HAS AFRIDI SIGNED UP FOR A T20 COMPETITION?

According to the website This is Hampshire, Shahid Afridi has decided to play in a domestic T2o competition in England representing Hampshire.

This is despite making himself unavailable for the ODI series against Ireland. Afridi is due to arrive in England on 29 May.

Is this a silent protest for being sacked as the captain of the team? Or is Afridi telling the truth about his unavailability due to either his father’s illness or the flight disruption to Ireland?

Afridi's controversial decision to sign up for Hampshire has raised eyebrows about his relations with the PCB

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  1. #1 by Jaheer Abass on May 29, 2011 - 7:35 AM

    Dear bloggers

    Please see our latest section- Member Interviews, which has started with Munir sahab’s interview.

  2. #2 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 11:22 AM

    Ireland are doing well at the moment and look like they will definitely post a target of 200+.

    Will Pakistan’s weak batting overcome this competitive target?

    Misbah will try and take the game to the 50th over and may even be dismissed on 30 from 80 balls in a losing cause. Don’t be surprised if this happens.

  3. #3 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 12:09 PM

    Excellent performance by Pakistan.

    Paul Stirling has only scored 100s against Netherlands and Canada before.

    Umar Gul is a mediocre bowler, as a cricketer he is only slightly better than someone like Misbah. Gul has perhaps won 2-3 matches for Pakistan, whereas Misbah has won none. But they are both mediocre.

    There is a serious dearth of match winners in the team. They recruited 2 so called promising batsmen in U Akmal and Shafiq, but neither can win matches.

    Stirling is now on 99, this is shameful for Misbah and Waqar that their team let Stirling reach this milestone.

  4. #4 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 30, 2011 - 3:55 PM

    Now, Misbah and Younus Khan will struggle to get the target of 239 and they are already 88/3 in 25 overs great performance by these stalwarts.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 30, 2011 - 4:00 PM

    Is Sri Lanka going to lose this match by an innings after scoring 400 in the first innings? It looks certain to me after Sangakar is out and Sri Lanka are 43/6 in 18 overs and still 33 overs left. Swann got 2 wickets in an over. His figures are 4 overs 4 runs and 3 wickets. England took a lead of 96 runs which is appearing like Mt. Everest for Sri Lanka.

  6. #6 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 4:06 PM

    Pakistan needs 6 runs per over from now on, with Misbah and Younis this looks impossible.

    Pakistan should have dropped these 2 after the WC.
    With Misbah I can understand why he is in the team, because of some lobbying, but with Younis I just don’t understand it.

    Can Younis play a match winning hand today?

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 30, 2011 - 4:38 PM

    Pra Jaheer

    They are actually playing this match for their life. Younus if he fails will definitely be out of the team for good. And, Misbah if he loses a match and drew the series against minnows like Ireland will not get any appreciation. Even if he remains not out and the team loses even then he will be criticized. So, that is why he is playing this match for his life. With Hammad Azam and Umar Akmal yet to come if these guys are averaging at 4 an over when 6.4 is the RRR it is really shame on them.

    As regards Afridi, by going to Somerset yesterday he has further weakened his case. The Akroat brain is shrinking to Pea Brain now. It goes to prove the kinda company he keeps. His advisers are real chutiyum sulphates.

  8. #8 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 4:48 PM

    Despite all criticism, Butt will complete his tenure: Sources

    LAHORE: Despite all the criticism heaped on Ijaz Butt for his decision to remove Shahid Afridi as captain of the ODI team, there is no possibility of his being sacked as chairman of the Pakistan cricket Board in the near future.

    Well-placed sources in the PCB and in the ministry of sports said that Butt would complete his three-year tenure as board chairman that ends in October this year.

    “He will complete his tenure and there is no indication at all that the government wants to change the board chairman despite the hue and cry raised in the media over Afridi’s sacking,” one source said.

    Butt was appointed chairman by President Asif Zardari in October, 2008 and since than his tenure has been plagued with controversies and scandals and he has been the target of some scathing criticism by the media.

    But the former Test player has survived, despite all these controversies which hit Pakistan cricket, including the attack on the Sri Lankan team and the spot-fixing scandal.

    The President still has full confidence in Butt’s ability to run cricket affairs and he will be in power atleast until October this year after which he can also try to get an extension if he wants from the President who is chief patron of the board,” the source said.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 30, 2011 - 5:02 PM

    Umar Akmal is in business 20 in 13 balls with a six and a four in one over. I wonder when Misbah will learn? At 37 you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. If he had stayed Pakistan would have definitely lost this match but, U Akmal is playing aggressively. The only problem is after making 30-40 he gets out.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 30, 2011 - 5:04 PM

    Jaheeray

    Pls watch the video sent to you

  11. #11 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 5:24 PM

    j’wade paee

    Vekh li aye, ruspoanse kitta si

  12. #12 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 5:24 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I agree, if Misbah was playing they would have lost.

    But, because he has scored 30 (albeit at a criminal strike rate) he will survive.

  13. #13 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 5:30 PM

    PCB summons coach Waqar for probe in team rift

    KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has cancelled the leave of its coach Waqar Younis, asking him to return home from Ireland and be part of a probe into reports of rift within the team management.

    According to sources, Waqar was supposed to return to his family in Sydney from Ireland where Pakistan is playing in an ODI series but the PCB has summoned him to Lahore later this week to probe reports that former captain Shahid Afridi and Waqar fell out during the tour of West Indies earlier this month.

    On his return from the Caribbean, Afridi hinted that he was upset with Waqar’s role after which the PCB removed him from captaincy and decided to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq as the ODI captain.

    “The Board will carry out a comprehensive probe which is why it wants Waqar in Lahore,” said a source.

  14. #14 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 5:42 PM

    Younis Khan has shown Misbah how an anchor job is done.

    Match winning contribution by U Akmal- I think this is the first match winning part I have seen him play.

    Shame on Misbah for poor captaincy in these ODI’s- in both matches Pakistan were at some stages very negative. In the 1st ODI they were scoring at 2 runs per over for the first few overs. Today the top order batsmen played slowly and the bowlers were below par.

  15. #15 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 6:33 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    According to sources Shahid Khan Afridi has announced his retirement from international cricket.

  16. #16 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 6:35 PM

    “Board does not respect players. Will not play until change in management”: Shahid Afridi

  17. #17 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 6:47 PM

    Afridi quits international cricket

    KARACHI: Former skipper Pakistan cricket team Shahid Khan Afridi has announced retirement from international cricket here late on Monday, Geo News reported.

    According to sources, Afridi’s disagreement with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over some issues resulted in his early retirement.

    He said it was hard for him to play under a cricket board, which pays no respect to senior players.

  18. #18 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 30, 2011 - 7:55 PM

    NOW THE GAME BEGINS

    There will be a tussle between Ijaz Butt and Afridi, who remains is to be seen in the near future.

    Will Afridi’s retirement put Waqar’s position in jeopardy? Since his leave has been cancelled and he has been summoned to Lahore there seems to something interesting cooking in the pot.

