T20’s. So it was damn good bowling by Pak. Why would you want Ajmal to be replaced? He has done excellent job for the last year or so and I tink not many goras can read his doosra. Also it could be a disaster to dent his confidence considering the WC being so near. The problem lies and I know you would agree, with the batting. The question to be asked is what happens to Pakistan batting? Will they always need the brilliance of someone like Razzaq to earn a win? I thnk Frahat and Asad were batting really well, until that disastrous run-out. Both were run-out. That is not good. This has to be addressed. Given that the SAs field well, but that doesn’t mean two of the top scorers should throw their wicket away. I think those two run-outs sealed the match for Pak.

    Hafeez and Younis has lapses in concentration and can be forgiven because they did well in last match, but Farhat and Asad should not have given away. With only 228 to score, run-rate wasn’t the issue. I think Farhat batted decently. I understand the runs from his bat were really mostly edges, but his temperament should be commended. Asad is already looking like a solid batsman. But they need to understand how important it is to carry on, once they are set and get the big hundreds. I think the team of coaches should work on this. Pak batsmen have the talent, but they need the temparament. They need a good psychologist in the team to help them handle the pressure and keep them going. Because I don’t see Waqar doing that job. He looks to me more of a technical person.

  13. #13 by Pawan on November 3, 2010 - 9:14 PM

    I wanna make one more comment and that is regarding Afridi. I understand the fascination Pak has towards this guy, but I just feel for him. I mean he really looks like you have mentioned several times now, a dumb akhroat. Given that he is exteremly passionate for Pak, but I feel he does not posses the brains to conquer the world. I am thinking in terms of the WC. I mean look at his batting. Despite several and I don’t remember how many times chances, he has been a complete failure in the batting department. Yes, he has scored occasionally. And how occasionally has that been? I am not much of a stats guy, but just look at it,he has been around from 1996 which makes him a veteran of 14 years?! Does anyone expect a 14-year experieced guy to make the mistakes he is making? Given that he is trying to establish himself as an allrounder in the team, but is he really an all rounder? His batting average in a humungous 300 ODIs is in the early 20’s that is 23. A player who hasn’t learnt in 300 ODIs how to bat, do you expect him to learn that one fine day?

    I don’t know if I have mentioned it earlier, but I do feel the fascination that Pak has with this guy is just like England had with Flintoff. Okay, I understand that Flintoff was much more useful allounder than Afridi in the real sense and also used to generate motivation for the team mates. But what does Afridi do? He barely motivates the team and I am of the opinion that if you play for your country then that should be motivation enough.

    Okay so he bowls decent spin. But yeah, thats really only decent. What if there was this Abdur Rehman in place of Afridi yesterday? I mean to say he is really occupying the place of a genuine spinner in the side and being neither here nor there.

    The reason I picked on him is that it seems in few matches like in the match before this one, heplayed so brilliantly with control. He hit some 49 or so. So then why can’t he play like that all the time? What is stopping him? It is his temparament and he has to improve that. There can be no reason or rhym for that. If he is motivated enough to play for his country, he has to improve his temparament and play sensibly otherwise he is very dangerous for Pak.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 4, 2010 - 12:30 AM

    Pawan

    I will reply to your comments as they appeared. So, the first one is about the trio. Please don’t misunderstand me that I am supporting them. We carried out a thread on that subject and condemned them for what they did. Like everyone else I was extremely disappointed and vented out my frustration that they must be punished, even Aamir without taking his age as an excuse.

    What I am talking about them now is – the reality that exist – IF there is enough evidence against them, prove it and ban them for life. IF NOT, decide now and clear them. There is no point in hanging the case or keeping it in pending. NO one can be 100% sure about what actually happened there, whether they really accepted money and joined hands with the bookies? Or, this is just a hype created by the British Tabloids to make money? Some people even talk about that bookie Mazhar Majeed as one of the agents of the Tabloids, so no one is sure.

    As regards evidence, a lot of people are saying that there is no evidence to charge them on criminal grounds. I really don’t know my guess is as good as anyone else is. My only question is, why the ICC is delaying this matter?

    About your quoting the names of previous culprits like Saleem Malik, Ata ur Rahman, Azhar uddin, Ajay Jadeja, why was Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus, Mushtaq Ahmad, Saqlain Mushtaq were not fined or banned?

    The other thing about being bad and having a bad reputation, Pakistan is a victim of bad reputation. The South African’s and other country players are bad but they get away because of their not so bad reputation. Hansie Cronje was the ring leader of betting in SA and do you think other players were not involved with him? Recently Herschelle Gibbs wrote a book and he has exposed Smith, Kallis, Boucher and even AB Devil Ears that they were involved in drugs, sex, alcohol and even Orgies in the hotel rooms during their tour to Australia.

    Betting and match fixing is bad because, the culture has made its laws and call it illegal. Whereas, betting itself is legal. In my culture, where I come from not only betting but, drugs, alcohol, sex especially orgies is not only forbidden but considered as very immoral and subject to severe punishment.

    Ball Tampering is not allowed whereas, rubbing the ball only one side and keep applying saliva to keep the shine is also technically tampering the state of the ball. The man made laws needs to be readdressed and changed.

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 4, 2010 - 12:40 AM

    Pawan

    The reason I suggested Ajmal should be rested is because in the last 5 matches he did not perform well, in fact his bowling is very ineffective and his fielding is very negative, he is one of the worst fielders in the side. Abdul Rahman should be given a chance to see how he performs, it is just my view and may be I am wrong but, its well worth a try.

    Farhat, the reason I blame him is, he came as an opener and this is not the first time he has done this, it happened many, many times that he stayed long enough on the crease and then he got out at the wrong time without scoring much, wasting so many balls. Just look at Hashim Amla, he was labeled as a test player only. Since he came in to the ODI side he has proved everyone wrong. In my opinion he is the best opener in the world today with 5 centuries so far in this calender year and an average of over 80 runs. Whereas, look at Farhat he is in the team for the last 9 years and what is his average? Hardly 30 may be and his strike rate is very slow.

    In ODI’s minimum should be 85 plus. He is coming back into the team only because of his Father in law Mohammad Ilyas who is a selector and also an influential person in the PCB. Whether he got run out or clean bowled it doesn’t matter. In fact it was good that he was out because his strike rate was 54. Asad Shafiq got run out because he was having cramps and he couldn’t make it.

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 4, 2010 - 12:49 AM

    Pawan

    Regarding Shahid Afridi, you have admitted that I have called him an akhroat many times, I have even called him a Ch2So4 as well. He is a hot headed typical Paindoo Pathan who wouldn’t think for a moment before blabbing out. I agree that to be his fan you have to go through a tough time, he increases your blood pressure and gives you heart attacks. Like some Indian player said, “Shahid Afridi ko na apni Izzat ki parva hai na doosray ki.” By that he meant, when he gets out his own Izzat is at stake and when he gets going, “doosray ki Izzat ko maliya-mate ker deta hai.” Balkay Check-Mate ker deta hai

    There is a thin line between sanity and insanity, in case of Afridi the line is invisible. 😉 Sala, he never uses his brains (I wish he had any) when he is batting. As regards bowling he is pretty decent and fielding is not bad either but, as a captain he is doing fine. Especially this team which is struggling without any leader it is hard to lead this team and so far he has done fine. Otherwise, look at Misbah … I can only say LOL about him. Malik, he is a selfish bastard who played trivial politics in the team, leave alone the job of captaincy you can hardly call him a player. He is a tactician. Younus Khan, he is another fickle minded person who keeps changing his views about his own personality. Mohammad Yousuf, we have seen how impotent he was as a captain. Salman Butt, we have seen his little stint and he created “wonders” for the team. He is the only one from whose hotel room cash was recovered in huge sums, which he claimed that it was for his sisters ‘Shadi Ka Jora” That is why I have said, if they are guilty fine them, punish them and finish this case off, don’t keep it in pending.

  17. #17 by Mohammed Munir on November 4, 2010 - 10:23 AM

    I had been a busy and could not write before.

    This is a great new thread and Javed Khan has put in a lot of interesting information and some really good analysis.

    I agree Razzaq has been one such player who has not got his due credit and a lot of this is because of his humble and low-profile attitude. I rarely remember any known journalists (except Javed Khan) 😉 writing about Razzaq or even our ex-players praising him.

    During Shoaib Malik’s time, Razzaq was totally mistreated and as correctly explained above, Malik saw him as his own alternative and made it an agenda to keep Razzaq out of the playing eleven. This was the time when Razzaq was forced to join ICL and he remained out of Pakistan team for around two year or more, but he came back with made his place in the team again.

    In spite of being from Punjab, he is never in good books of most of the Punjabi players/ fans and this is mainly because of his unprejudiced and impartial stance in the team. Razzaq has never been part of any team-groupings (party-baazi) whatsoever and always concentrated on his game. During one of the recent domestic RBS T20 Tournament Razzaq was replaced by Salman Butt (who is not even a proper T20 player) as the captain of Lahore team and this was done in spite of Razzaq’s successful earlier performances as Lahore captain. He was so dejected with this decision that left Lahore as a protest and joined Sialkot team, which ultimately won the tournament, while Razzaq contributed well in their key games. This is the kind relationship Razzaq is having with Punjab Cricket.

  18. #18 by Mohammed Munir on November 4, 2010 - 10:25 AM

    Quote of the Day …

    When the time is not good to think of changes, it is a good time to change the way you think.

  19. #19 by Mohammed Munir on November 4, 2010 - 12:13 PM

    * Oops … ” A bit busy ” 😉

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 4, 2010 - 12:57 PM

    Munir

    Whether you like it or not, change always takes place and time never stops for anyone. The only thing one needs to strive for is, a positive change which is good for you and good for everyone around you. Btw, this is not a Nasiha for you but, a comment in general.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 4, 2010 - 1:06 PM

    I was watching the ads on TV about the NEO Channel on which they are showing the India / NZ series and in the ads, Zaheer Khan, Sehwag and Tendulkar (all separately) talking about the India vs New Zealand series with a punch line “Dekh Lay Ga India.” And Tendulkar starts his comments by calling it “An Epic Clash”……. between NZ and India.

    I don’t understand how you can call it an Epic Clash especially since New Zealand has lost against Bangladesh 4-0 and they started their first test against India and, Sehwag murdered their bowlers by scoring 173 and he powered India to 329 / 3 on day one. Dravid on the other hand took more than usual time in scoring his 100 at a strike rate of 45 when he was on 37 he scored it in exactly 137 balls, I said to myself OMG he wasted 100 balls? Either a dead bat or left alone.

    Anyways India is on for a big total with Tendulkar and Laxman batting with Raina and Dhoni still to come. The epic clash is going to be a one sided affair, India is going to whitewash this series.

  22. #22 by newguy on November 4, 2010 - 2:43 PM

    JAK,

    LOL at the Epic Clash .. I guess they can say all this with confidence since they know for sure this is one team they can steam roll over.

    I am not very interested in this 3 test series since NZ is a very weak team and their bowlers will be reduced to club level status in Indian pitches, and their batsmen will struggle. This is no contest and even though Sehwag scored 173 I find it boring because of lack of intensity in the opposition.

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 4, 2010 - 3:59 PM

    newguy

    Yeah thats what I think about this series, may be NZ is trying to get familiar on the sub-continent pitches for the WC and that is why they are there but, for India its like a waste of time and lowering their standards by playing against a poor NZ team.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 4, 2010 - 9:06 PM

    Pawan

    Here is an excerpt from cricinfo about the preview for the 4th ODI to be played tomorrow. Please note what Afridi has said, I am highlighting the line below:

    “Pakistan need something inspirational to draw level with South Africa, and so the temptation to bring back Umar Akmal’s X-factor will arise once again. It’s unclear who might make way for him, with Asad Shafiq the likeliest to sit out. With Umar Gul yet to recover from injury, and Wahab Riaz performing admirably in his absence, the bowling line-up should be settled. However, Shahid Afridi has hinted that left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman could come in for Saeed Ajmal, who has been less effective than it was hoped he would be. “

    I don’t understand why Asad Shafiq should be rested to replace Umar Akmal? It would have been better to keep him as an opener with Hafeez and drop Imran Farhat in lieu of Umar Akmal. Farhat is not only a liability in the team but, he is also a negative impact on the team.

  25. #25 by 420 on November 4, 2010 - 10:49 PM

    congrats to pak fans on that victory, i closed the cricinfo page at 140s/5…i never opened cricinfo till there was a “take a bow razzaq” thread in a indian forum!

    all the talk about ODIs losing their importance is gone now, good win by SL as well

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 5, 2010 - 10:51 AM

    I thought India would be scoring close to 600 runs with Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni and Raina but, they didn’t score as per expectations and the surprise came from Harbhajan who scored 69. They are showing the match live on TV on neo channel which is like more of an ads channel with a little bit of boring cricket in between.

    In about 15-20 minutes or so the 4th ODI is going to be played and it is very important that Pakistan wins this match to keep the series alive otherwise it would be a dead rubber. SA has won the toss and elected to bat. Ajmal is out and Abdur Rahman is in as expected. But, there is NO Umar Akmal, just one change in Pak side whereas, Parnel and Styen back with Smith fit to play. So, they have made 3 changes. Lets see how the game progresses.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 5, 2010 - 4:27 PM

    Bootha’s cameo will prove costly for Pakistan, Wahab Riaz after taking 2 wickets in 2 balls gave away easy runs to Bootha who went on to improvise and took the total to 274 which at one time it looked like they won’t make 250.

    Barring Farhat who is and will always be a liability, the other batsmen are playing OK so far. Hafeez after looking so set and playing some good shots, a bit risky though got out in a very casual way. Right now Younus and Shafiq needs to build a partnership. Pakistan are 93 for 2 in the 17th over which is a fairly good run rate.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 5, 2010 - 6:47 PM

    After Abdul Razzaq getting out, I have turned off the TV and not interested in watching till the end. Afridi was playing sensibly till the last ball he got out what a moment of madness that he cannot control his emotions. They should have taken the batting power play when he and Younus Khan were playing instead of leaving it till the end. I dunno what the Pakistani think tank is doing, if the players are involved in the game, the coach, manager and others should approach them and ask them to take the batting power play. They are really stupid.

    Hafeez plays well and suddenly gets out at the crucial moment, Asad Shafiz got run out the second consecutive time, he should think about his running between the wickets. And, when will they drop Farhat????????

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 5, 2010 - 11:59 PM

    Wow, contrary to my belief they have won the match !

    A friend of mine called me and asked me if I am watching the match? I said, NO I turned it off after Abdul Razzaq got out, he screamed, turn it on, turn it on and, I did. I got to see the last 3 overs it was a kinda drama in the end. Since I was recording, I rewind it and watched it from where I left. I think the catch of Wahab which Smith dropped turned costly for the South Africans, even when Wahab was run out, I had a feeling that they will make it. Because, by then it was very close just 4 runs in 5 balls.

    Younus Khan got the player of the match award for his anchor role, he was involved in 3 good partnerships and that was very crucial. Although he got out at the wrong moment yet he deserved the award.

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 6, 2010 - 8:44 PM

    “DUBAI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has demanded explanation from three players including Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar and Fawad Alam over indisciplinary acts during the on-going one-day series against South Africa here.” READ MORE………..

    http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/07/razzaq-shoaib-fawad-asked-to-explain-indisciplinary-acts-2.html

    Doesn’t this sound a bit too much? Either there was a total free hand for the players to mingle with bookies and late night clubbing etc., and now the players have to report to the team manager even if they sneeze, I mean WTF is this? What Abdul Razzaq said after scoring that century in the second ODI wasn’t anything wrong or he did not blame the PCB or pointed fingers at anyone. It is like CHOR KI DAARI MAY TINKA WALI BAAT……..

    These idiots don’t know nothing about man management. If they start penalizing players for making simple statements that his talent has not been fully utilized then, there will be more mistrust between the players and the management. They need to ignore such minor things. Also, if the players are confined to hotel rooms like a day care is like mothering them too much, imposing curfew is fine but, if they are late by an hour or so it should not be a problem because this is not a school/college hostel, even there they have some flexibility. There is no need for them to be on both extremes.

  31. #31 by khansahab on November 6, 2010 - 11:47 PM

    US not sensitive to Pak people: Musharraf

    WASHINGTON: By omitting Pakistan from the itinerary of his current trip to Asia, President Barack Obama has shown that the US is “not sensitive” to the sentiments of Pakistani people, former President Pervez Musharraf has said. “This reflects that the US President is not sensitive to the sentiments of the people of Pakistan,” Musharraf told MSNBC television with regard to the trip. He added, that the US President is unlikely to take up the issue of Kashmir during his meetings in India.

  32. #32 by khansahab on November 7, 2010 - 12:16 AM

    I have been on holiday for a week which is why I was absent from the blog. I don’t have time at the moment to write a long comment, but I have seen the scorecards of the matches and holistically Pakistan appears to be making decent progress with Afridi at the helm. I don’t think under Younis Khan, Malik or Yousuf, Pakistan would have been able to keep the series alive like how they have done so far.

    My opinion on Younis has always been mixed. As a batsman I have always considered him to be a class act, one of the best batsmen Pakistan has produced but his consistency is still not at par with the best batsmen. As a human being he is honest, straightforward and naive but he is very emotional and has a loose temper. This is why he can never be a good captain for Pakistan- whenever the public has criticised him heavily he has always created a scene or resigned. I just wanted to clarify why I don’t rate Younis highly as a potential captain and I think his talent is best utilised to spearhead Pakistan’s batting arsenal.

    On Razzaq, he is another class act but again he is too inconsistent. I used to have arguments with other bloggers about Razzaq, he is an “all or nothing” player. When he performs he steals the show and nearly always ends up winning a match singlehandedly, otherwise his performance is nearly always nothing, and the striking observation is that he seems to be let off the hook despite being a senior player.

    On Fawad Alam, somehow he has managed an average of 40 in ODI’s and he has four 50’s to his name. He has already been involved in match winning partnerships with various players and he has played a side role whereas others like Razzaq, Afridi or Malik have played a more dominant role. Fawad has 2 decent scores in his last 4 ODI’s and he needs to be persisted with, if his consistency drops he should be shown the door. His performance needs greater monitoring. So far in his career he has shown potential and he is definitely a better batsman than Malik, Misbah, Farhat etc who don’t play on merit. So, he needs to be persisted with. If we were in late 2008 or 2009 I would have blamed Fawad for playing selfishly to cement his place in the team but the way he has been treated so far, I do not blame him. In any event his bat produces more runs than so called senior batsmen Malik and Misbah and for this reason alone if not for any other reason, he needs to stay in the team.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 7, 2010 - 5:05 AM

    khansahab

    Welcome back to the blog, hope you have enjoyed your holiday? Its a bit late here and the daylight saving time is about to start from tonight, although it is 1:00 a.m., but the clocks will adjust at 2:00 a.m. I will reply to your post later tomorrow. I was watching India/NZ test and Williamson has completed his century on debut, Vittori is along with him and slowly but surely they are progressing and if they don’t get out till the end of the second session, the lead will be marginalized and the match would be heading for a draw.

    Sri Lanka is 81/5 and seems like they are in trouble this time, the middle order and late order may not play wonders each time. So, my guess is the match is in Australia’s favour now.

  34. #34 by Mohammed Munir on November 7, 2010 - 6:00 AM

    Happy Deepawali to all our Indian Bloggers…..

    Varun, Pawan and New Guy ….. Hope you guys have the Best Deewali. 🙂

  35. #35 by Mohammed Munir on November 7, 2010 - 6:07 AM

    Wow … Wow … Wow …

    What games, what drama, what results …

    I have watched, no no “fully enjoyed”, both the Dubai games live at Dubai Sports City Stadium and believe you me guys, the atmosphere was ELECTRIC.

    The fourth ODI on a Friday afternoon reminded me of Sharjah games, man … I tell you, it was a high dose of nostalgia at it’s best.

    UAE is the place for Pakistan Cricket.

    Not only are the PCB and Pakistani Players welcomed in UAE better than anywhere else in the world, but more importantly, they play their best cricket here.

    In UAE, we have best cricketing weather, great infrastructure, close proximity to Pakistani conditions/ timings and absolutely crazy cricket-loving fans. PCB should not stop their cricket, rather they should try to play maximum games/ series in UAE.

  36. #36 by Mohammed Munir on November 7, 2010 - 6:14 AM

    Khansahab …

    Welcome back, you were missed.

    Hope you had a great vacation.

    Very good and fair comments above (no. 32). I ‘am’ to fully agree with you on Afridi’s captaincy, Younis Khan’ personality, Razzaq’s performance as well as on Fawad Alam’s position in the team. 😉

    Afridi is a fighter and this time round, he is making bold decisions and it seems he has full backings from PCB, Coach, and team management. Keeping Misbah, Ajmal, Umer Gul, and Umer Akmal out of the team is definitely no mean task. 😛

    Afridi seems to have a simple rule … you perform you play, you don’t you are out. No two ways about that and no one will be in the team on his past laurels.

    I think the only reason why Imran Farhat is so far ‘a keep in the team’ is that we don’t have many options with our openers. 😦

  37. #37 by Mohammed Munir on November 7, 2010 - 7:08 AM

    Some Sporadic Standpoints …

    Pak SA ODI series is tied at 2 – 2 and the series-decider fifth and final ODI will be played tomorrow @ Dubai. This series is definitely helping the ODI cause with three out of the four games so far, going to the wire and decided in the final over of the games.

     In second ODI @ Abu Dhabi, Pakistan needed 14 runs in the last over with 9 wickets down and Razzaq took 5 balls to do it.
     In third ODI @ Dubai, Pakistan needed 12 runs in the last over of the game and four runs on the last ball, and this time SA stopped them.
     In fourth ODI @ Dubai, Pakistan needed 4 runs in the last over with 8 wickets down, while first three balls got them only 1 run and 1 out, but then they did it.

    Not only did the Pakistanian and South African fans enjoyed but I am sure every cricket-love soul around the world would have thoroughly enjoyed the three consecutive close finishes.

    It was a Friday and Deewali celebration for fourth ODI, but still we saw Indian crowd coming in huge numbers and enjoying the well-contested game of cricket.

    During all the three games, we saw enough nervy moments and several catches dropped and runouts missed by the best fielding side in the world.

    South Africans lived up to their ‘chokers’ tag. 😉

    Below two comments at Cricinfo summarize the whole storey well …

    A fan wrote, “Three Nailbiting and adrenaline pumping finishes in a row. These two teams are truly paying the cricket lovers of middleast their worth of match tickets back.”

    Another fan said, “Today was a Subcontinent day. India having upper hand in the test against New Zealand, Sri Lanka winning there first ever series win in Australia and at last Pakistan Thrilled everyone against South Africa.”

  38. #38 by Mohammed Munir on November 7, 2010 - 9:52 AM

    Javed Khan …

    I agree with you that Imran Farhat is the most useless out of the playing elevens and a true ‘liability’ for the team, because his batting is totally out of form and he neither bowls nor fields well. He even dropped an easy catch in the fourth ODI. But I think the only reason why Afridi is persisting with him is because as a Captain he doesn’t have many options for opening slot. In my opinion, Afridi should let Fawad Alam open the innings with Hafeez and bring in Umer Akmal for the all important last game. Fawad plays slow and can stabilize the innings with anchor-role which shall suit his style, while Umer Akmal can come in to play at no. 4 right after Younis Khan. This shall strengthen our batting line-up.

    Hafeez is playing the best cricket of his career. He is batting superbly and more importantly he is bowling exceptionally well. We have two regular spinner in Afridi and Abdul Rahman (earlier Ajmal), but still Afridi is using Hafeez for most of power-play overs and in most of the games so far, major portion of Hafeez’s quota of 10 overs is bowled within the power-play overs. This not only shows Afridi’s confidence in Hafeez but it also proves that Hafeez is an improved bowler. In the fourth ODI Hafeez player gem of an innings when Farhat got out cheaply. He not only continued the momentum but played some sensible and aggressive shots to keep the run rate going.

