Big Bash League news December 12, 2011

Afridi looking for exposure from stint with Melbourne Renegades

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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has said he views his upcoming stint with the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League as an opportunity to gain exposure and prepare for next year's international assignments. Afridi and Pakistan team-mate Abdul Razzaq have both signed with the Renegades for Australia's new Twenty20 tournament, and Afridi said he was taking the tournament very seriously because he had sacrificed his off season to play in it.

"My commitment with the Big Bash holds a lot of importance because it was an off season for me," he told ESPNcricinfo. "It will not only help me maintain momentum but also give me good preparation considering the tough conditions and strong opponents in Australia."

Afridi goes into the tournament, which starts on December 16, on the back of an impressive year with the ball in which he has taken 45 wickets in 27 ODIs at 20.82, with four five-wicket hauls. He struggled with the bat during the 2011 World Cup but got his highest score of the year, 75, in the third ODI of Pakistan's recent series against Sri Lanka in the UAE. He said he expected his legspin to be effective on Australian pitches but hoped to also contribute with the bat.

"Legspinners can achieve a lot in Australian conditions and I am looking forward to contributing with my bowling," he said. "I've been satisfied with my bowling performance but there is need for improvement in my batting. I am looking to play some good innings."

Razzaq goes into the series after missing the ODIs in Bangladesh due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the series against Sri Lanka. He said he had completely recovered from that and was looking forward to getting back to Twenty20 cricket. Razzaq averaged 29.22 for Leicestershire during the Friends Life t20 in England this summer and said he hoped to find form in the BBL.

"The format is very exciting and familiar but equally tough," Razzaq said. "I picked up an injury last month but I am fine now and looking forward to the Big Bash event. I hope I can find good touch."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • khiladisher on December 15, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    @BADRESHIAN-DEAR FRIEND YOUR COMMENTS DO NOT LOOK GOOD --HOPE YOU SEE SENSE AND WRITE BALANCED COMMENTS-EVEN KNOWING THAT INDIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUPERIOR TO PAKISTAN AT MOST HIGH PROFILE EVENTS LIKE WORLD CUP-ASIA CUP AND MAJOR FINALS OF ICC EVENTS.HOPE INDIA PLAYS PAKISTAN TO SHOW WHERE PAKISTAN RANKS IN WORLD CRICKET-EXPECT OUR BATTERS TO CREATE WORLD RECORDS ALL OVER.HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THE 3 MAJOR FINALS AND 1 VERY IMPORTANT SEMI-FINAL YOU LOST OF INDIA, FINALS PAKISTAN LOST}1-1985-BENSON&HEDGES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-}2-1998-INDEPENDENCE CUP OF 1998-WHEN INDIA CHASED 314 AND WON THE BEST OF 3 FINAL-AND THE BIGGEST WHEN INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN IN A GREAT FINAL OF 20-20 WORLD CUP BY 5 RUNS. ALSO WORLD CHAMPIONS INDIA BEATING PAKISTAN EASILY IN THE SEMI-FINAL MATCH.HOPE INDIA PLAYS PAKISTAN SOON,CANT WAIT FOR BATTING RECORDS FROM INDIA.

  • afridi_1 on December 15, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @Hayes.Adam: Well said. And don't forget the 36 Ball Century against the World Champion at that time Sri Lanka.

  • afridi_1 on December 15, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Afridi will play a key role for the Renegades. I am really looking forward to see the BBL.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on December 15, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    @ LOVEUPAK; GOOD ONE SIR...you hit this one just like a real BOOM BOOM...really good one....as u also respected that legend (Kumble) from India

  • Aragorn_11 on December 15, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    @g.narsimha if you want to include the Asia Cup, you've got to include all Pakistan vs India duels, that is just a subcontinent based cup, not a genuine around the world Global Event like Champions Trophy, T20 WC and WC....and Pakistan head the Pakistan vs India duel easily....it's ok...Pakistan is just a country of 160 million, India has 1.6 billion...o

  • Aragorn_11 on December 15, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    @g.narsimha Asia Cup is nothing compared to actual Global Events which involves the Teams around the World played in different parts of the World....not just subcontinent.

