WHO WILL BE THE CAPTAIN OF PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM FOR T20 WC?

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Throughmost deniable resources I have come to know that a deal has been made between “IFs & Butts” that Mr. Shoaib Malik is “the most logical and deserving choice” to be appointed as Captain of the Pakistan team for the forthcoming T20WC tournament to be played in Sri Lanka in Sept. 2012.

Although Butt Sahab ka kehna hai kay, “Misbah noo hatanay di koi zaroorat nai — laikin — firr V agar hatta-nai hai tou, Malak noo laao, whore koi nai!” In fact half of his statement is definitely coming from the horses mouth called Ijaz Butt because, it is in the newspapers.  The other half is Khayaas Aaraiyan, meaning speculation.

Lets see the need for this “logical choice” and dissect it like the toad Rana Tigrina or what was its generic or species name, Hoplobatrachus tigerinus? The one we used to dissect it in the biology class. The worst part was not in cutting it apart but, to pith it and that too, IF Chloroform (CHCl3) or trichloromethane was  not available to anesthetize, then we used to stuff  a spoon full of  BABA ZARDA in the poor Toads mouth to create that anesthetic effect.

I wonder how many of you have done these dissections in high school or at College level? It is something that I will never forget. But, I was so good at it, that I used to help my friends who were scared to even touch it.  The cockroach and earthworm dissections were a joke but, toad’s were serious.

NOW, I am ready with my imaginary tools such as the scalpel, a pair of scissors, eyedropper and a pointer and lets lay the toad in a tray full of wax and pin it up first.  🙂  Oh poor toad, may be you are not just a toad, but a prince in disguise, may be you re waiting for a princess to come and suck the Baba Zarda outta your mouth?  No, no this is very cruel to do all this. Yes, I have done it when I was a student but, now my heart is soft and tender hence, I must change my mind, instead of dissection I must do some analysis.

The word analysis rings the bell and takes me back in to the Chemistry class and it reminds me of those experiments we used to do in the lab i.e., separation of a substance into its constituent elements to determine either their nature, the qualitative analysis or, their proportions — quantitative analysis. Perhaps wee will discuss the nature and leave the rest for the bloggers to go out of proportions and out pants, which some of them are good at it.

I am not sure if we do the quantitative and qualitative analysis or go for the simple mathematical analyis involving differential and integral calculus, sequences, and series and concerned with limits and convergence? To be very honest I hate calculus and higher mathematics, I am basically a 2+2=5 kinda person. And, that’s the reason I ended up in finance and banking. You may have noticed that I am good in addition and bad in subtraction or deduction.

In Mathematics, they say that,  “the method of proof in which a known truth is sought as a consequence of a series of deductions from that which is the thing to be proved.”  And, I don’t think I can prove anything substantial using any mathematical formula, especially which is not my domain.

So, to sum it up, I cannot dissect because its too cruel, I cannot analyse chemically or, mathematically ‘coz its too complicated so, do I have to deal logic with logic? I guess so. The Urdu expression, “Loha Lohay Ko kaat ta hai.”  But, the logic that Butt Sahab has ‘arted can only be caught with a fishing net.

Besides, I am not Aristotle to define logic as ‘a system of reasoning.’  Because, there is no reasoning here, this is just a “obiter dictum”. Jaisay Baadshah Salamat ka Farmaan Nazil hoa, “Hum nay Kaha ho jao, ho gaya!”  Its just like Butt’s Fairy God Mother with her magic wand has influence over ZAKs.

Its seems like ZAKs has no opinion of his own, he is easily convinced with magic words such as Abracadabra, Hocus Pocus, Shazam etc. Not only him but, the selectors also get complacent in team selection as long as one of their blue-eyed boy creeps into the squad. And, this is happening since ages. And, it is called cronyism in cricket and parchee ka wasta, telephone ka zore, Zardari ki pukaar all this have more weight in team selection rather than going by the merit.

In your comments you are more than welcome to not only choose your captain but, also your playing XI with reasoning and justification.

After this  irrelevant, boring, blabbering, braggadocio of mine which must be very hard for some pseudo-intellectuals to understand my dry sense of humour. Therefore, let me finish off this thread on a lighter note i.e., why someone can qualify to be a captain and —- not qualify to be a captain?

Q. Misbah, people are not happy with your tuk tuk style of batting and they are saying, you should not be leading the T20 team in the forthcoming world cup? In fact they say you should not be in the team.

A. Peepal who say this have not played cricket so they don’t have the right to comment! And that is ground reality.  P.E.R.I.O.D. After all Butt Sahab is still sporting me, he has V-yen and he must have seen some kwalty in me, right hai kay rang? And, I have to claim my Rayal-Tea with this Tuc Tuc Biscuit walay because they have copied my name without my permission.

Q. Shoaib Malik, there is a big rumour that you will be made captain of the Pakistan T20 team, do you have to say anything about it?

A. You see my middle name is rumour, people have created so many rumours about me in the past, even in my personal life they have interfered and mujhe unhon nay ‘baal boy’ tak kaha. Laikin, but I told them give me a chance and I will prove. And, I proved it in FBT20 that I am the best all-rounder and best captain of the domestic team and domestic tournaments. Internationally tou sab he fail hotay hain kon fail nai hoa? Aur insaan agar ghar may accha hota hai tou bahar bhee acha hee hota hai. Ask my wife I am very good at home. So, the choice is obvious — no one is better than me! This is called self-proclamation.

Q.  Shahid Afridi, You are looking very tired today, what is the matter? Are you injured? Or, are you not happy that they are not making you a captain of the Pakistani cricket team?

A.  Yar, I was doing Gym in for 2 hours and then Gym out for 2 hours. So, I am vary tired and also I am vary hungry. Hafeez, Gullay koi sabe, kayla, shayla hai? Nai, Shaid Bhai nai hai. OK gimme the ball, Khuch, Khuch, Khuch….. array, array, array????? Yar chup reho sabhi khaatay hain!

So, the real choice was very difficult, but the logical choice is very easy. The middle name creates rumour and the rumour does not have wings, but it still fly like the French says, it goes from mouth to mouth. 🙂

 

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 6, 2012 - 2:47 AM

    We have a new thread on the blog about the selection of The Captain for the Pakistan cricket team for the forthcoming T20 WC in Sri Lanka in Sept. 2012. Please write your comments and choose your team or the squad. ………..