    Younis Khan is definitely an asset in the batting department and his inclusion in the team has changed their outlook. This team of young-guns not only needs well experienced players to guide them but they also need honest, loyal and good-natured role-models to follow.

    We have Tanveer Ahmed and Gul sitting out, whereas Shoaib Akhter has not given any exceptional performance so far, and it may be a good idea to give chance to anyone of these two for the last game. Wahab Riaz is not the best among the existing bowlers, but with his additional batting (hard-hitting) capabilities, he should be included in the final match. Abdul Rahman proved his inclusion and although he remained wicketless but he conceived only 39 runs in his allotted 10 overs which was the most economical.

    So my choice for the last match will be to replace Shoaib Akhter with either Gul or Tanveer, and secondly Farhat out and Umer Akmal in.

    Although, that being said, there may be some thoughts not to disturb the winning combination and go ahead without any changes. 😉

    Finally, and on different thoughts, I think if Pakistan were playing with Yousuf, Aamir and Asif, we would have crushed South Africans 5 – 0. 😉

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 7, 2010 - 3:23 PM

    Munir

    In general I agree with your comments (#38) but, dropping Farhat and including Umar Akmal with a change in opening pair is not going to disturb the winning combo. Farhat is useless and we all know. If Fawad Alam cannot open then Asad Shafiq and Hafeez can open so there should be no problem in dropping Farhat.

    As regards Shoaib Akhtar, I have been criticizing severely and many times I have said, he should retire. But, honestly speaking without any prejudice and bias he has so far kept the SA under check and control and just his presence in the team has made them on the defensive stance and he has not been expensive. In the previous match he took 3 wickets and in 9 overs he gave only 29 runs. Gul in one day has been erratic and for a series decider you cannot include Tanvir Ahmad a rookie, you have to keep your triumph card in your hands. So, I disagree on this notion that he should be dropped and they should be given a chance. Now, its not a matter of chance it is a matter of stamping your authority over the so-called best ODI side in the world and i.e., by defeating them 3-2.

    As regards Wahab, he did not bowl badly the only few loose deliveries he bowled were against Bootha and his batting is handy. I suggest that he should concentrate on his batting and improve a little more, he can be an all-rounder. The good thing about his batting is, in the death overs most batsmen expose their wickets by moving back and forth, he stays still and hammers the ball hard, which in my opinion is a good thing to do i.e., stay still. He is a big strong man and can hit hard and straight so he should go on and improve his batting as well.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 7, 2010 - 3:25 PM

    Munir

    btw, who is that old man wearing white shalwar kameez, sitting on the left of Bukhatir? They keep showing him on TV a few times.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 7, 2010 - 3:32 PM

    HAPPY DIWALI, VARUN, PAWAN and newguy

    Happy Diwali to all our Indian friends and bloggers, I just came to know that Diwali is being celebrated these days. I was in India once during Diwali time and was amazed at the non stop sound of fire crackers going around almost everywhere. It doesn’t happen here they celebrate Diwali in a different fashion no fire crackers. If they do that here perhaps the public will jump and hide everywhere.

    I watched the India/ NZ test match last night in bits and bobs and what a turnaround from NZ. It is up to Laxman to save India from defeat. If he can bat the first session and takes the lead to 200 then it should be safe. But, what a bowling performance from Martin. I also watched the Aus/SL ODI in bits and bobs and knew the result before the Australians started to bat ………. not everyday Malinga can bat like he did in the other match.

  42. #42 by newguy on November 7, 2010 - 4:05 PM

    First of all, thanks to Munir and Javed Khan for the Diwali wishes. Appreciate the good gesture. One of my neighbors arranged a small fire works and sweets party and invited the immediate neighbors, mostly Goras and a few Indians including the host, and it was fun since there were lots of children and they just got an opportunity to light fire crackers once more after July 4th (Independence Day in US). Since there is a community attendance and not just Indians it just merged along instead of surprising everyone.

    Coming to India-NZ test, what a turnaround performance from NZ, all credit for the fight they have shown. Just a few days back myself and Javed Khan were saying NZ is no match for India and this series will be boring. I think we got our just reward .. LOL. I think Indians took the opposition too easy and they did not go with the intensity they showed against Australia, either that or Australia is not all the hard to beat and the Kiwis are fired up after their poor showing in Bangladesh, to prove a point. Kiwis always punch above their weight, and this instance is not different. India have to now hope Laxman will bail them out once more and then bowling attack can produce some magic and win the game. From here on both teams should be thinking of winning and not a draw. I think Indians were not playing for a win and that cost them.

    Dravid especially has become a liability at #3 with his slow scoring and getting out when he is needed most. In first innings his slow innings gave away the momentum from Sehwag, so much that they could only score 300+ instead of 350+ they should have had. Pujara should be rewarded and Dravid should drop down to #6 and Raina should be in bench. Either that or Dravid should seriously consider going out on his own accord now. He has been a great servant of Indian cricket and a true gentleman. He also helped India win many tests, but it is time for him to be unselfish and step down.

    Dhoni is another liability in the batting line up, he has done nothing in the recent past of significance in Test matches and he is there because of keeping and because he is captain. But it is time he pulls his weight with bat, or face music. SA tour will make or break Dhoni. But right now this NZ test could be a real test for Dhoni. I won’t mind NZ winning since they deserve every bit with their fighting back after that Sehwag assault and worked their way into the winning position with slow and steady hard work.

  43. #43 by khansahab on November 7, 2010 - 4:35 PM

    Newguy, Varun, Pawan, 420, and other Indian visitors

    A very happy Diwali to all of you. One of my closest friends here is an Indian and he has flown to India to celebrate this festival, so I knew this was approaching from months ago.

    We have Guy Fawkes’ Night fireworks too around 5/6 November, so this time it was like a dual celebration for the cosmopolitan people of Manchester. One of the families on my street are Hindus, and they always celebrate this festival with fervour.

  44. #44 by khansahab on November 7, 2010 - 5:05 PM

    Newguy and Pawan

    I wanted to get your thoughts on the fact that, India play so many matches at home, which is good for Indian cricket overall.

    But, most of these matches are played on dull tracks and bowlers get hammered. This makes the matches often predictable and a little boring.

    I am getting a little sick of these matches, firstly India plays Sri Lanka too much and secondly plays too many matches on flat tracks. This is also detrimental to the Indian pace battery which has not been consistent for a long time, except Zaheer Khan who has been outstanding for a few years.

  45. #45 by khansahab on November 7, 2010 - 5:10 PM

    Obama Admits to Overseas Audience, “Midcourse Corrections” Are Required Back Home

    President Obama faced some tough questions from a friendly audience in Mumbai, India Sunday and acknowledged that nearly two years into his term some “midcourse corrections” and adjustments are required.

    After calling the U.S.-India relationship “indispensable” with “limitless potential”, Mr. Obama fielded six questions from college students following remarks at St. Xavier College, and right out of the gate, the president had his work cut out for him.

    Referencing the “shellacking” democrats received in last week’s midterm election, one student asked what changes the president would make now that American voters have made it clear they want change.

    The president acknowledged Americans voted their frustration over the still sluggish economy and told the audience of about 400 that the midterm elections back home reflected the “right, obligation and duty” of people to express their unhappiness by voting out many incumbents.

    Mr. Obama said he’d still “stick to his principles” investing in education, infrastructure and clean energy, but noted he’d be required “to make mid-course corrections and adjustments.”

    While the president was vague about how and which of his positions or agenda may evolve, and admitted he didn’t know how those “corrections” would play out, he deflected that burden to Capitol Hill.

    “Over the next several months will be matter of me being in discussions with Republican party, which is not going to be controlling the House of Representative, and there are going to be some areas where we disagree, and hopefully there are going to be some where we agree.”

    The questions covered a range of topics – from spirituality to religious extremism to international affairs.

    President Obama was highly criticized by the local press in India Saturday for not mentioning Pakistan and extremism during his remarks following his and Mrs. Obama’s visit to the 26-11 Memorial commemorating the coordinated Mumbai attacks in November 2008 by a group of Pakistani militants. When one student challenged the president today on the U.S. support of Pakistan, Mr. Obama admitted it was a good question and one he anticipated.

    The president argued Pakistan’s strategic importance – despite the country’s extremist elements – and said he thinks Pakistan’s government understands the threat noting more Pakistanis have been killed by terrorists inside Pakistan than anywhere else.

    “I think there is a growing recognition — but it’s something that doesn’t happen overnight — of what a profound problem this is,” said Obama. “And so our feeling has been to be honest and forthright with Pakistan, to say we are your friend, this is a problem and we will help you, but the problem has to be addressed.”

    Mr. Obama went on to argue that despite the complex historical relationship between India and Pakistan, India benefits most from a strong Pakistan.

    “I am absolutely convinced that the country that has the biggest stake in Pakistan’s success is India. I think that if Pakistan is unstable, that’s bad for India. If Pakistan is stable and prosperous, that’s good,” the president said, adding, “at a time when you’re starting to succeed in incredible ways on the global economic stage, that you [don’t] want the distraction of security instability in your region.”

    While Mr. Obama noted the U.S. cannot impose peace between India and Pakistan, he challenged the students on their country’s future.

    “Ultimately, India and Pakistan have to arrive at their own understandings in terms of how the relationship evolves,” said the president. “My hope is that over time, trust develops between the two countries. That dialogue begins perhaps on less controversial issues, building up to more controversial issues and that over time there is a recognition that India and Pakistan can live side by side in peace and that both countries can prosper,” Mr. Obama added. “That will not happen tomorrow.”

    A female student asked what jihad means to him, President Obama said jihad has a lot of meanings but added his respect for the Islamic faith. “Islam is one of the world’s great religions,” the president said, adding this great religion has been distorted by extremists.

    “One of the challenges we face is how do we isolate those who have these distorted notions of religious war and reaffirm those who see faiths of all sorts,” the president said before evoking the name of this country’s most famous man, “that we can all treat each other with respect and mutual dignity, and that some of the universal principles that Gandhi referred to — that those are what we’re living up to, as we live in a nation or nations that have very diverse religious beliefs.”

    The president and first lady visited the Mahatma Gandhi museum, Mani Bhavan, when they arrived in Mumbai Saturday. The Obama’s visited the library where Martin Luther King, Jr. signed a guest book in 1959, which the president found “pretty cool.”

    The president signed a more recent guest book. “I am filled with hope and inspiration as I have the privilege to visit this testament to Gandhi. He is a hero not just to India, but to the world.”

    On Monday the president and first lady will visit Raj Ghat, Gandhi’s mausoleum in New Delhi.

  46. #47 by khansahab on November 7, 2010 - 9:42 PM

    Don’t regret Bugti’s murder: Musharraf

    NEW YORK: President All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and former president Pervez Musharraf, criticizing PML-N’s Nawaz Shaif said, he made a blunder as he messed with four ex-army chiefs, two presidents and the chief justice during his government, Geo News reported Sunday.

    Musharraf was addressing APML’s mass gathering here on Sunday. Former President, responding to threats of filing a lawsuit incessantly posed to him by Nawaz Sharif, said, “As Nawaz knows that neither will he regain power nor will he be able to try me in a court of law therefore he takes resort to blow this trumpet time and again.”

    He said he doesn’t regret killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and attack on Lal Mosque and neither will he seek apology over those actions, adding that he was ready to replicate all what he did during his tenure in the face of similar situation.

    Musharraf said, on one hand Nawaz Sharif chant slogan of ‘Jaag Punjabi Jaag’ to accumulate votes in Punjab and on the other hand, he has worn criminal silence over killings of Punjabis in Balochistan.

    Also, Musharraf alleged Nawaz Sharif of handing refuge to Talal Bugti in Lahore whom (Bugti) he termed ‘lawbreaker’.

    The supporters of PML-N and APML were also present on the occasion and were chanting slogans against chiefs of both parties.

  47. #48 by Mohammed Munir on November 8, 2010 - 5:22 AM

    Khansahab …

    There is so much going on in Cricket these days (PAK Vs SA, India Vs NZ, & Australia Vs SL), why do we have to discuss politics ❓

    And if it really needs to be discussed, then I most humbly suggest that you kindly re-introduce the ‘Politics’ page for those of us who prefer to keep their ‘Cricket free from Politics’. 😉

  48. #49 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 8, 2010 - 6:26 AM

    Like I have said earlier, IF Laxman and Harbhajan plays till lunch then the match is saved from India’s point of view. So they have done it. Now, it is up to Dhoni to be a little more bold and aggressive and declare the innings, he should throw the gauntlet at the opponents, challenge them to go for 200 in two sessions and see if they can accept the challenge and meet it? I doubt India will do that, they are very defensive in their tactics and play for one more hour after lunch but, then the game is meaningless the NZlanders will play for a draw. Come on Dhoni declare the innings and get your bowlers attack them.

  49. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 8, 2010 - 6:31 AM

    This is very funny, a couple of days ago I have quoted a link from the newspaper DAWN about three players to be fined for indiscipline, one was Abdul Razzaq for saying his talent was not fully utilized, Fawad Alam and Shoaib Akhtar for arriving late at the hotel i.e., after the curfew hours.

    NOW, there is a news here is the link and see who got fine?

    “Pakistan fine three cricketers on discipline violation”

    http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/08/pakistan-fine-three-cricketers-on-discipline-violation.html

    “Opener Shahzaib Hasan, spinner Abdul Rehman and wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider were fined 500 dirham (136 dollars) for breaking curfew timings during the ongoing one-day series against South Africa, played in the United Arab Emirates.”

  50. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 8, 2010 - 6:36 AM

    Danish Kaneria is always treated like an outcast …………. I don’t understand what this MF Ijaz Butt’s agenda is. When Kaneria was selected in the test squad and was about to leave Karachi for Dubai to join the team, Yousuf, Sami, Azhar Ali and Taufiq Omar the idiot were allowed to go and Kaneria was stopped at the airport and the reasons given were, he does not have clearance from the PCB and no other reason was given. If he does not have the clearance then why the EFFF they selected him in the test squad? Shame on you Ijaz Big Butt.

  51. #52 by Mohammed Munir on November 8, 2010 - 8:24 AM

    Javed Khan …

    You are not the first person to have asked me about that white Shalwar-Qameez old guy who was sitting beside Mr. Bukhatir. Unfortunately, me too, I don’t know that person.

    I think I will have to ask Mr. Bukhatir himself today. 😉

  52. #53 by Pawan on November 8, 2010 - 5:20 PM

    Hey guys,

    Sorry I am currently on a little Diwali vacation. So couldn’t follow-up. But its hard to keep of legslip in the cricket season!

    First of all, thanks to everyone for the Diwali wishes.
    Wish I could share all the sweets with you guys.

    Just a quick glance @ cricinfo showed that it was a good time to take vacation as Ind has screwed up real bad in the test w/ NZ! hehe.
    At least they drew the test, thanks to Bhajji.

    About Pak cricket, they’ve thrown up another surprise — the mysterious disappearance of Haider! Any ideas/thoughts guys?

    The SAF/Pak match is going on… Umar Akmal is the key at this stage I believe.. lets see..

    Talk to you guys later.

    Take it easy.

  53. #54 by khansahab on November 8, 2010 - 9:47 PM

    PCB boss Butt has dragged Pak cricket further down: Richard Pybus

    Former Pakistan cricket coach Richard Pybus has slammed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt for dragging the nation ‘down further’ instead of ‘acting swiftly’ to protect its reputation in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal.

    “Anything and everything that could happen to rubbish Pakistan cricket’s name, has happened. … my best wishes and hopes have been dashed on the rocks of a match fixing scandal… Through all of this, the Chairman of the PCB (Ijaz Butt) has dragged Pakistan down further,” PakPassion.net quoted Pybus, as saying.

    “Was this possible after all the allegations and match fixing emerged? Well yes, he (Butt) accused England, their host for the home-away-from-home test series in England, sponsored by the MCC, of corruption,” he added.

  54. #55 by khansahab on November 8, 2010 - 9:48 PM

    Yawar Saeed tipped to be next PCB COO

    Lahore: Pakistan’s former team manager Yawar Saeed is tipped to take over as PCB’s new chief operating officer after Wasim Bari was sacked under a service rule act that does not allow the board to give regular employment to persons over the age of 60 years.
    Bari and 15 other regular employees of the board were on Saturday delivered letters informing them that their services had been terminated because of the service rule.

  55. #56 by khansahab on November 8, 2010 - 10:21 PM

    No plan for changes in Board: Zardari

    ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan and Patron–in-chief of Pakistan Cricket Board has ended all the rumours of any changes in board management and said that there is no need to change board officials.

    While talking exclusively to The Sports Encounter scribe here at Islamabad Zardari said that “I have no plan to change chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ejaz Butt and there is no need to change him as he is doing pretty good job.”
    It is important to mention here that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani was due to meet President Zardari on recent scandals in Pakistan cricket team and in PCB but Zardari statement ended all the speculations on Butt’s future.

  56. #57 by Omer on November 8, 2010 - 11:37 PM

    Akhter must go. It is time he retires, he has got no stamina to bowl his quota, and quite simply, he has lost his touch.

  57. #58 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 9, 2010 - 1:03 AM

    I had a very busy day today and could not watch the match. After seeing the results on cricinfo, I don’t think I have missed much. But, last night I watched India NZ for a few hours and what a pathetic performance from Dhoni, why didn’t he declare at lunch? He is a coward. Just wanted records to be created that’s all.

    Haider’s mystery is very mind boggling, I don’t understand why the F he went to London? If there was a threat, Dubai is the safest place, he should have talked to the captain, manager, coach and asked for security. Running away like this creates doubts in peoples mind. Pakistanis are absolutely brainless they don’t know what to do at the right moment.

    I am off guys, ttyl.

    Munir thanks for that “useless” info. 😀

  58. #59 by Mohammed Munir on November 9, 2010 - 4:44 AM

    PCB is certainly a funny organization.

    Wasim Bari, the 62 years old COO of the PCB is being sacked by the board because he is over 60 and as per the new service rule act the board can not give regular employment to persons above 60 years of age.

    Well, have a look below:

    Ijaz Butt (1938) 72 years PCB Chairman

    Intikhab Alam (1941) 69 years Team Manager

    Yawar Saeed (1935) 75 years ‘tipped’ to be new COO, and may replace 62 year old Wasim Bari

  59. #60 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 9, 2010 - 1:39 PM

    Munir

    On the subject of age, it is called, “Andhair Nagri ChowBUTT Raaj.” 😀

    And, now at the age of 24 Zulqarnain Haider has announced his retirement from cricket, they mysteries are getting more mysterious. How can you spare cricket from the pangs of betting?

  60. #61 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 9, 2010 - 1:45 PM

    The test squad has been announced, Teesra Khatmal has joined the league now. Retaining Hafeez is not a bad idea, but retaining Farhat is a very bad move. Also, sending back Tanvir Ahmad is a bad move because there are only 3 fast bowlers, Gul, Wahab and Sami, if one of them gets injured they are left with only two seamers and that is not good planning and backup, I wonder what Waqar, Inti and as expected Fawad Alam is missing (he wasn’t even in the initial test squad) despite the fact that he played well in 3 matches. His last innings was pathetic but, so was Younus and Yousuf’s both added more pressure on him. When the openers performed well in the 5th ODI, the middle order collapsed which is why Pakistan lost. Had they scored 20 runs each, Pakistan would have won.

  61. #62 by khansahab on November 9, 2010 - 6:45 PM

    India creating ‘anti-Pakistan’ Afghanistan: Musharraf

    NEW YORK: Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf said Tuesday that India was trying to create a hostile state in Afghanistan as he hit back at criticism of his country’s role in fighting extremists.

    Musharraf, who is touring the United States as part of a comeback bid, said he has seen photographs of Kabul-based “Pakistan terrorists” a likely reference to Baluchistan separatists meeting in India with intelligence agents.

    “If I’m allowed to be very, very frank, India’s role in Afghanistan is to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan,” Musharraf, a military ruler who stepped down in 2008, said at the Council on Foreign Relations.

    “This is very clear to me. There are consulates in Kandahar and Jalalabad (which) are actually involved in creating trouble in Pakistan. They have no other role,” Musharraf said.

    “Why wouldn’t the consulates be somewhere in the north facing Uzbekistan and Tajikistan?” he asked.

  62. #63 by khansahab on November 9, 2010 - 7:03 PM

    We don’t have a Politics page anymore, so I am pasting the following below. Please read carefully about what visionary Musharraf is saying:

    Musharraf outlines his political strategy for Pakistan

    (Reuters) – Exiled former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who plans to return home and head a new political party, on Tuesday brought the case for his political revival to some of the most influential figures in U.S. foreign policy.

    Musharraf told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York he believed he had “an even chance” of returning to political power in his country’s 2013 general election and would seek to attract support of those who do not normally vote.

    The former military chief, who came to power in a bloodless military coup in 1999, announced last month in London that he had created a new party, the All Pakistan Muslim League. He has lived in self-imposed exile since he stepped down under threat of impeachment in 2008.

    Pakistan was facing a leadership crisis and “no political party (there) today can handle the situation,” he said.

    Even getting 25 percent of the non-voters out could break (Pakistan) away from the politics of dynastic rule that brings the country down,” he said in a clear reference to the administration of President Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

    In his announcement in London, Musharraf apologized for “wrong decisions” made as president. He became embroiled in a fight with the judiciary and imposed a state of emergency in 2007.

    Musharraf stopped short of calling for another military takeover of Islamabad, but indicated that he understood why Pakistanis considered it an option.

    “Unfortunately, democracy in Pakistan has not taken root,” he said. “Public opinion against the government is very negative … (Pakistanis) then start talking about the army, but I’m talking about democracy and constitutional (change).”

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    Asked to outline his election strategy, Musharraf said he planned to mobilize the 60 percent of the Pakistani electorate — the middle class, women, youth and minorities — who currently stayed away from the polls.

    Musharraf suggested that he was already winning some of that support. His Facebook page had attracted 350,000 fans, up to 85 percent of whom were younger Pakistanis under 34, he said.

    In addition, a recent three-hour telethon in London raised $3 million.

    Musharraf dismissed threats of legal action or personal danger if he returned, saying that his opponents were trying to scare him because they didn’t want him to go back. “No risk, no gain,” he said. “I am prepared to take these risks.”

    “It’s certainly a difficult task (to win) … but I see it as better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.”

    Questioned about the controversial U.S. drone attacks that are estimated to have killed more than 200 people in North and South Waziristan since the start of 2010, Musharraf said he agreed with Washington that these strikes targeted al Qaeda and Taliban militants.

  63. #64 by khansahab on November 9, 2010 - 7:04 PM

    Nawaz amassed over $1bn ill-gotten money: Musharraf

    NEW YORK: Former chief of the army staff Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf has accused PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif of having amassed over $1 billion in ill-gotten wealth. The money stashed in bank accounts in London is looked after by his son.

    Addressing a gathering of Pakistanis at a New Jersey hotel, he asserted that if he returns to power he would try the Sharifs in court of law.

    When asked by a person in the audience why had he been keeping quiet about the alleged corruption of President Asif Ali Zardari who also bilked the country of billion of dollars, the former COAS noted: “The PPP government was under fire and I do not want to put more pressure on it.”

  64. #65 by khansahab on November 9, 2010 - 9:46 PM

    Haider did not come to team management for help: Intikhab

    KARACHI: Pakistan cricket team manager Intikhab Alam said wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider did not inform the management about the threats he claimed to have received from a person who wanted him to fix the fourth and fifth one-day internationals against South Africa in Dubai.

    “No he didn’t inform me or anyone in the management about what was going on. He didn’t come to us for help,” Intikhab said from Dubai.

    “I am not a magician to know what is going on in the mind and heart of a person. We had no idea what he was up to or thinking,” the former Test captain said.

  65. #66 by khansahab on November 9, 2010 - 10:26 PM

    Munir sahab

    Despite repeated failures Yawar Saeed, Inti Alam and Wasim Bari keep returning within the PCB.

