Pakistan need to win to assert their dominance in their Group. NZ need to win to showcase their abilities and prove to the world they can go far in the WC
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#1 by khansahab on March 7, 2011 - 11:06 PM
match starts in 10 hours…..
#2 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 3:39 AM
Five and a half hours to go for the match and we hope to see some real action.
Regarding Ahmad Shahzad, I think that one century must have gone into his head, it was he who provoked Balaji Rao and Umar Gul. I was watching that match, Umar Gul only stared at Balaji Rao and that is nothing but a typical fast bowler reaction but, Ahmad Shahzad provoked him by saying something nasty otherwise Balaji may not have said what he said. The umpire called Shahzad and asked him to keep his trap shut. Gul and Balaji stares continued and when Balaji was hit on the shoulder, once again it was Ahmad Shahzad who was clapping and telling, “Vary Wail Bold Umar Bhai, Good bowling Umar Bhai….” It was only to provoke Balaji.
The problem with these young players is just one good performance and they think they are a celebrity. I blame the media and the commentators for doing this. And, now when he is not performing even against the minnows it is not just media’s concern but it is everyone’s concern, even we are criticizing him and Hafeez both for not focusing. They are playing extremely slow and then getting out in single digits wasting so many balls and putting the new batsmen under pressure.
#3 by newguy on March 8, 2011 - 4:18 AM
JAK, yeah, I too saw that it was Shahzad who was instigating, he said something nasty from point position where he was fielding. Gul stared and said something which is like a typical fast bowlers reaction. Shahzad kept on clapping after that when Gul hit Balaji Rao couple of times on shoulder. As I said before the whole thing made Shahzad look like a small person.
BTW, congratulation to Canada win today. A clinical performance with ball and bat 😉 That’s all they will get in this tournament. Kenya must be the worst team around this time, they will go without win.
BTW, I expect Pakistan to win easily tomorrow. NZ will roll over and die without a fight despite the sounds Vettori is making.
#4 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 5:01 AM
Hehe … nice this.
4 hours to go and I am looking forward to it. 🙂
#5 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 7:06 AM
Javed Khan …
Mubrook … for a superb win over Kenya.
It was a nice game for Canada, and this guy Ashish (captain) is really good and so is Hansra. Well played Canada, good on them.
On Kutty Balaji, well you are right he is from Chennai (Tamil Nadu) but his profile on Cricinfo also says that he is known as “Kutty”, I don’t know why.
Actually, Balaji is not a “Chota”, but a “Mota”, and if you go by his size then I think he should not be a “Kutty”, but a “Kutta”. 😉
#6 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 7:16 AM
Still on Balaji …
I agree with you that Umer Gul may have first provoked Balaji, which so often happens with fast bowlers, but the simple reason for this could be that at one time Pakistan were DOWN in that game and it looked as if they ‘may’ loose, because when Pakistan was dismissed at 184 runs and Canada started a seemingly good chase with 100 for 3 (until Afridi started his magic spell) the match was tilted in Canada’s favour. So when later on Pakistan got a grip back, Umer Gul and may be all players were feeling better and they tried to settle their score with Canada/ Balaji.
That being said, this guy Kutty Balaji is also one character and he needs to be blamed equally, if not more, for his rowdy verbal-diarrhea against Gul and Shehzab. The thing is that these new players from minnow teams should know their position in cricket world and they should show some respect for their senior-cousins.
Balaji seems to be a habitual cranky who picks up a fight with every other player.
See below link, here he is having issues with Matt Prior of England and that too in a friendly warm-up game. 😉
On a different note, my brother was playing from UAE against Indian team in Asian Cup in Sri Lanka. He scored 55 run on his debut against India and in doing so, he hit a few boundaries to Zaheer Khan. Getting whacked by a junior player from a minnow team didn’t go well with Zaheer and so he started abusing and cursing my brother and bowled him with a few bouncers/ short-balls which struck him on his body.
In spite of all this, my brother never reacted to Zaheer and kept on playing with his head-down until he reached his maiden fifty on debut and that too against India. He finally got out on Sachin Tendulkar’s bowling.
Although UAE obviously lost the game to India but I am sure one day my brother would like to tell his grand children how he thrashed Zaheer Khan and then lost his wicket to none other then the god of cricket himself, Sachin Tendulkar. 😉
#7 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 7:19 AM
Less then two hours to go …
#8 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 8:07 AM
Less then one hour to go …
#9 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 8:26 AM
5 minutes to go!
#10 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 8:51 AM
Pakistan lost the toss and NZ are batting.
Daniel Vettori, “Looks like a dry wicket. The grass means the bounce should be consistent, and it should be a decent batting wicket. Unfortunately, Jesse Ryder is out, and Jacob Oram is in.”
Afridi: “Shoaib and Rehman are back for Wahab and Ajmal.”
This is what a fan had to say on Cricinfo …. “This is a good toss to lose for Pakistan. All three matches they have won defending scores time to test their run chasing ability.”
#11 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 8:59 AM
On a Pakistani Tv channel someone called Abad from London remarked,
“Raview systam ke waja sey umpires key deciyen review huey jaatey hain….”
#12 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:01 AM
Shoaib starts with no balls
#13 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:02 AM
McCullum smashes a six off Bull, poor stuff by Tired Bull
#14 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:03 AM
What a ball, Bull strikes!!
#15 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:09 AM
Pakistan has to drop Shahzad if he doesn’t perform in this match
#16 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:17 AM
Rehman is bowling on the pads a lot, giving freebies to NZ
#17 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:20 AM
Man Wasim Akram’s commentary is pathetic
#18 by amir on March 8, 2011 - 9:21 AM
hi guys i think afridi is missing trick here ball is swinging and he should bowl pacers from both ends.
#19 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:22 AM
He may have to introduce Gul or Razzaq because Rehman is bowling too flat and on the pads
#20 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:26 AM
After 3 overs Rehman has conceded only 6 runs, his second over was poor. Although he is very economical Afridi can afford to be more attacking and introduce Gul.
No harm in letting Gul bowl a couple of overs since the ball is swinging.
#21 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:29 AM
Tired Bull shows the world how stupid he is, what a pathetic throw from Bull.
#22 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:32 AM
Pakistan is just giving freebies. NZ are so mediocre, they don’t deserve to be 34/1 after 8 overs.
Rehman keeps delivering on the pads, every bowl he has bowled on the off and middle stump has been defended.
#23 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:38 AM
How strange that Tired Butt is just leaking runs because of his no balls and shit attitude.
Otherwise his line and length has been good.
If NZ score 250+ it will only be because of Tired Bull.
#24 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 9:40 AM
NZ is slowed down after the first wicket and good stuff by our bowlers.
However, why are we bowling Abdul Rahman, are we South Africa ❓
#25 by amir on March 8, 2011 - 9:40 AM
jus too many extra runs for newzealand and akhter is main culprate hope they will not hurt pakistan in final outcome
#26 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:40 AM
Which is a more apt name for Shoaib Akhtar?
Tired Bull or Tired Butt?
#27 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 9:41 AM
You would have liked … loved … Shoaib first wicket. They said it was a peach … couldn’t watch it. 😦
#28 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:41 AM
I don’t know when you last checked the score, Akhtar is just leaking runs.
This is the most expensive first 10 overs that have been conceded by Pakistan in this WC
#29 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:42 AM
It was an excellent ball, and a pleasure to watch.
But his pathetic attitude took the gloss off the ball
#30 by amir on March 8, 2011 - 9:45 AM
lol afridi forgot to take powerplay.
#31 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:46 AM
Some problems here……Afridi has an altercation with the umpire.
It is about the Powerplay- Afridi forgot to signal it or the umpire didn’t observe his signal.
#32 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 9:46 AM
Oh ok … Akhter gave away 31 in 5 overs ….. but still I think 45 in 10 overs is ok.
Rahman gave 14 in 5 overs.
How is How play ❓ 😉
How is good for Pakistan, he is on 4 in 26 balls. 😀
#33 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 9:47 AM
I liked your new ‘photo’ for the special occasion. 😉
#34 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 9:48 AM
Gul bowled first maiden over.