  • AmjadZork on December 15, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    @Aragorn_11 - what a reserach you've done. Afridi is a legend for me & will remain always... He is the one drawn me to watching cricket, beofre that i used to hate cricket !!!

  • loveupak on December 15, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    @deepu11...no offence yawr...but now as u have said that don't compare afridi with a legend like kumble let me tell u somthng...no doubt kumble is a legend and he has taken more wickets than afridi while playing lesser odi's but if we look at the stats the number of balls both of them have bowled are almost equal infact kumble has bowled a bit more...but still i'll say that kumble was better than afridi but afridi has also scored more than 6000 runs n kumble not even 1000 so u decide does it make afridi a legend r not??

  • g.narsimha on December 15, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    AROGORN11 it appears you forgot the stats of win/losses of both teams in ASIA CUP ALSO.

  • pak78 on December 15, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    omg cant wait to see lalla and razor razak play in the bbl two of the worlds best t20 players

  • khiladisher on December 15, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    @BADRESHIAN-DEAR FRIEND YOUR COMMENTS DO NOT LOOK GOOD --HOPE YOU SEE SENSE AND WRITE BALANCED COMMENTS-EVEN KNOWING THAT INDIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUPERIOR TO PAKISTAN AT MOST HIGH PROFILE EVENTS LIKE WORLD CUP-ASIA CUP AND MAJOR FINALS OF ICC EVENTS.HOPE INDIA PLAYS PAKISTAN TO SHOW WHERE PAKISTAN RANKS IN WORLD CRICKET-EXPECT OUR BATTERS TO CREATE WORLD RECORDS ALL OVER.HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THE 3 MAJOR FINALS AND 1 VERY IMPORTANT SEMI-FINAL YOU LOST OF INDIA, FINALS PAKISTAN LOST}1-1985-BENSON&HEDGES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-}2-1998-INDEPENDENCE CUP OF 1998-WHEN INDIA CHASED 314 AND WON THE BEST OF 3 FINAL-AND THE BIGGEST WHEN INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN IN A GREAT FINAL OF 20-20 WORLD CUP BY 5 RUNS. ALSO WORLD CHAMPIONS INDIA BEATING PAKISTAN EASILY IN THE SEMI-FINAL MATCH.HOPE INDIA PLAYS PAKISTAN SOON,CANT WAIT FOR BATTING RECORDS FROM INDIA.

  • afridi_1 on December 15, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @Hayes.Adam: Well said. And don't forget the 36 Ball Century against the World Champion at that time Sri Lanka.

  • afridi_1 on December 15, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Afridi will play a key role for the Renegades. I am really looking forward to see the BBL.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on December 15, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    @ LOVEUPAK; GOOD ONE SIR...you hit this one just like a real BOOM BOOM...really good one....as u also respected that legend (Kumble) from India

  • Aragorn_11 on December 15, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    @g.narsimha if you want to include the Asia Cup, you've got to include all Pakistan vs India duels, that is just a subcontinent based cup, not a genuine around the world Global Event like Champions Trophy, T20 WC and WC....and Pakistan head the Pakistan vs India duel easily....it's ok...Pakistan is just a country of 160 million, India has 1.6 billion...o

  • Aragorn_11 on December 15, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    @g.narsimha Asia Cup is nothing compared to actual Global Events which involves the Teams around the World played in different parts of the World....not just subcontinent.

  • AmjadZork on December 15, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    @Aragorn_11 - what a reserach you've done. Afridi is a legend for me & will remain always... He is the one drawn me to watching cricket, beofre that i used to hate cricket !!!

  • loveupak on December 15, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    @deepu11...no offence yawr...but now as u have said that don't compare afridi with a legend like kumble let me tell u somthng...no doubt kumble is a legend and he has taken more wickets than afridi while playing lesser odi's but if we look at the stats the number of balls both of them have bowled are almost equal infact kumble has bowled a bit more...but still i'll say that kumble was better than afridi but afridi has also scored more than 6000 runs n kumble not even 1000 so u decide does it make afridi a legend r not??

