Waqar Younus says I need a BRAIN LARA here

Waqar Younus says I need a BRAIN LARA here

CONGRATULATIONS MISBAH UL HAQ for successfully losing the test match!  You deserve an applaud for achieving whatever you always wanted to achieve.  I know you look so happy raising your bat for making that invaluable contribution of 52 runs in that losing proposal.

Your coach Pra Waqqa is behind you in supporting your cause that your test team lost “bakaoz” that culprit Akhroat Afridi gave away the winning momentum to the West Indies team in the last 2 ODI’s.  Therefore, you have lost the match because of him.

UKP Waqar Younus do you have any brains to use that analogy? What kind of a momentum are you talking about? A test match is a different ball game than an ODI.  That momentum ended with the ODI series which Pakistan won under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi.

By your own analogy Afridi must have lost the ODI series because the momentum was in West Indies favour when the won the first and only T20.  They should have carried that momentum into the ODI series and should have won the ODI series as well.

Waqar we all know that you are an idiot commentator but, you are a very stubborn and a stupid coach too.  You poked your nose in the team selection matters which is neither your domain nor your forte.  As a bowler you were good, like any horse is good for a few races only.  But, you were not a thoroughbred but just a good bowler.

But, in rest of the departments of the game you are not even a mule (Khucchar) but a donkey or an ass, who is there to labour relentlessly without using his brain. Luckily that Akhroat Afridi still has some in his upper chamber whereas, yours is all fried up and nothing but brain masala.  You better take a flight from Guyana to Sydney and don’t think of going back to Pakastan where you will not be greeted with flowers but with old shoes and rotten eggs.  It is time for you to hang your boots and enjoy your retired life with your Aussie wife.

Missy Baba, your cricketing career will have this baba tag for the rest of your life.  When you entered into the international level you were just a boy or a baba and then, it took you so long to come back that in the waiting you got too old and became a budda baba.  You don’t know how to play cricket and win at least a single match on your own.  That Akhroat Afridi must have singlehandedly won at least 25-30 matches for Pakistan, whereas you must have lost at least a dozen, am I right?

In this test match too you dropped 3 simple regulation catches that slipped out of your “Bucket Like Hands” and your admirer that “Phutta Baja” whose “Tub Like Mouth” always praises you and Chotta Akmal even if you misfire your fart.  Ramiz is your “Girayeen in Toiletries and Bathroom Utilities.” So, you all belong to the same Hummam.  It is a shame that you are carrying that same Malak, Akmal and Salman Butt legacy of negativity and ruining the game of cricket in Pakistan.

Every single kid in Pakistan knows and blame you for giving away the semifinal match in a silver platter to India by blocking 40 dot balls.  Pakistan lost by 29 runs had you scored even 30 runs out of those 40 dot balls, Pakistan would have won. Who knows whether you have sincerely lost the match or honestly accepted bribe in losing that match? Whatever it is you are a total disgrace to the nation.  We also know that Ijaz Butt will not fire you but, you have some sharam, some haya, you must resign from international cricket and don’t even think of coach and commentating job like your Pra Waqqa.

I can write a lot more on this subject, but I will leave it for my bloggers to fill up the blanks and stuff your trousers with gifts that you may not like to accept.


  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 15, 2011 - 7:05 PM

    We have a new thread, please write your fresh comments here, thank you.

  2. #2 by Mohammed Munir on May 15, 2011 - 7:44 PM

    Student Exam Mein Betha paper sheet Per Apna Punja Bana Raha Tha. 

    Teacher: Beta, paper Mein Haath Ki diagram Ka Tu Koi question Nahin Hai. 

    Student: Sir, Mein exam paper Banane Wale Pe Lanat Bhaij Raha Hoon. 😉

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 15, 2011 - 9:02 PM


    Wo paper Misbah nay banaya thaa?

  4. #4 by khansahab on May 15, 2011 - 9:05 PM

    ‘Karachi players deliberately ignored’

    The secretary of the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA), Ijaz Farooqui, has accused the PCB of deliberately neglecting players from Karachi when selecting the national team. “They have used different ways to overlook them and discard those already in the national team,” he told reporters.

    The KCCA had complained about the non-selection of Karachi players like wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, Danish Kaneria, Khurram Manzoor, Faisal Iqbal and Mohammad Sami – each of whom has represented Pakistan – among others. “Sarfraz did so well and we all were thinking that he will be automatically selected for the longer format but shockingly Mohammad Salman was picked up [for the West Indies tour],” Farooqui said.

