World Cup 2007 March 5, 2007

Road to Jamaica 4: Q&A with Bob Woolmer

On the eve of Pakistan's first warm-up match, I put a few questions to Bob
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On the eve of Pakistan's first warm-up match, I put a few questions to Bob. Here are his answers:

Question 1: Do you possess enough match-winning bowlers?

Bob's answer: Depending on the surfaces we have a well balanced attack. If they bowl as a unit we will be competitive. This world cup may well revolve around the batting performances - bowling in one day cricket now is more dependent on the disciplines they follow.

Q2: The view from the boundary, and the living room, is that Inzy's captaincy style is too laid back. Is that true? Is he capable of great leadership?

Bob: There are two answers to this question. His captaincy is fine for one-day cricket. I expect him to lead from the front.

Q3: Where will he bat?

Bob: That is for us to know and for the pundits and the opposition to find out.

Q4: The opening batsmen remain under pressure. Will you be trying any new strategies?

Bob: Opening batsmen in all teams are under pressure. Ours more so because of the tendency for all Pakistani pundits to believe they can do better.

Q5: Who is your finisher?

Bob: The batsmen in at the time. All players are aware that they have to take responsibility for finishing an innings. Malik at 6 is most likely to be there at the end if all goes well.

Q6: Can your legspinners win you the World Cup?

Bob: I personally wouldn't want to put them under any pressure to do so. A lot will depend on the type of surfaces we are playing on. Cricket remains a team game where we hope all players will contribute to winning.

Q7: How do you expect the pitches to play? Will they suit Pakistan?

Bob: This is the unknown factor, of the two practice pitches we have had they have both turned appreciably.

Q8: Who do you see as Pakistan's main threats?

Bob: All teams must be respected and each game must be taken one at a time. All sides are good enough to beat each other on the day.

Q9: Which players will you be asking to stand up and lead by example?

Bob: I expect all players to lead by example throughout the tournament.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • ALLEN VAZ on March 23, 2007, 10:45 GMT

    I am great lover of cricket. Every cricket match I keep writing the scores of every over. And after the match fixing, I lost interest. But slowly started likeing the game but what a great shock and at what a time i.e. the world cup 2007 for such a crime and to a person who did so much for world cricket and loved by every nation, every community. I am certain the who so ever has committed this crime will have to pay for it. I am certain the law will take its course and bring the person to book and put a stop to this bookiies which is destroying the game. May his soul Rest In Peace.

  • Javaid Abbasi, DesMoines, Iowa, USA on March 11, 2007, 14:10 GMT

    It seems everybody, including Pakistan's own coach Woolmer, has written Pakistan off. In a recent interview he said South Africa was his favourite team. What a morale booster for Pakistan team!! Well done, Bob Woolmer! But Pakistan may yet turn out to be the dark horses of the tournament and has the full potential to surprise every one. Lets settle down and watch the show! My prediction for semifinal spots are: Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It may be out of place here to talk about it but just a word about Shoaib Akhtar. What a talent he was but how badly he wasted it. If he had concentrated solely on playing cricket and had been more respectful towards his captain, coach and had shown more class in his personality - and if he had been more dedicated to Pakistan team - he would have surely gone down as one of the greatest players in the history of world cricket, not just in Pakistan history! Now, he would probably be remembered as a villain in Pakistan cricket history.

  • Asif Naqvi on March 11, 2007, 13:59 GMT

    Atleast one of the south asian nations will qualify for the world cup finals this time.the logic behind this argument is that the carribean pitches are somewhat similar to the Indo-pak pitches with relatively low bounce,swing and slow turn in them. In the same way,nations wich have lively tracks at home would face difficulty in adjusting with the local conditions,especially Australia n South Africa. Only a psychologically weak captain Inzamam can harm paki cause in this world cup.pakistan has produced satisfactory results at the warm-up stage,lets see if they can stretch it far from here? A weak west indian performance at the warm-up stage promises a good paki start at the world cup openner!

  • mohammed on March 11, 2007, 4:53 GMT

    last world cup for lot of players like sachin, inzamam,lara,pointing,pollock,khallis and more. im hoping pollock,khallis deserves more because they always have heartbreakers.

  • Imran on March 11, 2007, 3:21 GMT

    I have always had respect for Bob but was very dissapointed by his recent Blog in which he mentions that he believes South Africa has the best chances to win the cup! My issue is not that SA is not a good team (they surely are although I dont think they have the heart to win the WC!) but that he is a coach of Pakistan! What kind of coach highlights the likeliness of another team winning even before the games have started! What kind of motivation is this for the Pakistani side. If their own coach doesnt believe in them, they will not believe in their capabilities either. Very dissapointing indeed.

  • Nabeel Siddiqui on March 10, 2007, 19:57 GMT

    Is that only me or does anyone else also feel that Bob is just trying to get-by with this coach of the Pakistan team job? I don't see any intensity in his personality and he just seems to be interested in keeping his job by being a yes man for Inzi. We all know that in desperate situations (I hope that's not the state of the Pakistani team, but we all know the facts)pep-talks and morale boosting and adrenaline pumping speeches by the coaches and captains in the locker rooms and dugouts insire athletes to work their tails off and bring the best out of them - remember the 1992 WC?

    So if Inzi does not have that quality to pump the "BOYZ" up, shouldn't the task be picked up by the well paid prfessional coach who otherwise seems to be quite uncapable of fixing the technical problems of the team, running between the wickets and fielding, to name a couple!

    Team management should probably show the "BOYZ" the "Pakistan Cricket Tribute clips" with some inspiring patriotic music.

  • Imran Quraishi (New Jersey) on March 9, 2007, 21:10 GMT

    I think Kamran Abbasi missed a golden opportunity to grill Bob properly. My set of questions would be totally different than his and hope you guys would like em as they are very direct and based on facts.

    Q1: What the heck was Kamran Akmal doing in the gym without wearing proper footwear.Is he so broke that he can't even afford to buy a proper pair of sneakers. He became a laughing stock by acting so unprofessionally and what if he would have slipped and gotten hurt and added another name to the injured list which is longer than Youhana's beard.No wonder why players are getting injured left and right.Isn't this your responsibility Bob to oversee what he is doing? Q2: Why was Shoaib fined $2500 and you got away without even apologizing to him after calling him blackie. His injury was genuine and he was trying to tell you that he has a hamstring injury but you were suspicious of him and called him names and thought his injury was fake.Is this the way a professional coach behaves with his team? Q3:Why the hell did you not speak out when they replaced Waqar and hired Mushtaq as the bowling coach? Waqar is the best bowling coach one can find and you for some reason were jealous of Waqar and thought that your job was in jeapordy and decided to get rid of him.Is Mushtaq who is a leg spinner better than him and if he is then in what sense? Q4: Have you thought about keeping a beard so that your job is secured for the next 20 yrs as more than half the team is based on mullahs and anyone who has a beard is in and the ones without are left behind so that they can grow a very long one just in time for the next world cup.Unfortunately if Waqar would have kept one, then he would still be our bowling coach as Inzi loves men with long and thick beards? Q5:Why did you not ask PCB to prepare fast piches as our batsmen have a problem playing on fast and bouncy pitches when they head for overseas. Have you done anything in regards to this problem? Q6:Why is Salman Butt,Anwar Ali,Rehman and Fawad Alam not in this team? Q7:What the hell is Rao Iftikhar doing in this team? This team is not for club cricketers and for sifarshi bharti please. Thanks all. Hope you guys liked my questions.

  • Shehzad on March 9, 2007, 21:07 GMT

    U c guys. I already told u this nazir is a nothing batsman. U still dont beleave? ok, But the time will come itself u ppls will beleave me.

  • Fakhar Masood Huntsville Alabama USA on March 9, 2007, 15:03 GMT

    I thought Kamran asked good questons but most of them were too nosy and too obvious. A coach does not have to tell a journalit what he is going to do. It will be foolish to expect him to reveal his stretegy. He is not morally bound to answer any of these questions and quite righty so Bob did not. Bob and Inzi are not magicians. We expect too much from them. Cricket is a team game and no one has a future knowledge to tell in advance who is going to score runs and who s going to get the batsmen out. It is all too speculative and a coach cant speculate any better than a layman. For insance, how would Bob now whether a leg spinner would win the match? No mattger what the coach does the so called pundits are waiting to say"Got ya". It is utterly unfair. I think Bob has been a very good coach for our team and a lot less controvercial than Miandad. He has the respect of most of the team and he has not divided in to many factions like used to be the case. The matches will be won with strong wills, disciplined performance, full focus, physical fitness and playing the percentages. Pakistan lacks in each one of those categories hence it would take an act of nature for them to win the world cup. We love them and we wish hem to win but the odds are against them. Yes, they do have talent but can they apply it consistantly is hard to say.

    Thanks

    Fakhar Masood Huntsville AL USA

  • Ch V Kalyan on March 9, 2007, 10:56 GMT

    Kamran - what did you expect? The questions were very vague and completely cliche.

    The questions you asked should have been reserved for the post-tournament interview

  • ALLEN VAZ on March 23, 2007, 10:45 GMT

    I am great lover of cricket. Every cricket match I keep writing the scores of every over. And after the match fixing, I lost interest. But slowly started likeing the game but what a great shock and at what a time i.e. the world cup 2007 for such a crime and to a person who did so much for world cricket and loved by every nation, every community. I am certain the who so ever has committed this crime will have to pay for it. I am certain the law will take its course and bring the person to book and put a stop to this bookiies which is destroying the game. May his soul Rest In Peace.

  • Javaid Abbasi, DesMoines, Iowa, USA on March 11, 2007, 14:10 GMT

    It seems everybody, including Pakistan's own coach Woolmer, has written Pakistan off. In a recent interview he said South Africa was his favourite team. What a morale booster for Pakistan team!! Well done, Bob Woolmer! But Pakistan may yet turn out to be the dark horses of the tournament and has the full potential to surprise every one. Lets settle down and watch the show! My prediction for semifinal spots are: Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It may be out of place here to talk about it but just a word about Shoaib Akhtar. What a talent he was but how badly he wasted it. If he had concentrated solely on playing cricket and had been more respectful towards his captain, coach and had shown more class in his personality - and if he had been more dedicated to Pakistan team - he would have surely gone down as one of the greatest players in the history of world cricket, not just in Pakistan history! Now, he would probably be remembered as a villain in Pakistan cricket history.

  • Asif Naqvi on March 11, 2007, 13:59 GMT

    Atleast one of the south asian nations will qualify for the world cup finals this time.the logic behind this argument is that the carribean pitches are somewhat similar to the Indo-pak pitches with relatively low bounce,swing and slow turn in them. In the same way,nations wich have lively tracks at home would face difficulty in adjusting with the local conditions,especially Australia n South Africa. Only a psychologically weak captain Inzamam can harm paki cause in this world cup.pakistan has produced satisfactory results at the warm-up stage,lets see if they can stretch it far from here? A weak west indian performance at the warm-up stage promises a good paki start at the world cup openner!

  • mohammed on March 11, 2007, 4:53 GMT

    last world cup for lot of players like sachin, inzamam,lara,pointing,pollock,khallis and more. im hoping pollock,khallis deserves more because they always have heartbreakers.

  • Imran on March 11, 2007, 3:21 GMT

    I have always had respect for Bob but was very dissapointed by his recent Blog in which he mentions that he believes South Africa has the best chances to win the cup! My issue is not that SA is not a good team (they surely are although I dont think they have the heart to win the WC!) but that he is a coach of Pakistan! What kind of coach highlights the likeliness of another team winning even before the games have started! What kind of motivation is this for the Pakistani side. If their own coach doesnt believe in them, they will not believe in their capabilities either. Very dissapointing indeed.

  • Nabeel Siddiqui on March 10, 2007, 19:57 GMT

    Is that only me or does anyone else also feel that Bob is just trying to get-by with this coach of the Pakistan team job? I don't see any intensity in his personality and he just seems to be interested in keeping his job by being a yes man for Inzi. We all know that in desperate situations (I hope that's not the state of the Pakistani team, but we all know the facts)pep-talks and morale boosting and adrenaline pumping speeches by the coaches and captains in the locker rooms and dugouts insire athletes to work their tails off and bring the best out of them - remember the 1992 WC?

    So if Inzi does not have that quality to pump the "BOYZ" up, shouldn't the task be picked up by the well paid prfessional coach who otherwise seems to be quite uncapable of fixing the technical problems of the team, running between the wickets and fielding, to name a couple!

    Team management should probably show the "BOYZ" the "Pakistan Cricket Tribute clips" with some inspiring patriotic music.

  • Imran Quraishi (New Jersey) on March 9, 2007, 21:10 GMT

    I think Kamran Abbasi missed a golden opportunity to grill Bob properly. My set of questions would be totally different than his and hope you guys would like em as they are very direct and based on facts.

    Q1: What the heck was Kamran Akmal doing in the gym without wearing proper footwear.Is he so broke that he can't even afford to buy a proper pair of sneakers. He became a laughing stock by acting so unprofessionally and what if he would have slipped and gotten hurt and added another name to the injured list which is longer than Youhana's beard.No wonder why players are getting injured left and right.Isn't this your responsibility Bob to oversee what he is doing? Q2: Why was Shoaib fined $2500 and you got away without even apologizing to him after calling him blackie. His injury was genuine and he was trying to tell you that he has a hamstring injury but you were suspicious of him and called him names and thought his injury was fake.Is this the way a professional coach behaves with his team? Q3:Why the hell did you not speak out when they replaced Waqar and hired Mushtaq as the bowling coach? Waqar is the best bowling coach one can find and you for some reason were jealous of Waqar and thought that your job was in jeapordy and decided to get rid of him.Is Mushtaq who is a leg spinner better than him and if he is then in what sense? Q4: Have you thought about keeping a beard so that your job is secured for the next 20 yrs as more than half the team is based on mullahs and anyone who has a beard is in and the ones without are left behind so that they can grow a very long one just in time for the next world cup.Unfortunately if Waqar would have kept one, then he would still be our bowling coach as Inzi loves men with long and thick beards? Q5:Why did you not ask PCB to prepare fast piches as our batsmen have a problem playing on fast and bouncy pitches when they head for overseas. Have you done anything in regards to this problem? Q6:Why is Salman Butt,Anwar Ali,Rehman and Fawad Alam not in this team? Q7:What the hell is Rao Iftikhar doing in this team? This team is not for club cricketers and for sifarshi bharti please. Thanks all. Hope you guys liked my questions.

  • Shehzad on March 9, 2007, 21:07 GMT

    U c guys. I already told u this nazir is a nothing batsman. U still dont beleave? ok, But the time will come itself u ppls will beleave me.

  • Fakhar Masood Huntsville Alabama USA on March 9, 2007, 15:03 GMT

    I thought Kamran asked good questons but most of them were too nosy and too obvious. A coach does not have to tell a journalit what he is going to do. It will be foolish to expect him to reveal his stretegy. He is not morally bound to answer any of these questions and quite righty so Bob did not. Bob and Inzi are not magicians. We expect too much from them. Cricket is a team game and no one has a future knowledge to tell in advance who is going to score runs and who s going to get the batsmen out. It is all too speculative and a coach cant speculate any better than a layman. For insance, how would Bob now whether a leg spinner would win the match? No mattger what the coach does the so called pundits are waiting to say"Got ya". It is utterly unfair. I think Bob has been a very good coach for our team and a lot less controvercial than Miandad. He has the respect of most of the team and he has not divided in to many factions like used to be the case. The matches will be won with strong wills, disciplined performance, full focus, physical fitness and playing the percentages. Pakistan lacks in each one of those categories hence it would take an act of nature for them to win the world cup. We love them and we wish hem to win but the odds are against them. Yes, they do have talent but can they apply it consistantly is hard to say.

    Thanks

    Fakhar Masood Huntsville AL USA

  • Ch V Kalyan on March 9, 2007, 10:56 GMT

    Kamran - what did you expect? The questions were very vague and completely cliche.

    The questions you asked should have been reserved for the post-tournament interview

  • Mohsin Malik - San Francisco Bay Area on March 9, 2007, 4:28 GMT

    Tomorrow's warm-up game against South Africa is more than an opportunity for team Pakistan to regain lost confidence as well as rediscover some rhthym.

    They have this golden opportunity to wash their sins and come clean before the real stage sets in on March 13. Seen in this context, it will be more than a contest.

    Pakistan, the West Indies and England stand a fair chance to progressively gain ground on other contenders.

    Take another look at team Bangladesh who are already causing a flutter or two with a degree of unease in both rival camps in their group.

    Don't you think that with a bit of luck on the day, they could prove real tough and even inch ahead? This scenario cannot be discounted altogether.

    Likewise, it all depends on how the West Indies respond and shape up as a team after the first round - they could set themselves on a smooth sail all the way up to the finish line.

    After the early calls, the pundits may be wrong footed again. Of the four (04) teams named as probable finalists, two could easily slip up. This is as good a call as the one made earlier. The equation got figured out prematurely without counting the probability that some teams could rally around and make a late run. The wait may not be that long before this reality begins to dawn.

    Keep your fingers crossed but the vigil up, meantime. Raising too high hopes so early could lead to despair later on.

    If the 1983 Indian Team with their given strength of the day could win, the current West Indies team has all those ingredients plus some heavy weights in their ranks to make a dash for the home run.

    Mind you, this tournament could take a lot of twists and turns - not factored in even by the pundits, earlier on. Never mind, the stage is really set now for some interesting run up for all.

    The heat is on. So, stay tuned to keep up with the pace and enjoy your cricket at the same time.

    If Inzi continues to show the same flaws in his ability as leader in tomorrow's game, this would prove beyond doubt that he has a total disconnect with team supporters and well wishers including proven cricketing legends and think tanks who continue to voice concern in this regard.

  • Shehzad on March 8, 2007, 21:17 GMT

    Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia and Khansahab, Thankyou very much 4 such a good comments. We all know Cricket is a gamble game. Pak team is such a weak team but they still have a chance. Thats Cricket man. This time Pak team is just nothig 4 WC2007. If Pak team reach to the semis even then whole PCB staff must be saked because reaching to semis is thr LUCK, but not a good cricket by pakistan. Ok ji, Pak dont need to show anything to the world caz this team is not able to show anything. If they try to show, their will be a big collapse of Pak team. So please hold on Inzi & Co, and dont try to show any thing please. This is the reality and u have to accept it. What can I say for Pak team, best of LUCK.

  • M. Khan on March 8, 2007, 16:09 GMT

    lol - I started to post a comment after reading Woolmer's interview - and I saw Hamid's comments. Seems that Hamid stole my thoughts - the answers Woolmer gave seem to reflect the fact that he doesn't give a hoot of what happens. I believe this is Inzi's team and he gets away with what he wants and prefers - Woolmer is there for the ride and of course it pays well too with good fringe benifits thanks to generous PCB. This is what I think - yes, this is just guesstimated observation on my part - Woolmer tried to change things and impart coaching in the beginning - then he realized this is Pakistani "qoum" he is dealing with - which is infested with "khaleefa" and celebrity culture. People tend to think that they know it all and no need to learn any more. After realizing that Woolmer seems to have taken a back seat to let Inzi and PCB do all the driving while he enjoys a hansdome salary with good benifits. People credit Woolmer with team unity and its team spirit. I believe thats just completely wrong - Inzi should be credited with that. For the deficincies in Pak team which existed before Woolmer got here are still there. Fielding is pathetic as ever - batting technique of the batsmen has not improved - except for Yousuf who credited his work with Mushtaq for improvements in his game and not Woolmer. The bowlers are as indisciplined as ever. Asif is the only improved bowler over the last three years and Woolmer deserves no credit for that. Pak bowlers are still bowling wides and no-balls at an alarming rate. Akmal went from a decent keeper to a farce behind the wikets which impacted his performance and confidence with the bat. Woolmer should not be blamed as Pak culture is not prone to learning or admitting that you have flaws - and for sure Woolmer shouldn't be credited with any improvements in the team. In my opinion a coach's contract should not be scheduled to end right after a major tournament or important tour. Rather it should extend a year or so after a major tournament like WC with the provision that the contract could be terminated at any time due to lack or results or bad performance. That will keep the coach on his toes and keep them working hard right through the tournament as they would wanna perform well in big assignments to keep their jobs after they are over.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on March 8, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    Bob's replies portray a typically english attitude, " NON COMMITAL & DEFENSIVE". My comments on his replies listed here under.

    QI.... As the coach he should know how our bowlers should bowl because it is him who has to plan out the strategy and have the bowlers bowl accordingly.

    Q2...Inzamam's captaincy is not as he summed it up for many a times Inzy messed up the use of power play as also batting orders. To say that Inzy must lead from the front well this again should have been a part of his strategy and he should be sure about it and not just hope.

    Q3...This answer is ok and I agree that he shouldnt let this secret out.

    Q4...Again a very stupid reply for we all know that opening batsmen in all teams are under pressure but ours have failed and not that they are under pressure. This again is a bad planning because the batsmen with a sound head on their shoulders were not really given fair chances and the ones tried out instead have failed. I am referring treatment metted out to Salman Butt and Yasir Hameed.

    Q5...Malik at 6....After so many failures during the last year and a half Bob still considers him as finisher. may be he understood the term finisher wrong.

    Q6...As an englishman he believes in seamers and bits and peices spinners like the long run that was given to Giles by the englishmen due to the fact that he is economical. To be utilizing leg spinners you have got to have an attacking attitude like the Aussies and 9 out 0f 10 times the english people will fail to rally assess the leg spinners match winning capabilities, a fact which can be judged by the number of leggies produced by England so Bob as an englishman will also have his fears.

    Q7...I will accept the answer to the seventh question and you really do not have to be a scientist as far as the answer to this question is concerned. This every Tom, Dick and Harry knows so come on Bob say something different.

    Q8...Again a very diplomatic answer portraying the lack of guts of Bob.

    Q9...Again a very flimsy and defensive type of a reply. Coming from a man who has been the coach of the team for the last 3 years in nonsencical indeed.