  • g.narsimha on December 15, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    AROGORN11 it appears you forgot the stats of win/losses of both teams in ASIA CUP ALSO.

  • pak78 on December 15, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    omg cant wait to see lalla and razor razak play in the bbl two of the worlds best t20 players

  • Hayes.Adam on December 14, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Afridi is a phenomenal player its harsh to compare him to any other as , he is a rare breed player wise, I am not good at stats but um sure some1 here can back my point he has a very good avg in batting against India. and I do remember him scoring a 45 ball Century against India. he is a top class bowler and we welcome him to the big bash, I also need to say this that at times I have noticed that he cant express his views as he wants to, language barrier!! notice this in the coming games. Afridi sure will pull crowds in there is a large fan following in Australia.

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Soooooooo Pakistan have been in 8 SEMI FINALS and 4 FINALS with 2 TROPHIES India have been in 3 SEMI FINALS and 6 FINALS with 4 TROPHIES (one shared with Sri Lanka because of rain)

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy - Semi Final of ICC Champions Trophy in 2000 in Kenya...Semi Final of ICC Champions Trophy in 2004 in England...Semi Final of ICC Champions Trophy in 2009 in South Africa....so that's 3 appearances in Semi Final all away from home. India in ICC Champions Trophy - Semi Final of Champions Trophy in 1998 in Bangladesh...Finalist of Champions Trophy in 2000 in Kenya....Co-Winners of Champions Trophy in 2002 in Sri Lanka...so thats 1 appearance in semi-final, 2 appearances in final

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    now lets compare....T20 World Cups Pakistan in T20 World Cups - Finalists of the T20 World Cup in 2007 in South Africa....Won 2009 T20 World Cup in England...Semi Final of T20 World Cup in 2010 in West Indies....so that's 2 appearances in Final and 1 in semi final...all in away conditions India in T20 World Cups - Won T20 World Cup in 2007 in South Africa....so that's 1 appearance in Final (haha...with all that IPL, what a shame).

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    lets compare....World Cups Pakistan in World Cups - Semi Final of WC in 1979 in England...Semi Finals of WC in 1983 in England....Semi Final of WC in 1987 in India/Pakistan...Won the WC in 1992 in Austrailia...Finalists of WC 1999 in England....Semi Final of WC in 2011 India/SL/Bangladesh (4 semi final and 2 final appearances...once with "home advantage") India in World Cups - Won WC in 1983 in England....Semi Final of WC in 1987 in India/Pakistan....Semi Final of WC in 1996 in India/Pakistan...Finalists of WC in 2003 in South Africa....Won WC in 2011 in India/SL/Bangladesh (2 semi final and 3 final appearances...3 times with "home advantage")

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Afridi is a Legend to Pakistanis....Sehwag is a legend to Indians....Pietersen is a legend to English....Ponting is a legend to Aussies...Sakhib is a legend to Bangladeshis....stop being such children and let the cricketers play cricket....and let us enjoy our entertainment....Pakistan vs India....Pakistan hands down. From an Englishman.

  • rawcrickettalent on December 14, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    firstly Stop comparing Afridi and Sehwag..... Sehwag is a fiery batsman and an awesome batsman but on the other hand Afridi is an allrounder...both players are awesome so please dont make comparisins

  • Bruisers on December 14, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    @Melbau - Even Bangladesh have beaten India in World Cup but Pak haven't. Lol

  • Bruisers on December 14, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    @Hamza Gul - Has Afridi struck an ODI 200? or two Test 300s? Has he got a Test average of 52+ ? NO.. And has Sehwag ever been involved in ball-eating controversies? No, because he is a true gentleman and one of the very few to be called 'LEGEND' even before retiring.

  • 30-30-150 on December 14, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @guduji71 - If you read properly you will realize that the W/L ratio he is mentioning IS of Overseas Tests.

  • 30-30-150 on December 14, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    @Talha Shahzad - For your information, Sehwag has got Aus Test tour. He wouldn't play tournaments like BBL anyways..

  • 30-30-150 on December 14, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    @Hamza Gul - Kumble took 337 wickets in 265 ODIs, whereas Afridi has taken 333 wickets in 333 ODIs. So don't compare a legend with Afridi.