  19. #19 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 8:40 PM

    Afridi’s quotes from today’s interview with ARY:

    “I united a broken team and took them far in the WC”

    “The players formed a group against me”

    “Can’t play under a board that disrespects senior players”

    “The Board was only telling me days before whether I would be captain for the next series. The coach was interfering in selection”

  20. #20 by Sagaat on May 30, 2011 - 8:48 PM

    Javed Khan,

    To be honest there is very little chance that Afridi would be able to spark a revolution against Butt. This is because Butt was easily able to spoil the careers of Younis Khan and Mohd Yousof. No-one is the media questioned his decisions then. The Akhroat doesn’t realize what he has done.

    Afridi might as well listen to the song, lag ja gale phir ye haseen raat ho na ho, as regards to cricket, because his career is almost over.

  21. #21 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 8:49 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Afridi has blamed the “Lahori group” for conspiring against him.

    This is what he said,

    “There is a group in Lahore, in Punjab, that wants me away for the team. They have asked the Chairman to remove me as captain”.

  22. #22 by Sagaat on May 30, 2011 - 8:51 PM

    I was sure Afridi would not play under Misbah. Another deliberate ruse by the board to sideline Afridi.

  23. #23 by Sagaat on May 30, 2011 - 8:54 PM

    Khansahab,

    The most biased person as regards to team selection is Waqar Younis. I knew he would get involved in groupism. As a commentator he had his handpicked players that he would support. In fact Ramiz Raja and Waqar Younis started a campaign against Sohail Khan. However, Ramiz Raja is educated so he knows how to camouflage it, where is Waqar makes his biases extremely obvious.

  24. #24 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 9:01 PM

    Sagaat

    Man, I don’t know what’s wrong with these people. I used to think Waqar is not that kind of person because, he seemed pally with Rashid Latif and even now he is friends with Basit Ali.

    I didn’t think Waqar would be a regionalist conspirator kind of guy.

  25. #25 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 9:09 PM

    A senior journalist from Pakistan has confirmed that some players had been conspiring against Afridi for a long time.

  26. #26 by Sagaat on May 30, 2011 - 9:12 PM

    Jaheer Abbas,

    Aren’t you aware where all the talent in Pakistan lies? Just look at this new champion player, Umar Akmal, winning a match against Ireland. So far this is his greatest achievement 😉

  27. #27 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 9:15 PM

    Sagaat

    Waqar called this champion player, “Youngsta beauty”

  28. #28 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 9:20 PM

    Sagaat

    What I want to know is who had the real power behind the selections.

    And why are the players batting slowly, and failing to rotate the strike so much? Who was devising this strategy?

  29. #29 by Sagaat on May 30, 2011 - 9:20 PM

    Jaheer Abbas,

    Hahahaha

  30. #30 by Sagaat on May 30, 2011 - 9:23 PM

    Khansahab,

    Have you seen Misbah’s interview with Rameez Raja?

    He said that a player should be able to play an innings that turns an impossible situation into a win. I think for the last many years he is seeking that one innings he keeps on dreaming about. In the process he gets everyone out on the other end and loses the match.

  31. #31 by Jaheer Abass on May 30, 2011 - 9:28 PM

    Sagaat

    No I didn’t see that one, I have seen one where he is incredibly pally with Ramiz and says that, Imran Bhai has told him that ,never compromise on your diet and eat whatever you want- but work out so that you can burn it all off.

  32. #32 by Sagaat on May 30, 2011 - 10:04 PM

    Jaheer Abbas,

    This is why he fields so poorly. He is definitely not an agile cricketer.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 12:55 AM

    Yaar Sagaat,

    This is a very strange co-incidence that today I was singing (gunn gu nao-ing) the same song, lag ja gale ………and not once but, two three times during the day. I agree with you about Afridi and I said it before in the previous thread what Afridi doesn’t realize that he is like a fish outside water. As long as Zardari is there, no one can touch Butt.

    IMO, it is Miandad’s duty to stand up against BUTT and create an uproar, he might lose his job but, if the mission succeeds he will become the next Chairman of the PCB. Laikin inn tilaon may tail nahee.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 1:00 AM

    Jaheer and Sagaat

    The previous thread I wrote had a caption: “CHANGE PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD NAME TO PUNJAB CRICKET BOARD.” Now, people are slowly talking in public and airing their views about regionalism and jingoism. People need to have guts. And, the people from Punjab speak with DHITAYEE and BAY SHARMI, like word HUDDHARAMI, which means do nothing and still be in power and for Ijaz it is ButtHarami.

  35. #35 by Sagaat on May 31, 2011 - 4:00 AM

    Just a few random thoughts:

    This is for the cricinfo writers who might read legslip:

    A good writer:

    1) Understands his audience
    2) Never speaks his mind
    3) Manipulates the audience into believing what he wants them to believe

    Now the audience is a salad bowl, with various different strands of people. The artistry is in recognizing who the audience is, and when manipulating any one such strand, you also feed fodder to the rest, surely not to sway them away, but to excite them, as if to say, they will be the center of appeal soon, too. There is an underlying human insecurity, and that is indeed the scope of a good writer, to brainwash and convince the audience by appealing to that underlying insecurity. Now I don’t necessarily mean that these powers ought to be used with an evil intent, just that regardless they be used.

  36. #36 by Mohammed Munir on May 31, 2011 - 6:37 AM

    Following is a response of one of my friend on Shahid Afridi’s retirement and I agree with him – word to word.

    So poor Afridi has retired ‘hurt’ I heard. Another victim of the ass faced Butt regime.

    Are things going to go on as usual or is the shameless public finally gonna make some noise to oust the fascist from the PCB. Or will his impressive resume keep him glued to the post. Match fixing, Doping, Sri Lankan Bus attack, Spot fixing scandal. The list goes on and so will his tenure.

    Coming to think of it, the shocking OBL and the Mehran air base incidents have not translated into any accountability or head rolling whatsoever from within the government or the Armed forces … who gives a damn about one ‘adnaa’ cricketer.

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    Former captain Asif Iqbal said Afridi’s retirement was disappointing and said PCB chairman Butt should be seen responsible.

    “It is yet another disappointing episode in Pakistan cricket and the blame goes to Butt who took an arbitrary decision (of replacing Afridi),” said Iqbal.

    Source DAWN

  38. #38 by Mohammed Munir on May 31, 2011 - 12:15 PM

    Why have Rashid Latif, Basit Ali and Javed Miandad not said anything about Shahid Afridi’s retirement, so far ❓

    Mohsin Khan, rather then speaking about selection problems between Afridi & Waqar, is also hiding his head in ground to avoid loosing his post. 😦

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 3:28 PM

    Munir

    They are all Khasees that is why especially Mohsin Khan, and even Javed Miandad doesn’t want to lose his job. Rashid Latif and Basit Ali will speak when there will be the first unseasonal rain.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 4:13 PM

    PCB suspends Afridi contract

    Osman Samiuddin

    May 31, 2011

    The PCB has responded to Shahid Afridi’s retirement by suspending his central contract and putting together a showcause notice detailing several breaches of the code of conduct, which he will be expected to respond to within a week.

    The announcement of retirement to a TV channel, the board said in a press release, is in itself a breach of the code. “By announcing his retirement in the manner that he did Shahid Afridi is in breach of Clause 2.1.4 of the Central Contract dealing with Covenants of the Cricketer,” a press release read.

    Afridi’s criticism of the board officials in the same interview to Geo TV also constituted a breach. “In passing disparaging remarks about the board and its officials, Shahid Afridi is in breach of Clause 4.4 dealing with Media obligations.