#35 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:49 AM
Bull bowled a no ball and got hit for a boundary.
Then he fielded on his own bowling and in his frustration threw the ball back to the keeper, but very wide and it went to the boundary and 4 extra runs were conceded.
#36 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:51 AM
Razzaq’s lack of pace means that Guptill can walk down the pitch and hit him for a boundary.
This is so upsetting, Pakistan had NZ cornered completely until Akhtar started being stupid.
#37 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:53 AM
Special photo for special occasion
#38 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 9:55 AM
Guljee takes a wicket in his second over ….
#39 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:55 AM
Excellent ball by Gul, sharp inswing and the pathetic Jamie How is gone.
Pakistan back into the game- they need to get Ross Taylor
#40 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 9:57 AM
OMG … it’s How … he shouldn’t have got out, he was good for Pakiatan. 😦
4 runs in 29 balls for How …….. he is breaking Shehzab’s record. 😉
#41 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 10:01 AM
Someone told me that Akmal missed a stumping chance of Rahman … is it so ❓
#42 by Varun Suri on March 8, 2011 - 10:02 AM
#43 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:02 AM
It was that MF Akmal’s catch
NZ’s most dangerous batsman gets an edge, Akmal does not bother catching it.
It was the keeper’s catch.
Which keeper in the world would not bother catching that?
Akmal drops another catch
LOL this is hilarious
Match fixing zindabad
2 CATCHES DROPPED OR MISSED BY AKMAL
#44 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 10:03 AM
Hi Varun …
LOL Fcukmal …….. did he really missed it ❓
#45 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 10:05 AM
Carry on guys …
BRB in an hour or so … 😦
#46 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:08 AM
No it was not a missed stumping
The batsman got an inside edge on that, it didn’t carry to the keeper.
But Taylor got an edge and the ball just went past Akmal, he left it for Younis but it was in Younis’s slip region, it was the keeper’s catch.
#47 by Sagaat on March 8, 2011 - 10:09 AM
2 catches dropped by Kamran Akmal in one over (Akhter bowling). Kamran Akmal should be investigated by the ICC for match-fixing.
#48 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:10 AM
This is the reason why the world says Pakistani players are match fixers
Because they do stupid and unforgivable things like that.
NO KEEPER IN THE WORLD WOULD HAVE DONE THAT.
#49 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:16 AM
Good Morning guys, sorry I missed the first 12 overs as I couldn’t get up that early. But, I saw those two catches dropped by Khatmal. Unbelievable stuff, how can that M’faulker drop such simple catches?
It is good to see you ALL contributing so much on the blog.
#50 by Sagaat on March 8, 2011 - 10:17 AM
But no team in the world would have played him either. The way he came up in the team all of a sudden is suspicious (esp in light of defensive remarks by Butt recently). Either Kamran Akmal is really pathetic or he fixes very, very often. He has missed a couple of stumpings in one of the previous matches as well (of Sangkkara). I dunno if he missed more in other matches but he is very, very suspicious.
#51 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 10:18 AM
I am in a meeting. 😦
But iPhone Zindabad. 🙂
#52 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:19 AM
Chor chori say jaye, haira phairy say na jaye!
What a beauty from Umar Gul
#53 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:22 AM
Taylor the Birthday Boy got two presents from Kamran Akmal. I still cannot believe how he could have dropped? Especially the second one was a dolly.
#54 by amir on March 8, 2011 - 10:22 AM
speechless why is that every time i start to pakistan cricket again this bloody khatmal made me regret. This mf is a real match fixer. Not even a single sign of regret frm him.
#55 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:24 AM
Akhtar is bowling his heart out, the first ball of his new over took an edge but it fell well short of the keeper.
Pakistan needs to get Guptil first to stop the flow of runs. Taylor is till in shock and he is playing cautiously.
#56 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:27 AM
72/2 good bowling by Akhtar. Things would have been much different had that catch been held.
#57 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:29 AM
Afridi is stretching and loosening up, may be he will take over from Akhtar after Gul’s over.
#58 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:32 AM
Great over by Umar Gul, only 2 runs, Taylor was unable to play the shots, bad footwork, still seems to be nervous and unsettled. Razzaq is bowling now instead of Afridi as I thought.
#59 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:33 AM
This score could have been 50/4 if Akhtar had not been stupid earlier and Akmal had taken the catches,
#60 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:35 AM
Spin needs to be reintroduced asap, otherwise Taylor is looking to settle down.
#61 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:36 AM
Razzaq is the last bowler I would bowl on a track that suits pace and bounce and is probably sticky enough to support spin.
#62 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:36 AM
Razzaq is predictable and he did not realize that Taylor was coming down the pitch and bowled too wide, the second ball Taylor again walked down and smashed it for a four and then a two, he has released the pressure.
I think Afridi should have bowled instead of Razzaq ………………… here is comes now
#63 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:39 AM
Just two runs from Afridi’s first over, but I still think he should not have allowed Razzaq to bowl that over, it has provided an opportunity for Taylor to play two good scoring shots.
#64 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:40 AM
Afridi needs to get Razzaq out of the attack asap
#65 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:41 AM
Once again Abdul Razzaq bowling wides and giving away extra runs and giving the player more time to think and score easily.
#66 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:42 AM
This is the problem I have with Razzaq, if the pitch is not a typical bowling pitch Razzaq can release pressure off the opposition.
#67 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:43 AM
They are dealing in singles now and are 87/2 ……….. another poor delivery by Razzaq went off as a 4 leg byes 91/2….. GET Razzaq out of the attack Afridi
#68 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:43 AM
Akmal should have stopped those leg byes.
2 dropped catches and concession of leg byes
ICC is watching you, Akmal.
#69 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:44 AM
Full Toss by Afridi, at 100 kph and Taylor was surprised. Three dot balls from Afridi.
#70 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:46 AM
The ball is not spinning as much as in Pakistan’s earlier matches.
Strange pitch this.
I think Pakistan have been too complacent in this match. They have been very sloppy.
#71 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:46 AM
Akmal is looking like a nervous wreck behind the stumps, just two runs from Afridi over. Still no wickets for him. Hafeez is coming now.
#72 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:48 AM
Guptil’s 50 in 71 balls. so far Hafeez is bowling OK given away only 2 runs in 5 balls
#73 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:49 AM
Javed A Khan
14 runs of Guptill have come from Tired Butt’s free hits.
#74 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:52 AM
Four runs from Afridi’s over 99/2 in 25 overs now. Pakistan needs a wicket here to add pressure
#75 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 10:53 AM
We can see how detrimental it is to the bowler’s confidence when the keeper drops catches.
This is why I don’t blame Mohammad Sami and Kaneria entirely for their poor form- Akmal has played a huge part.
#76 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:55 AM
Good over by Hafeez only 2 runs in it, there was a stumping appeal but, Guptil was safe.
#77 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 10:57 AM
50 runs partnership btwn Taylor and Guptil, they are gaining confidence now and dealing in singles.
#78 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:00 AM
28 overs gone, NZ are 108/2 …………. a direct hit from Umar Akmal I think Taylor is out.
#79 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:00 AM
NOPE, he is not out, he is safely in and Taylor escapes
#80 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Rameez Raja can’t stop praising U Akmal.
Excellent throw nevetheless
#81 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:03 AM
#82 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:03 AM
Sooner or later Afridi had to get someone
#83 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:03 AM
What a ball from Afridi, got Guptil the dangerous man, what a ball. NZ 112/3
#84 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:09 AM
Hafeez got an LBW decision from the umpire, there is a review now……… He has given Franklin OUT
#85 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:10 AM
Good ball from Hafeez
Pakistan in the driving seat now.
Akmal should not play any further in this WC.
Hafeez proving that he has become a reliable player.
#86 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:12 AM
The main batsmen are out now, except Taylor.
Pakistan can’t gift the match away to NZ now.
Styris, Vettori, Nathan McCullum are not specialist batsmen.
Younis just fielded beautifully.
#87 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 11:12 AM
Javed Khan …
How is our overall position now ?
Your expert opinion please.