  • pirate11 on December 14, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    @ashish India hve never won against Pakistan in champions trophy...

  • Cricket_Live on December 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    @Ashih Gupta, you need to do a simple math. Total one day games between pak vs India till date. You will know that it will take India another decade to even the match winning tally, provided Pakistan doesn't win a single game against India during that period. Also if India will ever have courage to play.

  • Fahad_Imam on December 14, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    i agree from @ likeintcricket comments

  • DearSir on December 14, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    AnotherCricketer is very right tht there is no comparison between Sehwag and Afridi. The onyl thing in common is that if they have their day then they can ruin the opposition team single handedly.

  • Badreshian on December 14, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Khalidisher,,,, I would not go into details about Indian 2011 WC Campaign, which was heavily supported by their Govt. when they invited Pak PM, Allah knows what happened during the conversation when Indian PM agreed on giving few things like waters in the rivers, train incident report and bla bla... But let me tell you that 1992 WC was won by men led by a Lion (GREAT KHAN) Alhamdulillah. As far as sehwag and afridi.... we acknowledge that sehwag on a given day, with 3/4 drop catches, is a lethal player and BOOM Boom is a genuine allrounder with ruthless and mighty heart hitter of the Cricket ball... he only needs to be cool cool while batting (which he has started since resuming his international duty). Plus he is an energetic servant in the field and a BRAVE heart captain leading by example... Best bowler of the WC 2011 as captain.... HE IS the ONLY Tiger of world cricket at the moment and a darling of crowd... HE IS KHAN and not a.... rest you know it... Think with a big heart...TC..

  • AnotherCricketer on December 14, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Yes, Pakistan batting has been average lately. And the selectors largely bear the burden for unexplainable decisions. Comparing Sehwag and Afridi is like comparing apples and oranges. Sehwag opens the game with a new ball and is not a bowler. Afridi is a self-proclaimed bowling all-rounder. On a good day, each of the two players can wreck havoc for the opposing teams.

  • Melbau on December 14, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Khiladisher, I am an aussie fan but you have not replied to my question about India's tour of England. Even Bangladesh played better than India in England.

  • likeintcricket on December 14, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    @khiladisher True that Sehwag is a better batsman but Afridi is a better all rounder (including fielding) and a much better match winner. Also check India vs Pakistan record in one day and Test both ( Even in India) and than pass your judgement. From England series where Pakistan drew against Australia and beat England in one Test, they played against every country at neutral or away series and didn't lost any. Incidentally they won the last series against India too. If they beat England which I bet they will than their surely be a change in the ranking and whoever lost b/w India vs Australia will go down a place below than Pakistan. In world cup too Pakistan performance was much better than India. First two world cup they could have won the matches against WI but they lost due to bad luck. Wi blew it in 1983 against India ( Imran got injured ). WI went back to India the same year and beat them in all one days( check the record).

  • Guduji71 on December 14, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Mr Midhun Ben Thomas you said India W/L ratio was 0.83 can you plz tell me what was the W/L ratio of Indian team OUTSIDE of India. It is a fact that Indian cricket team can only win in India, why don't you guys accept the fact.

  • Mel-waas on December 13, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    @ khiladisher--During world cup 92, it was the rain that gave Pakistan 1 point but it also took away 2 points in the South Africa game. It was rain that helped South Africa win that match. & Pakistan and India have played 120 One day matches Pakistan won 67 matches India only 47. Pakistan and India have played 59 Test matches Pakistan won 12 matches India only 9. Enough said

  • khiladisher on December 13, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    AFTER PLAYING FOR 15 YEARS IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET FOR PAKISTAN-AFRIDI IS GOING TO BBL TO GET EXPOSURE-THAT SHOWS THE LACK OF TALENT IN PAKISTAN{IT ALWAYS LACKED TALENT IN BATTING,NOW BOWLING ALSO LOOKS AVERAGE-AGAINST HIGH CLASS TEAMS.

