When a draw is a win

 

Misbah batted like how you would want a captain to

Pakistan drew the Test series with South Africa 0-0. This is being termed like a monumental achievement as Pakistan is considered to be a near minnow team these days. Not only are Pakistani players demoralised and lacking direction, they also have to bear the brunt of never-ending controversies that are a curse to Pakistan cricket.

Taufeeq and Hafeez were spirited, albeit perhaps not dominating

The drawn series leaves one with mixed emotions overall, as there are many areas where Pakistan can still show improvement. Yet, it is an achievement. Pakistan was playing in “home” conditions in UAE; the pitches were flat as pancakes as you would expect a typical Pakistani pitch, and most of the crowd consisted of Pakistan supporters so the conditions were ideal for Pakistan.

Taufeeq Umar and Hafeez played with responsibility for most part and appeared spirited. They also gave Pakistan its first opening century-stand after what seemed like an eternity. Taufeeq has made a return to international cricket after many years. He has probably performed well enough to be selected for Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand. Taufeeq’s performance was always more consistent than Salman Butt and Imran Farhat, but somehow he was never dealt with as much patience. He averaged in the early 30s in this Test series which will pull his overall average down, but due to Butt’s suspension and Farhat’s ineptitude, Taufeeq may be Pakistan’s preferred left handed opener for now. Speaking of Hafeez, he has shown as overall improvement in all areas and is probably Pakistan’s surprise package of

Pakistanis will have to be wary of seaming NZ pitches

2010. Hafeez always had shots, some temperament, he was always a good fielder but he never seemed comfortable in international cricket. Either he lacked confidence, or did not have sufficient “sources and connections”, and therefore he could never settle when batting. However, the new Hafeez has a solid defence, a better hand eye coordination and increased confidence. The conditions in NZ will not be ideal for Pakistan batsmen but they must make the most of them. Hafeez will be challenged but he needs to focus on preserving his wicket.

Speaking of preserving wickets, Misbah was a revelation in this series. Misbah has been criticised very liberally on this blog for poor performance which has been consistent for two years but this series will do wonders for his confidence. Not only was Misbah’s performance lacking, he was also accused of playing politics and taking part in oath taking against Younis Khan. However, on LS as long as a player is performing, he is valued and appreciated and therefore Misbah’s performance has to be lauded. However, it is crucial Misbah repeats this performance against NZ because if he does not he will rightfully be termed as a flat track bully.

Pakistan's best batsman of the Test series- Azhar Ali

Prior to this series Azhar Ali’s performance was unimpressive in Tests and his average was about 30. His temperament was regarded quite highly but he seemed to struggle against pace and seam. However in this series Azhar was composed and handled with SA attack with maturity. This was an excellent performance considering his poor record previously and considering this was a strong team. However, once his place in the side is cemented Azhar needs to realise that if his performance wanes he will receive the same treatment as Umar Akmal. The PCB management is showing the door to U Akmal, who talent wise is one of the best young batsmen in the world. Umar’s talent does not vest in his ability to keep the strike rate healthy, but in the fact that he can defend, attack and rotate strike easily. He is also blessed with excellent hand to eye coordination and picks up the length very quickly. He is good at playing cross batted shots, which is not a technique usually recommended but very useful

U Akmal is an ocean of talent and the PCB cannot shatter his confidence

if someone can master it. Umar Akmal’s attitude has been concerning, but the PCB will have to devise a more fruitful way to control him as Pakistan might otherwise lose a super batsman. One wonders where U Akmal’s career is heading, after Pakistani batsmen like Hafeez, Y Khan, Azhar, Misbah and Razzaq have shown form recently? There are reports that Shoaib Malik will return for the World Cup 2011, so it may be possible that U Akmal does not find a place in the preferred playing XI which is diabolical considering his talent.

Pakistan’s bowling without Asif and Aamer clearly lacks punch. It is unfortunate Saeed Ajmal is lacking in form. One can imagine what a strong bowling line up it could be, with a fit Shoaib Akhtar, Asif, Aamer and

Whether Rehman has taken over from Ajmal as Pakistan's premier spinner remains to be seen, but his batting skills may come in handy

Ajmal? Abdur Rehman impressed in sessions but his strike rate was 94, although he out performed his left handed SA counterpart P Harris. This was not a series for bowlers but Pakistanis struggled more than South Africans, generally. Pakistan needs to plan astutely for WC 2011 because having bowlers who can’t take wickets in these pitches will not help. Ultimately Pakistan may have to rely on all rounders like Razzaq, Afridi and Hafeez to deliver in all areas to tilt the balance in their favour. All rounders have been Pakistan’s strength for some time and having Razzaq, Afridi, Hafeez and Rehman (who has shown he can bat) in the ODI World Cup line up may prove advantageous.

Mohammad Sami is unlucky as a bowler and his career

Tanvir surprised everyone with an excellent performance, but now needs to focus on consistency

should well and truly come to an end. Tanvir Ahmed was excellent and got the best out of an infertile pitch. Tanvir was accurate, hit and right areas and identified the batsmen’s weaknesses. Tanvir should now carry on the same form in NZ as Pakistan has seen too many one-match, one-series or one-season wonders.

There are more positives from this series than negatives, but Pakistan cannot forget the series against Australia earlier this year when they beat Australia in one Test but then their form completely collapsed. This series represents the revival of the careers of Taufeeq, Hafeez, Misbah and Azhar Ali, while Tanvir Ahmed has shown promise. The next series against NZ will not be easy, as NZ is an unpredictable side and will be hungry for success after their recent defeat against India. One feels it will be a highly competitive series, as whoever wins will enter the World Cup will much needed impetus. From Pakistan’s perspective it is too late to get more new faces in and re-build, they have to perform with the current mixture of experienced seniors and promising youngsters. They need to realise that the NZ series will be the key test of their mental strength before the World Cup- which makes it even more important for the players to perform and go into the World Cup with their heads held high.

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  1. #1 by khansahab on November 27, 2010 - 1:03 PM

    We have a new thread.

  2. #2 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 27, 2010 - 3:07 PM

    Pawan

    1. As regards to the new bowlers and wicketkeeper in Indian squad against NZ ODI series, I have no clue about them, never heard their names b4. But, Krishnamachari Srikanth is a hot headed guy, I remember seeing him play at Sharjah. He was called, “Ganpathi baba” by his fans. I also remember he got a bouncer from Wasim Akram which struck on his left eyebrow and he was bleeding profusely, Saleem Malik who was in the team later describing the scene when he was Dubai, he said: SriKanth, after getting hit by the ball, placed his hand on his eye and moved on the side, and when he saw the blood he started screaming “Amma, Amma, and was crying like a kid.”

    2. On Sri Lanka / West Indies match you are right about the pitches and the weather plus the SL attitude and like you, no one is watching it so finally they called it a tame draw.

    3. Australia is really lucky to have Hussey in their team, on so many occasions he has saved the matches, rather won the matches from a nothing position. Haddin too is a good wicketkeeper batsman and played some real good innings. Now, the Aussies have taken a decent lead they should be able to put pressure on England. Steve Fin is a good find, he uses his height (6ft. 7 inches) to his advantage. Whereas, our Lamboo Mohammad Irfan (7′ 2″) got a golden chance to prove his worth and he ruined it. As a bowler he is nothing and as a fielder he is hopeless perhaps he will never play any international match again.

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 27, 2010 - 4:35 PM

    khansahab

    Nice thread with a very realistic assessment of the current situation of the Pakistani cricket team. I think Pakistan should not look back for the trio, instead they should look forward and try to harness the existing and new talents in the fast bowling department. Pakistan is also lacking in quality batsmen like Javed Miandad, Inzamam etc. Azhar Ali has shown some temperament and played some gritty innings required for a test player. But, he has a long way to prove his worth, the only thing that is needed from him is consistency and I hope he won’t get distracted like Umar Akmal and a few others by trying to play every game like a T20 game.

    As regards Malik, he may come back in the shorter version of the game but, he is no good for test matches. Perhaps Misbah would be retained for the WC 2011.

  4. #4 by khansahab on November 27, 2010 - 4:43 PM

    Pawan

    You have mentioned some names on the previous thread, they are the new Indian fast bowling talents. I have never heard of them before, I wonder if they are inconsistent like Ishant Sharma? If you recall Ishant was the next big thing when he came on to the scene. I remember his spell to Ponting in Australia (a video of the same is on the “Videos” page on LS) which was an amazing spell and he had Ponting flummoxed for most part.

    Gambhir is the new ODI captain, he is aggressive and very experienced in domestic cricket. Being the opener and captain at the same time will be challenging.

    Regarding Australia, they are not the dominating team they used to be because they relied heavily on McGrath and Warne to win matches for them. Also, Ponting was at his peak at one time and making a century every other match. Until they find consistent bowlers they will not be a top team again. Siddle and Tait have good strike rates, but they have fitness issues. Johnson is their most consistent bowler but he is just not in the class of the best fast bowlers. In fact fast bowling is finishing now- Steyn, Morkel, Zaheer Khan, Siddle and Tait are probably the only fast bowlers who take wickets on any kind of track.

  5. #5 by khansahab on November 27, 2010 - 4:53 PM

    Miandad has been appointed as a consultant before, but there was no improvement in the team. Why is the PCB deciding to appoint him?

    Miandad, Qadir, Inzamam, Imran Khan, Sarfraz, all these players should open academies and teach youngsters for free, and PCB should pay them handsome remuneration. I am sure if the intentions are there, someone will sponsor these academies and these ex cricketers will get decent money. We don’t need these players to come on TV and blab, they just need to pass their knowledge on to youngsters.

    Miandad appointed batting consultant

    LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to appoint former captain and Director General Pakistan Cricket Board Javed Miandad as batting consultant for the series against New Zealand.
    According to sources, the offer has not yet been communicated to Mianad who is currently in China. Miandad, who has serves coach of Pakistan team on three occasions, will now serve as batting consultant but not as full time coach.
    Miandad will be accompanying the team in its tour of New Zealand in the third week of December.
    Pakistan will be playing two Test matches, six One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 matches in the upcoming tour.
    The former coach has scored 8,832 runs in 124 Test matches and 7,381 runs in ODIs.
    The batting great will initially serve as consultant for New Zealand series and his term is likely to be extended to the World Cup in 2011 to be played in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

  6. #6 by M. Y. Kasim on November 27, 2010 - 9:55 PM

    Excellent new look and lay-out. The only thing that I can say is, the font is very small compared to the last format. I wish you can do something about it for the guys like me for easy reading 😀

  7. #7 by khansahab on November 27, 2010 - 10:52 PM

    Kasim sahab

    Are you referring to the main article font, or the comments font? Or both?

    It seems to me to be the same size (or even bigger!) than before?

  8. #8 by khansahab on November 28, 2010 - 11:19 AM

    Congratulations to India on their ODI victory vs NZ. India is a strong team but NZ are unpredictable so India should not take them lightly. Although, it is perhaps encouraging that India was without Sehwag, Tendulkar, Zaheer and Harbhajan, their best players.

    Murali Vijay the opener has only played 5 ODI’s but his average is pretty poor. I thought he was more suited to Tests?

  9. #9 by Mohammed Munir on November 28, 2010 - 11:29 AM

    Khansahab …

    A very well written article and good analysis of all the player’s strengths and their weaknesses. You are right, the forthcoming NZ series will be important for Pakistan going into the World Cup, however, the pitches and playing conditions will surely test our players.

    Although, we are lacking the ‘sting’ in our fast bowling department without Aamis and Asif, but I think fine-and-fit Shoaib Actor and Wahab Riaz, an inform Umer Gul, and rookie Tanvir Ahmed shall be good enough to put pressure on the NZ side. Plus the weather conditions and lively pitches shall also provide much needed assistance to our pacers, whereas at the same time our batsmen will be tested in those conditions after having relatively easier games at flat UAE pitches.

    Since Pakistan is considered more of the shorter version specialist and their Test playing temperament is weak, therefore, the good news from the Pakistani perspective is that there are only two Tests matches in this series, while they will play 3 T20s and 5 ODIs. So even if Pakistan somehow drew the Tests matches, they can concentrate their efforts on T20s and ODIs and win those games.

    Anyways, I think they have roughly one month time till the NZ series starts and the team can sort out their internal issues in the meanwhile.

    On the other hand, Ashes has definitely started with a bang. First day belonged to ‘rain’, Second day was in favour of England, and then Third day the pendulum swung in favour of Australia, whereas England came back very strongly and completely neutralized the Aussie edge and rather taken over a minor advantage with both of their openers scoring centuries.

    Although, I don’t like them both, but I still want the England to win. (for Khansahab) 😉

  10. #10 by Mohammed Munir on November 28, 2010 - 11:31 AM

    LOL @ Perdais Musharraf’s Long Distance “Qoum Sey Khitaab” on a Telephone. 😆

    What is wrong with these so-called Pakistani leaders, who go and sit in UK and then start taking special interest in Pakistan and its ill-fated peoples ??

    And how and why is UK becoming a favourite ‘home’ to so many of these Pakistani run-aways ??

    First it was MQM supreme leader Altaf Hussain and now this Perdais Musharraf is also following Altaf Bhai’s footsteps in conducting Telephone-rallies. 😉

    In between these two supposedly famous political figures, we see some relatively less-known Pakistanis like ZulQarnain Haider and even Mohammed Asif was in the news that he may be planning to seek refuge in UK. It seems UK is fast becoming a favourite-shelters for these Pakistani run-aways, where some may enjoy their life and also keep themselves ‘safe’ from the wrath of Pakistani public while others may be more then happy to even obtain their new citizenship in the process. 🙂

    Shame on them all !!

  11. #11 by khansahab on November 28, 2010 - 2:18 PM

    The Rashid Latif Testimony (Malik Qayyum Inquiry reports)

    (Recorded on 17th October, 1998)
    I have been playing for Pakistan since ’92. In ’94, we toured New Zealand. Before the fifth one-dayer at Christchurch, Salim Malik, who was captain, called me to his room. I went there and found 3/4 players there.

    I can’t disclose the names of those players as they are not the main culprits, though as a matter of fact the entire team is involved in match-fixing and betting except Asif Mujtaba. I can’t say anything about Aamir Sohail whether he is involved in match-fixing or betting. Malik told me we had to lose the match as he had struck some deal with somebody about it. I was offered Rs 10 lakh by Malik. I told him I would think over the matter.

    There were also four/five other players and it was obvious that they must have also been offered money. The next morning, when I took the catch of a batsman from New Zealand, Malik came to me and reprimanded me and reiterated that we have to lose the match. During the water break I told Malik I was not a party to the fixing as I decided during the night not to accept any money. Ata-ur-Rehman has also deposed about the same match.

    Pakistan cricket board in its meeting held on 27.3.1995 had also taken up the matter with regard to the same match. In my opinion, that match was lost deliberately. The main two culprits in this behalf are Akram and Salim Malik. In that match, at one stage, New Zealand was 45 for 3 in reply to 145 runs scored by Pakistan but the way our bowlers bowled New Zealand won the match by seven wickets easily. Akram declared himself unfit but what was strange was that he was holding his shoulders as if in pain even before he bowled the first bowl.

    I am of the view that if Akram had bowled to the best of his potential we would have got out New Zealand easily. Akram left the field after bowling his first spell and came back to complete it. In my view, he was feigning injury. In my view, no-balls and wide balls were deliberately bowled by him. Pakistani bowlers deliberately bowled bouncers. Two deliveries of Akram were so wide that I could not pick them up, resulting in two fours of byes. There was an imminent threat of the match being washed out due to rain which led the bowlers to bowl deliberately in a way that the scoring rate could be accelerated.

    In August, 1994, Pakistan toured Sri Lanka. The morning we were to play a one-dayer Saeed Anwar met me. He informed me that he was approached by Malik to lose the match and further that Malik told him not to disclose this information to Rashid Latif. Anwar asked me for advice. I however told him to act according to his conscience. However, that match was won by us. During the lunch break, Intikhab Alam called a meeting of the players and almost abused them by saying that it was common talk Pakistan was likely to lose the match. In the Singer trophy in Sri Lanka we lost the match against Australia. In that match Australia scored 166 runs. At one stage Pakistan was 80 for one but thereafter there was a sudden batting collapse. In the dressing room, when I was sitting behind Akram, he received a telephone call and I heard him saying to somebody that “he did not know”. Intikhab admonished Akram as to why he was using his mobile in the dressing room when he was not allowed to do so. Then three players had mobile phones, Malik, Akram and Waqar.

    In Sri Lanka we were free for 10 days. As there was no match during that period I and Salim Malik came to Pakistan. I remember that I had arranged for his return visa to Sri Lanka and I am sure that the flight he took was for Lahore and not Islamabad. We flew by Aeroflot from Colombo to Karachi and during the flight his luggage was lost. In his baggage, he was carrying Rs 50,000 Sri Lankan rupees which he had won by gambling among the players. When we were staying in Hotel Taj Samudra (Sri Lanka) I saw two bookmakers from Lahore staying in the adjoining hotel. One of them was Saleem Parvez alias Pejii, the former opener of National Bank, and the other was known by the name of Butt. They were moving freely in the rooms of the players… I would not like to name those players. We shifted from Taj Samudra to Oberoi Hotel. I disclosed this fact to Arif Abassi when I came to Karachi. He told me to convey to the members of the team that they should play to the best of their abilities and not be misled by bookmakers. In the final of the Australasia cup Intikhab Alam, manager, made a bet of the amount of the runners-up prize. In my view this was wrong as it amounted to gambling. I and Saeed Anwar belonged to the same mohalla and used to play for the same gymkhana and study in the same university. Saeed had very close relations with me. In South Africa before the second final, I insisted that as it was a night match and the wicket was bouncy; Kabir Khan should play instead of Akram Raza. However, Salim Malik and Intikhab Alam without discussing with me included Akram Raza instead of Kabir Khan. On the contrary, South Africa did not include any spinner. We had two spinners and one slow-medium fast bowler in the side.

    I had advised Malik that we should bat first as generally in South Africa in a night match it is better to bat first. When I contacted Intikhab Alam he told me he would prefer the choice of Malik to mine as he was captain. I had an altercation with Malik and I insisted that the players must take oath on the holy Quran not to indulge in match-fixing and betting. There was no holy book available. We, however, took oath in the name of Allah by holding an amulet in our hand. However, Malik did not take the oath as at that time he went for the toss and having won the same, he put South Africa to bat. Hansie Cronje, captain of South Africa, made a statement that he was quite surprised at being asked to bat first and this was published in South African newspapers. Having asked South Africa to bat first Malik came and wanted to take the oath. However, I said it was no use… now that he had already invited South Africa to bat first. South Africa scored 269/270 runs and we were all out for only 111/112 runs.

    I had accused Malik of match-fixing directly because I had earlier been offered money which I refused. After the match we remained in the dressing room for quite sometime and Intikhab asked me and Malik to embrace. At the instance of other team members, I agreed to embrace Malik but he did not respond positively. I rang up Arif Abassi and told him the entire situation. He informed that either he himself or Javed Burki would be visiting South Africa within a week. However, Saleem Altaf came. Having reached South Africa, Altaf advised me to forget everything and concentrate on the game. I was advised to play the next match. I did not play in the next Test. We lost the first match. I do not think that match was fixed. Probably we had to face defeat because of the low morale of the players. Malik was under pressure during that match. He later promised that he would not indulge in match-fixing and was advised by his Pir to apologise to me. This fact was revealed to me by Anwar. Javed Burki came to Zimbabwe. The impression I gathered was that the Board was not behind us. We lost the one-day match In Zimbabwe.

    During that match there was a fight between Amir Sohail and Ijaz Ahmed on the ground which was the worst day in the history of the Pakistani cricket. This match was tied. Due to the circumstances prevailing in the team I had decided not to play cricket any longer. I and Basit Ali announced retirement. I produce for the perusal of the Commission copies of the two reports submitted by Intikhab and also a copy of the letter addressed by the ceo to Arif Abassi. I also produce copies of cheques issued in favour of Malik in respect of his account in the UAE. These were issued by Seizure Fernandus and the same were dishonoured. I also produce an audio cassette containing conversation between Ata-ur-Rehman and Saeed Anwar. This was recorded by me.

  12. #12 by khansahab on November 28, 2010 - 4:59 PM

    Yousuf leaves domestic side after Rana fallout

    Karachi: Pakistan’s former captain and senior batsman, Mohammad Yousuf, has left his old departmental side, Wapda, and joined Lahore after a fallout with teammate Rana Naved.

    Yousuf and discarded national team pacer, Shabbir Ahmed, joined the Lahore team for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament after Rana refused to play Yousuf in a match.

    “The problem arose after Rana, who is captaining the Wapda side, did not play Yousuf whose fitness was suspect, and could have had a negative impact on the team’s performance,” a source told PTI.

    The source added that Yousuf, who had to return home from Dubai without playing a Test against South Africa due to a groin injury, insisted that he was recovering and wanted to get back to playing for Wapda.

    “Basically Yousuf wanted an opportunity to play and prove to the selectors that he is fit and available for the New Zealand tour,” the source said.

    He said, Rana, however, took a stand on the issue. “Rana’s contention was that Yousuf should spend time with the Wapda team and train with them before the management could be satisfied that he was 100 per cent fit to return to competitive cricket.

    “Rana’s concern was that playing an unfit player could ruin the team’s chances of keeping its lead at the points table,” the source said.

    He said that after Yousuf was refused permission to play, he was joined in the protest by Shabbir, and both exchanged words with Rana, with Yousuf reminding him about his stature.

    “But Rana stuck to his guns with the management also supporting him. Eventually Yousuf and Shabbir decided to leave Wapda and play for Lahore,” the source added.

    The national selectors are due to finalise the squad for the New Zealand tour and also give final shape to the preliminary squad for the 2011 World Cup.

    Chief selector, Mohsin Khan, has made it clear that only fit players who have been cleared by the integrity committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board would be considered for selection.

    “I don’t want to talk about specific players but we have sent a list to the board asking them to give clearance for the players. Any player who is not cleared by the board will not be taken into consideration,” Mohsin said.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 28, 2010 - 5:29 PM

    khansahab

    Interesting revelations by Rashid Latif. No wonder I hate Wasim Akram for being such a corrupt player. Salim Malik, Ijaz Ahmad and Ata ur Rehman too, they are all characterless people.

    Munir

    You seem to be enjoying a lot after commenting on Mush and Altaf. Is there a name of any of the politicians in the past or present that you have in mind that you can say they are worth praising? Is Hammam may sub Nangay hain. Don’t you remember how Nawaz and Benazir used to send messages to Pakistan? BB was asked by the UAE government to shut up i.e., if she wants to live in the UAE she should not give any political statement. Then she used to go to London and address the nation through media. The only thing she didn’t do is gave a speech through telephone, but she did appear on TV shows and gave interviews and Nawaz did the same. Perhaps you don’t remember all that because “memories are either short or short-circuited. 😉 Right?

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 28, 2010 - 9:38 PM

    PCB to hear out Zulqarnain Haider before taking action

    http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/27/pcb-to-hear-out-zulqarnain-before-taking-action-2.html

    http://www.geosuper.tv/news_detail.asp?id=35578

    Finally they are talking some sense. Earlier the PCB did not want to hear anything from Zulqarnain Haider but, now they have decided to hear his side of the story before taking any action. That guy was begging for help and the PCB thought it is just like crying “WOLF” . I think it is a good decision to hear his story with an empty mind and see if there is any truth in it. May be he may be able to point at something serious that others are missing.

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 28, 2010 - 9:44 PM

    India has won the first ODI against NZ but, somehow I am not impressed by this win. If Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dhoni etc., has not played then so has Brendon McCullum, Jessy Ryder and one of their top fast bowler has not played. Kohli may be in form these days, but his batting style has never impressed me, whereas Raina is better anytime, he can accelerate the run rate any time. I don’t know why “My Nick Name is Yousuf Pathan” has been included in the team?

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 28, 2010 - 9:50 PM

    Does anyone agree with me about the Brisbane pitch being a FLAT TRACK? How come 4 centuries have been scored in the second and third innings? The pitch has certainly not favoured the bowlers, Hussey scored a BIG hundred, in fact narrowly missed his double hundred. Haddin, Strauss, Cook they all scored hundreds, Cook is still there and may score a double hundred, the match is going to end in a boring tame draw.

  17. #17 by khansahab on November 28, 2010 - 10:40 PM

    Zulqarnain claim forces PCB to halt team announcement

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan wicket keeper, Zulqarnain Haider, claimed on Sunday to have knowledge of the match-fixers in the team after which the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stopped the team announcement for the New Zealand tour.

    The Sports Encounter scribe has learnt that the courageous Zulqarnain Haider, also known as Zoly, has claimed on his facebook page that he has knowledge about the players who have made big money by selling Pakistan’s matches and said he would reveal their names in five days.

    Kis nay kitnay paisay liye, Sab raaz 5 din main faash kar dun ga”, Zoly claimed on his facebook page here Sunday.

    After the latest claims by the wicket keeper-batsman, the Pakistan Cricket Board, which was due to announce squad for the New Zealand tour in two days time, has postponed the announcement and contacted Zulqarnain Haider.

    Sources in the PCB told TSE that the cricket board has postponed the team announcement in a bid to avoid international criticism if any of the selected players are found in the list to be announced by Zulqarnain Haider.

    Sources further stated that following his latest claim, the PCB authorities are trying to contact Zoly to get the names of these match-fixers so that a proper inquiry is made into their wrongdoings. However, Zoly didn’t give in to the pressure of the PCB till latest updates.

    Interestingly, the PCB authorities are also offering Zoly to select him back in the national squad and pledged no action against him in case he reveals names of these players to the cricket board.

  18. #18 by Mohammed Munir on November 29, 2010 - 9:44 AM

    Javed Khan …

    LOL @ ‘shor-circuited memories’.

    Well actually, and unfortunately for Pakistan, I don’t see any worthwhile politician in the present set-up, and to be very frank, I still believe Perdais Musharraf was a better choice then Nawaz, BB or Zardari. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that Musharraf is a total “Doodh Ka Dhulla” and he can never be wrong. So when even a better-man makes mistakes like all others, we (the public) have full right to criticize him … right ?

    You are right Nawaz & BB used to send message to Pakistan and Perdais Musharraf is also sending similar messages by his unnecessary interviews for years now, which I am not oppose to. But none of the Nawaz or BB conducted “Telephone Rallies”, which is a ‘Trade-Mark’ of MQM, where thousands of poor Karachites are brought out by either ‘force’ or in temptation of ‘free-lunch’ to listen to hours of BS by this DramayBaaz comedian. So now when Perdais Musharraf has also started conducting telephone-rallies from ‘Pardais’ is seems he is following the footsteps of MQM.

    Finally, can you tell me please, what is really stopping Perdais Musharraf from returning back to his beloved homeland ❓

    Or is that Musharraf waiting form a green signal from ‘Shaitaan-e-Baazurg’ ? 😉

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 29, 2010 - 12:43 PM

    Munir

    I am not in Musharraf’s mind, nor I am one of his party man or disciple to tell you what is stopping him to return back to Pakistan? I guess they all have their agenda and their policies according to which they act. What I think is, Altaf has a few cases registered in his name and if he returns he will be arrested, whereas Musharraf is unsure about how the judiciary will act upon his arrival. In the past, neither Nawaz nor BB moved an inch till such time they were assured of their safety, mind you they were not confined to the KSA or the UAE, they used to go to London and places.