#88 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:13 AM
LOL according to Wasim Akram everyone is “one of the best fielders”
He has said the same thing about U Akmal, Hafeez and Younas Khan
#89 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:15 AM
Good ball from Afridi, half a chance as the ball landed between two fielders…………….. Akmal dropped another one from Afridi
#90 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:16 AM
Akmal drops another catch off Afridi.
Afridi just screamed in agony.
Akmal would not even be in the team if this was not Pakistan
#91 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:17 AM
No one is an expert especially when Kamran Akmal is dropping catches like this, this is the third one he dropped. What a shame
#92 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:19 AM
CACHENS for catches….. that is what Wasim Akram just said. His nasal diarrhea continues
#93 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:19 AM
Misbah looked very casual as he threw the ball back to Akmal. I think that could have been a run out.
This is very suspicious from some fielders.
#94 by Sagaat on March 8, 2011 - 11:19 AM
Yes, he dropped another catch off Afridi. You gotta feel for Afridi, this could have been another 4-5 wicket hall.
#95 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:23 AM
135/4 in 33 overs, another catch dropped at point of the last ball of Afridi’s over. Don’t know who the fielder was but, Afridi was so disappointed that he sat on his haunches for quite sometime in total disbelief.
New Zealand with these chances may be able to score 240 from here. Otherwise, today they should have been out under 180, anyways it is still not over yet so lets see.
#96 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:31 AM
Wasim Akram’s commentary is substandard, Simon Doull looks a little confused about some of the things Akram is saying.
#97 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:31 AM
Could anyone be more lucky than Ross Taylor to score a 50 on his birthday? Thank You kamran Akmal……..that is what he must have been saying to Akmal. 141/4 in 35 overs
#98 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:33 AM
Inzamam scored a 50 on his birthday in the 1996 WC
#99 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:35 AM
I think the most important question irrespective of the result of this match is whether to continue playing Akmal who is one of the most negative players in the team.
#100 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:35 AM
Wasim Akram has just said, Shahid Afridi is not looking as involved as he was in the first three matches, he seems to be a bit quiet…….. perhaps he realized what he is saying, he added……… perhaps this is a good sign that he is calm.
#101 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:36 AM
The answer is NO, he should not be playing. The easiest solution would be to ask Umar Akmal to wear the gloves and get Asad Shafiq in the team.
#102 by Sagaat on March 8, 2011 - 11:38 AM
I remember Younis Khan wicketkeeping before. In the absence of another keeper in the squad, why not just ask Younis to keep wickets. This would also enable Asad Shafeeq to play as a batsman…?
#103 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:39 AM
Umar Gul in to bowl, fantastic figures so far 5-1-8-1
#104 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:39 AM
I will now be absent from the blog for 2 hours.
#105 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 11:40 AM
I think Younis is a decent keeper, but perhaps they won’t ask him to don the gloves because of his seniority.
They will probably ask U Akmal if at all, but U Akmal may underperform if his brother is dropped.
#106 by Sagaat on March 8, 2011 - 11:40 AM
Good point. Nothing can be worse than Kamran Akmal. 3/3 chances missed so far.
#107 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:40 AM
Umar Akmal has also done a pretty decent job recently so it would be better to give him the job.
#108 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:43 AM
I think Umar Akmal will not under perform because, he knows if he does then he will be dropped too.
Umar Gul bowled a short ball and too a wide one down the leg side. At the end of 38 overs New Zealand are 155/4
#109 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 11:44 AM
I am back ….
Meeting was ok, but I was loosing concentration. 😦
#110 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:45 AM
Replacing the wicketkeeper in the world cup with a makeshift arrangement is not a permanent solution. Pakistan needs to find a regular GOOD wicketkeeper are there any?
Happy Birthday Ross Taylor, another skier which landed close to a fielder.
#111 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:46 AM
Munir welcome back, dont miss too much action
#112 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 11:46 AM
For All His Dropped Catches, Kamran Akmal Should Be Forced To Give … Blow-Job … To The Entire Team.
#113 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:47 AM
160/4 in 39 overs…………. this is one of the most pathetic fielding performances from Pakistan’s side…….. Afridi cannot believe what is going on in the field. He cannot run and take catches of his own bowling.
#114 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 11:48 AM
Afridi should kill this Fcukmal
I wonder why the Fcuk is he playing ……….. BC / MC FIXER.
#115 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:48 AM
Talk about the other way round, the team should be so angry that they should NOT allow him to do that job……. so that he gets more desperate! 😀
#116 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 11:50 AM
Nice to see so many guys ……
Welcome back Amir (what was his other name) 😉
#117 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:50 AM
What Beauty from Umar Gul, unplayable ball, Taylor had no clue about that ball. He is really lucky to have come this far, he should have been sitting in the dressing room biting his nails.
#118 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 11:52 AM
Match still seems to be in our favour … I hope Pakistan keeps the tight grip on NZ.
Good job by Hafeez as a part-bowler.
Well done Gul & Rahman.
Afridi is surely always good, but he needs more wickets today.
#119 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 11:55 AM
Ok guys, time to go home for me.
Should see a last few overs live and then our batting full.
We shall win it from here …… Inshallah. 🙂
#120 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:56 AM
Munir by the time you reach home the innings would be over.. join us from home
#121 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 11:58 AM
Batting power play taken in the 42nd over , Umar Gul to bowl, chances are he will take a wicket in this over. lets see
#122 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 12:03 PM
I WAS RIGHT, I WAS RIGHT 😀
Umar Gul got the wicket in this over and on the last ball, Styris was plumb and Daryl Harper had no hesitation in giving him out, he thought of a DRS but, after consulting with Taylor walked away. So, 5th wicket down at 175 after 42 overs
#123 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 12:05 PM
Afridi is in to bowl his 9th over, he must take a couple of wickets here in his 10 overs………. lets see
#124 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 12:07 PM
180/5 in 43 overs , Taylor 67 in 102 balls. Pakistan must get him now
#125 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 12:13 PM
188/5 in 44 overs……….. New Zealand may score 240 but, the chances are they may end up around 230 especially if Taylor is gone now. Afridi to bowl last over
#126 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 12:16 PM
Nathan McCullum smashed 2 SIXES of Afridi’s last over, 14 from it. The score is 202/5 in 45 overs…….. Afridi’s figures ruined.
#127 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 12:20 PM
Nathan McCullum hit a HUGE SIX on Umar Gul’s short pitched slow ball, but the next ball Umar Gul got him, BOWLED HIM.
NZ now are 210/6 in 45.5 overs, Jacob Oram in now …….. good ball from Umar Gul, he nearly got him LBW, slightly missing the leg stump
#128 by Varun Suri on March 8, 2011 - 12:43 PM
absolutle unbelievable carnage at the end? 100 runs scored in 31 balls!
#129 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 12:50 PM
Carnage is the only word that can describe the last 5 overs in which New Zealand scored 100 runs. Shoaib Akhtar gave 28 runs in one over, Abdul Razzaq gave 30 in one over. Abdul Rahman gave 35 odd runs in 2 overs.
Pakistan is a BOWLER SHORT, A FAST BOWLER.
Imagine how dropped catches can change the game? The BIGGEST CULPRIT IS KAMRAN AKMAL who dropped 2 catches of Ross Taylor when he was under 10 and then, he went off to score 131 not out.
Now, Pakistan needs to demonstrate their batting prowess, either they will go all out and win it or they will be out under 200. There will be nothing in between.
#130 by Sagaat on March 8, 2011 - 12:51 PM
There is no-one to blame but Kamran Akmal. I have always mantained that he is not a good enough batsman to drop catches of top batsmen and make that up.
In a way Pakistan can take this performance positively. They need to realize that an extra bowler is needed. They can drop Kamran Akmal, play Asad Shafiq, and play Wahab Riaz in place of Razzaq.
Saeed Ajmal is much better than Abdul Rehman. Watching Rehman is like watching a part-time bowler who can’t spin the ball for his life.
#131 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 12:52 PM
With this innings break, I am taking my breakfast break……….. what a stupid last 5 overs from Pakistan, unbelievable stuff, only they can do this. Ross Taylor joined the club of Birthday Boys who have scored centuries on their birthday. Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, (forgot the name of the 3rd one) and now Taylor.