  • khiladisher on December 13, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    .INDIA HAS WON 2 ONE DAY WORLD CUPS AND PAKISTAN WERE LUCKY TO WIN A SINGLE WORLD CUP IN 1992{WHEN THEY GOT 1 EXTRA POINT FROM THE RAINED AWAY MATCH AGAINST ENGLAND-WERE AS USUAL PAKISTAN WERE ALL OUT FOR 74 RUNS-PAKISTAN WERE REALLY LUCKY TO WIN THEIR ONLY WORLD CUP.WINNING AT SHARJAH DOES NOT MAKE PAKISTAN A GOOD TEAM- WINNING 1 WORLD CUP IN 10 ATTEMPTS AND ALSO WINNING JUST 1 ASIA CUP IN 10 ATTEMPTS MAKE PAKISTAN A -VERY AVERAGE TEAM.

  • on December 13, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    @Kunal Saxena, Sehwaq can only score runs on dead indian piches. He cant score even a match winning century in England or even in Australia(bat pitches nowadays). So, there is no comparison of Afridi with Sehwaq ,if so then he would be hired to play in BBL.But he is not of that quality......

  • on December 13, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Boom boom comments from all of u................i think afridi is not notorious because of his batting or bowling.....its the monster sixes which makes the people crazy about it........1 huge six around the ground energizes the whole scenario......

  • on December 13, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    @Raghuvir I dont see any reason for such a baseless comment.

  • on December 13, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    oh mr raghuveer wht did india in england they r play like school team only india play at home other india team third class team just wait on 26 dec pakistan last 6 test series play only one lost andia only won at home did india won series in srilanka ,africa , australiyaa if india plyed only out of home then india icc test ranking will be 7 th

  • on December 13, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @Ammar Haleem...I am an Indian & a hard core fan of Afridi. Without doubt he is one of the best allrounders in the world although his batting at times leaves a lot to be desired. He is one of the few cricketers who can change the course of the game within a couple of overs. However,as far as India's overseas performance is concerned you better get your facts correct India was No.1 from Dec 2009 to Aug 2011, during which they won 5, lost 6 & drew 4 with a W/L of 0.83..Pakistan won 6 lost 8 & drew 4 with a W/L of 0.75. So I guess that should settle the matter. In ODIs, Pakistan has done better but India was never No.1 in ODIs, so your argument doesnt hold

  • rawcrickettalent on December 13, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    @Khiladisher hmmmm.......I wouldnt say that if I were you ....... Afridi scored 75 runs against sri lanka that were really important and also took five wickets when all hope was lost so you should better talk rubbish somewhere else bro...

  • aahd81 on December 13, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @ Raghuvir Khanna : Have a look at the ICC rankings you Indians like to brag about, bro. Afridi is number 9 on the list of ODI bowlers, 4th on the list of ODI all-rounders, 6th on the list of T20 bowlers and 2nd on the list of T20 all-rounders. You have to be a huge hypocrite to say he is not an all rounder after that. I'm looking forward to Afridi's show in the BBL, he is in good form as a bowler and has scored recently as well...

  • on December 13, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    @Raghuvir 3 man of the match awards in 5 matches he played for South Australia in 2009/10 season. Do you still think he is an ordinary player?

  • Nuxxy on December 13, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Afridi says the balls are tastier in Oz...

  • on December 13, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    For Indian fans here critisizing BOOM BOOM AFRIDI..Show some big heart and accept the fact dat he iz the top allrounders in ODI's. He won pakistan a T20 world cup 09 with both bat n ball and we all know dat to win a world title ..u have to have shades of greatness to do it for your country..Afridi is about to take over Anil Kumble record of 337 wickets in nxt one or two matches..He is the record holder of 2 fastest centuries(One against India 45 balls) in ODI and highest number of sixes and no other player have come even close in number of sixes he has hit.

    I HAVE A QUESTION FOR INDIAN FRIENDS HERE....EVEN WHEN UR TEAM WAS #1 IN TEST RANKINGS...UR OVERSEAS RECORD WAS POOR..WHY?? PAKISTAN IN COMPARISON PLAYED MUCH BETTER TEST AND ODI CRICKET OVERSEAS..AND WON A TEST MATCH AGAINST AUS AND ENG IN ENGLAND AND WON TWO ODI's UNLIKE INDIA WHO WERE THRASHED BY ENG,WE WON TEST SERIES AGAINST NZ AS WELL..