    One has to wonder why they keep reappointed. Either they are very good at their job, or they are part of a corrupt nexus.

    They are definitely not good at their job so they must be part of some corruption. Are they involved in match fixing/mismanagement/some grievous negligence? Are they covering each other’s backs?

    Anyone with half a brain can realise there is presence of some foul play. They are definitely not being kept on because of their calibre.

  66. #67 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 10, 2010 - 1:11 AM

    khansahab

    They are covering each others BUTT 😀

  67. #68 by Mohammed Munir on November 10, 2010 - 7:02 AM

    Javed Khan …

    LOL @ ChowBUTT Raaj & Teesra Khatmal 😉

    Kiya Pakistan Mein Aur Saray Aur Keepers Mar Gaye Hain ❓

    And this ‘Akmal’ family has taken ‘keeping’ as their family business or what ❓

    I agree with you on Hafeez, yes it is better to allow him to play Tests because he is in very good form at the moment, secondly, we don’t have many better options. Imran Farhat surely does deserve to be anywhere near the team, let alone playing him. I am sure a player of Farhat’s caliber would not be selected even by Bangladesh, Zimbabwe or Kenya, ‘Butt’ in Pakistan anything goes. 😀

    Another tragedy is that Fawad Alam is not selected for Tests. PCB and their Selectors have definitely lost their brains. Fawad Alam, although scored well, but he played very slow in all ODIs and at times it looked that he didn’t suit the faster format well, and now when his style of slow-batting would have been more useful in Tests they excluded him and sent him back. What are these peoples doing ?

    Taufiq Umer is another mediocre who got many chances but could not cement his place. I really don’t understand what good will it serve to bring him back now?

    BTW, Javed, Tanveer Ahmed is still in the Test squad and they did not send him back. They have four fast bowlers and not 3, i.e. Gul, Wahab, Sami and Tanveer, however, I am sure these four are no match for Steyn, Tsobetsobe, Morkel and Parrnell, not forgetting Kallis and Theron. 😛

    Khansahab …

    Fully agree with you on Yawar Saeed and Intikhab Alam, they are definitely part of a corrupt nexus, although I am not sure about Bari, he used to be a decent guy. I think Wasim Bari and Mohsin Khan are not so corrupt, but they are weak and doing, what they are doing, for money and to keep their seats. 😦

  68. #69 by Mohammed Munir on November 10, 2010 - 7:12 AM

    Joke of the day …

    A man and his wife go to their honeymoon place for their 25th Anniversary.

    As the couple reflected on that magical evening 25 years ago, the wife asked the husband: ‘When you saw my naked body for the first time 25 years ago, what was going through your mind?’

    The husband replied: ‘Honestly ? All I wanted to do was to fuck your brains out, and suck your tits dry’.

    Then as the wife undressed, she asked: ‘What are you thinking now?’

    Husband replied: ‘It looks like I did a pretty good job’. 😉

  69. #70 by khansahab on November 10, 2010 - 7:24 PM

    Dr. Qadeer responsible for N-proliferation: Musharraf

    NEW YORK: Former President Pervez Musharraf has said missile tests of Ghauri I and Ghauri II failed and Dr. Qadeer Khan is well aware of all this, Geo News reported.

    He said those goods, which Dr. Qadeer would import or export, would be exempted from checking at customs therefore none dared to touch them. Only Dr. Qadeer Khan is responsible for nuclear proliferation.

    He was allowed to go anywhere upon informing the government officials when I was on charge being president of Pakistan, Musharraf said, dispelling the impressions that Dr. Qadeer would remain under house arrest.

    Supporting his decision to place precincts upon AQ Khan, Musharraf said he provided protection to Dr Qadeer Khan by means of putting ban on him as foreign forces were becoming mad to take him from Pakistan.

    This Pervez Musharraf said, responding to a question posed by Jang News correspondent here in New York.

    To a question, Musharraf said Dr. Qadeer Khan was an expert at Metallurgy science and did some work in nuclear enrichment whereas other scientists played major role in making Pakistan nuclear power but only considering him being hero, is injustice to other scientists.

    Admitting that a letter he received from former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, he said BB wrote me a letter, carrying three names whom she thought would attack on her, but I believe that Baitullah Mehsood assassinated her.

    Those three persons, indicated in her letter, were Pervez Ilahi, Brig (Retd.) Ijaz Shah and General (retd.) Hameed Gul, he said.

    “Baitullah Mehsood was the master mind of her assassination,” he claimed adding, “But I cannot confirm who might be behind the plot to kill Benazir.”

    Musharraf said Lal Mosque issue is being politicized only. There were only 125 persons in mosque as all women and girls had gone off the mosques before attack.

  70. #71 by khansahab on November 10, 2010 - 7:30 PM

    Munir sahab

    Good joke.

    I present a shair for you:

    “Har Shay”

    Har zurra zurra pas e pardah kohtahee main

    Doobey hain hum bilashaba teri tanhaee main

    Har shay boley! Oqaab boley I am agree

    Haseenaon key dimaag hain shehenshaai main……

  71. #72 by khansahab on November 10, 2010 - 10:50 PM

    Some statistics about Shahid Afridi:

    In 2010 Afridi has averaged 33 in ODI’s. Javed A Khan and I frequently used to say that captaincy would improve Afridi’s batting.
    In terms of batting average this has been Afridi’s best year of international cricket.

    As a captain Afridi averages 35 whereas he averages 23 when he is not the captain.

    In matches won he averages 31 whereas in matches lost he averages 17.

  72. #73 by Mohammed Munir on November 11, 2010 - 4:47 AM

    Khansahab …

    Your ‘shair’ above is ‘Aaivayeen’ 😉

    About Shahid Afridi, actually responsibility will make some peoples outshine their own performances and this, I believe, is the quality of a true leader.

    Umer Akmal was not performing for a long time and he had lax attitude toward his game, but Afridi was strict and he made him sit out for a few games. So when Umer Akmal came back after a while, he not only kept-the-wickets but he was our highest scorer in that last ODI.

    Trust me, Yeh Qoum Sirf Danday Kay Aagay Theek Hai. 😛

  73. #74 by Mohammed Munir on November 11, 2010 - 4:49 AM

    Qoute of the Day …

    If you are headed in the wrong direction, GOD allows U-turns, as long as you are alive !!

  74. #75 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 11, 2010 - 1:55 PM

    Munir

    On Danda, Shafi Okarwi a famous Mullah from OKara, Punjab said:

    Danda Wigriyaan Tigriyaan Da

    means Danda bigraon ko theek kerta hai.

    History has proved that Pakistan has always performed better under a DD, Dictatotor’s Danda. Not only Pakistan the whole of Muslim nation is like that and that is why the so-called Greeko Roman Democracy fails in Islamic countries. They need their own DDD “dictatorial danda democracy.” 😉

  75. #76 by khansahab on November 11, 2010 - 6:42 PM

    India responsible for deteriorating situation in Pakistan: Musharraf

    Pervaiz Musharraf has said that India is responsible for the worst security conditions in Pakistan and there are proofs to back to this claim
    While addressing to Atlantic Council think-tank in Washington former president said that India is behind the worst security conditions in Pakistan and we have solid evidence backing this statement. He said that our atomic Bomb is known as Islamic bomb then why Indian bomb is not called Hindu bomb and why Israel’s bomb is not called Jewish bomb.
    He further said that Drone technology is very useful and if this is given to Pakistan better results can be achieved , he said that extremism should be dealt seriously and said that the Lashkar –e-Taiba and Jaish Mohammad are living in the occupied Kashmir and have sympathies of certain group of people.
    Sharing his views with the think tank Atlanta council in Washington the former President said that the financial conditions were far better and the country was moving towards prosperity during his reign but things are getting worse day by day in the present times.
    He said that India is creating anti Pakistan sentiment in Afghanistan and is involved in many such activities which are against the sovereignty of Pakistan and the Balochistan security conditions are also being targeted by India.
    He informed the council that Indian consulates are present in Jalal Abad and Kandahar in Afghanistan which are being used for anti Pakistan activities and there is no existence of Taliban Shura.

  76. #77 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 11, 2010 - 9:39 PM

    Both, India and Pakistan test matches are starting tonight in India and Dubai. Among the list of Pakistani probables Gul’s name is not in the list. It means Pakistan is playing with two fast bowlers and three spinners. Wahab, Sami, Hafeez, Abdur Rahman and Ajmal. Whereas, SA are playing with three seamers and 2 spinners if Peterson is included in the team they have 3 spinners. Keeping six bowlers in a test team is a better idea than having only 5.

    Taufiq Umar is the second most run getter 593 runs in test against SA with Inzi remaining all time 710 runs, whereas the batsman who scored most centuries (3) and best average (75.71) is Azhar Mahmood. Younus Khan stands at number three only 23 runs behind Taufiq Umar’s total.

  77. #78 by khansahab on November 11, 2010 - 10:02 PM

    Tainted Pak players to be kept out of World Cup

    Five suspect Pakistani cricketers are unlikely to play the World Cup next year, according to former opening batsman, Aftab Gul, who incidentally is now a lawyer and representing suspended captain, Salman Butt in the spot-fixing controversy.
    Speaking exclusively over telephone from Lahore on Thursday afternoon, he confirmed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ijaz Butt have entered into a verbal agreement that these players will not represent the national team until the World Cup. The five players who were named are: Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Danish Kaneria and Kamran Akmal.
    “Danish Kaneria was omitted (the PCB is yet to give out the reason) at the last minute from the squad that left for UAE (two Tests against South Africa in Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and despite being fit, Kamran Akmal was ‘ignored’ by the selectors and his brother, Adnan was chosen to play the Tests”, said Aftab Gul. The initial reason given for ignoring Kamran while announcing the one-day and Test squads against South Africa was that he was not 100 per cent fit, but he had reportedly been impressive in the domestic matches.

  78. #79 by khansahab on November 11, 2010 - 10:03 PM

    Haider – I’m making a stand

    (UKPA) – 1 hour ago

    Pakistan cricketer Zulqarnain Haider says he is not worried about how he will make a living after effectively ending his international career to make a stand against match fixing.
    The 24-year-old quit Pakistan’s base in Dubai and arrived in London on Monday after claiming he had being issued with a death threat when he refused to deal with a man who wanted him to fix last Friday’s one-day international against South Africa.
    Haider said: “I learn a lot of things from England where a lot of people are doing good things. I don’t worry about the money. I always work in Pakistan with foundations and charities from my pocket and every time I earn money I give 2.5% to charity or health.”
    The wicketkeeper has since had his contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board terminated but is adamant he does not regret his actions, believing he is “taking a stand” against corruption in the sport.

  79. #80 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 12, 2010 - 5:14 PM

    khansahab

    As regards Zulqarnain Haider, imo he was planning for a plight to the UK and found the right time to make a move. He knew that his career would be over if Kamran Akmal is back (it is just today it is confirmed that his name is among the 5 players suspended from the 2011 WC) So, when Haider saved the match he kinda guessed this is the right time. I dunno if that Bookie story and the Threats he is talking about is genuine. In any case the UK is the best place from him to continue his future by playing league cricket and coaching kids. Also, this story has already made him famous so there would be no difficulty in achieving what he wanted to achieve.

    My prediction about Pakistan playing with only 2 seamers and 3 not so famous spinners will not
    work and after today’s play it proved that I was right. Both Sami and Wahab are not like Waqar and Wasim, even they used to have backup fast bowlers. Hafeez is not even a spinner he is an all-rounder who was useful in shorter version of the game.

    With Yousuf not in the team, they are sitting ducks against Dale and Morkel and their spinners Harris and Booth will make the Pakistani batsmen dance. MY prediction is Pakistan will lose this test by an innings.

  80. #81 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 12, 2010 - 9:42 PM

    What I have said today before the start of the match that Pakistan is making a mistake by playing with only 2 seamers and 3 spinners and gave the reasons. Now, see what happened today: “Umar Gul bowled well today without any luck, and to make things worse for Pakistan, Wahab Riaz seems to have picked up a strain, he may not bowl tomorrow. That means Pakistan could be down to one quick bowler tomorrow.”

    This is not the first time Pakistan selectors have chosen a team like this. They NEVER LEARN from their mistakes. There was no need for an extra batsman, 5 regular bowlers and an all-rounder is enough. They considered Hafeez as a regular bowler and he bowled only one over on the first day. Now that Wahab is injured what is going to happen? Younus Khan and Misbah will bowl? THREE IDIOTS………… ijaz Butt, Intikhab Alam and Yawar Saeed.

  81. #82 by khansahab on November 12, 2010 - 9:50 PM


    Musharraf’s party issues charge sheet against Nawaz Sharif

    All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has issued charge-sheet against PML (N) Chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s corruption and misappropriation of powers. APML has also published the copies of Mian Nawaz’s apology letter as well as his pledge for not participating in politics.
    Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the leader of APML Sher Afgan Khan Niazi accused Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of acquiring 614 billion rupee debts for different uses and therefore an immediate inquiry of this matter should be done.
    He also urged Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family to disclose the correct lists of their domestic and international assets.
    APML demanded an apology from Mian Nawaz Sharif for hiding the apology letter and the pledge for not participating in politics from his party members and the nation.

  82. #83 by khansahab on November 12, 2010 - 9:53 PM

    I was watching the interview of 3 journalists today who were talking about this rumour that the 2 biggest parties in Pakistan have offered money, properties etc to senior journalists so that the media can stop attacking their corruption.

    One of the journalists said that, even if the media starts publishing that Zardari and Sharif are angels, the public of Pakistan will not forgive these corrupt people.

    He added, “I salute every man who supports Pervez Musharraf”.

  83. #84 by khansahab on November 12, 2010 - 11:00 PM

    Drawing the Tests will be a huge achievement for Pakistan. The PCB administrators cannot manage T20 wins, let alone Test wins.

    Test cricket is at such a decline in Pakistan. PCB does not realise that if the team cannot perform at Test level, then this will also show in ODI’s and T20’s and it will never be able to be a top team in any format.

    South Africa have a tendency to choke and mentally they are not a very strong team, but at the moment Pakistan’s morale is so low that South Africa are totally dominant. Misbah will be doing well if he can manage 2 draws. What Pakistan now needs to worry about is, how can it make 400+ runs against South Africa?

    It does not matter how flat the track is, 400 is a good score or any pitch.

  84. #85 by khansahab on November 12, 2010 - 11:11 PM

    There are so many players who are injured, out of form or suspended:

    Butt
    Asif
    Aamir
    Akmal
    Kaneria
    Yousuf
    Akhtar
    Saeed Ajmal

    There are players whose form is borderline:
    Gul
    Younis
    F Alam
    U Akmal
    Razzaq

    And very few in form players:
    Hafeez
    Afridi
    Riaz

    Misbah is a player who is the least deserving but he is the captain!!!

    Just like in Pakistan the least credible person is the President.

  85. #86 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 13, 2010 - 12:15 AM

    khansahab

    Pakistan’s problem is they are producing only mediocre players in both departments (batting and bowling) and in fielding department they produce the worst players in the world. Pakistan’s fielding has never been good but, other sides have improved their fielding so much that the Pakistani fielders look third grade fielders in front of them.

    When Inzamam was captain, they could at least boast about the middle order with Inzi, Yousuf and Younus and two late middle order all-rounders in Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi. The opening pair since Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail has been a problem and they could not produce one single pair to stay there for a few years. In one year they have tried six different opening pairs and all of them failed.

    I have been saying since a long that if they have tried so many opening combination and all failed then why not try Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq in T20 and let them play for at least 10 matches to see how they perform. Obviously they will not be scoring 10/10 but, even if one of them scores a fifty plus 6/10 times then it is worth having them as openers. Because, unlike 50 overs match in T20 if they come to bat after the 17th over they are completely wasted. And, if they give a flying start as openers then not only will the opposition be on the back foot but, the middle order and late middle orders such as Akmals and Hafeez can also play with confidence and add a few runs. They must try out this combination and not just for one or two matches but for at least 10-12 matches to work out an average.

  86. #87 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 8:42 AM

    Is Musharraf reading Legslip? 🙂

    “Civil governments in Pak have never performed”: Musharraf

    Washington, Nov 13 (ANI): All civil governments in the history of Pakistan have failed to deliver to the people and to the state, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said.

    In an interview on National Public Radio, Musharraf said, “The important thing for an elected government is to deliver to the people and to the state. If that is not happening, that is the problem in Pakistan.”

    Unfortunately the civil governments have never performed – and I repeat, never performed. In its history, they have never,” he added.

    Commenting on why a former coup leader should be welcomed at all into the democratic process, Musharraf said, “Because of our performance. Today on the political horizon in Pakistan, one is the government, or People’s Party, which is functioning at this moment. The other alternative is Nawaz Sharif. Now, he has been tested and tried twice before and failed both the times.”

    “As far as I’m concerned, we ran Pakistan for nine years. I didn’t leave Pakistan because Pakistan was not doing well socioeconomically. Each and every socioeconomic factor was on an upsurge. So I left because of certain problems of political nature…” he added.

    The APML leader, who is seeking power in Pakistan again, said that he would return there “before the next election,” adding that he has to “create a certain political environment” for himself and his political party before he goes back.

    He said that he would face all charges at the moment, adding that presently there is no case whatsoever in the courts of Pakistan against him.

    When asked if he was willing to return without any assurance that there will not be a case against him, Musharraf said, “Now, certainly in Pakistan we understand the realities on ground – I do – that there will be some political maneuverings. And for political reasons cases may be initiated against me. If that a fact(ph), we’ll fight those in the courts. And those who are saying that cases will be initiated, I would like to initiate cases against them, actually, of corruption, which -like Nawaz Sharif, who is saying all this.”

    Commenting on the host’s remarks that Musharraf himself came in on the shoulders of the military and thus one might ask why not just have another military coup if he was not happy with how things were going in Pakistan, the former president said, “Well, no, I don’t think I came on the shoulder. I was a military chief(ph) itself(ph), so I didn’t have to come on the shoulders of the military. I was the military myself.”

  87. #88 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 11:07 AM

    Munir sahab

    Please watch a clip from a talk show below, a fight between PPP and Imran Khan’s PTI.

    The PPP guy is saying Imran has a child with a white woman.

  88. #89 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 11:13 AM

    I have just seen that full clip, now, when I posted it FAO Munir sahab I had only seen half of it.

    This is a disgrace that Imran Khan has people like this in this party, that guy just threw his glass on the PPP opponent!!

    Shameful behaviour, no one from PPP, PML N, MQM or APML will ever behave like this.

    I am truly disappointed.

  89. #90 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 13, 2010 - 1:38 PM

    Gul bowled an excellent spell in the morning and took 3 wickets that gave the spinners some encouragement and SA were restricted to only 380. At the end of the first day play I thought at 307 for 2 they will score 600 runs.

    Hafeez and Taufiq batted well and gave a good start, after a long time Pakistani openers made a 100 run partnership. Now, the onus is on Younus, Misbah and Umar Akmal, they should at least make as many runs as SA made.

    NZ did the same in batting as SA did, they collapse and Indian openers Sehwag and Gambhir gave a much better start than the Pakistani openers 160 runs partnership both were out when the total was 160. Unfortunate for Sehwag who could not make his hundred. Now, it is up to Tendulkar, Laxman and Dhoni to carry the mantle.

  90. #91 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 13, 2010 - 2:42 PM

    khansahab

    I just saw the video from the link you have posted but, I am not surprised at this behavior from Pakistanis. Mind you there are so many countries where the politicians have ended in fist fight, shoe throwing and yelling at each other and it is on TV. I can’t be 100% sure that this the first time such an incident has taken place on a TV show. But, fights in the parliament, assembly, govt. offices, brushing, pushing and bullying is a common thing.

    But, I agree with you that in Imran Khan’s party there is no other well known person than Imran and if you see someone like this talking like an uncouth and then throwing the glass at his opponent is real shameful and a very bad point for Imran. I don’t think his party will ever win a majority.

  91. #92 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 13, 2010 - 2:58 PM

    Pak WC squad to need ICC clearance: ICC

    LAHORE: The announcement of the probables in squad for 2011 World Cup by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), will be subject to the clearance from ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, Geo News reported Saturday.

    According to latest reports, the PCB sent the names of 40 to 45 cricketers to the ICC, which will give back to the PCB the names of at least 30 cricketers. The PCB will present these 30 players as probables for World Cup.

    It means that the ICC will make sure none of the banned players are included in the WC squad. I think Pakistan is the only country against whom such restrictions have been imposed by the ICC, which imo is a disgrace to the nation.

    Aftab Gul, who is Salman Butt’s lawyer said he will not represent him at the hearing in January because the ICC has decided what they want to do and these players will not get any justice so there is no point in representing them.

  92. #93 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 3:11 PM

    NA sports committee’s Iqbal Muhammad Ali resigns

    KARACHI: The head of an influential Pakistani parliamentary committee on sports has resigned in frustration at the state of affairs in national cricket.

    “The state of cricket affairs is before everyone, it is in poor shape and yet nothing is being done to change the tide,” Iqbal Muhammad Ali, who headed the National Assembly standing committee on sports, told a news conference on Saturday.

    “I am resigning because the government has not bothered to implement any of the recommendations made by this committee for improvement and betterment of sports in the country,” Iqbal added.

    The national assembly committee has frequently summoned officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appear before it, most recently on the spot-fixing allegations against three players, and has publicly called for PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt to resign.

  93. #94 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 3:28 PM

    It’s very strange from Salman Butt’s lawyer to withdraw from the case citing that the players “will not get justice”.

    Lawyers are not supposed to speak like that. What is he trying to do, make a political statement?

    He can make a public statement if he feels there is some foul play or bias. But, what he is doing is very stupid and does not make Salman Butt appear any less culpable.

    In fact it appears from this behaviour he does not think Butt has a strong case. This behaviour from him will only receive worldwide condemnation and taint Pakistan’s image further.

  94. #95 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 3:31 PM

    Albie Sachs In ICC Tribunal To Hear Pakistan Spot-Fixing Charges

    Albie Sachs, former Constitutional Court judge and anti-apartheid activist, has been appointed to an International Cricket Council tribunal which will hear charges of alleged corruption against Pakistani captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.

    The appointment was confirmed on Friday by the ICC’s Code of Conduct Commission chairman Michael Beloff QC. who will chair the tribunal.

    Sharad Rao from Kenya will make up the trio.

    The players have been accused of accepting bribes to deliberately bowl no-balls, which constitutes spot-fixing, in the fourth Test against England in August.

    In September all three were suspended – two of whose appeals were rejected in Dubai – with the hearing to take place from January 6 to 11 in Doha, Qatar.

  95. #96 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 4:29 PM

    The following is very true:

    WOMEN’S ENGLISH
    1. Yes = No
    2. No = Yes
    3. Maybe = No
    4. We need = I want
    5. I am sorry = you’ll be sorry
    6. We need to talk = you’re in trouble
    7. Sure, go ahead = you better not
    8. Do what you want = you will pay for this later
    9. I am not upset = of course I am upset, you moron!
    10. You’re very attentive tonight = is sex all you ever think about?

    MEN’S ENGLISH
    1. I am hungry = I am hungry
    2. I am sleepy = I am sleepy
    3. I am tired = I am tired
    4. Nice dress = Nice cleavage!
    5. I love you = let’s have sex now
    6. I am bored = Do you want to have sex?
    7. May I have this dance? = I’d like to have sex with you
    8. Can I call you sometime? = I’d like to have sex with you
    9. Do you want to go to a movie? = I’d like to have sex with you
    10. Can I take you out to dinner? = I’d like to have sex with you
    11. Those shoes don’t go with that outfit = I’m gay

  96. #97 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 4:37 PM

    Rs 74 Million: PM Gilani’s palatial official residence renovation

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s palatial official residence and his majestic secretariat have cost taxpayers Rs74million in the last 30 months in the name of ‘renovation’, reveal official documents tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

    Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi also came under fire from all sides of the lower house of the parliament for what many lawmakers called massive corruption and mismanagement in his ministry’s affairs and Haj operations.