#132 by newguy on March 8, 2011 - 1:08 PM
What a carnage, I woke up in time to catch the last four overs when NZ and Ross Taylor went berserk. Akhtar and Razzaq were violated by Taylor. How easy he made those sixes look like, Taylor is always a dangerous player who can hit big, giving him so many lives have cost Pakistan dearly. Huge entertainment though for people.
#133 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 1:23 PM
Hafeez OUT…….. once again asked for a review and still given OUT….. he is in hopeless form at the moment and needs a rest. Asad Shafiq must be tired in the later games especially against Zimbabwe. Let us see what Kamran Akmal will do with the bat? Pakistan gives wickets to Southee in a silver platter.
#134 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 1:25 PM
Openers are putting Pakistan under pressure from the first or second over, what a pathetic performance from Hafeez, wait for Ahmad Shahzad he too will join him soon. Pakistan are 7-1 in 2 overs.
#135 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 1:36 PM
I am speechless, don’t know what to say.
I have seen last few overs of NZ innings and I wish I HAD NOT. 😦
#136 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 1:56 PM
I have just returned after completing a necessary task- now this team feels more like Pakistan.
Tired Butt is hopeless and it is criminal to allow Razzaq to bowl.
Dropped catches, controversy, hopeless top order.
It all started when Akmal started dropping catches. He is one of the biggest match losers to have played international cricket.
#137 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 1:58 PM
Younis Khan played very poorly, I had hopes with him.
#138 by Sagaat on March 8, 2011 - 1:58 PM
There goes Kamran Akmal. Good riddance.
Pakistan would consider themselves fortunate if they make 200.
Waqar must revise his rigid, Australian strategy. It’s just that the wins camouflaged the need for an extra bowler. We’ve been saying that the team combination is incorrect. Pakistan can easily drop Kamran Akmal, play Asad Shafiq, and play a genuine bowler in place of Razzaq.
#139 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 2:03 PM
I don’t know why they are hellbent on playing this Akmal who is not only one of the biggest match losers in world cricket, but he is also under the ICC scanner for match fixing.
I mean, what kind of excellence do they see in his batting? He is not even the best batsman in the Pakistan team, forget the Pontings and the Tendulkars and the Sehwags.
#140 by Naser on March 8, 2011 - 2:14 PM
I think, PAK should drop Akmal. Let watch the effort of B. Macculum to catch the ball and stop boundary but what Akmal did ? PAK should also drop Ahmed and Hafeez also. They are not playing to take responsibility and couldnt contribute a few admirable innings.
#141 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 2:25 PM
It will be unfair to drop Hafeez because if he doesn’t with the bat he can perform with the ball, he is also one of the better fielders.
Misbah is now out, he is terrible playing swing, he can’t play swing if his life depended on it.
The people to drop are Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad; they should be replaced by Asad Shafiq and Wahab Riaz/Junaid Khan.
Afridi better give a chance to Junaid Khan against Zimbabwe.
#142 by amir on March 8, 2011 - 2:29 PM
any1 for guesing that how much khatmal got paid for dropin those catches. Here is a khatmal joke 4 u. What is common between khatmal and micheal jackson. Ans. Both wear gloves for no reasons.
#143 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 2:30 PM
LOL @ amir’s joke
#144 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 2:34 PM
That is an exceptional shot from Afridi.
#145 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 2:39 PM
Umar Akmal knows how to build partnerships, he knows how to create shots, he has a good cricketing mind and it is good he has gained exposure to international cricket at such a young age.
His only problem is temperament and that has an effect on shot selection.
Afridi out now as I write, terrible shot. Pakistan needed him to score today but again the main culprits are Misbah and Younis.
#146 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 8, 2011 - 2:49 PM
Sorry guys I won’t be able to write any more comments today, I just got a call from Pakistan, one of my uncles died and I have to make phone calls to my other relatives.
#147 by Naser on March 8, 2011 - 3:29 PM
I am also agree with you that Hafeez shouldn’t be dropped but he will not be allowed to open. He should come at no. 4 or 5. Another matter that Asad safiq must be introduced and Kamran akmal will be replaced by Umar akmal. We all know that he can work also as wk.
Now the momentum are totally in favour of NZ. Two men Umar and Razzak in the crease. This is right time to watch the unpredictability of PAK.
Hell ! Umar departedg. What a foolish shot it is ! at this time.
#148 by Mohammed Munir on March 8, 2011 - 4:05 PM
This is not an ordinary defeat, this one will dent Pakistan’s morale for reminder of the tournament big time.
It won’t be easy coming outta this mess. 😦
#149 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 4:08 PM
Good knock by Razzaq, but it still doesn’t take his poor bowling out of the equation.
#150 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 5:03 PM
Yes, although Afridi was confident of a recovery in the post match presentation, there will be serious questions about Kamran Akmal’s performance.
Also, Afridi may need to review his bowling options because Tired Butt has shown he can lose the plot whereas Razzaq has shown yet again that he is not a reliable bowler.
This paves the way for dropping Shahzad, promoting Razzaq up the order and playing Saeed Ajmal.
U Akmal (keeper)
In fact I would drop Misbah even, and play Shahzad in his position simply because there are no other batsmen.
#151 by khansahab on March 8, 2011 - 9:17 PM
Imran Khan‘s quotes after today’s match:
“It is too late to replace Akmal”
“Akmal must undergo rigorous training”
“Pakistan would have lost vs Sri Lanka if Sangakkara had not got himself out”
“Saeed Ajmal is a matchwinner and must play”
#152 by Arshad KHan on March 9, 2011 - 2:20 AM
Kamran Akmal needs to go and umar akmal needs to take over and they also need to give junaid khan a chance and take out shoaib akhter since he is not fit. Junaid took 3 wickets against england in the warm up game. Its time to let Shoaib Akhter go i don’t care how fast he is he is still not fit enough to play internationally.
#153 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 4:17 AM
I did not see the match after the score was 66/6 because of the reason mentioned above. I saw the scores on the internet and from my assessment and expectations Pakistan scored a LOT MORE than I thought. I was thinking they will be all out under 100, but they exceeded my expectations.
Imran Khan did not even remember Saeed Ajmal’s name and he mentioned “The other Off Spinner.”
He also said, he has not seen how Asad Shafiq or Umar Akmal keeps the wicket so he cannot tell.
And, yet he says that Kamran Akmal should not be dropped.
His assumption is that Pakistan cannot call for a replacement wicketkeeper, that obviously is not the case.
Those who have seen these two players or even the third one Younus Khan keeping the wickets can suggest for Kamran’s exclusion from the other remaining matches.
If Kamran is not dropped, the morale of the team will remain low, because he is a ticking time bomb who can suddenly drop easy catches, miss stumping chances and the team will not recover from the shock and we have seen it today.
I think we need to do an exclusive thread on Kamran Akmal demanding him to be axed from the team for the rest of the matches. He is a nervous wreck and he will continue to destroy the team’s spirit and their morale. Akhtar should also be dropped and they must take Wahab Riaz and Junaid or both by dropping Abdul Razzaq. All these experiments must have already been done instead of doing them now in the only match against Zimbabwe, because if Pakistan can beat Australia and Zimbabwe they can still be on top of the table. I am assuming that NZ may not win against SL.
#154 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 4:23 AM
A couple of days ago, in the previous thread I wrote that it is not Pakistan but, New Zealand and West Indies are the dark horses and they can upset any team. With these dropped catches NZ has ruined and destroyed Pakistan’s hopes. If they cannot recover from this shock they will be out in the first match they play during the quarterfinals. They need to beat Zimbabwe very convincingly and with big margin before playing Australia.
#155 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 4:26 AM
India should win the toss and score 400 plus runs, they have already done this against Netherlands so they can do it again. If they lose the toss they should bowl them out under 70 runs and score it within 10 overs without any loss of wickets.
#156 by Mohammed Munir on March 9, 2011 - 5:56 AM
It is with great sorrow and sadness that I heard the news of your uncle’s demise. Please accept my most sincere and heartfelt condolences for the same.