  2. #2 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 6, 2012 - 4:27 PM

    A view on Misbah’s future in T20

    In an ideal world you don’t want the likes of Misbah playing T20 internationals nowadays mainly because of the age factor more than anything else, but due to circumstances & previous culture in Pakistan cricket of having separate captains for different formats he is required to lead in this format as well. He’s a pretty good & effective player in this format over the years though both domestically & internationally.

    He’s no stranger to this format. He has had his special moments in T20 cricket for sure. He has gained a positive reputation in this format so it’s not the end of the world if he’s leading us in this format or the worst of things to happen in fairness. He’s been one of the few Pakistani conventional batsmen who have actually managed to master the art of batting in T20s.

    He will captain us in the World Cup this year. I have no doubt about that & will be surprised if he doesn’t. On the plus side he was arguably our stand out performer in WT20 in 2007 & vice captain of the 2009 WC winning side & a contender for the captaincy going into WT20 2010 & went there as a player so his experience should come in handy. He’s been there before & knows how it’s done.

  3. #3 by khalid saeed on April 7, 2012 - 4:18 AM

    abdullah ur views on misbah’s selection appears purely on emotions and personal liking basis. u r negating ur own comment from the outset by saying in an ideal world you don’t want the likes of Misbah playing T20 cricket due to whatever truth is when other teams hve adopted this system of making 2 o 3 teams its workin for them ur suport for misbah shows u hve or soft spot for him. the world is practical and pragmatic and team selection has to be on the basis of merits and need based. if there were no players at all in pakistan then u shud have argued on this point but the reality is there are hundreds of youngsters who are more talented, energetic and capable to bat and bowl in this format and if the selectors keep ignoring them because of old horses then pakistan will not be able to produce talented players. so misbah is a no no candidate for T20.

  4. #4 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 7, 2012 - 5:38 AM

    Its been decided that Misbah will NOT be in this WCT20 PK team PERIOD.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 7, 2012 - 5:42 AM


    Last night on Awaz.tv Shoaib Malik gave an interview to wajskhan and claimed that he got the highest number of Man of the Match awards while playing for Pakistan, when asked how many? He said, can’t remember but 20 plus. There you go, lying through his teeth.

    Here are the stats from cricinfo which proves that he is not first, second, fifth or tenth but 14th in the list of who won the max. man of the match awards for Pakistan:


    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;filter=advanced;orderby=awards_match;team=7;template=results;type=allround;view=awards

  6. #6 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 6:57 AM

    Misbah’s record as captain in T20 internationals

    Won 6 | Lost 2

    Afridi’s record as captain in T20 internationals

    Won 8 | Lost 11

    Malik’s record as captain in T20 internationals

    Won 12 | Lost 5

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 7, 2012 - 7:22 AM

    Abdul those stats are meaningless because they were played against the likes of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe etc.

    Besides Malik is a big liar last night on Awaz TV during his interview, he told 2 big lies

    1. He said he has earned the MOST Man of the Match awards for Pakistan. Liar Because his name is 14th on that list.

    2. He said, he bowled Brian Lara 3-4 times in a series? He got him out only ONCE in Sharjah caught Wajahat ullah wasti b. S Malik 31 runs.

    He denied that there was never any dressing room politics. And, when he was cornered he said, I can also tell you many stories that took place in the players dressing room, laikin mai aisa aadmi nahee hoon! HUH

    He denied there is no lobbying or politics in the cricket team but 10 minutes later, negated it when he said, some people create a lobby and played dirty politics against him!

    He denied that he had any rifts with Mohammad Yousuf and when facts were presented that he badmouthed against Yousuf, he said, Yes I said that because he also said to me ……….. whatever BS but, throughout the interview he was either lying or negating his own words. Would anyone want to see him play for the country let alone making him a captain again? He is definitely kinda “termite” as Inti Alam said.

    He denied that he personally recommended or brought in any player in the team ever when he was the captain. A few minutes later when the anchor asked him a few questions like, Imran Produced Wasim and Waqar and they produced Shoaib Akhtar what have you done? With a smirk on his face he smiled and said, I produced the present Captain of the Pakistan team Misbah. Totally forgot what he said earlier that he never recommended for any player. Only simpletons agree with him because he is a BIG liar and a BAD actor.

  8. #8 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 7:58 AM

    Wrong Javed

    3 of them were played against Australia, Sri Lanka or England

    In T20s no team can be taken for granted anyway as it’s a dicey format

    This was Afridi’s last 4 series as T20 captain

    Lost 2-0 vs England
    Lost 2-0 vs South Africa
    Lost 2-1 vs New Zealand
    Lost 1-0 vs West Indies

    Since then Misbah has taken over

    Won 2-0 vs Zimbabwe
    Won 1-0 vs Sri Lanka
    Won 1-0 vs Bangladesh
    Lost 2-1 vs England
    Also, Misbah captains in the proper, harder & more difficult form of cricket called TEST MATCH CRICKET which neither Afridi & Malik did very well at all so overall he has a much stronger reputation/CV/worth as captain. It’s a no brainer.

  9. #9 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 8:00 AM

    The 10 best Individual Series/Tours/Tournament Achievements of Misbah ul Haq as Pakistan Captain:-

    1) Whitewashed the World Number 1 Ranked Opposition in a bilateral test series under heavily pressurised circumstances with the troublesome history of previous Pakistan V England contests

    2) Led Pakistan to their first test series win against a higher ranked opposition in 5.5 years (2 WCs had passed since that last happened) by securing a test series win against Sri Lanka

    3) Led Pakistan to their first test series win outside Asia in 7 years, against New Zealand

    4) Led Pakistan to a highly respectable drawn series against the number 2 ranked South African side after the biggest hit sporting controversy Pakistan has seen to date

    5) Led Pakistan to their 2nd Asia Cup title in 28 years

    6) Led Pakistan to their first ODI series win by a 3 match margin against a top 8 team since 2003 & that in a year where the opposition were finalists of the Cricket World Cup

    7) Won a test match in the West Indies to square the series comprehensively with an inexperienced squad with problems happening behind the scenes with the Waqar – Afridi dispute

    8) Won 6-0 during tour of Zimbabwe in all formats combined

    9) Won 6-0 during tour of Bangladesh in all formats combined

    10) Won 2-0 against Ireland with 2 comfortable wins with an inexperienced squad, alien conditions & during a tight uneasy schedule