    “A showcause notice has been issued to him seeking his explanation on these comments. Afridi has been asked to respond to the letter within 7 days. His Central Contract has been suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, all NOCs granted to him have been revoked. All payments on account of Central Contract have been suspended.”

    A day after Afridi’s outburst against the administration on TV, and his decision to not play international cricket under this board, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said he was “disappointed” by the remarks and that the “retirement” was not an issue at all.

    “It was disappointing to hear what he said,” Butt told ESPNcricinfo, “and it wasn’t correct or true. It was wrong of him to do that. If he doesn’t want to play under this administration, then he’s welcome. We’ve detailed several instances where he has breached the code of conduct and will issue a showcause notice to him, which he has seven days to respond to.”

    Senior board officials spent much of the day in a budget meeting, but the issue of Afridi was a live one throughout. The board took legal advice before acting on the suspension of the contract, as well as the withdrawal of the NOCs given to him for a T20 stint with Hampshire, and one for his participation in the upcoming Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL).

    Afridi was sent a separate showcause notice earlier this month for comments he made on his return to Pakistan from the Caribbean about the team management, remarks which landed him in trouble in the first place. Disciplinary action, if any, is pending on that notice as well.

    Osman Samiuddin

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 4:19 PM

    This was supposed to happen. Even a kid in Pakistan knew that the BUTT MANAGEMENT will suspend his central contract and will accuse him with more charges of breaching the contract and bloody blah and daady dah.

    The time has come for people to stand up against BUTT and get rid of him. They should go out on the streets and protest. But, like someone said, the nation is plagued with so many problems such as load shedding, water scarcity, gas scarcity and price hiking of basic day to day commodities. They didn’t do a TOSH to OBL and about the attack on Naval base by terrorists, will they have time to come out and protest against BUTT CRIMES?

    Especially since Butt is protected by the bigger CROOK ZARDARI who is looting the country with both hands (and feet + mouth) is he going to do something to get rid of Butt? And, he is BHen…………. Oieee of his Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 4:25 PM

    Ijaz Butt’s tumultuous tenure
    Backed and sacked

    Ijaz Butt’s two-and-a-half year reign as PCB chairman has seen a succession of appointments and sackings involving the team management

    May 31, 2011

    Captaincy changes

    Teams: Pakistan

    January 2009 – Ijaz Butt removes Shoaib Malik as Pakistan’s captain in all formats, after a management report finds him “aloof” and a “loner”. The board appoint Younis Khan as captain for all formats soon after.

    July 2009 – Afridi takes over as T20 captain, after Younis Khan announces his retirement from the format.

    November 2009 – Younis Khan steps down as captain, claiming he has lost control of his players. He meets Ijaz Butt to tell him, having warned him before of growing concerns about players. Mohammad Yousuf appointed as Test and ODI captain for the tours to New Zealand and Australia.

    January 2010 – Afridi takes over as ODI captain for the final ODI against Australia in Perth; Yousuf, reportedly, is upset that he is not likely to continue as captain and refuses to play the game.

    February 2010 – Shoaib Malik temporarily takes back the captaincy, at least in T20Is, when he leads Pakistan in a one-off game against Australia, and in two matches against England in the UAE, after Afridi was banned for two games for biting the ball in Perth in January.

    March 2010 – Mohammad Yousuf is one of a number of players handed bans of various periods for their parts in the disastrous tour of Australia, meaning he is officially not Pakistan’s captain anymore.

    May 2010 – Shahid Afridi is convinced to come out of a four-year Test retirement made ODI and Test captain for the tour of England 2010.

    July 2010 – Afridi steps down as Test captain, having led Pakistan to one, resounding defeat against Australia at Lord’s. Salman Butt takes over as Test captain.

    September 2010 – Butt is provisionally suspended by the ICC for his role in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the summer, leaving Pakistan without Test captain.

    October 2010 – Misbah-ul-Haq is appointed Test captain for Pakistan’s first Test assignment after the spot-fixing scandal.

    May 2011 – Misbah takes over as ODI captain, after Afridi is removed following an ODI series win against the West Indies.

    Coaches

    October 2008 – Geoff Lawson is removed as coach of Pakistan, days after Ijaz Butt takes over as PCB chairman.

    November 2008 – Intikhab Alam is appointed full-time coach.

    March 2010 – Intikhab is quietly removed without any official announcement after the disastrous tour to Australia, and Waqar Younis is appointed in his place.

    Chief selectors

    October 2008 – Salahuddin Ahmed steps down as chief selector, ostensibly over a selection dispute, but days after Ijaz Butt takes over as chairman.

    November 2008 – Abdul Qadir is appointed full-time selector, taking over from Saleem Jaffer who was acting head after Salahuddin’s departure.

    June 2009 – Qadir steps down, claiming he wasn’t allowed to do his job independently and that there was interference from the board. Wasim Bari takes over as interim head.

    July 2009 – Iqbal Qasim takes over as a chief selector.

    January 31, 2010 – Qasim steps down, claiming responsibility for Pakistan’s winless tour to Australia.

    March 2010 – Mohsin Khan is appointed full-time selector.

  43. #43 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 6:05 PM

    Afridi banned from T20

    One-day sensation Shahid Afridi has been banned from playing for Hampshire after voicing his opinion of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

    The explosive all-rounder had been due to join Hampshire to play in the English county Twenty20 tournament

    But the PCB revoked Afridi’s no objection certificates on Tuesday for ‘passing disparaging remarks about the board and its officials’.

    The move has come in retaliation to the former Pakistan skipper’s public criticism of his treatment at the hands of its officials.

    “Revoking all the NOCs naturally means that we don’t want him to be selected in any team,” said PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwa.

  44. #44 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 6:08 PM

    Ex-players blame PCB for mishandling Afridi issue

    KARACHI, May. 31 (APP) – Former test cricketers blamed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for mishandling Shahid Afridi issue which led to his retirement from international cricket. Former Chief Selector and left arm spinner Iqbal Qasim, ex-wicketkeeper/batsman Salim Yousuf and ex-test paceman Jalaliddin said poor handling of issue created another embarassment for PCB and Pakistan cricket.
    “I think Afridi shouldn’t have crossed the line at first. But if he had made the mistake being the captain, PCB should have handled it in proper professional manner,” Iqbal Qasim told APP in a reaction to Shahid Afridi’s retirement from international cricket on Tuesday.
    “Pakistan cricket is already suffering from various problems and PCB-Afridi issue made us laughing stock in the world,” he said.
    Iqbal Qasim, who had taken 999 wickets in first class cricket said, Afridi is an aggressive player and carries the same nature when he comes into media.
    He said Afridi, soon after arrival from West Indies should have met PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt to explain his position and other problems and sorted the issue internally.
    He said Shahid Afridi definitely led Pakistan from the front during the Cricket World Cup and 21 wickets were key to take his team into the semifinals.
    Shahid Afridi went through lean patch during the Caribbean trip where he could manage to score only 28 runs and just two wickets in five match One-day International series.
    He also expressed his surprise to see veteran Intikhab Alam handling the issue then and there in West Indies.
    “Afridi’s sacking as a skipper hurt his ego which eventually led to conformation, he commented.
    Iqbal Qasim expressed the hope that PCB will not allow the situation got out of hand.
    Former Pakistan Test paceman Jalaluddin blamed PCB and touring manangement for handling the issue poorly that eventually caused furore.
    Incomptency within PCB is the main problem which has taken Pakistan cricket beyond repair,” he commented. He said board is lacking in consistency in all policy matters as reflected during the past three years.
    Salim Yousuf said PCB’s decisions in the past one year had been very inconsistent as they reverted many of them which created doubts in the mind of keen cricket followers.
    He described the prsent PCB set-up as weak decision maker which caused more indiscipline in the cricket.
    “I really feel very sorry for the state of affair in PCB, he added.
    He said if PCB was not happy with captaincy after his poor performance during the West Indies then why they picked him for the two match ODI series against Ireland.