    In the end i must say that its not only Inzy who is a "SUPER POTATO" as i can see Bob as a very qualified challenger to this title that Inzy carries with his name. He does possess too many similarities with that of Inzy our own home made Super Potato maybe Bib can be termed as a "SUPER POTATO (imported)" and you know how much we Pakistanis like imported stuff and this is why I will not blame PCB for having him there.

  • Shabhir khan ,Milan,Italy on March 8, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    Pakistan will never manage to win the WC with these players,this captain and this coach. Unless of course they have a huge pot of luck like we had in 1992 when we came from brink of elimination with help of rain and all we had to do was win 3 matches to get WC. This time we will have to win 6 matches so we will require lots of luck and rain also when we are down and out in a mtach

  • khansahab on March 8, 2007, 11:46 GMT

    Question 1: Do you possess enough match-winning bowlers?

    Bob: Uh, oh yeah we do! Sami/Rana are match winning bowlers! Sami won us matches 2002-2004 and Rana won us matches in 2005! How can you say they are not match winners eh mate?

    Q2:The view from the boundary, and the living room, is that Inzy's captaincy style is too laid back. Is that true? Is he capable of great leadership?

    Bob: Inzi is of course capable of great leadership………………IF he does a bit of work himself instead of relying on Allah to do everything, IF he stops his tableeghi efforts along with Mushy and makes players concentrate on their technical weaknesses more than Tableegh. So yes Inzi is capable of great leadership!

    Q3: Where will he bat?

    Bob: I asked him that but he didn’t understand the question and instead replied, “Yah….i’m daafinitly hungry, bobe”. So, er, I don’t know really Kamran, maybe he’ll ask Naseem Ashraf where he should bat?

    Q4:The opening batsmen remain under pressure. Will you be trying any new strategies?

    Bob: well Inzi told them to believe in themselves and pray 10 times a day because that will make them score a century in every match. Mushy bhai told ‘em to have faith in Allah and to try and hit a six every ball, and Younis said “koi baat nahi, kuch nahi hota, it’s a team game” I don’t know what that urdu phrase means Kamran, but that’s what was told to the players. If they could only understand my accent I would tell them to play the ball on merit and sort their footwork out!!!!

    Q5:Who is your finisher?

    Bob: well see kamran if Inzi actually told people what their role was in the team we would know who the finisher is. These “Pay & Do” players are an inconsistent lot mate!!! How can I tell you who has a definitive role when theyre so bleeding inconsistent!!!!

    Q6:Can your legspinners win you the World Cup?

    Bob: er……im not sure cos currently Kaneria is being lectured on Islam by Mushy, I don’t know if that will make us win the WC but we have world class bowlers, I can tell ya that!

    Q7: How do you expect the pitches to play? Will they suit Pakistan?

    Bob: see the pitches never suit Pakistan. They will be either too slow or too hard for us to get our heads round ‘em. But if we win, and I am sure Inzi will agree……”all credit goes to the boys” and of course “first of all thanks to Allah”

    Q8: Who do you see as Pakistan's main threats? Bob: er……well currently Ireland and West Indies are in good form. It will be a miracle beating them. But from somewhere I know we can still go far in this Cup- we have Rana Naved and very competent openers in Nazir and Hafeez.

    Q9: Which players will you be asking to stand up and lead by example?

    Bob: Erm…..Uh……Inzi ought to stand up but er…..we have some problems there!!! I reckon Younis ought to lead by example…….

    END OF INTERVIEW

  • Hamid on March 8, 2007, 8:37 GMT

    Kamran,

    It is not 1st April. Please do not fabricate interviews to fool us. And if you have not made it up, do return my 2 minutes of precious time that I have spent reading this piece of crap. Was Woolmer high or he has lost all interest in the team he is coaching for a huge fee, after Naseem Ashraf refused to extend his contract. What nonsense!

  • Mohsin Irshad on March 8, 2007, 7:13 GMT

    The answers were too general .. i do not like the way he commented on Pakistan's chances ! he is taking things too lightly , i must say Pakistan isnt even the favorites to reach Semis ... Semis teams are India , Srilanka, Australia and South Africa

  • Ahmed Siddiqui on March 8, 2007, 6:10 GMT

    So the World Cup warm up matches have sprung some surprises.......the Chappel brothers with their over optimistic projections of 500....is a far away, maybe not in this tournament. The advantage of tear-away pace has become pretty innocous....the slow bowlers delivering the goods...hence it can be said without reservation that the onus is now on our slow bowlers and we seem to have quite a few...the myth of some grounds has not yieded any big scores......even if this is true this would ba an advantage for Pakistan...with the likes of Afridi, Akmal, Shoaib,Nazir and Inzimam can all exploit this with the big hits which in bigger groungs usually end up as catches for the boundary fielders......hence let as critically appreciate the situation and our conclusion is we are not far off as a team if one compares us to the best....Now we need synergy in our unit and need support from our fans...and the results will contradict the so called professionals.......who did not even rate Pakistan in the top 4........guess will will have to prove them wrong...I saw a bit of resolution and conviction in Inzimamam's batting, mind you it is difficult to cocentrate when you are playing teams like Canada...though the incusion of Cummings in the squad made them a bit more serious...with kamran freeing his hands....they were clean hits' the ominous signs for the rest of the teams facing Pakistan are there and I can assure you they would have the jitters......good luck Pakistan....we are with you ....and Insha Allah you will fight till the end.....

  • Shuja - Dubai on March 8, 2007, 5:32 GMT

    Dear Kamran, am posting you something that came in a local papers here in Dubai. It might not have anything to do with the discussion in hand but the author has a pretty good point.

    Why it is a case of silence for Shane, but shame for Shoaib?

    When Shane Warne failed a drug test before the 2003 World Cup, no one said a word. After failing the test, Warne was quietly smuggled out of South Africa before the storm broke. The rest of the world just carried on with the tournament, with no other players making any comments, even as Warne blamed his mother for his troubles. Warne served out a sentence for his indiscretion and made his way back into the international arena, again without his peers making any bones about it. Cut to 2007 and it’s a Pakistani duo under the scanner. This time present and former players as well as top-ranking officials have all waded in. How someone like Matthew Hayden is allowed to get away with comments about Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif is beyond comprehension - Hayden said the situation was “ludicrous” and “laughable”. Another Aussie, the ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed, was also guilty. Speed stated in public that the Pakistani duo would be target tested, when he had no right to do so. Of course they would have been tested, it was just in total bad taste to say so. After all, surely there’s an independent body that tests players, isn’t there? Or is that the way the ICC works? The sad part is that while no one questioned the findings of one committee set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board - which with good reason banned Shoaib and Asif for the mandatory period - everyone and his dog had something to say about the ruling of another committee which, for other stated reasons, allowed the pair to resume playing. It is similar to how most players react when they are criticised. In their eyes, you are allowed to write so-and-so bowled well, but are not qualified to say they batted badly. Of course, we have not heard the last of the whole issue. The fact that neither Shoaib nor Asif submitted themselves for the pre-World Cup test set up by the PCB tells its own tale, but this is an issue that will hopefully be taken to a logical conclusion by the PCB - whichever way the decision of the ongoing WADA trial goes. We don’t need drug cheats in the sport and the worst thing that can happen is for a home board to condone any such thing.

  • Wajih Syed on March 8, 2007, 4:03 GMT

    Well i would say to all of my friends who have left their comments about this interview. Our team is not just depending on Shoaib or Asif, I know most of you guyz are just mad because Shoaib and Asif are not taking place in World cup. Truth is that I still have confident on all Pakistan players they can beat any team in World with out Asif and Shoaib.Pakistan captain Inzamam who you guys are calling lazy have given pakistan team so many victories in past. I think we should not just make one or two people our hero's in team. For me Pakistan's all 15 players in squad are team. I think when our nation will start resecting our team players and Coach they will perform even better. Rather pointing on them just give them your prayers and good luck. Trust me we will have the world cup in Pakistan's hand.Bob woolmer did not said anything wrong I think he answer 100% right for all question. I am sure any coach will say that, because things change when players arrive on field. Finally from me Good luck Pakistan, because you guyz have every quality to bring the world cup to Pakistan. INSHAALLAH

  • Nadeem on March 8, 2007, 3:37 GMT

    Which players will you be asking to stand up and lead by example?

    After winning against Canada in the warm up match. Pakistan Captain told press reporters that Pakistan can win the world cup. This success is the alram for other teams. AFTER WINNING AGAINST CANADA, wow. I think Inzi will stand along with Bob during and after the world cup for race.

    Malik Multan

  • Shahzad Khurshid, Dallas on March 8, 2007, 3:12 GMT

    PLEAAAAAAAAASEEEEEEEEE... SOMEONE FIRE THIS EXCUSE OF A CRICKET COACH...i dont think he ever developed a single strategy for PAKISTAN... he's just eating our money, just like Imran Khan said.. I would not even interview him, let alone praise him. Half the time, he'z out of the country with his family and gives no time to Pakistan cricket.

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on March 8, 2007, 1:56 GMT

    Javed Khan, Asad Bangash and Faraz (Claifornia) these, are hilarious posts and they come at an ironic time when when Pakistan team had to deal with a hotel fire (I did not see any South African players on the streets..oh may they were just too naked to be on camera...!!anyways) I hope that Pakistan team gets a good start and Kamran if you can relay this to Younis Khan, he is a hero at heart and he should stay like one, opening is not an easy position hence so many failures since Saeed Anwar, I guess now it seems what a role that legend played for us. Thanks Kamran--cheers....(I cant stop laughing Pay and Do :)

  • Dr Fareed Nasir on March 8, 2007, 1:29 GMT

    On a lighter note and totally unrealted to this column. (sorry kamran)Please note Inzis T shirt on cricinfo today, Pic was taken as he sits outside following a fire scare. It says Eat, Sleep,Gym. I think it should go eat and then sleep in gym.

  • Ashaq on March 8, 2007, 1:22 GMT

    Javed.A.Khan. Although I have heard it before. I still enjoyed the Punchline .So you do have a sense of humour afterall Javed Bhai.

  • ali a on March 8, 2007, 0:33 GMT

    I am not sure why most people on this blog are appreciating this interview. Bob practically avoided every question he could. If you pose the same questions to Aussie or SA or English coaches, they would say right away that they are the best or they are going to go for win on every game.

    Bob's interview reveals uncertainty in his mind. He does not answer any question directly. I remember reading that Adam Gilchrist while captain on some ODIs recently issued statement that McGrath won't go to WC if he is not fit. He was not ashamed or reluctant to single out person like McGarth.

    Looking at statistics posted by S Rajesh on cricinfo for Paksitani side, and the recent preformance against Canada, I believe Shoaib Malik should open with Imran Nazir. While Imran scores on one end, Shoaib will play sensibly and try to hold his wicket. Hafeez can come on no 6 on Shoaib's slot. Imran Khan recently pointed out that there is no reason for Pakistani batsmen to play so aggressively and fast. They should try to fend off the new ball and hold their wickets. Imran and Hafeez both tend to bat aggresively from the word go. I would even argue that put Imran on slot 5 or 6, since he's a slogger like Afridi- This way Hafeez and Shoaib will bat slowly and reasonably. Imran and Afridi can come late to lift the run rate. Younis Khan should stick at no. 3 as recently proven by his batting against Canada. This strategy will put less pressure on our bowlers which is already depleated.

    As we saw that Rana was ineffective even against Canada.

  • Ali Asim on March 8, 2007, 0:26 GMT

    I would have answered in the same fasion if I was him. I do not blame Bob for answering nothing here nore there sort of answers as we should not forget that he represents the crazy world of Pakistani cricket, well atleast for now he does. But I bet he can't wait to get it over with and move on. The mercurial world of Pakistani cricket does'nt suit a person of his catagory. Tell you what, the person who could coach these bunch of directionless horses is a circus trainer as he'd know much better about the animal psyche. Poor Bob, I feel for him I really do. And not only him, I feel for every coach who tried their luck against these kiddows. Let me give you an example here. All the teacher have to give is just zeros and he can give an able student a numerous amount of zeros to add on and all that "able" student has to do is to come up with "1" so those zeros would count and add up to be a handsome number. But sigh, our beloved cricket team keep injecting itself with illiterate, ill mannered and short tempered so called players. Talent is not the only thing that makes someone a player. Education, perseverance, guile, character and brains, these are the traits that enables you to perform at the level where these un-characteristic egoistic maniacs are performing unfortunately for our nation. I think I better cut it out here before I wake our respected board of cricket from their lovely drooling slumber.

  • Faraz, California on March 7, 2007, 22:52 GMT

    FOR GOD SAKE....please STOP giving Rana the new ball...cause Pakistan is not gonna make it to super 8 at all if this BS kept going...Gul/Sami or Gul/Azhar should start with Rana coming in the mid and then death overs with Afridi/Malik/Hafeez ballin remaining overs...I mean if an 18 year old guy 1000 miles away can see the weaknesses in the Pakistan team.....why can't the PCB, Woolmer and Inzi ????????

  • Amir Ali on March 7, 2007, 20:52 GMT

    I wonder why Woolmer actually sat down for the interview if he did not want to say anything. A complete waste of time for both the interviewee and interviewer. Not to mention the readers.

  • Rana umar daraaz khan on March 7, 2007, 20:20 GMT

    Please kamran Sahib mere comments zaroor chaapen ji. Rana aur sami ko team main daal ker sari Pak AWAAM se zyadti ki gai hai. Rane aur Sami ko chaahye ke WC harwane ke baad Pakistan aa ker saari Pakistan AWAAM se bunden marwayy.

  • shehzad on March 7, 2007, 20:12 GMT

    Bob is answering with a lot of care. If he has Sami and RANA in his team then he can never reply u confidently. Because he knows if one of these 2 will play then Pak will never win. Poor Bob can not blame the slecters on this stage. WC is ahead. Rana sari team ko marway ga. But sami is even more worst then Rana. Lets see what will happend. Rao, Gul, Azhar, Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, (6 bowlers r enough) we can replace afridi with azhar mehmood for the 1st match.

  • Adeel on March 7, 2007, 20:01 GMT

    Kamran Sahib, We are in Jamaica - die hard cricket fans. looking forward to the world cup. Will you be coming to Jamaica? If so, please drop us an e-mail... we look forward to meeting you.

  • Ben on March 7, 2007, 19:21 GMT

    Why should Bob reveal his plans/strategy to a reporter ?

    He's not there to feed our curiousity. Nor to leak any secrets to the enemy.

    He responded to the media perfectly.

  • Zohair Bajwa on March 7, 2007, 18:51 GMT

    Those were some really diplomatic answeres given by Woolmer. So, this was probably the one thing that the simple old Englishman didn't know and we taught him that too. Well done Pakis, well done!!!

  • Asad Bangash, Toronto on March 7, 2007, 18:12 GMT

    Sleep (fine) , Eat (fine) , Gym..( Yehhh Right ! )lol

    Peace OUT !!

  • anser azim on March 7, 2007, 17:43 GMT

    I think Pakistan will have to score thirty and forty runs more against each side they play due to the absence of Asif and Shoeb. Pakistan should play Afridi in each match and he is my bet of the tournament and his fast leg spin will be needed for the tail of the opponent!!.

    anser Chicago

  • Sid on March 7, 2007, 17:42 GMT

    Mr SamadR that's how it goes. You cannot ask direct questions to offend a person if you need future interviews. Yes I guess he is very diplomatic because his next contract with pakistan is based on this tournament. I hope from inside he wants to renew his contract but he is not showing that. Winning in this tournament would be a good opportunity for him to bargain. As a Pakistani I will watch Worldcup just for the sake of game.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 7, 2007, 17:26 GMT

    This one is for : Chacha Koora Kirkit post March 7, 2007 12:55 PM

    I have just cancelled my Sky Sports subscription! I simply don't care about this world cup anymore.

    Chacha you are such a Koora that you watch Kirkit only for the sake of Pakistan? This means you are not a cricket lover! Period.

    Ashaq, Kamran Abbassi has censored the punch line from my previous post so there is no fun innit. So, lemme put it in a more simple way. Its "Ashiq" and not "Ashaq". So, change it, coz it sounds so Pay and Do. :-)

  • Imran Dar from canada on March 7, 2007, 17:24 GMT

    pray for the team Pakistani team.

  • G.Rasul on March 7, 2007, 16:54 GMT

    Guys take it easy on BOB. if they win He is the best, if they lose then he is the worst. I think pakistan has a lot of firepower to still go deep in the tournament.

  • fhs on March 7, 2007, 16:45 GMT

    Clearly, Bob was too diplomatic in answering the questions. I would ask him just one question about No balls. Why has not been able to get rid of 'No ball' habit of our fast bowlers (during his coaching period). Why he never tried to work on our bowlers giving too many extras in every game. It is a basic thing that coach needs to address and fix it. 'No balls and extras' factor has notthing to do with loss and defeat. It has nothing to do playing abroad/home or bouncy tracks. AINT I RIGHT?

  • Musstanser Tinauli on March 7, 2007, 16:36 GMT

    Cricket by chance has always been the strategy of Pakistani's and Pakistan Crickiters. If you look at the recent performances of Pakistanis they have not been able to bat. I would say their bowling is still much better than their batting.

    Our tailenders are better contenders of playing higher in the order. You just need one bowler who can bowl 90 MPH and we have that. What we dont have is batsmen, Youins? I hope he can play but every time I see him in a match, he plays the stroke towards leg and it goes towards off. However, he is good in talking so hopefully he'll talk us through. We do need a talker in the team.

    Dont have high hopes but dream whatever you want!

    Signing off.. Musstanser Tinauli

    PS: Kamran I think you need to re-learn the art of interviewing.

  • yo yo on March 7, 2007, 16:08 GMT

    wut a great coach, amazing interview, u cant get the answers outta him, nice try though!!!!

  • Sri Lankan on March 7, 2007, 15:54 GMT

    Look at Inzi on cricinfo image Gallery wearing a very appropriate T-Shirt. Text on the T-Shirt denotes exactly who he is (except for the last line)))

  • Fahd Siraj on March 7, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    Finally some sensible decision and planning by the team and coach ....i believe it was rite to send younus and imran as openers ...followed by yousuf and inzi, this way our best players could face most of the 50 overs , rather than coming in late when half of the team has gone....lets hope they stick to this throughout the World cup...BEST OF LUCK TO PAKISTANI TEAM!!!

  • Adam on March 7, 2007, 14:46 GMT

    Well Guys, we cannot eliminate the possibility of Pakistan winning the world cup. At the end of the day performances will be counted and everything else will be forgotten. What I say today may become meaningless after the World Cup because the results will speak for themselves. As for now as a crazy supporter of Pakistan Team. My support is with them. Pakistan Zindabade.

    Bob - Just don't make any stupid changes Inzi - Borrow a thinking hat from Ponting or Dravid. Rana - Buy your contact lense so that you can see where you are balling. Afridi - Connect your bat with ball and Just Hit the damm ball. Akmal - Buy good gloves so that ball don't slip from your hands. Sami - Watch anger management-control your anger-No batsman can get scared of your looks. Younis-please do not try to arrange field placement... you don't even know how to place your fielders... PCB Management-----------Bring back Waqar as balling coach or bring wasim.... ALL PAKISTANI PLAYERS: GET SOME NICE HAIR CUT...

    Adam

  • Ali Majid on March 7, 2007, 14:14 GMT

    Response to a comment posted by Shehzad above. Malik's batting position has been up for debate for as long as he has been a part of this side. I think that this is a good thing as we have a player who is capable of batting in any position and the fact that the opinion about his position is divided is proof of the fact that he is a very talented and diversified player. I beleieve that this is a blessing for this side in disarray as players like Malik are the ones that we have to rely on if we are going to have any sort of impact on this tournament. He can change the tide from any position. So, for this reason - the comments by Rameez are not all that controversial as his opinion is justified for the reasons mentioned above.

    As far as your second point is concerned.....Rameez is right to call upon the two for an apology to the nation. I am a Pakistani and the behaviour of one Shoaib Akhtar has hurt me personally (as a Pakistani). There are I am sure many others like me who are absolutely apalled at the antics of this so called fast bowler. Shoaib should be stripped of his Pakistani passport as he has no right to be referred to as a Pakistani. His attitude in the last decade (yes - this is how long he has been around and the fact that he hasn't crossed 50 test matches and 200 wickets is just ridiculous)is an insult and a slap on the face of every Pakistani. He is a liability on our nation. The amount of money that has been actually spent on this sorry excuse for a bowler for his medical treatments, trainers, physios that have just been hired for him especially (remember the 2003 world cup when three special doctors just for him travelled with the squad) is astonishing. The amount of money invested in him could have build a very decent hosiptal or some comercial entity which would have provided benefits for the country on a long term basis. Where is the return for all this investment on Shoaib. What has he achieved apart from a handful of sporadic performances. He should not be allowed to represent Pakistan again. Yes.....I do want an apology from him....and yes....when he does apologise I am sure there are many people like me that will never be able to accept his apology and forgive him. Asif on the other hand is a natural talent and a guy who loves what he does and is not shy of stepping away from a challenge. He is a true example of what one man's will can achieve. This guy is the future of Pakistani cricket. Unfortunate it might be that he is not able to play in the world cup....he is a player that Pakistan fans can continue to look forward to watch running in and winning matches for Pakistan.

  • Hamid on March 7, 2007, 12:59 GMT

    Full marks to Mr.Woolmer. Diplomatic, non-commital, non-challenging. Kamran, thank you for not pushing him too much for the answers. Let the team focus on the job rather than answering the media. That is something to be done after the WC. Whatever the teams shortcomings, this is the time to back them, not criticize them. No matter who is playing and who is not, we just wish the team best of luck and come home with glory and the reputation of a fighting unit.

  • Chacha Koora Kirkit on March 7, 2007, 12:55 GMT

    I have just cancelled my Sky Sports subscription! I simply don't care about this world cup anymore. This Pakistan team has been the worst ever to enter a world cup. The win against Canada was very unconvincing! Rana continues to do what he does best, leak runs.

    For all of you with hope.. Get ready for a severe whipping! Of all the serious pundits no even a single one has come out and gave Pakistan a chance!