  10. #10 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 8:04 AM

    It would be an exaggeration to say that Pakistan’s cricket could have died of shame after the spot-fixing, but it could have wilted and declined, scandalous and homeless. But Misbah has stopped that happening, by averaging 80 as Test captain, and by his leadership. In his calm, cautious and cunning way, Misbah has been the most important cricketer in the world in the last year. Misbah is not as good a player as Inzamam-ul-Haq, But Misbah has something of Inzamam’s lordly demeanour, and he is a far more impressive captain. But his characteristics were just what Pakistan needed after the manic captaincy of Shahid Afridi and the criminal one of Salman Butt.” – Scyld Berry Wisden Editor

  11. #11 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 8:07 AM

    “I have played under so many captains but found Misbah – the best ever captain in my career” – Younis Khan (January 2012)

  12. #12 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 8:09 AM

    Mark Nicholas in his piece for his cricinfo debut:

    And finally to the Test team of the Northern Hemisphere winter and to Misbah-ul-Haq. Not since Imran Khan has a group of Pakistani cricketers looked so comfortable with one another. Probably it was the winning but there was something quite patrician about Misbah’s leadership – aloof and yet complicit. He never looks much of a batsman but averages 45 in 34 tests. He knows how to get it done and has passed this instinct to the others. How he loved it when they swarmed upon England, gloaters all. It was at Lord’s that the storm clouds of spot-fixing had gathered and on supposedly neutral ground that the score was settled. How England must have suffered from this glaring portrayal of redemption. Misbah may not last, at least not like Clarke surely will, but he will not forget 3-0 against the colonial father in the Middle East. That was the Pakistan dream.

  13. #13 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 8:16 AM

    As far as squad is concerned:-

    Mohammad Hafeez
    Ahmed Shehzad
    Asad Shafiq
    Umar Akmal (WK)
    Misbah ul Haq (C)
    Hammad Azam
    Shahid Afridi
    Umar Gul
    Raza Hasan
    Saeed Ajmal
    Aizaz Cheema

    Junaid Khan (reserve pacer)
    Rana Naved or another bowling all rounder like him
    Safraz Ahmed (specialist wicket keeper)
    Awais Zia (left handed explosive opener as back up)
    Maybe Shoaib Malik as well

  14. #14 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 8:36 AM

    Shahid Afridi is an asset to Pakistan on his day in the less important formats or the pyjama formats of cricket where bits & pieces cricketers have their worth, charismatic, talismanic, enigmatic, highly popular, multi-talented, but he is totally incapable of handling the complexity of captaining a Pakistan side. He himself has publicly admitted that he’s not a natural captain or even mentally strong enough to do the job. Removing him was a master-stroke from Ijaz Butt & a blessing in disguise for Pakistan cricket which the results, vastly improved professionalism & stability factor have reflected. He has his own charm as a player & hopefully he continues to contribute for the team.

  15. #15 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 8:38 AM

    “In the World Cup we were a team of lions led by a sheep” – Shoaib Akhtar

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 7, 2012 - 2:04 PM

    Yeah you are right that “Afridi was totally incapable of handling the complexities of captaining a Pakistan side!!!!!” So, by your standards, and as per facts Waqar Younus, Amir Sohail, Inzamam ul Haq, Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt, all these captains after Wasim Akram never managed to take the team into the semifinals of any of the world cups. Also, by your analogy Inzamam ul Haq was the worst Captain because his team got booted out in first round of the 2007 WC in the Caribbean, right? Whereas, Afridi who took the team into the semifinals of the 2011 WC after 10 years and not that he was the highest wicket taker of the tournament, he was incapable? Everyone knows that the match which was in Pakistan’s pocket and it was given to India on a silver platter by Misbah ul Haq who played 42 dot balls in his innings. And, he dropped Tendulkar’s easy catch when he was on 18, who scored 80 odd runs.

    By your standards Ijaz Butt who ruined the game of cricket not just domestically but internally and he was considered as an idiot by the whole world, Malcolm Speed openly called him a BUFFOON in his interview to the press, you think he played a master-stroke? His days as Chairman of the PCB are akin to the Dark Ages and you admire him?

    Where Afridi’s records in ODIs and T20 cannot be matched by any Pakistani player you call it PYJAMA cricket but, you love to quote the achievements of Misbah and Malik which are zilch by any standards. And, you talk about test cricket Afridi has scored 5 centuries and 8 fifties and his average of 36.51 is better than Malik’s who scored only 2 hundreds and 8 fifties and an average of 33.45. Misbah scored only 3 test hundreds and not a single ODI hundred, his average is deceptively high i.e., 45 and 42 in tests and ODI respectively because of his selfish nature of playing for himself and remaining not out. People are not naive nor they are blind.

    Abdul what kinda analysis you make? Do you think you can convince me? Its better you keep your analysis for yourself rather than imposing on us and flooding them on the blog. Please.

    For your information: Barring Shoaib Malik, every single player who captained the Pakistan side ever mentioned that he wanted to captain the side. They all say I want to play for my country and blah, blah but, from inside they all want to captain the side they say it with a TEEP ka Bandh, but of course its an honour to captain the national side.

    It is ONLY and ONLY Shoaib Malik who before he was made captain of the Pakistan team in 2007 said, he wants to captain the national side. And, 3 weeks ago on the PTV sports during his interview when asked what is your biggest regret? He said, CAPTAINING THE PAKISTAN SIDE. Total U-turn. Yesterday at Awaz TV he said, I don’t want to be the captain of the national side but, it is an honour to lead the national team and I will accept it if it is offered to me. He is such a Doughla! When he was a total failure as a Captain he said it is his biggest regret and now he sense that there is a lobby which wants to make him the captain he is saying why not?

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 7, 2012 - 2:08 PM

    “I have played under so many captains but found Misbah – the best ever captain in my career” – Younis Khan

    Younus Khan is basically a LOTA and to stay in the team he has to worship the rising sun. He saved his skin by taking 3 catches in the Asia Cup final and a fifty in one of the matches, other than that his form is questionable.

  18. #18 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 7, 2012 - 2:24 PM

    “In the World Cup we were a team of lions led by a sheep” – Shoaib Akhtar

    What kinda IMPOTENT LIONS where they that a sheep led them to the semifinals? Then a so-called Tiger Niazi of Mianwali came to play a tuk tuk innings to give away the match to India on a silver platter. There is an expression in Urdu, which says: even if you apply Heena (Mehndi) stripes on a black dog to make it look like a tiger, the KHASLAT never changes. Also, Kuttay ki Dumm Terhi ki Terhi is another expression which once again confirms that, the KHASLAT never changes. Tuk Tuk karnay walay kabhee match nahee jitta tay.