    The PCB issued a show-cause notice to Farooqui over his complaints but he was undeterred. “We will continue to raise our voices in order to provide justice to our players. We wrote letters to the PCB about our reservations over the selection but the board did not pay any attention on the issue, which has forced us to come out on the roads and protest.”

    As far as Pakistan cricket’s problems in the recent past are concerned, Farooqui held what he called the “dictatorship” of Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, responsible for it. “Our cricket has suffered because of one man’s dictatorship. Once the dictatorship starts objectivity ends.”

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 15, 2011 - 9:14 PM

    Akram Raza caught in betting scandal.

    Could someone please clarify my questions?

    1. Akram Raza is not a player who is playing any form of cricket, so how come his involvement in betting is illegal?
    2. There are hundreds and thousands of bookies, bookmakers and betting houses all over the world and they are openly accepting your bets. Even cricinfo carry out betting ads.
    3. If Akram Raza or any other current player is involved in match fixing or bribing a current player then I can understand it is illegal.
    4. Gambling and betting is forbidden in Islam, is Akram Raza being charged under the Sharia Law or the Civil Law?
    5. There are millions of people who bet on horse racing, camel racing, dog racing, cock (Murgha) fighting, dog fighting, you name it and they are betting on it. Are they all caught and punished?
    6. Not only cricket but in soccer, hockey, boxing and other games too there is betting and match fixing, how many of them are caught and punished?

    What about the bookies who are not just millionaires but billionaires? They have the resources to bribe the police and government officials and keep them away from their business. How many of these bookies have been caught and punished? Why not catch the big fish and eradicate the menace than catching the small fries and punishing them. This will not resolve the problem. Just like the Feudal-lords needs to be eradicated to clear the political arena, the bookies needs to be eliminated and wiped off to keep the game of cricket clean from match fixing, spot fixing and money scandals.

    So, who has an answer to my questions? Any scholars here? Please feel free to express your views.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 15, 2011 - 9:29 PM


    Btw, this test match between WI and PK has got a record number of LBW’s, highest ever in any test match. There are a total 20 lbw decisions.

    The second highest is also between WI and PK in 1992-93 at Port of Spain where total 17 lbw decisions were given.

  7. #7 by khansahab on May 15, 2011 - 9:31 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Betting is illegal in Pakistan and that is why Raza was arrested. He was not arrested on his own, he was actually betting amongst a group of bookies, on IPL matches.

    I have seen photographs of him and the bookies shortly after his arrest and one or two of them are hiding their faces and the rest are looking guilty as hell. Why are they behaving like that if they have not done anything immoral or illegal?

    We know that spot and match fixing and betting are deeply linked although betting on its own is of course, not illegal in many countries. For this reason I think the Pakistani police should take betting seriously and raid as many bookie hideouts as possible.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 15, 2011 - 9:39 PM

    immoral yes, illegal in Pakistan? I am not sure. How come they still have horse racing in Lahore and betting is done like everyone’s business?

  9. #9 by khansahab on May 15, 2011 - 9:49 PM

    Not sure, but betting is illegal in USA.

  10. #10 by Mohammed Munir on May 16, 2011 - 4:09 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Aggar Wo paper Misbah nay banaya thaa … Tu Phhir Sub Sey Bari Laanat Bhee Issi BC Per Hogi. 😉

  11. #11 by Turbanator on May 16, 2011 - 8:13 PM

    Pakistan may drop to ninth in world ranking

    Dubai: Pakistan’s defeat to a second string West Indies team, without their star players, is set to plunge Pakistan to its lowest depths. The team crashed to West Indies by 40 runs in the first Test at Providence Stadium Guyana.

    Currently ranked sixth in world cricket ranking, Pakistan is now in danger of slipping to the ninth slot and a shade above Bangladesh if they do not stage a comeback in the second Test set to start from May 20 at Basseterre.

    Though Pakistan is hailed as one of the finest teams in the world cricket with abundance of talent, the team was recently embroiled in a player power battle. Waqar Younis, the coach has also been severely criticised by Shahid Afridi, their One-day team captain. The result of all these is that the whole team is now losing its focus.

    Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain of the Pakistan team, candidly admitted that “to lose the Test is disappointing, but I think they [West Indies] played better cricket than us and they bowled disciplined lines.”