    As if the grilling of the minister was not enough to shake him, a legislator disclosed on the floor of the house that a Saudi prince has written a letter to the chief justice of Pakistan to take action against Pakistan’s Religious Affairs Ministry on charges of corruption in the Hajj operations and hiring of buildings in two holy cities.

  97. #98 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 6:40 PM

    “Sax” symbol Meera is also a longstanding comedian:

  98. #99 by khansahab on November 13, 2010 - 6:49 PM

    I was not paying much attention to this Pakistan squad, however I have only just noticed Azhar Ali is playing.

    I don’t understand why Azhar Ali is still in the team as only recently he failed on some tours? He has played 7 matches and was averaging 27 before this current match with 2 fifties.

    Khurram Manzoor averages 30 from 7 matches with 3 fifties, why wasn’t he selected?

    Fawad Alam has only played 3 matches, why wasn’t he given more opportunities?

    Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Shafiq should have been given another chance.

  99. #100 by Mohammed Munir on November 14, 2010 - 6:23 AM

    Khansahab …

    The more I try to avoid discussing ‘Politics’, the more you wish to drag me into this mess.

    Anyways, on your wishes, I have seen the talk-show video which you have posted above, and yes I fully agree it is not acceptable of both the guys to abuse each other on a public forum.

    Nevertheless, I will not put the blame of a single person’s individual act on Imran Khan or his entire party, would you ❓

    If it was really so, then Zardari should be accountable of Dr. Firdous Awan’s blabbing and similarly Pardais Musharraf should be held accountable of every action of Sheikh Rashid, Chaudry Pervaz Elahi and Chaudry Shujjat Hussain because ‘they were in his party’ 🙂

    Moreover, Musharraf should also be fully responsible for looting billions of rupees by his accomplice and selected ‘blue-eyed’ ex-prime minister. I am sure they both must be sharing the ‘booty’ sitting in UK together. 😉

    Nay, but you wouldn’t do that … 😦

  100. #101 by khansahab on November 14, 2010 - 7:48 AM

    Munir sahab

    Imran Khan’s chamcha threw his glass on his opponent. Why are you trying to diminish this by blaming “both the guys”? To say something unpleasant is different to physically attack another person in such a way, on a talk show. What kind of goons and thugs is Imran raising?

    Did you know Sheikh Rasheed (who has no corruption cases against him) and the Chouhdary brothers (who are corrupt) were only in Musharraf’s party for 8-9 years, otherwise they started their career with PML Nawaz, and even now there is a rumour the Choudhary brothers might revert to Nawaz? They are not “chamchays” of Musharraf and they certainly have not been politically nurtured by Musharraf, they are opportunists and you yourself have admitted recently they are not supporting Musharraf any more. So, I don’t know why you are comparing them with Imran’s thug? 😉 These Sheikh Rasheed, Choudhary brothers have been in politics for decades, probably since the time this Imran’s chamcha was not even born.

    Shoukat Aziz has no corruption case registered against him unlike Zardari, Nawaz and the Choudharys. Aziz was Pakistan’s highest tax payer along with Imran Khan during his tenure and under his leadership Pakistan was the 3rd fastest growing economy in the world. These are facts, what you keep insisting is hearsay. My polite request is for all to focus on facts rather than whims and hearsay when discussing such issues

  101. #102 by khansahab on November 14, 2010 - 7:59 AM

    Again, a pathetic performance by Pakistan, after the stability provided by openers the other batsmen batted poorly. Younis fell for 35, and as expected Misbah ul Haq failed.

    Umar Akmal is a talented player and he should be persisted with. His attitude is lacking and his brother is a very controversial figure, but I am more sympathetic to Umar and I don’t think he should have been dropped by Afridi.

  102. #103 by khansahab on November 14, 2010 - 8:09 AM

    What is this new problem with Pakistan?

    If they can play spin they can’t play pace?

    If they can play pace they can’t play spin?

    Against England they had most trouble playing against Swann, now against SA they are having trouble against Botha.

  103. #104 by khansahab on November 14, 2010 - 8:13 AM

    Afridi confident of delivering in World Cup

    Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi has said that the national team is capable of delivering in the 2011 World Cup despite the spate of controversies and problems surrounding it since last year.

    Afridi told a press conference at his residence in Karachi that he had not given up hope that Pakistan could be one of the top contenders in the World Cup despite the fact that it had not won an ODI series since the middle of 2008.

    “I back my players and I back this team to come good. We have some very talented players but yes these players have to seize the opportunity that is given to them. The captain and coach can only give them that much confidence the rest is up to them,” he said.

    Afridi, who recently captained Pakistan against South Africa in the UAE, said it was a fact that Pakistan cricket had been badly rattled by the spate of problems it has faced since last year.

    “Obviously there is pressure on the players and these new things that keep cropping up at crucial times also affect the players.”

    He called on the media and former players to back the team in the run-up to the World Cup that will be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

    “I know everyone wants us to do well whether it is the Cricket Board (PCB) or fans but the team needs support,” Afridi said.

    Pakistan has one full series with New Zealand before the mega-event and Afridi said he was completely focusing on it.

    “I had got an offer to play for South Australia in their big bash T20 event before the New Zealand tour but I declined because I am training hard and I want to be ready for the World Cup,” he said.

    The dashing all-rounder said Pakistan had its best chance of going all the way in this World Cup as it was being held in familiar conditions.

    “The conditions in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are similar so we should do well.”

    The seasoned campaigner admitted that another problem facing the team was its inability to finish off matches.

    “I don’t know the reason but it is a fact that we have been playing well in recent times. We were in strong positions in Australia, England and now against South Africa but for some reason we are letting the opportunities slip by. We are not displaying good finish abilities which is an area of concern for us,” Afridi said.

  104. #105 by Mohammed Munir on November 14, 2010 - 8:46 AM

    Khansahab …

    Only 8 – 9 years ❓ You think approximately a decade is a short period ❓ 😉

    Rasheed and Chouhdry brothers are definitely ‘opportunist’ but what about Musharraf ❓ I think he was the biggest OPPORTUNIST who joined hands with these corrupt peoples to prolong his illegitimate government.

    And now it’s not like they are not-supporting Musharraf, but they have ‘used’ him and now they kick him in the backside. 😉

    Shoukat Aziz and Perdais Musharraf are run-aways from Pakistan and they are not settled in ‘perdais’.

    They are not so innocent, as you think they, why the F they don’t come back to Pakistan when their own ‘Zardari’ is in government ❓

    BTW, I think the goons and thugs are still better then ‘trained military guerillas’ who doesn’t stop at murdering innocent kids and then go on record to say that I will repeat my actions.

  105. #106 by Mohammed Munir on November 14, 2010 - 8:54 AM

    Khansahab …

    After seeing Altaf Hussain enjoying his life in London and heading MQM and running a parallel government in Pakistan, it seems, Pardais Musharraf is also planning on similar lines and wants to be nominated for presidential elections in Pakistan while sitting in UK. He is already heading his new APML while living in UK.

    Good for him and good for Pakistan too. 😆

  106. #107 by khansahab on November 14, 2010 - 9:54 AM

    Munir sahab

    I don’t understand what you mean by the reference to a decade being a short period. In any event I used the word, “decades” which means more than one decade. If that is what you mean then the meaning of your reference is changed, and you have not established any point.

    Shoukat Aziz was not living in Pakistan before he was appointed Prime Minister. He came to do a job, he did a fairly good job as his government was the least corrupt government and under his leadership Pakistan became one of the fastest growing countries. When he landed on Pakistani soil he was already one of the richest people in the country, he only came to do public service. Even now he is an economic advisor to one of the Baltic states. It is a pity Pakistanis like to throw mud on their best and brightest but instead support intellectual lightweights like Imran Khan who made his name by playing sport. Imran Khan cannot make his mind up whether he wants to please Mullahs or educated people, how can he run a country?

    Where did these “innocent kids” come from? 🙂 Do you mean the Moulvi who wanted to escape the Masjid dressed like a woman? That Moulvi’s picture came in the news. What a brave, honourable and Islamic thing to do? That shows the coward mentality of these so called defenders of Islam, using a woman’s disguise to run away.

    Or the trained terrorists who were shooting the brave troops from within the Mosque? What was found from the Mosque were suicide bomb jackets, explosives, ammunition, but no women and children. This has been reported by every news channel. Please provide me with one article that gives the name of one child or woman that was killed. If you think the Musharraf government concealed facts, then PPP has been in government for 2.5 years and PML N is in Punjab government for almost the same period. They can disclose “facts” if they wanted but the reality is that the Mosque was a breeding ground for terror in the country’s capital.

    Again, I base my arguments on reported facts and you are just using hearsay and propaganda. I can respond to your arguments with more facts but I would urge you don’t rely on “idhar oodhar ki baat” because it dumbs down what is otherwise a healthy debate.

  107. #108 by Mohammed Munir on November 14, 2010 - 11:19 AM

    EID Mubarak to All Bloggers on LS …

    On this Great Occasion of “EID Al-Adha ”, I take this opportunity for Wishing YOU, Your Family and All Your Loved Ones the Happiest EID, and many more to follow, Inshallah. Praying for your Health, Safety, Contentment, and Well-being, from Allah Almighty.

    May all of us have the Most Peaceful, Prosperous, and Joyous EID.

  108. #109 by khansahab on November 14, 2010 - 8:43 PM

    Someone called “Sajad” is a corrupt coach according to Z Haider. Is his name “Sajjad”? Or has “Sajid” become “Sajad” bakoz of a pronunciation glitch?

    Sajad Akbar Named As Corrupt Coach

    Haider, who fled to London last Monday, following death threats when he refused to fix two matches against South Africa, will name the coach who he claims forced him to stand down from the captaincy of Lahore Eagles for their 50-over match against National Bank of Pakistan on March 28 2009, which ended in one of the most astonishing results ever recorded.

    Lahore Eagles scored 122 from 40.3 overs. NBP, who had to win convincingly to improve their net run-rate to qualify for the semi-finals of the Royal Bank of Scotland Cup, replied with 123 for no wicket off 6.1 overs. Salman Butt, the suspended Pakistan captain, scored an unbeaten 92 off 25 balls. Kamran Akmal was the NBP captain, and Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Amir were also in the winning team.

    Haider recalled the incident in his uncertain English: “One night before – I was captain for my team – they gave the captaincy to another player and said ‘you are not able to do captaincy’.”

    And if Haider had remained captain, no doubt he would not have kept bowling Usman Sarwar, who had never played for Lahore before or since — who conceded 78 runs from three overs, mainly to Butt.

    Who exactly told Haider to step down? “The coach said to me, if you do not rest, you will not be playing next year for Lahore.” The name of the coach, Haider yesterday told The Sunday Telegraph, is Sajad Akbar.

    This new evidence will pile the pressure on the Pakistan Cricket Board after they found no evidence of foul play when they first investigated this match. Pakistan, having been informally threatened by the International Cricket Council with being banned from the next World Cup if they do not put their house in order, have begun to act, banning the leg-spinner Danish Kaneria from the current Test series against South Africa. Kaneria was arrested by Essex police last season and questioned about “match irregularities”.

    He was cleared of any offence in September. A well-placed ICC source said yesterday: “There is a strong ICC determination that any player who has been implicated should not be permitted to play in international or domestic cricket.”

    Last week in Dubai was the only time, Haider said, he had been offered money for match-fixing. “I go home and spend time with family, I don’t want to meet bad people. I pray but praying is not everything. We need peace in all the world. I am against terrorism.” Even on a telephone line to Australia, his earnestness and sincerity were almost palpable.

    Haider is one of less than a handful of Shi’a Muslims out of Pakistan’s 202 Test cricketers to date, even though Shi’as make up at least one-quarter of the country’s population. Normally, a cricketer’s religion should be a private matter. In this case, the values of Shi’asm may well be relevant, for it focuses on self-sacrifice and martyrdom for a noble cause, and followers are usually the have-nots of this material world.

    Haider applied to play the Wisden City Cup in 2009. He turned up for trials at Victoria Park in London in the hope of playing for the London East team. He was not selected, as the competition is for UK residents of inner cities, but it indicated how keen he was for a game.

    He kept in touch. In October 2009 Haider emailed to say he had made “54 not out in 1st game agaist (sic) Lahore v ztbl on last wicket with saeed ajmal partnership around 90 runs save ztbl

    in 1st ing.” Zarai TBL is another company running a team in Pakistan cricket.

    In November 2009 Haider emailed again to the WCC organisers. “I am looking club fr next year do u have any club for me if u have I need 2 contrect (sic) with any club plz.”

    He made no mention of money. Clearly, if he were to have a contract with an English club, then money would almost certainly be involved. But the implication was that while he wanted enough to live on, payment was not his priority.

    Instead of playing club cricket the next summer, he was otherwise engaged, scoring 0 and 88 on his Test debut at Edgbaston — the latter an innings of such character that it halted, even if it did not reverse, the tide of the series and provoked Stuart Broad into hurling the ball at him.

    The evidence suggests Haider is an outsider, an attitude which the Pakistan board’s cancellation of his contract will only reinforce; and that he has chosen sacrifice, even martyrdom in terms of his professional career, for the sake of a noble cause, rather than being drawn into an evil in which, as he sees it, “a lot of people are involved”.

    On Saturday he upped that to say he had been told in Pakistan that “many people are involved”. And the probability is that Haider is right.

  109. #110 by khansahab on November 14, 2010 - 8:44 PM

    Munir sahab
    Eid Mubarak to you too.

  110. #111 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 15, 2010 - 1:17 AM

    Eid is on Tuesday November 16, 2011 So, I will keep my greetings till then.

    khansahab & Munir

    I think today we will get a clear picture of who will win this match? Although it is more in favour of SA but, we can be sure by the end of the day. The way Pakistan batting collapsed was expected, the middle order is vulnerable, Younus Khan alone cannot win matches and Misbah is not capable of winning any match. Had the openers not scored 100 plus runs the team would have been all out under 180 but, thanks to Hafeez and Taufiq and may be a bit to Azhar Ali but, no one else made any effort to play like a professional.

    India on the other hand may take lead and even win the match.

  111. #112 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 15, 2010 - 12:13 PM

    New Zealand will probably save the match by playing it a draw after McCullum taking the lead. What is wrong with Harbhajan Singh? He scored his second consecutive test hundred and again remained not out.

    On the Butt side, BUTT’s team Pakastan will definitely end up losing the first test. One whole day to play plus today’s one last hour, their target is 450 runs, which they will NEVER accomplish. Tomorrow before lunch or maximum between lunch and tea they will be all out.

    The best test match that is going on at the moment is between West Indies and Sri Lanka, I would have loved to see that explosive innings from Chris Gayle who is 219* with 26 fours and 8 sixes. Can he make 300 plus? I want him to do that because that would be hell of an innings.

    What a shame for Pakistan that the Anti Corruption Unit will first clear the names of the Pakistani probables and from them the PCB will chose the squad for the WC 2011. Ijaz Butt has brought so much disgrace to the country under his Buttmanship that no one can ever beat him. He will be remembered as the destroyer and plunderer of cricket in Pakistan.

  112. #113 by newguy on November 15, 2010 - 1:50 PM

    Javed Khan,

    “What is wrong with Harbhajan Singh?”

    He is not taking wickets, that’s what is wrong with him!!! He is supposed to be the primary spinner, but it is Ojha who is getting the breakthroughs and not him, not just in the two tests so far against NZ, even against Australia earlier. As a result, India is not able to beat NZ on home soil easily. Zaheer Khan is the only strike bowler and I get the feeling he is preserving himself and bowling below capacity, saving for the SA tour. As a matter of fact, intensity is lacking in both teams and it makes boring following the game. NZ may draw out second consecutive test and that will reflect on India’s attitude of not going for wins just because it won’t matter to their ratings.

    SA-Pak test also do not look very interesting because Dubai is expected to have proper ground conditions for exciting test cricket. The pitch obviously is suited for batting, and looking at how SA scored 300+ for just two wickets makes it boring. Pakistan has a chance to draw out the test since there is nothing in the pitch, unless they collapse for their own doing.

    Even the SL-WI test looks good for batting.

    Overall some mediocre Test cricket all around. We might have to wait for Ashes to see some real competition after all.

  113. #114 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 15, 2010 - 5:15 PM

    newguy

    Ashes will be a one way traffic, Australia is not the same anymore, yet they play better at home, so lets keep our fingers cross that there will be some exciting cricket.

    As regards Pakistan drawing the test, you are being optimistic. I can say for sure they will lose this test match despite the pitch being easy they have this tendency to throw away wickets as if it is an ODI or a T20 match.

    Agreed that India and NZ is a boring encounter and Dhoni’s captaincy as well as his form is below par. He had a chance to win the first test but, he did not declare. The only way NZ will lose is, if they throw away wickets like Pakistan. McCullum showed patience and endurance but, he may not do that all day the next day. So, the match is 70% in favour of India at the moment and i.e., despite the fact their bowling is below par.

  114. #115 by khansahab on November 15, 2010 - 6:37 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Reportedly Imran Khan has told a TV channel that in his opinion there has been some match fixing done by some elements in the team. He also thinks PCB has knowledge of these people and is preventing a full investigation to save itself from embarrassment.

  115. #116 by khansahab on November 15, 2010 - 7:05 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Jang has reported that PCB suspects Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Danish Kaneria to have links with match fixers.

  116. #117 by khansahab on November 15, 2010 - 7:07 PM

    A translation from Jang article:

    Dubai (Special Reporter) – Pakistani Cricketers are so deeply involved in corruption that a few months ago ICC was presented with a notion to ban Pakistan from the WC’11 to save the reputation of the game. But due to the support of Giles Clarke, the head of Pakistan Task Force, the ban was avoided. The decision of suspension of the trio was only taken after the hard evidence was presented. It seems impossible for the trio to be proven innocent during the Doha Court Session. According to the Sources, All test playing Asian Nations were in favour of the ban on Pakistan But Giles Clarke supported Pakistan during the meeting. ICC and PCB has agreed upon secretly sidelining all players who are involved in the acts that bring disrepute to the game. According to the sources, PCB thinks that Kamran Akmal, Kaneria and Malik have been in the company of shady characters. These people will be plucked away from the Pak Cricket to rebuild Pakistan’s reputation. According to sources, the ban on Pak Cricket could not be agreed upon but ICC has toughen its rules and conditions and it has been agreed upon that to get Pakistan out of this controversy, all shady cricketers will be made examples of.

  117. #118 by khansahab on November 15, 2010 - 7:28 PM


    ‘Diabetic’ Akram launches ‘Sugar Clinic’ in Delhi

    The national capital, which has one of the largest diabetic population in the world, got a first of its kind ‘Sugar Clinic’ which offers an integrated solution to manage the disease.

    Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram, himself a diabetic, launched the clinic at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.

    Sharing his own experience, Akram said, “I am a diabetic since the age of 29. I have played a lot of cricket after being diagnosed with diabetes.

    “I am 44 now, and all these years what I have learnt is how to manage life to stay fit,” the cricketer said.

    He advised fellow diabetics to listen to the doctors.

    “The problem with us is that we don’t consult the doctor, prefer to listen to the next guy who may be a driver,” he added.

  118. #119 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 15, 2010 - 8:29 PM

    “The problem with us is that we don’t consult the doctor, prefer to listen to the next guy who may be a driver,” Wasim Akram

    See, this is what he is doing, listening to the driver who heard it from his uncle’s brother, who is brother-in-law of his sister, whose grandfather was a compounder at Farzana Dawakhana and now people are going to listen to what Wasim Chakram is saying about Diabetes. Couldn’t he find a hospital in Pakistan where he can say, ‘come on guys I will help you in launching your campaign against Diabetics’? No, he can’t because he needs money, anything he will do is a business deal. Another reason he cannot go to Pakistani doctors is, he called them BUTCHERS and when they sued him for $150K he quickly apologized.

    When he was advertising for Anti-Smoking Campaign for which he was paid, he was smoking all the time. He was even caught on the camera at Lords while he was standing at the gallery and smoking (it was a county match final), when someone told him he is on the big screen, he ran inside to hide. If he is not serious what is the use of this deception? This is one of the reasons I say that he should apply for Indian citizenship and stay there in India.

  119. #120 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 15, 2010 - 8:39 PM

    When the writing is on the wall, loud and clear i.e., when everyone knows what is going to happen or what has already happened, Imran Khan suddenly wakes up and says something holy from the Gospel. After Zulqarnain Haider’s plight to the UK and when he started talking about the match fixing and taking names, Imran suddenly realized that he should say something. Come on Imran we all know that there has been match fixing and the PCB officials have knowledge about it. And Pakistan is not the only country, there are other countries also who are involved in match fixing. The only problem with Pakistan is they always hit the headlines.

  120. #121 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 15, 2010 - 8:43 PM

    khansahab

    It would be good for cricket in Pakistan if Malik, Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt are banned for life. Misbah‘s career is over after this series so, the betting mafia and the match fixers, the team spirit spoiling rogues will be gone forever. The final nail on the coffin would be when Ijaz Butt’s Big Butt is kicked and Pakistan get rid of these culprits, it is then the Pakistan team will be clean and really Pak. I wish this happens sooner than later.

  121. #122 by khansahab on November 15, 2010 - 11:31 PM

    This is an extremely sad song about the state of Pakistan. It is a good song, but depressing, music is good.

  122. #123 by newguy on November 15, 2010 - 11:39 PM

    Khansahab / Javed Khan,

    Regarding Wasim Akram signing deals in India, I know this is a touchy topic, and there are serious questions about the person’s integrity in this case. But suppose a Pakistani national has an opportunity to get into a business deal in India, is that really evil? Is it unpatriotic somehow? Shouldn’t we think of moving forward instead of getting stuck in the old 20th century politics and partition era petty egos.

    I know you have posted comments from Gen. Musharaf where he has been going around giving anti-India commentary. In my opinion, Gen. Musharaf is a career military man brought up on a heavy doze of post partition anti India centric view of Pakistan. He cannot and will not change his view that India is the enemy. But if Pakistan is to move forward into 21st century and to a large extend this will help India too having a peaceful relation with Pakistan, then the leaders of Pakistan must stop stroking anti India sentiments to get elected and stay in power. This is an old tactic used by all Pakistani politicians to divert attention from dire state of the country and unite the people under them by stroking anti India emotions. This way the general public will forget everything and line up behind these feudal lords and military dictators. It is about time Pakistani public demand focus on internal affairs first and foremost, and leave the India is out to get us fear aside. I am not saying the military should not be on alert, they should be, but public should demand more on internal affairs.

  123. #124 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 16, 2010 - 4:11 AM

    EID MUBARAK TO ONE AND ALL

  124. #125 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 16, 2010 - 4:31 AM

    newguy

    When I was writing that comment, I had you in my mind. I knew that you may comment on this subject. First of all my comments are NOT anti-India. This is about Wasim Akram’s individual behaviour against Pakistan. He doesn’t trust Pakistani doctors, he doesn’t live in Pakistan since he got opportunities to work in India he is practically living there, enjoying a glamourous lifestyle.

    You know and I know that only a handful Pakistani artistes and cricket players go to India to make money, other than that who else goes? Who else is allowed by the Indian government or the private sector to work there in India?

    Which Indian cricket player has ever come to Pakistan to promote the local products? I am sure players like Tendulkar and actor like Shahrukh Khan would be more than welcome by the local media and local Pakistani corporations to sponsor their products. But, none of them have ever shown any interest in going to Pakistan. Either it is patriotism or the fear of Bal Thackery whatever it is, the result is not a single Indian has ever come to Pakistan like Wasim Akram, Adnan Sami Khan and a few other comedians have gone to India.

    The irony is Wasim has the audacity and the cheek to blame Pakistan and pretends that he is very patriotic, in reality he is only worshiping money and fame.

    As regards Musharaf Parvez, there are many Indian political leaders who are spreading anti-Pakistani propaganda and spitting venom against Pakistan, Muslims, Islam etc. Altaf Hussain went to India and tried to get popular by saying that the Partition of India and Pakistan was the biggest blunder of the millennium and he tried to gain support from the masses by telling them, see I am like you and, you are like me and, we eat the same food, speak the same language etc. etc.