    Under Misbah’s captaincy be it against minnows or against England in the UAE test series when the matches were won, Mishab’s personal contribution was ZERO. The test series 3-0 was won because of Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rahman between the two of them they took 42 wickets.

    If Shoaib Akhtar has written that in his book Controversially Yours then please mention the page number. As far as we all know it was Afridi who asked for Akhtar’s inclusion in the world cup whereas, everyone was against his inclusion even in the squad.

  19. #19 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 4:13 PM

    Pakistan was the 4th favourite in the World Cup. In those conditions New Zealand, England, West Indies had no chance & Australia were suffering from injuries and did not have any quality front line spinner which was always going to bring them down. All major test playing nations were guaranteed quarter final berths as long as they defeated the lesser teams. The conditions & tournament structure suited Pakistan immensely as it was all about easing your way into the tournament & peaking at the right time. From a social & political perspective the tournament did wonders to lift the spirits of the people, but from a cricketing perspective they had what it took to go the distance, but did not achieve that. Afridi bowled tremendously, but as a captain he was disappointing with his antics, off – field discipline & on – field tactics as expected. With the right captain like Misbah we would have won it. Astute leadership was lacking. Below are 3 quotes of respected Pakistan former cricketers who wanted Misbah to captain in the World Cup last year:

    “The way Misbah is captaining the Pakistan team in test matches; Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should appoint him as captain for ODI series against New Zealand and also in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.His own performance with the bat is also very impressive which adds to the
    team confidence” – Zaheer Abbas February 2011

    “Afridi has failed to lead from the front and on the other hand, Misbah has taken the pressure on himself and led from the front in test matches which is more difficult form of cricket. I think Misbah is the right choice to lead Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011,” – Sikander Bakht February 2011

    “I’ve said this before, I was asked about Misbah before the [2011] World Cup on who should be captain, and back than I was quoted as saying Misbah should be captain. A lot of people went to Shahid [Afridi], said a few things, saying “Azhar said Afridi shouldn’t be captain”. I had a reason for saying it – the reporter I was talking to, I was just chatting with him like a normal person talks to another. What I said was “The World Cup is a big competition. There will be a lot of pressure on Afridi, and he is a match-winner. Afridi should just concentrate on his game. If he does concentrate on his game, he will win us matches. If he has the pressure of captaincy, then he will have the captaincy, the media pressure, handling the team and also his own performance. There will be so much pressure on him, and it will affect his performance.”From that point, I said Misbah should be made captain, Misbah is a very sensible individual, whereas Afridi is a little hyper. And he can’t control his emotions in the way Misbah can, which is there for all to see. ” – Azhar Mahmood

    Misbah played 2 dogged important test match innings against England in the 1st innings of the 1st & 2nd test & averaged 36 in a series where ball had dominated bat. Plaudits go to the captain for extracting the best out of the team & keeping them jelled together.

    I am not a fan of Shoaib Malik & wouldn’t have him anywhere near the team if it was up to me.

  20. #20 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 4:26 PM

    All these people must be wrong: –

    “Yet under Afridi’s captaincy, the Pakistani team could internally combust any second. A brainwave was always just around the corner. A captain’s temperament reflects largely on his team’s performances. Mercurial leaders often breed unpredictability. Precisely for this reason, the calm and composed Misbah is an ideal man for leading Pakistan.Far more important than the results is the unbridled joy of watching a Pakistani team playing consistently solid, controversy-free cricket. These are attributes which a cricket fan like me has longed to witness. Finally, we have a captain who can collar his players, and on the back of stellar personal performances, command enough respect to instill a fighting spirit into the team. ” – Safwan Umair

    “History may not remember Misbah as the most dynamic or visionary captain. But bearing in mind the hand fate dealt him and the context in which he took on the job, he may prove to be exactly the right man in the right position at the right time. Pakistan cricket has had plenty of flamboyant, unpredictable individuals. It could, perhaps, do with a little more calm, a little more predictability and a little more teamwork. Pakistan may yet come to be very grateful for Misbah-ul-Haq.” – George Dobell from ESPN cricinfo

    “He has learnt that he does not need to have a charismatic authoritarian stature or exhibitionist religiosity to bag the players’ and the media’s respect. He just needs to be Misbah — a contemplative selfless professional who articulates only on matters he knows best but is extremely private about his social and religious musings. Perhaps every other player needs to become a Misbah (and seems to have become); and maybe so does the Pakistani society as a whole.” – Dawn

    “Overall, I thought it would be much closer than it has been. I didn’t appreciate how far Pakistan had come since the spot-fixing crisis.
    Under Misbah-ul-Haq they have made a fresh start and I was very impressed by them. They have gone from a side that had questions over their integrity to probably the most professional Pakistan team I have ever seen. The impressive thing about Misbah is how calm he is. He is an authoritative figure, who I don’t expect takes fools gladly. He and coach Mohsin Khan clearly have a good relationship and they seem to be doing the right things.” – By Jonathan Agnew BBC cricket correspondent in Dubai

    Geoff Lawson on Pakistan’s test series win:”I predicted that they would win the series before it started. I just think Pakistan has been playing some terrific cricket, particularly under Misbah. I have been saying for several years that he should have been the captain. They play very consistently and he’s a great leader and tactically he is outstanding. Obviously the players have a lot of respect for him, and it seems to be that everyone is playing for the team and no one is playing for themselves, which you couldn’t say that for a lot of past Pakistan teams.”