    “PCB failed to learn any lesson from their past mistakes which is causing more problem in Pakistan cricket,” he concluded.

  45. #45 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 6:09 PM

    Miffed Afridi accuses selector of orchestrating campaign against him

    An agitated Shahid Afridi, who quit international cricket to protest his sacking as Pakistan’s ODI captain, accused selection committee member Mohammad Illyas of orchestrating a campaign against him.

    “There is a lobby that works against me and Illyas is their head. He blames me for his son—in—law Imran Farhat being dropped from the team. He cares a damn about rest of the selections,” Afridi told ‘Dawn TV’ on Tuesday.

    Afridi said Illyas, a former Test player, had been making life difficult for him and he had faced problems on and off the field.

  46. #46 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 6:12 PM

    As expected Karachi people support Afridi, Punjabis criticise him:

    Afridi finds few sympathisers after shock retirement

    KARACHI: Shahid Afridi’s shock retirement out of anger at being sacked as Pakistan’s ODI captain has found no sympathy in the country’s cricket community with former players calling the flamboyant all-rounder immature.

    “I don’t understand why he needed to do this. Today he is blaming this board but he has forgotten it was this board that supported and backed him even during his ball-tampering incident in Australia and even when he didn’t perform,” former captain Zaheer Abbas said.

    “Even when the team reached the World Cup semifinals, the board not only rewarded him but gave him lot of respect,” he added.

    Zaheer said if Afridi had any issues with the team management, he should have waited until board chairman Ijaz Butt had met all stakeholders in the team to sort out things.

    “The sort of language he has used while announcing his retirement is unacceptable at any level. There is no excuse for him to behave this way,” Zaheer said.

    Former Test leg-spinner and ex-chief selector Abdul Qadir also slammed Afridi for making a mockery of the retirement word.

    “Nowadays, it has become a joke to announce your retirement. Our players are doing it regularly and backing out and only causing embarrassment for Pakistan cricket,” he said.

    Qadir said even if Afridi had any issues with the team management or board, he should have talked to the chairman first before taking a decision.

    “I don’t think there were any circumstances to behave in this matter. He is part of the management and it is his responsibility to ensure internal issues are sorted out internally,” he added.

  47. #47 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 8:06 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    MQM has requested President Asaf Zardari to investigate the treatment received by Afridi at the hands of PCB.

  48. #48 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 8:11 PM

    Imran Khan was asked about Afridi. This is what he said,

    “Afridi thinks he has been treated unjustly……PCB is running on an ad hoc basis………there is no system……..maybe this was an emotional decision…..”

    I was actually expecting Imran to lash out at Ijaz Butt but his views were quite relaxed.

  49. #49 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 8:12 PM

    Munir sahab

    Rashid Latif has already provided a statement to a TV channel but there is no news article about it.

  50. #50 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 8:15 PM

    What they said about Afridi:

    Tauqir Zia
    You can’t have such a situation where players want to dictate terms. If he was removed as captain he was selected as a player and if he had any problems he should have discussed it with the board. Players can’t be allowed to violate discipline and the code. I don’t think there was any justification for Afridi’s decision to retire and criticize the board in such a harsh manner

    Shaharyar Khan
    I just hope it is sorted out soon. But the fact is that Afridi has always been a bit of a loose cannon in the media. But he was doing well as captain so the board should have given him more chances as captain

    Moin Khan
    It is the board which is to blame as the way they treated Afridi was unfair. There was no reason for removing him as captain when he was leading the team so well. He had scored successes. There are people in the management who want all the authority while Ijaz Butt wants to hold all the cards and run a one-man show. This is not the way to run cricket because at the end of the day the captain needs to be given all authority to take decision. A captain must be given respect. I think Afridi had no choice but to retire after the unceremonious way he was removed as captain. If there was a disciplinary issue the board should have made it clear.

    Rashid Latif
    It happened so suddenly. I don’t know what is right or wrong but I know this much that the government or board needs to set up an independent commission to find out what or who are those elements in Pakistan cricket who are forcing senior players to take such decisions and why.

    Wasim Akram
    As Pakistan captain, Afridi should not have made his differences with [the] coach public and should have solved them without coming to the media. But the PCB has also not tackled this fairly.

  51. #51 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 8:23 PM

    Shahid Bhai is a Fighter. He Doesn’t give up easily. There is a Definite reason behind his Decision Fawad Alam

  52. #52 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 8:26 PM

    Ramiz Raja’s comments:

    afridi was at fault for going to the press in the emotional and thoroughly unprofessional way he did

    cant blame the board, afridi is in breach of contract, and the board had been showing reasonable improvement over the past six months

    shame afridi couldnt support misbahs captaincy the way that misbah supported afridis captaincy.

  53. #53 by Sagaat on May 31, 2011 - 9:17 PM

    Khansahab,

    Ramiz Raja also said that, he was disapointed that Afridi mentioned the role of Lahore lobby and brought regionalism into the equation. To be honest Afridi was simply being truthful, whereas Ramiz Raja thinks everything should be kept under the carpet. Ramiz’s Lahori hero Umar Akmal is taking cricket down the drain in the country with his attitude and Ramiz keeps on pampering him sky-high. To be honest I am totally against having a regional mind-set. I have argued before that regionlism can be best eliminated by:

    1) Making the use of urdu language (the national language) mandatory around team meetings or when players interact. This will promote team unity, as 7-8 Punjabis speaking Punjabi would isolate and ostrasize others.
    2) The team should have at least one player from each province
    3) Zero tolerance for players sponsoring a regional mind-set
    4) The PCB chairman should be required to speak in urdu as he is representing the country and the national language

    The other thing is, with the introduction of urdu, more finesse and refinement in thinking will come. Punjabi language doesn’t lend itself, quite naturally, to rational and logical thinking. By this I am not being offensive, perhaps Punjabi goes with poetry better, who knows, but generally the construction of words and sentences aren’t meant to produce anything substantial..

  54. #54 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 9:47 PM

    Sagaat

    I have also long advocated that the players should speak in Urdu. I am fairly certain that this language dichotomy fosters regional biases within the team. This is because, the Punjabi players speak Punjabi, the Pathan players speak Pushto. However, it is obvious with how Ijaz Butt himself behaves in public- speaking in Punjabi and showing uncouthness- how can you expect the administrators and players to be any different?

    About the Punjabi language, I am not sure whether I would describe it in the same way, but I agree that Punjabis tend not to take things very seriously when they go in “Punjabi mode”. The objective is to joke, make fun, make others laugh, jump, use sexual or abusive language etc. I think this is what you were saying- that the emphasis on this rather overplayed light heartedness, sways the mood away from rationality or logical thinking.