    The reality is not about looking the same or having similar culture or eating similar food, it is about politics and power. IF the people of India and Pakistan are same and according to Altaf there shouldn’t have been any division, then why are there 18 or 19 provinces in India and 4 in Pakistan? There is no need to have provincial autonomy. During Ayub Khan’s time there was only ONE UNIT, ONE PAKISTAN but, it didn’t work, people like to have their boundaries, territories and have their own clout.

    Besides, Altaf is either ignorant or it was a political gimmick to say we are all alike. There is definite distinction between the people of Srinagar Kashmir and the people in Trivandrum Cochin also, between the Punjabis and the Bengalis, the Marathas and the people of Telugu Desam and Karnatka. The culture of UP and MP is very different from Tamil Nadu. So, whatever Altaf said in public rallies in India is basically BULL $#*!

  125. #126 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 16, 2010 - 8:16 AM

    What a Pathetepic Clash it is between India and New Zealand that both matches are ending in a tame draw. They are unable to remove Brenden McCullum like, the Sri Lankans are unable to remove Chris Gayle who is inching towards his triple hundred. Sri Lankan spinners Mendi & Randi took all the 3 wickets between themselves but, they have given away 300 plus runs and mostly coming out from the bat of Chris Gayle.

  126. #127 by newguy on November 16, 2010 - 2:36 PM

    Eid Mubarak to all on LS.

    Two tests between Ind-NZ and Pak-SA ended in dull draws as expected. Pakistan did not collapse on this pitch, Younus making a huge difference. Harbhajan scored another 100 with the ball in NZ second innings, to go with his other 100’s with the ball in first test. Looks like SL-WI test will also end up with draw.

    Overall a very bad period for test cricket, in the sub continent and in places like Dubai Test cricket will die because of the lack of assistance from pitch.

  127. #128 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 16, 2010 - 8:55 PM

    newguy

    Agreed that the pitch was dull and flat and scoring runs shouldn’t have been a problem but, the way Pakistan threw their wickets in the first innings, I wrote them off. As they say fortune favours the brave, a couple of catches spilled went in their favour and they stood on the ground firm and sound defying a win for the so-called best test team in the world. Imagine if Pakistan plays with their main strike bowlers and batsmen the results could be different but only IF they play with such determination.

    Dubai has to do something to improve the quality of their pitches otherwise it will remain a batsmen paradise and yield no results. I hope the Abu Dhabi pitch is not the same as Dubai and a result is expected.

    As regards India and NZ, I thought India will win both the test matches. They could have won the first match had Dhoni declared earlier but, he didn’t and that was a big disappointment.

    And West Indies has always relied on Chris Gayle or Chanderpaul and more on the former than the later. I thought Bravo would club a few sixes and score a brisk 60-70 but, they all collapsed immediately. I won’t be surprised if Sri Lanka scores 600 plus runs to make this match even more dull and boring.

    Thanks for the Eid Greetings. Despite busy schedule loaded with brunches, late lunches and dinner parties, I am making some effort in between to check the blog and reply to comments and check emails as well.

  128. #129 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 17, 2010 - 2:24 PM

    WHY SAEED AJMAL IS NOT EFFECTIVE ANYMORE?

    That is because he is over ambitious to get wickets and using his DOSSRA too often, which imo he should use it sparsely as a surprise weapon. If he keeps bowling doosra after every other ball then obviously batsmen get ready for that and he is more predictable. Apart from his recent failures in T20 and ODI’s against SA, even in the test match he was very, very expensive and took only one wicket by giving away more than 100 runs which is not good.

    The other reason Ajmal lost his place in the ODI is because of his poor batting and pathetic fielding. He drops catches and there is not a single occasion where he cleanly picks up the ball, giving away an extra run to the opposition. Here I say it is a matter of attitude and he needs to change that. If he doesn’t then he will soon be losing his place in the test as well. He was effective in T20 earlier because of the surprise element also the batsmen are under pressure to score quick runs. But, even in T20 we have seen how Mike Hussey treated his last over and after that his confidence is shattered.

    I was reading somewhere that he is now going to seek help from Saqlain Mushtaq to make his doosra more effective. Earlier Ajmal announced that he is going to disclose a so-called “Magic Ball” just before the 2011 WC which he said, he is mastering it at the moment. This again shows his enthusiasm and over zealous attitude that he cannot make his existing bowling more effective and thinking of creating new deliveries. What he should not forget is, his line and length, the accuracy and consistency instead of trying hard to make too many variations. He should get back to the basics instead of trying to fly high.

    As regards Saqlain Mushtaq he was a good bowler but his career ended on a sad note when Sehwag demolished his bowling in Multan where he gave away more than 200 runs, he was demoralized and dejected after that, he may have had injuries and surgeries but, the main problem was Sehwag who dented his psyche. I have never seen Saqlain taking wickets after that or being as effective as he used to be. The point is when you become more predictable especially on flat tracks then this is bound to happen.

    Ajmal should take lessons from Botha and Harris, they are not great bowlers but, they were bowling with a plan and were more accurate and consistent. Patience, endurance and perseverance is the key to success and that quality is lacking Saeed Ajmal’s bowling. Murali, Kumble and Shane Warne adopted this policy and it paid them with rewards time and again.

  129. #130 by khansahab on November 17, 2010 - 7:26 PM

    Zaheer Abbas keen to head PCB

    Karachi: Criticising incumbent Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt for his poor administrative policies, former captain Zaheer Abbas has expressed his desire to head the PCB if he was asked to do so.

    Abbas said when Butt took over as PCB chairman two years back, he personally had high expectations from him but the veteran administrator turned out to be a big “disappointment”.

    “He (Butt) has disappointed in many ways. There are calls for changes and if anyone does approach me to head the board I will accept it as a challenge since Pakistan cricket has given me a lot,” Abbas said on Wednesday.

    Lamenting the state of affairs in Pakistan cricket, the former Test captain said that it was unfortunate to witness ICC and its member boards’ lack of confidence in PCB.

    “The situation we find ourselves now is because the ICC is taking all decisions by itself regarding Pakistani players.

  130. #131 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 17, 2010 - 9:23 PM

    FROM DUMB TO DUMBER

    IF Zaheer Abbas takes over from Ijaz Butt it would be another disaster because, Zaheer is a simpleton and a typical Paindoo. He doesn’t know nothing about Administration or Finance. He does not even have the ability to teach or pass on the talent to the youngsters, being a good player is different from being a good coach or a good administrator.

    If someone is a brilliant student, it is not necessary that he has good teaching skills as well. Knowing Zaheer Abbas from what his capabilities are it would be another big disaster if they make him the Chairman of the PCB. I strongly protest his nomination. He should shut up and not even comment on cricket because his comments are stupid and senseless.

  131. #132 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 18, 2010 - 2:41 PM

    PAKISTANI CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND RICH PEOPLE’S DUAL FACE.

    Mian Mansha has just bought London’s most famous boutique hotel St. James Club for a mere £60 million.
    Yousuf Raza Gillani’s son is famous for buying hot properties in London.
    Asaf Zardari bought Grosvenor House London for a mere £400 million.

    Where is this money coming from?

    There is a news item in today’s DAWN that Pakastan is going to buy Missiles from China ! What for?

    Reportedly they were in China on a begging mission to get aid for the flood victims and this is what they are doing? And announcing that they shall be buying Missiles from China, how comical and how farcical.

    For the poor people and the flood victims, “Rehnay ko ghar nahee hai” Zardari, Mansha and Mian Duddo says, “Sara Jahan Hamara” and yet they go on begging missions. What a shame and what a disgrace to the nation. I simply wish these people should die the worst kinda death ever experienced by a human.

    The worst kind of death though is when you wait every day to die, and you die old knowing you’ve wasted your life, instead of making the most of each day and living your dreams to the fullest. The worst kinda death is not only you die old but, you see all your kids, grandkids and loved one die before you and the worst kinda death is when you are a crippled and a dependent and no one stands up to fetch you a drop of water. And the worst of all is, their brains should be working fully functional and their memories intact, so that they remember each and every incident about how cruel and evil they were when in power. And now even if they repent there is no mercy from God and there is forgiveness for God or even the people whom they have used, misused and abused show any sympathy towards them.

  132. #133 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 18, 2010 - 2:41 PM

    PAKISTANI CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND RICH PEOPLE’S DUAL FACE.

    Mian Mansha has just bought London’s most famous boutique hotel St. James Club for a mere £60 million.
    Yousuf Raza Gillani’s son is famous for buying hot properties in London.
    Asaf Zardari bought Grosvenor House London for a mere £400 million.

    Where is this money coming from?

    There is a news item in today’s DAWN that Pakastan is going to buy Missiles from China ! What for?

    Reportedly they were in China on a begging mission to get aid for the flood victims and this is what they are doing? And announcing that they shall be buying Missiles from China, how comical and how farcical.

    For the poor people and the flood victims, “Rehnay ko ghar nahee hai” Zardari, Mansha and Mian Duddo says, “Sara Jahan Hamara” and yet they go on begging missions. What a shame and what a disgrace to the nation. I simply wish these people should die the worst kinda death ever experienced by a human.

    The worst kind of death though is when you wait every day to die, and you die old knowing you’ve wasted your life, instead of making the most of each day and living your dreams to the fullest. The worst kinda death is not only you die old but, you see all your kids, grand kids and loved one die before you and the worst kinda death is when you are a crippled and a dependent and no one stands up to fetch you a drop of water. And the worst of all is, their brains should be working fully functional and their memories intact, so that they remember each and every incident about how cruel and evil they were when in power. And now even if they repent there is no mercy from God and there is no forgiveness from God or even from the people whom they have used, misused and abused and the people show NO sympathy towards them and, tell them, YOU DESERVED THIS.

  133. #134 by khansahab on November 18, 2010 - 9:45 PM

    Javed A Khan

    They have no conscience. Pakistani people only join politics if they are corrupt. How many countries are there in the world where the richest people are also ministers?

    Someone mentioned recently that Shahbaz Sharif has built a house in Lahore worth Rs 32 crores.

    These people are businessmen first and politicians later. In fact they only join politics to promote their businesses. They have no love for the country, no compassion for the poor, no respect for law and order.

    The Pakistani public is the most cowardly public because they all know that a revolution is long due, but they are scared and they just sit back. The so called defenders of law, the lawyers took a so called stand against a military dictator and they got ordinary civilians to side with them (although that just occurred in one province), this was some kind of revolution and contributed in the dictator’s downfall, but these stupid people did not know that the dictator is the least corrupt man and his government was the least corrupt government.

    So they have shot themselves in the foot.

    I said a long time ago that the Army should overthrow the government, destroy the power of all these senior politicians and then they should hold free and fair elections, and then I am sure honest and committed people will emerge in Pakistani politics. If Musharraf had support of Mullahs and Punjab, I am sure he would have done that.

  134. #135 by Pawan on November 19, 2010 - 1:20 AM

    Javed, Khansahab, newguy, et al

    India vs. NZ matches to my utter dissapointment are turning out so very dud. It is a disgrace that the groundsmen have been preparign such pathetic pitches. They along with their Pakistani and Sri-lankan counterparts are the real killers of test match cricket. How much of a flat-bed can one make? Brendon Mcculum hits a double! Amazing. Has one ever felt bored or dissapointed when matches are played on English grouds? aNO. Because there is so much in it for everyone! Not that the Batsmen don’t make merry. But the bowlers are given a fair chance. In sub-continental pitches, the “spin” factor has now been enitrely removed. Harbhajan and co. are not so bad as they are shown to be (I mean bowling-wise). I hope the BCCI learns something from this and invests some of their bucks in hiring top quality groundsmen to make pitches and cricket exciting overall.

  135. #136 by Pawan on November 19, 2010 - 1:23 AM

    Javed,

    Somehow I am understanding your point of view of why Chakram working outside Pak is such a disgrace. Earlier I was also not really getting it as why Chakram can’t work elsewhere. I guess all you wanna say is that it is not about working in India per se. But it is working outside Pakistan. It is abot working where he will get more bucks. I concur with what you wanna say – it is indeed very selfish and greedy from Chakram.

  136. #137 by Pawan on November 19, 2010 - 1:27 AM

    Khansahab, Javed

    India is no different when it comes to corruption in Politics. Recently and I mean within the last fortnight at least three new scams have unfolded in India in which at least a Rs 1000 crore were involved in each case. More significantly, each of these cases contained main cultprit/corrupt guy as either a Chief Minister of a State (two such cases) or a cabinet rank minister.

    Ek aise minister ne to desh ko bhi bech diya yaaro. Aur ye log desh chalaney chaley. There are no words to describe such disgrace..

  137. #138 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 19, 2010 - 3:33 AM

    Pawan

    I am glad to see that slowly but gradually you are beginning to understand me 😀 also, I have noted that “aNO” in your comment which I have been using since ages i.e., a British accent to say NO.

    Regarding Chakram now you got the point that he is a cheap, selfish and greedy bastard. So is that fatso Adnan Sami.

    I have read about the corruption in India recently and trust me corruption is not restricted to the sub-continent only, but it is widespread. Unfortunately those who are in power are corrupt and it is so right that, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    If Indian pitches are flat, then Dubai is no different, remember the Sharjah pitches were flat too and it was just batsmen paradise, the trend is to entertain the crowd when batsmen hit sixes and fours. Quality bowlers are dying and are on the verge of extinction. There will be a time when fast bowlers would be remembered like dinosaurs.

  138. #139 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 19, 2010 - 12:32 PM

    Kamran Akmal cleared by the ICC to play for the WC 2011

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/487580.html

  139. #140 by khansahab on November 19, 2010 - 7:40 PM

    Article on the great Younis Khan, Pakistan’s last great Test batsman.

    A man of destiny

    Even though he made a century on Test debut, it took a while for fans to warm up to Younis Khan. His technique seemed casual, even careless. Each delivery was eyed for a boundary, he was vulnerable to swing with far too many edges, his bat was too far in front on the forward defensive, and there was more bottom hand in his drives than the unwritten standards of Asia’s batting aesthetic would allow.

    Despite that inaugural hundred, his average after his first 12 innings in Test cricket was only 21.25, and on more than half of those occasions he had been dismissed in single digits. Yet he was a heavy scorer on the domestic circuit, and the selectors persisted. His brass tacks, take-it-or-leave-it manner also won him a following.
    Then came a string of overseas hundreds – in Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Bangladesh, and against West Indies in Sharjah – and he more or less settled into the No. 3 spot, promising to heal one of Pakistan’s long-standing ulcers. Nevertheless, his erratic form continued. In the spring of 2005, when Younis met India in a Test for the first time, he had played 32 matches and his average was still less than 40.

    That series revealed much about the man, not just to the public, but possibly also to himself. The first Test in Mohali saw him dismissed for 9 and 1, including the embarrassment of getting castled while shouldering arms. He was also off-key in the field and ended the game completely out of sorts. The press dismissed him, and Pakistan’s own team management vilified him.

    The first true sign of his greatness as a batsman was that this mounting anger and hurt willed him into excellence. After 147 in the next Test at Kolkata, which Pakistan lost, he went to Bangalore, and scored 267 and 84 to become Man of the Match and square the series. The performance set Younis apart and demonstrated the enormous promise and possibilities of his career as a fighter, capable of batting his team out of trouble.

    If you talk to Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan wicketkeeper and captain, who mentored Younis like a younger brother, the fulfilment of Younis’s heroic destiny was never in doubt. Younis came under Latif’s wings at the Malir Gymkahana, a sports club in one of Karachi’s middle-class suburbs. He impressed everyone with his untiring work ethic and his ceaseless devotion to every aspect of the game. “Younis never missed a match,” recalled Latif, when I spoke to him on the phone recently. “This may not sound like much, but in the context of Karachi in those difficult days, it told me a great deal about him.”

    The point is subtle, but important. In the mid-1990s, when Younis was cutting his cricketing teeth, parts of Karachi were an ethnic war zone. The city’s majority Urdu-speaking community was at loggerheads with the Pathans, who hailed from Pakistan’s north-west frontier. Younis, an unmistakable Pathan, would brave gang fights and flying bullets through some of Karachi’s most troubled areas, to be schooled by his teacher Latif, a celebrated Urdu-speaking son of Karachi, in a relationship that had the makings of an epic. Imagine a portentous Catholic-Protestant collaboration in Belfast during the height of the Irish trouble, or a black-white partnership in Soweto during the darkest days of apartheid, and you’ll get some idea.

    Today Younis is a 64-Test veteran with 17 centuries and a 50-plus average. Aged 33, this puts him within striking distance of Pakistan’s most hallowed batting records. Already he has threatened Pakistan’s highest Test innings, 337 by Hanif Mohammad, with a triple-hundred in Karachi in 2009. Pakistan’s highest Test aggregate (8832 by Javed Miandad) and highest number of Test hundreds (25 by Inzamam-ul-Haq) are also in his line of fire.

    He has a reputation for fearlessness – squaring his shoulders to any attack, straightening up after any blow, never shying from a verbal or psychological joust, and never hiding behind a nightwatchman. He has also convinced everyone of his unbending personal moral fibre. This magnificent inner strength enabled him to lead Pakistan to a Twenty20 world title mere weeks after terrorists had shattered the national cricket ethos with an attack on the visiting Sri Lankans in Lahore. It also allowed him to wait out the recent tense duel with PCB chief Ijaz Butt, until the lesser man finally blinked.

    Many observers feel that Younis Khan also happens to be the most capable and deserving candidate for Pakistan’s Test captaincy. His record as captain (one win, five draws, and three losses) may not be noteworthy on paper, but he has leadership stature and, unlike other potential contenders (including the current captain Misbah-ul-Haq), is an automatic selection in the side. Most importantly, with the Pakistan team ensnared in a spot-fixing scandal, Younis stands firm as the only frontline player utterly untouched by this cancer. This might have had something to do with his unceremonious ouster from the captaincy following the disastrous summer tour to Sri Lanka last year – which would constitute a very good reason to put him back in the saddle now.

    The terrible wrinkle is that Younis is on the wrong side of the current PCB administration, and these thoughts are moot until a new set-up comes in. The way things work in Pakistan, that could happen tomorrow, or not for another couple of years. Despite the anticipated turbulence ahead, supporters of Younis can take comfort that their hero is sitting pretty. Great things happen to men of destiny. Younis may be on the wrong side of the PCB, but he is not on the wrong side of history.

  140. #141 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 1:38 AM

    khansahab

    The article is pretty realistic and even my comments below should not mar his reputation as a sound middle order batsman. In this test he got two chances and one of them was a regulation catch which Boucher spilled. Perhaps Younus will not get another chance like this in Abu Dhabi so he should play more carefully and cautiously. Misbah also got a life when Amla dropped his catch at silly mid-on, in the first innings Misbah got out in a similar fashion and that catch was even more difficult than the second one which Amla dropped. So, both of them got lives and it may not happen again.

    As regards the author’s comment in that article that he places Younus Khan as the most deserving candidate for captaincy. Agreed that he is superior than Misbah in the captaincy department but, because of his previous decisions to reject captaincy two, three times he cannot get another chance. Besides, Misbah is already 36 and over the hill. He is definitely not suited for ODI and T20 but, Younus can play ODI’s and test.

    Pakistan definitely needs a captain for the test side because of Akhroat Afridi’s emotional decision in not playing test cricket, there is a dilemma here as to who should be the captain of the Pakistan test team in future? I would say that if Mohammad Hafeez shows some consistency then he should be asked to carry the captaincy mantle or, Umar Gul if he can be more consistent, other than these two I don’t think Akmals or anyone else can be suitable for this role. What do you think? Who would you nominate as future captain of Pakistan test team?

  141. #142 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 7:25 AM

    Debutant Tanvir Ahmad has so far taken ALL three wickets of SA. Umar Gul bowled well without any luck. Sami also bowled very well but, Kallis smashed him for a few boundaries and Sami in his 3rd over got AB de Villiers who was definitely out with that snick to the keeper but, the umpire DJ Harper said NO. There was a definite noise, even the South African commentator was saying AB was out, the snicko-meter also confirmed the snick.

    However, Amla who was given out by the other umpire D’Silva when the ball went past between his bat and his body and there was no snick. So, the SA commentator said, “the SA dressing room must be contemplating that Amla was wrongly given out so this decision must have compensated for them!” This is rubbish. There must be UDRS and whoever is out should be given out and vice versa. Any bad umpiring decision can change the match.

    Ajmal has been dropped for Sami and Tanvir replacing injured Wahab, Umar Akmal has been dropped for Asad Shafiq. Let us see how Asad Shafiq plays?

  142. #143 by khansahab on November 20, 2010 - 12:48 PM

    Mohammad Sami is a pathetic bowler, it is accepted that Kamran Akmal dropped plenty of catches off his bowling and it must have dented his confidence, but he has not been able to control his line and length since. I don’t know why they play him?

    Imran Khan publicly supported Sami for a long time and since then his selection is always on the cards. But in reality he is a 3rd class bowler, he is one of those bowlers who think pace is everything they need to focus on.

  143. #144 by khansahab on November 20, 2010 - 12:53 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Afridi is the ideal captaincy candidate and I would blame the selectors too in his drastic decision making, simply because in the past if he did not perform in 2 or 3 matches he has been dropped. Afridi is the most popular cricketer in Pakistan and I don’t think his status deserves potentially being dropped from a Test.

    I agree Hafeez can take over if he shows more consistency.

    I don’t know why Umar Akmal is being treated this way. His form has not been brilliant of late but this does not mean his confidence should be shattered? I don’t like U Akmal because I don’t like his elder brother, but my personal preferences aside, on merit I think he deserves to play. The only explanation might be that he has links with bookies, or something new has been uncovered regarding match fixing and he is being sidelined because of that.

  144. #145 by khansahab on November 20, 2010 - 12:56 PM

    Shane Shillingford reported for suspect action

    Shane Shillingford, the West Indies offspinner, has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action following the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. He will have to undergo testing within 21 days.

    Shillingford will have to submit to an independent analysis of his bowling action, which must be conducted by a member of the ICC panel of human movement specialists within 21 days. If he is found to have bowled with an illegal action during the analysis, Shillingford will be suspended from bowling in international cricket until he undertakes remedial action and is reassessed.

  145. #146 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 3:21 PM

    khansahab

    Sami needs a little bit of coaching from Waqar, which I think he doesn’t get it for whatever reasons. Even the commentators were saying that Sami did not bowl badly, it was Kallis who was brilliant. Earlier Kallis hooked Tanvir for a SIX– which was a very awkward looking shot – it looked like he hooked it without seeing and got off balanced, it appeared like he used a fly swat and hooked it with closed eyes. That was Kallis’s first boundary i.e., after SA were two wickets down for six runs. That six gave Kallis a big boost in his confidence otherwise he had scored only 2 runs in 14 balls and on the other end Graeme Smith played 17 balls without scoring a single run.

    When Sami started to bowl, the first two of Sami’s first over were dot balls, BUT the third one was a peach of a delivery, that cut Kallis into two he almost got him and even Kallis was surprised and appreciated it. But, the next two deliveries were dispatched to boundaries and there was nothing wrong with those deliveries but Kallis was superb, not a single fielder moved. I think the field placement was bad. The second four was identical to the first one.

    In his first two overs Sami gave away 22 runs and in 4 overs 32 runs but, in the next 10 overs he gave only 37 runs which is 3.7 per over, not bad. In his 3rd over Sami got AB de Villiers, but umpire Harper denied that opportunity. In my opinion it is also Sami’s fault that he did not appeal, he assumed that it was a straightforward nick only the wicketkeeper’s loud appeal was enough.