    “All of a sudden, things are looking extremely favourable for Pakistan cricket. There are some key reasons behind this, both direct and indirect, but the most important factor is effective leadership.” – Saad Shafqat from Dawn and ESPN cricinfo

    “I will be as diplomatic as possible, but whoever criticises Misbah ul Haq does not know anything about cricket at all. Those that criticise Misbah need to read coaching manuals and sit down with ex cricketers and to learn about the psyche of cricket. His critics were waiting for his team to fail against England and they were saying that they have only beaten the likes of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Critics were saying that the Pakistani players that did well against the lesser teams will fail against higher profile opposition like England. Even the great Pakistani teams of the past lacked cricketing discipline and relied mainly on talent. Misbah’s philosophy is based on discipline and I am sure his philosophy will have a major impact on Pakistan cricket in years to come.” – Aamir Sohail

  21. #21 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 7, 2012 - 4:50 PM

    To the typical Pakistan fan:-
    MUH is useless against India. Only scored 2 marathon test centuries against them, an unbeaten 70 as stand-in-captain in 2008, quick fire innings at the death in the Kitply tri series final 2008, half century in the first Pakistan-India T20 2007, a List “A” century against India in 50/50 cricket in 2004, 2 50s in tri series finals with Pakistan “A” against India “A”, quick fire innings towards the end at the Pakistan-India sell out match at the Oval 09, stunning catch of the year at point to dismiss GG in 08, vital 49 in a successful 300+ chase during a one day international in Mohali 2007, but all of this does not matter because we did not win in Mohali and Johannesburg and all the blame goes to Misbah for those 2 matches because he top scored in the pressure matches which is not good enough. We do not appreciate that he fought to the end to keep them in the contest when they could have self destructed, closed an end down while wickets were falling around him, batted with the tail as the last man standing like an alone warrior, put a price on his wicket when others were guilty of being reckless, took the game deep where it seemed as if they would have had a higher chance of pulling it off, made the most noteworthy score on the match summary, reconstructed the chase from an improbable situation & reduced the margin of defeat significantly. We don’t want to blame the top order who played some irresponsible strokes, but want to blame Misbah because through his spirited approach he kept our hopes up to win.

  22. #22 by mohammad irfan on April 7, 2012 - 6:28 PM

    Mr Abdullah you are so overwhelmed by Misbah’s petty achievements which are mostly against minnows and you forgot to mention how the team lost 4-0 against England in the ODI series and 2-1 against them in the T20 very recently in the UAE. Misbah so far has been lucky that the team has not visited Australia, South Africa and England. Even if they play against India and Sri Lanka in India and Srilanka results would be different. Personally Misbah has not achieved anything significant, he is lucky because right now because of the trio in jail, no one is apparently involved in any kinda suspicious activities nor they are playing any politics because they know if they play any politics they will be out of the team. So, its one of the reasons that the team appears united, otherwise Misbah has not done anything to lead from the front. His captaincy, like his batting is extremely defensive he sets defensive field. Also, when a catch is dropped or there is misfielding or, a missed run out chance, Misbah instead of talking to the concerned player/bowler/fielder he looks at the other way. He looks so disconnected from the team, so what kind of captaincy are you talking about? And what responsibilities? He is playing very selfishly only to keep his place in the team and to keep his average high. Even Inzamam ul Haq has recently said that Misbah should play for the team and the country instead of playing for himself. He added, if you keep blocking every single ball then the bowlers dominate, you have to keep rotating the strike or do something to unsettle the bowler. Although both are ul-haq but there is a big difference between the two of them. Inzamam played for the country and whenever he scored a century Pakistan won the match at least 19 out of 21 times which is something to brag about. The names you have mentioned like Sikander Bakht or Amir Sohail or Azhar Mahmood they all have been very ordinary players and they have to say something to keep their jobs for GEO and PTV also the high profile writers who write in Dawn and cricinfo etc., they also have the same approach because they are paid employees. To me it seems like you don’t read anything but you love to write, push your point of view or quote something which suits your argument, it sounds like trivial drivel to me. I wont be bothered to reply to you anymore but, I thought just to make you realize how ignorant and naive you are I am writing this just for once and no more.

  23. #23 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 8, 2012 - 4:34 AM

    Similarly in ODI cricket Misbah has scored only 3 of 19 50s in lost causes. Misbah has the 2nd highest ODI average of all time in winning matches batting 2nd. There is absolutely nothing wrong with remaining not out chasing totals as 15 times in 25 wins batting 2nd in ODIs Misbah has been there at the end to guide the team over the line with an unbeaten score next to his name. Clearly, a genuine finisher, impact contributor & significant presence for the Pakistan side.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 8, 2012 - 5:18 AM

    ABDUL …… Misbah a genuine finisher????? ahahahaha that is the best joke of the day! He is a bloody choker, he always played till the end and never won. Which world are you in? Alice in Wonderland’s or what else?

  25. #25 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 8, 2012 - 5:55 AM

    15 times not out in 25 winning chases

    7 unbeaten 50s or more in winning chases with 11 unbeaten 40s or more in winning ODI and T20 chases

    2nd Highest ODI average of all time in winning chases

    That is exceptional, if that is not a finisher than what it?

    But our fan base just tends to remember Mohali, but even Javed Miandad choked in WC chases against India in 1992 & 1996

    Misbah has finished many matches such:-
    Napier 2011
    Barbados 2011
    Karachi 2008
    Abu Dhabi 2009
    Johannesburg 2007 vs. Australia
    2007 T20 WC semi final
    St Lucia 2011
    Abu Dhabi 2011

    In fact cricinfo were calling him the ‘Pakistan Bevan’ back in 2007/08

  26. #26 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 8, 2012 - 6:03 AM

    The amount of scorecards where he has seen a side through is countless. He’s got this healthy habit of fighting to the end & lasting the duration. He may do not do it single handily regularly, but it is a team game after all. He’s got that ability to soak up the pressure when the rate’s climbing, not press the panic button & keep a calm demeanour to fight to the end like great finishers. He backs himself to finish the job and it usually works as his statistics show.

  27. #28 by Raju on April 8, 2012 - 6:30 AM

    @ abdullah

    in all ur analysis, i dont see the 6-1 mauling misbah received against england. And talking abt finishes, what abt the 2 t20’s which he screwed in chase.

    Ur analysis are as biased as tendulkar’s portrayal by his fans where they deliberately hide his shortcomings. Secondly, whats the scope of his capataincy. A 38ish player is retirment case, dont pretend he’l play for another 5 years. He doesn’t deserve to be in short formats, and in test ckt he may play as a batter but not as a captain.
    Do provide a compreihensive analysis of eng- pk loi series so that everybody can see exploits of a great finisher of pk ckt.

  28. #29 by Raju on April 8, 2012 - 6:49 AM

    Jk

    yar ab ye daur agaya hae ke miandad ka mawazana misbha se kya jaraha hae.
    Haha..!