May Allah give patience and strength to you and your entire family to bare this loss, and may the departed soul rest in complete and eternal peace, under the Allah’s mercy and forgiveness.
I hope and pray that your family copes with patience and strength during this hard time and may Allah Bless you and your loved ones with mercy and goodness in exchange for this loss.
#157 by khansahab on March 9, 2011 - 7:13 AM
I agree, India should come out with all guns blazing against Netherlands.
It will be an opportunity for them to cement their place top of the table.
They can’t be defensive and cautious against them like how they were with Ireland.
#158 by Mohammed Munir on March 9, 2011 - 10:11 AM
Some Random Thoughts of a Distressed Mind ….
– Kamran Akmal should be shot down, and this looks the only option of keeping him out of the team.
– Why is Shahid Afridi persisting with Kamran Akmal. Afridi is the one who insisted for Akmal and Shoaib Malik to be called back into the team.
– I was hearing Basit Ali (who is a decent guy) on ARY TV and he mentioned that captain made a few mistakes like playing mediocre Abdul Rahman in place of a match-winner, Saeed Ajmal, allowing Abdul Rahman to be used from second over on a green lively wicket and even after getting the wicket of dangerous Brendon McCullum in the first over, finishing Gul and his own overs very early so that Abdul Rahman had to bowl last overs.
– Mohammed Hafeez should be stopped from asking “Wrong Reviews” after getting out early each time.
– If Kamran BC/MC Akmal is dropping catches, should we blame him or the captain and management who select him to play ❓
– Kamran Akmal’s missed stumpings against Sri Lanka (Sangakkar) were even worst than dropped catches yesterday, but because we won that game against Sri Lanka, we didn’t blame him enough.
#159 by Mohammed Munir on March 9, 2011 - 10:32 AM
Umar may replace Kamran as wicketkeeper … Captain Afridi.
(Now Captain is talking business). 😀
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi thinks it may be time to replace Kamran Akmal behind the stumps.
“It [keeping with Umar] is very much an option and we might try it in the next game,” captain Shahid Afridi told Geo News.
“We have five days now before our next game, so whatever is better for the team we will try it,” he said.
#160 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 12:05 PM
Thanks for the condolences, ‘inna lillah ……”
As regards your questions on keeping Kamran Akmal, even the ex-great Imran Khan was saying yesterday on TV that you cannot replace Kamran Akmal at this stage! He has no time to follow cricket and I am sure he has never seen any match in full and made comments just over the top. When asked why not ask Umar Akmal or Asad Shafiq to replace Kamran? He said, he has not seen them doing that hence he cannot say. Which means Imran Khan has admitted that he doesn’t watch cricket as much as others. Hence, in my view his opinion doesn’t matter.
On Geo TV that Kamran guy (the anchor) was saying today, Shahid Afridi was not involved with his bowlers as much as he was doing in the past 3 matches. ALL these M/F’s have a BIG mouth they have to speak one way or the other. Remember how much criticism was being thrown at Afridi that he is talking too much to his bowler and it was none other than WASIM CHAKRAM the Sheesh Naag. And he was followed by another venomous character i.e., one of the “Chappal Brothers” and I am sure the message must have gone to Afridi to keep some distance.
The reason why Saeed Ajmal was left behind? BAKAOZ, he is out of form his bowling is very mediocre these days and his fielding is pathetic. We have seen it in the match against Canada.
Why Abdur Rahman was used in the death overs? Because, BAKAOZ Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq together gave away 58 runs in only 2 overs. Both of them had overs remaining, had he continued with them people would have criticized, why he used the same bowlers when they were being thrashed for 58 runs in 2 overs? Logon Ko Na iss kul chain aur na uss kal chain, they can’t help it because they have verbal diarrhea . They want to criticize and that is the nature of desis.
#161 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 12:14 PM
Netherlands has scored more runs than I expected from them (189). It means Indian bowling except ZAK, is once again showing signs of mediocrity, even Nehra was dispatched off the ground for a couple of sixes. Chawla should not be in the team, when he got a wicket on the first ball of his second spell i.e., when the batsman hit straight into the hands of Harbhajan Singh, Chawla was proudly giggling like a baby girl. Then, in the following overs they hit him for a few sixes. It is innings break and India should win comfortably by 8 wickets at least.
#162 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 1:14 PM
I have a question from you, rather this is my observation and I am asking this without any bias or malice and I want to know whether you agree with me or not? It is up to you but, please do respond to this, because each time I see this architectural junk I keep asking this question, who designed this pavilion building at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground at Delhi?
I mean there is no aesthetic sense in it and to me it looks like a building that has collapsed during an earthquake, it appears like it caved in. This is a new building and it is in the capital of the country it should have some architectural designs as India has no dearth in architectural buildings – not just The Taj Mahal – but, there are hundreds of other temples and monumental buildings all over the country and they are unique in their own way. And, by saying this I am not trying to compare it with any Pakistani cricket stadium, there is nothing impressive there either as compared to modern cricket stadium as in Dubai or the old ones in South Africa or the impressive MCG.
So, do you agree with me or you have any other views? newguy and others are also welcome to comment on this subject.
#163 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 1:15 PM
Tendulkar on rampage! He has played some beautiful cricketing shots, at least 4 in an over and he has just completed 2000 runs in World Cup Cricket. Another milestone and another feather in the cap of Gavaskar 😀
#164 by newguy on March 9, 2011 - 1:27 PM
Simple and easy answer to your question: Kotla stadium looks ugly as the ugly duckling. It is possibly the most ugliest stadium of all major cities in India.
#165 by newguy on March 9, 2011 - 1:28 PM
LOL at the feather in the cap of Gavaskar 🙂 did you notice Gavaskar came right on time after that to commentary box, he must be gloating.
#166 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 1:33 PM
newguy Gavaskar is already gloating and predicting who will score a century, Tendulkar or Sehwag? And, he wants Tendulkar to do that, whereas Manjrekar thinks it would be Sehwag because he is dealing in sixes whereas, Tendulkar is dealing in fours. LOL he is such a dreamer……………… BUT, his dream might come true because Sehwag just got out and Tendulkar is still there.
For Gavaskar this is like an XBOX game 😀
#167 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 1:34 PM
Oh WOW, Dhoni has sent in Yousuf Pathan to finish off the game, and another interesting race for Tendulkar’s hundred.
#168 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 1:50 PM
Gavaskar‘s dream is over, Tendulkar got out and what a bowling performance by Seeler who took all the 3 wickets so far. India was going well until Gavaskar came into the commentary box, issi ki nazar lag gayee!
#169 by newguy on March 9, 2011 - 2:23 PM
Neither Tendulkar nor Sehwag should have scored a hundred against Netherlands, instead they did exactly what they were supposed to do, go after bowling and if they get out then so be it. It is another opportunity for batting practice for the rest. Right now, some work needed by the two out there. But they should be home. I don’t think Tendulkar wanted a hundred against the Dutch.
#170 by Arshad Khan on March 9, 2011 - 2:56 PM
I can’t blame afridi because he does his job and he is a good aggressive player but there is nobody in the team to back him up. In Kamran matter he can’t do much because its our selector and management who make the decision and the captain barely has any saying. i don’t understand that our management and coach sitting down watching the game or they look at girls in the stadium because they look blind to me since they don’t see kamran performance. He should not be included in the World Cup Squad. No there is a Article on Cricinfo.com saying Kamran is on of the top contractor by the PCB after that horrible performance against NZ he comes in Bracket A of the Contract so how can we blame the Captain when the PCB is F Up and they are keep selecting kamran. I am surprise nobody is threatening kamran. Paki people love cricket and they are crazy when something happens like this. And another thing that really gets me mad is when they say he’s a specialist batsmen For GOD SAKE there is no better batsmen in Pakistan than him.
#171 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 4:15 PM
You are right that neither Tendulkar nor Sehwag must have thought of a hundred and between them there was no race to reach 100 first, it is only that stupid Gavaskar that he can think of such things. They both played positive cricket and that was the need of the hour.
