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MOHAMMAD AAMIR THE NEW ACTOR – LYING AGAIN

I have seen the full interview of Mohammad Aamir with Mike Atherton and I am not the only one, there are hundreds and thousands of cricket nuts who also saw that interview and discussed it on twitter and I have not yet read a single tweet or a comment so far in which people are not criticizing him for lying to us once again.  Everyone, invariably everyone has the same opinion that he is ONCE AGAIN LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH.

IMO, he has rehearsed the whole script a few times and tried to use a few phrases which in his opinion could create sympathies in the minds of general public, which I am sure he must have done because he did that interview in Urdu.  And a lot of people in Pakistan especially the masses and his fan club and the Paindoos must be saying: “Bicharay nay admit ker liya aur maafi bhee mangi tou lets pardon and forgive him and forget the whole episode. ”   This is exactly he wants and it is for this reason he is not appealing to the ICC to reduce his ban.  He wants the public to appeal for his case after this interview. In his mind he has succeeded.

The truth is, he said all those touching dialogues, phrases and apologizing repeatedly has over done it.  The thing is, he could not hide his body language and one can make out easily that he was over doing it for getting sympathies.  To understand  that one doesn’t need to be a psychiatrist or an expert to read his facial expressions, each time he was lying at crucial moments he would swallow his saliva or scratch his ear and the way he moved in his chair, waved his hands, false twinkles in his eyes etc., was very obvious that he was lying through his teeth.

He said he did not bowl the no-balls for money but, he did because he was scared for his future and he did that to save his cricket career.  He did not go to the PCB, ICC or any authorities such as police or even media to tell them I am being coerced by these people and they want me to cheat.   He did not do that but, he gave his bank account details to ALI (whom he did not know well, only that he was Mazhar Majeed’s friend,  and he did not know Mazhar Majeed well only that he was Salman Butt’s friend) without asking the reason, why do you want my bank account number?

First he gave that account number and then he asked him why he needs it? He not only made friends with ALI who was in Dubai, but he met him in Pakistan after giving his cell phone number to him in Dubai. And, he exchanged more than 40 text messages on phone. And, yet he says, I don’t know much about ALI, how is this possible?

He also said that not only ALI but, Mazhar Majeed was also a very nice man and his wife was very religious and he was a good family man!  He also said that Salman Butt was very nice to him throughout and treated him like his own younger brother and he was highly impressed by Salman Butt.  Then he blamed ALL of them by saying they trapped him and he is innocent. But, he accepted £1500 from Mazhar Majeed and kept it in a safe without opening the envelop (yet he knew they were £1500 ?) Whereas he has his own money about  £7000-8000 in a open bag!

He said, he knew that Mazhar made money from the no-balls Aamir bowled but, he could not do anything to him or tell anyone that he was used or trapped. Even when he went to the ICC, instead of pleading guilty he denied the charges, only when in London and when he was told by his lawyers to plead guilty then he did, whereas he says he did it on his own. Its not true, why did he not admit that earlier? Because, he didn’t have the brains or he must have been told that you will come out free, no one can sentence you for bowling a couple of no-balls. You are a celebrity. Remember Wasim Akram was not sentenced, Asif was released from Dubai and he was not jailed so they cannot hold you, you are future Wasim Akram.

He said, he was on “Cloud Nine” after getting success so soon, he considered him as a very stupid person and at least 10 times he must have mentioned his age as 17-18 years old and no ability to think, analyse or make a decision not to get involved with them. He claims that he was trapped and dragged into this situation by ALI, Mazhar Majeed and Salman Butt.

You can see the interview yourself which is below on youtube all 4 episodes and make out for yourself whether or not he was lying or telling the truth? His lawyer is Sajida Malik and there are reports in all the newspapers that he is marrying her soon, if that is correct then, she must have also played a role in briefing him on how to respond to the questions.  This is a complete dramay bazi and poor acting from Aamir which he thinks he did well, also those who love him and want him back will also say that he did well, but the truth is he failed miserably.  The views on twitter are not just from Pakistanis but from ALL over the world cricket fans have tweeted and commented.