    Yar is se zyada ch2 baat mein ne nahi suni

  29. #30 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 8, 2012 - 7:27 AM

    Raju, about the last game against England………

    but if you ask me the pitch should be reported & I am surprised that no one has complained about this. It was a shocker of a pitch for a 20/20 game. It did not encourage stroke making at all. Even KP was struggling to time the ball & only got 60 after batting through. Small things like Cheema’s last ball full toss, Gul’s 5 wides down the leg side, umpiring error in the first over of giving runs to Kieswetter when he was not offering a stroke makes all the difference in low scoring matches like this. No batsmen could play a comfortable free flowing innings on that pitch. Chasing 130 on that wicket was like chasing 160. KPs innings was a master stroke, he knew he could sit back & knock the ball around, there was no needed to push too hard as 130 was a competitive total on that track, especially with in form bowlers

    Chasing 2nd is different to setting a total

    Swann was turning it square

    Dernbach is a brilliant bowler at the death, especially if you haven’t seen much of him before

    The best time to score was at the beginning in the PP overs & they didn’t do enough of that

    The team which batted 1st was always going to have an advantage

    When defending 130 most teams can only win when the opposition is bowled out, all Pak needed to do was avoid taking unnecessary risks & build partnerships & they would have been home. They did this and still couldn’t win. The pitch was dodgy. No other way of explaining it.

    How often do you see teams lose when having 7 wickets in hand with 2 overs left & 2 established batsmen at the crease?

    20/20 can be a lottery which was the case here

  30. #31 by Raju on April 8, 2012 - 7:55 AM

    Sorry i disagree abdulah with ur analysis of last t20

    32 runs were required in last 4 ovr with 8 wkts in hand. Its a win win position but again u smartly bypassed mishba’s heroics where he insured pk would lose a winnable match by playing DOT BALLS. Instead of focussing on that which i asked u in previous comment as u virtually know every stat abt mishba, u try to distract us by talking about openers,umpires,pitch etc.

    Had mishba struck a 6 on last ball of migty dernbach, u would have written a poem abt the great finisher wrt this match. Secondly u admit Kp played a master knock so in essence u r admiting kp greater than mishba on a treacherous track.
    Finally wht abt the 4-0 whitewash and othr t20s. Didnt aly cook outshine mirhba by scoring centuries and leading the team. I reiterate state the stats of these 7 matches so people here can see true greatness and contribution of all players. Dont misguide by talking abt pitch, bowler, etc. Tell us IN DETAIL ABOUT PERFORMANCE OF THIS FINISHER IN THESE 7 MATCHES.

  31. #32 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 8, 2012 - 8:10 AM

    When a Team Dominates a test Series, things like this (4-0) are Bound to Happen Raju

    Just going be memory here:-

    West Indies lost 4-0 during a test series in England in 2004 and won the Champions Trophy which
    followed

    Pakistan beat India in a test series in 2006 1-0 and then lost the ODIs 4-1

    England were whitewashed 5-0 in the 2006/07 Ashes series and went on to win the triangular series which followed

    England won the 2009 Ashes series at home 2-1 and lost 5-1 in the ODIs which followed

    England won the 2010/11 Ashes series down under 3-1 and lost 6-1 in the ODIs which followed

    South Africa won a test series in England in 2008 and lost 4 ODIs which followed

    Personally, I think there is bound to be complacency once you have won a high profile test series and it’s easy to take the foot off the gas and begin to take the opposition for granted once the major format is
    done with, especially when you win the series in such dominating style. Perhaps the ICC should start to schedule tours more with T20s and ODIs at the beginning rather than at the back end of the tour as a leading up process to the test series almost as a first look at the opposition. It can be seen as preparation
    for the series which really counts.

  32. #33 by Raju on April 8, 2012 - 8:27 AM

    Abdulla again ur analysis is flawed

    england beat india 4-0 and then beat them 4-0 and 2-0 in loi.

    Australia beat india 4-0 and then beat them in tri series.

    Btw, did mishba lose odi series after winning test series against sl,bangladesh?

    No and ur praising him for that but ur not criticising him for 6 losses. Had he beaten england in odi and t20, you would have showerd praise ovr him.

    Yes, the gas was gone as it was apparent when he was bowled by dernbach. 😉

    Stats,man stats. Whr r the stats of that series. Tell us abt the great finishes!

  33. #34 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 8, 2012 - 9:15 AM

    Misbah scored the most runs by a Pakistan batsmen in the ODI series & T20 series by a Pakistan player in the series against England

  34. #35 by Raju on April 8, 2012 - 9:38 AM

    Hahaha…

    In odis and t20s, it is strike rate and average which is more important than total runs. Again u r not mentioning stats but giving ambiguous statements to create confusion. How many runs scored , how many balls consumed and the average and how batsmen on the other side fared on ‘ DICEY TRACKS’.

    He failed didnt he? His opposite number scored 2 hundreds,kp scored a hundred, what did mishba do? Block balls? How many runs scored in 4 odis abdulah, how many balls he faced, whv dont u tell us, r u scared or r u protecting him. BE CONSISTENT!
    Praise success and criticise failure.

  35. #36 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 8, 2012 - 9:52 AM

    The only time Pakistan has chased more than 150 in a 20/20 Misbah was the MOTM

    http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/2007_ICC_World_Twenty20:_Australia_vs_Pakistan

  36. #37 by Abdullah (@maza786) on April 8, 2012 - 9:56 AM

    His SR in the ODI series was higher than:
    Mohammad Hafeez
    Imran Farhat
    Asad Shafiq
    Umar Akmal
    Azhar Ali
    Shoaib Malik

  37. #38 by Raju on April 8, 2012 - 10:25 AM

    Abdulah im specificaly referring to the 6-1 scoreline which begs the question why a great finisher (as u say) and capt failed. We r not discusing highest or lowest chases here. When u dissect a series, u compare performance of all players specially capptain. Now u paste numbers when mishba performs but when he fails u dont give numbers and start talking about irrelevant things.

    Its not a problem to get stats-anyone can get it from cricinfo. Mishba was a Finn bunny in the odis and he failed. If team doesumt perform that is no excuse for capt’s failure. Mishba failed,we all know it but u r being protective just like a mum always gives excuses for fallacies of her spoiled brat. Fact is this clearly shows ur biased defence of mishba. If u give him credit for wins, then expose his failures too. Had afridi been captain in 6-1, u would have destroyd him nasty adjectives.

    Well, continue with ur inadequate defence !

  38. #39 by Raju on April 8, 2012 - 10:55 AM

    Fundamental question is

    did the great leader and finisher fail in his duty as batter/capt in 6-1 pitaai?

    If anybody says NO, please logicaly prove that.