    If you look at the stats of Kallis, he has always scored a lot against Pakistan. Before this test series he had already scored close to 1500 runs against Pakistan and Pakistan’s highest scorer against SA is Inzamam with 710 runs. Kallis has amassed runs against the bowling of Akhtar, Asif, Gul, Kaneria etc. and now this bowling attack is very mediocre. Tanvir got 4 wickets – I am not taking away the credit he deserves – but, he doesn’t look like a bowler who can be considered as a very dangerous one, in fact he is very unassuming and because he is new to the South Africans he was a surprise element for them. I think Pakistan should have played Tanvir in the ODI’s.

  146. #147 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 3:25 PM

    India / NZ match was curtailed because of the rain. Indian bowlers without Zaheer dominated the day but the weather in Nagpur seems to be a hindrance and I doubt that a few good days play is possible. I hope it won’t end up like Sri Lanka and West Indies match !

  147. #148 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 3:40 PM

    Umar Akmal is not being considered because of the irrational and irresponsible shots he played. When he was sidelined for a couple of matches for that reason, and when he came back in the last ODI, he scored 70 runs. He is being warned that IF he wants to be a member of the playing XI then he should be responsible. Not everyone (Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Shahzaib Hasan Khan, Umar Akmal) can imitate Shahid Afridi because, when Afridi fails with his bat, he compensates it with his bowling. Therefore, it is important for Umar Akmal to play sensibly. Kamran Akmal’s role is different he is a batsman wicketkeeper so he stays but, others can’t. Besides, Inti Alam and Waqar are more powerful than Misbah alone in selecting the team.

  148. #149 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 4:39 PM

    This Tanvir guy looks awesome. Took 4 wickets on debut. Good job. SA 311/5 at the end of first day could be a doom for any other team, but PAK. Also SA (read chokers) are too feeble a team. Looking from the viewpoint of first test, their morale is down and even with 400 runs on board for first innings they are fully capable of losing. Having said that (ala Ravi Shastri, note the next time you hear him talk, he uses this phrase “Having said that” in every sentence), PAK is completely capable of losing on their own.

    Agree with you guys to some extent, Umar Akmal should’ve been persisted with. “Having said that”, it is also time to give chance to Asad who did well in ODIs recently, who knows you might uncoevr someone like Azhar Ali?!

  149. #150 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 4:49 PM

    India NZ test has already started well. Bolwers had a good day out. Which makes everything so balanced. Batsmen are tested technically and temperamentally. It is my personal view that there it is not humanly possible to be technically correct 100% of time. I believe that even Don bradman must’ve missed some deliveries, have had outside edges or even catches being dropped. The difference between him and others would be he is may be 90% of the times correct while others like Tendulkar and co. about 70% correct. An average batsmen could be considered 50% of times correct.

    Back to the test – Ryder and Mccullum are two players with “right” kind of temperament/attitude required to succeed. Ryder, more so, looks confident enough. He might not posses the greatest of techniques, but has a very good temperament. Mcculum is more fickle. Somehow his motivation tends to fade and he loses concentration at times. Right now, he is in prime form. Vettori is the kind of player who likes to play underdog and sneak from behind.

    Hope tomorrow they get the 3 wickets soon and will see some good batting from Ind.

  150. #151 by khansahab on November 20, 2010 - 7:28 PM

    Cricket’s modern Zen master

    Virender Sehwag, who has just hit yet another fast-forward century in the Test being played against New Zealand in Ahmedabad, is the most interesting cricketer in the world today. He is at once a genius, set apart from his peers by his extraordinary gifts, and a player who embodies the changing history of the game he plays.

    Sehwag’s success in Test cricket sometimes obscures the fact that he got his start in the one-day game. It’s hard to remember that he played more than 20 ODIs before he played his debut Test against South Africa exactly nine years ago, in the first week of November 2001. His international debut was a limited-overs match against Pakistan in early 1999 in which he played as a bits-and-pieces allrounder, as someone who bowled offspin and batted at No. 7. A year and a half later, a century against the Sri Lankans and a couple of undefeated fifties against South Africa got him a place in the Bloemfontein Test, where he declared himself by making a century.

    The relevance of his early one-day career is that Sehwag was the first of a new breed of batsmen who won their Test match spurs by first getting a break in limited-overs cricket. Cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina have made us take this one-day route to the top for granted, but in retrospect, Sehwag is a pioneer. Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman caught the public eye in what was then the conventional way, as Test players; alone amongst the golden greats of Indian batsmen, Sehwag entered Test cricket through what was then the side door.

    In a curious way, then, this Kohinoor of Test batsmanship, is a symptom of the decline of Test cricket as the premier form of the game. In Indian cricket, certainly, the era of Sehwag is one in which the cricketing public, corporate sponsors and the game’s administrators have lined up decisively behind limited-overs cricket, first in its 50-over form and then in its parodic version, the Twenty20 format. And since Sehwag first appears so neatly at the end of the 20th century, it allows middle-aged doomsayers to see the first decade of the new millennium as Test cricket’s terminal twilight.

    But this is a celebration of Sehwag as a Test batsman, not a dirge for Test cricket, so it’s important to say here that by a wonderful irony Sehwag used the gifts that should have made him an ODI natural to become instead the greatest opening batsman in the history of post-helmet Test cricket.

    Up to a point, Sehwag’s career as a Test batsman can be explained in terms of cricket’s evolving history. The protective gear that came into the game in the late seventies, making the batsman well-nigh invulnerable; the better bats; the habit of scoring quickly, inculcated by the limited-overs game; the restrictions upon bouncers, all helped to create more attacking batsmen, and by the nineties the tempo of Test batsmanship had been decisively sped up.

    The great Australian teams of the nineties came close to making the Test match draw extinct by routinely scoring at nearly four runs an over. Tendulkar responded to the challenge of this hectic decade by joining the solidity of Sunil Gavaskar to the intent of Viv Richards and thus creating a monster technique that was to eventually inspire our provincial hero in Najafgarh.

    But this is as far as historical context takes us. Sehwag, like all truly great players, has to be set in the evolving context of the game to be understood, but more than the others, more certainly than Tendulkar, whose talent is essentially rational, his success resists history’s incremental explanations.

    Take for example the glib suggestion offered above, that Sehwag successfully transplanted the lessons of one-day cricket into the longer game. The first roadblock this thesis runs into is that Sehwag is a great Test batsman but no more than a decent ODI player. In his own practice, then, his methods work better in the long form of the game than in the format that allegedly shaped them.

    The inadequacy of this explanation becomes more apparent when you try to compare him with another child of limited-overs cricket, Yuvraj Singh. Here’s a player who, after years of striving to find a place in the middle order of India’s Test line-up, has been discarded by the selectors. Superficially Sehwag and Yuvraj have one-day traits in common: a suspected weakness against the short ball, a lack of footwork, a tendency to stand and deliver. These traits produce the kind of Test match performances you would expect in Yuvraj’s case: the odd century on flat tracks but failure more often than not. With Sehwag, though, these departures from batting orthodoxy have delivered a Test match average nudging 54, at the absurd, unprecedented strike-rate of 82. The only other contemporary batsman with an average and strike rate who comes close is Adam Gilchrist, and he batted at No. 7, at the tail-end of a frightening batting line-up, not first up against the new ball.

    So why doesn’t Sehwag fail more often? Every bowling attack in cricket declares that it has “plans” for Sehwag, and more often than not these plans consist of bouncing balls into his ribs to tuck him up. In the recent two-match “series” against Australia, his alleged vulnerability against the short ball was exploited by journeymen quicks with some success. Why hasn’t this been done more frequently by the better, faster bowling sides he has faced throughout his career?

    I don’t know, but that doesn’t stop me from guessing. Sehwag doesn’t generally pull or hook the ball. His technique with the short ball consists either of evasion or, more riskily, the upper-cut over slip or gully when he’s feeling adventurous. More often than not he lets the ball go: he might look awkward while doing so, but he’s unlikely to be forced into the desperate cross-bat shot a la Yuvraj. If there were several fast bowlers like Glenn McGrath, bowlers who could make the ball rear from just short of a good length into Sehwag’s ribs, over after over, I can see him being worn down and hustled out, but there aren’t and consequently he isn’t.

    Secondly, Sehwag’s choice of shots is, within the new definitions of the contemporary game, orthodox. He’s a predominantly off-side player whose favourite shots are the cut and, more frequently, the drive. The lofted flayed cut, given the carry of modern bats, is a safe shot and apart from the nudge over slips (which is, in fact, a shot more likely to be played by Tendulkar than Sehwag), you would be hard put to think of low-percentage shots in Sehwag’s repertoire. His favourite on-side shot is the bread-and-butter flick through midwicket or square leg. Otherwise his wagon- heels tell the story of a man relentlessly carving up the off side and the straight field with magical hands and a genius for hitting balls angled in to him, inside-out through cover or mid-off. The point here is that, given Sehwag’s natural gifts, the repertoire of shots he brings into play is low-risk, even though his strokeplay looks spectacular and gasp-inducing.

    But the real reason Sehwag is as good as he is has to do with that old chestnut, temperament. In the course of India’s first innings in the Ahmedabad Test, it became apparent that he was playing the ball while Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman were playing their careers. So he scored at a run a ball, while the others, for long sessions in the match, scored a run every six balls. This is sometimes construed as Sehwag being carefree but this is a misreading. I think Sehwag needs and wants success as much as any other player; remember, this is a man who knows what the penalties of failure are. After his first ODI in 1999, he was forgotten for a year, and then again in 2007 he was dropped from the Test team after a poor series against South Africa.

    No, the genius of Sehwag lies in his near-yogic ability to live in the moment, to separate one ball from the other, to purge his mind at the moment of impact, of useless meta-information like his innings score or the match score or the state of his average, or his place in the history of cricket. Bowled on 173 in Ahmedabad, he grinned at his runner, Gautam Gambhir, instead of cursing the missed double-century, and walked cheerfully off the field. He didn’t know he was within a stroke of a world record when he shared in a 400-run partnership some years ago, because he isn’t interested in cricket’s historical baggage. The game he’s playing is everything and within that game, the ball he’s about to face. Our carefree buccaneer, if only we had the eyes to see, is modern cricket’s Zen Master.

  151. #152 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 7:51 PM

    Khansahab

    Good article on Sehwag. There are certain points I agree in it, while certain points are debatable. First, Dravid, Laxman and Sachin were not playing for their careers in Ahmedabad test. They played like they always play. It is their way of playing. One cannot expect everyone to play like Sehwag. There was a certain period in Sehwags career, right when Dravid was the captain, when there was a year long lean patch from him (Sehwag). Still Dravid persisted with him. My point is no one is perfect and nothing is perfect. There are tremendous flaws in Sehwags technique, but he has an excellent yogic temparament. But that doesn’t make others any less.

    I like the part about temperament in this article, but then one cannot assume that the way Sehwag bats the best and only way. I believe that everyone has his own style of batting and showing temperament. I think one should follow/discover hsi own way rather than following someone.

  152. #153 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 7:51 PM

    Pawan

    “Having said that,” is Ravi’s Takiya Kalaam, “Just what the doctor ordered” is Arun Lal’s Takiya Kalaam he uses this phrase very often. I dunno if you have noticed Ramiz Raja’s accent he says:

    Aik-cent for accent
    Aik-chooly for actually
    Ekzactly for exactly

    He drags his Aaaaaaaaaaaaa’s and Eeeeeeeeeeeee’s

    Ramiz also says, {He is not a “good hooker” of the ball} or, {he is a Naychrul Hooker of the bouncer}

    And, India’s Tamil Nadu KOYAL Sri Rama Khrishna Laxman who is perpetually stuck in a suit and tie even in the heat of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, he tweets like a famished Koyal . and suddenly bursts like a barrel for no apparent reason. Like he would say: “O wow, waat a Tanderous (Thunderous) shaat from Saywag it went lyka traycer bullet BUTTtt yielding just wonlee (only) won run in the yend. (end)”

  153. #154 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 7:58 PM

    Javed,

    Ramiz at least makes some sense when he talks, but Ravi just speaks out what we are seeing, as if we are blind. He simply doesn’t use his brains.

    rahi laxman ki baat, he looks to me more like a chuchunder, and you are right he blurts out from nowhere in the south-indian accent.

    also have you noticed sri-lankan commentators how they say veekat instead of wicket, hehehe

  154. #155 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 8:02 PM

    Sehwag is the only batsman who has proved so many critics wrong i.e., when they first saw Sehwag they said, “he has no footwork” and soon he will lose his hand eye coordination and that will be the end of Sehwag’s career. Sehwag still doesn’t have any footwork and still he is going strong. The thing that is good about Sehwag is unlike other hard hitters he doesn’t get carried away and wants to dispatch every ball for a six, he unleashes his venom by hitting two three boundaries or a six and then calms down. Then again he goes after a bowler and demoralizes him and calms down. I saw him doing that to Mitchel Johnson and a few others.

    Every player has some flaws in their technique, the reason Sehwag had a lean patch is because the Australians exposed him by placing the point fielder a little deep plus a sweeper behind him to save his boundaries or to get him out in the deep point, gully and third man region. They used to bowl short pitched deliveries with a little width and he used to go after them without moving his feet from the crease. On smaller grounds his slashes were over the rope but, on big grounds he was trapped. However, he corrected that flaw and managed to get over with his faulty technique. That is what an intelligent batsman must do. That is what Tendulkar always did, corrected his follies. Whereas, our Akhroat or his disciples and followers will never learn from their mistakes. That is what makes the difference between classy players and mediocre players.

  155. #156 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 8:06 PM

    Javed, when Sehwag was out of the team due to lean patch, he also worked on his fitness. Have you noticed how much he has reduced? He also improved his running between the veekats tremendously. Yes, he also has learnt from his mistakes, worked hard on them. I think he started living life the right way and doing right things at the right time instead of sulking and giving up like Mohd. Kaif.

  156. #157 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 8:06 PM

    Yeah, the former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper what is his name? He says V-cut for wickets, he is funny. And BD’ Akhtar Ali Khan is another case but no one can beat our Pra Waqqa ……….. he is above all, the best entertainer/commentator. We have dedicated a page for him and his commentary bloopers.

    This Robin is a good Batman ………….. He was talking about Robin Uthappa.

    This man Dilshan is not a good bowler and he is not a good batman, the only reason he is a keep in the team is because of his fielding. (These comments were made by Waqar when Dilshan used to be a middle order batsman but, after that he started opening for Sri Lanka and scored heavily as an opener)

  157. #158 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 8:08 PM

    True , true, hahaha, Waqar is the best! He should probably just stand and talk in English and he will automatically be a stand-up comedian! 🙂

  158. #159 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 8:09 PM

    Pawan

    Sehwag’s lean patch was obvious on his head, now after hair transplant he has a good fluffy layer. So, the patch has disappeared. 🙂

  159. #160 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 8:12 PM

    I guess once he got married usko maa ke phone bhi aaney band ho gaye 😀

  160. #161 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 20, 2010 - 8:17 PM

    Pawan

    Yeah, I forgot about the time when he was getting married or, newly married, his focus was elsewhere! 😀

    There is a joke about famous Indian actor “Ajit”

    Rabert: Baas, yeh vivian richard tou chakay pay chakka maar reha hai
    Ajit: Iss Haram zaday ko sabaq sikhana paray ga….. Raabert, Lunch brake may isko taylee fone milao

    During Lunch Break

    Raabert: Baas Vivian Richard line par hai.

    Ajit: “Vee Vee Anne, Tumharee Maa hamaray Qabzay may hai.” 😀

  161. #162 by khansahab on November 20, 2010 - 8:23 PM

    Pawan

    I agree with what you say. There are great players and there are some players who have their own class. Sehwag, Tendulkar, Afridi have their own class. Afridi’s greatness does not reflect in figures, but he is a complete package and takes the game to another level. I still don’t like Afridi’s batting that much, I like him for his attitude to the game and the way he makes the game so enthralling.

    I remember when Sehwag had a lean patch. That in my opinion took some gloss off him. I used to see Arun Lal, Shastri etc almost everyone unanimously saying that he is a spent force and must be taught a lesson. But, class is permanent. I think he was taught a lesson, if I am correct he was dropped for a few matches? But what a comeback he made.

    As an overall package I like Dravid the most. I have seen him at his peak and he was graceful, consistent, he could play any attack and his defence was impenetrable. Plus, he has the same attitude as he had when he made his debut. A gentleman cricketer and the best batsman in the world by miles when he was at his peak (2003-2006).

    Tendulkar is special because technically he is the best batsman and he is a pioneering type batsman, many shots played by top batsmen today were invented by him. Whenever he had a weakness, he corrected it. He never let any bowler dominate him. He can play any shot with equal class, whether that is the cut shot, on drive, hook or cover drive. Tendulkar’s greatness rests in his technique and ability to overcome any odd.

  162. #163 by khansahab on November 20, 2010 - 8:30 PM

    1) Waqar when praising Dhoni’s calm demeanour: “Dhoni has got a beautiful head on his shoulders…..”
    2) When praising Sehwag’s attacking batting: The Virender Sehwag is really on the rampage tonight.
    3) When praising some bowler for field placing: “Oh…..he is a smart bowler! He has got A Protection there.
    4) When Aamir Sohail praised Ishant Sharma saying, “Waqar, I think the reason that Ashant is getting all that extra bounce is that he is a big lanky lad”……….this is what Waqqa had to say………. “Another reason could be that he’s also very tall……………..”
    5) When praising Salman Butt, “All Salman did was just put bat on ball and timing was perfect. Beautiful play…….”
    6) “Trescothick makes a room outside off stump”
    7) “definately a nick there, i heard it in my ear”
    8. “Danish gave an extra air to the ball”
    9) Jayasuria likes to have a room, but Najaf not giving him a room
    10) “Thats 200 wickets for danish kaneria. Hez the 6th Pakistani fast bowler to acheive this”
    11) ‘What a catch…thats an absolutely catch’
    12) “Went on the backfoot and found a beautiful gap between cover and point”
    13) When the commentator Greg Blewett said, “That’s an ordinary effort by Razzaq” (when Razzaq misfielded) this is what Waqqa had to say, “…………..oo that’s worse than ordinary, that’s…………..ordinary effort
    14) ‘And a Pakistan is 181 for.. all out.
    15) “Beautifully Shot”

    A boy in the crowd with an “I love you” banner for Shahid Afridi:
    Dean Jones: “Now that´s bit gayish, isn´t it?”
    Waqar Younis: “Not really Deano, there are lot of them in Pakistan.”

    “Virender Taibu is….a…. good batsman.”

    “I remember he is a very good all-rounder. He once he took five wickets and made two runs.”

    “Test match cricket is a all about playing a lot of cricket !”

    Waqar Younis on Saeed Ajmals doosra..
    “we haven’t really seen Umar Gul yet bowling the doosra”

    Waqar about why IPL is in India:
    “The idea is to have a cricket in India”

    (On Robin Uthappa)
    “This Robin, he is a good Batman“.

    1. Mohammad Jayasuriya
    2. This Dilshan, his bowling is not good and his batting is also not good. But, the only reason he is a KEEP in the team is because of his fielding.

    “That was a definitely Kamran Akmal down the wicket”

    1) “Danish Vettori”
    2) “I tell you………you seen a mud bowls of Sharjah few years ago…..buttaaaa……….this pitch has a grass on it!!!”
    3) “I lived in UAE for 2 years but I never seen a rain………..”

    ” A danish is geetting A quite alot of A spin “

    “Thats out!!…………..that’s hattrick……I tell you…..!””

    On Umer Akmal……

    “You youngsta beauty……………..!!!”” (WTF??)

  163. #164 by khansahab on November 20, 2010 - 8:31 PM

    LOL

    THE IDEA IS TO HAVE A CRICKET IN INDIA

    LOL

  164. #165 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 8:39 PM

    LOL

    Waqqa you beauty

  165. #166 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 8:41 PM

    to imagine he married an autralian?
    wow, i bet she married him becoz she enjoys his “jokes” other than the money 😀

  166. #167 by M. Y. Kasim on November 20, 2010 - 9:05 PM

    A very very belated Eid Mubarak to all.

    I was not feeling well and there was nothing new 😀

    The spot-fixing and other scandals kept the scribes busy 🙂 but it also brought some new talent into the the limelight 🙂

    Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Tanvir Ahmed along with Wahab Riaz etc. showed to the world that they can not write-off Pakistan and if the selections are honest and fair, it could still be a force.

    I had written a long blogg about a year back comparing Umar Akmal with Vinod Kambli. He was the guy who started out with Sachin Tendulkar in their school days and people in the media started a huge campaign to push him up to Test selection and some even compared him as above Tendulkar in potential and talent. Well, that was true to some extent as he made huge scores in his earliy days, just like Umar Akmal. But, it went to his head and he started playing atrocious strokes, again as Umer Akmal has been doing since his explosive beginning 😦

    He may not have read my article but others must have. He was asked and then warned and now eventually DROPPED from the playing XI. It will not be long before he is dropped from the team altogether 😦

    That will be the biggest tragedy to Pkaistan, not only to him 😦

  167. #168 by Pawan on November 20, 2010 - 9:18 PM

    Guys, just to add to the Younis camp, in which I am forever. He was ousted for no reason. Thanks to the politics in Pak and some stupid Butt. But he is back and how! I couldn’t watch the first test, but I guess it was the second day and I happen to catch some live video where Younis was bowling in tandem with Gul. This was the spell of Gull where the SAFs were spell-bounded and it changed the complexion of the game, until then it was all SAF. But even Gul gave credit to tight bowling from Younis. He was the main man for sure. I was watching him bowl and didn’t realize at first if he was indeed some part-time bowler. He was bowling with so much conviction and confidence. I could see it in his eyes, he just HAD to bowl tight… He was rocking! With that kind of attitude (instead of his giggle-all-the-time), nobody can keep him out of the ground. Justice was served! What a player…

  168. #169 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 21, 2010 - 12:11 AM

    Mr. Kasim

    Welcome back to the blog. I was thinking about you and your health. I am really pleased to see that you are well now and writing on the blog. Your analysis about Chota Akmal is on the dot. Adnan Akmal who is a full time wicketkeeper seems to be doing a pretty decent job. Even in the 5th ODI when Umar Akmal was asked to keep the wickets because of Zulqarnain Haidar’s mysterious absence he did a good job behind the wickets and also with the bat. He scored 70 runs in that match which is the highest individual score in that match. But, in the first test he played very irresponsibly so he is dropped in the second. And, this was not the first incidence he did that before, so he is getting a carrot and a stick.

    Pawan

    You may think that we have exaggerated Waqar’s comments but, trust me there is no exaggeration I heard most of them especially the one about Robin Uthappa and Mohammad Jayasuriya, I couldn’t stop laughing and immediately wrote it on the blog. Khansahab also took a lot of interest in collecting Waqar’s gems and we are actually missing Waqar as a commentator.

  169. #170 by khansahab on November 21, 2010 - 7:40 AM

    “Ammar” (or Amir)

    I have approved your comment on one of our earlier threads, but we have a policy not to give mobile numbers out for privacy purposes.

    I am sure someone of some standing will see your comment and they can contact us if they want to initiate some kind of contact with you.

    Best of luck with your career.

  170. #171 by khansahab on November 21, 2010 - 7:44 AM

    Imran Khan and the MQM: Similar yet distant

    Syed Ali Raza Abidi

    Imran Khan is well known for his work in the development sector. He is also a national sports hero and hopes bring reforms that will change the status quo and bring progress and prosperity in Pakistan by doing away with the corrupt and feudal controlled system.

    Khan leads a pro-democracy center-right political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf or ”Pakistan’s Movement for Justice” – justice, which is said to be the main agenda for reform. He offers an ideology which is very similar to the center-left political parties, but he appears more interested in educated professionals, who are self-made and renowned international figures in their respective fields (like he was).

    Good intentions but misguided actions

    Khan whould have individuals running the country as a non-profit charity organisation, where well known personalities with sound financial backgrounds work as volunteers. PTI also offers patriotism and aims to improve the national image with ‘made in Pakistan’ achievements, with the final vision of bringing people of this nation and those in the First World on a par.