    What you are demanding is simply not going to happen because of the absolute majority in the team and cricket set up and also because in Pakistan, regional ties are stronger than religious or national ties. I should perhaps go further and say that regional ties are specially important in Punjabi culture. Note the emphasis on “pind” in Punjabi music, culture, food, marriages- really, all aspects of life. It is a fairly parochial and agricultural psyche. The more agricultural a race is, the stronger regional ties they have. By this I do not mean to offend (I suppose it is not too different to saying that, a lot of black people were once slaves); if you look at the other ethnicities in Pakistan they are much less agricultural and have weaker regional ties (perhaps with the exception of SIndhis).

  55. #55 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 10:06 PM

    After Younis Khan, Razzaq & Akhtar, now it’s my turnAfridi

  56. #56 by Jaheer Abass on May 31, 2011 - 10:09 PM

    Afridi’s and Younis’s cases were totally different to Akhtar’s and Razzaq’s.

    Akhtar was lacking fitness and was like a burden on the team. The PCB has coped with him for a long time.

    Razzaq was only performing in 10% of his matches.

    So I think these players were handled appropriately.

    But, Younis was removed because of a player grouping against him and at the time when he was in decent batting form. I think this was when he was at his batting peak.

    Afridi, we all know was treated like this after being the highest wicket taker in the WC and bringing the team to the semis.

  57. #57 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 10:51 PM

    Sagaat

    For your information Punjabi is not a language but, a dialect. Sindhi is a language. As regards Punjabi poetry it is only understood and enjoyed by them and not by others. They say in Punjabi every word has two meanings and someone said, “Kudd kay dikhao?” The reply was “Chaddo inna V 2 maanay honday.” Little do they know that in Urdu they have been saying the same thing for hundreds of years that: “Urdu may har baat kay do maanay hotay hain, kisi nay kaha nikaal ker dikhao? Jawab mila, choro is kay bhee 2 maanay hain.” In more Shusta Urdu, they say “Zoo maanay baat kahee hai.” Punjabis think zoo means Chirya Ghar!

  58. #58 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 10:54 PM

    Sagaat and Jaheer

    Did you see how Ramiz and Wasim changed their PATREE? Ramiz wrote in his column that Waqar should not poke his nose in team selection matters and Wasim also said that and I was surprised now they are showing their true colours. Both of them are talking against Afridi and not a word about Ijaz Butt. Even Imran Khan also acted KHASEE I know he is a spineless creature. And Zaheer Abass is an a$$hole who knows nothing. He doesn’t know whether he is living or existing?

  59. #59 by JAVED A. KHAN on May 31, 2011 - 11:20 PM

    I know the Punjabi lobby will not let Afridi come back again because, in their interest it is Punjab first and Pakistan second…… in fact there are a few more things before Pakistan that they prefer first, do I need to spell them out? 😀

    Ilya$$ is an a$$hole he is hell bent on ruining the game of cricket in Pakistan because his son in law that MF IF is not selected.

    They cannot hold Afridi from playing T20 if he resigns there is no contract remaining and in the absence of any contract the PCB will be under contempt for not releasing him or giving NOC’s he should go to the court and sue the PCB and let Ijaz Butt shit bricks! And Ilya$$ will be his Bhangee.

  60. #60 by Mohammed Munir on June 1, 2011 - 4:52 AM

    PCB and improvement … ❓ ❓ ❓

    Ramiz Raja’s comments: … the board had been showing reasonable improvement over the past six months.

    What the FCUK is this guy Raja saying here, just few days back he was supporting Afridi and blaming Waqar for his undue involvement in selection process.

    Similarly, Wasim also took a U-turn and it seems now he is fine with Waqar too.

    BTW, since when was PCB showing any bloody improvements ❓

    In fact, thanks to Ijaz-the-Butt, PCB is suffering a freefall in a bottomless pit. 😦

  61. #61 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 1, 2011 - 7:42 AM

    Munir

    That is what I wrote in my last comment about Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja’s PATREE badalna. I was in serious doubts when they both criticized Waqar but, our good old Jaheer said, Wasim is doing that only because he has a score to settle against Waqar but, I was astonished to hear Ramiz’s comments that he is supporting Afridi and why?

    Now, they are all showing their true colours by hitting back at Afridi and the PCB by not issuing NOC to Afridi. This goes to prove how trivial, petty and vindictive these people are? And, it is not just Ijaz Butt and his idiosyncrasies but, ilyass and other selectors. These so-called ex-greats are THAALI KAY BAINGAN. They can sell anything and everything for money. Yes, that includes everything.

  62. #62 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 1, 2011 - 8:36 AM

    Munir

    You may now go to the Bavarchi Khana. And, boy do you check your emails? What is that blackberry for? taking pictures only?

  63. #63 by Jaheer Abass on June 1, 2011 - 5:59 PM

    Afridi calls Intikhab a hypocrite

    Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has launched a scathing counter-attack on team manager Intikhab Alam terming him a hypocrite.

    Afridi made no bones about the fact that Intikhab has been giving different versions to different people.

    “I don’t know what he has written but Intikhab should be honest enough to say all those things he has told me about Waqar. He tells me something, agrees with me on certain issues and then says something else to the board. It is very unfortunate,” Afridi has been reportedly quoted as saying by some of the leading news channels of the country.

    Referring to the report that Intikhab sent to PCB on the Waqar-Afridi spat, the former skipper said that he would want to have a look at the report.

    “I don’t know what report they are talking about on the basis of which they say they stripped me off captaincy. My question is that, if I had committed indiscipline, why was I than picked as a player for the Ireland series. Based on disciplinary grounds, I should have been dropped,” he counter-questioned.

    The allrounder also hinted about possible corruption issues in the national team.

    Asked pointedly by a journalist that whether he had retired because of reports of corruption within the team, Afridi thought for a moment and then responded: “That is an issue on which I don’t want to make comments about right now. But it is an issue.”

    He also vented his anger on national selector, Mohammad Illyas describing him as someone who has been causing damage to Pakistan cricket.

    “He is someone who has done harm to Pakistan cricket. He is sitting in the lap of the Chairman and creating problems in the team and for me. I feel sorry for his son-in-law, Imran Farhat who is a nice guy but has lost rapport because of his father-in-law.”

    “Illyas thinks I am responsible for the ouster of Farhat from the team, That is not correct as I alone don’t select the team.”

    Afridi also said he would appeal to the President Asif Zardari to look into board matters.

    “I would appeal to the President that cricket is an important thing in Pakistan and he should spare some time. He should see how the board is being run by Ijaz Butt,” he added.

  64. #64 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 1, 2011 - 7:19 PM

    Jaheer

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. However, as Imran Khan called Husni Mubarak “Umreeki Kutta” I wonder what his opinion is about Desi Butta? I firmly believe that hurr Kuttay kay din pooray hotay hain and Butt Days are numbered. Watch me!

  65. #65 by Jaheer Abass on June 1, 2011 - 8:16 PM

    Afridi faces Rs50m fine, ban

    LAHORE: Pakistan’s retired all-rounder Shahid Afridi faces a hefty fine of Rs50 million and a minimum 15-match ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following his controversial decision to retire from international cricket and breaching various clauses in the code of conduct.

    Afridi announced his international retirement protesting the PCB’s decision to remove him from One-Day International captaincy as well as the treatment meted out to him. The board, in response to the harsh criticism and the choice of words used against it, suspended his central contract, revoked all NOCs handed out to him and sent him a notice.