    Whether other players failed or not, capt is still responsible.

  39. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 8, 2012 - 12:36 PM

    LOL abdul aakhir ko bhaag gaya! 😀

    Raju, perhaps you don’t know him, he is one of the old bloggers used to write as “abdul” and also as “maaza” (according to him he is only 16 yr old, a few years ago) and previously he used to do the same in defending Shoaib Malik. On this thread somewhere in his comments he mentioned that he does not support Malik anymore and he does not want to see him near the team anymore (still mentioned his name in the last line, by writing maybe “Malik” as one of the players in the squad) haira phairy say baaz nai aya. Remember a couple of months ago his nick was “Misbah’s greatest or no.1 fan” something?

    Now he is head over heels for Misbah, this is nothing but Afridi bashing that’s all and he has been doing this to us since a very long time i.e., copying stats from other blogs and pasting them here basically a Kato Chipkao guy with no sense of any cricketing knowledge tou bichara analysis kahan say kerega? Whenever he is cornered he runs away just like your other friend who sent me an email saying he left the blog because of you! hahaha.

  40. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 8, 2012 - 12:53 PM

    abdul

    Do you know that talent wise Afridi is compared with the greats? And could you please tell us why he was dropped from tests when his performance was not poor? In fact better than Malik for sure and little less in averages compared to Misbah which is obvious because of his not outs that is a confirmation of how selfishly he plays that he wants to remain not out and build up his average.

    And please don’t tell me Afridi retired, because he was constantly dropped from the test squad (even Malik sent him back to Pakistan from India immediately after the ODI series and replaced him with Kaneria) due to politics it was then he decided to retire. And even in the test in England when he saw things going wrong he decided to opt out of test cricket.

    We criticized him a lot on this blog for that i.e., on his decision to retire in the middle of the tour but, we were not aware of the entire story which ended in a fiasco. It was good that he retired instead of “kholing the pole in the middle of the tour.” Which eventually resulted as the darkest days of cricket and not just for Pakistan. What a shame that the captain of Pakistan cricket team’s captain is in England’s JAIL.

    And, for your information, no commentator from England, Australia, even India says that Misbah or Malik are very talented or can be compared with Wasim Akram or the likes. Only in pakistan can someone talented like Afridi be considered unsuitable for tests whereas, Malik is made test captain despite not knowing how to play pace or swing. The irony is either of these two will again be captaining the Pakistan team in the WCT20 in Sept. 2012

    Abdul the amount of time you take in defending these two nincompoops i.e., Misbah and Malik, do you realize how big a dolt you appear because neither of them can play pace or swing? People dont even spend so much time defending England, Australian, South African batsmen or even Dravid and Laxman as much as you do in defending these two good for nothing players.

  41. #42 by Raju on April 8, 2012 - 1:23 PM

    Haha 😆

    jk meri waja se to pata nahin kaun kaun bhaag gaya,kahan kahan se bhag gaya

    arey bhai agar apni baat ko sach kahtey ho to defend karo warna apni ghalti mano aur har haal mein khush raho. Ye to koi bat nahi ke zara sa bura laga to bhag gae aur topi raju par. Bhagna is ‘cow in the dice’ ie cowardice.

    Acha to ye wo abdul hae,jo mishba ka pujari hae. To bhai defend karo nahi to maan lo mishba ne bekaar khela.

    Baqi hamari misal to wo hae
    bad se raju bura 😉
    no badnaam hehe.. 😀

  42. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 10, 2012 - 12:43 AM

    Raju

    The rumour is Pakistan will induct 6 new faces in the team i.e., for all 3 formats of the game so we dunno who is who and in which format? But, one thing is for sure they have decided to make Shoaib Malik captain of the Pakistan team for this T20WC 2012 and that will be one of the darkest days in the history of cricket in Pakistan.

    After seeing the FBT20 tournament (where a number of national team players were not participating Malik’s team won the championship) it is obvious by the way he was projected that they want him to make the captain. Because, Misbah is definitely not playing due to heavy criticism about his style of playing. And for them bringing back Afridi is like ‘the dog eating his own vomit.” And, they won’t do it at any cost.

    The talk of making Mohammad Hafeez as captain of the team will mean Malik cannot be accommodated and the only way he can be accommodated is by making him the captain. Malik is a good for nothing player, he has always performed well in domestic circuit and failed at the international level especially in the last 15 months.

    First just the Zimbabwe tour:

    His ODI scores 2, did not bat, 14, 7, 11. total 34 in 4 innings average 8.5 (Did not bowl whereas he is a bowling option?)
    His T20 scores 7, 11 sounds like the supermarket 7~11 total 18 average 9.

    Can anyone find his average against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, NewZealand, England that he played during the last 15 months? Please!

  43. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 10, 2012 - 10:03 AM

    In THREE WEEKS, Malik gave 3 interviews. First on PTV Sports, then on AwazTV and latest on Cricinfo. And, he says “I have a lot of cricket left.” And, this interview is with yet another Chamcha. See what Malik is saying? He is admitting now that”

    “I should not have accepted the captaincy at that time and that is my biggest regret in my cricketing career. It’s not like I wasn’t ready but there are other factors that I think should not be part of the debate at the moment. I have never complained about anyone and I always want to focus on my game and want to play my cricket with best of my ability.”

    Malik’s previous comeback attempts proved to be disappointing and he failed to impress against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England. However, his recent form makes him a strong limited-overs prospect and increases the likelihood of his getting a one-year contract this year.

    “The difference is the confidence. Every player has role to play in the team and he is always become successful only once he is given confidence.”

    “As far as the captaincy is concerned I am least interested in it. I don’t know what they [PCB] are going to decide about me but I have ensured my best performance at the domestic level and my fitness is perfect for international cricket.”

    Hahahaha, even kids remember what they say 2 minutes ago, this guy can make a complete U-turn after 2 minutes and doesn’t even know that he has blabbed something else before and he is negating it. As far as his form is concerned, at domestic level he always play well and at international level he fails. Whatever his achievements are or were, they were ONCE UPON A TIME and out of his 7 ODI centuries he has scored 4 against India. Each time he comes back he flops and he still want CONFIDENCE? What does he mean by this confidence business? Salay ko Kaptan banaya thaa vo bhee for a long period of time irrespective of his failures. After that YK and Afridi when they were made captain, they were made only for a particular series.