    It is important to find out how West Indies, with hardly any experienced bowlers, are bowling better line and length than Pakistan. In fact, the best of West Indies bowlers are still playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

    Haq also admitted that: “we dropped so many catches and gave away so many runs to the lower order. It is little disappointing from the batting view also.”

    West Indies batting lacks depth and Pakistan should be thankful that the inform Chris Gayle has decided to continue playing in the IPL. Dropping catches must be attributed to poor fitness too. In fact, Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal bowled brilliantly in the second innings to take six wickets but any bowling can look sharper only if backed by good fielding.

    Pakistan needed only 219 runs to win the match but except for Haq, who top scored with 51 and Umar Akmal with 47 and Asad Shafiq (42) none of the other batsmen even attempted to even stay at the wicket. Pakistan were bundled out for 178 runs from a strong position of 135 for 4.

  12. #12 by Turbanator on May 16, 2011 - 8:16 PM

    If Pakistan don’t win the 2nd Test match I think Ijaz Butt should be dragged out into the streets and the public should stone him.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 17, 2011 - 10:42 AM

    Afridi confirms captaincy commitment. DENTS MISBAH’S HOPES TO TAKE OVER CAPTAINCY ROLE FROM AFRIDI.

    ISLAMABAD: Shahid Afridi has confirmed his desire to continue as the limited-overs skipper in spite of his differences with the team management over selection issues.
    “I have always been fully committed in playing for my country and leading my country and I have no plans to step down from the role of captain. It is an honour to captain one’s country and it’s a boyhood dream that I do not want to give up,” said the allrounder.

    Media reports had earlier indicated that Afridi’s selection for a series against Ireland was in doubt, after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had taken notice of his unease over team selection.
    The PCB had earlier sought explanation from Afridi for his comments on team selection. However, Afridi has informed the PCB of his desire to play in the Ireland series.

    “There is absolutely no doubt that I wish to continue as captain and I hope this puts to bed any doubts over my commitment to lead Pakistan and my desire to continue as captain. I appreciate that I cannot go on forever as skipper, but at this moment in time I feel that the team is improving and that we can build on the success of the World Cup,” he said.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 17, 2011 - 11:14 AM

    Cheerleader fired from IPL as blog irks cricketers
    Pasqualotto was one of 40 local women chosen for the IPL cheerleading squad that went to India at the beginning of April.

    JOHANNESBURG: A South African cheerleader has been fired from her Indian Premier League gig after writing a behind-the-scenes blog about cricketers misbehaving at post-match parties, media reported on Wednesday.

    Gabriella Pasqualotto said she is considering taking legal action after the Mumbai Indians sent her home following a complaint from an unnamed cricketer about her blog, “The Secret Diary of an IPL Cheerleader”, South Africa’s New Age newspaper said.

    “I wrote what I experienced as a cheerleader. But I am considering taking legal action because I feel that I was fired over something small and silly,” Pasqualotto told The New Age.

    “I also think that the situation was handled unprofessionally.”

    In her blog for the web site, Pasqualotto wrote about her experiences in India and the post-match naughtiness of cricketers, “the most loose and mischievous sportsmen I have come across”.

    “Usually only after day matches there is an exclusive after-party and at night is when it all happens. The music pumps, the drinks flow and the cricketers come and go,” she wrote.

    “The real fun happens in the VIP rooms where the players and night owls can cause scandal!

    “Ol’ Graeme Smith will flirt with anything while his girlfriend lurks behind him. The Aussies are fun but naughty, such as Aiden Blizzard and Dan Christian.”

    According to South African newspaper The Witness, the 22-year-old was one of 40 local women chosen for the IPL cheerleading squad that went to India at the beginning of April.

    Pasqualotto told the newspaper that an Australian cricketer who was upset over her blog complained to IPL chairman Chirayu Amin, who ordered her manager to send her home.

    “I was sent home as if I was a criminal. I was treated as if I had taken drugs or done something awful, and I was never offered an opportunity to give my side of the story,” she said.

    Pasqualotto also writes on micro-blog Twitter as @IPLGirl, where she had more than 1,000 followers on Wednesday morning.

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 17, 2011 - 11:15 AM

    On the Cheer Leader’s comments, all I can say is


    She tried to expose them and the bigger mafia fired her.