The moral of the story is he cannot change, he has put on an act and failed again. You cannot take away the spots from a leopard and, you cannot straighten a dogs tail.  To me he doesn’t look like he is 18 years old, he is definitely close to 22~23 years old. IF his ban is reduced or, after completing his 5 year ban if he is allowed to play for Pakistan then, he is setting a precedent for others that you can do whatever you like and make money, plea guilty and you can still comeback like Arnold Schwarzenegger says: “I will be back.”   IF the PCB wants to set this as an example for youngsters then, they should ban ALL the THREE cheaters for ruining the image of the country.

Some people might say that there is corruption in Pakistan right from the top i.e., by citing Zardari’s example.  The law of Pakistan says that the President of Pakistan is immune and he cannot be punished like an ordinary citizen. So, the law is not for Zardari per se but, it is for the country’s President. In this case here, whether it is Aamir or Asif or anyone who breaks the law deserves the punishment.

Some people might say that he has already been punished and sentenced to jail, so you cannot punish him twice for the same crime, or punish him more than that.  No one is asking for any further punishment but, to set an example on ethics and morals and to promote professionalism and to keep the game clean from spot fixing and match fixing the PCB themselves should put their foot down and ban them for life. 

The irony is the PCB Chairman Mr. Zaka Ashraf himself said that they will request the ICC to reduce his ban and we would like to bring him back as soon as possible.  Reportedly Mr. Zaka Ashraf himself has not been cleared by the court and, he has a few cases of corruption registered under his name and his appointment as the chief of the PCB by Zardari is questionable and a lot of people in the cricketing circles have raised their eyebrows on his appointment.

No matter what the millions of educated people think, say or ask the PCB to ban the trio for life, they are not going to do that, until and unless the PCB becomes an independent organization and free from politics and politicians these things will continue and will continue to ruin the game of cricket in Pakistan and continue to ruin the image of the country.  May God Bless Pakistan.

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ASIA CUP CRICKET 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Below are the results of the Asia Cup that started in 1984 in Sharjah. As you can see India has most wins and they are the current Champions of the Asia Cup Tournament. Pakistan has won only once. If I am not mistaken, India did not play that tournament.

The squads have been announced and preparation is underway. Dhoni, Jayawardene and Misbah has been named as captains of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. For some reason the host team has not announced their team yet, hence their captain’s photo is not being published above.

I would like the Indian bloggers to comment on the Indian team for the Asia Cup which still has Tendulkar in the team despite all the criticism that he got but, he is determined to play and perhaps he might score that 100th 100 this time. Each time he plays there is the same question and same expectation, whether he will do it this time or not?  Apart from him, this time both Pathan brothers are in the team and two Sharmas are in the team as well. Whether Dhoni’s blue eyed boy Ravindra Jadeja should have been in the squad or not is a debatable point.

Jayawardene has been retained as Sri Lankan captain very rightly so because, he carries a lot of experience and also because of the way he played the last qualifying match against Australia and won that crucial match while led to the exit of Indian team from the CB series. I hope Misbah ul Haq has watched his aggressive field placement and attacking the Australian with whatever limited bowling resources he had in that match due to two injuries to his front line and inform bowlers Mathews and Parera.  He successfully defended a total of 238 which was not a big one at the MCG.

Retaining Misbah ul Haq as captain of the team by the PCB and the selectors has raised many eyebrows and it is yet another example of off the cuff management decisions which are lacking in professionalism. Iqbal Qasim as more interested in bringing Sarfaraz Ahmad into the team and the first thing he did was to replace Adnan Akmal with Sarfaraz. In my opinion Sarfaraz is not suitable for international matches, time and again he has failed with the bat and his keeping is nothing to write home about. I don’t see any spark in him.

With Misbah, Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq in the middle order, the selection of Azhar Ali — who is more suitable for test cricket — is absolutely needless. How many “tuk-tuk” players you need in the team? The opening conundrum will continue because, they will play Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed. Hafeez has time and again said that he doesn’t want to open the innings but, no one is paying any heed to the Professor’s rants. And, Nasir Jamshed, I don’t understand the basis of his selection. Ahmad Shahzad who is in very good form at the domestic level and at the BPL should have been selected.