  • on December 13, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    @AmjadZork - check the Squads link menu at the top of the article.

  • on December 13, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Hamza Gul agreed Sehwag has not taken 333 wickets , but as an opening bats men he has about 8000 runs in both formats and also the highest score in odi and top 5 in tests and a decent bowler , afridi on the other hand is a good bowler in one days and 20 20 and has a handful of breath taking innings and a below power average of 23.And not to mention that he is not fit for test. test is the criteria for testing the greatness of a player.

  • SamRoy on December 13, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    @Khiladisher Please don't comment using capital letters. It shows that you have a sense of importance about yourself and is downright annoying. From another Indian cricket fan! Have to agree with you that India is a better test team than Pakistan but since the last year Pakistan is slowly closing the gap (by bringing in young batsmen who have a decent technique like Asad Shafique and Azhar Ali). Previously they used to play in tests with Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Abdur Razzaq, Shahid Afridi and other 3rd class test batsmen (except Inzi, Yousuf and Younis Khan who were/are class acts and Misbah and Asim Kamal both should have played more.) Now wonder their batting was always dodgy. Bowling has always been their strength.

  • on December 13, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    afridi is no allrounder for any format. afridi is a decent bowler for sub continental conditions. i dont see how he thinks he is effective in australia( never has been)

  • AmjadZork on December 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Best of luck to both of them. Are there any other international stars in the BBL? I'll be watching the BBL. Btw, how about the England series. Will they be back for PAK vs ENG?

  • on December 13, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Hamza Gul Bro i am an admirer of afridi myself.But under any condition Afridi cannot be compared with sehwag. Afridi is not a regular member of test cricket infact his test career has barely ever took of . When you compare players the biggest criteria is tests and not 20 20 and sehwag as a batsmen is rated higher then afridi as a bowler .and speeking of records Sehwag has much better stats then Afridi ever could.

  • on December 13, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    @khiladisher Has sehwag taken 333 wickets, 7 five wicket hauls,45 wickets in an year from which 21 came in the worldcup! Hah, i dont think so! Oh yeah! And mr.afridi was the highest wicket taker in worldcup! Talk about weaker teams!

  • on December 13, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Guys u will rock this t20. InshALLAH.

  • Y.Raza on December 13, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    @ khiladisher

    i guess you are new commer to international cricket...check out the list of all times leading wicket takers, u'll find BOOM BOOM their in top 10...check out the list of top run scorers in ODI all rouders, u'll find BOOM BOOM their...check out list of most sixes in ODIs, u'll find BOOM BOOM on top...check out list of most wickets in T20, u'll find BOOM BOOM on top...check out bowler's strike rate in T20, u'll find BOOM BOOM on top....Lastly, dont froget 100 on 37....Just Feel BOOM BOOOOOOM

  • satish619chandar on December 13, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    @adnan_rifat84 : No one has any problem if BigBash is better than IPL.. A cricket follower will love both..

  • zaka73 on December 13, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Mr. khiladisher! does india has bowlers to rank them A BOWLING LINEUP?

  • Melbau on December 13, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Khiladisher, I can see that you are an indian fan. No arguments for India playing weak opponents like west indies at home. what is india's performance away from home. Lost everything. Every Cricket follower remembers india's tour of England. As, you are talking about rankings. Check the latest all rounder rankings for one day and T20 because Shahid Afridi only play one days and T20.