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 17, 2011 - 11:25 AM


    Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

    Afridi’s freedom finds support in Ramiz Raja

    Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has warned that if a skipper is not given the required freedom to lead the team, sooner or later the management is bound to collapse. The differences between current ODI skipper Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis have made the headlines in the past few days.

    “The game was designed around the captain and by fiddling with its dynamics, the managements are running the risk of inviting disaster. The concept may sound archaic, but it holds firm even today. “The players must have one-man to report to and take command from otherwise their quarters will invite selfish interests and politics as long term guests,” Raja wrote in his coloumn in the ‘Dawn’ daily newspaper. “ The more clear-cut the chain of command, the more effective the decision-making process and greater the efficiency.

    So I am not at all surprised when I hear captain Afridi foul mouthing the coach for meddling in his business, or the coach, cribbing about selectors, for undermining his team’s chances with poor selection because if you get the order mixed up, things are bound to turn ugly,” he wrote. The PCB put Afridi on notice for giving statements in the media that suggested he was not happy with Waqar’s undue interference in his work in the team. Afridi is believed to have developed serious differences Waqar over selection matters during the West Indies tour.

    Despite being tipped to outclass the troubled and under-strength West Indies side in the series, Pakistan lost the sole T20 match and managed to win the one-day series 3-2. In a bigger shock they lost the low scoring first test on Sunday. Ramiz said the Pakistan dressing room needs a culture change. “It won’t come from computers or an army of technical team, but with an environment which facilitates bright discussions about the game and character building. A captain has to drive home that theme, hard enough to enthuse the players and all the stakeholders to put shoulder to the wheel.

    “The mission should be to groom players to think on their feet, and turn out cricket recruits who are able to read situations smartly,” he wrote.

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 17, 2011 - 11:29 AM

    This is the first time in so many years that Ramiz Raja has spoken without any bias, except for one thing i.e., “afridi foul mouthing against Waqar” it wasn’t afridi, it was the media.

    Secondly, what he wrote about the chain of command, “The players must have one-man to report to and take command from otherwise their quarters will invite selfish interests and politics as long term guests,” Raja wrote in his coloumn in the ‘Dawn’ daily newspaper. “ The more clear-cut the chain of command, the more effective the decision-making process and greater the efficiency.” It is exactly what we have been saying in the past and also in this thread.


  18. #18 by Turbanator on May 17, 2011 - 6:23 PM

    PCB to decide on Afridi’s future as skipper on Wednesday

    KARACHI: The fate of Shahid Afridi as Pakistan’s one-day captain will be decided on Wednesday when the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt meets with chief selector Mohsin Khan in Lahore.

    Well placed sources in the board said that Butt has called Mohsin to finalise the changes in the Pakistan team for the two one-day internationals against Ireland later this month.

    “Initially it was thought that the same team that is playing the Tests in the West Indies should also be retained for the two one-dayers. But after Pakistan lost the first Test to the West Indies, the board chairman now wants the selectors to send some specialist one-day players for the Ireland matches as he is not keen on seeing more defeats,” the source said.

    The source said while it was decided that there would be changes in the squad for the one-day series, a final decision on the captaincy will be taken on Wednesday.

    At present, Afridi leads the team in T20s and ODIs, while Misbah-ul-Haq is the Test captain.

    The PCB had show caused Afridi last week seeking an explanation for making his views public regarding his differences with chief coach Waqar Younis on the composition of the team during the recently concluded ODI series in the Caribbean.

    Afridi submitted his reply to the notice but the PCB did not give details of what the flamboyant all-rounder has stated in his response.

    The source said that Afridi would find it difficult to win back the confidence of board chairman Butt.

    But the chairman is still not happy with Afridi and it will decided tomorrow whether the board retains him as captain and player for the one-day series in Ireland or decides to either ask Misbah to lead the team in Ireland or opt for Mohammad Hafeez,” the source added.

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 17, 2011 - 6:34 PM

    THE COMMITTEE OF THE BUTT GADS will decide the fate of the players and the Captain !

    Shouldn’t someone really kick this Butt Ass really hard and throw him out of the PCB? He has become such a nuisance that he is a pain in the ass for the players and for the game of cricket in Pakistan.

    Making Hafeez the captain of the ODI team is like making Mohsin Khan the PCB Chairman and appointing Ijaz Butt as his assistant. WTF is this? It is Afridi who has recreated Hafeez from nothing. He was discarded by this same Chairman, the same selection committee, the previous captains, Inzamam, Shoaib Malik, Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf who have always dropped Hafeez from the squad, whereas it is Afridi who really changed his career. Is it good to reward Afridi by appointing his protege as his Master?