    There is no doubt his intentions for Pakistan’s success are pure, but so far he has not been able to prove his worth in national politics. And it has been 15 years already. The only exception is when he won a National Assembly seat from his hometown in elections during General Musharraf’s tenure. Khan let go of the seat after five years in protest against the president’s office and the uniform. After being influenced by a religious party he boycotted the contest in 2008, as he felt a dictator would not be able to bring democracy under his rule. But this did not stop him form fielding candidates in by-elections throughout Punjab, held under the government that was elected during the reign of a Musharraf. Despite that, he continues to highlight the similarities between a dictator and the democratic president of today.

    Most Pakistanis who support him are young or female. That is primarily because he is the most good looking male politician around, and a successful cricketer who made it to the Hall of Fame with his personal achievements. Pakistan’s population and demographics are in his favour, if we categorise with numbers, then in all fairness his following should be well above 2/3rd of the total population of Pakistan.

    Khan also claims he has never voted for elections in his life, except for his own seat in 2002 as he had always harboured doubts about the electoral process in the country.

    Imran Khan’s stand against the MQM

    What caught my attention was that Khan continued to reiterate that he does not see an alliance with MQM even though his movement is following the same goals. He believes that MQM is a ‘terrorist organisation’ and perhaps maybe he feels not upto his level of politics.

    In 2009, when Khan had gone through a minor medical procedure at his hospital, I remember MQM Punjab’s senior members and the coordination committee members had paid a visit to Khan to inquire about his health. He remains upset with the MQM because they had filed a disqualification reference against him when he was an assembly member. This was after Khan had vowed to have an MQM leader arrested in the UK within three months, extradited to Pakistan and tried for charges.

    Calling a national political party that holds the mandate of millions ‘terrorists’, is unjustified. Would his statement of calling MQM ‘deshatgard‘ mean he rejects the voters of MQM as thugs and militants, who are from the middle class and working to provide Pakistan 68 per cent revenue and make up to 25 per cent of the GDP but only because the majority in Karachi votes for MQM.

    Hypocritical arguments

    I find it very strange that Khan is ready to pursue peace talks with the Taliban, who are known to the world as terrorists, but is not willing to meet the MQM leaders from a center-left progressive political movement similar to his own. He justifies this by saying that the US too is willing to negotiate with the Taliban, without realising that the Afghan Taliban are fighting foreigners and the Pakistani Taliban are killing their own people.

  171. #172 by khansahab on November 21, 2010 - 7:47 AM

    Musharraf could not keep all promises: Bush

    ISLAMABAD: More than 1,400 Pakistan soldiers were killed in the war against terrorism, former US president George W Bush writes in his autobiography titled “Decision Points” which hit the stalls in the US last week.
    He quotes General Pervez Musharraf as reminding him often that Pakistani forces paid a high price for taking on the extremists.
    Bush writes that “in return for Pakistan’s cooperation, we lifted the sanctions, designated Pakistan a major non-Nato ally and helped its counter terrorism operations. We also worked with the Congress to provide $3 billion in economic aid and opened our markets to more Pakistani goods and services. Over time, it became clear that Musharraf either would not or could not fulfill all his promises. Part of the problem was Pakistan’s obsession with India. In almost all conversations we had, Musharraf accused India of wrongdoings. Four days after the 9/11 attacks, he told me Indians were “trying to equate us with terrorists and are trying to influence your mind”. As a result, the Pakistani military spent most of its resources preparing for war with India. Its troops were trained to wage a conventional battle with India not counter terrorism operation in the tribal areas. The war against extremists came second.”

  172. #173 by khansahab on November 21, 2010 - 7:51 AM

    By ignoring MQM and Musharraf, Imran Khan has done a great disservice to Pakastan and future generations of educated Pakistanis will never forgive him for that.

  173. #174 by khansahab on November 21, 2010 - 8:19 AM

    Adnan Akmal dropped a catch off Sami.

    Hopefully this isn’t going to be a repeat of what his elder brother did to Sami?

  174. #175 by khansahab on November 21, 2010 - 8:27 AM

    Recently Ijaz Butt said in an interview that no international team has a batting coach, so why does Pakastan need one?

    He did not know that MOST countries in the world have a batting coach or consultant- Gooch for England, Greatbatch for NZ, Boon for Australia, Kirsten for India etc.

    It was shameful that the PCB Chairman does not know what is happening in the world. Renowned cricket writer Dr Niaz said some time ago that Butt went to an ICC meeting and did not know the difference between veto and abstinence. Butt also suffers from memory loss, sometimes he forgets what he has done two hours before.

    Asaf Zardari thinks this man is doing a good job.

  175. #176 by Mohammed Munir on November 21, 2010 - 10:11 AM

    Kassim Sahab …

    Welcome back Kassim Sahab, we missed you on the bolg. Hope you are feeling better now and we pray your good health, as always.

    Khansahab …

    Sorry I couldn’t reply your email. Though, I read it, but was a bit busy and also not keeping well, so I couldn’t answer you on that. However, and keeping it brief, I hate politics and politicians, and perhaps you would have known by now that my “Interest as well as Knowledge” of Pakistani political scene is limited. That said, I respect your efforts in keeping us updated about the political situation in Pakistan, and a difference of opinion is everyone’s right. So who am I to challenge or change your views ?

    Javed Khan, Pawan and others …

    I have been ‘skimming’ through most of your cricket related comments, specially on the Pak-SA and India-NZ drawn Tests.

    The fact is that Pakistan drawing with South Africa is in no way similar to India’s draw with NZ, and below are my reasons for saying so.

     Pakistan who is currently at no. 6/ 7 was playing with South Africa who is at no. 2, while by same virtue India who is the no. 1 Test team at the moment was playing with New Zealand who are placed 7/ 8.

     Pakistan was minus their best possible options (Aamir, Yousuf, Asif, etc.) whereas India played their full strength team.

     SA was coming out of their best series where they have crushed Zimbabwe, while NZ was recently being crushed by non-other-than, Bangladesh.

     On the other hand, Pakistan playing Tests after long time and that too after their failed Australia and England Series, whereas Indian team ‘white-washed’ the mighty Australians.

     India was playing on home ground to stadiums full of supporters, while Pakistan (although technically a home-series) was playing in UAE where first four days total attendance was in few hundreds.

     Pakistan’s current team is full of unlimited controversies coming right-one-after-the-other and PCB is passing through it’s worst era, while India is having a dream run with best possible team, winning performances and highest rankings.

    Secondly, I have seen a few comments about dead-wickets and batting-friendlier pitches which doesn’t produce results. Well, we can all say this about Indian wickets, but how much can we blame PCB or UAE Cricket for a freshly laid wicket which is seeing it’s first Test ? Moreover, since Pakistan is playing in UAE, I am not sure if they will have full control of the entire ground situation/ curators/ strip. This all is beside, PCB’s own lack of confidence in their team due to current issues and thus a justifiable inclination toward a slower wicket rather than being on the loosing side.

    This should not have been the situation with the full of confident and no. 1 team, playing in their own backyard, with a badly battered and bruised no. 7 team.

    So all-in-all, and in my own personal opinion (I may be wrong here), Pakistan’s first Test draw with SA is a major achievement for Pakistan, whereas India’s second Test draw against NZ is a matter of absolute shame for them, if nothing more.

  176. #177 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 21, 2010 - 1:58 PM

    At the end of the second day’s play, AB de Villiers remained not out on 278, he became the highest innings scorer for SA. He should thank umpire Daryl Harper for presenting him the extra 265 runs on a silver platter. He was clearly out on 13 but, the umpire gave not out. Sami got totally dejected after that yet he controlled his line and length after that. But, being luckless like Umar Gul he didn’t get any wicket. Umar Gul will play in future but, Sami will not. The umpire’s mistake that favoured AB shows how one decision can affect the result of a match. Therefore, it must become obligatory for all the teams to have the UDRS installed. Had he been given out, SA may have scored a max. 300 runs in their first innings instead of 584/9 decl.

    The hallmark of Pakistan’s innings was Tanvir Ahmad’s bowling, he took 6 wickets in the first innings on his debut. It goes to prove how biased and how incompetent the PCB selectors are that they kept this talented bowler away from the playing XI for so many years. Reportedly he is the highest wicket getter in the domestic matches (86 wickets in one season). He also has taken more than 400 wickets in 100 innings at domestic level. I think Tanvir may never have gotten this chance if Wahab was not injured.

  177. #178 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 21, 2010 - 2:26 PM

    khansahab

    Imran Khan doesn’t know nothing about politics, he blabs, broods and boasts. I have read the article that you have quoted here and the author made it very obvious that Imran is keen to meet the Talibans and is not willing to meet the MQM leaders. Also, by highlighting the fact that “Imran has never voted for elections in his life because he does not believe in the electoral process in the country and he voted only once i.e., for himself to be his “Own Mian Mitthu.”

    After being influenced by a religious party he boycotted the 2008 elections which in my opinion was a very childish decision. Imran should know that he is not running elections for his high school but for the country. Only kids can take such immature decisions after getting influenced by someone. Perhaps Imran may have thought that by boycotting the elections, the people of Pakistan will demand a new election? In that case he lives in a “Cuckoo Land”. Even his so called Alice (Jemima) left him for her wonderland. Shouldn’t he be more matured and more sensible? Its about time he should quit high school and get into the real world.

  178. #179 by Pawan on November 21, 2010 - 6:50 PM

    We need to sign a petition in order to get Waqqa back to the commentory box. he is no good as a coach. Might as well entertain us 🙂

  179. #180 by Pawan on November 21, 2010 - 6:56 PM

    Munir, I agree with you sir. It is indeed a shame to produce such low quality wickets on part of Indian curators. Apparantly BCCI had paid huge amount of money to make the wickets better and hire consultants from NZ few years back. Don’t know what happened to that.

    I was also thinking that apart from the wickets, which we can blame conveniently, I am not really satisfied with the quality of bowling (pace/spin) in India. Millions are invested over billions of people and they cannot train 5 decent bowlers?!

  180. #181 by Pawan on November 21, 2010 - 7:00 PM

    Javed, about UDRS, I agree with you that it hsould be made compulsory. Dhoni had recently given an interview in which he mentioned why BCCI in particular is against UDRS implementation. Apparantly they believe it is still work in progress and a lot needs to be done. But from what we have seen, it is indeed remarkable and what BCCI is saying is all garbage. Agreed UDRS is not 100% perfect, but it is much better than what an umpire can do on any given occasion. Also UDRS will always evolve and to do so is to actually test it in real match conditions.

    At the same time I would say that given whatever things we have at our disposal, we should probably weigh the performances based on that.

  181. #182 by Pawan on November 21, 2010 - 7:04 PM

    I hope India scores big tomorrow. It is time Sachin got his 50th century and a big one too. I doubt if the feeble NZ batting line up can stand the pressure of being 300-400 runs behind to start with.

    SA-Pak test is in balance. “Having said that” with Pak anything is possible and one cannot expect “just what the doctor ordered”.

  182. #183 by khansahab on November 21, 2010 - 7:34 PM

    Pawan/Munir sahab

    The story about Indian pitches is nothing new. Apart from Mohali, all their pitches are the same. The Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Delhi, all these pitches are dull and lifeless, low quality tracks that get cracks very easily.

    Eden Gardens and Mumbai Wankhede Stadium are good, but BCCI is trying to raise profile of other cities. Indian mentality is different to Pakistan- even now the PCB concentrates on improving conditions in Lahore, Faislabad, Multan and Karachi only. The rest of the stadiums are neglected.

  183. #184 by khansahab on November 21, 2010 - 7:43 PM

    Munir sahab

    Your analysis is good regarding the respective positions of India and Pakistan in Test cricket. Pakistan was slightly lucky that South Africa dropped a couple of easy catches when Younis and Misbah were playing, but that aside it was a good batting effort. In this current match South Africa have not done any homework on Tanvir Ahmed which is why he has taken 6 wickets. Once they watch his videos and study his technique they ought to dominate him, unless he can adopt some kind of versatility and be one step ahead of them. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the next few matches.

    Due to Ijaz Butt’s unbelievably stupid leadership, Pakistan will have to make the best out of the current sources that are available in the World Cup. There are rumours that Malik might return to the WC squad because his record against India is extraordinary and he plays well on subcontinental pitches.

    Pakistan must find a balanced side. They need a good mixture of experience and youth. Hafeez is doing well, but is he the type of player who can be mentally strong enough to absorb the WC pressure? Is Shahzaib Hassan too raw for the WC? It is likely Misbah will make it to the squad too, Yousuf may be dropped. Umar Akmal will be chosen in the squad, Fawad Alam’s performance has been noteworthy but not extraordinary, so he might be hit and miss.

  184. #185 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 21, 2010 - 10:55 PM

    Pawan

    UDRS must be supported with “Hawk-Eye, Hot Spot and Snicko meter,” obviously when the 3rd umpire will review all these three in slow motion and watch it over a couple of times, frame by frame then he should be able to give a much better decision than the umpire on the spot who has a couple of seconds to decide. The ICC is rich enough to implement this system, they take millions of dollars from every match, is it only to feed the heavy top brass management and their hefty expenses? And, the BCCI itself is the richest cricket board even they can implement on their own just for the promotion of the game. Since the introduction of neutral umpires a lot of controversies have been removed and what we see is mostly human error and not biased umpiring. Even if it does exist, it is a very, very small percentage and that too spontaneous and not pre-planned. Therefore, the implementation of technology will definitely improve the game. Decisions such as these (AB D’s catch and many others in the past) can be avoided.

  185. #186 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 21, 2010 - 11:00 PM

    Shoaib Malik’s presence has boosted Sania Mirza’s morale in the Asian Games. I don’t understand how Pakistan and Bangladesh women cricket team played a final where is India? I know India has defeated Pakistan in the hockey match but, there is no mention of India in the medals table or anywhere other than hockey. Does anyone know what is the reason behind this?

    khansahab is right perhaps they will bring back Malik in the WC squad along with Kamran Akmal and Misbah, especially if Misbah scores well in this 2nd test and draws the match again. Yousuf has gone with the wind….. I don’t think he will be able to find a place in the team. Shahzaib Hasan Khan ……… I am not in favour of him anymore, he got many chances and he failed mostly because of his half-hearted loopy shots.

  186. #187 by Mohammed Munir on November 22, 2010 - 4:33 AM

    Quote of the Day …

    Always when judging who peoples are, remember to footnote the words “So Far”, because peoples change in no time from good to bad and vice versa.

  187. #188 by Mohammed Munir on November 22, 2010 - 4:40 AM

    Javed Khan …

    I agree UDRS should have been used, becuase most of the “Wrong Decisions” are happening against Pakistan and in favour of SA.

    In fact, lately with Pakistan’s so-many-other-issues, one is that most of the ‘foren’ umpires are generally carrying a certain feelings against us and so their ‘Bad Decisions’ are almost always going against Pakistan. 😦

  188. #189 by khansahab on November 22, 2010 - 9:47 AM

    Musharraf selects seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to contest poll

    Former military dictator Pervez Musharraf has selected Chitral in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to contest for a seat in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, a senior leader of his party has said. Musharraf ruled the country for nine years after taking power in a coup in 1999. He stepped down in 2008 and left Pakistan. He now lives in London and has launched the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

    APML secretary general Muhammad Ali Saif said on Sunday that Musharraf would contest election from Chitral district.

    Addressing a public meeting, Saif said his party would usher a new era of development in the country.

    “The demand of people of Chitral that Pervez Musharraf should contest (an) election from their district has proved that the masses want a change in the politics of the country and that only a revolutionary leader can bring these changes,” the News International quoted him as saying.

  189. #190 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 22, 2010 - 3:30 PM

    Azhar Ali, after playing so well could not continue his innings further to score a hundred and beyond that. Either he is too anxious and nervous when he crosses his first landmark i.e., a fifty or, he doesn’t have enough experience to stay in the crease long enough. Taufiq Umar is getting out in his 40’s and Younus, I wasn’t expecting him to score big, but may be in the second innings he might stand up once again like he did in the first test. Misbah is lucky enough to get past 70 again and is still batting, hope he plays well and scores a big hundred to save the match. The Abu Dhabi pitch looks very similar to the Dubai one and the boundary is shorter than Dubai so we have seen a few more sixes on this ground. Asad Shafiq played well but, not good enough to build a big partnership with Misbah.

    Munir

    I agree with you that the image of Pakistan and Pakistanis have been ruined in almost every field and that is why there is a bias and preconceptions about the people. Earlier there were a few umpires who were totally against Pakistan and one of them is Daryl Hair. The others who give border line decisions in favour of other teams are, Daryl Harper, Billy Bowden, Rudy Kotzen. Umpire Simon Taufel is the best umpire and he never gets under pressure from any player, his decisions are fair and if ever it may have been doubtful, I would call it a human error. To eliminate this we definitely need UDRS in every single test match irrespective of which team is playing. In fact I would like to see it implemented in ALL forms of the game and not just test matches.

    Hopefully, there will be a time when no match would be played without the full use of technology. Hot Spot is one of the best systems to check the snicks also bat first or pad first decisions. The technology may not be 100% accurate but, with the help of human eye and human decisions it would definitely be better than just biased umpiring.

  190. #191 by khansahab on November 22, 2010 - 6:39 PM

    “Wasim, Waqar failed to groom youngsters” – Mohd Akram

    ABU DHABI: Former Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Akram has blamed the retired duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis for Pakistan’s fast-bowling crisis, saying they failed to groom youngsters during their playing days.

    Akram, currently working as a television commentator for the UAE series, played nine Tests and 23 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for Pakistan and was widely tipped for a long international career, longer than the five years that he spent playing for Pakistan.

    “My complaint with Wasim and Younis is that they didn’t try and groom bowlers to take over after they retired,” Akram told The Express Tribune. “It’s really unfortunate that they failed to transfer their skills and expertise like Sarfraz Nawaz and Imran Khan did in their time.

    “Imran groomed the duo but they left nothing behind. They walked away without giving Pakistan any sort of backup. They do have their own personal records, which I admire them for, but the result is that today we don’t have a line of bowlers to fall back on.”

    Akram also rued his limited opportunity for Pakistan, at a time when Wasim and Younis were immovable.

    “I was unfortunate that I had a very limited playing career because Wasim and Younis were on at their peak and despite being with the team, I was a backup player and that was hurting me. However, all credit to them as they were hungry for success and immensely talented. I can only say that I was there at the wrong time.”

  191. #192 by khansahab on November 22, 2010 - 6:40 PM

    Misbah has batted with a lot of responsibility and has in fact exceeded expectations. I did not think he would bat so well upon his comeback but full credit to him.

    However, he needs to realise that more consistency is required from him and this form should continue in the next series and also the World Cup.

    So far Misbah has not appeared impressive on pitches that have some life in them, he needs to perform on those pitches being a senior player and renowned batsman.

  192. #193 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 22, 2010 - 11:40 PM

    khansahab

    I remember once Mohammad Akram said on TV (a few years ago) that a few young fast bowlers – including him – approached Wasim Akram with a request, “Wasim Bhai aap humko kuch tips dain aur kuch batayain.” Wasim Akram snubbed them by saying you go to your cricket board and ask them for help, don’t ask me. Up to that point Wasim Akram justified his action. But, a couple of months later he was in Australia and on the ground, on TV he was seen giving Irfan Pathan some tips and was more than courteous to him. He was criticized for that but, Wasim like “a Memon ka buccha kuch dekh ker hee girta hai,” did that with a plan and a motive. He was seen by ALL the Indians and his action was hailed as a very kind, sympathetic and generous one i.e., he was trying to improve India/ Pakistan relationship. Relationship my FOOT. He did that because, after that he got numerous TV contracts and ads and since then he has been constantly living in India and working for “money”. It is very ironic, I would rather say “moronic” that he claims himself to be a very patriotic Pakistani.

    Even when his wife was seriously ill, he stayed back in India having affairs with so and so…….. or any cheap tarty and then when his wife was so ill that it was kinda point of no return for her, she died in a hospital in India, he blamed the Pakistani doctors for not treating her well and called them as “Butchers.” When they sued him for defamation and claimed $150,000, he quickly apologized and shed crocodile tears. Since his wife died he was there only to appear on TV and then he disappeared in India once again.

    Anyways, if any Pakistani expects anything from Wasim Akram he is living in a fools paradise. Waqar is still is a better person than Wasim and he is their main coach but, the point is he cannot do anything if the bowlers themselves cannot apply. Aamer and Asif were there but, their motives were not the same as Imran and Sarfaraz’s were. It was Wasim Akram who got involved in betting and match fixing. Luckily Umar Gul is a pretty decent bowler left but, his test record is not that great. Hopefully Tanvir Ahmad continues his form and they play him in ODI’s too to see if he can be as successful as he has been on his test debut.

  193. #194 by Mohammed Munir on November 23, 2010 - 8:20 AM

    Best and Most Sincere Wishes on LS’s 3rd Anniversary…

    And many more to follow. Many Hearty Congratulations.

    Very nice Fresh and New Look !!

  194. #195 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2010 - 9:48 AM

    Thank you MUNIR

    I haven’t even noticed that it is already 3 years now i.e., since LS started operating. “Time flies and fade like flowers thou knowest how to wait?”

    newguy & Pawan

    Congratulations to you and ALL on India winning the “Epic” series against New Zealand.

  195. #196 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2010 - 9:56 AM

    SA has taken a lead of 150 runs and if they score another 150-160 today and declare 1 hour b4 the close of the day’s play, it will be a big challenge for Pakistan. And both openers, Amla and Peterson have started aggressively and the lead is already 183 after six overs. Although Misbah was out on the first ball of the day today but, the tail-enders played well, especially Abdur Rahman, Tanvir and Gul and avoided the follow-on. Tanvir is having a great time on his debut. Six wickets and scoring 30 runs is some achievement for him, its like dream coming true for him. Pakistan must save this match to get some morale boosting and face saving. This Pakistan team is really a “ghissi pitti” and if they are playing so well against SA it is definitely some achievement for them.

  196. #197 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2010 - 1:56 PM

    How “Moronic” of Smith & Co., not to declare their innings before the close of the day’s play. It shows how insecure they feel despite being called as the best test team in the world. The lead now is 323 and one is not sure whether they will declare at the outset early in the morning or ask Boucher to Butcher the Pakistani bowling attack and extend the lead beyond 370 – 380? They can easily do that but, they would be losing an hours play. It is a totally different matter that Pakistan may lose this test match and not even score 250 runs. “Having said that,” they have taken away the challenge from Pakistan by playing safe, they should have given them an opportunity to win and in doing so, the Pakistanis might lose their wickets but, now they will play only defensive cricket to draw this match. If the total is big and they know they cannot achieve the target they will play extremely defensive and that would be a dull and boring draw.

  197. #198 by newguy on November 23, 2010 - 3:05 PM

    So India won the final test and series with it comfortably, but it should have been 3-0 if not were for the pitches, and lack of intensity from the team to press for a win.

    SA-Pak test is showing why SA is not a team that will dominate world cricket ever. They are too conservative and lose the plot when it matters.

    BTW, Javed Khan, the so called best test team in the world is India 😉 Or is it because India is #1 Ranked test team, but SA is supposed to be better than India. Anyhow, I don’t think SA is better than India or vice versa. Depending on the conditions, I think there are 4 test teams can beat each other in a series. India, SA, Aus, Eng. I would place Pak/SL as 5th place. Pak is certainly no pushover team, even with all problems they can still hold up on their own and get the odd win when really inspired.

    This test will most likely end up in draw because SA will bat again in the morning for an hour in my opinion. They don’t have conviction to declare and challenge Pakistan to score 300+ in a day, because they want to eliminate the possibility of losing. BTW, most teams would do about the same in this situation.

  198. #199 by Pawan on November 23, 2010 - 4:50 PM

    Javed, Thanks for your wishes. We are absolutely “thrilled” by this win against NZ. The whole nation would be, I believe, in a state of frenzy. Such a historic win! Dekh lega (liya) India!