  • Zarina on March 7, 2007, 12:29 GMT

    Kamran,Im sorry to say but these questions were dumb to say the least,a bit like Ramiz doing commentry.It wasn't an interview to be posted on a blog and did not make us aware of anything 'new',rather you asked questions that already had answers.I do enjoy your blogs,but this one was a major bummer.

  • Sal on March 7, 2007, 12:21 GMT

    I mean wow! looks like Bob was answering news reporters with written political answers. Didn't see any heart from him in the Interview, or should I say Outerview! he just brushed 'em off.

  • Faridoon on March 7, 2007, 11:24 GMT

    I think there may just be some merit in thinking that Mr. Abbasi posted this interview as a joke. There can be no other reason, such is the uselessness of the coach's comments. Ok, I've calmed down a bit and I'm giving Bob teh benefit of doubt, maybe he really doesn't want to disclose too much or maybe there isn't much to disclose... oops sorry, must remain positive, must remain positive.

  • Omer Admani on March 7, 2007, 11:09 GMT

    The great man Rana is on a role. God save the team, the Pakistani team. After reading this blog I am surprised that people still think Rana should be in the team. What barrier does he has to break in order to say "I don't deserve to be in the team". I can imagine all the out-of-form batsmen in world cricket chuickling with the thought of playing against Rana and Pakistan. He is not a useful bowler at the death as well, stats can be misleading. In the last 10 overs wickets don't matter if the economy is still high, that is, if the team is going at 6.5 rpo, they are giving away 65 runs "despite" taking wickets. At that point wickets don't matter unless you bowl the opposition out, which has not been the case with Pakistan recently. So, all that the stat is saying is that Rana is taking a few wickets towards the end but they are useless wickets as he his still one of the more expensive bowlers in the last 10. In the last 10, economy is what should matter, because the damage of wickets doesn't carry on to further overs after that as the innings stops. So, if the economy is high, that is what he is conceding, wickets become quite irrelevant if he goes for more amount of runs than average (Unless, of course, the opposition is bowled out, which is unlikely). No Rana at all, please.

  • mohidin gundroo on March 7, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    So far from all these prep. matches we have seen it seems it is the alrounders and in particulr spinners that will do well in this worldcup rather than specialists bowlers.Scoring high and fast maynot be easy on these pitches and willcarry very high risk.A targets of 270 will prove difficult to achieve on these pitches batting 2nd. I see a golden a opportunity for India with virtually 9 or even 10 match winning batsman and need for only 1 or 2 specialist bowlers.just look at the no of top batsmen in there team who can also bowl 6-10 miserly overs.No need to send Sami or Arfat ,look for 2 batting spinners like shohaib or Hafiz.It is my view once again Pak needs to 9 match winning batsmen.This team has too many medium pacers and not enough batsmen.Drop Naved,need only 2opening fast bowlers with Azhar as 3rd.Bring on a spinner as early as possible, runs will dry up and playing big shots will carry high risk.

  • Nadeem Raza on March 7, 2007, 8:10 GMT

    dears, I m a patriot and i also love Paistani cricket team too much, but the reality is reality, I want you to be hopeless for the chance of winning beacue with the efforts of players Pakistan only can win in case if they play alone in Worldcup. I make this comment not because Pakistan lost it's bowling attack but Pakistan lost unity and faith that they have on thyself. Pakistan can't give performance like they peform in India last time. when they win without Shoib, Asif and Umergul, but now their is no real hope that even Pakistan can't reach in Semis. I wish best of luck for Pakistani Team. it's a day dream for me that i want to see pakistan with trophy and if Pakistan win the world cup it will be only a miracle. Nadeem

  • Samir on March 7, 2007, 8:07 GMT

    Can Bob say the same thing about shane warne as answer to Q6?

  • Hasan on March 7, 2007, 6:50 GMT

    I think Bob Woolmer did well for the team up until the tour to England. After the incident that took place at the Oval, he himself admitted that he had come quite close to quitting the job and I think since then things have just gone downhill for Pakistan. Woolmer probably lost interest in the job, and you cant really blame him if he got slapped by Shoaib and got caught up with all the internal politics. Sheryar Khan was doing a good job, but I am surprised not a lot has been said about the new chairman of the PCB and I think it is time Wasim Bari got replaced. Like always, we will never know who's the main culprit behind all this mess as they all blame each other and it is really dissapointing that this is the same country that said they were preapring for the 2007 world cup immediately after the debacle in '03. As far as Shoaib Akhtar is concerned, I hope he is actually banned from all froms of cricket for the next 2 years ( including country cricket, so he cant just flock to England to make money). This would make it impossible for him to make a comeback when he is in his mid 30's. He had a lot of potential but he has only himself to blame for all his antics and he can sit and regret them after he is banned. Asif should be heavily fined and banned for a year too. Since he is young he will recover from it, but will probably never do anything illegal again. Finally, alot has been said about the teams chances already. I think Pakistan did ok in their first warm up game and I think we all should reserve our comments till the first round is over.

  • S.Usman on March 7, 2007, 5:59 GMT

    WOW...Pakistan political parties must be eyeing on MR WOOLMER after his such a dogmatic interview...Way to lead Mr Woolmer, we dint learn from u but u surely learnt alot from pak

  • MILIND Delhi on March 7, 2007, 5:51 GMT

    However suugested that Is india getting bob woolmer is fool. After what bob woolmer did to pakistani team only fools will hire him and I hope BCCI does not hire him. Infact no Asian team should hire foriegn coaches. All Asian teams have got enough good ricketers from past who can do a good job themselves.Why spend money on foriegn coaches,especially if results are not so great??? Ok we can appoint consultants or get our sponsor our people to get trained in latest methoda but hey that just a one time investment rarther than paying someone foriegn all huge maont month after month.

  • guymed from NYC on March 7, 2007, 4:21 GMT

    Can someone tell Inzi and Bob that Rana should not bowl with the new ball? He should be the first or second change and bowl at the end. Absolutely agree wid u imran khan, inzi has got plenty of fat around his brain too I cant expect em to learn , look wat rana did against canada ...I wonder wats in Bob's mind...

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 7, 2007, 4:21 GMT

    POINTS to be noted from these warm games:

    1. Australia has won against Zimbabwe but, the point to be noted is their star bowlers such as McGrath, Shuan Tait, Stuart Clark etc., could not bowl out the weak Zimbabwe batting line up. Zim proved that Aussies bowling is not that penetrative and effective and they batted all the 50 overs.

    2. Bangladesh has sent clear warnings to their group teams that they are a force to reckon and NZ which is such a good and balanced team won 3-0 against Aussies can be thrashed by Bangladesh, so other teams take this message very strongly. They are no minnows to be taken lightly.

    3. Canada has confirmed that even they know how to get rid of Shahid Afridi on the first ball ! :-)

    4. Ireland has also sent a warning to Pakistan by reeling South Africa to 91 for 8. It was Hall's over all effort that saved SA from humiliation. Pakistan, if they don't take Ireland seriously can go back home very soon. Because, beating WI in the one and only match on their home ground would not be that easy.

    5. Spinners and medium pacers are getting wickets, Kaneria got only one so far, so there is a kinda worry for Inzamam.

    This one is for Ashaq:

    PCB is a bunch of bureaucrats and even the Chairman of PCB is just a HMV of the President of Pakistan. And me, I have no intentions or desire of working for anyone because, I am spoiled by being the BOSS of my own business. So, think about your own future.

  • Mohsin Malik - San Francisco Bay Area on March 7, 2007, 3:20 GMT

    Pakistan need to play their cards right, more so with Rana. Why is Inzi being so adamant and not trying him one change up or more in the death overs. If he fails to come good, let him sit out for a game or two. There can be no more accommodation for Rana other than solid performance. The heat is on and if Rana can't stand the heat, let him get out of the kitchen (the playing arena). As simple as that!

    The team can still, recover lost ground and shape up as real contenders if they play to their potential and with sensible team approach. There is no room for the continued stubbornness on part of Inzi by not paying heed to the obvious. Come on Inzi, wake up before it's late. The fans cannot make and take decisions on your behalf while you on the field. Listen up and open your eyes at the same time.

    Talking of contenders, this is going to be one of the most open ended one day competitions. Here are some heart warming thoughts shared with all:

    -------------------------------------------------- Would it be India or Sri Lanka!

    The Australians have most recently seen a trend spiraling downward. It would not be surprising if they stumble again during this campaign and on more than one occasion.

    This World Cup is going to be the most open ended tournament, yet in the history of One Day Cricket.

    In their earlier predictions, the pundits (experts) made their calls. They may be wrong footed, altogether as the matches get under way. If the warm-up games are to serve as any precursor, there would be more hiccups in store for the main contenders.

    Now that Bangladesh have added another scalp to their impressive rooster, they may be just about ready to score the first real hit and account for one of the two contenders in their group. Watch out for more upsets!

    The million dollar question, would it be India or Sri Lanka!

    A heart or two may flutter or even sink here with this thought filtering through millions of cricket crazy fans around the world.

    If Bangladesh is to meet that eventuality now and enter the realms of big time cricket of the super eight, the former would be fancied as the better choice of the two available options. In reality, they would not mind taking the harder of the two routes.

    For our Indian friends on this blog:

    Behold, don’t take it to heart so early. The same scenario could work up in other groups, too. After all, the predictions are that this is going to be the most open ended competition, yet.

    Cheer up!

    Come March 13 - Let the World Cup Begin!

  • RANA NAVED-UL-HASAN on March 7, 2007, 2:41 GMT

    In my own English;

    "Me punjab!!! thanks no go, me INZI like and I PLAY,, me bowl, bowl, bowl ..."

    Pakistan Zindabad

    I pass the mike to MUSHI for more comments ... :))

  • Shahab Shahid Randhawa on March 7, 2007, 2:24 GMT

    This is for JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA.

    I did not except such senseless arguments from u. YOu should have a look at Pakistan's record after 2003 Worldcup and especially after Bob became coach of Pakistan.It is never easy to replace legends like Wasim,Waqar,Saeed.All of 3 retired after 2003.Bob has done great job in reviving Pakistan's cricekt.I hope he gets a contract for 3 more years after this worldcup.And always think before you speak or write.

  • Aamir Ali on March 7, 2007, 2:23 GMT

    Rana Naveed went for 23 in his first 2 overs against minnows CANADA. For GODS sake why are we playing this BALD LOSER again and again? THROW HIM OUT PLEASE.

  • Hussain on March 7, 2007, 1:48 GMT

    For God's sake drop Rana Naved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The man is out of form. Let me put this for the paki management "OUT OF FORM" 5 matches in South Africa and again used here in the warm up match. He got a bloody good hiding from Canadians as well! Conspiracy theory- Inzi hated shoaib two years ago (probably still does). Indian tour comes up. No bowler to look up to. Rana performs.Inzi bhai is happy. Inzi takes lifelong vows with Rana. Therefore Rana cannot be droped.

  • Sakul Gupta on March 7, 2007, 1:19 GMT

    I feel Bob answered very well in this interview & also in his views published in other articles today. Surely he would give the big picture, a positive one, That is the best thing to do to motivate the team at the start of the big tournament and surely cards are to be played during the match day & not to be given over during an interview. Surely he has done right to encourage drug tests in the team & the PCB has set a very good precedent to have mandatory dope tests. It is better to find out & correct cheats in the confines of ones own house rather than have the same found out by a third party & letting down the name of the country in a big way. We would surely appreciate the initiative taken to have a drug-free(cheat-free/fair) game. Surely the people among the 15 who don't make it to the playing 11 want to feel that the playing 11 is the best team & want to be confident that they are due there only due to fair-play & their skill set that suits best on a particular day.

    Today Pakistan played well. Good batting order. Afridi should pay sensibly. Each man must rise to teh occasion and deliver. We have to give our best. Rana should analse his mistakes & do it fast at this level if he wants to be fairly in the playing 11. One frustrating thing I saw today that the results/updates of the scorecard on CricInfor & PCB's site was so slow. It was about 20 over late. Can't they invest in updating INFORMATION fast. PCB site still says Canada's players 'still to bat' even after Pakistan has won the match hours ago. Match winners like Anwer Ali would also have been good in the world cup It seems the team is peaking, have to, the die-hard spirit, the 'U2 said- Love The Sweetest Thing' will make this team win, each man just has to give his best & the united best of all would surely make them win. May the best win, Feels good to see die-hards, gutsy folk excel

  • Farhan Arif on March 7, 2007, 1:11 GMT

    I think its a good interview in that it tells the reader that Bob Woolmer has got something up his sleeve, but for the sake of the element of surprize, he wont be giving it out so soon. Younis Khan opened in the warm up game, so signs are beginning to show. Yousuf at 3, Inzi at 4, Malik at 5, Afridi/Hafeez at 6, Kamran Akmal at 7, Azhar at 8, Rana, Gul and kaneria to follow. I think the only 2 positions here that are to be changed are Younis and Malik both can be used as openers with Imran nazir doing a "blaster's" job at 1. The other one can be at 5 as a "finisher". I would give Azhar and Gul the new ball. Rana being first change and death bowler. Kaneria is a matchwinner in his own right. Bob did not give it away but I do think that Shoaib Akhtar and Abdur Razzak being unfit is a blessing in disguise for our team. We are quite balanced with, Afridi, Malik and Azhar to share 20 overs, or Hafeez added to this trio can share 25 if needed. Kaneria Gul and rana are our 10 over bowlers and each one is a matchwinner I believe. Bob has done a good job with how he has taught pakistan to play test cricket. Hats off to him. Hope he surprises the world.

  • Asad Bangash, Toronto on March 7, 2007, 0:59 GMT

    Why the F is Rana playing? I dont understand this bullshit !!. If rana doesn't bowl in WC, we really have a chance of going to Final atleast .

  • eddy on March 7, 2007, 0:46 GMT

    kaneria is our guy for the WC. Come one danny, we are counting on you

  • wasim saqib on March 7, 2007, 0:22 GMT

    Pakistan started their WC on a positive note, I liked the batting line up,I have been saying from the beginning that younis khan should open although he didnt succeed but we still should persist with this line up and put pressure on the opposition from the beginning. Rana should be given one more chance but he should not be played against WI he is completely out of form if he focus on line & length than speed he will be Ok.I think the spinners will compensate the loss of Asif and shoaib. Kamran should bat at the same number as we cannot rely on Afridi only at death. The batting line up is good I hope they keep on scoring runs and the spinners will do the rest for Pakistan. Hafeez needs to perform against WI to put his foot in the mouth of his critics. So far its any bodys cup as we already saw an upset with Nz losing TO bangladesh and SA wobling against IReland,Its one day game any body can beat anybody on their day so do not lose hope just support your team. Winning and losing both are part of the game.

  • Nauman on March 7, 2007, 0:19 GMT

    I think you should start a blog about Pakistan's team composition, strategy and performance in the warm-up game against Canada. I 'd be most interested in knowing how people respond to using Hafeez lower down the order & elevating Younis Khan as an opener. The other area of concern would be number of extras (11 wides, 9 no-balls = 20 Runs + 20 EXTRA DELIVERIES) conceded, a depleted attack like ours needs to be more disciplined than that.

  • SarmadR on March 6, 2007, 23:36 GMT

    Well..seriously think Owais has a very very good point...isnt it true we do give fodder to the Paki bashers...i mean...theres fodder enough, but all these speculations give 'em somethin further to aim at!

  • Danish Khan on March 6, 2007, 23:12 GMT

    Well, Canada didn't seem like much of an opposition but to beat them by 77 runs should give some little boost in confidence. To all the people that write Pakistan off, I say look at the Bangalis downing the Kiwis who recently beat Aussies real bad!! And Ireland nearly winning against our month's old bully South Africa, who people say are destined to win and all that crappy yada yada...the thing is that in a World Cup, anything can happen, all Pakistan needs to do is stay confident, believe in themselves and must not go down without a fight!! Already some interesting twists, and we haven't even started!

  • pendoo on March 6, 2007, 22:32 GMT

    3 comments: calgary highlander & Dawar, LA USA has posted good interview answers, Bob was actualy thinking in same line, something else came out. In reality to beef up his next job in England, he gave the answers that will not hurt his contract. Ask him the same questions after he starts his new post in the UK, and you will hear music.

    Also, Neral bhai, from the earlier post, abhi Pakistan ko chuna laga ke gia hai, after 4 years, nothing to show for, except a lot of potential. And you are thinking of bring him to India. You guys have good coach, better, you guys have a great captain, dont even worry about the coach. Dravid make Sourav looks like a pee-on, when it comes to leadership and captaincy and personality..

  • Fayez on March 6, 2007, 22:11 GMT

    Woolmer would resort to diplomatic answers even with harder questions from Dr. Abbasi. Though the latter could certainly ask some more...interesting questions. Guys--and here I'm referring to Pakistan fans--why get heartburn over it all? Let's all keep certain realities in mind so we'll feel a lot better when they pan out. 1. These Pakistan players are unpredictable. They might lose to WI and one of the minnows in the group stages, scrape through Super 8, blast away in the semi-final and implode in the final, or any combination thereof.

    2. Woolmer's doing all he can possibly do. Coaches have a shelf life and maybe it's time for some new ideas. Remember that SA was a top fielding side before and during he coached them, and they're still stellar fielders...hmm...could it be the players themselves??

    3. Mohammad Yousuf will continue to loot runs, Afridi will explode against the weaker teams, maybe one or two of the stronger teams too. I predict a hundred each from the openers, lets hope they come in the right matches, Younis Khan will be merely competent so it will all fall to...Inzamam, as usual. 4. Two or three players will become unfit and be ruled out of the rest of the tournament. 5. We will lose to Australia and/or South Africa, let's hope the losses don't matter and super duper India can beat them both, meet us in the final where we'll beat India...somehow.

  • Sami Syed from Toronto on March 6, 2007, 21:28 GMT

    I couldn't help but post my second message on this blog. Currently Canada is playing Pakistan and RANA got hammered again.

    RANA RANA RANA RONA RONA RONA, if RANA PLAYS we'll all cry. For god sakes, just sit him on the bench once Sami and Arafat get there. RANA may used to be somewhat of an adequate bowler, but he is no longer capable of playing at international level. HE GOT HAMMERED BY CANADA, are you kidding me. Let me rephrase, HE GOT BEAT UP BY CANADA, while HE WAS BOWLING WITH THE NEW BALL... NEW BALL... CANADA... wow????

    He must have some huge "SIFARISH" or "CONNECTIONS" to be playing after he has been plundered time and time again... rest of the team looks okay, and this WORLD CUP it won't be the bowlers but batsman that will bail us out. JUST LIKE THE PRACTISE MATCH we have to BAT 9 DEEP!!!

    YES 9 DEEEP.. with 1. Nazir 2. Younis 3. Yousuf 4. Inzi 5. Afridi 6. Malik/Hafeez 7. Akmal 8. Arafat 9. Mahmood 10. SAMI 11. Gul.... Sami must play for us to go anywhere... he is then only bowler with pace and threat aside from GUL...

    Keneria cannot play, he is a fielding liability and can be made up for by Afridi, Malik and Hafeez.

    Thanks... for listening... Sami from TORONTO

  • Imran Khan on March 6, 2007, 21:00 GMT

    Can someone tell Inzi and Bob that Rana should not bowl with the new ball? He should be the first or second change and bowl at the end.

  • pendoo on March 6, 2007, 20:30 GMT

    Ok...I dont understand this. I am baffeled by utter stupidity and retartedness of Woolmer and Inzy....Inzy I expect because he is a mule and an inlliterate one, but Bob. Here is my beef...The whole world is saying Rana is suited to bowl at the end, the last 15-20 overs. It is highlighted in big bold letters in Cricinfo, it is in many ananlyst articles...THAT RANA IS NOT MADE TO ATTACK....Is PCB out of there mind? is Inzy &%$#@ crazy? is Bob becoming senile? Inzy I know cannot read english, but I am pretty sure Bob can and many of the pendoo class sitting in the PCB can. Do they not read cricinfo, where us Pakistanis pore our heart out...PLEASE for God's sake, RANA is not an attach bowler, the "pundits" and the anlysts HIGHLY believe he is the type of bowler that bowls well with the old bowl and is suited to bowl in the last 20 overs...I will send my grandmother to bowl, although she passed away, but if I explain her the situation, I am sure she will gladly help out. RANA cannot even bowl well against a developing Canada team, how do yo uexpect him to bowl with the upper echelons of the WC teams...2 overs 23 runs, agains Umar, 2 overs 5 runs. Any captain in the goddamn world can see this...Inzy you are an idiot of a grand kind...the pauwwa you got in the PCB is hands down the best. Bob, I used to believe and trust your decisions, but I have lost all faith in you. I realy thought you would go out with a BANG, but I feel you are plaaninng a huge embarasment for Pakistan.....I am scared shitless, Can anybody else see this....Damnit, Thank God I am not a close friend of Musharraf, God only know what I would do with these idiots if I could get my hands on them.......

  • Umais Rana on March 6, 2007, 20:08 GMT

    Everybody knows the reality about the Pakistan, we can expect the win but we are not sure. This pakistan is the weakest side foe even suersixes but may be we will find our team in Final Match.As per our habit it's depaned on the day.

  • Aftab Ahmad on March 6, 2007, 19:21 GMT

    The Q&A confirms the lack of answers.

  • adeel hussain on March 6, 2007, 19:14 GMT

    Nicely put there. Relax guys!! you expect him to give up his whole gameplan? Ofcourse he is gonna be diplomatic.

  • Mohammad Hasanuzzaman on March 6, 2007, 19:12 GMT

    Had you the intention to show us how diplomatically Bob can dodge you, you are succeeded Kamran. Otherwise, you just wasted time not only yours but also respective readers. Always make some other reserve plan that would help you keep posting good things as you deal with Pakistan the unpredictable.

  • Galib on March 6, 2007, 19:00 GMT

    Guys, we are all making BOB look like an incompetent and confused Coach. Remind you he was one of the best coaches in the world when we hired him. Anybody ever thought that he may make us and other teams believe that the team and himself are in total chaos, as we assumed his answers to be very diplomatic. Realize that how much chaos he has to deal with in terms of PCB and the so called PUNDITS. Critic him after the World Cup, and give him a little credit. If Pakistan succeed then what are we going to say about him?????