    Ijaz Butt must have some shame or he should DIE IN CHULLU BHURR PAANI.

  20. #20 by Turbanator on May 17, 2011 - 8:33 PM

    Farooqi appreciates Naek for supporting Karachi cricketers

    KARACHI, May 14 (APP) – The Secretary of Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) Prof. Ejaz Ahmed Farooqi expressed his gratitude to Chairman Senate Farooq H.Naek for supporting the cause of injustice with Karachi Cricketers.“Its great feeling that the head of upper house of parliament has put his weight behind the grievances of KCCA officials,” he said in statement.Chairman Senate has assured the KCCA Secretary during a programme held in memory of late MNA Dr. Nishat Malik that he will raise the injustice with Karachi cricketers in selection of Pakistan team for recent events.

    Farooqi said Senate Standing Committee on Sports Abdul Ghaffar has also similar sentiments for the injustice with Karachi cricketers like Sarfraz Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Latif, Faisal Iqbal, Danish Kaneria, Sohail Khan and Muhammad Sami.
    To press for justice with Karachi cricketers, dozen of clubs cricketers and zonal officials staged a protest in front of Karachi Press Club on Saturday in which they demanded dismissal of PCB Chairman, Ijaz Butt and Chief selector Mohsin Khan for alleged injustice in selection of Karachi cricketers.

  21. #21 by Turbanator on May 17, 2011 - 8:40 PM

    Look at the depth and genius behind what this person is saying:

    Ex Pak skipper Zaheer Abbas slams team for defeat against Windies

    Abbas said Pakistan’s 40-run defeat against a second string West Indies team had exposed its weaknesses.

    “Pakistan’s performance was highly disappointing in the first Test. They should have defeated West Indies in all matches. But West Indies now have four wins as compared to Pakistan’s three in the ongoing tour which should be a major cause for concern,” The News quoted Abbas, as saying.

    The Pakistan side needed 218 runs to defeat the West Indies, but crumbled for 178 runs.

    Abbas blamed poor batting for Pakistan’s defeat and said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needs to address this weakness urgently.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 17, 2011 - 9:06 PM

    Wow Zaheer AbbASS is a geneASS to come up with such constipated intellectual analysis. He needs to be awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz for this discovery.

  23. #23 by Mohammed Munir on May 18, 2011 - 6:17 AM

    Tony Greig Accusing India of Dominating ICC and Calling IPL Ridiculous …

    Accusing India of dominating the International Cricket Council (ICC), former England skipper Tony Greig said it was silly to give the Indian Premier League (IPL) a window in the global calendar.

    Number one, we have got to try and get the ICC right, Greig told the BBC.

    We have a situation at the moment where the ICC is dominated by India. They tell Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and one or two other countries what to do and they always get the vote. It’s very hard, but somehow we have got to change things at that level, he said.

    We are playing too much cricket. I would be getting all the countries from the world and saying, Hey listen, what is this nonsense of giving Indian domestic cricket an open window?

    To give the IPL an open window, and reduce by two months the time available for cricketers to play around the world, is just ridiculous.

    We have got to look very, very closely and make sure we do not destroy the cornerstone of the game which is Test cricket.

    It is laughable that (Chris) Gayle and (Kieron) Pollard are playing in the IPL when the West Indies are playing Pakistan – that is just ridiculous.


    PS: Seems like Tony Grreig is royally pi55ed, 😉 but the fact is that whatever he is saying is not wrong.

  24. #24 by Mohammed Munir on May 18, 2011 - 9:45 AM

    Khanssahab = Turbanator ❓ 😉

  25. #25 by Turbanator on May 18, 2011 - 11:26 AM


    Hudood e Ilm ki sargoshion sey aasraa

    Kabhi ishq, mohaabat ya huvis ka mootaalba?

    Kehtay hai I am agree ki shokhiyon sey moothmaeen

    Haseena ka haq hai yeh, dar guzar faisla……….

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 18, 2011 - 11:57 AM


    That news is on DAWN as well. Also, Haroon Lorgat’s comments on his stinking sting operation, I wrote in DAWN that the ICC has soft corner for Australia, England, SA and India. India because of their financial muscles which they keep displaying on and off like a new bodybuilder who first wants to be Mr. Gymkhana, anyways DAWN did not publish my comments because they are also pro-Indian in many ways. I can prove that but, later. That is why I wrote that thread on Haroon Lorgat because I was pissed off too. Five days later Tony Greig said the same thing which you have copy pasted above the point to be highlighted is: ” We have a situation at the moment where the ICC is dominated by India.”