    While Afridi has sent a reply to the notice, he faces heavy penalties unless the all-rounder and the board find an amicable solution to the problem. Afridi, though, has contacted President Asif Ali Zardari, also the chief patron of the board, to intervene and resolve the situation.

    “Afridi faces a hefty penalty given his breaches,” a PCB official told The Express Tribune. “He gave the board no other choice as discipline comes first and foremost.

    “Penalising the player due to ill-discipline is mandatory as his recent behavior crossed all the limits.”

  66. #66 by Jaheer Abass on June 1, 2011 - 8:18 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I think your friend’s joke about Punjabis is offensive! Although Punjabis and Pathans have jokes like these for themselves, they feel bad if others crack them.

  67. #67 by Jaheer Abass on June 1, 2011 - 8:21 PM

    Afridi urges Zardari to save Pakistani cricket

    Karachi, June 1 (IANS) Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has urged President Asif Ali Zardari to save cricket from the ‘clutches’ of the Ijaz Butt-led Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
    Afridi told IANS from London Wednesday that he is hoping that Zardari, who is PCB’s chief patron, will intervene and resolve the latest crisis to have hit Pakistan cricket.
    ‘I appeal to President Zardari to save Pakistan cricket from complete destruction,’ said Afridi, a day after the PCB suspended his central contract and issued him a show-cause notice for announcing his retirement from international cricket and for his outburst against the Board.

  68. #68 by Jaheer Abass on June 1, 2011 - 8:23 PM

    If Afridi doesn’t want to play with me around, it’s ok: Butt

    LAHORE: A defiant Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt on Wednesday said he is not affected by Shahid Afridi’s decision to quit the game till the time he was in-charge of the PCB and insisted that the temperamental player will have to explain his shock retirement.

    “(Do it immediately) Sau Bismillah to him if he does not want to play under my chairmanship,” Butt told the media when asked to comment on Afridi’s remarks that he would not play under the present cricket set-up.

    A stubborn-looking Butt made it clear that Afridi had violated several clauses of his code of conduct not for the first time in recent times.

  69. #69 by Jaheer Abass on June 1, 2011 - 9:34 PM

    Hampshire ask PCB to free Afridi

    “It is with regret that Hampshire Cricket announces that Shahid Afridi – the Royals overseas signing for the Friends Life t20 competition – will not be available to play in the match against the Somerset Sabres at The Rose Bowl,” a Hampshire statement read.
    “It follows the decision by the Pakistan Cricket Board to revoke their No Objection Certificate, thus withdrawing their consent for Shahid to take part in the competition.
    “The club would like to make it clear that although we respect this decision we have been, and continue to, urge the PCB to rethink this matter, and we are keen to have Shahid playing for the Royals at some point in the season.
    “Hampshire Cricket will be making no further comment on this issue at this time.”

  70. #70 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 1, 2011 - 9:59 PM

    Jaheer

    Butt noo ki farq painda, Afridi khayday ya na khayday? Uss nay apni tanqwa tou lendy aye na! Even if the whole of Pakistan team goes against him unadi Wutt pay ki asar hoNa? BaySharam Kutta hai wo, even at this age he is such a HuddHaraam and Dheet that any badmash would be ashamed of him.

    The day Ijaz Butt will be kicked out of the PCB. Or the day he will die, I will distribute free sweets on the streets and I mean it.

  71. #71 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 1, 2011 - 10:02 PM

    POLITICIANS AND LEADERS CONDEMN IJAZ BUTT AND DEMAND HIS SACKING:

    EVEN IMRAN KHAN HAS SPOKEN IN FAVOUR OF AFRIDI NOW.

    KARACHI: Former captain Shahid Afridi appealed to Pakistan’s president for help Wednesday after his central contract was suspended when he announced his retirement from international cricket.

    The 31-year-old all-rounder, dumped as one-day captain following a row with coach Waqar Younis last month, quit international cricket in protest at his treatment by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

    In response, the PCB suspended his central contract and revoked all his no-objection certificates, meaning he will not be officially permitted to play overseas.

    The move will stop him from playing for Hampshire in England’s Twenty20 league and in next month’s Sri Lankan Premier League.

    Afridi said he had appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari to help.

    “I have appealed to the president to intervene urgently, also deal with other issues and save the game from getting into more crises,” Afridi told AFP by telephone from Southampton.

    Afridi confirmed that the England and Wales Cricket Board stopped him from playing after the PCB revoked its permission.

    “The captaincy was not an issue as I have already played under senior players, but it was a matter of self respect and honour which was hurt,” said Afridi who refused to speak about the PCB sanctions.

    The opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N party has already submitted an adjournment motion in the national assembly against Afridi’s punishment.

    Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, who now heads his own opposition party, said the PCB was not run professionally.

    “The board is not run like an institution,” Khan told a television channel.

    “Afridi feels injustice is done so he has taken a decision and you don’t change four-five captains in a year.”

    “Just recently everyone was praising Afridi after he led Pakistan to the semi-final of the World Cup and then suddenly this happened,” said Khan.

    “The board is also run on ad-hoc basis like the country,” he added.

    The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which belongs to the coalition government headed by Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party, also objected to the sanctions on Afridi.

    “President Zardari should take notice of the biased attitude of the board,” said MQM leader Farooq Sattar. “You don’t treat national heroes like this.”

    Sports Minister Shaukatullah Khan lashed out at PCB chairman Ijaz Butt over the “injustice” and said he would discuss the matter with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

    Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi, who heads the sports committee in the upper house of parliament, demanded Butt’s sacking.

    “A change in the PCB is imperative,” said Qureshi. “Butt has not allowed any captain to settle so it will be better to sack him.”

  72. #72 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 1, 2011 - 10:08 PM

    IJAZ BUTT WANTS TO STEAL 50 MILLION RUPEES and that is why he is imposing such a hefty fine on Afridi.

    Here is a link that leads to an article in which DR. NAUMAN NIAZ wrote about Ijaz Butt

    http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/sep2009-weekly/nos-20-09-2009/spo.htm#2

    An excerpt from the above article:

    “David Morgan reconfirmed that PCB’s rights as Host of 14 World Cup matches had not been taken away. In fact in addition to the Host Fee of US$ 10.5 M, PCB was also entitled to the ancillary revenues as per the Host Agreement’. So why Mr. Butt was trying to take the credit for a thing that was already in black and white. It is an indicator that first he messed-up everything and then tried picking up the shreds.”

  73. #73 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2011 - 4:16 AM

    See what ilya$$ the Dumb a$$ said:

    LAHORE: Former Test cricketer and member of the national selection committee, Mohammad Ilyas, has expressed his disappointment over the remarks made by former one-day skipper Shahid Afridi against him and his family in a recent TV interview shortly after quitting the game.

    Addressing a media gathering here on Wednesday, Ilyas said: “We are living in a society where we have great respect for our sisters, daughters and wives but Afridi chose to ignore all such values in his remarks the other day.”

    Ilyas rejected the allegations made by Afridi that as a member of the selection committee, he has been lobbying against him in front of the PCB chairman.

    “If I had been so influential, my son-in-law Imran Farhat would have been in the side,” argued Ilyas. “But despite giving good performances in the domestic season, he has not been able to find a place in the side.”

    He further disclosed that when the selection committee was picking up the team for the recently-concluded tour of the West Indies, he had objected to the inclusion of Afridi in the team. “I was not ready to include Afridi in the team for the tour of the West Indies because I knew that the pitches there will not suit him,” said Ilyas.