  • akabana on March 6, 2007, 18:59 GMT

    I need Imran Farhat. That is the only weakness in this team. That wqs the only weakness in the one day series against South Africa. The only match Pakistan won in the ICC championship was because of the fifty of Imran farhat.

  • ZAK on March 6, 2007, 18:27 GMT

    Hi I see many optimists here claiming we will win the WC. And the logic used by them to justify this feeling is also awsome. If Ireland can give such a hard time to the S African, imagine what it may do to Pakistan. We were not even able to give SA a hard time except one match which we won and that was more not because of team but because it was Nazirs/Afridi lucky day, which we cant expect on a daily basis.

  • ATIF MALIK, USA on March 6, 2007, 18:12 GMT

    Kamran- this is a blow quality blog- didnt expected such questions and lame diplomatic answers from BOB. dint expected this kind below par material from you. no offence intended.

  • OneCaring on March 6, 2007, 17:55 GMT

    THE COACH IS NOT COACHING. God knows what he is doing. Ask a kid playing in the streets of Pakistan and he will tell you the problems our team is having. Aside from the politics and favoritisms, there are tremendous problems with fielding and opening. What is our coach doing in this regard? His lame answers and confused attitude reflects team's image. What if Pakistani team didn't have a coach? Hey, we will still have the same problems. So, again my question is... what is this coach doing? Absolutely nothing except making politically correct answers. Why do we need a foreign coach who has no attachment with the country? Didn't we have world-class players who know everything about cricket, inside and out? Don't we have cricket genius? Of course we do but we have to have a foreign coach. WHY? Bob Wolmer is good for nothing and PCB knows it. They are not doing anything about it because they, themselves are good for nothing excepting making politically stupid comments.

  • musharraf naveed on March 6, 2007, 17:51 GMT

    i would like to ask the people,especially to javed k from montreal because i always appreciate his comments, who are blaming woolmer for team´recent failures that if john buchanan start coaching bangladesh or kenia will they become as strong as aussies are? and you are supporting miandad who was responsible for pak´s first ever test series defeat against india at home as a coach, and miandad and sarfraz nawaz and aamir sohail are the men who can never have good relations with players and team will be divided into dif. groups as was in past , it is only players who has to play in ground . in 92 wc pakistan won only due to imran´s captaincy and player´s fighting spirit and right attitude while the coach was intikhab alam a mediocre coach. but still our team is not as bad as so called xperts like chappel brothers and paki ex playes who just want t get top jobs in pcb . pakistan still is stronger than india nz wi sl and england. hopefully we wil be in semifinals at least inshaAllah

  • Miten on March 6, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    Bob Woolmer isnt in a position to say much to the public at the moment. He has a depleted side and has hundreds of millions of people to please, try being in his situation. He is working hard with what he has and is he is able to inspire his current crop to play their hardest as a unit, they have enough good players to create a few surprises. They will not win this World Cup though, not if the Cup is supposed to go to the best team.

  • Ehsan Khan Chattar Of Mirpur AK on March 6, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    It is very easy to start criticizing the coach after few defeats. What do you expect from a coach who cannot do more than just trying to bring the best out of the players available to him. Jokers, called the PCB , are responsible for whatever situation Pak are in now and I do not expect Bob to talk about strategy before the cup opens. Being the coach of Pak team is easily the hottest seat to sit on and he won’t say anything that will steer more storms. I personally believe he is going to try Younis as an opener with I Nazir and then Yousaf and Inzi will come down the order too. People are talking so much about bowlers right now but I am sure that batting will play more critical role for Pak team. Other than the batting the second most important factor will be the spin bowling. As far as the fast bowling is concerned, extra pace always has a potential to unsettle the batsmen but only if ball lands in the right areas. In the Caribbean it would be up the pitch just outside the off stump. That means, fast bowlers will have to work extra hard to put the ball in that area otherwise they would be severely punished being the boundaries so short. I won’t be surprised to see express bowls disappearing in the stands every so often. It is actually easier for a medium pacer to put the ball up so any medium pacer can be very dangerous provided they hit the length in front of off- stump or little outside it. Given the form of Rana and history of Sami, it would be wise to play only one of them at a time until Rana recovers from the loss of his form. In that perspective Gul and Rao should open with the new ball. A win or two early in the tournament will automatically restore order in the team. I do not want to see any new drama but it won’t be Pakistan if there is not any.

  • sajid ahmed on March 6, 2007, 16:25 GMT

    Pak vs Canada match is on as I write this. Why is Danish Kaneria not playing ? Should Afridi not been rested since he cant play the first two matches anyways?

    sajidd

  • Asad Bangash, Toronto on March 6, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    Boring Questions- Boring Answers !!

  • khansahab on March 6, 2007, 16:05 GMT

    Many people have expressed opinions about Inzamam. I get the feeling Mr Abbasi will soon post a comment about Inzamam/captaincy strategies on this blog. Muhstaq Ahmed’s role in the team is questionable. I am sure the wisest and most experienced commentators on this blog (Mawali, Euceph Ahmed, Javed A Khan, Calgary Highlander etc.) will agree with me that someone who converses more about spirituality and less about cricket is of no use. Inzamam and Mushy should realise that religion in sport is alright to the extent of disciplining and maturing the individual. But it can never take place of sheer hard work. Allah wants us to be mentally strong, do our homework and yes ask Him for help. If we have done the work our self instead of relying on miraculous divine intervention all the time, then Allah will surely grant us what we have strived for. But in order to achieve that we must learn from our mistakes, which PCB, Inzamam and Pakistani players don’t do. Why has Inzamam demonstrated no improvement in his captaincy (which has led to many failures for Pakistan)? That is because he leaves too much to Allah. Earlier I mentioned Ranatunga’s comments on who is likely to succeed in the tournament. Pakistan wasn’t in his top 4. Today I read Ian Chappell’s comments. He is of the same opinion. Time to promote the middle order batsmen up the order and use the four specialist seamers in every match to bolster specialist bowling.

  • Babar Zia on March 6, 2007, 15:55 GMT

    "Somebody whose job is to find out facts and use the print or broadcast media to tell people about them"

    Read carefully and repeat the above a few times.......this is your job defintion Mr. Abbasi...but as usual reading your post is a waste of time, as it is nothing new or informative.....same old cliches and arguments....

    Hopefully u r better at editing your medical journal...

  • Humair Qureshi on March 6, 2007, 15:49 GMT

    I don't understand why people are blaming Bob Woolmer for everything. Bob is excellent coach with good reputation in International Cricket. He is very professional unlike most of the Pakistani Players and former coaches. Let s take an example of Javed Miandad. Although he is great play but whenever team loses, he blames on the players stating that he can only couch but it is Player’s responsibility to go in the ground and perform. Whenever team wins, takes full responsibility and all the credit. Double Standards ??? Pakistan has won the world cup only one time in 1992 so lets a take a look at team’s strategy before going to play WC. Two players (Iqbal Sikander and Wasim Haider) debut in the World Cup while two middle order batters (Saleem Malik and Ijaz Ahmed) were completely out of form during WC 92 but Pakistan some how manage to win the WC. If you want to blame anyone, it would be PCB and the way it operates. Why Bob?? They need to educate their players and need to choose Captain who has leadership skills. Inzi has absolutely no vision. He didn’t try using 2nd wicket keeper in SA. He brought his best friend “Mustaq Ahmed” first as assistant coach and now he is bowling coach after Waqar Younus left. What is the logic for Leg Spinner being as Bowling Coach when our main strength is in Fast bowling? – Now nothing can be done so let’s hope that Pak perform well in the WC. If they don’t then simply fire Inzy and all his friends and bring the new blood in the team. You can’t blame a world class couch for all these non sense: 1) Ball Tampering issue with Umpire Darrel Hair 2) Drama when Sharywar Kkan left and Younus khan resigning and coming back again 3) Dope Test scandal 4) Wait till last min for Asif and Akhter

    Its all the PCB’s fault NOT the coach ??

  • C khan on March 6, 2007, 15:34 GMT

    Seriously even i couldve conducted a better interview that you Kamran sahib .......i really don't see any point. Bob woolmer is a clueless as a headless chicken.........and inzi will lead from the back after hes eaten all the pies

  • RSN on March 6, 2007, 15:31 GMT

    Cliched questions cliched Answers! nothing worth menthioning kamraan saab

  • M Mahboob Hossain on March 6, 2007, 15:25 GMT

    Unfortunately, The Pakistani Management & supporters are caught in the wrong foot this time. To cover-up their internal bleeding & all the rotten stuff, they have picked up the wrong person, “Bob Woolmer”.

    Kamran, Bob Woolmer is a tested personality. Probably, more than me, you Pakistanis can remember the bitter days of virtually being taken to floor, at “ANY combination, under ANY circumstances, on ANY given day & ANY certain condition”, by a South African Team managed by Woolmer. One of my safest bet to my Pakistani supporter friends, “Anything over 150, the game is open, over 200, no chance. These Pakis don't have the character, the mentality, the toughness to compete with “Laptop Boys” . Cricket is glorious uncertain game, apart from Pakistanis loosing to South Africa, chasing”. How many times under Woolmer, SA be5t Pakistan, statistically with much inferior team consecutively? I wonder if ever Pakistan could beat Woolmer boys in a ODI over 5 years, 17/16 consecutive matches?

    How many times, did SA beat Pakistan from a tight position of 5/6 down within 100, or opposition romping to 100 odd very quickly?

    Over the last 20 years of my Cricket fascination, I have one more cricketing abbreviation, “PCB – Pakistani Cricketing Buffoons”. Woolmer is a true professional, who developed his reputation over the years by respecting people who deserves, not by the favoritism like some of the people who are criticizing him now. I have seen some of present experts being necked by Woolmers South Africa, in recent past, when they were, “Extremely Talented” player. Had not been, he would have kicked his job on frustration of his employers. I am sure that, only its his responsibility to the players, that has kept him in his job. Also, he must have figured out the wastage of time & effort to shape his employers.

    Look man, I see it from a distance & probably see some snaps apparently behind the seen. Is it Bob’s fault that, Shoaib Akhter is the most indiscipline & impudent player? Look, Akhter may be ram rod in Pakistan, but that man managed “Allan Donald” & “Shawn Pollock” for 5 years (Remember the days, when, Pakistanis required 124 @ Faisalabad or 270 @ Lahore, when everybody knew that, survive 10 overs & it’ll start dewing like summer rain)

    Is it his fault that, he urged for a dope test, that his players are not aware of doping consequences or don’t care for that matter?

    This is an endless discussion, you know. This generation of Pakistani players are fortunate that they got Bob. People like Yousuf, Younus, Asif, Gul, Rana & Kamran have used that for their improvement & pity for Hafeez, Farhat, Hamid, Sami, Faisal & Shoaib haven’t. I just wonder, what will happen to the likes of Adnan Raza, Fawad Alam, Akter Ayub, Anwar Ali, Jamshed Ahmed, Shahis Yousuf, Kasif Daud, Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Latif & few other immensely talented youngsters, when this great man will end his contract.

  • Shehzad Khan on March 6, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    Goodness gracious! everyone take a deep breath and think "its just a blog"...it seems everyone read the first comment of BOB being diplomatic and elusive and not clear and not answering directly...and they went on and on and on everyone writing the same deductions...

    Guys, please dont take it seriously, there will be only one team that will win and the rest will ose so ACCEPT THE FACT THAT THERE IS A MIGHTY CHANCE THAT PAKISTAN WILL LOSE!!...so stop your whining and enjoy the game, who knows what can happen...

    Did you guys actually think that he will give away his secrets at a time when teams are all playing mind games?...i mean would he be telling who would bat at what position? or accept IF he thinks that Inzi is complacent? or that we are DEAD without our main bowlers?...seriously use your collective heads.

    and please, be genuine in your posts, no sense iun getting the ideas from what previous people commenbted on and just adding your name to it.

  • Shiraz , Houston, TX on March 6, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    well that was a waste of time!!! DIPLOMTIC CRAP!

    looks like Woolmer is already done with Pakistan and will be on his merry way to the next assignment with England or whoever....but not before he gets a HEFTY PAYCHECK and leaving Pakistan team in shambles, kicked in the groin and ripped apart in the WC.

  • Ralph on March 6, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    I think you have all missed something here. Look at this again:

    ***

    Q2: The view from the boundary, and the living room, is that Inzy's captaincy style is too laid back. Is that true? Is he capable of great leadership?

    Bob: There are two answers to this question. His captaincy is fine for one-day cricket

    ***

    "Fine for one-day cricket" - is it just me, or does that not imply that Woolmer is rather less convinced that Inzamam is a good test captain? And even so, it is hardly an enthusiastic endorsement even of his one-day captaincy.

    I think that's by far the most revealing comment to come out of this interview - and when the coach doesn't really rate the captain, I think you can safely say you have a problem. As I have said before, I don't think Pakistan will get out of the Super Eights, and I wouldn't discount the possibility of Ireland beating them, if you're looking for one upset this World Cup.

  • Gilchrist on March 6, 2007, 15:06 GMT

    Hmm.. u guyz r great (or crazy, maybe). U write on and on and on for dumb and stupid blogs.. Hatsoff..

  • Arshad Jamal on March 6, 2007, 15:05 GMT

    Diplomatic, evasive and understandable, as no coach would discuss his strategy before time... But I sincerely hope there is one.

    One thing he did mention though that Shoiab Malik will be batting on #6. Shoiab batting at #6 is a waste of his talents. Shoiab is, at present one of two best batsmen in the team alongwith Mohammad Yousuf and have more crickiting brain then anybody else. Malik coming up in the order can help building and planning the innings like Miandad used to do. Malik has proved himself worthy of opening or coming one down. Unfortunately one down position is being hostaged by an imposter and Malik does not stand much chance with.

  • Ahsan Rahim on March 6, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    Oh come on people, I think you're being too hard on the interviewer as well as the interviewee. This is a perfect interview by Bob, given the fact that it's on the eve of the World Cup. Let's look at what he said:

    Regarding Pakistan's bowling, he's trying to tell his team that they can succeed as long as they have discipline and bowl as a unit - don't hang your heads just because we're missing two gentlemen that "mistakenly" took steroids.

    As for Inzi's captaincy style, he's at least partly dodging the question, which means it's not a resounding endorsement, but he's being as positive as he can. He's not revealing Inzi's batting spot partly to keep the opposition guessing, but I suspect partly also because our mercurial players have been known to change their minds over where they'd like to bat, and he doesn't want to roasted by the Pakistani public just because he said Inzi would go in at x position, and he ends up going in at y position instead.

    On the legspinners question, he's rightly not trying to put too much pressure on Kaneria, because then he might try to do too much, and just lose control and bleed runs in the process.

    And as to the main threats, we all know that the Pakistani team has been beaten by minnows before (anyone remember the World Cup game with Bangladesh?). So partly this response is directed at his team ("stay focused you indisciplined morons"), and partly he's honestly acknowledging that any team can be a threat so he isn't taking anyone lightly.

    Net net, sure he's being diplomatic vis-a-vis Inzi, and evasive regarding our ability to win (who knows what team will show up on any given day), and also hedging his bets when it comes to the opposition, but that's exactly what you'd expect him to do on the eve of the World Cup. If you want to hear chest-thumping, hope and pray that Pakistan wins. And if you want RELATIVELY honest answers to questions, just wait until we lose (which, of course, won't happen... inshaallah).

  • Mustafa Kamal on March 6, 2007, 14:51 GMT

    Are you all guys Pakistanis? if you are a sincere pakistani, then this is the time to encourage our national team rather than demoralizing them and the whole nation by your pathetic rather disgusting comments! Please be mature enough to stand up and support our national team at this very crucial time when Inzi and his players need your whole - hearted support. the other thing is that we are muslims and our religion strictly teaches us nerver to lose heart and always keeps your hopes alive. if you continue to hope well, Allah never disappoints you! So please don't allow the negativity to creep inside you and be positive and hope for the best! May Allah bring the WC glory back to Pakistan, Ameen! Cheers to Inzi, yousuf, younis, shahid, shoaib, kamran, imran, hafeez, sami, umar, naveed, iftikhar, azhar, yasir and danish! Follow my shout; "Pakistan Zindabad".

  • Owais on March 6, 2007, 14:37 GMT

    After reading the medical report I am really really angry at people like yourself, Kamran Abbasi's, Osman Summiuddin's, dawn reporters, jang reporters, awaaam reporters...you guys have given all this fodder to people like border, vaughan, symonds, raja, haydens to talk about our bowlers, especailly Asif saying that they should be banned etc. You guys are basically the conspiracy theorists and invite Paki Bashing. You guys said that shoaib should be sent to SA when he was not medically fit and PCB said he was not fit. He was sent under your pressure and lasted 12 overs !!! For God's sake try to be good followers - for once.

  • Faran on March 6, 2007, 14:13 GMT

    I went to the practice session yesterday and it was a very laid back affair. Inzi seemed to be in a really foul mood but the people in charge of the team's transport said he's been like that since he got here. One lady complained that he doesn't even reply to her when she wishes him "Good morning" every day.

    I hope his mood improves soon. He even bowled a few balls and that's something I've never seen!

    Afridi hit some big shots and is looking good. Nice guy too and was very friendly.

    Let's see what they do against Canada today.

  • Haider on March 6, 2007, 14:04 GMT

    AHAHAHA wow Kamran, just couldnt get anything out of Bob nice try

  • Rafakat Khan on March 6, 2007, 13:49 GMT

    very informative answers ...NOT

    I think pakistan is the sort of team that is probably uncoachable , and Woolmer has done a good job and i believe pakistan is a better side for having woolmer as coach , however i believe his time is up and he doesnt have to answer kamrans questions (cuz their crap lol) but he has to answer the questions on the pitch and have a successful world cup, one last Hurrah for the Bob woolmer + Inzi partnership , come on pakistan your once agen'cornered tigers'!!!!

  • Ashaq on March 6, 2007, 13:45 GMT

    I think Javed.A.khan should be made the next chairman of p.c.b. I think he has all the political skills and the ability to swing both sides of the fence.

    If fans show pride in their religion and culture and use words like by Bhai they are labelled backward and reactionary.

    If the fans lament the lack of professionalism in the cricket structure and support the use of a foreign coach. Then they are according to Mr.Khan worshipping snowWhite. I for one Support you whole heartedly as the next Chairman Javed Bhai.

  • shehzad on March 6, 2007, 13:39 GMT

    Bob did only two things good for Pak. He found the real abelity of Shoaib Malik and he prove Rameez wrong. He brings Asif in Pak bowling line up. Why Rameez is always talking against Shoaib Malik's batting position? Rameez do u remember u r the man who always critisize malik while he was batting on nr3. In every match he was performing well, but you did not change your comments about him and keep critisizing his techniek regulerly. I have recorded your words Rameez bhai, saying,'' Perhaps malik can score in a couple of more matches while batting on nr 3, but he can not bat their for a long term'' So Malik prove your words totally wrong. I think u must ask Malik for apology. U hurt him a lot man. Please accept that u have a very poor judgement. Now u r messing with PCB. Why u r talking against Asif and akhter. Why they should ask 4 apology while they are injurd for the WC??

  • Salman Naveed on March 6, 2007, 13:16 GMT

    Seems like we have a more 'defeatist' attitude than Bob Woolmer or Inzy's pack of tigers(?)!

    Since the '96 fiasco, it has become more and more apparent that we try to fool ourselves by being pessimistic...lose, and "we told you so"...win, and "yeh dil maangay more".

    Given that the team is not the best in the world, but can you honestly fault the coach and the captain for the two nendrolite-stricken ninja turtles, or that no opener worth his salt (since saaed/aamer) has made a visible impact?

    Guys...try and enjoy the WC. keep your fingers crossed, because that is what won us the '92 Cup. It surely wasn't a better team than the one we have now.

  • Umer Farooq on March 6, 2007, 13:06 GMT

    Very lame answers from Bob - seems like Kamran was talking to a wall.

    I would say Bob was more expressionless than Inzamam!

  • neral on March 6, 2007, 12:48 GMT

    i have heard rumours that bob wants to be the next indian coach, can anyone confirm?

  • Kapil on March 6, 2007, 12:40 GMT

    I must say a really bad set of questions and pretty lame answers to all of the questions. Not even a single reply reflects the proper mind-set of the coach. He is trying to shrug off all the answers as if he is a counsel.

  • Shadab on March 6, 2007, 12:31 GMT

    I think we should not blame the coach for everything because if Asif & Shoaib were available it would have been a different ball game and we would have been rated a bit higher. When the players are in the ground its their responsibility to play to their full potential. They are talented and coached but if they repeat the same mistakes, they shall be liable for the consequences not the coach. If Coach makes the difference then Woolmer has been coaching SA also. Look where they are.....

  • Mohammad Ahmed on March 6, 2007, 12:31 GMT

    If rumors are to be believed, and Inzi & Yousuf are going to move up a slot, then I hope Malik will open. With all due respect to our "specialist" openers, Malik - specialist or not - has been our most consistent opener (in terms of performance).

    Younis coming in at No. 5 isn't a bad idea - he can marshal the tail well if needed.

  • Zakir Khan, Ireland on March 6, 2007, 12:18 GMT

    Guys Pakistan is going to win this world cup.I am serious.I know that many of u will think that I have gone insane keeping in mind the present state of Pakistan cricket team but believe me World Cup is for Pakistan this time. this time, in every cricket Analyst view,Pakistan is nowhere to win.everybody is talking about Australia,S Africa,Sri Lanka etc to win the WC. this is very good news for Pak.our players will play with free mind without feeling any pressure as they know that even back home nobody is expecting them to win.almost the same was the scenario back in 92.nobody ever thought in there wildest dreams that Pak can win on Australian bouncy tracks minus Waqar.but the end result was unbelievable. same will happen again.but my advice in advance to PCB and cricket fans is that after victory don't allow Shoaib Actor back in the team.he is responsible for all the mess in Pak team. Kick him out once and for all. this time in west indies the tracks are very slow and the ball doesn't come on to the bat well.the team with slower bowlers and spinners will be better placed to perform well and i feel Pak side is loaded with all these ingredients at the moment.