    On your using the prefix of Perdais, first it was Altaf Perdaisi and now it is Perdais Musharraf, about the former I dunno who misses him? But, for the later Musarrat Shaheen must be singing this remix: (I like remix of old Indian songs and this is one of them)

    Ek Perdaisi mera dil lay gaya
    Jaatay Jaatay meetha meetha ghum day gaya

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 29, 2010 - 12:47 PM

    “When a draw is a win”

    Mostly a draw is a draw, is a draw and it is dull and boring. That is what happened in Brisbane, five centuries were scored one of which is a double hundred and another almost a double hundred. The irony is neither Ponting nor Strauss are complaining of FLAT PITCH. Had this been a match in the sub-continent they would have lashed out at the groundsmen, the cricket boards and the authorities but, this is their backyard and everything is fine. May be they will talk about it later when they read such comments from us.

  21. #21 by newguy on November 29, 2010 - 1:53 PM

    Aus-Eng first test ended in one of the most boring draws that I have recently seen, in fact it was from day 3 or so onwards when Hussey and Haddin piled on 300 and then England piled on 500 for just 1 wicket. The pitch was flatter than any you will see in the sub continent where you will most likely would have gotten a few more wickets. The so called best spinner in the world Greame Swan was toothless and Aussie spearhead Mitch Johnson went for 170 runs for no wicket.

    Irony is that some of the English commentators are calling it a fascinating contest, what BS!!!

    I agree with Javed Khan that Aussie-English commentators would be calling all sort of things had this test were played in the sub continent.

  22. #22 by Pawan on November 29, 2010 - 4:42 PM

    Javed

    It must’ve been boring for you to watch the first Ashes test match, but I bet the English must’ve been overjoyed and quite relieved at their “escape” after trailing by 250ish and the Aussies upset like hell to let the poms off after having caged them for so long. The reason why they didn’t really hammer the groundsman for the flat pitch is because its not all too often that they get such flat pitches and a mistake like this once in a while is okay. But here in the sub-continent, its almost a norm to have as flat pitches as possible and always. So we are deserving of the flak we get.

    To look at this test from a different perspective, it could’ve gone England’s way had it not been for that epic knock from Hussey. He was under tremendous pressure to perform as this was I believe his first test century of the calender year and he did perform and in what way! Also a lot of catches went down, one that I saw with my eyes was the second innings one where Collingwood put down a sitter in slip off Swann. But agreed that the match would’ve been a much better watch for neutrals like us had the pitch lived up to Brisbane’s reputation.

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 29, 2010 - 6:29 PM

    newguy & Pawan

    The thing is Ashes is considered as HOLY as the GOSPEL and these two countries, the players and the crowd give so much importance to it that they seldom find flaws in their own backyard. They do criticize each other players and even sledge a lot but, when it comes to other countries especially the sub-continent they spit venom and make mountain out of a mole. Like Harbhajan and Simonds case, like Lillee and Miandad’s case, like Inzamam and Daryl Hair’s case. They forget how bad and how rude Mike Gatting was against the umpire Shakoor Rana.

    They keep digging out our old cases off and on so, we also need to keep digging out their old graves which they conveniently forget and bury them under the deepest part of the earth. I have witnessed that the general crowd in the sub-continent pay a lot more respect to their players, whereas their crowd not only boo our players but keep hurling F words and try to make fun of them. Even their Prime Minister joined the crowd in calling Murali a “Chucker.”

  24. #24 by Pawan on November 29, 2010 - 6:53 PM

    Javed

    I agree with you that sub-continent is the part which has been ignored or looked down upon by the goras. It all started with the British and has followed suit since then. Even in the first Ashes test, Aleem Dar did such a marvelous umpiring job. I bet, even Simon Toffee wouldn’t be able to do. But Dar was never appreciated by the commentators. I mean, he showed to Australia and England, both the teams, how accurate his decisions were on more than 4 occasions that I recollect off, where by the UDRS system confirmed his decisions. He should have been applauded but wasn’t even mentioned, as if he was a servant serving the goras.

    Talk about us licking their asses when goras come to sub-continent, I believe is because of our tendency to be subservient to the “saheb” which has been going on since the British ruled the Indian sub-continent.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 29, 2010 - 9:05 PM

    Pawan

    Exactly, that is what we do, go head over heels for the goras. That British Raj stamp even after several generations still exist and I wonder why? Is it because of the history books in which they are mentioned so often or, is it because of the legacy they have left behind i.e., the constitution like the section 144 for curfew and penal code 302 for death penalty and so on?

    As regards Aleem Dar he has definitely improved as an umpire to which most of these Aussies commentators never acknowledge, praising or appreciating his decisions are far from reality. In fact they find flaws in his decisions whereas, when it is Simon Taufel they keep praising his umpiring decisions.

    The Sri Lankan / West Indian farcical drama is blessed with rain and I suspect even the ODI’s will go uninterrupted by the rain. On paper, the West Indian team looks good for ODI but, it always evolve around Chris Gayle and may be one or two like Bravo. They still do not have confidence as a team. Whereas, the Sri Lankans will play well at home and that is the advantage they will have during the WC 2011. What do you think?

  26. #26 by Pawan on November 29, 2010 - 9:07 PM

    Javed, newguy,

    Come to think of it, can anyone deny Australia are on the slide down?
    And Australians would be the first to admit this.
    Now for the record I want to question the timing of this flat pitch.
    Only a team incapable, or rather less capable of taking 20 opposition wickets and hence less confident would allow such a pitch.
    Now is that the reason there is no one in Australian Cricket Authority (captain, coach, team manager…) bemoaning the flat pitch?
    Isn’t it that the pitch is “passed” or given a “go ahead” sign by the home team captain and coach?
    I believe the Australian groundsmen are too well paid and knowledgeable to make such “mistakes” as flat pitches unlike their sub-continent counterparts, unless they are “deliberated” by team “strategists”.

    I have now a strong suspicion that the Australians knew what was coming, I mean the flat pitch and they wanted to play safe.
    Worst comes to worst they will draw the match, as they have reasonably “good” batsmen.
    Australians are cut-throat competitors and they can go to any level “not to lose” a match.
    History is overflowing with this “never say lose” spirit – take a look at their current chief selector Greg “Chappals” underarm delivery.

    It was all planned…

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 29, 2010 - 9:18 PM

    Pawan

    That was my initial question about the flat pitches, I meant that it was a deliberate attempt to play safe. Because, Mitchel Johnson is not like McGrath or even Bret Lee, whenever a batsman attacks he goes into his shell and give away a lot of runs, we have seen Sehwag murdering his bowling, even Abdul Razzaq and Hafeez did that recently. Two, three boundaries in a row and he goes into his shell. The others are just mediocre bowlers, even their spin is without a sting.

    Did you notice that they always used to start the first test at Perth against India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka where the wicket is bouncy and there is movement too, and they invariably used to win the first test to put the opposition under pressure. They were aware of English bowlers hence they started it from Brisbane and prepared a flat track so that their batsmen can score, Ponting and Clarke failed but Hussey and Haddin scored centuries. Then England created a record in their second innings with that huge total.

  28. #28 by Pawan on November 29, 2010 - 9:24 PM

    Javed,

    I loved that sarcasm you bestowed on the British Raj about the legacy they left behind. I think I read (past tense) between the lines there.
    Anyways, its their chamadi I beieve which strikes an average person from sub-continent in the awe to start with. Then these goras are richer, due to higher per capita income of their country. So that seals the deal and hence they are the “sahebs”. But slowly and thankfully all that is changing.

    Aleem Dar is the man! He should’ve been the man of the match 🙂

    SL-WI series is a waste. SL board has gone crazy playing matches when you know its gonna rain this time of the year.
    How can they take v-cuts?

    Well, if you want me to make an educated guess about the chances of WI or SL, I believe, SL is an unpredictable team and WI even more so. SL I would say is a queer team. At times they look simply awesome, but at times they are so ordinary that even our A teams can beat them hands down. WI are as you said dependent on one or two individuals and that is bad. Hope Sammpy brings back some confidence in the team, because its all about confidence for the West Indians. If they are high on confidence they can beat any team in the world.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 30, 2010 - 12:17 AM


    Kamran Akmal ready to play as specialist batsman

    November 29, 2010

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/489693.html

    LOL @ Kamran Akmal’s gesture, earlier he never said that he would like to play as a specialist batsman only. Now, he wants his brother to remain in the team as a wicketkeeper so, he is offering to play only as a batsman. “Andhaa Baantay Raywree Wo Bhee Apnay Apnon Ko.” Blind distribute sweets to the blind only.

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 30, 2010 - 12:31 PM

    No UDRS in South Africa-India Tests


    The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be a part of India’s upcoming Test tour of South Africa. Gerald Majola, chief executive of Cricket South Africa confirmed the news to ESPNcricinfo saying, “[We] will definitely not be using it.”

    Majola who was in Dubai for the ICC Chief Executives Conference did not explain what had led to the decision but a CSA official said the main reason was, “India are not keen to use it”.

  31. #31 by Pawan on November 30, 2010 - 12:47 PM

    Javed

    I have this sneaking suspicion (sigh! again! :)) that Mr. kamran Akmal has “something” to do with Mr. Haider’s ouster. I do not know what you guys think. But I believe if there is some truth in Haider’s statements, which is quite possible (why would anyone “sacrifice” his own position in the team with such idiotic stories that he got threatened and all), then Mr kamran Akmal could be behind it, because he is the person who is going to ultimately gain from it. Even bookies I guess prefer Akmal, because he is their perfect ploy, as he can drop catches at will and almost go unnoticed (Well, not unnoticed, he does get a lot of flak from you guys and other fans of Pak cricket, but I meant in the sense of match-fixing he does go unnoticed).

    It is shocking to even think of people being bullied even in cricket.

  32. #32 by Pawan on November 30, 2010 - 12:49 PM

    The BBCI is a very stubborn body, and if top players like Sachin, DHoni are not supporting UDRS, then BCCI has a free run and that is very sad. I think the best solution would be to come out in open and explain and discuss what are the pros and cons of using UDRS. BCCI and its top players should give plausible reason or may be instances that make them so sure of not using this technology. Lets discuss this openly, rather than playing the game as a monopoly.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 30, 2010 - 4:00 PM

    Pawan

    Last year when England went to SA, they requested rather demanded for UDRS, so why on earth India is not asking for it? It is good to have technology available for both sides to get fair decisions. Sometimes one decision can change the game. In the second test against Pak in Abu Dhabi, SA got the advantage when ABCD was given NOT OUT by umpire Harper when he was on 13 and went on to score 278*

    Is Dhoni scared of asking BCCI for UDRS? I agree with you that this subject should be openly discussed.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 30, 2010 - 4:05 PM

    As regards Haider, he has given his statement to the 3 member committee appointed by the PCB so the cat is in their bag. Let us wait and see what he has to say. Kamran Akmal cannot be fully trusted and neither Malik and Salman Butt. So, I guess there could be some truth in Haider’s statement unless his motives were to seek asylum in the UK and if it was pre-planned, which is also possible.

    Whenever, at whatever stage a Pakistani team loses any match there is always a suspicion, haven’t you read the news about the Asian Games defeat the Pakistan team had against Afghanistan? I mean the doubts about match fixing! I cannot believe that this accusation is becoming synonymous with Pakistan and it is like a taboo now.

  35. #35 by Pawan on November 30, 2010 - 5:33 PM

    Guys,

    We’ve been blaming pitches for draws in test matches, but I think even the bowling level has degraded to a large extent. We must not kid ourselves and must face the truth. We need to ask openly, do we still produce bowlers of the caliber of McGrath, Akram, Waqar, Warne, Donald and so on? Khansahab recently gave a list of bowlers who are currently the best fast bowlers Styen, Morkel, Zaheer and so on, but I looked at it and man, it doesn’t look threatening at all. So the question is, are the bowlers to bore the brunt of drawn matches to some extent? or is it the pitches alone that we should bemoan? The answer to that is I guess a bit of both, but to a large extent the pitches that are being made these days do make a result impossible to achieve. So I was thinking about it, what do we want in the end? Do we want a result? Then why not go for it. I mean, why not have a 5-day match with a sure-shot result in the end. There should be a formula derived by some cricket-mathematician such that the “best” team for 5 days should take away the match. May be have some points associated with wickets and runs scored and decide at the end of the 5th day which team has scored highest number of points and award the match to that team. This all, if and only if a result conventionally isn’t possible in the given 5 days. What this will do is, it will prompt the captain’s to take more risks for winning the matches, like making declarations. Recently we have discussed a lot on this blog and have seen that captains do not want to take the plunge and declare until their “no-defeat” position is secure. So basically the teams are playing to avoid defeats rather than winning the match. As opposed to this “test” mentality, there is the ODI or T20 mentality where we are 90% sure that we are going to get a result and hence the captains and teams play with full aggression because they know they don’t have a way out.

    I think it is time to make test cricket exciting enough and to be fair rather than being sissy and avoiding defeats and making for boring view.
    Comments? .

  36. #36 by khansahab on November 30, 2010 - 6:09 PM

    Bookie accuses Akmal brothers, others, of spot-fixing

    Karachi, Nov 30 (IANS) Pakistani cricket has plunged to another low with England-based match-fixer Mazhar Majeed revealing Tuesday that four more players – Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Imran Farhat – were also involved in spot-fixing along with the suspended trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.

    Geo News reported it had received a secret video of Mazhar in which he disclosed that Riaz, Imran and the Akmal brothers are actively involved in spot-fixing.

    In the same video, Mazhar also revealed that captain Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Saeed Ajmal and Younis Khan are not involved in spot-fixing.

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already suspended Butt, Asif and Aamer after British tabloid The News of the World reported that the three cricketers allegedly took millions from Mazhar for spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s in August. Scotland Yard is investigating the charges.

    The Pakistani selectors Tuesday had dropped Kamran and Imran for the upcoming tour of New Zealand but Umar and Wahab found a place in the team.

    Earlier, Kamran had admitted that he knew Mazhar just as an agent for the players, but not as a bookmaker.

  37. #37 by khansahab on November 30, 2010 - 6:17 PM

    Today it was in British news that some English officials of FIFA are involved in bribery.

    It is true the Pakistanis are not the only people involved in such dealings, but the PCB must punish all the players whose names have been mentioned. They have to made an example of. Pakistanis will definitely appear corrupt if they fail to take responsible action in the aftermath of these revelations.

    Almost the entire Pakistan team is involved it seems and this is very much like those days when apart from Latif and Basit Ali, the entire team was involved under the guidance of Salim Malik and Wasim Akram.

  38. #38 by khansahab on November 30, 2010 - 6:32 PM

    Haider’s family reports threats to police

    The family of Zulqarnain Haider, the Pakistan wicketkeeper, has reported receiving threatening phone calls to the police after Haider, who is still in England, said he would expose those involved in corrupt practices in Pakistan cricket.

    “Zulqarnain’s wife got three calls today, two from an unknown number and one from a number in Greece, in which the caller, speaking in Urdu, threatened her of dire consequences if Zulqarnain said anything about anyone,” Aqeel Haider, one of Haider’s brother, told Reuters.

    Aqeel said the calls were received after Haider had updated his Facebook page with a message saying he would blow the whistle on ” those who have taken money”. “All these people who are saying negative things about me, they should wait for five more days, then I will show them my background and status,” Haider wrote. “After five days I will show them their background and place, and also those who don’t take money and those who have taken money.”

    Haider had gone missing from the team hotel on the morning of Pakistan’s fifth ODI against South Africa in Dubai and resurfaced in London later the same day. He was said to be seeking protection in the UK after he was threatened by unidentified people following his team’s one-wicket win in the fourth ODI against South Africa. As a result of the threats Haider announced his retirement from cricket.

  39. #39 by khansahab on November 30, 2010 - 9:05 PM

    Afridi not a happy man on selection of Younus Khan

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain, Shahid Khan Afridi, is not happy with the team selected for the upcoming tour to New Zealand. The reason is none other than inclusion of Younus Khan in the Twenty20 team.

    Afridi has not been able to perform well as captain in any format of the game which has raised doubts on his future as skipper Pakistan and if Younus Khan does come up with match winning performances then there are chances the PCB authorities, which are already unhappy with Afridi’s behavior, might replace him with Younus.
    Younus Khan is not the only headache for the Boom Boom Afridi. He is also concerned about the inclusion of Umar Akmal who has also failed to perform in the recent series against England and South Africa. Especially against South Africa on batting-friendly tracks of United Arab Emirates, Umar Akmal scored only 19 runs from the two Twenty20 Internationals while the only inning he played in the Test series, he could manage only four runs. In the one ODI he played, Umar Akmal scored 60 runs, which is by far not a performance up to the liking of any captain.

  40. #40 by Pawan on November 30, 2010 - 10:47 PM

    Sad situation again for Pak cricketers. I wonder when will this all stop. It is getting to the point of sickening. I understand Pak is not the only nation fixated with fixing, Ind has also produced gems like Azhar and Ajay Jadeja, but Pak is crossing the limit. It is hard to find players who are NOT involved in fixing in the Pak team nowadays and that it seems is a major criteria for selection.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 1, 2010 - 1:18 AM

    This spot fixing saga is sickening, the best thing is to ban all those involved for life and that will set as an example for the new comers that their career can end up just like these culprits.

    I wonder how Shoaib Malik escaped from the list of Mazhar Majeed? He is one of the co-conspirators with Akmal brothers and Salman Butt. Besides, he is also a DOG in the Manger, a real MEESNA who plays dirty politics all the time.

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 1, 2010 - 1:39 AM

    Afridi not a happy man on selection of Younus Khan

    Probably the reason Afridi is not happy with YK or, Umar Akmal is because both of them are not performing in T20. Afridi does not care if YK is a Pathan or from anywhere, he wants his players to perform. Umar Akmal is either struggling with his form or, he is playing with the bookies. Therefore, Afridi is right in getting them out of the T20 squad and keep those players who are performing. Example, Hafeez and Abdul Razzaq were not given chances by previous captains but, Afridi has persisted with them and both are performing well. Similarly when Ajmal was not performing he brought in Abdur Rahman who is NOT from Karachi or NWFP but from Punjab. So, anyone blaming Afridi for playing regional card is a NUT case.

  43. #43 by khansahab on December 1, 2010 - 6:04 PM

    Farhat to sue Majeed

    Imran Farhat has decided to sue Mazhar Majeed, who in a video aired on Tuesday said the Pakistan opener and three others were involved in match fixing.

    A suspected bookie, Majeed, who a few months ago had revealed during a News of the World sting operation that Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were involved in spot fixing, claimed that Farhat, Akmal brothers Umar and Kamran and Waheeb Riaz were also on his pay roll.

    The video, released by Pakistani channel Geo, seems to have been taken around the same time by NOTW, but was broadcasted for the first time on Tuesday.

    Farhat said on Wednesday that he was appalled by Majeed’s claims.

    “I just don’t know what to say neither is he my agent nor have I ever been involved in such things,” Farhat said.

    “His claims have really upset me because I have always played clean cricket. I am suing him for an apology and damages and also to clear my reputation,” Farhat said.

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 2, 2010 - 12:05 AM

    khansahab

    This is Mohammad Ilyaas speaking through Imran Farhat. 🙂

    India won the 2nd ODI with ease and Gambhir stamped his authority over NZ bowlers. It is very strange that Bangladesh defeated NZ 4-0 and now Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh in the first ODI by 9 runs.

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 2, 2010 - 12:09 AM

    Miandad declines batting consultant job, reports says:

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad declined on Wednesday to play the role of batting consultant for the national team’s tour of New Zealand.

    The batting great reportedly declined the job after being told by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he would have to report to head coach Waqar Younis.

    Miandad, currently serving as PCB director-general, was interested to work as batting and fielding consultant in the lead up to World Cup 2011 but has now backed out as he wants more authority, reports said.

    The former coach of the national team has however, offered to help the Pakistan batsmen during the national team’s training camp, which is set to get underway in Lahore next week.

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 2, 2010 - 8:03 AM

    Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik are questioning the PCB’s decision on why they have not been selected for the New Zealand tour? Both are playing innocent and claiming that they have nothing to do with the match fixing allegations. Both are claiming that they have performed well at the domestic level. Yes, when all the big names were playing in the UAE and Asif and Aamer are also not in the list of bowlers they got the liberty of playing against high school boys.

    Malik has said that during his 11 year career he has done nothing wrong! LOL @ Sialkot Da Bhola Buccha.

  47. #47 by khansahab on December 2, 2010 - 4:14 PM

    After Farhat, Umar Akmal to sue bookie Majeed now

    After teammate Imran Farhat, young Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has also vowed to sue Pakistani bookmaker Mazhar Majeed for claiming that he was on his payroll and was involved in spot-fixing.

    “I am consulting my lawyers because I don’t even know this fellow. He is neither my agent,” Umar said on Thursday.

    He said since he was a contracted player with the Pakistan Cricket Board he would obviously seek permission from PCB before sending any notice to Majeed.

  48. #48 by khansahab on December 2, 2010 - 4:15 PM

    U Akmal says he does not Majeed, but why was he driving or at least sitting in Majeed’s sportscar then?

  49. #49 by khansahab on December 2, 2010 - 4:16 PM

    Afridi not losing hope

    Pakistan cricket is reeling under waves of controversy but skipper Shahid Afridi said Thursday it would have no effect on their performance at the World Cup.

    Pakistan and world cricket was once again plunged into darkness when a video of alleged bookie Mazar Majeed revealing the named of four more players involved in match fixing was released on Tuesday.

    The International Cricket Council has already suspended Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt and Majeed said Akmal brothers Umar and Kamran, Imran Farhat and Wahab Riaz weer also on his pay roll.

    “I strongly believe that Pakistan will be among the top contenders. There have been many controversies recently but we will leave them behind to concentrate on World Cup.

    “We have good batting line up and talented bowlers. All of them are confident of good show,” the flamboyant all-rounder said.

    Afridi also went on to predict the semi-finalist of the World Cup that starts from February 19 and will be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

    “I think India, Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka will be in the semifinals. India and Sri Lanka will face additional pressure as they will be playing on home turf,” Afridi said.

  50. #50 by khansahab on December 2, 2010 - 7:01 PM

    Asma Jungeer is the President of Pakistan Bar Association.

  51. #51 by khansahab on December 2, 2010 - 7:34 PM

    Amitabh is my younger brother, claims Jaffar Hussain

    FAISALABAD: One Jaffar Hussain, hailing from Faisalabad, has claimed that Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan is his younger brother, Geo News reported.

    Jaffar Hussain resident of Nawanpind, Faisalabad asserted that Amitabh had runaway to Karachi with Amir Badsha, and later to Mumbai at the age of 14, adding that his Islamic name was Subh Sadiq.

    He said that Amitabh Bachchan was keen to work in movies since childhood. He said his father Abdul Haq was a goldsmith, who had registered a case against Amir Badshah in 1963.

    Hussain also stated that one of their sisters namely Sardaran Bibi (late) had great affection with Amitabh.

  52. #52 by khansahab on December 2, 2010 - 7:44 PM

    Haider is a psychotic case: PCB official

    The Pakistan Cricket Board’s three-member fact-finding committee report is inconclusive on runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider’s future. According to PCB sources, the report which has been jointly finalised by team manager Intikhab Alam, PCB’s security manager Major Najam Javed and senior official Subhan Ahmed, could neither recommend a penalty for Haider nor call for his inclusion in the national side.

    “Haider has not disclosed any solid reason for his controversial flight from Dubai to London during the series against South Africa. He had been changing his version often and therefore the report is inconclusive,” said the source. It could not be confirmed whether the report says anything about Haider’s mental health, but few in the PCB believe that he is a ‘psychotic case’. “It is very difficult to describe his nature. He needs to strengthen his weak nerves,” said a PCB official, who has seen the report.

    “Haider had no answers to the questions posed by Alam, Javed and Ahmed. Haider wants asylum in UK and therefore is seeking public sympathy,” the source added.

  53. #53 by Pawan on December 2, 2010 - 11:25 PM

    Khansahab,

    I don’t think Haider is a psychotic case. If he was then he should’ve had some kinda history. Then why did they select him in first place?
    Something is fishy here. Its a disgrace everything is being red-taped.

  54. #54 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 2, 2010 - 11:28 PM

    LOL@ Amitabh’s story. What a load of BS, why do people have to create such stories? Only to get attention and cheap popularity? I don’t believe this. I wouldn’t have bothered to read this news had it not been on this blog.

    Khansahab

    Umar Akmal does not know Mazhar Majeed bakaoz, he is also a BHOLA BUCCHA like Malak. I don’t know why they give such statements. Do you think that is another Akmal sitting in Majeed’s sports car?

    To me also it appears like Haider wants asylum and that’s it, so he is creating stories.

  55. #55 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 2, 2010 - 11:31 PM

    Pawan

    If there is a cat in the bag, it must come out.

    By now it is almost a month since Haider has gone to London and he is changing statements. Also, by saying in the next 5 days I will expose ALL of them. Its a week now and nothing has come out. Empty vessels make more sound.

  56. #56 by Pawan on December 2, 2010 - 11:35 PM

    Javed,

    As I said, its all being red-taped. His mouth is shut may be because his or his family’s life is in danger. Poor chap. How can he speak? Its all gundaraaj out there and you know it better than me, how PCB is run.

  57. #57 by Pawan on December 2, 2010 - 11:37 PM

    Australia win toss and bat first in 2nd Ashes test. The pitch is flat and there will be plenty of runs scored = another boring match. Anybody following?

  58. #58 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 2, 2010 - 11:38 PM

    Pawan

    I really dont know what the truth is but, that is my view because my thinking is not effected by that Ghunda Raaj. This is the first case of this nature and I do agree that the PCB is trying to cover up by calling him a psychotic person but, if there is any truth he should speak up. If anything happens to his family, the whole world will be shocked and that will be the end of that Ghunda Raaj and spot fixing.

  59. #59 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 2, 2010 - 11:41 PM

    To me the Ashes are not so important, besides they are not showing on the TV like b4, I mean it used to be free b4 and now it is on pay per view so I am not that keen to watch it all night. I have other things to do. Other than India Pakistan test matches I hardly watch it all night. I think you are right that this pitch will also produce too many runs. And, the other match between SL and WI is another joke, all their matches are ruined by the rain.

  60. #60 by Pawan on December 2, 2010 - 11:42 PM

    Javed,

    Nobody knows ther truth, But consider this, a person is selected to play for the team and he is doing well and everything is happening alright for him. Is there any reason he would want to take asylum in UK at this point in his career, unless there is life threat to him? And why would that life threat be AFTER he is successful at the international level asa wicket-keeper?

  61. #61 by Pawan on December 2, 2010 - 11:45 PM

    The Ashes have dropped so low that the Ind-NZ ODI series is more interesting to me (even to follow the score on Cricinfo while we work on other stuff).

  62. #62 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 3, 2010 - 2:18 AM

    This one is for Munir

    Munir, here is an excerpt from DAWN of today for you to know about “The Mian Sahab of Khotiyan”:

    http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/03/pml-n-issues-%E2%80%98fact-sheet%E2%80%99-on-nawaz-exile-deal.html

    “The fact, on the contrary, is that the PML-N Quaid has not, even for a single moment, quit active politics after his government, chosen by the people, was overthrown by the dictator,” it adds.

    It says that Mr Sharif signed the Charter of Democracy with Benazir Bhutto in London in May 2006 which is a clear evidence that Mr Sharif engaged himself in uninterrupted persuasion of active politics. Besides this, Mr Sharif convened a session of the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) on July 2, 2006, which was attended by as many as 33 political parties.

    Moreover, it says, during the exile Mr Sharif addressed the people of Pakistan telephonically for no less than 153 occasions, besides speaking at 33 news conferences and giving 17 interviews to BBC, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Voice of America and Daily Mail.