    And the height of inefficient management of the PCB is when they announced the team but NO captain and on the 11th hour they said OK Shahid Afridi will be the captain. This is something Ijaz Butt and his stupid cronies can do and now we are carrying the same legacy in ZAKs

  44. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 10, 2012 - 10:19 AM


    Visit cricinfo read Malik’s interview and read the comments. NOT a single person is in favour to see his comeback.
    There is a unanimous voice that he should only play domestic cricket and not international.

  45. #46 by raju on April 10, 2012 - 3:01 PM

    jk

    malka will be next pk capt in all formats mishap becomes extinct . period!

  46. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 10, 2012 - 5:34 PM

    Raju — I dunno when Pakistan is due to play their next test match? So, may be u r rite, it depends whether Misbah remains till then or get expired? I mean his expiry date. The campaign to bring Malik back is in ZORE SHORE, and they are not leaving any opportunity in giving him space for interview at the tv channels.

    I want Mirza Iqbal Beg to interview him on GEO, he will definitely grill him for his lies. Because, people are waiting for an opportunity to ask him how many times he was MoM and how many times he bowled Lara?

    Sala jhoota kehta hai I have bowled out Lara 3~4 times jab kay sirf ek bar kiya vo bhee TUKKAY PAY!
    Aur, “I am the highest MOM award winner.” Sala domestic mila kay bolta hai? Malik received only 16 times whereas highest no. of awards were achieved by Wasim Akram (39) times and Afridi is second with (35) and this is in all formats. Whereas Afridi tops the ODI format and Saeed Anwar is no. 2. And Malik is 14th on that list and he has the audacity and gumption to claim he tops the list of MoM awards?

    You see when this kinda info is public and can be checked and verified, he lied it on TV show. So how many more things he is not lying? The whole world saw that he was lying about his first marriage with Ayesha Siddiqi and when he was cornered and the Nikah Nama bearing his signature were made public and when Sania told him “Ab Bukk Bhee Dou” then he admitted. So, you want to set an example for the new generation that your cricket captain is the biggest liar? And, you should follow him. Mohammad Aamir is already doing that and a lot of paindoos still think it is OK.

  47. #48 by Raju on April 10, 2012 - 11:09 PM

    Jk

    i saw ur email yesterday. Actually thats my tertiary address so i visit it once a week. You can send the desired info

  48. #49 by Raju on April 11, 2012 - 9:53 AM

    Jk
    thk u 4 ur mail.

    Giw my regards to ks and wish him all the best on my behalf in all spheres of life.

    Well if u do happen to contact munir, tell him that he should learn to fight criticsm with debate rather than feeling bad.

    Newguy perhaps felt bias on ur part which aint true.

    Well t2ul

  49. #50 by MUHAMMAD UZAIR on April 26, 2012 - 5:53 AM

    Debate is showing extremism on both sides, let me be a little neutral and settle this:

    Give credit when its due, results under Misbah speaks itself, although he is lucky enough in many ways especially the quality spin attack. But he is no more suitable for odi and t20 and expelled out at once. However, he is most impressve in test, he has still to offer something so when he is around, we must groom a vice captain first rather than bringing malik or Mohammad Yousof.

    I hate his no. f dotballs but often he maintain his rate by smashng sixes although ths approach is ineffective and disastrous in odi/t20
    his s.rate is nt a major problem bt hs defensv mindset, due to whch he fails to finish the matches and ceases to be a match winner.

  50. #51 by MUHAMMAD UZAIR on April 26, 2012 - 5:56 AM

    I m writing a comprehensv article on pak t20 team/squad for wt20 whch i will also placed here in link,its comng soon

  51. #52 by MUHAMMAD UZAIR on April 26, 2012 - 6:06 AM

    U just cant say that shoaib Malik has no talent and he has achieve nothng, Previously he was ratd as a future star, bt he destroys his career by excuses, attitude and poor discipline.
    Currently his international form no-way allow anyone to bring him in the team and there are a no. of better player than him currently.
    He often give excuse that he is under used by not bowling enough overs so it is for ur info malik, that u r nt in the team 4 bowlng, there is no need of ur bowlng, u cn only play as a batter whch u seems to have forgtn at top level.

  52. #53 by MUHAMMAD UZAIR on April 26, 2012 - 6:12 AM

    Mohammad Hafeez is the only choice left for the captain in odi & t20 as Afridi has already said he will nt accept captaincy.
    I thnk Whatmore is misguided by few pcb officials, Instead of calling yousof and malik, they should invest in rameez raja jr. And Ahmed Shehzad.

  53. #54 by MUHAMMAD UZAIR on May 6, 2012 - 12:54 PM

  54. #55 by nadeem on May 7, 2012 - 1:52 PM

    t20 or ODI k Captain BOOM BOOM ko huna 6ai… us k bad HAFEEZ KA HAQ hy . MALIK ko RETAIR huna chai……..

  55. #56 by Adeel kiani on May 7, 2012 - 11:57 PM

    ya it will shaid khan afridi >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

  56. #57 by Sarim Asim on May 8, 2012 - 11:12 AM

    guys stop please @abdul and @javed
    Misbah was a great player in 2007 but has now changed alot…please leave the test performances alone..they are completely different from the t20’s. t20 is a completely different format and misbah’s age is a factor which is not good enough for t20 hitting
    At world cup he coudn’t take singles and kept increasing the run rates
    recently vs england we could win both t20 but his slow inning made us lose!!
    For me the squad will be
    Kamran Akmal
    Ahmed Shehzad
    Mohammad Hafeez(Captain)
    Nasir Jamshed
    Umar Akmal
    Shahid Afridi
    Shoaib Malik
    Umar Gul
    Abdur rahman
    Saeed ajmal
    Aizaz cheema

    Inclusion of akmal will make keeper problem a bit better as akmal can bat and be a good keeper unlike sarfaraz who is slow
    Ahmad shahzad has playert wonderfully in the bpl as well as nasir jamshed so they deserve a chance
    T20 is not about experience…youngsters are key to t20…luk at all the other sides..they are completely different from ODI!

  57. #58 by ammar rock on May 10, 2012 - 2:11 AM

    bhi jeetna or harna to team sy hota hy lakin phir bhi muhammad hafeez of chance dana chaiya or team asi hony chaiya jasy sarim asim ny upper bnai ha

  58. #59 by MUHAMMAD UZAIR on May 16, 2012 - 1:22 PM

    If Stallions participate, It ‘ll b 1st champions league.
    Preceding 3 editions were, league without ultimate champs.

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