  • Waliullah Shah on March 6, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    I think that all those complaining about the ambiguity of the answers should shut their blabbermouths. Pakistan team management is under no obligation to disclose there strategy or whatever plans they have to anyone, if this is all everyone already knows then too bad but this is the right way. One can speculate all they want but no one can hold this against the team coach that he isnt disclosing the strategy or the team make up, WHY SHOULD HE??

  • amir _ul_haq on March 6, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    sir,i think your bowling department is weak due to the absense of shoiab and asif. sir,take 3 seamers and three spiners in every match.and request your feilders don't give runs away.pick inzi. at no 3, and yousf at 4 this will give stability to batting order. And wish you best of luck

  • kamran on March 6, 2007, 11:18 GMT

    according to my point of view as i know the cricket no one can tell who will be the hero and which team have ability to win the world cup, and regarding bob woolmer interview i think any coach of any country he will reply that Question in the same way and espacially like our team Pakistan's position everyone knows they can do any thing and at the same time they are zero so its depends on the day how they realize the things and how they adopt the situation

    i m sure we are still in the list of winners and our team still have ability to win the world cup as walsh comments he cant say any thing about Pakistan they can do any thing i agreed with walsh comments on Pakistan Team they have ability to any thing & INSHALLAH WE WILL WIN THIS WORLD CUP i WILL PRAY FOR MY TEAM AND MY COUNTRY EVERY SUCSESS. Allah WIll HELP THEM IN THE GROUND

    Thanks

    bye

  • Salman on March 6, 2007, 11:12 GMT

    I think Bob is confused & gave very diplomatic answers. I think you should have asked straight questions about the team morale. Honestly speaking I dont agree with couple of people who are saying that its clearly written on the wall that we are defeated team and team number 8. I am very much hopeful for the performance of our team Inshallah we will win the worldcup, If I refresh my memories back in 92' same problem was going with the Pakistani team and everybody rated us against Zimbabwe (the minnows). So lets hope for the best.. and pray!!!

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on March 6, 2007, 10:54 GMT

    Dear Kamran Bhai,

    We are a Cricket Crazy Nation. Actually we are crazy. After going through all your recent blogs for Caribian and the current intverview with BOB, majority of people have lost their hope that Pak is not a good contender just because we lost Shoaib, Asif and Razzaq. May I request through this blog to all of you that believe in yourselves, the team is not so bad as every pandits are saying. This team has done wonders for you under Inzi. How many people are assessing this team closely ?? They are not doing justice. Whenever BOB and Inzi lost the matches, they have lost their key players but still they were able to achieve something. Look at the Aussies when their key players were not playing they lost the mtaches at a stretch, but still Pak does a wonderful job.

    Bob is a smart coach and he did respond to your queries very diplomatic as it is not the time to divulge the strategy and it will give oppoistion a clue. Let Bob keep his card abreast so that he can do planning accordingly. Do you know what happened to England in Australia when their planning was leaked from the Dressing Room?? I give 101 percent Marks to Bob for not advising anything to media in respect of their planning. They should not do this......Let them play smart cricket with their planning and not through our planning. Why should he adivse who will be our opener, who will be our opening bowler. Let us watch the cricket. My best wishes are always with them and I am sure, they will do wonders and it is good they are under dogs entering this mega event and not the favourite. You all will be amazed at the results.......

  • Foad on March 6, 2007, 10:53 GMT

    my only question to this interview (which appears to be held in separate locations i.e kamran in one room sending sms messages to Bob)is who are the pundits who have expected great things from Pak openers other than survive a few balls?

  • Wajahat on March 6, 2007, 10:50 GMT

    Well the questions were interesting but not the answers ... Lets say this for a change ...

  • Rizwan Younus on March 6, 2007, 10:47 GMT

    Hey guys us as pakistanis have a huge problem we knock our team down before they have even bowled a bowl (I include myself in that last comment). Give the boys a chance lets be honest the shoaib and asif affair was farcical but that has now gone lets move on. Believe me when i say that no team in this world cup wants to face pakistan as everybody knows they are a mood team destructive and self destructive. It would also help if former ex players who failed at international level are you reading RAMIZ RAJA?? would keep there narrow minded thoughts to themselves. Players that averaged 30 with the bat are in no position to comment on players not learning from there mistakes as they were one of them. Best of luck with the tournament boys our duas are with you. Allah Hafiz.

  • usman on March 6, 2007, 10:43 GMT

    I honestly feel sorry for Bob Woolmer, poor guy caught in a failed system in a failed state. One thing is for sure his autobiography will make one hell of a read!

  • Deepak on March 6, 2007, 10:31 GMT

    hey is it just me or that the good doctor ha sposted a MOCK interveiw..if this was indeed a mock skit of an interveiw its quite accurate..if it really was an interveiw then ALLAH help pak in WC2007...good news for us indians though

  • Kiran Muzammil on March 6, 2007, 10:29 GMT

    Great interview Kamran. Bob showed how good and professional a coach he is. Cricket is a 100% team game and everyone must contribute. Pakistani mentality is always that one or two people will "save us", but Bob expects all of his players to deliver which is the professional and correct way to go.

    And oh - by the way - to the coach potatoes on this blog who are moaning about not getting direct answers, leave the team selection to the professionals, and just watch the game at home - if you're all so good, then you should have been on the field instead of sitting at home typing on your PC.

  • Sohail Waqar on March 6, 2007, 10:25 GMT

    Well if this is all the man can say I wonder what he has to say to the team....

  • Faisal on March 6, 2007, 10:06 GMT

    Miracles do happen but there is a slimmer chance of Paksitan winning the world cup. I hope that the team does well and if they go down fighting, then no problems.

  • Shariq on March 6, 2007, 10:05 GMT

    I think with all the diplomatic answers which Bob gave he should leave Cricket Coaching and join some Govt foreign service. What a diplomatic answers he has given........

  • nalin on March 6, 2007, 9:59 GMT

    Bob is right. Never say anything before the world cup. Whatever the pundits predictions, india, pakistan & sri lanka are always dangerous in world cup matches. one of these teams was in the final since 1992. Younis Khan, Mohammed Yousuf & Inzamam ul Haq will be the trumps. It will be an icing to the cake if Afridi shows his majestic hitting. Never take Azar Mahamood out of the equation.

  • Mubashir Hanif on March 6, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! Its good to criticize and ask questions so that we can learn, adapt, change, improvise and improve. Fine we do understand that. But, I believe in playing with he cards in hand and not crying /yearning for better cards. If this team acts as a unit, they have got all the top guns to hunt for the title. Lets stop crying on the split milk. You know we are quite un-predictible species. Dont forget the circumstances/grounds on which our nation is standing and finally please dont forget Tariq bin ziyad who burnt all his boats while entering Spain. I believe you have it, if you want to have it. So GO PAKISTAN GO, grab it, snatch it, show us what you've got. Paksitan zinda baad.

  • abu bakar islamabad on March 6, 2007, 9:46 GMT

    first of all mr Dawar, LA USA hv steald the show, great commic skit. and even the answers by BOB can also become great in commic classics if u introduce the claps& laughs in background. Any how bangladesh and kenya will be threatend of their places by this interview. I think Inzi knows he cant play for 10 overs in a game, he is not fit enough. thats why he stays back, so that he can play the next match. as far as his captency, i dont think he even thinks in a match e.g. even a BACHA knows Rana cant bowl 5th over, but inzi dont. Pakistan have a good chance to be in top 4 , if they can plan better. They have to target teams and adopt accordingly. they should keep in mind that England, Westindies, Srilanka Newzealand are the teams they can defeat. These Teams have habbits to fall like pakistan, and we need to plan their fallouts. The element of surprise should be there in every match, some time afridi, nazir, shoib malik and even sami can be used in first 20 overs. Dont say opener, i mean if u hv one wicket down early u should bluff the teams by pinch hitter.

  • Afzaal Khan on March 6, 2007, 9:46 GMT

    man u guys call urselves Pakistani supporters. Mr.Abbasi is baised against Inzi, PCB and Woolmer, that i knew, no wonder that he attracts same crowd. Have some honesty and some integrity. I still cant stop laughing at the idiot who thinks Inzi is captain due to convinience and not on merit may be Shoaib Akhtar or Afridi should be captain wat idiocracy. Hey i have a suggestion dun watch Pakistan's game and dun worry abt Pakistani team its always been this way Inshaallah will stay this way forever so get a new team. As to all of u who dun wana forget the gr8 Imran Khan, well its 2007, time go let it go and get one with the players you have. Some one older than u al might say hanif mohammad n that team was best n everything else sucks so be sensibe:P Peace out n take a chill pill

  • Mohammad Azeem Dada on March 6, 2007, 9:40 GMT

    As generic as an interview could possibly get. He didnt really say anything.

  • Mushtaq Rahim on March 6, 2007, 9:39 GMT

    I guess!! This is the time that we avoid asking questions and getting to debates. We know this great team that produces miracles. We are sure of them. They won the world cup without Waqar Younis who was far more important for Pakistan than Shoaib at that time. Let me tell you that cricket is the game of young legs. Experience is also the key. But don't forget that they have got the experience of Giants Like Inziiii. Cheer the team up!! And be positive. You know attitudes can change the world so be patient and optimistic about the world cup

  • Fawad on March 6, 2007, 9:23 GMT

    i'm just so annoyed by most of the negative response tht v r reading abt our team c'mon guys stop bantering our team n lets b positive pakistan team is not as bad as most of the ppl r sayin...so all u pakistani bashers r telling everybody tht india,england,west indies,new zealand have better bowling attack than ours ? even australia have 1 proven ageing but world class bowler same as sri lanka n south africa, matter of fact all the teams in this world cup with the exception of south africa possess a fairly in experienced bowling attack n if u compare tht with our bowling then u'll c tht v r not tht much behind than other teams..oh n abt the Q&A's c'mon no coach is giving away anything rite now so dont judge anything frm these Q&A's...n plz quit frontin abt v dont have a good captain well honestly leaders r not made they're born so b thankful of wht v have coz there realy isnt any player in the team who can even come close 2 being a good leader yet, n our openers ... well even wen Bob was coaching south africa there wasnt a specialist opener alongside Gary Kirsten but whoever he sent as an opener with Kirsten delivered most of the time so tht shows all of us tht the coach's job is 2 lay down a plan 4 each player so if they're still failing then there's nothing Bob or any other coach in the world can do so its just simple our players especialy the openers are not good executioners, as far as all of our so called experts on tv n our ex-players/coaches with the exeption of imran khan n wasim akram bcoz both were very intelligent n attacking captains, well they need 2 shut up especialy jawed miandad n amir sohail coz they didnt do anything like wht they're saying rite now wen they were in charge matter of fact they should'nt even b allowed 2 come on tv n give their views becoz they always cry n they always critisize others when they're not in charge of the matters but when they r in charge they've always blamed the players publicly etc atleast Bob dont do such unprofessional acts ...so my fellow country men/women a true patriot is one who never quit on his country so ya'll can call me a fool but MARK MY WORDS PAKISTAN IS ATLEAST SEMI-FINAL BOUND...take care n plz stop bashing our own

  • Owais on March 6, 2007, 8:51 GMT

    I can only pray to Allah and hope that our team does well in the tournament. Based on that I will back them to go to final four. However, the interveiw clearly shows that Bob does not expect too much of this team. This is a team of mediocres, bits and pieces crickters, with only Inzy, Yousuf, Younis and Omer Gul being full fledged crickers, although each with his own weaknesses. From amongst the rest, Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria are better than the rest. All the remaining ones can show one good performance in 6 games, meaning lack consistency. Kamran Akmal seems to be a liability in terms of keeping wickets, might fire with the bat though.

  • Faridoon on March 6, 2007, 8:51 GMT

    I vote for Bob Woolmer for president and Kamran Abbasi for Prime Minister of Pakistan. How easily these two would adjust in that role.

    One made sure not to ask too probing a question and the other persisted by not answering in too much detail! This is the death of journalism!

  • Hassan Ehsan on March 6, 2007, 8:50 GMT

    Good comments by Bob; to the comments by the gentleman Mohammad Mahmood, sir I think you are criticising for the sake of criticising and I think you will chew on your words... However.. KAMRAN AKMAL!!! what on earth are you doing training your legs with Thongs on!!! !!!! !!!

  • FK on March 6, 2007, 8:38 GMT

    So here are some equally pathetic questions for you Kamran:

    - So is bright red the 'in' colour nowadays? - Do you wet your hair and give yourself an electric shock every morning or shove your face down a wind tunnel? - Would you recommend us wannabe models to practice for our photo shoots by standing in front of the mirror, tilting our heads 10 degrees and saying 'oh behave baby' (a la Austin Powers)?

  • Salim on March 6, 2007, 8:36 GMT

    As a true Pakistani supporter I can't even think of anybody else winning the World Cup!!!!But the truth of matter is that we have very ordinary players with big ego's who have proofed nothing at all in the recent years...I just hope that I can wake up in six weeks time and find we have managed to Blag the cup!!! I wonder is Allah is listening otherwise is the prayer mats boys...I wonder is praying on the beach is acceptable to the all mighty. For all Pakistani supporters forget the team and how they play we need intervention from a higher authority so please, I request that we all MAKE our grandma’s / grandfather’s, uncles / any elderly person you can find any “Molvi’s” anybody who thinks they may have a direct connection with the all mighty please beg them for prayers and then Inshallah we shall win the CUP…Simple I tell you?

  • nwak on March 6, 2007, 8:26 GMT

    seems like you missed the most important question of all...What have you achieved in the last four years? im sure the answer would have been as dead-panned as the previous ones but no matter. at least, SOMEONE learnt something in the last few years in cricket....bobby dearest learnt how to be diplomatic from our various political heads and of course from our diplomat-to-the-core ex-chairman. Seriously, this interview is laughable and the way you have posted this blog kamran...with no comments of yourself watsoever...it seems like you wanted to join the fun too...sarcasm shone in!! good job.

  • Mehmood Khan on March 6, 2007, 8:26 GMT

    Dear Kamran bhai.. i need few answer from Bob,before such a mega event 1. which team in the world has not yet decided its opener.no one knows who will come as opener..its really ridiculous. 2. which team in the world doesnt have any fixed batting line up . 3. which team in the world is the most unpredictable, nobody knows that, who will come up with first over. here i want to share few important things.. sami is 3rd class bowler, but we should not ignore that he has got speed. and world cup is always pressure game,and i feel speed is more important in pressure situation, where batsman can make mistake. we should not forget danish kaneria..world cup is totally different bowl game,,under extream pressure batsman give give up against wicket taking bowler..

  • Satyajit on March 6, 2007, 8:25 GMT

    Hi Kamran Your questions were really pedestrian Case in point:Q9: Which players will you be asking to stand up and lead by example?

    I mean what kind of an answer did you expect.Your blog started of as a good idea but is fast descending into commonplace and rather ordinary.

  • Rashid on March 6, 2007, 8:14 GMT

    Good and professional answers not like Pakistani cricket board.Well, Bob Please tell the batsman to pay extra attention to the ball they play not politics.

  • Abdur Razzak on March 6, 2007, 7:55 GMT

    Well i think even Bob is not sure of his combinations.Any way this is expected of a coach especially when he has to work with a team which has faced a number of contorversees & injuries during the last few months.

  • Zeeshan on March 6, 2007, 7:51 GMT

    Typical Bob answers - Diplomatic! Kamran it seems like you wasted time interviewing him... As far as openers are concerned, I think every single coach that Pakistan have had since 1999 has been unable to solve this chronic problem. Before blaming the coaches I think we need to revisit our system and highlight what we are doing to groom openers. I reckon once we can sort out the board and administration all these problems can be solved and there are only two people who I believe have the sincerity, passion and talent to do this - Imran Khan and Javed Miandad. Imran should leave politics - if his objective from politics is to serve the nation, then I believe he'll be better off serving them by becoming chairman of the cricket board. In conclusion, after the 2003 WC we came out saying we are building for 2007 - it seems as if the nation is already looking forward to 2011!

    Disappointing...what's worse the thought of what an in form indian team will do to us is sure to give most passionate pakistanis sleepless nights!

  • Mian on March 6, 2007, 7:49 GMT

    If I may have my two cents worth. I find nothing wrong with the questions or answers by Bob for that matter. What do we expect him to say, strategy in each game ought to be tailored according to which team we are playing and what is the pitch likely to do at that venue? Which will be observed with keen eyes in prior matches at that menu and the brain trust of Bob , Inzi, Yousaf and Younis will dicide as to how to proceed with various selections and combinations. All this while each match will provide indicators as to who is in form etc. etc. Pakistani fans are exhibiting their nervousness quite frankly by attcking questions and answers by Bob. Cricket is a tactical game as well. Do not be surprised to see Younis Khan at Number 1 in some games or the odd appearance by Afridi with Imran Nazir. I believe the only firm bet is Imran Nazir Opening the remaining batting order would stay changeable according to cicumstances. Bob would let other teams keep guessing. Way to go Bob. Good Luck. You are too smart for most of these fans, please accept my apologies on their behalf.

  • HANIF Noorani on March 6, 2007, 7:48 GMT

    Though, I am at evens with Pakistan to be in the last Four. But, Ireland’s display last evening against Proteas’ has haunted Me. Well, don’t be disappointed Guys, I know Bob must be confused because of the bizarre twist of events that have followed us. KAMRAN bhai, kindly ask specific questions next time around. I wish My Nation all the Very Best. My next bets are Sri Lanka, New Zealand.

  • qaim rizvi on March 6, 2007, 7:38 GMT

    well its been diplomatic of course of the coach but there was a grin that can be noticed and as for openers since the west indian pitches are similar to the ones in south asia afridi can be a blasting opener in fact shorter boundaries all are plus points to afridi getting to open once his ban is off rest depends with all said and done my all wishes are with team pakistan..................good luck

  • Haider Mahmud, Pakistan on March 6, 2007, 7:34 GMT

    I agree with Arif, we need our strike bowlers to bowl their normal selves. We know that Umar Gul and Rana Naveed are very capable when in form. If they can bowl well at the top and get some top order wickets, things will remain in control. We may not even require any heroics.

  • R SJ on March 6, 2007, 7:07 GMT

    c'mon ppl...too much hatin aint good homies...i like woolmer's ans...very very diplomatic...tats how a coach needs to ans...if he gives out all the insight then his opposition will get a head start..i agree he could more passionate...but looking at saga of recent happenings i wudnt blame that old man.....i saw kamral akmals pic 'workin out'... in house shoes...c'mon was he jus messin arnd with some big machines or wat...how cud they even let him in...n these goras r smart a=s=s...posted his pic right on the top just to embarass pak cricket...

  • KC on March 6, 2007, 7:01 GMT

    Ok the interview was really crap... Duh questions and even more Duh answers (Don't blame Bob - the questions were sad) I can't believe there's a discussion about it. But heres a look at PAKISTAN'S CHANCES: 1. The wickets - slow turners (evidence from India's last series there. Even the warm up matches against the minnows haven't thrown up a single 300 plus score. So this should actually be in Pakistan's favour 2. The Batting- Bob has told us Malik will play in the middle order.. So will Inzy and Yousuf and Younis... This actually looks good again (going by Indias last series there) because Pakistan has the class (in the middle order) to make good the middle overs where the field restrcitions are off and the ball is not coming on to the bat. India, if you remember sorely missed Sachin and Laxman in the middle overs - Yuvi and Kaif and Dhoni were not finding the boundaries or the singles As for the top of the order... They have a bunch of decent even if inconsistent sloggers who can use whatever early bounce there might be with the hardness of the ball 3. The Bowlers - Recent series in the carribbean have thrown up the unlikeliest of successes in the ODI format - Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Ajit Agarkar, Chaminda Vaas... All dibbly dobbly in terms of pace but pretty accurate. Pakistan WON'T miss Shoaib. As for the existing attack - Gul fits the bill, Rana is good for the death, Arafat just needs to follow Agarkars example and Kaneria will be really tough to get away in the middle overs. Even Afridi should slow it down a bit to be effective. 4. Fielding - Well this is a lottery for all Asian teams - they're good some days, abysmal on others... So no comment 5. Captaincy - Inzy might not be terribly shrewd but he holds a bunch of volatile boys together with his calmness and affab ility. 6. The coach. I met Rahul Dravid a month after Bob was signed by the PCB and he was actually quite upset that the BCCI did't know he was up for grabs. He thought Bob was an excellent acquisition. Just look at what he did for South Africa. So all in all Pakistan shouldnt be written off

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on March 6, 2007, 6:56 GMT

    Interview with Woolmer

    Kamran your recent interview with the Pakistan Coach Bob Woolmer did not reveal precious much, except Bob was on the defensive. The absence of match winning bowlers (Shoaib and Asif) and the realization of playing with many youngsters who have been slow to learn the demands of playing at the highest level can easily choke any Coach and Woolmer is no exception. He is acutely aware that in the crazy world of Pakistan Cricket, the fans have high expectations and his team is not rated in the first SIX by experts. Most analysts do not see Pakistan (Under Dogs) going any further than the round of 8 in the coming World Cup.

    Can a Coach turn a team around from losing to winning ways? It can be done provided a Coach has intelligent and talented players who are responsible, committed to perform under pressure, know to play smart, dominate their opponents and win matches. Bob sadly lacks such commitment from his talented squad. On an individual basis they are all brilliant, and can be great on a day and unbelievably mediocre on the next. Bob has no guarantee of consistent performance even from his best batsman: INZY. It is not easy to coach a bunch of guys who lack vision, purpose; fail to understand and execute a carefully laid out plan and strategy. Yunus Khan is an excellent Cheer leader, but in the recently held Champions Trophy, his bold statements were empty as Pakistan faltered and took early exit before reaching the stage of the final four.

    Even than, a few good performances from the youngsters like Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Afridi, Gul and Kaneria can ignite the team to beat the best in the WC, which is ultimately the highest showcase of Cricket.