    That is the truth that India is taking advantage of their financial capabilities by twisting the ICC’s arm.
    For instance they refused to implement the (hotspot) and succeeded. Now they are opposing the entire UDRS because when in Sri Lanka the SL team appealed against umpire decisions and 11 times they were successful whereas, India was able to succeed only once. So, they believe that the UDRS is not good. WTF? I think India needs to be shown their place and they can shove their money back into their own a$$. IF the ICC listens to India there will be chaos in cricket because, most nations are in favour of the UDRS.

    The IPL is not cricket,
    it is extremely farcical and I am saying this not because the Pakistani players are not in it. But, from day one when the players were brought on to the stage and paraded like hookers and sold like cattle in an auction. It was disgusting, it is extremely disgusting to sell a player like that. The players themselves should have some self respect and self esteem not to be bought and sold like a hooker. Shame on them and if any Pakistani player likes to go there, they should be banned from playing for Pakistan. Just like they banned the ICL players, why should the IPL be given some kinda Royal Treatment? In fact there are more bookies, more betting, more match fixing and more corruption ………. Modi is an example. And, one of the Cheer Leaders who was punished and sent back like a criminal for writing the truth about what happens after the game? There are parties and players gets nasty with girls, they get drunk like a skunk and there is much more going on behind those closed doors than one can imagine. She exposed them and they got pissed off.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 18, 2011 - 12:04 PM


    (3 hours ago) Today

    “If you treated the Aussies in the way they treated everyone else, they found it a little bit foreign.”

    LONDON: Former England captain Tony Greig has risked fresh controversy by suggesting legendary Australia fast bowler Dennis Lillee was a “bit of a fairy” if he got hit himself.

    Lillee, one of cricket’s greatest bowlers, was at the height of his powers during the 1970s when Greig was playing for England.

    But the South Africa-born all-rounder was a good enough batsman to score a Test hundred against Lillee and the fearsome Jeff Thomson at Brisbane in 1974.

    Greig, 64, has spent the bulk of his life since retirement in Australia, where he has carved out a lengthy career as a television cricket commentator.

    Many Australia fans have accused him of bias against their side and that opinion is unlikely to be softened by an interview he gave to the BBC to coincide with the publication of a new biography, “Tony Greig: A Reappraisal of English Cricket’s Most Controversial Captain,” by David Tossell.

    “If you treated the Aussies in the way they treated everyone else, they found it a little bit foreign,” Greig told the BBC.

    “I think they thought they had some sort of exclusivity on it and they didn’t like it. There were people like Dennis Lillee, who was a past master at letting people have it, but he was a bit of a fairy when he got hit himself.

    “I must say I got a lot of pleasure out of that. I was an all-rounder so I could afford to dish it out, because I was going to get it anyhow.

    “Having come from South Africa I was brought up in the same way as the Aussies,” he explained.

    However, Greig added: “Lillee was up there with the two best fast bowlers I have ever played against and Thomson was as quick as the quickest.”

    Greig’s playing career contained plenty of off-field controversy.

    When England captain, he infamously said before the 1976 home series against the West Indies he wanted to make Clive Lloyd’s men “grovel” — a comment which Greig has always insisted was a reference to the Windies’ supposed mental frailty in tight situations rather than a racist insult.

    It was a remark Greig lived to regret in a series the tourists won 3-0.

    A year later, he was stripped of the England captaincy when it was revealed he had helped recruit several of the game’s top players to take part in Australia media mogul Kerry Packer’s ‘rebel’ World Series Cricket (WSC).

    Greig’s WSC role has tended to obscure his worth as a player, so much so that in some debates about England’s best all-rounders since World War II his name has been left out, even though his career averages are superior to those of Andrew Flintoff.

    “It makes me laugh when they leave me out of the debate — there may be reasons for that, I have no idea,” Greig said.

    Greig, in the side when England great Ian Botham made his Test debut in 1977, praised his fellow all-rounder as a “very, very good cricketer” but in ‘Freddie’s’ case said: “As far as Flintoff is concerned he is a bit of a Johnny-come-lately. I don’t think he lived up to his potential.