    **********

    So, compared to 153 calls made by Mian Sahab, Musharraf has made only ONE 😉

  63. #63 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 3, 2010 - 12:43 PM

    Pawan

    This morning I saw the scores on cricinfo and it seems that there might be a result for this 2nd test at Adelaide Oval, Because, Aussies are all out for 245 it was yet another Hussey rescue effort after a panic start by their openers. This match may bear results only if England gets out on a similar total, because if they score heavily like they did in the first test then the chances are Aussies might also be able score and play for a draw like they did in the first test. So, at the end of the 2nd day we will know which side the camel will sit?

    The SL/ WI test match is a real drama it should be called a flood series because all the matches are ending up in a draw due to rain.

    Finally, Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe convincingly.

  64. #64 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 3, 2010 - 5:58 PM

    This comment is for those “jingoists” and Paindoos with regional bias against Afridi.

    http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/03/afridi-wants-akmal-malik-in-team.html

    They should read the above statement in today’s DAWN made by Shahid Afridi. He is demanding from the PCB to include Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik in the team. Whereas, most of these jingoists claim that Afridi has a regional bias against Punjab players. Whereas, he is straightforward and upright in making statements. He said, Younus Khan is a good player for Tests but, not for T20’s, similarly he has asked for excluding Umar Akmal because of his lethargic and indifferent attitude towards the game which is obvious from his form.

    Pakistan needs a captain like Afridi who wants to select players on merit basis and not on regional basis.

  65. #65 by khansahab on December 3, 2010 - 6:53 PM

    Javed A Khan

    The reason why I like Afridi and Younis is because they support players on merit, despite their ethnic background (Pashtun) or regional background (KHI) they will support a player regardless of ethnicity or culture.

    You can see Afridi’s support for Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Hafeez and now he has publicly supported Kamran Akmal and Malik although many newspapers have reported over the years that there was a grouping against Afridi that was the creation of these players.

  66. #66 by khansahab on December 3, 2010 - 6:58 PM

    Miandad and Waqar in war of words

    Karachi: Former captains Javed Miandad and Waqar Younis have started a war of words after PCB offered Pakistan’s batting and fielding consultant job for the New Zealand team to the former.

    Pakistan team’s head coach Waqar Younis who is these days in Sydney made it loud and clear that he would remain in charge and Miandad’s role would be restricted in the team.

    Miandad on Friday hit back warning Waqar to be careful while choosing his words.

    “I think Waqar should realize my stature as a player and director general of cricket in the PCB before making any such comments. He should also realize that we are both employees of the board and not allowed to make such statements against each other. I can easily enough get a show cause notice issued to him for his remarks,” Miandad said.

    He also made it clear that he had turned down the offer from the board in a letter sent to the board Chairman, Ijaz Butt since he couldn’t work under the supervision of Waqar who had played under him and was much junior to him.

    “I am not going to be answerable to Waqar as far as my work is concerned I am only answerable to the board Chairman and I can’t work under such restrictions,” Miandad said.

    After making him an offer the board sent another agreement letter to Miandad outlining the terms and conditions under which he would work in the Pakistan team on the New Zealand tour.

    The conditions included that he would report to Waqar Younis, discuss all plans and schedules with him and not undertake any coaching session without approval of the head coach.

    Waqar also added fuel to fire from Sydney when he said that Miandad’s addition to the panel of coaches will not affect his role with the team.

    While welcoming the PCB move to approach Miandad, Waqar, however, made it clear that he was fine as long as Miandad’s role did not clash with his as head coach.

    “I will send players to him whenever he wants them. He can work on their technique and sort out their difficulties. But when it comes to match strategy, that’s my job,” Younis said.

  67. #67 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 3, 2010 - 8:11 PM

    Can’t Waqar Younis work along with Javed Miandad? Everyone knows about Miandad’s contribution to Pakistan cricket and his love and passion for the game, so why is Waqar feeling so threatened against Miandad? In any case Miandad’s stature in the board and in general is much higher than Waqar’s so the later should not worry so much about seeking advise from him. Viv Richards once said, if I have to chose a player in my team, I will chose Javed Miandad.

    Imran Khan used to take Javed Miandad’s advise on field placement and in knowing the weakness of certain batsmen despite the fact that they are poles apart. Waqar should show some respect towards him and try to be more inclusive rather than feeling threatened and insecure.

    These days the emphasis is more on team work rather than individuals trying to lead alone, so Waqar should actually be grateful that he is getting the help of a great batsman who is also a great strategist. I am sorry to say that Waqar’s knowledge about the game is very limited and he cannot match with Miandad. Secondly, I have never seen Waqar discussing with the players immediately when they get out and come back to the dugout or they are about to go and bat.

    The advise on the spot makes a big difference to a player’s confidence, instead of doing that, Waqar as we see him on TV appears to be very tense and biting his upper lip and hiding his emotions behind those dark glasses. He should be more expressive and involved rather than sitting there alone in tension. He may be giving them tips in the dressing room, but most coaches are proactive and give instant advise to the players. Especially when they see from outside how the wicket is behaving or the bowler is bowling, the coach can give a few tips to the new batsman who is going to bat. Unfortunately Waqar does nothing at all.

  68. #68 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 3, 2010 - 8:37 PM

    khansahab

    You are right about Afridi instilling confidence and self-belief in players like Abdul Razzaq, Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Akhtar by motivating them and extracting the best out of them. He even replaced Ajmal with Abdur Rahman on merit basis, so whoever says Afridi is biased is wrong. He knows that experienced players can perform better than a totally new player who may be lacking in confidence in a big match. They must induct new players but gradually and slowly and also don’t throw them in deep sea on debut, i.e, play them against big teams in a big tournament. Its a shame that Mohammed Aamir is so talented and he seems to be totally wasted because of lust, greed and misguidance.

  69. #69 by khansahab on December 4, 2010 - 9:51 AM

    Yesterday Haroon Lorgat of ICC gave an interview and said that he would be “disappointed” if the trio of Aamer, Asif and Butt is not convicted.

    I don’t know what this means? Does it mean that he personally feels these players should be found guilty? Does it mean he thinks the evidence is not strong? Does it mean that the evidence is so strong that he think they are likely to be found guilty?

  70. #70 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 4, 2010 - 10:38 AM

    Gambhir scored another century as India wins comfortably. The irony is, the NZ bowlers could not get a single wicket, the only wicket fallen is a run out. There is a lot to be said here because players like McCullum, Taylor, Guptil, Styris are unable to score and in both matches it is Gambhir and Kohli are doing the bulk or scoring for India. Is it the pitches that are suiting the home team or is this NZ team totally lacking in confidence? If that is the case McCullum should not have scored a double hundred in test.

    Ashes

    England is set for another big total, Cook has scored his second century of the tour in the 2nd match. Kevin Pietersen is also close to his hundred, it is likely that England will bat the whole day on the 3rd day or, possibly up to tea or just an hour after tea to make sure they take a lead of at least 250-300. By doing that they will consolidate their position, as they will not lose the test match. However, if the Australians play like they did in the first test second innings, this will be another draw. This time it has to be Ponting and Clarke and not just Hussey. So let us see what is going to happen on the 4th day i.e., when the situation will be more clear. Had England gotten all out yesterday, this would have been an interesting match, now there is a lot to ponder about the result.

  71. #71 by newguy on December 4, 2010 - 2:38 PM

    Javed Khan,

    This is the same NZ team that was whitewashed by Bangladesh for 4-0. The first ever team to be white washed by Bangladesh!!!

    India must then at least win 5-0 and with huge margins. I have no interest in these one sided contests. Indians are playing with almost a second string 11.

    Test matches were more competitive, but we saw in the last test that India won how one sided it became. Test matches are not exactly comparable to ODI, since a lot of teams when it comes to Test play better than ODI, must be something to do with concentration needed, bowlers get to bowl for longer duration, have different strategies.

    Ashes look like one sided from England side. Australia looks toothless with the ball and the batting isn’t looking so great either. Main reason is bowlers are no where near when McGrath and Warne were playing, even compared to other international teams currently they are looking weak. Batting is weak because Punter has lost his mojo, he used to bat better at home even if he were not in form abroad, but now he has lost it, and he is getting hit on the helmet and the body frequently by fast bowlers. Clark is even worser, he seems to not know where his off stump is, saw that in India too.

    It’s good medicine for the likes of Ian and Greg Chapel to see Australia like this.

  72. #72 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 4, 2010 - 4:37 PM

    newguy

    The reason NZ is playing in the subcontinent, first against BD and then against India is because they want to practice and get acclimatized to the subcontinental pitches and weather. They would have played in Pakistan too had the conditions in Pakistan were better, but they decided to play against them at home and ALL this they are doing is to perform better against these teams during the WC2011.

    I agree that a second string Indian XI is thrashing them and prior to that BD thrashed them, but at home they will play better but, Pakistan also plays well against NZ in NZ so that will be a good contest. Khalid Latif has been added to the test squad to strengthen the batting but, some how the Pakistani test side does not appear to be so impressive to me. ODI and T20 side is pretty good and they must win all the matches in NZ.

    India / SA series will also be very interesting and in my opinion India must beat them in all the departments because they are better than SA for sure and SA are known to be chokers. Pakistan initially played those 2 T20 matches in the UAE very badly and the first ODI too, but then Abdul Razzaq’s innings in Abu Dhabi gave them some confidence and they played well after that, losing the last ODI was a bit typical of Pakistan also, in the tests too they played better than expectations and drew the 2 match test series, which is some consolation.

  73. #73 by khansahab on December 4, 2010 - 6:37 PM

    Pakistan not fully ready for World Cup, says Afridi

    (AFP) – 1 day ago
    KARACHI — Pakistan’s one-day captain Shahid Afridi said Friday he was not fully satisfied with preparations for next year’s World Cup, acknowledging low expectations of victory.
    Afridi expressed reservations in the light of problems that have dogged Pakistan’s recent tours with players disciplined and dragged into damaging spot-fixing allegations.
    “I am not 100 percent satisfied with the team’s preparations for the World Cup,” Afridi told reporters at a local function.
    “We’ve had problems on every tour, and although there aren’t high expectations (of winning the World Cup), as captain I’m positive and will keep on motivating the team,” said Afridi.
    His comments came one day after manager Intikhab Alam said Pakistan was capable of winning the World Cup — to be jointly hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka from February 19 to April 2.

  74. #74 by khansahab on December 4, 2010 - 9:30 PM

    Mohammad Ilyas, the Pakistan chief selector and close friend of Ijaz Butt, resigned recently from the committee and then took back his resignation when Ijaz Butt urged him to stay on the committee.

    The reason for Ilyas’s resignation was that he was unhappy as to why Fawad Alam was selected. He had a disagreement with Mohsin Khan and asked Mohsin to drop Fawad, when Mohsin did not comply he resigned.

    What a shame that this man whose son in law is only in the team because of connections, has the guts to try and ruin a deserving player’s career. Shocking.

  75. #75 by khansahab on December 5, 2010 - 12:10 AM

    Virat has makings of a captain: Akram

    New Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels Virat Kohli can become the future captain of India if he continues to work hard.

    “Virat’s performances in ODIs have been really good, but now the time has come for graduation. If he works hard on all aspects of his game, he can be a future captain for India. He seems to have all the makings of a leader,” Akram said.

  76. #76 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 5, 2010 - 2:22 AM

    OMG………Wasim Chakram U must shut your mouth and your BUTT, you MF, you stink like a skunk.

  77. #77 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 5, 2010 - 2:23 AM

    khansahab

    Ilyass is one stinking custard starting with a “B” and you can expect anything from him. There are many more like him in Pakistan.

  78. #78 by Mohammed Munir on December 5, 2010 - 5:20 AM

    LOL @ (stinking custard starting with a “B”). 😛

  79. #79 by Mohammed Munir on December 5, 2010 - 5:24 AM

    Ashaes …

    In their first three (one full, one declared and third underway) innings, England have scored three centuries, two double-hundreds with a few near-hundreds, so far.

    After a brilliant first Test double-century, Cook scored another big hundred in the second Test. While keeping the English double-century tradition going, Pietersen has also reached his double in style.

    Is this the flat-pitches or the toothless Australian bowling attack ❓

    Because, whatever it is, we are all enjoying this ‘Kuttay-wali Australian-Dhulaai’ and to make it even the worst humiliation, all this is happening in their own backyard and in front of a ‘hundred-thousand sons-of-criminals’. 😆

    Although, this second Test ‘may’ also end in a draw (rain started @ tea-break day-3), but with Australian-spanking of this magnitudes, who really wants to win. 😉

  80. #80 by Mohammed Munir on December 5, 2010 - 5:26 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Like you, even I didn’t know, that Nawaz Sharif also conducted telephone-rallies, although, we all knew that he was ‘involved’ in Pakistani Politics even when in exile. ‘May be’, even BB also conducted some similar telephone rallies, but the fact is that Altaf Hussain is the ‘inventor’ of this phenomenon because he is exiled for the longest time and there is no hope of him coming back. 😉 I think, Altaf Hussain should charge royalty to all these leaders for using his tricks in addressing Pakistani public through long-distance.

    BTW, two wrongs can’t make one right, so whoever did it first or last, but this telephone-rally-business is really a pathetic way of conducting-politics with poor Pakistani people, while sitting in the comfort of a foreign land and hiding one’s sorry a$$ from the wrath of the same public you killed.

  81. #81 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 5, 2010 - 11:24 AM

    While England is ought to win the Ashes, Australia needs to ignite their butts to save their Asses.

    KP joined the bandwagon of scoring a double hundred after his pathetic twitting episode.

    Why is every pitch falling so flat, has Twiggy been rolling over it or what?

    For those who don’t know who “Twiggy” is or was? She was a British Model, singer and TV artiste, for more info pls. click on this link:

    Here is a joke about her, but first see her photo then you will get a whiff of the joke.

    “What did one tit of Twiggy said to the other?”
    “Lets leave her flat and go somewhere else. ” 😉

    So, these pitches are as flat as Twiggy’s “clothes hanger.” 😀

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 5, 2010 - 11:31 AM

    Munir

    I never said what is right and what is wrong? I only highlighted the fact that “Iss Hammam may sab nungay hain.” The more you delve deeper the more shit you dig out and the more stink oozes out. Btw, A.H. and Mush are self-exiled whereas, the ex-Ganja and late BB got a deal and instead of sending them to “Kala Pani” they were sent to Paradise on earth.

    What happened to the UAE cricket team? Why such erratic cricket? Had they played sensibly in the first innings they would have won the match instead of losing against Namibia.

  83. #83 by Sagaat on December 5, 2010 - 12:48 PM

    Khansahab,

    It is quite strange that Alam’s inclusion would prompt Ilyas to resign. What is with these personal grudges?

  84. #84 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 5, 2010 - 1:39 PM

    Sagaat

    It isn’t called a personal grudge, it is a regional grudge.

    Ps.

    Btw, why do you keep disappearing every now and then? And, then reappearing with a new mask? 😀

    PPS.

    Is it Sagaat or Saughaat?

  85. #85 by khansahab on December 5, 2010 - 2:43 PM

    Sagaat

    Ilyas is a third class man, and Imran Farhat is a third class player. Farhat’s technique AND temperament are so pathetic, Imran Nazir, Taufeeq, Hafeez, Hameed, all these batsmen are better than him.

    Fawad Alam is not a T20 player maybe, but at least his inclusion in the squad is due to merit.

    I don’t know if you remember this Ilyas, who once went on hunger strike when Farhat was dropped. There was at least another occasion when he was involved in a scuffle.

  86. #86 by khansahab on December 5, 2010 - 2:48 PM

    Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that Dhoni is the most entertaining cricketer and Tendulkar is the most consistent cricketer.

    This is why I like this man- patriotism to one side, but he does not let his emotions cloud his judgment.

    He is not afraid to praise an Indian despite knowing that many of his countrymen may criticise him for doing so.

    A leader is someone who “leads”, who wants to change public opinion- not someone who is submissive to public opinion and says only what the public want him to say.

    Pakistan needs more people like Musharraf.

  87. #87 by Sagaat on December 5, 2010 - 3:48 PM

    Khansahab,

    I agree with what you are saying regarding Belluci, she doesn’t quite simply get old 😉

  88. #88 by Sagaat on December 5, 2010 - 4:47 PM

    Khansahab,

    Musharraf is a very forthright person, and he says it the way he see’s it.

    I’d personally think the likes of Sehwag, Pieterson are very entertaining cricketers in test matches. Tendulkar is very, very consistent and has done quite well towards the end of his career. From a one day perspective, both Dhoni and Tendulkar are fine cricketers.

  89. #89 by khansahab on December 5, 2010 - 5:31 PM

    Razzaq unlikely to be selected for World Cup

    LAHORE – Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is unlikely to be selected for the New Zealand series and World Cup, it was learnt on Friday.
    Pakistan have yet to announce their one-day squad for the New Zealand series and Abdul Razzaq is not likely to feature in it. Sources close to the selection committee told TheNation that Razzaq was having fitness issues and he may be dropped from the squad. It was also learnt that some officials want younger players in the World Cup squad and senior players are being sidelined. Muhammad Yousuf was dropped from the squad for New Zealand series one-day captain Shahid Afridi has also said that Yousuf was not a Twenty20 player. With Pakistan top fast bowlers out of the squad, the pace department needs experienced players like Razzaq. The argument that only young players are to be included in the one-day squad for sake of it makes no sense. Razzaq was key player in one-day series against South Africa.

  90. #90 by khansahab on December 5, 2010 - 5:39 PM

    As pitches in the subcontinent are almost guaranteed to favour batsmen, players like Razzaq become a very important part of the equation.

    It is almost given that bowlers across the board will perform similarly (i.e. badly) and batsmen will thrive, this is why the all rounder would have become very important in the proceedings. I am not sure how many of these matches are day-night matches, but pitches ought to be very predictable.

    My preferred Xi would be:

    Hafeez (current form + all rounder)
    Shahzaib Hassan/Salman Butt if he is cleared
    Razzaq
    Younis
    U Akmal
    F Alam
    Afridi (let us face it- he will not bat higher up)
    U Gul
    Wahab Riaz/ Aamer if cleared
    Saeed Ajmal
    Tanvir Ahmed/Asif if he is cleared

  91. #91 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 5, 2010 - 10:28 PM

    khansahab

    I can say with confidence that none of the players from the trio accused of match fixing will be cleared for the WC 2011, so let us not even consider them as an alternate option.

    Abdul Razzaq, if he is fit MUST be included in the team, even his name at the number 7, makes the opposition believe that there is an all-rounder who can damage them, PLUS the batsmen who are at number 4,5, and 6 would play with confidence that there is someone after them who can change the complexion of the game. And, Razzaq himself plays very well when there is a decent total to chase. His Abu Dhabi innings was just one of its kind and may not be repeated again. His track record against NZ in NZ is very good. So, he must go there and build his confidence so that he plays the WC with no fear.

  92. #92 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 5, 2010 - 10:29 PM

    Sagaat

    Belluci is twice your age bucchay!

  93. #93 by khansahab on December 5, 2010 - 11:02 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Re Bellucci

    Khoobsoorti umer ki mohtaaj nahi hoti….

  94. #94 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 6, 2010 - 5:13 AM

    khansahab

    There is a French proverb and the translation is: “Old age is the revenge of the ugly ones.” And, in case of a woman, nothing ages as poorly as a beautiful woman’s ego. Like everything else in life, there is always payback and you payback like, youth, beauty and charisma and IF one is lucky and shift the focus from the surface (which is beauty) and delve deeper they gain, knowledge, intelligence and wisdom otherwise, they end up like those Madonnas, Britneys, Oprahs and blah, blah with farcical facials, Botoxins, implants etc., and they spend the rest of their life like an over done egoistic bitch!

    Yae mana kay khboobsoorti umer ki mohtaaj nahi hoti, Laikin, beauty, unlike the rest of the gifts handed out at birth, does not require dedication, patience and hard work to pay off. It is also the only gift that does NOT keep on giving. It usually blossoms at an age where you’re least equipped to handle its benefits and rewards and instead take it all for granted, and by the time you start understanding the value of it, it slowly trickles away. How’s that for revenge of the ugly ones?

    When we get old and someone asks us this question about how we have transformed from one level to the other? We find it difficult to reply truthfully. I am not sure but, I think it is Parveen Shakir’s poetry and for sure Diva Abida Parveen added 4 Chand in answering the question.

    “Mai nay poocha kya hoa Vo aapka husn O shabaab
    Huss kay bolay Vo sanam, Shaan-e-Khuda thee mai na thaa.”

  95. #95 by Mohammed Munir on December 6, 2010 - 5:20 AM

    LOL @ “Belluci is twice your age bucchay!”

    Khansahab …

    Pardon me for disagreeing … But I think ‘Beauty’ depends on ‘Age’ a lot.

    In fact, ‘outer beauty’ is a thing which only and only depends on age and it vanishes with the wrinkles of times on one’s face. To stretch it a step further, sex also depends on age, and although, ‘beauty-treatments’, ‘cosmetic surgeries’ and ‘silicones’ can extend it upto a certain degree (for example… Pamela Anderson), but beyond this no one would like to have even free-sex with i.e. Elizabeth Taylor or Sofia Loren today. 😛

  96. #96 by Mohammed Munir on December 6, 2010 - 5:21 AM

    Wiki-LeakINGs ….

    Is anyone following those ❓

    And why there are so many “Leaks” only about Pakistan, followed by Arabs and Muslims ❓

  97. #97 by Mohammed Munir on December 6, 2010 - 5:23 AM

    Quote of the Day …

    Never Explain …. Your Enemies Won’t Believe It, And Your Friends Don’t Need It.

  98. #98 by Mohammed Munir on December 6, 2010 - 5:24 AM

    Javed Khan …

    You are right, UAE was out of colour against Namibia and had they played to their full potential, they could have at least drawn the game, if not winning it.

    Unfortunately, UAE Cricket is not developing as fast as some of the other teams like Afghanistan, Scotland, Ireland, Namibia, etc.

    BTW, I agree that “Iss (Politics) Kay Hammam Mein Sub (Politicians) Nung-Dharangay Hain”. 😀

    Still On Cricket …

    Australia is in deep-shit, and there only hope is on the rain-gods, which partly ‘saved’ them yesterday. Now with Ponting and Watson gone, other then on the rains, there survival depends on Hussey.

    PS: My comments on ‘Beauty & Age’ were written prior to your comments no. 94. 😉

  99. #99 by Mohammed Munir on December 6, 2010 - 5:26 AM

    Khansahab & Sagaat …

    No matter how much, Perdais (I hope you don’t mind me saying this 😉 ) Musharraf, praises Dhoni & Tendulkar, the fact is that a few days back, India has DECLINED entry Visa to Perdais Musharraf. 😦

    There was a recent news that Musharraf has applied for Indian Visa from their UK office, which was DECLINED by the Indian Authorities without giving any reason for it.

  100. #100 by Mohammed Munir on December 6, 2010 - 6:24 AM

    This is the example of Pakistani Cricketing Talents, which are mostly wasted and rarely rewarded and acknowledged. 😦

    Below is the story of a Pakistani guy who after getting dejected with cricket backhome, came to UAE to earn his livelihood. However, destiny had other plans for Abdul Haq. When the Pakistan national team came to play in Abu Dhabi, PCB needed some local ‘good-enough’ players to practice with. Abdul Haq, who was working as a lorry-driver in Abu Dhabi, went to bowl a few overs to his national cricketing heroes.

    Bowling with sheer speed and vigor, Abdul Haq impressed the Pakistani coaches, Waqar and Aaqib Javed, and the PCB invited him to join The National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

    Following is the storey and the related link.

    Lorry driver gets chance on Pakistani cricket team.

    “ABU DHABI // When Abdul Haq, a lorry driver for an Abu Dhabi building company, went to Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium to assist the Pakistan cricket team in the nets before their second Test match against South Africa recently, he could not have imagined he might someday be a professional player”.

    “On the second day of Eid, the 27-year-old Pakistani accompanied four other pacemen to bowl to Pakistan’s finest. During the session, Haq caught the eye of the coaches Waqar Younis and Aaqib Javed, both former pace bowlers for Pakistan”.

    “Haq hails from the troubled region of North Waziristan. The only training he has had is from tribal area coaches, and he credits them for his cricketing ability. He played under-19 matches at district level but failed to move on. Eventually he stopped playing altogether”.

    “We’ve invited him to come and practise with us” in the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, said Intikhab Alam, a former Pakistan player and now team manager. “He looks good, and he is quite sharp.”

    Source: http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/lorry-driver-gets-chance-on-pakistani-cricket-team

  101. #101 by Mohammed Munir on December 6, 2010 - 9:00 AM

    Dust-to-Dust and Ashes-to-Ashes

    Second Test – Day 4 …

    In spite of rain interruptions of Day 3 as well as Day 4, England is definitely in a commanding position, as they hold the so-called mighty Australians by their … ‘bowling’. 😉

    In their second innings, Australia is trailing by 130 odd runs and they have only six wickets in hand. Their only hope will be another rain-interrupted Day 5.

    Even if they survive this second Test or may be even don’t loose the series, but the best part is that the Australians are humiliated in their own home by non other then their worst rivals, England.

  102. #102 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 6, 2010 - 12:39 PM

    Munir

    From Dawn to Dusk and Butts to Asses (suits Pakistan)

    I agree that the Australians are being humiliated on their own soil, they look more like the UAE team scoring heavily in the second innings after failing in the first innings (the UAE team did that against Namibia) then they are doing the same in the second test also. Once again it is left to Mike Hussey now. Clarke after a very poor form managed to score 80 runs got out on the last ball of the rain (before the rain came in) on the bowling of none other than Kevin Pietersen.

  103. #103 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 6, 2010 - 12:41 PM

    Quote of the night.

    “He who keeps his secrets, manages his affairs.”

  104. #104 by Sagaat on December 6, 2010 - 4:48 PM

    Javed Khan,

    If you remember I had predicted that Australia doesn’t have the ingredients to be amongst the top teams. After Mcgrath’s retirement, their bowling has fallen off a cliff.

    India is good, but they are relatively one-dimensional. Zaheer Khan is a good bowler but he isn’t obviously like Mcgrath, Akram, Ambrose, and others.

    For this reason I believe there is no top team. India do rank number one, but they also play a lot at home. Once that starts to change, I think the top 3,4 are very close competitors.

    Pakistan could have been the best had they their complete team. This is because their bowling would have been the best, and if they play Mohammad Yousof, Younis Khan, Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, and a couple of decent openers, then the batting would have been strong.

    As for SA they seem to have everything but a spinner of high quality and they tend to choke. Meanwhile, England are very solid with a strong batting order as well as a good spinner, but it is hard to see how they can take 20 wickets in India.

  105. #105 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 6, 2010 - 5:55 PM

    Sagaat Nostradamus

    Yes your prediction is right like all of us here and “I am agree” about Australia which some people started calling “Ass trail yeah” for sure!

    Btw if we are talking about 2011 WC then SA doesn’t need to take 20 wickets in India but, only 10.

    As regards Pakistan they are stuck between “IFs & Butts.” You are talking about ‘decent openers’, they are yet to be seen since Saeed Anwar’s departure from the game. I don’t think Mohammed Yousuf will be an asset for the team anymore, especially from what we have seen in the recent past. So, as far as I am concerned he is a spent force now. Shoaib Akhtar somehow managed well in the UAE against SA but, performing in India will be a different challenge for him especially the kinda wickets that we are seeing, he will not be a threat for players like Sehwag, Gayle, McCullum or even England openers.

    So, Pakistan’s performance will be erratic in the WC 2011 and that will not be a new thing for them. If they had Aamir and Asif in the team along with Gul and Abdul Razzaq then things may have been different, that is why I have said there is always a question of ifs and buts with Pakistan.