Gambhir could not believe that he was bowled behind his legs by an ordinary bowler like Bokhari, he stood there and asked the umpires to check whether he was bowled out or the wicketkeeper flicked his bails off? He was doing what Ganguly did 6 years ago in Bangalore when he was clean bowled by Shahid Afridi in similar fashion (behind his legs) he stood there and kept looking at the square leg umpire in shock and dismay that how can you give me stumped out when I have not moved my foot above the ground or out of the crease? The umpire raised his finger for the second time trying to tell him to leave now, and Ganguly was making gestures as to why? The commentator then said, ‘somebody should tell Ganguly to go to the dressing room and see the replay’.
#172 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 9, 2011 - 4:23 PM
Good to see you (since yesterday) after a long gap. You are right that everyone blames Afridi whereas, the support staff such as the two BIG coaches Waqar, Aaqib Javed and even Intikhab who was also a bowler sit there doing nothing. Why on earth are they selecting players like Akmal especially since he missed stumping Sangakara twice? Why are they not playing Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan in place of Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq?
Abdur Rahman, other than the last match against NZ was doing well whereas, Saeed Ajmal is not in form and he did badly in the warm up match as well as in the match against Canada. He is the worst fielder and batsman and now suddenly everyone wants Saeed Ajmal to replace Abdur Rahman and asking why was he used in the death overs? Who was there to bowl? Afridi and Umar Gul’s overs were consumed and the other two so-called great fast bowlers, Akhtar and Razzaq had a few overs left and in just 2 overs they gave away 58 runs so what is he supposed to do? The team management is NOT JUST SHAHID AFRIDI, it is Waqar, Aaqib and Intikhab also and it is they who decide. So, why are they blaming Afridi for it?
#173 by khansahab on March 9, 2011 - 7:16 PM
Umar likely to replace elder brother: Afridi
March 9: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi admitted that wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal could be replaced behind the stumps by younger brother Umar. Kamran has come under fire from fans, media and a host of former players for his sloppy glove-work which allowed Ross Taylor to escape on nought and eight to smash a breath-taking 131 in New Zealand’s 110-run win on Tuesday.
“Keeping with Umar is very much an option and we might try it in the next game (against Zimbabwe on Monday),” Afridi said.
He also defended Kamran. “If you see Kamran train, he puts in a lot of hard work. I don’t know why luck deserted him. He is also upset about his performance and he realizes it too.”
Asked how “luck” seems to have deserted him so often in the last four years, Afridi smiled and said: “I can’t give an exact answer to that. My job is to back him, to support him and hope he comes back strongly.”
#174 by khansahab on March 9, 2011 - 7:18 PM
Umar Akmal must not keep wickets, says Akram
NEW DELHI: Despite Kamral Akmal’s poor show behind the stumps against New Zealand, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram said the team management should stick to the beleaguered keeper instead of handing over the job to younger brother Umar in the ongoing World Cup.
“I hear the team management is toying with the idea of asking Umar Akmal to keep wickets instead of Kamran. If that happens, Pakistan will make a blunder, he said.
“As the cliche goes, two wrongs don’t make a right. In my book, wicket-keeping is a specialist’s job, and Kamran is the only one we have in the squad.
“I have never seen Umar keeping at the international level and he can’t be used to cover up the errors made by someone who specialises in a job. Since keeping wickets is a tough job, only Kamran must do the job, not a part-timer,” said Akram.
Kamran dropped four easy catches in the match against New Zealand and two of those included Man of the Match Ross Taylor’s chances.
Dropped on 0 and 8, Taylor went on to hit an unbeaten 131 to help New Zealand post a massive 302/7.
Kamran had also missed two stumping chances against Kumar Sangakarra at a crucial stage of the match against Sri Lanka.
Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi had hinted at the post-match press conference that Umar can don the gloves if needed in the next match against Zimbabwe.
“Keeping with Umar is very much an option and we might try it in the next game,” Afridi had said.
Akram said the defeat against New Zealand has exposed the chinks in the Pakistan armoury and labelled Afridi’s captaincy as “erroneous”.
“Toss is crucial in a ODI match but that it can kill the spirit of an entire team before a match has even started, is hard to believe. This is exactly what happened to Pakistan at Pallekelle. Shahid Afridi seemed to have lost the match at the toss.
“It was a bad day for Pakistan in this World Cup and I hope it is a one-off day. Poor bowling, bad fielding and hopeless bating gave the Kiwis a runaway victory. Even Afridi’s captaincy was erroneous.
“Pakistan were 70 per cent dependant on the toss. After losing it, the team’s body language was negative and retreated into a shell. This was surprising for a team that had a spring in its feet thus far.
“Pakistan looked very ordinary on the field. Bowling was very average. When they came out to bat, there was no planning. While qualifying for the quarterfinals should not be an issue, Pakistan must have learnt quite a few lessons from the humiliating defeat,” said Akram.
He also said that the team’s lacklustre show against the Kiwis has also exposed the bowlers’ vulnerability against established opponents.
“Pakistan’s wrongs will be exposed and that’s what the Kiwis did. That Pakistan’s bowling is vulnerable was proved. Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq and Saeed Ajmal all got hammered. In the powerplays, the attack looked listless and Akhtar was hardly the bowler we know.
“Shahid Afridi clearly looked bereft of ideas as his bowlers didn’t know where to pitch when Taylor was going berserk. Why didn’t Afridi tell his bowlers to change the angle, or go round the wicket or even fire in a few yorkers outside the off-stump?” he questioned.
Akram said that Saeed Ajmal is the man who can give Pakistan’s bowling the spin-energy it needs.
“…But first Ajmal has to believe that he is a wicket-taking bowler and his priority is not to contain runs.”
#175 by khansahab on March 9, 2011 - 7:20 PM
Struggling Akmal gets category A contract from PCB
ISLAMABAD — The Pakistan Cricket Board has awarded struggling wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal the highest category in player contracts.
Akmal is among seven players named in category A along with one-day and twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi, test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul and Shoaib Akhtar.
#176 by khansahab on March 9, 2011 - 7:29 PM
Imran Khan has publicly admitted he supports Misbah and has criticised Afridi- what about the hopeless shot Misbah played that proved he is incapable of playing swing?:
Imran blames ‘absurd’ batting order for failure
KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan on Tuesday blasted Pakistan team and its management for insisting on adhering with an ‘absurd’ batting order in the matches which he said was hurting the team’s campaign in the World Cup.
“I fail to understand why Pakistan is not sending Misbah and Razzaq up the order despite repeated failures of top order,” said a visibly annoyed Imran while speaking on a leading TV channel after Pakistan’s big defeat against New Zealand.
“This is quite ridiculous. The same two openers, who are struggling against the moving ball, are being tried match after match while Kamran Akmal, who is not a regular number three, is being sent at the most crucial position,” he noted.
Imran said Pakistan’s best player Misbah was kept at number five for some inexplicable reason instead of going in at number three or four while match-winner like Razzaq was being wasted at number eight.
“Poor Razzaq. He tried his best to lift Pakistan today but what can he do. He came in to bat when Pakistan had already lost the game. All this is beyond me.”
Imran also pointed out that Afridi miscalculated badly in using his best bowlers for the death overs and the flurry of sixes by Ross Taylor put the whole team under pressure.
“There was no clear strategy visible in the field today,” Imran observed.
“When Umar Gul was bowling superbly, why wasn’t he held back for the death covers. And Razzaq, who is now a spent force as far as his bowling is concerned was asked to contain the rampaging Kiwis which is extremely unfair.”
Criticising Kamran’s poor wicket-keeping in the game, Imran said it was for everyone to see that he was struggling with the gloves but Pakistan had no choice left at this stage.
“He is the only ‘keeper in the side so we will have to make-do with him which is sad. Shoaib Akhtar bowled quite well today but when he didn’t get the support from Kamran behind the stumps, he lost steam and could not recollect himself. All in all, it was a bad day for our team in every way,” he said candidly.—Agencies
#177 by khansahab on March 9, 2011 - 7:35 PM
Wasim, Imran, all these ex greats should have criticised Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Misbah but they have criticised Afridi.