  • on December 13, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    @SAMEER ASHRAF BRO I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST ANYONE BUT DNT AGREE WITH UR COMMENTS THAT WE R GOOD AT HOME ONLY...INFACT WE R INVINCIBLES AT HOME CERTAINLY IN TEST MATCHES N DNT THINK WIL LOOSE MANY ODI AS WELL APART FROM A ODD ONE N AS FAR AS ABROAD GOES CHECK UR STATS MATE APART FROM THE RECENT ENGLAND TOUR INDIA HAVE DONE WELL IN ALL THE PAST TOURS ABROAD EVEN WON THE TEST SERIES IN ENGLAND IN 2007 N PRETTY SURE THEY WILL WIN IT AGAIN NEXT TIME...N THEY R HEAD N SHOUDERS ABOVE PAKISTAN AT THE MOMENT N NO NEED 2 ARGUE U WILL FIND IT OUT IN THE SERIES AGAINST PAKISTAN ITSELF NEXT YEAR...WAIT N WATCH...BUT I MUST SAY IN THE PAST PAKISTAN WAS BETTER BUT JUST ACCEPT IT THEY ARE NT IN THE SAME LEAUGE NOW..SPECIALLY IN TESTS

  • on December 13, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    @Sameer: I am an Afridi fan.. I think he has developed into a great bowling all-rounder for limited overs cricket.. But I strongly disagree with "Indian team is only strong on cheap slow tracks at home". For one, they did not go to No.1 Ranking just by winning at home.. and secondly, India has beaten Pakistan in World Cups staged all over the world... Aus ( 92 ), India ( 96 ), Eng ( 99 ), SA ( 2003 ), SA ( 2007, T20 ) and again in India (2011) . True India is stronger at home ( which country is not ). But they can beat Pakistan at least anywhere in the world. No offense meant, just facts.

  • sami123456 on December 13, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    let us remind the two memorable innings played in t20 world cup which pakistan won and afridi awarded man of the match.............so afridi is the most leathle entertainer..... indian bats are good when everything is flat.............

    afridi is only 5 wicket away from breaking anil kumble record of wickets in odi which is 337

  • on December 13, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    This is good sign obviously that two pak top level players now going to play in tough condition in Australia. Naturally both are outstanding in big stage, I hope their success.

  • on December 13, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Afridi and Razzaq are playing for the Renegades, not Stars. Other than that, I am sure their stints will be successful.

  • on December 12, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    abrar ahmed meer...what about wasim

  • on December 12, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    khiladisher "AFRIDI HAS A POOR AVG OF 23 AND A STRIKE RATE OF 114{NOT HAVING WON A MATCH FOR PAKISTAN WITH BAT SINCE 2004}-SHAHIDS LAST BATTING PERFORMANCE IS AT LEAST 7 YEARS BACK."

    @Khilidisher You are Indian fan and I can understand why you dont like Afridi but get your facts straight. Afridi has been man of the match for 2 matches against Sirilanka and Man of the series for Pakistan ODI series against Sirilanka.

    And your strong Indian team is only strong on cheap slow tracks at home and Pakistan has the bowling stars to beat India at home or in fast tracks of Aus, SA and Eng.

  • Bruisers on December 12, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Nice to see countries buiding T20 leagues like this. India have benefited a lot from IPL in limited overs, and hopefully the level of Aussie cricket goes up too due to this tournament.

  • FARID16 on December 12, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Afridi and Razzaq will be playing for Melbourne Renegades, not Stars.

  • on December 12, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    they have joined renegades,not stars...

  • Ali.Aftabb on December 12, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Afridi and Razzaq will be playing for Melbourne Renegades, not Stars. Atleast do some little research before writing an article.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    AS USUAL IT IS BETTER THAT AFRIDI PLAYS FOR BIG BASH CRICKET.I FEEL THAT ITS TIME FOR HIM TO RETIRE FOR REAL.ALL HIS BOWLING PERFORMANCES HAVE COME AGAINST WEAKER RANKED TEAMS AND HIS BATTING AVG OF 23 DOES HIS TEAM NO FAVORS-THE ONE MATCH IN THE WORLD CUP WERE HE FACED THE POWERFUL INDIAN BATTING LINE UP-HE COULD NOT TAKE A WICKET AT ALL-AND ALSO CONTRIBUTED NOTHING WITH THE BAT-SO HIS WINNING MOM AWARDS AGAINST LANKA AND BANGLADESH DOES NOT HELP PAKISTAN CLIMB THE RANKINGS-THEY ARE WHERE THEY ARE- AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PILE.SEHWAG HAS AN AVG OF 36-STRIKE RATE 106-AFRIDI HAS A POOR AVG OF 23 AND A STRIKE RATE OF 114{NOT HAVING WON A MATCH FOR PAKISTAN WITH BAT SINCE 2004}-SHAHIDS LAST BATTING PERFORMANCE IS AT LEAST 7 YEARS BACK.