  106. #106 by khansahab on December 6, 2010 - 9:25 PM

    Javed A Khan/ Sharjabaadi

    I did not express myself so well earlier. I did not mean that beauty remains with age, what I meant to indicate was that, older women (mid 40s) can be attractive, too. I think it is given that some extent of unnatural beautification procedures/aids would be used perhaps in maintaining that attractiveness.

    Monica Bellucci, for over a decade has been a global icon of beauty and sex appeal. Not only is she physically beautiful, her liberal outlook on sexuality makes her more attractive. For example, she believes the naked female body should be exhibited, not concealed. I think she also said somewhere that she is attracted to females as well as males. That beautifies her manifold.

  107. #107 by khansahab on December 7, 2010 - 12:08 AM

    Misbah may lead in the World Cup

    LAHORE:After an impressive show as captain in the Test series against World Number 2 team South Africa in United Arab Emirates, top authorities at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are mulling giving Misbah-ul-Haq charge to lead Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2011.

    Sources in the PCB told The Sports Encounter on Monday that the PCB authorities are happy with Misbah’s performance as captain and there are huge chances that the middle-order batsman will get the responsibility.

    The PCB announced squads for Test and Twenty20 International teams for the New Zealand tour but didn’t make public the team for the One Day Internationals which raised doubts in the minds of many.

    Sources further stated that on one hand Shahid Khan Afridi is talking about Pakistan being under-prepared for the all-important tournament of the International Cricket Council (ICC) while on the other Misbah looks certain about his team’s chances and has expressed his confidence that the Men in Green would rediscover the lost glory.

    In the recently held ICC World Cup trophy unveiling ceremony, Misbah-ul-Haq represented Pakistan and sounded upbeat on his team’s chances in the ICC World Cup while Shahid Afridi remained absent from the event.

    Sources stated that the PCB authorities are not happy with the performance of Shahid Afridi as skipper as the smashing all-rounder has been complaining about selection matters. Afridi, on more than one occasions, has complained that he is not getting players of his liking therefore he hasn’t been able to perform as captain.

  108. #108 by khansahab on December 7, 2010 - 12:20 AM

    Legal team part ways with untraceable Haider

    KARACHI: Pakistan refugee wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider’s problems deepened with his legal team now parting ways with him in London.

    Natasha Malik, one of the lawyers whose firm was representing Zulqarnain said from London that they would no longer be representing the Pakistani player.

    “The reason is simple we have tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with him for the past few days, left him messages and so on and yet he has not contacted us at all. He was supposed to come in for some important meetings pertaining to his asylum case with the UK authorities but he didn’t show up for these meetings and in such circumstances we see no point in continuing to represent him any longer,” she said.

  109. #109 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 7, 2010 - 1:52 AM

    khansahab

    Monica Belluci can utter non-sense and that doesn’t mean she represents ALL the women in the world. She can go naked on the streets and be happy. Talking or practicing heterosexuality is nothing but attracting cheap publicity. People who have nothing to fall back on such as, religion, ethics or morals can behave like her and those who idolize her as an icon of beauty of sex appeal also fall in the same category. I don’t think neither you nor Sagaat are doing that, you guys are simply talking about her for fun………. Chaska !

    What I wrote in my previous comment about beauty, I am rewriting it again here that, ‘beauty is a gift that does NOT keep on giving. It usually blossoms at an age where you’re least equipped to handle its benefits and rewards and instead take it all for granted, and by the time you start understanding the value of it, it slowly trickles away.’ Secondly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you are looking at a woman only as a sex symbol then one should not forget that a woman is a mother, daughter, sister and wife. Some women when they age they age gracefully and there is elegance, poise, charm, intelligence and wisdom others age like, Madame Noor Jehan or Madona. 😀

  110. #110 by Salman on December 7, 2010 - 5:06 AM

    khansahab, ref, your comment #107 if the news about appointing Misbahul Haq is correct then it confirms how biased and corrupt the PCB is, they simply want to bring a captain from Punjab because Afridi has questioned the team selection more than that he is a Pathan living in Karachi. If Pakistan needs to move ahead in future as a prosperous country this Punjab gardi must end. The root cause of Pakistan’s disaster is Punjabi superiority over other regions. It is the curse of the Aryan invasion over the subcontinent thousands of years ago and that superiority complex, which actually is an inferiority comples is still existing in the genes especially that of the Punjabis, they consider themselves as a superior race. Its a tragedy that they only see that in the physical form and appearance whereas, mentally they are one of the lowest of the low race in the sub-continent. I was reading the debate between you, munir and javed khan about altaf husain, nawaz sharif and pervez musharaf. Personally I have neither any liking nor any hatred for any one of them but, the punjabi regional bias clearly tried to prove that altaf and musharraf are the low life culprits whereas nawaz is a better species, in reality it is the opposite. The truth that appears to me and as an outsider I see is, mawaz is the worst leader and the second one is the egoistic dictator without power is, Imran khan. The others are hated because of their looks and ethnic background. Recently one of my friends forwarded me a you tube video titled ‘the true face of ZA Bhutto’ and I was shocked to hear the language Bhutto used against the East Pakistanis, he said this at a public gathering and used words such as “jehanum may jao, soovar kay bucchay… etc.” watch the video

    How can a prime minister of a country can use such filthy words for the majority of the population of the country who were in majority and won the elections fair and square? Its a shame for a muslim country whose leaders are such vulgar and abusive to their own people. No wonder why East Pakistan got separated for better, I am sure they must be happy to have their own country ruled by their own people instead of being bullied by the Punjabis. Never mind Bhutto was Sindhi but he was pleasing the majority of the country and i.e., Punjab.

  111. #111 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 7, 2010 - 8:41 PM

    My nick name is Yousuf Pathan

    This was longgggggggggggggggggggg due from him otherwise his career would have been over. His SEVEN sixes, and SEVEN fours a thunderous hundred not out made the difference. I thought that NZ after making 315 are safe and may be this match is in their pocket especially after 4 Indian wickets were down, but YKP must have been on Afeem ki Goli today and was hitting all the way. I think this hundred must have given him a lot of confidence and the selectors will make sure to include him in the WC2011.

    congratulations to newguy, Pawan and where is Varun?

  112. #112 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 7, 2010 - 8:43 PM

    Salman

    Thanks for sharing the video, I never saw that video before, it is indeed very appalling to see ZA Bhutto using such abusive and vulgar language. In fact I heard from someone that in one of the public rallies he even used a 4 letter word in Urdu, calling someone a BC. How pathetic. Those who praise Bhutto should dive into “Chulloo Bhurr Paani.” Or, hang themselves by climbing up on the “Channay Ka Darakht.” 😀

  113. #113 by newguy on December 7, 2010 - 10:35 PM

    Javed Khan,

    Yousuf pretty much sealed his position today in the WC 2011 team as an “all rounder” pushing ahead of Dhoni’s favorite Jaddu. Yousuf is always a better pick than Jadeja even though his bowling may not be all that great when he connects those shots they can travel a mile. He single handedly demolished NZ today.

    In the post match commentary he said “whenever I played a good innings they were a special innings”, right up there with Waqar.

  114. #114 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 8, 2010 - 2:48 AM

    LOL @ YKP

    I am not sure whether it was IPL or against some other country that he played a similar “special” innings. Yes, I agree with you newguy that whenever he connects the ball disappears. I’ve read on cricinfo that one of the sixes he hit in this match dented the advertising board.

    Still this contest is looking like a one sided affair to me, I dunno what NZ is going to do in the WC 2011? They will definitely play well against Pakistan at home but, their performance in BD and India is pathetic.

  115. #115 by newguy on December 8, 2010 - 4:05 AM

    Javed Khan,

    Agree that the matches are one sided, in fact the Indian team is not so good, especially bowling and the fact they are still winning shows how bad NZ team is. One of their supporters called them “bleak caps” on cricinfo instead of black caps. The sole reason NZ is touring the sub-continent at this time is to get experience under the conditions as prep for WC, but going by the looks of it this experience may not be helping them. But who knows? WC is still few more months away and so many things can happen.

    Coming back to YKP, it may be true that one of his sixes dented the ad board, but I saw one six flew out of the ground, over the second tier seating bounced on the roof and went out. Hope this is going to last for Pathan, and if it does then he is deadly down the order. They said he played short balls better today, which used to be one of his weakness earlier.

  116. #116 by Mohammed Munir on December 8, 2010 - 5:33 AM

    So then, the Australians were humiliated by a hugely shameful innings-defeat, and that too in front of “A hundred thousand son-of-criminals”, right as Ian Botham would have loved it to be. 😀

    I wonder how must the Australian cricket fans, who were not used to embarrassing defeats for many years, be feeling after a disgrace of such proportions.

    The funny thing is that most of the Australians players of yesteryears (Ian Chappell, Jeff Thompson, etc.) are taking their terms in blaming the players and team management and further rubbing their big-nose in the dirt.

    Here have a look at the following picture, which rightly shows the ‘dark & gloomy’ clouds on the ‘Cricket Australia’.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2010-11/content/image/490783.html?page=1;object=2
    (Lightning crashes down near the Adelaide Oval, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 7, 2010).

    All the best to England for the reminder of the series ……….

    PS: After the NZ’s gross spanking by Bangladesh, the imminent Indians white-washing NZ at home is a must and anything less should not satisfy the Indian fans. As someone wrote above that the only thing India can improve is by winning all the five ODIs by ‘huge-margins’ and they are doing just that. YKP was good with his rightly-timed century.

  117. #117 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 8, 2010 - 10:44 AM

    Another NEW for Pakistan

    http://www.geosuper.tv/news_detail.asp?id=35914

    Pakistani Selectors have decided that they will announce the 2011 WC squad in New Zealand during their team’s visit to the country. What kinda Ch2yapa is this? They have been playing cricket either in other countries or at neutral venues and now they want to announce their team in another country?

    They are really BONKERS. All the teams take decisions at home and these “Bhikaris” who are always out their with “Kush-Coals” have made a new twist in their policies that they want to do everything abroad. No wonder why Ijaz Butt goes out with his wife on tours because, what he cannot do at home he does that abroad.

  118. #118 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 8, 2010 - 10:53 AM

    Selectors keeping ODI option open

    By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s selectors are undecided on whether to announce or hold back naming the national squad for the six-match One-day International series against New Zealand. With less than ten days left in Pakistan’s departure for New Zealand where they will also play three Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests before the ODI series, chief selector Mohsin Khan is keeping his ‘options open’.

    Mohsin and fellow selectors are scheduled to gather in Lahore on December 13 (in a Mela) to witness the national training camp which begins at the Gaddafi Stadium from Wednesday (today) in preparations for the tour of New Zealand. The selectors will later meet on December 15 to discuss the team for the one-day series against New Zealand. Another important item on their agenda will be to decide the 30-man provisional squad for World Cup 2011.

    Mohsin and company have already announced the squad for the three Twenty20 games and the Test series but have delayed naming the ODI team for the series against the Black Caps. “We might name the team next week but there is also a big possibility that we might delay it till early next month. With the series against New Zealand coming just before the World Cup, we want to take our time before finalising our team,” Mohsin told ‘The News’ on Tuesday.
    A former Test opener, Mohsin admitted that growing uncertainty about the availability of several key players is another reason behind the selection committee’s reluctance to name the squad. (The idea is here for the selectors to make a FREE trip abroad with their families to have a good holiday)

    “We are facing a lot of problems because of the unavailability of several players,” he said referring to the fact that at the moment selectors cannot pick at least half a dozen key players for any international assignments. Three of them — Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir — are under suspension for alleged links with match-fixers. (This problem is there since July 2010 so what is new? Why keep relying on those idiots?)

    Three more — Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Danish Kaneria — have been sidelined because the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided against clearing them for national duty. Though, the Board is unwilling to officially confirm or deny it, it is believed that they are on a PCB blacklist for suspected ties with match-fixing mafias. (Kaneria was never a part of the ODI or T20 squad, so why bother mentioning his name? And, Malik has been dropped since a long time for lack of form and also for creating FITNA in the team. Akmals have been on the top list of match fixers and betting scandals, so what is new?)

    Mohsin said it’s a huge setback for Pakistan but was quick to add that they should learn to leave with it. “I’m really sorry about it but we have to live with it,” he said. “I mean there can’t be any compromise on discipline,” he added. Mohsin said that even though the odds are stacked against Pakistan, he and fellow selectors will try their best to pick a good World Cup squad. “We have a selection committee meeting on the 15th in Lahore. I will also meet with the PCB chairman to discuss our options. Hopefully we will strike a good combination in spite of all the problems.” [Courtesy The News International]

    (Despite knowing everything Mohsin is still lamenting about those players. It is so obvious that he is a coward and trying to cover his own A$$.)

    Ps
    The comments inside the brackets have been inserted by J.A.K.

  119. #119 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 8, 2010 - 11:02 AM

    Wasim Chakram is pleading in his latest statement to the press that, “Pakistan should remain united for the WC 2011” and between the lines he is criticizing Shahid Afridi and also lamenting about the “Juwari and Suttay Baaz Trio” and the FITNAY “Phudday Baaz Duo.”

  120. #120 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 8, 2010 - 11:13 AM

    Munir Here is our weather report for you. 😀

    We are already in deep freeze for the season now. For the last 3 days its been snowing and we have already received about 2 feet of snow and, with the wind, the drifting snow at places is as high as 4 feet. The 10 days forecast shows that we will receive 2-3 inches of snow almost everyday for the next 10 days. So, there will be mountains of snowbanks everywhere. The high temperatures are -8C and the lows are -16C. Generally we receive snow just around Christmas and the real cold weather starts after the New Year and very severe winter is experienced between Mid January and Mid February where the temp goes below -30C. This year, the winter has started with a bang here and it is going to stay till the end of April 2011.

  121. #121 by Mohammed Munir on December 8, 2010 - 11:23 AM

    LOL @ Javed Khan Ki Kharri Kharri Baataien. 🙂

  122. #122 by Mohammed Munir on December 8, 2010 - 11:30 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Winter season is the best in UAE as we are hovering between lows of 15 to a max of 30 C.

    Generally a lot of Europeans/ Russians come to UAE in these months to avoid their own cold weathers, but in the recent years recession is keeping the tourists business to low levels. Although, UAE/ Dubai tempratures are best for outdoors, desert safaris, etc.

    I would love to at least see and enjoy the coldest tempratures of Canada for once, but so far no luck. 😦

  123. #123 by khansahab on December 9, 2010 - 8:23 PM

    PCB approves appointment of Subhan Ahmed as COO

    LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sources approved on Thursday the appointment of senior official Subhan Ahmed as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He has been working with the board ever since Wasim Bari retired.

    A close associate of PCB chief Ejaz Butt, Ahmed is included in the three member committee dealing with the issue of controversial Pakistani wicketkeeper, Zulqarnain Haider. SAMAA

  124. #124 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 9, 2010 - 8:45 PM

    khansahab

    Ijaz Butt has many “keeps” and all of them are “Butt Worshipers.” 😀 And, he keeps appointing his “keeps” irrespective of their qualifications, experience, talent, aptitude etc., etc. He keeps them when he is pleased with them and fire them when they displeases him. He tells them:

    Key Ijaz say wafa tu nay tou yae PCB kay Ohday teray hain
    Aur, PCB kya cheez hai, Butt kay aglay pichlay bhee sab teray hain.

    “Jo mai sir ba sajda hoa kabhee, tou peechay say aanay lagee sadaa
    Tera Butt tou hai Tope Khana, tujhay kya milay ga ………. fill in the blanks please! 😀

  125. #125 by khansahab on December 9, 2010 - 9:34 PM

    Malik, Kamran refused NoC for BD league

    LAHORE: Former skipper Shoaib Malik and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, who have been mysteriously sidelined by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), suffered another setback here on Thursday when the Board refused to issue NoC to them for playing in the Bangladesh league.

    Kamran, after failing to get the NOC, was reluctant to speak to the media but said he was keen to have the NoC while the PCB was not really forthcoming about it.

    Similarly, Malik also failed to get the certificate as the PCB advised them to continue playing the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy matches.

  126. #126 by khansahab on December 10, 2010 - 5:33 PM

    PCB media Release: Mr. Wasim Bari Appointed as Director Education and Training

    Lahore December 10, 2010: Mr. Wasim Bari has been appointed by PCB as Director Education and Training on Contractual Basis. He will be based at National Stadium Karachi. This is a new position created to implement the new PCB codes of Conduct & Anti Corruption.

    On resumption of his charge Mr. Wasim Bari said, “Cricket is facing new challenges but as custodian of the game we are committed to fight for its integrity and survival. Players need to be trained and educated on what problems they may face while playing at international level. Pakistan is amongst the first Boards to start implementing these codes at domestic level. I am hopeful that with the right kind of awareness we will be able to overcome this global issue of corruption in Cricket.”

  127. #127 by khansahab on December 10, 2010 - 7:08 PM

    Last ambition is to win the World Cup: Afridi

    Pakistan’s one-day captain Shahid Afridi on Friday said that he is left with only one ambition in his cricketing career and that is to end his playing days by winning the World Cup for his country.

    Afridi told the media in Lahore on Friday that he had a burning ambition to see Pakistan win the World Cup.

    “Part of that ambition was fulfilled last year when we won the T20 World Cup in England but as captain I would love to end my career having led the side to the World Cup title next year in the sub-continent,” he said.

    Afridi pointed out that 2010 had been a very demanding year for Pakistan cricket and he wanted to see the team start off on a winning note in 2011.

    “In the new year we will try to give Pakistan cricket the place it deserves,” said Afridi.

  128. #128 by khansahab on December 10, 2010 - 7:38 PM

    Wasim Bari, Inti Alam and Yawar Saeed have destroyed Pakistan cricket along with Ijaz Butt and they keep coming back in different positions in PCB.

    For 3 years we have been saying that these guys will keep staying in PCB and ruin cricket in Pakistan, just like everything else people doubted us at first but are now realising the truth.

  129. #129 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 11, 2010 - 12:26 AM

    khansahab

    Exactly my point, after reading that press release on appointing Wasim Bari as the Director of Education and Training blah, blah, I was also thinking on the same lines that they have now created a new post for Bari and boasting that Pakistan is the first nation one to set up such an institution to educate the “uneducated, uncivilized & uncouth” cricket players. How complacent and how naive that they can deceive the masses and fool them with their dirty politics. But, not everyone is same, they can see what these rogues are doing.

    All other countries don’t need such institutions because they educate their children in schools where, morals, ethics, mannerism, respect for seniors, individuals, peers etc., is taught and they are disciplined to behave like a human being in a social world, the most import of all is honesty, integrity for self and for the nation. When you represent your country you are not only proud of it but you are also made responsible not only to maintain your country’s image but enhance it and play an exemplary role to demonstrate the younger generation that these characteristics are very, very important in one’s life and not just money, lust, greed for materialistic things. If not a book, a whole article can be written on this subject.

    Instead of Wasim Bari, if they MUST appoint an honest, sincere, competent and a capable person to do that job. I am sure there could be many from the Department of Education. I know a few people who have studied abroad and gone to Pakistan to take up that role to educate the children and bring about an entirely new generation which is free from all these existing evils, biases and prejudices that are thriving in the society and is acceptable by everyone, as if it is a daily chore or a part of the culture, a norm of the society. Down with Ijaz Butt, Wasim Bari, Yawar Saeed, Mohammad Ilyass and his chamchay!

  130. #130 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 11, 2010 - 4:49 AM

    I have been ruing on this blog and even on the other ones that, the only way Pakistan can solve its opening problem in ODI and T20 is through aggressive batting for that Afridi must open, even Umar Akmal or Abdul Razzaq can play this role. Now, it is clear that Kamran Akmal is not going to be playing for quite sometime, the selection committee must think again about aggressive batting. In New Zealand the grounds are smaller and big hitters like Afridi, Razzaq, Umar Akmal can change the game in no time. There is no need to play Shahzaib Hasan Khan or even Mohammad Hafeez in that role because, they take their own time in settling down and Shahzaib plays those half-hearted shots and is caught just outside the circle. Since Younus Khan is there in the ODI squad they should take this advantage of aggressive batting a thought because it is a kinda talent and blessing that Pakistan has and must be used.

  131. #131 by khansahab on December 11, 2010 - 11:34 AM

    Basit resigns as Karachi selector

    KARACHI: Former Test batsman Basit Ali on Wednesday resigned as the selector of the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) after being criticised over his controversial selection standards in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
    Basit was a part of a three-member selection committee headed by another ex-Test cricketer Jalaluddin.
    However, he has opted to bow-out after facing severe criticism by the KCCA officials for practicing favouritism in the selection of Karachi Blues squad.
    Sources told ‘The News’ that he was furious after several officials called him a dictator. In addition, his decision to push for wicketkeeper Mohamamd Waqas inclusion in the Karachi team ahead of better glovemen in the squad dented his credibility.
    His actions have brought the Karachi Blues on the brink of destruction as they are facing relegation after languishing at 11th position in division-I just ahead of Multan.
    Karachi Blues, who were the champions of last first-class season have only three points from their six matches and may get relegated to division II.
    A few days ago, a club cricketer Suleman Niazi had attacked the team manager of Karachi Blues for not picking him for the first-class tourney. But, later he was seen accompanied by Basit Ali here at the National Stadium.
    The selector was then angrily called back to the dressing room by the President KCCA Professor Siraj ul Islam Bukhari, an eyewitness told ‘The News’.
    It has been learnt that a meeting was called upon that evening to discuss the issue and KCCA was pondering sacking the selector soon.
    Meanwhile, Basit was left with no other option and resigned himself respectably.
    The players and officials had earlier told ‘The News’ that Basit has been interfering too much in the team matters which was pretty annoying for them.
    Basit, who was limited to select the squad of 15 players used to force his authority while selecting the playing eleven as well to push in the players who were close to him.
    Basit Ali was trying to get a stranglehold in the cricketing affairs in the city to the annoyance of several officials of the (KCCA) who believed that he was making wrong use of his power as a KCCA selector.

  132. #132 by khansahab on December 11, 2010 - 10:12 PM

    One-man show is destroying Pakistan cricket: Latif

    Dubai: Former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif is someone who calls a spade a spade. His role as match-fixing whistleblower put him through many a difficulty but he refused to be cowed down and highlighted the dangers lurking around cricketers representing Pakistan.

    Today, as coach of the Afghanistan national team, he remains as blunt with his views as he was as a player.

    In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Latif, after guiding Afghanistan to victory in the Intercontinental Cup, spoke about the future of Afghanistan in the game and what ails Pakistan cricket. Excerpts:

    GULF NEWS: How do you feel about coaching Afghanistan to victory in the Intercontinental Cup?

    RASHID LATIF: It is a big achievement because we have won it in our first appearance in this tournament. It is also a big occasion for me as a coach because we have won a longer-version tournament.

    Most people had this feeling that Afghanistan is good only in T20 and One-day cricket but we have proved that we can do well in the longer version of the game too.

    Afghanistan arrived here after playing in the Twenty20 format at the Asian Games. How did your team quickly manage to adapt to the longer version?

    It is thanks to the Sharjah Cricket Council who gave us their ground to spend from 9am to 5pm every day to adapt to the four-day conditions that our bowlers and batsmen sharpened their skills in the longer version. We bowled 90 overs a day and I made sure that every batsman got to bat at least 20 overs every day. My players are also very professional and they adapted very quickly.

    Do you see some of the qualities of Pakistan players in Afghanistan players too?

    A few Afghanistan players have played in Pakistan for teams like Peshawar. Hamid Hassan our main bowler can be compared to Waqar Younus and Wasim Akram because he can bowl nearly 22 overs at a stretch. I have never seen any bowler in recent years who has that kind of stamina. In two to three years, Afghanistan will play Test cricket.

    As a former Pakistan player why do you think more and more Pakistan players are getting mired in match-fixing scandals?

    This is not the first time Pakistan players are being named for match-fixing. In 1994, 1996 and 1998 so many players were named in match-fixing cases and inquiries were initiated against them.

    The biggest drawback of the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) is its inaction.

    So do you mean that players must be made conscious about their future in the game?

    The selection process itself is not based on 100 per cent merit right now especially under the present cricket board led by Ejaz Butt. So many good players have been dropped.

    There is huge uncertainty among the players. This is also the main reason behind so many controversies and incidents during Butt’s tenure. However, I still believe that Pakistan has lots of talent and if we can use our 12 cricket academies properly and give opportunities to players on merit then we can find many good players like [Mohammad] Amir.

    So what’s ahead for Afghanistan now?

    We have some warm-up match against the qualifiers for the World Cup and we are preparing for the T20 World Cup qualifiers and by May the Intercontinental Cup will begin.

    I have suggested to the Afghanistan Cricket Board to arrange some series against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe after the World Cup but they have to spend some money to improve their cricket. Unfortunately, Afghanistan Cricket Board is also looking for ICC and ACC to provide the facilities.

  133. #133 by Pawan on December 12, 2010 - 2:37 AM

    Miandad is such a sissy. He left Waqar to do the job in NZ, knowing that NZ wickets are perhaps the toughest for any team to bat on. Once they will be back with a poor batting display in NZ, then Miandad will take over the batting coach role and “improve” batting skills of the batsmen on sub-continent wickets.

  134. #134 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 12, 2010 - 5:06 AM

    Pawan

    Miandad has taken over the role of batting coach, despite Waqar’s resistance and he has been participating in team workouts at the Lahore stadium. Here is a latest picture of him participating with the players and giving them tips on batting. He is the man in the white cap on your left. :

    Be it Miandad, Imran Khan, Waqar or anyone, if they are wrong I won’t hesitate in calling a spade, a spade. Here it was Waqar’s fault to feel so insecure about Miandad’s inclusion as batting coach that he felt threatened and said, he will still be the head coach and Miandad should not interfere in his decision making. Its been a long time in man management that there is no ONE MAN SHOW, it has to be team work and Miandad has enormous experience whereas Waqar has no batting experience and he is not a strategist or a planner. So far he hasn’t done anything significant in improving the bowling of so many fast bowlers. Aamir and Asif are or were talented but, that does not mean Pakistan has NO MORE talent left. There will be many more Asi’s and Aamirs. As far as fast bowling is concerned there is no dearth in talent in Pakistan, the only thing they need is to avoid politics in the selection process.

  135. #135 by khansahab on December 12, 2010 - 12:22 PM

    Mohsin hits out at players’ remarks

    LAHORE: Pakistan Chief Selector Mohsin Khan has stressed that the selection committee is working without interference from any quarters and insisted that players have been overlooked for the national team over discipline or fitness issues. Former captains Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik along with wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal were not included for the New Zealand tour while leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was also overlooked.

    “Things are being blown out of proportion as the selection committee is working independently and selection is being made based entirely on merit and according to our policy,” Mohsin told The Express Tribune. “I follow a simple three-point rule that a player should only be considered for selection if he’s cleared by the Pakistan Cricket Board in all aspects: discipline, fitness and performance.”

    The chief selector added that while Yousuf was facing fitness issues, Kamran and Malik were dropped after they were not cleared by the PCB.

    “I think the selections of Ahmed Shahzad and Khurram Manzoor are great examples. They were selected because they match the three-point criteria.

    “Mohammad Yousuf has failed to prove his fitness while those players who are in the news for their omissions [Kamran, Malik] were dropped only because we didn’t get clearance from the PCB.”

    Kamran, who was denied permission to play in a Bangladesh league, commented that he had no clue as to why he was being overlooked for the national squad after performing ably in the ongoing Quaid-i-Azam Trophy.