  • Soda Singh on March 6, 2007, 6:50 GMT

    Baley bai Baley... Good Questions and Very very good answers..:) Baley bai baley... Now i define it in my way..Singh Style BoB Woolmer: All diplomatic answers indicates he is in wrong business he should be coaching Pakistan National Assembley & Parliment. Inzemam-ul-Hukka: Baley bai Baley (most deffensive captain in World Cricket). the only captain which looks duffer/senseless/confused from his facial looks. no need of observing his strategies during match one can judge from his face ...about his leadership/decision making/sluggeshness/confused personality/courage/brainlessness. Bob & inzi....baley bai baley, a pair of cowards/courageless/deffensive people.

  • Awais Ahmad on March 6, 2007, 6:36 GMT

    That was absolute rubbish. Pakistan are going to do worse than there last world cup.. but then again they said they were going to win it last time.. this time theyre talking their chances down... rightly so

  • Azam Farooqui on March 6, 2007, 6:28 GMT

    Nothing new in the interview, it was like knowing the answers before actually reading them, i think questions should have been asked about the team composition and all. But the coach dosent sounds too optimistic about the team's chances nor does he wants to criticize inzi's captaincy before the world cup, but dosent seems to be too sure himself, although i always thought they went along pretty well and made a good pair. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

  • Richard on March 6, 2007, 6:19 GMT

    I would like to take this chance and talk about the selection of two players in place of Shoaib and Asif.

    By selecting Sami the selectors have reduced whatever chance the team had for reaching the last four stage (let alone winning the World Cup). Time and again he has been tried and tested and the only thing he has proved is being the MOST EXPENSIVE BOWLER in world cricket.

    Yasir arrafat is not a specialist bowler but another bit and piece cricketer of whom we already have plenty in the team(another bad choice).

    So God Help Pakistan! in this world cup.

  • Ashfaq Shah on March 6, 2007, 6:19 GMT

    Bob showing forward defence and playing it back to bowler.

    I dont see the point of putting these replies on a blog, nothing new in there.

  • Mohammad Manzoor on March 6, 2007, 6:15 GMT

    How nice would it have been if Inzi's dope test came out positive. I really hope it did but oh well.. despite shoiab, Asif and Razzaq's absence i still see pakistan doing well in this world cup and hope to see them play on the 28 April..Insha Allah.. About Bob's interview i think he smartly answered all the questions..sure he wouldn't leak out all the stratagies just before the tournament takes place. Let's hope and pray Pak does well and prove that MOTA Arjuna Ranatunga wrong who recently said in an interview that pakis are a sad case.. go Pakissssssssss..we're right behind you. You win , Hurray..you lose, we're still behind you to throw stones at ya..;)haha.. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Ammar Khan on March 6, 2007, 6:09 GMT

    Who cares what the Coach thinks and the so called experts day, at the END of the day the TEAM has to perform on the pitch, and that will take care of all the answers.

    As for the TEAM, they have been in decline since they beat IND in PAK in the Karachi Test. The current team stand No Hope and No one is Giving them any, they use to be unpredicatble (HOT and COLD). They still are but it's either COLD or dead set FREEZING.

    Just to Add to conspiracies, what's the CHANCES that RAZZAQ failed a DOPE TEST, he's out for 3-weeks, hardly long enough considering the WC Final and the main matches are in April.

  • Imran on March 6, 2007, 6:08 GMT

    The time for critical anlysis is over. Now let us all extend fullest moral support to our team and wish them a very successful world cup campaign. I am sure they shall do us proud. Inzi & Co CHEER UP !!!!

  • Daaniyal Masum on March 6, 2007, 6:06 GMT

    Thats Right Mr. Abbassi...talk about long hops and looseners..!!! the fluffiest interview Ive seen for quite a while..maybe some pointed questions wouldve been better... am a fan of ol' Bobs but still like to see him answer some questions that might put him on the spot a bit...plus Bob's diplomatic answers will probably give Kissinger a run for his money..

    We all know how this storys going to end for Pakistan folks..and Im begining to fear that WC2007 is going to make WC2003 look like the good old days...thats how bad its going to be..

    but..this is the lot that we Pakistan fans have been given and this is what we will take...

    so am going to cheer for Pakistan with the thought that there's only one way to go when your this low..and thats up... Come on Pakistan!

  • Dr.Syed on March 6, 2007, 6:00 GMT

    Bob comments sounded more like of an insecure coach.Guys!this team is the WORST Team to be sent from all the previous world cups that Pak team has attended. I am positive I am not going to watch any match of this world cup as I only watch cricket for Pakistan.I am a Crazy Pakistani who loves his team n can't see it getting battered n bruised.So i am off.This is what I have to say "dream for 2007 and redeem for 2011 worldcup" CHARIOS!

  • Amanzeb Khan on March 6, 2007, 5:58 GMT

    I think at this point avoiding direct answers is the best thing to do. By naming players or giving specifics he will not achieve anything at this stage. It will only put more pressure on the players and divulging strategic options will only help the opposition. So well done Mr. Woolmer. He has the toughest job in cricket right now as we in Pakistan are prone to blame everything that goes wrong on the foreign coach. Credit for everything positive goes to the captain and the team ofcourse. And some ex-Pakistan players are too keen on targeting Woolmer perhaps feeling that they should be in Woolmer's shoes. I hope and pray that all the good work he has done in the last two years ends creditably too. I fear that if we dont do well in the World Cup Woolmer will be the scapegoat for the whole country and we will forget all other factors contributing to our defeats.

  • Mohsin Malik - San Francisco Bay Area on March 6, 2007, 5:56 GMT

    This honeymoon is all but over!

    The fact of the matter is that Bob (The General) and Inzi (The Field Commander) look battle wary and have little or no strategy at hand to this moment.

    Is Bob Woolmer taking a cue from Inzi’s laid back attitude?

    His replies provide no evaluation of team prospects (critical or otherwise), lack vision and are outright evasive. It seems that the interview was thrust upon him and judging by the tone of his answers, he appears side stepping most questions like an un-willing customer. This is disappointing to the core in both its content and context.

    The mega event is just one week away and the fans expected a better response and realistic approach from the team coach.

    Bob took no pains to identify and pinpoint any grey areas for the team. There are more than a few of those weak links which ever way you take the count.

    We all know that he needed no preparatory work on his laptop in order to entertain these simple queries. Furthermore, Kamran Abbasi had no ulterior motives when he approached Bob on behalf of team supporters.

    Bob, continue to enjoy your marriage of convenience with Inzi. while it lasts.

    We are willing to embrace one more reality; this honeymoon is all but over.

    We wish Bob luck in his future endeavors!

    Come March 13 - Let the World Cup Begin!

  • Harry Iyris on March 6, 2007, 5:47 GMT

    This is great opportunity to test young players of their mettle. Kaneria,Arafat,Sami,Rao Ifetkar must be played in important WC matches. They are fresh,engergetic and young blood. We need long term stretegy. This shall pay dividends. No point in playing Azhar mahmood 30+ who was passenger in 03 WC and is a spent force , I am not too sure about his fitneess it apppears he is put on lot of weight. The first match against WI shall show the spirit of PAK.

  • aamir akhund on March 6, 2007, 5:45 GMT

    well well well. BoB at his best again. first off all i want to take time and thank Bob for what ever he has done for the pakistani cricket. hopefully the boys will follow up his plan and the future woulf turn out to be brighter. repeating public opinion i woulf like to see yonis Khan to open the inning has he adds alot of stability to the side batting up the order. For the world cup we can only win i each and every one of our boys stood up to the occasion.

  • Gulab Khan on March 6, 2007, 5:40 GMT

    How Bob communicate with Inzi?

    I mean which launguage they speak. Do they completely understand each other?

    COMMUNICATION is the key for successes.

    Currenly, we are missing this.

    Bob looks like our Pathan Bhai. I wanted to say him Bob Khan.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Mola Jutt on March 6, 2007, 5:17 GMT

    I don't get this. Why is it that a whole bunch of people in this forum are agreeing with Bob Woolmer. Agree with what ??? Are these people high ...

    The man hasn't said anything intelligent in this interview (or even done anything intelligent for Pakistan Cricket per se). I guess people are just happy that we have a gora coach to guide our clueless favorite province,,, smile ... perhaps to keep up with the Indians and the Sri Lankans.

  • calgary highlander on March 6, 2007, 5:15 GMT

    On the eve of Pakistan's first warm-up match, I put a few questions to Bob. Here are his answers:

    Question 1: Do you possess enough match-winning bowlers?

    Bob's answer: We did but they is on drugs. Oh sry no they are injured.

    Q2: The view from the boundary, and the living room, is that Inzy's captaincy style is too laid back. Is that true? Is he capable of great leadership?

    Bob: Inzi's a fatty. The only place where he isn't laid back is at a restraunt. Ofcourse, provided the restraunt serves halal meat.

    Q3: Where will he bat?

    Bob: He saidhe's gonna try and bat at No.11. He knows it will take only 45 mins. for the first nine people to get out but he feels that that is enough time to get some Miccidies. He said he found a halal one.

    Q4: The opening batsmen remain under pressure. Will you be trying any new strategies?

    Bob: Well we're gonna go with Sami n' Gul as Openers cuz they can't possibly do worse.

    Q5: Who is your finisher?

    Bob: Our finisher? Oh we don't have one. We'll be all out at 20 overs.

    Q6: Can your legspinners win you the World Cup?

    Bob: Hell no! But they're gonna try cuz it's not like we have any good fast bowlers. They are all drugged. Oh sry they are all injured.

    Q7: How do you expect the pitches to play? Will they suit Pakistan?

    Bob: What were we talking about. (starts pouring down Jamaican hotsauce without realizing it) "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"

    Q8: Who do you see as Pakistan's main threats?

    Bob: Well, I'm sure evero1 already knew this but we are vulnerable aganst every team because our team is filled with paindoos, and ppl that are concerned alot with something as trivial as their hair.

    Q9: Which players will you be asking to stand up and lead by example?

    Bob: I'm hoping Inzy will stand up because all he does is sit and sit and eat and eat all day.

  • Adam on March 6, 2007, 5:06 GMT

    I am sorry to say that some people have a very poor understanding on Cricket Technicalities. There are so many assumtions drawn from his interview that his angle of approach was totally misinterpreted. The word (If) is an anonymity that most teams are dealing with and Pakistan is not the only team dealing with it. According to Sanjay (If) india play upto its potential they don't have to fear any opposition.

  • Umair - San Francisco, CA on March 6, 2007, 4:44 GMT

    Baakar questions and fazool answers. You would expect a coach to challange his men on and off the field....But Bob's answers seems like he has already planned his vacation after an early world cup exit...

  • Adam on March 6, 2007, 4:44 GMT

    Kamaran thanks for sharing that interview. Bob did the right thing by answering the questions in a diplomatic manner, I mean "HELLO" what do you expect him to do? Share the game plan, draft a game strategy for you guys to enhance your knowledge....tell you who is playing and who is not playing? who is playing at which position and what not.... comeon guys... grow up... I would be more pissed off with him if he share all the information, he put it very correctly, (thats for him to know and others to find out). Have you seen any coach who tell you his game plan before the game.....I doubt it...

  • Mohamed Admani on March 6, 2007, 4:02 GMT

    I keep reading on how people are lamenting at Bob Woolmer for not revealing anything. Take a second and think about it.... Pakistan at the moment are a depleted side and their only hope is that the team clicks and pitches help. If Bob pours out valuable information, they will struggle in the super eights.

    I do hope Pakistan behave like Italy in WC whereby sever adversity motivated the players enough to win the tournament. Sometimes the best side doesnt win and this can be seen on countless occassions.

    Looking at warm-up matches on day 1 SA have proved they are pretenders to the No.1 spot which they are boasting about. SA better start winning more games; abroad and tournaments to be taken as a complete side and rightfully stay on the No.1 spot.

    Anyways people can predict anything and to be fair pitches can never be predicted at any time. In my life i have seen pitches behave atsonishingly different between innings to the shock of commentators and coaches likewise.

  • hussain on March 6, 2007, 3:26 GMT

    i can't see any two persons expressing the the view-point. So you people can yuorself think how you will select the team if the job is given to some of you.Commenting something or criticising someone is very easy.

    What i feel is that team should put their sincere and best effort. If they succeed it is good. But we can't expect them to win always. Everybody wants to win the world cup. But the team should should put their sincere effort.

  • John Beamish on March 6, 2007, 3:18 GMT

    I see the comments and other utterances by Pakistan fans and I have to feel sorry for poor Bob. Pakistan and its cricket will remain an enigma that no Englishman can hope to decipher.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 6, 2007, 2:55 GMT

    In the morning just before going to work, very quickly I glanced through the "Q&A with Bob Woolmer" on the blog, at that time there were (0) comments and now after 14 hours there are (77) comments. Whatever I was thinking about those Q&A, most of the posters have thought of the same i.e., it was a very subtle approach from Kamran Abbasi and a very diplomatic response! Except for Euceph Ahmad who thinks "Terrible questions, smart answers!" tsk, tsk, tsk, what a terrible response from smart Euceph Ahmad.

    Bob is a smart cookie, he's been around in this business for quite sometime. I have said this before and I won't hesitate to say it again. "He is a cricket mercenary. Here today, gone tomorrow. His loyalties are not with any teams but, money!" I have heard his interviews on TV and there is always a kinda sinisterism in his approach and there is always something more than meets the eye. He never gives a straight forward reply, always dodge a question. As some of the posters have rightly suggested that Kamran Abbassi should have been more blunt and more straight forward in asking him direct and pertinent questions.

    Things that needs to be looked up about Bob Woolmer's achievements:

    1. Since he took over there are more injuries among the players, that means he has not taken proper care in training them and keeping them in good shape. 2. He hired the physio, trainer and doctor of his own choice so that he can have a mafia style clout. What have they done to keep the players fit? Nothing. 3. His specific assignment was to build a team for the world cup. What has he done? He has not been able to get a decent reliable opening pair. 4. Now, for the first time in the history of Pakistan playing the world cup, they don't have a front line pace bowling attack. 5. Realizing the weakness of Inzamam he has created a very good rapport with him and this way he was able to manipulate him and the rest of the team and even the PCB. Basically he is not a coach but, a TACTICIAN and that too only for his own benefit. 6. He negotiated a salary as big and as FAT as himself and added perks and benefits to make it even bigger. What did he give in return? Zero. 7. He was seen sitting behind a lap top all the time and people were singing songs of praise that Pakistan has got a very professional techno savvy coach. What has he given to the players? Did he show them their strengths and weakness? Never. 8. He was unable to rectify the simplest of mistakes that Pakistani openers have been doing in playing same shoddy shots again and again and getting out cheaply. 9. Has anyone ever asked him did he manage to prepare a second line of defense? That is, a back up plan in case of injuries he should have had new young talented players in every department. When everything else failed he had to look back to the old and tired horses like, Azhar Mahmood. 10. Did he ever think that the team needs a left hand fast bowler? Every team has at least one left arm seamer except for Pakistan. Why did he not groom one? What happened to Sami ullah Niazi or someone else I don't know of? This list can go on.

    The problem is Pakistan's public in general and PCB in particular have this tendency to believe that, anything foreign is better than local. And this syndrome is all over the sub-continent, they are all sick of this disease of hiring foreign coaches. This is totally, utterly wrong kinda thinking. If you need to build a good team, why just hire a foreign coach only. Why not hire the best players from all over the world like it happens in soccer? You can make a very good team by hiring the best of Australia, England, SA, WI and NZ.

    Those who raise their fingers at us - I mean myself who is in Canada and others who are in the USA or elsewhere, i.e., outside Pakistan - they not only think but, say that, we have changed because of living abroad, they should look at this aspect and analyze what they are saying, thinking and doing? They are the ones whose psyche is imbued with this notion of: "Imported goods are better than local goods." Perhaps they are consuming too much imported stuff! Sniff the beans and wake up. Get over with this complex and be DESI. Get Javed Miandad back or any of the heroes of the past and give them the respect they deserve instead of worshiping SNOW WHITE!.

  • SAMI SYED from Toronto on March 6, 2007, 2:51 GMT

    IT is all so CLEAR NOW after this interview... NOT!!!

    WELL one thing I can say is that my previous predications in the previous blogs are coming true.

    AS WE FOUND OUT THAT MALIK WILL BAT AT NO. 6.

    THEREFORE... this is how the order has to look... 1. Nazir 2. Younis 3. Yousuf 4. Inzi 5. Afridi 6. Malik 7. Akmal 8. Mahmood 9. Arafat 10. Sami 11. Gul

    There you have it... this is the best line up HANDS DOWN, pakistan has. And if they don't go with this and put RANA in... (where does he get his 'sifarish' from, must have some royal hook ups in PCB, to be avging 9rpo in his recent odis and still start)....yeah so if rana is in then we are going to get hammered.... NAZIR and Sami are going to be the heroes... as said before... KAMRAN NEXT TIME YOU MEET BOB, pLEASE GIVE HIM MY SUGGESTION OF LINE UP and stick with it even if they make mistakes cause it'll take a game or two before they settle in and the pressure of world cup eases...

    Thanks Sami

  • Shiner on March 6, 2007, 2:38 GMT

    Surely the most diplomatic answers since Maggie Thatcher - this guy deserves to be PM!! He committed to not a thing, gave nothing away - but reading between the lines, he knows our bowlers are not up to scratch.

    Finisher? I've always thought Younis Khan could take this role, though it would be nice to develop a real no. 6 like Asim, Bazid, Hasan, Faisal or even Hameed. Sadly, none of them made it...

  • kamran1986 on March 6, 2007, 1:47 GMT

    i've been thinking Kamran, check this possibility out. take this scenario..TWO of pakistans current fast bowlers break a leg, meanwhile M.Asif &Shebbi are "recovering from their injuries" WINK WINK...is it possible for them to replace the injured players through the ICC? obviously at a very late stage,perhaps if pakistan get to the finals? is that enough time for the "WINK WINK" injuries to disapear. i cant believe how gutted i am. i dislike Shebbi off the field, perhaps he might open afew hospitals here there everywhere and win back my support for him. but i cant help but watch Youtube videos of shebbi when he was at full flight..UFFFF those inswinging snorter of a yorker deliveries especially the one to A.giles (England spinner).

    i hope Haji saab, thats Afridi can do it for us...but i doubt it..THIS is WHY I LOVE PAKISTAN CRICKET..SO UNPREDICTABLE.with austrailia you expect them to win win win..and when they loose its abit of a so what really. England play so boringly its difficult to watch. Pakistan on the other hand..Every one of them wants to be in the new pepsi advert, a big hero and save the day..thats sumfing i love..lets make a comparison England need 20 to win off 30 balls..what do you think would happen?in comes flintoff and SINGLES ALL THE WAY HOME..safe and sound, dull and boring to watch. lets take pakistan, 20 to win off 30 balls..M.yousufs just gone, in comes razzaq..FIRST BALLS HE TRIES HOICKING OUT THE STADIUM..only to find himself balled out...THAT FEELING is SO SOOO WICKED THAT ADRENALINE..expectiing Razzaq to smash the first ball out the ground..feels so good, noing that he was going to be out like that weather its a duck or 67 seems not to add too much off the fact that his out now and in comes another batsmen..lol AFRIDI and he tries doing the same, and he gets out..ITS THAT THAT I LOVE..were as other teams would take it easy look for the singles..pakistani players come in..Havnt even got there eyes set on the ball..ignoring the fact that Inzys at the other end made 13 off 48 showing how difficult the pitch is to play..in comes the new batsmen and tries smashing it straight away.

    COMON PAKISTAN...im not expecting you to do well BUT I SOO WANT YOU TOO..COMON AFRIDI LEARN HOW TO DIFEEND AFEW BALLS that LOOK NICE TO WATCH and not embarassing.Azhar, heres your chance, make us proud. noing selecters regardless of how well he does there just gunna treat him like rubbish and throw him back out.

    Anway, is the first scenario possible, that of shebbi and asif coming back into the team after they recover from injuries,WHILE WE LOOSE two players due to injury? imagine bob woolmer walking around with a cricket back, who wants a broken arm or and injury free of charge(Obviously were gunna have to make the injury if the icc are gunna check the player),and a quick flight home,or WHO WANTS TO SACRIFICE THEMSELVES for the sake of our cricket so we can get our stike bowlers in?

    take care

    PEACE OUT

    COME ON PAKISTAN you can doi if you B AND Q IT!!

  • Taimur Huk on March 6, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    there was nothing new in the interview, just diplomatic answers from bob. but putting everything behind, i am very excited about this WC and our team's chances. wish them the best of luck! CANT WAIT TILL MARCH 13, MAN!

  • Danish Khan on March 6, 2007, 0:17 GMT

    The answer that has left me wondering and pondering is where will Inzi bat? Can't wait and see! I do not have any issues with the way and style of Inzi's captaincy, and I am well aware of what people think, I am just not going to buy that. Good luck to him and the whole team!

  • ILoveUSA on March 6, 2007, 0:12 GMT

    PCB and inzi are puppets in the hands of woolmer. to pick a azher mehmood in front of yasir afrfat is bigest joke of pakistan's history. azher's is just picked because of friendship with inzi and some email sent to woolmer by azher in which azher said i can still play good cricket. if u see his bowling speed its almost equal to quick spinners and i can bet on it he can't hit a one six in super 8. Kamran abasi just note my words if azher will do anything in this worldcup i will leave watching cricket forever. he can make just few singles or edges to the thirdman.

    u can guess the pcb's stupidities from here even yasir arfat can't play warmup games, coz pcb said they didn't get his reports yet. i am sure its fake statsments coz they don't wana send him before 9th and then they will make excuse we can't add him in the team against WI or later matches coz he hadn't any match practice. its just all drama not add him in 11 but i wama tell u if pak will go azher instead him pak will do worst thing, they will realize it when time will be over. i have never see a poor catain like inzi one of the dull captain from all the teams.

    long tailend will hurt too much to pakistan in this world cup. for me azher is also a tailender. and yasir is 10 times better to him. just note my words on ur heart. wooler will never bring new players in pak team. new players deosn't mean the pool of 30 players from last three years.

  • Bob is a blessing for PAK on March 6, 2007, 0:08 GMT

    Bob has been a terrific coach for Pakistan in last 3 years.All of emotionall and restless people who forget past very easily should look at Pakistan's records in last 34 years before criticizing Bob.Our record in past few yeras have been better that thatt of in the days of Wasim and Waqar

  • Sheryar on March 6, 2007, 0:02 GMT

    For Ali Majid.