    Sarcasm apart, it was a good win for India. It just goes to show that a good, sporting pitch can make hell of a difference. It just showed NZ their level. Irony is that just last night when I was watching this match live I saw that Jesse Ryder and Taylor had batting averages of 52 and 42 respectively. Those are pretty good averages there. Quite puzzling…

  199. #200 by Pawan on November 23, 2010 - 4:56 PM

    Wonderful site design!

    1. Good intentions — Ind-Pak together — nice message!
    2. Clean and fresh look.
    3. Best is the font size — makes for a very good read

    Congratulations to LS on its anniversary!
    Long live this phenomena known as LS!

  200. #201 by khansahab on November 23, 2010 - 6:53 PM

    Kamran, Malik to return to Pak squad for NZ tour and 2011 WC

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik and wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal are expected to return to the national side for the forthcoming New Zealand tour and are also tipped to feature in the preliminary squad for next year’s ODI World Cup in the sub-continent.

    According to sources close to the national selectors, both the players have impressed with their recent commitment to domestic cricket and also with their form.

    Both the players were dropped for the ongoing series against South Africa with fingers also pointed on Kamran’s alleged involvement in spot-fixing.

    “But now the International Cricket Council has given the Pakistan Cricket Board clearance to consider Kamran for the coming events,” one source said.

    Malik has been in prolific form in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where he scored a fifty, a double hundred and a hundred while Kamran also notched up a century in the ongoing round of matches.

    The national selectors are also said to have got clearance from PCB chairman Ijaz Butt.

    “The selectors will announce squad for the tour to New Zealand later this week while they have to announce the preliminary World Cup squad by December 19,” the source said.

    The source said that the selectors had also been told by Butt that Shahid Afridi will continue to lead the Twenty20 and ODI teams while Misbah-ul-Haq will be retained as captain for the Test matches in New Zealand.

    “The selectors have now asked the board for clearance on leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and all-rounder Rana Naved,” the source said.

  201. #202 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2010 - 8:51 PM

    newguy

    I am sorry about that, I remembered it wrongly, SA is the so-called BEST ODI team in the world. Whatever it is, imo SA are chokers they are good when the going is good, the moment there is a threat the panic button is on and they collapse like a deck of cards. Remember Malinga took 4 wickets in 4 balls and the 5th one missed by an inch and luckily the SA won that match, otherwise they almost choked to death. They have never won a big, major tournament, leave aside tournament they always lost their crunch match in tense situation. Pakistan beat them on many occasions.

  202. #203 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2010 - 8:57 PM

    khansahab

    This morning I’ve read that news in DAWN that Malik and Kamran scored centuries in domestic matches. I was laughing at it because the team is in the UAE and most of the senior players are not playing in those matches so what if they have scored centuries? It is like playing against school boys and scoring easy centuries.

    You never know even those matches may have been fixed like, Salman Butt scoring 76 runs in 4 overs in one of the domestic matches (ref. what Zulqarnain Haider said about that match). Shoaib Malik has no character he can do anything he is just another Wasim Akram. At least the later was a good bowler whereas, Malik is a nothing player.

    If Kamran is back in the team, his father would still be happy because he once said, “Keeping tou ghar hee may rehay gee” Only his chota making some politics and throwing tantrums. He is such a brat that he doesn’t realize what he is doing. Mr. Kasim gave an example of Vinod Kambli, that a player with an attitude will end up in oblivion. Just because Omar Akmal is from Lahore he will get chances, if he was from any other province they would have forgotten about him like Asim Kamal and so many others.

  203. #204 by khansahab on November 23, 2010 - 9:57 PM

    Javed A Khan

    A few weeks ago I remember you said that it is very likely we will hear news of Malik being reselected, very soon. I also said a few days ago that Malik’s selection will be on the cards. Now this news has come today that sources reveal Malik’s selection is in contention.

    This is amongst the many occasions when we have said something will happen and it has happened. I find it bizarre, it might seem to someone else that it is logical Malik will be selected after scoring heavily in domestic cricket, but we did not know about his domestic performances when we made that prediction.

    It may be the fruit of good intentions, a good understanding of Pakistani society and good sense, by the grace of the Almighty.

    Sometimes I feel someone reads this blog and then makes media headlines based on what we say. Not only this, but many blogs and newspapers have used our ideology, phrases, words, ideas and passed them off as their own. It is happening so much that I don’t consider it a big deal any more.

  204. #205 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2010 - 11:53 PM

    The Blasphemy Law in Pakistan

    Pakistan is the only country in the world where you find a Blasphemy Law. Under Sections 295 B and 205-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, anyone who desecrates the Qur’an or defiles the name of the prophet Muhammad is punished with death or life imprisonment. Implemented in 1986 by the then dictator, General Zia-ul-Haq, to woo the country’s fundamentalist faction, the laws have become a tool to persecute religious minorities and even Muslims. Almost a thousand people have been charged so far under the law, and hundreds have become its victims.

    Presently a Christian woman Asia Bibi is charged under the blasphemy laws and facing death penalty, she may be pardoned upon the orders of the President of Pakistan who is under immense pressure from all over the world to repeal the blasphemy law. But, since its implementation no government has the guts to abolish the law, which is being abused by a few people who in the name of religion can blame anyone by saying he/she is blasphemous. It is very well known that the law is being used as a shield against personal vendetta and people who hold grudge against each other, especially if one of the parties is a non-Muslim.

    The fundamentalist and religious parties are against abolishing the law and the governments in the past and present are afraid of reaction from the fundamentalists and extremists. This is such a negative thing to do i.e., to implicate someone as blasphemous and seek revenge from them. Islam does not permit such actions. The so-called witnesses are never independent and honest, they are a part of the team who are trying to implicate the victim. Once they swear in public or in the court of law that they heard so and so saying such and such thing against Islam, our Prophet or against the Quran then, it is hard for them to back-off and change their statement. Those witnesses may live in guilt for the rest of their lives but, they cannot retract their earlier comments. It not only nullifies their integrity and honesty but, it is punishable under the law to falsely accuse someone for such a serious crime, where the punishment is death.

    Reportedly no one has been sentenced to death mostly they have been pardoned but, the public outrage especially from the fundamentalists, extremists and ignorant lot went a step ahead of the law and killed those people who have been earlier accused of blasphemy. Taking the law in their own hands is an act of treason in any country and Pakistan being the Islamic country, the only country to have these blasphemy laws in their constitution must do something to protect its own innocent citizen irrespective of colour, caste and creed. They must also seriously punish the miscreants who took the law in their own hands. I am not aware of the kinda punishment they must get according to the law, whether it is death penalty or life imprisonment, whatever it is must be done.

    Also, it is the job of the police to protect their own citizen and not stand there like on-lookers and helpless citizens, the police is paid for protecting its country’s citizen and if they fail to do so, then they should be discharged from their services and if found guilty on the pretext that they deliberately allowed the miscreants to take the law in their own hands, then the police should also be punished and penalized.

  205. #206 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 23, 2010 - 11:58 PM

    Among a few of the legacies that Gen. Zia ul Haq has left behind, one of them is this blasphemy law. The other is creation of the Mohajir Party. The influx of the Afghans into the country, the open sale and use of arms and ammunition in the country which was never there before him. Zia created the Kalashnikov culture. He ruined and gutted the film industry and the socio-cultural environment in the country. He encouraged a Mullah culture in the country where, uneducated and semi educated Mullahs have taken control of the Madrasa’s and started to brain wash the poor and uneducated people in the name of religion. It is Zia who created these suicide bombers, the human bombs and he surely deserved a place in the JABRA CHOWK.

    Those of you who do not know what “Jabra Chowk” means? I would like to enlighten them by giving some background info. When Gen. Zia ul Haq died in the plane crash his body was torn into pieces and burnt beyond recognition. The only piece of evidence they were able to collect from the debris is his JAW and from his dental records they picked up his jaw and know one knows what the other contents were in his coffin. So, the place where he is buried in Islamabad, some people call it “The Jabra Chowk” Jabra = Jaw.

  206. #207 by khansahab on November 24, 2010 - 12:20 AM

    Salman Butt to sue Rameez Raja

    Lahore: Pakistan’s former test captain Salman Butt is planning to sue former Pakistan captain and cricket commentator Ramiz Raja for his comments about him.

    Sources told the sports encounter scribe, Nadira Mushtaque here that Salman Butt will sue Ramiz Raja once the spot fixing case will be over.

    Ramiz Raja commented about the Salman butt in his interview to the British tabloid news of the world which broke the spot fixing story and said that “Salman butt is a liar”.

    While talking to TSE correspondent, Salman Butt also criticized the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and said that “Chairman didn’t allow us to talk to media and clarify our position during the spot fixing allegations at London. I had been asked by many former players that I should come to media and clarify my position but at that time PCB didn’t allow us but now they disown us and they are also not paying our outstanding dues which PCB owe to us on account of match fee, which is really very shocking for us.”

    Salman Butt also criticized the role of former team manager Yawar Saeed during the spot fixing allegations and said, “Yawar Saeed didn’t know anything about the spot fixing episode and during the press conference I had to guide him which was very embarrassing for me.”

  207. #208 by Pawan on November 24, 2010 - 12:29 AM

    Javed,

    SA is not the best ODI team by any stretch of imagination. Like you said, they are big time chokers. Australia are slowly but surely becoming another choker. I believe that a team which has individuals with low confidence has the tendency to choke. Teams like Pak, Ind have individuals with high confidence in their ability and hence can pull off matches from tight situations. The champion Aussie team of the last generation (Gilli, Warney, Mcgrath, etc) had a lot of champion players whose individual brilliance would see them through in a tight situation.

    Besides, SA is 4th in the current ICC ODI ranking.

  208. #209 by Pawan on November 24, 2010 - 12:32 AM

    Javed & Khansahab,

    It is good to see sane views from you and this blog in general. That is why people like me keep returning to this blog, who are sure that their comments would be viewed through a mature head and are free to express their views.

    I agree 100% with your views on Blasphemy.

  209. #210 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 24, 2010 - 3:27 AM

    Pawan

    On this blog we have always tried to speak the truth as we see it and most of the time we are right. Because, we have very moderate, logical and realistic views in general, which any educated person may agree with us – small differences here and there are a part and parcel of any debate, – in general we are open minded and we criticize whoever in our opinion is wrong. I am glad that you see the openness and frankness in our expression of thought.

  210. #211 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 24, 2010 - 3:33 AM

    khansahab

    Salman is now acting like a Khisyani Billi Khamba Nochi……. Khisyouna Salman Butt Nocha.

  211. #212 by Mohammed Munir on November 24, 2010 - 7:12 AM

    LOL @ “Butt Nocha”.

    Butt Nochay, Ya Phhir Butt Pochay. 😉

  212. #213 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 24, 2010 - 1:30 PM

    The SA PAK test match ended in a draw. Poor captaincy by Smith, he should have declared on the 4th day soon after making 300 and by not declaring he has proved that his team is scared of Pakistan. Pakistan played for a draw and in the end Misbah once again played well – which I was not expecting from him – and saved the match. Last time it was Younus Khan who helped him and this time young Azhar Ali. I think both Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq should remain in the test squad. Asad is more promising for shorter version of the game too.

    The problem is if Malik and Kamran will be back in the team, the youngsters would be sacrificed and they will never get confident. Anyways lets wait and see till the time the PCB announces the 2011 WC squad.

  213. #214 by newguy on November 24, 2010 - 3:51 PM

    As I had predicted last evening SA batted for some more on 5th morning and as expected SA the test ended in a draw. Good batting from Misbah and Azhar. Pakistan is finding slowly some players who can bat for long periods, this is much better than the chaotic performances in the last few tours where batmen like Umar Akmal will simply throw away their wickets. SA went for safety first approach in both tests and their conservative attitude won’t let them push for wins by risking a loss. In fact, India did the same thing with NZ in one of the two tests. When there is nothing in the pitch, bowlers and captains don’t want to risk other teams chasing down totals. May be this is the T20 effect. Whatever it is too many drawn tests makes it dull.

  214. #215 by M. Y. Kasim on November 24, 2010 - 7:00 PM

    I dont want to hype too much about Azhar Ali, but honestly, I like this youngster 🙂
    The first time I saw his name in the English touring party, I was wondering, who is he??? Then a day or two later I read somewhwre a comment by Javed Miandad about the touring party and he praised Azhar Ali very highly. I kept my fingers crossed. Since then, I have been taking special interest in his progress and am glad that he justified Miandad’s (and mine 😀 ) expectations.

    Now, atleast, you are left to worry only eight players only while seleting Pak XI 😀 😀

  215. #216 by M. Y. Kasim on November 24, 2010 - 7:02 PM

    The last para is a test of your imagination.

  216. #217 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 24, 2010 - 7:39 PM

    newguy

    At the end of the 4th day’s play, I started my comment with this sentence: “How “Moronic” of Smith & Co., not to declare their innings before the close of the day’s play.”

    They did not even declare on the 5th day before the start of their innings had they declared it on eve of the 4th day:

    1. There was a possibility of getting a wicket or two as the Pakistanis were tired.

    2. Had they declared in the morning instead of batting, they may have had a chance of getting something from the early morning due and moisture in the pitch and taking 2-3 wickets in the first session would have added a lot of pressure on Pakistan.

    But, the CHOKERS will remain CHOKERS they cannot plan a good strategy, they wanted to play safe and in the end they did nothing to what Amla gave them with a flying start at a strike rate of 109/100.

    India did the same in the earlier test against NZ and the result was a draw. You have to be aggressive and give the other team a challenge, if you don’t then they go defensive and it is a dull boring test match.

  217. #218 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 24, 2010 - 7:46 PM

    Indian team must be happy because Graeme Smith fractured his finger in the UAE and is likely to miss the entire series against India. India with all their batting might in the likes of Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid, Dhoni, Raina, Gambhir and Sehwag MUST beat SA and it is not difficult to do so with Zaheer, Ishant, Ohja and Harbhajan in the bowling department.

    The Ashes are about to start and England is considered as favourites but what everyone is forgetting that Australia plays well at home and it is only a matter of Ricky Ponting getting in form. He is the most dangerous player who I predict may score a few centuries during this Ashes.

  218. #219 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 25, 2010 - 12:21 PM

    Australia restricted England to a paltry 260 with Siddle taking a hat-rick, he got Cook, Prior and Broad. If the Australian opening pair of Watson and Katich stays till lunch tomorrow then a platform would be created for the Australians to post a big total. From the English side, only Bell seems to in good form and, he has been scoring well after his lean patch last year. Other than him it is AJ COOK and Pietersen who are a threat, the rest are nothing.

    The Pakistan Cricket Team may boast about their DRAW against SA, but there is more to lament about their future in cricket. Afghanistan cricket team beat Pakistan in the Asian Games semi-final, despite the fact that Pakistan had players like Khalid Latif, Azeem Ghumnam, Cheema etc., in their team.

  219. #220 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 25, 2010 - 6:00 PM

    Jacques Kallis called the Abu Dhabi pitch as “FLAT.”

    I am sure Kallis may not have said this if they had won the series. He is the one who made best use of the flat track by scoring two centuries and AB de Villiers scored a big double hundred. The best fast bowler in the world Dale Styen could not do much damage to the second string Pakistani batting line up. Had they won he would have said, despite the odd circumstances and pitch not helping our bowlers did a great job.

  220. #221 by khansahab on November 25, 2010 - 7:11 PM

    Will not celebrate win against Pakistan – Rashid Latif

    The win against Pakistan is a result of sheer handwork done by the boys at the camp setup prior to the Asian Games in Jalalabad. After all I am a Pakistani and have felt the same as every other Pakistani after the defeat of my home county.

    To boost the confidence of the Afghan players I did advice them, on the eve of the match, to recite a verse from the Holy Quran which says “Don’t be scared of your rivals in war. Understand that they are also human and are scared as well”.

    I am glad the way Afghan cricket are responding and with the enthusiasm I am confident that soon they will make a mark for themselves.

    After the victory, the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai also called and congratulated the whole team and management. I hope the confidence will help the team in doing well in the final.

    Regards,
    Rashid Latif
    Coach, Afghan National Cricket Team

  221. #222 by khansahab on November 25, 2010 - 7:12 PM

    Afghanistan will play Tests in three years:Rashid Latif

    The former Pakistan Test player, speaking after his side crushed Hong Kong in the Asian Games quarter-finals to set up a mouth-watering first ever match with Pakistan, said Afghanistan had many talented players.

    Last year the country rose to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Division One, narrowly missing out on a place in the World Cup to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh next year.

    They qualified for the World Twenty20 held in the West Indies earlier this year by winning qualifying rounds in Dubai.

    But Latif said only Test status could give the game the boost it needed.

    “I’m not interested in Twenty20 cricket or 50-overs cricket. We need to compete in Test cricket. If a country has Test cricket you can improve your cricket at the grassroots level.

    “Bangladesh had Test cricket (from 2001) and after that they greatly improved but I think this Afghanistan side is better than their current team.

    “Afghanistan have a lot of talent at youth level and national level but very limited facilities. There is no good ground in Afghanistan.”

    But he said despite these drawbacks “in two or three years we should be ready to apply for Test status”.

  222. #223 by khansahab on November 25, 2010 - 7:15 PM

    Nobody can stop me from returning to Pakistan: Musharraf

    Former president and military dictator General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf has said that “nobody can restrict” him from coming back to the country and taking part in the general elections. “Nobody can restrict me. I will come back to the country and take part in the elections. If people voted me to power, I would change fate of the nation,” Musharraf told a public meeting in a village near Mansehra city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by phone.

    Musharraf ruled the country for nine years after taking power in a coup in 1999. He stepped down in 2008 and left Pakistan. He now lives in London and has launched the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

    He said that on his return he would launch the ‘Pakistan Bachao’ Movement.

    “The country is passing though a difficult stage of its history and my party will pull it out of the current crises,” the News International quoted Musharraf as saying.

    He said his party was not against creation of more provinces in the country.

    Musharraf has selected Chitral in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to contest for a seat in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.

  223. #224 by khansahab on November 26, 2010 - 9:06 AM

    Afridi and Fawad Alam training on Eid day:

  224. #225 by khansahab on November 26, 2010 - 9:11 AM

    SRK once again earns wrath of Shiv Sena

    Shah Rukh Khan seems to have earned the wrath of Shiv Sena yet again. In its mouthpiece Saamna, the Shiv Sena has criticised SRK for hosting a dinner party in London for Pakistani TV channel Prime TV and that too today which marks the 2nd anniversary of the horrific 26/11 terror attacks.

    It may be recalled that SRK’s comments on the inclusion of Pakistani cricketers in the IPL earlier this year had angered the Shiv Sainiks who had protested against the release of the actor’s film My Name Is Khan.

    Now with this act of his, SRK has once again rubbed Shiv Sena the wrong way.

  225. #226 by khansahab on November 26, 2010 - 12:07 PM

    Munir Sharjahbaadi

    Kabhi Kabhi ulfath ki qurbath mai samaa leta hoon

    Asaaeishon ki gaflathon ko bhoola deta hoon….

    Haseenaon ki sharam ko choopa leta hoon I am agree

    Aur khwahishon ka guldasta saja leta hoon……kabhi kabhi……

  226. #227 by Pawan on November 26, 2010 - 7:45 PM

    Smith fit again! Bad news for India. Its gonna be one hell of a series – SA vs. Ind in SA. The Afrikans have a definite home advantage. But if India can pass this test, then they will earn a lot of respect as the no. 1 team world over. A 1-0 series in favor of Ind can be very satisfying.

    Elsewhere, the Ashes have begun and in what way! Great to see the two oldest test teams fight it out. What a rivarly – a mouth watering aspect. Look at the crowds, they stadium was full for all days played and have been booked for even more. The Aussies are on fire, they wanna show they are not down and out. The crowd has come in support of the hom team. Even if Ind is not one of the teams, watching the Ashes is so very exciting (with time on hands). Someone rightly suggested, Ind-Pak can host series like this regularly which will make for even more success. It just raises the game to some different level. Yesterday Eng clawed their way back into the game, but Hussey denied total access.

    A total contrast to the Ashes is the SL-WI series. Its almost like a forgotten series. I wonder why they play cricket in SL at time other than the summer. It rains like hell apart from summer. That is simply bad scheduling. Looks like for some reason other countries have boycotted SL – in this current year haven’t seen SL travel for test matches other than Ind (I may not be entirely correct, but they seem to just play at home). Scrap such useless series, prepare good sporting tracks and see the difference.

  227. #228 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 27, 2010 - 2:24 AM

    Pawan

    You don’t need to worry about Smith, he will be targeted by Zaheer Khan and Sharma and his hand has eternal injury problems. When Smith dropped a catch in the slips against Pakistan in Dubai, Ramiz Raja said: “I wonder how he can drop a catch with those bucket like hands?”

    Well, it will definitely be interesting to watch India in SA and it will be a hell of series, I agree with you that its a shame that why India/Pakistan can’t play a series like Ashes? It is all political and it is so sad and sickening for cricket lovers that due to politics we cannot enjoy the game in our own countries. Playing at neutral venue (other than WC) is not the same as playing in ones own country.

    Anyways, I wish India best of luck in advance and in my opinion if India plays aggressive cricket they can easily win this series.

  228. #229 by khansahab on November 27, 2010 - 10:21 AM

    Butt, Amir and Asif to be charged under 104-year-old corruption law

    The three Pakistanis at the centre of the spot-fixing scandal are likely to be charged under a 104-year-old corruption law after a landmark ruling by the Attorney General.

    The Telegraph can disclose there is a “strong appetite” to prosecute Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, according to legal and police sources.

    It comes after another cricketer accused of similar claims has been charged under the rarely-used corruption law, and for cheating under the new Gambling Act.

    The Attorney General rubber-stamped the decision to prosecute former Essex seamer Mervyn Westfield for deliberately bowling badly during a one-day game against Durham. Sources said that it paved the way for charges against the Pakistan cricketers.

    Scotland Yard detectives interviewed them in September on suspicion of defrauding bookmakers after a newspaper sting alleged they received orders from businessman Mazhar Majeed to deliberately bowl no-balls in the Lord’s Test against England.

    Police are now pursuing a charge of “accepting or obtaining corrupt payments” contrary to their “employer’s affairs or considerations” under the 1906 Corruption Act. It was originally framed for those working in public office and carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail.

  229. #230 by Pawan on November 27, 2010 - 11:14 AM

    Javed,

    Before the SA-Ind battle begins, there is this ODI series with NZ still to be fought. I honestly think the selectors (Especially Mr. Kris Srikanth) are oxymoron. Why o Why do we need some Wriddhiman Saha in this team?! He is a useless entity as far as I am concerned. He is a specialist wicketkeeper who can hold the bat. Why do we need to test him when we already have Dhoni/Karthik?

    Mr. Srikanth, His Highness, has also provided us with some Umesh Yadav, a nothing bowler. He is ala Abhmanyu Mithun, who can only bowl a legal delivery. They are the so called fast-bowling bowling talents. The best deliveries they have are those that go straight :). Their special deliveries are those which come into the right hander (which is a natural delivery for any right-handed bowler). Great finds Mr. Srikanth! This guy has single-handedly ruined the already bare fast bowling department by encouraging nothing bowlers for the sake of “equal opportunity”. Idiot.

  230. #231 by Pawan on November 27, 2010 - 11:26 AM

    I hope they call off this stupid SL-WI series. Just saw that SL has declared their 2nd innings with only 57 runs scored. That mus be some foolish record or something. No matter how hard Sangakara tries, this match is going one way – a tame draw. The srilankans have become experts in drawing the test matches, thanks to the weather and pitches in SL. Why do they even bother to play the match? Both teams just agree with a draw after looking at the conditions and save their time :). Although who is watching them unless they create records like declarations at 57. True killers of test cricket.

    On the other hand, the Ashes has lived up to the expectations and hype truly. What a great bowling performance by England, even though it was bettered by Haddin and Hussey. Now that is some cricket as opposed to what is happening in SL.

  231. #232 by khansahab on November 27, 2010 - 1:02 PM

    We have a new thread.

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