  • adnan_rifat84 on December 12, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    BIG BASH is much better than IPL.. All pakistanis must play in Big Bash instead of IPL

  • Major_Hammad on December 12, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Best of Luck Razzaq and Afridi. Hope you both will win this title. Razzaq and Afridi are in Melbourne Renegades squad, not in Melbourne Stars, Plz correct the article.

  • on December 12, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    i thought they were both going to play for the melbourne renegades ?

  • on December 12, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    the news needs a bit of correction...afridi,razzaq joined the melbourne renegades if i know correctly... not the stars

  • on December 12, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    What kind of money these guys make in Australia?

  • on December 12, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Al d bst u boom boom............

  • on December 12, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    They are two of the most greatest All Rounders to play for Pakistan after the magnificent Imran Khan, Razzaq did get selected for Bangladesh however his place in the side is sort of at stake. Nevertheless I really hope both of these players enlighten Melbourne brightly and show off there All Round skills as they are two of the World's most Class T20 Players. All the best Boom Boom Shahid afridi & Bang Bang Abdul Razzaq. Go Renegades!

  • FARID16 on December 12, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq have been signed for The Melbourne Renegades and not The Melbourne Stars.

  • cecil89 on December 12, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Umm, I think you'll find it's the Melbourne Renegades..

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  • cecil89 on December 12, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Umm, I think you'll find it's the Melbourne Renegades..

  • FARID16 on December 12, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq have been signed for The Melbourne Renegades and not The Melbourne Stars.

  • on December 12, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    They are two of the most greatest All Rounders to play for Pakistan after the magnificent Imran Khan, Razzaq did get selected for Bangladesh however his place in the side is sort of at stake. Nevertheless I really hope both of these players enlighten Melbourne brightly and show off there All Round skills as they are two of the World's most Class T20 Players. All the best Boom Boom Shahid afridi & Bang Bang Abdul Razzaq. Go Renegades!

  • on December 12, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Al d bst u boom boom............

  • on December 12, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    What kind of money these guys make in Australia?

  • on December 12, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    the news needs a bit of correction...afridi,razzaq joined the melbourne renegades if i know correctly... not the stars

  • on December 12, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    i thought they were both going to play for the melbourne renegades ?

  • Major_Hammad on December 12, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Best of Luck Razzaq and Afridi. Hope you both will win this title. Razzaq and Afridi are in Melbourne Renegades squad, not in Melbourne Stars, Plz correct the article.

  • adnan_rifat84 on December 12, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    BIG BASH is much better than IPL.. All pakistanis must play in Big Bash instead of IPL

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    AS USUAL IT IS BETTER THAT AFRIDI PLAYS FOR BIG BASH CRICKET.I FEEL THAT ITS TIME FOR HIM TO RETIRE FOR REAL.ALL HIS BOWLING PERFORMANCES HAVE COME AGAINST WEAKER RANKED TEAMS AND HIS BATTING AVG OF 23 DOES HIS TEAM NO FAVORS-THE ONE MATCH IN THE WORLD CUP WERE HE FACED THE POWERFUL INDIAN BATTING LINE UP-HE COULD NOT TAKE A WICKET AT ALL-AND ALSO CONTRIBUTED NOTHING WITH THE BAT-SO HIS WINNING MOM AWARDS AGAINST LANKA AND BANGLADESH DOES NOT HELP PAKISTAN CLIMB THE RANKINGS-THEY ARE WHERE THEY ARE- AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PILE.SEHWAG HAS AN AVG OF 36-STRIKE RATE 106-AFRIDI HAS A POOR AVG OF 23 AND A STRIKE RATE OF 114{NOT HAVING WON A MATCH FOR PAKISTAN WITH BAT SINCE 2004}-SHAHIDS LAST BATTING PERFORMANCE IS AT LEAST 7 YEARS BACK.