  136. #136 by khansahab on December 12, 2010 - 12:25 PM

    Imran Nazir Fined and Banned For One Match

    Opener, Imran Nazir was once again found guilty of violating discipline.
    He faces a one-match ban in addition to a fine worth Rs. 10,000 on account of misconduct during a match of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

    The ZTBL captain was involved in a heated exchange of words with the HBL leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria, after which the match referee, Ishtiaq Ahmed fined him.
    Nazir then misbehaved with the match referee outside the stadium and ended up receiving a one-match ban in addition to the fine.

    Former test opener and ZTBL coach, Wajahatullah Wasti also received a fine of Rs. 5,000 for misbehaving with the match referee.

  137. #137 by khansahab on December 12, 2010 - 12:28 PM

    The PCB needs to disclose why it is treating Shoaib Malik, Akmal and Kaneria this way.

    If they cannot disclose what evidence they have against these players then these disciplinary measures are nothing but half hearted attempts.

    Earlier half the team was fined or banned, under what grounds it is not known.

    Kaneria arrested by British police on suspicion of spot fixing but he was later cleared by the ICC, so why is he being treated in this way?

  138. #138 by Mohammed Munir on December 13, 2010 - 4:49 AM

    Mohsin Hassan Khan – Chief Selector …

    – One who knows not and knows that he knows not is a child: “Teach him”.

    – One who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool: “Shun him”.

    – One who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep: “Awake him”.

    – One who knows and knows that he knows is wise: “Fllow him”.

    And Finally …..

    The only thing worse than not knowing something is, not knowing that you don’t know.

  139. #139 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 13, 2010 - 5:26 AM

    Miandad turns down Afridi’s request
    Agencies
    (9 hours ago) Today
    http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/13/miandad-turns-down-afridi%E2%80%99s-request.html

    Javed Miandad gives tips to Shahid Afridi during a training session in Lahore.—AFP

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s former captain Javed Miandad has turned down a request from the national team’s one-day captain Shahid Afridi to accompany the team to New Zealand.

    Miandad, who has been appointed as batting consultant of the national team by the Pakistan Cricket Board, is working with the players in the ongoing national camp in Lahore but has declined to accompany the players to New Zealand.

    “Shahid Afridi had a talk with me and he asked me to reconsider my decision not to go to New Zealand. He said that my presence would be of great help to the players in New Zealand,” Miandad said.

    “But I have told him it is not possible for me to go to New Zealand because of a number of reasons,” the former great said.

    Miandad said he wanted to give the national team head coach Waqar Younis complete space to get things done his way.

    “I don’t think it would be fair on Waqar if I am with the team because If I am there then I obviously I will have my say,” he added.

    He said it would be confusing for the players to respond to former captains and coach.

    “I think personally it is good for the players if Waqar has complete say in team matters. You can’t have too many people calling the shots that only creates confusing situation in the team,” he said.

    Miandad also made it clear that he was doing a lot in the camp working with the boys and didn’t agree with assertions that a batting consultant could not change the techniques of senior players.

  140. #140 by Sagaat on December 13, 2010 - 10:21 AM

    Excluding Razzaq from the squad for the world cup is a big mistake. He is a matchwinner, and it may be the semi-final or the final of the world cup that he might win. The point is that type of a player, who can win a match on hiw own, is required in the team to improve its chances in the world cup. Pakistan has too many bits-and-pieces like Hafeez, they should play more genuine batsmen and more powerplayers.

  141. #141 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 13, 2010 - 11:29 AM

    Sagaat

    WC squad has not been announced yet, so you don’t know who will be in it or out. So, wait and see till they announce. Or, has it been announced and I have missed it?

    Ps

    Abdul Razzaq is not in the NZ test squad but, he is in the T20 squad.

  142. #142 by khansahab on December 13, 2010 - 9:10 PM

    Too many lawyers affecting Salman’s case

    KARACHI: It seems like a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth as Salman Butt’s decision to consult a number of high-profile lawyers is adding confusion to his case.

    Such is the uncertainty, according to one of his lawyers, that the former captain has failed to formulate the reply to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) letter in which the spot-fixing charges were levelled against him, the deadline being December 14.

    After appointing Khalid Ranjha and Aftab Gul, who represented the batsman in Dubai at the hearing against his provisional suspension, Salman has appointed or sought advice from various other lawyers including Aitzaz Ahsan, Shahid Saeed, India-based lawyer Yasin Patel and a British legal firm ahead of his hearing that takes place in Doha from January 6.

    “There are too many lawyers involved in Salman’s case and that is creating more confusion,” one of Salman’s lawyers told The Express Tribune. “The panel has even not formulated their reply to the charges levelled against him and is yet to prepare a plan to fight his case. The difference of opinions among the lawyers is only adding confusion for him.”

    He added that the panel has not been able to sit down in one place to devise a strategy while who will accompany Salman during the hearing is also yet to be ascertained.

    “It’s a messy situation when it comes to his preparation,” he said. “Also, the decision to lodge a protest against Haroon Lorgat’s comments has not been taken yet.”

  143. #143 by khansahab on December 13, 2010 - 9:25 PM

    Pakistan’s Salman Butt maintains his innocence over hotel room cash

    Salman Butt, one of the three suspended Pakistan players who are under investigation by the International Cricket Council over spot-fixing claims, has spoken for the first time about the money that was found by police searching his possessions. The search was made after newspaper allegations that Pakistan players had been paid to deliberately bowl no-balls in a Test against England at Lord’s in August.

    Butt, who was then the Pakistan captain, has consistently denied any wrongdoing after the News of the World accused him and the bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir of accepting money via a middleman in return for supplying illegal deliveries at predetermined points in the game.

    Detectives confiscated mobile phones and personal possessions after interviewing the players. Large sums of money were reportedly recovered from the rooms of Butt and Amir. Butt has rejected claims of a link between the banknotes found in his possession and the £150,000 that was handed over by undercover reporters as payment for the no-balls. He said the money was given to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

    He said: “I think everybody knows the PCB pays us daily allowances on tours and it was a long tour so about £11,000 of that money was from my daily allowances and, being captain, I have an extra entertainment allowance which amounts to about £4,500 on the tour, which I had with me.”

    Butt is suspended indefinitely while the ICC’s anti-corruption unit looks into the fixing claims – a situation that is likely to be prolonged by the criminal investigation that is being carried out by the Crown Prosecution Service.

    The 26-year-old is not willing to countenance the end of his international career. “I certainly would not like to think like that. I will still remain positive and hopeful,” Butt said, in an interview with Sky for a special report on the Pakistan cricket crisis, which is to be broadcast tonight at 7.30pm on Sky Sports News. “I know inside what I am made of, where I have come from and how I have played my cricket and believe me it has been a lot of passion all throughout my life … The love of the game has brought me here and that love is bigger than any corrupt thing which exists.”

    Since the ICC upheld the bans for Butt, Asif and Amir, their former team-mate Zulqarnain Haider has spoken of the alleged influence of bookmakers on the Pakistan team. Haider is seeking asylum in the UK after absconding from international duty. His appeal to be allowed to stay was due to have been heard by immigration officials over the weekend.

  144. #144 by khansahab on December 13, 2010 - 9:28 PM

    Pak might leave out some senior players for WC

    Karachi: Pakistan’s chief selector Mohsin Khan on Monday gave a clear indication that some senior players like Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik could miss out the World Cup preliminary squad but said there would be enough talent in the national team to do well in the mega event.

    “No player is irreplaceable and life goes on and similar is the case with Pakistan cricket. Even if we lose some of our leading players it would be a setback but not something that would mean we can’t do well in our coming series and tournaments,” Mohsin told reporters in Lahore.

    “Let me make it very clear, today we can’t announce any team without first getting clearance from the board. For every selection we make for every tour or series we need the approval of the board. We don’t pick any player unless he is cleared by the PCB,” he said.

  145. #145 by khansahab on December 13, 2010 - 11:35 PM

    India’s South Africa tour ill-timed: Akram

    NEW DELHI: India are playing too much cricket resulting in injuries to their pacers and that could hurt the team’s chances in next year’s World Cup on the subcontinent, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.

    Akram said the upcoming South African tour just before the World Cup in February has been ill-timed and will only exhaust the Indian players.

    “I have been keenly following Indian cricket for a while and I can safely say that they are playing too much cricket. Making a balanced cricketing calendar has been a problem with the Indian Board in the last five-six years.

    “There is a serious overkill. India play too many matches round the year and no wonder their fast bowlers are getting injured far too often,” said Akram.

  146. #146 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 14, 2010 - 5:16 AM

    Too many lawyers in Salman Butt’s case !

    There is something more than what meets the eye. Why are all these top notch lawyers interested in a small fish like Salman? There must be some big money involved in it. Either Salman must have taken a lot of money from the bookies that he can pay them as fees (if he can dish out 50,000 Pound Sterling for his sister’s Shaadi ka jora, then he can certainly be rich from the match fixing money he received) then he can certainly afford them. Or, these lawyers are trying to get some cheap publicity from this case. In any case, Salman will not be cleared by the ICC and this is my opinion.

  147. #147 by Mohammed Munir on December 14, 2010 - 6:24 AM

    Salman’S Butt – The Criminal

    With reference to the above comments regarding “too many lawyers” protecting Salman’s Butt …

    Can anyone justify that where the EFF is this guys getting all the money to do that

    I mean for god’s sake guys, this man is just a simple cricket player and that too not a senior or a hero-type, but an ordinary player with limited games to his credit and the one who is mostly ‘in-and-out’ of the team.

    So can someone, at ICC or even PCB, check his ‘sources’ of funds when he is employing number of lawyers.

    Khalid Ranjah is an ex-Minister of Law of Pakistan beside earlier holding other positions, including but restricted to, Law Minister of Punjab. He is also a well-known Politician and comes from a well-off and influential family in Pakistan. Ranjah was reportedly offering his advisory and consulting services to Presidents of Pakistan. His list of clients consists of businessmen, politicians, ministers, etc.

    Aitzaz Ahsan is also and ex-Minister of Pakistan and a well-connected Politician who have a history with PPP. Aitzaz is reportedly very rich and his advisory services doesn’t come without a huge price tag.

    Yasin Patel is practicing lawyer from India. Why an Indian, I mean what ‘value-addition’ will he possibly do to the case ❓

    There are other less-known names like Aftab Gul, Shahid Saeed and god knows how many more.

    My simple question is that how the FCUK can Salman afford these top-brass lawyers and how many of them

  148. #148 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 14, 2010 - 9:59 AM

    Kiwis to be tough challengers on home soil: Misbah

    The above is the latest statement made by Pakistan test cricket team captain Misbah. Now, let us see how the PCB Admin and Selectors + the so-called “ex-greats” would react to this comment. When Afridi said, “I am not 100 % satisfied with the team’s preparations for the World Cup,” Afridi told AFP. “We’ve had problems on every tour, and although there aren’t high expectations [of winning the World Cup], as captain I’m positive and will keep on motivating the team.” All these people pounced on him and criticized him for being negative. Now Misbah has said something similar but, he minced his words and protecting his a$$, perhaps his comments will go unnoticed. The uneducated, uncouth Paindoos will not take any notice because they understand only when you slap them on their face.

  149. #149 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 14, 2010 - 10:08 AM

    Munir

    That is my question which I asked in my previous comment about Salman Butt and his lawyers. The irony is no one is taking notice of this except for us on this blog. Shouldn’t the NAB or any government authority ask these morons where the money is coming from? But, who will ask? They have to start from Zardari, Nawaz, Shawaz, Butt, Shutt and a thousand others. Therefore, no one will budge they all will remain quiet. Bakaoz “They are kullo ça va ça va.” This is an English, Arabic and French combo phrase. 😉

  150. #150 by Mohammed Munir on December 14, 2010 - 10:54 AM

    LOL @ “They are kullo ça va ça va.”

    Yes, you are cent-percent right… they really are Kullo Sawa Sawa, and this is why they are all scratching each other’s BUTT.

    I also agree with your ‘Misbah’ comments and how “they” pointed Afridi out for that.

  151. #151 by Pawan on December 14, 2010 - 6:02 PM

    “LOL” @ Wasim Akram. Why the hell is he advising Indian cricket? Just mind your own business man. You are being paid, then just give service 🙂

    NZ will be a handful @ home? who knows.. With Pakistan cricket team, only one thing is for sure – a controversy on every tour :p

  152. #152 by khansahab on December 14, 2010 - 6:33 PM

    Pak selectors at loggerheads over Fawad Alam

    Karachi: The spat between chief selector Mohsin Khan and selector Muhammad Illyas over the selection of Fawad Alam on Tuesday became public when the latter didn’t attend a meeting called to pick the preliminary squad for the 2011 World Cup.

    Illyas didn’t attend the meeting despite being present at the national cricket academy where the meeting was held for over three hours.

    The selectors discussed with captain, Shahid Afridi, and coach, Waqar Younis, and will meet PCB chairman Ijaz Butt on Wednesday, before finalising the squad.

    Illyas, a former Test player, had tendered his resignation to the PCB chief recently when Fawad was included in the T20 and Test squads for the New Zealand tour.

    “I didn’t attend the selection committee meeting, the reasons for which I have made clear to the board chairman,” Illyas said.

    Butt had rejected the resignation and asked him to continue.

  153. #153 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 14, 2010 - 9:13 PM

    Why is Ijaz Butt so scared of the ass called, Ilyass? He should be kicked out of the selection committee and his stupid good for nothing son-in-law should also be out from any of the squad. These people have ruined the cricket talent in Pakistan by pushing their own idiot kids and kin.

    In French a sentence begins with il y a ….. or il y a en beaucoup …. il y a une ass…. and they laugh at such names as ilyass. They also do in case of La lu Prasad The toilet Prasad. But, the Americans laugh at the French when they show their swimming pool and say “piscine” sounds like Piss in. Also, when they want to rent an apartment the signed displayed on the apartments are “A Louer” means “For Rent” followed by their telephone number. The Americans say wow the French Lovers display their telephone numbers too!

    Anyways, back to cricket, the squad for the WC Cup is reportedly to be announced on Wednesday which is tomorrow. So, let us see how many surprises we get?

  154. #154 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 14, 2010 - 9:28 PM

    The latest movie of Natalie Portman “Black Swan” is reminding me of our friend blogger THEOSSA who is head over heels for her. Here is a link for the above movie with Natalie’s interview, to me she looks more pretty in the interview than in the movie itself.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11985826

  155. #155 by Pawan on December 14, 2010 - 9:43 PM

    What’s up with this ill-ass? Fawad Alam as far as I can see, should be the first one in any of the squads. I am impressed with his temperament. I would say, he should be made the captain, looks quite honest to me and hard working.

  156. #156 by khansahab on December 14, 2010 - 10:01 PM

    Javed A Khan

    She is a beautiful woman. In this Black Swan movie reportedly there are lesbian sex scenes performed by her. They are being considered the highlight of the movie by fans.

  157. #157 by khansahab on December 14, 2010 - 10:03 PM

    Javed A Khan

    After that statement by Misbah the news has come that he has sprained his ankle and may be withdrawn from the squad going to NZ.

    Misbah’s record on bowling friendly pitches is poor, so is his injury genuine?

  158. #158 by khansahab on December 15, 2010 - 12:56 AM

    Waqar: Need to earn respect

    Pakistan coach Waqar Younis on Tuesday said he wants to earn respect and admiration just like he did when he was a player.

    In an interview to Geo Super channel, Waqar said: “As a coach I am giving the same commitment like I did when I was a player. The intensity and hunger has not gone down.”

    “As the coach of the Pakistan cricket team I want to earn the same respect and appreciation as I earned during my playing days. Whenever I leave my position, I would like to do it with my head held high.”

    Despite all the bad phase that Pakistan cricket is going through, Waqar is upbeat that his players are capable of surprising everyone.

    He said: “People say we are a young team and we have no senior players or a true leader. However, they forget that young players played a key role in the 1992 World Cup. They also went on to become great players in Pakistan cricket history.”

    He added: “My job is to help the youngsters adapt to the conditions and pressure of international cricket and make them perform well. I am trying my best to use my experience and exposure for the benefit of the team.”

    With the team preparing for the World Cup, Waqar accepted that his main concern is keeping the players fit.

    “There are few fitness issues with Misbah (ul-Haq), Wahab (Riaz) and Khurrum (Manzoor) but it is not serious. With World Cup approaching, it’s a player’s responsibility to be match fit,” said Waqar.

  159. #159 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 15, 2010 - 1:33 AM

    Fireworks likely at selection meeting today

    By Khalid Hussain

    KARACHI: Under normal circumstances, naming a 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup shouldn’t have been a tough task for national selectors. But these are certainly not the best of times for Pakistan cricket. With half a dozen of their leading players unavailable for World Cup 2011 and several others under the scanner for indifferent form, chief selector Mohsin Khan and company will not be in an enviable position when they meet in Lahore on Wednesday (today) to finalise the list. Early signs are not looking good.

    A preliminary meeting of the national selection committee which took place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday was an indicator of the things to come as one of the committee members walked out of the meeting apparently due to differences over the 30-man list.

    Mohammad Ilyas, a former Test player, left just minutes after the meeting got underway to show his displeasure over the possible selection of two Karachi-based players — Fawad Alam and Shahzaib Hasan — in the one-day squad. Ilyas was left fuming when the selectors snubbed Imran Farhat, his son-in-law, for the tour of New Zealand. He openly opposed Fawad’s inclusion in the team for the three Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand and later opted to quit as selector.

    However, he was asked by Ijaz Butt, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, to carry on. According to sources, Ilyas is looking forward to attending today’s crucial meeting because it will be chaired by Butt. The PCB chairman did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

    Also on the agenda for the national selectors is to pick Pakistan’s one-day squad for the six-match series against New Zealand to be played during Jan-Feb. The six One-day Internationals against the Black Caps will help Pakistan get ready for World Cup 2011 which kicks off on February 19 which is why the selectors are taking their time in deciding it.

    Pakistan have to decide and send names of their 30-member preliminary squad to the International Cricket Council (ICC) by December 19, two months before the tournament gets underway in Bangladesh.

    Mohsin, a former Pakistan Test batsman, said that he and fellow selectors will try their best to pick a balanced pool of players for the World Cup.
    “Some of the players are unavailable but we will still try to come out with a strong team for the World Cup,” said Mohsin. Pakistan will have to overlook their premier fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif along with opener Salman Butt as the three have been provisionally suspended by the ICC over corruption allegations. In addition, Pakistan are also likely to ignore former captain Shoaib Malik, wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and leggie Danish Kaneria because of the trio’s suspected links with match-fixers. With so much uncertainty, there is a possibility that the selectors might hold back the announcement of Pakistan’s one-day team for the series against New Zealand. “We will finalise it tomorrow but there are chances that the PCB might decide against announcing it,” a national selector told ‘The News’ on the condition of anonymity.

    However, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi wants the selectors to be more decisive as the World Cup is now just two months away. According to sources, Afridi is seeking a clearer picture from the selectors as far the World Cup squad is concerned so that he can focus on giving Pakistan’s preparations for the all-important event a final shape. Meanwhile, as usual it will be Butt who will be calling the shots today. Well-placed sources told this correspondent that the selectors will be seeking Butt’s approval for each and every thing and that there is a big possibility that the PCB chairman will be taking most of the key decisions today.
    [Courtesy The News International]

  160. #160 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 15, 2010 - 1:46 AM

    khansahab

    Only in Waqar’s statement he mentioned about Misbah’s fitness issue but there is no news about Misbah’s injury in any newspaper so far. Wahab and Khurram we know they have injury issues. So, we don’t know for sure whether Misbah is really injured or, he is being declared as injured? I hope they don’t drop Abdul Razzaq and say he is unfit. Last time when he was dropped they said he is unfit, whereas he himself declared fit and was surprised for his omission in the team and his injury which according to him he did not have any.

    What Waqar is forgetting about the 1992 WC was Imran Khan and Miandad were there as stalwarts and Wasim Akram was not new, he started in 1984, so he had 8 years of experience. Besides them there was Moin Khan, Ramiz Raja and Aamir Sohail had ample experience (only Waqar and Saeed Anwar were injured and were not in the squad) Inzamam was new and that is it, he played a good role but, he was not alone. Aaquib Javed and Moulvi Mushi both had 4 and 3 years experience.

    Waqar should think before he speak.

  161. #161 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 15, 2010 - 1:47 AM

    Pawan

    A cockroach climbed up and died in ill ya ass. That’s what is up! 😀

  162. #162 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 15, 2010 - 9:35 AM

    First Afridi, then Misbah and now Waqar and Miandad too….. and there will be NO criticism on them either. Only Afridi got flak from everyone because, he was the first to bell the cat. That is why there is an expression: “The Pioneers got scalped by the natives, it was the settlers who reaped the harvest.” So, being the first one is always a risky job.

    Waqar concerned at team’s preparations
    http://www.geosuper.tv/news_detail.asp?id=36126

    LAHORE: Javiad Miandad and Waqar Younis, the two former giants of Pakistan cricket, have expressed their concerns over the team’s preparations from New Zealand tour ahead of World Cup, which is scheduled to begin in February next year, Geo News reported.

    The training camp of national team for New Zealand tour will come to end today (Wednesday).

    Coach Waqar Younis raised questions over the team’s standards of preparations for the forthcoming world cup.

    Meanwhile, Javaid Miandad, the consultant on batting, was hopeful of team’s excellent show on New Zealand tour, given the ongoing efforts the players, according to him, are making.

    On the seventh day of training camp here at Gaddafi Stadium, talking to media, Waqar was of the view that though boys have done their best in training camp, seeing the last four or five murky months for Pakistan cricket, players’ performance may not be up to the mark in the mega event.

    Currently, the management is paying more attention to the form and fitness of boys instead of ‘big names’, Waqar added.

    Former captain and Batting Consultant, Javaid Miandad, provided players with key batting tips during training sessions, he informed.

    He said players need proper and sincere guidance while boys have proved to be responsible enough whenever nation pinned hopes on them.

    Team would fly to New Zealand on November 18. (Geo News means December 18th)

  163. #163 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 15, 2010 - 9:45 AM

    LOL @ Aussies desperation. They are begging Shane Warne to come back and rescue them from humiliation. Why not call McGrath also?

    Australians in dilemma over team selection, they don’t know whether to choose 4 quickies or 3? WACA is famous for fast and bouncy pitches but, in 2007-08 they lost to India despite playing 4 seamers like, Lee, Jhonson, Tait and Stuart Clark. Now, Johnson’s morale is even lower than what it used to be and there is no Lee and Tait. Despite all odds, Indian spinners did well on the last day in the 4th innings, Kumble and Sehwag got 2 wickets each.

  164. #164 by Sagaat on December 15, 2010 - 10:56 AM

    Javed Khan,

    I think it is better for them if they take more risk and simply play Jhonson. With Jhonson playing, it could increase their potential or decrease their potential depending on how Jhonson bowls, but without them England’s potential seems higher than Australia’s. In other words Jhonson would be a risky bet, but the most logicl one given the rest of the attack, as it is almost certain that Australia will not take 20 wickets without Jhonson. With Jhonson though, there is a chance that England might get very easy runs, but given the rest of the attack, it would be reasonable to play the risky Jhonson.

    As far as Warne is concerned, I don’t think it would look good if he came back suddenly to international cricket and yet Australia lost comprehensively if that happens to be the case.

  165. #165 by Sagaat on December 15, 2010 - 11:45 AM

    Are the Australians looking for a superhero?

    The return of Jhonson and the calls for the return of Warne suggest so. Like Pakistanis, they are infatuated with past glories.

    But as far as I am concerned, Warne was no Mcgrath. By this I mean when Warne was dominated, he was completely dominated. There were two Warne’s, one that dominated and one that was dominated. It is hard to think of the likes of Akram, Mcgrath, and Ambrose being dominated with such ease by any batsman, but Warne’s record against high-quality batsmen leaves a lot to be desired. His performances against Pakistan and England don’t say as much as his performances against, say, India. He never got to bowl against a similar solid batting line-up such as that of Australia, but his performances against the likes of Laxman, Tendulkar, Dravid, Brian Lara, and the like suggest that against very high-quality batsmen he was dominated with ease. I don’t know what would happen if he were to return, but this is a much stronger English batting line-up than that of yore. At least there shouldn’t be a superman-returns type of build-up, as if Australia lose nevertheless, then Warne’s reputation will not only dimish, but also a lot of egos will be wounded.

  166. #166 by khansahab on December 15, 2010 - 5:34 PM

    Where did Asaf get the money to pay these people fees?

    Some of them charge like £1000 per hour!!!

    British PM’s brother to fight Asif’s case

    Pakistan’s suspended pacer Mohammad Asif has hired the services of a new British lawyer Alan Alexander Cameron to represent him in the spot-fixing allegations case.

    Alexander is the elder brother of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Sources close to Asif said that Elizabeth Robertson, who was representing the pacer, had taken maternity leave and that forced the cricketer to look for another lawyer.

    “Asif during his recent visit to London had several meetings with Robertson and then Alexander Cameron to discuss his case,” one source said.

    Asif and his teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir were provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on September 2 on allegations of spot-fixing during their tour of England with the national team.

    Butt and Amir filed appeals against their suspensions, which were in late November but were rejected by a one-man appeal’s tribunal of the ICC after a hearing in Dubai.

    The ICC has now scheduled a full hearing of its code of conduct commission three-man tribunal from January 6 to 11 in Doha, Qatar to hear the charges against the suspended trio and decide if they are guilty of spot-fixing or not.

    Butt filed a detailed and comprehensive reply to the charges brought against him by the ICC ACU through his legal team yesterday, in which all charges against him have been rejected.

    The source said that Asif’s legal team was also expected to file their reply to the ICC shortly after Christmas.

  167. #167 by khansahab on December 15, 2010 - 5:37 PM

    Pakistan’s Mohammad Sami faces probe for hotel brawl

    Pakistani test bowler Mohammad Sami is under investigation after being accused of brawling and damaging hotel furniture while drunk, Karachi City Cricket Association president Siraj Bukhari told Reuters.

    “We have been told that Sami fought with a teammate and damaged hotel property while allegedly under the influence of alcohol,” he said.

    He added a detailed report had been summoned from the Karachi Blues team management on the incident that took place on Tuesday at the hotel in Rawalpindi, where the team is set to play its Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match.

    “We don’t know the proper details of the incident and we will only decide on action after getting both sides of the story,” Bukhari added.

    Sami was adamant he was not under the influence of alcohol.

    “I had a misunderstanding with a fellow player but it is not true I was drunk,” Sami told Reuters.

    Geo news channel reported that the hotel management had also complained to the team management and sought compensation for the damage to property by the 29-year-old cricketer.

    The paceman, with 35 tests and 83 one-day international appearances under his belt, has been in and out of the national team and last played against South Africa in Abu Dhabi last month.

  168. #168 by khansahab on December 15, 2010 - 5:38 PM

    Salman files ‘hard-hitting’ reply to ICC spot-fixing allegations

    LAHORE: Suspended Pakistan Test opener Salman Butt has filed a ‘comprehensive and hard-hitting’ response to allegations of spot-fixing ahead of an International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal. The 26-year-old was provisionally suspended by the ICC along with fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir following claims of spot-fixing during the Test against England at Lord’s in August.

    Salman’s lawyer Shahid Saeed has also hit out at ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat for violating a confidentiality agreement. “Salman on December 13 has filed a detailed, comprehensive and hard-hitting 40-page response to each and every allegation brought by the ICC with regard to spot-fixing levelled against him,” Saeed said in a statement on Tuesday. No details of the reply would be made public, the statement said, because of the confidentiality agreement – which it said Lorgat had breached. “The ICC itself is violating the agreement, as evident from the recent comments of Lorgat,” said the statement, referring to remarks the chief executive made to the BBC saying he ‘would be disappointed if the tribunal finds Pakistan players accused of spot-fixing not guilty.’