    “Afridi excelled in Sri Lanka during the World Cup with 21 wickets because the tracks suited his type of bowling.”

    It must be mentioned here that Afridi could score just 28 runs and managed to capture just two wickets in five one-day matches.

    “Afridi has always been consulted during finalisation of the team, but he has only been interested in the selection of just three specific players and doesn’t really care about any other member of the team. I will, however, not mention the names of those three players,” said Ilyas.

    Ilyas added that he has no intention to sue Afridi in any court of law, claiming he could face him at any forum.

  74. #74 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2011 - 4:26 AM

    Everyone knows that this dumbass ilyass has been fighting for his son-in-law’s inclusion in the team and now he is talking about morality and ethics? Does he think that the whole world is as dumb and as naive as he is? With Ijaz Butt he is very pally as Afridi says he is always sitting in Butt’s lap and ilyass had a row with the previous chairman of the PCB for not including Imran Farhat in the team. He made a big hue and cry, created a scene that he will see how his son-in-law Farhat could be ignored from the team? He vowed to take revenge against the board. It is all there in the archives of the media, can people make some effort to dig out that info? Now that he is a member of the selection committee he is taking revenge against Afridi, whom he thinks is instrumental in Farhat’s exit.

    Farhat is a nothing player just like Misbah is and yet these scoundrels want to keep players like them in the team and ignore players like FAWAD ALAM.

    ilyass says: ““Afridi excelled in Sri Lanka during the World Cup with 21 wickets because the tracks suited his type of bowling.” wow what a great observer and a selector he is? What about Bangladesh tracks? And against the only match in Mohali against India Misbah & Co conspired to drop the catches of Tendulkar of Afridi’s bowling.

    It is very shameful not to acknowledge the efforts of the national team captain who took the highest wickets in a single world cup, not even Imran Khan or Wasim Akram took that many wickets in a single world cup. Butt and ilyass cannot digest Afridi’s success and were looking for an opportunity to get him out of the team.

  75. #75 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2011 - 4:49 AM

    Munir

    email checko.

  76. #76 by Sagaat on June 2, 2011 - 6:45 AM

    50 Million Rupees is quite a hefty fine. I think its all BS, this will not happen.

    It is a good question to ask whether Trott is a better player or Tendulkar. I know there is a view that milestones and longevity count more than averages, but I personally think averages are more important. Averages absorb the impact of a batsman per match that is played, whereas longevity accounts for simply the number of matches played and is not a decisive factor in the outcome of each individual match. Nevertheless, Trott’s first-class average is quite ordinary compared to his average in tests and ODIs. In other words it seems he is just going through a purple patch and it will fade with time and his average would converge a lot lower.

    This why the Don was twice the batsman Tendulkar can ever be. Not because his average is almost twice that of Tendulkar, but even if we account for longevity and the DON’s small sample size in terms of the number of matches, his first-class average is more than 100 and even higher than his average in international matches. And, there are many, many matches that the don played in domestic, first-class cricket. It shows that even if his career were stretched or prolonged, it wouldn’t decrease his average. On the other hand Trott’s averages seem like an aberration and a golden patch. I would think Tendulkar, based on this, can be considered to be a better batsman than Trott, but far inferior than the DON. I know many Australian commentators proclaim Tendulkar to be better than the Don, and this is what many Indians cite as evidence, that Tendulkar is better than the Don, but I suppose many Australian commentators are also eyeing their next commentary stint in the IPL. Tendulkar is just 60 percent of the player that the Don was. There is a remarkable difference between the two players. I still think that Tendulkar is just a slightly superior version of Ponting and Lara, whereas the Don is in a league of his own.

    What Tendulkar isn’t:
    1) His average is not in the list of the 10 highest test averages of all time
    2) He is not considered to be a test match match-winner
    3) He has barely any innings in the top 50 test innings of all time
    4) He has 2,3 200s despite such longevity, that too against quite inferior teams, whereas other greats have a plethora of 200s, and even 300s, and once a 400 against top sides
    5) He has batted with arguably the best batting line-up of his time. This is to disregard the myth that Tendulkar alone wins matches for India. He barely features in any of India’s famous test wins. He has got famous ODI knocks but he got 3 chances in the 2003 world cup against Pakistan and he got 5 chances in the 2011 world cup against Pakistan.

  77. #77 by Mohammed Munir on June 2, 2011 - 7:13 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Apologies for the delay in checking my emails. Yes I have a ‘black-cherry’ but it is from my office and so I mainly get all my official emails, and I purposefully kept personal emails separate from official so could not check it before.

    Now finally I did check the emails and I think the wait was worth it. 😉

    WTF … is that guy actually recruiting some fresh young ‘soldiers’ ❓

    I also read your second email regarding ‘another blog’ and shall be doing the needful soon.

  78. #78 by Mohammed Munir on June 2, 2011 - 8:11 AM

    The Ahmed Faraz …

    Silseley Tod Gaya Wo Sabhee Jaatay Jaatay
    Warna Itnay Tu Marasem Kay Aatay Jaatay

    Sikwa-e-Zulmat-e-Shub Sey Tu Kahin Baihter Tha
    Apney Hissay Ki Koi Shamma Jalaatay Jaatay

    Uss Ki Wo Janay Ussay Paas-e-Wafa Tha Kay Na Tha
    Tum Faraz Apni Taraf Sey Tu Nibhaatay Jaatay

  79. #79 by Mohammed Munir on June 2, 2011 - 9:29 AM

    “Afridi has always been consulted during finalisation of the team, but he has only been interested in the selection of just three specific players and doesn’t really care about any other member of the team. I will, however, not mention the names of those three players,” said Ilyas.

    It will be interesting to know, which three ❓ 😉

  80. #80 by Mohammed Munir on June 2, 2011 - 9:33 AM

    LMFAO @ The day Ijaz Butt will be kicked out of the PCB. Or the day he will die, I will distribute free sweets on the streets and I mean it.

    I will too, wait for sweets. 😛

  81. #81 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2011 - 12:46 PM

    NEW TURN IN AFRIDI’S CASE

    The situation has taken on a further political tinge with Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik vowing to persuade the hugely popular Afridi to reconsider his decision. “I will do whatever I can to resolve this issue, as I am equally a fan of Afridi,” Malik tweeted on Thursday.

    Malik has gotten involved in cricketing affairs before: recently, he coaxed Zulqarnain Haider to return to Pakistan from England where he had fled to on the eve of a one-day match to escape from what Zulqarnain claims were death threats made to him by bookmakers. In the previous administration of Nasim Ashraf, he also played a mediating role between Ashraf and Shoaib Akhtar, in another dispute between board head and star player that got out of hand.

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2011 - 1:07 PM

    Munir

    Line may kharay hona paray ga, there will be no privileges on the streets.

  83. #83 by Jaheer Abass on June 2, 2011 - 7:44 PM

    “Shahid Afridi said that I am always near chairman PCB. Ijaz Butt is my elder and senior and I am proud that I am near him. If I have to put my life on line for him, I will not hesitate:” Mohammad Alyas

  84. #84 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2011 - 8:02 PM

    Does this Alyass MC has any record or is he creating these lines to defame him? Alyass himself has no credibility, so far he was creating a noise from Butt’s behind and now he is sitting in Butt’s lap and roaring like a howler monkey!