Strange how Razzaq and Akhtar don’t get criticised for their pathetic bowling, but Afridi gets criticised for using them.
Hafeez did a decent job with the ball so at least he performed in 1 role, he should not be criticised.
This is selective and biased criticism which is the reason why the Pakistan team has some match losers.
I never thought Imran Khan would drop this low, he has shown outright support for Misbah. Misbah is incapable of playing swing and plays selfishly. Pakistan can send him earlier in the batting order but they will lose more matches that way.
#178 by khansahab on March 9, 2011 - 7:41 PM
This can only happen in Pakistan- your keeper loses you yet another match, so called great ex cricketers say he should not be dropped, and Pakistan Cricket Board rewards his failure by placing him in the top central contract category.
This psyche has made this country a laughing stock in the world.
Salman Butt is proven internationally to be a spot fixing ringleader but some Pakistani broadcaster contracts him for expert analysis during WC.
Mohammad Aamer disgraces the country but he is cheered as a hero and naive 18 year old.
Mohammad Asif was found with drugs in UAE but a Pakistani senator calls him “Superstar of Pakastan”.
So why do these people criticise their corrupt and dishonest politicians when they can allow the above to happen?
#179 by khansahab on March 9, 2011 - 8:48 PM
Tillakaratne Dilshan accused of failing drugs test
SRI LANKA’s Tillakaratne Dilshan could consider legal action after the star batsman was accused of failing a random drugs test during the World Cup.
The Sri Lankan camp was rocked by a local media report on Wednesday, which alleged Dilshan returned a positive doping result after being selected by the International Cricket Council for a random test in the opening matches of the World Cup.
The ICC has refused to confirm or deny the report for confidentiality reasons.
But Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardena rubbished the allegations at a press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Zimbabwe today in Kandy.
#180 by Sagaat on March 9, 2011 - 11:49 PM
I think Umar Akmal should keep wickets. From what we’ve seen, there is nothing that can be worse than Kamran Akmal. The ‘specialist’ keeper is jus a label. He can barely be considered even a part-time wicketkeeper.
Afridi must make the choice as if he loses the quarter-final because of Kamran Akmal, then he is he one who will ge blamed. Everyone will say why did Afridi play Kamran Akmal in the quarer-final.
#181 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 10, 2011 - 3:57 AM
IF Imran Khan or his Chamcha Wasim Chakram has not seen Umar Akmal keeping the wickets it is their fault. Like I always quote this: “IF a purblind nocturnal mouse sees not the sunlight, it is not the later to be blamed.” What makes them such an authority to talk when they don’t know these players? Not only Umar Akmal but, Asad Shafiq and Younus Khan can also keep the wickets.
Kamran Akmal must be dropped because he is a NERVOUS WRECK and if he continues to drop catches like these or miss stumping chances like he did against Sri Lanka then Pakistan is definitely going to lose a crucial match in the quarterfinals and will out of the tournament. It is better to be prepared from now rather than continuing with the same rogue player and keep losing matches against big teams.
Pakistan somehow managed to win against Sri Lanka despite Kamran’s heroics but, they failed against New Zealand, is this not enough for these stupid experts to realize that the wicketkeeper is either deliberately doing this or he is a nervous wreck. I think someone should stuff old and smelly socks in Wasim Akram’s BIG mouth or perhaps the one someone took out from Ijaz’s Butt.
What these stupid experts don’t realize is, by criticizing the captain in the middle of a tournament is worst than supporting an idiot wicketkeeper. Because, it is the captain who leads from the front if you criticize his every action, every decision then he is going to be confused. Also, these idiots should criticize Akhtar, Razzaq and Misbah. Look at Misbah, in a crucial match he scored 7 runs in 31 balls? What is the point of scoring 50’s and 60’s against minnows and getting decorative medals, praises and accolades from his comrades and girayeens?
#182 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 10, 2011 - 4:03 AM
I have received an email which I am copy pasting it here to share with you ALL.
Q : What is Kamran Akmal’s favourite quote?
A : Can I drop you somewhere?”
Kamran Akmal is such a bad wicket keeper, he can’t even catch a flu. Not even if he stood naked in sub zero temperatures in Siberia!
What do Kamran Akmal and Michael Jackson have in common?
Both wear gloves for no apparent reason.
In pin drop silence, guess who drops the pin?
Kamran Akmal is every robber’s dream, because he will never be able to catch them.
Why did Kamran Akmal have to walk back to the team hotel after the match?
Because he failed to catch the bus!
Maybe Kamran Akmal would have been a better wicket keeper if his hands were as big as his teeth.
Behind every successful man, there is a woman. Behind Ross Taylor, there is Kamran Akmal.
Why is Umar Akmal the best batsman in the Akmal family?
Because he got the most chance to bat in the back yard as Kamran Akmal kept dropping him.
What do Kamran Akmal and a funnel have in common?
Both let things through easily.
Its time to drop Kamran Akmal , just to let him feel how the ball feels.
If Kamran Akmal was a South American footballer, his mistakes would have cost him his life by now.
It’s Ross Taylor’s birthday! Shoaib Akhtar delivered the cake, Abdul Razzaq the candles, and Kamran Akmal blew them.
Kamran Akmal will make a very good footballer because he will never be required to use his hands to catch the ball.
Why do parents trust their daughters with Kamran Akmal?
Because they know he will always drop them home.
Ever wondered how the third best wicket keeper in the Akmal family is the first choice wicket keeper in the country?
If a movie were to be made starring Kamran Akmal, its title would be “The one who dropped the ball”.
What is the one thing that Kamran Akmal is really good at?
Clapping! Because he’s always eager to put his hands together before the ball reaches him.
#183 by Mohammed Munir on March 10, 2011 - 5:14 AM
Kamran Fcukmal … The ‘KEEP – ERR’
Ijaz Butt’s KEEP, who is ERRing a lot … 😉
#184 by amir on March 10, 2011 - 10:23 AM
QUS. khatmals wife never let khatmal carry thier children.why ?
Ans. Cause its fately dangerous to let him carry them.
#185 by Mohammed Munir on March 10, 2011 - 11:31 AM
Still on Kamran Fcukaml …
Below are some of the quotes from Cricinfo’s commentary during the Sri Lanka & Zimbabwe match today. Damn Kamran, this CH2IA is bringing pure shame and embarrassment to his entire Akmal family. If he has a bit of respect or honour left in him, then I think Kamran should go and commit suicide rather then ever playing again for Pakistan.
This guy has become a laughingstock and now people are even making fun of Umer & Adnan Akmals, because of him.
See the comments:
Hari: “Famous DON movie dialogue in Kamran’s way “CATCH ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, Namumkin hey”.
Naila: Why is Umar Akmal the best batsman in the Akmal family? Because he got the most chance to bat in the back yard as Kamran Akmal kept dropping him.”
And why did Adnan Akmal become a keeper? Since too many balls kept going into the bush behind the pitch when Kamran was keeping.
Paras: “Why can’t Kamran Akmal be a Pakistani team selector? Because he will keep dropping everyone from the squad!”
PS : On a rather serious but unfortunate note, someone had published home address of Kamran Akmal through an SMS on “Har Lamha Pur Josh” a live cricket related program on ARY TV on 07.03.2011. The person gave out Akmal’s home address and then invited all Pakistanis to go and attack his family/ home for what he is doing. This SMS had circulated on the TV for a few minutes, until the ARY authorities realized what was going on through live SMS and they finally stopped it.
#186 by Mohammed Munir on March 10, 2011 - 11:36 AM
From Cricinfo …
Abadit: “Why did Kamran Akmal have to walk back to the team hotel after the match? Because he failed to catch the bus! :)”
Mohit: “Cricinfo is introducing a new section on Akmal brothers, and it’s called “Dropplegangers”.
#187 by amir on March 10, 2011 - 1:28 PM
when is the unluckiest a batsman feel after getting out.
When he gets out caught by khatmal.