  169. #169 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 15, 2010 - 8:44 PM

    The MCC wants to introduce “Lie Detector Test” or polygraph for players involved in match fixing.

    First of all these tests are not 100% accurate and could implicate an innocent person into a criminal, therefore these Techno Savvy people should keep their hands off from this kinda technology which the CSI should use and not MCC. What they need is to implement UDRS with hot-spot and hawk-eye features.

    On one hand the MCC is against the use of “third umpire” to judge the disputed low catches and wants to eliminate the third umpire and on the other hand they want to introduce lie detector test ….. this is so farcical and stupid.

    Steve Waugh is blabbing through his beak these days and not only him, Chappel and other Australians too, what they forget about is their own “Kartoot” i.e., When the Australian Cricket Board fined Waugh, twin brother of Australian skipper Steve Waugh, and Aussie leg-spinner Shane Warne in 1994 for accepting money from an Indian bookmaker to provide weather and pitch information at that time, no one talked about it neither these experts nor the media.

    ¨Earlier at Headingley during the 1981 tour of England, Australia was in such a strong position at one stage of the third Test that bookmakers at the ground were offering odds of 500–1 on an England victory. These odds were flashed on the scoreboard during a break in the game and noticed by the Australian players. Lillee and Rod Marsh believed that the odds were so ludicrous that, via a third party, they each put a small wager on the outcome, later describing their actions as a “joke”. Between them, they collected 7,500 pounds when England pulled off a comeback victory. Both men openly discussed the incident and received no official censure or sanction, although some criticised their actions. There has never been a suggestion that the bets compromised their efforts in the game. However, the issue has been re-examined in modern times following the match-fixing scandals that have plagued international cricket since the mid-1990s.¨¨

  170. #170 by khansahab on December 15, 2010 - 9:33 PM

    Announcement of World Cup probables deferred

    LAHORE: After two-day meetings of the selection committee announcement of the 2011 World Cup probables and a 15-member Pakistan squad for the ODI series against New Zealand was on Wednesday deferred until next week, mainly due to the clearance issues of some players.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued on Wednesday a news release regarding deferment of the squads, saying: “A meeting of the selection committee was held today [on Wednesday] at the PCB headquarters in which the squad for the ODI series in New Zealand and names of 30 probables for the 2011 World Cup came under discussion.

    “A meeting of the Integrity Committee was also held with [PCB chairman] Ijaz Butt in the chair. Other members of the Integrity Committee — Subhan Ahmed (COO), Justice (r) Jamshed Ali, Mohsin Khan (chief selector), Zakir Khan (Director Cricket Operations International), Sultan Rana (Director Cricket Operations Domestic), Col. Wasim (Security Manager/ Integrity Officer) and Tafazzul Rizvi Advocate (Special Invitee) — attended the meeting.

    “All the issues relating to the clearance of players came under discussion. The Committee decided that further consideration of this matter is required. The ODI squad for New Zealand series and that [preliminary] for the 2011 World Cup will be announced at a later date.”

    Though the news release did not mention the name of such players, whose clearance is yet to be received, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria appeared before the Integrity Committee on Wednesday to clear their position, as the PCB had some information about them regarding fixing suspicions.

    The selectors, sources said, wanted to pick Malik and Kamran for the New Zealand ODI series and the World Cup. However, for the said inclusions, PCB’s clearance is essential.

    Meanwhile, sources said the Integrity Committee asked Kamran Akmal about his cellphone numbers which he had been using during the last World Twenty20, held earlier this year in the West Indies.

    Malik, it was learnt, was also questioned by the Committee about Pakistan losing the last Super Sixes tournament final against Australia in Hong Kong.

    The Integrity Committee may call both Kamran and Malik for further grilling, before taking a final decision on the New Zealand (ODI) and World Cup squads.

    It also emerged that the selectors could not even hold any meaningful discussion to give some sort of shape to the list of World Cup probables, mainly due to the three players’ clearance issue.

    There is also a problem in finalising the ODI team against New Zealand as one of the selectors had objected to the induction of all-rounder Fawad Alam in the squad.

  171. #171 by khansahab on December 15, 2010 - 9:54 PM

    Three unnamed players asked by PCB to detail assets and bank accounts

    Three more Pakistan players are under scrutiny for spot-fixing, a Pakistan Cricket Board source told Reuters today.

    “The PCB today had discussions with these players and has told them to submit details of their assets and accounts,” the source said after attending a PCB integrity committee meeting.

    Three Pakistan players – the Test captain, Salman Butt, and the pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir – have been suspended by the International Cricket Council and are under investigation over spot-fixing allegations.

    The trio, who have denied wrongdoing, are suspended while allegations that they fixed parts of games during the tour of England which finished in September are investigated. The PCB source did not name the latest three players to come under scrutiny.

    Pakistan have delayed naming their squad for the one-day series in New Zealand and a preliminary squad for next year’s World Cup while investigations continue, the PCB said.

    “All the issues relating to the clearance of players came under discussion. The committee decided that further consideration of this matter is required,” the PCB said. “The ODI squad for New Zealand and that for the World Cup will be announced at a later date.”

  172. #172 by khansahab on December 15, 2010 - 9:58 PM

    Sohail Tanvir is injured for some reason and Asad Shafiq has replaced him.

    Why replace a batsman with a bowler?

    Why are so many Pakistani players getting injured all of a sudden?

    Is it because NZ pitches are scaring them?

  173. #173 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 16, 2010 - 1:39 AM

    IF Malik and Kamran Akmal needs to be grilled, the selectors don’t have to delay announcing the squad. They can grill them better when they are not in the squad. I really don’t understand this Pathetic PCB, which in my opinion is the WORST cricket board in the world under Ijaz Butt’s chairmanship.

  174. #174 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 16, 2010 - 1:43 AM

    khansahab

    Actually NZ pitches would favour them and the grounds are smaller, they can hit a lot more sixes there and that is why I say Afridi must open in NZ and Abdul Razzaq should play up the order.

    If they keep eating Nihari, Karai Gosht, Biryani and all that heay stuff then, all of a sudden when they do a lot of exercise their body is not toned up and they get pulled muscles and torn tendons. They need to start with YOGA and stretching exercises instead of starting with strenuous exercises like weight training and power jogging. They don’t have the stamina and the energy to sustain for a long period of time. That is why they keep getting injured.

  175. #175 by Mohammed Munir on December 16, 2010 - 9:11 AM

    The Naked Truth …

    “The ICC may well be the voice of cricket; the BCCI is an invoice”.

    Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi on the BCCI’s financial clout but limited moral leadership.

    Source: Cricinfo Quotes.

  176. #176 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 16, 2010 - 11:36 PM

    India facing problems in SA on bouncy wicket, Morkel and Styen rattled through the Indian batting line up NOW their only hope is Dhoni who can take the score to some respectability just like Hussey, Haddin and Johnson did for Australia yesterday. The Indian 9 wickets went down like the 9 pins i.e., only in a very short time as the match was delayed due to rain and started around lunch time. By the end of the day India are 136/9.

    Without Zaheer, India would be struggling in the fast bowling department only Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth are the known fast bowlers and I dunno nothing about Porbandar’s Unadkat. If SA takes 200 runs lead, then India would be really struggling to win this test unless the rain gods come to their rescue.

  177. #177 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 16, 2010 - 11:41 PM

    Munir

    This is The Naked Truth painting, in case you wanna see, click:

  178. #178 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 17, 2010 - 3:34 AM

    BUTT BBQ

    PCB body grills Malik, Kamran over fixing row
    From the Newspaper
    (3 hours ago) Today

    The PCB has rejected the request of Kamran Akmal to release his arrears of the last series, which he had played.—AFP photo

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Integrity Committee has handed over three questions — concerning fixing controversy — to Shoaib Malik and two to Kamran Akmal seeking satisfactory responses from both, as a precondition for their return to the national fold, well-informed sources told Dawn on Thursday.

    The Integrity Committee, headed by PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt, held a six-hour session here on Wednesday, during which Malik, Kamran and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria were questioned mainly about suspicions over match-fixing.

    As Kaneria is not a regular player in limited-overs cricket, the Committee is focusing primarily on Kamran and Malik, while the selectors are wait for the outcome of the duo’s case in order to finalise the 30-probables list for the World Cup.

    The Mohsin Khan-headed selection committee also wants to know about the availability of the said players to pick the ODI squad for the six-match series against New Zealand.

    Hopefully, Kamran and Malik will hand over their replies to the Integrity Committee by Monday, after which it is expected that the Committee will hold a meeting to reach a conclusion.

    Sources said Kamran also produced a clearance certificate — issued by the ICC in his favour — to the Integrity Committee. Still, sources added, Kamran had some questions to answers.

    Moreover, the PCB also rejected the request of Kamran to release his arrears of the last series, which he had played.

    “First, try to clear yourself for selection,” was PCB’s reply to Kamran, sources said.

    Though the last date to submit the World Cup probables’ list to the ICC is Dec 19, the PCB has sought an extension from the game’s world governing body until next week.

    The PCB did not consider Kamran, Malik and Kaneria for the last series against South Africa and now for the upcoming Twenty20 and Test series in New Zealand.

    However, officially the PCB had not yet announced any exact reason for which the three cricketers have been kept at bay.

    Last week, the three players met the PCB officials and asked about the reasons for being sidelined. And for that purpose the Integrity Committee met in Lahore on Wednesday and gave them the charge-sheets.

    Interestingly, the ICC — which earlier had asked the PCB for a list of 40 probables for the World Cup, from which the PCB had to announce 30 after wards — could not take any decision over Kamran and Malik.

    And the world body then asked the Pakistan board to include any player after ensuring no selected cricketer was involved in any wrongdoing.

  179. #179 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 17, 2010 - 7:48 AM

    Johnson destroyed England, Pietersen and Collingwood have this tendency to get out cheaply (like Ponting) and that is one thing England needs to mend. Bell is always very solid (except for a short period of time when he was totally out of form) and he saved England from total humiliation.

    Johnson’s morale must be sky-high after taking six wickets and this match seems to be in Australia’s favour unless, the Aussies do something really stupid in their second innings or England performs extraordinary well to shun the Aussies charge back and that will be the last nail in the coffin for the Aussies.

  180. #180 by Pawan on December 17, 2010 - 4:24 PM

    Well, well, well… SA dominating India while Aussies dominating England!
    Now thats adding spice to the test cricket world.
    Here are examples of what a lively pitch can do..
    We’ve been praying for livelier pitches just to see some kind of result in test matches.

    India has to step up.. The batsmen have the ability to crush SA bowlers bar the conditions.
    It is time India showed what kind of batting line up they have and to meet the standards in reality, not just on paper.
    The title of this post suits India well, if they can draw the match from here on… When a draw is a win..

    Pakistan has shown (albeit in UAE conditions) that the proteas are sissy in second innings…
    Time for India to bite the bullet..

    Lets see what happens

  181. #181 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 17, 2010 - 5:13 PM

    Like I have said, “If SA can take a lead of 200 they will be in a commanding position.” They are now, already a lead of 230 and SA still has 8 wickets in hand. And what a player this Hashim Amla is, he has continued his form throughout this year. I dunno how many runs and centuries he has scored this year. He is definitely not much behind than Tendulkar in this year’s run chase. We need to see the stats where on Amla. About Tendulkar one of the Pakistani newspapers has written that at the age of 37 he has scored more than 1300 runs this year and the year is not over yet and his average is 88 runs. Amla too must have scored more than 1000 runs and his average may not be that bad either.

    Pawan

    Indian fast bowling is pathetic, the only two wickets they got were taken by Harbhajan Singh. If Indian team cannot score in the second innings not only they will lose the match but, they will be under tremendous pressure for the remainder of the tour because they know they fast bowling is next to impotent.

  182. #182 by Pawan on December 17, 2010 - 6:06 PM

    Javed

    Indian bowling is indeed pathetic, but it has gotto do more with the conditions. It didn’t help that the SAFs had the best of the conditions. Had SAF been batting first then it would have been interesting to see how they would’ve fared. Just read Ganguly’s interview on Cricinfo surfer on how he handled the SA conditions during the last tour when India had pathetically lost the ODIs so Ganguly was recalled for the test matches even though he being out of contention (thanks to chappal). His never say die attitude helped him to become the best batsman of that series. Amazing.
    Here is the link
    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1101216/jsp/sports/story_13307943.jsp

    Regarding this match setting the tone for the series.. true I agree with you. This match is like a double-edged sword. If SAF wins the match by an innings or something, then they sure do have upper hand. But if India can avoid the defeat, then its a moral victory for India just like for Eng in the first Ashes this season.

  183. #183 by newguy on December 17, 2010 - 6:22 PM

    Javed Khan,

    Much was written about India tour of SA and much more will be written in the coming days. However, from my perspective, there is nothing surprising nor shocking going on. They have had success on domestic wickets, but at the same time we saw weakness against NZ and Australia even when they were winning, and they lost a test in SL which they should not have. Another thing everyone forgets about this ranking business is that Indians are ranked number 1 in test based on overall win / loss ratio, it does not consider the places where they won. When everyone talks of number one team they are thinking of a team that will dominate the teams world over, like Australia did for a decade and WI did in 70’s and early 80’s. India is no where close to that type of a team and they never will be. Neither is any other team in the world today capable of doing that. SA may be closer than anyone else, but even they are not dominating everywhere and they never will.

    This test just amplifies Indians problem, with playing high quality fast bowling on lively pitches, and the inability of their bowlers to do so. In fact, no team in the world today are capable of playing high quality fast bowling in lively conditions, as seen from Australia vs. England match in WACA, and the Pakistan vs. England and Australia series.

    The problem is that while Pakistan may have fared in batting like Indians, they would have returned fire with bowlers. Indians are not able to do so. The excuse is that Zaheer is not fit. But even with Zaheer I don’t think they are at the same level of control of line and swing with Steyn and Morkel. We saw that Kallis and the new seamer was ineffective. It is a bit surprising to me that both Ishant and Sreesanth can’t get the right lengths and swing, that really was pathetic.

    India will not save this test except for rain. Steyn and Morkel will come all out at them in second innings knowing that all they need to do is keep up for a short period and get few wickets. The strategy will be to declare one hour to close tomorrow. This will be tough period to bat, and fast bowlers can go all out knowing they can go and rest for the day after that. Batsmen will be tired after spending two days in the field and mentally scarred as well. If this happens then India will lose 3 to 4 wickets in 1 hour to 2 hours before close, that will seal their fate.

    It’s a good reality check for Dhoni and his number one team in the world. It is also a good medicine for some of the arrogant Indian fans on cricinfo .. LOL.

    As for me, I’d like to see then save the match and even go on to win the series, but I am not a hard core supporter who gets disappointed when they lose and find excuses. I am supporter who knows the truth and is critical of the team and the over indulgent fans. There are only some things they can do, and short of that there is no point worrying about what they cannot do.

  184. #184 by khansahab on December 17, 2010 - 7:54 PM

    Salman Butt’s lawyers prepare second reply to ICC

    LAHORE: The spot-fixing saga continues as Salman Butt’s attorney prepares to send a fresh reply to the International Cricket Council (ICC), after the world body rejected his initial 40-page response to allegations against him.

    The former Test skipper had filed the initial reply to the ICC through his attorney Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan and Shahid Syed.

    Syed told Express News that the ICC’s bias in the case was ‘obvious’. He said the entire appeal has been decided by the ex-parte decision on a preliminary response without hearing Butt or his counsel.

    He said that Butt’s preliminary response was sent on time and contained his objections to jurisdiction, composition and process of the tribunal in the language of the law, adding that it was the legal right of respondent. Syed also said that the reply was not made public because of ICC’s confidentiality but “the truth will come out soon” when the response is made public. Syed added that he has strongly advised Butt to immediately appeal the ICC’s decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

    Amir, Asif follow suit

    Spot-fixing tainted fast bowlers Muhammad Aamir and Asif’s lawyers have prepared their cases and submitted them to the ICC. Aamir’s lawyer Shahid Kareem sent his case a day earlier on Thursday, while Barrister Allan Alexander Cameron, who is the brother of the British Prime Minister David Cameron, prepared Asif’s case today.

    The spot-fixing case hearing will be held on January 6.

  185. #185 by khansahab on December 17, 2010 - 7:58 PM

    What a pathetic performance by India on a South African pitch, this has to be one of India’s lowest totals in recent memory.

    Tendulkar top scored with 36 and was probably trying to counterattack SA, his strike rate was 100+. This is the real test for India, but from their perspective if they cannot improve their game, they will head into the World Cup with low morale.

    My observation is that in recent years whenever India performs badly in one match, it improves its form in the remaining matches. South Africa is playing its strongest XI and this is as tough as it gets.

  186. #186 by khansahab on December 17, 2010 - 8:01 PM

    Could this be true? Is Afridi the real whistleblower on spot fixing?

    Is this Afridi’s tactic of eliminating corruption from the team?

    Shahid Afridi is culprit of Spot-fixing scandal: Mubasher Lucman

    Authenticated Sources has confirmed with proofs that English Newspaper News of the World has created the issue of Spot fixing on the report by Shahid Afridi due to few clashes with team players.

    Moreover it is also confirmed that Shahid Afridi provided a letter of 4 pages to ICC confirming that players are guilty and involved in spot-fixing.

  187. #187 by khansahab on December 17, 2010 - 8:02 PM

    Salman Butt’s lawyers have questioned why Waqar Younis was appointed as coach as his name was mentioned in the Qayyum Report which made recommendations never to appoint these suspect players in important positions again.

  188. #188 by khansahab on December 17, 2010 - 8:06 PM

    Junaid Khan Added To The Test Squad – Express Tribune

    LAHORE: The Pakistan selection committee has called up uncapped fast-bowler Junaid Khan to replace the unfit left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir in the Test squad to take on New Zealand.
    The 20-year-old made his first-class debut for Abbottabad in January 2007 and picked up 29 wickets in his first six matches at an impressive average of 18.79. He completed a match-haul of 13 for 77 against Peshawar in November 2007, and scored 71 against Rawalpindi.
    Khan’s inclusion comes on the back of an impressive all-round show on Pakistan-A’s recently-concluded tour of West Indies.
    Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided against sending a security official with the squad in order to cut the extra traveling cost and has opted to stick with the eight-man team management for the tour.
    “It’s up to the member boards if they want to travel with a security officer or not,” said a PCB official. “It is, however, mandatory to have an in-house security manager.”
    Khwaja Najam travelled with the team in Pakistan’s recent assignments away from home starting with the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies. However, the spot-fixing allegations on the tour of England during the summer and wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider’s abrupt departure to London forced the board to reconsider.
    Pakistan will depart for New Zealand tomorrow evening.

  189. #189 by Pawan on December 17, 2010 - 9:29 PM

    All i wanna say for the SAF-Ind match is this…

    GO INDIA GO!!!

    yay 🙂

  190. #190 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 17, 2010 - 9:49 PM

    newguy and Pawan,

    I agree with khansahab‘s view that whenever India is crushed in the first match they bounce back and play better, in case they lose this first test, which is very likely then hopefully they will come back very strongly and players like Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid, Sehwag etc., will not submit against the likes of Styen and Morkel. The only problem with India at the moment is fast bowling and I don’t see they have the ability to bowl the SA players out twice. Either there will be rain or, big scores and drawn matches or, SA wins. But, India’s win is not likely with these bowlers, unless miracle happens, which again is not likely to happen.

  191. #191 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 17, 2010 - 9:49 PM

    newguy and Pawan,

    I agree with khansahab’s view that whenever India is crushed in the first match they bounce back and play better, in case they lose this first test, which is very likely then hopefully they will come back very strongly and players like Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid, Sehwag etc., will not submit against the likes of Styen and Morkel. The only problem with India at the moment is fast bowling and I don’t see they have the ability to bowl the SA players out twice. Either there will be rain or, big scores and drawn matches or, SA wins. But, India’s win is not likely with these bowlers, unless miracle happens, which again is not likely to happen.

  192. #192 by M. Y. Kasim on December 18, 2010 - 12:00 AM

    A large “crowd” of 20-22 Pakistan cricketers left for NZ along with 8-10 officials 😀

    There are three T20 matches and my selection for theteam is:

    1. Mohammad Hafeez
    2. Ahmed Shehzad
    3. Younus Khan
    4. Umer Akmal
    5. Misbah-ul-Haq
    6. Shahid Afridi
    7. Abdul Razzak
    8. Adnan Akmal
    9. Umer Gul
    10.Saeed Ajmal
    11.Shoaib Akhter.

    For the Two Tests:

    1. Mohammad Hafeez
    2. Khurram Manzoor
    3. Azhar Ali
    4. Younus Khan
    5. Umar Akmal /Asad Shafiq
    6.. Misbah-ul-Haq
    7. Adnan Akmal
    8. Wahab Riaz
    9. Tanvir Ahmed
    10.Saeed Ajmal
    11. Umer Gul.

    Since Shoaib Akhter is picked for T20.only, it is assumed that he will play all three games, provided he remains fit 🙂 Just imagine he is going there to bowl 24 legitimate balls. I dont know how many miles it is from Pak to NZ. Somebody please find out and work out how many miles it will cost those 24 balls 😀

    Without Asif and Amir, our fast bowling looks “thin” 🙂

    It is hoped that the new emerging boys like Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Wahab Riaz and Tanvir Ahmed would be provided fair and full exposer to make our pool of quality players large.

  193. #193 by newguy on December 18, 2010 - 5:44 AM

    Javed Khan,

    Talking about Indian bowling here is a very interesting piece I found from Cricinfo, this is the second to last over yesterday:

    85.1 Sreesanth to Amla, no run, Sree lands one on a length around off stump, Amla gets behind the line and blocks. Sree stares at Amla. If the aliens were watching this, they’d think India were completely on top here.

    I have no idea whatsoever what goes on in the brains of this fellow Sreesanth, I hope he does have a brain, this fellow Amla has scored a hundred and batted two sessions or more, moreover this is his fourth consecutive hundred against India in as many innings, early this year he scored a double in Nagpur which SA won, then a hundred in each innings in Kolkata which SA lost, he was out only one time in all these innings. Sresanth stares down a batsman like that .. go figure!

    Someone should tell him to stop staring and go back to using his brains on how to plan on getting a batsman out.

  194. #194 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 18, 2010 - 6:41 AM

    newguy

    Sreesanth not only stares but he snares too. Look at those puffed up nostrils and his body language. I thought he would change after receiving a slap from Harbhajan Singh. I wish Harbhajan had slapped him twice because, that one slap cost Harbhajan $950,000 (his IPL fees was forfeited) anyways, the bowling is really pathetic, I was watching yesterday’s game on TV today and both Kallis as well as Amla were playing with ease. It is a real uphill task for India. Now, some of the critics and pundits are lamenting over Zaheer Khan’s absence. I guess even with him, the chances of getting SA batsmen on their home soil are limited. In any case he is not there so this IF and BUT theories should not be discussed just for the sake of discussion.

    Mike Hussey has once again proved how good a middle order batsman he is, he scored a century in the third innings which is not easy. He has been very consistent for Aussies, whereas the captain and vice captain are not performing especially The Punter.

  195. #195 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 18, 2010 - 6:49 AM

    Mr Kasim

    If he takes a couple of wickets in his first 2 overs then it is worth taking him 10,000 miles because, he can not only dent the opposition but he can stop them from scoring freely.

    Pakistan must forget Asif and Aamir for this 2011 WC because the ICC will not let them play in this tournament. Their hearing is on Jan.6th and the last date to name the squad is Jan.5th so, they know what they are doing. Even if the date of the hearing was earlier than the date of announcement of the squad, the ICC would have kept the decision in pending till such time they are sure that these two are not included in the WC squad. Whether it is intentional from the ICC or not, Asif and Aamir have dug their own graves by getting pally with the bookie and Salman Butt in any case should not play for Pakistan again. Because, he was the captain and he was known to be the ring leader and he is more responsible than others. Asif is a pukka juwari but, Aamir should have thought twice before joining the bandwagon. He may be young but not as innocent as one may think he is. If found guilty he must be punished. But, the decision must be fair with sufficient proof, evidence, documents etc. etc. whatever.

  196. #196 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 18, 2010 - 6:54 AM

    Mr. Kasim

    I forgot to mention one more thing and that is about the batting order that you have mentioned for Pakistan team. May be it is not the exact order but you just wrote the names as they appear. In my opinion, in NZ Afridi must open the innings for Pakistan because the grounds are small and his flicks and gentle push should make a six. In any case during the first 10-15 overs power play the field restrictions should give him the opportunity to score big and he should focus on that instead of trying to sky the ball above his own head.

    Even if he fails once, he should still open the innings because this series is not so important but, it will give them a few opportunities to sort out the opening conundrum. Umar Akmal must play at number 3.

    What I suspect is they will try to bring in Malik and Kamran in the team, if not for NZ they will wait and see how the team performs and if the batting is poor and they lose a few matches then definitely they will bring them back. The reason for delay is not just because of Asif and Aamir but also the possibility of including Malik and Kamran.

  197. #197 by khansahab on December 18, 2010 - 11:26 AM

    South Africa has decimated Indian morale at Centurion.

    India need to work on their bowling and get the right balance. I don’t know why Zaheer Khan is not playing, but Unadkat and Sreesanth need to be dropped.

  198. #198 by khansahab on December 18, 2010 - 11:42 AM

    This is Kallis’s 142nd Test and his first double century!

  199. #199 by newguy on December 18, 2010 - 2:36 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Two interesting test matches going on. Aus-Eng is heading towards an Aussie victory and a 1-1 score line for the series. This is huge, because everyone wrote of Aussies and that was the big mistake, no matter what they always come back fighting hard. English press and their fans thought they could dominate all through the series like they have been dominated by Australia before, but they were too early. Too bad for them Johnson found swing and then Hussey and Watson form with bat continued. In a sense I am glad to see Aussies leveling the series, I never really liked England as a team, their press and their fans. I guess I still view English as former colonial masters, in fact for both nations that I have been citizen of, and that means pay back never ends 🙂 It will still be 50-50 for both teams for rest of series, but it means there will be some unknown going into the next test, not having one team having upper hand is better for cricket lovers.

    In the Ind-SA test, what can be said, no one should grieve for Indians since they have dished this out to all comers in their own backyard. Sehwag, Ganbhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni, etc have decimated attacks from the world over in their home pitches, and it is pay back time.

    Especially for SA, they have reasons to be hurting from their last tour of India. First in the Kolkata test they were taken for 600+ runs with three hundreds and couple of fifty’s. When they lost the test, Harbhajan took the last wicket and then ran around the ground like crazy. Then in the ODI series everyone knows that Tendulkar scored the only double so far in the history of game against them. That should hurt for a long time. They kept it all in mind and gave it back with penalty. But it does appears that the pitch has eased up considerably after that first day when it was really wet from the rains, and it is easier to play strokes. I don’t think there is this much level of skill difference between Indian and SA batsmen/bowlers. I won’t say anything now because Indians have it up against in 2nd innings. It is next to impossible to overcome a 480 run deficit in second innings and then leave some on top of that so that opposition can’t chase it down. It was unfortunate that India had to bat in that two session after rain made the pitch moist and ripe for the two best fast bowlers to exploit. I guess this is what home conditions to do everyone’s advantage, Indians can’t complain because they do it all the time to opposition.