    “I would have liked to have seen a bit more of him. Perhaps he was overused, overworked a bit, but I am perfectly happy to put my numbers up against his anytime. “

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 18, 2011 - 12:11 PM

    People might say that Tony Greig is writing all that to promote his book – because, that is the only obvious thing they can see BUT, the truth is he has been very vocal from the beginning. Especially him and Botham both have hit Australia very hard not just by ball and bat but, by words. Like, when Botham was asked what is his wish to achieve in the Ashes Series? He replied, ” I wanna beat Australia at the MCG in front of the 100,000 sons of convicts.”

    Lillee is by far the most vulgar and short tempered player, much more short tempered than Roy Gilchrist of the West Indies. Roy was publicized more because he was a black guy and his bouncers were really deadly whereas, the Australian media covered up Lillee’s vulgarity, obscenity, sledging and even fighting with Miandad and fined him only Australian $27 for kicking Miandad on his thigh. It was like a slap on the wrist for a high school bully.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 18, 2011 - 12:14 PM

    I am glad to hear that Shane Warne was fined $50, 000 for his outburst against the officials of Rajhastan. He thought he is above everyone and can get away with that. Now, he will think twice before repeating such an offense. Actually the IPL authorities wanted to diffuse the situation but, the Rajhastan cricket authorities did not agree and I think they did the right thing.

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 18, 2011 - 12:20 PM

    IJAZ BUTT does not want to meet Zulqarnain Haider, because he is above ALL these petty players. After all he is the Chairman of the PCB and he has his own two ends through which he speaks and has the privilege to speak from whichever side he wishes. So, Zee Haider you go and meet my chumchass first and then I will see whether I need to meet you or tell you hushhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ! Get lost boy don’t waste my precious time which I spend snoozing from time to time.

  31. #31 by Turbanator on May 18, 2011 - 4:29 PM

    No assurances given to Afridi: Ijaz Butt

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt announced on Wednesday that Shahid Afridi’s place as the captain of the ODI team was not assured.

    Butt’s statement is likely to put into disarray what looks like a settled limited overs unit.

    “No assurance has been rendered to Shahid Afridi as far as retaining him as skipper for the upcoming ODI tour of Ireland,” Butt told a private TV channel.

    Butt said that he clearly told Afridi in their last meeting that owing to the all-rounder’s disciplinary issues, the PCB was mulling the option of bringing in someone else.

    He added that consultation was underway over selection of the team for the Ireland ODIs and a finalised team will be announced in a day or two.

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 18, 2011 - 7:09 PM


    This was bound to happen, had Afridi been from Lahore, Ijaz Butt would have retained him as captain till the next ICC WC in Australia and NZ. Remember Shoaib Malik was retained captain for 2 years irrespective of whatever the performance would be. It was during Shoaib Malik’s captaincy that Pakistan lost the first ever TEST and ODI series against India in India and prior to that Pakistan under Inzamam lost the TEST and ODI series against India in Pakistan. So, both these so-called able batsman and the self proclaimed best ALL-ROUNDER of Pakistan team have the honours of losing test and ODI series against India and still they were retained as captains. Under Inzamam during the Caribbean WC Pakistan were eliminated in the first round with a shameful defeat against Ireland in which Afridi did not play because he was banned for raising his bat at an spectator.

    And, what consultation is Butt talking about? He is a bloody DICTATOR and he is simply saying this to make people believe that he is consulting and mulling and what not. Basically he is waiting for Inti Alam’s report.

    After Ramiz Raja’s statement in DAWN about Waqar’s poking his nose in matters of team selection, Mohsin Khan & Co., would be mulling over what to do next?

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 19, 2011 - 1:00 PM



    The Punjab Gardi is at its HIGHEST in BUTT reign. This is such an obvious move that no one can stay silent.

    Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Taufeeq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Salman (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Tanvir Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam

    Once again Younus Khan has been included and on top of that TAUFEEQ UMAR. What kind of sifarish has he got?

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 19, 2011 - 2:17 PM


  35. #35 by amir on May 19, 2011 - 2:23 PM

    its seem lyk butthead is gone of his butthead. He dnt want a settled team in any format. Captaincy is far cry i dnt want misbah even as player. And what team they selected why taufeeq umer and junaid khan in team both had enough chances. Butt dnt want to meet zulqarnain. He dnt want to clear kenaria even if he is cleared by police. This is getting out of hand now he needed a sack immidiatly.

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