Similarly Mohammad Sami has also shown a lot of form at the domestic level as well as in the BPL he was ignored because the quota was full. Cheema cannot be dropped because of cronyism and one can only say thank God, Malik and Farhat are not in the squad but, Nasir Jamshed, Sarfaraz, Cheema does not deserve to be in the team on merit basis. They are clearly sifarishi players and this is the irony of Pakistan cricket that selection is never fair.

Even the choice of batting order is pathetic. Misbah does not know how to use his batsmen or even his bowler, he is clueless when it comes to field placement. I am not saying Pakistan will lose based on the statistics and records but, the available resources in the country have not be properly used and whatever the given resources are i.e., from the squad, they will not use them properly. There is no strategy, there is no game plan. The question of plan A and plan B does not exist.

Everything is being dumped on the new coach Dav Whatmore as if he is the Fairy God Mother with a magic wand and turn Misbah from 37 to 17 years old and give him fresh legs and a cricket bat from Mars that even he blocks the ball races down to the ropes for a four. There is no such thing as complacency. When the Pak team won the test series 3-0 against England, they were over the moon that they white washed the number one test team in the world 3-0.

If you analyze the 3 test matches carefully, only in one test Pakistan played well and deserved to win and in the other 2 matches England played very badly. Their openers and the top order miserably failed against the magical spin of Ajmal and Abdur Rahman.  You cannot win ALL your matches on the strength of your spinners.If that was possible, India always had the best spinners in the world from the times of Subash Gupte, Bapu Nadkarni, Chandrashekhar, Prasanna, Bedi, Venkataraghavan even Kumble and Harbhajan but, they never won ALL the matches.

The team has to be balanced in ALL departments. If you take a look at the Pakistan team, the main weakness you see is the inconsistency right from the openers to the tail-enders and from fast bowlers to the spinners, there is sporadic brilliance and then there is disgustipatingly pathetic performance. In one way you can say, their inconsistency is very consistent. There is no Javed Miandad or Inzamam in the middle order who can play anchor roles. There is no Saeed Anwar who can give a flying start not just for 20 odd runs but, for a long sustainable period of time to give a respectability to the total.

The current team Pakistan when they get out cheaply there is a slide and there is no stopping it looks like they behave like a herd no one bothers to play positive cricket. Either there are sixes and fours or there is tuk tuk and negative cricket and the end result is always a defeat. Pakistani batsmen should learn to rotate the strike as much as possible and try to make 5-6 runs per over even with singles and twos and no need for sixes and fours i.e., if the conditions do not allow them to play big shots. But, they need to learn how to create placement shots instead of hitting them into the hands of the fielders.

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers says.Isaac Asimov.  And for me it is like hitting the keyboard randomly to make some sense out of my blabbering.

 

Details Host Nation(s) Final Venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
1984 United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Sharjah CA Stadium,
Sharja
 India Round Robin  Sri Lanka
1986 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
Colombo
 Sri Lanka
195/5 (42.2 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets  Pakistan
191/9 (45 overs)
1988 Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Bangabandhu National Stadium
Dhaka
 India
180/4 (37.1 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
(scorecard)
 Sri Lanka
176 all out (43.5 overs)
1990-91 India
India
Eden Gardens
Kolkata
 India
205/3 (42.1 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
(scorecard)
 Sri Lanka
204/9 (45 overs)
1993 Pakistan
Pakistan
Not held
1995 United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Sharjah CA Stadium,
Sharja
 India
233/2 (41.5 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
(scorecard)
 Sri Lanka
230/7 (50 overs)
1997 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium
Colombo
 Sri Lanka
240/2 (36.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
(scorecard)
 India
239/7 (50 overs)
2000 Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Bangabandhu National Stadium
Dhaka
 Pakistan
277/4 (50 overs)
Pakistan won by 39 runs
(scorecard)
 Sri Lanka
238 (45.2 overs)
2004 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium
Colombo
 Sri Lanka
228/9 (50 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 25 runs
(scorecard)
 India
203/9 (50 overs)
2008 Pakistan
Pakistan
National Stadium
Karachi
 Sri Lanka
273 (49.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 100 runs
(scorecard)
 India
173 (39.3 overs)
2010 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Dambulla
 India
268/6 (50 overs)
India won by 81 runs


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