    Looking forward to Pakistan-NZ series. This will be the first series for Pakistan after showing lot of positives in Abu Dhabi against SA. NZ is not very strong team and Pakistan even with alien conditions should do well. I remember the last tour they could have won, but for batting mistakes. Batting is better this time. What about bowling? I don’t know any of the new bowlers other than Umar Gul. Asif and Amir of course is not playing I guess. So who else is there?

  200. #200 by khansahab on December 18, 2010 - 3:53 PM

    Sehwag and Gambhir have left a good foundation for the middle order batsmen to garner a respectable score.

    Gambhir batted with a good strike rate, playing under pressure and attacking against the best pace attack in the world. It shows his growth as a batsman. I said 2 years ago he will become a great batsman.

    Tendulkar has to score big. With Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Dhoni, India has the best batting line up in the world, no questions asked, and with such excellence in batting they should have been a no 1 team for years. They could never get the right bowlers. That is because their bowling used to be never balanced. It is a simple equation- what India lacks in bowling- a good balance and consistent performers, Pakistan lacks in batting.

  201. #201 by newguy on December 18, 2010 - 6:05 PM

    Khansahab,

    Agree with you Gambhir looked good, it shows his fighting character that after being bombarded with bouncers in first innings and having asked questions about his ability to deal with that stuff he came out and showed he can. He looked good for a hundred and it was unfortunate he got out just before close. Also agree now it is up to middle order to deliver big time, they need to score 400 runs at least and make SA bat again for at least another 100 runs. It’s a big task even for the likes of Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman, but not impossible. All depends on their frame of mind tomorrow and how well SA bowl.

    As for Indian bowling, I don’t see how they will win a test match with this attack, even Zaheer may not add much as he cannot do it alone, at beats he will pick up a few wickets, in the sub-continent wickets Harbhajan also pick up a few, but over here they need at least another back up.

  202. #202 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 18, 2010 - 6:21 PM

    newguy

    That is your patriotism speaking and it is a “fishful thinking” that it is NOT impossible as you have said, imo it is a mission impossible for India.

    I dunno why Graeme Smith declared the innings especially when there was plenty of batting left? If I was the captain I would not have declared even if SA had made 700 runs to make sure that India never reaches the target, because there are plenty of days left. Still I think it is not an impossible task for India to draw this match. Tendulkar’s second innings record is not very good and his average in the second innings is in 30’s. Therefore, much depends on Laxman, Dravid, Dhoni and Raina even then this target is very stiff. India can’t make SA bat again even if they do, there would hardly be any lead that will not be impossible for SA to achieve. So, in my opinion the writing is on the wall, loud and clear.

    On the eastern front, the Aussies are definitely going to win and England will lose. There was some hope if Pietersen and Collingwood had stayed. Bell can score 70-80 runs even a hundred but, they still need 300 plus runs to win and the Aussies will attack, they won’t be defensive so for both these matches the result is very obvious.

  203. #203 by khansahab on December 19, 2010 - 12:02 AM

    This is a big statement coming from Zulafkar Ali, father of Salman Butt. I think the ICC should act on this and see the result of the lie detector test.

    The PCB is being blamed for not asserting itself on the ICC and defending these players. Most recently Rashid Latif has spoken about this. However, why is the PCB acting like this? Why did they begin by saying this is a conspiracy and then why the sudden change in attitude? And, why is the PCB cooperating with ICC now and providing information on players?

    It is all very fishy and needs to be investigated. In my opinion, the matter is simple. If it can be verified that the NOTW footage of Mazhar Majeed was filmed prior to the Test match in question, then that is sufficient to prove the suspended trio’s guilt.
    The only thing Salman Butt can say in his defence then is that, he either did not know Majeed that closely, or that there is a conspiracy against Butt in which Majeed is a key participant (being the person who actually names Butt). Both of these points are very difficult to believe in the light of the various photos that have been released of Butt eating, hanging around with Majeed and the obvious relationship between the couple of a cricketer and his agent.

    Butt ‘willing’ to give lie-detector test

    PUNE – Salman Butt, the deposed Test captain of the Pakistan team is “willing” to give lie-detector tests, according to his father, Zulfiqar Ali. Speaking exclusively over his cell-phone from Lahore , the dad said, “My son, Salman has nothing to hide and no reason to speak lie. He is willing to appear before the polygraph machines, if asked, by the International Cricket Council (ICC)”.

    In August, 2010, Butt and two other players, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, were among those named by a News of the World sting where undercover reporters paid an agent loosely affiliated with several players on Pakistan’s squad a bribe in return for detailed information on when no-balls would be deliberately bowled. Butt, Amir, and Asif were dropped from Pakistan’s team for the limited-over series (two Twenty20 games, and five ODI games), however, on September 2, 2010, after the warm-up List A game between Pakistan and Somerset, the International Cricket Council announced that they had suspended Asif, Amir and Butt under the provision of the provisions of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code.

    “We also want the so-called bookie (Mazhar Majeed) and the reporter of the News of the World (NOW) to give lie-tests. However, even if they refuse to do so, my son will not back-out”, the Salman Butt’s father insisted.

  204. #204 by Sagaat on December 19, 2010 - 12:40 AM

    Australia will probably win this match because of Jhonson. He is the sort of bowler who can win a match on a good day and can spray it around on a bad one. All credit to Ponting: He took the risk and it paid off. Much of the series will depend upon which Jhonson turns up.

    On the other hand SA are dominating India. It is hard to see how India can come back in this match. I think from India’s point of view Sehwag is the key player, and if he doesn’t show up with big hundreds in the rest of the series, then it may be very tough going for India. WHat I notice is that when Sehwag plays it eases a lot of pressure from the rest of the line-up and they all join the party. It also puts the bowlers under a lot of pressure and they start spraying it around.

  205. #205 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 3:17 AM

    khansahab

    In this very thread we have talked about polygraph as an inclusive way to determine whether a person is lying or telling the truth, this was in response to the ICC’s suggestion recently – which in my opinion is very farcical. Therefore, they should not even talk about lie detector test in cricket or in proving the innocence of Salman Butt, PERIOD.

    Reportedly Salman Butt’s father is a horse race bookie in Lahore, I dunno how much truth is in this statement? But, quite a few people from Punjab have confirmed this news about his father being a horse race bookie in Lahore. If it is true, in that case Salman Butt grew up in an atmosphere where his own father was a bookie and dealing with bookies is nothing unusual for him. This is a very important point and should be noted.

    Whatever the case may be he has disappointed millions of Pakistanis by bring ill-repute to the country and to the game of cricket. And, ALL Pakistanis have the right to condemn the act which Salman Butt so blatantly deny it. Initially when a huge sum of money was discovered from Salman Butt’s hotel room he said, he brought this money from Pakistan for buying his sister’s dowry, now he is changing his statement by saying the money he had was from the tour fees and for the ice cream parlour opening ceremony which he did for some guy in London. These varying statements makes people hard to believe about his innocence. Also, he denied knowing Mazhar Majeed whereas, he was seen in photos in his Aston Martin, talking to him so intimately and now he is saying he knew him as a sponsor but, not as a bookie. This is all BS.

    Look at that guy Zulqarnain Haider, he has been lying through his teeth all the time. A month ago he said, in 5 days he is going to disclose the names of ALL the big shots and expose them. My first question was, why 5 days? Why not that same day? Now where is he? Its almost a month and he is hiding. I think all that he talked about is also BS and simply wanted asylum in the UK and what if he is deported? Would he be able to face the Pakistani media? Why on earth these people stoop so low? They can do whatever they want to at a personal level, but not when you are representing the country and then ruining the name of the country. They deserve punishment, c’est ca.

  206. #206 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 3:27 AM

    Sagaat

    The match is over and Aussies have won in style, between Johnson and Harris they shared the bulk of the wickets. Dunno which one deserves the player of the match award? Because, both took 9 wickets each in both innings. Perhaps Johnson will get because he decimated the English in the first innings which is more important, but you cannot ignore Harris and his efforts, they are equally as good as Johonson’s.

    I wonder what Ian Chappel is going to say now? Before the match is over he said, “Ponting’s captaincy is hurting Australia.” And, he wants Haddin to replace Ponting. What if Aussies win this Ashes series from here, what is Chappel going to say? Already he has put his foot in his mouth and what will be next? Ponting’s batting form is questionable but his captaincy and his support for Johnson proved that he has faith in his players and he is still a good captain. As regards his batting form, just like last year when Aamir dropped a dolly catch of Ponting when he was on zero, he went on to make a double hundred. All he needs is another hundred to get back into rhythm and in his case I would repeat the famous expression. Class is permanent and form is temporary. Ponting is a high class player and an excellent captain. We may have criticized him in the past but, the truth is he really deserves praises and accolades. He is better than the Chappels and the Waughs for sure. I certainly rate him above them.

  207. #207 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 3:29 AM

    I think India / SA match will also be over today and India will lose the match by an innings. Pawan and newguy sorry for me being so blunt, but this is what I see.

  208. #208 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 3:45 AM

    CORRECTION

    I am sorry I made an error and passed an off the cuff statement about Tendulkar’s second innings average (which is team’s second innings) is in 30’s actually it is in 40’s — 44 to be precise. Whereas, his overall test average is 56.55 with 49 hundreds. This year alone his average is over 88 I guess. By no means I was trying to down play his efforts. He is no doubt the best batsman in the world.

  209. #209 by newguy on December 19, 2010 - 5:11 AM

    Javed Khan,

    No need to be sorry for saying the truth. India are up against it. Any team that concedes a lead of 480 with more than 2 days of play left is going to lose, especially against an opposition with 2 quality bowlers. I hope they don’t fold meekly, at least play with intent and score some good runs, if not get close to the 294 they are behind.

    Australia won as expected, and that makes the rest of the matches very interesting. English press and their fans will be sweating now. One week back some of the ex-England captains like Atherton and Nasser Hussain were saying this England team could become the best in the world, and now they have been shot out. It is a healthy thing, when teams can beat each other.

    I too read Ian Chappel and thought the same thing, now what is he going to do. Ponting is a class player, he probably has another couple of years and a few more hundreds left in him, just not enough to catch Tendulkar from Indian perspective 🙂 I was not ready to accept Ponting until this recent tour of India where he played a couple of good innings of 70 plus, finally he looked like he is getting grip of playing in the sub-continent too.

  210. #210 by Mohammed Munir on December 19, 2010 - 8:38 AM

    The way Sehwag is standing in the background, it doesn’t look as live game picture, rather a photo-session. 😉

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-india-2010/content/image/493282.html?object=463146;page=1

  211. #211 by Mohammed Munir on December 19, 2010 - 11:37 AM

    It was a weekend and I was too busy to comment on LS. 😀

    But what was happening with England and India was just too bad. 😦

    Australia finally made some amends and thanks to Johnson & Hussey, they won @ WACA.

    What was unfortunate was that in spite of such humiliations earlier, the Australian players had the guts to tease and taunt English players in this Test. This is what makes me HATE Australia and their bully players.

    Now with the series tied at 1–1, Ashes is still alive and it have a few more sparks left in it. In fact the ‘boxing-day’ game have become all important for both the teams albeit personally speaking, I wish Australia to loose. 😉

    On the second hand, what’s happening with India, rather what SA is doing to India, is pure murder. Yesterday, someone wrote on Cricinfo that SA – India match should be viewed with PG (Parental Guidance rating), because it had too much violence for young kids to see India getting humiliated like this. 😛

    I don’t remember having seen many individual centuries within one single session, and ABDV scored his hundred in only 77 balls. In fact, there were 225 runs scored in the first session, prior to lunch.

    Lately, lot of Indian players, Sreesanth, Harbajen, Gambhir, Munnaf, etc. are also showing traits of Australian players and they try to bully the apposition with their rude behaviour. This is why they are loosing genuine cricket fans, while more and more neutral fans (non-Indian fans) want to see them loose. This could also be due to India’s powerful clout at ICC and their undue use of commercial strength in cricketing matters.

    It now makes sense what Waseem Akram meant when he said that India should not play this series before the World Cup, because it will not only destroy their morals and team spirits, but it will affect their World Cup preparation and player combinations also.

    I think Waseem was correct.

    It was sad seeing Ghambir playing in the first innings when he took over 40 balls for his 5 runs.

    And BTW, have anyone noticed all eleven Indian players (even full-time batsmen, the likes of Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, etc.) wearing “Chest Gaurd”. 😉 Where most players didn’t use it even at WACA (world’s fastest wicket).

    I think Indian players are too important for the IPL to play without full body gaurds.

    While India was playing NZ recently, some of their major players (Tendulkar, Dravid, Dhoni, Laxman, Bhajji, etc.) were already in South Africa for over 2/3 weeks to climatise themselves for the all important series.

    So much for “Climatisation”. 😆

  212. #212 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 11:48 AM

    I am watching the SA/India match, with the last recognized batting pair left to stand up against the SA duo and none other than Tendulkar is there with defiant Dhoni. Suddenly there was an intent of aggression after Dhoni hitting Styen for a four and in the next over Tendulkar treated the same to welcome Morkel from the other end and after a single, Dhoni slammed two more fours. Suddenly the scored jumped from 296 to 314.

    Almost 57 more overs needed to be bowled today with a full days match left tomorrow, so the result is obvious. I was hoping Dravid, Laxman and Raina to score some runs after Sehwag and Gamabhir gave a flying start, Dravid wasn’t that bad, but Laxman and Raina were disappointment NOW all is left for Tendulkar and Dhoni.
    Ps

    Although Dhoni is playing at a very good strike rate so far but, Tendulkar is not leaving any opportunity in dispatching the ball to the boundary whether it is Styen or Morkel he is playing at his own pace and already made 51* with 8 fours. I hope he gives a tough fight against the SA bowlers !

  213. #213 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 11:59 AM

    Munir

    In that photograph Sehwag after seeing the batsman hitting the ball high and far away must have stood up and seems relaxed watching it flying away. That is a normal reaction from the slips fielders. It was only Inzamam who used to take a nap while he was bent down in the slips to take a catch. This is not my own creation but, I heard from someone or read it somewhere that, the wicket was so flat and no catch was expected in the slips region so he told one of his players “wicket itni slow hai slips may nick tou aani nai hai, mai soch ra haoon ek nap hee lay loon.”

    Wow, Dhoni gone berserk all of a sudden, he greeted Kallis with three fours in a row and reaching close to his fifty now at a strike rate of 127

  214. #214 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 12:09 PM

    Munir

    Those taunts from the Australian players make the Ashes more interesting especially since the Australian players have recently received a lot of flak from their own media and from experts like Ian Chappel after losing the first test. The English were blowing their own trumpet and their media was frenzy so, now this Aussies win will certainly calm down the British Tabloids and their own experts. I want this series to be very close and tensely fought, because Ashes are meant to be like that.

    Dhoni overtook Tendulkar now, he slammed another four to complete his fifty and probably sending a message to ABDV that, boy its not just you, we can also do that. I only hope that he doesn’t get carried away and lose his focus. It is good to be aggressive at this stage rather than being defensive, in any case India’s win does not appear to be anywhere near so they must play positively and aggressively. So far I am impressed by Dhoni’s aggression. This will give the boys some hope that, we played badly in the first innings BUT lets forget about it and from here we can play better and beat them in the remaining matches.

    I remember India winning the second test against SA after losing the first one in one of their previous tours to SA, so they must repeat that performance.

  215. #215 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 12:17 PM

    Whenever I see SA spinner Harris bowling, it reminds me of Inzamam‘s last match when he jumped out of his crease to hit him for a six and got stumped out. At that time Zaheer Abbass was the commentator and he said:

    “This Hay-ris end Kay-lis are vary gud South Efrican play-yers, espay-shully Kay-lis he is a vary great alrounder.”

  216. #216 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 1:29 PM

    Tendulkar and Dhoni are frustrating the SA bowlers, at tea the score is 394 for 6 with Tendulkar on 80 and Dhoni on 72. Dhoni has slowed down, perhaps Tendulkar must have advised him to keep a check on his aggression. When Dhoni was at 52 his strike rate was 128 and now it is 87 which is still good for test matches. The lead is only 90 runs and this partnership has yielded 117 runs in 28 overs. Earlier it was 75 runs in 13 overs. So, it is obvious that they have slowed down to frustrate the SA bowlers and play throughout the day. Good come back, good fighting knocks by these two.

  217. #217 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 1:46 PM


    Could this be Tendulkar’s GOLDEN HUNDRED? If he scores 100 it will be his 50th test hundred, he is already on 89 and I hope he doesn’t get stuck here.

  218. #218 by khansahab on December 19, 2010 - 2:07 PM

    Javed A Khan

    The example of Tendulkar and Dhoni tells us why partnerships are so important. Tendulkar cannot attack like Dhoni or Sehwag, or he works towards changing momentum, whereas Dhoni does not need to work towards settling down, he just plays his natural game.

    The South African bowling attack has lost confidence because of Dhoni’s aggression, yet Tendulkar’s stubborness has prompted Dhoni to keep the attack on. It is a perfect exhibition of a perfect Test match batting partnership.

    If Tendulkar scores a hundred it will be a huge one considering the context of the match. But, Dhoni’s knock has had a more profound effect on India’s standing. Credit should also be given to Dhoni, in fact he probably deserves greater credit.

  219. #219 by khansahab on December 19, 2010 - 2:41 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Once Zaheer Abbas was in the commentary box with Ian Bishop. Yousuf and Younis were involved in a century performance or something and Zaheer remarked,

    “great baiting perfarmans by the 2 Yoos”

    The “yoos” actually meant, “2 Y’s”. But Zaheer confused it with the Arabic/Urdu pronunciation/spelling with starts with “Yoo”

    Ian Bishop reflected on this for a few seconds and the camera zoomed in, in the commentary box. He leaned towards Zaheer and asked innocently, “Zaheer, what do you mean by the 2 yoos”?

    Zaheer didn’t understand his question, he had a quaint smile on his face and he seemed to be thinking, “WTF is he asking me?” Then Zaheer developed a very paindoo expression on his face and just started at Ian with the same quaint smile, but did not answer.

  220. #220 by newguy on December 19, 2010 - 4:42 PM

    Well .. India showed fight. Through Tendulkar and Dhoni they denied SA a win until fifth day. What a fine hundred as his 50th, fighting the best two bowler pace attack in the world in the 2nd innings while facing a mammoth deficit. They have almost erased the big deficit, nearly there now, if only Dhoni could hang on for a few more overs, or Harbhajan could have stayed 3 overs. Even now there is faint possibility to avoiding innings defeat tomorrow if the two tail enders and Tendulkar could make the push past that 30 runs and make SA bat. Even better if rain comes down a wash away a large part of the day and they could hang on. I know these are all fishful skinking 🙂

    But, they showed fight and took the game to day 5. However, a lot of questions need to asked by the team management and selectors. They can’t win a game in SA with this pace attack. Then there is question on Suresh Raina’s temperament and technique, time to introduce Pujara to SA without it becoming too late. They should do this in next test itself. Hopefully Zaheer will be fully fit and one of the other two pacers will find some rhythm. Batsmen look like they are going to be fine.

    I don’t see a lot of connection between morale from this series and world cup, as it is played in the sub-continent where Indian batsmen are comfortable and the crowd will be behind them. So, not a lot of credit to whatever Wasim Chakram says. In my opinion this is good for them, because now they have experience of playing SA pacers in their own den before WC, and it can only get better in sub-continent. Besides the likes of Yousuf Pathan, Virat Kohli, and Yuvraj are not in test eleven, so it will be a different ball game some WC.

  221. #221 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 4:43 PM

    When Tendulkar was on 89, I wrote, “I hope he doesn’t get stuck here.” Well, he heard me and slammed a straight six off Harris which went like a dart over the bowler’s head and then he got two more runs in the same over, he was 97 and then two more in the next and was on 99. I am sure a billion heart beats were pounding and each one was saying: O God, please don’t get out on 99 and then the moment came when Tendulkar drove the ball between point and covers off Styen and scored that magic run to score his golden century. After completing his run he kept looking up in the sky for quite sometime, I thought Dhoni will hug him but, he came down and just gave Tendulkar a pat on his shoulder, that was a bit bizarre to me. A great man, a much senior player than Dhoni and he scored his 50th 100, an occasion which no man in the near future could achieve and Dhoni gave only a pat on his captain’s shoulder! Anyways, Dhoni’s knock was very useful and it was a good partnership which should have lasted a bit longer!

    Congratulations to ALL Indian friends and bloggers on Tendulkar’s great achievement he is still there not out and will play for sometime tomorrow, he proved me wrong when I wrote this match will be over today and India will lose it by an innings. India still trail by 30 runs but, the day is over and who knows if it rains tomorrow? Perhaps when Tendulkar was looking up in the sky he must be telling the rain gods, I have done my part and you do your job now. 😀

  222. #222 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 4:51 PM

    newguy

    I agree with you on those comments from Chakram, he simply blabs to get attention. You are absolutely right that the test matches have no barring on the WC games which are played in the sub-continent wicket and India has experienced playing the so-called fearsome SA bowlers in their own backyard and played so well in the 3rd innings of the match. They only played one bad innings that’s all and if they can move ahead with confidence then sure they can beat them. Had Sehwag done that in the first innings, instead of second this would not have happened. Anyways, SA even if they win the series in their own backyard will still remain THE CHOKERS and in India, in a big match they will choke.

  223. #223 by khansahab on December 19, 2010 - 4:54 PM

    Shoaib, Akmal fail to submit foreign assets details

    LAHORE: The future of Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal rests with the decision from PCB, anticipated to be presented within few days, however, the duo have yet to submit details of their foreign bank accounts sought by officials, sources privy to PCB confirmed to Geo News.

    Shoaib Malik, former Test captain, appeared before Integrity Committee of PCB here in Headquarters of Pakistan Cricket on Saturday, but, he failed to satisfy replying to questions posed by the committee members.

    When asked about having a joint bank account with his spouse Sania Mirza, he replied ‘No’. Besides, he could not present details on some of his contracts with sponsors as, according to him, those were verbally and had no written record.

    On his contrary, wicket keeper Kamran Akmal submitted to PCB details on the contracts with sponsors. However, he too failed to submit details on foreign bank accounts, excusing that the procedure, according to him, needed more time.

    Sources, close to PCB, also confirmed that Shoaib Malik, in reply to questions in connection with his foreign assets, could not satisfy members of PCB committee.

    Apart from this, Shoaib was also unclear about money on some of his bank accounts, but confirmed that he had spent that money.

    Later, Kamran Akmal sought time till end of Quaid-e-Azam trophy for submission of details on his foreign assets, arguing that his engagement in the tournament would not allow him time for this job to be done.

  224. #224 by khansahab on December 19, 2010 - 4:55 PM

    Salman looks to challenge ICC’s decision

    LAHORE:
    Salman Butt’s legal team has advised the former Test captain to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sports after the International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected a response filed by the suspended opener.

    The legal team, which has had little success against the ICC believed the governing body was biased and the case’s result is predetermined. The ICC, after appointing a three-man tribunal to hear the appeals of Salman together with Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, rejected the preliminary response without so much as hearing the former captain’s counsels.

    According to the legal firm, sought by Salman, the response raised objections to the jurisdiction, composition and process of the ICC tribunal before a final response could be submitted.

  225. #225 by khansahab on December 19, 2010 - 5:07 PM

    On a different site some people are dicussing this news that came recently that, Shahid Afridi may have written a letter to the ICC warning them about match fixers in the team. This is what those bloggers are saying:

    This was the reason Afridi retired from Tests.

    Either Afridi or Younis Khan reported these players.

    Intikhab Alam and Aaqib Javed were also on Afridi’s side.

  226. #226 by khansahab on December 19, 2010 - 5:15 PM

    In the NZ Tests I would play the following XI:

    Hafeez
    Ahzar Ali
    Younis
    Shafiq
    U Akmal
    Misbah
    Akmal
    Ajmal
    Gul
    Riaz
    T Ahmed

  227. #227 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 19, 2010 - 8:32 PM

    khansahab

    First of all the news that Afridi “may” have written a letter to the ICC, informing them the names of match fixers is a rumour, it is not a confirmed news without any substantiation, so one should give a deaf ear to such rumours.

    Secondly, this is not the first time Afridi announced his retirement from test cricket, he did that after returning from West Indies when he had a brawl with Younus Khan who was captaining the side in Inzamam’s absense. He came back from WI and announced his retirement. But, Shahriyar Khan the then chairman of the PCB gave him a danda by saying if he is not playing test cricket then he will not get the central contracts. Afridi withdrew his decision.

    The third time when SA was visiting Pakistan he opted out from test series with the reason that he cannot play 5 days cricket during Ramadan, because he fasts and he cannot justify his selection based on his fasting and playing in the heat.

    Then he played test cricket after a while he decided to retire from test cricket and it was all accepted by everyone that he is good for ODI and T20 only, to which I disagree even today, he is definitely an asset for test cricket too.

    The last time he went to England, after meeting with Ijaz Butt he accepted to play test cricket by saying if the country and the team wants him to play and Ijaz Butt asked him to captain the side, so he agreed to play. But, after losing one test match against England he announced his retirement, and the second test match was won by Pakistan under Salman Butt’s captaincy. Salman did nothing but, he takes the credit for nothing in that victory. We all said, if Afridi had waited for one more test he would have not regretted his decision to announce his retirement so soon. Besides, it was considered equivalent to a ship’s captain who abandoned the ship before everyone else.

    In the end everything turned out to be in Afridi’s favour because, Salman Butt, Aamir, Asif, Riaz and the other new guy plus a few others were involved in match fixing from the very beginning. And, Mazhar Majid confirmed that he invested in young players like Salman Butt, U. Akmal, K. Akmal, Aamir, Asif etc., and said, he would have never got hold of Afridi, because he has enough money from his ads and sponsorship besides, he is clean. He also did not approach the oldies like Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan because they were in any case going to retire soon about Ajmal he said, he is too religious, these were Majid’s words.

    Now, supposing that Afridi wrote a letter – which I am sure he didn’t – it is still a good thing from someone honest to blow the whistle especially when Ijaz Butt, Yawar Saeed & Co. were not doing anything in controlling the players. The PCB did nothing against Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik both were culprits in NZ and Australia. So, if someone tried to clean the team from match fixers and gamblers, it is a good thing. I know Afridi haters might call Afridi a ghaddar, but what about those who deliberately lost matches just for the lust of money? They are worst than anyone. The father of all the match fixing, spot fixing and gambling is Wasim Chakram, who now acts like a pious man with his “holier than cow” attitude.

  228. #228 by M. Y. Kasim on December 19, 2010 - 9:52 PM

    Khansahab,

    The only difference between your choice of player and mine seems to be: you want Azhar Ali to open with Hafeez and play both Asad Shafiq and Umer Akmal in the middle order while I expressed my view that Khurram Manzoor should open with Hafeez and either Shafiq or Umer Akmal to play in the middle order. The rest of the team is same..

  229. #229 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 20, 2010 - 12:00 AM

    Mr. Kasim

    Khurram Manzoor has not impressed me so far, whereas Azhar Ali and Shafiq both have, thanks God they are not playing Umar Amin now, he is a hopeless guy. Azhar Ali has the potential for test and he has played well against SA. Hafeez is in good touch so he should play in all forms of the game and he could be a good opener in tests, whereas in T20 he should be after number 5. I agree with khansahab’s team selection. As for ODI and T20, I want Shahid Afridi to open the innings. And, I am pretty sure he will do that because, he also knows that the NZ grounds are smaller and easy to hit sixes. In T20 Abdul Razzaq should also play up the order, otherwise he is wasted. All the big hitters and aggressive players must play up the order in T20 otherwise there is no point in playing them. Especially when players like Salman Butt and Imran Farhat used to waste 10 overs and score 50 runs, the match is already lost.