  85. #85 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 2, 2011 - 8:19 PM

    Jaheer

    What Mohammad Ali was in boxing, Shahid Afridi is for cricket.

    I have heard many people saying that they will stop watching cricket from now onwards.

    Like, I stopped watching cricket for 6 – 7 years after the WC finals between Australia and Pakistan in 1999. Because of the way Pakistan surrendered by scoring only 132 runs in 39 overs. The 2003 cup revealed my doubts and we saw that Justice Qayyum report after that.

  86. #86 by Jaheer Abass on June 2, 2011 - 8:44 PM

    Watch Mohammad Alyas:

    I don’t think Afridi promoted regionalism by saying what he said, what Afridi said is what many non Punjabis have been saying since 1947. Afridi did NOT insult Punjab.

    Alyas calls Waqar “gold” and Afridi, “sand”. He calls Afridi “shameless”. He calls Afridi a racist and labels him anti Pakistan.

    I would request the non Punjabi visitors of this website not to deal with Alyas’s comments in the disgraceful and uncouth manner Alyas has commented about Afridi.
    We are not trying to stir a debate about regions and ethnicities- just reporting facts.

  87. #87 by Jaheer Abass on June 2, 2011 - 8:47 PM

    What kind of country and what kind of board makes someone like Mohd Alyas a selector?

    Is this is country full of crooks? Goondey hain salay, badmaash, MCs.

  88. #88 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 3, 2011 - 12:06 AM

    Jaheer Abass

    There is no difference between the looks and the talk between Alyass and Mohammad Asaf’s PIO The only thing needed is a Puggar. If I was not aware that this is Alyass, I would have thought that it is Asaf’s PIO. God makes people good looking and bad looking but, after seeing him one gets a feeling that a person may look ugly by the way he speaks and what his character portrays his personality. I wonder how they select uneducated and uncouth people as selectors and Chairman of the board?

    Afridi did not use the name of Alyass’ daughter, neither he mentioned her as Imran Farhat’s wife, he only referred Alyass as Imran Farhat’s father-in-law. So, is it not a fact? As regards regionalism in cricket or in any other field or be it politics we all know that Punjab has been dominating since the inception of Pakistan.

    For those who do not know, I will mention there that those who opposed the creation of Pakistan were, Sikander Hayat Khan, Mumtaz Daultana and Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and others, they felt that by the creation of Pakistan their chaudhrahat and Sardari Nizam would end. In 1948 a year after Pakistan’s creation, some Baluchi Sardars went to India and met Nehru, Lord Mountbatten etc., and demanded that they would like to be a part of India and not Pakistan, but their request was rejected.

  89. #89 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 3, 2011 - 8:25 PM

    Jaheer

    That joke may be rude but, what about Amran Khan’s comments on Babar Ghauri and Hosni Mobarak?

    Comments on Babar Ghauri are very racist and about Hosni Mobarak they are extremely rude, when asked what is your opinion about Hosni Mobarak? Imran replied, he is “Umreeki Kutta.”

    Imran ko aisee na-Zeba batain nahee kerni chahiyeh.

  90. #90 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 3, 2011 - 8:51 PM

    Dr.Shah wants PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt sacked
    KARACHI – 3rd June 2011
    By APP

    Sindh Sports Minister Dr.Muhammad Ali Shah has said that injustice is being done to players from Sindh in selection of Pakistan team.

    He expressed these views during the Sindh Assembly session here on Friday.

    He alleged that removal of Pakistan One-day Captain Shahid Afridi was a conspiracy and injustice with players from this province.

    Dr. Shah said Shahid Afridi, who holds the record of striking fastest 37 ball century in ODI besides hitting the highest number of sixes in One-day Internationals, is being roughly treated by the board.

    He appealed to Patron Inchief of PCB, President Asif Ali Zardari for changing the Chairman of the board.

    Sindh Sports Minister while hailing the performance of Shahid Afridi said with an ordinary team he steered the team into the semifinal of Cricket World Cup.

    He said Sindh players are not treated fairly. Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan was kept under tension by the board.

    Sindh Sports Minister said currently only one Sindh player Asad Shafiq is in the Pakistan team.

    Sindh Minister for Local Bodies Agha Siraj Durani fully supported Dr.Shah’s stance for changing PCB Chairmanship and called for appointing Dr Shah as PCB Chairman.

    Agha Siraj Durani fully endorsed the proposal to appoint Dr.Shah as the PCB head when Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuharo asked the question to the assembly members about his appointment.

    Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro asked Dr.Shah to get one Sindh boy selected in national cricket team.

    Dr.Muhammad Ali Shah said due to personal efforts Azeem Ghumman from Hyderabad (Sindh) was picked as Pakistan Under19 Captain for the tour of Zimbabwe. Sindh Sports Minister claimed even 11 out of 11 players in the national team can be picked from this province because of huge cricketing talent in Sindh.

    Dr.Shah said Sindh won this year’s Pentangular Cup but there was only one player from Sindh in the national team. He condemned attitude of the selectors in this regard.

  91. #91 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 3, 2011 - 8:53 PM

    CAN YOU TRUST THIS MAN?

    i never interfered in Afridi’s job, coach Waqar
    LAHORE – 2nd June 2011
    By APP

    Pakistan cricket team’s coach, Waqar Younis on Thursday denied interfering in former captain, Shahid Afridi’s job and expressed his surprise on his statement.

    “As a coach I have my own domain and I know my job description and I never interfered in Afridi’s job nor in selection affairs “
    , he told reporters after a meeting with the Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Mohammad Ijaz Butt here at Gadaffi stadium.

    He said Afridi’s statement that coach intervened in his job comes as a surprise and he fails to understand why the former captain has stated so.

    “I have my own mindset and I always try to concentrate on my job and I will follow the same in future as well as long as I am the coach of the team”.

    Waqar said he had a positive and productive meeting with the Chairman PCB in which he submitted the tour report of West Indies and now it is up to him (Chairman) whether to take action or not on it.

    He said as a coach he is also under heavy load of responsibilities as if the team performs good he gets the credit and in case of its (team’s) failure he is blamed for that.

    Team’s coach said Pak team players are playing cricket abroad for the past eight months and in such a situation minor differences are developed among them but they should not be made a big issue.

    He supported the idea of having a batting coach with the team adding it was the responsibility of the PCB to look into that aspect. “Even without a batting coach our batting put up fine show in the re

  92. #92 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 3, 2011 - 9:06 PM

    I think Inzamam treated Waqar the way he needs to be treated, he said: Jooti Paaon day thullay honi chahiyeh, and that is Waqar’s place to be.

    First of all Waqar Younus should not have been given the job of a bowling coach during Inzamam’s time and full time coach during this time. Even Justice Qayyum wrote in his report that he should not get any job from the PCB. But, in the PCB everything can happen, Butt can fire anyone and impose any amount of fines as he wishes.

    When Inzamam fired, Waqar Younus was cribbing, has anyone seen Waqar’s heated debate with Saleem Altaf? Altaf was the then Director General of the PCB. I cannot find that video anymore, but it proves that Waqar is not a BHOLA BUCCHA, he is definitely a Paindoo i.e., when he is commentating in Anglish.

  93. #93 by Jaheer Abass on June 4, 2011 - 9:41 AM

    new thread

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