    I totally agree with your comments.You look the only sensible person in this blog.

  • Tay'yab-Ali on March 5, 2007, 23:11 GMT

    You forgot to ask the most following important question

    knowing how important Asif was to our WC chances; why the **** did Inzi made bowl all those overs in SA. Unless you already knew he was never going to pass the dope test and therfore you milked evry last drop from him?

  • Mawali on March 5, 2007, 22:11 GMT

    Kamran Sahib, C’mon, that line and set of questions were lame and quite docile. This is the time to grill the guy and solicit some solid feedback about what he has done in preparing the team up to now and with the WC being the climax of his stint with Pakistan (possibly).

    His answers were so canned that you had to check the expiration date. The guy seems to be frustrated, non-committal and under appreciated (self pity anybody). Poor me what can I do alone!

    Sadly though the whole interview did not reveal much of anything; you could have asked Khansahab, to play the coach and you may have gotten the same or slightly better results. The one diamond in the rough was his answer to Inzi’s captaincy style. This is the first time he has come straight out and made some sort of definitive judgment on Inzi’s captaincy style. This to me sounds like there are changes in the offing. And Machiavelli’s side kick is getting ready to adapt and appease. Remember we jest cause we care! AMF!

  • Shahid Baig on March 5, 2007, 22:00 GMT

    Good Job Kamran Sb, Atleast someone is asking them questions. Realistically, Pkaistan with its army of sub standard allrounders doesn't have any chance. Bob should be held accountable for this strategy. Pakistan is the only team which has only 4 specialist batsmen in the entire squad.Rest are bowlers and bits and pieces players.

    Its funny that on one hand Bob is saying that one day games are won by batsmen and on the other hand doesn't have batsmen in the squad.

  • jamil on March 5, 2007, 21:29 GMT

    without reading between the lines, Bob didn't say anything useful here. Reading between lines: he is very unsure about the team - pakistani team will be being pakistani team - unpredictable and moody - he is right in saying, it's for us to know and others to find out. Good luck.

  • Pak on March 5, 2007, 21:26 GMT

    Shoaib and asif are not injured they are just covering up for their druggy problems

  • Hus R on March 5, 2007, 20:39 GMT

    Its all well and good saying that all pakistan bowlers are capable of winning the world cup and its all about disciple but at the end of the day asif is one of the most disciplined bowlers in the world, and similarly akhtar is just as disciplined at being undisciplined and i just cant see pakistan being able to get large scores relying on 3 or 4 batsmen and 2 or 3 bowlers for 2 months

  • Nauman on March 5, 2007, 20:29 GMT

    This interview sounds like that from a confused kid of 2nd grade who has forgotten all the answers and is now just murmuring. Bob said: "This world cup may well revolve around the batting performances", who do we have as batsmen ??? Yousuf apart, I really don't see much depth. Younis Khan on his day would be outstanding, Inzi has not had a good day for I dont know how long, Shoaib Malik is down at 6 as a "finisher" in Bob's batting line up. Besides them, its hard to qualify anyone else in the squad as a "batsman", they all are dashers who come good one day and are pathetic the other day. And where is the cover if one of these guys get injured during the tournament. To put things in perspective, we will play a maximum of 3 bowlers in any match and one bowling all-rounder in every game, yet we have Sami, Gul, Rao, Rana, Kaneria, Azhar Mahmood & Yasir Arafat (7 in all) for the 4 spots. I just wish they had squeezed a spot for Yasir Hameed for simple reasons that he is far more consistent than others, is flexible enough to be moved around and possesses better technique and temperament than others (usually gets to 40s & 50s when he gets a start, compared to others who throw it away in 20s). I know its too late, and I am not sure what the rules are for replacing players who get injured during the tournament, but he should be the one who takes the flight to carribean if another player goes down, no matter who it is.

  • Furhad Yaqubian on March 5, 2007, 20:29 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was elusive to say the least - because he had very few options to offer. Pakistan is pershaps the worst off amongst the top eight test playing nations with the goings on of the recent past. With some questionable team selections for this World Cup ( Rana Naveed, Hafeez and Sami ), Pakistan is NOT expected to do well. It will be up to each individual to do their utmost best to even stay with the other teams and then the unexpected CAN happen. I would open with Imran Nazir and Afridi in order to dent the opposition from the start. The wickets should be like the ones in the sub-continent and therefore should not pose too many problems. If the openers can survive the first ten to twelve overs with controlled aggression - Pakistan could then have a platform for a big score. Depending on the size of the ground, Kaneria could be a useful option as a bowler. Pakistan has to bowl to a PLAN which is to their field setting and not deviate ( Rana Naveed and Md. Sami notwithstanding ). The captain Inzi will have to stay one step ahead of the opposition (unlikely) if the team is to do well. In short, everthing has to click and if not - then a quick trip back home and a good spring cleaning of the team in preparation for the World Cup four years from now. Best Wishes Pakistan.

    Furhad Yaqubian Toronto,Canada

  • muddassir sheikh on March 5, 2007, 20:18 GMT

    I am very disappointed by the quality of questions posed by Mr.Abbassi to Bob Woolmer. As far as the world cup is concerned I think Pakistan has as good a chance as anybody else.If they bat first and put up huge totals that they are capable of doing,their not" so world class bowling" can put the opposition under considerable pressure.Go Pakistan.

  • khocha on March 5, 2007, 20:07 GMT

    Wah ji wah....Bobby typically giving vague answers!!![:P]

  • Akhter on March 5, 2007, 19:58 GMT

    very diplomatic , and sounds like the inzi-bob are there for one last outing ..

  • Syed Akif Shoaib on March 5, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    hahaha bob is like i "suppose",i "expect", "anything can happen" ,,, luks like hes under the effect of the unpredictable pakistani side ;) bob has no definite plan,, even if he haz one he cant convey it to the camp... i wonder how a team whose half of the players dont understand english at all can be coached by a person who does not know the language of the players :|.. im stumpeD!

    btw,, dun forget pakistan for the world cup. The only thing consistent with them is inconsistency. If the good inconsistency part time starts at the right time,,mark my words, they'll be unstoppable

    players to watch out: 2 Ys, Afridi, Gul, Naved rememba this post ;)

  • nasir on March 5, 2007, 19:52 GMT

    The game against WI is our semi-final. We win that, semis, if we lose, it will be tough to progress.

    I cannot see why we should lose against WI. We have played them without Asif and Akhter and beaten them in WI and in Pak.

    Amongst other potential last eights, I think we should fancy our chances against England, New Zealand and either one of India or Sri Lanka and we are through to the semis.

    Its not that doom or gloom as people are making it out to be. Pakistan never has and never will be favorites for anything so lets just enjoy the performance and hope for some positive results. We have 87 (one of the favorites) and 92 (not so favoured) as examples and we all know what happened back then.

    Enough of analysis now, its time to let the games begin, can't wait now.

  • Imran Iqbal on March 5, 2007, 19:39 GMT

    I agree with Bob in that it is a team play and whole team must contribute to best of its capabilities. They should play their game sensibly and with courage!

  • Shahid on March 5, 2007, 19:07 GMT

    From your interview with Mr. Woolmer i derive that he doesnt sound very confident. I have run out of all the ideas for Pakistan and you know what is left behind, is the prayers. Prayers have worked previously for Pakistan and i hope that they do this time. Maybe its the time that all the prayers that this team has offered so far, bring some fruit for them in West Indies. but Kami i am really surprised that why Shabbir Ahmad has not been taken to the west Indies.

    Thanks Shahid.

  • zain on March 5, 2007, 19:06 GMT

    Bob didnt answered is Question Properly.

  • Sid James on March 5, 2007, 18:53 GMT

    Bob's reply to Q2 perhaps to me is possibly the most candidly restrained opinion of Inzi's ability ever voiced.

    Well done Bob. In my opinion once you've packed your bags after the WorldCup and have collected your paycheck+bonus from PCB; you really ought to venture into politics and run as my local Labour MP. I shall gladly vote for you. Bon Chance

  • Saad on March 5, 2007, 18:49 GMT

    All his replies are so diplomatic that I think he is running for an office this year :-)

    I love you Bob.

  • Arif Hussain on March 5, 2007, 18:44 GMT

    There you go, Bob said it all without saying anything, smart bloke.

  • Uzair on March 5, 2007, 18:42 GMT

    Summary of Bob's Q&A: "I have no control of the strategy or this team...please quit asking me questions so I can stop tap dancing"...see ya bob.. Thank you for everything you did for Pakistan Cricket, I just wished you had an alpha male nature and attitude that this team lacks and need in a coach.

  • Manohar Karki on March 5, 2007, 18:35 GMT

    I think the approach of Woolmer in answering the questions were right. Strategically, he gave nothing awya. but each of his answer suggested that Pakistan chances are only there if they perform as a team, and thats what they are going to do.

  • Atif Abdul-Rahman on March 5, 2007, 18:33 GMT

    Q1: Thats a diplomatic way of saying that we miss the final punch in bowling. Q2: Bob thinks Inzi aint a good test captain. And when he is saying that he has expectations, he means to say Inzi's performance is under scrutiny. Q3:Since he has given straight forward answers to others, except for this one, it might mean that he wont be played in the usual position, number 1,2,3 i guess? Q4: But now he defends his openers, so i think inzi will play at 3. Q5: Malik is at 6, i presume Pakistan wont be playing 5 more batsmen, so an allrounder like Shahid Afridi is planned to open when he comes, maybe? Q6: Danish not our trump card. Q7: More strokes to b seen. Lets hope for fewer bad shots. Q8: Might be a fair comment or it might be that Pakistan is down in confidence. Q9: nice comment, lets hope they play well as a team.

  • Gulzeb Niazi on March 5, 2007, 18:25 GMT

    I agree with Bob that as long as the team play as a unit, they have a good chance and as soon as they don't they won't have any chance no matter who the bowlers are.

  • Mezworthy on March 5, 2007, 18:23 GMT

    Woolmer again!! When will he answer a question straight?? or infact answer one atall? Good questions though Kamran

  • wasim saqib (Detroit) on March 5, 2007, 18:15 GMT

    A sugession For PCB if anybody is listening. The future pension plan for Explayers and future benfit games should be tied up with discipline all the Ex players who give controversial statements about the team, coaches and selectors should not be able to recieve any monetary benefit from PCB and they should be barred from holding from any coaching or administrative position. Also instead of paying the pension according to the number of games played it should be changed with the contribution towards coaching in domestic cricket. Ex-players who devote their time to run academies and coach in domestic cricket should get more share.

  • Amyn Habib on March 5, 2007, 18:11 GMT

    Maybe, after the World Cup Bob should pursue politics. While he has responded in some way to your questions, his answers provide no information.

  • Ahmed Gujjar on March 5, 2007, 18:11 GMT

    Heloo Sir, I my opinion Bob's says right that no team is favourit as u know Autralia lose last 5 ondays and today southafrica man battig clasps at 90/8. hpe for pakistan still alive. i wish we win again our team is in trouble same as in 1992, anyway no critcism at team from me only good wished for Team and Bob too. good luck inzi.

  • Mohammad Dhamee on March 5, 2007, 18:07 GMT

    I'd like to see Kaneria and Arafat to play all 3 matches, so they can set themselves in by the time Super 8 begins.

  • Muhammad Masood on March 5, 2007, 18:07 GMT

    Asslam o Alikum, My Wishes are with my Team, Green Shirts everyone like them. in the absence of Shoaib,asif and Razzaq Hope Still alive.Bcoz Cricket is bychance if we avail all chance in fielding i hope we can play final. our man powe is batting now. if our batsman paly with responsibilities than something will be different which all peopls are saying about green shirts at Last again gooood luck Inzi Bahi. ALLAH HAFIZ

  • Rana Khan on March 5, 2007, 17:57 GMT

    Show the door to Bob,Make Afridi Captain who can set the example by bowling,Fielding,batting,Aggression,and by Nature of playing attacking criket,pakistan can win only by attacking criket,Open with Afridi and Nazir,and Bob is making fool to all Pakistan and cricketing world, kick him and drop inzi as captain........

  • wasim saqib (Detroit) on March 5, 2007, 17:57 GMT

    Well Kamran you missed couple of important questions? 1- In his opinion what difference he has made In Pakistan cricket? 2- Is He still passionate and interested about the job keeping in view the criticism and the continous soap opera. 3- In his opinion can any body coach a Pakistani side.

    Since coaching is done behind the scenes so no body can judge a coaches true contribution specially when somebody is coahing a team like Pakistan, Its a thank less job, an emotional nation always ready to chew up your ass for anything,Greedy ex players who would keep on criticizing the team and coach, just bcz they want to get a position with the team management and financial benefits which come with the job. And a weak and non professional board who cannot withstand any pressure whether it is from players Ex-players, Media or the People. As a result we see a game of musical chair in terms of selection,The coaches dont get enough time to coach the players properly and the player does not get enough time to get groomed.

    The success in one day game depends on how effectively each player plays his Role this role can vary from game to game but with players changing places quite so often its virtually impossible for the new players to fully understand what their role is and what the team wants from them, these things take time. So much have been said about consistency and coaching, consistency can only occur if you consistently coach and play the same group of people. Personally I think BoB woolmer has done a pretty good JoB so far, we all forget one thing our team has been constantly plagued with injuries and has been missing key players in every series,and on top of that the various shoaib incidents, the oval Drama keeping in view all these adverse factors we still have a winnig record and better than most of the teams For those who have any doubt they can compare the records of Inzi as a captain with previous captains.Also compare Pak record with other asian temas.You will be surprised.

    Having said that still there has been mistakes made,Things could have been better, a little bit of discipline could have helped us a lot,but we are talking about Pakistan cricket,Where Discipline,selflessness and integrity are completely non existant. Any body who can change that will be my HERO.

  • Mohd vaseem Khan on March 5, 2007, 17:54 GMT

    Kick out the bob, show him door before the world cup he is making fool to all pakistani and cricket world, and sopiling the world class cricker like Afridi and Akhter what has happened to PCB,almost all the player do not understand his laguage,he is unworthy, he has spoiled the team, and player,I fail to understand what he has given to team in his time , almost 4 year has been passed ,He and inzmam could not find the difference between club cricker(Farhat,Butt,) and world class(Nazir), Have you got any result???? He is not worth of Rs. 1, If you want to win world cup 1.Show the door to Bob Woolmer 2.Open with Afridi & Nazir, 3.Play Attacking cricket(Obivious if Nazir& Afridi Open) 3.Do not play Kaneria(He is very bad filder) 4.Either do not include Yunis Khan or say him to speed up is run making. 5.Do not drop catch 6.Beleive in Allah and himself ............. ............

  • guymed from NYC on March 5, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    Agree, plz BOb play specialists. Inzi needs to be more PROACTIVE rather than reactive... I know you cant brain wash a 37 yr old man, but perhaps videos of Imran Khan, Rickey Ponting....

  • Faisal Sultan on March 5, 2007, 17:19 GMT

    I am amazed how easily Bob was able to dodge the specific answers to your questions. I have read the interview again and again and, personally, can't find a single answer that is directly answering the question except for naming Shoaib Malik as a Finisher.

    I think Pakistan will surprise few teams and few of the pundits as I believe they have a very good batting line up and the bowling attack has enough fire power to go through teams batting line ups. Two factors that are very important, is for our openers to have at the least have a average start in majority of the games, and for our bowlers to have control over extras. Thanks.

  • Niaz Khwaja on March 5, 2007, 17:17 GMT

    Mr. Woolmer has responded very diplomatically. I agree with him that the team has to play very responsibly with great respect to their opponent. I believe they got very competitive bowling attack. Inzy has to use them intelligently and aggressively. The batting is also great but very inconsistent. Each and every batsman has to play with great concentration and focus to achieve the target. Do not "throw away the wicket" at any circumstances.

    The fielding is the most important factor, in fact it is "Match Winning" if every fielder performs with smart thinking and quick reflexes.

    Good Luck

    Niaz from Livonia, USA

  • Usman Malik on March 5, 2007, 17:02 GMT

    I guess he is taking the 5th on almost 99% of the questions you have posed. Quite the tight lip I guess some questions I agree he should not have answered but for crying out loud he should alteast provide a bit more insight isn't that why we have a foreigner coach to be able to atleast respond to media.

  • Junaid Siddiqui on March 5, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    The answers of Woolmer hint that he is unsure of the team combination himself. He doesnt really know who to expect perfomances from!!!

  • Bob have no any idea on March 5, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    Bob is feeling sorry for Pak team. Even he dont know who can be Pakistan's main threat. Salman butt, Yasir hameed, Imran farhat were all good, but Bob destroy them one by one with his bad coaching. Only the big players like Inzi, yousuf, younis, shoaib akhter survived from bob's bad coaching. Otherwise Bob want to watch Shoaib akhter bowl with his 10 meter run up. Woolmer earn a lot of publicity during his coaching for Pakistan. that was his target and he achieved it. Now its too late to change the coach.

  • Faisal Iqbal on March 5, 2007, 16:29 GMT

    Mr. Woolmer is on defensive mode. That is what reflecting from his words, showed lack of confidence in Pakistan Side, and even in the captancy of Inzaman. If this is the situation of the coach, no one can expect anything good from the Pakistan Side. Lack of motivation, team spirit, and confidence, I am afraid of any other chaos in Pakistani side.

    All is bad but can go worst, best of luck Pakistan.

  • Armughan on March 5, 2007, 16:21 GMT

    Well very careful words used by the coach. Bob Woolmer did not try to give away any tips about the strategies but thats the way he and Inzamam operate. I think he did drop a hint though that the spinners are finding atleast practice pitches to their liking. Also the Bermudan spinners have had a marry day against England, so that can help. Personnaly, Afridi to me will be a big big key in the Super 8's and beyond with the spin. Resources are not abundant in bowling and therefore have to be used adequatly. Lets hope Pakistan can pull their act together for the next 2 months.

  • Usman Ahmad on March 5, 2007, 16:05 GMT

    mmmmmm Nothing new mate ! all the same generic details by our respective Coach. It would have nice if he would have been more specific in his answers. Any way one thing I agree Pakistan has to bat really really well as this world cup will be decided on batting and run making capabilities of the teams. And Inzi has to prove him self and go with a bang in his last world cup simple if he performs our teams performs that’s the bottom line. Inzi has to lead from the front and i am sure he will InshAllah.

  • Vidhu Balakrishnan on March 5, 2007, 15:58 GMT

    What does Bob Woolmer mean by saying,"If they bowl as a unit we will be competitive".Does he mean that if all the bowlers bowl well they would be competitive.I have heard about batsmen not playing as a unit.That is they play for themselves.But bowlers?Puzzling.

  • Arif Ahmed Canada on March 5, 2007, 15:49 GMT

    I think Pakistan can still do better ... we just need to have hope and faith in our team. Just pray for our international loosers

  • Euceph Ahmed on March 5, 2007, 15:48 GMT

    Terrible questions. Smart answers.

  • Baqar on March 5, 2007, 15:48 GMT

    Interview with Bob as good as a "no comment" Yasser Arafat and Kaneria would be in my eleven against W.Indies. Are the 2 pre tournament games official? If so then Afridi can serve his suspensions prior to w.c Pakistan are now not expected to do anything in this w.c therefore suspect they will do very well! they always do well as the underdog.

  • Dawar, LA USA on March 5, 2007, 15:44 GMT

    Question 1: Do you possess enough match-winning bowlers?

    DN: No, we do not have match winning bowlers for the WC.

    Q2: The view from the boundary, and the living room, is that Inzy's captaincy style is too laid back. Is that true? Is he capable of great leadership?

    DN: Inzi is thw worst captain Pakistan scared.

    Q3: Where will he bat?

    DN: Depends on team. Against Ireland, Bangladesh, Kenya, Holland he is ready to play at #4. But against the good bowling attack of such as SA, Austrlia, New Zeland he will not promote himself. Yes after 40 overs or if the spinners are bowling Inzi could promote himself but recently his records are good only on lower #. (Some tine)

    Q4: The opening batsmen remain under pressure. Will you be trying any new strategies?

    DN: We alreday mess up a lot and we will continue to mess up and will blame openers after losing good place in the world cup. So no one talk about Inzi Captain ship and his batting average.

    Q5: Who is your finisher?

    DN: It is not our hand. ALLAK knows it.

    Q6: Can your legspinners win you the World Cup?

    DN: Yes, probably we will try Mushi. Inzi likes him a lot.

    Q7: How do you expect the pitches to play? Will they suit Pakistan?

    DN: good question, we alreday start blaming pitches for our defeats, please ask about it more. Pitches are not good for our batsman. Bowl will not come on thier bad. Pitches are very un even and it is difficult for great Kamran Akmal to catch properly, he will drop only one catch per match. Pitsches are very flat our fast bowlers can not bowl fast. Fields are slow it will create problem for our fast bowlers to take proper run up. No turn in a wicket so Danish can not turn the bowl. etc etc etc (Looks like every thing prepare against Inzi & Bob, must be Aamir sohail & Sarfraz Ahmad are working for ICC).

    Q8: Who do you see as Pakistan's main threats?

    DN: Comments from Imran Khna, Aamir sohail, Sarfraz Ahmad during the WC and our nations threat after the world cup. Specially on our arrival. We requested to Pakistan home land scurity to provide us departure visa on arrival.

    Q9: Which players will you be asking to stand up and lead by example?

    DN: He is not with the team.

    Dawar, LA, USA

  • Zaraf on March 5, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    Good answers Bob. Keep all the cards to yourself, but in the end the whole of Pakistan nation will be hoping that you and our cricket team is not bluffing!

  • sajid on March 5, 2007, 15:33 GMT

    Hi Kamran, i am not so much impress with questions and answers. Because, most of the questions are what belongs to the team, i mean if you expose all the information/stratgies and weaknesses to the world..........then what can we expect. Secondly, i like the answers from Bob keeping things the way it should be. As i mentioned earlier, that apart from a lot of things, cricket is also about surprises.....if you display everything, then what do u expect from the opposition.