#188 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2011 - 1:38 AM
Lets not discuss anymore Kamran jokes, let us discuss the serious aspect of the game that is who will replace him? Let Imran and Wasim go to hell, who cares about their opinions? They keep changing it with time and tide. And, Wasim Akram is a “DESH DROHI” he loves criticizing his own team and own captain in the middle of the tournament and he was the one who predicted India as the “most favoured team to win the tournament” and is so proud now bakaoz according to him everyone is saying the same. The truth is most serious Indian cricketers and fans know that Indian bowling is weak and they can be bumped out of the tournament with one bad performance. Same is the case with Pakistan.
#189 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2011 - 3:56 AM
Chris Gayle is not playing, Ireland has got a chance. They’ve won the toss and elected to field, the wicket has grass on it and Rankin is bound to create some bounce and take a couple of wickets. I want Ireland to win.
England may have lost Broad and Pietersen but they got two very good replacements in Tremlet and Eoin Morgan, both are excellent players. So, England hasn’t lost much in terms of players.
#190 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2011 - 7:05 AM
PALLEKELE: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said Thursday that blundering wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal will not be made a scapegoat and fans should expect a traditional World Cup rollercoaster ride.
The 29-year-old Akmal has endured a blitz of criticism after his calamitous performance against New Zealand where two horror blunders allowed Ross Taylor to escape on nought and eight before the batsman smashed an unbeaten 131.
New Zealand’s 110-run win was Pakistan’s first defeat in the tournament and prompted calls for Akmal’s younger brother Umar to be handed the gloves for the remaining group games against Zimbabwe and Australia. That would leave Kamran to play as a specialist batsman, even being promoted to open.
Umar, who kept wicket in three Twenty20 internationals and a one-dayer last year, was seen practising keeping in the team’s net session on Thursday.
“Kamran has done a lot of hard work for this World Cup, but he has not lived up to that level, and we suffered a lot after he couldn’t perform,” said Afridi.
His lapses allowed New Zealand to post a challenging 302-7 in Tuesday’s game, after mustering a whopping 100 runs off the last five overs, after struggling at 202-4 in 45 overs.
Afridi stressed that Pakistan, who face Zimbabwe on Monday, should not panic as they are still well-placed to reach the quarter-finals.
“Kamran has won lots of matches for Pakistan in the past, he is a very talented cricketer, and I think we are at a stage where we shouldn’t panic.
There are other players who are not performing – it’s not only Kamran.
“We need to back them. If we make several changes we can face problems in future matches, so we will see if Kamran plays the next game or not. From my side, I think we should give Kamran confidence.
“He is a good player and we expect that he will do better.”
Afridi urged fans back home to forget the defeat to New Zealand and that following Pakistan is always a nerve-racking affair.
“Because of the way we have batted, bowled and fielded everyone should get angry but then we have to forget this anger and we should have confidence for the next match,” said the captain.
“Everyone realises that we have made big mistakes but if you look at Pakistan cricket over the last 50-60 years it’s quite normal for our team.”
Afridi said Pakistan still need to solve their problems with their opening pair.
“We are here with perfect openers and I don’t think we can take a chance on Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez. But we might open with Kamran, that’s one of the options,” said Afridi.
Pakistan’s best opening partnership in four matches was just 28 against Sri Lanka.
#191 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2011 - 7:08 AM
From the above statement of Shahid Afridi which appeared in today’s DAWN, it is obvious that Afridi is under pressure from these so-called EXPERTS in dropping Kamran Akmal, in fact he is going to use him to open the innings but, as a face saving device he is going to use Umar Akmal as a wicketkeeper.
If he is using Kamran to open the innings then he should drop Ahmad Shahzad or Hafeez (more likely Shahzad because Hafeez can bowl) and bring in a fast bowler either Wahab or Junaid Khan. Wahab because of his experience and Junaid if they want to experiment against Zimbabwe it is not a bad idea. But, they definitely need to make one change from the batting side and bring in one fast bowler in the team.
#192 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2011 - 7:59 AM
BUS-KAR GAVASKAR ITNI BUKWAS MUT-KAR
This man is obsessed with records. Today, during the Ireland vs. West Indies match when Kieron Pollard was on 70, Gavaskar said, “Can he score a 100 from here?” Then again when he was on 77 he said, “He must score a 100” And, when the score was 260/6 he said, at at this rate West Indies can score 300 runs today!
Pollard was out on 96 and West Indies were all out on 275
#193 by amir on March 11, 2011 - 8:24 AM
Dnt think they wil drop akmal they wil play him as batsman and wil drop shezad. In my opinion they must drop akmal and bring in asad shafiq put him in middle order and promote razzak to no.3. And also in place of rehman they can bring in riaz. We got 2 spiners in hafeez and afridi and think its ok to go with 2 spiners or they can bring in ajmal instead of rehman any way rehman have to go he is lyk left arm medium fast with no turn variety or pace change.
#194 by newguy on March 11, 2011 - 12:43 PM
LOL at Bakvas-kar Gavaskar. At least he is fair with looking at every player and team possibility of records, except of course we all know when that one man is batting 🙂
Gavaskar is like an old uncle, cackling away at the mike without any coherence, in fact most of the TV commentary is like that, only a question of who is best of worst. I think Ravi Shastri and Manjrekar is OK among Indians, and Ian Chappel notwithstanding his Aussie bias is OK too. Ramiz is really atrocious and the less spoken about Chakram the better. I think some Sri Lankans like Russel Arnold is OK.
#195 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2011 - 12:52 PM
newguy, “I am agree” with you about the commentators. IMO, Nasir Hussain is very fair and unbiased. Tony is a BIG mouth blabber, Bummble is Humble, Ian Bishop is fine, Robin Jackass is biased and I don’t like him. Russel Arnold is “defiNEATly” better than Athar Ali Khan of BD. 😀
#196 by newguy on March 11, 2011 - 1:29 PM
Yes, Nasser Hussain is good, and Bubble is good too, big beefy Botham however is very biased and he even gloats openly when England is going well. None of the South Africans ever impressed me, except Allen Donald sometimes, they are all think SA is the super team in the world, but they have the complex of SA not having won anything major yet.
Bangladesh looks like they will against Englad today, very good opening stand of 50 from 43 balls. The stage is set and they only have to score less than 4 runs and over from here on, which even they cannot screw up.
Tomorrow is big match of Group B, we will see how good or bad India is when they play SA then WI. SA is hiding Imran Tahir from India, last time they did not play him in the ODI series at all, now they are hiding him by pretending an injury to left thumb. They clearly do not want to expose him to India in league phase just in case they meet again in knockout, keeping him as surprise. India has history of collapse against BAW Mendis in Asia cup final couple of years back when SL hid him from Indian in league phase. SA is doing exactly that.
Will Dhoni continue with Piyush Chawla, or will he introduce R Ashwin tomorrow? Dhoni has a history of not admitting his mistakes and persisting with a player who is mediocre for too long, Jaddu is one example, now Chawla, inspite of his googly not troubling anyone.
#197 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2011 - 5:28 PM
Ireland couldn’t recover from the shock they got from Pollard and it was expected that they will lose. But, I was supporting England against Bangladesh and these Brits played so badly that they deserved to lose. Except for Morgan and Trott they all played like Hafeez, Shahzad, Kamran Akmal and bowled like Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq.
Paul Collingwood coming at number 8 was like Abdul Razzaq coming to bat, there was no point in sending him so late and why was he there in the team? Just for a few cutters? They could have easily included Yardy or Tremlet in the team. Jimmy Anderson’s bowling in this WC is extremely pathetic and he should be given a complete rest. In the end the better team won.
#198 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2011 - 5:34 PM
Probably you are right that SA is hiding Imran Tahir from India, know one knows the exact nature of his thumb injury whether it is a real fracture or a sprain? Whatever it is, it is still not in his bowling hand and he could have played, but like you have said, they are doing Baw Mendis with him. Most Indian batsmen especially Tendulkar is vulnerable to new bowlers so, that could be their strategy and I won’t rule it out.
As regards Dhoni’s Piyushing it is obvious that he is supporting him and Dhoni has become too big to admit his mistakes he is behaving just like Dictator Khan of 1992.
We need to do the live coverage for this India/SA match like we did for PK-NZ match.
#199 by khansahab on March 11, 2011 - 8:40 PM
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