  230. #230 by khansahab on December 20, 2010 - 12:12 AM

    Recently, Shahid Karim, Mohd Aamer’s lawyer gave a statement and said that Aamer has certain mitigating factors that should be considered when the tribunal hears his spot fixing case.

    I have sympathy for Aamer and I liked him before this ugly scandal came to light, but it made me giggle when his lawyer said that Aamer’s mitigating factor is his previously “unblemished record”.

    What kind of factor is this? He is an 18 year old who has only played a handful of matches! His age can be a factor, but talk of an unblemished record is BS because he has only played 14 Tests and 15 ODIs.

  231. #231 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 20, 2010 - 12:18 AM

    khansahab

    To add a few more points that comment. Aamir is NOT a doodh peeta bucha like Nawaz Sharif, he is 18 and an adult he knows the difference between right and wrong. I also liked him as a bowler but, if he is really corrupt and took money and was involved in match fixing he needs to be punished. All those lawyers are Ch2So4.

  232. #232 by Mohammed Munir on December 20, 2010 - 4:46 AM

    Quote of the Day …

    Vision without Action is a Daydream. Action without Vision is a Nightmare.

  233. #233 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 20, 2010 - 6:45 AM

    Munir

    You mean to say, “We-Yen,” the second part of “Tally-We-Yen”? Yes, “I am agree” “bakaoz” I have observed there is a lot of “cun-few-yen” in this “poi-yen” while watching “Tally-We-Yen.” The We-Yen must be coloured other-wize it is “dafinately” a nightmare in black and white, and it eez only “gud” for “harrar-moveez.” All so, if it eez a high “dafination We-Yen,” then it is a “saweet” dream. But, don’t forget to wear the “Sapay-shull Goo-gals” if it eez a 3D movie.

  234. #234 by Mohammed Munir on December 20, 2010 - 11:37 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Good morning to you too. 😉

  235. #235 by Mohammed Munir on December 21, 2010 - 5:34 AM

    Broken News …

    Due to forthcoming busy IPL season, ICC is requesting BCCI to allow them a window to have some games under ICC. 😆

  236. #236 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 21, 2010 - 9:58 AM

    Latest News:

    Mohammad Aamer wants the spot fixing case to be settled as soon as possible.

    Salman Butt wants the ICC hearing to be delayed till such time the Scotland Yard completes its report.

    Mohammad Asif says, if Veena Malik comes back to him, he won’t be bothered whether the case is settled in 2011 or 2012.

    Shoaib Malik says, he is fed up of picking up Sania Mirza’s balls, hence he wants to be back picking up cricket balls.

    Kamran Akmal says, he is also fed up of babysitting his kids all night, while his wife snores comfortably.

    40% of the news is real, the rest is from Net Jabloid.

  237. #237 by Sagaat on December 21, 2010 - 11:13 AM

    Javed Khan,

    Harris bowled well but given Australia’s total in the first innings, Jhonson was the primary destroyer. He is the sort of bowler who can win a match on a given day, but also bowl poorly on another day. The rest of the bowlers in Australia don’t make as much impact as Jhonson on team performance. When Jhonson is mediocre, so is Australia. He has this ripple-over affect on how Australia bowl overall. He is a risky bowler, but given that the rest of Australian bowlers are predictably slightly above/below average, his performance carries through in others.

  238. #238 by khansahab on December 21, 2010 - 9:37 PM

    Aamir Bashir loses battle against cancer

    LAHORE: Former first-class cricketer Aamir Bashir died of cancer in the early hours on Monday in his hometown of Multan.

    Aamir, 38, was a prolific middle-order batsman who played 217 first-class matches scoring 9006 runs at an average of 30.84, hitting 16 centuries and 46 fifties. He also played 140 domestic one-day matches and scored 4141 runs with four centuries and 32 fifties.

    Aamir, who leaves behind a widow and a six-year-old, was battling stomach cancer for the past three years. Pakistan limited-overs skipper Shahid Afridi was a close friend of Aamir as were Younis Khan, Rashid Latif and Basit Ali, who all worked hard to ensure he received proper medical treatment.

    Aamir, who captained Pakistan Customs and also played first-class cricket for United Bank and Multan, was selected in Pakistan squad for the one-off One-day International against India at Kolkata in November 2004.

    Meanwhile, Ijaz Butt, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, expressed his deep sense of grief on the sad demise of Aamir.

  239. #239 by khansahab on December 21, 2010 - 9:39 PM

    Qadir’s ‘googly gift’ revived Afridi’s career as a match-winning bowler

    Former Pakistani spinner Abdul Qadir has revealed that he was the man behind the turnaround in ODI and Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi’s fortunes and abilities.

    Qadir said that when Afridi’s bowling was suffering a lean patch during early 2009, he had visited the all-rounder at one of the local camps.

    “I spoke to him privately and told him that I would give him a gift that would bring him five wickets against the Australians in the next ODI series to be played in the UAE,” PakPassion.net quoted Qadir, as saying.

    “I taught him how to bowl a googly in a way that complements his characteristic bowling action and gave him tips on field placements and on bowling certain lines and lengths in order to outwit the batsmen.”

    “I also advised him to envisage he was playing a Test match rather than another limited overs game,” he added.

  240. #240 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 21, 2010 - 9:49 PM

    khansahab

    Not only Afridi, but Shane Warne once admitted that he went to Peshawar to see Abdul Qadir to seek guidance from him. The irony is now Qadir is forgotten as a leg spinner and people only praise Shane Warne as a person who invented and changed the game of cricket because of his leg spin bowling.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/493371.html

    Gideon Haigh reportedly a cricket historian and writer did not even mention the name of Abdul Qadir in his article which appeared on cricinfo yesterday. These and many other people like him love to change and distort history. Its a shame that they are biased and very unprofessional.

  241. #241 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 21, 2010 - 9:54 PM

    We always talk about cricket on this blog, but here is something very interesting and extremely fascinating one minute video of a goal keeper who is reported to be the fastest runner in the world of soccer. Just watch this video and see if I am wrong.



  242. #242 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 21, 2010 - 10:14 PM

    The delay in announcing Pakistan cricket team for 2011WC will give some hope for Mohammad Yousuf and Sohail Tanvir to prove their fitness and get into the squad.

  243. #243 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 22, 2010 - 3:54 AM

    INDIAN ODI SQUAD AGAINST SA

    Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, R Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, S Sreesanth.

    Thank God, Dhoni’s blue eyed boy Ravindra Jaddoo is not in the team. I wonder why Dhoni is so against Irfan Pathan? You keep a player out of the team for a very long time, others get chances and one or two establish themselves as good players and the one who is left out finds very hard to get in unless he performs EXCELLENTLY at domestic level. I have no clue how Irfan is doing at domestic level? But, he is a good all rounder and can be an asset for the team in shorter version of the game. Rohit Sharma has been pushed out by Kohli and there is no chance he can beat Kohli or Raina. The later even if performs badly will not be dropped because of his reputation.

    In any case Indian batting line up is excellent with Tendulkar back in the team against SA, also the bowling will not be as bad with Zaheer and Kumar back in the side.

  244. #244 by newguy on December 22, 2010 - 1:53 PM

    On the India ODI side against SA, they are at full strength, almost looks like their WC squad and they all need to get match practice since this is the last series before WC. I think Ojha will come in for the WC, but they might wanted to give a legspinner one last try, so Piyush Chawla is in the squad. But, it won’t make any difference, you can’t make an average player into a good one no matter how many chance you give him. This is what happened to Ravindra Jaddoo, a mediocre player will always be a mediocre player. Good thing they got Yousuf in the squad, he is a match winner in sub-continent conditions if and when he can connect the ball, with Jadoo even that cannot be said.

    As for Irfan Pathan, it is one of those legends that goes around, on every team selection news someone will ask where is Irfan Pathan? and whenever an Indian bowler do not do well, someone will ask where is Irfan Pathan? As if Irfan is a one stop solution to all of India’s batting and bowling problems. Last I heard Irfan could not even find a place in his state playing eleven. I too thought at one point he could have fought back, but he lost his bowling completely and that’s the fact. There is also an attitude issue with not putting effort or showing up for practice on time so on .. selectors do not favor him anymore. It’s time to move on in case of Irfan, because you just can’t give opportunities to some people and improve them no matter what. I hope Irfan will prove me wrong, but I don’t see it.

  245. #245 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 22, 2010 - 5:48 PM

    newguy

    On Irfan Pathan we both are discussing the philosophical concept of casualty arising from “cause and effect,” where the action has produced a certain response to the action in the form of another event. My point was if you keep a player out of the team for a very long time, that action results in two ways:

    1. Another player or (players) get a chance to establish themselves due to that event.
    2. The player who is out of action finds extremely difficult in coming back into the team and re-establish himself.

    There are very few cases where a few very well established players like Sehwag, Ponting, and a few more, who are technically very sound or, performed extremely well in the past, goes into a lean patch and despite showing poor form they are consistently and continuously included in the IX and one good performance from them brings them back into the same old stride. Whereas, a player who is a little less established than those mentioned above, once out goes out, goes for good. That is what happened to Irfan Pathan.

    Most people when they see a player, they label them as bowler first and batsman second or vice versa, and they keep on judging that player from that aspect only. It may be an OK theory from the old fashioned view especially for test matches. Whereas, I see a player from the perspective of totality i.e., his over-all utility in the team. Because in ODI and T20 the old fashioned technique does not work very well.

    If Umar Akmal keeps on failing to score runs, he is not better than Mohammad Hafeez. The later, if he fails in batting can do something in the bowling department. Afridi‘s survival and his resurgence and revival in establishing himself as an asset in the shorter version of the game is his versatility as a bowler and a big hitter, who can win matches single-handedly.

    Similarly, based on what I see as an outsider and not because he is a Khan or a Pathan that I am supporting him, I think Irfan has definitely more potential and better track record than Ravindra Jadeja. Had he been given that many chances, he would have revived too. But, now he seems to have disappeared into oblivion.

    Ps

    There was a time in Sehwag’s career perhaps soon after he got married and perhaps his dad also passed away during that time, he was constantly failing to produce runs and I reckon he got at least 19 chances despite scoring below 20 during this entire period. A couple of years ago, Ponting also had a very, very lean patch in Australia, NZ and in England, but one good innings (200 against Pakistan) broke the jinx, these days he is again hitting lows but, he is such a good player and a captain that he will come back. Like Sachin also had a lean patch during his tennis elbow injury and people were asking him to retire gracefully. But, he silenced everyone.

  246. #246 by khansahab on December 22, 2010 - 10:12 PM

    Newguy/Javed A Khan

    Although I never thought very highly of Irfan Pathan, I don’t think his career is finished yet. If given confidence I think he can make a return as a reliable all rounder.

  247. #247 by khansahab on December 22, 2010 - 10:29 PM

    Pakistan’s highest ODI run scorers this year.

    Afridi with 601 runs in 18 matches

    U Akmal with 473 runs in 14 matches

    F Alam with 393 runs in 13 matches

    Hafeez with 370 runs in 10 matches

  248. #248 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 22, 2010 - 11:26 PM

    khansahab

    On averages:
    Hafeez is at the top, followed by Umar Akmal who is marginally above Afridi and Fawad Alam is at the bottom. But, you please mention how many wickets Afridi has taken and how many wickets Hafeez has taken (U Akmal and F Alam did not bowl) and then check the over all utility of the player. This is what I was talking about totality instead of labeling a player as a bowler or a batsman only. And, in that reference I was talking about Irfan Pathan’s utility as a player. It was him and Rohit Sharma who took the score of India from 118 to 157 in the first T20 WC final which India won in the last over.

  249. #249 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 23, 2010 - 4:41 AM

    PAKISTAN STARTS THEIR NZ TOUR OPENER VERY BADLY.

    Pakistan lost the first 20/20 against Auckland and their full strength team played like a club team. They were all out on 91 in 17.4 overs whereas, Auckland made 92 in 13.2 overs. If this is how they are going to play in NZ, the chances are they will lose all the matches. Afridi opened with Hafeez and was out on 1, Hafeez scored 4, Ahmad Shahzad duck, Younus Khan 18 and Umar Akmal 25 was the top scorer. Bates took 4 wickets. Pakistan’s batting and bowling both were pathetic. They played a full side and lost the match against unknown players of Auckland except for Guptil and Vincent.

  250. #250 by Mohammed Munir on December 23, 2010 - 5:28 AM

    Javed Khan …

    This Pakistani team is not good in bowling and also not good in batting, butta the only reason it is a ‘keep’ in the ICC members list is bakaouz ICC wants to earn some money. 😆

  251. #251 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 23, 2010 - 1:30 PM

    Munir

    After “butta,” it should be like this:

    butta, they are gudda in sutta……

  252. #252 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 23, 2010 - 1:47 PM

    After the media lamenting over Pakistani players exclusion from the IPL, it is Wasim Chakram’s turn, he simply wants to remain as the focus of attention and keeps blabbing out BS. He is saying that, “IPL Sans Pakistani stars to lose Sheen.”

    I wonder why the Pakistani players or the media should worry so much about IPL? The simple answer to that question is “Paisa Bolta Hai” – Money Speaks!

    There is something more than money and it is called “dignity” the Pakistani players have no dignity, no self respect for themselves or for the country all they want is “money, money, money …….” (must be funny in a rich man’s world …. but it is everything in a poor man’s world) and these rogues are not poor they have earned enough money from the sponsors and from TV shows. The lust and greed for money is never ending for them. If they find pleasure in playing cricket, then the IPL is not the only and ultimate place. Playing for your own country and trying your best, honestly, sincerely and whole heartedly to win is more important than playing a “Noora Kushti for money.

    The IPL also is a very corrupt place, we all know that it is not cricket but, glitz, glamour and shlitz so, why worry so much about that?

  253. #253 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 23, 2010 - 1:53 PM

    This is another farcical and comical drama:

    Nine Pakistanis in fray for ODI Dream Team

    KARACHI: Shahid Afridi, Pakistan’s limited-overs captain, is one of the nine Pakistanis among 48 cricketers in the fray for the dream One-day International line-up being selected to mark the 40th anniversary of ODI cricket. Afridi finds himself in the company of Pakistani legends Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Moin Khan and Saqlain Mushtaq.

    “To mark the 40th anniversary of One-day International cricket, the ICC’s official website is asking supporters from across the globe to select their choice of the greatest ODI match and team of all-time,”
    ICC announced in a statement on Wednesday. ICC’s website — http://www.icc-cricket.com — is asking supporters to select a dream team from a shortlist of 48 players and pick their favourite game from a choice of 10 memorable matches. Fans can select dream team and favourite game till January 2, with the choices set to be announced on January 5 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first-ever ODI match between Australia and England.

    In contention for the greatest ODI match of all-time, is Pakistan’s historic one-wicket triumph over India in their Sharjah Cup final in 1986.
    Miandad won that match for Pakistan with a last-ball six. The shortlist for Dream Team:

    Opening batsmen (2): Saeed Anwar, Sourav Ganguly, Gordon Greenidge, Matthew Hayden, Sanath Jayasuriya, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn Turner.

    Middle-order batsmen (3): Michael Bevan, Martin Crowe, Aravinda de Silva, Inzamam-ul Haq, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards.

    All-rounder (1): Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Andrew Flintoff, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock.

    Wicketkeeper (1): Mark Boucher, MS Dhoni, Andy Flower Adam Gilchrist, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Moin Khan, Alec Stewart, Kumar Sangakkara.

    Fast bowlers (3): Wasim Akram, Allan Donald, Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Glenn McGrath, Chaminda Vaas, Waqar Younis.

    Spinner (1): Shahid Afridi, Carl Hooper, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Warne, Daniel Vettori.

    Greatest ODI match of all-time:

    West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs at Lord’s, 21 June 1975.
    India beat West Indies by 43 runs at Lord’s, 25 June 1983.
    Pakistan beat India won by one-wicket at Sharjah, 18 April 1986.
    England won by three wickets against Australia at Sydney, 22 January 1987.
    Australia won by one-wicket against West Indies at Sydney, 12 January 1996.
    Australia tied with South Africa at Edgbaston, 17 June 1999.
    Pakistan tied with Sri Lanka, at Sharjah, 15 October 1999.
    India beat Pakistan by five runs at Karachi, 13 March 2004.
    Bangladesh beat Australia by five wickets at Cardiff, 18 June 2005.
    South Africa beat Australia by one-wicket at Johannesburg, 12 March 2006.

  254. #254 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 23, 2010 - 1:57 PM

    How come they have ignored KAMRAN AKMAL in the wicketkeeper’s list of a dream ODI team? According to Shoaib Malik he is the best wicketkeeper in the world better than Gilchrist and Sangakara………….. Besides, sans Kamran there won’t be any betting.

    On a more serious note, how come they forget to mention WHO WILL BE THE CAPTAIN?????

    In the middle order, Mike Hussey’s name is missing.

  255. #255 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 24, 2010 - 11:39 AM

    This Harsha Bhogle guy is a joker. Below are the headlines from his new article.

    “India have let themselves down.

    By not preparing well enough for South Africa and by not acknowledging Dravid’s landmark as much as they should have.”

    I don’t have the stomach to read any further after reading those two lines. Any team which loses with a big margin are always themselves to be blamed. And to say NOT preparing well enough for South Africa is ridiculous.

    Everyone knows that India has been playing a lot of cricket, in fact Chakram has said that India’s tour to SA will burn them up b4 the WC. So, what kinda preparation Bhogle wants? Should the Indian team had gone to the planet Mars for preparing themselves for the SA tour?

    Pra Waqarrr Cainda aye: “We have done badly today, and we have spoken about it. We have to work hard over the next couple of days so we don’t repeat this type of performance.”

    How many times we have heard this phrase after losing a match? May be hundreds of times and each one of them use the same template after a defeat. But, do they really learn something? By saying “We have to work hard” he is giving the impression that previously they were not working hard enough.

    We all know that Pakistan will not get out on 91 in the T20 starting on the Boxing Day. Still why did they play such erratic shots in a practice match and gotten all out for 91 in 17 overs?

  256. #256 by khansahab on December 24, 2010 - 3:42 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Your comment about Harsha Bhogle reminded me of Sunil Gavaskar. I don’t know a lot about Gavaskar except that he was one of the best batsmen of his time and is a very respected figure. But, there was a match when Steve Bucknor gave a few decisions against India which should not have been given, I remember one decision was giving Tendulkar out when Tendulkar was not out. During his match analysis Gavaskar bad mouthed Bucknor so much and in such insulting language that it was unbelievable.

    I lost respect for Gavaskar after that. Buckor became a hated figure in India after that match, and whereas it was known to everyone that he was not in best umpiring form, he did not deserve the criticism levied on him by Gavaskar, the Indian public and media.

  257. #257 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 24, 2010 - 3:45 PM

    Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal have until December 30 to provide the PCB with the necessary documents to clear their names for World Cup selection.

    The question is, why on earth the PCB is trying their best to include these two in the WC squad? It appears more to it than what meets the eye. They are out there making every possible effort to include them in the WC squad.

    1. The bank statements: Today it will be Christmas eve, it may not be that busy time in Pakistan but, elsewhere in the world especially if these two have off-shore accounts or even in the UK, banks will not be able to provide them all the necessary statements/documents before the 4th or 5th of January 2011. Because, it is not only holiday season but, the year end closing for banks despite the fact that everything is computerized still not possible to dig out all the records on such short notice.

    2. Is it not possible that one of these culprits may not even mention the name of the off-shore banking account they have? It could be a joint account in the name of their family members or, solely in the name of their spouses and they find it very safe not to mention about it at all?

    3. What about the properties if there any? They can simply sit on it and may not even burp, who will find out where they own properties and for how much? There is no way of finding out about such accounts and properties. It is like cash stashed in bank’s safe deposit vaults or in some secret place.

    The only way to deal with such cases is to advise them very clearly that if they are hiding any other asset in shape of bank accounts, cash at safe deposit vaults, fund management portfolios or properties which they are not disclosing now shall be forfeited in future if they appear on surface. But, in all these cases such individuals are banned from participating in the field of their profession. Meaning, once such charges are laid, they are not allowed to play or work in their line of business. Guilty or not is another matter, they can be charged guilty or innocent later when a decision is made but, until then they are supposed to stay away. According to the norms of the industry once their reputation is challenged in the court of law they are not provided jobs in the same field, even after being cleared with no charges, they are not trusted.

    In Banking it is the same, in important government organizations it is the same. Even when Justice Qayyum declared W&W the verdict was, they should not be playing for the country anymore and they should not be given any job in the government organization in the same field. They both are commentators and one of them has an official job, they are still considered as experts and critics and keep giving their statements to the media and the TV and attend TV shows and make money! This is the irony in Pakistan and with the PCB that, culprits are never culprits, in fact they come back to rule the country.

    Hurr Nukkar pery ek chor lutera baitha hai
    Ab anjaam-e-watan kya hoga?

  258. #258 by khansahab on December 24, 2010 - 3:54 PM

    Munir sahab

    LOL at “a keep” comment.

  259. #259 by khansahab on December 24, 2010 - 4:08 PM

    Butt faces seven-year ban in spot-fixing case

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s suspended Test captain Salman Butt is facing a seven-year ban while his teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer could escape with two-year bans after next month’s hearing of the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in Doha.

    A well-placed source said Butt was likely to be banned and slapped with a heavy financial penalty.

    The way things are going for him the frequent change of lawyers and his abrasive relationship with the ICC, he does not appear to be in a position to plead his case effectively against the allegations against him,” the source said.

    “And apparently the ICC ACU have prepared a long list of evidences against him based on the fact that he was captain and responsible for the conduct of the team,” the source said.

    The source said the fact that Butt was captain would entail the longest ban on him.

    As far as Asif and Aamer are concerned, they are likely to escape with shorter bans of around two years each for their role in the spot-fixing allegations,” the source said.

    “These two pace bowlers are in a position to plead that they were ordered by their captain to do what they did and apparently they are being more cooperative and have a better relationship with the ICC ACU,” the source said.

  260. #260 by khansahab on December 24, 2010 - 4:49 PM

    Pervez Musharraf admits on camera Imran Khan is a better leader than other politicians. He also speaks about a leader called “Achakzai”.

    Once again Musharraf shows he is a genuine and honest man who wants good for Pakistan. Time for Imran Khan to learn something.

  261. #261 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 24, 2010 - 9:50 PM

    Imran Khan has been trying to take the top notch seat in Pakistani politics since 1992, he would have achieved that long ago especially when Musharraf offered him the post of a Prime Minister. That would have been a stepping stone in his career and people would have known him better but, he acted childishly and not only declined that offer, in the elections he did not even file his papers as a mark of protest. Which again is very childish. He should be matured enough to understand politics and learn to deal with these thugs and the ignorant masses. Otherwise, he will be a rolling stone which gathers no mass. If Musharraf and Imran Khan forms a new government, that would be ideal for the country. They should then clean up the feudalistic society and get rid of these Chaudhries and Wadheras.

  262. #262 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 24, 2010 - 9:53 PM

    khansahab

    I think it would be a good example for others if Salman Butt is banned for 7 years, by then his cricketing career would be over. Definitely he is more responsible than Asif and Aamer because of being the captain. The PCB should also place an internal ban on Kamran and Shoaib Malik so that the team comes out clean without any trivial politics, backstabbing, spot fixing and betting.

  263. #263 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 24, 2010 - 9:57 PM

    Tonight is Christmas eve and in this part of the world, people have traveled from across the globe to be with their families on this eve and their priority is to be with their families, it is a holiday season and from tonight till 4th – 5th January most people would be on vacation. So far I have not seen any Christian blogger on LS, still I would like to wish ALL of them: A Merry Christmas. …………. We will wish A Happy New Year later.

  264. #264 by JAVED A. KHAN on December 24, 2010 - 9:58 PM

    Has anyone seen that one minute video I have posted about the Fastest Goal Keeper in the World? If not, please do that it is worth seeing.

  265. #265 by khansahab on December 25, 2010 - 12:57 PM

    I have just finished watching a documentary about the life of Jinnah, as he was born on 25 December.

    The documentary was almost 4 hours long and detailed almost every significant event of his life. It showed his speeches, quotes, letters, relations with other politicians, his wife and friends.

    Nowhere did I hear any reference from Jinnah that Pakistan is to be an Islamist state. He always spoke about religious minorities having equal treatment and having the freedom to do what they want.

    He always advocated the equal status of women to men.

    His emphasis was totally on education and moderation.

    Nowhere did I see him advocating a feudal system in place.

    Why is modern day Pakistan so different to what was envisaged by Jinnah? Why are most political parties and people in power belonging either to the feudal sector of society or the religious right? Why are they living in the past?

    Also, Pakistan was made for the Muslims of India and a compromise was reached with East and West Pakistan. However, this did not mean that the Muslims who would lie in the middle- Muslims of Kashmir, UP, Bihar, Gujrat, Maharashta, were to be bereft of a nation. There were practical difficulties such as, differences in culture and distance to West Pakistan, but Pakistan was made for them as much as the Punjabis, Sindhis, Pathans and Baluchis. Then, why do many Sindhis, Punjabis etc still consider these “other” Muslims as outsiders and why do they consider them to have taken their lands and resources?

    Who is responsible for destroying the dream of Jinnah and other founding fathers? I blame the Mullahs, feudals and opportunistic big businessmen.

  266. #266 by khansahab on December 25, 2010 - 1:09 PM

    PCB want Pakistan players to take part in IPL

    The Pakistan Cricket Board are keen for their players to participate in the lucrative Indian Premier League in 2011 despite being snubbed this year.
    Pakistani players have not participated in the last two editions of the IPL due to political tensions between the two countries although in the inaugural edition in 2008 over a dozen Pakistanis played for different franchises in the T20 league that attracts players from every cricketing nation.
    Last year the Indian franchises did not bid for any Pakistani cricketer at the players’ auction although the PCB had sent names of around 10 players after giving them clearance.
    PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told reporters on Saturday that the board had contacted the Indian Cricket Board on the issue.
    “We have written to the Indian board that we are willing to provide any clearance to our players for the IPL,” Ahmed said.
    “We want Pakistani participation in the IPL, that is our official stand but obviously we need for the Indian board to talk to us.”

  267. #267 by khansahab on December 25, 2010 - 1:14 PM

    Why does the PCB want its players to perform in IPL?

    Is Ijaz Butt getting a cut from the players?

    I agree with Javed A Khan that for the sake of pride Pakistani cricketers must reject IPL. I have no enmity with India or Indian cricket but IPL is a joke. It is only entertainment and that too mostly only for Indian audiences. There is no promotion of cricket and good cricket with substance does not get promoted.

    Pakistani players cannot perform in front of other world class players, they get distracted by the beautiful Western cheerleaders and they get too consumed by the money and hype. They will only disgrace themselves by playing in IPL.

    Shame on PCB and the Sports Ministry for backing the players to play in this.

  268. #268 by khansahab on December 25, 2010 - 2:21 PM

    What’s this? Imran Khan is now a friend of the so called King’s Party which contained corrupt people, for which Pervez Musharraf has received so much hatred from people who abuse him for joining hands with corrupt feudals?

    What happened to Imran Khan’s principles?

    PML-Q only party playing role of opposition: Imran Khan

    LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Saturday said that Imran Khan was the only Pakistani political leader with a clean record.

    Shujaat met with Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan at the latter’s Lahore residence.

    Speaking to media representatives after the meeting, the two leaders said they discussed the country’s current political situation and agreed to maintain contacts in the future.

    Moreover, Imran Khan said that the only political party playing the role of the opposition was PML-Q.

  269. #269 by khansahab on December 25, 2010 - 5:20 PM

    We have a new thread

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