  • calgary highlander on March 5, 2007, 15:29 GMT

    Typical Bob BS, "I expect ALL players to lead by example." Come on that is just retarted. Obviously you have your leaders and your feeders. See our captain isn't a leader. He's a feeder. We gotta give him 10 plates of nihari before he moves. Then when he gets on the feild he won't even make the dive. Just fall on his kness and be glad that he "tried."

  • rameez hanif on March 5, 2007, 15:06 GMT

    i think that its better that no one is expecting a lot from the team so they are not under pressure to perform. But i think that lot of the pundits and people are just underestamating the pakistan team. Yes with Asif, Shoaib and Razzak in the team pakistan were the top 3 favouties for the WC. But lets see that the players who have come in can do the job or not. Azhar is a batter baller then razzak, yes his batting is not as explosive as razzak's but he is aggressive and has a better technique. Shoaib is replaced by Sami. Sami has always ball well in the one dayers it's his performance in test matches that has let him down. He is the most effective bowler along with naveed in the depth overs. Yasir Arfat is no M Asif but bowls at a very good pace and will provide back up to the rest. So for me this bowling line up will not be the best in the tournament but it has more variety and quality then many teams that some are recomending as the 4 semifinalists. Umer Gul Mohammad Sami Rana Naveed/Rao Iftikhar Danish Kaneria/Azhar Mahmood/Yasir Arfat Malik/Kaneria This will be effective and the seires that we won in India and Westindies and the VB series final where they give tough time to australians without Gul and Kaneria is a prove to it.

  • Aftab Qureshi on March 5, 2007, 15:00 GMT

    Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer!. At this stage, who would expect Bob Woolmer, any coach for that matter, to give any response other than the "correct" response? I think Bob has done well to give responses that are from neutral to positive. Any negative responses would have been unbecoming of any coach at this pre-Cup stage. If I were you, Kamran, I would, at this stage, ask only those questions whose answers brought out positives. The team is battered; it can use some positive comments in the media. I would ask you and your blog followers to refrain from further demoralizing an already demoralized team. Reserve your criticism until after the game is over!

  • Ali Majid on March 5, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    Bob is by far the best coach that the Pakistan team has had. Before the tour to England all must remember that Pakistan was considered to be a world beater. Never in the recent past (after Imran's departure) has the Pakistani team enjoyed success at such a consistent rate (what was it - undefeated in five test series' on the trot). All the so called well wishers of Pakistan cricket should just stop appearing on tv channels and talking absolute non-sense in order to settle personal scores and issues. All these pundits should put personal diferences aside and try and figure out the true qualities of journalism (not that most of them have a clue). All these pundits are just waiting for the team to fail so that the flame throwing war can finally begin or shall I say beging with an even more ferocious and ludicrous slant. As much as I respect Javed Miandad as a player - one point has to be drilled home, he was not the saviour when it comes to coaching. If people cannot begin to identify the good that Bob has done for the team and if they cannot start supporting the team and providing constructive criticism then they should just be ignored. Pakistan still has a chance in this world cup and one has to maintain his faith in Inzi and Bob. If being a Pakistan fan has taught me anything is that impossible is nothing - just remember the tour to India in the beginning of 2005 (what hope did the side have when it was slated by all former greats and ridiculed as being ho hopers - subsequently it was the same people that appeared on tv shows and maintained that they knew that the Pakistan team could cause an upset). I know that it will not happen but there should be a way to ensure that Bob stays on as our coach.

  • Mohammad Najib Zaman on March 5, 2007, 14:53 GMT

    If we play more united, the way we played against south africa in 2nd odi, we are unbeatable. we are not going down without a fight and imran nazir will prove too hot to handle against any team as an opener, i have a good feeling this world cup might turn out to be ours. India and others are so balanced side that they will be overconfident, but they will fail just like how we failed when we had a very balanced side in 2003 world cup. we will definitly be the UNDERDOGS since we are known as UNPREDICTABLE. we will win this world cup inshallah and PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.....

  • Sri Lankan on March 5, 2007, 14:51 GMT

    Pakistan should loose the first match against WI. History tells us whenever Pak had lost the first match of a tournement they've come back very strong and on many occasions hav gone on to win the tournement. When they have a very good side (on paper) and are very well placed they tend to take things easy. So I hope and pray they loose the first match

  • Hamid on March 5, 2007, 14:23 GMT

    Dr Abbassi, I am surprised that you even posted this. There is nothing I learnt from this Q&A other than "practise pitches turned appreciably". No strategy, no insight. It would be nice to see some passion from the coach.

  • Arif Shah on March 5, 2007, 14:14 GMT

    Question to Kamran Abbasi: I apologise that couldn't find any other method to contact you. We all know that Imran Khan had a shoulder injury during 1992 world cup and had to play using cortisone injections. Would that be considered as a doping offence today??

  • Neral on March 5, 2007, 14:10 GMT

    Q(4) Are you to blame for all the chaos in Pakistani cricket?

    Bob: Your damn right I am. The enemy within

  • Mustafa Moiz on March 5, 2007, 14:05 GMT

    OK. He didn't say much did he? But I wanted to know more about the bowling attack. Lately Inzamam has been at six in ODIs and 7 in Tests.

  • Chacha Koora Kirkit on March 5, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    Is Bob running for Pakistan Premiership?

    His style of handling questions would make many a politician envious.

    Good luck Bob & Crew! Boy your gonna need it!

  • S. Sheikh on March 5, 2007, 13:51 GMT

    Intelligent and well balanced answers Bob.

  • Mahmood Ahmad on March 5, 2007, 13:39 GMT

    Bob has become a pakistani diplomat. what a casual , non serious and a bit non sense style of answering very simple questions. Beleive me he himslef is fully consfused and rather unconcerned. without any plans. which kind of Guys we have in our camp .............!!!!

  • SameerM from the Bronx on March 5, 2007, 13:17 GMT

    Excellent answers from Bobby... He is very level headed which is great.

    I like his comment about TEAM GAME.. thats one thing we fans forget.. we like heros but one should work hard to be a hero, not just ACT like one.

    Kamran- keep it real homi ;-)

  • Talal Hasan on March 5, 2007, 13:13 GMT

    It looks to me that BOB was being very discreet in this interview. His answers were unconvincing to a ceratin extent. It doesn't really give the fans much expectation for this world cup.

    However that isn;t neccessarily a bad thing. To be fair to Bob he is being rather pragmatic in his approach. I think he and I both believe that the toss may be very important in the matches. He has emphasized that batting will be key and if that is the case I think most teams will want to bat second in the windies to get the best use of the conditions.

    To my recollection Shoaib MALIK hasn't really finished many games off for Pakistan. I hope for PAKISTAN SAKE HIS TIME IS NOW!!!!!!!!

    But i think as Pakistani fans we should not be too optimistic. HOW EVER AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE PROVE ME WRONG PAKISTAN!!!!!

  • syed ahmed on March 5, 2007, 13:07 GMT

    Bob Woolmer has avoided direct answer to these questions, people may think that he does not want to leak his strategies, actually he has no clue. A balanced cricket team compromises of 2 openers, 3 middle order batsmen, one all rounder, one wicket-keeper, 4 bowlers, pace and spin. 3+1 or 2+2.

    For England in the 50's It used to be Trueman and Statham, Lock and laker, Godfery Evans the wicket-keeper, Trever Bailey the all-rounder, then Peter May, Graveney, Cowdrey, in the middle, Hutton and Hobbs or Sutcliff the opener. Players like Barrington and Dexter were knocking on the door. West indies had Greenidge, Haynes, Rohan Kanahi, Buthcher, Warrell, Sobers, Solomon, John Alexander( W.K.) followed by Hall, Gilchrist and Gibbs.

    Australia, after the Bradman era had players like Colin Mcdonald, Neil Harvey, Norman O,Neill, Burke, Burge, Lindwall, Miller and Richie Benauld. After that came McKenzie. Bobby Simpson re-built this team after the Kerry Packer era.

    Imran left in 1992 followed by Miandad, Salim Malik and Rameez after 1996. After 2003 we lost Wasim Akram, Waqar, Saeed Anwar, Saqlain, Mushtaq. Moin Khan, Rashd latif. Pakistan hired the services of Bob Woolmer, in 2004, to coach the team after the 2003 disaster, to built a team for the 2007 World Cup. He could not find a couple of openers, a wicker-keeper with no back ups for spinners, fast bowler and even the middle order. Probably the fault of the selectors, but then we should realize that the chief selector is very busy being employed by PIA which is being banned by European union. He did not have time to go to the ground to watch players practice or play.

    They are coming with statistics of the last hundreds of ODI played in WI, that the team batting 2nd will win, because of the swing in the morning and the smaller ground. WI and Pakistan are the two teams that cannot chase runs to win, they have a dismal record. A cricket captain plays a keyrole. It was Richie Benauld who declared his innings behind Australia in the first innings of a test, because the wicket was turning and went onto win the test on Monday after the Sunday rest days when the wicket dried. It was Jawaid Miandad who introduced the use of spin in the slog overs by saving Abdul Qadir one over and gave him to bowl the 49th over when WI needed 8 runs with 4 wickets in hand, it was the 1987 World Cup match when Jawaid was captaining in absence of Injured Imran khan. Abdul Qadir bowled a maiden over taking two wickets. Cricket is not so simple that you can plan it on your computer. You need an intelligent captain, coach and manager who can react according to the situation. What we got is a dull computer analyst, a dumb captain and a puppy manager who is always seen taking instructions over the phone.

    But I have not lost hope as the wickets will suit Pakistan batting.

  • kamran Khan on March 5, 2007, 13:04 GMT

    The question you have asked our of course correct. The only problem is that as you would expect is bob woolmer is keeping things close to his chest. I do not blame him for this, I still do ot think we have the players to win the world cup and I also see Woolmer leaving pakistan to go some where else after the world cup. I personally think he is a great coach and had it not been for the usual politics in pakistani cricket his results would have been much better. A coach should be left to coach and choose the players he thinks are right. So that when it goes wrong you know it was the coach along with the captain who should take the blame. I think a lot ofthings will come to the surface once bob woolmer has left pakistan and can tell his side of the story. I see in the pakistani press have been giving him a hard time, I believe that not matter what the problems with bob they should be left until after the world cup. He should be left alone and supported along with the team. We should be positive towards all of the people going to the world cup and in courage them to do well. my views are that we need luck and hope that the bowling gets better. I remember once watching mohammed sami in tandem with shoaib bowl over 90 mph at lord's what a sight. I just hope they now let sami bowl as fast as he can without holding him back and hope the pitches turn. If this happens maybe just maybe we get good results. I hope inzi's relax a little more and enjoys his last world cup with out think all the pressure is on him. Lets support the team look at others india coach not been great but the board have supported him. Lets support Bob and the guys and wish them the best

  • Pak Tiger on March 5, 2007, 13:02 GMT

    I fully agree with Bob, it is a team game all eleven players has to give their 110% if they really want reach semifinals. Of course Inzi has to lead from front at the same time he should be the finisher too. Inzi has to stay through out the innings.

  • Niran Rehman on March 5, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    I have not learnt anything new from this interview. Woolmer has quite intelligently dodged every question that was thrown at him. Who is opening the innings is it Hafeez and Nazir, Nazir and Younis or some other brilliant innovation? Who will have the new ball in thier hands, is it Sami and Gul, Gul and Rana or Sami and Rao? Have we learnt anything form our mistakes in the past? Have we realized that our best players need to come out and face the new ball? Open your eyes, look around you, your best batsmen need to bat at three( we all know who that is at the moment) Inzi must come in at number 4. Have we realized that the game is changing infront of our very eyes? 350 runs might just not be enough anymore. Have we worked on our fielding? Our we aware of the fact that the best teams in the world save at least 30 to 40 runs in the field? What is our strategy? Are our bolwers going for minimizing runs or attacking the batsmen? Is Kaneria playing in the eleven? Have we realized that defensive captaincy eventualy leads to a countries downfall? Have Rana and Sami been informed that if you spray the ball all over the place you will go for ten an over. Did we learn anything from SA and the previous tours that our best players must lead from the front. Both Woolmer and Inzimam have yet to answer these questions from the Pakistani people. It is essential for Younis to open the innings, it is essential for Kaneria to play as he is a wicket taker and the WI wickets will indeed help his cause. Rao must play as he is quick and more importantly has shown control in the recent past. Our best fielders must be fielding in crucial positions. Wrong bowling changes at crucial times must be avoided as we saw in SA. Inzimam must believe he can take this world cup.

  • Omer Admani on March 5, 2007, 12:58 GMT

    Wow, this is like two Philosophers trying to dodge each others questions and answers. And either may not make any sense...haha

  • M. Zeeshan Merchant on March 5, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    I feel they are the most diplomatic answers a coach can give knowing his strengths and weaknesses. I hope that the team his the fire in their belly(ies) to give good performance... Good Luck! Pakistan.. Make us Proud!!!!!!!

  • khansahab on March 5, 2007, 12:52 GMT

    Bob Woolmer did a commendable job attempting to answer these questions as diplomatically as possible. Woolmer is limited in his command over Pakistani cricket, a system where bias, favouritism and personal predilections prevail as opposed to merit, common sense and selflessness. Pakistan does not possess enough match winning bowlers LOOKING AT THEIR CURRENT FORM and not innate talent. That is why I opined the inclusion of 4 specialist fast bowlers in every match in the earlier post. Everyone with the ability to reason and general awareness about cricket knows that Inzi is captain by convenience, not captain by merit. I do not perceive Younis as an effective captaining option either. Younis is all words and no deeds. Whenever he is interviewed before tournaments he always makes overly optimistic remarks about winning. I have noticed that whenever Younis says something grand before the commencement of any tournament/series, like he said SA is likely to be surprised owing to the “dashing” approach Pakistan will adopt, (in the recent series) Pakistan lose badly. Younis is also too laid back. He has this philosophy of “Koi baat nahi kuch nahi hota hai, it’s a team game…….” He can motivate players with his big mouth but I don’t foresee him having the attacking mentality Imran Khan had. Pakistani players and fans need to realise that you have give your 100% in every match and you have to adopt the strategy of winning every match. That is how you maximise your chances of success. That is exactly how Australia play- every match has to be won; they have to be utterly and completely dominant over the opposition. Woolmer’s attitude towards openers is regrettable, stating that all teams come under pressure. Perhaps a more apt question should be “What are the chances our openers will not suck in this tournament as well?” Why we have not had good openers since Saeed Anwar is due to reasons I have already stated many times on this blog and will not state them again, for fear of being banned/excluded by Mr Abbasi! Finally, all teams HAVE TO BE respected because Pakistan will face stiff competition. Pakistan can lose easily if they take teams like Bangladesh and England lightly considering the pathetic state the team is in. Minnows always surprise in big tournaments anyway!

  • Jamshed on March 5, 2007, 12:48 GMT

    Reference to Kamran Akmal's picture stretching in the gym. The picture gives laughing stock to watchful eyes, where you can see our national wicketkeeper working out in the gym in SANDALS (or cal them BEACH SLEEPERS. Perhaps that is one of the reason why they out players get so many injuries becuase they don't use proper equipment to train.

    Should we raise donations for kamran's pair of trainers? This also tells how much time our players might be spending at the Carribean beaches that one of them preferred to remain in sandals even in the gym. We are preparing hard for the world cup in sleepers.

  • Ali Khan, Cambridge UK on March 5, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    Talk about diplomatic answers! Nice interview in the sense that we didn't find out anything that we didn't already know, apart from the batting position of Shoaib Malik! By the way if Malik bats at 6 who would open? I think Wolmer might play both Hafeez and Nazir at least in the absence of Afridi. I sincerely hope he drops Akmal down the order.

    Turning pitches are good prospect for Pakistan. I think it is crucial to play Kaneria in the group stage and get him in form early in the tournament. Our opponents in the group stages are not renowned players of leg spin. An in form Kaneria would pressurise the opposition in super 8.

  • Mohammad Masood on March 5, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's replies are vague. One can clearly see them coming from a person with a defeatist attitude. You can't win with such a coach. Pakistan team, I repeat, are a bunch of mdiocre players. With lazy captain and confused coach the writing is on the wall. I do not think we should even discuss the performance of the team. I give them number 8 position in the tournament.

  • aj on March 5, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    good answers i think, answered like a professional,shame he's the only professional in the whole system!

  • Shahbaz Faheem on March 5, 2007, 12:25 GMT

    Kamran. There was not a single Answer that we can understand it is thoroughly diplomatic answers without suggesting any solutions to the problems. This isn't worth posting on blog. Please come up with something better

  • Suresh on March 5, 2007, 12:11 GMT

    Perhaps aptly indicates the state of Pakistan team's dilemmas for this world cup. Too many questions and not one firm and definite answer..

  • Arif Shah on March 5, 2007, 12:11 GMT

    It is imperative that Rana Naveed somehow finds his form along with Umar Gul. Teams have won world cup with one of the batsman staying out of form...but not with of the main bowlers.

  • SarmadR on March 5, 2007, 12:05 GMT

    well...nice try man..but: DAM!!i think that was a wasted oppurtunity!! You should've asked more direct questions!! U gave him way too much choice to be his diplomatic self....u didnt take names so he didnt have to either and that way the interview got nothing out of him that we dont know!! maybe you should've asked him if Younis Khan will open...then maybe he wouldnt be able to dodge it! Nice try though...and keep up the great blog

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  • SarmadR on March 5, 2007, 12:05 GMT

    well...nice try man..but: DAM!!i think that was a wasted oppurtunity!! You should've asked more direct questions!! U gave him way too much choice to be his diplomatic self....u didnt take names so he didnt have to either and that way the interview got nothing out of him that we dont know!! maybe you should've asked him if Younis Khan will open...then maybe he wouldnt be able to dodge it! Nice try though...and keep up the great blog

  • Arif Shah on March 5, 2007, 12:11 GMT

    It is imperative that Rana Naveed somehow finds his form along with Umar Gul. Teams have won world cup with one of the batsman staying out of form...but not with of the main bowlers.

  • Suresh on March 5, 2007, 12:11 GMT

    Perhaps aptly indicates the state of Pakistan team's dilemmas for this world cup. Too many questions and not one firm and definite answer..

  • Shahbaz Faheem on March 5, 2007, 12:25 GMT

    Kamran. There was not a single Answer that we can understand it is thoroughly diplomatic answers without suggesting any solutions to the problems. This isn't worth posting on blog. Please come up with something better

  • aj on March 5, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    good answers i think, answered like a professional,shame he's the only professional in the whole system!

  • Mohammad Masood on March 5, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's replies are vague. One can clearly see them coming from a person with a defeatist attitude. You can't win with such a coach. Pakistan team, I repeat, are a bunch of mdiocre players. With lazy captain and confused coach the writing is on the wall. I do not think we should even discuss the performance of the team. I give them number 8 position in the tournament.

  • Ali Khan, Cambridge UK on March 5, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    Talk about diplomatic answers! Nice interview in the sense that we didn't find out anything that we didn't already know, apart from the batting position of Shoaib Malik! By the way if Malik bats at 6 who would open? I think Wolmer might play both Hafeez and Nazir at least in the absence of Afridi. I sincerely hope he drops Akmal down the order.

    Turning pitches are good prospect for Pakistan. I think it is crucial to play Kaneria in the group stage and get him in form early in the tournament. Our opponents in the group stages are not renowned players of leg spin. An in form Kaneria would pressurise the opposition in super 8.

  • Jamshed on March 5, 2007, 12:48 GMT

    Reference to Kamran Akmal's picture stretching in the gym. The picture gives laughing stock to watchful eyes, where you can see our national wicketkeeper working out in the gym in SANDALS (or cal them BEACH SLEEPERS. Perhaps that is one of the reason why they out players get so many injuries becuase they don't use proper equipment to train.

    Should we raise donations for kamran's pair of trainers? This also tells how much time our players might be spending at the Carribean beaches that one of them preferred to remain in sandals even in the gym. We are preparing hard for the world cup in sleepers.

  • khansahab on March 5, 2007, 12:52 GMT

    Bob Woolmer did a commendable job attempting to answer these questions as diplomatically as possible. Woolmer is limited in his command over Pakistani cricket, a system where bias, favouritism and personal predilections prevail as opposed to merit, common sense and selflessness. Pakistan does not possess enough match winning bowlers LOOKING AT THEIR CURRENT FORM and not innate talent. That is why I opined the inclusion of 4 specialist fast bowlers in every match in the earlier post. Everyone with the ability to reason and general awareness about cricket knows that Inzi is captain by convenience, not captain by merit. I do not perceive Younis as an effective captaining option either. Younis is all words and no deeds. Whenever he is interviewed before tournaments he always makes overly optimistic remarks about winning. I have noticed that whenever Younis says something grand before the commencement of any tournament/series, like he said SA is likely to be surprised owing to the “dashing” approach Pakistan will adopt, (in the recent series) Pakistan lose badly. Younis is also too laid back. He has this philosophy of “Koi baat nahi kuch nahi hota hai, it’s a team game…….” He can motivate players with his big mouth but I don’t foresee him having the attacking mentality Imran Khan had. Pakistani players and fans need to realise that you have give your 100% in every match and you have to adopt the strategy of winning every match. That is how you maximise your chances of success. That is exactly how Australia play- every match has to be won; they have to be utterly and completely dominant over the opposition. Woolmer’s attitude towards openers is regrettable, stating that all teams come under pressure. Perhaps a more apt question should be “What are the chances our openers will not suck in this tournament as well?” Why we have not had good openers since Saeed Anwar is due to reasons I have already stated many times on this blog and will not state them again, for fear of being banned/excluded by Mr Abbasi! Finally, all teams HAVE TO BE respected because Pakistan will face stiff competition. Pakistan can lose easily if they take teams like Bangladesh and England lightly considering the pathetic state the team is in. Minnows always surprise in big tournaments anyway!

  • M. Zeeshan Merchant on March 5, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    I feel they are the most diplomatic answers a coach can give knowing his strengths and weaknesses. I hope that the team his the fire in their belly(ies) to give good performance... Good Luck! Pakistan.. Make us Proud!!!!!!!